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Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi moved into the quarterfinals but the Indo-Pak Express, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, crashed out of the men’s doubles event in the Australian Open on Monday.Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi during their match against Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers at the Australian Open on Monday. APPaes and Bhupathi, who teamed up after nine years in a bid to add the only Grand Slam title – the Australian Open – missing from their cupboard, scored a fighting three-set win over 13th seeds Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in an engrossing third-round clash that lasted an hour and 52 minutes. Things, however, did not fall in place for Bopanna and Qureshi as the Indo-Pak Express went down fighting to France’s Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 6-3, 6-7, 6-7 in another tough third-round match which spanned over two hours. The third seeded pair of Paes and Bhupathi started the match positively as they pocketed the first set in just 33 minutes. But Granollers and Robredo made a strong comeback to take the encounter into a decider which the Indians won after a 42- minute battle.The highlight of Paes and Bhupathi’s performance was their 100 per cent break point conversion. The Indian pair made use of the two opportunities that came their way while their opponents could only convert two out of the four chances they earned. Paes and Bhupathi, however, will have to get their acts together in the quarter-finals and avoid committing unforced errors, which they did 18 times on Monday as against their rival’s eight.advertisementIn the quarter-finals, Paes and Bhupathi will play Llodra and Zimonjic, who held their nerves to outplay the Bopanna-Qureshi pair. Against Llodra and Zimonjic, Bopanna and Qureshi, seeded 10th, got off to a great start registering the first set in their favour with a comfortable 6-3 scoreline. But the Indo-Pak duo faced stiff resistance from Llodra and Zimonjic in the next two sets. Both pairs fought hard and hardly gave an inch to the other. They matched each other in all departments of the game to stretch the second as well as the third set to tie-breakers. While the second set went on for almost an hour, the final set saw a 50-minute battle. In both tie-breakers, Bopanna and Qureshi failed to finish it off, even as Llodra and Zimonjic managed to earn crucial points to seal the affair with a 6-7 (6-8) and 6-7 (3-7) scoreline.In another match, No. 5 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland, defeated Colin Ebelthite and Adam Feeney of Australia, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. American Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands Antilles beat Spaniards David Marrero and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-3, 6-4.- With agency inputs
Bala DeviDangmei Gracefootballindian football First Published: September 2, 2019, 11:00 PM IST New Delhi: The Indian senior women’s football team was on Monday held to a draw in its second international friendly against Uzbekistan at the Yakkasari Stadium in Tashkent.India took the lead early in the second half through forward Sandhiya Ranganathan, but the home side fought back with a little over 10 minutes of regulation time left in the game, as Lyudmila Karachik equalised through a penalty. It was a free-flowing game that ebbed and flowed both ways, as both sides tried to break the deadlock.India forward Bala Devi had the first real chance of the match for the away side, as she lined up a free-kick from close range. However, her effort went wide.AIFF Emerging Player of the Year Dangmei Grace troubled the Uzbekistan defenders from the right wing, while goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan made some smart saves at the other end.It was after the change of ends, however, that India found the breakthrough that they were looking for, as Bala raced forward and played Sandhiya through on goal and the latter converted the chance on the 52nd minute.India almost doubled their lead a few minutes later, when Ranjana Chanu galloped down the left flank and whipped it in across the face of the goal. unfortunately, nobody was present in the box to convert the chance.Uzbekistan, however, kept probing at the Indian defence, and got their reward in the form of a 78th minute penalty, which was converted by Lyudmila Karachik. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Luis Enrique won his first game in charge of Spain as La Roja came from behind to beat England 2-1 at Wembley in the Nations League.It was a disappointing night for World Cup semi-finalists England, who took an early lead through Marcus Rashford but were behind within 22 minutes after goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo Moreno.Luke Shaw, making his first international start in three years, was taken off on a stretcher wearing a neck brace and oxygen mask early in the second half after a clash with Dani Carvajal, and the hosts failed to mount a comeback in his absence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Spain were fluid and fluent throughout their first match under Luis Enrique and, after their shock World Cup last-16 exit to hosts Russia ended a tumultuous campaign, will go confidently into their next game against Croatia, though a late foul by substitute Danny Welbeck meant they will not do so on the back of a draw.Harry Kane released Shaw down the left and the full-back picked out his Manchester United team-mate Rashford with a precision pass that was slotted past David de Gea in the 11th minute.Two minutes later Carvajal rounded Shaw and squared to Rodrigo, who cut the ball back to Saul for a first-time finish inside Jordan Pickford’s near post.Having played the better football, Spain deservedly took the lead in the 32nd minute, Rodrigo losing his marker and side-footing Thiago Alcantara’s curling free-kick home.The loss of Shaw early in the second half deprived England of a valuable attacking outlet and they struggled to create chances thereafter.Welbeck had the ball in the net deep into the allotted nine additional minutes only for him to be judged to have fouled De Gea in the process and the goal was ruled out, ensuring Spain left with all three points.The #ThreeLions looked to have equalised through @DannyWelbeck , but it’s ruled out.Our #NationsLeague opener ends in defeat. pic.twitter.com/UEGNJWhkXW — England (@England) September 8, 2018 What does it mean: Southgate must ponder porous defence England have conceded six goals in their last three games in all competitions and Gareth Southgate will feel Spain were allowed back into the contest far too easily, particularly after Harry Maguire played Rodrigo onside for their second.Pat on the back: De Gea back to his best Criticised for his poor shots-to-goals-conceded ratio at the World Cup, De Gea produced a superb save to deny Rashford’s header and preserve Spain’s lead in the 35th minute, giving his defence the confidence to shut England out from then. The keeper was perhaps fortunate referee Danny Makkelie deemed he was fouled by Welbeck before the Arsenal striker tucked home late on.Boot up the backside: Henderson must learn to relish big games After struggling in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia, Jordan Henderson once again failed to rise to the occasion against one of Europe’s best teams and if England are to become a major force he must begin to dictate play from midfield.Key Opta facts: 2 – Spain have won an international game at Wembley for the second time (D2 L5), with both of those victories featuring a Marcos Alonso in the team (Father in 1981 and Son this evening). Legacy. pic.twitter.com/ca315KEiKy — OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 8, 2018 – England lost their first competitive game at Wembley since November 2007 (3-2 versus Croatia), ending a run of 24 games without defeat there.- None of the last nine coaches of Spain have lost their first game in charge (W7 D2), with Luis Suarez the last man to do so in 1988 (2-1 versus Yugoslavia).- All four of Rashford’s goals for England have come in home games that he has started (no goals in 16 substitute appearances) – two at Wembley, one at the Stadium of Light and one at Elland Road.- England have conceded six goals in their last three games in all competitions, as many as they had in their previous 13 games combined (three).- There were just 120 seconds between England opening the scoring through Rashford, and Saul equalising with his first goal for the senior Spain side.What’s next? England must wait until October to attempt to make up lost ground in the Nations League with games against Croatia and Spain, but before then they face Switzerland in a friendly. Spain, meanwhile, face another group game at home to the World Cup finalists on Tuesday. read more
Manchester City Man City shouldn’t underestimate Champions League opponents Basel Peter McVitie Last updated 1 year ago 02:00 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester City UEFA Champions League Premier League Basel The Premier League leaders avoided some of Europe’s giants to be paired with the Swiss side in the last-16, but their opponents will be no pushovers Already widely regarded as the best team in Europe, Manchester City would have been confident coming up against most of their potential opponents ahead of the draw for the Champions League last 16.Pep Guardiola’s side may have closed the group stage with a defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk, ending a 20-game winning run, but that first defeat of the season in any competition will do little to hinder a side intent on winning everything this campaign.Nothing is guaranteed in the Champions League though and big things were expected of City last term, only for them be eliminated at this stage by Monaco. Furthermore, City have only made it past this stage once before, when they made it to the semi-finals in 2015-16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In avoiding Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus to be paired with Basel, the Premier League leaders will feel they have been handed a manageable tie, but Raphael Wicky’s side have shown they are no pushovers this term.“We have to respect Basel and we have to be careful,” director of football Txiki Begiristain said. “We need to be ready to play them and do our best because obviously we want to go as far as we can in this competition.”The Swiss side won four of their first round games to finish second behind Manchester United. Although Jose Mourinho’s side beat them in the first week, a 1-0 win in the reverse at St Jakob Park in November proved vital in them beating CSKA Moscow to second place.If the win over the Premier League giants should be taken as a warning for City, who have never faced a Swiss side in the competition, then so should their respectable record against their other compatriots.Basel have lost just four of the 14 games they have played against English teams, winning five so far.Although two of those defeats were dealt by Arsenal last term, Basel look a different side from the one that went out at the group stage with just two points.And Wicky will be hoping they will look more like the sides from previous exploits against those from the English top flight before Guardiola’s team visit them on February 13 for the first-leg.In 2014-15, Basel made it to the second round at Liverpool’s expense after beating Jurgen Klopp’s side at home and earning a 1-1 draw at Anfield. The season prior, they missed out on a knockout spot despite beating group winners Chelsea twice. And in 2011-12, they upset United with a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford before winning 2-1 in Switzerland to get into the last-16 ahead of them.That may have been revenge for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side beating them once and drawing in the second group stage in 2002-03, after Basel had drawn twice with Liverpool too.Many see Guardiola’s side as a completely different machine than any of their predecessors in the English league, with Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling leading their awesome performances, but Basel see no reason to fear.After all, they have a dangerous asset in 20-year-old striker Dimitri Oberlin, who has impressed in the Champions League when allowed to run at defences and will be a key part of their counter attacks.“We’re looking forward to playing Manchester City, we have nothing to lose against them and we can continue on our path, ” Wicky told the club’s website.”For me Manchester City is the best team in the world right now. They have outstanding individuals in their ranks, and in the summer the team has been reinforced.”I’m looking forward to the first knockout round between these clubs very positively and with great anticipation.”Basel have reason to be optimistic despite taking on one of the tournament favourites, so Man City shouldn’t get cocky.
Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Editors’ Recommendations There’s a reason they call it Sin City and the saying goes, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Whether you’re there with your boys for a raucous bachelor party or going away for a romantic weekend with your lady, there’s plenty to do in Las Vegas — from a wide range of fine dining to an insane array of shows, there’s something that you’re sure to have a blast doing. While gambling is still a thing, Vegas has spent some of that money on cool cultural attractions and even a few places foodies will be pumped about. Here’s our guide to Las Vegas travel.PLAYThe Mob MuseumWith it’s deep history with gangs and the Mafia, there is no better place for such a cultural institute to reside. Naturally this new museum is based in a former federal courthouse and inside you can find all sorts of ephemera from real weapons used by thugs to a piece of the bullet-ridden wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. There are also a plethora of interactive exhibits and even a replica electric chair.The Big Shot at the StratosphereIf gambling isn’t enough of an adrenaline rush for you, head to the Stratosphere, where you can get on some of the world’s highest rides. Hop on the Big Shot and strap on your safety belt and get ready to be shot 160 feet in the air at a whopping 45 miles per hour while looking down on the city lights. That’s 1,049 feet above the ground. If that’s not an adrenaline rush to you, then you’ve got to be nuts.If you want to get away from the constant ringing of slot machines, head out on a hike. Not many people think of Vegas as an outdoor getaway but the Calico Basin Trail is right outside the city. We discovered a bunch of other here.Sundance HelicopterWith the Grand Canyon nearby, what better way to experience the great American West than by helicopter. You can choose from a breathtaking sunset tour or do it up with picnic, boat ride and champagne additions.The Olympic GardenYou can’t visit Vegas without the requisite strip club visit, so head to OG, which to our chagrin stands for Olympic Garden, not Original Gangster. Pick the girl of your choice and let her work some of that Vegas hospitality on you. And remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.SHOPFrankly, most of the shopping is what you can find at your typical luxury mall: Tiffanys, Gucci, Cartier, Moncler. But it’s always fun to go poke around and ogle the price tags! You can also ogle some seriously impressive architecture at The Shops at Crystals (wouldn’t it be more Vegas to be at Krystal‘s?) designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind.EAT & DRINKEatSkip the hotel buffet and head on down to Chef Natalie Young’s perpetually popular EAT. Located on the ground floor of a broken down old apartment building (which is, admittedly, refreshing after all the sparkle of the strip!). Her chicken fried steak or truffled egg sandwich will hit the spot, hangover or not.The Palms CabanasCabana culture is a big deal here. Yeah, it can be around $150 to rent one, but it’s your all day oasis. We are fans of The Palms for their good music, people gazing and food. Hello, 18 flavors of hot wings…Hop Nuts BrewingTired of martinis? Vegas has their very own brewery in the arts district. Pony up to the bar for a thirst quenching IPA or a seasonal brew. What better place to be in that desert heat?Frankie’s Tiki RoomTalk about retro Vegas, this bamboo clad bar is open 24 hours and serves brilliantly names concoctions like Tonga Reefer and the, um, Bearded ClamDino’s LoungeFor those of you who are more into dive bars than megaclubs, Dino’s is the place to be at. This Vegas institution has been the source of a good time for 50 years and it doesn’t get better than Saturday nights, when the bar hosts the city’s best live karaoke night. So go ahead and get on the stage and pretend you’re a rock star!Related: Creed opens in VegasSLEEPWhile most hotels are pretty pricey, very loud, and full of flash, you may want to check out the airbnb options too if you would rather spend your cash on tiki cocktails and slots.ARIA Resort & CasinoAt just under four years old, the Aria — which is a part of the sprawling collection of shops, restaurants, hotels and more that make up CityCenter — is one of Las Vegas’s nicest hotels. For an extra luxurious experience, opt for one of the Aria Sky Suites, where you’ll get the best in service and an extra large room with floor to ceiling panoramic views of Vegas’ lights. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States
As the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) continues its pursuit and investigation into the missing high value documents from the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), on April 19, 2013, officers from the Division arrested and charged Derrick Smalling, with one count each of Conspiracy to Defraud, breach of the Corruption Prevention Act and Falsification of Accounts.The missing documents include motor vehicle registration certificates, blank Drivers Licences (Teslins) and blank motor vehicle titles.Mr. Smalling, a cashier from the Savanna-La-Mar Tax Office, was charged with issuing substitute registration documents for motor vehicles, including a motor vehicle registration certificate – which was found on a motor vehicle other than the one it was issued for.He is set to return to Court on July 9, 2013.The RPD is reminding members of the public that the presentation of fraudulent documents is an offence and that the full force of the law will be brought to bear on the offenders.The Division is also imploring members of the public who may have information regarding the possession, or use of motor vehicle documents suspected to be fraudulent, or information concerning suspected fraudulent activities as it relates to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), to contact the Revenue Protection Division at email@example.com or 1 – 888 – CALLRPD (225-5773).Re-established as a division of the Ministry of Finance in June 2008, the RPD, as one of four entities under the Ministry’s Enforcement, Regulations and Compliance Programme, is specifically mandated to protect the Government’s Revenue through the enforcement of the Revenue and Customs laws, conducting investigations, minimizing corruption within the Revenue Services and fraud against the revenue, and improving the efficiency of revenue collection.CONTACT: Revenue Protection Division (RPD)c/o Communication & Public Relations Unit,Ministry of Finance & Planning30 National Heroes CircleKingston 3.Tel: 928 – 5141Fax: 928 – 9648Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With Nova Scotia moving from hurricane season to winter storm season, Municipal administrators in Nova Scotia continue to work closely with the Emergency Management Office (EMO) to discuss issues that are important to residents in their communities. Craig MacLaughlan, chief executive officer, EMO, met on Nov. 30 with representatives of the Association of Municipal Administrators to discuss progress reports on several projects that support public safety. “Nova Scotians have set the standard for co-operation before, during and after emergencies,” said Mr. MacLaughlan. “The advisory group we have formed with municipal administrators is an excellent forum for keeping each other up to date on training programs, disaster claims, road sign mileage markers and critical infrastructure.” The advisory group was formed after serious power outages in November 2004. Its mandate is to concentrate on emergency response issues that affect municipalities across the province. “One of the keys to effective emergency management is relationship building — knowing the people that you will work with when a crisis hits — and that’s what I appreciate most about our ongoing collaboration with municipalities,” said Mr. MacLaughlan. “Our partnership with municipalities supports our broader goal of safe communities in Nova Scotia, where residents and tourists alike can feel safe.” For more information see the Association of Municipal Administrators website at www.amans.ca and the Emergency Management Office website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .
TORONTO — Large crowds, especially in confined spaces, can turn deadly in the case of a security incident or panic. Some expert tips for staying safe:— Retain situational awareness i.e.: know what’s going on around you— Have several escape routes— Know where the nearest exit is, including alternatives— In the event of panic or stampede, stay calm, don’t fight crowd, work toward the periphery— Suffocation can occur even while upright, so try to ensure you can breathe — If you fall and can’t get up, roll up in a ball and try to keep from being trampled.— Have a designated meeting place in case of separation from friends and familyQuote: “These are really sobering things that nobody really wants to talk about (but) it’s important to have a dialogue about what do you do when a bad thing happens.” _Russ Simons, managing partner Venue Solutions GroupSOURCE: York University, Venue Solutions GroupThe Canadian Press
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite Trump’s promises as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.A week after his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that bars former lobbyists, lawyers and others from participating in any matter they worked on for private clients within two years of going to work for the government.But records reviewed by The Associated Press show Trump’s top lawyer, White House counsel Don McGahn, has issued at least 37 ethics waivers to key administration officials at the White House and executive branch agencies.Though the waivers were typically issued months ago, the Office of Government Ethics disclosed several more on Wednesday. The White House had previously released more than a dozen waivers granted to its staff.One allows FBI Director Chris Wray “to participate in matters involving a confidential former client.” The three-sentence waiver gives no indication about what Wray’s conflict of interest might be. The FBI declined to comment Thursday.Before returning to the Justice Department last year, Wray represented clients that included big banks and other corporations as a partner at a law firm that paid him $9.2 million a year, according to his financial disclosure statement.Trump’s executive order on ethics supplanted a more stringent set of rules put in place by President Barack Obama in 2009 to avoid conflicts of interests. Nearly 70 waivers were issued to executive branch officials during Obama’s eight years, though those were generally more narrowly focused and offered a fuller legal explanation for why the waiver was granted.Craig Holman, who lobbies in Washington for stricter government ethics and lobbying rules on behalf of the advocacy group Public Citizen, said just five of the waivers under Obama went to former lobbyists, most of whom had worked for non-profit groups.Although he was initially optimistic when Trump issued his executive order, Holman said Wednesday, “It is now quite evident that the pledge was little more than campaign rhetoric. Not only are key provisions simply ignored and not enforced, when in cases where obvious conflicts of interest are brought into the limelight, the administration readily issues waivers from the ethics rules.”Asked about the waivers, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said, “In the interests of full transparency and good governance, the posted waivers set forth the policy reasons for granting an exception to the pledge.”An analysis by the AP shows that nearly half of the political appointees hired at the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump have strong industry ties. Of 59 EPA hires tracked by the AP over the last year, about a third worked as registered lobbyists or lawyers for chemical manufacturers, fossil fuel producers or other corporate clients. This is the very type of revolving-door conflicts of interests that Trump promised voters he would eliminate.Most of those officials have signed ethics agreements saying they would not participate in actions involving their former clients while working at the EPA. At least three have gotten waivers allowing them to do just that.Erik Baptist, a top EPA lawyer, worked until 2016 as senior lawyer and registered federal lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade group for the oil and gas industry. According to disclosure reports, he lobbied Congress to pass legislation repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard, a program that sets minimum production quotas for biofuels to be blended into gasoline, heating oil and jet fuel.Baptist signed an ethics agreement pledging to recuse himself from any issues involving his former employer. But in August, McGahn granted him approval to advise EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on issues surrounding the renewable fuel law.McGahn wrote that he was exempting Baptist from the ethics pledge because “his deep understanding of the RFS program and the regulated industry, make him the ideal person to assist the administrator and his senior leadership team to make EPA and its renewable fuel programs more efficient and effective.”Pruitt, a Republican who was closely aligned with the oil and gas industry as an elected official in his home state of Oklahoma, proposed modest cuts last summer to production quotas for ethanol and other biofuels, despite promises from Trump to leave the Renewable Fuel Standard alone.“Scott Pruitt has called on yet another fossil-fuel industry lobbyist … to help him tear down important protections for the American people,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat on the Senate Environment Committee. “And the White House plays along, granting the lobbyist an ethics waiver.”Jeffrey M. Sands previously worked as a top lobbyist for Syngenta, a major pesticide manufacturer. Following a request from the EPA, McGahn determined it was “in the public interest” to allow Sands to work as Pruitt’s senior adviser for agriculture.Dennis “Lee” Forsgren, the deputy assistant administrator helping oversee the EPA’s enforcement of clean water regulations, was allowed to work on the EPA’s hurricane response efforts involving the Miccosukee, a Native American tribe in Florida for whom he was a registered lobbyist up until 2016.“All EPA employees get ethics briefings when they start and continually work with our ethics office regarding any potential conflicts they may encounter while employed here,” EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said when asked whether the ethics waivers violate the spirt of Trump’s executive order.At the White House, another former lobbyist with ties to the oil and gas industry is advising Trump.Michael Catanzaro, special assistant to the president, was given a waiver to participate in policy matters relating to methane regulations and environmental programs including the Clean Power Plan, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the National Air Quality Standard.The Treasury Department asked McGahn for three waivers. Anthony Sayegh, appointed as the assistant secretary for public affairs, previously worked as a Fox News contributor. His waiver allows him to “participate in matters involving his former client.”Brian Callahan, the top lawyer at Treasury, was granted a waiver concerning issues involving his former position as general counsel at Cooper and Kirk PLLC. The law firm represents Fairholme Funds, which recently filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the Fair Housing Finance Agency.McGahn’s waiver allows Callahan to participate in discussions about policy decisions pertaining to housing finance reform, even though “some of these discussions could at some point touch upon issues that might impact the litigation.”The State Department got five waivers. The former law firm of Edward T. McMullen, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, represented Boeing. The Swiss government recently announced its intent to purchase military equipment and accept bids from American companies.Another waiver allows communications director Heather Nauert to work with employees of Fox News even though she used to work as a broadcast journalist for the network. Nauert is identified in the waiver, which was heavily redacted before release, by her legal name, Heather Norby.At the Pentagon, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver got a waiver allowing him to “participate in any particular matter involving specific parties,” including his former client: the Japanese government.Health and Human Services asked for waivers for senior counsellor to the secretary Keagan Lenihan, a registered lobbyist who recently worked for a pharmaceutical and health services company, and for HHS chief of staff Lance Leggitt, who recently lobbied on behalf of his law firm’s health law practice group.Agriculture Department policy adviser Kailee Tzacz is allowed to “participate personally and substantially in matters regarding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” a guide that offers nutritional information and recommendations.McGahn’s waiver didn’t offer much detail into the potential conflict Tzacz’s appointment would pose. But other records show she most recently served as food policy director for the Corn Refiners Association, a trade organization representing producers of corn starch, corn oil and high fructose corn syrup.Before that, she lobbied on behalf of SNAC International, a trade association for snack food manufacturers.___Follow Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseck , Linderman at http://twitter.com/JulietLinderman , and Lardner at http://twitter.com/rplardner
Khouribga – Four women died and two others were seriously injured in a road accident on Sunday morning on the National road n11 linking Khouribga to Fkih Ben Salah.A truck and a car collided which killed four people and injured two gravely, local authorities said.The wounded were rushed to Hassan II provincial hospital of Khouribga to receive the necessary health care.
OTTAWA — Canada’s largest private sector union has been dealt a blow in its long legal battle with a Walmart store in Saskatchewan.The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the United Food and Commercial Workers’ appeal of decisions by the Saskatchewan Labour Board on the union’s accusations of unfair labour practices.That means an application to decertify the union will proceed, and include votes already cast by employees at the store in Weyburn, Sask., which had been set aside.The union first applied for certification in 2004.The application was granted in 2008 but was overturned in Court of Queen’s Bench the following year. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal also opted to dismiss the union’s appeal in December 2012.As is standard practice in the case of applications for leave to appeal, the Supreme Court did not give reasons for its decision.
Door Dash is warning that about 4.9 million users of its food delivery app had their personal information stolen during a data breach.The California-based company says in a statement it launched an investigation after it noticed suspicious activity involving a third-party service provider and determined some Door Dash user data was accessed on May 4. It wasn’t immediately clear when it discovered the breach.The food delivery app company believes the breach affects about 4.9 million customers, drivers and merchants who joined the app on or before April 5, 2018.The stolen data may include profile information, the last four digits of consumer payment cards or bank account numbers, and driver’s licence numbers.However, the company says the perpetrator did not obtain enough information to make fraudulent charges on customers’ payment cards or fraudulent withdrawals from driver and merchants’ bank accounts.The company is reaching out directly to affected users, though may not have yet connected with every individual involved.It is encouraging users to change their passwords via a dedicated reset site, and has set up a call centre for round-the-clock support.The Canadian Press
by Lisa Lerer And Ken Thomas, The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2015 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 13, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaks in Ames, Iowa. Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a qualified endorsement of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, underscoring the deeply tangled links between President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy and the presidential aspirations of his former Secretary of State. “This isn’t diplomacy _ it is appeasement,” said Bush, one of the many Republicans who lashed out of the landmark deal. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) Iran nuclear deal sets up 2016 clash between Clinton and Republican White House hopefuls WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced a landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, calling it the most effective path for the U.S. to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. But she warned it would need strict enforcement, underscoring the tension between President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy and the White House aspirations of his first secretary of state.In a lengthy statement released late Tuesday, Clinton said she supported “the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”But her written statement, following a day of meetings with Democratic lawmakers in Congress, also called for a “clear-eyed” assessment of the threat Iran represents to the U.S. If elected, she vowed a tough response if Iran failed to live up to its end of the bargain.“We can never permit Iran to evade its obligations or to place any suspicious site off limits to inspectors,” Clinton wrote. “And the response to any cheating must be immediate and decisive – starting with the return of sanctions but taking no options off the table, including, if necessary, our military options.”Clinton has largely supported the Obama administration’s negotiations over the past two years. She has stayed involved with their progress with regular briefings, according to aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss private meetings.But navigating the political nuances of a historic agreement with a decades-long U.S. enemy heading into a presidential election year may end up being far more complicated.On Tuesday, Republican candidates signalled that Clinton would be forced to defend her position in the general election and warned of violent chaos in the Middle East as a result of the agreement while calling on Congress to try to halt it.Campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Obama’s actions “naive and wrong.”“This isn’t diplomacy — it is appeasement,” said Bush, one of the many Republicans who lashed out over the agreement.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said the bargain “will be remembered as one of America’s worst diplomatic failures.” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who, like Walker, has vowed to rescind the agreement should he be elected president, said: “I believe this deal undermines our national security.”Though a slim majority of Americans back diplomacy with Iran, 56 per cent consider Iran an enemy of the U.S., according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll taken before the deal was announced.Israeli leaders — who hold sway with some Jewish voters — see the agreement as a threat to their country’s very existence. And Republicans have already spent months trying to link Clinton to Obama, who has seen approval ratings for his foreign policy sink in his second term.Clinton’s current place in the Iran debate marks a striking role reversal for the second-time presidential candidate and her long-ago rival. In 2008, she called Obama’s offer to meet with Iran’s leader without preconditions “irresponsible and, frankly, naive.” And when Clinton said she would “obliterate” Iran if the country used nuclear weapons against Israel, Obama likened her “bluster” to the “tough talk” of then-President George W. Bush.Four years later, as secretary of state, Clinton dispatched a top adviser, Jake Sullivan, to participate in the secret meetings with Iran through the sultan of Oman that led to the start of the international negotiations.Sullivan, who could serve as Clinton’s national security adviser if she’s elected, declined to speak for Clinton during a breakfast with reporters. When asked for his own views, Sullivan said: “I believe that this deal is the best and most effective way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. That’s my personal view.”Clinton, however, has long wondered publically whether a deal would ever take shape. She told an American Jewish organization last year that she was “skeptical the Iranians will follow through and deliver.” She said she had “seen many false hopes dashed through the years.”Now, skeptical congressional Democrats are looking to Clinton for direction as they weigh the completed agreement. With the deal between the world powers now finalized, Congress has 60 days to assess the accord and decide whether to pursue legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran or try to prevent Obama from suspending existing ones. If Clinton wins, her commitment to implementing the agreement will play a huge factor in its potential success.“She’s one of two of the most important, most influential voices in this debate, the other being President Obama,” said New York Rep. Steve Israel, who met with Clinton on Tuesday morning. “Her opinion is critically important.”Though Clinton praised the deal, she warned that the agreement would not end Iran’s “bad behaviour” in the region, such as sponsoring terrorists, and noted that the country remains a major threat to Israel.The Democratic Senate leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, said Clinton had told the rank-and-file privately “let’s find out for sure what’s in it.”After meeting earlier with Clinton, House Democrats said she offered a far more positive assessment behind closed doors, though they noted that Clinton did not explicitly urge them to vote in favour of the deal.“She endorsed it. Full-throated,” said Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly, who attended the closed-door meeting. “She was not equivocal at all in her support of the deal as she understands it.”__Associated Press writers Nicholas Riccardi in Las Vegas and Laurie Kellman and David Espo in Washington contributed to this report.
Interactive Arts and Science students took home the People’s Choice Award for their game Stop Running! at this year’s Level Up Showcase in Toronto.The 13 Brock students worked together as 4 Monsters Studio to design, create and market their game in front of other students, developers, industry recruiters and judges at the competition held Wednesday, April 4.“The People’s Choice Award was something we all had our eyes on when coming into the class, so we did everything we could to make a game that was worthy of such an award,” said fourth-year student Aaron Coomber, who was responsible for production. “Winning the award was an incredible experience for all of us and I am incredibly honoured to have worked with such a great team.”The video game Stop Running! designed and created by Brock IASC students took first place in the People’s Choice category at this year’s Level Up Showcase in Toronto.The game is a fresh take on party games. Rather than the player being the hero who has to chase down the monsters, the players in this game are the monsters who must evade the boss. Contrary to the game’s name, the goal is to not stop running. A player gains points by outlasting their rivals and the person with the most points after three rounds wins the game.The IASC 4L00 course is student-driven, with Assistant Professor Jason Hawreliak, instructor Justin Howe and technologist Andrew Roth on hand to guide and mentor students through the process of designing, creating and marketing their games.“We couldn’t be more proud of our students this year as they demonstrated the power of a cross-disciplinary interactive media degree,” said Howe, Project Co-orindator for the Centre for Digital Humanities.“Creating these kinds of complex experiences and products is no less a people challenge than it is a technical one. This means diligently and passionately working together as a team toward their goal and being ambassadors of their work, their program and Brock as an institution.”Level Up Showcase is held each year in Toronto and brings together the top post-secondary students in game development from more than 15 Ontario colleges and universities. Last year, more than 2,000 people came to try some 75 games featuring the latest technology including virtual reality and augmented reality.Brock’s Centre for Digital Humanities has taken on an increased role with the Level Up Showcase this year, becoming one of the organizing schools, alongside Ontario College of Art and Design, University of Toronto and Algonquin College.“The Level Up Showcase is a unique opportunity for students all over Ontario to show their talents,” said Howe. “Having corporate sponsors from industry mainstays like AMD, Microsoft, Unity and Zynga, to name a few, further illustrates the importance and power of this type of experiential opportunity.”Watch the official Stop Running! trailer below:
Tim Adams is in the midst of his 16th season as the full-time equipment manager for the OSU men’s hockey team, and 18th with the program overall.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsTim Adams has never ventured into what he calls the “real world.” In his 18th season with the Ohio State men’s hockey team, the equipment manager has never seen the necessity.The man with a degree in natural resources has made his career within the confines of ice rinks, handling hockey equipment for the Buckeyes.Adams’ career path began at the OSU Ice Rink where he was a student employee under longtime manager Duke Johnson. Shortly after graduation, Adams received an offer he wasn’t expecting: become OSU’s equipment manager for the second half of the 1997-98 season.“I thought, ‘Hey, this will be a fun thing to do for a few years, then I’ll get out in the real world and get a real job,” Adams said. “Eighteen years later, here I am.”The job presented itself when the Buckeyes’ former equipment manager left the team mid-season to dress for the now-defunct Columbus Chill, OSU’s then-coach John Markell said.On New Year’s Eve of 1997, Markell, shorthanded, asked Johnson to serve as temporary equipment manager during a road series against Michigan. Shortly after, Markell requested an equipment manager for the rest of the season. Johnson recommended Adams for the position.“He was here the longest, had the most experience and he liked hockey,” Johnson said of Adams. “He probably had as much hockey experience as any of the kids working here.”Adams learned basic skate sharpening and skate repair skills during his time at the OSU Ice Rink, but had to familiarize himself with some of the job’s non-technical requirements such as operating a budget and ordering custom equipment, he said.The learning curve brought valuable lessons. After packing heavy for the first couple road trips, Adams gradually realized what he needed to take with the team and what he could leave in Columbus, he said. Fellow equipment managers from opposing teams guided his development, Adams said. “The equipment guys are kind of a fraternity in their own right,” Adams said. “We aren’t winning or losing the games for our teams.”For the Buckeyes, winning wasn’t a problem once Adams joined the team. After going 9-10-1 through New Year’s weekend, the Buckeyes went 18-3-1 for the remainder of the regular season.The second-half surge was enough to boost OSU in its only Frozen Four appearance in school history. After the season, Markell switched the equipment manager’s position from part-time to full-time, he said. Adams was offered to continue with the team. “There was no thought of ever having (Adams) replaced and I was very happy that he wanted to take it on full-time,” Markell said. “I think he was excited about the direction of the program.”Markell, who was replaced in 2010 and now coaches two Ohio AAA Blue Jackets girls hockey teams, said Adams’ success was a result of his organization and passion for the game.OSU coach Steve Rohlik, who replaced former Buckeye coach Mark Osiecki in 2013, is the third coach with whom Adams has worked. He echoed Markell’s thoughts. “He’ll die for this program, he’s passionate for this program, he’ll do what it takes,” Rohlik said. “That’s just the person he is.”Despite the turnover of coaches, Adams maintains his daily structure. During the week, Adams is at the rink by 8 a.m. and out at about 4:30 p.m. His shift is extended on gamedays. He pulls double-duty for home games, as he’s responsible for handling the visiting team’s laundry as well as OSU’s. The process can delay his departure until 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Adams made $60,524 in 2013 — $14,180 was overtime pay.The players he accommodates are appreciative of his work. “He’s always been great,” senior forward Matt Johnson said. “Whenever you need something, he’s always got it for you.”As the longest-tenured member of the Buckeyes , Adams has done his best to meet the needs of the players, a task sometimes complicated by unusual requests.“It’s always to do with skates,” Adams said. “When you get that weird stuff to do with players, it’s always to do with skates.” Adams meets the needs of his team without making personal judgments, he said. In-game requests to change a skate’s cut are met with nods, not inquiries. An hour after a midweek practice, it was a request for new shorts that took Adams’ attention. Prior to the request, Adams’ phone had buzzed three times. For a man who works outside the “real world,” his job seems quite demanding.
President David Granger, this morning, received a handcrafted wooden plaque from the Prime Minister of Barbados, The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart as a thank you gift for attending that country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebration in November last year.A press release from the Ministry of the Presidency said the beautiful piece of art was done by accomplished Barbadian artist, Mr. Ashanti Trotman and captures the Barbadian ‘tuk band’, which is similar to the Guyanese masquerade band.Prime Minister of Barbados, The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart telling President David Granger about the Barbadian ‘tuk band’, which is depicted on the wooden plaque that presented to him, earlier todayJestingly, the Prime Minister told President Granger that, “given your Barbadian ancestry, we thought we would make this presentation and say thanks to you for supporting the 50th Anniversary of our Independence.”The President in response explained the similarities in the cultural retentions of Guyana and Barbados and said that the piece represents a historical connection between the two countries, the MOTP said.On November 30 last year, President Granger and First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger joined with the Government and people of Barbados in celebration of their 50th Anniversary of Independence. Additionally, as a gift to Barbados, ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) pulled off a magnificent firework display in commemoration of the historical event. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBarbadian PM to be bestowed the ‘Order of Roraima’May 25, 2016In “Politics”Barbadians urged to take advantage of investment opportunities in GuyanaDecember 5, 2016In “latest news”President Granger confers Order of Roraima on Barbados PMMay 26, 2016In “latest news”
“A visit by a high-level delegation of Turkish mining officials may open the door to commercial opportunities for Queensland’s worldclass mine safety training and technology,” says a statement from Australia’s Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham. He said the 17-person delegation of Turkish government and mining industry officials was in Queensland from tuntil June 25.“Queensland has one of the safest mining industries in the world and is recognised internationally as a leader in cutting edge mine safety training and technology,” Lynham said. “Just over a year ago Turkey experienced its worst mining disaster when 311 miners were lost in an underground coal mine explosion at Soma in May 2014. Senior Queensland Government mine safety officials visited Turkey in the wake of the Soma disaster at the request of the Turkish mines minister to provide the government with expert advice on mine safety.“Queensland is happy to work with the visiting delegation and show them the high standards of mine safety practices, training, research and technology we deliver for our mining industry.“Commercial opportunities may also arise from this visit for Queensland to export our worldclass safety technology and training expertise to help Turkey minimise risk in its mining industry.”One of the visits by the Turkish delegation is at the Queensland Government’s Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station (Simtars) at Redbank.Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services and Member for Bundamba Joanne Miller said Simtars was a recognised world leader in innovative mine safety training, research and technology.“Its gas monitoring and analysis systems and software packages enable a mine to have early warning against the build-up of dangerous gases,” she said. “They have generated more than A$3.5 million in export earnings over the past five years.”Lynham said Queensland exported its monitoring systems and mine safety expertise to countries all over the world including China, India, South Africa, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Western Europe, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.“We have great potential to develop our strengths in mining equipment, technology and services (METS) to diversify our exports,” he said. “METS have been identified as one of the five areas of the future with high global growth potential and where Australia is well positioned to take advantage of that potential.“Queensland has 436 operating METS companies, more than any other state, with a concentration of METS company headquarters, regional METS hubs and world renowned resource focussed R&D institutions and universities.”The 17-person delegation is being coordinated by Austrade and led by the Republic of Turkey’s Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Dr Nevzat Kavakli. It will also look at mining research at the University of Queensland and CSIRO as well as visit coal mines in central Queensland.
Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd has announced record levels of quarterly and annual gold production for Q4 2018 and full-year 2018, respectively. Production in Q4 2018 totalled 230,993 oz, 28% higher than the previous record of 180,155 oz achieved in the third quarter of 2018. Q4 2018 production was significantly above target levels for the quarter and was driven by record quarterly production at both Fosterville (124,307 oz) and Macassa (69,936 oz). Production in 2018 totalled 723,477 oz, a 21% increase from 596,405 ounces for full-year 2017. Three of the company’s mines achieved record annual production in 2018, including 356,230 ounces at Fosterville, 240,126 ounces at Macassa and 58,633 ounces at the Taylor Mine, with the Holt Mine producing 67,770 oz for the year. The company’s cash position at December 31, 2018 totaled approximately $332 million.Highlights of Q4 2018 and 2018 production results include:Q4 2018 production of 230,993 oz, 39% increase from 166,579 oz in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 28% higher than 180,155 oz the previous quarterGold poured in Q4 2018 totalling 224,770 oz, with total gold sales of 225,692 ozProduction at Fosterville totalling 124,307 oz in Q4 2018, increase of 57% from 79,157 oz in Q4 2017 and 37% higher than 90,618 oz in Q3 2018; production growth in Q4 2018 reflected average grade of 39.7 g/t, significantly above target levelsProduction at Macassa of 69,936 oz in Q4 2018, 36% increase from 51,608 oz in Q4 2017 and 26% higher than 55,582 oz in Q3 2018; average grade in Q4 2018 of 25.9 g/tProduction from Holt Complex in Q4 2018 included record quarterly production of 19,305 oz at Taylor and production of 16,774 oz at the Holt Mine (compared to 16,541 oz at Taylor and 19,263 oz at Holt in Q4 2017 and 13,333 oz at Taylor and record production of 20,609 oz at Holt in Q3 2018)2018 consolidated production totaling 723,477 oz, 21% higher than 596,405 oz in 2017, with increase reflecting production growth of 92,385 oz or 35% at Fosterville, 45,889 oz or 24% at Macassa, 7,869 oz or 16% at Taylor and 1,093 oz or 2% at Holt2018 gold poured of 722,894 oz, with 2018 gold sales of 722,277 oz.Other key developments during Q4 2018 include:Continued exploration success at Fosterville, with infill drilling in Swan Zone continuing to return intercepts containing exceptionally high-grades, substantial widths and visible gold; Company continues to target significant growth in Swan Zone Mineral ReservesIncreased financial strength with cash position increasing by approximately 29% during Q4 2018, with year-end 2018 cash totaling approximately $332 millionQuarterly dividend increased to $0.04 per share effective Q4 2018 payment on January 11, 2019 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2018; company paid Q3 2018 dividend payment of $0.03 per share on October 12, 2018 to shareholders of record on September 30, 2018Strong share-price performance with Kirkland Lake Gold commons shares closing on December 31, 2018 at $35.60 per share on the TSX, representing share-price increase of 85% for full year 2018.Tony Makuch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kirkland Lake Gold, commented: “2018 was an outstanding year for Kirkland Lake Gold. We achieved record production of 723,477 oz and, just as important, embarked on a program of growth that could see the company achieve a million ounces of annual, low-cost gold production as early as 2021. A key part of our progress has been the continued transformation of Fosterville into one of the world’s greatest gold mining operations. As clearly demonstrated in Q4 2018, we continue to see much greater levels of high-grade quartz-veins with visible gold at Fosterville than had previously been estimated, which was the main driver of the mine’s substantial outperformance during the quarter and is a key reason why we expect a significant increase in Swan Zone Mineral Reserves. Turning to Macassa, our grade performance in the South Mine Complex has been excellent, with many stopes outperforming in Q4 2018, and our operations team continuing to perform very well in moving our production profile to the deeper, high-grade parts of the mine. Macassa is a very solid, consistent operation that is poised to achieve substantial production growth once our new #4 Shaft is completed, with Phase 1 completion on track for early 2022. In addition, we had record production at Taylor in Q4 2018, reflecting both improved tonnage and higher grades, and also turned in a solid performance at Holt. Entering 2019, we are well positioned for continued growth, with three-year production guidance including 740,000-800,000 oz in 2019, 850,000-910,000 oz in 2020 and 945,000-1,005,000 oz in 2021.”Production in 2018 was a record 723,477 oz, an increase of 21% from 596,405 oz in 2017. Excluding production from mines currently on care and maintenance, total consolidated production of 722,759 oz in 2018 grew 26% from 575,523 oz for the previous year. The company exceeded the 670,000 oz minimum production target included in its current consolidated production guidance for 2018 by $53.5 million or 8%. During 2018, the company improved its consolidated production guidance three times from the initial consolidated guidance of over 620,000 ounces, announced on January 17, 2018. Improvement in consolidated production guidance during the year were primarily driven by Fosterville, where average grades consistently outperformed target levels during the year.The Fosterville Mine produced a record 124,307 ounces in Q4 2018, based on processing 98,797 t at an average grade of 39.7 g/t and average recoveries of 98.6%. Q4 2018 production increased 57% from 79,157 oz in Q4 2017, when the mine processed 118,877 t at an average grade of 21.5 g/t and average recoveries of 96.3%. Production in Q4 2018 increased 37% from 90,618 oz in Q3 2018, based on processing 113,101 t at an average grade of 25.6 g/t and average mill recoveries of 97.5%. The average grade in Q4 2018 of 39.7 g/t was the highest ever quarterly average grade at Fosterville by a significant margin and far exceeded target levels for the quarter. The outperformance largely relates to increased operating development activity around the Swan Zone and higher than planned grades from development tonnes processed. In addition, stope production in Q4 2018 from both the Swan and Eagle zones achieved substantially higher than expected grades. Based on the completion of increased operating development metres, the company added two Swan Zone stopes to the mine plan for Q4 2018, which also is contributed to higher levels of production.Production at Fosterville in 2018 totaled 356,230 oz, a 35% increase from 263,845 oz in 2017. Record production in 2018 resulted from processing 456,909 t at an average grade of 24.9 g/t and average recoveries of 97.3%, which compared to processing 547,476 t at an average grade of 15.8 g/t and average recoveries of 95.0% for YTD 2017. A 58% increase in the average grade compared to 2017 mainly resulted from the continued transition to mining deeper, higher-grade stopes in the Eagle and, as of Q3 2018, the Swan Zone, which include quartz veins containing significant amounts of visible gold. The reduction in tonnes milled compared to the prior year reflected the mine’s focus on extracting high-grade stopes at depth. At current grades, the Fosterville Mill’s refining capacity is being fully utilised, with an expansion of the refinery and gold room planned for 2019. The company is also working to establish additional mining fronts, which is expected to contribute to higher throughput by 2021.The Macassa Mine produced a record 69,936 oz in Q4 2018, based on processing 85,523 t at and average grade of 25.9 g/t and average recoveries of 98.0%. Q4 2018 production was 36% higher than 51,608 oz in Q4 2017, when 119,129 t were processed at an average grade of 13.9 g/t and average recoveries of 96.8%. The increase in production from the same period in 2017 reflected an 86% increase in the average grade, resulting from mining higher-grade stopes deeper in the South Mine Complex (SMC), as well as the impact of grade outperformance, particularly in SMC stopes around the 5,700-ft level, where mining commenced near the end of 2017. The significant increase in grade more than offset a reduction in tonnes processed. Lower tonnes processed in Q4 2018 largely reflected increased selectivity in processing development material for the purpose of maximizing average grades. Q4 2018 production increased 26% from 55,582 oz in Q3 2018, when the mine processed 92,503 t at an average grade of 19.2 g/t and average mill recoveries of 97.3%. The increase from the previous quarter resulted from higher average grades in Q4 2018, mainly reflecting more favourable grade reconciliations compared to Q3 2018.Production at Macassa in 2018 totalled 240,126 oz, an increase of 24% from 194,237 oz in 2017. Production in 2018 resulted from processing 354,468 t at an average grade of 21.6 g/t and average recoveries of 97.7%. All tonnes processed in 2018 were from mine production. For 2017, a total of 409,064 t were processed at an average grade of 15.2 g/t and average recoveries of 97.1%. Of tonnes processed in 2017, 387,053 t related to mine production and averaged 16.0 g/t, with the remaining 22,011 t being drawn from low-grade stockpiles and averaging 1.6 g/t. The 35% increase in the average grade from mine production in 2018 compared to the previous year resulted from mining higher-grade stopes deeper in the SMC during YTD 2018, as well as the impact of favourable grade reconciliations and improved grade control practices.During Q4 2018, production at the Holt Mine totaled 16,774 oz, based on processing 118,347 t at and average grade of 4.7 g/t and average recoveries of 94.3%. Q4 2018 production compared to production of 19,263 oz in Q4 2017, which resulted from processing 127,494 t at an average grade of 5.0 g/t and average recoveries of 94.9%, and record quarterly production of 20,609 oz in Q3 2018, based on processing 135,849 t at an average grade of 5.0 g/t and average recoveries of 95.0%. Lower average grades compared to both prior periods reflected mine sequencing, while a reduction in tonnes processed largely reflected some stockpiling of ore from Holt in favour of processing high-grade ore from the Taylor Mine during the quarter.In 2018, Holt produced 67,770 oz, a 2% increase from 66,677 oz in 2017. The small increase in production resulted from a 2% increase in tonnes processes, with the average grade of 4.7 g/t unchanged from the comparable 2017 level. Production in 2018 was based on 471,819 t processed at and average grade of 4.7 g/t and average recoveries of 94.6%, which compared to 462,987 t processed at an average grade of 4.7 g/t and average recoveries of 94.8% in 2017.In Q4 2018, the Taylor mine achieved record production of 19,305 oz, a 17% increase from 16,541 oz in Q4 2017 and 4% higher than 13,333 oz the previous quarter. Q4 2018 production resulted from 103,793 t at an average grade of 6.1 g/t and average recoveries of 95.0%, which compared to 89,297 t processed at an average grade of 6.0 g/t and average recoveries of 96.2% in Q4 2017 and 94,092 tonnes at an average grade of 4.7 g/t and average recoveries of 94.3% in Q3 2018. The increase from Q4 2017 was mainly related to a 16% increase in tonnes processed, while a 30% improvement in the average grade, reflecting both mine sequencing and grade outperformance in Q4 2018, was the key driver of the increase compared to the previous quarter.For full-year 2018, Taylor produced 58,633 oz from processing 382,059 t at an average grade of 5.0 g/t and average recoveries of 94.7%. Production in 2018 increased 15% from 50,764 oz in 2017, when a total of 292,003 t were processed at an average grade of 5.6 g/t and average recoveries of 96.2%.
The hacktivist group Anonymous is known for its prowess in being able to hack into supposedly locked down systems and cause havoc for their owners. Anonymous likes a challenge, so its members must been a bit insulted at how easy it was to break into Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s personal email account. For some reason the dictator President had used the second weakest password in the world to “secure” his personal email, that being “12345.” Using that rather difficult to remember password (I hope you are detecting the sarcasm), Anonymous was able to access 78 different inboxes, all of which either belonged to the President himself or his staffers. The group found that many of the accounts had the same 12345 password sequence, which would be laughable if it wasn’t such a scary proposition. al-Assad has been under global scrutiny for some time. The UN has stated that his regime has killed over 2,700 protesters who have been demonstrating for his removal from power. Among the emails that were compromised was one that talked about the December 2011 interview with Barbara Walters which aired on ABC. Advisers to the President urged him to use language that would sway American citizens who watched the interview, to convince them that what had been reported by foreign journalists were lies. The suggestions included talking about Facebook and YouTube as examples of how open the country is and the discussions that are taking place.With this latest operation, Anonymous has improved its “Robin Hood” image, and has once again sought to stand up for those who are oppressed and denied freedoms. It will be interesting to see what kind of fallout comes from the leaked emails.Read more at Mashable