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King Mohammed VI Arrives in Lusaka for Official Visit to ZambiaKing Mohammed VI Arrives in Lusaka for Official Visit to Zambia


Rabat – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay Ismail, arrived on Sunday in Lusaka for an official visit to the Republic of Zambia, a new stage of a royal tour that will lead the Sovereign to several African countries.Upon His arrival at the international Kenneth Kaunda airport of Lusaka, King Mohammed VI was welcomed by President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu.The Sovereign was then greeted by the Chief of the Zambian Police Force, the Commanders of the Zambian Armed Forces, Secretary General of the Patriotic Front, Davies Mwila, Zambian Foreign Minister, Harry Kalaba, Lusaka Provincial Minister, Japhen Mwakalombe, and Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba.The King was also greeted by Presidential officials, members of the Zambian government, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Lusaka, Moroccan ambassador to the Republic of Zambia, Saadia Alaoui, and members of the Diplomatic representation. For his part, President Edgar Lungu was greeted by members of the official delegation accompanying the King.During this visit, King Mohammed VI is accompanied by an official delegation including mainly the King’s advisor Fouad Ali El Himma and Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar.The delegation also includes Minister of Housing and Urban Policy, Nabil Benabdellah, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, Acting Minister of Tourism, Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Acting Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, and Minister of Health, El Hossaine Louardi, as well as several civilian and military figures.After a brief pause at the Presidential Lounge of the international Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka, the official procession headed to the residence of the King in the Zambian capital.A warm welcome was given to King Mohammed VI inside the airport where Zambian folklore troops performed traditional songs and dances as a welcome to the Sovereign. read more


Attijariwafa Bank Named African Bank of the Year 2017 in ParisAttijariwafa Bank Named African Bank of the Year 2017 in Paris


Rabat – The Attijariwafa Bank group keeps on picking up prizes left and right. Its latest achievement is the “African Bank of the Year 2017” trophy at the Africa Investment Forum and Awards (AIFA), which was held on November 23, in Paris.For the group, this distinction “welcomes the active role of the Attijariwafa Bank group, as leader in the banking and financial sector in Morocco, in investment banking and market activities, in the development of the national and African economy, given its largest distribution network in Morocco and Africa with a presence in 26 countries on the continent,” said the bank in a statement released on November 30.The trophy was awarded to Vincent Damilo, the Deputy Director General of Attijariwafa Bank Europe, who represented the Group at this ceremony. “More than 400 leaders from the public and private sectors – CEOs, DGs, Investment Directors, International Directors, Experts as well as European and African institutional players – exchanged on the sidelines of this forum, the current and future perspectives of the economic development in Africa,” added the bank.“The African Bank of the Year Award recognizes Africa’s most successful expansion bank on the African continent,” concluded Attijariwafa Bank. read more


Security Council expands criteria of violations against children during conflictSecurity Council expands criteria of violations against children during conflict


4 August 2009The Security Council today called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to expand his list of parties who recruit child soldiers to include those who kill, maim, rape or commit other forms of sexual violence against children in wartime. Unanimously adopting resolution 1882, the Council strongly condemned such violations of international law committed against children and called on those parties on the Secretary-General’s so-called ‘list of shame’ to prepare “concrete time-bound action plans to halt those violations and abuses.”In addition, the 15-member body “calls upon concerned Member States to take decisive and immediate action against persistent perpetrators of violations and abuses committed against children in situations of armed conflict,” and to bring them to justice. “This is a major step forward in the fight against impunity for crimes against children and a recognition of the reality of conflict today, where girls and boys are increasingly targeted and victimized, killed and raped, as well as recruited into armed groups,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, welcoming the adoption of the “landmark” text.An important aspect of the expanded listing criteria is the Council’s empowerment of the UN on the ground to enter into dialogue with armed forces and groups on action plans to halt these violations and to bring perpetrators to account. The Council first established a mechanism for monitoring, reporting on and punishing those responsible for the recruitment of child soldiers in resolution 1612, adopted in 2005. According to that text, institutions at the country-level gather evidence and forward the information to the Secretary-General, who then reports to the Security Council and the General Assembly.Ms. Coomaraswamy noted that the Council’s focus on recruitment and use and the accompanying threat of targeted measures against persistent violators has resulted in the release of scores of children in conflicts around the world, most recently in the Philippines and in the Central African Republic (CAR).“We hope that this expansion will result in equally effective measures with regard to the killing and maiming of children and sexual violence,” she added.Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters, the Special Representative commended Mexico for its efforts in promoting the agenda of protecting children in armed conflict and noted that today’s action shows that “the UN system works best when it comes to children.”She also welcomed the Child Protection Policy, adopted by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in June, which responds to the call for greater mainstreaming of child protection across the UN system. It includes the presence of child protection advisers in the field, training and advocacy, and a lead role for peace operations in monitoring for resolution 1612.“DPKO is now quite sensitive to this issue and hopefully this will have its results in the field in the years to come,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy. read more


Keystone XL delays mean increase in dirtier rail transport TransCanadaKeystone XL delays mean increase in dirtier rail transport TransCanada


A TransCanada Corp. executive says opponents to the Keystone XL pipeline should consider one consequence of delays in building the oil pipeline — an increase in dirtier and more dangerous rail transport.[np_storybar title=”Keystone XL to have minimal impact on environment, assessment says” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/01/u-s-may-release-keystone-xl-pipeline-assessment-friday-groups/?__lsa=f862-08a5″%5D The development of Canada’s oil sands is unlikely to be significantly affected whether or not the Keystone XL pipeline project is approved, the U.S. State Department said in a new report released on Friday.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Alex Pourbaix, president of energy and oil pipelines at the Calgary-based pipeline and utility company, says although rail has an important role to play in moving oil sands crude to market, there are downsides to consider.“For every mile you move a barrel of oil by rail, you emit three times the (greenhouse gases) that you do by moving it by pipeline and you have an order of magnitude higher risk of having some sort of incident, leak or spill,” Pourbaix told an energy conference in New York Thursday.“So from that perspective, I make the point that if you’re actually concerned about the environment, for long-haul movement of oil, you very much want to see that moving by pipeline.”Environmental groups opposed to the US$5.3-billion project have broader concerns about the oilsands crude that’s inside the pipe, which they consider to be much dirtier than other types of oil. They see pipelines such as Keystone XL as enabling oil sands extraction and have made them the focus of their campaigns in recent years.If you’re actually concerned about the environment, for long-haul movement of oil, you very much want to see that moving by pipelineA draft environmental report from the U.S. State Department released earlier this month said the Keystone XL pipeline will have no impact on the pace of development in the oil sands — a finding pipeline opponents refute.Crude transport by rail is not immune to the sort of opposition that has galvanized around pipelines. In January, 16 environmental groups sent a letter to Claude Mongeau, the CEO of Canadian National Railway Co., warning that any potential efforts to bring oil sands crude across British Columbia by rail to the West Coast for export would “face major opposition and risks to the company.”CN moved more than 30,000 carloads of crude to various North American markets last year, and believes it can double that business in 2013. None of that oil is moving to the West Coast, since there is no infrastructure in place to move the oil onto tankers.In an email, company spokesman Mark Hallman said rail is an energy efficient way to move freight and that the industry has a good record of moving hazardous materials safely.Citing figures from the Rail Association of Canada, he said that while Canada’s rail sector moves more than 70 per cent of all surface goods each year across the country, it only accounts for 3.4 per cent of the transportation sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and less than one per cent of Canada’s overall emissions.“Rail complements pipeline in the movement of crude oil,” Hallman said.“Both modes are safe and the risk of accidental releases of product is extremely low for both modes of transport, with no appreciable difference considering both spill frequency and size.”TransCanada expects it will be another two or three months before U.S. President Barack Obama makes a final decision on whether to allow the controversial project to go ahead. By then, the regulatory process will have lasted about five years.If Keystone XL is approved before mid-year, Pourbaix said a late 2014 start up for the pipeline is possible. read more


Osisko Gold Royalties and creditors sign deal to acquire Stornoway DiamondOsisko Gold Royalties and creditors sign deal to acquire Stornoway Diamond


MONTREAL — Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Stornoway Diamond Corp. with the help of the mining company’s secured creditors.Under the terms of the agreement, Osisko and Stornoway secured creditors want to form an entity that will acquire the company and assume the debts and liabilities owing to the secured creditors as well as the obligations relating to the operation of the Renard mine.Osisko will also keep receiving its 9.6 per cent revenue stream from diamonds at the Renard mine, but has agreed to reinvest its proceeds from the stream for one year from the date of closing of the proposed credit bid transaction.In connection with the proposal, Stornoway has applied to the Superior Court of Quebec for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in order to restructure its business.Osisko and a group of the secured creditors have agreed to provide $20 million in working capital secured by Stornoway’s assets.The money will provide the financing and liquidity required to ensure that the Renard mine continues to operate uninterrupted. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:OR, TSX:SWY) read more


UN postal agency unveils plan for migrants to send money back homeUN postal agency unveils plan for migrants to send money back home


“There is a strong trend for overseas workers to send part of their earnings home to their families, but the market response to this issue has so far been inadequate,” Universal Postal Union (UPU) Director-General Edouard Dayan told a high-level forum in The Hague, Netherlands, of his agency’s new link with Eurogiro, whose membership girdles the globe. The two organizations have developed a gateway connecting their networks for the transmission of the Tele Money Order. Selected postal administrations will soon start testing the new service, with a view to a full roll out by the end of May. The service is open to all but migrants are expected to be the major beneficiaries. According to the World Bank, migrant workers, about 3 per cent of the world population, sent remittances worth $110 billion in 2004, 52 per cent more than in 2001. Some 30 postal administrations, both in industrialized and developing countries, use UPU’s International Financial System software using electronic data interchange to send money order data, while nearly 50 Posts and banks use Eurogiro for cash and account transfers. The new Tele Money Order will enable Posts and potentially banks using either system to perform electronic fund transfers with each other, widely extending the reach of this service across the world. This will be particularly valuable for countries with large migrant populations. “With a well-established worldwide network of more than 660,000 offices, Posts can offer a service that is both accessible and affordable to everyone,” Mr. Dayan said, noting that fund transfers are the second most important financing source for developing countries after direct investment. When he assumed the UPU leadership in January, the veteran French postal official proclaimed his vision of an efficient, innovative, united and open organization ready to use the tools of the new age. Today he said customers could eventually use the service to receive their pensions electronically once they return to their countries. “Postal organizations have been exchanging money orders electronically for more than 12 years,” Eurogiro Network A/S Managing Director Henrik Parl said. “However, there has typically been paper and manual work involved. With the new Tele Money Order, the UPU and Eurogiro are taking a giant step towards facilitating fully automated processing of the transactions, with benefits for all parties involved.” read more


50000 suffer in forgotten crisis in Central African Republic – UN food50000 suffer in forgotten crisis in Central African Republic – UN food


With international attention focused on other African problems, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the international community not to lose sight of the suffering of as many as 50,000 displaced people by fighting between the Government and rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR), and to provide additional funding.“In CAR we always struggle to have our voice heard amid all the other competing humanitarian needs, but these people are living in desperate conditions and for this reason we are trying to shout louder than ever on their behalf – they need our assistance now,” WFP country Director Jean-Charles Dei said. In one of the world’s least recognised conflicts, many thousands of people have been forced from their homes in recent months by the fighting in northwest CAR and are now scattered in the bush, in many cases surviving on wild leaves and roots in the absence of properly nutritious food.WFP is revising its operation to include the needs of the recently displaced, for which it will require a further $2.7 million for the next three months.Although the northwest has been a no-go zone for UN agencies for several months, WFP has been working with the non-government organizations (NGOs) and the CAR Red Cross to mount an emergency response in the Markounda and Paoua areas.So far over 10,000 people have received food aid, but the needs are far greater. WFP is particularly concerned about the nutritional status of young children and women, given the extremely poor diets they are currently surviving on. With the rainy season imminent, the most vulnerable will have great difficulty fighting off the increased disease and infection which follows as a matter of course. Even those that have been able to stay in their villages are facing extreme difficulties ekeing out food supplies until the next harvest in September/October, as the annual ‘hunger season’ begins to bite. Some 7,000 refugees from CAR have already crossed into southern Chad since the security situation deteriorated at the beginning of the year. There they have joined an earlier group who fled violence in 2003, bringing the total in three camps in southern Chad to 47,000. “The trouble in northwest CAR has a direct bearing on peace and security north of the border in Chad. It is imperative that the violence and uncertainty comes to a complete end and that humanitarian organizations are allowed full access to tend to the needs of those who are currently in great difficulty,” Mr. Dei said. read more


Freedom 2015 many current MPs could be largely untouched by pension reformsFreedom 2015 many current MPs could be largely untouched by pension reforms


by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2012 5:37 pm MDT Freedom 2015: many current MPs could be largely untouched by pension reforms OTTAWA – Call it Freedom 2015.Current members of Parliament could easily escape pension changes announced Thursday that will see MPs pay a lot more into their pensions and wait longer to collect them.All they have to do is not run in the next election, set for 2015.Thursday’s reforms mark the first major overhaul of the gold-plated MP pension plan in decades, but the meat of them won’t go into effect for three more years.After 2015, MPs will have to wait until age 65 to collect their pensions rather than age 55. And by 2017, the amount they pay into the plan will have increased from about $11,000 a year currently to just under $39,000 a year, or half of what taxpayers contribute.But the increases between now and 2015 will take MPs’ share only up to 25 per cent, with the biggest increases coming in the years after that. And MPs who leave before the next election can still cash out at age 55.By 2015, the Conservative government will have been in power nine years.The majority of its members will have served the minimum six years required to collect a base pension, as will have the majority of Liberal MPs. Most of the largely rookie caucus of the New Democrats will have to get re-elected to access the lucrative pension benefits.Treasury Board President Tony Clement said that getting the package of changes through his caucus required discussion. But in the end, MPs felt it was the right approach.“This is historic, we’re proud of it, we think it’s the right thing to do,” he said.Clement said the changes will save taxpayers $2.6 billion over five years.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, which has long advocated an overhaul to the program, was not concerned about current MPs remaining unscathed.“We’re not going to get into the weeds on process,” said Kevin Lacey, the federation’s Atlantic director.“I think the results are what matter and, all things considered, this is still a very good package of reforms.”The changes were included as part of a massive omnibus budget implementation bill introduced Thursday, though had been hinted at in the March budget.The opposition parties had hoped the reforms wouldn’t be part of a bigger bill.“We’ve said since the beginning that we find we’re in a total conflict of interest to determine our own remuneration,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who wants the matter studied by a committee.“We want to do our jobs as parliamentarians. We’d like to bring in actuaries, bring in experts.“The government’s balancing all sorts of figures and facts out there. We want to be able to sit down and do our jobs that we were elected to do which is to study this in proper detail.”The omnibus bill also presents a political quandary: if the opposition vote down the bill, they’ll be forced to answer why they voted down changes to their own pensions.“The government is trying to put everything into one single measure which gives us the problem that we can’t vote sincerely on all the measures,” said interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae.He suggested to the prime minister during question period that if the pension measures were hived off, his party would support them right away and even agree to accelerating the timetable for implementation.Harper said he’d take that idea under advisement.The prime minister is also taking a personal hit with the changes.The bill includes an amendment to a special allowance given to prime ministers once they leave office.Since 1963, they’ve received two-thirds of their salary each year after they turn 65 or as soon as they leave office, whichever comes first.Those who served before 2006 will still receive that amount.But for Harper and every prime minister who comes after, the allowance will drop to three per cent per year of service and only after they reach age 67.If Harper were to step down next year, he’d receive only $33,000 a year as opposed to more than $100,000 a year.“The prime minister, like all MPs, is doing his part,” said his spokeswoman Julie Vaux.Public-sector pensions were also affected by the changes introduced Thursday.Newly hired public servants will begin collecting theirs at 65 and not 60 and all will move toward contributing more over the next five years.The amount MPs contribute to their pensions will more closely mimic private-sector plans, but a key element still sets the program apart.The parliamentary pension fund is not invested in the markets and its interest rate is set by regulation and paid for by taxpayers, rendering it immune to fluctuations in the economy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Security Council urges Libyan parties to agree on government of national accordSecurity Council urges Libyan parties to agree on government of national accord


“The members of the Security Council agreed that commitment to a Government of National Accord is in the interests of the Libyan people and their future, in order to end Libya’s political, security and institutional crises, and to confront the rising threat of terrorism,” says a statement to the press, welcoming the meeting of the participants in the Libyan political dialogue in Morocco that took place from June 25 to 28. The Security Council, adds the statement, recognized the efforts made by all participants in the political dialogue and other tracks of the peace process, including civil society contributions, local-level ceasefires, prisoner exchanges and the return of internally displaced persons. The members of the Council encouraged UNSMIL to advance relevant efforts for coordination of international assistance to a future Government of National Accord, reiterating their support for the ongoing efforts of Special Representative to the Secretary General Bernardino León. Recalling its relevant resolutions, the members of the Security Council finally noted that the Sanctions Committee is prepared to sanction “those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security or that undermine the successful completion of its political transition.” read more


Jackets close season with shootout loss to DetroitJackets close season with shootout loss to Detroit


Following 65 minutes of scoreless hockey at Nationwide Arena Friday night, Todd Bertuzzi’s goal in the fourth round of a shootout sealed the Blue Jackets’ loss of their season finale to the Detroit Red Wings 1-0. Led by a strong performance between the pipes in which reigning Calder Memorial Trophy winner Steve Mason turned aside all 45 shots directed his way, the Jackets failed to muster any offense to help him out.  “Obviously we would have liked to get the win, but Mase looked like he found his game tonight,” Jackets captain Rick Nash said. “He was unbelievable.”  Offensively, the Jackets were only able to generate 22 shots on net. Columbus interim head coach Claude Noel said he believed fatigue played a part in their lack of offensive productivity.  “When I look at the game, it looked like it was our 10th game in 18 days,” Noel said. “The way we started the game, we looked like we were watching the game, and we looked a little tired.” After two periods of play, which contained relatively equal offensive opportunities for both teams, the tide turned in the third period as Detroit found itself at home in its offensive zone, out-shooting the Jackets 23-4 in the final stanza and overtime.  “We hit some posts and we had some chances but clearly in the third they took it to us,” Noel said.  Even with the offensive dry spell and barrage of shots on Mason, the Jackets never stopped fighting and were ultimately able to force overtime.  Overtime proved to be much of the same as the third, though, with the Jackets unable to produce any shots in the extra five minutes. But Mason delivered once again, stopping all four Red Wing shots and sending the contest to a shootout.  After goals from Nash and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk in the first round of the shootout, both teams failed to score again until the fourth round.  Ultimately, the Jackets’ final contest of the year finished in familiar fashion, as Bertuzzi ended the game on his top-shelf backhander, beating Mason and handing Columbus its league-leading 15th overtime/shootout loss of the year.  “The frustrating part in that game is to lose it in a shootout,” Noel said. “But I think that the players gave it their all and I was certainly happy with what they gave us.”  While the Jackets dropped their final five contests of the year by a single goal each time, Nash agrees that the effort was there and believes it is something this Jackets team can build upon.  “I think it’s exciting for next year,” Nash said. “If we can carry the momentum that we did in the last couple games then it will be real exciting.” read more


Air pistol fired at woman who tried to retrieve pet rabbit fromAir pistol fired at woman who tried to retrieve pet rabbit from


first_imgIt began as a petty dispute between two neighbours over parking.But the ten-year feud created such “bad blood” that one fired an air pistol at the other as she tried to retrieve her pet rabbit from his lawn.Paul Booth, 52, was furious when, on strolling into his conservatory, he spotted Susan Davis, a civil servant, in his garden.“What the f–k are you doing in my garden?” he yelled.Ms Davis, 49, explained that she was just trying to get the rabbit and claimed she had knocked on his door several times before crawling through the broken fence.But Booth suggested she should have knocked harder, adding: “If you don’t get out… I’m going to get a firearm” before disappearing behind a slammed door. Susan Davis at her home near Mancheste “My blood went cold,” she said. “It was so extreme and I didn’t know what he was capable of. I said just give me two minutes, I will grab the rabbit and be gone in a flash.”The next thing Ms Davis was aware of, she claimed, was a gas cylinder whistling past her ear.”I was so glad I had my back to him, because otherwise I’d have been absolutely terrified,” she added. Paul Booth leaving Manchester Magistrates’ Court where he was given a one year suspended sentenceCredit:Cavendish Press/Pat Isaacs Susan Davis's rabbit Oreo Susan Davis’s rabbit OreoCredit:Cavendish Press The neighbours’ row that had begun so innocuously escalated to the point where Booth would allegedly bang on the walls.“It went on for absolute years,” Ms Davis claimed.”The banging would happen four or five times a week from around four in the morning. He would thud the walls chanting and singing football songs and it was horrific. It was like Chinese water torture and I was so sleep deprived.”I went to the police but they said it only noise pollution so they couldn’t do anything.”The latest incident occurred in March when Oreo, a lop eared lionhead, escaped from her hutch and darted into Booth’s garden through a gap in a broken section of their adjoining fence.A week earlier, Ms Davis had seen Booth polishing his gun and took a picture of it, believing that it might come in useful.Police arrested him when she showed officers the photograph. Paul Booth leaving Manchester Magistrates' Court where he was given a one year suspended sentence JP Toni Pine said: “We have considered this case carefully and we are satisfied that this was a serious enough case that it crosses the custody threshold as there was a weapon used and there were other people present.” Booth, who is unemployed and relies on family handouts due to back problems, admitted threatening behaviour at Manchester Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.He was also ordered to pay Miss Davis £100 compensation and £250 in prosecution costs.Humayun Khan, defending, said Booth, a member of a shooting club, disputed the fact that Ms Davis had knocked on his door but claimed that, although he had fired the pistol, it was not directed at her.“There had been friction between the neighbours for some 10 years and unfortunately this developed into bad blood between them and created a neighbours’ dispute,” he said.”There were no pellets in the gun it was simply gas. He did not mean to cause anybody harm just fear to get her off of his property. He knows this is a serious offence and he now has a serious conviction to his name.” “He came out behind me and opened fire. I didn’t know what was happening until I heard the bullet whiz past and my blood ran cold.“I was shocked. Thankfully, I’d just ducked out of the way because the rabbit moved – but he is obviously a good shot and could have easily hit me.“He could have killed me if he’d hit me in the right place.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Susan Davis at her home near ManchesteCredit:Cavendish Presslast_img read more


FLSmidth after subSaharan Africa growth with manufacturing moveFLSmidth after subSaharan Africa growth with manufacturing move


first_imgFLSmidth South Africa has relocated the manufacturing of its core screen media products to the Delmas Supercenter facility, providing, it says, a cost-effective base from which to grow its sub-Saharan markets.The move follows the 2017 decision by FLSmidth to proceed with a significant investment at the 120,000 m² premises in Delmas, Mpumalanga, South Africa.Stephan Kruger, FLSmidth Director for Manufacturing and Warehousing in the region, said: “The targeted efficiency improvements for the production lines at the facility will allow us to better serve our extensive installed base of FLSmidth equipment in the sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East region.”In line with this strategy, FLSmidth has opted to focus on the in-house manufacture of three core product lines – polyurethane, wedge wire, and ceramic wear solutions.FLSmidth, last year, concluded the sale of its non-core screen media product lines, including woven wire screens, perforated plate and wire conveyor belts, to Crusher Support Services. During this process, FLSmidth secured a preferential supply agreement to support local industry customers with the continued supply of these products.Kruger said: “We have invested in state-of-the-art equipment, including full computer numerical control (CNC) machining capability. The new facilities include 5-axis and 6-axis machining centres, introducing a high level of technology to support the product lines in our business while optimising production costs.”The investment in production capacity will allow FLSmidth to manufacture a broader range of components for its spare parts portfolio in-house, and to do this more cost effectively, it said.Design and construction activities began in 2018 and the infrastructure development is nearing completion. A formal launch is planned for April, when the facility will be fully functional and production will have commenced, according to the company.This Supercenter is strategically positioned close to customers and has the capabilities for warehousing, production of FLSmidth equipment and spare parts, refurbishments, rebuilds and retrofits, the company said. Current manufacturing activities produce over 150 strategically selected parts for the FLSmidth product range, Kruger said.The wedge wire screens to be produced at the facility are commonly used in carbon recovery in carbon-in-pulp and carbon-in-leach plants in the gold sector. They are also used for dewatering and magnetite recovery in the coal sector and in other applications such as water filtration and sugar production, according to the company.The polyurethane products include screen panels and larger spares such as rotors and stators used in the flotation process. Ceramic wear solutions to be produced and distributed from the Delmas facility include the WEAR MAX™ ceramic wear compound and FerroCer® impact wear panels, which combine steel and ceramic parts and are commonly used in feed chutes to address impact and abrasion.The Delmas operation includes a 10,500 m² workshop with 120-t lifting capacity and 11.5 m under crane hook. More than 100 staff members are currently employed at the facility, which hosts offices, warehouse facilities and a training centre that can accommodate up to 65 people for technical training purposes, according to FLSmidth.last_img read more


Download All The Things Onto Samsungs 30TB SSDDownload All The Things Onto Samsungs 30TB SSD


first_img Best External Hard Drive For Xbox OneBest External Hard Drive For PS4 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Good news, digital content hoarders! Samsung has figured out how to cram a ridiculous amount of storage into a 2.5-inch SSD. Even more ridiculous than the last ridiculous one we showed you.The brand new PM1643 is bursting at the seams with 30TB (30.72TB, to be precise) of capacity. That’s nearly twice as much as the next big drive that Seagate will release this year. Seagate’s is also a hard drive, and it’s a 3.5-incher.It’s built for different applications, of course, and it will probably be a whole lot cheaper. But if storage density and performance is what you’re after — and money isn’t an issue — then Samsung’s SSD is the way to go.So how do you build a 30TB drive that fits in a 2.5-inch bay? Samsung utilized its new 1TB NAND “flash packages,” which are made up of 512GB V-NAND chips stacked 16 high. These new “packages” allowed Samsung to nearly double the capacity of their current biggest SSD.The PM1643 is a little on the thick side, so don’t plan on popping one into your laptop. Like all the jaw-dropping drives we read about, this one is slated for enterprise applications. Healthcare, the petroleum biz, data centers, that sort of thing.That’s because they’re generally a whole lot more willing to drop several thousand bucks on a single drive than the general public. They’ll be more than happy to load up a 16-bay NAS with these bad boys and jam half a petabyte into a 3U opening.Intel, you might recall, is gunning for a whole petabyte in just 1U, but they’re pitching a new form factor to do it. Their “ruler” SSDs won’t fit in today’s rackmount or tower cases. Samsung’s, on the other hand, will pop right in.last_img read more


Downed lines cause minor outages in Clark County more wind in forecastDowned lines cause minor outages in Clark County more wind in forecast


first_imgWindy conditions will continue Wednesday around the Portland metro area but should start to diminish starting Wednesday night.Wednesday’s forecast calls for east-southeast winds between 15 to 21 mph, with gusts topping out at 33 mph. Speeds will decline Wednesday night to 9 to 13 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph predicted, according to the National Weather Service.Clark Public Utilities workers responded to four incidents Tuesday morning involving trees into wires or downed power lines.There were 431 customers without power as of 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, the utility’s spokeswoman Erica Erland said. A total of 518 customers had their power restored in the last 24 hours, she said. The Tuesday morning outages affected people in Hockinson, Camas and Battle Ground. The outages were related to trees and affected around 100 customers combined, Erland said. Law enforcement and firefighters were initially dispatched to most of the calls for arcing and downed wires through Tuesday’s early morning hours, but none of the incidents caused significant issues on the roads. Most of the responses were followed up by requests for county public utility workers, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.last_img read more


BOTH HAMAS AND NATENYAHU WERE LOSING CREDIBILITY THE WAR HAD LOSTBOTH HAMAS AND NATENYAHU WERE LOSING CREDIBILITY THE WAR HAD LOST


first_imgdestruction none of the two sides could impose its will on the other. None could get what it wants through war. The two sides were becoming losers and were beginning to strain the patience of their populations. The current ceasefire is a by product of necessity. Neither the Israeli people nor the Palestinian people could live in peace. They became tired of the war.In fact, the number of Israeli soldiers who died without taking over Gaza confirms that the only road to peace is a two state solution. The starting point of such a solution is to create a sovereign Palestinian and Israeli people who are in full charge of the destiny of their countries and who could create two sovereign Republics which could co-exist on the basis of good neighbourliness. The war would have ended a long time ago if the people of Palestine organised a million citizen March in Gaza and West Bank and demand an end to occupation and blockade. No government in Israel would be mad enough to bombard them. This should have been reciprocated by a march of a million people in Israel to call for peace. This would have compelled the Israeli government to seek for a peaceful solution to the conflict.The way forward is clear. Hamas should accept that it has no military might to defend Palestine from military aggression. The Israeli government should also acknowledge that it has no military might to defend the Israeli people from rockets without committing genocide against the Palestinian people thus leaving the history of another holocaust. Needless to say, the fact that summary execution could take place in Palestine against people referred to as informers without any trial confirms that the rule of law is yet to prevail in Gaza.The world should therefore encourage the Unity Government in Palestine to work on a draft Republican constitution for Palestine which would be approved at a Referendum. The provisional government should put in place all the checks and balances which would enable Palestine to be governed as a democratic state with central authority that would be able to build a modern armed , security and police force so that all weapons would be under sovereign authority of the state.Israel would have no excuse to talk about security threats and should recognise Palestine as a sovereign state with secure and unfettered borders.This is the way forward.  ]]>last_img read more


Lukaku one of my most difficult opponents – OtamendiLukaku one of my most difficult opponents – Otamendi


first_imgManchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi has rated Romelu Lukaku has on of his two most difficult opponents he has ever had to faceThe Argentina international has been a prominent member of Pep Guardiola’s side this season with City currently looking set to seal the Premier League title next month and have already won silverware this season due to their victory in the Carabao Cup final over Arsenal last month.But Otamendi has suffered a number of high-profile mistakes in his first two seasons at the Etihad Stadium, but appears to have sorted out his issues under Guardiola this season.The defender rates Manchester United’s Lukaku as one of the most difficult players he has ever had to face with Barcelona forward Luis Suarez being the other.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“There are many,” Otamendi told Marca when asked his most difficult opponent.“Luis Suarez is a striker who is constantly moving, making diagonal runs, creating space, then you always have to be prepared to run.“Then Lukaku is another very strong player, technically good, quick… It’s between those two.”last_img read more


NGT directs Railways to furnish 50 lakh performance guaranteeNGT directs Railways to furnish 50 lakh performance guarantee


first_imgNew Delhi : The National Green Tribunal has directed the railways to submit a performance guarantee of Rs 50 lakh for preventing air pollution at Khori station in Haryana’s Rewari district. A bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore directed the senior divisional commissioner manager of North-West Railways to appear before it on September 11 to apprise it about the progress of the work done. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “It is made clear that the performance guarantee should be furnished within two weeks,” the tribunal said in a recent order. The green panel also expressed displeasure over an affidavit filed by the railways saying it had “contradictory averments”. “A bare perusal of the affidavit filed on behalf of the railways shows that though it has been filed by senior officer of the rank of senior divisional commercial manager but it is full of contradictory averments. For instance, it has been categorically submitted that the railway has erected 650 metres long wall whose heights have been raised to 15 metres from 12 metres,” the bench said. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “Whereas, in the later part of the same para it has been deposed that a tender has been uploaded on railway portal in respect of raising of the height of the boundary wall. Moreover, the response filed by state pollution control board categorically denied many of the work which are said to have been done by the railways,” it added. The tribunal had earlier constituted a joint team of the Central Pollution Control Board and the Haryana Pollution Control Board to look into a complaint by local resident Jail Lal who alleged that air pollution was being caused in and around the railway station due to loading and unloading of clinker, gypsum and cement etc.last_img read more


New Project Closes Gaps In Houstons Bike Trail SystemNew Project Closes Gaps In Houstons Bike Trail System


first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:17 Listen X – / 7The White Oak Bayou Trail runs from far northwest Houston all the way to downtown. It’s a distance of about 15 miles. Now some people living near the trail are getting better access as the city starts building three new paths that will connect neighborhoods to the trail. One connector will link the trail with the Castillo Community Center in the Northside neighborhood. Another will take bike riders to the intersection of Main and Wood Streets, just north of downtown. A third connector will link the University of Houston-Downtown campus. Joe Turner with the Parks and Recreation Department says the problem is that a lot of Houston’s trails were built in pieces over time, before there was any demand for a continuous bike network. He says the new connectors will make it a more practical system. “It allows us to connect up back into the neighborhoods, which we’ve never been able to put that piece together,” Turner says. “But what it does, it completes this trail system, finally.”Mayor Sylvester Turner says with more connections, people can really start using the bike trail system to get where they need to go. “This is another step in changing the paradigm where we’re offering people more options than just their car,” the mayor adds. The work on the three new paths should cost about $3.5 million. It’s part of a bigger $30 million project that the federal government is helping to fund.   Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgNews | September 23, 2008 MammoSite RT Recurrence Rates Comparable to Standard RT News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more September 24, 2008 – Hologic Inc. released a four-year analysis of the Hologic MammoSite radiation therapy system study, which found that breast cancer recurrence rates following the delivery of accelerated partial breast irradiation with the MammoSite system continue to be comparable to the rates reported with standard radiation therapy. The study was presented by Peter Beitsch, M.D., of Medical City Dallas Hospital at ASTRO 2008. Beitsch and his colleagues analyzed data from patients enrolled in the American Society of Breast Surgeons MammoSite Breast Brachytherapy Registry Trial.The researchers reported that their analysis of the overall registry population with a median follow-up of 36 months showed a three-year actuarial rate of Ipsilateral Breast Tumor Recurrence (IBTR) of 2.15 percent. Other follow-up results were also positive (0.26 percent three-year actuarial rate for axillary recurrences and 0.74 percent three-year actuarial rate for new primary cancers). In a subset of patients (the first 400 treated), 44-month follow-up data was captured and a 93.9 percent survival rate was reported (88.9 percent disease-free and 100 percent cancer-specific). The researchers concluded that treatment with the MammoSite system resulted in low IBTR, low axillary recurrence, and acceptable cancer specific survival. The MammoSite device is a balloon catheter that is inserted into the cavity created by a lumpectomy (the surgical removal of a breast tumor). The MammoSite radiation therapy system delivers radiation from inside the lumpectomy cavity over a course of five days. The device targets radiation to the area where tumors are most likely to recur, while reducing exposure to healthy tissue. For more information: www.hologic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more


Venezuelan opposition wants court ruling on Chávez crisisVenezuelan opposition wants court ruling on Chávez crisis


first_imgNo related posts. CARACAS – Venezuela’s top opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to rule on whether cancer-stricken President Hugo Chávez’s re-inauguration can be postponed, as his government argues.“I do not know what the judges of the Supreme Court are waiting for. Right now in Venezuela, without any doubt whatsoever, a constitutional conflict has arisen,” Capriles said.Chávez is scheduled to take the oath of office on Thursday following his October re-election win, but he is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba, his fourth operation in 18 months, and it’s not clear he will make it to the ceremony in Caracas.Government officials say the presidential swearing-in ceremony is merely a formality that can be delayed, but the opposition says the constitution must be respected.The constitution says new elections must be held within 30 days if the president-elect dies or is permanently incapacitated either before he takes office or in the first four years of his six-year term.Capriles also urged Latin American leaders to stay away from a pro-Chávez rally convened by the government for Thursday in place of the inauguration.So far, Uruguay’s President José Mugica, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales and Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño of Ecuador are the only ones to confirm their attendance.Capriles urged regional leaders not to succumb to “a game by a political party” – alluding to Venezuela’s ruling party. He mentioned by name the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia and Ecuador.Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said late Monday that Chávez’s medical condition had remained “stable” since the latest complication from surgery was reported four days ago.Chávez is suffering from a severe pulmonary infection that has resulted in weak breathing, officials have said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more