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Hyundai leads UV segment in July with sale of 16234 units

first_imgNew Delhi: Hyundai Motor India sold over 16,200 units in the utility vehicle segment in July to take a lead over Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), which have for long dominated the vertical. Last month, Hyundai sold a total of 16,234 units of Creta, Venue, Tucson and Kona Electric, while in comparison M&M sold 16,003 utility vehicles (UVs). M&M sells seven models in the UV segment like XUV 500, Scorpio, Bolero and Thar. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMSI on the other hand reported sale of 15,178 units in the UV segment last month. Its UV portfolio comprises models like Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross. “Hyundai has strong position in compact SUV segment with Creta. Now with Venue, we have further consolidated our position in the UV segment,” Hyundai Motor India National Head-Sales Vikas Jain said. The company’s UV market share is now more than 21 per cent with the combined sales of Creta, Tucson, Venue and Kona Electric, he added. Overall, the passenger vehicle sales continued to be in slow lane last month as well. Continuing to face rough weather, MSI, Hyundai, M&M, Honda and Toyota reported a double-digit decline in sales in July as consumer sentiment remained subdued.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Invites Vladimir Putin to visit Morocco

Rabat – King Mohammed VI received senior-level Russian official Nikolai Patrushev in Casablanca on Friday, according to an official statement from the Moroccan government disseminated by the Maghreb Arab Presse.“King Mohammed VI received today in the royal palace in Casablanca, the secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patruchev, who is on a working visit to the kingdom,” the release said.King Mohammed VI receives senior-level Russian official Nikolai PatrushevThe Moroccan monarch visited Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin earlier this year – signing several cooperation agreements related to counter-terrorism, transportation and more in the process. Mohammed VI made a formal invitation to Putin to visit Morocco during the meeting with Patruchev this week, with Interior Minister, Mohamed Hassad, the king’s advisor Fouad Ali El Himma and Russian Ambassador to Morocco Valery Voroblev present.The king reiterated his “determination” to strengthen security ties between Morocco and Russia in the coming months, in all agreed upon fields, according to the statement.Russia welcomed the position of King Mohammed VI in coordinating Rabat-Moscow’s stances, Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mikhail Bogdanov, said Thursday in Rabat.The two countries share close positions on a number of issues related to the Middle East and Africa, Bogdanov told the press following his talks with Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, according to an earlier MWN article.Yesterday’s talks included issues in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Palestine, the Russian diplomat said. read more

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Business Highlights

___Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz; US blames IranDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. is blaming Iran for an attack on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, including one that was set ablaze. The U.S. Navy rushed in to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. assessment of Iran’s involvement is based in part on intelligence as well as the expertise needed for the operation.___Twitter deletes accounts linked to foreign governmentsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government’s agenda. Twitter is adding those accounts and their tweets to a public database it launched last year to track its battle against government-linked misinformation. It is also adding a smaller number of deleted accounts linked to Russia, Venezuela and the Catalonia region of Spain.___Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targetsLONDON (AP) — The Associated Press has identified a phantom LinkedIn profile that appears to use an artificially generated face, and experts say its activity is typical of espionage efforts on the professional networking site. The imaginary “Katie Jones” seems plugged into the Washington’s political scene, with a job at a top think-tank and a who’s-who network of capital connections. But this “Katie Jones” doesn’t exist, and the persona is just part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on LinkedIn.___Pelosi: No debt increase until spending limits are raisedWASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House won’t pass must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs. The California Democrat says she’ll agree to increase the so-called debt ceiling, which is needed to avoid a market-cratering default on U.S. obligations this fall, but only after President Donald Trump agrees to lift tight “caps” that threaten to cut both the Pentagon and domestic agencies.___Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threatWASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers and experts are warning that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election. The technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos — known as “deep fakes” — that appear genuine. The House Intelligence Committee chairman says it allows “malicious actors to foment chaos, division or crisis.” Experts say the U.S. could use sanctions and cyberattacks against producers of such content.___US long-term mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.82%WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week, after six straight weeks of declines putting them at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage held steady from last week at 3.82 per cent, its lowest point since September 2017. The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans slipped this week to 3.26% from 3.28%.___US airlines are pushing domestic prices higher againNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines are pushing base fares higher again despite a recent dip in fuel prices, according to J.P. Morgan. American confirms it is raising fares on many U.S. flights by $5 each way. J.P. Morgan says Southwest is also boosting prices. In midday trading, shares of the leading U.S. airlines were all higher.___China’s trade rep says ‘external pressures’ can help economyBEIJING (AP) — Chinese media reported Thursday that the country’s top trade negotiator said “external pressures” can help the country’s economy. Vice Premier Liu He, speaking at a forum in Shanghai, described the pressures that China is currently facing as an “inevitable test.”___Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestationMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. says it will spend $30 million to fund new ideas to end deforestation in Brazil. The Minnesota-based agribusiness says more companies, governments and organizations need to work together to come up with real solutions to stop deforestation. Cargill is a key player in Brazilian soy production and soybean farming has impacted ecosystems in Brazil. Cargill says the problem is complex, but environmental groups say commodity traders like Cargill need to do more.___US stocks notch gains, snap short losing streakNEW YORK (AP) — Gains in energy and internet companies helped drive stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak in an otherwise choppy week of trading. The gains were initially fueled by rising oil prices. Investors have been searching for direction as they cautiously await any new developments on the global trade war between the U.S. and China. They’re also looking ahead to next week’s Federal Reserve meeting of policyholders.___The S&P 500 index rose 11.80 points, or 0.4%, to 2,891.64. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 101.94 points, or 0.4%, to 26,106.77. The Nasdaq composite added 44.41 points, or 0.6%, to 7,837.13. The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks climbed 16.01 points, or 1.1%, to 1,535.80.The Associated Press read more

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Security Council requests panel to assess situation in Liberia

In a unanimous resolution, the Council asked Mr. Ban to establish a panel of up to three members to carry out a follow-up assessment mission in Liberia and neighbouring countries to determine the effectiveness and impact of the measures introduced against Mr. Taylor and others.A Council resolution in 2004 ordered all governments to freeze the assets of Mr. Taylor and his immediate family and barred them from using “misappropriated funds and property” to obstruct the restoration of peace and stability in the region.The panel, which must be set up within a month, is expected to draw “as much as possible on the expertise” of the existing panel of experts, whose mandate expires today, which monitors Liberia.That group, in a report released earlier this month, found there are “credible allegations” that Mr. Taylor – who is facing war crimes charges before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) – has investments in Nigeria that have been unfrozen. Mr. Taylor has called on the SCSL to cover his legal costs at his trial, claiming he is indigent.The panel report also noted allegations “of a large sum of money being with Charles Taylor at the time of his arrest in Nigeria” last year and his continuing ties to a cell phone company in Liberia. It added that the Nigerian Government had not allowed the panel to pursue the allegations and Liberia has not adopted laws authorizing a freeze.But in its resolution today, the Council lauded the “sustained progress” made by the Liberian Government since January 2006, when the inauguration of a democratically-elected president, Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, capped the peace process envisaged in a 2003 peace accord ending the country’s bloody civil war.The Government has made great strides “in rebuilding Liberia for the benefit of all Liberians, with the support of the international community,” the 15-member body noted.The new experts’ panel is also expected to probe the Government’s compliance with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a mechanism introduced to prevent so-called “blood diamonds” from reaching international markets.Meanwhile, the Council extended the mandate of the Group of Experts monitoring the arms embargo in Côte d’Ivoire until 31 October, determining that the situation there still constitutes a threat to regional peace and security. This Group was created in early 2005 to gather and analyze information on arms caches and flows in the region, and was asked by the Council today to submit a written update before 15 October. 20 June 2007The Security Council today called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to set up a panel of financial and diamond experts to renew investigations of whether UN sanctions against Liberia are being broken after learning of “credible allegations” that the notorious former president Charles Taylor may still have access to considerable wealth. read more

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BC premier renews invite to talk pipelines with Albertas Redford

VICTORIA — B.C. Premier Christy Clark has invited her Alberta counterpart for a sit-down when Clark is in Calgary early next week.But the invitation to Alison Redford, contained in a letter released publicly Wednesday, isn’t exactly a thaw in the relationship that grew frosty over B.C.’s five demands that must be met before the province will support Enbridge’s bid to build the Northern Gateway pipeline.“As you may know, there are a significant number of permits required for any pipeline project to proceed in British Columbia,” Clark wrote.Over the summer, Clark announced her province would be looking for a greater share of revenue from the project to off-set what she said was a disproportionate risk to British Columbia’s environment if Northern Gateway goes ahead.The letter makes reference to that argument and goes on to note that she gave Redford and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall a heads up before she released B.C.’s position earlier this summer.“My government has been clear: There are significant environmental risks associated with the Northern Gateway Project proposal and, while there are significant economic benefits to Canada and Alberta, there are few benefits to British Columbia.”A statement from Redford’s office said the Alberta premier is considering the invitation.“If during Premier Clark’s time in Calgary next week we can coordinate our schedules, we’d be open to meeting,” the statement said.“However, Alberta’s position on the Gateway project hasn’t changed. This is a commercial project. It’s not Alberta’s pipeline and Alberta’s resource revenues are not up for discussion.”Clark noted B.C. supports natural resource extraction and the pipeline industry and offered as evidence B.C.’s support for several liquefied natural gas projects.“I look forward to continuing a dialogue with you about opportunities to address British Columbia’s five conditions. I recognize that there are significant benefits available to Alberta from the export of heavy oil to Asia and that this is something your government no doubt wishes to pursue.”Redford said in August she has nothing to talk to Clark about regarding sharing Alberta’s revenues from the project, and maintains what Clark is proposing would amount to a re-writing of the Canadian Constitution. read more

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Moodys says Sri Lanka faces stiff challenges to refinance large debt

“The primary challenge facing Sri Lanka is its large external debt refinancing needs over the next five years, with over $3 billion principal payable annually on external government debt over 2020-2024,” says Matthew Circosta, a Moody’s Analyst. “While a range of financing options, including international dollar bond issuance and loans from bilateral and multilateral lenders, could support refinancing, the government is highly vulnerable to sudden shifts in investor sentiment that could affect the availability and cost of these funding sources,” adds Circosta. Moody’s says lower tourism arrivals and spending following the April 2019 terrorist attacks will hit GDP growth and add further pressure to public and external finances.Political tensions could also resurface before and after the presidential elections scheduled for late 2019 and the parliamentary election in 2020, with the potential to interrupt reforms and undermine investor confidence. Moody’s Investors Service says that Sri Lanka (B2 stable) faces numerous domestic and external obstacles that will pose challenges to the Government’s ability to refinance its large upcoming debt obligations.In a new report, Moody’s explores the implications of the country’s financing needs and options, the recent terrorist attacks and upcoming elections for Sri Lanka’s credit profile. read more

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Bosma Day 3

Cell phones and the technology to track them played an important part of the investigation into Tim Bosma’s disappearance in May 2013, a court heard today.We heard from the detectives who started investigating when Sharlene Bosma was frantically trying to find her husband and two of them pointed at Dellen Millard as the man they spoke to in the investigation. Afterward staff Sgt. Paul Hamilton said there’s a first time for everything when he pointed at Millard in court, the accused grinned and jauntily waved back at him.Tim Bosma’s cell phone was found outside a business in Brantford by a man hired to mow the lawn. Employees dialed the contact labelled “home” to find the owner, they reached Tim Bosma’s sister, who told them to call police.Paul Hamilton and Greg Jackson got Bosma’s cell phone records and found out what number called him to arrange a test drive. They learned it was a pay-as-you-go phone, bought in March by a guy calling himself Lucas Bate. The address he gave was to a school, with no Lucas Bate attending there.They also learned the phone pinged off cell phone towers in a path that led from Etobicoke, to Oakville, to Ancaster, to Brantford and then Cambridge. The phone also called two other people with trucks for sale online, including Dennis Arujio, who testified that he missed the call. The other man hasn’t testified yet, but court heard he did take two men out for a test drive and told police one of them had the word ambition tattooed on his wrist.Then police got tips from two reliable sources that a man named Dellen Millard had such a tattoo. They found Millard’s cell phone records, which pinged off similar towers as the “Bate” phone the night Bosma went missing. Then they went to the Millard air hangar in Waterloo and encountered the owner, Dellen Millard there. They started surveillance on the place, and decided he was a suspect. read more

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Obama tells Boehner he wont negotiate under threat of economic chaos

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he’s willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of “economic chaos.”Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and a few hours after calling Boehner.Obama says he urged Boehner to hold a vote immediately to reopen the government.The White House says Obama also urged Boehner to hold a vote that would allow the government to borrow more money.Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want. Obama tells Boehner he won’t negotiate under threat of “economic chaos” by The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 1:50 pm MDT read more

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Multiplechoice questions overrated researcher

Joe Engemann is helping teachers write better test questions.It’s a device we remember from our younger years as we pored over pop quizzes.Sometimes the answers were obvious. Often, one was “all of the above” or “none of the above.” Conventional wisdom told us that when in doubt, we should pick C.But the multiple-choice question, with its firm role in our education system, might not be doing students or teachers any favours, says Joe Engemann, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education.Engemann has studied the multiple-choice question to find that it is not always the best assessment of how much a student has learned. The “distractors” (wrong answers) are often obvious, the correct answers often written with eloquence and detail, and “all of the above” or “none of the above” are often employed. And when students circle one of four letters on a test page, it’s not necessarily indicative of how well they’ve processed the information, he said.“Most multiple-choice questions are low-level questions,” he said. “They test for knowledge and knowledge only. If we focus on knowledge only, students will get to the university level without the ability to think and analyze.”Engemann’s latest mission is to help teachers write more effective test questions. Questions that require students to think and analyze, such as the essay question, offer a better assessment of how much a student has learned, Engemann said.“Teachers are well intentioned but through no fault of their own, they’re not giving assessment that is valid or reliable to the degree that it should be,” he said.Engemann, who wrote Classroom assessment: concepts and applications with fellow professor Tiffany Gallagher, has taken what he has learned about assessment to the school system. This year, he facilitated a new workshop with teachers in the Halton Catholic District School Board regarding how to write questions that better assess what students have learned. Teachers then take what they’ve learned and teach it to other teachers.“Teachers approach me later and say ‘This is what we need,’” he said. “It makes a difference in their day-to-day practice.”Education is a lifelong passion for Engemann. He taught elementary school for 17 years in the former Lincoln County Catholic District School Board. He taught mostly Grade 7 and 8 math, science and physical education, and also taught in the board’s gifted program.He entered academia because he had strong ideas about education, but found it hard to implement them as a teacher, he said. Now, his research makes it into schools across the province and impacts teachers’ daily lives.He is a big advocate of mentorship. He founded the Brock Mentorship Program, which for 15 years has matched gifted students from Niagara high schools with Brock researchers for a semester of intensive learning. He also co-founded Bridging Our Worlds Through Science, which sees Aboriginal high school students from the Grand Erie District School Board spend two days participating in science activities at Brock.He is also program chair for the assessment strand of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, past president of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education and former program chair for the science education group of the American Educational Research Association.In his spare time, he plays hockey and lacrosse, and coached both sports locally for 35 years.Engemann also received a Brock University Advancement Fund research seed grant this year. read more

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Not that simple Titans focus on trying to win a game

NASHVILLE — The Titans’ playoff hopes are slim at best after losing five of their last seven games. So Tennessee’s focus for December is simple. And desperate.“Try to find a way to win a game. Put our full focus on the Jets,” first-year head coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday.The Titans (5-6) had a chance to stay in the AFC South race, but disappointing performances resulted in a 38-10 thumping at Indianapolis last week and then a 34-17 loss in Houston on Monday night.The back-to-back losses have dropped Tennessee three games behind Houston. Now five teams stand between the Titans and the second AFC wild-card slot that they squeezed into last season with a 9-7 record.If that’s not bad enough, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Miami all hold a crucial tiebreaker having beaten the Titans head-to-head.“We can’t think about no playoffs, no nothing, anything about health,” safety Kevin Byard said after the loss in Houston. “The only thing in front of us is the New York Jets.”The Titans, who have lost five of their last seven, wrap up the regular season playing four of five at home. Three opponents currently are 3-8, starting with the Jets and followed by a matchup against the Jaguars on Dec. 5. Their lone road trip is a trip to New York against the Giants (3-8) on Dec. 16.Sunday’s game with the Jets will be only the Titans’ third home game since the end of September.“We got to give our fans something to cheer about,” Vrabel said.First, Tennessee needs to figure out how to give Mariota more time. No team has allowed more sacks this season than the Titans, and they gave up six to the Texans for a total of 39 through 11 games. Mariota has been sacked 35 times through 10 games and easily is on pace to top the 38 sacks in 12 games in his rookie season when Tennessee went 3-13.The Titans wasted a franchise record performance by Mariota as the quarterback completed his first 19 passes and finished 22 of 23 for 303 yards with a 95.7 per cent completion rate that was second only in NFL history to Phillip Rivers’ mark of 96.6 per cent set a day earlier.Mariota said he can do a better job of helping his teammates.“I was holding onto the ball a little too long,” Mariota said. “I got us into negative situations taking some of these sacks. I’ll look back at the film, I’ll get better from it, and improve.”The Titans also gave up a season-worst 281 yards rushing. And a team that went to Houston with the second-fewest accepted penalties in the NFL racked up seven flags for 50 yards.Now they face playing two games in the span of five days, their third in 11 days.“It’s all about us,” Mariota said. “It’s all about us taking care of our business and just focusing on what we can control.”Notes: Vrabel said CB Malcolm Butler (stinger) is in the concussion protocol. He said they hope to get WR Taywan Taylor (left foot) back this week, though S Dane Cruikshank should miss another week.___Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTeresa M. Walker, The Associated Press read more

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Breast cancer patients offered wonder drug for free while NHS makes up

first_imgResearch presented at the world’s biggest  cancer conference in Chicago last June showed that women taking Ibrance with another common drug (an aromatase inhibitor) lived 10 months longer without their cancer getting worse as those given standard treatment.Typically, they enjoyed 24.8 months without their cancer progressing compared with 14.5 months for women on usual treatment. Some women had much better results.It has been hailed by oncologists as one of the most important advances in the past 20 years. Yet in February, Nice issued draft guidance rejecting the drug on cost grounds, causing uproar among charities and cancer experts.Following Nice’s rejection Breast Cancer Now called on Pfizer to explore every possible solution to ensure the drug is made available to NHS patients. 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. A drug company has bypassed the NHS funding watchdog to give thousands of breast cancer patients free treatment while the health service decides whether it will pay for the medication. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Pfizer said it will supply Ibrance (palbociclib) for up to five months to eligible women until a final decision is made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) on its use across the NHS.Around 2,400 women could benefit from the drug, which prolongs life by an average of 10 months. Pfizer has promised it will continue to supply the drug for free even if Nice rule that it is not cost-effective.  The programme is expected to be open for a maximum of five months – closing six weeks after Nice issues final guidance on the drug, or on the 30th September 2017, whichever is earlier – with access being dependent on individual NHS Trusts signing up to the scheme.center_img Ibrance is for women with hormone-positive, HER2 negative breast cancer that has spread around the body and which has previously not been treated. Fiona Hazell, Director of Policy and Engagement at Breast Cancer Now, said: “This is an unexpected lifeline for thousands of women living with this type of breast cancer. We are delighted that Pfizer have listened to our campaigners and have found a way to enable patients to access this first-in-class drug in the short term.“While only an interim measure, more than sixteen women every day could have their lives changed by this drug during this window.”Palbociclib can offer a large proportion of patients with incurable metastatic breast cancer significant extra time before their disease progresses – time that can be truly invaluable to them and their loved ones.”last_img read more

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Good Hope woman nabbed with ganja

A 24-year-old woman was taken into Police custody and is expected to be charged shortly after a quantity of cannabis was found in her possession on Saturday afternoon.The suspect of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was intercepted in her home at around 15:00h.<<>> understands that ranks of the “C” Division (East Coast) acted on information and swooped down at the woman’s home where they found 234 grams of cannabis along with an undisclosed sum of money and other items. Investigations are in progress. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCocaine accused on $300,000 bail; Mother bemoans Police conductApril 4, 2014In “Crime”Four arrested in connection with drug bustMarch 3, 2014In “Crime”Good Hope businessman charged with Mon Repos cocaine, ganja bustJuly 17, 2018In “Court” read more

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NRW Holdings receives BHP South Flank iron ore contract

first_imgNRW Holdings has been given a A$176 million gig to carry out bulk earthworks and concrete works at BHP’s South Flank Precinct iron ore project in Western Australia.The project includes bulk earthworks and concrete for the overland conveyor and primary crushers, together with non-process infrastructure. It also includes bulk earthworks on access tracks, clearing, pads and diversion drains. NRW expects to place around 14,000m³ of concrete as part of the contract.Since BHP approved development of the US$3.4 billion project last month, there has been a spate of contract awards. CIMIC’s CPB won the first major contract, which was swiftly followed by SIMPEC being awarded work on the ore handling plant area. Clough was awarded the EPC contract in May.NRW’s contract is due to run for 15 months from September. At its peak, it will require over 350 workers on site, with plant and equipment sourced from both its internal fleet and a range of hire firms.Jules Pemberton, NRW CEO and Managing Director, said: “The award of this contract is particularly pleasing given the long standing association of NRW and BHP on resource projects, and recognises NRW’s experience and capability in delivering projects in the Pilbara.”He added that the contract would also provide opportunities for employment and procurement from Traditional Owners and local businesses in the area.South Flank is some 120 km northwest of Newman in the Pilbara and is owned 85% by BHP and 15% by ITOCHU Minerals and Energy of Australia and Mitsui Iron Ore Corp.The project is due to expand the existing infrastructure at BHP’s majority-owned Mining Area C, and involves construction of an 80 million tonne per year crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pre-strip work. The mine will replace the 80 Mt/y Yandi operation which is reaching the end of its economic life.last_img read more

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Dells new XPS 18 is part tablet part allinone desktop

first_imgWindows 8 is built for touch, and so is Dell’s new XPS 18: an all-in-one desktop that can also undock and be used like an 18.4-inch Windows 8 tablet. It’s very similar to the Sony Tap 20 that was unveiled last fall, but there’s one key difference beyond the display diagonal. The XPS 18 weighs less than five pounds — less than half what the Tap 20 weighs.Dell has posted few details about the XPS 18 on its website so far, but it looks like a pretty solid machine. According to Engadget, the XPS 18 base system features a dual-core Intel ULV processor and a 320GB hard drive to go with the 18.4-inch 1080p touchscreen. Other configs will be available, with processing options up to a Core i7 chip, as much as 8GB of RAM, and a massive 512GB SSD as options.Dell’s page does mention “excellent” battery life, but doesn’t provide the mAh or hours to back up that claim. Based on the dramatic drop in weight over the Tap 20, you’d suspect that the battery — generally one of the chief culprits in adding excess ounces to a device — will have shrunk slightly.The Tap 20 can only squeeze about two hours from its power pack before a recharge is needed, and it, too, utilizes an Intel ULV chip. That should be plenty for systems like these, and the XPS 18’s smaller display should give it a slight boost.When you’re ready to use the XPS 18 as a desktop again, Dell has multiple options for you. You can flip down the built-in kickstand or you can pick up a monitor-style dock to raise the XPS 18 up to a more ergonomic height. Dell’s also throwing in a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and you’ll be able to pick the XPS 18 up for as little at $900 when it goes on sale next month. The monitor-style stand will set you back another $50.last_img read more

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Geek deals Save on Deus Ex Mankind Divided Steam controller and more

first_img20% off Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-orders for Amazon Prime membersExcited about jumping into another adventure with Adam Jensen? Prime members can grab the standard edition of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for just $47.99, and the collector’s edition for just $111.99. And since the game begins shipping tomorrow, you won’t be able to get this discount for much longer.Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for $49.84If you have a PS4, you really need to play Uncharted 4. It’s a gorgeous action-packed adventure that properly sends off one of the most beloved franchises in recent memory.Dell Inspiron 3650 quad-core Skylake desktop for $579 (Coupon code: DELLDT579)Need a powerful desktop PC that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? This quad-core machine from Dell has tremendous versatility, and it’s being sold at a 47% discount when you use today’s coupon code.Steam controller for $34.99Want to play traditionally mouse-focused games on a controller? Valve is tackling this difficult problem with a clever controller that aims to allow for easy interactions even if you’re playing on a couch.Pre-order Star Trek Bridge Crew VR for $47.99 with Amazon PrimeEver dreamed about being part of a starship crew? This VR experience for the PlayStation VR offers you an opportunity to see what that’s like. Pre-order now, and Prime members will save 20%.Reusable self-gripping Velcro cable ties for $6.19 (Amazon add-on item)Tired of untangling cables every time you want to move your gear around? Keep everything organized with these affordable Velcro ties.LG 29-inch 2560×1080 ultra-wide IPS monitor for $199.99If you’re a multitasker, this ultra-wide display from LG is just what you need. Keep multiple windows open side-by-side, and keep an eye on all of your important work.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals of the day deals, check out all the Amazon daily deals on TechBargains.last_img read more

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Budget cuts ax camp for specialneeds kids

first_imgHere’s a look at recreation-budget cutsEvery summer for the past three years, 12-year-old Anna Rolfe has spent her summer at day camp, just like many other kids her age.Like other kids, she looks forward to reuniting with old friends, going on field trips, bringing home crafts; she can’t wait to tackle her day.“She knows the way, and when we’re getting close, she’s smiling, giggling and happy,” said her mother, Alice Rolfe, who drives Anna every morning. “Once she gets there, she hops out — and she doesn’t even look back.”Unlike other kids, Anna has autism. She’s nonverbal and must be supervised at all times. And unlike other kids, regular children’s camps overwhelm her and cause bad reactions.Since 2009, Anna and other autistic and special-needs children have had a summertime option: the city of Vancouver’s Summer Fun Sensory Camp, the only one of its kind in the Portland metro area.last_img read more

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APD searching for shooting suspect near Central Middle School

first_imgShooting suspect “Tommy Rumph.” (Photo courtesy APD)UPDATE: Anchorage police report they made contact with shooting suspect Tommy Rumph in the area of 29th Ave. and Willow Dr. where he surrendered peacefully. He is being transported to APD headquarters for questioning.—————————Anchorage police are searching for the suspected shooter last seen near Central Middle School.APD was alerted to the shooting in the area of 15th Avenue and E Street at about 6:15 Tuesday morning.When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a deceased male.The suspect fled on foot.APD believes the suspect’s name to be Tommy Rumph, described as a 6’2″ black male weighing around 195 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.The suspect was last seen wearing a dark, long sleeved shirt with white stripes along the collar bones.The Anchorage School District announced the closure of Central Middle School and Chugach Optional today, while police search for the shooting suspect.Students are being bused to West High School for parents to pick up.last_img read more

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Middle school student describes terrifying quake

first_imgTamara (l) and Nadja (r) Josey reunited after the morning earthquake in Anchorage on Nov. 30, 2018. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Tamara Josey was in her midtown cafe preparing for a catering event when the 7.0 earthquake struck Anchorage this morning.“At first, it just felt like something was jarring, and then all of a sudden, it just like this rumble that wouldn’t stop,” she said. “Everything was swaying and moving and I’m looking across at my husband, who’s packing up the equipment for an event, and he’s looking at me and he was like, ‘You know, get in the doorway!’She said at first she couldn’t move. “Not because I was scared. But like I felt like I was stumbling. Like I was so dizzy from how much it was moving. I felt like if I moved it all I was just going to fall over.”About six miles away, her 13-year-old daughter Nadja Josey was just sitting beginning her test on a computer during first-period at Hanshew Middle School. When the rumbling began, her teacher started issuing orders.“She said, ‘Get down under the table.’ And I tried to get down fast as I could, and the ceiling, like the tiles, they just like fell. And my ankle got stuck and my fingers got stuck, so I had to move them out of the way.”The fire alarm went off and after the shaking stopped, her teacher told them to leave the building.“And then as soon as we got downstairs, everyone was screaming and crying. And the water sprinklers, they activated themselves,” she said. “It was wet and dusty everywhere.”Nadja went outside with classmates and borrowed a phone to call her mother; hers was trapped in the rubble upstairs.“I used my friend’s phone, and I called my mom and I was very calm. But then I talked to her and I heard her voice and I just started crying,” she recalled. “I was like ‘Mom, I got stuck under there, it hurt really bad. My fingers hurt.’”“She was so terrified,” Tamara said of the phone call. “And all I’m doing is trying to reassure my daughter and like, ‘I gotta go. I gotta take care of my daughter.’” That was my main concern.”She and her husband had already received a text from their son, assuring them of his safety.It took Tamara about an hour and a half to drive through town to where her daughter waited, cold and wet, inside of a bus outside the school. Tamara said the experience taught her that they need to do a better job establishing their emergency plans.“I know for one we’re just going to have to re-evaluate what we do in these times,” she said. “Like the emergency procedures: How do you handle this? What do you tell your kids so they can be prepared?”Nadja said her ankle and fingers still hurt but she’s doing better. She has some mixed feelings about school opening up again.“I’ll be kind of still shaken up by it and nervous, but maybe a little happy because I’ll get my phone back,” she said.The Anchorage School District said schools will be closed until at least Wednesday so officials can assess the damage in every building.last_img read more

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Hurricane heads for Florida after brushing Caribbean islands

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Hurricane Dorian moved out over open waters early Thursday after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, though forecasters warned it was becoming more dangerous while moving toward the northern Bahamas and Florida’s east coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it stayed well to the east of the southeastern and central Bahamas over the next two days. The forecast called for the storm to pass near or over the northern Bahamas on Saturday and close in on Florida by Sunday afternoon. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The storm was a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday when it swirled through the islands of the northeastern Caribbean, causing power outages and flooding in places but doing no major damage. “We’re happy because there are no damages to report,” said William Solís, the mayor of the small Puerto Rican island of Culebra. He said only one community lost power. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Dorian caused an islandwide blackout in St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and scattered power outages in St. Croix, government spokesman Richard Motta said. The storm also downed trees and at least one electric pole in St. Thomas, he said, adding that there were no reports of major flooding. “We are grateful that it wasn’t a stronger storm,” he said. Advertise With Us There were no reports of serious damage in the British Virgin Islands, where Gov. Augustus Jaspert said crews were already clearing roads and inspecting infrastructure by late Wednesday afternoon. Early Thursday, Dorian was centred about 150 miles (240 kilometres) north-northwest of San Juan. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said its top winds were blowing at 85 mph (140 kph) as the storm moved northwest at 13 mph (20 kph). Dennis Feltgen, a Hurricane Center meteorologist in Miami, said earlier that Dorian would strengthen and could hit anywhere from South Florida to South Carolina. “This will be a large storm approaching the Southeast,” he said.People in Florida were starting to get ready for a possible Labor Day weekend strike, with county governments along Florida’s east-central coast distributing sandbags and many residents rushing to warehouse retailers to load up on water, canned food and emergency supplies. “All Floridians on the East Coast should have 7 days of supplies, prepare their homes & follow the track closely,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a tweet. Later Wednesday, he declared a state of emergency for the counties that could be in the storm’s path. Puerto Rico seemed to be spared any heavy wind and rain, a huge relief on an island where blue tarps still cover some 30,000 homes nearly two years after Hurricane Maria. The island’s 3.2 million inhabitants also depend on an unstable power grid that remains prone to outages since it was destroyed by Maria, a Category 4 storm. Ramonita Torres, a thin, stooped, 74-year-old who lives by herself in the impoverished, flood-prone neighbourhood of Las Monjas in the capital of San Juan, was still trying to rebuild the home she nearly lost after Maria but was not able to secure the pieces of zinc that now serve as her roof. Delete Edit PreviousNext “There’s no money for that,” she said, shaking her head. Several hundred customers were without power across Puerto Rico, said Ángel Figueroa, president of a union that represents power workers. Police said an 80-year-old man in the northern town of Bayamón died Wednesday after he fell trying to climb up to his roof to clear it of debris ahead of the storm. Before the storm, President Donald Trump sent a tweet assuring islanders that “FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job.” He then added a jab at Puerto Rican officials who have accused his administration of a slow and inadequate response to Hurricane Maria: “When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You — Not like last time. That includes the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!” The mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, tweeted that Trump needs to “calm down get out of the way and make way for those of us who are actually doing the work on the ground,” adding that maybe he “will understand this time around THIS IS NOT ABOUT HIM; THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS; THIS IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES.”last_img read more

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