Burp! goes the supermassive black hole

first_imgA supermassive black hole has managed to cast a curious shadow upon the not-too-distant galaxy in which it resides. The typical large galaxy contains a jumbo black hole, and the one at the center of galaxy NGC 5548 (shown) weighs 40 million times more than the sun. Hot gas circling the monster shines so brightly that astronomers classify NGC 5548 as a Seyfert, a type of galaxy with a particularly brilliant nucleus. However, in 2013, that nucleus dimmed dramatically when gas raced away from the hot disk at up to 5000 kilometers a second and blocked most of its lowest energy x-rays, as observers report online today in Science. Because the galaxy lies only 250 million light-years from Earth, the finding may yield insight into the behavior of quasars, far more distant—and powerful—brilliant galactic nuclei that also contain big black holes.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh-Kevin Pietersen’s Twitter Banter on Manchester United Will Leave You in Splits

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Manchester United’s struggles have been one of the biggest talking points this Premier League season. The Old Trafford giants, who have won a record 20 English league titles, are languishing at 12th place in the Premier League table after winning just two and losing three of their first eight matches in the league this season.Cricketers have also gotten into the banter. Former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh on Sunday tweeted: “Tough times don’t last! Tough men do !!! @ManUtd (sic.)” Former England captain Kevin Pietersen replied to the tweet saying, “No one in Manchester is tough!” banterKevin PietersenManchester UnitedPremier League First Published: October 8, 2019, 8:47 AM IST While Yuvraj tagged Manchester United in the tweet, Pietersen’s reply could be directed at both the Manchester giants.Manchester City, while not in as dire a state as their cross-town rivals, also lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday and thus lost significant ground to Liverpool in the title race. City are now eight points behind the Anfield giants. No one in Manchester is tough!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) October 7, 2019last_img read more

SPORT-GOLF-OPEN 2 LAST

first_imgNow ranked 57th in the World and 91st in the FedEX Cup Now ranked 57th in the World and 91st in the FedEX Cup rankings on the PGA Tour, Lahiri has had a fair rookie season so far with 13 cuts in 16 starts in the wrap-around 2016 season. However, he has mostly finished in the 20s, 30s and 40s and has had just one Top-10 at Dean& Deluca recently. He was Tied-28 at CareerBuilder and then two WGC events, and also T-21 at CIMB Classic in November 2015, but which is counted towards 2016 PGA season. Lahiri has not missed a cut in last six starts, including Masters and four of his rounds have been 66 or under. He has great starts at times, but he has not been able to build on it and often putting has been a letdown. PTI Cor ATK ATKlast_img read more

PSG Coach: Signing Griezmann Is “Not Realistic”

first_imgPARIS — Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says signing Antoine Griezmann is not a “realistic” goal as the French champion is looking to bolster its defense.The France striker announced this week he is leaving Atletico Madrid but has yet to reveal where he’s going.With Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani in the squad, PSG does not need more firepower. Tuchel, who complained this season about a lack of depth in his team, is looking to hire defenders to improve a squad desperately seeking Champions League success.“Griezmann can play with every team in the world. It would please any coach, but right now it’s not realistic (for PSG),” Tuchel said on Friday.“We are looking for players with certain profiles, it must be realistic. We need defensive profiles and we have to start with that.”PSG sealed a sixth French league title in seven years but failed to defend its French Cup and French League Cup crowns. Tuchel’s team was also eliminated in the Champions League last 16 for the third straight year.“We need to improve a certain number of things for next season,” Tuchel said. “We need to create a team with more reliable players, more players with the capacity to play a lot of games at this level.”PSG has been hit by an avalanche of injuries since January, with key players including Neymar, Thiago Silva, Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos, Cavani and Di Maria all forced out at some point.“We know very, very well how to create performance, this is what matters the most. We need more defensive players, and to change our style and mentality. But not too much. It is mandatory if we want to improve,” Tuchel said ahead of PSG’s last home game on Saturday against Dijon.A World Cup winner with France, Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped the side win last year’s Europa League, along with one Spanish Super Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He has been widely linked with a move to Barcelona.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wijnaldum admits to defensive difficulties

first_imgLiverpool Wijnaldum admits to defensive difficulties after shock Klopp selection Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool Getty Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The Dutchman was moved out of a regular role in midfield to help provide cover at the back as the Reds saw their options depleted by illness Georginio Wijnaldum admits his selection in Liverpool’s defensive unit at Brighton was as much of a shock to him as everybody else.The Dutchman is usually deployed in a midfield role by the Reds, having made his name in the middle of the park.Jurgen Klopp was, however, to see his options depleted by illness ahead of a Premier League trip to the Amex Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That forced the German coach into a tactical rethink and left Wijnaldum having to learn on the job as he joined Dejan Lovren and fellow midfielder Emre Can in a three-man back line.The 27-year-old told reporters after helping Liverpool to a 5-1 win: “It was difficult, especially the first half because I have never played there, but the manager was running out of options with players who were sick. So Emre and I, we had to play there.“For Emre it wasn’t that different because he has played there before, but for me it was difficult because you need to know when to close spaces. Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool defence shock“The first half was really difficult, but the second half was good.”We were training a day before the game, [Klopp] didn’t tell me, he just picked the team and he told me I was at the back. “He picked the first XI and told I me I was at the back. Normally I am a player who can play in different positions, but never in defence. “The manager was running out of options and he picked me and Emre. It was really hard in the first because I didn’t know what to do every time.”Klopp believes his shock selection against Brighton actually worked in Liverpool’s favour, as it helped to keep everybody on their toes.He said: “Our line-up surprised everybody. It’s a good moment that we can do things like this. They adapted and did the job. We need to adapt with plenty of different systems – that’s how it should be.”While their makeshift side proved too strong for Brighton, Liverpool will be hoping to have everybody back in contention this week as they prepare for a Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow and a derby date with Everton. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Architect of modern Quebec education system dies at 98 state funeral planned

first_imgMONTREAL – Paul Gerin-Lajoie, a key architect of education system reforms in Quebec during the 1960s, has died at the age of 98.The foundation he created in 1977 says he died on Monday surrounded by his family.Gerin-Lajoie was Quebec’s first education minister from 1964 to 1966 in the government of Jean Lesage.He launched a vast survey of education in Quebec and its findings led to a new school system that included free public education, an obligation to attend school until age 16, the establishment of the CEGEP system and an improvement in teacher training.Born in 1920 in Montreal, Gerin-Lajoie was one of the first Quebecers to win a Rhodes Scholarship in 1938, at the age of 18. He went on to lead the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1969 to 1977 and was later appointed president and CEO of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation.Prime Minister Philippe Couillard says Gerin-Lajoie will receive a state funeral.“Having served as both the minister of youth and minister of education in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, Mr. Gerin-Lajoie was known as the father of modern education in the province,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement.“(His) immense and historic contributions to public life and education — in Quebec and around the world — helped build a brighter future for so many young people, and our society is stronger for them.”Gov. Gen. Julie Payette tweeted that Canada “has lost a great a man with the passing of Paul Gerin-Lajoie. Generous and engaged, he left an extraordinary legacy.”last_img read more

Lawyer for opioid maker says US lawsuit has no binding impact in

first_imgVANCOUVER — A lawyer for Johnson & Johnson says a civil judgment from an Oklahoma court that ruled the companies helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis has no binding impact on other courts.British Columbia Attorney General David Eby has said while the legal action in the province is against dozens of manufacturers and others, the cases are based on similar facts.Eby and other legal experts have said the court ruling is a positive sign for litigation in Canada.Sabrina Strong, outside counsel for Johnson & Johnson and its pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen, says the court’s decision will not impact how the company approaches legal actions elsewhere, given the different jurisdictions, laws, defendants and claims in those cases.The B.C. government filed a proposed class-action lawsuit a year ago alleging drug manufactures falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain drugs, helping to trigger an overdose crisis that has killed thousands since OxyContin was introduced to the Canadian market in 1996.Ontario and New Brunswick have announced they will participate in B.C.’s lawsuit, and Eby says Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Quebec are participating in a national working group on the case. None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been tested in court.Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and another defendant in B.C.’s lawsuit, has said that it followed all of Health Canada’s regulations, including those governing marketing, and it’s very concerned about the opioid crisis in B.C. and across Canada.Johnson & Johnson is appealing the Oklahoma court decision, which ordered the company to pay US$572 million, and says it is confident it has strong ground for its appeal. Attorneys for the company have maintained that they were part of a lawful and heavily regulated industry subject to strict federal oversight. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Usain Bolt To Join Robbie Williams For Soccer Aid

first_imgOlympic hero Usain Bolt and global popstar Robbie Williams today announced on social media that they will go head-to-head for the eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for UNICEF match, as part of a new look charity campaign for Unicef UK and ITV.Usain’s Soccer Aid World XI will go up against Robbie’s England with competing teams made up of A-list stars and footballing legends set to walk out onto the Theatre of Dreams pitch this summer to take part in a game like no other.The official launch marks the start of a series of surprise player unveilings with Robbie, Unicef UK Ambassador who co-founded and launched Soccer Aid in 2006, kicking off the excitement by playfully teasing newcomer Usain. Over the coming weeks, the England V Soccer Aid World XI rivalry is set to intensify, with some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities set to join the line-ups.The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale today from 8am and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST.Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England V Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever.Usain Bolt, Soccer Aid World XI said: “It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable. I enjoy the thrill of competition in front of a crowd, so Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won’t be going easy on them! I’ve got a pretty special celebration planned for when I score, by the way. My team is going to be unbeatable – and Soccer Aid for Unicef is counting on your support to make a difference to thousands of children around the world. Come and join in the fun!”Robbie Williams, Unicef UK Ambassador and co-founder of Soccer Aid, said: “I am buzzing that Soccer Aid for Unicef is back. Reclaiming the title for England this year is going to taste so much sweeter with Usain leading the Soccer Aid World XI. I can’t wait to lead out the England team on Sunday 10th June at Old Trafford in what really is a game like no other. With your support, we will help children in danger around the world.”Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally. The money raised through profits from ticket sales and viewer donations during the match will add to the incredible £24 million that has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.The match will be further complemented by a mass public fundraising activity, with more details to be announced soon. Additionally, on Friday 8th June a Soccer Aid Playground Challenge will involve schools up and down the country taking part in an exciting activity programme – generating vital donations.Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50.last_img read more

The dance of democracy

first_imgThe dance of democracy has commenced in India as the world’s largest election exercise kickstarted this week. Lok Sabha 2019 is also turning out to be the most bitterly fought election in the history of the Indian democracy. Parties are scrambling to retain power or snatch it. In the middle of this turf war, elections are also a time for celebration because only ever so often (once in five years to be precise) do ordinary citizens truly get a chance to exercise their right of franchise. It is also a matter of great responsibility as almost 900 million voters begin to cast their votes and decide their future and that of the nation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis great power that lies on our finger for that brief moment within the polling booth (provided the EVMs function without glitches and our names do appear in voter lists) is not to be taken lightly. The vote that we cast will decide the path taken by the nation for the next five years. It is also poignant to remember that the mandate given by the people in these general elections will also be a referendum on the BJP government’s performance in its last tenure. It will either be an acceptance or rejection of the BJP’s politics and policies, and it will be for all of it. It cannot be a selective acceptance of the saffron party’s nation-building and infrastructure development without the acceptance of the polarisation, communalism, demonetisation, lynching, NRC, and beef ban that have also been a part of it. Voting for Congress or the regional parties will be an acceptance of their past failures, corruption charges, possibilities of political instability, and promises of an India different from the one that has assumed centre stage in the last five years. Also Read – Insider threat managementAs citizens, our ideologies may be varied, our beliefs at loggerheads with each other; but if the democratic process is followed in true spirit and practice, then we shall all have the right to vote for whomever we trust. But do remember dear readers, that this time we vote not only for the next government that will come to power but also for the very idea of India. It is absolutely possible that that idea of India with its secularism, tolerance, and universal brotherhood, may not be wholly acceptable by the majority, but it sure is something worth fighting for. If you desire a change in that idea of India that has been our foundation since Independence, that has formed the backbone of our thinking, then so be it. But do be well aware of what you’re signing up for and the future trajectory of the nation. Read the manifestos of the various parties, understand what they promise to deliver. Don’t go just by hearsay, hyperboles, fake news and propaganda; do your research, and then take a moment to think before you cast your vote. The will of the people is supreme and whatever be their decision will be known on May 23 and will have to be accepted. But as long as we jump or fall with our eyes open, fully aware of who and what we are voting for, then this election will be a success for democracy. Whatever be your decision, whoever your tribesman, do step out and vote. This brilliant dance of democracy will be incomplete without your vote, even if you choose to vote for ‘None of the Above’. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,288.90 up 101.53 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Up 22 cents, or 9.82 per cent, at $2.46 on 11.92 million shares. The gold sector was up 0.27 per cent at 190.87 points.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Up two cents, or 0.43 per cent, at $4.70 on 8.55 million shares. The Montreal-based transportation maker signed a new collaboration agreement with Chinese aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up nine cents, or 3.63 per cent, at $2.57 on 4.91 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 30 cents, or 1.91 per cent, at $16.03 on 3.71 million shares.Cline Mining Corp. (TSX:CMK). Miner. Unchanged at a penny on 3.67 million shares. The Toronto-based miner appointed Paul Haber as its new CFO and corporate secretary. Cline will delist from the main index on June 21 and is currently exploring financial options.Toronto Venture Exchange (934.04 up 0.47 point):West African Iron Ore Corp. (TSXV:WAI). Mineral explorer. Down five cents, or 16.67 per cent, at 2.5 cents on 2.54 million shares.Octant Energy Corp. (TSXV:OEL). Oil and gas explorer. Down half a cent, or 9.09 per cent, at five cents on 2.14 million shares.Company reporting major news:Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A). Asset manager. Up 94 cents, or 2.61 per cent, at $36.89 on 700,485 shares. The company is selling its Longview forestry assets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest through deals totalling nearly $3.7 billion.Valeant (TSX:VRX). Drug company. Up 61 cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $86.30 on 331,022 shares. The Montreal-based company will sell common shares to raise about $1.75 billion to help pay for its US$8.7-billion purchase of eye care company Bausch + Lomb. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 17, 2013 6:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more

Greater efforts vital to prevent grave violations against children in conflict –

“Justice and healing is most effectively achieved through national accountability mechanisms. For this, it is crucial to build national capacity – with international support – so that justice may be administered in accordance with international norms and standards,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui.Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the recently-appointed envoy noted that last year witnessed important positive developments for children affected by armed conflict. The 47-member Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them. In her statement, the envoy noted that two verdicts passed by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone this year against a former Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga, and the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor, respectively, set important international jurisprudence on the war crime of recruiting and using children.“These two verdicts send a clear signal to commanders that child recruitment is a war crime and perpetrators will be held accountable,” said Ms. Zerrougui. “These cases influence and may alter the behaviour, decisions and orders of parties to conflict. Indeed, the possibility of appearing before the ICC is increasingly serving as a deterrent against child recruitment in places where armed conflict is occurring,” she added.At the same time, she emphasized that international justice cannot replace, but rather complement, national accountability mechanisms, specifically where national authorities are unable or unwilling to bring alleged perpetrators to justice.“The challenge in conflict-affected developing countries is not always lack of will, but often one of capacity,” the envoy stated, adding that when the political will exists, the burden falls on UN Member States to join forces and ensure that national authorities have the capacity to translate their will and desire for accountability into reality.Ms. Zerrougui, who took up her post on 4 September, highlighted the complex set of factors leading to child recruitment and the need to strengthen the capacity of Governments to investigate and prosecute adult recruiters before national courts.She called on Member States to ensure that children and young people are provided with alternatives to recruitment, stressing that education and employment creation should be important components of national strategies to address the stabilization of conflict-affected areas. In addition, she stressed the need for more long-term and sustainable support for the reintegration of conflict-affected children, including through swift support to the implementation of action plans between the UN and parties listed in the annexes of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s annual report on children and armed conflict. The report for 2011, released in June, named 52 parties on its ‘list of shame’ of those who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals. It included four new parties in Sudan, Yemen and Syria.On the positive side, Ms. Zerrougui noted that, since last September, five new action plans to halt and prevent the recruitment and use of children were signed, between the UN and parties in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia and Myanmar. In addition, last month, Somalia’s transitional authorities became the first party to sign an action plan to prevent the killing and maiming of children by its forces.The signing of action plans is, however, only the first step, she added. “The action plans signed between the UN and State security forces or armed groups set concrete and time-bound activities for the release and reintegration of children, and provide measures to prevent further recruitment,” stated Ms. Zerrougui. “This concrete and time-bound set of measures must be completed before we can be certain that a protective environment exists for children.” The Human Rights Council’s current session runs until 28 September. read more

Latest issue of International Mining project news available

first_imgThis issue of IMPN includes details of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce’s (CVRD) approved investment budget of $11billion for 2008, the largest annual investment program ever undertaken by CVRD or by any mining company in the world. The completion of the planned investments should lead to a significant increase in CVRD’s main products. In the case of iron ore, production in 2012 should reach 422 Mt, with production by the end of the same year running at 450 Mt.The program involves more than 30 projects, located in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Mozambique and Oman. Investments in Brazil will account for 73% of the budgeted resources for 2008, an amount of $8 billion.Of the 2008 budget, $8.436 billion will be invested in organic growth, corresponding to 76.7% of total spending, with $7.552 billion going to project execution and $ 884 million in R&D. R&D includes $349 million set aside for mineral exploration. Investments to support existing operations are estimated at $2.563 billion. This represents an increase of $568 million over the amount budgeted for 2007 ($1.995 billion). This is explained by the growth in asset base and by the need to increase significantly investments in the Canadian nickel operations, which had received little investment in the past. Consequently, in 2008, $1,019 billion will be dedicated to nickel operations. $3.618 billion will be invested in non-ferrous minerals, some 32.9% of total capex for 2008, covering the final phases of Goro and Onça Puma, both important nickel projects, and the beginning of development of Vermelho (nickel), Totten (nickel), Salobo I (copper), Papomono (copper) and Bayovar (phosphate) projects.The main projects in terms of financial disbursements in 2008 are: Carajás 130 Mt/y ($1.165 billion), Goro ($723 million), Onça Puma ($581 million), Salobo I ($387 million), Alunorte 6&7 ($382 million), Itabiritos ($341 million), Serra Sul ($145 million), along with investments in logistics – Southern Corridor ($ 379 million) and Northern Corridor ($334 million) – and energy generation, Barcarena ($188 million) and Estreito ($165 million).UC RUSAL, the world’s largest producer of aluminium and alumina, has signed a co-operation agreement with the government of Russia’s Saratov region for the construction of a major energy and metals complex. The complex will include a significant expansion of the Balakovsky nuclear power plant, with UC RUSAL building the fifth and sixth reactor blocks, generating 2,000 MW and the construction of the world’s largest aluminium smelter, with an annual production capacity of 1.05 Mt. And in the DRC, the Government and BHP Billiton have signed an agreement to jointly investigate the development of a world-class aluminium smelter in the Bas Congo region of the DRC. The smelter would use electricity from the proposed Inga 3 hydropower station at Inga on the Congo River.  Following strong operating performance and financial results in the first nine months of the year, Massey Energy has announced plans to aggressively expand production at its Central Appalachian coal mining operations during the next two years.Antofagasta Minerals has negotiated and awarded Aker Kvaerner Metals in Chile an EPCM contract to develop the Esperanza copper-gold project located in northern Chile.  The project’s estimated capital investment is valued at $1.5 billion.  Aker Kvaerner’s contract value is approximately $35 million for phase I. Frontier Resources announces a major increase in the total resource tonnage at the Kodu Deposit in Papua New Guinea. This copper-gold-molybdenum-silver project is beginning to look very interesting. Apex Silver Mines has shipped the first zinc concentrates from the San Cristobal mine in Bolivia. The initial approximately 3,500 t (dry) shipment of lead, zinc and silver bulk concentrate produced during the commissioning and startup of the plant left the port of Mejillones, Chile on September 22, with the first sale recorded in the third quarter. This has now been followed with a shipment of 9,100 t of zinc concentrate to smelters in Asia on October 18. Concentrate shipments will continue as the plant ramps up to full production.Coeur d’Alene Mines has made appointments of key personnel at its growth projects, San Bartolome, Bolivia silver mine and Kensington, Alaska gold mine. Dennis E. Wheeler, Chairman, President and CEO: “We are very pleased to announce that our San Bartolome silver mine and Kensington gold mine have almost completed construction and are moving toward the operations and production phase. In tandem with this, Coeur has significantly strengthened its operations management team to secure the company’s position as it moves to its next level of strategic growth. Production at San Bartolome remains on schedule to begin producing 9 Moz/y of silver, beginning in February. Additionally, construction at Kensington is over 90% complete and the process plant and ancillary construction activities, including pre-operational testing, are fully complete.”As San Bartolome moves toward its expected February 2008 startup, over 1,600 personnel on site at the project have surpassed 2 million man hours without a lost time accident. All major construction contracts have been awarded for the project, with engineering 100% complete, and procurement of equipment and materials 98% complete. At Kensington a supplemental operations team remains focused on improving the process plant control systems, as well as other minor activities including sediment control, overall site maintenance, and weather conditioning.AXMIN has recruited key members of the mine development team to build its Passendro gold mine in the Central African Republic. Subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.comlast_img read more

John OShea thinks the lure of Celtic job is too strong for

first_img“It’s one of the clubs around the world that was going to entice him back into management and away from his current job. It’s something he would really enjoy I’m sure and relish the challenge of managing a fantastic club like Celtic. But let’s wait and see if it does happen,” he said.O’Shea doesn’t think that Keane should have to choose and the question of juggling jobs was broached with the stand in skipper. “I can’t see why he couldn’t do it. I’m sure Celtic and the FAI would maybe prefer it to be one way or the other, but hey, things have been done like that in the past, so why can’t it be done in the future?”No news is good news for O’Neill as Ireland boss says Keane job talk ‘just speculation’ for nowKevin Doyle ‘up in the air’ but longing for Premier League return IRELAND DEFENDER John O’Shea admits he expects Roy Keane to take charge of Celtic.The current Ireland assistant manager has emerged as the favourite for the job and the Hoops have confirmed that they have approached Keane.O’Shea conceded that Keane’s days as Ireland assistant are numbered.“It looks very much like it now,” said the Sunderland skipper after training in Malahide today.“Slowly but surely, it snowballed into having talks with Celtic, so I would be very surprised if it doesn’t get across the line.”O’Shea and Keane says the players had tried to get an indication from Keane as to his intentions: “Obviously the lads have been trying to get hints but he’s kept a good poker face.”The Waterford native echoed Martin O’Neill’s sentiments that losing Keane would be a huge disappointment but he believes the Celtic job is too good to turn down.last_img read more

Press Talk Dont bite the hand that feeds ya

first_imgYo, all you Electoral College supporters:Huh?Let me say that again.Huh?Last week I made the case against electing a president through the Electoral College. My point was pretty simple. In the vast majority of states — let’s see if I can be politically correct here — your vote doesn’t mean jack. Why?Well, for example, right here in Washington, if 49 percent vote for Romney, when they ship the vote total to HQ (that would be D.C.), that 49 percent turns into 0 percent of electoral votes.And that will happen in this election. Obama will get all the electoral votes in our state.Second, we can elect a president even if he doesn’t have the most votes.Now, electing a president by popular vote — so the right person actually becomes president — is so logical and obvious I didn’t expect much kickback.Who was I kidding? Myself, I guess.My conservative blogging buddy Lew Waters was one of the first out of the box defending this indefensible position.Lew said the Electoral College is there to protect all of us from the “tyranny of the majority.” Lew went on to say that it appeared the founding fathers “did not trust the people to do their homework.”Odd that my buddy Lew has been clamoring for a public vote on light rail, yet he supports no public vote to elect the president. Hey, Lew, don’t we have to protect light rail from the “tyranny of the majority”? 🙂last_img read more