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first_imgHAMILTON — More Toronto Raptors players returned to Canada today, along with rapper Drake, after days of celebrating the team’s historic NBA championship win south of the border.The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport tweeted Sunday afternoon that some players had touched down aboard Drake’s private Cargojet plane.Most of the team arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport the previous night after Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the franchise, said the players would be extending their stay in the U.S.Players including Marc Gasol, Danny Green, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam returned home, along with head coach Nick Nurse, who was greeted by dozens of fans at Pearson.A Raptors spokeswoman could not confirm Sunday if the entire team is now back in Canada, but said all the players are expected to attend a victory parade and rally in Toronto on Monday.The Raptors became the first franchise outside the U.S. to win the NBA title by beating the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Friday ruled that Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar, who had criticised the NYAY scheme of the Congress, has violated the model code of conduct. The poll body has expressed “displeasure” over Rajiv Kumar’s remarks. Kumar had accused the Congress of promising the moon to win elections. He had also tweeted, saying “The proposed income guarantee scheme fails the economics test, fiscal discipline test and execution test”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn another tweet, Kumar had claimed that “true to its past record of promising the moon to win elections, Congress President announces a scheme that will bust fiscal discipline, create strong incentives against work and which will never be implemented.” On March 27, the poll panel had sought Kumar’s response on these remarks. The EC had felt that since Kumar is a bureaucrat, his remarks were prima facie violative of the model code. Rajiv Kumar, on his part, had told the Election Commission that he spoke against Congress’s Nyay scheme as an economist.last_img read more

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Rabat – Abdeladim El Hafi, the High Commissioner for Water, Forests and the Fight Against Desertification, has revealed that 124 forest fires were reported in Morocco during the first half of 2017.El Hafi added that the High Commission registered a 45 percent decline in the amount of burned and damaged lands. “These elements show the new measures that have been undertaken to combat and prevent forest fires are demonstrating a continued improvement in efficiency and intervention.”The High Commissioner continued that Morocco is considered to be the the best in the Mediterranean Basin for its procedures for fighting forest fires. “The kingdom holds less than 0.04 percent of burned forests and less than three hectares in each incident, which is a quite remarkable performance.”On Tuesday, Royal Army Forces (FAR) posted on its official Facebook page that Morocco has received 11 fire-fighting trucks from the Germany company MAN Truck & Bus AG. The model is TGS 18.400 4×4.“These fire trucks will equip several Moroccan fire stations,” said FAR.The armed forces added that several Moroccan airports would receive five “voluminous” fire trucks on July 12. read more

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WASHINGTON — A senior Senate Republican has unveiled a five-year budget plan that would modestly curb budget deficits that would otherwise soon breach $1 trillion, while rejecting President Donald Trump’s gimmick of using war funding to sustain big increases for the Pentagon.Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi says the nonbinding blueprint is a “responsible first step” toward curbing budget deficits “by reducing overspending and setting real, achievable deficit reduction targets.”The Wyoming Republican’s plan would slow so-called mandatory spending by $551 billion over the next five years and reject Trump’s plan to declare $174 billion as an emergency to get around automatic spending cuts.It would ease the deficit from a projection of $903 billion this year to $748 billion in 2024. It is set for a committee vote next week.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

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Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, is on a two-day visit to Zambia after earlier travelling to Lesotho, another Southern African country hard-hit by HIV/AIDS. More than 1 million Zambians are estimated to have died from AIDS-related diseases since the 1980s, and Ms. Veneman used her visit to advocate for greater public awareness and for scaling-up voluntary testing among the public, according to a press release issued by UNICEF in Lusaka, the capital. “In recent years, there has been progress in preventing the spread of this deadly virus,” said Ms. Veneman, who met with current Government officials as well as Kenneth Kaunda, the founding president of Zambia. Mr. Kaunda publicly tested for HIV in 2002. “President Kaunda has led by example – his unwavering commitment in leading the fight against HIV and AIDS is an inspiration to us all,” the UNICEF chief said, adding that investing in education is also vital to turning back the spread of the disease in Zambia. During her visit Ms. Veneman has also visited a camp for about 1,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had to flee their homes after recent heavy rains and floods, and toured a health-care centre that provides basic services to mothers and newborn children. “Excellent work is being done,” she said. “The country has maintained polio-free status since 2002. Zambia has also eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus, while diphtheria and pertussis [also known as whooping cough] are no longer public health problems.” At the end of this month Ms. Veneman steps down as Executive Director of UNICEF and will be succeeded by Anthony Lake of the United States. 10 April 2010Increasing the rates of voluntary testing and improving public awareness about HIV and AIDS are critical to overcoming the pandemic in Zambia, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stressed during a visit to the African country. read more

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CALGARY — Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says foreign direct investment can be a major benefit to Canada’s economy if it’s handled right.Mulcair says Canada is reliant on funds from overseas players to develop its natural resources.But he adds there was a lot of sheer incompetence in how the Conservative government handled the takeover of Nexen Inc. by a Chinese government-owned company and the takeover of Progress Energy Resources by a Malaysian concern.He says Canada’s foreign investment regime is plagued by indecision and delay.Mulcair, the leader of the official Opposition, made his remarks to a business luncheon in Calgary.He acknowledged that the crowd wasn’t exactly a bastion of New Democrat support but said there may be more in common than one might expect. read more

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President ManriqueThe President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo Manrique, underscored the need to address human rights abuses, and stressed that permanent members of the Security Council should not use their veto power when dealing with cases of genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes or massive or systematic violations to human rights. In addition, he proposed the creation of a commission of independent experts to provide early warning on cases of flagrant and systematic human rights violations.”There is a deep connection between security, development and respect for human rights, democratic values and good governance in everything we are attempting now to reform our Organization,” said Traian Basescu, the President of Romania. “This essential linkage is more evidently reflected in the notion of a Peace Building Commission,” he added, voicing full support for that body’s establishment and urging the allocation of sufficient resources to make it work. Prime Minister Badawi Malaysian Prime Minister Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said UN reform must fundamentally aim to protect and enhance multilateralism. “This is because multilateralism is the best option for ensuring peace and security in the relations between nations; for protecting human rights, for enforcing compliance with international law, just as much as the multilateral approach is the best hope for eradicating global poverty and creating a more equitable international order, he said, adding that it is also “the only way to deal effectively with the scourge of international terrorism.” President Moo-HyunPresident Roh Moo-Hyun of the Republic of Korea called for “vigilance against a resurgence of major-power centrism in certain circles” and called on leading nations to be “more forthcoming in their introspection of the past and future and also exercise greater self-restraint.” Only when great powers work further to achieve global peace and common prosperity can tensions can be defused, he added.Néstor Carlos Kirchner, President of Argentina said any reform of the UN must render the Organization more transparent and democratic, “without creating new situations of privilege that would perpetuate the inequality between its members.” He stressed that only the multilateral work of the UN and within the framework of regional and sub regional organizations would pave the way to address shared concerns. President HalonenTarja Halonen, President of Finland, said the draft outcome document “provides basis for further work during the coming months.” She added that the text’s firm commitment to fight terrorism should be accompanied with progress in the areas of disarmament and non-proliferation. She also welcomed the proposed establishment of a Peacebuilding Commission and a Human Rights Council, adding that “for the real progress, we must ensure that enough women will participate in the work of these new bodies.” Prime Minister ArthurOwen Seymour Arthur, the Prime Minister of Barbados, noted that the United States is coming to terms with the enormity of the destruction inflicted by Hurricane Katrina, just about a year after Grenada was devastated by Hurricane Ivan. “These recent events have highlighted our interdependence, reinforced the need for sustained and effective international cooperation and have placed before us, forcibly, the need to carry out a programme for global development to stop poor people from being poor, no matter where they live.” Prime Minister LatortueHaiti’s Prime Minister, Gérard Latortue, said his country had little to show for the massive assistance that had been poured into it over the years; the infrastructure has been ravaged, electricity remains a luxury that most people do not enjoy, and more than half the population is illiterate. “It is true that bad governance is partly responsible for this state of affairs, but the international community must also reflect on the question, undertake a self-critique and seek to develop a culture of effectiveness,” he said. President Vike-FreibergaLatvia’s President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, emphasized that the UN has reaffirmed its commitment to achieve the MDGs of reducing poverty and disease, promoting children’s education and gender equality, fostering sustainable development, and creating an international climate of peace and security. Any aid programme must be administered responsibly through good governance in an honest, open and transparent manner, she said.Mexican President Vicente Fox said the draft outcome document already contains many of the elements that will pave the way toward comprehensive UN reform, but there are still pending issues that must be addressed, especially nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. “Making sure that our Organization remains as the best means to attain international peace, security and development requires our shared commitment,” he stressed. Ireland’s Prime Minister Bertie Ahern recommitted his country to reaching the UN target of 0.7 per cent of its national income to development assistance. “Quantity is important, but so also is quality,” he pointed out. “Ireland is one of the very few donors all of whose aid is untied. Our aid will remain untied. Our aid is effective aid,” he said. “For the first time at this Summit, we are agreed that States do not have the right to do what they will within their own borders, but that we, in the name of humanity, have a common duty to protect people when their own governments will not,” said British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He also called for the UN to strengthen its policy against non-proliferation, “in particular how to allow nations to develop civil nuclear power but not nuclear weapons.” President GašparovicSlovakia’s President, Ivan Gašparovic, said maintaining the status quo “could lead to the UN losing its relevance completely.” The draft outcome document slated for adoption at the Summit, while not perfect, is a basic starting point for a more effective multilateralism with the UN playing a central role. He added that the text is “first and foremost just a framework for further steps” and called for “much political will and many compromises” over the course of the General Assembly’s current session to achieve progress. Prime Minister Santolària Albert Pintat Santolària, the Prime Minister of Andorra, joined others in advocating multilateralism as a means of meeting the challenges of today’s world. “It is for this very reason that we must all support institutions such as the International Criminal Court,” he said. “In these uncertain times, at the beginning of a new chapter in history, we must all commit ourselves to multilateralism as a means of guaranteeing a safer and more just world.” The Prime Minister of Bangladesh said her country has weathered many severe floods and cyclones and the toll in terms of life and property has been huge and could “feel the torment” of those affected by Hurricane Katrina. She added that Bangladesh’s experience suggests that development, security and human rights goals “are best achieved against a backdrop of pluralism, democratic social ethos, greater gender balance and good governance.” The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, said the challenges ahead require a new vision for collective security that will determine the responsibilities, lay down strategies and pave the way for action. He supported the view that security and human rights deserve equal attention, stressing that these, along with development, are interdependent aspects of progress. Prime Minister Balkenende Jan Peter Balkenende, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, also called for strengthened multilateralism through the UN. “Rather than pretending that the UN is some entity, distinct from us member states, we should acknowledge that the UN is ‘us’ and that we determine whether it is an effective tool or not,” he said. “If we do not want the UN to be a lame duck, we must dare to give it the wings to fly.” President Remengesau Tommy Remengesau, Jr., the President of Palau, spoke about the threats faced by small island countries. “As global warming worsens, bleaching our corals and threatening our land; as overfishing by foreign fishing fleets continues to deplete our vast fish stocks; as certain fishing practices threaten to destroy our marine biodiversity; and as the combination of these forces place our diverse island cultures in jeopardy; the challenges mount,” he said, calling on the UN to move beyond studies on past failures and take aggressive action to protect small island States.General Pervez Musharraf, the President of Pakistan, said weapons of mass destruction must not fall into the hands of terrorists. “The catastrophic consequences of a nuclear war make it imperative to prevent one from ever taking place,” he said. “Both the proliferation and the perpetual possession of nuclear weapons pose an unacceptable global danger.” He called for a new global consensus to achieve disarmament and non-proliferation. Prime Minister GonziMalta’s Prime Minister, Lawrence Gonzi, said the Summit’s draft outcome document represented some progress, but voiced disappointment that it could have been more ambitious. “In particular, we would have wished to see a more forceful reference to the question of impunity, and especially the important role that is being played by theInternational Criminal Court,” he said, adding that sections on the environment, human rights and disarmament could have been stronger. President AhmadinejadIran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, spoke out against unilateralism, saying it was the “negation” of all that the UN stands for and should be combated. On UN reform, he voiced “dismay that over 50 Islamic countries encompassing more than one 1.2 billion people do not have a perm anent seat in the Security Council, nor does Africa with its huge capabilities and potentials, and that the vast continent of Asia with its ancient civilizations has only one permanent seat.” Tajikistan’s President, Emomali Rakhmonov, decried attempts to imply a direct link between terror and the holy religion of Islam. “There are one billion and four hundred million Muslims the world over, but those who have been involved in terrorist activities are few in number,” he pointed out. “The international community must apply common criteria and standards while combating any forms and manifestations of terrorism.”Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Winston Baldwin Spencer, joined others in voicing solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He added that there would be a silver lining for the global underclass “if the riveting television images of the ongoing agony of Katrina’s victims could ignite among all nations, and among all peoples, the recognition that we all share the duty to be our brothers’ keepers.” King Juan Carlos I King Juan Carlos I of Spain said his country is spearheading “projects to swap debt for public investment in key areas of sustainable human development, such as education, environment and infrastructures, with specific emphasis on heavily indebted middle-income countries.” This initiative is taking shape within the framework of the Ibero-American Summits, with the next slated to be held in Spain next month. President SólyomHungary’s President, László Sólyom, announced the establishment of an International Centre for Democratic in Budapest. “The Centre will promote research and offer assistance for those who seek advice,” he said, adding that Hungary would continue to champion the international promotion and protection of minority rights by the UN. read more

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Emery County Sheriff’s Office Press ReleaseA routine field check by Adult Probation and Parole agents Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of four suspects in Elmo.Agents were checking up on probationer Amber Huffmon when they noticed drug paraphernalia in the residence. Three other individuals hiding in a back room made enough noise to draw the attention of AP&P agents, who then called the Emery County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center and requested back up from Emery County deputies.Emery County Drug Task Force was able to obtain a search warrant, which resulted in the discovery of substantial amounts of methamphetamine and heroin along with small amounts of cocaine and marijuana. Also seized were four firearms, a large amount of cash, packaging materials, scales and paraphernalia.Utah Highway Patrol assisted with execution of the search warrant and transport of suspects to the Emery County Jail. Arrested were Frank Burgess, age 41; Travis Heaton, age 50; Amber Huffmon, age 29; and Brandy Burgess, age 38.Preliminary charges include possession of a firearm by a restricted person, possession with intent to distribute and paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing and other charges could arise. Bail has not yet been set. Travis Heaton Frank Burgess Amber Huffmon Brandy Burgess read more

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Junior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) carries the ball during a game against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State looks to remain unbeaten on Saturday, as the Buckeyes are set to square off against Maryland (2-3, 0-1) at noon. Here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be watching for at Ohio Stadium.Can OSU convert on third down?Despite having one of college football’s premier punters in junior Cameron Johnston, OSU needs to try and save the Geelong, Australia, native’s leg by converting on third down at a higher clip.Through five games, OSU ranks 103rd in the country — and third-to-last in the Big Ten — in third-down efficiency. The Buckeye offense has only picked up the first down on 23 out of its 66 attempts so far this year. OSU’s ho-hum .348 conversation rate is in stark contrast to 2014, when the Scarlet and Gray was one of the nation’s top teams in third-down conversion percentage, ranking third overall with a mark of .520. OSU coach Urban Meyer said third-down conversation “hasn’t been our strength” this season, while adding that the issue stems from timing and execution issues from the quarterbacks and receivers.Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones and his receivers will need to find the timing on third down soon if the team hopes to maintain a grasp on the No. 1 ranking. Fortunately, Saturday may be a good opportunity to do so because Maryland’s defense sits in the middle of the pack nationally, ranking 75th in third-down conversion percentage.OSU will need to show improvements on third down against the Terrapins and in weeks beyond, as the struggles are holding back the offense and consequently, the entire team.Penalties Third-down efficiency isn’t the only thing holding back OSU. Penalties, on both offense and defense, are limiting the Buckeyes growth.The Buckeyes committed eight penalties — which brought their season total to 40, 111th in the nation — resulting in 109 yards against Indiana. On the potential game-tying drive for the Hoosiers, OSU committed two critical defensive penalties — a facemask and pass interference — that gave Indiana automatic first downs.  However, the most costly penalty came in the first half when redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller committed an illegal block on a play that junior running back Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown on. The infraction by Miller nullified the score, and OSU was unable to put points on the board on the remainder of the drive. The surfeit of penalties is on the forefront of the coaches’ minds. On Monday during his press conference, Meyer said the word “penalties” five times. “When you have the penalties and turnovers, that does — that stops efficiency,” he said. Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell conceded that some flags will be thrown due to the aggressive press-man defense the team plays, but he has no tolerance for the “foolish ones, the facemasks, the things where you take a bad angle.” “We can handle the aggressive ones, but the foolish ones are what we gotta make sure we do a better job. We can’t put ourselves in those situations,” he said. OSU will need to avoid self-inflicted wounds against Maryland, as the Buckeyes clearly have more talent, but unnecessary penalties could prove to be an equalizer versus the Terrapins.Will Curtis Samuel factor in more?In the days leading up to OSU’s game at Indiana, Meyer made a point to say that he wants sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel to play a bigger role in the offense.Samuel came into the game with seven carries for 94 yards and a score to go with 13 catches for 158 yards and another touchdown.The Brooklyn, New York, native hardly factored into the game against the Hoosiers, however, only getting a single touch: a four-yard carry in the second half.This caused many to wonder what had happened to the emphasis that was supposed to be placed on Samuel getting the ball. Meyer answered those questions on Monday when he said Samuel had been dealing with back spasms and was limited in practice the week before the game.Meyer further added that Samuel was feeling better after the game, and should be 100 percent against Maryland.One would expect Meyer’s declaration of Samuel’s touches should carry over, and the H-back will play heavily into OSU’s offense against the Terrapins.Red zoneThe Buckeyes made three trips to the red zone against Indiana, coming away with just two field goals.The team made much of its living in the red zone last season, scoring on 63 of its 74 trips (85.1 percent), including 53 touchdowns. That has not carried over to 2015, as only 12 of its 16 trips have resulted in points (75 percent). Of those 12 trips, only half have resulted in touchdowns.The 75 percent mark ranks 108th in the nation and the worst among undefeated teams. Only Illinois and Minnesota have a worse red zone success rate in the Big Ten.Meyer said penalties and turnovers have been responsible for the Buckeyes’ red-zone issues.“It’s not just one problem, it’s a variety of problems,” Meyer said.One solution proposed on Monday was to substitute redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett as a red-zone quarterback, where he had more success in 2014 than Jones has had this season.Meyer said that idea has been tossed around among the coaches but is not planned at the moment.“We’ve thought about it. We’ve had that conversation,” Meyer said. “At this time we haven’t made any decisions on that right now.”Total turnoversSaturday’s game could feature a large number of possession changes, and not just because of kicks or punts.Maryland is worst in the country with 17 turnovers in five games this season. OSU comes in just a few spots below, tied for ninth worst with 13 cough-ups.The Terrapins have thrown a remarkable 15 interceptions, which alone would tie them for the most total turnovers in the country. They have also added two lost fumbles.The Buckeyes, on the other hand, have been more evenly split, throwing seven interceptions and losing six fumbles.As far as taking the ball away, OSU is tied for 42nd in the country with nine forced turnovers, while Maryland is tied for 50th with eight.The game will likely be a high-scoring affair — at least in OSU’s favor, as Maryland ranks 114th in total defense — but if the Buckeyes continue to cough up the football at such a high rate, they could have trouble maintaining momentum.That is, until whichever Maryland quarterback gets the start tosses it right back. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedElectra Foundation officer charged with fraudAugust 29, 2018In “Court”Diamond man previously slapped with 8 fraud charges, charged againJune 5, 2018In “Court”Mechanic on bail for stealing minibusApril 9, 2015In “Crime” Accused: Anil SookramA 29-year-old mechanic, Anil Sookram found himself before City Magistrate, Judy Latchman on Wednesday morning at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with committing fraud.The court heard that on June 15, 2017 in Georgetown while being entrusted with the sum of $1.2M by Kerwin Mars to purchase parts to repair his minibus BVV 784 he converted same to his own use and benefits.Sookram however, denied that he committed the offence.The Virtual Complainant’s (VC’s) motor vehicle was reportedly involved in an accident and as such his insurance company referred him to the defendant.An estimate prepared by Sookram indicated that a total sum of $1.6M would be required to complete repairs on the said vehicle.However on June 15, Mars handed over $1.2M for the works on the vehicle to commence which was supposed to be completed in 30 days.The defendant failed to honour the contract by not completing any work on the minibus which prompted the insurance company to confiscate the vehicle.Sookram was later arrested and charged after he allegedly failed to hand over the cash which he was given.He was granted bail in the sum of $200,000 for the offence and is expected to return to Court on September 26, 2018. read more

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first_imgAfter rising for six straight years to a 19-year record high of $13.2 billion in 2008, estimated planned nonferrous exploration spending for 2009 plummeted 42% to $7.7 billion. According to Metals Economics Group’s (MEG) 20th edition of Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES), the global economic crisis and declining prices for almost all mineral commodities took their toll on the industry. This year’s drop represents the largest year-on-year decline in global exploration budgets (in both dollar and percentage terms) since MEG began the CES study in 1989.As aggregate groups, major, intermediate, and junior companies all made deep cuts to their exploration budgets in 2009. Not surprisingly, the bulk of the decline is attributable to the juniors, as their reliance on equity financings prompted most of them to cut exploration much more than the major and intermediate groups, whose deeper pockets at least gave them the option of continuing to fund exploration at higher levels. As a result, the majors now account for the largest share of this year’s exploration budget total after having been surpassed by the juniors’ planned spending in each of the past five years.Despite the tougher times faced by the juniors, analysts’ projections at the onset of the market crash that “as much as 50% of junior explorers would not survive the next 12 months” have clearly not come true; the number of active junior explorers included in the 2009 study dropped just 6% from last year.While attracting financing has not been easy for the majority of junior companies over the past year, the equity markets have not been as barren as some suggest, particularly as market sentiment has improved from earlier in the year. Over the first nine months of 2009, the junior explorers included in the CES have recorded more than 300 exploration-related equity financings on exchanges around the world (each raising a minimum of $2 million), totaling more than $4.7 billion.Worldwide Exploration Budget Totals, 2009 ($ billion):(Excluding uranium)Worldwide Nonferrous Exploration Total* (1,846 companies covered) – $7.32Estimated Worldwide Nonferrous Exploration Total**  – $7.7(Including uranium)Worldwide Nonferrous Exploration Total* (1,998 companies covered) – $7.98Estimated Worldwide Nonferrous Exploration Total** – $8.4*MEG estimates that the companies covered by the CES account for about 95% of nonferrous exploration budgets.**Includes the additional 5% of planned expenditures MEG could not obtain.Although not all the money a junior raises in the name of exploration will actually be spent on exploration, the amount raised by the group in exploration-related equity financings suggests that most will be able to fund their plans for this year. Moreover, if recent metals price and financing trends persist through the remainder of the year and into early 2010, it could stop the fall in global exploration spending next year; however, the general uncertainty over the sustainability of the economic recovery, combined with fears of market volatility, may suppress any meaningful increase to overall exploration budgets in the coming year.MEG’s 2009 estimate is based on planned nonferrous exploration spending by 1,846 companies (budgeting at least $100,000) totalling $7.32 billion. In addition, MEG began covering uranium budgets in 2007; this year’s CES includes 319 companies collectively reporting more than $664 million in 2009 uranium allocations, of which 152 are exploring solely for uranium. Including uranium budgets, the total number of companies surveyed increases to 1,998, with an aggregate exploration budget of more than $7.98 billion. Including estimates for all budgets that could not be obtained, MEG’s estimate of worldwide 2009 exploration budgets including uranium allocations totals more than $8.4 billion-also down 42% from 2008’s peak of $14.4 billion.For more information on MEG’s Corporate Exploration Strategies study: www.metalseconomics.comlast_img read more

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first_imgCHARLES SAATCHI SAYS he has no knowledge of his ex-wife Nigella Lawson ever taking drugs — days after the release of an email in which he referred to the celebrityher being “off her head” on drugs.When questioned about the email by prosecutor Jane Carpenter, Mr Saatchi said he was “utterly bereft” that the private email to Nigella had come back to haunt them both. TestifiedSaatchi testified today at the fraud trial of two former personal assistants, who are accused of spending the former couple’s money on luxury goods. They deny any wrongdoing.When asked if he believed allegations Lawson was so high she allowed the assistants to spend freely, Saatchitold the court “not for a second.”The art baron said it was a “terrible mistake” that an email he’d sent Lawson claiming she was on drugs was made public in court.Saatchi says he has “never, never seen any evidence of Nigella taking any drug whatsoever.”The BBC reports that Saatchi said he was “utterly heartbroken at having lost Nigella” and when asked if he had adored Ms Lawson during their marriage, he said: “I adore Nigella now.”Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson broke up in the summer after pictures were published showing the millionaire art dealer holding his wife by the throat at the restaurant in Mayfair. They divorced soon after.A copy of the signature of Nigella Lawson on a statement in support of divorce petition. (Philip Toscano/Press Association Images)Lawson is expected to testify Wednesday.Additional reporting Associated PressRead: Charles Saatchi given police caution after grasping Nigella Lawson’s throat>Read: ‘Culture of secrecy’ in Nigella Lawson’s marriage hid alleged drug problems>Column: No behaviour that degrades women can be dismissed as ‘just a domestic’>last_img read more

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first_imgAssurance maladie : un juge retoque une mesure d’ObamaAlors que l’Assurance maladie est l’un des sujets phares de Barack Obama, qui compte d’ici à 2014 offrir une couverture médicale à chaque Américain, une de ses mesures a été retoquée par un juge fédéral, ce qui constitue un véritable revers pour le président des Etats-Unis.L’Assurance maladie est un sujet polémique et sensible aux Etats-Unis. Alors que pendant sa campagne électorale, Barack Obama souhaitait que chaque Américain bénéficie au plus vite d’une couverture médicale, sa loi sur le sujet a été votée difficilement au Congrès cette année et n’a pas encore été mise en application. Nouveau coup dur aujourd’hui pour le président américain : un juge fédéral vient de retoquer l’une des mesures prévues dans la loi. Ainsi, Henry Hudson a fait savoir que la mesure demandant une couverture médicale minimum pour tous n’était pas réellement constitutionnelle.L’homme explique qu’après “étude minutieuse” de cette mesure, le tribunal conclut que la clause prévoyant une couverture minimum “va au delà des pouvoirs conférés par la Constitution au Congrès”. Il ajoute : “Ni la Cour suprême ni les cours d’appel fédérales n’ont étendu les pouvoirs constitutionnels jusqu’à contraindre des personnes individuelles à s’engager contre leur gré dans une activité commerciale en acquérant un service privé”. De son côté, la Maison Blanche a fait savoir à travers son porte-parole que “l’administration pense le contraire et est en désaccord avec le jugement”, tandis que la directrice du service de la réforme de l’assurance santé à la Maison Blanche, Nancy-Ann DeParle faisait savoir sur CNN : “Nous pensons qu’il est constitutionnel de dire que tout le monde a besoin d’être dans le système, que tout le monde a besoin d’une couverture maladie s’il peut se la payer et s’il ne le peut pas, de recevoir de l’aide pour la financer”. En attendant, la loi reste applicable, explique l’AFP, en attendant que la plainte du juge Hudson soit étudiée.Le 14 décembre 2010 à 15:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgLe vaisseau Shenzhou VIII réussit son rendez-vous spatialDans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi, la Chine a réussi son tout premier “baiser spatial”. Le vaisseau Shenzhou VIII lancé le 1er novembre s’est amarré avec succès au module d’essai Tiangong-1 auquel il restera accroché pendant environ 12 jours. Les succès s’enchainent pour la Chine et son programme spatial. Elle vient en effet d’effectuer un pas supplémentaire en réussissant son tout premier rendez-vous spatial. Mercredi, à 17H36 GMT, le vaisseau Shenzhou VIII qui avait décollé le 1er novembre de la base de Jiuquan s’est uni sans difficulté au module d’essai Tiangong-1, lui-même lancé le 29 septembre dernier. Les deux engins se sont amarrés “à une vitesse d’environ 28.000 kilomètres par heure à 343 kilomètres au-dessus de la Terre”, a précisé jeudi le porte-parole du Programme de vol habité chinois, Wu Ping.C’était la première fois que la Chine procédait à une telle opération qui s’avère très délicate et nécessite une bonne maitrise des engins. Pour l’évènement, les dirigeants chinois, dont le Premier ministre Wen Jiabao s’étaient déplacés au centre de contrôle de Pékin pour assister en pleine nuit à la retransmission de l’arrimage décrite comme un “baiser spatial” par les médias. De Cannes en France, le président Hu Jintao a même envoyé un message de félicitations aux équipes. Shenzhou VIII et Tiangong-1 resteront amarrés pendant à peu près 12 jours avant de se séparer pour s’unir à nouveau pendant deux jours. Après leur deuxième séparation, “Shenzhou VIII doit revenir sur Terre le 17 novembre en fin de journée”, a indiqué le porte-parole cité par l’AFP. Si la mission est un succès, la Chine prévoit alors de lancer l’année prochaine deux autres vaisseaux pour aller rejoindre Tiangong-1, successivement Shenzhou IX et Shenzhou X, dont l’un au moins sera habité.Un “palais céleste” chinois d’ici 2020 À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESANéanmoins, le premier amarrage des deux vaisseaux a déjà constitué une étape cruciale dans la conquête de l’espace, franchie par les Russes et les Américains dans les années 1960. Celle-ci permet à la Chine de se positionner en tant que future grande puissance spatiale potentielle. Bien qu’il est effectué une phase de coopération avec les Russes autour de l’an 2000, le pays a en effet lui-même développé la technologie qui lui a permis de réaliser ce premier rendez-vous spatial. Celui-ci entre dans le cadre du programme visant à doter d’ici 2020, la Chine d’une station orbitale dans laquelle un équipage peut vivre en autonomie durant plusieurs mois, comme l’ancienne station russe Mir ou l’actuelle Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Le 3 novembre 2011 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgASA urged participants of the upcoming Iowa Ag Summit to show support for the critical role of renewable energy and public policies that contribute to a strong and vibrant rural economy.ASA joined 24 other organizations on a letter led by the 25×25 Coalition this week.The 2015 Iowa Ag Summit on March 7 is intended to highlight and promote agriculture and allow elected officials and public policy leaders to have a public discussion on issues vital to the Iowa and American economy. Twelve of the potential Republican candidates for President in 2016 have agreed to attend. Speakers are given an opportunity to address the audience, then have a conversation on a range of issues concerning American agriculture. Topics include modern agriculture, renewable fuels, biosciences, GMO’s, grain and livestock markets, land conservation, and federal subsidies.The letter can be viewed here.last_img read more

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United Way of Broward hosts school supply drive

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thank you @UnitedWayBC , @Publix & Suddath Logistics for another successful “Tools for Schools” event – providing our teachers & schools needed supplies. Great to see volunteers including @BrowardTeachers Union working it this morning. pic.twitter.com/MShJNHKm8V— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) January 20, 2018Kathleen Cannon, president and CEO of the United Way of Broward County, explained how the distribution of supplies worked. “All of our teachers come through, like an assembly line,” she said. “They pop their trunks, we open their back doors, and we completely load up their cars with cases and cases of school supplies.”United Way decided to hold the distribution in the middle of the school year because, teachers said, classroom supplies are dwindling. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The United Way of Broward County helped collect some tools for schools, Saturday morning.The organization teamed up with Publix and Suddath Relocation Systems for a supply drive. The event was held at Suddath Relocation Systems in Deerfield Beach.More than $500,000 worth of notebooks, pencils and pens have been collected for Broward County schoolteachers.last_img read more

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first_img News • What the Huawei Matebook X Pro tells us about Nvidia MX250 graphics The US ban — which came more than six months after Huawei’s 5G ban in Australia in August 2018 — is expected to cause a $30 billion hit in revenue as a result, although CEO Ren Zhengfei said he’s not too concerned about the loss.Huawei has filed a motion in US court to have US legislation that bars federal agencies from buying its products ruled unconstitutional. It’s also sent an ex parte memo to the FCC in which it objects to being banned on the grounds of national security threats.Hardware and software vendors have been fleeing Huawei: Amazon Japan reportedly no longer offers Huawei devices for sale, and last month, Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates, though the Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license to update existing devices.In a turnaround, Microsoft began selling its existing inventory of Huawei MateBook laptops last week, saying it “will continue to respond to the many business, technical and regulatory complexities.”Huawei at the end of May moved to trademark the name of its operating system, Hongmeng, in Peru. Huawei will invest even more in 5G despite its US ban. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei on Monday said it’ll increase its investment in 5G in spite of the US ban on its products. The Chinese tech giant also made a point of emphasizing cybersecurity and privacy as its “top priorities.”Huawei was blacklisted last month as it was added to the United States’ “entity list” (PDF). In addition, President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge.Speaking at Huawei’s annual user group meeting in Wuzhen, Zhejiang, Huawei Carrier CEO Ryan Ding said the Chinese tech giant will continue providing 5G products and partnering with carriers to build a “fully connected, intelligent world.””5G will be a key enabling technology for this world. We will continue to increase investment in 5G and work with our customers and partners,” Ding said Monday. “Cybersecurity and privacy protection are our top priorities. We ensure the security of carriers’ 5G networks with our secure products and trusted services.” Huawei Matebook Mobile Phones 0 Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Huawei CFO’s attorneys ask for US extradition to be withdrawn US reportedly mulls requiring domestic 5G equipment to be made outside China US blacklists five more Chinese tech companies Post a comment Review • Huawei Matebook review: This Surface wannabe falls flat — literally The Huawei ban Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones?center_img Preview • Huawei’s Windows 10 tablet packs a stylus with a frickin’ laser pointer built in Huawei scales back production, AI destroys humans (again) Now playing: Watch this: Over the weekend, Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said the US government should rip Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications gear out of US networks.Reuters is also reporting Monday that Huawei is separating from its US research and development arm Futurewei Technologies, which is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.According to the report, Huawei’s R&D subsidiary has moved its employees to a new IT system, banned Huawei staffers from its office and forbidden any use of the Huawei brand or logo in communications.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Back in January 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported that some of Futurewei’s technology couldn’t be sent back to Huawei in China due to the Commerce Department saying it wouldn’t renew Futurewei’s export license. 5G Huawei Microsoft Donald Trump 1:28 Tags Share your voice 13 Photoslast_img read more

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first_imgHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Jasmine Khan, Executive Director, Anchorage Coalition to End HomelessnessLisa Aquino, Executive Director, Catholic Social Services & Board Chair of Anchorage Coalition to End HomelessnessPARTICIPATE:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastSend an email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast. Bean’s Cafe at Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage. (Staff photo)Having a safe home is fundamental for emotional and physical wellbeing. The annual point in time homelessness count for Alaska has for years revealed that about 2000 people across the state, do not have their own home. This includes families with children, teenagers, veterans and others. Is it possible to get to zero? Ending homelessness in Alaska is our discussion, on the next Talk of Alaska.last_img read more

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ExDetective Rogue Police Tipped off About Investigation

first_imgFormer Baltimore police detective, Maurice Ward. (Courtesy PhotoMaurice Ward, an indicted former detective who has alleged rampant police corruption at this week’s start of a high-profile racketeering trial, said unit supervisor Sgt. Wayne Jenkins was informed by a fellow police officer that two task force members were being investigated for robberies and drug dealing.On the stand in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Ward identified the officer as Sgt. Ryan Guinn, asserting he shared the information with Jenkins after talking to two federal agents.Guinn, who works at the department’s training academy, was part of an April 2010 arrest of a man who prosecutors revealed late last year had a cache of heroin planted in his car, allegedly by Jenkins.That 2010 arrest also involved Detective Sean Suiter, who was shot in the head with his own gun a day before he was set to testify before a grand jury investigating the Gun Trace Task Force. His November murder is unsolved; there have been no arrests. Former Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who was fired last week, has said Suiter was duped by Jenkins into discovering the planted narcotics.On Thursday, Ward also testified that Detective Marcus Taylor, one of two officers on trial, was additionally tipped off by a source in Baltimore police’s internal affairs division who told him that the Gun Trace Task Force was in investigators’ crosshairs.The indictments of the Gun Trace Task Force members announced in March by the U.S. attorney’s office reads more like a Hollywood movie script than a routine charging document, as federal agents followed what they described as a squad of renegade officers committing brazen robberies and staging cover-ups to avoid detection.One of the indicted detectives, Momodu Gondo, is accused of dealing drugs and protecting his operation by tipping off drug dealers about law-enforcement tactics.Taylor and Detective Daniel Hersl are fighting federal racketeering and robbery charges.Five other indicted detectives — all task force members — have pleaded guilty in recent months. Four, including Ward, will testify as witnesses for the government during the ongoing trial of two detectives who have pleaded not guilty. All of the indicted men have been in jail since their arrests last year.On Tuesday, Ward testified that Jenkins — who allegedly kept duffel bags at the ready stuffed with tools to pry open cars and safes along with black ski masks, grappling hooks and other gear — randomly quizzed people he stopped for the names of top drug dealers in order to target them for future robberies.Under cross-examination, Ward, a Baltimore police officer since 2003, acknowledged he has lied under oath previously.Christopher Nieto, Taylor’s defense attorney, got Ward to agree that he’s lied to civilians, relatives, law enforcement colleagues and juries “for the better part of a decade.”Davis disbanded the Gun Trace Task Force in March, describing the indicted officers as “1930s-style gangsters.” Dozens of cases handled by unit members have been dropped by prosecutors since then.The trial is expected to last up to four weeks, according to U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake.___Follow David McFadden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmcfadd BALTIMORE (AP) — Members of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force were tipped off about investigations into the rogue unit’s illegal activities, a former city detective testified Thursday.last_img read more

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