Helping Families on Assistance With Cost of School Supplies

first_img The Nova Scotia government is once again helping families onincome assistance buy school supplies. Families will receive $50 for each child aged five to 12 and $100for each child 13 years and over who is registered for andattending a public school. The money will be added to incomeassistance cheques that are sent out during the last week ofAugust. Families are not required to apply for this funding. “This is the fourth year in a row that government has providedfunding to support the learning needs of children in families whoreceive assistance,” said David Morse, Minister of CommunityServices. “Providing this extra help will relieve some of theadded financial pressure each new school year brings.” Students can use the funding to buy school supplies and payvarious school fees, such as locker charges. About 9,000 students ages five to 12 will receive the funding,along with about 5,700 students over the age of 13. This year theDepartment of Community Services will provide one million dollarsin assistance for school supplies for families on assistance. COMMUNITY SERVICES–Helping Families on Assistance With Cost ofSchool Supplieslast_img read more

Energy Minister Says Predictability Key to Energy Costs

first_imgEnergy Minister Cecil Clarke says predictability is key to energycosts for consumers. He is responding to Nova Scotia Power’ssuggestion that consumer electricity bills be tied to changingfuel costs through a “fuel adjustment mechanism.” “Nova Scotians want predictability and they want protection whenit comes to the amount they are paying for electricity,” said Mr.Clarke. “The current regulatory process for setting electricityrates for this province is fair and we will be putting that caseforward as part of our presentation in hearings this fall.” The province will intervene in Nova Scotia Power’s applicationfor a rate increase during public hearings before the Nova ScotiaUtility and Review Board (UARB) beginning on Nov. 15. Electricity rates fall under the authority of the UARB, anindependent quasi-judicial body that has both regulatory andadjudicative jurisdiction. The province will make its case on the proposed fuel surchargealong with other key issues contained in the rate applicationsuch as taxation, rate of return and fuel costs. “My priority is to ensure that the ratepayers of the province arefully informed about all of the elements that contribute to theirelectricity bill,” said Mr. Clarke.last_img read more

Women in PR Canada Partners with Calgary BMW on One Year Anniversary

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Talia Beckett Davis, President & Chairwoman at Women in PR Canada said: “We have had a hugely positive first year with a great response from the industry. We have learned about the needs of women PR professionals, and we are very excited about the growth of our brand.”The organization was developed to enable groups of women leaders in public relations across North America to come together to share ideas, contacts, and experiences, and to advocate for major issues directly affecting women working in the PR industry.Proudly owned and operated by Dilawri Group of Companies, Calgary BMW is committed to providing the highest level of customer service and professionalism to all their clients. Women in PR Canada is pleased to partner with an organization that exceeds customer expectations every day.At the one-year anniversary celebration, guests will have an opportunity to discover the all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series and the 2017 BMW X1 SUV. The 2017 BMW 5 Series offers a bold new approach to all sedan lovers, integrating the latest technologies, and style, creating the most advanced modern business sedan ever. The BMW X1 offers a rugged yet powerfully designed silhouette, perfectly suited for daily commutes and adventures.Organized by a team of experts in public relations, the event on May 11, 2017, hosted by Calgary BMW will offer inspirational talks from speakers, discuss misconceptions and redefine perceptions for women in the field.Opening Remarks: Grant Keil, General Manager, Calgary BMW; Talia Beckett-Davis, President & Chairwoman, Women in PR Canada; Founder, Pink Pearl PR.Speakers Include: Benjamin Morgan, Owner, Both Sides Media; Lauren Telfer, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts; Bernadette Geronazzo, Public Relations Advisor, In the Public Eye; Jennifer Booth, Manager, Public Relations, Calgary Stampede.Date: May 11, 2017; Time: Registration 5:00 p.m., Program 5:30 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.; Location: Calgary BMW (34 Heritage Meadows Road SE –conveniently located at Deerfoot and Heritage)Tickets:  CLICK HERE for ticketsFor more information, visit www.womeninpr.caAbout Calgary BMW:Proudly owned and operated by Dilawri Group of Companies, Calgary BMW is committed to providing the highest level of customer service and professionalism to all their clients. They understand their customers have high expectations, and as a BMW dealership, they enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those expectations every day. Whether in the market for a new, certified pre-owned or demo model, the friendly and educated staff at Calgary BMW are more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle. Learn more: calgarybmw.caSocial Media:Join the conversation online:#WomeninPRCanadaTwitter: @WomeninPRCanadaFacebook.com/WomeninPRCanadaLinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8445471Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomeninPublicRelations/ Login/Register With: Facebook Event to be held May 11, 2017, at Calgary BMW, Owned by Dilawri Group of CompaniesCALGARY, April 17, 2017 – The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (Women in PR Canada) is pleased to announce its one-year anniversary celebration will be held on May 11, 2017, hosted by Calgary BMW.With first-year memberships surpassing expectations and a growing social media following across Canada and the USA, Women in PR Canada has much to celebrate, including partnerships with exceptional organizations like Calgary BMW.last_img read more

Chiefs to press Harper for meeting including premiers

first_img(Manitoba chiefs delegation heads into meeting with prime minister at his Langevin office, across from Parliament Hill APTN/Photo)DEVELOPINGATPN National NewsOTTAWA–Chiefs with the delegation selected to meet with the prime minister Monday afternoon plan to ask Stephen Harper to agree to a first ministers meeting on First Nations issues.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said the prime minister would be handed a letter from Manitoba chiefs urging him to agree to a meeting that would include premiers.“We’ve done up a letter to the prime minister respecting the need for the calling of a first ministers meeting on First Nations issues,” said Nepinak, who will be spokesperson for Manitoba chiefs at the meeting with Harper. “If we are going to stop the tragedies in our communities, we have to be aggressive, we have to be ambitious and that is why a first ministers meeting is the right approach.”Harper is expected to meet with a delegation of chiefs from each region in his Langevin office, across from Parliament Hill. Three chiefs from each of the 10 regions are expected to attend. One chief from each region will be tasked as spokesperson and they will have 10 minutes to make their case before the prime minister.Harper’s Monday meeting with the chiefs will go a long way toward alleviating some of the disappointment and frustration expressed by many First Nations leaders when they were told the prime minister would only be present for part of Tuesday’s Crown-First Nations gathering.About 700 people are registered to attend Tuesday’s event, along with 400 chiefs.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said he will be looking for a commitment from the prime minister to a number of high-level first ministers conferences to finally hammer out a lasting peace with Canada.“We need a commitment from the prime minister that the government of Canada is willing to make a sincere, genuine commitment to rebuild the relationship with Aboriginal people in this country,” said Phillip, who is part of the B.C. delegation. “Many First Nations leaders are calling for a series of first minister conferences to hammer out a concrete agenda and to invest the necessary time and resources to bring a resolution to the many issues that at the moment are completely neglected.”Little Black Bear First Nation Chief Perry Bellegarde, who will be speaking for the Saskatchewan delegation, said he planned to wear a copy of the original treaty medallion around his neck when he sits down to with the prime minister.“If it were not for treaties, this country would not have been able to be developed and founded,” said Bellegarde. “We’re a nation within a nation. Nations make treaties, treaties do not make nations.”The limited room space for Tuesday’s meeting at Ottawa’s old city hall building on Sussex Dr., along with Harper’s plan to cut his time at the gathering short, had tainted the meeting in the eyes of some chiefs.When Harper announced the meeting in December, he said he was hoping it would be “historic.”Chiefs emerging from a closed meeting this morning said a lot of leaders are angered and disappointed about the shape the meeting is taking, with numbers changing as to how many can actually participate in the events Tuesday and who will get to go.There was talk among some chiefs of possibly walking out during Harper’s speech Tuesday and even some wondering whether they should disrupt the event to get the prime minister’s attention.“If the prime minister was really committed to having a changed relationship for the better, he would have found that his original thoughts of coming here to address the chiefs…would have solved a lot of these problems,” said Six Nations Chief Bill Montour. “When anger starts to permeate the room reason seems to go with it…If (the chiefs) just walk out, that is a pretty harsh statement and that is being considered.”Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Morris Shannacappo said there is a lot of suspicion about the true aim of the meeting and a lot of concern over that way things are unfolding seems to reveal the event is turning into a photo-op for the Conservatives.“I hope we can stay cohesive,” said Shannacappo. “I am hoping our leaders do gather and say, let’s disrupt this.”Ovide Mercredi, a former national chief of the AFN, said he is advising chiefs to take the high road, play it respectfully and wait to formulate a response after the meeting ends.“People are reserving judgment. It’s a wait and see attitude for most the people. There is an element that is negative about this meeting,” said Mercredi. “We let the Canadians know we expect great things from this government and if they don’t deliver, we are not the issue, they become the problem.”Mercredi, who is now a band councillor for Misipawistik Cree Nation, said First Nations leaders should be “forceful” about their position on the need to get many of their people out of dire property and to get the government to respect treaty and Aboriginal rights.“Our people have not forgotten who they are and they have not forgotten to stand up for their rights and the government is on notice,” said Mercredi. “The government has to deliver or they are looking at some reaction from our communities.”Robert Wavey, a community member from Fox Lake Cree Nation, said expectations are high at home for something substantive to come out of Tuesday’s meeting.“I think one of the other messages raised this morning is beware that people back home have huge expectations and if those expectations are not met, you don’t know what those people are going to do,” said Wavey. “The government wouldn’t want an Indian Spring.”last_img read more

Loonie lower after big runup metal prices back off on China concerns

Loonie lower after big run-up, metal prices back off on China concerns by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 8:55 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday after surging well over a full US cent the previous session amid a growing likelihood that the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy will remain loose for the time being.The loonie edged down 0.1 of a cent to 96.19 cents US.The loonie’s gain of 1.21 cents US came in the wake of reassurances from Fed chairman Ben Bernanke that the central bank was in no hurry to curtail key economic stimulus measures.The greenback fell sharply after Bernanke said that the U.S. needs a “highly accommodative monetary policy,” or low interest rates, for the foreseeable future. The Fed is buying US$85 billion a month in bonds to keep interest rates low.Traders also looked ahead to next Wednesday and the next interest rate announcement and monetary policy report by the Bank of Canada. It will be the first policy decision by Stephen Poloz since he took the helm at the central bank in early June.“To this point, there have been very few appropriate times for the governor to play his cards,” observed Ian Pollick, fixed income strategist at RBC Dominion Securities. “And it will be very telling how he characterizes both the current economic situation, as well as how he might potentially change the forward-looking language.”Analysts expect the Bank of Canada to leave its key rate unchanged at 1.25 per cent until well into 2014 at least.Signs of higher demand in the U.S. pushed the August crude contract on the Nymex up $1.04 to US$105.95 a barrel, up 2.6 per cent for the week.Copper prices were depressed after China’s finance minister suggested that growth could come in at seven per cent for this year, which is below the government’s official forecast.Surprisingly weak trade figures earlier this week raised the prospect that China’s slowdown will be sharper than anticipated as China’s central bank tightens credit to reduce financial distortions. China releases April-June growth figures on Monday morning and that could well determine trading next week.The September copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost two cents to US$3.15 a pound.August bullion faded $2.30 to US$1,277.60 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

We all share a responsibility to combat terrorism President of Senegal tells

“Senegal, I reiterate, strongly condemns terrorism, wherever it strikes. Nothing, let alone religion, can justify such violent fanaticism,” President Macky Sall of Senegal told world leaders gathered at the 72nd annual general debate. “At the same time,” he underscored, “we cannot accept that Islam is associated with violence. We cannot accept that Muslims be held responsible for violence that they themselves are victims to.” “We are all concerned by the terrorist threat and therefore have a responsibility to work together to find concerted solutions to this scourge,” he noted. Noting that this was the purpose of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, the fourth session of which will be held in November, President Sall informed the Assembly that the Forum will focus on responding to violent extremism. “We want an Africa in peace and security; an Africa that does not serve as a sanctuary for terrorist groups fought and defeated elsewhere,” the President noted, explaining that because of this reason Senegal – remaining committed to seven peace missions, including the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission for Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA) – welcomes the efforts of the G5 Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad) and the partner countries in the fight against terrorism.Full statement (in French) available here read more

New car market in 2004 falls just short of record total

New car market reaches 2,567,269 units in 2004, 0.5 per cent down on 2003 Diesel hits 835,334 units, up 18.5 per cent, with record 32.5 per cent market share December registrations dip 7.1 per cent to 144,353 units from 155,452 units Commenting on the end of year figures, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Last year was only the third on record where new car registrations broke the 2.5 million barrier. However, despite strong first quarter demand and growth in November, we missed taking the run of consecutive record years to four by just 11,781 units. ‘The market for 2005 is expected to reach around 2.465 million units which, in the context of the last 10 years, remains a robust forecast. Nevertheless, our expectations point to a slightly weaker market than in recent years, a reflection that the automotive industry is not immune to the competitive pressures affecting other sectors.’For full comment and analysis, please click on the link below. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Lyra McKee Police release first images of stocky suspect armed with murder

“At Lyra’s funeral on Wednesday we heard many messages of the potential for a better future, but as I’ve said previously such sentiment will be all in vain if we can’t tackle the malign influences that some individuals continue to exert over our communities.” Miss McKee's funeral was held at St Annes Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday with political leaders in Britain and Ireland in attendance Lyra McKee was shot dead in Londonderry on April 18Credit:AFP “I think people in the community know who they are and I’m asking them today to come forward to help us.”Speaking about the main suspect, Mr Murphy said: “He is shorter than both of the other men and is of stocky build. Police investigating the murder of Lyra McKee have released footage of a suspect they want to identify “It is of my belief that he is the gunman that fired indiscriminately into the crowd and placed the community and police officers at risk.”I believe he is the person who took the life of Lyra McKee.”Mr Murphy said the PSNI has received widespread support from people in Derry, adding that they have the information to unlock details of who is responsible for Ms McKee’s death. Police investigating the murder of Lyra McKee have released footage of a suspect they want to identifyCredit:Justin Kernoghan/Photopress Belfast Lyra McKee was shot dead in Londonderry on April 18 Detectives investigating the death of Lyra McKee have released the first images of her suspected killer, as they appealed for help to identify a stocky man believed to be armed with the murder weapon.The Police Service in Northern Ireland (PSNI) said they believe the identity of the suspect is known in Creggan, where the 29-year-old journalist was shot dead as she observed rioting on April 18.PSNI Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said he believed residents on the Londonderry estate can “unlock the key” in solving the murder but suspected some were “frightened” to come forward. Mr Murphy released footage of three men, including the suspected gunman, walking in Creggan a minute before Miss McKee was killed, as he said: “I need the public to tell me who he is”.Mr Murphy said: “I’m releasing footage today from the night of Lyra’s murder and I want to appeal to anyone who recognises or knows these people to talk to us. He made a direct appeal to the gunman asking him to come forward and explain why he fired the shots and explain to Ms McKee’s family why she died.The suspect, who police believe to be aged in his teens, appears to be carrying the gun in his right hand in one of the images.Mr Murphy called on the community to overcome any fears and come forward to identify the main suspect.”I believe that people in the community know who this individual is. I recognise that people living in Creggan may feel it is difficult to come forward to speak to police,” he said.”Today I want to provide a personal reassurance that we are able to deal with those issues sensitively. “I need the public to tell me who he is.”I do believe the community has information that can help us unlock the key to Lyra McKee’s murder. I’m not sure individuals are protecting this person, but I believe they are frightened.”It has also emerged that forensic tests on the bullets fired suggest that a gun of a similar calibre has been used in previous paramilitary-style assaults in Creggan.”It’s symptomatic of the fact that weapons of this type are in circulation in Creggan and other areas of Northern Ireland and continue to bring misery every single day to these communities,” Mr Murphy added.He added that the gunman will carry a “very heavy conscience” over Ms McKee’s murder. Police released footage of three men seen walking on the Creggan estate a minute before Miss McKee's death Police released footage of three men seen walking on the Creggan estate a minute before Miss McKee’s deathCredit:PSNI/PA Miss McKee’s funeral was held at St Annes Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday with political leaders in Britain and Ireland in attendanceCredit:Reuters More than 140 people have provided images, footage and other information to police, he said.”Such information simply gets me through the door but it doesn’t get me to the door of a courtroom. I need people to contact my team to talk to us about what they know,” he added.”Whilst the community information has been coming into us I have been keen to convert this information and intelligence into tangible evidence to allow us to bring this individual to justice. 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. read more

HERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMED

Tuesday 21 AugSt Lucia Stars v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Daren Sammy Stadium, 6pm Tuesday 14 AugJamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Stars, Sabina Park, 7pm (6pm local time) Wednesday 5 SeptTrinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm Tuesday 28 AugSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Warner Park, 6pm Saturday 11 AugGuyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Stars, Providence, 4pm Tuesday 4 SeptSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Barbados Tridents, Warner Park, 6pm Sunday 12 AugGuyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents, Providence, 6pm Friday 14 SeptSemi-final -Winner Playoff 2 v Loser Playoff 1, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad, 8pm Wednesday 15 AugJamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Sabina Park, 7pm (6pm local time) The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) fixtures, venues and start times have been confirmed for the 2018 season which gets underway on the 8 August when defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders take on St Lucia Stars in Trinidad.The tournament will then visit Guyana, St Lucia, Jamaica, St Kitts, Barbados and the USA before returning to Trindiad for the final at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on 16 September.The tournament will feature 34 matches between the six franchises with each team playing five home matches. The Jamaica Tallawahs will play three of their home games in Lauderhill, Florida meaning the CPL is returning to the USA for the third successive year.The Hero CPL have signed a three-year agreement with Trinidad & Tobago to host the finals in the country following the successful final at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in 2017.This year’s tournament will once again see a mix of the best global and Caribbean cricketing talent with the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Steve Smith and Brendon McCullum amongst those taking part.Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL, said: “We are really excited about the 2018 edition of the tournament. We have gone from strength to strength since we first started in 2013 and we know that the sixth Hero CPL is going to be the biggest and best yet. The Biggest Party in Sport is coming and we can’t wait for it all to get started.”Tickets are available at cplt20.com and from local box offices and they are selling fast.Hero CPL 2018 Fixtures(all times shown are in Eastern Caribbean Time) Friday 7 SeptTrinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFixtures for CPL 2018 announced as Russell, Holder ‘can’t wait to be back’June 5, 2018In “Sports”‘The Biggest Party in Sport’: CPL finals tickets on saleJune 5, 2019In “latest news”T&T’s economic impact from CPL 2017 totals US$23.6MJanuary 10, 2018In “Sports” Saturday 1 SeptSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders, Warner Park, 6pm Saturday 11 AugTrinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Queens Park Oval, 8pm Friday 31 AugBarbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kensington Oval, 8pm Friday 24 AugSt Lucia Stars v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Daren Sammy Stadium, 9pm Saturday 25 AugBarbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Kensington Oval, 4pm Sunday 9 SeptGuyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders, Providence, 6pm Wednesday 8 AugTrinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Stars, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm PLAYOFFS  Thursday 9 AugGuyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Providence, 6pm Thursday 30 AugSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Stars, Warner Park, 6pm FINALS  Friday 17 AugSt Lucia Stars v Barbados Tridents, Daren Sammy Stadium, 9pm Wednesday 22 AugJamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents, Central Broward Stadium, 6pm Sunday 26 AugBarbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders, Kensington Oval, 6pm Sunday 2 SeptBarbados Tridents v St Lucia Stars, Kensington Oval, 2pm Saturday 8 SeptGuyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs, Providence, 8pm Wednesday 29 AugBarbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs, Kensington Oval, 8pm Saturday 18 AugJamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Central Broward Stadium, 8pm Sunday 19 AugJamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders, Central Broward Stadium, 6pm Sunday 2 SeptSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs, Warner Park, 6pm Tuesday 11 SeptPlayoff 1 – 1st v 2nd, Providence, 6pm Wednesday 12 SeptPlayoff 2 – 3rd v 4th, Providence, 6pm Saturday 25 AugSt Lucia Stars v Jamaica Tallawahs, Daren Sammy Stadium, 8pm Friday 10 AugTrinbago Knight Riders v Jamaica Tallawahs, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm Sunday16 SeptFinal – Winner Playoff 1 v Winner Semi-final, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad, 5pm Thursday 16 AugSt Lucia Stars v Trinbago Knight Riders, Daren Sammy Stadium, 8pm read more

Ontario Government investment helps secure new conveyor idler and pulley plant

first_imgThe province of Ontario, Canada is supporting the opening of a new manufacturing facility in its southwest, which will create approximately 64 new jobs in Wallaceburg when the facility opens in summer 2010. A recognised leader in providing conveyor systems for the mining industry, Precismeca is investing nearly $3 million to equip the plant, including a $894,000 loan from Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy (AMIS).  The company is also relocating to Ontario from Alberta. Precismeca supplies standard and customisd conveyor systems for mining companies across Canada, the US and South America.The provincial funding will be used towards the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and design software, aimed at giving the company a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Partnering with business is a key component of the government’s five-point economic plan to grow the economy.“Our growth plans depend on attracting and retaining skilled workers, and made relocating to Ontario a sound business decision. We are grateful for the support we have received from the province and are excited to becoming part of the Wallaceburg community and economy,” said Joe Hartney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Precismeca.“We’re happy to welcome Precismeca to Ontario. International business decision-makers continue to choose Ontario because our focus on advanced technology, our highly skilled and educated workforce, and our competitive business costs make us a premier investment destination,” said Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.Ontario’s $500-million AMIS program provides repayable loans, interest free for up to five years, to encourage companies to invest in leading-edge technologies and processes. To date, AMIS has made loan commitments of over $105 million, generating about $900 million in new investments and supporting the creation or retention of over 4,300 jobs.last_img read more

Surge in demand for high purity alumina expected

first_imgHill End Gold reports that marketing discussions reveal high purity alumina’s (HPA) use in lithium batteries and synthetic sapphire for high‐technology is growing rapidly, creating the ideal environment for Hill End’s Yendon HPA project:Discussions with manufacturers of lithium battery separators highlight the huge increases they are making in their production capacitySome are in the process of increasing their production by ten times current levelsDiscussions also reveal that around 70% of the new capacity involves making separators which are coated with high‐purity alumina, more than double the current percentageThe combination of these two factors is expected to result in additional demand for HPA equal to many times the 8,000 t/y which Hill End aims to produce at its Yendon HPA project in Victoria, AustraliaHPA demand also set to rise sharply on the back of its role in the production of synthetic sapphire, which has a rapidly growing number of high‐technology applicationsStrong consumer interest in Hill End’s planned development of a commercial‐scale demonstration plant to enable it to tailor its products to meet customer requirements.Company representatives attended the China International Optoelectronics Expo in Shenzhen and the North American Battery Show in Detroit. They also held meetings in China and the US with battery separator manufacturers and synthetic sapphire growers. The key conclusions drawn from these conferences and meetings were as follows.Lithium battery separator manufacturers are investing heavily in new production capacity. This will see them increase production by five to 10 times their current levels. The timing of the increases will be staged over the next five years in line with each company’s expectation of the growth in the electric vehicle market.Compounding the HPA demand growth rate from new battery separator production capacity will be the fact that 70% of the new capacity is being set up to be coated with HPA. This compares with less than 30% today and will be driven by the improved safety and performance offered by the technology.Of particular importance for Hill End is that this increase in separator production, combined with the higher percentage which will be HPA‐coated, will result in new HPA demand which is many times the planned 8,000 t/y of HPA that will be produced at the Yendon HPA project. By way of example, one Chinese battery separator plant under construction, which was visited by HEG representatives, willrequire 16,000 t/y of HPA.Hill End is now in the process of negotiating a ‘Technical Assistance’ agreement with one of China’s largest separator manufacturers. Having a close technical relationship with such a firm will provide significant benefits for streamlining the process of understanding the issues important for their processes and the marketing of Hill End’s HPA product.Lithium batteries for home and grid scale energy storage systems are becoming increasingly important to manage the variable generation capacities of renewable energy systems further driving demand for HPA coated separators.Separator manufacturers showed strong interest in Hill End’s Yendon HPA project, with it receiving requests from three manufacturers for samples to undertake initial testing to determine how Yendon’s product would work in their process.A key issue for the separator market is the physical properties of the HPA. Hill End will be undertaking the test work to produce a product that meets the physical requirements and envision being in a position to supply test samples early next year.Demand for synthetic sapphire is still growing strongly on the back of the LED market. Demand from the optical industries is also increasing significantly for laser lenses and scientific equipment.A potential new area of growth for the sapphire market is in ‘Time of Flight’ (ToF) applications. This technology provides very accurate 3D imaging by measuring the time taken for light to travel from a sensor to an object and back. The use of light for this technology is relatively new, but is being taken up very quickly in a number of areas like LiDAR applications, Gesture applications and Face recognition technology.Hill End’s strategy of developing a demonstration plant was very much welcomed in the discussions. As the process path hasn’t been proven at a commercial scale, HPA buyers see significant value in showing the project is scalable and to have commercial volumes available to the market.Hill End Managing Director Martin McFarlane said that it was clear that the additional HPA produced by Yendon would be needed to meet the growing demand from the lithium battery and sapphire markets.“The extremely strong response we have received from HPA customers confirms our view that Yendon has an outstanding future based on its wordclass resource and demand for the end product,” he said.Hill End is assessing options for substituting the planned pilot plant with a larger commercial-scale demonstration plant. Under the scenario being assessed, the demonstration scale plant would produce a commercial volume of HPA up to 1,000 t/y. This option could deliver several key benefits for both the DFS and Hill End’s profitability. These would include:Such a plant would provide all the benefits of a pilot plant in respect to process optimisation and proof of scalability up to 8,000 t/y of HPACapex of such a demonstration plant is yet to be determined, but is expected to be a small fraction of the $270 million identified in the 8,000 t/y Yendon HPA project PFSProduction at this scale could start in a relatively short time frame, potentially years ahead of the 2022 commissioning schedule outlined for the 8,000 t/y HPA plant in the Yendon PFSThe plant would continue to operate once the study phase was completed, generating ongoing revenue from HPA salesThe plant would produce marketable quantities of HPA. These would be used to meet the HPA customer supplier accreditation processes and generate small scale offtake contracts, which would translate to large contracts when the full scale HPA operation is commissionedHaving established HPA production through the demonstration plant, secure markets for the product, cash flow and strong customer relationships would in turn assist with obtaining funding for the 8,000 t/y HPA project. In addition, learnings from the construction and operation of the plant could reveal capital cost savings for the full‐sized plant.Hill End emphasises that this option needs to be fully assessed to determine the capital and operating costs to ensure it is financially feasible. The funding alternatives for such a plant also need to be determined.It is envisaged that upon completion of the study phase, a demonstration scale plant would continue to operate as a small commercial plant.The picture shows a 20-in Sapphire boule to be cut and polished for space research lenslast_img read more

Rhino Poacher Reportedly Killed by Elephant Then Eaten by Lions

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Only a pair of pants and a human skull were left after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by a pack of lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa.On April 1, a group of men went to Kruger National Park to go poaching, when one of their members was suddenly attacked and killed by an elephant, said a South African Police Service press statement. According to police, the men took the poacher’s remains to the road, so passerby could find it to the morning, and they left the area, police said. Then, the group reportedly called one of the deceased man’s relatives to tell them about the tragic accident and police were immediately notified about the situation.#sapsMP Komatipoort: A human skull found in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is believed to be that of a man reportedly killed by an elephant while poaching with his accomplices on 01/04; duo arrested, rifles & ammo seized. MEhttps://t.co/XXsXpJqTjA pic.twitter.com/4Oye38Eddh— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) April 6, 2019Once a search operation was launched by police and rangers in the area, they found that the man’s remains had been devoured by a pack of lions in the park’s Crocodile Bridge section, BuzzFeed News reported.Police also searched for the deceased poacher’s accomplices. Three men between the ages of 26 and 35 were arrested and during the search operation, police seized two .375 hunting rifles and ammunition from the suspected poachers.“Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that,” Glenn Phillips, managing executive of Kruger National Park, said in a statement. “It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.”On Friday, the suspects appeared at the Komatipoort magistrates’ court and faced multiple charges, including conspiracy to poach, possession of ammunition and firearms without a license, and trespassing, said South African Police Service. The court remanded them in custody and they will appear in court again on Friday, April 12, pending a formal bail application.More on Geek.com:Officials Investigate Death of Bald Eagle Gunned Down in Arkansas Gigantic 17-Foot-Long Female Python Captured in EvergladesThis Giant Technicolor Squirrel Can Jump 20 Feet Highlast_img read more

San Diego faces housing crisis

first_img Posted: January 29, 2019 January 29, 2019 Steve Bosh, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Council approved a 223-foot-high rise apartment building with 204 units at the corner of 6th and Olive. It’s fairly dense for the area but its close to downtown and public transit.At his State of the City Address, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the “not in my backyard” folks have worsened our housing crisis, and he repeated that on Good Morning San Diego.Over the years political leaders have sided with the NIMBYs because they’re voters, but the housing crisis has gotten so severe it seems that bond needs to be broken.To qualify for one of 18 apartments set aside as affordable housing, one has to earn less that 50% of the area’s median income. That means a family of four earning 45,000 dollars a year can’t live there.18 units of affordable housing is a small number but it’s a message to neighborhoods to accept more density or it may be forced upon them.Not having affordable housing isn’t a money problem though. The housing commission has millions of dollars, the city contributes housing funds, as does the state, and the voters this past November approved four billion dollars for housing. The money is there but the votes have not been. San Diego faces housing crisiscenter_img Updated: 7:26 PM Steve Bosh Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Clark Countys labor market has another good month

first_imgClark County’s labor market experienced “another good month” in December, the region’s economist reported Tuesday, adding 3,900 jobs over the year and posting an annualized growth rate of 2.9 percent.All but two employment sectors showed a net gain in jobs in the 12 months ending in December 2013, according to Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department. Trade, transportation and utilities payrolls ballooned by 1,100 jobs, professional and business services fattened with 800 jobs, construction added 700 positions, and leisure and hospitality chipped in 500 jobs.On the negative side, health care shed 100 jobs. Government employment saw no change over the year.The net job growth over the year included a bump up from November to December of 700 jobs, including 400 in retail trade and 200 in professional services.Meanwhile, the county’s preliminary unemployment rate in December clocked in at 7.4 percent, Bailey wrote in his “Southwest Washington Labor Market News” report, released Tuesday. That’s down from 8.3 percent unemployment in December 2012.However, December’s initial jobless rate of 7.4 percent may be revised upward next month, according to Bailey. The revision would take into account those unemployed county residents who previously worked in Oregon.last_img read more

Women Celebrate at First Rising Mt Zion Baptist Church

first_imgJune 22 is Women’s Day at First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church! Three dynamic speakers are scheduled to minister. At 7:45 a.m., the Rev. Agnes Taylor of the Soul Saving Center of Christ located in northwest, D.C. will deliver the message. At the 11 a.m. worship service, Dr. Rita Twiggs, CEO of Rita Twiggs Ministry in Dallas, will share a word. And at the 3 p.m. service, the Rev. Dr. Regretta Ruffin, pastor of Greater New Paul Baptist Church of northwest. D.C. will speak. Additionally, register for their June 28 Christian Education Conference for adults and youth, planned to enhance outreach and prepare the family of faith for God’s will and purpose. The conference is free and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Register by calling the church at 202-289-4480 or faxing 202-289-4595 so that workshop packages and proper accommodations can be made. First Rising is located on the corner of Sixth and N Streets, Northwest. The Rev. Reginald Green Sr. is the Interim Pastor.last_img read more

Nonsense Ki Night tribute to Michael Jackson Farah

first_imgChoreographer-director Farah Khan has paid an ode to the King of Pop Michael Jackson in song Nonsense Ki Night from Happy New Year. Farah, 49, said she also turned lyricist with the funny song.In the song, the male actors Shah Rukh Khan, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah are doing signature moves of the late pop star’s Thriller and donning his iconic body-hugging shimmery leather red pants and jacket with black design.last_img

Go back to the enewsletter Marriott International

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMarriott International‘s renowned global luxury brand St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has signed The St. Regis Melbourne, marking the brand’s first hotel in Australia. Owned by Century Group Aus, the new-build hotel is slated to open in 2022 and will be located in the heart of Melbourne amid distinct architecture and a dynamic arts scene.Located in the luxury mixed-use precinct Flinders Bank on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets, the new St. Regis Melbourne will serve as a landmark gateway to the city’s bustling Central Business District.“Melbourne’s vibrant mix of world-class dining, art galleries and rich history makes it an ideal destination for the debut of the iconic St. Regis brand in Australia,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.“We are honoured to be bringing this iconic brand to Australia,” said Connie Wu, Executive Director of Century Group Aus. “From the outset, we knew we wanted to create a hotel for today’s discerning and sophisticated traveller and the St. Regis brand’s timeless, tasteful and luxurious offering is the perfect fit. We are confident this hotel will become an architectural benchmark in the region and the jewel in the crown at Flinders Bank.”The 33-storey Flinders Bank will house the St. Regis Melbourne across levels two to 11 and include 168 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, all of which will offer sweeping views of the Yarra River or city skyline.With interiors created by world-leading interior design studio, Chada, and the building designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, The St. Regis Melbourne will be an instant icon and stylish addition to the city’s skyline.Refined food and beverage offerings will include a specialty restaurant in addition to a sophisticated Drawing Room space and the St. Regis Bar, which will serve up the local rendition of the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary.Guests will also be able to immerse themselves in unparalleled leisure facilities, such as a fitness and wellness centre with a 25-metre indoor swimming pool and an exceptional Iridium Spa and beauty salon. Guests of The St. Regis Melbourne will also experience the renowned hallmarks of the St. Regis brand, including the legendary St. Regis Butler Service that personalises each stay according to guests’ unique tastes and preferences. The hotel will also be an ideal setting for exclusive corporate gatherings, special events and weddings.“This signing is an indication of the investment community’s confidence in the Australian hotel market, where we are seeing a growing demand for premium lodgings,” said Richard Crawford, Senior Director, Hotel Development, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific at Marriott International.“The St. Regis Melbourne will be an outstanding addition to our strong and growing footprint in the region, where we are on-track to boast the largest portfolio of upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts with two-thirds of the new-supply pipeline.”St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s fastest-growing luxury hospitality brands, more than doubling its footprint in recent years. There are currently more than 40 St. Regis-branded hotels open worldwide. For more information visit www.stregis.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

News podcast Cypriots sceptical of CransMontana talks

first_imgWith talks underway in Crans-Montana, Cypriots are sceptical about the Crans Montana reunification talks. Presented by Rosie Charalambous, she also discuss the issues – and possible outcomes of the conference.The Cyprus News Digest, is brought to you in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail, bringing an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in international and local news – in audio form.For more, visit: http://cyprusmail.libsyn.com/You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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