Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie will have one-lane closures for paving. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sunday Morning Delays on Highway 118 Near Burnside Traffic will be delayed on Highway 118 between Exit 13 at Burnside and the intersection of Highway 111 at Exit 4 from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. The delays are necessary to remove overhead sign trusses. Drivers should use alternate routes during this time period. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road Closure The Gaspereau Road will be closed from Monday, Aug. 14, until Saturday, Sept. 30, to allow for the replacement of the Minor Bridge over Curry Brook. Detour routes are marked on Gaspereau River Road, Grand Pré Road, Ridge Road, and Highway 101. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from 6.2 kilometres south of Margaree Harbour to the new pavement at Margaree Harbour, will have a one-lane closure for repaving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of a traffic control person. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road and Cenotaph Road River Inhabitants Road from Highway 105 at Exit 2, southerly for 8.4 kilometres to the intersection at Cenotaph Road, and Cenotaph Road, from River Inhabitants Road about 2.5 kilometres east through the Village of West Bay Road, will have a one-lane closure until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from north of the East Margaree-Belle Cote intersection, north for seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. A traffic control person will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Repaving work will restrict traffic to one lane on Highway 104 from east of the railway underpass (east of Port Hawkesbury) to Exit 44. Traffic will be controlled by a traffic control person. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Thursday, Aug. 31. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North Sydney Rail Road Overpass The North Sydney Rail Road Overpass on Highway 105 will be reduced to one lane for repairs for 24 hours per day, until Tuesday, Aug. 15. Automated signals will control traffic. An alternate route is available through Northside Industrial Park. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 3 to Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Sept. 30. A reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is posted for the duration of the project. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 is open until further notice. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 southbound will have a one-lane closure between exits 13A and 15 (Highway 104) until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of signs. Commuters are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7, Spry Harbour Bridge A 500-metre detour on Trunk 7 near Spry Harbour will allow for the replacement of the Spry Harbour Bridge. The detour will be in place 24-hours a day until Friday, Aug. 18. There will be two-way traffic on the detour with a maximum speed of 50 km/h. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327 from the Highway 125 overpass to Caribou Marsh Road will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Humes River easterly to the West Side Middle River Road, will be reduced to one lane for patching and re-paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 COLCHESTER: Highway 104 – Cobequid Pass There will be intermittent single-lane closures for maintenance on the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 (Cobequid Pass), between the toll plaza and Masstown. Work will occur during daylight hours. A single-lane closure of about three kilometres will be used to separate the work zone from traffic. Motorists should reduce speed in the work zones. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Oct. 30. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. The work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Between the intersection at Highway 111 and the airport, Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions for interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. Local Area Office: 902-396-8426 Fax: 902-755-7184 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Bridgetown to Annapolis will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and sealing until Friday, Aug. 18. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-885-2821 Fax: 902-885-3090 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from Exit 11 (St. Ann’s), to Exit 12 (Englishtown), will be reduced to one lane for re-paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes palace from 6 a.m. to sunset.center_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-568-3378 Fax: 902-563-3379 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 Route 224, from Cooks Brook easterly to Exhibition Grounds Road will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a follow-me truck. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Trenton Connector Trenton Connector from Highway 106 at Exit 1A, easterly to the Abercrombie Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Construction on Highway 104 at the Broadway overpass between New Glasgow and Antigonish has reduced traffic to one lane until Friday, Sept. 1. Traffic is controlled by automatic signals, however, delays may occur during peak travel times. Signs are in place marking an alternate route on Trunk 4 between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River. Use of this alternate route is recommended. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Trunk 4 Highway 125, Trunk 4 in Sydney River will have a single-lane closure for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. with the lane closures and are advised to use alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Starting on Thursday, Aug. 17, traffic on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from Fort Lawrence Road to the Amherst Town Line. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by a traffic-control person. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Friday, Sept. 15. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio Cross Iron Bridge The Ohio Cross Iron Bridge on the Ohio West Road over the Ohio River will be closed for replacement from Monday, Aug. 14, until Friday, Dec. 15. A detour is available on Ohio Cross Road. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Nov. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. PICTOU COUNTY: Gordon Falconer Bridge The Gordon Falconer Bridge on Battist Road, over the Little Caribou River, near Sundridge, will be closed for repairs from Monday, Aug. 14, until Friday, Aug. 18. A detour is available on Trunk 6 and River John Road. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Cape Jack Road Cape Jack Road, from Trunk 4 at Linwood, northerly to Cape Jack Wharf Road will be reduced to one lane for road repaving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 5A on Highway 125 will be closed for gravelling and the installation of a guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Detour signs are posted. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Portapique River to Little Bass River will have intermittent one-lane closures until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7913 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from Louisbourg town limits northerly for about 4.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and re-paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Eureka Mills Bridge East River West Side Road in Eureka will be closed to all through traffic until Friday, Aug. 18, for 24 hours per day for repairs to the Eureka Mills Bridge. Closure signs will be posted. There are no detours. Motorists are advised to use local alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will be reduced to one lane from 2.1 kilometres east of Fox Point Road for three kilometres to the east for repaving from Monday, Aug. 14, to Sunday, Sept. 3. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by a traffic-control person. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: 101 Connector 101 Connector, (Middle Dyke Road), at Exit 12 to Belcher Street, New Minas will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 1, for re-paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Cape Jack Road easterly to Frankville Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Dec. 25, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals 24 hours per day. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 Lane closures will be required on Trunk 4 between Victoria Junction and Gardiner Road to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. This is a four-lane section, so one lane will always be open in each direction. Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra caution in the construction zone. VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail from Highway 105 to Yankee Line Road will have a one-lane closure for patching and re-paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of Highway 104, eastbound between Exit 21 and Exit 27, may be reduced to one lane for up to three kilometes at a time, until Friday, Aug. 18. Motorists are advised to expect delays on interchange ramps. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: White Hill Road White Hill Road has a one-lane closure varying in length and location during ongoing work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 9 (Avonport) interchange, on and off ramps and roundabout on Trunk 1 will have one-lane closures until Friday, Aug. 18, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Route 358, for 1.6 kilometres to the intersection of Deep Hollow Road, to allow for repaving. Work will take place until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control consists of flagpersons. last_img read more

Former cabinet minister Judy Foote bids farewell to House of Commons

first_imgOTTAWA – With tears in her eyes and her daughters and granddaughters watching from the gallery, MP Judy Foote bade farewell to the House of Commons on Thursday by urging more women to take up the challenges of politics.The Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal announced in August she would step down as MP to be with her family. She had been on a leave of absence from her Public Services and Procurement portfolio since spring.The two-time breast cancer survivor earlier revealed that she inherited the cancer-causing BRCA2 gene.“Getting my head around what having the gene could mean for my children, Carla, Jason and Heidi and their children, if they inherited it from me, was difficult and needless to say remains so, because unfortunately two of my three children did,” she told the House.She said that raised the spectre of genetic discrimination as she urged her fellow MPs to enshrine protection in the human rights act.“No one should be discriminated against on the basis of their genetic characteristics.”Foote was first elected to the Commons in 2008 after 11 years as a member of the provincial legislature and eight years as a senior aide to then-premier Clyde Wells.In her first job as MP, she was named a party whip, entering cabinet after Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won power in 2015.Before entering politics, she was a CBC broadcaster. She told the House that one of her most memorable stories was covering Terry Fox and his cancer-fighting Marathon of Hope.Memories of Fox came pouring back years later, when she was first diagnosed with cancer, she said. He had told her how his thick thatch of dark curls grew back after chemotherapy and she took solace in that when she lost her own hair under treatment.“As it grew back, I thought of Terry and his curls, but especially his positive attitude,” she said, visibly fighting back tears throughout her speech.Foote urged other women to get into politics.“As a women who has spent 28 years in political life, I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to encourage more women to get involved in what I consider an honourable profession,” she said.“It really is possible to make a difference in the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable.”Foote acknowledged that women can face discrimination in politics, but said they can face it.“It takes a strong individual to stand up and fight back against bullying of any sort, especially if the bully is in a position of authority,” she said.“As I continue to encourage more women to get involved, I tell them of my positive experiences and that in my opinion there is no profession more rewarding.”Trudeau, who entered the House in the same election as Foote, praised her courage and fortitude.“She is, and always will be, an example of resilience, passion and grace to us all.”The prime minister called her a dear friend.“I’m going to sorely miss you having you by my side, but I know we all know that your family and friends need you by their side even more. I love you.”The two hugged as MPs rose in an ovation.last_img read more

UCP donations nearly double NDPs in 2018 as Alberta election approaches

first_imgCALGARY — Documents show Alberta’s opposition United Conservative Party raised more in the fourth quarter of last year than the governing New Democrats did in all of 2018.New figures from Elections Alberta say the UCP brought in more than $3.9 million from October to December, with a third coming from individual contributions of $250 and under.The UCP, helmed by former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney, raised nearly $6.7 million for the whole year.The NDP reported a 2018 total of $3.4 million and a fourth quarter amount of $1.5 million.By law, an election must be held in March, April or May of this year.That means Premier Rachel Notley can drop the writ to start a four-week campaign as early as the beginning of February.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alberta in crisis over low oil price Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

first_imgLaut said Trudeau seemed to appreciate how dire the situation is and was receptive to ideas. But Laut said he’s skeptical a federal investment in crude-by-rail, as the Alberta government has urged, would deliver swift relief.“I don’t know what more the federal governments can do that companies ourselves can’t do,” Laut said. “Getting (rail) cars is tough to do. It takes time to build these things.”Alex Pourbaix, CEO of Cenovus Energy Inc., agreed Ottawa’s ability to help narrow the price gap is limited.“I think the issue that we’ve all been debating is more of a provincial issue,” he said. “It’s very tough for the federal government to solve that one for us.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Trudeau said the federal government is doing what it can to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, which would triple its capacity to carry oil to tankers on the west coast.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on marine environment.Trudeau said the sector should benefit from his government’s announcement Wednesday that companies will be able to immediately write off capital investments.“The accelerated capital cost allowance doesn’t matter with differentials where they are because nobody’s going to spend any money,” said Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. executive vice-chairman Steve Laut following an energy-boss roundtable with the prime minister. Premier Rachel Notley has said the price gap between Canadian and U.S. crude is costing the Canadian economy $80 million a day.Hundreds of pro-oil protesters shut down part of the street outside the hotel where Trudeau addressed the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Inside, chamber CEO Sandip Lalli grilled Trudeau on what Ottawa intends to do, including possibly investing in moving crude on trains as a stop-gap measure as new market-opening pipelines remain in limbo.“Currently, the federal government doesn’t have a plan to address the $80 million that’s coming out?” Lalli asked Trudeau in a question-and-answer session.“You think there’s a super-simple easy answer and there’s not. There’s a multifaceted complex issue and as much as there is a tendency out there in the world to give really simple answers to really complex questions, unfortunately the world doesn’t work like that,” Trudeau replied.“We need to make sure that we’re moving forward in the right way and that is where actually listening to the experts is sort of the best way to make policy.”center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Alberta is in a crisis as the province’s oil is being sold at a discount of about $45 a barrel, but he and some oil company bosses agree there are no easy fixes Ottawa can offer.“There is no question that folks in Alberta, folks here in Calgary, are living through extremely difficult times. This is very much a crisis,” Trudeau said Thursday following an affordable housing announcement.“When you have a price differential that’s up around $42, $50 even, that’s a massive challenge to local industry, to the livelihood of a lot of Albertans. I hear that very, very clearly.”last_img read more

MoroccoChina Silk Road Council to Boost SinoMoroccan Relations

Rabat – Representatives of Beijing and Rabat have established a joint Morocco-China business council to promote China’s gigantic Silk Road project. The council is set to oversee and implement the regulations of the bilateral agreement that Morocco and China signed in November 2017, regarding China’s Silk Road initiative.On Tuesday this week, a Chinese delegation paid a working visit to Rabat as part of the two parties’ commitment to fostering their 2017 Beijing agreement. The Chinese delegation also took part in the China-Morocco economic forum, a business convention organized by the CGEM (Morocco’s Employers Union), in collaboration with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).The Council envisions bringing the two countries closer together, with the aim expanding and consolidating commercial exchanges. During Tuesday’s economic forum, the two parties agreed to sign a memorandum to push for more bilateral engagement. The memorandum put a special emphasis on the promotion and endorsement of China’s “Belt and the Road” initiative, boosting Morocco-China cooperation on many fronts, especially maritime exchanges. According to China’s State Council, this project will reinvent trans-regional exchanges and cooperation.Faiçal Memkouar, the general vice-president of the CGEM, and Jiang Zengwei, CCPIT’s chairperson, agreed to involve their organizations in their countries’ growing bilateral ties, pushing for Morocco’s regional leadership in the African part of China’s monumental trans-regional project.As the Council will facilitate “the sharing of information” as “a joint platform” to ease investments agreements between the two countries, it is also expected to bring Moroccan and Chinese business leaders closer, especially by organizing a series of “business-to-business” meetings between Moroccan businessmen and their Chinese counterparts. The signatories of the memorandum declared that this will play a key role not only in furthering bilateral deals, but also in “concretizing existing business opportunities.”Morocco’s exportations to China have reached an impressive figure of 70 percent, the China-Morocco Silk Road Council noted, adding that more concrete partnership agreements will be signed in coming years. China is Morocco’s fourth commercial partner, and the Morocco-China Silk Road Council is expected to double the existing figures of Sino-Moroccan relations.China wants to maintain and further its growing global geostrategic prominence, and Morocco, as the first African nation to join the Silk Road initiative, is said to be a determining player in the project’s Africa branch.In that regard, the signatories of the memorandum stressed that the North African country’s geostrategic situation serves as the “unquestioned bridge between Africa and Europe,” which makes it an indispensable asset in a project as big as China’s “Belt and Road.” read more

Marrakech Festival Robert De Niro Criticizes Trumps America First

Rabat – Paying a homage to the legendary actor, director and producer, the festival honored yesterday De Niro with the prestigious Golden Star in tribute to his outstanding acting career. A friend and a colleague, Martin Scorsese handed the star to  De Niro.Delighted at the homage, De Niro gave a rousing acceptance speech in which he denounced President Trump’s policies.   Read Also: 17th Marrakech International Film Festival to Honor Robert De NiroWithout naming President Trump, De Niro said, “Sadly, in my country, we’re going through a period of grotesque version of nationalism.”He added that this version is “Not the kind of nationalism where we celebrate the quality and character of our diverse population; but rather a diabolic form of nationalism marked by greed, xenophobia and selfishness under the banner of ‘America First.’”The Oscar-winning actor argued that “arts don’t respect borders … the arts celebrate diversity, origins and ideas. Look at us here tonight we’re enjoying films from 29 countries; we’re united in our love for films and our common humanity.”Read Also: Marrakech International Film Festival to Honor Robin Wright, Agnes VardaThe speech was greeted with a standing ovation.Speaking of the talent of De Niro, Scorsese said that the superstar has the ability to attract people’s sympathy “with some really horrific characters.”The 17th annual film festival opened on Friday, November 30.Stars like Guillermo Del Toro, Robert Pattinson, renowned French film director Agnes Varda, and Egyptian divas Laila Eloui and Youssra are among the Marrakech event’s illustrious guests.Moroccan celebrities, including film directors and producers, musicians, photographers, actors, and designers are also taking part in the renowned film festival.On Saturday, Prince Moulay Rachid , who is also the President of the Foundation of Marrakech’s film festival, chaired a dinner offered by King Mohammed VI at the Palais des Congres in Marrakech.Prince Moulay Rachid, Princess Lalla Meryem andPrincess Lalla Oum Kalthoum at Marrakech Film FestivalThe prince was accompanied by his sister Lalla Meryem and his wife Princess Lalla Oum Kalthoum.In an editorial he afterwards wrote on the festival, the prince said, “After a year of reflection and introspection to redefine our editorial line, we gather once again to honor the magic of cinema.”Quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the prince said that “our objective is to bond cultures together in a global paradigm where migration issues are at the forefront.”The Prince also paid tribute to renowned actors attending the festival.International stars at Marrakech’s 17th International Film FestivalWe have the privilege to welcome Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Agnès Varda, Robin Wright, Guillermo Del Toro, Thierry Frémaux, Cristian Mungiu, Yousry Nasrallah, Jilali Ferhati among others.” read more

Danish Travel Agency Says Customers Still Want to Visit Imlil

Rabat – In addition to the Viktors Farmor Marketing and Spies travel agency, which confirmed that they will be sending more tourists to Morocco, another Danish travel agency has asserted that Morocco’s attractive destinations will remain a favorite for some Danish tourists.In an interview with Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the director of operations at Marokko Eksperten Danish travel agency, Suzanne Bash, said that the “cursor is still in good shape in Marrakech.”Some people predicted that tourism, which plays an important role in Morocco’s GDP, will be negatively affected by the double murder of the Danish and Norwegian tourists near Imlil in the Atlas Mountains. Danish news agencies, however, have reported that Danish tourists will not stop visiting Morocco after the murders.Bash told MAP, “Naturally, we were shaken like everyone else by the horrible murder of Imlil.”She said that once the shock is over, Marrakech will remain a favorite destination for tourists.The bodies of Danish tourist Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Norwegian tourist Maren Ueland were found on Monday, December 17.Read also: Imlil Murders: A Timeline of the Scandinavian Tourists’ MurdersBash said that for her and other colleagues, it was a “black Monday, especially since it was a peaceful place that my colleagues and I had visited on several occasions,” referring to Imlil, a tourism destination near Mount Toubkal.She said that “with our local partners, the trekking guides and the authorities, we managed to overcome the shock.”Created in 2014, the agency has two offices in Morocco. Bash explained that it is planning to open a third in the northern region.She added that Marokko Eksperten will maintain Marrakech as a “flagship destination, while opening in the northern region of the kingdom, including Tangier, Tetouan, and Chefchaouen.”The director said that after speaking with some of the agency’s departing customers, many of them decided to go to Imlil, “although some preferred to spend their nights elsewhere, not because of any concern for their safety, but rather because of the general emotion that prevails in the region after the abject crime.”She said that professionals in the sector have been “deeply touched by the marks of compassion and sympathy that Moroccans have shown throughout this hardship, especially on social networks.”Read also: Imlil Murders: Muslim, Jewish, Christian Scholars Demonstrate Coexistence Between ReligionsThe travel professional said that Morocco’s attractiveness has not stop growing over the last few decades with tourists, owing to the proximity and the beauty of the country and its climate.According to Bash, in Morocco tourists can experience “the vast expanses of desert, majestic mountains, sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, or hikes through the winding alleys of the medinas and mountains and imperial cities.” read more

TSX advances amid rising commodities strong US data

The Toronto stock market was positive Thursday as commodity prices rose and consumer, housing and employment data pointed to a stronger U.S. economy.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 57.18 points to 12,009.08.On the corporate front, Aimia (TSX:AIM), the company that runs the Aeroplan customer loyalty program says it’s prepared to replace CIBC (TSX:CM) as its bank credit card partner at the end of this year unless it matches contractual terms offered by TD Bank (TSX:TD). CIBC says it’s reviewing the proposed terms to see if it will exercise its right of first refusal and that it will continue the Aeroplan business as usual in the meantime. CIBC slipped 19 cents to $74.84 while Aimia gained $1.46 or 10.5 per cent to $15.38.The Canadian dollar advanced 0.04 of a cent to 95.47 cents US.New York indexes also advanced as the Dow Jones industrials gained 139.19 points to 15,049.33, the Nasdaq ran ahead 32.49 points to 3,408.71 while the S&P 500 index climbed 14.22 points to 1,617.48.The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.3 per cent last month. That made up for a 0.3 per cent decline in April, which was the biggest drop since the fall of 2009. The rise in spending was due in part to a 0.9 per cent increase in purchases of durable goods such as autos. Income rose 0.5 per cent in May, the biggest gain since February and much better than the 0.1 per cent April increase.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, declined 2,750 to a near five-year low of 345,750. Applications are a proxy for layoffs.Also, the number of people who signed contracts to buy U.S. homes jumped in May to the highest level in more than six years. The National Association of Realtors says that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 6.7 per cent to 112.3 last month. The increase points to healthy gains in home sales in the coming months. There is generally a one-to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale.On the TSX, the base metals component was ahead two per cent while July copper rose one cent to US$3.05 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 31 cents to C$22.07.The gold sector gained about 1.9 per cent as bullion prices stabilized with the August contract on the Nymex ahead $1.10 to US$1,230.90 an ounce.Gold stocks sustained sharp losses Wednesday as speculation about when the Federal Reserve may ease up on its monthly bond purchases pushed bullion prices to three-year lows. Gold prices have deteriorated steadily this year as the precious metal loses its appeal as a hedge against inflation and deteriorating currencies. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) advanced 39 cents to C$23.79.The energy sector was ahead 0.55 per cent with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 54 cents to US$96.04 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) improved by 35 cents to C$30.79.The telecom sector continued to lose ground in the wake of a report that American telecom giant Verizon Communications could be set to compete with the established Canadian players in the wireless business. The sector fell heavily Wednesday after a report that Verizon is looking at two of Canada’s smaller wireless network operators. It has reportedly made an initial offer of $700 million for Wind Mobile and is starting talks with Mobilicity. Rogers Communications fell 77 cents or 1.85 per cent to $40.90 after tumbling nine per cent Wednesday.Buying sentiment was also improved Thursday after data released Wednesday showed weaker than expected U.S. growth in the first quarter, which raised hopes the Fed is in no hurry to cut back on its US$83 billion of bond purchases each month. Figures showed the U.S. economy grew at only a 1.8 per cent annualized rate in the first quarter, instead of the previous estimate of 2.4 per cent.The mood was further improved as interbank lending rates in China continued to ease after a pledge earlier in the week by authorities to shore up banks facing cash shortfalls. The central bank had allowed rates that banks pay to borrow from each other to soar last week, part of an attempt by Beijing to clamp down on massive credit in the informal lending industry.Fears of a credit crisis in the world’s second-biggest economy had contributed to a selloff in global markets that ended when policymakers in China softened their stance with the promise to provide “liquidity support” if needed.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 jumped three per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.5 per cent, South Korea’s Kospi surged 2.9 per cent while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 1.7 per cent.European bourses were positive as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 1.32 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was ahead 1.15 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 rose 0.59 per cent. read more

Gunaratnam released from prison after completing jail term

The Government had said yesterday Gunaratnam will not be deported once he is set free. Politburo member of the Frontline Socialist Party, Kumar Gunaratnam, was released today after completing his jail term. Internal Affairs and Cultural Affairs Minister S.B. Navinna told Parliament that Kumar Gunaratnam can apply for Sri Lankan citizenship once he is set free. Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena asked the Minister in Parliament if there is a move to deport Gunaratnam when his jail term ends.Navinna said there was no move to deport Gunaratnam and since his family is in Sri Lanka he can apply for citizenship. Gunaratnam, who is an Australian citizen, was imprisoned for violation of immigration laws. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sierra Leone UN team meets with human rights groups on plans for

This morning the planning team met with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in human rights issues, including Amnesty International, National Forum for Human Rights, Campaign for Good Governance and the Council of Churches.Yesterday, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Ralph Zacklin, who is leading the team, said after a meeting with the country’s lawyers group that there was an “extremely vibrant and committed” Bar Association in Sierra Leone whose members were “waiting for this Special Court” to be established. They raised many “pertinent” questions about the Court, he added.Some members of the team, led by Kenneth Fleming, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, also met yesterday with the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police, Keith Biddle, and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) for discussions on evidence collection and criminal investigation. In a visit to the police archives, the members of the team were able to briefly examine source material which may be considered as evidence in future war crimes trials.Another group met with the Directors of Works, Lands and Prisons to continue discussions on identifying future premises for the Court, while a third group met with the High Court Registrar to be briefed on existing staff in the courts. read more

TimorLeste Annan recommends continued UN presence to consolidate gains

With the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMISET) set to end in May, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has issued a special report to the Security Council hailing recent progress in the country while urging a continued international presence there in the year to come. Based on an in-depth analysis of Timor-Leste’s requirements, the Secretary-General recommends that the Council extend the mandate of UNMISET for a further 12-month “consolidation phase” beyond the 20 May expiration date. “I am convinced that a comparatively modest additional effort can make a crucial difference in broadening the scope and increasing the sustainability of the remarkable achievements that have already been made, and allowing Timor-Leste to reach a threshold of self-sufficiency,” Mr. Annan says. During that time, the Secretary-General writes, UNMISET would function under a modified mandate, providing assistance to the country’s justice system and core administrative structures, contributing to the development of its national police, and helping to maintain security. He suggests that UNMISET retain 58 civilian advisers, 157 civilian police advisers, 42 military liaison officers and a security force of some 310 military personnel, including an infantry company and air support. “These recommendations focus on areas that have direct implications for the security and stability of Timor-Leste, and where bilateral assistance is unavailable or not well suited to meet requirements,” Mr. Annan notes. The Security Council is scheduled to hold a public meeting on Timor-Leste on Friday. read more

How Does Germanys Blowout of Brazil Compare to Those in Other Sports

On Tuesday morning, I called the World Cup semifinal between Germany and Brazil a very evenly matched contest.Yeah, about that …In an astonishing 18-minute span during the first half, the Germans opened up a 5-0 lead against a Brazil squad that seemed to have given up without its superstar striker, Neymar, who’d been knocked out of the previous match with a back injury. Germany would pile on two more goals before Brazil’s Oscar netted a meaningless marker in the 90th minute to set the final score at 7-1.How big is a six-goal margin of victory in the World Cup? Going into this year’s tournament, only 17 matches in Cup history had seen one side win by six or more goals — most recently when Portugal trounced North Korea 7-0 in the 2010 group stage. And just twice had it happened as late as a semifinal, depending on how you treat Brazil overpowering Sweden 7-1 in 1950 and Argentina’s 6-0 clobbering of Peru in 1978. (Both of those matches technically came in the stage directly preceding the final, but also in a format that used additional round-robin groups to filter teams into the final rather than the knockout-style bracket used today.)The bewildering scoreline in Tuesday’s match had me wondering what an equivalent margin would be in other sports. One approach to the answer is to use the standard deviations of scoring margins in each sport. Lucky for us, in his book “Mathletics,” Wayne Winston, a professor of operations and decision technologies at Indiana University, has done the heavy lifting for us with regard to pro football. Following up on the work of statistician Hal Stern, Winston found that the margin of victory for an NFL team can be approximated by a normal random variable with a mean of the Vegas line (or the margin predicted by a computer power rating) and a standard deviation of 13.86 points.Winston also wrote:For NBA basketball, NCAA basketball and college football, respectively, Jeff Sagarin has found that the historical standard deviation of game results about a prediction from a rating system is given by 12, 10, and 16 points, respectively.Applying Stern’s, Winston’s and Sagarin’s methodology to historical World Cup matches from 1930 to 2010, I found that the distribution of the scoring margin in a high-level international soccer match (relative to the pre-match prediction using Elo ratings and a home-field effect) is approximately normal with a mean of zero and a standard deviation of 1.83 goals. If Brazil and Germany were considered evenly matched going into Tuesday’s game (giving Brazil only credit for playing at home), we’d predict Brazil’s margin of victory to be about 0.5 goals, so Germany’s six-goal margin was 3.6 standard deviations above expected.Going by Winston’s numbers, a 3.6 standard deviation performance in the NFL would be the equivalent of beating an opponent by nearly 50 more points than expected. If you’re curious, you can find a list of the biggest postseason blowouts in NFL history on Pro-Football-Reference.com; if we (naively) assume all of those games were considered evenly matched aside from a three-point bonus for the home team, the closest analog to Germany’s win over Brazil might be the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 62-7 demolition of the Miami Dolphins in 2000 in Dan Marino’s final game.Put in soccer terms, the Jaguars’ margin would have been 6.8 more goals than expected. But that’s nothing compared to the the 1940 NFL championship game between the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins, which ended with the Bears winning 73-0 (on the road, no less). By soccer standards, that would be like winning by 10 more goals than expected, a mark Germany would have needed to pour on about three more goals to match.In college football, Germany’s rout was the equivalent of winning by 57 more points than expected. That’s about the same as Tulsa’s 63-7 victory over Bowling Green in the 2008 GMAC Bowl (a game that carried just a little less importance than Germany-Brazil). In terms of bowls that had national championship implications, you’d have to go back to 1996 and the Fiesta Bowl between then-undefeated No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Florida. Favored by three going into the game, Nebraska won by 38, 62-24. But in soccer terms, that’d be a mere win by four more goals than expected — a far cry from the Germans’ performance.Shifting gears to basketball, the Germans’ victory would be like an NBA team winning by 43 more points than expected. Basketball-Reference.com has a list of most lopsided playoff contests in NBA history; assuming evenly matched opponents with a 3.25-point home-court advantage, Germany’s win would be most like the Los Angeles Lakers’ 118-78 win over the San Francisco Warriors in the 1969 postseason. (If you’re looking for an equivalent game in the conference finals or later — probably a more apt comparison for Germany-Brazil — the most comparable rout would be the Lakers’ 153-109 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the 1985 Western Conference finals.) And the most dominant conference-finals-or-later win in NBA history, the Lakers’ 126-70 thrashing of the Golden State Warriors on the road in Game 3 of the 1973 Western Conference finals, would be like winning by nine more goals than expected in soccer.College basketball’s biggest NCAA Tournament wins have usually come in the early rounds of the tournament, which comes as no surprise. (For instance, poor 16-seed Prairie View got pasted by No. 1 seed Kansas, 110-52, in the 1998 opener.) Isolating Final Four games, we find a pair of 34-point blowouts that took place in the national semifinal. According to Sagarin’s research, Germany’s win would be like a college basketball team lambasting an evenly matched opponent by 35.9 points.In terms of impressive victories, Germany’s romp ranks among the most notable blowouts across sports more familiar to fans in the United States. A 7-1 win might not seem all that uncommon to baseball fans, so it might help to think of it as the equivalent of a 47-point NFL road playoff victory, or a 40-point win on the road in an NBA playoff game. It wasn’t something you see every day, especially considering it came on the cusp of the World Cup final. read more

Rose Bowl notebook Bucks Ducks offer contrast of style

The 96th Rose Bowl will feature a classic clash of styles.Oregon has rushed for at least 175 yards in each game since its season-opening loss to Boise State. Against USC, who delivered one of Ohio State’s two losses, the Ducks piled up 394 yards on the ground.The Buckeyes, on the other hand, are one of just five teams in the nation that hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher. Oregon tailback LaMichael James has topped the century mark on nine different occasions this season.Clearly, something has to give.“I haven’t seen [Ohio State] play an offense like ours,” James said Tuesday.Junior linebacker Ross Homan echoed James’ sentiment, saying that Oregon “is going to be the best offense we’ve seen all year.”Oregon employs a quick-hitting offensive attack, with several rushing options, including quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. OSU safety Kurt Coleman said the key lies in keeping the Ducks’ offense in a location where they can’t do much harm: the sidelines.“We’re trying to stop them as soon as possible to get them off the field,” Coleman said.Contrary to Oregon’s relentless offensive scheme, the Buckeyes have pounded the opposition with their steady running game during their current five-game winning streak.“If you look at the offenses, we’ve stuck to what we do best, and that’s our running game,” Coleman said. “It’s not the glitz and glamour of it, but it’s effective for us. Oregon spreads it out and they do a lot of trickery and try to do a lot of misdirection plays, and that works for them. They’re different styles of offense, but they both work in our favors.” Defense’s last standLeading Texas in the waning minutes of last year’s Fiesta Bowl, the Ohio State defense surrendered a game-clinching touchdown drive.As the clock trickled toward zero against USC on Sept. 12, the Buckeye defense couldn’t hold a 15-10 advantage.If the Buckeyes assume a late lead during the Rose Bowl, can the defense be trusted?“The Texas game we probably celebrated a little too early,” Coleman said. “We thought that game was ours.”Granted, the OSU defense did halt Iowa in overtime to put its offense in position to kick the game-winning field goal.But that was only after the defense allowed a 70-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes that sent the game into the extra session.“It’s a stigma that’s been on us for a while,” senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington said. “But you go back to some games, like the Iowa game, where it’s the same situation and we buckled down and made the plays we needed to make.“It’s reassuring that it can happen, but you have to make sure that you do that. We understand that it’s a four-quarter game, and a team like [Oregon] can strike at any time. If it’s a close game, we have to make sure we buckle down at the end and make the plays to stop them.” Knee injury of little concern for PryorQuarterback Terrelle Pryor revealed Monday that he has been playing and practicing with a slight tear in his left knee, though the injury shouldn’t hinder his play Friday, he said.Pryor stated that his knee has been “a little sore,” and was informed that the grounds for the discomfort is likely a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament.The sophomore played through a sore ankle for much of the second half of the season, but there was no prior indication that he was suffering from a knee injury. He sat out the second half of Ohio State’s 45-0 win over New Mexico State on Oct. 31 after hurting the ankle.The Buckeyes focused more of the offense around the running game once Pryor suffered the ankle injury, rushing for at least 225 yards in each of their last five games.Pryor said that the knee isn’t something he worries about and that it shouldn’t slow him down in the Rose Bowl. read more

Epiroc highlights automation and digital solutions at SME 2019

first_imgEpiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, highlighted its suite of innovative automation and digital solutions at the 2019 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado. Epiroc automation and digital solutions create a connected worksite to make mining operations safer, more productive and more efficient.“Creating a complete mining ecosystem in which systems, machines and people work together is Epiroc’s vision for the future,” said Hans Schill, Automation Application Center Manager at Epiroc in the US. “Through product and technology innovation, Epiroc is working to redefine worksite safety, productivity and predictability.”Epiroc highlighted a spectrum of scalable solutions for automation, telematics, teleremote operation, high-precision drilling, and decision support. Solutions featured included:The Certiq telematics solution gathers, compares and communicates vital equipment information through a user-friendly web portal. Available for new and existing surface and underground machines, Certiq also records information for later use in training, assessment and planning. It is a key component in a comprehensive solution to optimize workflow and enhance monitoring and management of equipment fleets.Remotely operating drills is the fastest growing trend to optimise drilling operations. The Epiroc BenchREMOTE remote operator station enables operators to control multiple smart surface drill rigs from a distance, leading to safer and more effective operation. The operator can perform all of the same drilling functions that can be done in the cab, with communication between the BenchREMOTE and remote rigs ensured via closed and secured wireless networks. The solution also supports geofencing for added safety.The Epiroc Hole Navigation System (HNS) works with GPS satellite coordinates to guide the drill to the exact spot for drilling each hole. It ensures that all holes are drilled to the correct depth and at the correct angle according to the drill plan, improving precision and reducing non-drilling time. HNS removes the need to manually mark and survey hole positions, which greatly improves efficiency and safety on the bench.Surface Manager converts production data into useful information and reports. The software displays data in an easy-to-use layout to map drill usage, evaluate production statistics, track consumables and compare planned outcomes against actual results. Portrayed on charts and graphs, such management tools help with driller training and provide decision-making support. Surface Manager also allows for the creation of geo-fences.Underground Manager is support software for planning, administration and evaluation of the drilling operation in mining and tunneling projects. Epiroc drifting and tunneling rigs with Underground Manager can utilise planning data for navigation and positioning of the holes to be drilled. The software also continuously and automatically collects drilling data.Advanced Boom Control (ABC) Total is a smart function that allows for complete automation of the drilling process, even through personnel breaks and shift changes. The drill pattern is selected, the boom and feed is positioned automatically and fully automatic drilling takes place including automatic collaring of the hole. The program also includes hole sequence programming and boom collision control.The Scooptram Automation Regular package allows the Epiroc Scooptram underground loader to be controlled through an operator station from a remote location, boosting productivity and safety. The automation package also makes it possible for operators to quickly and easily transition from manual to automatic mode, which is crucial in mines with a dynamic environment or quick advancements.Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) is a position-based decision support system that increases personnel safety and productivity. It can be used to track and find equipment, vehicles, personnel and oversee infrastructure in real-time 3D. Thanks to its open interface, Mobilaris is also easy to integrate with mining applications for information-driven mining and tunneling operations.The patent-pending AutoDrill 2 recognises drill bits and adjusts rotary drilling performance to rock conditions in real time. Available for Epiroc Pit Viper blasthole drills, the fully automated drill cycle optimizes drill, bit and ground performance to deliver quality holes, consistency in operation, and superior production. AutoDrill 2 is continuously optimized with new software releases.Rod changing is one of the most detailed and repetitive phases of multi-pass drilling. Auto Rod Change (ARC) seamlessly integrates into the existing Epiroc AutoDrill 2 to provide a complete multi-pass automation product for blasthole drilling. ARC is a patent-pending technology that throughout the AutoDrill process reliably and efficiently adds rods to reach target depth and removes rods during the retract and cleaning phases. The efficiency, safety and predictability increases that AutoDrill 2 provides have helped many Epiroc customers reach new levels of drilling.Mobius® from Epiroc partner ASI Mining offers the industry’s most advanced unmanned command and control solution for safer and more productive robotic vehicle operations. Featuring embedded artificial intelligence, the user-friendly Mobius system enables multi-vehicle command, control and monitoring to maximise productivity and safety.Epiroc automation and digital solutions can be used to connect work sites in many surface and underground applications, and the company will continue to add to its suite. For example, the automation-ready Epiroc Pit Viper PV-231 surface blasthole drills will become available in spring 2019.The Pit Viper series of surface blasthole drills offers Rig Control Systems (RCS) with automation capabilities as standard. The RCS is entering its fifth generation, building on the proven RCS4 platform with operational enhancements. Customers have the ability to operate their Pit Vipers manually with automated assistance or to utilise the platform for fully autonomous operation experienced today at mines around the world.Since its debut at MINExpo 2016, the PV-231 has undergone 18 months of successful field testing. The drills deliver application flexibility, fuel-efficient performance and enhanced safety with outstanding operator comfort and ease of maintenance.The PV-231 builds on the innovation and success of the Pit Viper PV-235, which is operating at more than 20 major mine sites, while maintaining the highest levels of productivity and reliability. One customer base looking to get as much value out of a single-pass surface drill is the gold market. Epiroc has worked with many gold mining companies to make the drilling process more productive and efficient with the PV-231.last_img read more

Goodbye MCU SpiderMan Hello Matrix 4

first_imgStay on target Two absolutely bonkers pieces of blockbuster movies news just dropped, two announcements that are really bad or ironically great depending on who you are. But since there aren’t that many details to them yet beyond the initial headline, we’ll just tell you about both of them right now in one spot.First, it appears Spider-Man about the exit the MCU. Given Sony’s controlling stake in the character, having Peter Parker in the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe was always a bit tense. The two studios had to come to an agreement in 2015. However, despite Spider-Man: Far From Home’s billion-dollar box office haul being the biggest yet for the character and the company (they just announced a theatrical re-release) Deadline reports that Sony is ending its partnership with Marvel and taking Spider-Man with them.  Disney apparently wanted exponentially more control. Maybe Spidey shouldn’t have killed so many people in Avengers: Endgame.So while Tom Holland’s Spider-Man may not pal around with the Avengers anymore, perhaps this opens the door to him fighting Tom Hardy Venom and Jared Leto Morbius. Yeah! Can you imagine if they have to recast again? Or maybe Disney will just pull a Fox and buy Sony outright so nerds will cheer on the monopoly if it lets Kraven the Hunter fight Wolverine or whatever. Yeah! At least those Spider-Man TV shows sound neat.This news alone was already an emotional shock, but then moments later we learned that a fourth Matrix movie is now a go according to Variety, and the roller coaster ride got even wilder.Co-director Lana Wachowski returns along with Carrie-Anne Moss and Neo himself Keanu Reeves, who’s really having a quite a breathtaking year this year. Earlier rumors for new Matrix movies suggested the film would be a young Morpheus prequel starring Michael B. Jordan. But these original actors seem to indicate Matrix 4 will go the legacy sequel route like Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Anyway, all this should just inspire everyone to rewatch Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and The Wachowskis’ Speed Racer, two truly perfect and beautiful films. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ last_img read more

Summertime concerts continue tonight

first_imgThe Vancouver Pops Orchestra kicked off the first Terry Lee Noon Hour concert of 2013 on Wednesday, drawing a crowd of about 500 to Esther Short Park for a blast of afternoon music. At right, Keith Cheek, left, plays saxophone with the orchestra.The free concert series continues from noon to 1 p.m. for five more Wednesdays. Next up on July 17 is The New Iberians, a blues and zydeco band from Portland.Can’t get enough music in the park? Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. is the start of the popular — and usually packed — Riverview Six to Sunset concerts, now in its 27th year of hosting free Thursday concerts in Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St. Blues singer Curtis Salgado takes the stage for the first show. The Riverview Community Bank-presented concerts will be held until Aug. 29. For full lineups of both summer series, see the city of Vancouver’s summer concert lineup.We captured some of Wednesday’s first concert on video.last_img read more

Weirdbutreal raccoon dogs escape menace the English countryside

first_img Comment Sci-Tech 1 Tagscenter_img Raccoon dogs on the loose have been spotted in the English countryside. Courtesy of Nottinghamshire Police Raccoon dogs are on the loose in the UK. While it may sound like the plot of a comic book set amidst a world filled with nuclear fallout, the animals are very real and apparently freaking people out in the northern English countryside. The exotic pets, which are members of the dog family from Asia, escaped from an enclosure in Clarborough Tuesday and began terrorizing neighbors. One of the animals was photographed at a nearby farm and allegedly attacked a goat.  Nottinghamshire Police said they’re not domesticated and “potentially dangerous if approached.” racoon-dog-gettyimages-898360654-594x594A raccoon dog forages in a forest, showing its camouflage colors. Arterra According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, raccoon dogs hail from eastern Asia but have been imported to Europe although the organization strongly discourages keeping them as pets.  “Raccoon dogs are wild animals,” reads the RSPCA information page on the species. “They need a great deal of space and their needs simply cannot be met in a typical household. They’re also extremely smelly, as they use scent to communicate with one another.” Video game fans of a certain age may also recognize the raccoon dog by its Japanese name, Tanuki. The coveted “Tanooki suit” in Super Mario Brothers 3 conveyed the power of gliding flight and a goofy raccoon tail to anyone who acquired the power-up. However, to the best of my recollection, it did not come with the ability to communicate via stank. Share your voicelast_img read more

Silver Bay Seafoods to pay 75k environmental fine

first_imgSitka-based fish processor Silver Bay Seafoods has agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty for environmental violations at its plant in Valdez.The penalty was levied by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC, for improperly discharged fish waste in the Valdez harbor.In 2013, the pipe carrying the plant’s fish waste was damaged, likely by a ship dragging its anchor across the harbor. The company replaced the pipe without DEC approval.And while the original pipe had discharged waste at about 180 feet below the water’s surface, the new pipe was half as long and thought to be releasing waste at a depth of about 40 feet. That was already less than the 60 feet required by the plant’s permit — but a dive survey at the end of the 2014 season found the actual discharge level was only three feet deep.Mike Solter is a compliance manager at the DEC. He explained the agency’s concern.“When you start discharging in really shallow bits of water, what happens is you end up with really thick, serious waste pile sitting on the bottom,” Solter said. “[That] can actually smother the bottom, it can smother the sea life down there, and it can actually create dead zones.”In this case, Solter said a small waste pile did build up on the seafloor, but it’s not clear what, if any, environmental impact it had.The penalty is calculated based on the potential for environmental harm, as well as any economic benefit gained by not complying with the permit. Solter called the fine “pretty significant.” But he said it was reduced because of the company’s efforts to do better.“They’ve actually hired a full-time environmental staff member,” he said. “And at this plant in particular, they’ve told us they’re working on plans to cut their amount of waste significantly, they’re going to start freezing it on-site and either hauling it to a landfill or taking it to be  re-processed into other products.”In a statement emailed to KCAW, Silver Bay CEO Rich Riggs wrote, “Silver Bay deeply regrets the circumstances that lead to this penalty and takes full responsibility for the incident. We understand the importance of being a good environmental steward and fully support the efforts of ADEC to protect the environment.  We have and will continue to take affirmative steps to avoid any further incidents.”last_img read more

Slovakia expels Russian diplomat for espionage

first_imgSlovakia prime minister Peter Pellegrini speaks during a news conference with French president Emmanuel Macron at Bratislava Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia on 26 October 2018. Reuters File PhotoSlovakia has expelled a Russian diplomat after information from military intelligence showed he engaged in espionage activities in the NATO and European Union member country, prime minister Peter Pellegrini said on Wednesday.”We expelled him on 22 November and he left Slovakia within 48 hours,” Pellegrini told reporters.last_img read more

Attorney General Denies Asylum To Victims Of Domestic Abuse Gang Violence

first_imgManuel Balce Ceneta/APThis file photo shows U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a meeting on so-called sanctuary cities. On June 11, 2018, Sessions announced a decision by which most migrants fleeing domestic violence or gang violence will not qualify for asylum.Attorney General Jeff Sessions is imposing sharp new limits on who can get asylum in the United States, ruling in a closely-watched case that most migrants fleeing domestic violence or gang violence will not qualify.“Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems — even all serious problems — that people face every day all over the world,” Sessions said Monday morning in a speech before immigration judges in Virginia.Sessions announced his decision on Monday afternoon.As Attorney General, Sessions has broad powers over the nation’s immigration courts. He has long complained that asylum seekers are “gaming” the U.S. system.ReactionsImmigrant rights advocates say Sessions’ decision runs counter to decades of established precedent. They fear the lives of thousands of legitimate asylum-seekers will be in danger when they are returned to their countries of origin.Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council, said in a statement that “the Attorney General’s decision—if permitted to stand—will no doubt result in sending countless mothers and children back to their abusers and criminal gangs.”On behalf of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Maureen Meyer, director for Mexico and Migrant Rights, also criticized the Attorney General’s decision in a statement.“With this decision, the U.S. government is turning its back and endangering the lives of thousands of women and children who are victims of violence and gang-related crimes,” Meyer said in her statement, while adding that recent statistics compiled by the U.S. government indicate living conditions in countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are “dire” due to “rampant corruption and weak criminal justice institutions.”You can read the document pertaining to Attorney General Sessions’ decision here: Sharelast_img read more