Lake near Yellowknife been unsafe for decades because of arsenic

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsEarlier this month the Northwest Territories government announced a lake near Yellowknife was unsafe for recreational use.But it turns out that lake had been unsafe for decades.APTN has more on the latest water testing results.last_img

Maldives Ambassador to Sri Lanka resigns

He was nominated by the outgoing President after the state dismissed his predecessor Zahiya Zareer in August 2017. Incumbent President Abdulla Yameen had on the 06th of September 2017, appointed Shareef as the Ambassador, with him having presented his credentials to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the 23rd of October 2017. Shareef held government posts such as Minister of Youth and Sports as well as Minister of the President’s office during Yameen’s tenure, he also formerly served as of Ambassador to Japan since August 2016. (Colombo Gazette) Maldives Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mohamed ‘Mundhu’ Hussain Shareef has resigned from his post, the Maldives media reported.Shareef was to handover his resignation yesterday. He had refrained from revealing why he had chosen to resign, Raajje TV reported. read more

Time served for credit card fraud

A credit card fraudster from Norfolk County was sentenced recently on 14 criminal charges from five incidents last year.Daniel Joseph Martin, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts of breaking probation orders, four counts of possessing or using a stolen credit card, three counts of theft under $5,000, possession of an illegal drug and resisting arrest.Last May, Martin was arrested for stealing and was found to be carrying illegal drugs. He also resisted the officer who tried to arrest him, was found to be in breach of three probation orders and had illegally used a credit card.A week later, he was charged with credit card fraud and breach of probation again.In July, police arrested Martin after he took an employee backpack from Jensen Cheese on Evergreen Hill Road in Simcoe.On Sept. 18, Martin was charged with possessing or using illegal credit card information and breach of probation.The next day, he tried to steal money from a cash register at Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm in Delhi. When an employee yelled at him, Martin dropped the cash and left in a vehicle. But OPP officers, dealing with another matter, recognized Martin and took him into custody.Justice Jane Kerrigan-Brownridge gave Martin credit for serving eight months in jail before coming to sentence.Man failed to follow court ordersA little noise brought Zachary Elias Hunter to the attention of police, who then arrested him.Officers were called to a noise complaint on West Street in Simcoe after 2 a.m. last Nov. 10. They found Hunter, 22, and another man in a pickup truck.When they investigated further, police found Hunter was on probation and a recognizance and arrested him.He was sentenced in December by Justice Robert Gee to the equivalent of 48 days of time served for that offence.But earlier in the year, Hunter broke his probation by not reporting to his probation officer during July.In October, he drove while he was a disqualified driver and while under orders that he was not to be in the driver’s seat of any motor vehicle.Hunter pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to follow his probation orders, two counts of breaching bail conditions, and driving while disqualified.Justice Jane Kerrigan-Brownridge sentenced Hunter to 80 more days of jail but allowed him to serve his time on weekends.Guilty plea to drug chargeA Norfolk man who was stopped for speeding near an elementary school in 2017 ended up pleading guilty to possession of drugs.David W. Knelsen, 35, was stopped Dec. 21 at around 1 p.m. by officers patrolling on Talbot Street in the Courtland area.Knelsen was originally charged with stunt driving, or speeding by more than 50km-h, but was only convicted on the drug charge.Justice Jane Kerrigan-Brownridge sentenced him to 75 days of jail but allowed him to serve it on read more

Talks on World Summit for Sustainable Development conclude in Bali

Intense negotiations in Bali over the past two weeks on an action plan to be adopted at the upcoming United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development have concluded with delegates unable to agree on key issues relating to financing and trade.The chairman of the final round of preparatory meetings, Emil Salim of Indonesia, told a press conference Friday that 80 per cent of the draft implementation plan had been agreed on and that negotiations for the remaining 20 per cent would take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the Summit will be held from 26 August to 4 September.With the process now moving from Bali to Johannesburg, Mr. Salim stressed that there were still three months before the Summit for governments to reconcile their positions. “Significant agreement has been achieved [and] we can expect Johannesburg to be a success,” he said.Speaking for the Group of 77 and China, which represents over 130 developing countries, Venezuelan Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Ana Elisa Osaria said it would have been better to finalize the agreement in Bali but the Group was still hopeful that complete agreement would be reached at the Summit.The plan of action under consideration in Bali will be one of the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit, where world leaders will also adopt a political declaration. Friday afternoon, government ministers wrapped up their discussion of elements for the declaration, stressing the importance of promoting respect for human rights through the document, which should be clear, concise and action-oriented. Many speakers also called for a coherent, forceful and comprehensive commitment to action in implementing Agenda 21, the global blueprint for sustainable development adopted a decade ago at the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro.The Summit will also launch new voluntary partnership initiatives by and between governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in an effort to mobilize implementation efforts.The partnerships, based on the government commitments in the plan of action, represent a major departure from standard international conference practice, and raise the possibility of generating additional resources and momentum for achieving results, UN officials said. read more

SMMT UK automotive manufacturing March 2011

Export109,747296,8748,05420,090117,801316,964178,478485,501 Total135,052357,23012,26732,157147,319389,387249,757685,231 Data:Mar-11YTD-11Mar-11YTD-11Mar-11YTD-11Mar-11YTD-11 % change-21.5%-30.7%0.9%34.5%-19.0%-24.7%13.8%21.0% % change14.8%13.0%-6.0%-0.8%12.7%11.7%6.5%9.4% SMMT LtdCarsCommercial VehiclesTotal VehiclesTotal Engines % change28.5%29.7%-9.2%-14.3%25.0%25.6%3.8%5.2% “UK automotive manufacturing demonstrated encouraging growth across the car and engine sectors in March, continuing the strong performance of quarter one,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The eighth consecutive monthly rise in car output and robust export demand indicate long-term strength and stability in the sector. However, recent announcements from UK-based manufacturers impacted by the Japanese earthquake are likely to see output drop in the short-term.” Download the full news release here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) % of total81.3%83.1%65.7%62.5%80.0%81.4%71.5%70.9% % of total18.7%16.9%34.3%37.5%20.0%18.6%28.5%29.1% Home25,30560,3564,21312,06729,51872,42371,279199,730 Car output rose by 14.8% in March 2011 and was up 13.0% over the first quarter. CV output fell by 6.0% in March and was down 0.8% over the first three months of the year.UK engine production increased by 6.5% in March and by 9.4% over quarter one. read more

Souper start to Brocks United Way campaign

As he hoisted the coveted Souper Bowl into the air with triumph, Michael Owen signalled the official launch of the 2017 Brock United Way campaign.The Dean of Education emerged victorious at Wednesday’s Souper Star Lunch, with the spicy African chicken soup he served up claiming the top spot in the hearts —or stomachs — of the 160 hungry faculty and staff who attended the sold-out event in Market Hall.The friendly competition pairs Faculty deans with chefs, who put their culinary prowess to the test in support of the organization that aids more than 70 local programs and special initiatives in St. Catharines, Thorold, Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln and Niagara-on-the-Lake.The winning soup was prepared by Sodexo chef Jim Harper. Other soups competing for the trophy were potato leek, chicken noodle, roasted apple and pumpkin, minestrone and Nordic rock hen pho.Brock’s United Way committee announced this year’s fundraising goal of $145,000 at the event, while encouraging employees to fill out their payroll contribution pledge forms and return them to Human Resources to help achieve or surpass that objective.President Gervan Fearon welcomed faculty and staff and thanked volunteers and donors for their support of United Way. The Souper Star Lunch, he said, was a moment for Brock employees to not only raise awareness of United Way’s critical work, but to also bond over the potential that exists for the University to make a substantial impact.Donations help United Way to spearhead initiatives that aim to move people out of poverty, encourage children and youth to reach their full potential and enhance the quality of life of adults with disabilities and those in crisis.Over the past 15 years, the Brock University community has raised more than $1.5 million for United Way and is consistently named as one of United Way’s top three employee campaigns.Prior to the Souper event, a flag-raising ceremony was held in front of Brock University in support of United Way. The organization’s flag will fly for a week in the field in front of Schmon Tower. “We should be proud of what we have accomplished so far as a community,” said Sandy Howe, Brock’s United Way Committee Co-Chair. “With the continued support of our current donors and ambassadors, we can attract new donors and grow our campaign. No donation is too small, and with several matching programs being offered, the impact of people’s donation can double or even triple.”As well as supporting local initiatives, donations can be allocated to any United Way chapter or to a specific charity of an employee’s choosing.Incentive prizes will be awarded weekly during the campaign. One of several Brock employees to pledge their donation to United Way in advance of the kick-off event, Karen Merritt from Human Resources won a raffle for an Antipastos gift basket.  The Souper Star lunch is first of several activities that will support United Way during the Brock campaign, which runs until the end of November.Charity Brock Badgers Volleyball Game — Brock Badgers vs. Niagara College KnightsDate: Thursday, Oct. 19Time and location: Women at 6 p.m. and men at 8 p.m., Bob Davis GymCost: $5 for youth and students, and $10 general admissionTickets may be purchased at the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk or at the door.Halloween Spin-A-ThonDate: Tuesday, Oct. 31Time and location: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walker Sports ComplexCost: One 50-minute time slot for $10All fitness levels are welcome. Halloween costumes are encouraged (but not required) and best costume prizes will be awarded. E-mail Eric Walter,, for more information.Trivia NightDate: Friday, Nov. 10Time and location: 6 to 10 p.m., Club RomaCost: A $25 ticket includes a pasta dinner and silent auction. Cash bar will also be available and desserts can be purchased by donation. Register as a team of eight or as an individual. read more

OSU suspends Tressel for 2 games 250K fine

Ohio State has suspended football coach Jim Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 season for violating provisions of an NCAA rule when he failed to report information involving two Buckeye football players. As part of its self-report, the university also imposed a $250,000 fine; a public reprimand and apology; and attendance at a compliance seminar. Tressel, President E. Gordon Gee and athletic director Gene Smith addressed the media Tuesday evening at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. “The most pathetic thing is a leader looking for self-pity,” Tressel said quoting President George W. Bush. “So at no point in this time…am I looking for anything other than doing what needs to be done.” Smith said the NCAA still has to provide feedback on the self-imposed sanctions and additional penalties “could happen.” Yahoo Sports reported Monday that Tressel was made aware that quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other juniors sold memorabilia to the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoos in Columbus in April. OSU reported the violations to the NCAA on Dec. 8, 2010. The NCAA handed down five-game suspensions to the five juniors on Dec. 23, 2010. The NCAA granted the players eligibility for the Sugar Bowl, which Tressel only allowed the suspended juniors to attend after they pledged to return for their senior seasons.  OSU beat Arkansas, 31-26, in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4. An interception by defensive end Solomon Thomas ended a Razorbacks drive in Buckeye territory with less than a minute left, sealing the victory. Besides Thomas and Pryor, the other juniors suspended for the first five games of next season are: offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, and wide receiver DeVier Posey. This isn’t the first time Tressel has faced scrutiny for NCAA infractions within the OSU football program. Running back Maurice Clarett was suspended for the 2003 season for accepting improper benefits. Quarterback Troy Smith was suspended for the 2004 Alamo Bowl and 2005 season opener after accepting money from a booster. Tressel was scheduled to sign copies of his book, “Life Promises for Success,” at Barnes & Noble on OSU’s campus tonight from 7-9. The store confirmed to The Lantern Tuesday afternoon that the event was postponed until Spring Quarter. read more

Mechanic charged for defrauding customer

A mechanic of Fourth Street Campbellvile, Georgetown found himself in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday after being accused of defrauding one of his customers.Adrian Cole, 35, of pleaded guilty to the charge but explained that he is willing to refund the virtual complainant in full if he is given the opportunity.As such after taking that into consideration, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan placed Cole on bail in the sum of $20,000 providing that he makes payment arrangement with the victim.It is alleged that between September 29 and October 6, 2017 at Campbellville, Georgetown while being solely entrusted by Harvey Suddand with $325,000 to purchase a vehicle transmission he converted same to his own use and benefits.According to police facts, the customer is the owner of a pick-up and had given money on separate occasions to purchase the transmission to fix his vehicle.Cole allegedly collected the money but failed to purchase the transmission. As such the matter was reported to the Kitty Police Station where an investigation was carried out and the mechanic was subsequently arrested and charged.In court on Thursday the defendant informed the court that he had already began to repay the money. According to him he had already repaid more than 2/3 of the amount.However, the customer indicated that they were negotiating an agreement when the mechanic disappeared without making any other payment arrangement.The mechanic was ordered to return to court on March 28. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMechanic charged with fraud, granted bailAugust 29, 2018In “Court”Businessman charged with defrauding Mohammed’s Enterprise of $120MJuly 2, 2015In “Crime”Man accused of defrauding woman of $5M chargedJune 29, 2018In “Court” read more

Infected Chinese miners return home

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGMI remains closed until “certain requirements are met” – EPAApril 8, 2019In “Environment”Second Chinese National air-dashed from Matthew’s Ridge diesApril 4, 2019In “Health”Tests on sick Chinese Nationals rules out Swine FluApril 16, 2019In “Health” Those Chinese nationals who have fallen ill after working on a manganese plant in Guyana’s North West District (NWD) are due to return home, where they are expected to receive better treatment for their disease.The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) ambulance was yesterday afternoon escorted by Police to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) where the ill miners accompanied by medical practitioners boarded a Chinese air ambulance.An outbreak in Guyana’s Barima-Waini District resulted in the death of two Chinese nationals who were employed at the Guyana Manganese Inc.Nearly a dozen others remain patients, some of which still undiagnosed.Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, the country’s Chief Medical Officer, had told Inews that tests are still being conducted even as they await results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) about a possible diagnosis of the patients who did not test positive for leptospirosis.Some of the miners had tested positive for leptospirosis, a bacterial disease spread mainly by contact with water or soil contaminated by the urine of infected animals.The operations of the Manganese Firm have since been ordered closed until the Environmental Protection Agency renders it safe for reopening. read more

SASOD bashes Govt for slothful approach to legalize same sex intimacy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSASOD wants to get rid of all “bad laws” with Constitutional ReformApril 17, 2015In “Politics”Lindeners ‘march against sodomy’August 20, 2017In “Local News”“Take pride in yourself” – Anglican Bishop tells LGBT faith forumJune 6, 2018In “latest news” Managing Director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Joel Simpson on Friday bashed the Government for the slothful manner in which it is handling the amendment of certain laws which will entitle them their rights.“When we started in 2017 we wanted to do this around Independence to make a political point that Guyana’s Independence project is not yet complete if we don’t have liberation of LGBTQ (Lesbians, Gays, Trans-genders and questioning or queers) Guyanese. If we still have colonial era laws which criminalize same sex intimacy…loitering, vagrancy…all these kinds of colonial era laws which were meant to control the then ex-slaves and indentured immigrants and we are saying that this independence that we are celebrating, 53 years and so on is really incomplete if we still have these shackles,” Simpson related.Managing Director of SASOD, Joel SimpsonThe activist reminded that any form of intimacy such as kissing, touching and petting among others between two people of the same sex are not allowed in public and private places.When it comes to the support of the Government, Simpson said he was not pleased at all. In fact he called for changes to be made to existing laws to benefit the LGBTQ community.He informed that back in 2017, Attorney General, Basil Williams had requested that the community create a draft legislation which will be considered. However, fast forward to 2019 no changes have been made to the law.“For us the low hanging fruit when it comes to legislative reform is not that discriminatory law which criminalizes same sex intimacy, we think that should be reformed and that should go and the Government has also promised to appoint commissioners to the law reform commission and we think that’s the site where that could be dealt with,” Simpson pointed out.Furthermore he told the media that, “What we think the Government needs to do is amend the Prevention of Discrimination Act 1997 to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression”.He pointed out that the bill has already been drafted by the community and are awaiting some calm in Parliament before it is tabled. Simpson noted that he would like to see the bill deliberated on by both the Opposition and Government. read more

GECOMs statutory meeting today cancelled

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCJ fixes case management hearing in challenge of GECOM Chairman’s appointmentMarch 23, 2019In “latest news”GECOM Chair still unwell, medical leave extended- PROJanuary 8, 2019In “latest news”GECOM stonewalls on elections readinessJune 21, 2019In “latest news” Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were advised that there will be no statutory meeting today, due to the unavailability of the Chairman Justice James Patterson.INews understands that no explanation was given for the Chairman’s absence.The Elections Commission has not met since June 4, 2019 – and therefore- it has not been able to discuss the June 11, 2019 landmark ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to elections and the legal status of its Chairperson.The CCJ ruled that the government was defeated by the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018 and that the GECOM Chairman was unconstitutionally appointed by President David Granger.To date, there has been no statement from GECOM about the rulings. Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Warde says she is not in a position to comment.The CCJ made it clear yesterday during a post-judgment hearing that the GECOM has no Chairman. CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders said: “In relation to the GECOM case, by concluding that the procedure was flawed and in breach of the Constitution, the inexorable result unless that result is somehow stayed, is that there isn’t a GECOM Chairman. And that process has to be reengaged.”Without a Chairman, the Commission is unable to meet, as it is the Chairman’s responsibility to call those meetings. read more

Ivanhoes Kakula copper mine takes shape in the DRC

first_imgDevelopment is speeding up at Ivanhoe Mines’ majority-owned Kamoa-Kakula copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the first access drives approaching Kakula’s initial high-grade ore and earthworks for the surface processing plant having now commenced, the Toronto listed company says.Mining OEMs will be getting excited too, with tenders for long-lead mining and processing equipment now issued and orders expected to be placed shortly, Ivanhoe said.In February, Ivanhoe unveiled a prefeasibility study for a 6 Mt/y mine at Kakula, which envisaged an average annual production rate of 291,000 t of copper at a mine-site cash cost of $0.46/Ib ($1,014/t) of copper and total cash cost of $1.11/lb copper for the first 10 years of operations. Annual copper production would step up to 360,000 t by year four, the company said. This came with an initial capital cost of $1.1 billion and would result in an after-tax net present value (8% discount) of $5.4 billion factoring in an average copper price of $3.10/lb. In addition to this, the company unveiled an updated preliminary economic assessment combining both Kakula and Kamoa into an 18 Mt/y operation.Shortly after this, various stakeholders advanced money for the project, getting Ivanhoe, as the operator, and Zijn Mining, as a partner, to the point where they were both able to fully fund their share of capital costs required to bring the mine into commercial production.In the latest update on the project, Ivanhoe said “excellent progress” was being made on the construction of the 6 Mt/y Kakula copper mine. Initial copper concentrate production from the Kakula mine currently is scheduled for the September quarter of 2021, with the initial, five-year, detailed mine design now finalised and production scheduling in progress.The full, detailed mine design will be included in the independent definitive feasibility study that is expected to be published early next year.Approximately 2,500 employees and contractors now are working at the project as Ivanhoe advances construction of the project’s initial mine at the Kakula deposit.A total of 647 m of underground development was completed last month, some 100 m more than achieved in April. Lower-grade development ore is being stockpiled on surface near the site of the concentrator plant, which will be used for plant commissioning.“Mine access drives 1 and 2 (interconnected, parallel tunnels that will provide access to ore zones) are approximately 200 m from Kakula’s initial high-grade mining area, and these priority drives are expected to intersect the higher-grade ore in late July or early August this year,” Ivanhoe said.The underground development work at Kakula is being performed by mining crews operating large-capacity, semi-autonomous mining equipment, such as jumbo drilling rigs and 50-t trucks (shown above).The Kakula mine access is via twin declines on the northern side (which have been completed) and a single decline on the south side of the deposit (under development). One of the northern declines will be the mine’s primary access way, while the other will be for the ore conveyor haulage system. The southern ventilation decline will serve as a secondary access and will facilitate the acceleration of critical, early mine development.From the bottom of the northern and southern declines, a pair of perimeter drifts will be driven to the east and west extremities of the deposit and will serve as the primary accesses to the production areas. These drifts also will be used as the primary intake and exhaust ventilation circuits and will connect with the intake and exhaust ventilation shafts. Underground access to the first raise bore ventilation shaft has been reached, Ivanhoe said. The pilot hole for the 177-m raise bore has been completed, and reaming of the 5.5-m diameter ventilation shaft is expected to be completed next month, according to the company.The primary ore handling system will include perimeter conveyor drifts and load-out points along the north side of the deposit. The perimeter conveyor drifts will terminate at the main conveyor decline. Connection drifts between the north and south perimeter drifts will provide access and ventilation to the planned mining areas.Around 99% of the deposit will be mined using the drift-and-fill method, which was chosen to maximise the overall extraction of Kakula ore, Ivanhoe said.The tailings will flow through a series of cyclones at the backfill plant, and approximately 55% of the tailings will be sent back underground into the mined-out workings as paste backfill. The remaining 45% of the tailings will be pumped to a small tailings storage facility that is being designed by a team of international engineers to meet global best practices for safety, Ivanhoe said.“The detailed design for the truck-tipping area, where underground ore will feed onto the conveyor system for transportation to surface, and the conveyor system for the main declines, has been completed and component manufacture is underway,” the company added.Three underground mining crews are working at Kakula. Once Ventilation Shaft 1 is completed and fans have been installed, an additional three crews will be mobilised to accelerate mine development, which is scheduled for October 2019.Development of an additional access and ventilation decline on the southern side of the Kakula orebody is progressing well and has advanced more than 200 m, Ivanhoe noted. A surface piling rig machine has been mobilised to prepare for the raise bore civil construction for Ventilation Shaft 2.The DRA Global detailed engineering work on the project includes the engineering and design associated with all underground mining infrastructure, the concentrator plant and all supporting surface infrastructure. This engineering work is running in parallel with an independent definitive feasibility study that is expected to be completed early next year.“An agreed, detailed budget, and construction and implementation plan is being finalised with Ivanhoe’s joint-venture partner Zijin Mining,” Ivanhoe said. “The project also will be further optimised and adjusted based on the development progress of the project and on the results of the definitive feasibility study.”On May 22, the project’s construction team commenced breaking ground for the surface processing plant, marking the start of the concentrator construction. The Kakula concentrator will be constructed in a phased approach with two 3 Mt/y modules, as the mining operations ramp up to a full ore-throughput rate of 6 Mt/y. Kakula is expected to produce a very-high-grade copper concentrate in excess of 55% copper, with extremely low arsenic levels, according to Ivanhoe.The processing plant flow diagrams, process control descriptions, and processing equipment lists have been completed and piping and instrumentation diagrams are being finalised, the company noted. “Tenders for long-lead items such as cone crushers, ball mills, thickeners, high-pressure grinding rolls, flotation cells, regrind mills, concentrate filter and low entrainment flotation cells, have been issued to the market and bids have been received. The Kamoa-Kakula project team in conjunction with DRA is in the process of adjudicating the tenders. Orders are expected to be placed shortly.”In addition, the tender for the plant civil works has been issued. All bids have been received and are under adjudication. Tenders for smaller equipment for the processing plant such as agitators and samplers have been issued to the market.Earlier this month, the Kamoa-Kakula project achieved a total of more than 14.5 million work hours free of lost-time injuries – it has been approximately seven years since the last lost-time injury occurred at the project. “This outstanding achievement reflects the dedication to a safety-focused culture of the entire Kamoa-Kakula exploration and development teams,” Ivanhoe said.Ivanhoe also provided an update on the upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant, which it said was progressing well. This project is important to the Kamoa-Kakula project as it is providing clean hydro-electricity to the site from the national grid.“Construction activities at the Mwadingusha hydropower station are progressing well and Ivanhoe expects that the full upgrading and modernisation of the hydropower plant and its six generators to be completed in late 2020,” Ivanhoe said. “This upgrading work is pursuant to an agreement with the DRC’s state-owned power company, La Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL), and is in exchange for a guaranteed 100 MW of electricity – more than enough power for the Kakula mine. The Kamoa-Kakula project has been receiving hydroelectric-generated power from the national grid since late 2016.”“This installation of modern power generating equipment at Mwadingusha is an important step in helping to secure long-term, sustainable and clean electricity for the Congolese people and for the development of the Kakula mine.”The upgrading work at Mwadingusha is being conducted by engineering firm Stucky of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the direction of Ivanhoe and Zijin Mining, in conjunction with SNEL.Work is underway on a 220-kV electrical substation at the Kakula mine that will allow the mine and processing plant to be fully powered from the national power grid. Two new Sumec generators also have been installed at Kakula to provide power to the mine in the event of any power interruptions in the national grid.last_img read more

Smartphones are actually becoming our 24hour offices

first_imgIRISH WORKERS ARE logging more hours than ever, with the majority of us performing work-related activity off the clock.A new study has found that 72% of Irish employees regularly work from home outside of office hours.Speaking t0 today, a spokesperson for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) said the rise of smartphones was to blame for people doing longer hours. You are constantly checking and you are constantly plugged in. It’s like a 24-hour office.This is despite statistics from Eurostat showing the Irish working week to be the fifth shortest in the Eurozone, with people working 40 hours on average. Source: EurostatToday’s survey, which focused on work-life balance, also found that Irish women are busier than their male counterparts, expending 15% more energy during an average week.Just over half of respondents felt that they managed to keep on top of their hectic lifestyles while two fifths described themselves as feeling “totally stretched” and that they would like to “indulge in some well deserved time to themselves”.Of those that responded, 45% felt a desire to exercise more. Out of the female respondents, 70% felt they did not have enough time “to keep fit and spend time with family and friends”.In April this year, a law was passed in France protecting some workers in the digital and consultancy sectors from having to check their emails outside of working hours. Companies were required to put no pressure on workers to ensure they receive the full minimum rest period.On this, the ICTU representative pointed out that issues could arise from “people putting pressure on themselves for perhaps being looked on unfavourably” and that we would have to wait for the results.In Sweden this year, a six hour working day was being trialed by council staff in Gothenburg, testing the theory that productivity drops off after a certain point.On this the spokesperson for ICTU said:It’s a great idea. It’s based on logic really. From a working day, the slower you become the less productive you are. Count up the hours in a day and count up the productive hours.“If you look back at the origin of the trade union, it was about breaking up the long, long working day. That is where the eight hour day came from.”The study was carried out by pharmaceutical company Pharmaton.Read: 14 problems that only shift workers understandRead: Union welcomes Howlin’s plans to slowly reverse public sector pay cutsAlso: Men in Ireland work 3.3 hours a week more than womenlast_img read more

Womens rugby makes major progress and Ireland have played their part

first_imgTHE PROSPECT OF Ireland making their first-ever World Cup final was shattered yesterday, but women’s rugby will have a newcomer in Sunday’s decider after Canada beat France in the second semi-final.This tournament has been one of notable growth for the game, with a remarkable audience of 1.5million viewers tuning in to watch host nation France’s pool clash with South Africa on television.Women’s sevens rugby has exploded too in recent seasons, but it is the 15-a-side game that continues to pull in most interest. While New Zealand have been worth their dominance of women’s rugby over the last decade and longer, the improvement of other nations has been a major boost for the IRB.Perhaps most importantly of all, the quality of the rugby on show in this tournament has been superb. Skill levels, set-piece cohesion, tactical nous and sheer physicality have all been markedly improved on previous editions of the World Cup, illustrating the effects of a rampant professionalism behind the scenes for many nations.“Definitely from 2010, it [the standard] is off the board,” says Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan. “Every team has risen its game. I know we beat Kazakhstan well, but they are a team that is scoring tries now, which they wouldn’t have done in the past.”While Kazakhstan — for all their certain improvements — may not be the prime example of why more and more rugby fans have been tuning in for this tournament, Coghlan’s assertion that the standard of play has lifted is easy to agree with. Source: TTRugby VidZ/YouTubeAnyone who witnessed the excellence and accuracy of England’s wide passing game as they dismantled Ireland yesterday will have been impressed, while Canada’s risk-taking offloading and willingness to run from deep has been a thrill.France have thrived in the close quarters, with stars like World Player of the Year nominee Safi N’Diaye combining technical knowledge in the tight with sheer explosiveness.Earlier this week, the French No. 8 told L’Équipe that her approach to strength and conditioning has undergone a transformation in recent seasons, something that has been echoed by the other nations involved.Ireland’s S&C coach Marian Earls has been highlighted as one of the vital components in their journey to the semi-finals, and her growing reputation has seen her snapped up by Connacht’s men’s set-up for the new season.And what of the English athletes who picked Ireland apart? Emily Scarratt, Kay Wilson, Maggie Alphonsi, Rochelle Clark and Danielle Waterman are prime specimens, a potent mixture of in-contact power and post-contact pace.Off the pitch, unions around the world have awakened to the possibilities of women’s rugby and acted accordingly in a financial sense. The IRFU’s most recent annual report showed that the Ireland Women’s set-up was backed to the sum of €1.4million in 2013/14, up from €265,655 in the 2011/12 season. Ireland’s experienced squad will need regeneration in the coming seasons as players such as Lynne Cantwell move on.That has allowed Ireland’s amateur players to operate in a wholly professional environment, where they now enjoy top-class provisions for recovery, analysis, training facilities, nutrition and more.It is a similar story across the board for the top nations, and the Canadian union deserves praise for the manner in which they have backed the women’s programme. They get their reward with a first-ever appearance in the final.Canada, in fairness to them, have put a lot in place in the women’s game,” says Ireland’s loosehead prop Coghlan. “They’ve contracted players for sevens, but they also have really good underage systems.”In France, les Bleues have benefited from incredible support, with the atmosphere in Stade Jean-Bouin last night nothing short of breathtaking. French rugby fans are usually among the most vocal in the world, but the real pride has perhaps been in the quality of their team’s play.Similarly, Ireland captured the attention at home with their victory over New Zealand, another first and one that came as a result of work rate, intelligence and a high-skill level. Now the IRFU are tasked with using this bounce to push the game on even further.If you’re standing still, you’re moving backwards.In Paris last night, Coghlan spoke of “the pathways” that need to be improved in Ireland, providing young players with the chance to progress. It’s one thing backing the national team, but now there is a chance to grow the game at a base level. Ireland’s professionalism behind the scenes has come about with financial support from the IRFU.Canada have done so, and they’ve made that final step. Now Ireland will look to match them.It has been a brilliant two weeks for women’s rugby in France, with more to come on the final day this Sunday. The IRB Women’s Development Manager, Su Carty, is enthused.“We are in a very exciting time for the women’s game, and joining the Olympics has added real impetus,” says Carty. “We have a fantastic blend of up-and-coming unions gaining really valuable experience from this WRWC and we are also seeing new fans becoming engaged in the sport.“The standard of the play is really impressive and the games are compelling. Looking forward, we will continue to work with member unions to ensure the infrastructure is in place for girls and women to maximise the opportunity.”Defensive disappointment hurts most for Ireland after World Cup defeatIreland hopeful that World Cup journey has inspired female playerslast_img read more

This Fine Gael TD thinks the OFlynn case raises serious issues about

first_imgIt has highlighted the need to think about what will happen to the property after it is sold.Read: Michael O’Flynn succeeds in having examiners removed, will repay €24.9 million loans on Friday>Read: Nama is selling its first ever retail park portfolio worth a total of €110 million> FINE GAEL TD Michael Creed has called for tighter rules restricting what the purchasers of loans from Nama can do with the assets afterwards.He said that the practice of selling loan books to the highest bidder can hurt the “public interest”, and that development of property to meet the Government goals should be a central element of picking a winning bid.“As it stands, developer loan books are sold to the highest bidder and while this does benefit the exchequer, additional criteria should be applied by Nama to ensure that development plans will benefit the public.”He said that the experience of Cork developer Michael O’Flynn, who fought a rearguard action against the purchaser of his loans in the High Court this week after it attempted to take control of his companies, could lead to developer’s “dragging their feet” during the loan sales process.Pointing the the Government’s objective of building extra housing to alleviate upward pressure on property prices, he said:“(O’Flynn loan purchasers) Blackstone and Carbon have no record of delivering houses in Dublin, Cork, Galway or anywhere else. We need developers and we need developers in funds.”The Cork North West TD said that developers would not be encouraged to co-operate having seen what happened to O’Flynn, and needed extra assurances during the sales process.“The High Court ruling in the O’Flynn construction case this week has raised serious issues about the sale of developer loan books by Nama and the political direction needed to accelerate the Nama wind down.last_img read more

Ben Hoffman tells court he is very sorry for killing four people

first_img“I am very sorry about what happened,” said Benjamin Glenn Hoffman, 45, on Friday as he faced Darwin Local Court after being charged with the killing of four people in the worst mass shooting in the Northern Territory’s History.“I do need help, I’ve asked for help,” he said, appearing via video link from prison.He was charged with four counts of murder by Northern Territory police, as well as two counts of reckless endangerment causing serious harm and one charge of criminal damage following Tuesday’s rampage across Darwin’s inner-city suburbs. Further charges will be laid at a later date.Sisois, respected in the communityAmong his victims was Greek Australian roof tiler Michael Sisois, 57, who was shot dead after a brief altercation with the suspected gunman outside the Buff Club at 6pm.It is believed that they both had worked together for a Greek Australian employer, that was forced to fire Mr Hoffman due to his poor attendance record.The two men had known each other since January when Sisois had befriended the suspected gunman at his workplace.The death of Sisois has filled the Greek Australian community of Darwin with grief, and about two dozen of his friends and family members went to the Buff Club to lay flowers in his memory at the parking lot where he was killed. They described him as a “humble and harmless” man.An avid fisherman, he arrived in Darwin from the island of Kalymnos in 1970 with his parents and six siblings.In a cruel twist of fate, his sister, Niki Voukelatous, had also been shot dead in Blackburn South in Victoria in 1987.Brother Vince was outraged that he had lost a second sibling due to gun violence.“It has to be changed, something, otherwise we will have to have guns to go out and protect ourselves, cowboy-style like the old days,” he told the ABC.“Never happen to Darwin, I’ve been here half a century… never done anything bad.”We’re good citizens, we’re hard workers… two people from my family [killed who] come here for a normal life, not to leave our bodies here before [our time].”His nephew, Charlie Mallis, told reporters that he should have been watching the State of Origin.READ MORE: Darwin shooting victim Michael Sisois lost his sister due to gun violence in VictoriaFour victims, two known to gunmanThe alleged gunman was seen by witnesses to have been armed with a pump-action shotgun, and a Hilux ute taken from the company where he used to work.Other victims were Nigel Hellings, 76, who was killed at the Gardens Hill Crescent and Lebanese taxi driver Hassan Baydoun 33, killed at the Palms Motel. His final victim, Rob “Kiwi Bob” Courtney, 52, may have saved others as the security guard at the Mindil Beach Casino managed to stab the alleged murderer at least twice before his own life was ended. Specialist police from the tactical response group tasered the alleged shooter and wrestled him to the ground, kicking away his shotgun and arresting him at the corner of McMinn and Daly streets next to a car he was driving.He later underwent surgery in hospital for wounds he had incurred.It is now believed two of the victims were known to the alleged shooter who is understood to have been searching for a man called Alex, who he believed was in a secret relationship with his girlfriend.READ MORE: Mourners gather at Courtney Herron’s funeral for teary farewellHe was known to the policeEarlier in the day, Mr Hoffman had been caught on camera speeding at Coolalinga and Pinelands. Police were called to investigate, and attended an address at Humpty Doo where it is understood he went.At the time, there was nothing that gave rise to anything suspicious when he was pulled over.NT Commissioner for Corrections Scott McNairn confirmed the man had been released on parole in January after being sentenced to six years jail, with a non-parole period of four years and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.He was already facing a charge of attempted sexual intercourse without consent and had been due to face court on Thursday.He had previously breached parole for breaking curfew, for which he was given a 14-day custodial sentence, the commissioner said.He had also undergone random drug tests, which he passed, and he was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.A man who served time with Hoffmann said he had severe mental health problems and “should have been in an institution” rather than out on parole.Specialist police from the tactical response group tasered the alleged shooter and wrestled him to the ground, kicking away his shotgun and arresting him at the corner of McMinn and Daly streets next to a car he was driving.The Northern Territory government has ordered a review of the 103 people currently on parole following the shooting.On Wednesday, Hoffmann’s brother, Clinton Hoffmann, released a statement on behalf of the suspected gunman’s family expressing condolences towards all those affected by the shootings. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

EU backs Cyprus in standoff with Turkey

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Union is set to cut funding for Turkey following the country’s “illegal” drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus, and there are indications that sanctions may be ramped up even further if the government of Ankara continues to violate Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).“Despite our best intentions to keep good neighbourly relations with Turkey, its continued escalation and challenge to the sovereignty of our member state Cyprus will inevitably lead the EU to respond in full solidarity,” Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said on Wednesday.READ MORE: Graffiti in Cyprus paints a rich and complex picture of this divided societyA joint decision was drafted in Brussels by national envoys on Thursday. “In light of Turkey’s continued and new illegal drilling activities, the [EU] decides to suspend negotiations on the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement and agrees not to hold further meetings of the high-level dialogues for the time being,” it said, also announcing that the European Council endorses the European Commission’s proposal to reduce pre-accession assistance to Turkey for 2020 while inviting the European Investment Bank to also review lending activities in Turkey.Nicosia pushed for tougher language. Restrictive measures will continue should Turkey continue illegal drilling, however the EU bloc needs Turkey in matters such as security and migration and there are member states that also rely on Turkey for energy transit. This means that future sanctions would be limited.READ MORE: Events seeking justice for Cyprus being held around AustraliaTurkey has already rejected Greek and EU claims that drilling off Cyprus was in violation of international laws on the divided island whose internationally recognised government is part of the EU, whereas the Turkish-invaded occupied territory is backed by Turkey.last_img read more

A new hope Sydneys OFSE out of the shadows

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s been just over one month since the fateful elections of the Hellenic Village in Sydney.At the most recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ΟΦΣΕ – Ομοσπονδία Φιλανθρωπικών Σωματείων Ελλήνων ΝΝΟ, Federation of Hellenic Associations of NSW or just simply OFSE – membership voted to move away from an historic status quo and decided to vote for change, to turn the page for a new generation and a new hope for the Greek community in Sydney.After a marathon four-hour AGM, the newly elected Board met a few days later to elect its office bearers, and I became President of OFSE. An initial media release was issued to publicly advise of the outcome, and within which I conveyed my thanks and my commitment to my new role in the community for the two-year term.Since then, there have been many messages of congratulations and some notable silences from across the community, young and old. There have been remarks of disbelief and amazement – ‘OFSE, as in, the OFSE?’ – but most telling perhaps have been the many insights from elder generations and the many questions from our youth.Together, they paint a telling picture about the state of our community today. From those older than me – I’m 30 years of age, does that make me young or old? – and particularly from those involved in our historical community institutions, they have been eager to volunteer their anecdotes, their experiences with OFSE over the years. From those younger than me, many of whom I worked with together on committees for our student and youth organisations, and still do, the questions are still more basic – ‘What is OFSE? Who are its members? What makes it so important? What does it all mean?’ I’ll try to lay some groundwork on all that a little later.In meeting with our elders, listening to their stories and reading the various bits of paperwork dug up from their respective archives, it’s fair to say that the history behind OFSE is anything but straightforward. In addressing the questions from our youth, I see again a yearning from them to understand and a desire to contribute, morphed with a systemic disconnect from so much of the Greek community around them.These disconnected youth are the same young men and women who will one day – if we let them – inherit the positions and titles and responsibilities of our community, many who already now cook souvlakia and organise parties but also learn our language and share our customs and culture through their events.In our first media release as a new Board, I promised to listen, and I will continue to do so because I believe it is the responsibility of a President to do so. But more importantly, as a descendant of this community and as a matter of decency, a decency informed by my upbringing as a Hellene, the day has arrived for a new and better example to be set by our leaders.At his enthronement in Sydney at the end of last month, Archbishop Makarios spoke passionately that the youth are not simply the future, but also the ‘present’ of our community. Likewise, at a sold-out youth screening at last year’s Greek Film Festival, Nia Karteris, Vice-President of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW, spoke about engaging with our youth in a new way that is creative and fruitful. At the launch of the photography exhibition, ‘Cypriots. Romioi. Greek-Australians’, co-hosted by students in March, the Greek Consul-General, Christos Karras highlighted the potential for youth-driven community collaborations as a way forward.In my experiences with our youth, I have often found in them a desire without a means, a curiosity without a voice, a journey without a guide. In speaking with them, eating with them, partying with them, arguing with them, crying for them and walking alongside them over many years, I found that they invariably want to express themselves, if only somehow, to be proud of their identity as Hellenes, for their parents and grandparents to be proud of them, in a broader Australian context. They are our children and grandchildren, our sons and daughters, our nieces and nephews; they ask about their surnames, about the food on their tables, about yiayia and pappou. They are reaching out to the rest of us as best they can.And, bless them, they haven’t the slightest clue about OFSE and what it is meant to stand for. If they are going to make decisions for this community in the future, if they are both the future and the now, then they deserve for the pillars of our community, OFSE included, to reach back out to them and enlighten the way.The groundwork I promised: OFSE is a federation of 21 member-organisations formed in the mid-1980s and that together own more than 100 acres of land in Sydney’s south-west, commonly referred to as Kemps Creek. These member-organisations include associations like the Hellenic Club, AHEPA NSW, the Pan-Thessalian ‘Karaiskakis’ and my ancestral Meteora.Truth be told, OFSE existed even prior to all this, when individual associations first started negotiating with the NSW State Government for the land and turned to member-organisations to contribute financially. Some did, others didn’t, and then this, and then that, and then there was a name change, a new entity, a switcharoo of some member-organisations but not all, and then and then. All hand-in-hand with how things used to be.The generally accepted narrative nowadays is that even after the purchase, nobody cared much about Kemps Creek while it sat mostly idle throughout the years, except now with Sydney’s second international airport marked for construction nearby it’s estimated that the land is now worth many millions of dollars. Millions of dollars, supposedly, for the Greek community of Sydney.And just who is that, again?Looking back, the community leaders of decades past that have left their mark on Kemps Creek have also left some tangled written records and opaque objectives. Asking our elders and community leaders for their opinions, many of whom supported my election, I’ve been inundated with all sorts of views and all sorts of requests, from buying a clubhouse to building a cultural centre, to having an athletics track and owning a museum.I ask them, humbly, whether they’ve asked their children or grandchildren about how they might envision their own future as Greek Australians.In our first media release as a new Board, I promised to listen, and I will continue to do so because I believe it is the responsibility of a President to do so. But more importantly, as a descendant of this community and as a matter of decency, a decency informed by my upbringing as a Hellene, the day has arrived for a new and better example to be set by our leaders.I offer an anecdote of my own. During my time with the Macquarie University Greek Association, MUGA, and with the intervarsity organisation, CUGA, I remember vividly the countless conversations with my university colleagues on the evergreen topic of ‘being Greek’, who can claim the identity and how we might measure or balance competing identities.‘You’re only Greek if you’re Orthodox,’ would say one. ‘Only if you speak Greek!’ ‘Only if your parents are Greek’ – just some of the many positions put forward.‘You want to talk to them about Greekness?’ another, less optimistic colleague asked me just the other day.I asked my Greek lecturer, at the time. What she said to me I will keep for the rest of my life.‘Γιώργο,’ she said, her gaze cold as ice, ‘being Greek is a state of mind.’In the same classroom where I chose to learn our ancestral language, the same classroom where I read Aristotle proclaim that man is a political animal, I first came to appreciate that the question of our identity as Greeks and Greek Australians is so profoundly intellectual, social, living and political.I stood up and read out Page 1 of OFSE’s Constitution to members at last month’s AGM, to the pride of some and irritation of others. There it states, clear as day, that OFSE exists ‘To promote the welfare, education and advancement of the Greek Community of New South Wales’ (sic).Having a thorough, intellectual and informed conversation about who we are is not simply beneficial, it is absolutely necessary if we are to achieve this aim, execute a coordinated strategy for our future and reconnect our community with itself.And so it is that looking forward, it is our manner and our actions that have the potential to restore trust in our Federation. Simple things like issuing accurate minutes of meetings and keeping our legal and financial obligations in order will go a long way from the OFSE of previous years. More complex, surely, is the need for all parts of our community, social, cultural, educational and religious, to accept a common responsibility for the Greek community in Sydney and to act towards ensuring its welfare and advancement into the future. My belief is that my election and our mandate as a Board point to the day when people in our community are empowered through knowledge and transparency, goodwill and consensus. There is a new hope, that that day is just around the corner.last_img read more

Groundbreaking study finds one in three students in Australian schools experience racial

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A first-of-its-kind study of racism in Australian schools by the Australian National University and Western Sydney University has revealed that one in three students report being the victim of racial discrimination by their peers.The report, compiled as part of the Speak Out Against Racism (SOAR) program, included a survey of 4,600 primary and secondary students at government schools in Victoria and New South Wales; they identified as Anglo-Celtic or European background (55 per cent); south, east or southeast Asia (22 per cent); Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island (five per cent); Middle Eastern (five per cent); Pacific Islander (four per cent) and African (three per cent).It revealed that 40 per cent of students in years five to nine from non-Anglo or European backgrounds reported experiencing racial discrimination in school, while one in three reported discrimination on racial grounds in wider society.The report’s lead author, ANU associate professor Naomi Priest said the survey results cement what minority communities have been saying for a long time.“What this survey gives us is some data on how common that is, and the burden it places on children and young people,” she told The Guardian Australia.“We know racism and race discrimination are major issues and of course they effect children.”Meanwhile 78 per cent said they were able to make friends with peers from a different ethnic background. Most students said they would feel comfortable intervening if they saw a fellow students suffering racial abuse.Seen to be a reflection of wider society, Assoc. Prof. Priest said that racial discrimination could have a negative impact on student development and academic achievement.“We need high-quality, whole-of-school programs – built on evidence and which are tested – that act to directly prevent and appropriately respond to racial discrimination and racism when it happens,” she said.“This is the aim of the second phase our work in SOAR – to develop and trial a bystander program that encourages students and staff to prevent and address racism and racial bullying.”last_img read more

Refugee transfers and migration is an EU issue says SYRIZA MP

first_imgGreek Parliament Vice-President and main opposition SYRIZA MP Dimitris Vitsas once again raised the refugee issue in an interview with the country’s official parliament television channel ‘Vouli’.As the former migration policy minister, Mr Vitsas highlighted the government’s inexcusable delay in transferring people from the Lesvos hotspots to the mainland, dubbing decision to abolish the migration policy ministry “a mistake”.The SYRIZA MP noted that “for the sole purpose of removing the general secretary” this action will have grave consequences.“From the first moment of the new governance, [SYRIZA] noted that the government took too long to understand the reality with respect to the refugee crisis. Today, 1500 vulnerable individuals are leaving Lesvos for facilities on the mainland. When in the opposition, New Democracy raised objections regarding the definition of vulnerability. These people were planned to leave for the mainland in early July and they are leaving now,” he said.“If they scrap the refugee committees then all the cases will go to court, with an even greater delay.”Mr Vitsas warned that individual consideration of asylum applications on two levels is required by international law.ALSO READ: Refugees on Samos island tell their stories through photographs Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more