The Annual Festival of Gnaoua Celebrates its 21st Anniversary

By Intissar FaouziRabat-The 21st Gnaoua World Music Festival will kick off on Thursday, June 21, and run through Saturday, June 23,  in the Atlantic coastal city of Essaouira.If Essaouira becomes a leading tourism destination in Morocco, it will undoubtedly be thanks to the Gnaoua World Music Festival, which brings together a mixture of Moroccans, other Africans, and tourists from all over the world. What is Gnaoua music?Gnaoua music is a historic style of African spiritual music and rhythms; it is handed down from formerly enslaved black Africans who integrated into the Moroccan cultural community and created a special style to preserve the traditions and folkloric music of their ancestors.The music combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing; it is closely attached to a prayer whose lyrics tell stories about the sensitive subject of their past slavery.It is also believed that Gnaoua music can be used as a spiritual medicine to heal people possessed by a spirits.The name Gnaoua is derived from Guinea, a place known for its slave trade, especially in the 11th century.Gnaoua music is characterized by percussion and string instruments. The large iron castanets known as “krakeb” and the three-stringed lute called “gimbri” are the essence of Gnaoua music.The African heritage is clearly reflected in the dances and the garments the singers wear.The festival’s historyThis unique musical event in Morocco began in 1998. Its purpose is to connect people with music and to allow listeners to forget life’s reality for a moment and indulge in spirituality.“Since the birth of the festival, its unique character has given it a place of choice in cultural events that have confirmed to the world that Africa is more than ever a land of dialogue and creation,” said Neila Tazi, the director of the festival.The Gnaoua festival attracts an audience of 500,000 visitors each year. It offers a varied program to celebrate the Gnaoua heritage and to invite the best global jazz artists to come and perform in Essaouira.At the festival, the singers, called maâlems, begin to chant in Arabic or Gnaoui. The message is usually spiritual.The 2018 festivalAccording to a statement issued by the organizers, the opening ceremony will feature Snarky Puppy, a powerful Brooklyn jazz band known for combining jazz with rock.The band, led by guitarist Michael Leigh and pianist Bill Lawrence, will perform two concerts in the festival.Also performing at the opening ceremony will be celebrated Hamid El Kasri, the most famous Gnaoua singer, who has admirably made Gnaoua music a multidimensional musical world.In the festival’s 21st appearance, women and Africa will be in the spotlight. When Mâalem Hamid El Kasri will share the stage with the American group Snarky Puppy, Fatoumata Diawara and Asma Hamzaoui will also take the stage to dance.In addition to Dar Loubane,  Zaouia Sidna Bilal, and Issaoua, concerts will be held at the big stage of the square, which will welcome the group Hoba Hoba Spirit. The Borj Bab Marrakech opens its terrace to Mokhtar Gania, Africa Gnawa Soul, and  Mâalem Omar Hayat, as well as many other Moroccan and international artists.Morocco today is considered the epicenter of Gnaoua music, which preserves the heritage and culture of both Morocco and Africa. read more

Business Highlights

___US delay to Huawei ban gives tech sector time to adjustWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is delaying some restrictions on technology sales to Chinese powerhouse Huawei. The U.S. says it’s to ease the blow on Huawei smartphone owners and smaller U.S. telecoms providers that rely on its networking equipment. Still in place are requirements that government licenses be obtained for any sales to Huawei unrelated to existing equipment. The Trump administration insists the sanctions are unrelated to its trade war with China.___US home sales fell 0.4% in April amid limited supplyWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales slipped 0.4% in April, as would-be homebuyers face affordability challenges and a limited supply of starter houses. The National Association of Realtors says that existing homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million last month, down from 5.21 million in March. Despite the solid job market and lower mortgage rates, sales have tumbled 4.4% from a year ago.___Department stores woes reflected in latest batch of resultsNEW YORK (AP) —The outlook for department stores grew murkier Tuesday after J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Nordstrom reported fiscal first quarter results that reflected their struggles at the start of the year. Penney reported a wider than expected loss and sales declines. Kohl’s sales momentum took a pause in the period, and it cut its fiscal 2020 profit outlook as its sales slumped. Upscale Nordstrom reported a first quarter sales drop and cut its annual sales forecast.___‘Medicare for All’s’ rich benefits ‘leapfrog’ other nationsWASHINGTON (AP) — The “Medicare for All” plan embraced by leading 2020 Democrats appears more generous than what’s offered in other advanced countries. The plan by Sen. Bernie Sanders would charge no copays or deductibles for medical care, allowing only limited cost-sharing for certain prescription drugs. Policy experts say the benefits may be needed to persuade Americans they would be better off in a new government plan. But the plan is a punching bag for Republicans trying to tag Democrats as “socialists.”___Tesla reduces prices on Models S and X amid stock slumpDETROIT (AP) — Faced with a slumping stock price and questions about demand for its vehicles, Tesla has lowered the U.S. base prices of its two most expensive models. The company on Monday cut $3,000 from the price of the Model S sedan and $2,000 from the Model X SUV.___Detroit OKs land deals, jobs plan for Fiat Chrysler plantDETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler can move forward with plans to build a new, $1.6 million assembly plant on Detroit’s eastside and invest $900 million to retool and modernize another. The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved land deals and community benefits agreements tied to the project. They include a four-week exclusive window Detroit residents will have to apply for jobs at the facilities once laid-off workers and temporary employees are considered. Fiat Chrysler expects to add 4,950 new jobs.___Speedy reactor cleanups may carry both risks and rewardsPLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Companies specializing in the handling of radioactive material are buying retired U.S. nuclear reactors and promising to clean them up and demolish them in dramatically less time than usual – eight years instead of 60, in some cases. That is a completely new approach to decommissioning nuclear plants in the United States. Some regulators, activists and others question whether the rapid timetables are safe.___Wind developer seeks proposals for whale monitoring systemBOSTON (AP) — The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday it’s seeking proposals for an acoustic monitoring system to detect and track right whales. The company says the system will help ensure speed restrictions and other marine safety protections are followed. It’s also expected to benefit whale researchers and others.___California Senate OKs bill creating special pot banksSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shut out of the traditional banking system by federal laws, the country’s largest legal marijuana market in California could benefit if the state approves a measure creating a special class of banks to handle pot money. The state Senate voted 35-1 on Tuesday to pass a bill that would allow people to start banks and credit unions that could accept cash deposits from marijuana retailers. Those banks could issue special checks that could only be used to pay taxes and other specific expenses.___Tech rebound powers US stocks higher, snaps 2-day S&P slumpNEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies helped power stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, snapping the market’s two-day losing streak. The rally followed the U.S. government’s decision to temporarily ease off proposed restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies. The news gave a boost to chipmakers and other technology stocks, which took steep losses a day earlier when the Trump administration announced the restrictions.___The S&P 500 index rose 24.13 points, or 0.9%, to 2,864.36. The Dow gained 197.43 points, or 0.8%, to 25,877.33. The technology heavy Nasdaq composite climbed 83.35 points, or 1.1%, to 7,785.72. The Russell 2000 index of small companies picked up 20.28 points, or 1.3%, to 1,545.25.The Associated Press read more

QuickList August inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

OTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in August, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.2 per cent (1.0)— Prince Edward Island: 2.3 (1.8)— Nova Scotia: 1.1 (0.9)— New Brunswick: 1.8 (1.4)— Quebec: 1.1 (0.9)— Ontario: 1.5 (1.2)— Manitoba: 0.9 (0.9)— Saskatchewan: 1.7 (0.8)— Alberta: 1.1 (1.0)— British Columbia: 2.0 (1.9)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 0.6 (0.6)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 0.4 (0.8)

ExMaldives President Nasheed arrested

Earlier today the Maldivian Democratic Party, in a statement, said it was deeply disturbed and worried by the court warrant issued to arrest the Party’s Presidential Candidate and the Maldives’ first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, and produce him to a widely disputed court. Maldivian opposition leader and former President Mohamed Nasheed was arrested on Monday following a court order.The Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) said that Nasheed was arrested and taken away by the police while he was taking part in a political rally on an island. “He was arrested today right n front of our eyes,” MDP activist Shauna Aminath told the Colombo Gazette. The court order was issued by the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court on 7 October, Sunday, while Nasheed had appealed the legality of the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court with the High Court on Sunday and the appeal process has not yet been exhausted.“We are currently on presidential campaign trail by boats in the Southern atolls. This trip has been organized for months and immediately after the dates of the trip were announced, the courts decided to summon our candidate to a court that is unlawfully established. Leading experts and lawyers have questioned the legitimacy of this court” MDP spokesperson for international affairs Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said. Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

Mobile brothel busted in Mount

A mobile brothel was busted in the Mount Lavinia area, the police media unit said today.The police said that a car used for the transportation of women for prostitution was seized near the ‘Lobster Hotel’ in Mount Lavinia. A man involved in the operation as well as three women used as prostitutes were arrested.The three women are residents of Kandy, Madampe and Balapitiya, the police media unit said. The suspects have been placed under report on a court order while further investigations continue. (Colombo Gazette)

Civic holiday closures

Government offices, libraries, banks, and many child care centres will be closed Monday for the civic holiday.There will be no mail delivery and in most areas, garbage and recycling collection will be delayed by a day all week. Electricity will be at the off-peak rate all day monday.The HSR and TTC will operate on a holiday schedule, while Go Transit will be running on a Sunday schedule, which includes running trains to niagara falls.Many malls, grocery stores, and liquor and beer stores will be open. However, they may have shorter hours.

Security Council extends oilforfood scheme for additional six months

Unanimously adopting a resolution just hours before the programme was set to expire, the Council also decided to consider, within 30 days, “necessary adjustments” to the Goods Review List, which is central to a system now being used to expedite the delivery of humanitarian goods to Iraq. Under that system, States can more quickly process contracts on all goods that are not directly subject to the sanctions in place since Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and are not referenced on the Goods Review List. Instead of being reviewed by the Security Council committee set up to monitor the sanctions against Baghdad, these contracts are processed directly through the UN Office of the Iraq Programme. Today’s resolution also requested the Secretary-General to report to the Council on the Goods Review List and on “whether Iraq has ensured the equitable distribution of medicine, health supplies, foodstuffs, and materials and supplies for essential civilian needs” procured under the oil-for-food programme.That programme, which began operations in 1996, remains a temporary measure to provide for the civilian needs of the Iraqi people until Baghdad meets its international obligations.To date, over $25 billion worth humanitarian supplies and equipment have been delivered to Iraq under the scheme, including $1.6 billion worth of oil industry spare parts and equipment. An additional $10.5 billion worth of supplies are currently in the production and delivery pipeline. read more

Canadian Pacific taps former rival Hunter Harrison as new chief executive

Canadian Pacific taps former rival Hunter Harrison as new chief executive CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway named Hunter Harrison as its new president and chief executive officer on Friday, drawing the long-time railroader come out of retirement to lead what was once his biggest rival.Harrison, 67, is the former CEO of Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) and is credited with turning CN into one of North America’s most successful railways — a track record lauded by Canadian Pacific’s (TSX:CP) largest shareholder in its push for change at the top.“I know you, your colleagues, and the company have been through unsettling times lately. Let me assure you, I recognize great potential lies within CP,” Harrison said in a letter to employees, obtained by The Canadian Press.“I am completely committed to working with you to build a stronger CP. Change is never easy. But we will get better at what we do for our customers, our colleagues and families, and to drive shareholder value.”New York hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management became the largest shareholder of Canadian Pacific last year, touching off a bitter months-long battle that resulted in the departure of the railway’s chief executive, its chairman and several directors.Pershing Square CEO Bill Ackman placed the blame for the railway’s underperformance squarely on then-CEO Fred Green.The appointment of Harrison, who was Ackman’s preferred candidate to replace Green and had expressed no reservations about returning to the corporate world, was widely expected.Paul Haggis, who became CP chairman after the departure of John Cleghorn, said the new board appointed Harrison after a thorough selection process. The railway said he has been given a four-year contract.“The board welcomes Mr. Harrison’s experience and leadership to CP. We look forward to benefiting from his strong track record of service reliability, efficient asset utilization and strategic capital expenditure,” Haggis said in a statement.In his letter to staff, Harrison said there’s no “magic formula” for fixing the railway.“It will come down to a mix of the strengths of the railway and CP people working hard to execute the plan for service excellence. Simply put, you should expect that together we will deliver unprecedented service to our customers,” he wrote.In an interview with Business News Network, Harrison said he’s “anxious” to begin work — likely in the middle of next week, once the Tennessee native sorts out his Canadian work permit, which expired since he left CN in 2009.He said he expects to take the next four months or so formulating a comprehensive plan to get CP back on track.“We’re working on that as we go and there’s some decisions that need to be made,” he told BNN. “But it will start to take real shape at that point in time when I think people can clearly understand the direction we’re going.”Harrison’s former employer has argued that he continues to have contractual obligations to CN, which he appeared to be breaching in mulling a jump to CP.CN issued a statement Friday congratulating Harrison on his appointment, but warning it will be watching him carefully.“CN is concerned that it will be difficult, if not impossible, for Mr. Harrison to perform his new duties for CP without drawing upon his broad knowledge of CN’s confidential information, which he is not permitted to do,” the railway said.“CN intends to monitor events, and, if it appears that Mr. Harrison is using confidential CN information, CN might seek injunctive relief at that time.”Desjardins Securities analyst Benoit Poirier said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Harrison cut CP’s 16,000-person workforce by between 2,000 to 3,000, with most of the cuts coming through attrition.In a research note, the analyst also said he expects Harrison will resolve CP’s labour issues. For nine days in May, some 4,800 locomotive engineers, conductors, yardmen and others walked off the job before Ottawa forced them back.And Poirier expects Harrison will sell some locomotives and remove some cars from the fleet as a means to cut costs though major asset sales as unlikely.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CP shares were up $1.20 at $74.72 Friday. CN’s stock was off 16 cents to $86.10. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2012 5:48 pm MDT read more

Postseason approaches for Ohio State mens basketball

Depending on a team’s record, playing in a college basketball conference tournament can have a variety of implications. For some, it’s a final opportunity to attain an unlikely spot in the NCAA Tournament. For others, it’s a chance to improve seeding or tune up for a deep tournament run. This year, the Big Ten tournament could serve as something else: a tiebreaker. Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State each finished with a 13-5 record in the Big Ten, forcing a three-way split of the regular season conference title. Would winning the Big Ten tournament, which will be played Thursday through Sunday, give one of those three teams an unofficial title as the conference’s best? “These tournaments, the regular season champion, tournament champion, they’re a big deal,” said OSU junior forward Evan Ravenel. “It kind of sets you apart from the rest of the pack as far as within your conference.” Although a Big Ten tournament championship by one of the top three teams might offer some clarity within the conference, it might not have a significant impact on the national level. Despite the Big Ten being widely regarded this season as college basketball’s top conference and having five teams ranked 15th or better in the AP Top 25 Poll this week, many projections don’t have a Big Ten team receiving one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tourney. OSU coach Thad Matta said that should the Buckeyes, Spartans or Wolverines win this weekend’s tournament, that team should receive a top seed for the national tournament. “From what I’ve just gone through, I would say yes,” Matta said. “Now you can say, ‘Hey Thad, how would you guys do going through the Big East?’ There’s probably too much hypothetical involved in it, I don’t know the answer. But I know, just lobbying for the Big Ten, the different styles that you face from night to night, the arenas that we play in, that sort of thing, it’s a great challenge. But yeah if one of the three of us wins the conference (tournament) championship I could see validity in (getting a No. 1 seed).” Unlike last season when the Buckeyes went 16-2 in the Big Ten en route to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the strength of teams in the Big Ten this season ultimately prevented a team from pulling away in the standings. “We did a nice job of beating each other up throughout the course of (this season),” Matta said. “You didn’t have that dominating performance by anyone in the league. I mean 13-5 won it, so it probably just speaks more to top to bottom how good the conference is.” Based on tie-breaking procedures, Michigan State is the top seed, Michigan is the No. 2 seed and the Buckeyes are the third seed in this weekend’s tournament. OSU will play Friday in the quarterfinals against the winner of Thursday’s game between sixth-seeded Purdue and No. 11 seed Nebraska. Matta said conference tournament games give the younger OSU players a preview of what NCAA tournament games are like. “You’re going to a neutral site, you’re playing in a nice arena, you’re playing great competition obviously, and there’s that heightened awareness of second half, score tied, ‘Hey, if we don’t get it done we’re going home,’” Matta said. “So without really saying it, they have that understanding and appreciation for what we have to do at that time. “I will be anxious to see how this team plays in this setting.” Tip between the Buckeyes and either the Boilermakers or Cornhuskers is set for 9 p.m. Friday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. read more

Face of a Suffragette footage of Emily Wilding Davison unearthed in BFI

The grainy figure of Emily Wilding Davison throwing herself in front of the king’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby was, for more than a century, the only known footage of the famous Suffragette.But new images have been unearthed in the British Film Institute, after a writer researching a play on Davison picked her out from a crowd.Deborah Clair, the playwright, identified Davison in film of a 1910 Hyde Park protest march, which the BFI had made available online. Although it had been in the BFI archive for decades, curators there had not realised that Davison was featured.Clair realised that the woman glimpsed for a few seconds marching in mortarboard and gown matched exactly a photograph of Davison held by the National Portrait Gallery and taken at the march.“I instantly knew it was her and I even cried out, ‘Emily!’ almost to get her attention,” said Clair.“Then, even more strangely, the figure stops as the line temporarily halts and she looks directly at the camera. I could see her up close, in motion, for the first time. She was alive and she looked defiant.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Emily Wilding Davison The BFI consulted a suffrage historian, biographers of Davison and those with family connections, and positively identified her. Bryony Dixon, the BFI’s silent film curator, said: “Congratulations to Deborah for spotting Emily Davison in the crowd. Every contribution to our knowledge of these films is great, but this is a really significant case.”In 2013, a Channel 4 documentary presented by Clare Balding used enhanced film techniques to provide a close-up of Davison as she stepped out onto the track, and put forward the theory that she was not attempting to kill herself or to pull down the king’s horse, Anmer, but to attach a Suffragette scarf to its bridle.Davison died of her injuries four days later. Anmer’s jockey, Herbert Jones, said he would be forever “haunted by that poor woman’s face”. Emily Wilding Davison appears in Scenes in the Record Demonstration of Suffragettes (1910)Credit:BFI National Archive read more

Intl body commends Guyanas 95 percent vaccination rate

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Dr. Anuradha Gupta, yesterday, paid a courtesy call on First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger at State House, where she said that Guyana currently provides vaccinations to approximately 95 percent of its children population, an achievement that is highly commendable.GAVI supports 73 low-income countries to ensure vaccination to children across the globe and has been collaborating and supporting Guyana in this regard. Dr. Gupta, in an invited comment, however, said that vaccinations availability in the hinterland is still a concern and the organisation is working with the Ministry of Public Health to formulate a solution to address this issue.“We typically support countries to take vaccines to every child nationally but now we know that Guyana is doing extremely well. They are able to vaccine about 95 percent of their children but at the same time we also know that in the hinterland we still have children who do not receive vaccines or the full dose of vaccines so we were here to sort of complement the Ministry on the excellent work that they have done so far. We also offer our support in making sure that those children who are not receiving vaccines are also reached,” she said.The organisation is looking to soon introduce the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine to fight cervical cancer in women but at the same time, it has been working with Guyana on a ‘transition plan’, which will see the country funding its own vaccinations but still receiving critical support to ensure that the progress in this sector is maintained.“Guyana now has income levels, which are rising and they can now transition out of GAVI support but before a country transitions out of GAVI support and starts to fully fund its vaccines, we typically do a plan so that we are able to give them concentrated support in those areas, which are going to be critical for them to maintain the progress that they have achieved. In the case of Guyana, we found that the cold chain could really be improved because there are new technologies, solar storage equipment, which can reach those areas that do not have electricity. We are helping Guyana to take that equipment there and now we have new technology to help monitor the temperatures of cold chains,” she explained.As part of that plan also, GAVI will be supporting Guyana to build the capacities of its human resources in the health sector, particularly in the hinterland and riverine areas as well as data collection and evaluation.Mrs. Granger, who has been using her office to promote children’s health and well-being, youth and women’s empowerment, also discussed other areas with the team, which included representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including teenage pregnancy, health education for young people and women and projects in the health sector, which were discussed among the spouses of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at the recently concluded 27th Intersessional Meeting. (MOTP) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVaccination week 2018 aiming for 100% coverageApril 24, 2018In “Health”PAHO urges Caribbean to keep polio at bayOctober 24, 2018In “Regional”Public Health Ministry to take HPV campaign to private schools- MCH officerOctober 21, 2017In “Health” read more

First Quantum wins Inmet Westwood plant fired up great milestone for Encanto

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, has reports on 23 prefeasibility studies, 15 feasibility studies, 31 projects in development, six new mines that have gone into production, 11existing mines that are expanding, 11 merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 42 gold projects, 19 copper, 13 iron ore, six silver projects, five zinc, rare earths, uranium and coal projects, four on lead, graphite and lithium, three nickel, molybdenum, potash and manganese projects, and one project each on platinum group metals, phosphate, tungsten, vanadium, titanium, aluminium, diamonds, lignite and antinomy. Contact for subscription information.First Quantum Minerals and its wholly-owned subsidiary FQM (Akubra) today announced that common shares of Inmet Mining Corp, representing 85.5% of the outstanding Inmet shares (on a fully diluted basis), have been validly tendered to the offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Inmet. The Offeror has taken up and accepted for payment all such shares and will pay for them on or before March 27, 2013. The combination of the First Quantum and Inmet assets has created one of the world’s leading copper producers with a geographically diversified portfolio of high-quality operations and development projects in eight countries across four continents.This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.On March 21, IAMGOLD Corp announced that the gold processing plant at the Westwood mine in Quebec has started up. Initially processing stockpiled ore from the adjacent Mouska mine, in 2013 the plant is expected to produce some 140,000 oz of gold, 60,000 oz from the 30-year old Mouska mine and about 80,000 oz from the new Westwood mine. The first gold pour, which is expected at the end of March, will likely be sold to a refinery in the second quarter of 2013.”We are building a solid reputation for our success in starting up mines on time and on budget” said Senior Vice President Project Development of IAMGOLD, Denis Miville-Deschênes.”Our previous startup was in mid-2010 at the Essakane mine in Burkina Faso, six months ahead of schedule” IAMGOLD President and CEO, Steve Letwin, said, “The same in-house engineering team who constructed Essakane, has now completed the development of Westwood and refurbishment of the old Doyon plant to process Westwood ore. The team’s success increases our confidence in our capability to meet our 2013 production guidance.”Encanto Potash along with The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Muskowekwan First Nation Chief Reginald Bellerose announced an important milestone in the development of the first on-reserve potash mine in Canada. The Muskowekwan First Nation potash mine project has been accepted by the federal government under the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA). The Act will enable the federal government to enact regulations that incorporate a provincial regulatory regime to govern commercial and industrial activities within a province. The federal government and the Muskowekwan First Nation will begin discussions with the Province of Saskatchewan to explore a potential regulation under FNCIDA relating to the proposed mine.Angola, the fifth-largest diamond producer by value, plans to start production at four new gem mines within a year, national diamond company Endiama EP has said. Two kimberlite mines in Tchiuzo in Lunda Sul province and Chiri in Lunda Norte may start by late this year or early 2014, Antonio Freitas, a spokesman for the company, said in an interview with Bloomberg in Luanda. Two alluvial mines are due to start output this year, he said. “Production in 2013 will probably be around the same quantity as last year, maybe a bit more,” Freitas said. Angola produced 8.3 Mct in 2012, Freitas said, the same amount as the previous year.India’s third-largest steel producer is backing the emerging iron ore story in South Australia in a $10 million deal with junior Apollo Minerals. Apollo will farm its three iron ore projects — in South Australia, Western Australia and West Africa — into a new vehicle that will be majority-controlled by Jindal Steel and Power’s Australian arm, leaving a suite of base metals projects the main focus of Apollo. Apollo Chief Operating Officer Dominic Tisdell: “Jindal is going through a major international growth phase and they are looking to expand their iron ore steel production up to 20 Mt/y, and they need to source a lot of that iron ore offshore.”The Federal Department of Mineral Production (DNPM) in Brazil has approved the PAE (Economic Development Plan) for Centaurus Metals’ flagship Jambreiro iron ore project in southeast Brazil. This effectively represents the penultimate approval required before the issue of the Installation Licence (LI), which allows on-site development to proceed.Emerging Ghanaian gold producer, Noble Mineral Resources’ current strategy is to complete the refurbishment, recommissioning and ramp-up of the Bibiani project, to establish the company as a profitable gold producer. To this end, since the recent refinancing process with Resolute Mining, a number of near term objectives have been progressed. The Investec Project Loan Facility, and Resolute’s $15million unsecured short-term loan facility were both settled in full with payments of $18.77 million and $15.35 million respectively. In addition, the process of reconciling and paying down the company’s trade creditors is underway and progressing well. The procurement of equipment and supplies required to complete refurbishment and recommissioning of the 3 Mt/y Bibiani processing plant is advancing, with orders placed for the longest lead-time items, including a fluid coupling for the crusher with a lead-time of approximately 18 weeks.Stope production at Ivanhoe Australia’s Starra 276 underground mine has commenced successfully, with stope blasting and production loading being achieved. This follows completion of development at Starra 276 in February 2013. Starra 276 is the third underground mine that Ivanhoe Australia has successfully re-commissioned for its Osborne copper-gold project and is a key pillar in the copper-gold strategy at Osborne. Mining at Starra 276 will continue to ramp up until its full production rate of approximately 650,000 t/y is reached – expected in the second quarter 2013.At the Tulkubash project, which is part of the Chaarat project area located in the north west of the Kyrgyz Republic, production is to commence with heap leach operation – reducing capital cost and power requirements. Production is targeting second half 2013. There has been an increase in gold resources to 5.76 Moz following the 2012 drilling season.ArcelorMittal has completed the first instalment of its sale of a 15% interest in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada for $1.1 billion to a Consortium led by POSCO and China Steel Corp.last_img read more

Cautious optimism for both the copper and tantalum markets

first_imgLast week the world copper industry gathered in London to debate the state of the market and to begin annual contract negotiations for 2019. Roskill’s Associate Analyst on Copper, Jonathan Barnes presented on Electric Vehicles – The Positive Future for Copper Demand? as just one of the many presentations that Roskill shared with registered guests at its free Breakfast in the Tower event at the Tower of London.Roskill’s view is that “the industry remains divided on whether the refined market is in mild surplus or a minor deficit. But whatever the objective truth, it is effectively a balanced refined market in the context of a 24 Mt annual business. Price forecasting is almost impossible while the so-called US-China trade war continues, but based on our insights and the conversations we had during the week, we are convinced that all the ingredients are already in place for the next price upswing.”Roskill also attended the TIC tantalum conference in Kigali, Rwanda, October 15-16, where Per Loof of KEMET Electronics started proceedings with a positive message from the capacitor industry. He estimates current shortages in the MLCC capacitor market to be as high as 500 billion units and believes that tantalum capacitors could fill some of this gap. Suggesting costs to set up new production to be in the region of $6 million per billion pieces, he explained the huge hurdle that the MLCC capacitor industry faces in the coming years.The Roskill view is that “in 2017/18, capacitor consumers have begun to build stockpiles of tantalum capacitors, giving them the potential to use tantalum capacitors in some of the higher performance MLCC applications if possible. Although the price differential between MLCC and tantalum capacitors is levelling out with MLCC shortages, it is important to note that this situation is likely to reverse in the long-term as the MLCC industry catches up and brings more capacity on-line. Per Loof warned tantalum capacitor producers not to be ‘greedy’ as the attractiveness of tantalum capacitors in more mainstream applications could lessen once again if, and when, MLCC prices fall.”last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #ABORTION: The first of three days of committee hearings into the Government’s draft abortion laws has been taking place, with political and medical representatives giving their feedback on the current proposals. We’ve been liveblogging the day’s events – you can catch up with them all here. Pro-life groups have meanwhile been holding a demonstration outside the home of justice minister Alan Shatter.2. #OIREACHTAS INQUIRIES: The laws allowing TDs and Senators to hold an inquiry into the national banking collapse have been published today. The Oireachtas Inquiries legislation allows politicians to investigate the behaviour of individual public office holders – and, for the first time, outlines a procedure through which the President can be impeached – but is limited in terms of only being able to record facual conclusions.3. #WATERFORD: A man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assault complaints in the 1980s. The man was arrested in Waterford earlier today. He is thought to be a former sports coach.4. #MADDIE: Police in Britain say they have identified new leads in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, the child who vanished while on a family holiday in Portugal six years ago. Scotland Yard said a review of the circumstances of McCann’s disappearance had turned up “more than a handful of people” who police would be keen to speak to.5. #IRAN: Are you female? Are you an aspiring head of government? Are you Iranian? You’re out of luck. A member of Iran’s electoral watchdog has dashed the hopes of up to 30 candidates by saying Iranian electoral law prohibits women from holding the country’s highest elected office. While women are allowed to run for parliament, no female candidates will be permitted to run to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when his successor is elected on June 14.last_img read more

Researchers Accidentally Create Superior PlasticDegrading Enzyme

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists accidentally engineered an enzyme that easily digests some of the most commonly polluting plastics.Researchers at the University of Portsmouth and U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) stumbled upon a biological catalyst that’s better at degrading polyethylene terephthalate (PET) than the one evolved in nature.This discovery, led by Portsmouth professor John McGeehan and NREL’s Gregg Beckham, could provide a solution for the millions of tons of plastic bottles cluttering the environment and threatening wildlife.Experts estimate that by 2050, there will be as much plastic waste in the ocean (by mass) as there are fish.“Few could have predicted that since plastics became popular in the 1960s, huge plastic waste patches would be found floating in oceans, or washed up on once-pristine beaches all over the world,” according to McGeehan, director of the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at Portsmouth.As anyone who brings reusable canvas bags to the grocery store or switched to cloth diapers knows, people are making a concerted effort to cut back on plastics. But paper straws and bamboo toothbrushes aren’t enough.“We can all play a significant part in dealing with the plastic problem, but the scientific community who ultimately created these ‘wonder materials’ must now use all the technology at their disposal to develop real solutions,” McGeehan said.NREL’s Bryon Donohoe and Nic Rorrer test how effectively the PETase enzyme digests plastic (via Dennis Schroeder/NREL)While studying another enzyme that digests PET, the team inadvertently created something even better, which may one day be used industrially to break down plastics in a fraction of the time.“It’s well within the possibility that in the coming years we will see an industrially viable process to turn PET and potentially other substrates like PEF, PLA, and PBS back into their original building blocks so that they can be sustainably recycled.”The big breakthrough came while researchers were examining the bacterium Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, uncovered in the soil of a Japanese PET bottle recycling plant.They found that their PETase mutant was better than the wild-type PETase in degrading polyethylene terephthalate, patented as a plastic in the 1940s. It can also eat polyethylene furandicarboxylate (PEF), a bio-based substitute being hailed as a replacement for glass beer bottles.“We were thrilled to learn that PETase works even better on PEF than on PET,” Beckham said in a statement. “It is literally drilling holes through the PEF sample.”“Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics,” McGeehan added.The full study will be published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.center_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Government Abusing TCIG Press Office Says Blackman

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 6, 2017 – South Caicos – Ruth Blackman, the MP for South Caicos is asserting the misuse of the TCIG Press Office as abuse of the government medium by the PDM Government. Blackman says that the current administration is using the office for political means, which should not be the case.“The current PDM Government appears to still be locked in campaign mode and are not fully coming to grips with the responsibility of governance. Overnight the Government has squandered the integrity of the TCIG Press Office by using it as a medium to distribute it political opinion (reference is made to the use of TCIG Press Office to release Premier Robinson and Minister Higgs response to the Integrity Commission’s investigation of Higgs for breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct).The principles of good governance demands that the public is allowed to receive factual information through this medium and TCIG Press Office should never be indulged in the work of political persuasion.The PNP government was often criticized by onlookers for keeping the TCIG Press releases purely factual, we stood on the principle that the public should be provided with the facts and from these facts draw their own opinions.It is clear that the PDM is using the TCI Press Office to form a political smokescreen and we hereby call on the Governor’s office to have the politically laced releases retracted. Moreover we request that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office provide support via the Governor’s Office to ensure that the integrity of the TCIG Press Office is protected and preserved for the growth and development of the TCI.”, she stated.#magneticmedianews#govtabusingtcigofficesaysblackman Related Items:#govtabusingtcigofficesaysblackman, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Rare talks between two rival political leaders

first_img.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir met each other at Saiddpur Airport in Nilphamari on Sunday and exchanged pleasantries.Fakhrul was waiting at the domestic lounge of the airport to catch a Dhaka-bound Novoair flight in the evening when Quader, who went to the airport to fly for the capital by a US-Bangla Airlines flight, approached him.They exchanged pleasantries for around two minutes, said sources at both Awami League and BNP.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, went to Rangpur to visit the victims of the recent arson attack while the BNP secretary general went to Lamonirhat to attend a party programme.last_img

UNSC plans to visit Bangladesh too

first_imgUN logoThe UN Security Council has been given green lights for visits this month to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where it expects to focus on the beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority, as well as to Iraq.Peru’s UN ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra is the council president for April. He told reporters Monday that details and timing of the separate visits are being worked out.He said council members hope to visit Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingyas lived before fleeing to Bangladesh to escape a brutal military counterinsurgency campaign – and thousands still remain.Meza-Cuadra said Iraq needs international support “for rebuilding the country and to ensure reconciliation” following “significant progress” in fighting terrorism, including the Islamic State extremist group. He also noted that Iraqi elections are scheduled in May.last_img read more