Hundreds try to beat November 30 deadline

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Nov 2015 – Over five hundred turned out to a weekend voter registration drive as time winds down for new electors to be added to the national list. Marketplace in Providenciales was on Saturday packed with people trying to get registered to vote ahead of the 2016 General Elections, even though that run off could be as much as one year away. Dudley Lewis, the Elections Supervisor had expressed concern about the young voters. We spoke to a couple of them, who felt excited at the opportunity. Young woman: “It’s to choose who you think is best to represent the country and to do what’s best for us.”Young man: “I think we need more voters voting in our country, especially the young folks. A lot of the young folks fall short on politics and what naught but it is really not about politics it’s about really letting your voice be heard, letting you know that, hey ‘I am a Turks Islander and I can vote’… you understand?”Applications for voter registration are available online, and TCIG has waived all costs to new voters. At the start of the month it was said some 3,000 were eligible to be added to the elector’s list; November 30th is the deadline for the current voter list. TCI Preliminary 2016/17 Electors List to be Publish Friday January 29, 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Amendments will mean less time at polls, next TCI General Election Related Items:2016 general elections, dudley lewis, voter registration Status cards free first time says Cabinetlast_img read more

Father Joes Villages shelters more tonight due to rain

first_img 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)- Tonight Father Joe’s Villages will be temporarily expanding services to the homeless due to all the rainy weather.They have transformed their dining room into a temporary overnight shelter for up to 250 people needing a dry place to sleep overnight.In addition, they will be providing overnight guests with a warm meal, all with support from the city of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission. Posted: November 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Father Joe’s Villages shelters more tonight due to rain November 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Beloved Tewksbury High Librarian Endorses Dave Robertson

first_imgDear Editor,David Robertson, this is a name I would like you to remember.  David Robertson is a candidate to fill the seat held by State Representative James Miceli for 40 years. The names Robertson and Miceli belong in the same sentence because for the past ten years they worked together, side by side, as the team that brought dependable, caring public service to the citizens of Tewksbury and Wilmington.During that decade of work in the State Representative’s office, David Robertson has developed the necessary qualities to begin service to this district on Day 1:David’s dedication to his constituents is unmatched.David’s knowledge of local issues is unparalleled.David’s command of the protocol and procedures of the State House is unrivaled.There could not be a better training ground for excellence in public service than standing at the side of James R. Miceli. In addition, Mr. Miceli understood the intelligence, compassion and commitment that David Robertson brought to work every day, and he valued this young man of exemplary character.On September 4th, in the Primary Election, I ask you to consider David Robertson as your candidate for State Representative. He stands prepared and ready to serve.Sincerely,Mary EldringhoffLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Dave Robertson For State Rep On November 6In “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Robertson Learned From The Best, Keep Him At The State HouseIn “Letter To The Editor”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”last_img read more

Axed Catalan president to stay in Brussels

first_imgOn Monday Joan Escanilla from the CSIF civil servants union said: “For now everything is very quiet. People have returned to work as normal.” Catalonia`s dismissed leader Carles Puigdemont along with other members of his dismissed government address a press conference at The Press Club in Brussels on 31 October, 2017. Photo: AFPCatalonia’s deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday that he would stay put in Brussels after being dismissed by the Spanish government, but denied he would seek asylum to avoid possible rebellion charges. “I am not here in order to demand asylum,” Puigdemont, sacked by the Spanish government on Friday after Catalonia’s parliament declared independence, told a packed news conference in Brussels.He said he was in Belgium “for safety purposes and freedom”, without detailing how long he would stay.After being axed, the 54-year-old reportedly drove hundreds of kilometres from Catalonia to Marseille in southern France with several members of his dismissed cabinet and then flew to Belgium.His departure is the latest twist in the saga over semi-autonomous Catalonia’s drive for independence that has presented Spain with its biggest political crisis in decades.On October 1, Catalonia held a referendum organised by Puigdemont’s administration which it said saw a large majority vote in favour of seceding from Spain, although turnout was just 43 percent.Puigdemont said this gave the Catalan parliament a mandate to declare independence on Friday, a decision beamed onto big screens to cheering crowds in regional capital Barcelona.But the same day Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government in Madrid invoked a never-before-used article of the constitution to dismiss Catalonia’s leaders and impose direct rule.The international community including the European Union, struggling with Brexit and other challenges, has largely spurned the independence declaration and has united behind Madrid.- Rebellion -On Monday Spain’s chief prosecutor said he was seeking charges including rebellion — punishable by up to 30 years in prison — and sedition against Puigdemont and fellow leading separatists.Jose Manuel Maza said they had “caused an institutional crisis that led to the unilateral declaration of independence carried out on October 27 with total contempt for our constitution”.A court now has to decide whether to bring charges.Separately, Spain’s Civil Guard police force on Tuesday searched the headquarters of Catalonia’s regional police in a probe centred on the independence referendum, a spokesman said.Meanwhile, Spain’s Supreme Court summoned the former speaker of the Catalan parliament to charge her, a judicial source said.- Elections -With its own language and distinct culture, Catalonia accounts for a fifth of the eurozone country’s economy.It had a high degree of autonomy over key sectors such as education, healthcare and the police.Rajoy also called snap elections for December 21 to replace the Catalan parliament in a drastic bid to stop the secessionist drive.Puigdemont said on Tuesday that he accepted the “challenge” and that he would “respect” the result whatever it is.”I want a clear commitment from the state. Will the state respect the results that could give separatist forces a majority?” he nevertheless asked reporters in Brussels.- Business as usual -There had been speculation that Catalan leaders and civil servants might seek to disrupt Madrid’s move to impose direct rule but in the event it passed off without major incident.Catalan police, now under orders from Madrid, were told Monday they could allow the dismissed leaders to enter the government headquarters in Barcelona, but only to clear their desks.But in the end, apart from one regional minister who tweeted a photo of himself at his desk, there was no major resistance.last_img

NSF turns to ancient pottery to improve modern heat resistant ceramics

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — In order to better understand how ceramics are able to resist heat, the National Science Foundation has awarded grants totaling half a million dollars to three research groups to look into how the ancient Greeks made their pottery, a process which allowed for as many as 100,000 vases to survive from ancient antiquity to now – a period of some twenty five hundred years. The hope is that such research will reveal more about the nature of iron-spinel chemistry, which is what gives ceramics an ability to withstand heat while remaining chemically stable. Getting a better grip on how ceramics work is critical to future space flight technological efforts, as ceramics are used to help space vehicles withstand both extreme hot and cold temperatures. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: NSF turns to ancient pottery to improve modern heat resistant ceramics (2012, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-nsf-ancient-pottery-modern-resistant.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Deciphering the elements of iconic pottery In order for space vehicles to work properly, they have to be able to withstand the cold of space, which can be as low as 250 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Then, some vehicles have to be able to withstand the extreme heat of reentry, which can be as hot as 3000 degrees. Hot enough to melt most any metal. As most know, the Space Shuttle was fitted with ceramic tiles on its underbelly to keep the vehicle from overheating as it came back to Earth, which was made all the more apparent when damage to the tiles resulted in the loss of Columbia in 2003. But ceramics are used in other components as well, and will be needed as more ambitious projects are undertaken in the future. Equally important is the ability of ceramics to remain chemically unchanged when subjected to such temperature variations. Such properties allow for the construction of components that minimize expansion and contraction under such stresses, which can be critical for long term operations in space. This is why the NSF has turned to research scientists to see if the ancient Greeks can provide some insight.Such research will involve using something called x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) – which is a special type of spectroscopy, along with other types of x-ray techniques, to find out what has gone on with iron oxidation in the pottery under study. What’s needed is a better understanding of the molecular structure of iron minerals that were used to make the pottery to help researchers in designing newer and better types of ceramics for future space missions, whether manned or otherwise.What’s interesting is that it is apparently the degree to which the iron in the ancient ceramic pottery oxidized that caused the distinctive red and black colorations that made it so attractive to those that worked with it all those years ago.last_img read more

Dress to impress No we dont

first_imgHow do you define sexiness? What is sexy?, ‘From an infectious smile of  Madhu Bala to the poised grace of Zennat Aman; dancing swirls of Madhuri Dixit and to the zero figure of Kareena Kapoor, everything is sexy! It has nothing really to do with how they dress up,’ said fashion critic and journalist, Reena Dhaka during a discussion in Oxford bookstore.‘Is being sexy anti-sexist?’, ‘Does dressing up in a sexy manner define a woman’s mindset?’ were some of the pertinent questions that were raised during the engaging conversation. An audio-visual presentation seeking responses from various women with different backgrounds attempted  to answer these questions. They all were asked one question and that was, if they dress-up for others? The unanimous answer was an outright ‘No’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The discussion attracted quite an ethusiastic crowd who were of the opinion that they dressed-up for themselves and no one else.The key speakers of the conversation,  fashion designer, Rina Dhaka and Vinita Dawra Nangia discussed how dressing-up sexily does not really mean that one is easy or available. Nangia further said, ‘To even ask such a question would hint at sexism.’ The rape victims in this fairly sexist society are often slapped with a counter-argument as to how they deserve what hapened to them because they asked for it. When you ask them how? They will promptly reply with, ‘Of course, because of the clothes they wore.’ No one asks for violence, no one wants to get beaten up or raped, no matter what you wear. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDhaka said being a woman she has to confirm to various roles in a day and is expected to dress aprropriately for all the ocassions. She asked, ‘How can you expect a woman to dress appropriately throughout the day for varied ocassions. Isn’t that hectic? To dress three to four times a day? Just because people think it’s inappropriate to step out in a dress outside in the public?’ She said that dressing-up has nothing to do with sexiness. The definition has changed. It’s all in one’s attitude and the way they feel they are, not the way they dress. However, Dhaka’s ‘When in Rome, do like Romans’ comment did not strike well. She said, ‘In India,  it is very important to select a dress according to the place and environment. There is no harm in carrying a shrug or a scarf, which you can easily take off once surrounded with a like minded people.’ The question this comment raises and remained unaswered was,  why does one need to carry a scarf around? Instead of being preventive, why can’t we strive to change the mindset which compels us to carry a scarf with us?last_img read more

Now arsenicfree water for West Midnapore villagers

first_imgKolkata: Sulabh International on Tuesday inaugurated a water treatment plant to provide low-cost drinking water in arsenic-hitBengal villages.Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International unveiled the water treatment plant at Panchberia, West Midnapore with Prof K J Nath,Chairman Arsenic Task Force, former director of All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH) and Advisor, Sulabh International Social Service Organization (SISSO) under ‘Sulabh Drinking Water’project to provide villagers arsenic-free safe drinking water. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe basic objective of the project is to provide arsenic free safe drinking water of WHO standard at cheap rates to the rural population of about nearly 3,000 people in Panchberia and nearby villages, Daspur block,West Midnapore.The new water treatment plant has a capacity to produce 10,000 bottles of varying capacity (600 ml to 20 litre) with a sophisticated laboratory and a completely automated bottling plant. The produced water is being sold to the villagers at less than Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPRe 1/ per litre.The villagers along with women from the local Self-Help Group are going to operate this plant with supervision and required training provided by SISSO.According to WHO, drinking arsenic-rich water over a long period results in various health hazards, including skin problems, skin cancer, cancer of the bladder, kidney and lung, besides other diseases.Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, SISSO said: “I have been totally surprised after visiting the plant! It is amazing to see that village level workers and women could operate and manage such a sophisticated plant producing safe water of WHO standard at minimum cost. Sulabh would be happy to provide all support and technical assistance.The project is an excellent example of empowerment of rural community, particularly women at thevillage level”.last_img read more

Four hurt as concrete chunk falls off at CMCH

first_imgKolkata: Four persons were injured when a concrete chunk from a roof of a building inside Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) fell offon Friday. The incident took place at the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology department of the hospital in the morning. According to hospital sources, the concrete chunk fell on the relatives of the patient, who were waiting outside the operation theater in the eye department. The incident occurred when an operation was going on inside the operation theater. After being informed the security personnel of the hospital rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The hospital authorities claimed that the incident had no impact on the operation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the hospital, the patients’ relatives were not seriously injured. Some of the victims had, however, received head injuries. They were immediately taken by the hospital staff and attended by doctors. The incident triggered tension among patients visiting the eye department of the hospital and their family members. The patients’ relatives were immediately removed from the place and the entire area was cordoned off to avoid any further incident. It was learnt from hospital sources that renovation works were carried out by the Public Works of Department in the Ophthalmology department recently. The hospital authorities are probing into the incident and figuring how it took place despite the repair works. All the injured victims are stated to be stable. A probe has been initiated.last_img read more

BJP changes Ranaghat candidate just 19 days before elections

first_imgKolkata: The organisational weakness of the state BJP surfaced once again, with the party changing its nominee in Ranaghat just 19 days before the election. The election for the Ranaghat Lok Sabha seat will be held on April 29.BJP has fielded Jagannath Sarkar, president of the Nadia North unit for the seat, replacing Dr Mukut Mani Adhikary. Earlier, BJP had fielded Adhikary and accordingly, wall graffiti in his name had been put up in several places. Adhikary is a doctor in a state-run hospital. He has tendered resignation, which has not yet been accepted by the state Health department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolitical experts said the state leaders should have examined all the documents before nominating him for the seat. They felt that it is a bad precedent, as it reflects the organisational weakness of the party. BJP workers are whitewashing the graffiti now to put up Sarkar’s name. It may be recalled that the state BJP had announced the names of the candidates for the Purulia and Burdwan–Durgapur seats, after all the parties had fielded their respective candidates. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSS Ahluwalia is contesting from Burdwan-Durgapur, while Jyotirmoy Mahato is contesting against Mriganko Mahato of Trinamool Congress in Purulia. Trinamool Congress had fielded Rupali Biswas, widow of Satyajit Biswas, the party’s MLA from Krishnagunj who was murdered in February, from the Ranaghat (SC) seat. Left Front has fielded Rama Biswas, while Congress has nominated Minati Biswas for the seat. There will be a four-way fight in Ranaghat. There will be a four-way fight in Burdwan-Durgapur as well, where Trinamool’s nominee is Mamtaz Sanghamitra, the sitting MP. CPI(M) has fielded Abhas Roy Chowdhury, while Congress and BJP have nominated Ranajit Mukherjee, son of former Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee and Ahluwalia respectively for the seat.last_img read more

Intelsat reported a decline in revenues and profit

first_imgIntelsat reported a decline in revenues and profits in the third quarter, claiming that network services growth from new business was more than offset by a “challenging environment” in Africa.Announcing its quarterly numbers, Intelsat said that a 4% revenue decrease at its network services group was largely due to continued roll-off of legacy services such as channel and point-to-point trunking in Africa.Intelsat’s media business suffered a 3% year-on-year decrease, in part due to lower North American revenues. However, Intelsat said that the expected Q4 entry into service of the Intelsat 30 satellite will provide a “growth catalyst for our media business,” and will be followed by the launch of the Intelsat 31 and Intelsat 34 satellites in late 2015.“The successful launch of Intelsat 30 represents a return to the launch pad after nearly a year and a half, the first of a series of launches over the next 18 months that will result in a significant enhancement to our marketable capacity. In advance of these launches, we are working on critical elements of our service offerings to ensure that we have access to unique technologies and capabilities that will enable new services on our network,” said Intelsat chairman and CEO, Dave McGlade.Overall, Third quarter revenues came to US$609 million (€772 million), down 7% compared to the same quarter last year.Adjusted EBITDA for the period was US$485 million, down from US$508 million a year earlier. Net income attributable to Intelsat was US$68 million in the third quarter of 2014, compared to US$88 million a year earlier.last_img read more

Iliad Telecomowned French service provider Free r

first_imgIliad Telecom-owned French service provider Free received a boost to fixed-line ARPU last year from its partnership with pay TV provider Canal+.The operator said that, thanks to its launch of the TV by Canal Panorama service, its fixed ARPU had increased to €34.70 in the fourth quarterFree has included TV by Canal Panorama in its offering since September last year.The service provides about 100 linear channels – adding 50 to what Free already provided – and access to 8,000 on-demand titles and episodes with the inclusion of MyCanal.Free’s Freebox Révolution avec TV by Canal Panorama offering costs €39.99 a month.Free also cited TV by Canal Panorama as one of the factors behind strong take-up of its high-speed fixed broadband offering. The company added 247,000 broadband subscribers over the year, taking its total to 6.4 million.On the downside, the inclusion of TV by Canal Panorama had a dilutive effect on Free’s gross margin along with an increase in unbundling costs, which was wholly offset by improved profitability on the mobile side of the business.The TV by Canal Panorama service emerged from a change of strategy by Canal+, which had previously insisted on retaining direct control of end subscribers who took its services via IPTV, to one where operators were able to market its TV channels as part of a bundled offering. Free and Orange both signed up, while the other main fixed-line provider, Altice-owned SFR, has adopted a strategy of competing head on with Canal+ in the premium TV market.Overall, Free provides access to about 500 channels, including 180 HD channels and access to about 100 catch-up TV services.Free currently provides TV via the Freebox Révolution and Android-based Freebox mini 4K boxes. The latter was launched to replace the older Freebox Crystal device, which is still being offered by Free only as part of certain promotional offers.Iliad posted revenues of €4.722 billion for the year, up from €4.414 billion, and EBITDA of €1.676 billion, up from €1.49 billion.last_img read more

Ericsson has split off its Broadcast and Media Ser

first_imgEricsson has split off its Broadcast and Media Services business into a separate business and has revived the Red Bee brand for its new name.Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services will now become Red Bee Media and will operate as a separate business fully owned by Ericsson. The Red Bee Media name and brand identity will apply to all of Ericsson’s Broadcast and Media Services businesses worldwide. The broadcast and media services business has operations in Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, United Arab Emirates, and the US. Red Bee Media employs around 2,500 broadcast and media specialists globally.Steve Nylund, CEO of Red Bee Media, said: “We looked at not only our vision and strategy for the future but also what we, as a business, now stand for. The Red Bee Media brand has a long and rich heritage in TV and media and is well recognized across the industry. Adopting this brand will enable us to strengthen our position as an independent and agile media services organization. It will provide the basis for our business, our people and our clients to unify around a shared identity that represents our purpose, brand positioning and values.”Earlier this year Ericsson said it was “exploring strategic opportunities” for its media business and split it into two groups: Broadcast and Media services and Media Solutions, to create a “stronger operational focus”. The company said it would continue to develop media solutions, tapping into the rapid growth in video traffic on networks including mobile.“It is apparent that Ericsson is struggling to sell off this asset. Many of its rivals are struggling in light of the challenging and competitive landscape. Therefore private equity could be the only realistic and viable option,” said Paolo Pescatore, VP, Multiplay and Media, CCS Insight, commenting on Ericsson’s latest move.“However, strategically content is proving to be a key battleground for all telcos which represents a significant step towards offering a suite of connected and smart home services. With this in mind Ericsson was undoubtedly bringing together a strong suite of assets in TV. Moving forward we expect to see rivals such as Huawei and Nokia place more focus on this area as a means of differentiating their offerings beyond connectivity,” he said.last_img read more

Oil 9171 9536 7968

first_imgOil91.7195.3679.68 Silver34.8532.1028.69 One Month Ago Dear Reader,With gold back up within reach of its nominal record high last year, a lot of new investors are thinking about gold mining stocks.With this in mind, today we take a peek at one of the issues that confuses some metals investors: cash mining costs. It’s simple in a way, but also nuanced and subject to misinterpretation. I’ll let Andrey Dashkov explain.The point, for now, is no surprise; be careful, think things through, be thorough in your due diligence. But there are opportunities out there, and more coming.Sincerely,Louis JamesSenior Metals Investment StrategistCasey Research TSX Venture1,344.981,246.271,413.65 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ)24.8222.0328.22 Gold1,784.001,690.001,617.00 Silver Stocks (SIL)25.3921.8020.99center_img Cash Cost Figures: Are They For Real?By Andrey Dashkov, Research AnalystWhen you read about mining companies, you’ll often see “cash cost” figures given for production. “XYZ Gold Corp. produced 25,000 ounces of gold from its mines this quarter at a cash cost of $676 per ounce.” This is a non-GAAP figure similar to the general idea of “cost of sales” – what it takes to calculate a gross margin.Why would anyone report something so near the top line when it’s the bottom line that’s, well, the bottom line? Because it’s useful. The bottom line can be subject to major fluctuations from quarter to quarter, even in large companies if they get hit with one-time write-downs, changes in taxes, changes in accounting, etc. that are separate from the actual profitability of mining operations. By looking at cash costs, we can make our own estimations of how rich a company’s mines are, and hence how much abuse a company can take on non-mining costs and still deliver to the bottom line over time.For exploration and development companies, of course, there is no EBDITA, and the bottom line is almost always negative. Reasonable cash cost projections can give us a basis for evaluation when normal metrics don’t apply.With rising costs, we’ve been hearing industry talk about shifting away from reporting cash costs, which can make mining companies seem more profitable than they are to the financially illiterate – like politicians. Political leaders in some countries are pursuing windfall profit taxes, higher royalties, etc., because they see higher metals prices and relatively low cash cost figures, when in reality there may be little or no windfall profits to be taxed.At a recent meeting at the Denver Gold Forum sponsored by the World Gold Council, the idea of moving away from the traditional cash cost reporting figures was proposed. A more standardized, “all-in” cost figure has been proposed, to include operating costs, sustaining capital expenditures, and general and administrative costs. If adopted, this figure would provide a more accurate and definitive picture of actual mining costs.Here at Casey Research, we aggregate our own “all-in” costs when not reported by a company, so such a change would not impact the way we look at companies much. However, for others who are used to looking at cash costs, the “all-in” figures could come as a bit of a shock, and could result in negative investor reactions toward companies that make the change. That’s probably just as well; the smart money will be back – it already knows there’s much more to the picture than cash costs.More on this shortly. First, let’s have a quick look at cash costs for gold producers today.Cash Cost UpdateThe latest update to the Thomson Reuters GFMS Gold Survey reports that in the first half of 2012, average cash costs for gold producers increased to a new high of US$727 per ounce. However, higher year-on-year gold prices have seen producer margins increase by 11%. Still, GFMS also points out that “on a quarterly basis, margins have in fact declined for the last three quarters.”The chief reasons cited for cash costs increasing are declining ore grades, labor cost increases, higher energy prices, and other input factors. Our expectation is that on average, these costs will continue to rise throughout this year and beyond.However, profit is not a one-variable calculation. With the underlying commodity – gold – rising faster than cash costs for over a decade now, many mines that were previously unprofitable have become profitable.Sharp investors have noticed that many profitable mining companies aren’t seeing fatter margins. Why? Because mines with higher-grade material start processing previously uneconomic lower-grade ore while they can do so at a profit, adding to the life of their mines and total cash flow while maintaining their bottom lines today. In other words, what was once waste becomes ore, leading to increases in overall production and profit. It’s a good business strategy, but it also contributes to the rise in average mining costs.Still, while costs have risen in nominal terms, gold has continued upward as well. As a result, average operating margins, based on the spot gold price, have gotten wider in recent years. The below quarterly comparison of the average cash cost vs. the average price of gold over the past seven years shows this quite clearly.(Click on image to enlarge)A real eye-opener, however, comes from another chart we built using the same data set. Here you’ll see that wider margins mean that cash costs – stated as a percentage of the price of gold – were at multiyear lows earlier this year.(Click on image to enlarge)This year we have observed rising costs, so it will be interesting to see how this chart looks going forward. If gold continues trading sideways, the window of profitability will shut down for marginal operations. However, if gold heads much higher – as we expect it to – the trend in the chart above could keep margins fattening.CapExCapital expenditure – “capex” – is also a cost of doing business for mining companies, but as the name implies, it’s capitalized. That means it’s subject to depreciation and not treated as an expense, and doesn’t show up in operating costs. You still need to pour this money into the ground to build and operate your mine, of course, so it does affect the bottom line, where depreciation, taxes, and other costs are all taken into account. For exploration and development companies, you look for the impact of capex in internal rate of return (IRR) and net present value (NPV) figures.Capex has been ballooning of late, due to higher labor and material costs and much greater regulatory burdens. There’s nothing new in this trend, but it seems to be accelerating substantially, especially for larger projects. We don’t have updated industry-wide average figures for this, but one of most striking recent examples of skyrocketing capital costs is Barrick’s Pascua-Lama project on the Chile-Argentina border.Business News Americas reports: “A previous cost estimate for Pascua Lama was US$3.3bn-3.6bn, but this was revised up to US$4.7bn-5bn after a review in 2011.” The current cost estimate is about US$8 billion.Barrick’s situation is a vivid example of why capex has become a significant detriment to building new mines – more so than rising operating costs. When it comes to calculating a project’s IRR, the size of the initial investment has a huge impact. So, in spite of the rising gold price, we’re not seeing as many new mines being built as we might expect.Indeed, the relatively low pace of mergers and acquisitions among mining companies this year may be principally due to concerns about rising capital costs. Many of the larger companies that might have been snapping up successful exploration companies while they were on sale over the summer had their plates full with huge projects they were already committed to.That will change at some point; the majors must replace depleting ounces or cease to be major mining companies. However, that tipping point does not seem to have been reached yet.ConclusionOperating costs are rising, but on a yearly basis over the last ten years, production margins have been rising faster. The industry, recognizing problems with cash cost reporting, is considering a new metric that would provide a more accurate picture. However, many in the industry hesitate: some executives want to keep using the cash cost figure since it reflects how much it costs to mine right now.We don’t know how that issue will turn out, but unless and until the industry does adopt a more comprehensive and accurate figure, we’ll keep using our own “all-in” estimates. All investors in the sector need to remember that the real cost of any mining is going to be higher than what companies report as cash costs.And – obviously – there’s much more to evaluating a precious metals producer than just costs. Does its management team have a track record of success? Does it have enough money (or access to it) to move its projects forward? Is the company likely to be taken over by a major producer?That last point is particularly important, because when juniors are bought out, their investors usually get big windfalls. Right now Louis has identified seven companies that are especially ripe for takeover.Gold and Silver HEADLINESRupee Aids India’s Gold Buying Ahead of Festivals (The Economic Times)An appreciated Indian rupee pushed local gold prices to a five-week low, providing an opportunity for gold importers in that country to stock up on bullion for upcoming festivals. The world-famous Indian festival and wedding seasons start in late October, a time when people traditionally buy gold for gifts and dowries.The rupee rose to its highest level against the dollar in more than five months, which kept prices of the precious metals in rupee terms subdued, even as dollar-priced gold hit an 11-month high above $1,795 last week.“There is heavy demand, because the rates have come down on rupee appreciation,” said Ganesh Agarwal, director of Shiv Sahai and Sons India Limited, a Chennai-based wholesaler, noting that investors were also among recent gold buyers.It is unlikely that the autumn festivals and revived demand will offset the considerable decline in India’s gold consumption that we’ve been seeing during the year. A weak rupee and higher import duties on gold imposed by the government in an attempt to cut the deficit were among the main reasons for demand decrease from Indian customers.$2,200 Is a Realistic Target for Gold in 2013 (Mining.com)In a recent interview, Kitco’s head of precious metals, Peter Hug, said gold prices could hit the $2,200 level next year. However, he doesn’t expect to see gold reaching such lofty highs prior to the year’s end.Hug observes the market as constructively bullish, given aggressive stimulus plans by the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. But he says gold prices could dip short-term on profit-taking, providing a buying opportunity for investors.These expectations are in line with our own. For more information, read an exclusive Kitco interview with BIG GOLD‘s Jeff Clark.For Both Gold and Apple Fans: A 24-Karat Gold-Plated iPhone 5 (Mining.com)London jeweler Gold & Co. has hit the market with a 24-karat gold-plated iPhone 5 that costs “only” $4,380 (£2,695).“This stunning iPhone is uniquely crafted. Best quality crystal stones are added to its own mounted 24ct gold logo and home button. Like the diamond setting process, each stone is individually set into cut clasps adding seductive detail.”We like gold, but we also know it’s a soft metal. Somehow, this plating doesn’t seem very practical – but, we suppose that’s the point.Striking South Africa Miners Fired by Platinum Producer (Toronto Star)Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has embarked on a massive layoff of striking miners. The company reported that “approximately 12,000 striking employees chose not to make representations, nor attend the hearings, and have therefore been dismissed in their absence.” The company representatives said that a more detailed statement would be issued soon.80,000 miners – about 16% of the country’s mine workforce – are on strike, causing mine stoppages and political complications. The country’s president called for “constructive social dialogue,” but the turmoil continues.We’re keeping a close eye on the situation in South Africa. The current crisis may present interesting investment opportunities – and our subscribers will know about them first. Rock & Stock StatsLast Copper3.793.533.10 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)12,418.9911,990.1411,457.22 One Year Ago Gold Producers (GDX)53.6547.9354.88last_img read more

New survey asks secondary students about their sexual behavior and knowledge of

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 12 2019Sexually active Australian secondary students tend to engage in responsible sexual behavior but there is still room to improve knowledge and education for this group, according to a nationwide survey conducted by La Trobe University.The sixth National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health, conducted in 2018 and released today, found 47 per cent of Year 10-12 students taking the survey had engaged in sexual intercourse. Of sexually active respondents, 76 per cent had sex at home; 65 per cent with a boyfriend or girlfriend; 62 percent often or always used a condom; and 86 per cent with somebody about the same age.Lead researcher at La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society Dr Christopher Fisher said the survey asked 6327 Year 10-12 students in Government, Catholic and Independent schools from each state and territory, about their sexual behavior and knowledge of sexually transmitted infections. – Overall, 47 per cent had had intercourse, including 34 per cent of Year 10s, 46 per cent of Year 11s and 56 per cent of Year 12s – 76 per cent of sexually active students had sex at home or their partner’s home – 77 per cent discussed sexual health before having sex – 62 per cent of sexually active students had only one partner in the past year – 53 per cent had not yet had sexual intercourse – 89 per cent of those not yet sexually active did not regret their decision not to have sex yet – 35 per cent of students indicated attraction to same or multiple genders He said more work is needed to help improve this age group’s level of knowledge of HPV (the human papillomavirus) and viral hepatitis; to decrease reports of unwanted sexual behavior; and to further increase rates of condom use.”This survey has evolved over time and is a key tool to support and inform policies around sexual health education and disease prevention, but I hope our report helps bring awareness to the wider community as well,” Dr Fisher said.The survey, which started in 1992 and occurs every five years, is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health. Dr Fisher said Australia is one of the few countries conducting such a study, making it significant internationally”There are many positive findings, including that those young people who are not yet sexually active don’t feel pressured to start having sex until they’re ready. Also, young people turn to a wide variety of sources of information to educate themselves about sexual health in addition to getting sexual health information in the school system. GPs are the most trusted source of information by far followed by female friends and mothers,” Dr Fisher said.Related StoriesHIV DNA persists in spinal fluid despite treatment, linked to cognitive impairmentScripps CHAVD wins $129 million NIH grant to advance new HIV vaccine approachEven when HIV prevention drug is covered, other costs block treatmentThe survey’s findings included:Knowledge and Education – 80 per cent answered questions about HIV correctly indicating a generally high awareness, largely unchanged since 2013 but down from 92 per cent in 1992 – 93 per cent believed they were at low or no risk of HIV infection, slightly up from 2013 at 95 percent – 87 per cent did not believe they were likely to get an STI, largely unchanged since 1992 – 79 per cent accessed information about sexual health online almost doubled from 2013 at 44 per cent – The most trusted source of sexual health information was GPs (89 per cent), followed by their mother (60 per cent) – 71 per cent were confident talking about sexual health with female friends – 84 per cent received Relationships and Sexual Education at school, similar to 2013 Behaviors Source: La Trobe University Overall, young Australians have good knowledge of sexual health, are behaving responsibly and are actively seeking out trusted, reliable sources of information,”Dr Christopher Fisher, Lead Researcher, La Trobe Universitylast_img read more

Trump slams Amazon on taxes postal deal Update

Although he opposed Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, seen at right next to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, attended a meeting of technology leaders with the US president in June 2017 A tweet by the president about Amazon—a company he also criticized while on the campaign trail—renewed concerns that the online giant could face scrutiny by antitrust regulators.”Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!” Trump tweeted.The comments came a day after a report by the news site Axios that Trump was “obsessed” with Amazon, believing the tech giant fails to pay enough taxes and gets preferential treatment from its agreement with the postal service.The report said Trump’s wealthy friends complain that Amazon is killing shopping malls and brick-and-mortar retailers, and had asked about the possibility of going after the online giant using antitrust laws.Trump has long been at odds with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, a vocal opponent of the Republican candidate in the 2016 election campaign.Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post, a frequent target of Trump’s ire over its news coverage.White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, asked if Trump was singling out Amazon, said only that “the president has expressed his concerns,” adding: “We have no actions at this time.”Amazon did not immediately respond to an AFP query on the Trump comments.Longstanding tensionsDuring the 2016 campaign, Trump said the US online giant could have “a huge antitrust problem” if he were elected, and suggested Bezos bought the daily newspaper as a move to protect Amazon “so that they don’t have to pay taxes and don’t get sued for monopolistic tendencies.”Bezos responded by offering to send the Republican candidate into orbit with his Blue Origin space exploration firm. But after the election, the CEO offered congratulations, tweeting, “I for one give him my most open mind and wish him great success in his service to the country.”Amazon shares, hit as broad decline in the tech sector over the firestorm following revelations of the hijacking of millions of Facebook users’ personal data, rebounded Thursday with a gain of 1.1 percent. Explore further Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is seen touring the grand opening of the Amazon Spheres, in Seattle, Washington on January 29, 2018 © 2018 AFP US President Donald Trump took a new swipe at Amazon on Thursday, claiming the tech giant fails to pay its share of taxes and takes advantage of the US Postal Service. Citation: Trump slams Amazon on taxes, postal deal (Update) (2018, March 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-trump-assails-amazon-taxes-retail.html Amazon’s Jeff Bezos becomes world’s richest person – briefly (Update) Critics of Amazon have argued it has become too powerful because of its dominance of online retail, which could increase with its acquisition of the Whole Foods grocery chain. The company has become a major player in cloud computing and streaming video, and has used its research in artificial intelligence to launch a popular line of devices powered by its digital assistant Alexa.The recent surge in Amazon’s share price has made Bezos the world’s richest individual, worth more than $100 billion, even with this week’s slump paring several billion off his fortune.Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ plansAmazon last year announced plans to open a second headquarters as a companion to its home in Seattle, Washington, setting off a frenzied competition by states and cities offering tax breaks to the tech giant.The new Amazon “HQ2” could provide an estimated $5 billion in investments and 50,000 new jobs, according to the company.Amazon gained a reputation in its early years of paying little in taxes, in part because its retail operations lost money. But that has changed as profits rose, and it paid $412 million in federal income taxes in 2016.According to one think tank, Amazon owed no federal income taxes in 2017 in part due to credits from a Trump-endorsed fiscal overhaul passed by Congress.It has also reached agreements with most US states to pay sales taxes, after years of legal disputes.Amazon has an agreement with the US Postal Service to deliver some parcels at bulk rates—a deal which some say provides a subsidy to the company but which others say helps the beleaguered postal operation.Lou Kerner, a technology investor who blogs about the sector, said Trump’s attack on Amazon “is a very populist thing to do,” but that any new measures imposed on Amazon may do little for consumers or small businesses.”Walmart was crushing the little guys before Amazon, and more of Amazon’s growth is coming from the Walmarts of the world,” Kerner said.”Amazon would just pass the majority of the taxes on to its customers, so it’s just a wealth transfer from millions of consumers, to a small number of shop owners (including Walmart).” This document is subject to copyright. 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European shares flat Daimlers profit warning knocks auto stocks

first_img(For a live blog on European stocks, type LIVE/ in an Eikon news window) July 12 (Reuters) – European shares were little changed in early trade on Friday, as investors parsed through China trade data that came in at market open, an indicator of global economic growth, while a profit warning from Daimler knocked down auto stocks. China’s yuan-denominated exports rose 6.1% in the first half of this year from a year earlier, while imports increased 1.4%, customs data showed, which resulted in a trade surplus of 1.23 trillion yuan ($178.94 billion) for the first six months. The data comes after a spate of disappointing economic reports from around the globe, which showed that the global economy suffered from a protracted U.S.-China trade war that forced major central banks to take a more accommodative stance. The pan-European stocks benchmark was flat at 0712 GMT with auto stocks down 0.6%. AdvertisementDaimler slipped 2.7% after the luxury carmaker warned investors it expected to swing to a second-quarter loss before interest and taxes of 1.6 billion euros. Healthcare stocks slipped as drugmakers resumed their slide after the White House said it was ditching a key plan to lower U.S. drug prices and raising the possibility of new measures focused on drugmakers. Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; Editing by ArunKoyyurOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

The Marshall Islands Are 10 Times More Radioactive Than Chernobyl

first_img 10 Times HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Got the Science Wrong These findings are important because “measuring the radioactive contamination of the crater sediment is a first step in assessing the overall impact of nuclear weapons testing on the ocean ecosystems,” the researchers wrote in the study. In the third study, the researchers tested more than 200 fruits — mostly coconuts and pandanus — on 11 of the islands from four different atolls in the northern Marshall Islands. Cesium-137 levels didn’t look good for a sizeable chunk of the fruits on Bikini and Rongelap atolls, which had radioactivity levels higher than those deemed safe by several countries and international organizations, the researchers found. More work is needed to educate people living on the Marshall Islands about these dangers. Moreover, these findings and future research can shed light on whether it’s safe for the Marshallese people to resettle or harvest food on some of these islands, the researchers said. The researchers tested coconuts and pandanus fruit (shown here) for radioactivity on 11 of the islands. Credit: Shutterstock Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. See Who WonTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndo In Photos: Fukushima Butterflies Plagued With Defects Some of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean — such as the Bikini and Enewetak atolls — are still more radioactive than Chernobyl and Fukushima, even though more than 60 years have passed since the United States tested radioactive weapons on those islands, a new study finds. When testing the soil for plutonium-239 and -240, the researchers found that some of the islands had levels that were between 10 and 1,000 times higher than those on Fukushima (where an earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of nuclear reactors) and about 10 times higher than levels in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The researchers took only a limited number of soil samples, meaning a more comprehensive survey is needed, they said. Regardless, they were surprised that neither national governments nor international organizations had “any further guidance on permissible plutonium levels in the soil,” even though levels in the Marshall Islands were high, the researchers wrote in the study. [Top 10 Greatest Explosions Ever]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65949-marshall-islands-more-radioactivity-chernobyl.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Testing bombs After dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, effectively ending World War II, the United States decided to test more radioactive weapons. Some of these tests happened in the Marshall Islands, a chain of islands between Hawaii and the Philippines that was then a district of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and was run by the U.S. on behalf of the United Nations. The first two bombs, called Able and Baker, were tested on Bikini Atoll in 1946 and kicked off a 12-year period of nuclear testing on the Bikini and Enewetak atolls, during which the U.S. tested 67 nuclear weapons. The first-ever hydrogen bomb test, with the code name Ivy Mike, was tested on Enewetak in 1951. The U.S. conducted its largest hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll — the 1954 Castle Bravo bomb, which was more than 1,000 times more powerful than Little Boy, the uranium weapon that decimated Hiroshima. In addition to contaminating the Bikini and Enewetak atolls, nuclear fallout from the tests also rained down on and sickened people living on Rongelap and Utirik atolls (also part of the Marshall Islands), the researchers said. In 2016, a team of researchers from Columbia University in New York published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on the background gamma radiation in three of the northern Marshall atolls: Enewetak, Bikini and Rongelap. The researchers found that radiation levels on Bikini were higher than previously reported, so they decided to do more in-depth studies on radioactivity in the islands. (Nuclear weapons are one source that releases gamma-rays, which are like energetic X-rays.) More fallout Now, that same team has written three new studies, published online yesterday (July 15) in the journal PNAS, on four of the atolls in the northern Marshall islands: Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap and Utirik. External gamma radiation levels were significantly elevated on Bikini Atoll, on Enjebi Island in Enewetak Atoll and on Naen Island in Rongelap Atoll, compared with an island in the southern Marshall Islands that the scientists used as a control, the researchers found. The levels on Bikini and Naen islands were so high, they surpassed the maximum exposure limit that the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands agreed to in the 1990s, the researchers said. (On a side note, bikini swimsuits weren’t named after the island because of its tropicality, but because the French designer wanted the two-piece swimsuit to be “explosive,” just like the bomb tested there, said one of the study’s senior scientists, Ivana Nikolic-Hughes, director of the K1 Project at the Center for Nuclear Studies and a senior lecturer of chemistry at Columbia University.) [Flying Saucers to Mind Control: 22 Declassified Military & CIA Secrets] The researchers also found that the islands of Runit and Enjebi in Enewetak Atoll, as well as on Bikini and Naen islands, had high concentrations of certain radioactive isotopes in the soil. (An isotope is an element with a different number of neutrons in its nucleus.) These four islands had radioactive plutonium levels that were higher than those found in Fukushima and Chernobyl, the researchers found. “What was surprising was just how high the external gamma radiation was for Naen, which is the outer island for Rongelap Atoll,” Nikolic-Hughes told Live Science. “It was populated during the Bravo test … [the people there] were then moved, moved back and moved again. It’s quite a dreadful history of what happened to Rongelapese people.” In their second study, the researchers worked with professional divers, who collected 130 soil samples from the Castle Bravo Crater at Bikini Atoll. The level of some of the isotopes — plutonium-239 and -240, americium-241 and bismuth-207 — was an order of magnitude higher than levels found on other Marshall Islands, the researchers found. In Photos: World’s 10 Most Polluted Placeslast_img read more