VANCOUVER – A Vancouver-based mining company says soft copper and equity markets have combined to undermine the sale of its property in central Yukon, so it plans to shut the Minto Mine until a better opportunity is found.Capstone Mining Corp. says in a release that Pembridge Resources has been unable to arrange financing to purchase the copper mine, and the two companies have terminated the agreement announced in February.About 200 employees and contractors will be affected as mining operations are expected to stop almost immediately and milling operations will wrap up as soon as the current ore stockpile is processed.Capstone says only a core team of workers will stay to oversee the site and meet environmental monitoring and legal obligations while the mine is put into temporary care and maintenance.Capstone initially agreed to sell Minto to Pembridge for US$37.5 million, plus working capital adjustments and common shares representing 9.9 per cent of the issued and outstanding shares.Capstone had planned to use the net proceeds primarily to reduce its own outstanding borrowings but president Darren Pylot says keeping Minto in a holding pattern is an option until markets pick up.“The decision to put Minto on care and maintenance while we seek alternatives is to preserve and maximize its value,” Pylot says in the statement Thursday.“The team will ensure Minto can be restarted efficiently and safely once the copper and equity markets improve.”Costs to place the mine on care and maintenance are estimated to be approximately US$5 million in each of 2018 and 2019, with ongoing costs expected to be under US$4 million annually in 2020 and later, the Capstone statement says.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CS)
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods and GRAMMY Award winner Carrie Underwood, have announced plans to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teams across the country.CALIA by Carrie Underwood in partnership with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teamsCredit/Copyright: Marcus SmithSince 2014, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has pledged over $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through its Sports Matter initiative.To kick off the partnership in her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and Underwood herself surprised unsuspecting Checotah Middle School and High School female student-athletes during a summer practice to present a Sports Matter grant of $100,000 to the Checotah School District Girls Athletic Programs.“I am so honored to partner with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to give back to my high school’s girls sports teams,” said Underwood. “Being active in youth sports while growing up helped set the foundation and passion for making fitness an important part of my life today. Participating in sports also taught me important life lessons about dedication and teamwork. Through this donation, we want to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for girls to play sports in Checotah for years to come.”DICK’S Foundation will be partnering with Underwood’s local C.A.T.S. (Checotah, Animal, Town, and School) Foundation and Brian Terry, Checotah High School Principal and Athletic Director, to allocate the Sports Matter grant to the girls softball, track and field, basketball, cheerleading and golf teams.“At DICK’S, we believe sports make people better, and through this partnership, we hope to provide more opportunities for girls to play sports nationwide,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods and President of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “Carrie Underwood knows firsthand the impact sports can have on girls becoming strong, successful women. The DICK’S Foundation and the CALIA by Carrie Underwood brand are excited to ensure that opportunities for girls to participate in sports continue to exist.”For more information on Sports Matter and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, please visit SportsMatter.org and CaliaStudio.com, respectively.
UN duty stations around the world will celebrate six new observances dedicated to a UN official language: French (20 March), English (23 April), Russian (6 June), Spanish (12 October), Arabic (18 December) and Chinese (to be determined).The new initiative – which seeks to increase awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six working languages among the UN community – is part of this year’s observance of International Mother Language Day, observed annually on 21 February. The observance of the Day will also feature a special screening of the Danish documentary In Languages We Live – Voices of the World at UN Headquarters in New York today. The film explores the world’s linguistic diversity, especially in light of the fact that half of the world’s approximately 6,500 languages will disappear by the end of the century – currently, at least one language is disappearing every 14 days. In addition, a two-day symposium on translation and cultural mediation will open on 22 February at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).This year, UNESCO is celebrating Mother Language Day as part of the 2010 International Year of Rapprochement of Cultures (2010), the agency’s Director-General Irina Bokova noted in her message for the Day.“Languages are the best vehicles of mutual understanding and tolerance. Respect for all languages is a key factor for ensuring peaceful coexistence, without exclusion, of societies and all of their members,” she said.International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by UNESCO’s General Conference in 1999, has been observed every year since 2000 to focus on endangered languages and the importance of preserving these languages. 19 February 2010The United Nations will today launch UN Language Days, a new initiative which seeks to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the Organization.
The death toll from Monday’s bus crash in eastern Ontario has risen to three.Officials say a 60-year-old Chinese woman who was badly hurt died in hospital yesterday.Two others – a 57-year-old woman from Shanghai and a male passenger from Jiansu, China – died earlier in the week.The tour bus was carrying 37 people when it crashed into a rock formation along Highway 401 near Prescott.Police say the cause of the crash remains unknown and the investigation continues.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland also said that around a quarter of a million Lebanese returnees who fled their homes during the month of fighting were unable to return because of the devastation or for fear of injury caused by these and other unexploded ordnance.“What’s shocking and I would say to me, completely immoral, is that 90 per cent of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict when we knew there would be a resolution, when we really knew there would be an end of this,” he told reporters in New York.“Cluster bombs…have affected large areas, lots of homes, lots of farmland, lots of commercial businesses and shops and they will be with us for many, many months, possibly for years. Everyday people are maimed, wounded and are killed by these ordnance, it shouldn’t have happened.” UN teams have been helping remove these bomblets and other unexploded ordnance since the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah came into effect on August 14, and Mr. Egeland said nearly 85 per cent of bombed areas in southern Lebanon had now been assessed to reveal “shocking new information.”“They identified 359 separate cluster bombed strike locations that are contaminated with as many as 100,000 unexploded bomblets…The people returning home however are facing massive problems, 250,000 of them in our view are not able to move into their homes at all because they are destroyed or because of unexploded ordnance.”In addition to the unexploded cluster bomblets, Mr. Egeland said there was also around 20,000 pieces of other unexploded ordnance, including mines, although the bomblets were the main threat to the Lebanese returnees because they have been scattered over such a large area.Turning to other humanitarian assistance for Lebanon, Mr. Egeland said the UN and all international organizations would fully support the Government as it moves toward the new stage of “reconstruction and recovery” for the country with its appeal for hundreds of millions of dollars to be launched at a donor meeting tomorrow in Stockholm.However, he said a revised UN humanitarian appeal for Lebanon would ask for very little new money because the world body had already received pledges of more than $90 million for its emergency needs.Mr. Egeland will be among the officials attending an international donors conference for Lebanon in Stockholm tomorrow, along with UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown.On the ground in Lebanon, emergency UN assistance continues to get through to those most in need, with more trucks leaving Beirut today carrying supplies from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a spokesman told reporters in New York.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has also been sending convoys to villages around Nabatiyeh from the southern port city of Tyre, Stephane Dujarric said, adding these carried blankets, mattresses and cooking kits.
SNC-Lavalin awarded engineering services contract for northern Quebec gold mine AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 16, 2013 5:48 pm MDT MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by a Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) subsidiary to provide engineering, procurement and construction management for the Eleonore gold project in northeastern Quebec.No value for the Opinaca Mines Ltd. contract was disclosed.The mine located in the James Bay region, 350 kilometres north of Matagami, will be designed to process 7,000 tonnes of ore per day.The Montreal-based engineering giant said Wednesday that the work will include the engineering and design of the mineral processing plant, all plant infrastructure, tailings management facilities, a permanent camp, service buildings and facilities and an industrial water treatment plant.“This award validates our product-focused approach, which integrates the best expertise from across the organization in order to bring reliable project delivery solutions to our clients,” said executive vice-president Dale Clarke.Detailed engineering has started at SNC-Lavalin’s (TSX:SNC) offices in Montreal, Vancouver and Quebec City. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2014.SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world with projects in some 100 countries.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares fell 50 cents to $43.50 in Wednesday trading.
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Mr. Ban noted the complex environments created by aerial operations by some Member States’ armed forces and international coalitions, which killed and maimed many children. In some cases, State-allied armed groups have recruited and used children and committed other violations.“Member States should consider, as a matter of priority, changes in policies, military procedures and legislation, where necessary, to prevent violations and protect children,” he said in the report, stressing that those who engage in military action resulting in numerous violations of children’s rights will find themselves under scrutiny by UN.The situation in Yemen was particularly worrisome with a five-fold increase in the number of children recruited and six times more children killed and maimed compared to 2014, the report said.Violations committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) continued to have a devastating impact on children, including persistent child recruitment and use and boys featured as child soldiers in social media and in some cases as executioners.In Nigeria, Boko Haram increased suicide attacks, including by using 21 girls as suicide bombers in crowded public spaces. The armed group spread its activities from north-eastern Nigeria to neighbouring countries, causing a significant number of casualties among civilians and large-scale displacements.In Syria, thousands of children have been killed during over five years of war. Afghanistan recorded the highest number of child deaths and injuries since the UN started systematically documenting civilian casualties in 2009.In Somalia, there was a 50 per cent increase in the number of recorded violations against children.In South Sudan, children were victims of gruesome violations, particularly during brutal military offensives against opposition forces.“I am also gravely concerned by the increasing number of children deprived of liberty for their alleged association with parties to conflict,” said Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, calling upon Member States to treat these children primarily as victims to ensure the full protection of their human rights and urgently put in place alternatives to detention and prosecution of children.She was, however, encouraged by the perspective of more constructive engagement with non-state armed groups this year. “I wish to remind everyone that it is crucial to ensure appropriate resources for the reintegration of all the children released, with special attention given to psycho-social support and the needs of girls,” she said.
The Denver Broncos, who moved into the top slot in our Elo ratings last week, widened their advantage over the rest of the league in Week 7. Denver looked dominant in beating the San Francisco 49ers, who had been the No. 3 Elo team. The No. 2 Seattle Seahawks lost — greatly imperiling their playoff chances — as did the No. 5 San Diego Shargers. The No. 4 team, the New England Patriots, barely won against an awful opponent, the New York Jets.So, it’s time to pose the question Aaron Schatz asked at Football Outsiders. Is this Denver team merely the best in the league — or one of the best teams ever?The Broncos’ Elo rating is 1683, which translates to being favored by a touchdown in a neutral-site game against an average opponent. It’s also a fairly typical rating for the best team in the league at this point in the season. On average since 1970, the highest-rated team through Week 7 had an Elo rating of 1686, almost exactly matching Denver’s this year.Let’s pick some nits with the Broncos: They’ve lost once this year. They had a bye week. They fizzled in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts. And they were crushed in last year’s Super Bowl.Is this unfair? Except perhaps for the Super Bowl part, of course it is. Denver’s loss came on the road at Seattle and may have literally been the result of a coin flip. Beating Indianapolis by any margin looks more impressive given how well the Colts have played since. It’s not the Broncos’ fault that the schedulers gave them an early-season bye (and thereby one less opportunity to improve their Elo rating). More sophisticated statistical treatments — from Football Outsiders’ DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) to Benjamin Morris’s assessment of Peyton Manning’s clutchness — tend to have a higher opinion of the Broncos than Elo does.But if we’re judging whether the Broncos are a historically great team, we have the right — nay, the duty — to be very, very picky.This is not just an academic question. In the table below, I’ve taken the teams that had the highest Elo rating through Week 7 in each season since 1970. Eleven of the 25 teams that rated higher than the Broncos — or 44 percent — would go on to win the Super Bowl. But just two of the 19 (11 percent) that rated below the Broncos did.A lot of this is because even small advantages can compound over time. It’s not as though we can say with all that much confidence whether this year’s Broncos are better than, say, the 1998 edition of the team under John Elway. (Elo would have the 1998 Broncos favored, but by only 1.5 points). But a team that’s ever-so-slightly better is more likely to make the playoffs as a division champion rather than a wild card, more likely to have playoff games at home and to get a first-round bye, and more likely to win those playoff games once they occur. A team that’s a 70 percent favorite in each playoff game, and that needs to win three games to win the Super Bowl because it gets a bye, has a 34 percent chance of winning a championship. A team that’s a 60 percent favorite and that has to win four times has just a 13 percent chance.Elo puts the Broncos’ chances of winning the Super Bowl at 18 percent, somewhere between the two groups. Their Thursday-night home game against San Diego will be highly informative. A win for Denver would put it in a dominant position in the AFC West — it’d be a game-and-a-half ahead of the Chargers and at least two games ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs (with a tiebreaker advantage against each division rival). A loss to the Chargers would instead place Denver half a game behind San Diego with a tiebreaker disadvantage (and with the remaining game between the teams to be played in San Diego).The Broncos will probably make the playoffs as a wild card even if they lose their division, but the Super Bowl is much harder to win under those circumstances. The Broncos would have to play an extra game, and they’d have to play on the road. In our simulations, the Broncos won the Super Bowl 23 percent of the time as division champs but just 4 percent of the time as a wild card team. There’s not only playoff leverage riding on this game; there’s a lot of Super Bowl leverage at stake.Here are the current playoff odds for the other NFL teams:The Colts, who were briefly underdogs to make the playoffs after starting off their year 0-2 (Seahawks fans can take solace in that), are now 95 percent favorites to do so after having won every game since. Some of this is because the Colts are very good, but just as important is their extraordinarily weak division. The Houston Texans project to a record of 7-9, the Tennessee Titans 6-10, and the Jacksonville Jaguars (despite finally winning last week) 4-12. In our simulations, the Colts won the AFC South 82 percent of the time they finished with a 9-7 record and 62 percent of the time they went 8-8. Even a 7-9 record would often be enough to get them in. Andrew Luck is both lucky and good.Otherwise, the AFC playoff chase is more scrambled than last week. The Cincinnati Bengals are winless in their past three games (they managed a tie against the Carolina Panthers) and down to a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs, in danger of being lapped by Kansas City (41 percent) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (33 percent). Their matchup this week, at home against the division rival Baltimore Ravens, is another high-stakes game.The NFC, almost inevitably, will feature a ferocious battle for the wild card positions. Dallas, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Detroit, Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle all have somewhere between a 22 and 32 percent chance of winning a wild card. Three of those teams (barring a miraculous run by a team like the Chicago Bears) will win their divisions, but that leaves four teams fighting for two slots.The Arizona Cardinals, incidentally, have a chance to become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. Although Arizona is probably weaker than either San Francisco or Seattle, it has a leg up in the NFC West by virtue of its 5-1 start. Elo gives the Cardinals a 15 percent chance of making the Super Bowl and an 8 percent chance of winning it.Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 49-50-3 (8-7 in Week 7)Straight-up record: 74-31-1 (10-5 in Week 7)Even if we thought you should bet based on these odds — and we don’t — it wouldn’t be in cases where bookmakers have a team as a 2.5-point favorite and Elo has the same team favored by, say, two points. There are a lot of games like that this week and fewer differences between Vegas and Elo than in past weeks. The biggest split of the week is in an unwatchable game: Elo has the Titans favored by three points at home against Houston, while Vegas has the Texans as one-point favorites.The Washington Redskins are also a perpetual punching bag for Elo, and the system would have you take the Dallas Cowboys against them (even as 9.5-point favorites, as Vegas has the Cowboys). As Washington was on the verge of losing to the Titans last week — it pulled the game out but didn’t cover the point spread — The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King tweeted that Washington was struggling to beat “the third worst team in the league,” presumably referring to Tennessee. Actually, Elo has Washington rated as the third-worst team! Washington went 11-5 against the point spread in 2012 and perhaps is still getting too much credit for it; it’s 7-16 against the spread since then. The team’s straight-up record, 5-18, is even worse.
It’s no secret that running backs have been falling out of favor on draft day since the NFL’s pre-1980s ground-and-pound era. The amount of draft value invested in the position1As defined by a pick’s expected approximate value in his first five seasons. has declined continuously over the last half-century. This reached a low point in 2014 when not a single running back was taken in the first round for a second consecutive season.Things have changed a bit over the past few years. In the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, two rushers — LSU’s Leonard Fournette (who went to the Jacksonville Jaguars) and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey (picked by the Carolina Panthers) — were taken among the top eight picks for the first time since 2005. This came after the Dallas Cowboys picked Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall in 2016, to great success. And in 2015, two running backs were chosen in the first round.Clearly, a running back renaissance is in the works. Right?Well, sort of. While it’s true that teams haven’t sworn off stud running backs completely at the top of the draft, they’re also being more selective. After McCaffrey went at No. 8, the class of 2017’s other first-round hopefuls — such as Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon — were all still available at the end of the night. It’s been five years since a team has taken a RB in the second half of the first round.A lot of this has to do with the economics of the position, as ESPN’s Kevin Seifert wrote on Wednesday. Because the rookie wage scale pays high picks well and running backs are being devalued across the league as a whole, highly drafted RBs are instantly among the highest-paid players at their position before they ever take a snap in the pros. That means teams better be damn sure about a running back before spending a first-rounder on him (lest they end up with the next Trent Richardson). The problem: teams can’t be sure about much on draft day. Only the elite of the elite check off enough boxes to make that kind of investment feel worthwhile.Adding to the risk, running backs also age differently from the rest of the NFL. Unlike, say, quarterbacks — who improve steadily during their early-to-mid 20s and peak right before age 30 — a running back’s shelf life is much shorter. Depending on the research you look at, RBs peak somewhere between the ages of 24 and 26, with the majority of their most productive seasons front-loaded early in their careers. So if you do manage to snag a game-changing runner, you’re most likely getting the best he has to offer before his rookie contract even has a chance to expire.Because of this, a team willing to invest a high pick on a running back better be in a position to win immediately, otherwise his best years could be squandered. For all the talk about the “Zeke Effect” — that Elliott’s high selection and subsequent performance in Dallas would spur increased investment in running backs on draft day — Elliott fell into a tremendous situation as a rookie with the Cowboys. Dallas’s mammoth offensive line paved the way for Elliott to lead the NFL with 999 yards before first contact.2To be clear, Elliott is a tremendous player; he was also second with 632 yards after contact. That’s a luxury Fournette won’t have in Jacksonville, where he’ll run behind an O-line that ranked sixth-worst in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards metric. (Maybe he should call 2015 No. 10 pick Todd Gurley, who has had to run behind a patchwork Rams line, for advice.)The Jags are betting that Fournette’s ridiculous ability to break tackles and run away from defenders in the open field will render that point moot, and maybe it will. But that also underscores just how talented a running back needs to be to justify a high draft pick these days. For those who possess that skill level, things are looking up compared with a few years ago. But for the rest, they’ll still have to wait to hear their names called at the podium.
The Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Monday expressed extreme dissatisfaction over the announced intention of Government to disallow exporters the right to re-claim the Value Added Tax (VAT) on inputs used to produce goods and services to be exported from Guyana- a refund claim which has been in effect since 2007 when VAT was initially introduced.According to the PSC in a statement, which canvassed support from, Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA), Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry Limited (GCCI) ,Guyana Rice Exporters and Millers Association (GREMA) and the Guyana Forest Products Association (FPA), this specific decision made by Government and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is “ill-advised and counterproductive to the interests of the businesses [they] represent and to the economy of our country.”Finance Minister Winston JordanThey stated that based on the Finance Minister’s [Winston Jordan] response to concerns raised by the President of the Guyana Rice Exporters and Millers Association, it appears as though he has been misled on the chronology of amendments he made to the VAT Act since 2017 and on the specific provisions of the Act. “…Finance Minister, Mr. Winston Jordan advised that the export of rice is an exempt item, that exempted goods and services are not considered taxable goods and services, and that the provisions of the Value-Added Tax Act which provide for the zero-rating of exports do not apply. In justifying the position, the Minister volunteered that he had consulted with the Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority,” the statement said, while noting that even if he was misled, “the Minister must be held responsible for the amendments which he piloted in the National Assembly.”The PSC contends that the GRA is conflating two amendments-neither of which supports the interpretation and advice offered by the GRA to the Minister.“Most significantly, in the process, the GRA is causing the Minister to reverse an undertaking given to the National Assembly in January 2018 that ‘None of these proposed amendments will negatively affect any individual or business’” said the collective statement. In their explanation, the PSC recounted that the first amendment, which became effective on 1 February 2017, resulted in a significant shift of items from the zero-rated list to the exempt list.However, exports remained on the list of zero-rated items. The second amendment, which became effective on 24 January 2018, resulted in a deletion of guidance from the VAT Act on how to treat with an item appearing in both lists.In that case as well, no changes were made to the zero-rated list in respect to exports. However, according to the statement, Jordan and the GRA are now advising that exports of goods and services listed in the Exempt Schedule are not zero-rated even if they are listed in the Zero-Rated Schedule.“The consequence of denying VAT refunds is that the exporter must either absorb the VAT, which can make their operations loss making, or seek to recover these losses by increasing prices for their exports of the goods and services, making them uncompetitive…. We therefore consider that should the Government proceed with this policy, the country, the economy, the exporters and consumers will suffer” said the PSC. Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had on Thursday last disclosed that local Guyanese exporters are next in line to be taxed by the current Government, as serious consideration is being given to have the zero rating of exports for VAT purposes removed.According to him, this move is a misguided approach to collect more taxes. “Almost every country in the world where VAT is in place, they have a zero rating of the exports. So, it allows the producers to claim back their input VAT on their imports, so they can be internationally competitive. In our case, this will change,” Jagdeo told a media conference.Further, Jagdeo asserted that this decision could destroy the entire local export sector, where goods are going to become internationally uncompetitive, factories will have to close, and more people could lose their jobs.However, in a statement issued a day later by the Finance Ministry, Jordan denied this claim. “The ministry categorically denies this allegation and makes pellucid that the export of taxable items remains zero-rated… Please be assured that such a proposal with far-reaching consequences would not be introduced without proper consultation and analysis of the impact on the manufacturing sector, and the export and local economy,” his statement said.According to the PSC issued statement however, “at a time when the Government should be encouraging the export of products to earn foreign exchange and to avert the Dutch Disease and a “one-horse economy”, the measure will negatively affect the following products, among others:Raw brown, white and parboiled rice; paddy; raw brown sugar; vegetable, corn or coconut cooking oil; fresh fruits and vegetables; plywood, logs and construction lumber; raw gold or diamonds; sanitary napkins; bleach, soap powder and soap; ice used in the fishing industry; uncooked fresh, chilled or frozen chicken; fresh, chilled or frozen pork, beef, shrimp, prawns and mutton; fresh, chilled or frozen fish, salted fish; raw gold or diamonds. Moreover, the statement outlined that the “policy will also affect collection from Income Tax and Corporation Tax since the absorption of the input tax will reduce taxable profits and therefore tax revenues. More fundamentally however, it is already affecting the international competitiveness of the country’s exports and hurting a slowing economy.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRA to Private Sector: ‘Show me the evidence’April 24, 2018In “Business”GMSA wants Gov’t to address slump in manufacturing sectorSeptember 11, 2018In “Business”Measures critical to overall growth of manufacturing sector still outstanding- GMSA PresidentMarch 29, 2018In “Business”
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While working as a pundit for Sky Sports, Gary Neville explained that he fears Tottenham won’t be able to keep Pochettino in the club. As Real Madrid keeps looking for their next manager now that Lopetegui is gone, English pundit Gary Neville is worried that Los Blancos will come after Pochettino and Tottenham won’t be able to stop them.The Spurs board of directors have effectively failed Mauricio Pochettino with the promises they made to the manager during the summer, they failed to sign any new top players and he has recently responded by calling out chairman Daniel Levy by saying that Tottenham doesn’t have the same ambition than the other top clubs in England.For Gary Neville, that was a major red flag that he completely understands and leaves the door open for his almost imminent exit, possibly to Real Madrid.“What I would say is a bit of a worry are Mauricio Pochettino’s comments,” he told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.“I said before the game it’s the first bricks in the foundations of potentially wanting to leave and during the game tonight the Real Madrid coach has been sacked.”“If you are Real Madrid and you are thinking ‘Where can I get a manager, where’s the next manager?’ He speaks Spanish and has been a coach in La Liga. That is an appealing job for anybody in world football.”“He knew the ground rules before he came in. He knew he wasn’t going to get £500-£600m when he went to Tottenham.”“He took the job knowing Daniel Levy, the board at the Tottenham, the restrictions, so my view is that now he probably wants that next level of job because he deserves it as he is a brilliant coach.”“That next level is available at arguably the greatest club in the world of football in Real Madrid.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“That’s where the manager might be thinking ‘is this now the time for me to step out?’ I think Tottenham, if Real Madrid want him, will have a real problem in the next few days.”“I don’t think they do, we are just putting two and two together, but we spoke about the timing of his comments, and is the timing because a job has become available?”“Pochettino has always peddled the party line well. We know what Tottenham are like in terms of being quite conservative and pragmatic with spending and they do what they can, but he has always managed things well and pushed away questions about why you can’t spend like other clubs do.”“Mauricio Pochettino is a brilliant coach but at some point he was always going to want to manage one of the super clubs in Europe. There are a couple at the moment that you can imagine will be changing manager in the next 12 months and looking at him, and he will know they are looking at him.”“It feels to me that he has laid the first foundations of a move away from the club and started to prepare the ground,” he concluded.Gary Neville & Jamie Carragher have a heated debate about TottenhamWho’s side are you on?! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/IHsirNGD7i— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 30, 2018
MILWAUKEE — Jared Dudley scored 18 points and O.J. Mayo had 17 off the bench to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the struggling Portland Trail Blazers 95-88 on Saturday night.John Henson added 14 for the Bucks, who had won consecutive road games at Miami and Orlando. The Bucks had a pretty big week off the court, too, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a funding plan that could represent a major step toward building a new arena in Milwaukee.Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 19 points apiece for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost three straight and eight of 10.Milwaukee entered the fourth quarter with a 76-65 lead after finishing the third on a 7-0 run that included a long jumper by Jerryd Bayless with 1.8 seconds left. The scoring surge helped the Bucks rebuild the lead they had earlier, as much as 15 points in the first half, before frittering away most of the cushion and going into halftime up 45-42.Mayo then hit a long jumper and a 3-pointer to start the fourth. A few minutes later, recent Bucks addition Kenyon Martin blocked a shot by Lillard, and Bayless hit a 3 on the other end to put the Bucks ahead 84-69 with 9:15 left.
Japanese organisation Rakuten has extended the benefits available to employees’ spouses to same-sex partners.The e-commerce organisation has revised the definition of “marriage” and “spouse” in its internal employment regulations in order to recognise same-sex partners.The organisation, which has a total of 13,000 employees globally, approved the internal employment policy amendments at a board of directors meeting on 22 July 2016. Previously, Rakuten only recognised a marriage certificate under Japanese law. Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Japan.The employee benefits that will now be extended to same-sex partners include congratulation leave when partners officiate their relationship, and condolence leave in the event of a partner’s death, as well as consolation payments.The changes form part of the organisation’s wider efforts to focus on the individual needs of employees, including the establishment of a diversity and inclusion group.A review of spousal definitions was conducted following requests from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, and in recognition of the global nature of the organisation and the increasing number of non-Japanese staff.The organisation also runs an LGBT network, which was launched by volunteers, LGBT employees, and LGBT allies in June 2016.Akio Sugihara, chief people officer and managing executive officer at Rakuten, said: “Rakuten brings together people from many different backgrounds and we are proud to support and provide a diverse and inclusive workplace with services and benefits that recognise same-sex partners.”
Stay on target And speaking of tauntaun sleeping bags, they’ve also got a white and tan jacket/vest number like the one Luke Skywalker wore. For the ladies, Columbia has designed a similar 3-in-1 combo that will have you looking like Leia Organa. Both have stowable hoods for extra protection from the elements.The Echo Base gear looks awesome, and the styling is very true to the costumes from Empire. While they’ll be on sale starting December 8 at a number of Columbia stores and on the company’s website, there’s an important catch you need to know about.These jackets are part of a celebration, and since the film was released in 1980 Columbia is only making 1980 of each one. With a $400 price tag, don’t expect that limited stock to last long.Oh, and for those of you saying “Hey, Han’s parka was brown, not blue!” Columbia is well aware. They just saved the brown for an ultra-limited edition that will sell for $1,980 and only be available at a handful of stores. Each one is autographed by Harrison Ford himself, and all the proceeds from the Archive Collection coat will go to charity. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Places like New York, London, Paris, and Milan have been setting fashion trends for years. Now you can add Hoth to the list.Brace yourselves, Geek readers! Columbia will start selling a range of Star Wars-inspired “Echo Base” winter jackets in just a few days.They’re Columbia Sportswear through and through. Echo Base gear is also water resistant, and, thanks to the Omniheat insulation, you’ll be as warm as a Jedi nestled in a tauntaun’s abdomen. Ok, sure, actual science says Luke would’ve died in there, but it worked in the movie so let’s just go with it out of respect for the franchise.Science backs up this claimColumbia stuck to the faces of the Rebel Alliance for their new outerwear. There’s a snazzy blue parka with the faux-fur fringed hood styled like Han Solo’s cold weather gear. Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk…
News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more February 11, 2015 — A pioneering clinical trial is testing whether focusing high-frequency sound waves onto the surface of bone where cancer has spread can burn away the source of pain.The cutting-edge technique focuses ultrasound beams to produce heat – just as a magnifying glass can with the sun’s rays.Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust are testing whether ultrasound therapy can relieve pain in patients whose cancers have spread to the bone.The first five patients have already been treated in the clinical trial, with encouraging reductions in the pain they were experiencing from bone tumors.The technique, known as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), concentrates ultrasound energy precisely on a target in the body to thermally destroy tissue. The technology is coupled with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance to identify, target and track treatment in real time. The treatment produces heat to destroy the nerve tissue in the bone around the tumor causing the pain, while leaving adjacent areas unharmed.Ultrasound has traditionally been used as a way of imaging the body but, used at higher power, researchers believe it offers promise as an exciting new way of treating cancer.Patients whose cancers have metastasised to the bone can experience intense bone pain, which can severely reduce their quality of life. HIFU could provide a non-invasive way of controlling pain for these patients where radiotherapy is no longer an option, or where other treatments have been unable to control the disease.If this HIFU study proves successful for pain control, it could lead to further studies at ICR and the Royal Marsden to thermally destroy local tumors at an earlier stage of the disease, possibly helping to extend life.Study co-leader Gail ter Haar, professor of Therapeutic Ultrasound at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: “Focused ultrasound is an exciting potential cancer treatment because of its ability to target tumors very precisely. The point onto which the ultrasound beam is focused gets very hot, but the surrounding tissue is left unharmed. It’s like using a magnifying glass in the sun to start a fire, where you need to form a sharp focal spot on the dry tinder.”Study co-leader Nandita deSouza, professor of Translational Imaging at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Honorary Consultant at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re still learning how best to use focused ultrasound, but we believe it has real potential for improving the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer. Cancers that have spread to the bone can cause intense pain, and further radiotherapy may not be an option. It is early days in our trial, but we hope ultrasound therapy will prove effective at reducing the pain caused by bone metastases, and offer the chance for patients to live the final stages of their lives much more comfortably.”The trial is part of a wider initiative between the ICR, The Royal Marsden, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and Philips, the developer of the HIFU system. This collaboration is creating a state-of-the-art resource for clinicians and scientists to establish global standards for focused ultrasound and accelerate development of the technology to treat cancers.“MR imaging is emerging in oncology applications, because of its excellent real-time 3-D visualization of both soft tissue anatomy and physiological processes”, said Christopher Busch, general manager MR Therapy at Philips. “Combining focused ultrasound thermal therapies with real-time MR imaging and monitoring is a powerful concept that has the potential to become a new precision treatment tool in oncology.”For more information, www.icr.ac.uk, www.fusfoundation.org, www.philips.com/newscenter FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. 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Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more
Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. February 13, 2019 — At the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) global conference and exhibition, Feb. 11-15 in Orlando, Fla., Siemens Healthineers will demonstrate how healthcare providers can benefit from digitalization, particularly in the form of artificial intelligence (AI). In addition to its greater digital services portfolio, Siemens Healthineers will showcase two AI-based applications, the AI-Pathway Companion and the AI-Rad Companion.The company will also present various digital solutions that have the potential to both help improve patient care and help reduce costs. These include several information technology (IT) tools for laboratory diagnostics, as well as the syngo Virtual Cockpit, a solution that enables medical professionals to connect remotely to scanner workplaces to assist personnel at a different location.Siemens is also currently investigating AI-powered Digital Twin technology, which aims to enable the simulation of individual organ physiology to potentially better understand patient health and predict changes and therapy outcomes.The AI-Pathway Companion, which is currently under development, will be a clinical decision support system based on clinical guideline data imported by AI that can aid physicians in making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions along the clinical pathway. While numerous applications in the healthcare market make the workflows of individual clinical or administrative departments more efficient, the AI-Pathway Companion is designed to help optimize the processes along clinical pathways, and thus support personalized as well as standardized patient management. The design goal of the AI-Pathway Companion is to provide physicians in multi-disciplinary disease boards with the clinical status of each patient, based on data integration and artificial intelligence, and to help make recommendations for next steps to accelerate diagnostic and treatment decisions.The AI-Rad Companion Chest CT, which is pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance, will be the first intelligent software assistant from Siemens Healthineers for radiology – and the first application of the AI-Rad Companion platform. The AI-Rad Companion Chest CT (computed tomography) is designed to identify anatomies and potentially disease-relevant changes, differentiate between various structures and highlight them individually, and mark and measure potential abnormalities. This applies to organs such as the lungs, heart, aorta and coronary arteries. The software is designed to automatically turn findings into a quantitative report.The syngo Virtual Cockpit software solution, which is not yet commercially available, can be used by medical staff to connect remotely to scanner workplaces to assist personnel at a different location, especially where more sophisticated examinations are required. syngo Virtual Cockpit can be utilized with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR-positron emission tomography (PET) scanners as well as with CT systems from Siemens Healthineers. With the ability to deploy experienced technologists across multiple locations, healthcare providers can achieve a higher level of standardization that can lead to more accurate diagnoses.For more information: www.usa.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | February 13, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Demonstrates Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare Digitalization at HIMSS19 Company will showcase AI Companion applications, inventory management software News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Sydney Airport recorded a double-digit increase in domestic and international passenger numbers in February, the airport’s owner said last week.MAp Group said compared to the same period a year ago, February saw domestic passenger numbers rise 12.3 percent and international passenger numbers increase 11.8 percent.MAp chief executive Kerrie Mather said the increase in capacity from low cost carriers Tiger Airways and Jetstar help boost passenger numbers.‘‘February traffic has also been positively impacted by recent capacity increases and the later timing of Chinese New Year compared with 2009” she said.During the month, SMH reported there was a 31 percent increase in traffic from China, 20 percent increase from the US, 180 percent increase from France and 15 percent hike from NZ.Sydney Airport is expected to handle even more passengers later this year as carriers such as Virgin Blue, Cathay Pacific and United Airlines plan to launch flights out of Sydney. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2ae16/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
Asia-Pacific provider of distribution products and services for travel agencies, Abacus, is streamlining the ownership structure of its Australia and NZ distribution businesses acquiring 100 per cent ownership of Sabre Pacific.ABACUS International Holdings is a consortium of 11 airlines in Asia-Pacific: All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, DragonAir, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines. As a part of the company’s distribution plan for the APAC region, the convergence creates significant opportunities for Sabre and Abacus.Sabre told e-Travel Blackboard the leverage of strengths from both businesses for continued growth in APAC will offer greater support for all customers. It is however, business as usual for the Sabre Pacific brand with all products, staff and structure operating just the same in the market as it is today. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Greg Webb – Sabre Travel Network President, Robert Bailey – Abacus CEO, Gai Tyrrell – CEO Sabre Pacific