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One day left submit your short film for a chance to winOne day left submit your short film for a chance to win

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement How to submit your film.Entries must be under 30 minutes – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental are all eligible but must be made by a Canadian writer, director or producer. The festival accepts films released after January 1, 2012.Tyler Parr, a previous winner of the Brian Linehan Actors Award for his work in the film Ironied, said about the NSI Online Short Film Festival: “What’s incredible about the festival is that they recognize precisely the commitment, time, expense and especially the passion that go into making a film. They have professional, dedicated jurors that come from a variety of backgrounds, so you know your film is being received with respect.”The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week. Since launching in 2008, the festival has programmed hundreds of films and awarded over $110K to Canadian media artists. Many of the films are available to watch in the archives.The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsors A&E Television Networks, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Blue Ant Media; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Advertisement $3,750 in cash awards are available to be won through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Films are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway until Wednesday, December 13, 2017.Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award and the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award. These awards are presented four times a year. The $1,500 Blue Ant Media Documentary Award is presented twice a year. Read about the most recent winners.All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and non-acting award winners are qualified to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (if award criteria are met). Login/Register With:last_img read more

Russias hybrid missionRussias hybrid mission

first_imgRussia has forayed into gene-editing technology with a 111-billion-rouble (more than Rs 12 crore) federal programme that aims to develop 30 gene-edited plant and animal varieties in the next eight years. The programme, announced in April, 2019 will focus on developing 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops — such as barley, sugar beet, wheat and potatoes and animals by 2020; and another 20 by 2027, according to a report in Nature, a science journal. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe programme marks a welcome step for Russian researchers who were exempted from cultivating genetically modified (GM) organisms in the country by a 2016 law. While the 2016 law calls GM organisms as something “that cannot result from natural processes”, the new programme “describes gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR–Cas9 — which do not necessarily insert foreign DNA — as equivalent to conventional breeding methods”. The move would also help researchers get funding from private companies. Also Read – The future is here!Russia lags behind other major powers of the world in genetic research. In 2017, the country spent 1.11 per cent of its gross domestic product on research, compared with 2.13 per cent in China and 2.79 per cent in the United States. The programme is “a significant move” both for Russia and the world, and would encourage China to invest more in gene-editing technologies, and the United States to boost enthusiasm for such technologies, Yi Li, a plant scientist at the University of Connecticut, was quoted in Nature report. “For European countries, this can be a very interesting development in the light of the European court of justice ruling on genome editing,” he added. However, some researchers are sceptical of achieving the ambitious goals in the given deadline, and worry about excessive bureaucracy. “I am sure [the government] will spend the money and call the programme a huge success. I am less confident there will actually be any new varieties by next year — perhaps later,” Nature quoted a scientist, who wished to remain anonymous. The report also states that the projects to develop gene-edited versions of crops have already begun. “Scientists at Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) institutes in Moscow are developing pathogen-resistant varieties of potatoes and sugar beet. And gene-editing research aiming to make barley and wheat both easier to process and more nutritious is in progress at the Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry in St. Petersburg, and at the RAS Institute of Cytology and Genetics,” the report said.(The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Muslim man reported Orlando shooter to FBIMuslim man reported Orlando shooter to FBI

By Bryn MillerRabat –  Mohamed A. Malik, a Muslim man who knew Omar Mateen, negated Donald Trump’s accusations about the complicity of Muslim communities in terrorist acts by detailing Muslim efforts to inform the FBI about potential radicalization cases.In a speech last Monday night, Trump told a crowd in New Hampshire: “But the Muslims have to work with us. They have to work with us. They know what’s going on. They know that he was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what? They didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death, and destruction.” Trump’s words have found an especially receptive audience in some critics of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. Malik attends this mosque, which was the former place of worship of Mateen and Moner Mohamed Abu-Salha, a young man who became the first American suicide bomber when he carried out an attack in Syria for an al-Qaeda affiliate in 2014.Since the Center’s group of worshippers has included two terrorists, some observers have concluded that it is radicalizing Muslim youth with the complicity of its members.Malik wrote an article for the Washington Post countering this narrative and condemning Trump’s rhetoric. Citing his own experience reporting Omar Mateen to the FBI, Malik asserted: “Trump is wrong that Muslims don’t do our part.”He recognized that many Americans believe that Muslim communities have knowledge of terrorist plots, but that this belief is a lie. “First, Muslims like me can’t see into the hearts of other worshipers,” he wrote. “Do you know the hidden depths of everyone in yourcommunity? Second, Trump is wrong that we don’t speak up when we’re able.I know this firsthand: I was the one who told the FBI about Omar Mateen.”Malik met Mateen in 2006 and attempted to support him as a mentor over the past ten years. He noted that Mateen was often frustrated by the racism and Islamophobia that he perceived in America.After fellow worshipperAbu-Salha carried out his attack in Syria, Malik called the FBI to provide them with as much information as he could about the bomber’s background. Malik also noted in his article that several of Abu-Salha’s friends had reported him to the FBI after he returned from a training mission in Syria and attempted to recruit them.Following Abu-Salha’s suicide bombing, the Fort Pierce community was shaken. Malik spoke with many community members about the attack and discovered that Mateen had been watching the same videos of Anwar al-Awlaki that had radicalized Abu-Salha. Malik reported Mateen to the FBI, who investigated him, found nothing, and closed his file.Countering Trump’s claims, Malik noted, “I am not the first American Muslim to report on someone; people who do that simply don’t like to announce themselves in to the media… I had told the FBI about Omar because my community, and Muslims generally, have nothing to hide. I love this country, like most Muslims that I know.” read more

US safety agency opens probes into Hyundai and Kia firesUS safety agency opens probes into Hyundai and Kia fires

DETROIT — The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has decided to open two new investigations into fires involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles after getting complaints of more than 3,100 fires and 103 injuries.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it granted a petition seeking the investigations from the non-profit Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group.The investigations would look into Hyundai and Kia separately and cover non-crash fires in almost 3 million vehicles from the affiliated Korean automakers, including the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe and the Kia Optima, Sorento and Soul. The complaints came from consumers and from data provided by both automakers.The agency had previously said it would incorporate the noncrash fires into an investigation it had already started on Hyundai and Kia engine failures.The Associated Press read more

Legally binding controls needed for private security contractors say UN expertsLegally binding controls needed for private security contractors say UN experts

José Luis Gómez del Prado, the Chairman of the UN Working Group on Mercenaries, told a news conference at UN Headquarters that “the international community needs clarification on the jurisdiction” of such companies. Mr. Gómez said there is a legal “gap” between recognized international conventions on the use of mercenaries, and the control of private security companies that are often used by governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Working Group had already submitted proposed legislation to the General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva which were being discussed at the expert level. Mr. Gómez said that many countries had proposed self regulation and codes of conduct, but the panel is proposing a specific international instrument that would be agreed on by national governments. “What we are proposing is a binding instrument for States that is very clear” to include licensing, national and international monitoring of activities and civil and criminal laws regulating them. The instrument, he said, would also have measures specifically to deal with victims. Noting that four years after the killing of 17 civilians in Nissour Square in Iraq, the case against the alleged perpetrators is still pending in United States courts, he said “The victims don’t receive justice.”The panel visited Iraq last month and urged the Iraqi Government to prioritize the adoption of legislation regulating security companies that has been pending since 2008. “While US troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of the year, security contractors are there to stay. The urgency to regulate their activities couldn’t be greater,” he said today. Alexander Nikitin, a member of the Working Group, said the different methods of control for private security companies in Iraq and Afghanistan highlighted the need for international standards. The Group reports to the Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. 8 July 2011A group of independent United Nations experts today called for the adoption of binding international regulations to control the activities of private security companies. read more

Former Navy spokesman Dassanayake further remandedFormer Navy spokesman Dassanayake further remanded

In 2015 the CID had questioned Dassanayake over allegations that some officers in the Navy were involved in the disappearance of several youth.Last year, former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda also appeared before the CID to make a statement over the disappearance of the youth. (Colombo Gazette) Former Navy spokesman DKP Dassanayake, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the disappearance of 11 youth and remanded till today, was ordered to be further remanded till August 2nd by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.The youth had been reported missing between 2008 and 2009. read more

Regina taxi companies report losing drivers business to Uber since launchRegina taxi companies report losing drivers business to Uber since launch

BECKY KATZ DAVIS / AFP/Getty Images Co-Op Taxi president Daljit Singh says he’s lost over 100 drivers since Uber launched in mid-May, some to Uber itself and others to the trucking industry.“Nobody’s making money. That’s the problem,” said Singh in an interview Thursday. “If you’re not making enough money you’re not going to stay here.”Uber was launched almost three months after a ride-sharing bylaw was passed by city council in February.Taxi companies spoke out against the proposed legislation which imposes fewer regulations on ride-share companies than taxi companies, saying it created an uneven playing field and put rider safety at risk.The approved licensing system for ride-sharing companies does not include vehicle caps, mandatory cameras or minimum fares.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Glen Sali, owner and manager of Capital Cabs, says he’s lost drivers too, but wouldn’t say how many.“Everybody seems to be concerned about how it’s hurting us, it’s like people take pleasure in that,” he said in an interview Thursday.Of the drivers that have left Capital Cabs to drive for Uber, Sali said he’s heard from some that they aren’t making the kind of money they expected. He called the market flooded.“It’s an unfair system,” he said, adding there would be room for both industries in the city if the regulations were the same.While it may not be working for taxi companies, it seems to be working for customers.Twenty-nine-year-old Seth Armstrong has used Uber about a dozen times since it launched and described his experience as fantastic and right on par with all the other major cities he’s used the service in like Ottawa, New York City and Edmonton.“I can’t say enough good things,” said Armstrong in an interview Monday. “Every driver I’ve ever had has been extremely courteous and friendly.”Armstrong says no matter where in the city he is, he’s never had to wait longer than 10 minutes and most Ubers arrive in five minutes or less.And the price is right.“That’s the second biggest reason I use it. The first is the quality of service, but the second for sure is the price,” he said. “It’s so much more reasonable.”A ride that used to cost $30 in a cab, now costs him $15 with Uber, he said. Uber launched in Regina in May 2019. Forty-eight-year-old Leigh Kaufmann agreed, Uber is convenient and cost-effective.“I would say we would probably pick Uber over a cab for, well the top three reasons would be convenience, price and the vehicle cleanliness/appearance,” she said in an interview Monday.Kaufmann has only used Uber once in Regina, but has ridden in Ubers in San Fransisco, Houston, Toronto and Calgary. She said safety has not been an issue.“I’ve never felt unsafe in an Uber or necessarily in a cab either,” she said. “I would say as a woman taking transportation like that you have to be smart no matter what you’re taking.”Armstrong said he makes sure the car and the driver match the description sent to him by Uber, including the license plate, make and model of the vehicle and the photo of the driver, before getting in the vehicle.“It’s just been a great change because competition always to me breeds better service across the board,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to see another player come into town, shake some things up and get people caring again.”When asked what message he’d like to send to taxi companies losing drivers and business to Uber, he called on them to step up their game.“If someone’s doing something better than you, try and outdo them. Don’t rest on your laurels,” he said.Armstrong says on any given day he sees at least a dozen active drivers on the Uber app, and more in the evenings.Uber declined a request for an interview and wouldn’t specify how many drivers have signed up in Regina, but sent a statement by email.“We’re very pleased to see the ongoing interest for ridesharing in Regina,” said the statement. “In the months following our launch in the city, we have continually seen residents choose to use Uber as a safe and reliable alternative to driving.”Despite losing drivers, Sali said the business has been doing OK since Uber came to town.“We have a good charge-account business and stuff like that so we’ve been managing all right,” he said.“All I asked for was have regulations and stuff similar to the taxis and let us compete with it, but we’re not getting that.”He said safety is still a big concern and it’s only a matter of time until something happens.Safety is on Singh’s mind too. He repeated calls for mandatory cameras and city-issued ID’s in order to have more municipal oversight.As far as business goes, he’s not sure how long his will survive.“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Singh. “Business is slowing every day.”jackerman@postemedia.com read more

Ikea says its new Halifaxarea store will hold grand opening next monthIkea says its new Halifaxarea store will hold grand opening next month

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2017 9:38 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Ikea’s new Halifax-area store will open its doors next month.The Scandinavian furniture chain says the 30,000-square-metre store in Dartmouth Crossing will welcome its first customers at 9 a.m. on September 27.The store includes a showroom, market hall, restaurant and a children’s play facility.IKEA Canada president Marsha Smith said in a news release that half the jobs at the store will be full time, while part-time staff will have guaranteed hours each week.It’s the first location under Ikea’s plan to double its number of Canadian stores.The chain is planning to open a new store in Quebec City next summer. Ikea says its new Halifax-area store will hold grand opening next month read more

Niger UN and partners struggling to assist thousands newly displaced by BokoNiger UN and partners struggling to assist thousands newly displaced by Boko

“Our team in Niger describes the situation as very serious with acute shortages of shelter and non-food items for the displaced,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists in Geneva today.These newly displaced include local villagers, internally displaced people (IDPs), people who have been displaced several times, and Nigerian refugees, according to a recent UNHCR team visit.“UNHCR is redirecting available resources to meet the urgent shelter and other assistance,” Mr. Edwards said, calling on donors for extra support to help this vulnerable population.The agency’s current Niger operation is about half funded with $24.9 million received against overall requirements of $51 million.While struggling to cope with the humanitarian needs, UNHCR and partners have conducted a more comprehensive registration to simplify needs identification, delivered food in south-east Niger’s Diffa region, and offered health care and sanitation. However, many newly displaced, who have sought shelter alongside Niger’s National Route No. 1, are without protection by the Niger army. Moreover, they do not have adequate access to water sanitation, shelter and school.“Providing assistance and shelter is all the more difficult because people are living in spontaneous sites rather than in a camp environment,” warned Mr. Edwards.The conflict in north-east Nigeria has forced more than 220,300 people to find refuge in neighbouring countries such as Niger, Cameroon, and Chad since 2013. In Niger, insurgent incursions had displaced an estimated 50,000 people within the country, according to UNHCR. read more

Expand The College Football PlayoffExpand The College Football Playoff

Ohio State’s national college football championship might seem to vindicate the playoff selection committee, which chose the No. 4 Buckeyes over two teams with similar resumes, No. 5 Baylor and No. 6 TCU. But there probably weren’t a lot of people in Waco or Fort Worth, Texas, celebrating the Buckeyes’ Monday night win. Instead, Baylor and TCU fans have every right to think their teams deserved the same opportunity.1The argument is particularly strong for TCU, which, after being leapfrogged in an unprecedented way in the committee’s final standings, went on to crush Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl. In fact, the Horned Frogs entered Monday with nearly the same Football Power Index rating (23.6) that Ohio State had (23.8).It has sometimes been stated — I’ve said it myself — that a four-team playoff is inherently flawed when there are five major conferences. The truth is a little more complicated than that. Sometimes a “Power 5” conference champion won’t have much of a beef with having been excluded from the playoff. In 2012, for instance, Wisconsin was the BCS representative as the Big Ten champion despite just a 4-4 conference record (and an 8-5 record overall). It was a wacky case — Ohio State and Penn State finished ahead of the Badgers but were ineligible for postseason play — but it’s not so uncommon to have an “ugly duckling” major conference champion.But pretty much every other contingency complicates the committee’s job and adds to the list of teams it might consider:Sometimes there will be an undefeated team from a “minor” conference, like Boise State.Sometimes independent Notre Dame or BYU will be undefeated or will have one loss against a strong schedule.Sometimes a second team from a power conference will have a powerful argument for being among the top four nationally. In 2011, for example, Alabama ranked No. 2 and was chosen for the BCS title game; its only loss had come against No. 1 LSU.In other words, this year wasn’t an outlier: A four-team playoff is liable to produce similar controversies more often than not. It may not be the particular controversy we had this year. But there’s liable to be some type of controversy.This is usually the point at which someone asserts the problem is infinitely regressive. With four teams in the playoff, there will always be an argument over Nos. 4 and 5. With six teams, there might be the a debate over Nos. 6 and 7. Or with 68 teams, you’ll have a fight over Nos. 68 and 69.I don’t find this case entirely convincing; you’re going to hit the point of diminishing returns eventually. In 2012, I participated in a mock NCAA basketball selection committee for media members. When filling out the last few slots in the 68-team bracket, we were presented with some incredibly unappealing options: For example, a team that went 1-6 against top 50 opponents against another that had a losing record in conference play. Neither team had a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming national champion.What you don’t want to do is exclude teams that can make a credible case for being the best team in the country. It’s hard to put this philosophy into practice, of course. In a perfect world, you could permit a flexible number of teams into the playoff. One year, a team might be so far ahead of the pack that you’d be tempted to crown it national champion and cancel the playoff. The next year, the top group might run a dozen teams deep. Unfortunately, the NCAA and our corporate overlords ESPN aren’t likely to tolerate that sort of uncertainty when they need to set schedules months or years in advance.So, we need to settle on a particular number of teams. The most important objective is to avoid “false negatives” — that is, to keep from omitting teams like Baylor and TCU, whose resumes are hard to distinguish from the teams ranked first or second in the country. The next priority is to avoid “false positives,” like a three-loss team getting into the playoff when it doesn’t belong there. It might help to break the teams into tiers:The first tier consists of undefeated teams from major (“Power 5”) conferences.2In the chart after this first bullet point, we’ve treated Notre Dame as a major conference team.The second tier includes one-loss teams from major conferences, along with undefeated teams from minor conferences.The third tier consists of two-loss teams from “Power 5” conferences and one-loss teams from other conferences.The fourth tier includes everyone else.The former BCS system, with its national championship game, seemed to be based on the hope that there would be exactly two top-tier teams. Unfortunately that almost never worked out. Only four times in the 16 years of the BCS were there exactly two major-conference undefeateds. The years in which there were three such teams, like 2004, were especially controversial. The more common problem, however, is that there was often just one of these teams or none at all.So reaching into the second tier is a necessary evil if you’re going to have any type of playoff. That being the case, I’d argue that you’d rather not have to make extremely fine distinctions within the second tier. Perhaps you’re OK omitting some one-loss teams with gross deficiencies on their resumes (like those that both played poor schedules and failed to win their conference titles). But you’d rather not have to distinguish the Baylors of the world from the Ohio States.The problem with a four-team playoff is that it will often require the committee to make exactly those distinctions, splitting the second tier right down the middle. Let’s look at some historical data. In the chart below, I’ve listed the teams since 1998 as they were ranked in the final AP poll before bowl participants were chosen. (This serves as a good proxy for how the playoff selection committee might have ranked the teams.)3You could use the BCS standings or the Coaches Poll as the reference point instead; they would lead you to pretty much the same conclusions. The teams are color-coded based on which tier they belonged to.As you can see, these tiers do a reasonable job of reflecting how poll voters think about the teams. Sometimes the tiers get mixed up around the margins, but these are usually relatively obvious cases involving teams with especially strong or weak schedules.But you can also see the problem. In an average year, there are one or two first-tier teams and four or five second-tier teams. A four-team playoff will wind up splitting the second-tier teams right down the middle.What if you’re willing to omit one-loss teams that didn’t win their conference championships? In the chart, I’ve also indicated whether a team won its conference title. (I’ve listed just one champion per major conference — the team deemed as the conference champion by the BCS in the event of ties.4In 2014, the BCS was no longer active. I consider Baylor to have been the Big 12 champion over TCU by virtue of its head-to-head victory against them. There’s special handling for teams from the former Big East conference, which no longer exists for football.5Big East teams are classified based on the conference they belong to currently. If a former Big East team ranked higher than the top team from the conference it now belongs to, it is considered the champion of its current conference. For instance, Miami is classified as the 2002 ACC champion, because it ranked ahead of the actual ACC champion that year, Florida State.) This gets you closer, but you’ll still run out of space fairly often unless you’re also willing to kick out undefeated teams from minor conferences.Besides, it’s not clear that a conference championship ought to trump everything else. It’s great when, for example, the No. 3 and No. 5 teams in the country square off in their conference championship, making it serve as a de facto play-in game. But this rarely happens. Often, the two best teams in the conference are in the same division and won’t play for the conference title. Or there are cases like 2003, when Kansas State, which had two conference losses, beat undefeated Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Would Kansas State really deserve to make the playoff ahead of Oklahoma? AP voters didn’t think so. (They ranked Oklahoma No. 3 and Kansas State No. 8 the next week.)What if we expand the playoff to six teams instead?Now we’re able to accommodate the clear majority of the second tier. One-loss major conference champions will just about always make it. One-loss non-champions from major conferences will make it about 80 percent of the time. Undefeated teams from minor conferences still struggle a bit, but overall this seems to strike a good balance. As a major conference team with just one loss, you’ll make the playoff unless there’s a lot working against you. With two losses, you’ll won’t make it unless you have a lot working for you. There are still some tough decisions to be made, but the committee won’t have to cleave the second tier in half, as it often will under a four-team playoff.If you expand the playoff to eight teams, you’re able to accommodate almost all of the second tier. However, about 75 percent of the additional teams you’d add with the seventh and eighth slots are from the third tier instead. This may be too tolerant, placing too little pressure on teams to perform and schedule well in the regular season.An alternative would be to include eight teams, but with automatic bids for major conference champions. (Technically you could do this under a six-team playoff, too, but it might not be advisable.6It provides for too little flexibility. What happens when in addition to the five major conference champions, there’s an excellent Notre Dame team and an undefeated Boise State? And by placing so much emphasis on the conference championship game, this system would serve to make the rest of a team’s schedule all but irrelevant.) Presumably, teams from outside of the power conferences would object to this, but you could accommodate them by guaranteeing a sixth slot to the best independent or minor conference team. That would leave two at-large positions.I’ve run the numbers on how this would work out — and it seems like another good option. By definition, we’re now including every major conference champion. While you’d have the occasional fluke conference champ like the 2012 Wisconsin team, that might be an acceptable price for reducing the subjectivity in the process. Non-champion teams from major conferences would sometimes make the playoff but would have a lot of pressure to schedule well and perform well. The majority of one-loss teams from major conferences would make it, but they’d be at risk if they fail to win their conferences. And taking a second loss would knock a team out the vast majority of the time.No system is going to end the debates; people still argue about which teams ought to be No. 12 seeds in the NCAA hoops tourney so they can lose to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. But expanding the football playoff to six teams — or to eight teams with some automatic bids — would do a better job of rewarding the most deserving teams while preserving the importance of the regular season. It would help to ensure the most important decisions of the college football season happen on the field and not in a conference room. read more

Arafura Resources picks Australias Top End for Nolans rare earths separationArafura Resources picks Australias Top End for Nolans rare earths separation

first_imgNorthern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Arafura Resources decision to build a separation plant for its Nolans rare earth project in the Territory was a significant vote of investor confidence in the NT. This follows a record year for mineral production in the Territory – A$4.49 billion in 2017/18, up 24% on the previous year, which was a record at A$3.63 billion.Arafura Resources has been determining the feasibility of locating the plant for its Nolans project in either the Northern Territory or South Korea for a number of years. Originally, the preferred site was an industrial estate in South Korea.The Northern Territory Government has been working with Arafura throughout 2018 to secure the plant for the Territory.Arafura has advised the Australian Stock Exchange that it will be locating its separation plant at its Nolans mine site approximately 135 km north of Alice Springs. The company is expected to spend around $80 million building the plant, to potentially begin in late 2019, creating an additional 30 ongoing jobs within the separation plant and boosting the company’s operational workforce for the Nolans project to around 370.The Separation Plant represents to the Territory an:Increase in the number of operational jobs and their skill levelIncrease in the capital expenditureIncrease in the value of the Territory’s exportsIndication of investor confidence in the ability of the Territory to help deliver a complex project.The NT Government has recently established a new Local Jobs Fund to create more local jobs immediately. Significant job creating projects, which are advanced in their development like the Nolans project is, may be able to seek finance through the Fund.Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said “Mining is an economic strength of the Territory. With this announcement, the Territory is showing it can also deliver local value-added processing to our mineral resources.Gavin Lockyer, Managing Director, Arafura Resources , said: “Nolans will soon represent a new long-term, secure supply of high value rare earth products which are key to e-mobility and clean energy supply chains.“At a proposed output of 3.600 t/y of neodymium/praseodymium oxide, this equates to an amount of material sufficient to produce approximately 2 million electric vehicles for over 30 years.“Our engagement with customers indicates a growing focus on the provenance of rare earth supply being sustainable and managed in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Building the Separation Plant at the project site in the Territory allows us to tick those boxes.Arafura’s mineral tenure over the Nolans project site is secured by three granted exploration licences (ELs) – EL28473, EL28498 and EL29509. Arafura has also applied for four mineral leases (MLs) within these ELs which, when granted, will host the mining and mineral processing operations, and many of the associated infrastructure elements of the Nolans project.The project’s cornerstone asset is the Nolans Bore rare earths-phosphate deposit, one of the largest and most intensively explored deposits of its kind in the world. The deposit contains a JORC 2012-compliant Mineral Resources of 56 Mt at an average grade of 2.6% total rare earth oxides (TREO) that extends to 215 m below the surface. Two-thirds of the contained rare earths are in high confidence Measured and Indicated resources.The most abundant rare earth-bearing minerals at Nolans Bore are apatite, monazite (both phosphate minerals) and allanite (a silicate mineral). These mineral species present a highly desirable rare earth mix at Nolans Bore, with 26.4% of the mix represented by NdPr.The Measured and Indicated resources base has the potential to support mining and processing operations for at least 30-35 years, at a design capacity of 14,000 t of TREO equivalent per annum.Open-pit mining will selectively target phosphate-rich material types which comprise more than two-thirds of the deposit’s Measured and Indicated resource inventory. Arafura is planning to mine up to 5 Mt each year to produce 650,000 t of run-of-mine ore as feed to a three-stage crushing circuit.Crushed ore will initially be processed in a beneficiation plant that employs whole-of-ore flotation as the main unit operation. Beneficiation reduces the mass for subsequent processing by around 50%.The flotation concentrate will be pumped approximately 8 km via a slurry pipeline to an extraction plant.The former product will be further refined at the separation plant into three final products for sale: NdPr oxide, lanthanum (La) oxide, and a mixed middle-heavy rare earth (SEG-HRE) carbonate. Annual production is estimated to be 3,600 t of NdPr oxide, 2,660 t of La oxide and 660 t of SEG-HRE concentrate.Solid rare earth-bearing products from pre-leach will then be subjected to several processes at the extraction plant that involve baking, water leach, precipitation, dissolution, and purification. Output from the extraction plant will be 16,450 t/y of a NdPr-rich rare earth chloride intermediate product, and a lower value cerium (Ce) oxide product.Resources for the Nolans Bore deposit as at June 2017 using a 1% TREO cutoff grade. Inferred212.31026.5 Indicated302.71226.4 TOTAL562.61126.4center_img Measured4.93.21326.1 RESOURCESTONNES millionRARE EARTHS TREO %PHOSPHATE P2O5 %NdPr enrichment %last_img read more

Never Lose Your Wallet or Identity With SolarCharged EksterNever Lose Your Wallet or Identity With SolarCharged Ekster

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target As George Costanza once said, your wallet is an organizer, a secretary, and a friend.But the man’s overstuffed billfold also exploded in a burst of receipts, Irish money, and loyalty cards. So maybe don’t follow his advice.Manufacturer Ekster has a better solution: a solar-charged, RFID-blocking smart wallet with location tracking.The ultra-slim accessory allows easy one-click access to hidden cards—further protected from wireless skimming and data theft via built-in shielding technology.EksterA removable Tile Smart Location Platform tracker card, meanwhile, lets owners monitor their wallet’s whereabouts. Lost it in your house or at the gym? Simply “call” from the mobile companion app to trigger an alarm (when within Bluetooth range). It also works for missing smartphones: Tap the wallet twice to sound off your handset—even in silent mode.EksterThe $29 Tile portable tracker runs on solar energy, and requires only three hours of sunlight each month. “This means no wires, no clutter and no low battery,” company co-founder Richard Canneman said in a January statement.Ekster’s second-generation design quickly surpassed last month’s Indiegogo crowdfunding goal, and recently exceeded its Kickstarter target, with 20 days left in its campaign.“We’ve created an alternative to the traditional bi-fold wallet, so our customers can enjoy the fastest card access to date in an even slimmer design,” co-founder Rick Scharnigg boasted last month.Interested buyers can pre-order the smart wallet, available in two versions and four colors (brown, blue, tan, black) and expected for delivery this summer.The 0.35-inch Senate edition—$69 without tracker—offers room for seven-plus cards, while the 0.59-inch Parliament bi-fold wallet—$89 without tracker—carries 10 or more. Each promises RFID/NFC protection for six cards maximum.Not keen on carrying a wallet? Ekster is also selling an iPhone case (for Apple models 6 and 7), with a price tag of $29, and enough room for a scanner card and some emergency cash.As of press time, the Kickstarter campaign collected more than $76,660 from 765 backers, far exceeding the pledged $10,562 goal.last_img read more

Man opens fire at San Diego pool party 1 victim gunman dieMan opens fire at San Diego pool party 1 victim gunman die

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — A man gunned down seven people at a birthday pool party in an apartment complex near the University of California, San Diego, killing one woman before officers shot and killed him, authorities said.Police said the suspect, Peter Selis, 49, shot four black women, two black men and one Latino man Sunday. Investigators don’t yet know why Selis, who was white, opened fire, Chief Shelley Zimmerman told reporters.Several victims underwent surgery, and others were in critical condition late Sunday, she said. One man was taken to the hospital after he broke his arm running away.Rikky Galiendes, 27, heard gunshots around 6 p.m. and went to look outside his sixth-story apartment. He spotted a man bleeding and running near the pool below. Galiendes said he called out to ask if the man needed help when his roommate grabbed him, yanked him down and pointed toward a man sitting in a chair with a gun.“When we looked over the balcony, he was just sitting down with a gun on his lap,” Galiendes said. “He was calm, you know. I mean from my perspective, the guy was ready to do whatever he was going to do. He shot at people having a good time and having a party.”last_img read more

Chopper scam Ratul Puri may compromise probe if not arrestedChopper scam Ratul Puri may compromise probe if not arrested

first_imgNew Delhi : The Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court Thursday that if not arrested, Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, may compromise investigation in the AgustaWestland chopper scam. While seeking non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Puri, ED told special judge Arvind Kumar that the evidence was being tampered in the money laundering case related to now scrapped Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland. The agency further said that there were chances that Puri may flee from justice. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “Tampering of evidence going on. He is also a flight risk. Though there is LOC (Look Out Circular) issued against him (Puri), he may flee from Nepal and using other modes, since nothing seems impossible for these rich men… We are facing a lot of difficulty and the probe is likely to be compromised,” the ageny told the court. “Flight risk” is used to determine whether or not a person being accused of a crime in a court case would consider running away or flying to another country in order to avoid being found guilty and going to prison. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us The court has reserved its order on ED’s application for Friday. Puri’s advocate Vijay Aggarwal opposed ED’s application, while urging the court to hear his submissions before passing any order on the agency’s plea. The court said it will decide on Friday whether to hear defence counsel in the matter. The submissions were made days after Puri failed to get relief from the Delhi High Court and the trial court on August 6, paving the way for ED to arrest him. Advertise With Us The High Court had dismissed his petition seeking a direction to the trial court not to pronounce order on his anticipatory bail plea without hearing his other pending applications. Hours later, the trial court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, noting that the probe was at a crucial stage. The agency Wednesday moved the court seeking NBW, alleging that Puri was non-cooperative and untraceable. It said Puri was directed to join the investigation on Tuesday but he failed to turn up before the agency. “The probe agency has the rights which are being violated. This man (Puri) slipped from my (ED) office. He also blatantly non-cooperated after an interim order was granted by this court. He stopped coming before the ED,” the agency said. Puri had approached the trial court on July 27 seeking anticipatory bail in the matter, seeking protection from arrest. The court on July 27 granted him interim protection from arrest till July 29, which was later extended from time to time until his application got dismissed on August 6. Puri earlier appeared before the ED for questioning in the case. The agency has been seeking the businessman’s custody to further investigate the matter. The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland. The deal was scrapped by the NDA government in 2014 over the alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of payment of kickbacks for securing the deal.last_img read more

Is Shankar prepping up to direct PrabhasIs Shankar prepping up to direct Prabhas

first_imgPrabhas and Shankar.PR HandoutShankar’s focus has been completely on Indian 2 ever since his magnum opus 2.0 hit the screens. With the Kamal Haasan’s film being delayed for one or the other reasons, there were reports in a section of media that the filmmaker was prepping up for yet another multilingual film.Indian 2 was launched in January months after pre-production works. The team completed the first schedule of shooting after which Kamal Haasan got himself busy in politics. Thereafter the rumours of shelving the project over budget-related issues had surfaced online.It went to an extent of Reliance Entertainment taking over the project from Lyca Productions, which had backed out of the project. Even as the rumours of Indian 2 were dropped, a fresh set of speculations claimed that Shankar had plans to direct Prabhas.However, Kajal Aggarwal’s recent comments came as a confirmation that Indian 2 is still on.”The film is not shelved. I will start shooting for my part on June 1. The team is determined to make Indian 2 on a grand scale. I’m excited to be a part of the project and am eagerly waiting to work with Kamal sir,” Cinema Express quotes her as saying.Now, the latest report in Tamil media stated that Shankar has no plans to direct Prabhas, who is busy with his much-awaited Saaho, in the near future.last_img read more