NEW YORK — 5G E? 5G Plus? 5G Ultrawideband? Will the real 5G please stand up?AT&T has drawn ridicule by relabeling the network used by some of its phones as “5G E” to signal that the next-generation wireless network is here. Problem is, phones capable of connecting to 5G aren’t coming for another few months, and a national 5G network won’t be deployed until 2020 or 2021.But Verizon, which complained Tuesday about AT&T’s move, did something similar when it launched a residential wireless service with the 5G moniker using its own proprietary technology. Although there are now industry standards specifying exactly what 5G networks must meet, dubbed “5G NR,” there are still some grey areas, particularly when it comes to marketing. Carriers are using all tools at their disposal as they race to try to convince consumers they’ll be “first” with 5G.A new generation of wireless network comes along every several years, so the stakes are high for carriers to establish their dominance. When it’s fully deployed, the “5G” network is expected to give mobile users faster speeds for video, self-driving cars and connected devices at home as demand for these ramps up.IDC analyst Jason Leigh said labeling 5G is a “battle between marketers and engineers,” as they try to balance hype and reality.There’s a history of carriers being murky about network claims. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint started calling an enhanced 3G network 4G in the early 2010s. There’s more pushback this time because people are now more aware of what a next-generation network can do.AT&T said in December that it would offer a “5G Evolution” service to some of its newest Android phones in 400 markets. The “5G Evolution” service is essentially the existing 4G network with some added features that can boost speeds, technology similar to what Verizon and T-Mobile have also rolled out under different names. That’s separate from the standards-based 5G network that AT&T and others are building.Bob O’Donnell from Technalysis Research said AT&T’s “5G E” network may be slightly faster than the current 4G service but it is more like “4.5G” than “5G.”“It’s not really 5G, and it’s very confusing to people,” he said. “I’m not very sure what the logic was to be honest.”On Tuesday, Verizon launched a marketing offensive pushing back on the “5G E” label with full-page ads in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.“The potential to over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise is a temptation that the wireless industry must resist,” Verizon chief technology officer Kyle Malady wrote in the ad. Malady also said Verizon wouldn’t “call our 4G network a 5G network if customers don’t experience a performance or capability upgrade that only 5G can deliver.”Still, Verizon itself rolled out a 5G wireless broadband service in four cities in October using its own proprietary technology rather than industry-based standards. This residential service is meant to compete with cable rather than offer cellular connectivity outside the home. Verizon plans to update the equipment once standards-based devices are available, but there’s no timeline for that.Verizon spokesman Kevin King said comparing Verizon’s 5G service to AT&T’s move is a mistake because Verizon has been clear that it wasn’t using standards-compliant equipment right away.T-Mobile CEO John Legere, meanwhile, tweeted a tongue-in-cheek video showing T-Mobile’s LTE network symbol on a phone replaced with a piece of tape reading “9G.”AT&T declined to comment about the pushback.While there aren’t any legal ramifications in calling AT&T’s latest network 5G E, there’s a risk in alienating customers, said Leigh, the IDC analyst.“They’re entitled to call their product whatever they want,” Leigh said. “Ultimately they’ll have to deal with any confusion from a customer perspective.”Mae Anderson, The Associated Press
Fort St. John Campaign Office Grand OpeningMonday, September 16, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m at 10230 100 StreetPrince George Campaign Office Grand OpeningTuesday, September 17, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m at 1905 Victoria StreetDawson Creek Campaign Office Grand OpeningWednesday, September 18, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m at 1201 Alaska Avenue FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The public have been invited to join in the grand opening of the re-elect for Bob Zimmer, Conservative Candidate, offices.This is a chance to meet with Zimmer, Conservative Candidate for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and his campaign team. Zimmer was elected to represent the Conservative party in 2011, 2015 and is now running for re-election in 2019.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Gujarat government to take disciplinary action in two weeks against the erring police officials, including an IPS officer, convicted by the Bombay High Court in the Bilkis Bano gang rape case during the 2002 riots in the state. Besides, Bano in a plea before the top court sought exemplary compensation from the state government, refusing to accept its offer of Rs 5 lakh.A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna asked the Gujarat government to complete the disciplinary action within two weeks initiated against the erring officials indicted by the Bombay High Court. “On the statement made by the Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, appearing for the State of Gujarat, that the proceedings for disciplinary action against the erring officers will be completed within two weeks, we adjourn the matter for two weeks. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”On the next date, the orders passed in the disciplinary proceedings be placed before the Court,” the bench said. The top court, terming the Rs 5 lakh compensation offered by the Gujarat government ‘interim’, said the plea for exemplary compensation will be heard on April 23. “Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General appearing for the State has offered an interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh, which counsel for the petitioner is reluctant to accept and instead prays for final disposal of the special leave petition. Let the special leave petition be listed on April 23, 2019,” it said.
Rabat – Morocco’s anti-terrorist squad dismantled a group of ten female terrorists in a preventive operation. The group of women planned to use explosive devices for their suicide attacks on Election Day, October 7, and were active in seven different cities throughout Morocco.“ISIS terrorist organization is changing its tactics, and is bent on attacking the kingdom of Morocco through its weakest component, female minors. They use social media sites to recruit and brainwash minors,” said Head of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) Abdelhak El Khiyame in a press conference held today at the Bureau’s headquarters in Sale. During the press conference, El Khiyame revealed the major elements of the ongoing investigation following the dismantlement of the all-female terrorist cell, some of whom were as young as 13-years-old.El Khiyame expressed his dismay over the exploitation of Moroccan women for ISIS’s terrorist agenda, adding that ISIS has changed its tactics and is now recruiting female minor to commit acts of terror.“This operation may seem to be simple, but it is not,” El Khiyame said. “We are working on the fight against terrorism through a preemptive approach. But this cell in particular is different. For the first time, we are faced with female terrorists, most of whom are minors.”The BCIJ Director stated that ISIS is trying to sneak a new virus into Morocco’s social fabric by recruiting minors, adding that the organization is taking advantage of those who condone the same extremist ideology. “ISIS try to take advantage of silent cells who share the same hostile agenda to carry out suicide operations against sensitive facilities in Morocco in a Boko Haram style,” he said.This new “worrying” tactic will need a national multi-disciplinary approach to defeat it. El Khiyame urged all components of society to fight against the spread of the Jihadist ideology.ISIS was successful in recruiting these young girls, in part, because of the non-existent role of parents, education institution, and civil society, the Moroccan official said.El Khiyame did not rule out the possibility of other ISIS minor-recruitments in the future. He urged stakeholders to collaborate through a comprehensive approach based on social, religious and educational awareness.This group of terrorists will be brought before justice after the investigations conducted under the competent public prosecutor’s office are complete.
Rabat – Egyptian authorities have arrested more than 1,000 people, on Wednesday, September 25, amid protests calling for an end to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s presidency.The Egyptian Centre for Freedoms and Rights said that authorities have arrested 1,003 protesters, while the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights reported the arrest of 1,298 protesters.On Tuesday, September 24, authorities arrested two prominent academics, Hazem Hosny and Hassan Nafaa. Police arrested Hosny, a political science professor at Cairo University, in front of his home. The arrest was reported by his lawyer Tarek al-Awadi on Facebook. In recent days, the professor has been critical to Sissi on social media.The professor was a spokesman for former Egyptian military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was arrested after attempting to run against Sisi in last year’s presidential elections.Hassan Nafaa, another professor of political science at the same university, was detained at his home late on Tuesday, family sources told AFP.Read also: Fake Facebook News Campaigns from Saudi, UAE, and Egypt Target MoroccoIn a statement to AFP earlier this week, Nafaa said that “Sisi’s desired image as “Egypt’s saviour from Muslim Brotherhood rule… has been completely dismantled.”Protests broke out after Mohamed Aly, an exiled Egyptian businessman living in Spain, posted videos accusing Sissi of corruption and the military of wasting public money on building luxurious properties.Sissi has dismissed the allegations as “lies and slander.”Just last week, authorities arrested more than 600 Egyptian protesters.
22 December 2008The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders reaffirmed their commitment today to United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island and pledged to reach a settlement as soon as possible. “Looking back to our efforts since March 2008, we recognize that we still need to consider a long list of chapters. We also assess that although some progress has been made, it has been insufficient,” Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said in a joint statement from Nicosia, following today’s meeting. In May, the two leaders committed to a partnership that will comprise a Federal Government with a single international identity, as well as a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State which will be of equal status. They met on 16 December to examine issues concerning state and federal laws. Speaking to the press after today’s meeting at the UN Protected Area in Nicosia, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, described the joint statement as “a very encouraging and a very positive development.” The two leaders, Mr. Downer said, focused their discussion on external affairs and the powers of a federal government. They will meet again on 5 January to hash out the “hierarchy of norms” – the relationship between laws passed by the Federal Government and legislation created by the country’s constituent States – as well as other remaining constitutional concerns. Two more meetings are planned for the following week. Mr. Downer dismissed reporters’ claims that the UN would end the talks and that Cyprus would be permanently divided if a solution is not reached next year. He said the negotiations are gaining momentum and that he looks forward to productive discussions in 2009.The full-fledged power-sharing talks, central to the reunification process in Cyprus, began in September. UN peacekeepers have been deployed there since 1964 to prevent fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.
An estimated 1 million to 5 million cases of pesticide poisonings occur each year, resulting in several thousand fatalities, including children, according to Childhood Pesticide Poisoning: Information for Advocacy and Action, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organization (WHO).Children face higher risks from pesticides than adults because they may be more susceptible or are exposed more to such chemicals over the course of their lifetime, the report says. Most of the poisonings take place in rural areas of developing countries, where safeguards typically are inadequate or lacking altogether. Although developing nations use just a quarter of the world’s production of pesticides, they experience 99 per cent of the deaths due to pesticide poisoning.Diet and poverty are two of the major sources of exposure for children, the report says. Food and water containing pesticide residues may be a source of chronic, low-level pesticide exposure; growing food on or near contaminated soils puts children at risk; and even pesticides stored incorrectly in the field or the household may contaminate food or water.In poor families, meanwhile, children often help on family farms where pesticides are used; pesticide users, including teenagers, may lack access to protective equipment or receive no training; and in many developing countries, the marking and advertising of pesticides is often uncontrolled or illicit.To minimize risk, the UN agencies urge reducing and eliminating possible sources of pesticide exposure to children and home and at work, keeping such chemicals out their reach, and cutting the use of agricultural pesticides through Integrated Pest Management (IPM).Other steps to reduce the harmful effects include training health workers to recognize and manage pesticide poisoning, providing training to people on how to use pesticides safely, running educational and information campaigns in the media, and addressing all aspects of pesticide management from manufacturing until use or disposal.
“The media is also requested to use restraint when showing pictures of last year’s disaster, so that tourists will not be scared off for a second time,” the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said in a statement noting that hotel room capacity and air seat capacity to Thailand’s Andaman coast, Sri Lanka and the Maldives is still substantially lower than before the tragedy.“The return of tourists to the tsunami-affected countries is the best way to help local communities recover from the tragedy,” it added.In an appeal to the media in March, UNWTO sought to avoid what it called a new “infodemic,” a repeat of the slump in Asian tourism from the SARS health crisis two years earlier when travel dropped sharply during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed 774 people and infected more than 8,000 worldwide, the vast majority of them in China.In its latest statement, issued ahead of the anniversary of the 26 December tsunami, the agency noted that recovery of tourist arrivals to affected beach resorts has been sluggish. Official statistics show arrivals to Phuket, Thailand, down by 50 per cent in August, October arrivals to the Maldives down by 23 per cent and foreign guest nights along Sri Lanka’s south coast down by 53 per cent in August.But beach resorts in all three countries are reporting forward bookings for December and January between 80 and 90 per cent. Diminished capacity is most evident in Thailand; on Phi Phi Island only 400 rooms are available compared to 2,000 before the tsunami and in hard-hit Khao Lak fewer than 500 of the 6,000 rooms have been reopened.Indonesia presents a different recovery curve. As tourism facilities were not damaged in the tsunami that destroyed Banda Aceh, arrivals to Bali actually increased from March through September. Terrorist attacks on 1 October drove tourism down once again by an estimated 37 per cent that month. But officials are hopeful that the recovery will be quicker than after the 2002 Bali bombings, due to stepped-up security and improved communications.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has relaunched its AIDS Clock, an exhibit that has been counting the relentless toll of the epidemic since 1997. “The AIDS Clock reminds us of how pressing our work is,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. “The clock ticks louder as the number of people living with HIV increases. Behind each number is a face, a family and a circle of loved ones who are also affected.”When UNFPA first unveiled the AIDS Clock just under a decade ago, it registered some 24 million people living with HIV. In the intervening period, most of those people have died, and millions more have become infected.In 1999, UNFPA launched the AIDS Clock as a web-based exhibit, and has recently revised and expanded its reach in a bid to symbolize the epidemic’s scale and the urgent response it demands. “Our goal is to slow down, and eventually turn back the AIDS Clock,” said the UNFPA chief. “Preventing HIV is the key.”More than 65 million people have been infected with HIV since AIDS was first detected 25 years ago. More than 25 million people have died, and an estimated 40.3 million people are now living with HIV. In addition to showing an estimate of the people living with HIV, the clock links to regional figures, fact sheets and epidemiology trends, based on information provided by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). It also provides links to some of the major campaigns that work to spread awareness of the issue and mobilize effective responses.
Vancouver’s former chief constable joins high profile private sector firm VANCOUVER – Former Vancouver police chief Jim Chu has moved from crime fighting to private enterprise.Chu has joined the Aquilini Investment Group (AIG) as vice president of special projects and partnerships.An announcement from the company says he will ensure safety standards are upheld and meaningful partnerships are developed with First Nations across B.C., in relation to various agricultural, energy and development projects.The 36-year police veteran retired this spring after just over seven years as Vancouver’s first non-white chief constable.President of Aquilini Development and Construction, David Negrin, says Chu’s proven leadership experience, prominence in the community, and business acumen make him an ideal candidate for the job.Vancouver-based AIG is best known as the owner of the NHL Vancouver Canucks, but the family-run business also includes everything from commercial, industrial and residential construction to sustainable agriculture, renewable energy projects and food, beverage and hospitality enterprises.— by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2015 8:38 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
OTTAWA – The federal budget is changing the rules that govern employment insurance, measures aimed at helping resource-dependent provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Workers there, many of them likely at or near the end of their unemployment benefits, will get a short-term boost.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget adds five weeks to the regular 45 weeks of EI benefits those workers receive, effective in July but retroactive to January 2015.That measure will cost the treasury $405 million this year and $177 million next year.Long-tenured workers in the 12 regions identified in the budget as suffering the sharpest jumps in joblessness will be eligible for an extra 20 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 70 weeks.That change, too, will be effective in July but retroactive to January of last year.“In the short-term, the collapse of the price of oil and other commodities has strained families and communities in many provinces,” Morneau said in his budget speech.The budget also cut the two-week waiting period for benefits to one week, starting next year, added $19 million to speed up processing of benefit applications and $73 million over two years to hire more people at overwhelmed call centres. Regions hit hard by plunge in commodity prices get sweetened EI pot in budget by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2016 2:58 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Finance Minister Bill Morneau holds a news conference before the release of his federal budget in Ottawa, Tuesday March 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York that yesterday and today, a number of mortar shells fell in close proximity to, and on the grounds of, the hotel in Damascus housing UN staff. The mortar fire caused some damage to the building and some cars in the parking lot, including one UN vehicle. “The United Nations Security Management Team has assessed the situation and decided to temporarily reduce the presence of international staff in Damascus due to security conditions. We are also exploring safer premises,” he stated.“The United Nations attaches great importance to the safety of all its staff – national and international. With this in mind, we are temporarily relocating some of the UN international staff in Syria out of the country.”As part of that effort, Mr. Nesirky said that most of the Damascus-based staff of the Office of the Joint Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, are being temporarily relocated to Beirut, Lebanon, and to the Joint Special Representative’s main office in Cairo. All of the Office’s national staff have been asked to work from home, until further notice. “These measures are being undertaken solely for security reasons,” said the spokesperson. “The United Nations remains active and committed to helping the Syrian sides in their search for a political solution.”There are approximately 100 international and 800 national staff in Damascus working with the offices of the Joint Special Representative, the Resident Coordinator, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and various UN agencies and programmes. Mr. Nesirky added that UN agencies and their partners also remain committed to providing assistance to millions of people in need across Syria. Over 70,000 people have been killed and more than three million displaced since the uprising against President al-Assad began in March 2011. Some 1.1 million people have also been forced to flee Syria and take refuge in neighbouring countries.“The UN will maintain inside Syria the number of staff and capacity required to continue running its critical humanitarian programs and deliver assistance to civilians in need. This is a priority for the UN.”Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced an independent investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. The initial focus of the probe will be an incident involving the alleged use of chemical weapons in the village of Khan al-Assal on the outskirts of Aleppo on 19 March.
“We need to urgently address the defining challenges of our time: access to quality education, unemployment, inequality, social exclusion and climate change”, Inga Rhonda King asserted in her opening remarks. “We cannot achieve this at the UN alone. We are all in this together”. Under the theme “Empowered, Included and Equal”, this year’s Forum aims to mobilize support for young people across the globe. While noting some encouraging signs concerning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she pointed to emerging evidence that suggests “the world is not yet on track to meeting many of the SDGs by 2030”. “I urge you to assess where we stand and mobilize together to move us forward” she stressed. The Youth Forum provides a platform for young leaders globally to engage in a dialogue among themselves and with UN Member States and to share ideas for advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Today is the big day! @UNECOSOC President & @UNYouthEnvoy welcome you to the Youth Forum, the largest gathering of young people and youth ministers at the @UN. Join the conversation by using #Youth2030 & #SDGLive! pic.twitter.com/6lR8vOd31x— Global Goals (@GlobalGoalsUN) April 8, 2019 It also gives youth the space to share their vision and contribute to upcoming UN meetings, including the 2019 ECOSOC Substantive Session in July, the 2019 High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) and the high-level events taking place on the margins of the General Assembly in September, including the Climate Summit, the High-level Meeting on Financing for Development and the SDG Summit. General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa called the Youth Forum “one of the most important mechanisms for young people to shape the 2030 Agenda”. Underscoring that the world needs inclusive inter-generational cooperation, she said the contribution of the 1.8 billion young people around the world was “crucial” for success in 2030. Ms. Espinosa spoke about the challenges of having 64 million young people unemployed along with the situation of youth in conflict-affected States — where one-third of all young people live. This year’s Forum is of particular importance, she explained, as it informs the annual political forum in July as well as feeds into the HLPF in September, which “will be the first comprehensive stock take”, pushing the agenda upwards to Heads of State level. “There is no limit to what this generation, the largest, most educated, most globally-minded in history can deliver”, she spelled out. In her opening statement, UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake said that the outcomes of this year’s Youth Forum will help steer discussions to prioritize young people’s needs and rights ahead of the SDG and Climate Action Summits later this year. “The UN is pursuing action across many fronts to support Member States in meeting these [challenges] and it continues to pursue a path towards a fair globalization that works for all, while seeking to instill continued appreciation for multilateralism and dialogue, including among young people”, she stated. President of ECOSOC, Inga Rhonda King (centre), addresses the ECOSOC Youth Forum, 8 April 2019., by UN Photo/Evan Schneider
OSU senior defenseman Josh Healey (47) corrals the puck during the Buckeyes game against Robert Morris University on Nov. 4, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Big Ten Conference announced Monday that Ohio State men’s hockey senior defender Josh Healey has been suspended for Friday’s road clash at the Michigan Wolverines under the conference’s supplemental discipline process.The suspension comes after a massive hit from Healey on Wisconsin senior forward Grant Besse that occurred in a game against the Badgers on Jan. 28, resulting in a major penalty for Healey. Healey has notched 18 points this season on four goals and 14 assists, including an assist on the equalizer that sent Saturday’s matchup with Wisconsin into overtime.The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, this weekend for a road series with the rival Michigan Wolverines. Puck drop Friday night from Yost Ice Arena is set for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s start is slated for 7 p.m.
Vibert Rodrigues of Aruaima River, Berbice, Region 10, was on Monday refused bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he was found with a quantity of ganja in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Rodrigues, who plies his trade as a logger, denied the charge which stated that on March 2, 2019, at Landsville, Aruaima, had in his possession 2000 grams of cannabis.The Prosecution is contending that on March 2, Police during a sting operation swooped down on the home of the 31-year-old man and conducted a search. The sting operation, according to the Prosecution, was done after police arrested a man with narcotics and he took them to the house where he allegedly brought the illegal drug. Police ranks from the McKenzie Police Station during the search unearthed two plastic bags containing the suspected cannabis in the yard.Rodrigues and his son were arrested but the Prosecution is contending that the defendant, in a caution statement to the police, claimed ownership of the narcotic. In court on Monday Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the penalty it attracts.Magistrate McLennan upheld the Prosecution’s submission and remanded the logger to prison. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Not my parcel”- man allegedly caught with ganja tells courtOctober 22, 2018In “Court”Gold miner charged for ganja possessionAugust 10, 2018In “Court”Ex-cop nabbed with 202 lbs ganja during raidJuly 2, 2019In “Crime”
AGM’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Caldwell speak with members of the media following a tour of AGM’s Cuyuni/ Mazaruni mining operation.Guyana Goldfields, the owner of Aurora Gold Mine (AGM), located in the north-west of Guyana’s Mazaruni Region, is set to begin underground mining very soon, after securing its much-needed clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), final clearance has to come from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).According to AGM’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Caldwell, all the necessary documents have been submitted to the GGMC for processing.GGMC Commissioner, Newell Dennison, corroborated Caldwell statement, telling members of the media that all documents have been submitted, and the usual technical checks were now being conducted. “These things take time, but I can say everything has been submitted and clearance will come, but the checks have to be made.”According to DPI, AGM hosted the government and private media on a tour of its Mazaruni operations. During the visit, the company’s safety measures and records to date came in for praise from Commissioner Dennison.The Aurora Mine is one of the largest gold mines in Guyana and the world, with an estimated reserve of 6.54million ounces of gold.AGM began open-pit exploration in Guyana in 1995 and began producing in 2016. So far, the company has invested approximately $63Billion (US$300M) in its Guyana operations.For the underground mining exploration, $5Billion (US$25M) is the set bill for the first three years of exploration, with another $21Billion (US$100M) to be used in the next ten years of production, DPI reported.AGM has a 16 per cent female workforce, with a special program designed to teach women how to operate heavy machinery.Training and internship are also offered to GGMC staff and University of Guyana students, specifically in the area of environmental studies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Goldfields transitioning from surface to underground miningFebruary 5, 2018In “Business”Aurora Gold Mine gets clearance to begin underground miningMarch 1, 2019In “latest news”Underground exploration at Aurora Gold Mine showing positive signsAugust 28, 2019In “latest news”
Orica’s Angus Melbourne told a packed Austmine 2019 crowd in Brisbane this week that the blasting specialist is committed to developing automated solutions for both the underground and surface mining sectors and is working with both customers and industry partners to make this aim a reality.During his speech on Wednesday, Melbourne, Orica’s Chief Commercial and Technical Officer, walked delegates through a number of achievements the company had achieved over its 140-year history, but also looked ahead to how Orica is focused on revolutionising the drill and blast operations of the future.“Blasting is one of the few processes in the mining value chain that remains largely untouched by automation,” Melbourne said. “As mines go deeper and orebodies become more remote, the case for blasting automation becomes clearer.”Among a number of benefits of blasting automation were the ability to remove people from harm’s ways, grant access to difficult ore reserves and reduce operational delays, he explained.“Due to the complexities associated with a typical blast operation, this is no trivial endeavour,” he said.Melbourne said progress was already being made with Orica’s automation efforts, singling out its Orica’s WebGen™ wireless initiation technology, in particular. Launched in 2018, WebGen improves safety by removing people from hazardous situations and enhances productivity through the removal of constraints previously placed on operations by wired connections.“Since its release, more than 130 WebGen wireless blasts have been executed globally across four industry segments,” Melbourne told delegates.Newmont Goldcorp’s Musselwhite mine has been an advocate of the wireless initiation technology, recently saying the blasting tests it has carried out at the Ontario mine were “a decisive step on the path towards full automation of drill and blast operations in the future”.The wireless initiation technology is leading to the development of new blasting options, according to Melbourne, who said, in the last 12 months, Orica has co-developed more than seven new techniques that are “revolutionising the way our customers are planning and executing their mining operations”.On stage, Melbourne then played a short video from CMOC Northparkes in New South Wales, Australia, a miner that recently converted its entire sub-level cave copper mine to WebGen wireless initiation blasting; an Australia and world first, according to Melbourne.He said Northparkes has seen significant improvements in safety, productivity and ore recovery since the transition. Melbourne’s words were echoed later that day when Orica received the Austmine METS Innovation Award for the use of WebGen at Northparkes.Melbourne pointed to a second collaborative development that was helping shape the company’s blast automation efforts during his time on stage; this time with an original equipment manufacturer.The company has been working with MacLean Engineering out of Canada to test the first fully-mechanised drawpoint hang-up blasting solution, he said.Capable of drilling and charging up to eight blast holes remotely, the solution is underpinned by WebGen wireless technology and, once again, removes people from harm’s way.“Hang-up blasting is a major issue for block and sub-level cave mines around the world,” Melbourne said. “In fact, at any one time, up to 30% of all drawpoints can be unavailable due to oversize material. All current solutions are either high risk mining activities or are highly inefficient to implement.”He then played a video highlighting this industry-first solution, before remarking: “This is a significant step towards fully-autonomous production in underground mines. It’s an exciting time for everyone involved and is just one example of an industry collaboration to deliver blast automation.”Melbourne concluded his presentation by saying, in the future, integrated, automated and intelligent systems will deliver the critical data necessary for executing real-time change and quantifiable impact on all parts of the value chain “through an ‘ecosystem of insight’ never seen before in mining.“To capture the full potential of rapidly-evolving technology will require new ways of thinking, new ways of working, and a new spirit of collaboration across the industry.”
RPMGlobal says it is experiencing exponential growth of its advanced mine planning and scheduling software XECUTE® and XPAC® Solutions.The 2019 financial year has seen a significant increase in the industry’s adoption of XECUTE as more miners begin to reap the benefits of closing the gap between planning and execution, according to RPM.Over recent months, this has seen the company add several new XECUTE customers in what has been the fastest uptake of a new solution RPM has experienced in many years, it said. This has been across a range of commodities (oil sands, coal, copper, iron ore and gold).The software is already used extensively around the world across various commodities and mining methods, with the significant growth in sales of these products attributable to both their innovative nature and the fact more organisations are starting to realise the “power connected solutions can deliver to their planning functions”, the company said.XECUTE is RPM’s short-term scheduling solution to enable miners to maximise planning value by using intelligent integration to connect planning with operations. It uses a highly visual user interface to enhance communication between mining specialists, according to the company.“XECUTE supports this by providing short-term work assignments to HPGPS and Fleet Management systems. The dynamic integration then allows the solution to bring back the ‘actuals’ (from those systems) to view what work was done and compare it spatially to the shift plan,” the company said.“XECUTE takes guidance from longer schedules ensuring that operations are always working towards the strategic goal of the longer-term planners. Short-term planners then have a rich visual compliance tool, overlying longer-term guidance, the short-term plan and actual operations all in one 4D environment.”XPAC, meanwhile, is made up of pre-defined logic, which, when combined with the tacit knowledge of mining engineers, automatically determines what is practically possible to achieve across one or many mining operations, according to the company. This agility gives engineers the ability to respond rapidly to the market and maximise output delivering shareholder value.The schedules developed in the latest version of XPAC can be passed directly to XECUTE and, likewise, any changes made within XECUTE can be passed back to XPAC to update the short-term schedule, ensuring a seamless scheduling interchange and more importantly, far easier analysis of plan compliance, RPM said.One of the major differentiators of RPM’s scheduling tools is the Integrated Product Optimiser (PO). Product Optimiser is a mathematical algorithm that determines the optimal allocation of material to destinations through the mining supply chain.RPM says: “Unlike other scheduling packages, PO is integrated with the schedule to find the optimal way to process, blend and stockpile products to maximise value from what is about to be mined. Mining organisations tend to have very sophisticated supply chain operations which makes it difficult to produce a specific blend at any given point.“PO optimises the process by determining the single best solution with all of the material available at any given point in time with the goal to maximise the net present value,” the company said. It can therefore have a significant role in reducing stockpile costs by providing the ability to define the requirements of the blend before the port.XECUTE has, as its foundation, RPM’s Enterprise Planning Framework™, with enterprise data feeds providing planners with the most up-to-date scheduling inputs to be automatically pushed to downstream systems.RPM CEO, Richard Mathews, said: “The mining industry is focused on plan compliance and driving more predictability into their planning processes. Not only because of the cost savings available to them but because predictable operations are also safer ones.“To create XECUTE, we listened to the market, worked with key players and delivered a solution that can align horizons, optimise the plan with the supply chain, and connect planning/maintenance and production as well as delivering a visually rich compliance tool.“As we move increasingly toward autonomy, solutions such as XECUTE are vital. With more automation comes less human intervention, with better data collection and integration comes better execution and with better execution better outcomes are realised.”He concluded: “The investment we have made into enterprise integration over the last seven years is really paying dividends to both RPM and the industry.”
THERE WERE 7,753 missing person reports filed last year. The total number of people who are still missing is 28.Of the total number missing person reports filed last year, 5,980 were high risk, 694 were medium risk and 1,079 were low risk.The latest figures contained in the annual report from An Garda Síochána shows that the Dublin Metropolitan Region accounts for the highest number of missing persons yet to be found.Whereabouts unknownOut of 2,337 high risk missing person reports, 6 remain untraced, while out of 244 medium risk reports, three people remain untraced. A total of 402 reports were low risk, with nine of these cases yet to be traced.Following Dublin, the Southern Region – including Cork City, Cork North, Cork West, Kerry and Limerick – accounts for 1,750 missing person reports last year. A total of three people remain missing.The Eastern Region filed 1,105 missing person reports last year, with no cases going untraced.The Northern Region filed 669 missing person cases, with just one case going untraced, while the South Eastern Region filed 741 missing person files, with four going untraced.Finally, the Western region filed 505 missing person cases, two of which are untraced.MissingThe gardaí said a missing person report can result from a wide variety of situations – being lost, a child running away from home, a domestic situation which drives a person away, in some cases suicide and sometimes homicide.“A person who remains missing leaves behind loved ones and family where many questions are asked and unfortunately sometimes remain unanswered,” said the gardaí.Thankfully, most people are located in a relatively short period of time, but unfortunately some remain missing. An Garda Síochána will not close a missing person investigation until the person is found.The gardaí said the the Missing Persons Bureau continue to invest in and develop policies, practices and procedures to ensure that the “standard is in keeping with bestinternational practice which will result in reaching an even more successful conclusion in missing person investigations”.Also in the annual report:Gardaí seized €32 million worth of drugs in 12 months >Air pistols and shotguns were the most seized firearms last year >Martin who? Callinan isn’t mentioned in opening of annual garda report >More than 1,100 public complaints filed against gardaí last year>
Diablo III is currently unplayable if you are attempting to connect to one of Blizzard’s servers across Asia. That’s because some gamers figured out how to start duplicating items.Blizzard has reacted by shutting off access to its servers while they figure out how gamers were exploiting the game to make additional items and then must produce a fix to stop it happening again. The good news for Blizzard is that the real-money auction house has yet to be launched, so at least no one managed to generate some serious cash by producing and selling high value items.Having the ability to stop everyone playing the game due to the always-connected DRM is definitely a positive in situations like this. However, it doesn’t stop the situation being any less frustrating for gamers unaware of the issue and just trying to login to play the game they paid for.The real-money auction house has already been delayed once as a patch was being prepared to solve a number of issues. Security has also been increased ahead of the launch with Blizzard announcing a Battle.net Authenticator or Mobile Authenticator will be required to add to your Battle.net Balance in the future.Blizzard is currently facing a potentially very expensive round of refunds in Korea following hundreds of complaints about the game not working at launch and refusing to issue players with refunds upon request.For the moment there is no ETA as to when the Diablo III servers will come back online for Asia.Read more at Eurogamer.net