Witness testifies he sold Dellen Millard a gun days before Laura Babcock

first_imgTORONTO – A witness at a murder trial says he sold one of the accused a gun days before a young Toronto woman vanished.Matthew Ward-Jackson says he pleaded guilty to the gun transaction with Dellen Millard that took place in early July 2012.The Crown alleges Millard and Mark Smich killed Laura Babcock because she became the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.The prosecution contends the pair burned her body in a commercial animal incinerator that was later found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of Babcock, 23.Ward-Jackson could not recall many details about the gun sale and was often evasive about the numerous phone calls and text messages with Millard in July 2012.Babcock disappeared on July 3, 2012. No one has heard from her since that summer and her body has not been found.Ward-Jackson, who also goes by his rapper name Ish, told court Wednesday that Millard showed interest in a gun that had come into his possession.He later changed his testimony and said he figured Millard would want a gun because he was a “manly man, interested in cars, girls, maybe firearms.”The Crown walked Ward-Jackson through a series of text messages police recovered from Millard’s phone.One discussed a .32-calibre gun, that Ward-Jackson described in a text to Millard sent at 8:14 p.m. on July 1, 2012, as “a really nice nice compact piece.”“Did you write that text?” asked Crown attorney Jill Cameron.“Me or my butler,” Ward-Jackson said.“You had a butler?” Cameron asked.“Yup. Somebody that I paid to help me manage my life … but I did arrange this deal,” he said.Ward-Jackson said the gun was empty when he arranged the deal with Millard. He said he didn’t provide Millard any ammunition.The Crown asked Ward-Jackson repeatedly if he could recall the numerous calls and text messages that phone records showed — the contents of most were not recovered.“I truthfully don’t recall many of them, this is several years ago and I’ve been incarcerated for four years,” Ward-Jackson said.He told court he was testifying against his will. The Crown continued to press him on the gun deal.“Did you ever ask why he needed a gun?” Cameron asked.“No, it’s none of my business, I have no right to ask him that,” Ward-Jackson said.Court also heard about an agreed statement of fact that a .32-calibre gun was recovered at Millard’s home with his DNA on the handle.The trial continues Thursday.last_img read more

First Nation leader pitches sustainability to pipeline investors

first_img“Billions of dollars of shareholder value would have been saved if Kinder Morgan had done a better job of anticipating, assessing and mitigating the sustainability risks to its business,” Lindsley said.In 2016, Ottawa approved plans to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. But the $7.4-billion project has faced significant opposition and legal challenges from environmentalists, First Nations and B.C.’s NDP government.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential spending on the expansion earlier this year, saying ongoing opposition in B.C. and the threat of legal delays was making investors wary of proceeding with the project. The company set May 31 as the deadline for the federal and provincial governments to reach an agreement that would allow the expansion to go ahead.Wilson said the fact shareholders voted for the sustainability report proposal shows they want the company to be more socially and environmentally responsible, but that won’t stop opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion because it threatens Indigenous culture, spirituality, identity and way of life. “That means fundamentally more to us than anything that they could offer us,” she said. “This means that there will be further delay and risk and uncertainty for the overall project. And we wanted to carry that message to the shareholders today.”As the general meeting took place, protests against the expansion project continued in Burnaby, with opponents blocking access to the company’s marine terminal on land and in the water.About 200 people have been arrested since the middle of March while protesting outside Kinder Morgan’s facilities in Burnaby, the RCMP have said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) HOUSTON, TX –  Kinder Morgan’s shareholders have asked the company for more disclosure on its sustainability after a presentation Wednesday by a First Nations chief from British Columbia.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson said she told the company’s annual general meeting in Houston that environmental, social and governance issues can pose significant risks to business and without proper disclosure, shareholders won’t know if they are vulnerable.Wilson said she also explained the legal risks if Kinder Morgan proceeds with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Indigenous land without consent from First Nations.center_img “We do not believe the risks of the project have been accurately evaluated nor fully disclosed and we wanted to point that out to the shareholders,” she told a news conference after the meeting.Wilson put forward a resolution proposing that shareholders ask Kinder Morgan to issue an annual sustainability report describing the company’s analysis of short- and long-term risks, along with plans for mitigating them.Another resolution from a U.S. asset management company proposed that Kinder Morgan create a report looking at how commitments various countries have made under the Paris climate change agreement will affect the pipeline builder’s portfolio in the long term.A Kinder Morgan spokesman said both resolutions passed, but neither is binding. Executive chairman Rich Kinder said in a statement the board will “carefully consider the proposals and the information contained in the supporting statements in determining what actions to take with respect to them.”Because the resolutions are non-binding, shareholders should follow up to show the company that they’re watching and expect their wishes to be expressed, said Lisa Lindsley with advocacy group SumOfUs.Kinder Morgan could have foreseen issues with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if the company had previously committed to putting out sustainability reports, she added.last_img read more

UN official warns of confusion over key Kyoto Protocol mechanism

2 May 2007Amid mounting international concern about climate change, the top United Nations official dealing with the issue today warned that a successful mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol that encourages investment in sustainable development should not be confused with a host of private schemes for trading carbon-emission credits. The Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which allows industrialized countries to generate credits through investment in emission reduction projects in developing countries, has been one of the Protocol’s greatest successes but is now threatened by misunderstanding, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told the annual Carbon Expo in Cologne, Germany.“Some confusion is to be expected – after all, the mechanism is breaking new ground and catalyzing further action on climate change – but some analysis of the CDM has dangerously missed the mark, especially in not distinguishing between the certified emission reductions produced under the CDM, and the emission offsets being sold by the growing number of unregulated or self-regulated enterprises,” said Mr. de Boer. He stressed that it was important to draw a clear distinction between the highly-regulated CDM and ventures offering carbon emission offsets over the Internet and elsewhere.To be registered and then earn Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits, CDM projects must pass a rigorous process of approval and independent third-party monitoring designed to ensure that emission reductions claimed by a project are real, verifiable and additional to what would have taken place without the project, according to Mr. de Boer. The CERs earned by project participants can be sold and retired against national emission reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.The entire mechanism is overseen by an international Executive Board that meets in Bonn about eight times a year. So far some 645 CDM projects have been registered in 44 countries, covering a wide range of sectors, according to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Some 1.9 billion CERs, each equivalent to a ton of CO2, are expected to be produced by CDM projects to the end of the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period in 2012, the Secretariat said.“The Clean Development Mechanism is doing what the countries of the world designed it to do, and it has been very successful. Our task now is to build on that success and tap the considerable potential of the CDM, and other market mechanisms, for stimulating investment and reducing emissions,” Mr. de Boer said. read more

Formal discipline standards for peacekeepers needed says UN official

29 May 2007Troop-contributing countries must accept the introduction of formal discipline standards for United Nations peacekeepers or risk jeopardizing the world body’s entire recent campaign to improve the actions of its personnel in the field, the UN’s top peacekeeping official said today. Discussions are about to resume with UN Member States on a proposed memorandum of understanding setting out standards for the estimated 100,000 peacekeepers operating in 18 separate missions around the world, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno told a press conference in response to questions from journalists.The standards, which would be contained in a memorandum of understanding, are being proposed as part of the Secretariat’s response to a series of scandals in recent years over the behaviour – most notoriously involving sexual exploitation and abuse – by some UN peacekeepers.But Mr. Guéhenno added that some States have indicated they are opposed to the introduction of such standards and he called on those unnamed countries to rethink their positions.“Sometimes countries want to have their cake and eat it,” he said. “That is, you can’t at the same time want the UN to have perfect discipline and everything, and then resist any UN encroachment or interference with their own national disciplinary procedures. It makes things very difficult.”Although the UN can send misbehaving peacekeepers home, troop-contributing countries are currently responsible for the conduct of their troops and other uniformed personnel, and UN rules can be made binding only with their agreement.Mr. Guéhenno stressed that it was vital that both the UN and Member States “have the same understanding of what is acceptable, what is not acceptable, what is criminal, what is not. We need to have total clarity on that.”The Under-Secretary-General said another potential problem arose in that some countries may not have the same standards or procedures for conducting investigations as the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).“These are the kind of very practical issues that can weaken our hand in terms of discipline, zero tolerance and sending a clear message to everybody that troop contributors, UN Secretariat, [that] we are all in the same boat wanting to enforce the right policies… You have to have some kind of compromise there or otherwise it can’t work.”Mr. Guéhenno said he was hopeful that the standards would be approved and enforced.“I think that everybody understands the importance of having effective disciplinary processes in the United Nations, everyone understands how much damage cases of misconduct have done to the good name of the UN, how it hurts us… so I think for the sake of really truly putting an end to that, it’s worth making some compromise in a memorandum of understanding.” read more

Former Haitian leader must face charges for human rights abuses says UN

31 January 2012The United Nations today voiced its concern at reports that former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier may not face charges relating to the serious human rights violations that took place during his 15-year rule, while stressing that justice must be ensured for the victims. Serious human rights violations, including torture, rape, and extrajudicial killings have been extensively documented by Haitian and international human rights organizations to have occurred in the country during his reign, stated a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“The High Commissioner has consistently reminded Haiti of its absolute obligation to investigate these well-documented serious human rights violations and to prosecute those responsible for them,” Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva.Human rights groups have long called for Mr. Duvalier to be arrested in relation to rights abuses carried out during his rule. The former president made a surprise return to Haiti in January 2011, after 25 years of exile in France and amidst a political crisis in his country.Soon after Mr. Duvalier’s return, OHCHR offered Haitian authorities technical assistance for prosecuting crimes committed from 1971 to 1986 when he was in power.Mr. Colville voiced concern about a string of reports quoting Haitian judicial officials as saying that Mr. Duvalier may only face charges of financial corruption rather than ones relating to human rights abuses during his time in power.“We are extremely disappointed at reports that Mr. Duvalier may not be charged with any human rights crimes, despite numerous complaints by victims to the prosecutor,” he stated.“It is clear under international law that there is no statute of limitations for such crimes, and the UN human rights office has provided technical assistance and legal advice stressing this point.”Mr. Colville added that impunity for such serious crimes cannot be allowed to prevail.“We urge the relevant authorities to ensure that justice is, belatedly, delivered to the many victims of human rights abuses committed under the government of Mr. Duvalier. There can be no true reconciliation and forgiveness without justice.”The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, Michel Forst, also voiced his concern about the reports that Mr. Duvalier may not face charges for rights abuses. “If information about Jean-Claude Duvalier is confirmed, then this would a very serious blow to the credibility of the process of judicial reform in Haiti,” he stated as he arrived in the country for an eight-day mission. “The existence of crimes committed by the Duvalier regime is well established and has been confirmed,” he added. read more

TMX Group names Lou Eccleston chief executive

TORONTO — The TMX Group, operator of the country’s largest stock exchange, has named Lou Eccleston as its new chief executive officer.Eccleston will assume the role on Nov. 3.The company says Eccleston has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets, information services and financial sectors. He was most recently the president of S&P Capital IQ and chairman of the Dow Jones Indices. He also worked at Thomson Financial and was a long-time executive at Bloomberg LP.Eccleston is taking over the top job from Thomas Kloet, who will remain CEO until Oct. 31.Kloet had joined the TMX Group in 2008, shortly after its merger with the Montreal Exchange and as the industry headed into a period of consolidation.The TMX Group owns the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, the Montreal derivatives market and others. For the past year, the TMX has been focused on expanding its services as it struggles to attract more companies to list on its main exchange.The Canadian PressTom Kloet extends stay at TMX Group as replacement speculation mounts read more

Football Former Ohio State safety Erick Smith just wants one more opportunity

Ohio State senior safety Erick Smith (34) gets the crowd energized in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt was like he never left. Wearing scarlet shorts with Ohio State’s logo emblazoned on them, a black Nike T-shirt featuring a scarlet swoosh and scarlet cleats, safety Erick Smith looked like he was still part of the football team. Just as he often did the past four years, Smith took to the practice field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and worked on position-specific drills. But this time, one February morning, instead of working out with the team under the supervision of head coach Urban Meyer with the goal of winning a national championship, Smith had other means and other goals.As he backpedaled during a drill, Smith thought about the NFL, his dream since he was a child and the goal he came to Ohio State to chase. When Smith arrived as a freshman in the fall of 2014, he thought he would put in three years, then head to the league.“I didn’t come here to play school, man,” he later said with a smile, invoking Cardale Jones’ infamous line.But Smith’s career did not go as planned. Late in his sophomore season, he tore his ACL, ending his season and forcing him to sit out spring practice. The injury derailed Smith’s hopes of starting in 2016 and forced him to settle into a backup role. He had a chance to start as a senior in 2017, but began the year as a co-starter, was suspended for the fifth and sixth games, then returned as a backup in most games.Senior safety Erick Smith runs the ball during the Ohio State vs. UNLV game on Sept. 23. Ohio State beat UNLV 54-21. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorSmith ended his career having played 43 games with just two starts and had to watch from Columbus as 11 of his former teammates participated in the 2018 NFL Combine. So on that day in mid-February, he worked with former Ohio State and NFL cornerback Chimdi Chekwa to try to prove the doubters wrong.“I ain’t want my football story to end like that,” Smith said. “If it ends after this year, then it just ends. But I’ll still be able to say, you know, I gave it my all. If my all don’t work, then I’m just not supposed to be playing.”Smith’s football story began long before he laced up his scarlet cleats. Prior to his four years as a Buckeye, he spent four years under the tutelage of one of the most respected head coaches in Ohio high school football, Cleveland Glenville’s Ted Ginn Sr. Not many high-school coaches have seen the kind of talent pass through their programs like Ginn, who said Smith stacked up against the very best. “I always like to see him when he’d come downhill and knock the fire out of people,” Ginn said with a laugh. “He’s reliable. He’s going to be where he’s supposed to be and he’s going to bring that hammer. That’s for sure.”Smith’s size for his age always stood out to Ginn, even when he was just a 14-year-old high-school freshman. Never the rah-rah type of vocal leader, the laid-back Smith did his talking with his shoulder pads.Smith wasn’t the only future Buckeye on his high-school team. Future NFL cornerback Marshon Lattimore played with Smith and the two patrolled the defense. Ginn had a scheme he called the “go get it” package in which Smith and Lattimore, nearly always the two most athletic players on the field, would move up and each take an outside linebacker position.Though Lattimore, who was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, and Smith have since diverged trajectories, in high school, they were viewed similarly by recruiting analysts. Smith was the 65th-best player in his class, according to 247Sports composite rankings, and Lattimore 10 spots ahead at No. 55.Smith even made an impact earlier than Lattimore. He started on special teams as a freshman and picked off a pass in the third game of the season, then played backup safety as a sophomore. During that stretch, Lattimore dealt with debilitating hamstring injuries. But when Smith tore his ACL in late 2015 and sat out spring practice, Lattimore finally got healthy and took advantage of an unexpected vacant starting spot. As Smith backed up safeties Malik Hooker and Damon Webb, Lattimore ran with the starting opportunity and entered the NFL draft after one season. Ohio State redshirt senior safety Erick Smith warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“Everybody just knew that we was going to make it,” Smith said. “And we both dealt with injuries when we got here. Marshon, it was his hamstring. And then my sophomore year, it was my ACL. But like, it’s kind of funny because it’s the same thing, we both just told ourselves to stay with it. I just couldn’t.”Though Smith’s ACL injury happened over two years ago, it still hangs over his career as the ultimate what-if. The safety who relies on being ultra-aggressive said he came back scared to re-injure his knee and played more tentatively. “Everything up to the point I got hurt was, like, going along that path of, ‘OK, yeah. You’re going to be there,’” Smith said. “Tyvis [Powell] and Vonn [Bell], we would talk a lot like, ‘Bro, when we leave, it’s going to be, like, your room’ and all that.”Smith said he would have started alongside Hooker with Webb playing cornerback with Lattimore. He just continually told himself everything happens for a reason.“It was just one of those points in my life where — everybody has them, I feel like — where everything is kind of flipped completely,” Smith said. “And then, like, I was literally just on the other side of things. Now I’m injured and probably going to be out the rest of the season and missed the spring and that’s going to be big.”Despite the injury’s unfortunate timing, Smith was not out of chances with Hooker leaving for the NFL draft with Lattimore to open a starting spot in the defensive backfield.Finally healthy, Smith felt “extremely confident” he could lock down the spot. He said defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano told him he had one of the best camps of anyone on the team. But he admitted he was “dealing with my own issues” and was late a couple times during spring practice, which might have factored into the decision to make him a co-starter with then-sophomore Jordan Fuller.That didn’t bother Smith, who said he was fine with splitting reps with the underclassman. But then he had his final slip-up, which cost him his final opportunity. Meyer announced Smith’s indefinite suspension for undisclosed reasons prior to the fifth game of the season against Rutgers. Smith missed the next game as well for what he said was a second failed drug test of his career for marijuana.“I mean, it’s not even a ‘what-if,’” Smith said. “It’s a ‘if I didn’t,’ you know. If I didn’t fail the drug test, I would’ve been co-starter the whole year.”He tried to stay upbeat, but he knew his NFL dreams had taken a major hit.“Up to that point, even with me getting hurt and everything, this season was, like, I still could’ve obviously worked my way into being a legit draft pick instead of, you know, the position where I’m in now where I’m possibly going undrafted or I’m going to go late,” Smith said.He finished the season with 40 tackles and three pass deflections, but 22 of the tackles and two pass deflections came in the first four games of the season. Regardless of how his final season went, Smith was unwilling to give up on his goal of becoming a professional football player, something he thought would naturally happen to someone with his skillset.Ohio State safety Erick Smith is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHe took some time to rest after the Buckeyes’ victory in the Cotton Bowl, in which he suffered an ankle injury, before returning to work, this time without his teammates. Though no longer on the team, Smith chose to work out at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center while he pursues a Master’s Degree in sociology and is unable to head out of state to train at a facility like so many of his teammates. Smith diversifies his workouts by spending time in the weight room with Ohio State’s strength staff multiple days a week and working out with Chekwa as often as possible. A former Buckeye defensive back who battled injuries, yet overcame them and had an NFL career, Chekwa has been through what Smith is now going through.With Ohio State’s staff taking care of the weight training, Chekwa has focused on improving Smith’s movement. He views football as a combination of flexibility and explosiveness.“I’m not doing anything groundbreaking or anything,” Chekwa said. “It’s really just getting a good athlete to operate within his athleticism.”Chekwa, who co-owns a Columbus restaurant named The Pit, first met Smith when the safety stopped by for a bite to eat. The two traded numbers and Chekwa eventually asked if Smith would be interested in his help. Just one year out of the NFL, Chekwa focused on positional drills he felt would help Smith perform on the NFL that would also translate to Thursday afternoon’s pro day.Ohio State redshirt senior safety Erick Smith warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“I feel like yes, I’m getting stronger and quicker, but like, more than anything, I want to be comfortable and smooth and clean in my football movements,” Smith said. “Like stuff I do with Chimdi, like getting out of my break, turning, breaking, everything like that because I know that’s what scouts want to see and that’s what coaches want to see — the guy who can get out of his break, be clean.”Smith needs all the help he can get to prove to NFL teams he has what it takes to make it in the NFL, despite an up-and-down college career. He is under no delusion that teams could take him early in the draft and understands the possibility of being an undrafted free agent. “I think I have a chance to get drafted,” Smith said. “It’s just me being realistic. Even, shoot, sixth or seventh, if not be undrafted. If I get on any team, all I need is a chance.”He had that chance a couple times at Ohio State and never capitalized on it due to situations out of his control and his own actions. But Smith is not worried about that anymore. He’s single-minded on his final chance.“I work hard for results, but when you don’t get the results you expect by working hard, you still feel some satisfaction because you gave it what you could give it,” Smith said. “And that’s how I would see it. From this point to pro day or the draft, I’m just going to work hard and if it don’t happen, I gave it my all. The next door that closes, another one opens.”That next door could be a community program administrator or a marriage counselor, both careers that Smith has explored. But those jobs will always be available. Smith has just one shot at the NFL. He has people in his corner who believe in his ability. Both Ginn and Chekwa plan to attend pro day to support Smith. Ginn called him “a pro” and Chekwa said he’s seen the top athletes at the sport and Smith has what it takes to make it. Now, Smith doesn’t need his team’s belief. He needs a belief from an NFL team. read more

Gold projects make progress on back of rising price and Vale to

first_imgLatest issue of International Mining Project News available (October 23): With the US dollar weakening and the gold price climbing ever higher, many mining companies are making decisive moves on the road to production. This is evident in Project News, with 15 gold projects in the prefeasibility stage and 12 in feasibility. Further along the development line, there is news of Barrick Gold buying Xstrata’s 70% interest in the El Morro gold-copper project, located in the Atacama Region of Chile. The project has total Measured and Indicated resources of around 8.3 Moz of gold and 6,300 MIb of copper. Also, Mwana Africa has poured its first gold, following completion of Phase 1 of its refurbishment program, at the Freda Rebecca mine in Zimbabwe. Away from gold, Vale has signed an investment agreement with the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, in order to expand its iron ore production capacity in the state. It has also set out an investment budget for 2010, involving capital expenditures of $12.9 billion for sustaining its existing global operations, and to foster growth through research and development and project execution.  In Mexico, Goldcorp’s new Peñasquito mine has produced its first lead and zinc concentrates. Throughout its mine life Peñasquito will produce both lead and zinc concentrates, with most of the gold and silver production coming from the lead concentrates. All components of the operation – from the mine to the crusher, to the grinding mills, flotation cells, concentrate filters and on to the tailings facilities – have now been operated and commissioned, and initial ramp-up is proceeding as expected.  Overall, progress at the mine remains on track for completion of commissioning for the Line 1 processing circuit by year-end. Mwana Africa’s first gold pour in Phase 1 – 180 oz – is part of production that is forecast to increase to 30,000 oz/y of gold by the end of 2009. Planning for Phase 2, which is expected to increase output to in excess of 50,000 oz/y, is well advanced.In British Columbia, Canada, Terrane Metals has the results of the feasibility update study for its 100%-owned Mt. Milligan copper-gold project. The 2009 study was prepared by Wardrop to update a 2008 study to construct a 60,000 t/d copper flotation process plant and open-pit mine at Mt. Milligan. The study is a key component of a 14 month – $21.5 million Modified Project Execution Plan to advance the project through the completion of key pre-construction-related activities.Back to the Vale news, the company says that the investment plan continues to reflect its focus on organic growth for its strategy: 76.6% of the budget is allocated to finance R&D and greenfield and brownfield project execution against an average of 71.1% over the last five years. Given its existing assets and those which will come on stream in the near future, Vale expects to maintain production growing at a brisk pace. This capex budget represents an increase of 29.3% over the $10 billion invested in the last year ended at June 30, 2009.Although iron ore and nickel will continue to be the company’s main businesses, it plans to boost the production capacity of copper, coal and fertilizers, creating a more diversified portfolio of worldclass assets. Given the current project pipeline, it expects to reach the following production flows in 2014: 450 Mt of iron ore, 380,000 t of nickel, 650,000 t of copper, 30 Mt of coal, 3.1 Mt of potash and 6.6 Mt of phosphate rock. To enhance the competitiveness of its operations, it will continue to invest a sizeable amount of funds in its railroads, maritime terminals, shipping and power generation.To receive the full 40+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more

Engenium awarded two electrical upgrade projects by BHP Billiton

first_imgPerth-based Engenium Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of ASX-listed Resource Development Group Ltd (RDG), has been awarded two electrical upgrade projects by BHP Billiton as part of an existing framework agreement. The contracted work has an estimated value of A$3.5 million. Having previously undertaken work on the study phase of the Substation Replacement Project at Yandi, Engenium has now been contracted to continue onto the execution and commissioning phase.The project includes the replacement of four existing transportable substations in new locations and the replacement and refurbishment of associated switchboards. Engenium’s scope of work includes project management, transformer design, execution engineering, design support and control system works and equipment procurement. In addition, Engenium has also been appointed to supply engineering consultancy services for the study of BHP Billiton’s Eastern Ridge Switchboard Replacement project.Central Systems Pty Ltd (Centrals), a recently acquired subsidiary of RDG, also has an existing framework agreement with BHP Billiton and has worked on a number of construction projects for the company including industrial buildings expansion at Eastern Ridge and construction and installation of administration facilities at Mining Area C’s Eastern and Western hubs.last_img read more

AngloGold Ashanti declares 18 Moz maiden ore reserve attributable for Gramalote

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti’s Maiden Ore Reserve for the Gramalote project consists of attributable 63.7 Mt @ 0.86 g/t Au. This is a Joint Venture between AngloGold (51% and manager) and B2Gold (49%). The Gramalote project is located on the eastern flank of the Cordillera Central near the towns of Providencia and San Jose del Nus in the municipality of San Roque, in the northwest of the Antioquia Department. It is approximately 230 km northwest of Bogota and 124 km northeast of Medellin.The enhanced PFS was completed in September 2017 and approved by the board to proceed to feasibility study. The project will now undergo a full feasibility study, during which all metrics, including capital and costs, will be optimised. No capital for development of the project has been committed.“We are developing this as a good long-term option in our pipeline, and will be working hard to optimise all of its key elements – including capital — during the feasibility study phase,” Ludwig Eybers, AngloGold Ashanti’s Chief Operating Officer-International said. “While we are a long way from committing any capital to this project, it represents good value that we will realise over time.”The project has several strengths, both externally and intrinsic to the ore and the orebody itself.External factors are:•           Reliable water supply – high rainfall region.•           Adjacent to a national highway, which connects to a river and seaports.•           Proximity to the national electricity grid with ample low-cost power and stable record of hydro-electric power.•           Technically capable workforce within Colombia.•           Community support due to mining tradition and the opportunity to bring prosperity to the area if the project is developed.Factors intrinsic to the ore and orebody are:•           Relatively low strip ratio of 2.5:1•           Amenability to grade streaming to increase early cash flow•           Strong metallurgical response, resulting in low process operating costs and high recovery, compared to a typical hard rock gold mine using whole ore leach.Mining will be by open pit methods commencing in the high-grade portion of the main Gramalote Pit and progressing through a series of cut-backs in Gramalote and in the two satellite pits, Trinidad and Monjas West. The total rock movement is expected to rise to just under 60 Mt/y in the second year of operation, and remain at that level until the ninth year before declining. The total material moved is expected to include material rehandled from the stockpiles.The project concluded that a SAG-Ball mill circuit along with flotation and leaching is expected to provide the best economics. The Gramalote ore will be treated using a simple circuit and is expected to perform extremely well metallurgically.• The sulphide and oxide ores will be treated through separate grinding and flotation circuits, optimising operational performance• The plant nameplate feed rate will be 11 Mt/y of sulphide ore and 4 Mt/y of oxide.  After oxide ore is depleted in the ninth year of production, 15 Mt/y of sulphide ore will be fed• The process for both ores will involve floating the gold into a low-mass concentrate which is leached, while the benign flotation tails are placed in a Tailings Management Facility (TMF)• The sulphide ore is expected to achieve close to 95% overall gold recovery with a very coarse grind size, minimising costs• Recovery from the oxide ore is anticipated to be roughly 82%, but the process is still expected to be more profitable than a whole ore leach process.Key infrastructure highlights include:• Existing port facilities, including sea (Cartagena at 640 km, Barranquilla at 768 km) and river ports (73 km), and a national highway• On-site facilities to be constructed include the TMF, a creek diversion, a residential camp and offices• A high voltage power line, 26 km long, will be required to connect to the national grid.  This will be constructed and operated by a major Colombian power distribution company.The project aims at producing a total of 4.22 Moz of gold over the life of the mine at a rate of between 300,000 and 450,000 oz for the first eight years, at attractive AISC levels over the life of foreseeable mining operations.last_img read more

Galaxy Nexus to drop on Black Friday

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been one of the hottest topic of conversation amongst the Android faithful ever since its announcement in Japan last month. Being the first commercially available handset that will run Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android, it is no surprise that fans of the little green droid have been clamoring to hear a release date so they can get their hands on the “frozen treat”. The answer may not have been the one they were looking for as the possible day of release strikes fear in the heart of sane consumers the country over. The Galaxy Nexus could drop on Black Friday, adding to the frenzy that already exists to acquire the device.In an image leaked from a Verizon marketing piece, the Galaxy Nexus is listed as part of the Samsung “holiday portfolio”, which presumably launches on Black Friday according to the image in question. There already is a lot of debate that it could launch on the Saturday after Black Friday, but if a you were a marketing expert for a large mobile manufacturer trying to build energy for a product release, is there a better time to schedule than the traditional beginning to the holiday shopping season? While it may not be ideal for consumers who are not interested in shopping on that day that want to get the device, it makes good sense from a PR standpoint.Nothing can be said definitively in the way of an exact launch date, but it looks like Verizon may be trying to get the Galaxy Nexus out the door in time for people to put them underneath the tree this year. Look for more on this story as it develops in the coming weeks.via Droid Lifelast_img read more

Aldi to increase pay for 5000 UK store assistants

first_imgSupermarket organisation Aldi is to increase its minimum hourly rate of pay for more than 5,000 UK-based store assistants from 1 February 2018.Store assistants working across Aldi’s 762 national sites will earn a minimum of £8.85 an hour from 1 February 2018, while store assistants based in its London shops will receive a minimum wage rate of £10.20 an hour, also effective from 1 February 2018.The new rates of pay will exceed the voluntary living wage rate, which currently stands at £8.75 an hour for employees across the UK. The higher London living wage rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation is £10.20 an hour, to reflect the increased living costs of residing in the capital.Aldi will additionally continue to pay its employees for breaks.Matthew Barnes (pictured), chief executive officer at Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “Our store [employees] are the cornerstone of our business. Without their hard work and dedication day in, day out, we would be unable to provide customers with the lowest grocery prices in the UK.”last_img read more

Spotify Captures Half Of British Teens Streaming Hours

first_img Email Spotify Captures Half Of British Teens’ Streaming Hours U.K. Teens Prefer Streaming Over Radio spotify-captures-half-british-teens-streaming-hours Research reveals young U.K. music listeners rely on playlists, Spotify and YouTube more than radioPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2017 – 4:50 pm Research firm AudienceNet revealed fascinating findings from a June 2017 survey of music consumption in the U.K., showing radio still has a place in young people’s lives but streaming playlists, Spotify and YouTube have replaced passive listening with an on-demand culture giving listeners the power to navigate.The “Audiomonitor” survey shows the 16–24 age group has diverged from the UK’s national average, signaling a new stage as streaming services become dominant with youth. This divergence towards on-demand listening is strongest among 16–19 year-olds.Albums versus playlists: Brits over 65 spend 41 percent of their time listening to albums, but time spent listening tilts in favor of playlists among 16–24 year-olds. The 16–19 segment spent only 20 percent of their time on albums and 35 percent of their time listening to playlists.Radio: The average British listener spends 43 percent of their time listening to radio and three-quarters of 16–24 year-olds listen to some radio each week. But among 16–19 year-olds radio listening has dropped down to just 10 percent of their time.Streaming: While only 24 percent of UK listeners use streaming, in general, this rate rises to 62 percent among the 16–19 age group.YouTube versus Spotify: YouTube has a 31 percent weekly reach on average, almost double Spotify’s 16 percent. But among the streaming hours of the 16–19 demographic, Spotify dominates with 51 percent of their streaming time while YouTube accounts for 33 percent. AudienceNet estimates that Spotify accounts for a total of 30 percent of 16–19 year-olds’ listening hours.More changes are inevitable as streaming audiences supply real-time data detailing their listening habits to music services, artists, and across social media.Spotify For Artists Promises Closer Connection To Fan BasesRead more Twitter News Facebook last_img read more

Yediyurappa wins floor test in Karnataka Assembly

first_imgBengaluru, July 29: Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday won the floor test in the Assembly by voice vote. “Yediyurappa has won the confidence motion he moved by voice vote with more yes than no’s. As there is a request for division of votes by the opposition parties, he has proved that he has majority support in the House,” Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar declared in the House. Earlier, Yediyurappa moved the motion to prove that he enjoyed majority legislative support in the House. The motion was put to voice vote after Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumarasway spoke on the motion briefly.last_img

When Pranavi Acharya threatened to slap director with slipper for seeking sexual

first_imgSinger Pranavi AcharyaInstagramSinger Pranavi Acharya is the latest Telugu celeb to speak about casting couch. She recently revealed that she had threatened a director to slap him with slipper after he asked for sexual favours.In an interview, Pranavi Acharya opened up about facing casting couch in the Telugu film industry in the initial phase of her career. She said that a director had asked her for sexual favours in order to give her a chance to sing in his films. She said that she indicated to him that his advances were not welcome, but he insisted.Pranavi Acharya said that she took a stand and gave him a strong warning. She revealed that she had said “Cheppu tho kodatha” (Will slap you with my slipper) when he insisted. She also revealed that a few others had invited her to have sex and even blackmailed that she would get offers, only if she compromises.Pranavi Acharya is one of the popular playback singers, anchors and dubbing artists in the Telugu film industry. She had participated in Doordarshan singing competition before starting her career as a singer with the song “Shuddha Brahma” from the movie Sriramadasu in 2006. Pranavi Acharya with her husband Raghu MasterInstagramShe has now sung about 200 songs in 70 movies. She is known for her songs from films like Sri Ramadasu, Happy Days, Yamadonga and Lion. She has also worked as a singer of TV serial title song. She won the Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for the serial Turpu velle railu and Bharatamuni Award for the film Happy Days and Navayuvagalam for the film Yamadonga.Pranavi Acharya entered the wedlock with choreographer Raghu Master in 2016 and they were blessed with a daughter. Raghu hogged the limelight with the dance show Dhee and later he became dance master for many movies. He is known for his work in some popular movies like Arya 2, Mirchi, Jil and Akhil.last_img read more

SBI hikes 1year MCLR rate to 815 percent EMIs to get expensive

first_imgSBI hikes 1-year MCLR rate to 8.15 percentReuters fileIndia’s largest lender State Bank of India on Thursday (March 1) increased the one-year marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) by 20 basis points to 8.15 percent from 7.95 percent across various maturities.Home loan and personal loan borrowers will be affected by the revised rates as it would affect the interest rates on loans. The Increase in MCLR rates by the largest public sector bank in India shows that the EMI (Equated Monthly Installments) will also increase. The new benchmark rate will be effective from March 1, 2018, the bank said through a notification. The hike in MCLR rates comes a day after the bank increased fixed deposit rates of maturities. SBI MCLRSBIThe overnight MCLR rate has been increased from 7.70 percent to 7.80 percent, while the six-month MCLR has been increased from 7.90 percent to 8.00 percent earlier.The two-year MCLR rate has gone up to 8.25 percent from 8.05 percent. Also, the three-year MCLR rate has been raised to 8.35 percent from 8.10 percent.On February 28, SBI has increased the interest rate on various term deposits with immediate effect. For retail domestic deposits below Rs 1 crore, a depositor will now earn 6.40 percent interest rate on one-year deposit, from the 6.25 percent interest rate earlier. Senior citizen for the same amount of deposit and tenure will earn 6.90 percent from 6.75 percent earlier.The proposed rates of interest shall be made applicable to fresh deposits and renewals of maturing deposits, read the SBI statement.MCLR is the benchmark lending rate based on which banks in India lend to borrowers. Till 31 March 2016, banks used the base rate as the benchmark rate to lend.Reuters reports that this is the first hike in the one-year MCLR after the MCLR regime came into effect in April 2016.last_img read more

DU teachers support quota reform but not attack on VC residence

first_imgDU teachers support quota reform, but not attack on VC residenceMembers of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association formed a human chain on the campus on Tuesday, protesting at the attack on Dhaka University vice-chancellor’s official residence.The association held the protest rally at the foot of Aparajeya Bangla of Dhaka University around noon, demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the attackers, reports UNB.However, the teachers of Dhaka University extended their moral support to the demand for quota reform.Dramatist Ramendu Majumdar, who too joined the human chain, said the students’ demand to reform the quota system is logical but the attack on the VC’s house is totally unwanted.The attack was pre-planned, he claimed.The DUTA leaders observed that university students are not behind the attack and the attack was carried out as part of a plot.Sadeka Halim, dean of the Social Sciences faculty, urged the authorities concerned to bring the attackers to book.The association also announced programme to wear black badges from 11am to 11:59am on 12 April suspending their academic activities including classes.The DUTA leaders invited journalists to come to the VC’s residence on Wednesday around 11:00am as they would show the video footage of the attack.The teachers assured the agitating students that they will request the prime minister top bring logical reform in the quota system.However, a section of general students continued their silent protest over the law enforcers’ attack on the agitating students, carrying placards, in front of the DUTA human chain.Different slogans including “Why were attacks in the campus”, “Why were students injured?”, “Teachers (our guardians), we want answer”, were written in the placards.Amid demonstrations in Shahbagh and adjacent areas early Monday seeking reform in the quota system, some unknown attackers entered the VC’s residence breaking its main gate and ransacked several rooms and furniture.The attackers also set fire on two vehicles parked inside the VC’s residence.last_img read more

Motorcyclist killed in road crash

first_imgA motorcyclist was killed as a covered van hit his vehicle in Mansurabad area of Chattogram city early Sunday.The deceased is Md Mirza, reports UNB.The accident took place when the van hit the motorcycle in front of the regional passport office around 2:00am, leaving him critically injured, said Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost constable Amir Hossain.He was brought to the hospital where the duty doctors declared him dead, the constable added.last_img

Subscription Fatigue Nearly Half of US Consumers Frustrated by Streaming Explosion Study

first_imgStreaming entertainment is smacking into the wall of the paradox of choice — and the cost to consumers of piecing multiple services together.The boom in subscription streaming services has given consumers more options than ever, with an array that includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, CBS All Access, Showtime and YouTube Premium. Even more are coming down the pike with Apple, Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal and others promising to enter the fray in a big way.But the plethora of options has a downside: Nearly half (47%) of U.S. consumers say they’re frustrated by the growing number of subscriptions and services required to watch what they want, according to the 13th edition of Deloitte’s annual Digital Media Trends survey. An even bigger pet peeve: 57% said they’re frustrated when content vanishes because rights to their favorite TV shows or movies have expired. Popular on Variety “Consumers want choice — but only up to a point,” said Kevin Westcott, Deloitte vice chairman and U.S. telecom and media and entertainment leader, who oversees the study. “We may be entering a time of ‘subscription fatigue.’”All told, there are more than 300 over-the-top video options in the U.S. With that fragmentation, there’s a clear opportunity for larger platforms to reaggregate these services in a way that can provide access across all sources and make recommendations based on all of someone’s interests, Westcott said. “Consumers are looking for less friction in the consumption process,” he said.Today, the average U.S. consumer subscribes to three video streaming services; 43% subscribe to both pay-TV and streaming services, per Deloitte’s study. Effectively, Westcott said, they’re cobbling together their own entertainment bundles from multiple providers.Again, the sprawl of content options presents headaches. Nearly half (49%) of consumers in Deloitte’s survey said the sheer amount of content available on subscription VOD makes it hard to choose what to watch. Meanwhile, consumers say they know exactly what they want to watch 69% of the time, but 48% say content is hard to find across multiple services. And 49% give up on searching for content if they can’t find it in a few minutes.Deloitte’s survey found strong growth in streaming video subscription services — with 69% of households now subscribing to one or more — and streaming music services (41%). Pay TV remained relatively flat with 65% of U.S. households subscribing to cable, satellite or telco TV.Other findings from Deloitte’s study:Originals drive subscriptions: High-quality original content continues to be a dominant factor in streaming video growth, with 57% of all current U.S. streaming consumers (and 71% of millennials, ages 22-35) saying they subscribe to streaming video services to access original content.TV ad loads: 75% of consumers say they would be more satisfied with pay-TV service if there were fewer ads, and 77% said ads on pay TV should be under 10 seconds. Respondents indicated 8 minutes of ads per hour of programming was the reasonable upper bound — while they also said that 16 minutes or more of commercials per hour is the point they would stop watching.Data privacy: Consumers are increasingly wary of how companies handle their data, with 82% saying they don’t believe companies do enough to protect their personal data. Just 7% of respondents believe the government should play a role in protecting their data.Voice assistants: Ownership of voice-enabled home speakers grew 140% year-over-year in 2018, with total penetration soaring from 15% to 36%. The top five uses of voice-enabled digital assistants are playing music, searching for information, getting directions, making phone calls and setting alerts. However, half of consumers said they don’t use voice-enabled digital assistants at all, and only 18% claimed to use if daily.Video games: 41% of U.S. consumers play games at least weekly; among Gen Z (14-21) consumers, 54% do. Gaming consoles are being used more often as an entertainment hub — to stream TV/movie content (46%), watch online content (42%), browse the internet (34%), stream music (25%), and stream eSports (11%).Esports: One-third of U.S. consumers watch esports at least once a week — and 54% of Gen Z respondents do.The U.S. data for the 13th edition of Deloitte’s Digital Media Trends survey was collected from an online survey of 2,003 consumers fielded from December 2018 to February 2019. Additional findings from the study are available at this link.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Facebook Expands Parental Leave Ahead of the Birth of Mark Zuckerbergs Baby

first_img By now you’ve probably heard that Mark Zuckerberg plans to take two months off following the birth of his baby girl. That may sound like a generous chunk of time, especially for a dad, but that’s half of what the Facebook co-founder and CEO could have carved out, per his company’s parental leave policy.  The world’s most popular social network recently announced the expansion of its four-month “paid baby leave” to full-time employees outside of the U.S., regardless of their gender. The augmented benefit, already available to Facebook’s full-time stateside workers, will chiefly impact new fathers and partners in same-sex relationships, Facebook’s head of human resources Lori Matloff Goler recently said on her Facebook wall. The optional leave can be taken any time throughout the year following a child’s birth or adoption.Related: 10 U.S. Companies With Radically Awesome Parental Leave Policies“In reviewing our parental leave policies, we have decided to make this change because it’s the right thing to do for our people and their families,” Goler said. She casually cited improved “outcomes” for children whose parents take time out to be with them when they’re newborns, just as Zuckerberg, whose wife, Priscilla Chan, 30, is expecting in the coming weeks, also recently noted on his wall.For Zuckerberg’s part, the father-to-be says he’s getting ready to be a parent by stocking up on baby gear, which includes his and his wife’s favorite childhood books and toys. The 31-year-old self-made billionaire called taking paternity leave upon the arrival of his firstborn a “very personal decision.” Clearly, it’s one he can afford to make.Related: Randi Zuckerberg’s Simple Secret for Juggling Career and Kids Facebook joins a long list of big-name global tech firms to significantly beef up their parental leave offerings for full-time employees in recent months, including Netflix. The streaming leader set a new standard last Fall, when it announced unlimited paid time off for new parents during their first year of parenthood.Related: Mark Zuckerberg and His Wife Are Expecting a Baby Girl 3 min read November 30, 2015 Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more