Twinned Section of Highway 101 Ready to Open

first_img Motorists on Highway 101 in Hants County will have 11 kilometresof new twinned concrete pavement to travel on today, Oct. 2. Two new lanes of concrete roadway between Stillwater andEllershouse will be open to traffic by 6 p.m. — at reducedspeed. “The end is in sight for this phase of twinning on Highway 101,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”Once completed, we’re going to have a first-class section ofroad, with better safety and improved travel for motorists andtheir families.” The province opened 10 kilometres of the twinned road fromStillwater to Mount Uniacke on Sept. 22. Construction on both newsections is ongoing and the speed limit will remain at 80 km/huntil construction is completed in about three weeks. Motoristsare asked to use caution. Mr. Russell thanked highway construction workers, support staff,and the public for their hard work and patience. “Twinning 21 kilomteres of the highway in just over twoconstruction seasons is a great success story for Nova Scotians,”said Mr. Russell. “A lot of hard work has gone into this twinningproject and it’s been worth it.” An official opening of the twinned highway will take place laterthis fall. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Twinned Section of Highway 101 Readyto Openlast_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Announces Countdown Benefit Honourees

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (August,10, 2017) – Let the countdown begin! With less than 16 weeks to go until the Whistler Film Festival rolls out its 17th edition (November 29 – December 3), ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ is marking the moment with its Celebrate WFF: Countdown Benefit on August 24, 2017 from 7pm to 11pm at the Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver. WFF’s annual summer celebration and fundraiser brings together Hollywood North’s business leaders, luminaries and philanthropists to honour BC industry talent and supporters, and unveil highlights including some of the films and talent you can expect to see at this year’s fest.Get ready to eat, drink and be merry. The event features hearty canapes, food stations and a host bar as well as a Big Rock Brewery tour and tasting, plus live music featuring Vancouver musician and actor, Alexandra Staseson, who will be performing with Gogan LaRosa. Plus there will be a special guest appearances by WFF Alumni actor Mackenzie Grey and Charlie Kerr, who was recently recognized as one of the Variety 10 Canadians to Watch and was a WFF 2016 Star to Watch, attending the fest with the premiere of LOST SOLACE and AN AMERICAN DREAM: THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN and with his band JPNSGRLS as part of WFF’s Music Showcase.Celebrate WFF will be hosted by Jim Gordon, who hosts/produces the weekly TV show “The Travel Guys”. When not on the road, Jim can be seen reviewing movies and DVD’s every Friday, locally, on CTV Vancouver’s “Morning Live” and CTV News at 5pm, and nationally, on CTV News Channel. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Auction and raffle proceeds will support WFF’s 2017 programs for Canadian talent, including industry initiatives, talent programs and the annual festival.WFF will shine the spotlight on eight honourees:Ignitor Award: Aleks PaunovicAward-winning actor Aleks Paunovic is a beloved Vancouver-based actor who is recognized for his extensive work in film and television and most recently graced the silver screen in the summer blockbuster WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th Century Fox). Aleks has starred in a number of films that have premiered at WFF over the years such as NUMB, WHAT AN IDIOT and HOODS. WFF will honour Aleks Paunovic as a true ‘ignitor’  who has charted his own unique course to create an impressive body of work, and who continues to ignite inspiration and positivity in the industry in BC.Industry Impact Award: Directors Guild of Canada, British ColumbiaWFF’s Industry Impact Award recognizes an organization whose contributions have led to the success of their members, their partners and the British Columbia Film and TV industry as a whole, and whose support in the community continues to put the province on the map. DGC BC has been a partner of WFF since 2004 with its ongoing support of the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature. For 13 consecutive years, 107 entries in the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by legendary Canadian filmmaker, Phillip Borsos. Jurors have included some of the most high profile talent in the Canadian industry and the Borsos Award has become one of the most coveted in the country. WFF will honour DGC BC for its ongoing support of industry, festival and the Borsos Competition, which collectively have been vital to their ongoing success.BC Women on Top Award: Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler, Screen Siren PicturesWith numerous awards and prestigious festival screenings under their belts, BC-based producer powerhouses Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler of Screen Siren Pictures have been carving their own path in the Canadian independent film and television landscape for over 20 years. Trish and Christine have long supported the WFF’s mentorship programs and industry initiatives with Trish also serving on its Board of Directors. WFF will honour this inspiring duo with its 2017 BC Women on Top Award which highlights women who have created their own niche in the independent film and TV landscape while supporting and encouraging industry in BC.BC Creates Award: Cynde & Alan HarmonVeteran filmmakers Cynde and Allan Harmon have produced and directed films and television for over 29 years, including feature IF I HAD WINGS which premiered at WFF in 2013 and have over 250 broadcast hours to their credit. The Harmon team launched Really Real Films in Vancouver in 1998, which develops, finances and produces independent film and television projects for the domestic and international marketplace, and have been associated with many high profile personalities such as Robert Altman, and Ridley Scott, Patrice Laconte, Jean Pierre Roux and Ken Davis. They both have invested endless hours in giving back to the community through mentorship and development opportunities provided for emerging content creators as well as  active participation in industry organizations. WFF will honour both Cynde and Allan Harmon with its 2017 BC Creates Award, which celebrates individuals in the BC Film and TV industry who continue to nurture, support and create in BC.WFF Talent to Watch: Michelle OuelletVancouver based producer and director Michelle Ouellet is building quite the filmography for herself with her third feature film PRODIGALS set to release this year. Michelle impressed programmers and audiences at the Whistler Film Festival in 2013 with her second feature AFTERPARTY, and has since gone on to direct and produce numerous television series including PARANORMAL SOLUTIONS INC. With a slate of films and television series on her horizon, Michelle is on a trajectory for success. WFF will salute Michelle as the 2017 Alumni to Watch recipient.Industry Toast: Tom RoweOn July 2, the local industry was deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Tom Rowe. A highly skilled, award winning film and television producer and mentor to many, Tom was a fixture in the community and a prolific contributor to the success of production in BC for almost 40 years. He began career as an assistant director on shows as diverse as THE GREY FOX and SCTV, and went on to co-found Pacific Motion Pictures in 1989 and produce 80 movies for television and seven theatrical motion pictures, and then co-found Reunion Pictures in 2004, best known for the massive worldwide hit show CONTINUUM. Tom was the Producer Mentor for the 2017 WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab and attended phase one in June. WFF will toast Tom as a great friend and supporter of BC’s industry.Celebrate WFF Info:Celebrate WFF tickets are $75 per person until August 23 and $95 on the day of the event. Guests are invited to join the Whistler Film Festival Society’s Patrons Circle to receive event tickets as part of an annual benefits package of benefits that includes exclusive access to the Whistler Film Festival. Tickets are available at or by calling 604-938-3203. This is a 19+ event.Celebrate WFF is sponsored by Big Rock Brewery and Re/max Sea to Sky Real Estate, and is supported by many generous donors who contributed to the silent auction and raffle.About WFF:From November 30th to December 4th, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs.The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Western Economic Diversification, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. 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Dear Evan Hansen Waitress School of Rock among Mirvish 201819 season highlights

first_img“We are very fortunate to have Dear Evan Hansen as the anchor show of our main season subscription. This new musical has set Broadway ablaze by appealing to a younger audience with a story rooted in today’s social media culture. It heralds a new era in musicals and we are very proud to have its first international production,” he added.The subscription series includes: Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations, directed by former Stratford Festival artistic director Des McAnuff with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The show, which makes its Canadian debut before heading to Broadway, plays at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Oct. 11 to Nov. 17. Facebook Advertisement Mirvish Productions has unveiled its upcoming 2018/19 season, featuring a slew of recent stage hits from Broadway and London’s West End, and one new musical in a pre-Broadway run. Among them is the first international production of hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, an adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Sara Bareilles-scored Waitress, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s take on School of Rock, and musicals featuring the songbooks of Bob Dylan and the Temptations.The season includes seven shows in the subscription series, three in the Off-Mirvish Season, and six bonus shows.“As always, we strive to bring Toronto audiences the best in theatre from around the world and this year, we are especially blessed with a wide range of productions,” said producer David Mirvish. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Pogba says Man Utd can hurt Barcelona in the Camp Nou

first_imgManchester: Paul Pogba says Manchester United can hurt Barcelona at the Camp Nou as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side plot another unlikely Champions League comeback following their 1-0 home defeat. Luke Shaw’s own goal from a Luis Suarez header was the difference in Wednesday’s first leg of the quarter-final at Old Trafford, where United failed to muster a single shot on target but largely shackled Barca’s glut of attackers. Solskjaer’s men face an uphill battle but they will travel with memories still fresh of their remarkable recovery last month to beat Paris Saint-Germain on away goals after losing the home leg 2-0. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh French World Cup winner Pogba was encouraged by how United largely kept Barcelona quiet. “I think it was a good game,” the midfielder said. “Obviously we were playing against Barcelona, one of the best teams in the world, but we gave them some problems as well. “They gave us some problems but we know where we can hurt them. Now it is one leg gone, you have the other one and we are going to give everything on this one.” Asked if United could beat the Spanish league leaders, Pogba said: “Of course. If you don’t believe that you can beat them, you just let them go through. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Of course we believe that we can beat them. We are Manchester United. Even if they are Barcelona, we are Manchester United and we play in the Champions League like they do and we can go through, of course.” Winning at the Camp Nou will be a tough ask but Pogba said the PSG comeback breeds positivity. “Probably Paris will be in their minds for sure because they saw what we can do against PSG,” he said. “Obviously they will be comfortable on their own pitch but let us see. We’ll see what happens at the end. I think maybe the chances that we get we have to put them in and be careful. “They didn’t have really a lot of chances. Maybe one when David (de Gea) made a great save but then after that they were not that dangerous, not a lot of chances. “So, try to avoid this and be a killer in front. That’s it.”last_img read more

Ontario urges Ottawa to change tax rules in bid to curb house

TORONTO — Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa is urging Ottawa to address speculative investing in the country’s housing markets by changing how such profits are taxed.Currently, capital gains tax is charged on 50 per cent of the profits on the sale of a home, unless the property qualifies for the principle residence exemption.In a letter to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Friday, Sousa says that boosting the taxable amount above 50 per cent could reduce the incentive for people to purchase homes on speculation. Morneau is set to release his latest budget on Wednesday.The average price of a home in Canada is now more than $500,000, thanks to two hot marketsoreign buyer tax plus a surtax on expensive homes needed to rein in Toronto housing: reportOntario puts foreign buyers’ tax back on the table as hot housing market raises alarmsSpeculative investing in the real estate market — buying a home in the hope of turning a profit rather than to live in — is believed to be one of the culprits behind soaring house prices in certain markets including Toronto and Vancouver and their surrounding areas.Sousa says curbing speculative real estate purchases could help address dwindling housing affordability so that first-time buyers are able to get into the market.Such a measure could also generate tax revenue to put towards other housing affordability initiatives, he adds.“My primary focus is to address the concerns of middle class Canadians who are worried about buying their first home,” the letter reads.“Additionally, it is important that the housing market remains stable, meaning that borrowers and lenders are resilient and able to withstand economic shocks.” read more

Apple now says Q1 revenue drop will be up to 10 on

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple warns that disappointing iPhone sales will cause a significant drop in its revenue over the crucial holiday season compared to earlier projections.CEO Tim Cook made the announcement after the market closed Wednesday. It embodies some of the worst fears of investors, who have been dumping Apple shares amid signs that the latest iPhone models weren’t living up to expectations. China has banned sales of Apple iPhones 6 through X in Qualcomm patent dispute Apple is considering moving iPhone production out of China if tariffs hit 25% Apple to build new $1-billion campus in Austin, Texas Cook cited China as Apple’s biggest weak spot, but also said that consumers weren’t upgrading to the latest iPhones models as eagerly as anticipated.As a result, Apple now expects revenue of US$84 billion for the fiscal quarter running from October through December. Management had previously predicted revenue ranging from US$89 billion to US$93 billion. read more

Fatal collision in Fisherville

A driver was killed in a collision early Friday morning in Fisherville.A passerby noticed a vehicle in a field along Haldimand Road 20 on July 5 at around 6:20 a.m. and contacted police.Emergency crews located a male a short distance from the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.Police say an orange coloured Jeep Wrangler was travelling west bound on Haldimand Road 20 when the vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle went into a ditch on the south side and into a field, ejecting the driver from the vehicle.OPP Traffic Collision Investigators are attending the scene to assist with the investigation. read more

Chinese government investment fund buys 10 per cent stake in Londons Heathrow

Chinese government investment fund buys 10 per cent stake in London’s Heathrow Airport BEIJING, China – The Chinese government’s main sovereign wealth fund said Thursday it has bought a 10 per cent stake in the operator of London’s Heathrow Airport, expanding its investments in British infrastructure.China Investment Corp. gave no financial details but Ferrovial, the Spanish company that owns 49.99 per cent of Heathrow Airport Holdings, said the fund paid other shareholders a total of $725.8 million to acquire its stake.CIC was created in 2007 to manage a portion of China’s multitrillion-dollar foreign reserves in hopes of earning a higher return. Its early investments were mostly small stakes in publicly traded companies to avoid stirring political opposition abroad but the fund has begun making bigger direct investments.Ferrovial said it sold a 5.72 per cent stake in Heathrow Airport Holdings to a CIC subsidiary, Stable Investment Corp., for 257.4 million pounds ($415.2 million). Ferrovial said Stable also acquired shares from other owners for 192.6 million pounds ($310.6 million) at the same time for a total 10 per cent stake in the company.The fund’s chairman said last November it wanted to start investing in the United States and Europe in energy, water, transportation and other infrastructure projects. In January, CIC bought 8.7 per cent of London’s water company, the Thames Water Utilities Ltd., for 276 million pounds ($445 million).CIC also has made direct investments in French oil and gas producer GDF Suez, Russian miner Polyus Gold, Australian toll road operator Horizon Roads and energy, shipping and other companies in South Africa, Canada, Vietnam and Brazil.___China Investment Corp.: by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

AP EXPLAINS Who is Wanda buyer of US film studio behind hits

HONG KONG – Wanda Group’s takeover of Legendary Entertainment, the U.S. studio behind hit films such as “Batman” and “Inception,” is the latest in a slew of acquisitions. Its billionaire chairman Wang Jianlin has ambitious plans to turn the company into a global leisure and entertainment powerhouse. Here’s a brief look at some of the businesses Wanda has entered since 2012.___CHINA’S HOLLYWOODFilm is a big part of Wanda’s strategy. The company is creating China’s Tinseltown with an $8 billion movie studio complex in the country’s northeast that will be fully operational by June 2017. The Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis is a key part of Wang’s plan to dominate China’s fast growing film market. One of the complex’s 20 studios will be the world’s largest at 10,000 square-meters (108,000 square-feet). There’s also a permanent underwater studio, an Imax research and development centre and China’s biggest film and celebrity wax museums. Wang said at the project’s launch in 2013 that the company aims to shoot 100 domestic films and TV shows a year at the studios, where sets will simulate locations from Europe, the Middle East and China’s Ming and Qing dynasties.___CINEMA CHAINWanda bought AMC Entertainment Holdings, the second biggest U.S. movie theatre chain, in 2012 in a $2.6 billion deal that was the biggest Chinese takeover of an American company at that time. Leawood, Kansas-based AMC, which acquired small U.S. operator Starplex last year, operates 379 cinemas with 5,261 screens in the U.S. and Canada.___TRIATHLONSWanda bought the company that owns the Ironman triathlon brand and race series last year to tap rising demand for the sporting competitions from China’s growing middle classes. The company paid $650 million for Tampa, Florida-based World Triathlon Corp., which operates 250 events a year. It plans to introduce the swimming, biking and running races to China, where people are becoming more interested in fitness as their incomes rise.___SPORTS MARKETINGWanda made inroads into the lucrative sports broadcasting industry by buying Swiss sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media last year. The 1.05 billion euro (then $1.2 billion) acquisition gives it a business that produces World Cup television broadcasts for FIFA and clients that include governing bodies of skiing and ice hockey, Italy’s top-tier Serie A league and the Chinese basketball league.___SPANISH SOCCERWanda took a 20 per cent stake in Spanish champion team Atletico Madrid for 45 million euros (then $52 million) last year. The company plans to work with the team to open three football schools in China while also inviting Atletico to play there in order to provide Chinese players with advanced training and experience from Europe. The two are also investing in a Madrid centre that will provide special training for Chinese youth players.___LUXURY YACHTSWanda made a high profile expansion into the luxury motor yacht industry with the acquisition of Britain’s Sunseeker for 320 million pounds (then $500 million) in 2013. The company said the purchase was part of its strategy to expand into the global luxury, entertainment and tourism markets. It also came at a time when surging numbers of newly minted Chinese billionaires were fueling demand for luxury cars, boats and private jets. Sunseeker, based in Poole, Dorset, also has ties to the film world. Its boats have appeared in James Bond movies since 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough,” which featured them in a chase down London’s River Thames.___REAL ESTATE ROOTSThe company is building a 700 million pound ($1 billion) luxury hotel and apartment complex in London, in what it says will be the first Chinese-operated luxury hotel overseas. The project’s five-star, 160-room hotel and more than 400 apartments overlooking the Thames reflect the company’s roots, which are in real estate development. by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2016 1:45 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP EXPLAINS: Who is Wanda, buyer of US film studio behind hits such as ‘Batman,’ ‘Inception’? read more

Dog who fell foul of the Russian Revolution wins Crufts seal of

first_imgCaroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said: “The diverse mix of breeds in this country has grown over time and we are now seeing many of the breeds that have originated from foreign countries becoming some of the most popular in the UK, which may well happen with the Russian Toy in years to come.  “The process of being recognised as a pedigree dog by the Kennel Club takes several generations, but once we recognise a breed it means that we know that it has a reliable lineage that will give people a dog with predictable characteristics in terms of temperament and exercise and grooming needs, which helps dogs to find loving homes with the right owners.”She added: “The recognition of the lovely Russian Toy breed will bring the number of breeds in the UK up to two hundred and eighteen, which provides even more choice for those researching which breed might be the best one for their lifestyle.“We are delighted to welcome the breed at Crufts for the very first time this year and the parade they will be taking part in will allow the public to meet them for the first time and speak to experts in the breed who can advise on what they are like to live with.” The Danish Princesses; Alexandra , Dagmar and Thyra, holding a Russian Toy dog But Russian Toys became unfashionable after the 1917 Revolution because of their association with the discredited Tsarist ruling class.Twice the breed was nearly wiped out twice. First during the early years of the Soviet Union and again in the 1990s, with the influx of foreign breeds which followed the fall of the Iron Curtain.Until the 1990s, the breed was almost unknown outside of Russia and the first Russian Toys only arrived in Britain in 2008, when two were imported from there.The Russian Toy – which comes with two different coat types, long haired and short haired – is only the seventh new breed to be recognised in the UK in nearly a decade.It follows recognition of the already well-known Jack Russell Terrier as an official breed in 2016, and before that the Hungarian Pumi, Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and Picardy Sheepdog in 2014.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sophia Botkina holding a Russian Toy, painted in 1899 by Valentin Serov Credit:State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg  The breed – one of the smallest breeds in the world, measuring between 20 and 28cms – was originally developed from the Manchester Terrier as a companion dog for the Russian nobility in the mid-1800s.It became fashionable for members of the Russian aristocracy to be painted or photographed holding their beloved Russian Toy dogs, including the likes of Countess Samoilova and Sophia Botkina, the wife of a wealthy merchant whose 1899 portrait by Valentin Serov now hangs in the State Russian Museum, in St. Petersburg.One photograph of the period, titled The Danish Princesses, shows Alexandra (Queen of the United Kingdom and wife of King Edward VII); Dagmar (Empress of Russia); and Thyra (Duchess of Cumberland) holding a Russian Toy.center_img Sophia Botkina holding a Russian Toy, painted in 1899 by Valentin Serov  The Danish Princesses; Alexandra , Dagmar and Thyra, holding a Russian Toy dog Pampered and preened by their privileged owners, these were the dogs to be seen with on the streets of Moscow and Petrograd – the must have pet for the Russian nobility.But when the Bolsheviks took power during the October Revolution of 1917 the breed fell out of favour almost overnight, its association with the elite suddenly reducing its status to that of canis non grata.One hundred years on however and the Russian Toy is back in fashion. So much so that the UK Kennel Club has officially recognised it as a new pedigree breed for the first time. The breed will make its debut as a pedigree at this year’s Crufts, at the NEC in Birmingham next Friday, when ten of them will take part in a special parade.The Russian Toy is still rare in this country, with only 75 of the breed currently registered in Britain. But numbers are expected to grow as pet owners look for easily trained dogs who love being around both children and adults.Amanda Orchard, chairman of the Russian Toy Club UK, who has three of the dogs, said: “They are a very active and cheerful breed who thrive on human companionship. They were bred originally as ratting or watch dogs, but they are a great family dog.”last_img read more

Selfie babies Egg clinic to match wouldbe mothers with donors who look

Developers of the airport-style technology say it will link women with eggs bearing at least “90 per cent accuracy” within 48 hours of taking a “selfie” on their phone. However, senior fertility doctors have warned the technology may become so effective it will tempt parents not to inform children about the real circumstances of their conception…. The system, based on an algorithm that measures 100 facial characteristics, is designed to address one of the main concerns held by parents relying on donated eggs – the similarity between them and their eventual offspring. IVF clinics are rolling out facial recognition apps to match would-be mothers with eggs donated from women who look exactly like them. read more

Becker Mining America acquires Riter Engineering

first_imgBecker Mining America – a subsidiary of the German mining supplier Becker Mining Systems – a supplier of engineering, equipment, systems and services for mining has acquired Riter Engineering Co located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Riter Engineering provides engineered solutions to mining, industrial and utility customers throughout the western US.Riter was founded in 1916 with a primary focus of engineering, later evolving to include sales and technical support of electrical and mechanical equipment and components.Becker Mining America is part of Becker Mining Systems, one of the world’s largest mining suppliers with 1,600 employees and an annual turnover of over 200 million Euro. Becker Mining Systems focuses on productivity and safety in mining as well as developing and supplying solutions in the areas of energy distribution, automation, communication and transport.“With Riter we have teamed up with a group of well respected individuals who complement our other service, engineering and product offerings. We are delighted to have them join our family of companies” said Dave Whitt, President of Becker Mining America.“Becker Mining America is a strong partner with a global focus on innovation and service. For Riter, the integration into the BMA means a long term guarantee to our business team of sustained growth”, says Byron Howells, Chief Operating Officer of Riter Engineering Company.last_img read more

Johnson Matthey Mining CRT system to tackle underground emissions by removing particulates

first_imgJohnson Matthey has introduced an advanced system to control emissions from diesel underground mining equipment for healthier work environments. Mines can be challenging environment for operators looking to achieve high standards of health and safety. Emissions form part of the problem, with confined spaces meaning workers can be intimately exposed to high levels of ultrafine diesel particulate and elevated levels of NO2 emissions. At the same time, productivity demands mean there is a critical requirement for equipment availability.Johnson Matthey’s Mining CRT® systems are the first technologies proven to control both diesel particulate matter and harmful NO2 emissions from diesel underground mining equipment. These systems destroy 99% of the number of particulates, allowing mine operators to confidently maintain clean air in these confined space environments.Johnson Matthey was the first to develop and patent the Continuously Regenerating Trap (CRT) technology that uses a catalyst to regenerate the diesel particulate filter, which traps the particulate matter in diesel exhaust. The Mining CRT technologies build upon the highly effective, market-leading CRT technology, and incorporate a specially formulated catalyst for decomposing harmful NO2 into a safer emission.Jack Carroll, Sales Manager, said: “Mine operators no longer have to choose between miner health or productivity.  Clean air, miner safety, and mine sustainability can all be accomplished with this very effective technology.”“And as a world leader in diesel emission control products, for both on and off highway, we are well placed to ensure reliability for very challenging underground mining operations.”last_img read more

One fifth of consumers want to save for cosmetic procedures

first_img Image: Shutterstock/AXL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/AXL Mar 6th 2017, 12:43 PM Monday 6 Mar 2017, 12:43 PM Short URL OVER ONE FIFTH of consumers admit wanting to save for a cosmetic procedure.The findings were the result of a survey conducted by Bank of Ireland/RED C Research, involving 1,000 respondents.The top types of the procedures consumers would ideally love to save for was teeth whitening (47%) followed by veneers (24%).When it comes to how good people think they are at saving, 57% stated that they are either very or fairly confident in saving the same amount every month for the next few years. This compares to just 13% of those they weren’t confident at all.One in four (28%) consumers surveyed said they save less than €100 every month, with one fifth (20%) saving between €100 and €200 on a monthly basis.Almost half of savers (48%) said they are saving for a rainy day, with holidays (38%), home improvements (22%) and cars (20%) also featuring prominently as saving goals.There’s also a bit of good news, with 80% of seasoned savers admitting that saving gets easier with practice, and 88% saying it is easier to save when you have a goal in mind.Read: Increase in number of women undergoing surgery on their genitalsRead: Faulty breast implants lead to €60 million payout to 20,000 women Share5 Tweet Email2 8,951 Views One fifth of consumers want to save for cosmetic procedures 28% of consumers surveyed said they save less than €100 every month. 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Exchanging money at the airport could see travellers lose up to 20

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to a recent study by online currency conversion website ‘The Currency Shop’ commissioned by the Herald Sun, the majority of Australian travellers opt to exchange currency at the airport just before they jet off.Choosing convenience over careful planning can result in losing hundreds of dollars by exchanging money instead of going to a local bank. Many Australian travellers end up paying up to 23 per cent more in commission fees and extra charges than they would by exchanging their currency before they get to the airport.“There is a huge difference between the prices of buying currency at official foreign currency exchange providers inside and outside the airport. A difference that is ultimately deducted from a traveller’s spending money; what they have allocated to spend at their final destination,” said Justin Rampono, head of The Currency Shop.“For a A$2,000 transaction one could lose between $200 and $400, depending on the currency they wish to exchange,” Mr Rampono explained.“Even ordering the amount online prior to travel and arranging to receive the money at an airport exchange counter would save them money.”A good example is the New Zealand dollar value comparison; at Melbourne International airport it is sold at NZ$0.99 for every Australian dollar, while a currency exchange business in the CBD could give NZ$1.06.“This example makes more sense if we think of how A$2,000 translate into, say, NZ$1,928 at the airport, whereas if Australian travellers were to exchange the same amount of money beforehand they could get NZ$2,130,” he added.Increased fees at airport currency exchange shops may be attributed to a three per cent commission being charged for every transaction over $400.According to Travelex manager Dion Jensen, travellers who have their currency exchanged at the airport also pay for convenience on top of value.“Currency exchange at the airport is more expensive as one needs to take into consideration the service offered, being able to choose from 60 different currencies at the very last moment.Naturally, airport currency exchange shops pay more rent and are charged with higher fees across the broad in comparison to shops located at shopping malls or in the city,” Mr Jensen said.For currency exchange margin comparisions, go to read more

Small flare up of Eagle Creek Fire found in Columbia Gorge

first_imgHOOD RIVER, Ore. — Firefighters are trying to suppress a flare-up from last summer’s wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge.U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Rachel Pawlitz says a glow from the small hotspot was reported Tuesday about a half-mile east of the Herman Creek Trailhead. It was found smoldering in heavy downed timber.“Eagle Creek Fire has not yet been declared out and the hotspot is not unexpected,” a news release said. “Heavy fuels and organic material known as duff can hold heat underground over winter and flare back up after a period of warm dry weather.”The dry weather and wind are two factors that could have kicked up the flames, said Rachel Pawlitz, spokeswoman for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.“It’s a surprise to most people — it doesn’t seem to make sense — but it’s actually a common occurrence,” Pawlitz said. “We may see a few more of these and we’re keeping a close eye on it.“It’s a reminder of the reason many of these areas remain closed” six months after the blaze was contained, she said.last_img read more

Man struck by train in Seattle while posing for photo

first_imgSEATTLE — A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train while posing for a photograph Saturday afternoon in Auburn, according to BNSF Railway.The man’s identity was not released Saturday, but an Auburn police spokesman told The Seattle Times he was 42 and from Las Vegas.BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the man’s girlfriend was taking the photos. She was not hurt.The death caused the line to be shut down until 6 p.m.Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said the Amtrak Cascades train was carrying about 130 passengers from Portland to Seattle. Some passengers went by bus to Seattle while others waited until the train got moving again.This is the second fatality on BNSF property in Washington this year. There were 20 deaths last year.last_img read more

Indian Stock Markets Tumble As Rupee Touches Record Low Nifty Slips Below

first_imgIndian stock markets ended sharply lower on Tuesday with the Nifty falling below the 5600 level, as sentiment was weighed down by weak rupee which has hit a new all-time low against the US dollar.The benchmark BSE Sensex tumbled 2.30 percent, or 440.34 points, to 18,741.92. The 50 share NSE Nifty slumped 2.48 percent, or 140.90 points, to 5,544.50.Indian markets opened on a weak note on the back of negative cues from Asian markets as stronger-than-expected US services data raised fears that the Federal Reserve would start scaling back its asset buying program as soon as in September.The Indian Rupee plunged to a record low of 61.60 by late-afternoon trade on Tuesday, on concerns that the government will struggle to fund its record high current account gap if global liquidity tightens. The rupee had hit its earlier all-time low of 61.21 on July 2008.”I expect direct interventions and further measures which will only work to slow the trend, because reversal requires fundamental reforms that are unlikely to happen. I expect further depreciation in the rupee in the short run,” Dariusz Kowalczyk, senior economist and strategist Credit Agricole in Hong Kong, told Reuters.All the 13 BSE sectoral indices ended with losses. Consumer durables sector tumbled 5.49 percent and realty sector slumped 4.49 percent, while baking sector plunged 4.01 percent.Banking sector shares experienced selling pressure on fears that the continued weakness in the domestic currency may prompt the central bank to hike long term interest rates to attract foreign capital.Indusind Bank tumbled 7.03 percent and Yes Bank plunged 9.50 percent, while Union Bank slipped 6.15 percent.The overall market breadth is negative with 646 advances against 1611 declines on the BSE.Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng declined 1.34 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI fell 0.50 percent, while China’s Shanghai Composite gained 0.49 percent.Japan’s Nikkei surged 1 percent on news that Japanese public-employee pension fund might buy more stocks, while the yen’s retreat against the US dollar also supported exporter companies shares in Tokyo.last_img read more

Newborn rescued from dustbin in Dhaka

Newborn rescued from dustbin in Dhaka

first_imgNewborn rescued from Mohammadpur dustbin. Photo: UNBA newborn baby girl was rescued from a dustbin near Janata Housing in the capital’s Mohammadpur area early Saturday, reports UNB.Cleaning staff of Dhaka South City Corporation found the infant inside a dustbin around 5:30am while evacuating the bin and informed police, said sub-inspector Faruk Hossain of Mohammadpur police station.”Barely several hours into her birth, the baby was dumped into the dustbin, even there were no clothes on her body,” the SI said.Later, police rescued the baby and rushed it to Mohammadpur Arman Health Care from where she was moved to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment around 2:15pm, the SI said.The girl was admitted to the pediatric department where she has been given all necessary medical care, said a duty doctor.Her condition was better, the doctor added.last_img read more