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Like Money For Chocolate

first_imgWhen I was five years old and living in Bombay, I was dragged along by my extended family to check out a prospective groom for my young aunt. I don’t remember much about what he looked like, or his kind parents or lovely home, but as we were leaving, I was handed a big bar of Cadbury chocolate by the nice young man who explained to me that he worked for the Cadbury Company and he’d be happy to give me more any time.In that era, for me, and probably for most other Indians too, the terms Cadbury and chocolate were synonymous, as the British company was one of the few chocolate makers in the country. As things turned out, my aunt didn’t marry the man — some insignificant matter about him having no hair — and I was understandably crushed. I grew up, moved on, forgave my aunt in time, and over the years discovered Ferrero Roche, Guylian, Godiva, and Bernard Callebaut. I hadn’t thought back to that incident or Cadbury’s, until I recently saw on the business news that, in spite of the gloom and doom in other companies, Cadbury’s annual profits for 2008 were up by 30%. Now, it’s not that chocolate overall is a recession-proof product: last month Lindt, an upscale Swiss chocolatier, announced that it would be closing many of its U.S. stores. Nonetheless, in these times of financial crisis, economic slowdown and job-losses, people are looking for a low-cost investment, with immediate and predictable returns, one that makes them feel good — and what better than a cheap and cheerful chocolate.Since ancient times, the Mayans and the Aztecs have known the value of chocolate and even used it as a form of currency. Its botanical name Theobroma Cacao literally means “food of the Gods.” Michael Levine, a nutrition researcher, says, “Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” Chocolate releases endorphins in the brain and make us feel good. Chocolate has been found to have the properties of an analgesic, a stimulant, an aphrodisiac and a relaxant. Dark chocolate has been associated with reducing migraines, calming the mind and body, lowering blood pressure and improving heart functions. Several centenarians have sworn by it: a recent report on 100 year-old Peggy Griffiths of Devon, U.K., claims that she eats 30 bars of chocolate a week — specifically Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.At a time of financial stress and uncertainty, simple and affordable and immediate pleasures become important and are in a sense re-discovered. Epicurus said, “Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” Our stocks, now simply declining numbers on a screen, don’t give us the sensory pleasure as a piece of chocolate melting in our mouth. Echoing many world philosophers and sages, Abraham Maslow said “The ability to be in the present moment is the major component of mental wellness.” Eating a chocolate bar brings that message home.Kevin Walsh, a Federal Reserve governore eloquently said recently, “We are witnessing a fundamental reassessment of the value of virtually every asset everywhere in the world.” Well the world re-evaluated the humble chocolate bar and found it … still good. When this economic downturn first started, some experts — probably in the pay of fashion houses — said that luxury goods would be recession-proof: they were wrong. Cadbury CEO Todd Stitzer preferred a more cautious stance: he calls the company not recession-proof, but recession-resilient. Other terms like counter-cyclical stock have been used for businesses like Wal-Mart, McDonald’s and training institutes, and necessities like healthcare and basics (such as toiletry goods produced by Colgate-Palmolive) — all of whom are doing relatively well in this economic slowdown. So are stocks of home entertainment companies and book sellers, like Amazon.But in this world where banks seem to flounder overnight, nothing is certain and unforeseen dangers loom, one of the main suppliers of cocoa, the Ivory Coast, had a smaller harvest last season and, consequently, the price of cocoa beans spiked in December. So, while the storm of the global financial crisis gathers fury outside my door, my plan for this evening is simple, cheap and reassuring: I’ll settle in with a self-improvement book. I could read the recently released The Power of Less by Leo Babuata, with the explicit subtitle “The fine art of limiting yourself to the essential… in business and in life.” However, I’d have to buy that. Better yet, I’ll re-read Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach: I already have it, so I can use the money saved from not purchasing a book to buy a few bars of my old favorite, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. The prodigal child returns home.The writer, a chocolate-connoisseur, shown above at age 5, does not own any stock or have any other association with Cadbury.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Top-four exclusion threat worries Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

first_imgManager Arsene Wenger has admitted concern over Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League with a top-four league finish after Sunday’s goalless draw against relegation-threatened Sunderland.The Stadium of Light stalemate kept the north London side behind third-placed Manchester City on goal difference but did open a five-point gap over leading pursuers Manchester United, who have a game in hand.”We care about that and we worry about it as well because it’s a fight,” Wenger told the British media of the club’s top-four ambitions with three games remaining.”We play to win the title and the fact that we do not win it is of course frustrating.”Wenger also felt that with the European spots out of reach for several mid-table clubs who have already secured their top-flight status for next season, some teams could have an easier run in than others.”There are two leagues at the moment. The teams who are taking it a little bit easier… you see some games and you think you would like to play them now, the teams who are safe and are not going for Europe,” the Frenchman added.”And then you have the teams who are going for something at the front and the teams who are fighting not to go down, and they are different games.”Arsenal next host third-from-bottom Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in the league on Saturday.last_img read more

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Antonio Conte rues Chelsea’s lack of finishing against Southampton

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte was left frustrated with the lack of goals despite the opportunities created by his team against Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.The home side converted just one of the 24 shots they took on Saturday.The hosts dominated the match for long periods but their only breakthrough came via Marcos Alonso’s long-range free kick in first-half injury time.”When you do not score the second goal, you have to suffer,” Conte told Sky Sports. “You are afraid at every corner and free kick and the opponent has the chance to draw.”We dominated the game, shooting 24 times, hitting the post, and we needed to score the second goal to be relaxed.”The (Southampton) goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, was good. If you shoot only twice and score two goals, you must be worried. We had lots of shots, but we must be more accurate in our finishing.”Happy to help the team to get these three important points. Always special to score at the Bridge…???? #CHESOU #PL #blues @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/rDbI34dqzr- Marcos Alonso (@marcosalonso03) December 16, 2017The victory took Chelsea to 38 points and they are now level with second-placed Manchester United, who visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.Chelsea have now won eight of their past 10 league matches, with their only defeat in that time coming against West Ham United on December 9.”We have to be happy with the performance and the clean sheet,” Conte added. “In the last 10 games, we have won eight, drawn one and lost one. This is our run. It shows we are doing our job.”advertisementSouthampton, meanwhile, have gone five league games without a win and have fallen to 12th in the standings.”It was a difficult game,” Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said. “Especially in the second half, we suffered a lot.”When you play with five defenders, you do not have a lot of people in the middle and they managed the ball more. We got a couple of chances, we were close, but we fought until the end and were close to equalising.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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International Series Results

first_imgCongratulations and well done to all teams involved in the 2017 International Series at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. Please see below for results. Wednesday 10 May 2017Women’s OpenAustralia (17) defeated Japanese Women’s Open Selection (0)Men’s OpenAustralia (7) defeated Japan (3)Thursday 11 May 2017Women’s OpenJapanese Women’s Open Selection (6) defeated New Zealand (5)Australia (20) defeated Japanese Women’s Open Selection (2)Men’s OpenNew Zealand (11) defeated Japan (6)Australia (15) defeated Japan (3)Try Scores – International Series Day OneWomen’s OpenAustralia 17 (McCall 4, Watego 3, Crowe 2, Campbell 2, Maddick 2, Kearney, Davis, Hennessey, Upton touchdowns) defeated Japan 0.Men’s OpenAustralia 7 (Brisby 2, Prowse 2, Buckley, Francis, Palau touchdowns) defeated Japan 3 (Kawaguchi, Hamada, Nakamichi).  Try Scores – International Series Day TwoWomen’s OpenJapan 6 (Kuraishi, Endo, Kishi, Imai, Ogawa, Parslow touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 5 (Engler 2, Johnston, Hotham, Mohi touchdowns)Australia 20 (Michaelopolous 3, Dyball 3, Rodgers 3, McCall 3, Peattie 2, Watego, Crowe, Upton, Campbell, Sargent, Sue See touchdowns) defeated Japan 2 (Imai, Goulding touchdowns)Men’s OpenNew Zealand 11 (Quinn 3, Robinson 3, Rhind-Rogers 2, Cavanagh 2, Soutar-Finch touchdowns) defeated Japan 6 (Kawaguchi 2, Kaji, Hori, Hamada, Nakamichi touchdowns)Australia 15 (Francis 4, Hoch 4, Marshall King 3, Norman, Moylan, Barton, Bundy touchdowns)  defeated Japan 3 (Kaji, Kanabe, Nakamichi touchdowns)Related LinksInternational Series Resultslast_img read more

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IAAF World Championships: In Caster Semenya’s absence, Nakaayi upsets field to win women’s 800m

first_img Next Reuters DohaOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 10:58 IST Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi won the women’s 800m gold in Doha (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUganda’s Halimah Nakaayi won the women’s 800m goldFavourite Ajee Wilson of USA finished with bronzeCaster Semenya, who won the gold in the 2017 edition, did not take partUgandan Halimah Nakaayi pulled off an upset to win the women’s 800 metres title at the world championships on Monday while favourite Ajee Wilson was left with another bronze as she ran out of steam with 100 metres left.Wilson, hoping to become the first American to win the world title over the distance, led for most of the race but was overtaken by Nakaayi down the final straight as the Ugandan won in a national record of one minute 58.04 seconds.Raevyn Rogers, another American, also sped past to take silver, leaving Wilson with the bronze she also won in London two years ago.The Khalifa stadium was around half full for the race, providing a much-improved atmosphere compared to Sunday when it was virtually empty.South Africa’s Caster Semenya, the titleholder and three-times champion, did not take part due to global athletics’ governing body the IAAF’s recently-introduced testosterone regulations.Rank outsider Nakaayi, who had never before run in a world championship or Olympic final, celebrated by dancing down the track with her compatriot Winnie Nanyondo who finished fourth.”It the first time that someone from central Uganda makes it to the final. So getting a medal, it means a lot to Uganda. It’s a great achievement for Uganda and even for me,” she told reporters. “It’s my traditional dance from central Uganda.”OBVIOUS FAVOURITEWilson had won six of eight races outdoors this season, including claiming the U.S. title — her 10th overall — and Diamond League stops in Stockholm, Monaco and Birmingham and Brussels, making her the obvious favourite.advertisementThe 25-year-old looked set to continue her dominance as she led from the start.But, after having to fend off attacks during the first lap, she was unable to repel another from Nakaayi who accelerated past her down the final straight to claim Uganda’s first medal of the championships.Rogers then came storming out of the blue with a devastating finale to snatch silver.Semenya’s absence doesn’t affect other athletesSemenya lost her appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the rules that mean middle distance female athletes with a high natural level of testosterone must take medication to reduce it.She then appealed to the Swiss Federal Tribunal which initially allowed her to continue competing while she awaited its final verdict but then reversed that decision after hearing from the IAAF ruling her out of the championships.The other athletes said her absence did not affect them.”It’s a little different but it hasn’t directly affected me because there are other great competitors still ahead of me,” said Rogers. “I just focused on the competitors out in front of me.”Also Read | IAAF World Championships: Doha organisers blame late starts for empty stadiumsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Caster SemenyaFollow IAAF World Championships 2019Follow Halimah Nakaayi IAAF World Championships: In Caster Semenya’s absence, Nakaayi upsets field to win women’s 800mSouth Africa’s Caster Semenya, the titleholder and three-times champion, did not take part due to global athletics’ governing body the IAAF’s recently-introduced testosterone regulationsadvertisementlast_img read more

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Select Committee Gathering Feedback on Ways to Increase Voter Turnout

first_img Fax: 1-902-424-0513 Mail: c/o Legislative Committees Office, P.O. Box 2630, Station M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3N5 E-mail: legcomm@gov.ns.ca Halifax Regional Municipality-area residents will have a chance to help build stronger, more representative government through a public consultation session in Halifax. The meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at Province House, 1726 Hollis St. The Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process will gather feedback to help recommend ways to reverse the trend of fewer Nova Scotians voting in elections. Michel Samson, chair of the all-party committee, said it is important that feedback is collected from a wide cross-section of the province. “This is a chance for people in the Halifax-area to have their say and offer input on how to increase the number of people who vote,” he said. “Participation in the democratic process is a cornerstone of a strong government and, on the heels of federal and municipal elections, it is the perfect time to collect opinions and thoughts from people in all walks of life.” The committee, introduced by a resolution during the 2006 fall sitting of the House of Assembly, includes vice-chairs Mark Parent and Maureen MacDonald as well as Pat Dunn, Keith Bain, Graham Steele, Charlie Parker, H. David Wilson and Harold (Junior) Theriault. Nova Scotians interested in making a presentation at the meeting should call toll-free 1-888-388-6489. Written submissions will also be accepted and should be filed with the committee no later than Friday, Nov. 7. Submissions will be accepted by: Additional meetings were held in Antigonish, Truro, Cape Breton, Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Kentville and Amherst. Background information is available on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/COMMITTEES/DemocraticProcess.html .last_img read more

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First Nation taking matters into own hands while waiting on Trudeau to

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National NewsThe Sturgeon Lake First Nation in central Alberta was put on the boil water advisory list the day the Trudeau government was elected into power. But for the community of 1,483 it was just another familiar go round. And almost a year later they’re still waiting for funding to help the 249 homes needing clean water there.“Well obviously nobody’s acted on it in the government regardless of who’s in power. It’s just the process that they use and life goes on I guess,” said Chief Richard Kappo.He doesn’t believe the change in government will make a difference…this is a problem that has been going on way too long.“They’ve (Trudeau government) promised all this funding and they’re still developing a process of how they should dole out that money. Some of the stuff has been going on for years. The boil water advisories are given to us from Health Canada and then of course, it goes down the chain, but in the end it’s the band that ends up paying unless it’s provided money,” said Kappo.He estimates it will cost $100,000 to get the water back up to par. Just this week he signed and submitted a proposal to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) asking for help. But he’s not waiting for an answer. The band has taken matters into their own hands and have started treating the water using their own funds, which they simply don’t have.“We’ve started the work, started it about 4 days ago. We have to. We don’t have the resources but we’re doing it. We have to rob Peter to pay Paul to do it. It’s a health and safety issue,” said Kappo who thinks that water should be the number one priority for all levels of government.Meanwhile, the Dene Tha First Nation in northern Alberta have also struggled on and off for years to maintain clean water systems.Chief Joe Pastion estimated it will easly cost $30 million to fix the water problems when all is said and done incorporating all of the infrastructure, engineering, plumbing and other projects required to install new water and sewer lines.The Dene Tha have been in ongoing negotiations with the government to secure the funding “for years,” he said.He applauds Trudeau’s promise to fix the water problems in First Nations in five years, but he’s skeptical the rookie Prime Minister will be able to stay within budget.“Once they (Federal Government) start funneling those numbers to each region, I’m sure every tribal and sub-office will take a cut of that funding and then whatever comes to the community will probably be less than what’s needed in the community,” he said.Pastion has also put in a proposal to INAC this week and is waiting for a response.During the 2015 federal election, the Liberals promised to eliminate all boil-water advisories in First Nation communities within five years.In the budget, the Liberals plan to spend $1.8 billion on water and waste-water projects across the country.According a 2011 study commissioned by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department, it would cost about $4.7 billion over 10 years to get First Nation water and wastewater infrastructure up to the department’s own standards. The report said First Nation communities needed an immediate $1.2 billion to deal with high-risk systems.First Nations water needs $5billion fix: gov’t studyLinda Semansha oversees the water monitoring in the Dene Tha community of approximately 2,700 under which she said 70 homes are under water advisories. She said it’s common to see people with rashes due to contact with the water while costs to buy bottled water are high unless a person can drive to town or catch a ride where the cost is cheaper.“It doesn’t make me feel very good especially because I’m the one who looks after the health program,” she said.But contrary to Pastion, she has hope in the new government.“I believe so (he might help us) because he’s talked about the water problems in the other communities.”In British Columbia, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Anne Louis is celebrating the success of a multimillion water treatment facility built last year.After being on a boil water advisory for about 15 years, they finally received the funding to upgrade.“It’s been exciting for our community, it’s been a long time coming because we struggled for a very long time,” she said.The benefits are spilling over into helping to create economic opportunities, she added. The band is working on a significant economic development project that can now have serviced water and a nearby community has approached them to service water there.Even though Williams Lake received their funding before Trudeau was voted in, Louis has faith that other First Nations will soon start to benefit from his commitment.“I believe it (his promises) will. I’ve heard of some people who are already starting to get their systems in place. But it’s a big massive project across Canada and I think people that have severe water issues should be the ones that are targeted first,” she ended.At any given time across Canada, there are over 100 drinking water advisories in First Nations.As of May 31, 2016, there are 137 advisories according to Health Canada First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia.Drinking Water Advisories in First Nation CommunitiesAPTN asked Indigenous Affairs about its schedule to fix water systems in communities but as of this posting, the department has not responded.According to Human Rights Watch, Canada has been working for almost 40 years (1977) to solve the water crisis, but the problem persists. It said the government’s own auditing shows a pattern of over promising and they’ve failed.bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28last_img read more

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Trappers worried traditions will go up in smoke from Wildfires in Wood

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsRobert Grandjambe Jr. has 100 beaver pelts to bring to market in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.He’s following in the footsteps of his ancestors as a full-time trapper.“I have access to roads, trails and corridors that I had only had heard stories of. Living in the community of Fort Chipp [Chippawa] it wasn’t accessible to me, but as an adult I have it at my fingertips,” Grandjambe said.Fur harvesting was no cake walk for the 34-year-old Mikisew Cree First Nation man.He had to obtain permission of other trappers to use the land and has had issues in the last eight years with Parks Canada, when one of his cabins was torn down while he was away.Read More:Fort Chip trapper says he’s standing up for treaty rights after officials tear down cabin in national park“Having 21 members in the boundaries is difficult to exercise. If everyone on 1204 [plot of land he belongs to] was trapping it breaks down to 25 square kilometres. It isn’t a very big area and you can probably remove a lot of animals if everyone was trapping,” he said.Now the modest territory he has access to is under threat from something else – wildfires.“I cut trees to supply wood for my camp and it is quite phenomenal to see the 150, 200-year-old trees. As a trapper it is good populations for myself to harvest in these areas. These areas are very crucial to the ecosystems in the park,” Grandjambe said.(Robert Grandjambe Jr. inspects three weeks of work preparing pelts for market in Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Richard Mercredi lived on the trap line long before he had even graduated public school.The Métis hunter is troubled at the potential effects wildfires could have on future generations.“You lose a lot of the youth because they can’t hunt because the place is all burnt. There’s only a certain amount of places to go and a lot of the park is inaccessible or only accessible by river or by boat,” Mercredi said.He noted changes he’s witnessed firsthand over the past few years.“A lot of the prairies where we use to hunt, they use to flood. Now it’s dry, and the willows have started coming up and filling the space in,” he said.(A burn area in Wood Buffalo National Park. Fire has taken out roughly 45 percent of the park in the last decade, according to Parks Canada. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Wood Buffalo National Park is roughly the size of Switzerland with four Métis and eight First Nation groups that hold title to the area.It has one of the largest freshwater deltas in the world and is an oasis to many animals including the last natural wild migratory flock of whooping cranes.Mercredi pointed to the already fragile state of the Peace-Athabasca watershed.He recalled one spot where he use to trap burned so hot in 1979 that the seeds, roots and moss have never returned.“If you drive along the highway and it is raining out, the water was pouring out of the ditch and running away because there was no moss to hold it,” Mercredi said.According to Jean Morin, program manager for national parks in the N.W.T., in the last decade roughly 40 to 45 per cent of Wood Buffalo has burned.“In summer we get up to 20 hours of daylight and we experience a lot of nighttime growth. Sometimes you come up with a plan (to fight fires) in place.“You want to do the plan the following day but overnight the fire will double in size. We take that into consideration and facility protection becomes a focus,” Morin said.(A fox surveys the territory in the Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)He has worked with the park for ten years and said fighting fires in such a large park is no easy task.In some instances, the park has seen up to 50 fires in one season.Driving through the park, the burn zones juxtapose the mighty jack pines and lush spruce.By air the scope of the burns is evident, but also the successes of Parks Canada in protecting Indigenous communities like Peace Point through back burns.Each year, Wood Buffalo hires 16 seasonal fire fighters, but can call for backup from national parks Canada.Morin said his team’s priority is to hire local and that most of the staff are from the area.However, in a follow-up email with Parks Canada to clarify, the number of northern hires was low.“This year, nearly 25% of Parks Canada’s fire crew working in Wood Buffalo National Park are local to Fort Smith, NT,” Megan Damini, media relations officer, Parks Canada said.APTN News was told that it’s optional for staff to self-identify during hiring processes and that the information is confidential so Parks Canada would not confirm the exact number of Indigenous firefighters working in Wood Buffalo this season.Grandjambe said he’s crossed paths with fire fighters unfamiliar with the area.“I have picked up fire crews on the road where a chopper had dropped them off to do assessments on cabins, but they had no clue where they are walking.“They were five kilometres out and walking for hours away from these cabins. This eats up a lot of their day,” he said.(A bear stops for a look at its photographer in Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)When a fire is reported, the fire management team refers to a databank that lists entities considered “values at risk.”These includes, infrastructure such as cabins, First Nations land, roadways, power lines, graveyard and cultural sites.According to Morin, the crew will gauge priorities based on these values at risk.“Fire not only in Wood Buffalo National Park, has been shaping vegetation for years. Wildlife has adapted to that, and it is needed. It is a fire-dependent ecosystem.“The park is organized through fire management zones that priority values at risk. And areas near those values at risk. After that, there is an area more in the middle of the park that we would let the fire do its own thing,” Morin said.(A calf feeds in Wood Buffalo National Park. The park is home to a number of species. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)While Grandjambe said he agrees that fire does have a place in Wood Buffalo, he hopes to see old growth forest and animals added as a value at risk.He is open about his responsibility to the land and to his family’s tradition of fur harvesting.“It was fearful for my grandfather to trap in the park back in the day because of the way the park (staff) treated him. He wasn’t proud of prominent and didn’t show or share those teachings with other people.“It isn’t necessary to burn large quantities of land over and over again. I have not been approached by Parks on this, but I am very willing to share and show the knowledge I have,” Grandjambe said.And he is doing just that, by bringing his beaver pelts to market and remaining connected to his trap line no matter what the wildfire season has in store.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

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Chinas Xi World faces choice of confrontation cooperation

first_imgPORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — China’s president says the world faces a choice of co-operation or confrontation in a speech to a summit of leaders that is divided by tensions stemming from increased U.S. protectionism.President Xi Jinping expressed support for global free trading system that has underpinned his country’s rise to world’s second-biggest economy.Xi says, “The future of mankind hinges on the choices we make.”Leaders of Pacific Rim countries that make up 60 per cent of the world economy are meeting in the capital of Papua New Guinea for an annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Stability and proportionality must be your watchwords SMMT tells Chancellor

Notes:At €20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95 per cent less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 12 per cent since 1997. Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Waste to landfill per vehicle produced has also been cut by a factor of four, from 66.4 kg in 2001 to 14.5 kg in 2005. For more details, download SMMT’s seventh annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/. Or go on-line from Tuesday 9 October to download the 2007 report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ‘Companies in the automotive sector are delivering sustainable growth and addressing the environmental challenge,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Our members’ business activities, products and services must be seen as key to the solutions to these challenges, not as some would have it, the cause of market failures.’ SMMT has pointed to company car tax and vehicle excise duty (VED) to illustrate the points on fiscal stability. Since 2002 company car tax has been based on vehicle CO2 emissions with clear statements in the 2007 budget on thresholds for the next two years, incentives for flex-fuel (E85) and a 10 per cent rate for sub 120-g/km cars.  The industry supports this approach, although the three per cent surcharge for diesel cars is anachronistic and should be withdrawn immediately since it penalises those who choose lower CO2-emitting models. SMMT is concerned however, that unlike company car tax, the chancellor is under pressure to apply arbitrary rate changes, particularly at the top end, for Vehicle Excise Duty. This would be disproportionate and unnecessary. SMMT has also reaffirmed the importance of the sector to the economy (£48bn turnover, 190,000 manufacturing jobs) while pointing to significant progress made across a range of environmental goals, such as production efficiencies saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes annual CO2 at manufacturing sites across the UK. The fiscal and regulatory framework must be fair, realistic and certain. That’s the message SMMT has taken to chancellor Alastair Darling MP, in a letter ahead of the pre-budget report on 9 October 2007. Further changes would penalise families who need a larger vehicle and send worrying signals to the market. SMMT has also warned that such a move could undermine confidence among high-value manufacturers based in the UK, sending a message that threatens jobs and investment in UK plc. read more

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Fuel mangement for wheel loaders

first_imgThe new Caterpillar 988H wheel loader fuel management system delivers solid productivity and fuel savings of as much as 15%in truck loading, and even more in load and carry operations. By lowering engine speed during all but the digging portion of each cycle, the proprietary system minimizes impact on productivity while gaining significant fuel savings. The system is available on new 988H loaders and can be retrofitted to 988H loaders already working in the field.For maximum flexibility the system offers three different operating modes: full power, balanced, and max fuel savings. The system allows the operator to quickly adjust to changing production demands by moving a single switch mounted in the cab.The full power mode maintains the leading performance in its size class that the 988H has shown. The balanced mode offers fuel savings of 10 to 15% in truck loading applications and keeps production within a few percent of maximum. And max fuel savings mode lowers engine speed even more during all segments of a cycle except digging. The result is greater fuel savings but with a more substantial drop in productivity.The 988H produces 354 kW and carries an operating load of 11,340 kg. Rock and dirt buckets are offered for the 988H range in capacity from 6.3 to 7.0 m3). www.cat.comlast_img read more

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Octéa Diamond Group boosts learning in Kono District Sierra Leone

first_imgThe Octéa Diamond Group, owner of the Koidu diamond mine in the Kono District of Sierra Leone, last week launched an exciting educational program with South African publishing giant Times Media – owner of the Sunday Times newspaper in South Africa,  to promote reading and learning in Koidu schools and the surrounding Kono communities. Octéa’s subsidiary, Koidu Ltd, has contributed substantially to education in the area since it began operations in 2003. The Sunday Times program being rolled out by Octéa is a pilot scheme that includes the distribution of learning and reading material to over 7,000 school children as well as households in and around Koidu.“Education has always been central to our philosophy that responsible diamond mining can help empower individuals, the community and the country,” said Jan Joubert, CEO of the Octéa Diamond Group.“Bringing in partners like Times Media and Sunday Times will help ensure that learning is encouraged from an early age right through adulthood. It is also a vital strategy for our company to help build the workforce of tomorrow.”The program will include a two-day training workshop for 50 selected teacher who will then be able to train other teachers in the area. Workshops for parents, residents and schoolchildren on the use and benefits of the education material will also take place. The material being distributed includes 7,000 storybooks for primary and secondary schools; each book contains five African stories. Over 1,6 million copies of these storybooks have printed and distributed by the Sunday Times  in South Africa in recent years.Schools will also receive learning material in the form of posters, with specific content suited to primary and secondary schools. The content was developed by Times Media in consultation with South Africa’s National Department of Education, to improve numeracy and literacy.Copies of the publication ReadRight – launched more than 10 years ago, will also be distributed to classrooms and homes in Koidu and Kimbadu, to fill the need for regular educational reading material.“Literacy is very dear to our hearts and over the past 15 years I am proud to say that we have developed a highly regarded reputation for the supplements we produce,” said Patti McDonald of Times Media Education.“Research has shown that our publications are valued in schools and homes, by children and their parents and teachers alike. Stories do not have to have glossy, hard covers to be read. Stories, reports, features, surveys and notices have been read in newsprint for ages.”The launch of the program, which will see workshops being conducted in Kimbadu by educational experts from Times Media, will be attended by over 200 people including paramount chiefs, community dignitaries and office-bearers, government officials, school principals, teachers, town chiefs, school pupils and the media.The Octéa Diamond Group is wholly owned by BSG Resources, the diversified natural resource arm of the Beny Steinmetz Group of Companies, which has interests in real estate, capital markets and diamonds. The group has four wholly-owned subsidiaries: Octéa Mining Ltd, Octéa Diamonds Ltd, Octéa Services Ltd and the Octéa Foundation. Octéa Mining owns the mining assets of the group, including the Koidu diamond mine the Tonguma project held by Tonguma Ltd and the Boroma-K3 project held by Boroma Ltd.last_img read more

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Turkeys mining law modifications approved

first_imgSeveral modifications to the Mining Law were recently approved by the Turkish Parliament and have now been brought in to effect by the President. Ariana Resources, the Anglo-Turkish gold exploration and development company focused on Turkey, believes this will hasten the mining permitting process in the country. Highlights: Ground turn-over will be further encouraged and will reduce the number of areas currently sterilised to exploration due to under-utilisationLicences areas will be auctioned and an effort made to define licence areas according to geological continuity of mineralised features; larger licences may become available in timeNew royalty framework introduced, which scales according to commodity price.Dr. Kerim Sener, Managing Director, commented: “These and other modifications to the Mining Law have occurred following extensive industry consultation. The urgency with which these and related issues were debated, demonstrates how seriously the Turkish Government views the mining sector. As we watched the open vote unfold in Parliament, it was reassuring to note that the law was passed almost unanimously, indicating wide cross-party support.“The changes to the law are viewed by many as representing the further evolution of the Turkish mining sector and will encourage further professional development of the industry. Increased ground turn-over will be an outcome of the new law, as only currently producing or relatively near term development projects will be retained due to enhanced costs associated with their maintenance. Increased requirements associated with holding exploration licences and their expenditure commitments will also ensure better and more serious exploration in the long run. In the past, large areas of the country were effectively sterilised to exploration because licences owners could hold ground at minimal cost and by undertaking limited work. The new law will fundamentally change for the better the way in which both exploration and mining is undertaken in the country in the medium to long term.“We are now confident that these changes will also catalyse the permitting process for the mining sector in general. Our application to the Department of Forestry for access to the areas designated for construction at our Red Rabbit project, remains in process at the Prime Ministry. This is in accordance with a Prime Ministerial Decree, which altered the way in which permits are granted over State land, irrespective of industry sector. We look forward to hearing positive news on our application in due course.”Law number 6592 was passed by the Turkish Parliament on February 4 this year. This law primarily involved several modifications to articles within Law Number 3213, which is the Mining Law as passed in 1985. These modifications were approved by the President on February 17 and brought in to effect. Principle changes to the law that will have an impact on the business of Ariana Resources include:Licence Fees: An area and exploration-stage dependent annual fee of between 1,000 and 5,000 TL for exploration licences and an area dependent fee of between 20,000 and 70,000 TL for operating licences will be due for payment at the end of January each yearState Right: the royalty paid to the Government on gold will range from 2 to 16% of the Pit Head Sale Price, in parallel with a commodity price range from <$800/oz to > $2,225/oz. At current gold price the royalty paid would be 4%. This royalty rate is reduced by 50% if production is occurring within an owner-operated process plant. In the event no production occurs with an operating licence within any one year, a State Right charge of 10,000 TL will be made automaticallyLicence Auctions: Relinquished or abandoned licences will be auctioned, and it will no longer be possible to make direct applications in areas of free ground. The minimum auction bid price will be equal to the operating licence annual fee. Certain licences will be amalgamated prior to auction based on parameters such as geological setting and continuity of mineralised features. In these cases the existing area limitation of 2,000 ha for a Group 4 licence (e.g. gold/silver) will not apply. The Ccmpany views the above modifications as being generally positive for the industry, although noting that the cost structure associated with maintaining licences in good standing will increase. Ariana Resources considers this cost increase to be reasonable and manageable, based on current exchange rates. However, the cost of acquiring new licences in Turkey will be significantly higher than in the past, as licence acquisitions will be via competitive auction or licence transfer only. This is one aspect of the new law that could have a limiting effect on any greenfields-type exploration activity.last_img read more

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CobraTag finds lost keys with the help of your phone

first_imgWhat are the two things we misplace the most? Besides the remote, I’d say it’s our keys and our cell phones. Luckily, if you have one of those items around, you can use it to find the other, thanks to the CobraTag.The key to the CobraTag is that there are two parts. The first is a CobraTag sensor, which is a small dongle that can be attached to your keychain, purse, laptop bag, or any other valuable item you may easily loose track of. Then, we have the CobraTag app, which works with Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone devices, and works via a Bluetooth connection.The app, called the Phone Halo, can ring an alarm when the tag goes out of the Bluetooth range. The app can also tell you the location of your lost item, so you can know if you left your purse at a bar like one Apple employee once did with an unreleased iPhone. Phone Halo will send you an email or text message with the GPS coordinates of your lost item if this happens.The tag and phone can also be used to find each other if they’re in range. If you press the button on the dongle, it will sound an alarm on your phone, and vice versa.My friends and family know that I can’t walk out the door without thinking I’ve lost my cell phone. I’m constantly fumbling through my giant bag and searching for my trusty smartphone. Gone are the days when cellphones were as big as bricks, and though that’s primarily a very good thing, it can also be a pain when you can’t find it. It’s especially annoying if you’re alone at home and don’t have a landline to call your lost phone, leaving the only option of hopping on G-chat to ask one of your friends to call you.For only $60, the CobraTag can give you a little bit of peace of mind. Just make sure you don’t misplace both your keys and your phone at the same time, or you’ll be out of luck.Read more at Cobra, via TheNextWeblast_img read more

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Heres how youll be able to celebrate St Patricks Day in Dublin

first_img Mar 2nd 2017, 11:55 AM Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieThe theme for this year’s parade is “Ireland You Are”, with magical faerie stories, ancient mythical tribes and trailblazing pirates all set to feature, alongside bands from America, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Bahamas and, of course, Ireland.Saturday 18 MarchAround 4,000 people are expected for the treasure hunt at City Hall on Dame Street, which kicks off at 10am and lasts till 1pm. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandMarching bands and pop-up choirs will take over St Stephen’s Green in the afternoon, while some of Ireland’s most renowned portrait artists will capture the faces of Irish children at the Ark, Eustace Street in Temple Bar from 10.30am.Another open-air cinema will show the recent hit film Sing Street at Fingal County Council Civic Offices on Grove Road in Blanchardstown from 7.30pm.Sunday 19 MarchMerrion Square is the main venue today, with a street carnival full of theatre, music, arts, crafts and more. Source: Leah Farrell/Photocall IrelandBudding scientists can embrace the Science Zone and epic story lovers can listen to fantasy storytelling at the Festival Big Day Out from midday to 6pm.The full programme of events can be found here.Read: Maintaining tradition, Trump declares March ‘Irish-American Heritage Month’Read: The Taoiseach WILL go to Washington (and here’s where all his ministers are heading) Short URL THE SCHEDULE FOR this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin has been announced, with outdoor cinemas, street theatre and a treasure hunt set to join the grand festival parade on Friday 17 March.According to figures provided by the Festival, the annual event attracted over 105,000 visitors from abroad to Dublin in 2016, who spent an average of 8.8 days in Ireland during their trip.In 2015, they say tourists spent €73 million in Ireland when they came to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.Running from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 March, here are some of the events happening around the capital for the St Patrick’s Festival:Thursday 16 MarchDancing shoes at the ready, as Earlsfort Terrace is transformed into a dance hall from 4.30pm to 7.30pm for a Céilí. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieA special screening of Jim Sheridan’s acclaimed film In America will be screened at a special open-air showing in the surroundings of Swords Castle from 7.30pm.Friday 17 MarchThis is the main event, as the grand parade kicks off from midday at Parnell Square. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie 24 Comments Here’s how you’ll be able to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin Four days of festivities have been announced for this year’s St Patrick’s Festival. Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 11:55 AMcenter_img 15,653 Views Share159 Tweet Email By Sean Murray Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3266751 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Bug des SMS au nouvel an Orange attaque Bouygues

first_imgBug des SMS au nouvel an : Orange attaque BouyguesLors du passage en 2011, un bug de SMS avait entraîné des facturations massives pour les abonnés d’Orange. L’opérateur avait accusé Bouygues Telecom d’avoir provoqué la multiplication des messages envoyés pour la bonne année. Les deux entreprises régleront leur différend devant le tribunal de commerce de Paris. Souvenez-vous, 2010/2011 a connu un record de textos échangés pour souhaiter la bonne année : plus de 930 millions de SMS avaient été envoyés. Mais une bien mauvaise surprise avait provoqué l’ire des clients d’Orange qui avaient envoyé leurs voeux à ce moment-là : leurs SMS et MMS avaient été envoyés plusieurs fois vers le même destinataire. Pour certains les factures ont été astronomiques. Orange et Bouygues Telecom s’étaient renvoyés la responsabilité de ce bug. Pour le premier opérateur, une défaillance sur la passerelle de son concurrent aurait affecté les autres opérateurs, rapporte Le Figaro. Bouygues avait alors assuré : “Il y a bien eu un dysfonctionnement du lien entre Orange et Bouygues à partir de 1h30, mais potentiellement ce problème peut venir autant de chez eux que de chez nous”. Mais Orange n’a pas souhaité que l’affaire en reste là. L’opérateur vient de déposer plainte devant le tribunal de commerce de Paris pour faire reconnaître la responsabilité de son concurrent. Orange réclame plusieurs millions d’euros de dommages et intérêts à Bouygues Telecom. Le 18 février 2011 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Zoo Officials Slam Visitors for Carving Names on Rhinos Back

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Officials of a French zoo condemned the “stupidity” of visitors who scratched their names into a rhino’s back last week.Photos shared on social media showed a 35-year-old female rhinoceros at La Palmyre zoo in Royan, France  with the names “Camille” and “Julien” carved onto its back. The images went viral online and prompted an outcry.In a statement released by the zoo, officials said they were “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken, Agence France-Presse reported.The names “Camille” and “Julien” can be seen scratched onto the back of the rhino. (Photo Credit: Royen News / Facebook)Zoo director Pierre Caille said the visitors used their nails to scratch their names into a layer of dust, sand, and dead skin on the animal’s back.The animal may not even have realised,” Caille told AFP. “We quickly brushed the writing away and there was no harm to the animal.”La Palmyre zoo typically allows visitors to touch the animals over the fence, as it creates for a more “emotional” experience for the visitors and helps to not only raise awareness about diversity but helps to stress the “majesty” of wildlife, officials said in the statement.In a statement, the zoo said it was “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken. (Photo Credit: Royen News / Facebook)According to the zoo, most visitors have been respectful, but some video surveillance might now be installed as a result of the incident.Several people who have viewed the images of the rhino also commented on the “thinness” of the animal. The zoo, however, stressed that the rhino is healthy and sufficiently fed throughout the day.“This individual, 35 years old and is no longer young,” the zoo said. “The health of our animals is our priority and we intervene as soon as a problem manifests itself.”More on Geek.com:‘Historic’ Birth: Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Born at San Diego ZooRare Baby Rhino Born Using Artificial Insemination at Zoo MiamiTam, Malaysia’s Last Male Sumatran Rhino, Dies Stay on targetlast_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Carlee Sutera Named To Deans List At Seton Hall University

first_imgSOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is pleased to announce Carlee Sutera of Wilmington has qualified for Spring 2018 Dean’s list.About Seton HallOne of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership – developing students in mind, heart and spirit – since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 80 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. For more information, visit http://www.shu.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Seton Hall via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Carlee Sutera Named To Dean’s List At Seton Hall UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ryan Tonra Named To Dean’s List At Seton HallIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Fariha Haque Named To Dean’s List At University Of RochesterIn “Education”last_img read more

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Tesla is bringing back Free Unlimited Supercharging kind of

first_img Tags Share your voice Tesla More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Electric Cars Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla’s Model X gets artsycenter_img 1 Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Comment 30 Photos Tesla Enlarge ImageTesla is reportedly looking for some extra sales of its pre-hardware-update inventory of Models S and X. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Have you been kicking yourself for waiting too long to buy a Tesla and missing out on the whole Free Unlimited Supercharging thing? Well, according to a report Tuesday by Electrek, you’re getting another chance at it.What’s the catch? Well, Tesla is bringing back its free unlimited Supercharging promotion, but only for new Model S and Model X vehicles in inventory that are pre-hardware-update. What does that mean? Mostly it means no Model S with 370 miles of range or Model X with 325 miles of range. It also means you’re missing out on other smaller hardware changes like 200-kW Supercharging and the new adaptive suspension — oh, and the tidy power increase from the new motors.Also, unlike other incarnations of the promotion, this version of Free Unlimited Supercharging isn’t transferrable, meaning that you can’t use it as a selling feature when you go to send your Model S or X down the road.Tesla has also priced these new older-spec models a good chunk lower than the updated ones, with a preupdate 2019 Model S 100D going for $77,900 before incentives and a post-update model in the same trim starting at $85,000. Neither includes the company’s so-called Full Self-Driving hardware.So, is it worth it to buy the older model for free Supercharging?Well, that all depends on how you use your car. If you — like most people — charge your car at home overnight with a Level 2 system, then no, it’s not. If you are regularly using Supercharger stations to keep topped up because you don’t have reliable access to overnight Level 2 charging, then it just might be.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment.last_img read more