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Traffic Advisory Guysborough County

first_imgGUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at Aulds Cove, west of the weigh scales on the Canso Causeway, will have a one-lane closure from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Speed will be reduced to 60 km/h through the detour area. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 902-863-7482 -30-last_img

Avertissement de temps violent

first_imgUn système météorologique complexe entraînera une combinaison de conditions de tempête d’hiver, de pluie verglaçante et d’ondes de tempête possibles dans certaines parties de la Nouvelle-Écosse ce soir, 26 janvier, et demain, 27 janvier. La tempête continue de se développer et est encore difficile à prévoir, mais on recommande aux Néo-Écossais de prendre les précautions nécessaires et de se préparer en vue de l’interruption possible de services, de conditions routières difficiles et d’inondations possibles dans les régions côtières. « Ces tempêtes peuvent entraîner des conditions violentes et imprévisibles, a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Soyez prêts pour rester en toute sécurité pendant une période de 72 heures. » Environnement Canada prévoit de la neige abondante dans les régions côtières de l’ouest et du nord de la Nouvelle-Écosse, incluant le passage de Cobequid. On recommande aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence. Les résidents des régions de l’ouest, où de la pluie verglaçante est prévue, devraient avoir d’autres sources de chaleur et de lumière. Des ondes de tempête pourraient se produire pendant les marées hautes le long du détroit de Northumberland. On demande aux résidents de surveiller les conditions météorologiques locales et d’écouter les avertissements d’Environnement Canada ou les conseils des responsables de la gestion des urgences. Pour obtenir des conseils sur la préparation en cas de tempête violente, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/emo (en anglais seulement). Les conditions routières peuvent être vérifiées sur le site www.gov.ns.ca/tran et les avertissements météorologiques sont publiés sur le site www.meteo.gc.ca/warnings/ns_f.html.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiaos camp denies Amir Khans bout claim

first_imgLondon: The publicist of Manny Pacquiao has denied the claims of Philippine boxing legend signing a contract to take on British boxer Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia later this year. On Tuesday, Khan claimed that he had agreed to a deal to fight Pacquiao in Riyadh on November 8. Following his stoppage win over Australia’s Billy Dib in the Middle East last Friday, Khan told British media the clash with Pacquiao would happen even if the 40-year-old were to lose to American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together However, Pacquiao’s spokesperson Fred Sternberg told BBC Sport that “Manny has not signed any contract. “As far as I know it hasn’t been even discussed. “He’s been in training camp for the past eight weeks, four in the Philippines and four in the States, and he hasn’t met with Amir Khan during that time,” he added. Sternberg also said he did not know what prompted the Briton to make the claims. “That’s a question you need to ask Amir Khan,” he said. In 2017, Khan and Pacquiao were slated to have a bout but an agreement could not be reached between the two.last_img read more

Montreal MNA calls out privileged politicians who collect big money for leaving

first_imgMONTREAL — Privileged Quebec politicians shouldn’t accept generous cheques from taxpayers when they quit politics or lose elections, says a recently departed member of the legislature.Amir Khadir announced over the weekend he would donate the $90,000 payment he received after leaving office in 2018 as a member of the Quebec solidaire party. He said all the cash will go to community groups in his former Montreal riding.Quebec politicians are entitled to up to a year’s salary when they leave office. They can only collect the money if they served a full mandate, lost an election or retired due to a serious family or health-related matter.The so-called “transition allowance” is supposed to help pay the bills while they find new work after having sacrificed their time serving the public.Khadir — a physician — says he doesn’t need the money and wants to send a message to all the other privileged politicians in the province.“If people like me quit and immediately return to their work as lawyers, engineers or doctors, and they have a source of revenue, I don’t see why they should collect that money,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press Sunday.He says he’s still bothered by the decision of former education minister Yves Bolduc, who quit politics in 2015 — in the middle of the Liberals’ mandate — and went back to work as a doctor after pocketing a $150,000 transition allowance.That episode embarrassed the Liberals and helped push them to change the law. In late 2015, the legislature unanimously adopted a bill removing the automatic right to a cash payment for retiring politicians.The new rules stipulate departing members can only collect transition allowances if they complete their term in office, with strict exceptions.But Khadir says the 2015 law isn’t strict enough.“We need to plant the idea in the heads of our colleagues that the money should be seen as a transition allowance,” he said, “and not as a bonus that we have a right to, and that we can pocket no matter the circumstance.”Ewan Sauves, spokesman for Premier Francois Legault, said Monday that the Coalition Avenir Quebec government has no intention of modifying the law. He said in an email that Khadir’s decision “belongs to him” and declined further comment.Renaud Brossard, Quebec director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, an advocacy group that lobbies for lower taxes and less government spending, said politicians shouldn’t receive any money for leaving office. He said a number of other provinces offer similar allowances, but Alberta scrapped its program in 2012.“Yes, politics is a hard job, but it’s also a privilege,” he said in an interview Monday. “This privilege shouldn’t be a reason for politicians to enrich themselves.”Elected members of the Quebec legislature receive a base salary of $95,704, which increases for cabinet members and other parliamentary office holders.“The salaries of politicians are already high compared with the average Quebecer,” Brossard said. “Why should the taxpayer finance a transition for people who are among the richest in society?”Caroline Plante and Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PACE Coaching Project gets close to deadline

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Parent and Child Early (PACE) Coaching Project is quickly reaching its deadline at the end of August to accept new participants.The PACE project is working with their partner agency in the North, the Fort St. John Child Development Centre. The Project is looking for parents of children aged 15 months to 34 months which the parents recognize the child has some sort of social communication delay, that would like to participate in the program.Pat Mirenda Ph.D., BCBA-D, Project Director for PACE shares, with young children there is a lot of reasons for a social delay to be happening such as late talkers. The project is looking specifically for children whom social communication delays put them at risk for the autism spectrum disorder, according to Mirenda.The first step in the process for parents that reach out to the project is to screen the child for Autism Spectrum Disorder with a 20 question interview to find out ‘could’ the social communication delay be because of Autism shared Mirenda.If it could be, according to Mirenda information is given to the parent to find out it really is as this is a whole different process. The child/ parent are then eligible for the study. The study is explained to the parent and asked if they want to participate.The program does assessments and then delivers one of two interventions with a 50/50 chance of receiving either-or.One is being apart of 24 weeks of parenting coaching, receiving one on one coaching from a coach in the community to learn strategies to help the child with social development skills. The other is a monitor group in which there is no coaching yet access to books and online modules made for parents to support social development. Both groups receive a service to help answer the question, does parent coaching make a difference verse access to materials which is less intensive and expensive.Parents only have until the end of August to sign up. Mirenda shared it is important to get in touch right away.To contact PACE Coaching Project; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in 1st for Asia

first_imgTaipei: Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation. Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive permanent unions” and another clause that would let them apply for a “marriage registration” with government agencies. The vote — which took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — is a major victory for the island’s LGBT community and it places the island at the vanguard of Asia’s burgeoning gay rights movement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament despite heavy downpours, waving rainbow flags, flashing victory signs and breaking into cheers as the news filtered out. In recent months conservatives had mobilised to rid the law of any reference to marriage, instead putting forward rival bills that offered something closer to limited same-sex unions. But those bills struggled to receive enough votes. Gay rights groups hailed the vote on Friday, saying the ability to apply for a “marriage registration” — known as Clause Four — put their community much closer to parity with heterosexual couples. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The passage of Clause Four ensures that two persons of the same-sex can register their marriage on May 24th and ensure that Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and to successfully open a new page in history,” said the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights. Two years ago Taiwan’s top court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the constitution with judges giving the government until May 24, 2019 to make the changes or see marriage equality enacted automatically. Other key sections of the law were still being debated and voted on Friday, including what, if any, provisions there will be for same-sex couples to adopt. That resulted in more muted celebrations outside parliament as gay marriage supporters continued to keep a close eye on voting.last_img read more

French tycoons show competitive streak over Notre Dame aid

PARIS — Two of France’s richest men, long locked in a very public rivalry, are once again pitted against each other — this time over flashy and competing donations to rebuild Notre Dame.Billionaire luxury tycoons — Bernard Arnault, 70, and Francois Pinault, 82 — are among France’s fiercest business competitors and patrons.On Tuesday, their rivalry reached dramatic heights when it was announced Pinault, his son and their company Artemis would immediately donate 100 million euros ($113 million) to help finance renovations to Notre Dame after it was seriously damaged in an inferno during building works.Hours later, Arnault shot back with an announcement that he, his family and his luxury company LVMH would pledge double that amount — 200 million euros ($226 million) — for the restoration of the church that was immortalized in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” — an eternal story of obsession and jealousy.The famed rivalry of Arnault and Pinault, whose names rhyme, goes back decades.“They’re like competing boys, but the stakes run into the billions,” said Long Nguyen, fashion editor at Flaunt magazine.Arnault is France’s — and Europe’s — richest man and CEO of the world’s biggest luxury group, LVMH, the owner of iconic fashion houses Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Pinault founded the world’s second-biggest, Kering, formerly PPR, that acquired rival brand Saint Laurent in a face-off.“The Notre Dame donations are the latest in a long line … They run competing fashion houses and both like the centre stage,” he added.Both men also possess a sizeable art collection — and a desire to show it off in competing museums.Pinault’s son Francois-Henri married actress Salma Hayek and is often in the society pages, while Arnault’s son Antoine fathered children to supermodel Natalia Vodianova.The two were reportedly on friendly business terms until the late 1990s. Some commentators have linked the souring of pair’s relations to a bidding battle over the ownership of Italian fashion house Gucci, which eventually went to Pinault’s Kering group.Then, the battling turned to art.Arnault opened the Louis Vuitton Foundation, designed by architect Frank Gehry, in 2014 to showcase his vast personal art trove in Paris’ far western suburbs. Some critics have branded it a vanity project, with French media claiming that the glimmering building’s final price tag came in at close to $900 million.Meanwhile Pinault, who with his son is estimated to represent France’s sixth fortune, is following hot on Arnault’s heels and is set to open his multimillion-dollar contemporary art museum, the Collection Pinault-Paris, next spring.Since 2001, Pinault has gradually been ceding control of his business interests to his eldest son Francois-Henri, 56, to concentrate on his art collecting. The museum, designed by another big-name architect, Tadao Ando, will display the octogenarian tycoon’s personal contemporary art collection.The website highlights its prime central location “in the very heart of Paris” in the city’s former stock exchange.The Bettencourt Meyers family, which owns cosmetics giant L’Oreal, and Total also each pledged 100 million euros to go toward the restoration over the 850-year-old cathedral.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_KThomas Adamson, The Associated Press read more

Nameplate at Casablanca Airport Riddled With Grammatical, Lexical Mistakes

Rabat – The Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco’s main international airport is once again at the heart of a public uproar.This time around, however, the public irritation does not stem for a passenger mistreatment that went viral or even the airport’s typical overcrowding problem. This time, the problem is with an eye-catching nameplate whose authors managed to turn both English and Arabic on their heads, producing a sentence that is as confusing as it is laughable.In a strongly-worded Facebook post earlier today, communication specialist Ali Hassan Eddehbi, who brought the matter to public attention, vented his frustration with what he called a “vulgar” and unforgivable blunder whose very presence at Morocco’s leading airport is a “disgrace” to Morocco’s image as a nation. The nameplate, which appears to be advertising the newly announced initiative to ease traffic at the Casablanca-based airport, read: “Exit Moroccan passports stamped.” The writing came alongside its Arabic version. Both versions, Eddehbi quipped, constitute a slap in the face of effective, professional communication.“The initiative is indeed laudable and I would like to congratulate those responsible for it,” began Eddehbi. “However, neither the [sentence’s] assignee nor the airport personnel (and I guess in this case the guys at ONDA’s communication department are the ones concerned) were able to spot two serious mistakes [in the message].”(ONDA stands for Moroccan Airports Authority, and is the body in charge of administrative and logistics operations at Moroccan airports.)While the policy advertised in the sentence, saving passengers the endless waiting time and the interminable queues, such a communication mistake stains Moroccan national image, pride. Morocco being a country where Arabic is widely spoken, Eddehbi suggested, it is unacceptable to have such meaningless Arabic sentence in a respectable public space.The problem with the sentence, as Eddehbi lamented, is the message it sends to foreigners who land at said airport.As far as first impressions go for countries, airports are often vital in the image we associate with countries. With sentences as the one at the Casablanca airport travelers would easily associate the country with sloppiness and unprofessionalism.Eddehbi went on to describe the “grammatical mistakes” in both versions as a total disgrace to Morocco’s image and an “infringement of its official language.” While the Arabic version was confusing, he noted, the English translation of it was even more bafflingly unprofessional. The grammar is “lame” whereas the meaning is ludicrous.“When it comes to the English, it is obvious that that he sentence was naively translated from Arabic. The right formulation should have been something like: exit reserved for stamped Moroccan passports.”Critics may debate whether Eddehbi’s proposed formulation is the most ideal. Some would perhaps argue that the “for” in his version is unnecessary and could be left out for more direct, effective communication. Others may propose a new formulation altogether.But that would miss the central point of his criticism of the “unforgivable” mistakes in the formulation used by the airport personnel and put on display in an unmissable spot at the country’s foremost international airport.The point here is the sense of national shame that comes with having an advertisement board read “passports stamped” at the country’s top airport. read more

Nepal UN human rights official urges creation of justice and reconciliation commissions

19 April 2011A senior United Nations human rights official today urged Nepal to quickly enact the draft laws that will establish a commission to probe enforced disappearances in the Asian country and create a mechanism to seek the truth about conflict-related abuses and facilitate national reconciliation. “Establishing these mechanisms in Nepal – in particular the Disappearances Commission and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – is both necessary and urgent,” said Kyung-wha Kang, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing members of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly in the country’s capital, Kathmandu.“The Constituent Assembly must swiftly adopt the necessary draft legislation to establish these commissions. Furthermore, to ensure that the claims of the victims are genuinely addressed, these laws must be in line with international human rights standards,” she said.Ms. Kang, however, added commissions cannot replace the regular criminal justice process, which guarantees the rule of law in society.“It is an obligation for all States to undertake investigations and prosecutions of all cases of gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Post-conflict amnesties cannot be granted to prevent prosecution of egregious human rights violations, including through pardons or the withdrawal of criminal charges.”She voiced concern that no one has to date been held accountable for crimes committed during the conflict, noting that criminal investigations have not progressed and that some perpetrators have even been promoted, with little attention paid to redressing the grievance of the victims.“In particular, families of the disappeared have remained in the dark about the fate of their loved ones, and to this day, continue to suffer as they await the truth – and justice. They need to be relieved of this terrible burden; seeing those responsible held to account will allow them, and all of Nepali society, to move beyond the past conflict period and build confidence in the mechanisms of the State.”Ms. Kang said the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is pleased that the Nepalese legislature is considering two important bills aimed at advancing the protection and promotion of the human rights of one of the most marginalized groups in Nepali society – the Dalit community.“I am speaking of the bill to properly criminalize untouchability practices and the bill to create a strong, independent, and adequately resourced National Dalit Commission to focus on the defence of the rights of the community.“Passing these three laws – following the necessary amendments to ensure their consistency with international human rights standards and best practices – is of significant importance,” she added.The Deputy High Commissioner said she was also encouraged by the decision by parliament to instruct the Government to proceed with the ratification of the Rome Statute, the legal instrument that created the International Criminal Court (ICC). read more

Four Cuban rowers have defected to the United States

Four Cuban athletes competing at the Pan Am rowing venue in St. Catharines have defected to the U.S., their coach confirming earlier today. The four have crossed the Niagara border with the help of friends in the U.S.The Cuban coach confirmed today four rowers had defected after the Cuban Lightweight men’s fours were forced to scratch on the henley course in St. Catharines during the race this morning.28 year old Leosmel Ramos and 32 year old Wilbur Turro dropped out before the regatta began on Saturday.Their teammates 25 year old Manuel Suarez and 18 year old Orlando Sotolongo left Brock University after they had both won silver medals.U.S. rower Keane Johnson says he started hearing rumblings around the residence that Cubans were defecting days ago.“Last Sunday when we were racing in our eight we heard that one of the Cuban athletes on that boat was missing and they had to use a sub at the last minute.”At this point Cubans still have special status with U.S. Immigration. Their application for refugee status will be accepted on the spot.Relations between the United States and Cuba are warming, but if these athletes can take advantage of the open door policy for Cubans right now, they won’t have to line up for Visas sometime in the future. read more

Fire destroys barn near Waterford

Damage is estimated at $350,000 after fire destroyed a barn and its contents Saturday afternoon near Waterford.Michael Atkins, fire prevention officer with the Norfolk County Fire Department, said crews were dispatched to the blaze at about 2:30 p.m. on Concession 8, Townsend.No one was home at the time the fire broke out and horses belonging to the family were already outside when firefighters arrived to discover heavy smoke and flames.Atkins said a passerby called 911 after noticing heavy smoke at the rear of the structure.“The person who called 911 was able to save three dogs by getting them out of the barn before police or firefighters arrived on scene,” Atkins said in a media release. “The homeowner was very thankful that his dogs were rescued.”Fire crews had to set up a tanker truck relay protocol, shuttling water to a portable reservoir set up at the rural farm, which is not serviced by fire hydrants.“Our crews did a great job,” noted Atkins. “Unfortunately, the fire was already well advanced by the time someone noticed it and called 911.”A cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but it is not considered to be suspicious. A pickup truck parked adjacent to the barn sustained some damage from the heat of the blaze.Norfolk County roads department sanding trucks were on scene to help prevent the road becoming icy due to the water from firefighting efforts. read more

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Lesson Learned Jason Kidd Gets 1st Technical Foul in

“I deserved the T,” Jason Kidd declared, after the former basketball player turned head coach walked onto the court to argue with the referee.Kidd, the new Brooklyn Nets head coach, made a rookie mistake during a Summer League game when he marched out of the coaching box and was punished immediately.“I’ve seen some of these coaches be all the way down on the other end, so I can’t follow their lead in that aspect,” said Kidd,  “I learned real quickly where the box is.”

Mens soccer SIUEdwardsville pounces on OSU Buckeyes drop to 37

OSU junior forward Nate Kohl (27) heads the ball in the second half against SIU-Edwardsville at Jesse Owns Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28. Credit: Michelle McDonnell | Lantern PhotographerFor the Ohio State men’s soccer team, home field has provided a much needed advantage.Coming into Wednesday’s game, OSU was riding a three-game home winning streak, averaging 2.67 goals per game while only allowing 0.67 goals per game over that stretch.The home cooking would sizzle out as the Buckeyes lost a back-and-forth contest against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 3-2, the first loss in their last four matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.“It was a hard night,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “SIUE is struggling a little bit like we are so they were hungry to get a win. It felt like we were playing against 12 guys tonight.”The momentum was hard to grasp in the first period, as both teams seemed to score at will.Just eight minutes into the match, sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed floated a cross from the right side of the net to the left that allowed senior forward Danny Jensen to slide in and bury just past the goalkeeper, giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.It was the fourth goal of the season for Jensen, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.The teams traded goals right up to the whistle. As the Buckeyes looked to take a 2-1 lead into halftime, the Cougars continued to fight and were rewarded for their efforts.In the last 10 seconds of the period, SIUE senior midfielder Gabe Christianson was able to get a header to fall off a corner kick from senior defender Andrew Kendall-Moullin, tying the game up at two a piece just before the break.  The score would remain at 2-2 for most of the second period, but the Cougars would deal the final blow.With just two minutes remaining, SIUE junior forward Devyn Jambga took a heel-kick pass at the top of the box and launched the ball into the back right corner, handing the Buckeyes their first home loss since Aug. 28.The Cougars brought a couple familiar faces to Columbus.Head coach Mario Sanchez played under Bluem when the two were at Fresno State.“[Sanchez] was one of the best players I have ever had and I have been coaching Division I soccer for a long time,” Bluem said. “When he played for me he was a coach on the field and he is a very good coach now. I have a ton of respect for him.”Along with Sanchez, the Cougars brought to town a transfer from Ohio State, sophomore midfielder Greg Solawa. Solawa made five starts for the Buckeyes a year ago, appearing in 11 games.“It’s always fun coming into the game knowing that you’re going to play against a guy you used to play with,” said Austin Bergstrom, OSU senior defender. “You always want to be the one on top when the last whistle blows. Unfortunately, he got the best of us tonight.”Solawa recorded one assist in the game against OSU.Despite scoring both of their goals in the first period, the Buckeyes were statistically better in the second period, outshooting the Cougars 7-4 after getting outshot 7-3 in the first period.“I was happy that we did create more opportunities in the second half,” Bluem said. “I think we were hurt by some critical mistakes and that has kind of been the story of the season this year. We punish ourselves by making stupid mistakes.”The Buckeyes will have to find a way to fix their mistakes before Sunday, when they take on Big Ten foe Michigan State at home. While just 3-7 overall on the season, the Scarlet and Gray could advance to 3-1 in conference play with a win over the Spartans.“We learn the most from our losses,” Bergstrom said. “I think we just got to come out on Sunday and know that we can’t have any letdowns. We’ve got to go forward having our heads up.” read more

Sir John Chilcot accuses Tony Blair of not being straight with the

first_imgSir John recalled his reaction on reading that: “You’re giving away far too much. You’re making a binding commitment by one sovereign government to another which you can’t fulfil. You’re not in a position to fulfil it. I mean he didn’t even know the legal position at that point.”Mr Blair said when the report was released that he took responsibility for shortcomings identified by Sir John’s report and felt “more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know” for the grief of those whose loved ones died.But he said he still believed he was right to remove Saddam and insisted that the inquiry’s findings should “lay to rest allegations of bad faith, lies or deceit”.Blair may face private prosecutionOn Wednesday it emerged a former chief-of-staff of the Iraqi army is seeking to bring a private prosecution against Mr Blair over the war.General Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat alleges Mr Blair committed “the crime of aggression” by invading Iraq.Alongside the former PM, the general has mounted a legal fight against two other key ministers at the time, then foreign secretary Jack Straw and then attorney general, Lord Goldsmith.Westminster Magistrates’ Court refused to issue summonses in November citing immunity granted to former ministers. Asked whether Mr Blair gave the fullest version of events, Sir John replied: “I think it was from his perspective and standpoint, emotionally truthful and I think that came out also in his press conference after the launch statement. A combination of still images from video shows former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaking at an inquiry into Britain’s role in the Iraq WarCredit:Reuters The general has applied to the High Court in London for permission to seek judicial review of the magistrates court decision. Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq War.The chairman of the public inquiry into the 2003 conflict said the former prime minister had been “emotionally truthful” in his account of events leading up to the war.In an interview with the BBC Sir John was then asked if Mr Blair was as truthful with him and the public as he should have been during the seven-year inquiry. A combination of still images from video shows former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaking at an inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq War 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. Blair wanted to exert influence on AmericaSir John also discussed Mr Blair’s relationship with the then US president George W Bush in the build-up to the war.”Tony Blair made much of, at various points, the need to exert influence on American policy making,” he said.”To do that he said in terms at one point, ‘I have to accept their strategic objective, regime change, in order to exert influence.’ For what purpose? To get them to alter their policy? Of course not. So in effect it was a passive strategy. Just go along.”center_img “I think he was under very great emotional pressure during those sessions… he was suffering. He was deeply engaged. Now in that state of mind and mood you fall back on your instinctive skill and reaction, I think.” “You can make an argument around that, both ethical and – well, there is an ethical argument I think,” he added.A spokesman for Mr Blair told the BBC that “all these issues” had been dealt with.The Iraq Inquiry report said that war was launched on the basis of “flawed” intelligence at a time when dictator Saddam Hussein presented “no imminent threat” and diplomatic options for containing him had not been exhausted. The report did not support claimsthat Mr Blair agreed a deal “signed in blood” to topple Saddam at a key meeting with George Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, in 2002. But it revealed that in July that year – eight months before Parliament approved military action – the PM committed himself in writing to backing the US president over Iraq, telling him: “I will be with you whatever.” He replied: “Can I slightly reword that to say I think any prime minister taking a country into war has got to be straight with the nation and carry it, so far as possible, with him or her.”I don’t believe that was the case in the Iraq instance.”Sir John said Mr Blair made the case for invasion “pinning it on my belief, not on the fact, what the assessed intelligence said.” Sir John Chilcott Sir John ChilcottCredit:Reuterslast_img read more

Break it Better – Mine Blast Fragmentation

first_imgJack Eloranta of Eloranta & Associates stresses the importance of timing a blast properly. “It may take days or weeks to drill out a pattern and loading might take hours or days. But, the time span that really matters is the interval from the detonation of one hole to the time the adjacent hole fires.“Modern detonators have revolutionised blast timing. Not only has precision improved by an order of magnitude, but complete flexibility is now a reality. If you want 1 ms or five seconds of delay – just dial it in.  So, with timing solved, it is time to focus on other more pressing blast design problems – right? Not quite so fast. Just because the technology is available, it doesn’t mean the understanding has caught up.“Recent laboratory work by Katsibanis1 and computer modelling by Preece2 have confirmed that the window of opportunity is narrow.  Their findings seems to reconfirm the work of Rholl and Stagg, done for the US Bureau of Mines3 in 1987 that “fragmentation improves above 3.3ms/m and is adversely affected below 1 ms/m or above 26 ms/m”. There is, as well, a great deal of speculation regarding the interaction of shock waves. However, there is little supporting evidence as to the benefits of colliding shock waves.“The window of opportunity is short. It is critical that from the instant of initiation of one powder column there is a narrow range of time that the adjacent hole must fire. When the time is too short, the late work of the first hole is stopped and the full potential of creating a fracture network is not achieved.  Conversely, when the delay time is excessive, the second hole is shooting into a fractured rock mass with openings between fragments.  In the extreme case, shifting occurs which may result in offsets and cutoffs of the powder column. Such disruptions may be much more prevalent than previously thought. Research by Rodgers and Lee4 indicates that stemming decks may need to be at least 10 diameters in length (as opposed to the old rule of thumb of six diameters). This means that that a blaster who is experiencing offsets may not necessarily be finding un-shot powder in the muckpile.  Powder can be consumed via deflagration rather than detonation. Such low order combustion has been shown to contribute to nitrous oxides and orange smoke. Further evidence of offsets lies in VODR (velocity of detonation recorder) data. The success rate for capturing detonation velocity in the field is low. The initial hole in a pattern is often the only clean record.“To conclude, your timing will be dictated by several constraints. High on the list will be avoiding misfires due to cutoffs and avoiding high ground vibration at neighbouring properties. Other high priority constraints may include: minimising movement for dilution control and matching muckpile profile and digability to loading equipment. Once these high priority concerns are met, further timing tests can be done to optimise downstream processes such as crushing and grinding where the greatest savings lie. In the final analysis, one might say that modern detonators result in an increased effective powder factor thanks to full order detonation of more of the powder column.”WipWare says that with the introduction of WipFrag in 1986, it “became the industry leader in optical granulometry of fragmented material. Since that time, the company has built a global reputation for excellence in software innovation and design.” With WipFrag, Momentum, Reflex and Solo; WipWare continues to provide customers with innovative solutions to optimisation and automation needs.With innovative fragmentation analysis technologies, companies are now able to establish blast consistencies, and can track relative changes in ore size, based solely on the data provided from these systems. The results include reduced maintenance costs, improved blasting procedures, and increased throughput.Gyratory crushers are typically adjusted every five to seven days depending on the operation.  Now, companies are focusing on real-time fragmentation data, and using key performance indicators to determine how much downtime and maintenance is necessary when gapping.At one particular operation, rules were set to adjust the gap settings automatically using hydraulic toggle technology along with fragmentation data from an online system. The results can show a number of different things, but most importantly it tells the operator either:a) The crusher needs to be gapped on a more regular basis based on the increased fragmentation sizeb) The crusher is being gapped too often when it is not required, allowing for less downtime.Further into the comminution circuit, being able to adjust the SAG mill feed based on realtime data has allowed operators to optimise the size of material going into the SAG. This, in return, has increased the throughput at many operations worldwide, and has reduced liner wear significantly.Mark Wagner of WipWare notes that “when monitoring fragmentation at three crucial parts of the mining process, mining companies have developed a better sense of what is passing through their process, and have adjusted blasting and crushing procedures accordingly.”I-Blast is blasting simulation engineering software to help optimise results without delaying the blasting process. The DNA-Blast model provides a “holistic” and realistic model of rock breakage, and consequently of fragmentation distribution size, taking into account all key parameters involved such as geology, explosive features, drilling pattern and timing sequence.DNA-Frag is a paradigm shift in fragmentation simulation versus traditional purely statistically-based simulation tools.  Furthermore, the DNA-Blast model enables a new proven approach and sets a new standard in blast design, thanks to its fragmentation module and its new simultaneous simulation capability for vibration, air blast, fly-rocks and muck-pile shape.Multiple blast scenarios can be run before selecting what should be the most effective combination that best suits operational objectives. DNA-Blast allows a seamless quantification and size estimation of the fragmentation and delivers a size distribution of rock either in a muckpile or on a conveyor belt, for a considered hole or for the whole blast, thanks to a unique image compilation feature (see the bottom part of the screenshot).The DNA_Frag module, takes into account all the field data at hand to accurately predict blast results – real burden and spacing face geometry, rock mechanics characteristics, explosive hole loading, angle and co-ordinates, explosive characteristics and behaviour.The DNA-Frag module shows an average 90% accuracy in the prediction over recent years. Complete muckpile screening campaigns even show these figures to be somewhat underestimated, says the French inventor of the technology, Dr Thierry Bernard.The DNA-Blast Energy Optimsation Module was integrated into I-Blast in early 2011 and adds a decision aid tool that simulates all the possible initiation sequences in your configuration, pinpointing the sequences that best optimise the energy inside the blast.Aiming at providing an Optimized Explosive Energy Release time design, Bernard applies the principle of mass conservation to the explosive energy: less energy dissipated in vibrations means more energy for fragmentation. “Ask somebody who is using electronic detonators for vibration control. He will say that the muck pile is uniform and the fragmentation has improved. This is exactly the principle we apply in DNA-Blast Technology”,says Bernard.The use of signature hole principles, and subsequent vibration analysis allows the mitigation of the energy waste that is responsible for adverse blast effects such as vibration, air blast level and fly rock.  The DNA-Blast Energy Optimisation Module gives you the opportunity to process either a Far Field or a Near Field Signature hole. Usinga Far field analysis, an average number of holes per row and an average number of rows are considered to give you the best trend for Inter Row Delay and Inter Hole Delay.Relying on a Near field Signature, the module takes into account blasting pattern configuration, the x,y,z hole location, the number of holes, hole loading and configuration. It provides the optimum timing sequence among a screened range of Inter Hole delay and Inter Row Delay.The yellow areas show where the amount of wasted energy is minimized outside the blast.  Selecting the corresponding delays will optimize your blast which results in less vibrations and a better fragmentation.A 35% drop in excavation and comminution costs through the application of optimised timing has been reported by one North American open-pit mine.  “I have successfully used I-Blast at over 35 sites and over 500 blasts and the software performed as expected with vibration, air overpressure, and fragmentation results occurring as predicted”, says John Babcock, Executive Technical Director at South Technical Services, based on his experience in providing engineering and advanced technical services to the quarries of the East Coast of the USA.The three most important factors in blasting are drilling, drilling and drilling, according to BME. Expecting explosives to provide totally satisfactory results when preparation and drilling on site has been poor is not only totally unrealistic, but can also be expensive. The result of poorly drilled blast sites is a substandard outcome, poor fragmentation and ultimately lost production, says Tony Rorke, Director of Blasting Technology at BME, one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of explosives.“The belief that explosives will compensate for poor drilling at a blast site is more common than most people would think,” says Rorke who says that he is often requested to deal with requests to use technology and explosives to solve what miners already know to be poorly prepared blast sites.  Amongst the most common requests for assistance are:■ To do timing designs that will “ensure good fragmentation and low vibration” when drilling has already been completed■ To request the application of electronic detonators to improve blast results at sites where poor drilling quality is endemic. The significant benefits when using accurate electronic detonators are completely overshadowed by poor drilling quality.Most commonly, however, is the claim that drilling is not the problem. “I am often told that high bottoms are being experienced on blasts and that it is the explosives, the blast design, the initiation system or both the initiation and blast design that is at fault.  Unfortunately, this is rarely true. Poor drilling quality or inappropriate drilling patterns are usually found to be the heart of the problem,” says Rorke.The causes of poor blasts are many and can range from poorly trained drilling crews and drill foremen, through to teams working with an insufficient number of drill rigs and having to work under pressure to try and maintain production rates.Other factors that have a negative impact on drilling results can be drill rig fleets that are inappropriate for the mining geometry or rock in an area and difficult environments where drilling quality and measurement is difficult. This scenario is most common where handheld drilling is required in narrow stopes or development ends.“I am often asked when on site what the sources of errors in drilling are,” says Rorke.  Summarised they are distances between holes.  Holes drilled too close together result in overfine rock fragmentation. Explosives in nearby unfired holes may become damaged and not detonate properly or it may detonate sympathetically impacting on the quality of fragmentation.“Most common are holes being drilled too far apart resulting in coarser fragmentation and high floors. This is particularly the case in harder rock.”  Other problems are collaring caused by the drill operator drilling in the wrong place due to a number of reasons. Angle errors result in off line deflections, most common in smaller diameter holes, or the boom of the drill rig being set at an angle different to the desired hole. Hole depth is another problem; short holes result in high floors or capping, or holes that are too deep cause damage to rock below and result in drilling problems in the following bench. Hole positioning where holes are often drilled into badly damaged rock from previous sub-drill damage. “Very often, sub-drill damage is so high that a re-drill is impossible and the area ends up without a hole. Missing holes have a very deleterious effect on floors and fragmentation in a blast,” says Rorke.  Hole diameters influence the dispersal of energy and result in either “explosive energy starvation” or “excessive energy” that lead to rock damage and a risk of under-filling. “Small variations in diameter have a very significant impact on energy in a blast, especially in larger diameter holes. Again there are many reasons for these errors occurring,” he says.“Drilling needs to be given high priority in the production cycle and should not be treated as a basic operation where operator training is minimal and inexperienced foremen are used.  Explosives and blast timing cannot correct poor drilling. Poor drilling will result in bad blast results, he concludes.Of course stemming blastholes can help.  Varistem says its system “reduces processing costs, with the Varistem achieving up to a 25% increase in fragmentation. Studies also show the Varistem can reduce blast patterns by 10% or greater and achieve the same fragmentation for major savings in drilling and explosive costs.” (See IM March 2011).Significant work done in the US was reported at this year’s SME annual meeting in Denver. In Improved fragmentation through data integration, R. Owen reported on work at the Morenci mine, saying, “An overwhelming amount of data can be collected around the blasting process. This information can include blasting product, pattern design, blast results, and routing. It is only when these data sources are combined in a concise and accurate form that they are of real use in determining the safety and economic implications of each parameter. Two key technological aspects of blasting are drill fleet management (DFM) and size fraction analysis (SFA). As these technologies are integrated as near-real-time measurement and QA/QC tools, the resolution and realisation of blasting parameters is significantly increased. Morenci has integrated these technologies along with other existing database structures to create a responsive and sustainable tool for reconciliation, forecasting and parameter matching. This ability allows Morenci to customise blast patterns to meet the criteria most critical to each shot, whether the impact is influenced by routing and recovery, equipment maintenance or safety concerns.”The current DFM system is running on 12 production drills. It receives pattern layout and is capable of semi autonomous drilling over the entire district. The fleet is capable of drilling in highly altered intrusive units and hard granites through the range of sedimentary and volcanic units at Morenci. The system brings a level of accuracy not achievable with earlier paint-marked patterns. Depth control is also increased along with more consistent wear and maintenance patterns due to semi-autonomous drilling.Morenci invested in imaging and drill fleet management technologies, and used Mintec’s MineSight to manage and analyse the data. In three years, it saved more than $120 million on horizontal accuracy. In the SME paper Managing the drill and blast process, Mintec’s L. W. Berry, commented that “typical planning, reporting, and information exchange usually involves large quantities of data collated in a discordant set of spreadsheets, databases, and reports. Collecting, analysing, modelling, and distributing all data necessary for efficient drill and blast operations is time consuming and cumbersome. MineSight Axis Drill and Blast provides an extensible core of functions, seamlessly integrated with other MineSight software tools, to make sense of this information.”“The primary advantage of the DFM is to increase the realisation of blast pattern design,” Owen continued. “This reduction in variation from design to actual allows for more accurate blast modelling. Manually surveyed patterns characteristically have large enough error to potentially invalidate correlations of blast parameters and blast results. As a primary element of successful blasting, energy distribution is achievable when assisted by theDFM.”The SFA captures images of active dig faces for all large production shovels. Owen explains that “the images are manually cleaned of unusable images and automatically processed.  This data is stored on a database where each image is collated to a GPS coordinate of the location where the image was taken. This combination of information has increased the ability to systematically judge fragmentation results.“The SFA reporting allows for very detailed feedback on blasting performance while the DFM allows for blastholes to be placed within a half-diameter error of design. The other parameters necessary for blast design and reconciliation are also captured to create a full process map. This data includes bulk explosives information, detonation details and accessory utilisation. These items are combined with theblasthole location from the DFM to give precise kilocalorie calculations and high explosive tracking.“The bulk explosive data stored in the system include total weight of product loaded into the blasthole, the type of product used, the depth of the blasthole, amount of stemming loaded and any measured water levels in the blasthole. This information is stored for each blasthole. By linking this data to the exact coordinates of each blasthole, it is possible to model the kilocalories applied to the shot.”He concludes that this integration “improves the ability of blasting to respond to geotechnical, economical and safety issues with high precision. Blast testing conducted under this blasting model has the advantage of quick data analysis with more detailed results.  This ability to see impact on multiple variables with less time allows for greater integration of these test results into the production environment. By fully integrating these blasting aspects, blasting performance will better suit both upstream and downstream processes.“The ability of each aspect of the mining process to adapt in a timely manner to evolving needs is critical. This integrated blasting model allows blasting costs and results to vary as the mine progresses. As mines are expanded, steepened and new mines are designed, geotechnical parameters become more important. Integrated data allows the blast model to build correlations between geotechnical parameters and their impacts on both blast performance from a processing standpoint and highwall stability standpoint.  This information then allows the blast design to be best optimised for the current economic situation. The ability to move blasting results to adapt to economic situations means real cost savings with minimum lag time.“Near-real-time reporting and complete data analysis ability are critical when evaluating the safety concerns associated with blasting. The energy expended with each blast is a key concern with every pattern. Inability to control energy adversely affects blast results and may put personnel and equipment in harm’s way.  By reviewing the design and actual blast parameters of each blasthole, it becomes possible to analyse well-shot blastholes and less than optimal shot blastholes to evaluate what parameters can be optimized. Blast video along with recognized success or failure is less effective without good data collection to analyse.“Understanding the interaction of each variable involved in the outcome of a blast is a daunting prospect. The amount of data that can be collected on each blasthole, for each blast pattern, on each bench, for each pushback in every corner of a mining district is immense. The need for a robust and manageable database is crucial. The information must be integrated quickly and with confidence. The information then should be accessed in a clear and concise manner. The integrated blast model facilitates this with ability to grow as technology is advanced and becomes available.“The upstream and downstream process improvements are still being realised. Each mine site may have different requirements, and the requirements may change as equipment is changed. Blasting can accommodate crusher throughput limitations, contributing to the mass reduction from the initial blast. This can easily be evaluated from a cost standpointallowing for the money to make the largest impact: more crusher capacity or more money spent in the initial blast. In leaching operations the reduction of ROM material may realize immediate and significant profit increases.  From total recovery to recovery times, the size of material in a ROM leach pad is very influential. In milling processes the ability to impart micro-fractures and small initial input size can greatly reduce the energy and time requirements to realize particle size. Waste material may not require small size fractions, but fragments that are too large may cause unnecessary damage to equipment or loading hardships for personnel. By optimising these and many more downstream processes it may be possible to reduce or streamline the types and amount of blasting products purchased.  Improved maintenance may reduce work hours required to keep equipment running and increase production.“Blasting is the pillar of open pit mining and is directly influenced by many factors, both in design and terrain, and can influence much of the ultimate mine design and cost realization.  The technology exists to reduce analysis time and build sufficient models to accurately predict rock fragmentation. The integration of data sources and the application of this data into the process is the key to success. The future of blasting is here and will only continue to develop as new technologies are developed.”K. M. Kim, of ASARCO (Grupo Mexico) and J. Kemeny, The University of Arizona, reported on Site specific blasting model for mine-to-mill optimisation. This blasting model has been developed for the Asarco Mission mine. “The main inputs to the model are the in-situ block size (F80), the post-blast fragmentation (P80) and the intact tensile strength (To). The output from the model is the specific blast energy (ESE). Modern techniques are being used to obtain the input parameters for the sitespecific blast fragmentation model. In particular, image processing software is used to obtain both the in-situ block size and the postblast fragmentation, and the Schmidt hammer is used to obtain the tensile strength at numerous locations throughout the rock mass.An initial model was developed using five test shots in one area of the mine that contains Argillite and is relatively homogeneous. This also included calibrating Schmidt hammer readings against actual Brazilian tensile measurements. The model for Argillite will be updated as more tests are conducted, and the model will be extended to the other four primary rock types at the Mission mine.“In modern blast fragmentation modelling, the parameters must be easily attained at numerous locations throughout the rock mass.” “The purpose of the site-specific blasting model is to optimise blasting for total cost or total energy, including downstream comminution and mineral extraction. In general, increased explosive energy will result in finer fragmentation and increased rock damage (microcracking). Thus, even though the drilling and blasting costs may increase, the total mine-through-mill costs will decrease.  There is a limit, however, and there is a point at which further increases in drilling and blasting costs will increase rather than decrease the total cost. The site specific blasting model developed in this paper can be used to find that optimum point.“A preliminary study was conducted to look at total cost savings vs. blast energy for a hard and soft rock, and indicated optimum blast energies of 225 and 175 Kcal/t for hard rock and soft rock, respectively.”Better fragmentation through team work at Dos Pobres mine, Safford, AZ, by D. Brandt et al, considered this a copper oxide heap-leach mine where, as mine depth increased, “the proper fragmentation size became harder to achieve due to less weathering and different rock types. Because copper recovery increases as crusher product size decreases, achieving the appropriate product size at the crusher is the operating priority.“The Engineering Department started a project to improve fragmentation through blasting and thus increase throughput in the crushing system. It soon became clear that input from other departments was going to be required to make this a safe and economical project. Therefore the Crush and Convey and Ore Control departments worked together to evaluate all available data on blast patterns and explosive loads and tracked performance and results. Using image analysis, Drill Energy Index and databases, we have been able to improve fragmentation size and verify the results while controlling costs.”They concluded that consistent blasting practices have resulted in better control and consistency in fragmentation. “This is evident from the crusher performance, crusher screen data and from the camera image analysis data. The costs associated with the improvements have not increased overall costs. Costs for increased drilling have been offset by using less explosive product or products of lesser strength. Costs have also been reduced by the increase in hauling efficiency, crusher throughput and less crusher wear.”Effective blast?When evaluating the effectiveness of a blast, it is important to obtain the rock fragmentation results as close to the blast as possible to prevent inaccuracies due to handling of the material.  Motion Metrics International‘s FragMetricsTM solution provides rock fragmentation analysis from the shovel bucket, which is typically where the first stage of material handling occurs.The images used for fragmentation analysis are automatically captured using a rugged camera installed on the top of the boom of an electric rope shovel, or on the stick of hydraulic face shovels. Specially designed brackets position the camera to have a clear view of the bucket during operation and help to isolate against shock and vibration.The embedded computer, installed in the operator’s cab, tracks the bucket as the shovel is in operation, and automatically logs images of the contents. Advanced real-time image processing algorithms are used to filter the images based on image quality and bucket contents to select only the images suitable for fragmentation analysis. A collection of images are sampled through the face as the shovel excavates to provide a representative fragmentation measurement.  The logged images can then be accessed over the mesh network or directly via the on-board industrial-grade CompactFlash card.Motion Metrics offers two options to perform the fragmentation analysis; a standalone tablet computer, FM-Tablet, or a service contract-based agreement, FM-Service. The FM-Tablet provides the tools to process and review the analysed fragmentation results, and generate automated reports, in a compacttablet computer. This option is favoured for performing routine assessment and maintenance of blasting performance. The FMService employs Motion Metrics specialists to perform the processing and reviewing of fragmentation results to provide fragmentation reports. This option has been popular for mines that would like to perform a third-party assessment of a blasting consultant, or carry out a study on the effects of blast fragmentation on a particular mine process.Blast fragmentation has far-reaching effects on the performance of equipment and processes throughout the mine. Fragmentation affects the looseness or diggability of the bench face, which influences excavation efficiency, while the throughput and energy costs of primary crushers are directly related to the input feed rock sizes.To provide a more comprehensive collection of information, the fragmentation data can be correlated with data from other Motion Metrics shovel solutions. For example, correlating the fragmentation data with the shovel tooth wear data from WearMetricsTM and shovel productivity information from LoadMetricsTM, allows the mine to monitor the relation between blasting and shovel operation efficiencies to optimise future blast practices.Lowering dilutionA Queensland innovation in electronic blast detection received Australian recognition for excellence in the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the iAwards. Judges sited the BMM system’s use of innovative technology, ease of application and its potential to significantly reduce ore loss and dilution at any open-pit mine that uses selective excavation.With mines routinely recording a 5 to 20% loss of valuable mineral in every blast, BMMs already save mining companies tens of millions of dollars per mine every year. The inventors of the BMMs formed a company, Blast Movement Technologies (BMT), to commercialise the combined hardware and software grade control solution in 2005 after conducting initial research at the University of Queensland. Since then, the prototype has been transformed into a robust commercial product now used in mines across Australia and in more than 10 countries around the world.The BMM system works by placing hardened transponders into drill holes in an orebody prior to blasting. After the blast a portable detector is used to locate the new position of the markers, thereby determining the movement vector of the blasted ore. Ore has often moved more than 10 m.Once downloaded to BMT’s proprietary software the information is quickly and easily transformed into accurate, 3D movement vectors, redefining ore boundaries, and enabling the most precise identification of ore and waste available to the industry. BMT claims.BMT Director and Principal Consultant Darren Thornton said the award was a highly valued recognition of the quality of this advanced system. “The team at Blast Movement Technologies has worked tirelessly to lead the mining industry into an age where the precise measurement of muck pile movement can now have a significant impact on improving mine reconciliation.“When we begin working with a mine we perform a comprehensive evaluation of existing blasting practices while training staff on just how easy it is to use the Blast Movement Monitors. Most mining engineers and senior managers accept ore loss and dilution as a cost of doing business, however they are always surprised by just how much money they are losing by unintentionally dumping high grade ore as waste, and shipping useless waste to the plant for expensive processing,” Thornton said.“All of the mines that we work with have recorded significantly decreased loss and dilution, which translates directly to increased profits. Improved reconciliation of planned versus actual ore grades enables more control of the mining process.“Once the site team is actively using the system as part of its blasting procedures we provide ongoing support and maintenance as required,” Thornton said.The system is currently being used by leading Australian and international mining companies including Barrick, BHP Billiton, Mt Gibson Iron, Newcrest, Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti, Goldcorp and Rio Tinto.  IMReferences1. Katsabanis, P. D.. Kim, S Tawadrous, A. & Sigler, J.Effect Of Powder Factor And Timing On The ImpactBreakage Of Rocks, 34th Annual conference onExplosives & Blasting Technique, New Orleans,International Society of Explosives EngineersProceedings, 20082. Preece, D.S. and Lownds, C.M., 3D ComputerSimulation of Bench Blasting With Precise DelayTiming, 34th Annual conference on Explosives &Blasting Technique, New Orleans, LA, InternationalSociety of Explosives Engineers Proceedings, 20083. Rholl, S and Stagg, M, 1987, Influence of BlastDelay Time on Rock Fragmentation: One-Tenth-ScaleTests, US Bureau of Mines Circular #9135j4. Lee, R. A., Rodgers J. A., &. Whitaker, K. C.Explosives Malfunction in Decked Blasts, 26th AnnualConference on Explosives & Blasting Technique, 2000,International Society of Explosives EngineersProceedingslast_img read more

Windows Phone 7 Mango bringing betas and private apps to Marketplace

first_imgThe Windows Phone 7 “Mango” update which is due to arrive sometime later this year is going to bring loads of improvements to Microsoft’s mobile OS. Alan touched on a few yesterday, but more are appearing. Internet Explorer 9 Mobile and multasking will be two of the biggest additions, and the Marketplace is also slated to receive an overhaul. Besides finally limiting the search function to the section of the store you’re browsing (no, I don’t want to search for songs while I’m perusing the apps section), Microsoft is also going to allow developers to post beta and private app downloads.This will make it much easier to get new apps into the hands of testers, though there’s apparently a 100 download limit — which doesn’t seem like it would be sufficient for a lot of apps. Non-beta private apps won’t have the number of downloads restricted, but they won’t be visible or searchable in the Marketplace. That’s not really a surprise, since none of us were expecting private apps to be public anyway. With Mango’s 1500+ new APIs and a host of new functionality, a more direct channel for connecting with testers will be very welcome.Betas and private apps are nice and all, but it’d be even cooler if we started seeing some WP7 apps that were actually exciting. Not that I mind re-packaged RSS feeds and soundboards, of course.via Mobility Digestlast_img read more

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Nemanja Matic makes surprise admission about United

first_imgManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has made a surprising admission about the team following their draw against Arsenal on Wednesday.Matic insists the United squad is currently low on confidence as they go through a poor season so far.Jose Mourinho’s United came back from a goal down on two separate occasions to earn a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.“Both teams attacked,” said Matic, according to Mirror Football.“It was a great game for the supporters but I thought we deserved a point.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Everyone knows the confidence is not high, but this is the fight that we have to show. Everyone is ready to play wherever the manager asks.”Meanwhile, United defender Chris Smalling said the players are well aware of their problems.“All of us know we are in a tough path of form and everyone is giving everything to help us through,” he said.“Everyone is digging in. We were on the front foot and pressing them because we know they like to play and I thought we were unlucky not to get the third goal.”last_img read more

ExSkamania County auditor must spend 3 weekends in jail

first_imgFormer Skamania County Auditor John Michael Garvison was ordered Thursday to spend three consecutive weekends in jail for violating probation terms related to his conviction of shredding public documents while in office.Garvison, 41, was sentenced Oct. 25 to do 168 hours of community service and to pay $62,000 in restitution. He was required to complete at least 20 community service hours per month.He completed just eight hours in November and 17.5 hours in February, according to Jamie Hepner, a Skamania County probation officer. He failed to complete any hours in December and January, Hepner said. The Columbian previously reported that Garvison had completed all of his hours in November, but that was incorrect.Jon McMullen, Garvison’s attorney, acknowledged that his client hasn’t completed the required amount of community service but that “it’s been with the best of reasons.”McMullen said Garvison tore a bicep muscle in December during a softball match and is unable to do any heavy lifting. He didn’t have medical insurance at the time and had to wait two months to receive proper treatment.last_img read more

After weeks of wooing Caroline Flack says yes spends weekend with Danny

first_imgCaroline FlackInstagramLove Island’s Caroline Flack seems to be enjoying her single life to the fullest. Prince Harry’s ex was spotted leaving Babington house after spending two nights there with 31- year- old rugby bad boy, Danny Cipriani.Before leaving the house, Danny could be spotted bidding a goodbye kiss to Caroline. The couple apparently were spending a romantic getaway for two days and things were pretty spicy between the two. This recent outing comes after Danny spent weeks wooing her via texts. “Danny is infatuated,” a source told to The Sun.The couple booked the Babington house, Somerset, where apparently Caroline is a regular. Other people who were there at the same spot too, could not help but notice how intimate the couple was getting in public, “Danny couldn’t keep his hands off her. He’s obviously very into her, and to be fair they make a great- looking couple,” the source further added. Another source told the Sun that Danny definitely has a thing for her. “It’s nothing too serious at this stage, but they had a great couple of days,” the source clarified. Both have been single for quite some time and both have been seeing other people in the past few days a lot.While, Caroline was spotted with his personal trainer, Bradley Simmonds earlier this year and with Strictly pro AJ Pritchard at the National Television Awards in January. Caroline’s last serious relationship was when she was engaged to Andrew Brady but, the couple separated last year. She has also dated Prince Harry for a brief period in 2009.Even Danny has a string of famous exes including Kelly Brook, Katie Price, actress Lindsay Lohan and TV sports host Kirsty Gallacher. He is involved in a drunk and brawl case and cheating accusations. The couple got intimate quickly and keeping his reputation of being a lothario, Carolyn and Danny were quickly over each other. “If anything it looked as though she was calling the shots and he was a bit infatuated. But they were around for a few days so things are obviously going pretty well,” the source added.The pair stayed at the same room where Carolyn always stays, they even enjoyed a Cuban- themed evening at the venue. Before leaving the spot, Danny was spotted leaning in through the driver’s window and kiss Caroline.last_img read more