Malware distributors target small and medium business websites

first_imgSmall and medium businesses beware.  More than ever, you are being targeted for malware distribution launching points.Malware distributors like a broad network of supply points to host and deliver their malicious software.  They compromise websites and upload their malware or links which infect unsuspecting site visitors.  Much of this malware has been crafted to harvest financial credentials from infected machines.  First, big companies with lots of visitors and search engines were targeted.  But large operations have the resources to make it difficult for attackers to compromise defenses.  Attackers changed tactics and began targeting porn and gambling sites.  But they too began erecting technical defenses which add to the already present user-awareness of caution.So, where can attackers go where technical and behavioral defenses are light but traffic is acceptable?  Small and medium businesses of course.  Organizations of this size are typically more focused on operations, growth, and building relationships with customers, rather than IT security.  This can result in being an easy target for malware distributors.  Sophos estimates 30,000 SME websites are targeted per day to spread malware.  As a bonus, if malware can be infected on Point-of-Sale systems at the same time, it can add to the wealth of retail transaction data for the attackers. A recent report out of England, Crime against businesses: Detailed findings from the 2012 Commercial Victimization Survey, found companies with fewer than 20 employees are spending as little as £200 per year.  Interestingly, the report found that small and medium companies spend more on physical security than cyber-security. Security investment decisions must align to the risks.  With an uptick in attention from attackers, small and medium business should reevaluate their priorities and insure they are not unknowingly hosting malware to their precious customers.  If the task seem daunting, there are many resources and solutions to help.   Security experts have seen this coming and also been changing tactics to adapt.  Awareness is the first step.last_img read more

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Who will be your primary suppliers in 2017?

first_imgIn recent months I have noticed a distinctive trend emerging whereby CIO’s are switching from larger, well-known suppliers to smaller vendors who are leaner and more agile.This has been backed up by the feedback in the sessions and the CIO’s who I spoke with recently at the Gartner European Symposium IT Expo in Barcelona.This is an interesting and positive trend as it allows the market to thrive with more up and coming vendors allowed to pitch for and win contracts by showing real innovation and enthusiasm to get the job done where they may have previously been frozen out at the RFP stages.Gartner themselves stated in their keynote session that their recent CIO survey showed that the majority of CIO’s will change their primary suppliers by 2017.Could new entrants like Samsung muscle their way on to your list of primary suppliers? Their launch this week in to the B2B market makes them a credible player.What does this mean for established suppliers? Basically it means they need to be less complacent and engage better with their clients and not just around the times of contract renewal.It shouldn’t mean they try to shortcut this process and just go out and buy a crop of these bright young new vendors, far from it. They would be better served in studying why they are winning business away from them and looking to instil that hunger and innovation back in to their product offerings and services.I know they will say that due their size and complexity of contracts etc. this will be difficult but innovation and enthusiasm are contagious and adding those to anything at any level will only give everyone a boost.I have even heard of some companies looking in to gamification techniques and the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage people in solving problems.This may be a bit bleeding edge for some but it really highlights what digital and its associated disruption is bringing to the market with the amount of new technology and value added services it offers.With the introduction of digital and other disruptive technologies, CIO’s are now faced with more requests from the business to leverage technology than ever before, often wanting to do it themselves within their own business units.The smaller, leaner and more agile vendors are able to seize upon this and bring to the market services and solutions which you can get up and running in less than half the time your previous vendors take to do something along with significantly faster versioning and the addition of new features.It’s an interesting marketplace and never before have I seen such a seismic shift in the way that organisations are being disrupted.The better-organised organisations that are more agile and quicker to adopt will thrive in this new world and so they should.last_img read more

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Much-touted global warming pause never happened

first_imgCreating a single, self-consistent, long-term record of sea surface temperature (SST) has proven especially tricky. For much of the past 2 centuries, ocean temperatures were measured from ships, by means of a bucket thrown over the side. Different fleets used different measurement techniques and, over time, various types of buckets—first wooden ones, then specially designed canvas ones. Eventually, buckets gave way to ship engine intake measurements, taken when water was brought in to cool the machinery. And by the end of the 20th century, far more accurate buoy measurements took over. Each technique required different corrections.Another challenge was incorporating land-based readings from thousands of new measurement stations in regions that have long had scant coverage, particularly Asia, South America, and Africa. New data from these regions have been amassed over the past 5 years as part of the International Surface Temperature Initiative, which released its first report just last year.In their paper, Karl’s team sums up the combined effect of additional land temperature stations, corrected commercial ship temperature data, and corrected ship-to-buoy calibrations. The group estimates that the world warmed at a rate of 0.086°C per decade between 1998 and 2012—more than twice the IPCC’s estimate of about 0.039°C per decade. The new estimate, the researchers note, is much closer to the rate of 0.113°C per decade estimated for 1950 to 1999. And for the period from 2000 to 2014, the new analysis suggests a warming rate of 0.116°C per decade—slightly higher than the 20th century rate. “What you see is that the slowdown just goes away,” Karl says.And that’s without including the elephant in the room: Arctic warming. A 2014 paper in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society highlighted how the scarcity of temperature data from the Arctic, which is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, has produced a significant “cool” bias in the global trends, especially since 1997.“The post-1998 period is really difficult, partially because of Arctic warming and partly because of the change in SST measurements,” says Kevin Cowtan, a computational scientist at the University of York in the United Kingdom, who co-authored the 2014 paper. “The fact that it’s caused problems is completely understandable, if unfortunate.”To estimate how Arctic warming might alter global trends, Karl’s team used a nonlinear technique to fill in the data gaps for the polar region. Including the Arctic, they found, would add between 0.02°C and 0.03°C of warming per decade. Karl notes that this is just an estimate, however, and wasn’t included in the paper’s final reanalysis of recent warming.Not everyone agrees that the 21st century slowdown is entirely a data artifact. Mann notes that there is “very clear” evidence of a slowdown in large-scale warming in the tropical Pacific; in a previous paper, he and others linked it to a natural decades-long climate pattern that brought about La Niña–like cooler conditions in the past decade (Science, 27 February, p. 988). “The tropical Pacific definitely warmed less over that time period than climate models had predicted,” Mann says.Cowtan agrees, adding that there are a lot of lingering uncertainties in the data, particularly in the Arctic, as well as in some of the shipboard corrections during the last century. “My feeling is, they’ve got the right answer—but not for quite the right reasons,” Cowtan says. “My guess is there’s a little bit too much ocean warming [in their calculations], and not enough from the Arctic.”Karl says his team is planning ways to address the Arctic temperature issue next. He also says research into the slowdown has spurred important insights that help clarify the global climate system. “Global temperatures might have been even warmer than we’re reporting had some of these other factors not come into play,” Karl says. “And once these things play out, we may find we’re warming at an even more rapid rate than we saw at the end of the last century.” What if the missing heat has been there all along? In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) flagged an odd phenomenon: Atmospheric temperature data collected over the past few decades suggested that global warming had slowed down beginning around 1998. Global warming skeptics crowed, and scientists delved into the global climate system to find out where the missing heat had gone. But a new analysis suggests that the real culprits are the data themselves. When better corrections for various sources of bias are applied to the data, the authors say, the so-called global warming hiatus vanishes—and in fact, they argue, global warming may have sped up.That won’t startle some scientists, who say the “hiatus” was always a misnomer. “There is no hiatus or pause,” says climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, University Park, who prefers the term “temporary slowdown.” But he and others do think something has changed since the late 1990s: Perhaps the deep waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans are storing more heat, or volcanic eruptions and pollution have been shading the planet and offsetting the warming. What’s more, they note, 1998 was a particularly strong (and hot) El Niño year—not an ideal starting point for determining a subsequent trend.But the temperature data themselves—collected by a variety of techniques from land and sea—have also been a source of concern, says Thomas Karl, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina, and the lead author on the new paper published online this week in Science. 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Coleman replaces Pellegrini as Hebei China Fortune boss

first_imgTransfers Coleman replaces Pellegrini as Hebei China Fortune head coach Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 01:11 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) coleman-cropped Getty Images Transfers CSL Sunderland Hebei CFFC Championship Less than two months after being sacked by Sunderland, the former Wales boss has agreed a deal with the Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune have appointed former Wales and Sunderland manager Chris Coleman as their new head coach, replacing Manuel Pellegrini.The Chinese Super League side have been on the hunt for a new coach since Pellegrini left on May 19, taking up the vacant position at West Ham.Coleman had been without a job following his Sunderland sacking at the end of April, a result of the club’s relegation from the Championship. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The Welshman had only been at the club since November, but he was unable to steady the ship after a disastrous start to the campaign – Sunderland ultimately suffering back-to-back relegations.Coleman’s most impressive feat as a coach so far was undoubtedly guiding Wales to their first European Championship in 2016 and then seeing them reach the semi-finals against the odds, beating Belgium along the way and eventually going out to tournament winners Portugal.Hebei made the announcement on their official Weibo site on Sunday, Coleman’s 48th birthday.He takes over with the club eighth in the CSL and will be in charge of several renowned players, such as Ezequiel Lavezzi, Hernanes, Javier Mascherano and Gervinho.last_img read more

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2019 Hyundai Elantra: Price, rivals, features, all other details

first_img2019 Hyundai Elantra: Price, rivals, features, all other detailsThe new Hyundai Elantra 2019 is initially expected to come with a BS6-compliant, 2.0-litre petrol engine. The carmaker might provide a BS6-compliant diesel engine by the end of March 2020 or early April 2020. Varun Singh New DelhiOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 10:03 IST The new Hyundai Elantra 2019 will be a connected vehicle with 34 Blue Link features.HIGHLIGHTSThe new Hyundai Elantra will rival against Honda Civic, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis.Like Hyundai Venue, the new Hyundai Elantra 2019 will also be a connected vehicle.The new Hyundai Elantra now features a hexagonal grille.Hyundai will launch the all-new Elantra in India today. The bookings for the Hyundai Elantra 2019 opened across the carmaker’s dealerships in the country on September 25. The premium sedan sports several new features on the outside as well as inside.Hyundai Motor India has been quite busy in 2019. It has already launched Venue and Grand i10 Nios. Now, the new Hyundai Elantra will be the carmaker’s third major introduction of the year. Before the 2019 Elantra is officially launched, here are all the important details you need to know about it.Hyundai Elantra 2019 PriceThe outgoing Elantra is priced between Rs 13.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 20.05 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With all the new additions, expectations are that the 2019 Hyundai Elantra price might increase a little bit.Hyundai Elantra 2019 RivalsThe new Hyundai Elantra will rival against Honda Civic, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis.Hyundai Elantra 2019 EngineThe new Hyundai Elantra 2019 is initially expected to come with a BS6-compliant, 2.0-litre petrol engine. The carmaker might provide a BS6-compliant diesel engine by the end of March 2020 or early April 2020.Hyundai Elantra 2019 FeaturesThe new Hyundai Elantra now features a hexagonal grille. There are redesigned triangular headlamps with LED DRLs and triangular fog lamps. The bonnet has been given a more muscular look. The refurbished rear comes with new tail-lights and bumper. Several other features like new alloy wheels, shark fin antenna and sunroof add dynamism to Elantra 2019.Hyundai Elantra 2019 Blue LinkLike Hyundai Venue, the new Hyundai Elantra 2019 will also be a connected vehicle with 34 Blue Link features categorised under seven sections — safety, security, remote, vehicle relationship management, location-based services, alert services and artificial intelligence.advertisementALSO READ | Hyundai Motor India domestic sales drop 14.8 per cent in September 2019ALSO READ | Royal Enfield domestic sales decline 22 per cent in September 2019ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki S-Presso: Price-Variant-Feature combination explainedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New Hyundai ElantraFollow 2019 Hyundai Elantra Nextlast_img read more

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Province Amends HRM Charter Tax Agreement with Airport Authority

first_imgChanges to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Charter will create a more transparent and clear process on how the Halifax International Airport Authority is taxed. Requested by HRM, the change will allow the municipality to enter into a tax agreement with the authority that will avoid the previous practice of having to tax and then rebate. The Halifax International Airport Authority is exempt from provincial income tax, capital tax and federal large corporation’s tax. Since fiscal 1999-2000, HRM has provided property tax relief to the authority in the form of a development grant agreement, which supports economic development. “This impressive airport allows HRM to be an international city, attracting business, private investment and competitiveness for the entire province’s economy,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. “Providing property tax relief to international airports is a common practice across the country.” The agreement will be in effect until March 31, 2019, reflecting similar terms as in previous agreements.last_img read more

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BC taxi industry challenges destructive competition from ridehailing apps

first_imgVANCOUVER — A coalition of nine taxi companies in Metro Vancouver has asked the B.C. Supreme Court to quash ride-hailing rules it says were illegally created for companies such as Uber and Lyft.The companies say in their petition that the Passenger Transportation Board had no authority to set binding policy guidelines for ride-hailing services before hearing individual applications to determine whether they should be issued a licence.The board announced guidelines last month allowing so-called transportation network services an unlimited number of vehicles in broader geographic areas compared with taxis, which the industry says amounts to “destructive competition.”The board has said the taxi industry was involved in its consultations but the petition says the industry was not given information about ride-hailing services’ business models and therefore could not challenge any “questionable” practices that Uber in particular has engaged in elsewhere.Representatives for both Uber and Lyft have said they would be filing applications this month to offer their services in B.C.The board has said passengers can expect ride-hailing services to start operating in parts of the province by the end of the year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Community Bridges Daddy and Me program continues

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Community Bridge’s ‘Daddy and Me’ program continues due to funding from Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Shell Canada.The ‘Daddy and Me’ program is an event for all male caregivers to connect with their children in an informal and relaxed environment while meeting other male givers in the community. The events help promote positive father involvement and strengthen the father-child relationship. They also create an awareness of community resources.With recent donations made by Pembina Pipeline Corporation of $5,000 and Shell Canada’s donation of $7,000 the program can continue to provide opportunities for all the male caregivers in our community. ‘Daddy and Me’ includes free activities for children 0-6 years of age, accompanied by their male caregiver. (Father, Uncle, Grandfather)The following are the Spring Sessions;Saturday, April 27th, 2019,  3 pm – 4 pm,  The Dinosaur Roar, FSJ Public LibraryWednesday, May 22, 2019, 6 pm – 7:30 pm, Bowling, Fort Bowling LanesSaturday, June 22, 2019, 10 am – 1 pm, Petting Farm and Pony Rides, Heartbreak AcresFor more information, CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Mark Zuckerberg Shows Support for the Muslim Community in the US

New York – Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, expressed his support to the Muslim in the US and around the world.In a status posted on His Facebook page, the young billionaire expressed his sympathy with Muslims, saying:“I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world. After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others,” Facebook founder said. Zuckerberg made reference to the values his parents instilled in him.“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone,” he noted.He went to say that Facebook will stand by the Muslim community and fight to protect Muslims’ right.“If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you,” he noted.Zuckerberg urged Muslims not to lose hope because of the hate speech that is being spread against them by remorseless politicians, such US presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, and some TV channels, such as Fox News.“Having a child has given us so much hope, but the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism. We must not lose hope. As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people.” read more

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Security Council authorizes extra police for UN force in Haiti

4 June 2010The Security Council today authorized the deployment of additional police officers to serve with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti as part of efforts to help boost the capacity of the country’s national police to deal with the myriad challenges in the wake of January’s catastrophic earthquake. The deployment of 680 further officers as a result of today’s Council resolution will bring the total number of UN Police (UNPOL) serving with the UN mission, which is known as MINUSTAH, to 4,391.Just one week after the devastating quake struck Haiti on 12 January, the Council backed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for additional troops, adding 2,000 military personnel and 15,000 UNPOL.More than 200,000 people were killed in the magnitude-7.0 earthquake, which left 1.3 million more homeless and destroyed countless buildings, including Government facilities, hospitals and schools.In today’s resolution, the Council said it recognized “the need for MINUSTAH to assist the Government of Haiti in providing adequate protection of the population, with particular attention to the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups, especially women in children.”Other challenges, it said, include dealing with the risk of a resurgence in gang violence, organized crime and child trafficking.The Council also encouraged MINUSTAH to provide logistical and technical expertise to help the Government, as requested, continue efforts to bolster the rule of law and accelerate the implementation of resettlement plans for IDPs.Such steps on the part of the mission “will be phased out as Haitian national capacity grows,” it said.The resolution also underscored the importance of holding elections “in a timely manner,” calling on all political parties and others to cooperate to make this a reality.Last month, a task force comprising the UN and its international partners – including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union (EU) – pledged support for Haiti’s polls, viewed as a crucial step in renewing the State after the huge human and material losses suffered in the January earthquake.In his most recent report to the Council in April, the Secretary-General said the elections in early 2011 were central to the Government’s vision for a renewed State, a vision he appealed to the international community to support. read more

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Libyan state oil corporation declares 11 oil fields nonoperational after suspected IS

by Esam Mohamed, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2015 3:56 am MDT Libyan state oil corporation declares 11 oil fields non-operational after suspected IS attacks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TRIPOLI, Libya – Libya’s state-run oil corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations.The National Oil Corporation blamed authorities in the Libyan-capital of Tripoli, set up by Islamist-backed militias, for failing to protect the oil fields. The statement, issued Wednesday night, says that “theft, looting, sabotage and destruction” of the oil fields have been on the rise despite pleas for the authorities to ensure safety of Libya’s oil installations.The corporation warned it could take similar action on other Libyan oil terminals and facilities, something it said would directly impact the lives of Libya’s people.“If security deteriorates, the corporation will be forced to close all fields and ports, which will result in a total deficit in state revenues and directly impact people’s live, including with power outage,” the statement said.Engulfed in total chaos more than three years since the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya is bitterly divided between two rival parliaments and governments and a wide array of militias.The elected government and parliament have been forced to relocate outside of Tripoli after it fell to militias backed by Islamist factions last summer, and set up a base in the country’s far east.The state-run oil corporation also urged the country’s rival governments to “put state interest above all and stand together against destruction.”A force majeure, meaning superior force, is a contract clause that frees a party from liability whenever an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the party’s control takes place.The development came hours after militants from the central coastal city of Sirte — under control of Libya’s Islamic State affiliate — stormed the al-Dhahra oil field, about 170 kilometres (100 miles) to the south.The militants surrounded the oil field from three sides, exchanged gunfire with the guards and prompted the Tripoli-based government to launch airstrikes, which ultimately failed to stop the assault. When the guards ran out of ammunition, the militants stormed the field, looted it and blew up buildings on the facility.Before al-Dhahra, three other oil fields came under similar assaults, including al-Mabrouk where 10 guards were killed and seven foreigners abducted on Feb. 4. A week later, on Feb. 13, the al-Bahi field, about 250 kilometres (156 miles) from Sirte, was also attacked.Libya’s turmoil has provided fertile ground for Islamic State-linked militants to set up a foothold in the North African country. The militants took control of cities such as Darna in eastern Libya and also Sirte, and have carried out several deadly suicide bombings across the country. In January, they stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli, and in February released a video showing them beheading 21 Egyptian Christians. The Egyptian military launched airstrikes on Darna in retaliation.On Feb. 21, two Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least 40 people in the eastern town of Qubba in one of the deadliest days of violence in Libya since downfall of Gadhafi.The oil corporation earlier said that Libya’s oil production has dropped dramatically, to about 25 per cent of normal levels. It recently reached 500,000 barrels per day, according to Oil Minister Mashallah al-Zewi.Khaled Ben Osman, head of the National Council for Oil and Gas in Tripoli, the 11 non-operational oil fields make up 30 per cent of the overall number of fields in Libya. The remaining ones are not all operational and a number of them have either closed for maintenance or have remained closed since the anti-Gadhafi uprising.The looming oil crisis in Libya came a day after the country’s elected government made an urgent appeal to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight Islamic State and other groups.Libya’s U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the council that his people feel the international community’s silence has allowed the threat of “terrorist” groups to spread.His speech came as U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon is preparing for a new round of peace talks among rival groups in Morocco on Thursday.The talks are meant find a way out of the crisis, which has left nearly half a million Libyans displaced, whole cities and towns in ruins, and the country internationally isolated with many countries having shut their embassies in Tripoli.In a good will gesture, Libyan air force commander Saqr al-Jourshi told Dubai-based Al-Arabiya network that he is halting airstrikes — which have targeted both Tripoli and Islamic State’s strongholds — for three days to give the talks a chance.Leon warned on Wednesday that “terrorist groups such as Islamic State will stop at nothing in their bid to play on existing political divisions.”___Associated Press writer Cara Anna at the United Nations contributed to this report. read more

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Blast off at W Resources La Parrilla tungsten mine

first_imgW Resources says the first T2 blast at the La Parrilla tungsten mine in Spain shot successfully on April 30.The blast covered a mainly barren zone to prepare access to the 10 m benches closer to the run of mine pad and crusher plant in the Fast Track Mine area, the company said. This explosion continued to open up directly accessible ore to the mine operation.Ore mined to-date at the operation, which is envisaged as a scalable project, starting at 2 Mt/y to produce some 2,700 t/y of tungsten concentrate and 500 t/y of tin concentrate, before an expansion to 3.5 Mt/y and beyond, has been free-dig or from the early blast area, W said.“The immediate priority at La Parrilla is to complete the commissioning of the jig and mill plant, which is underway in parallel with the completion of the large-scale concentrator plant,” the company said.Michael Masterman, Chairman of W Resources, said: “The first T2 mine blast at La Parrilla is a significant event for W Resources and kicks-off the commencement of hard rock mining operations.“The explosive blast was completed successfully with the highest level of safety and supervision. The ore will be mined at low cost using a truck and shovel operation and transported via the newly constructed ramp to the new 350 t/h crusher plant where it will be crushed and then fed to the newly constructed jig and mill plant as part of the commissioning process.”The crushing circuit at La Parrilla, supplied by Metso Minerals’ Portugal division, is made up of a C130 jaw crusher and secondary cone crusher, both with vibrating grizzlies prior to size reduction, and two tertiary cone crushers in closed circuit with a double deck banana screen.With a throughput of 350 t/h, the two alljig® jigs, provided by allmineral, are expected to provide grading, enrichment and cleaning of the pre-ground ore at La Parrilla.last_img read more

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A farmer would have to travel 11 miles to get to the

first_img 11,596 Views A LETTER HAS been delivered to the Taoiseach calling on him to demand a special status for the North in upcoming Brexit talks.EU leaders hold a summit on Saturday to discuss the next steps in the Brexit process. While British Prime Minister Theresa May will not be invited, Enda Kenny will.At a protest outside his offices yesterday, around 100 people from border communities called on Kenny to argue that the North, which voted against Brexit, should be allowed stay in the EU.JJ O’Hara of Border Communities Against Brexit told TheJournal.ie that the prospect of a customs border on any of the 277 border crossings would be disastrous for the region.“Any border, be it hard or soft, will be detrimental to trade, agriculture and tourism. A lot of people talk about this problem, but we need a solution.”His colleague Bernard O’Boyle said that many farmers were fearful as they have land that straddles the border.“I know a farmer who would have to travel 11 miles to get to the other side of his land if there was a hard border.”Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly accused the government of “sleepwalking Ireland into a hard border”.“As someone who lived in a border town for 10 years, I saw the impact it had on people and on trade. It was very negative and nobody wants to see a return to a hard border. Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 6:04 AM Share16 Tweet Email There is a disconnect between how Brexit is discussed and the people on the border. You only have to listen to the Taoiseach and the way he talks to know that he hasn’t walked the border and he’s not listening to the people.“These people wouldn’t be here if they thought they were being listened to.”Read: Who owns Rockall? The history of the Atlantic dispute between Ireland and the UKRead: Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UK Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 43 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Apr 26th 2017, 6:04 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3357043 By Paul Hosford ‘A farmer would have to travel 11 miles to get to the other side of his land’ – Border communities fear Brexit EU leaders hold a summit on Saturday to discuss the next steps.last_img read more

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Man charged over multivehicle crash on Australias M4 in which Irishman died

first_img No Comments Short URL Star-shaped intersection of Australian motorways M4 and M7 in Sydney West. May 11th 2019, 1:45 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Star-shaped intersection of Australian motorways M4 and M7 in Sydney West. Image: Shutterstock/Taras Vyshnya 21,241 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Saturday 11 May 2019, 1:45 PM https://jrnl.ie/4629993 A MAN WILL appear in court today charged over a motorway crash in Australia in which an Irishman was killed.The collision, which took place on Thursday morning, involved a lorry and 10 other vehicles on the M4 highway, in the Mays Hill area of Sydney. Emergency services were called to the Church Street off-ramp about 5.50am (Australian time). Officers from Cumberland Police Area Command arrived to find 11 vehicles stopped at the crash site.A 36-year-old Irishman was pronounced dead at the scene; police said his vehicle was struck by a truck. He’s been named as tradesman Francis Shanley by Australian media.Witnesses told officers the driver of another vehicle – reported to be a Toyota Echo – allegedly left the scene before speaking with police.Following inquiries by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit, a 53-year-old man was arrested after attending St Marys Police Station about 6.15pm on Friday.Police will allege the driver of the Toyota Echo had changed lanes on the M4 then stopped, with multiple collisions occurring as a consequence.The driver of the Echo was taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death/drive manner dangerous, negligent driving occasioning death, fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death, and two counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct.The man, from Ropes Crossing, was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today.Comments have been closed as a man has been charged. Image: Shutterstock/Taras Vyshnya Man charged over multi-vehicle crash on Australia’s M4 in which Irishman died The Irishman has been named in Australian media as 36-year-old Francis Shanley. Share1 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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16 years jail for Oakleigh crash killer

first_imgThe man high on ice who smashed into a car and a pedestrian fatally killing three in Oakleigh has been sentenced to 16 years jail.Nei Lima Da Costa, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of culpable driving causing death and several other charges including negligently causing injury and recklessly causing injury.Two of the dead were Savvas, 67, and his wife of 38 years, Ismini Menelaou, 59, who were returning from a wedding in January before Da Costa crashed into their sedan. Three other family members, including their son Menelaos, his uncle and aunt, Elias, 60, and Maria Mesaritis, 55, were all seriously injured.Savvas and Ismini’s son Jim Menelaou spoke to the media outside the court, and said no jail sentence would change what had happened or bring his parents back. He said the case was proof that it was time politicians did something about ice addicts.“A lot of red tape prohibits the government or the courts from setting examples, setting a serious sentence,” Mr Menelaou said.He said no example to ice addicts had been set by the judge in this case.Da Costa was seen driving erratically before the incident, and ran through a red light before coming to a stop after smashing into the Menelaou’s sedan at more than 120 kilometres per hour.Justice Lex Lasry said the result of the crash was “nothing less than a massive tragedy”.“In only a few seconds you’ve done something that affects the life of dozens of people,” Justice Lasry said.“This was no sudden lapse. It occurred over 14 kilometres of reckless driving on your part.”Justice Lasry said the sentence should act as a warning for anyone using ice and deplored the reality that many of the cases seen at the courts have been committed under the influence of drugs. Family members of the deceased packed the Supreme Court of Melbourne on Wednesday to see the verdict handed down. The pedestrian killed in the crash was Anthony Parsons, 45, a vision-impaired British civil servant.Mr Parsons was walking just ahead of his wife while crossing then intersection of Warrigal Road and Dandenong Road, until he was flung 50 metres down the road after the impact. His wife who was unharmed watched the incident happen right in front of her. She and her husband had been celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary.Da Costa sat in the dock with his eyes shut tightly as the sentence was read out.Prosecutors called the accident the worst case of culpable driving ever in Victoria. Driving cases are normally heard in the County Court, but the case was upgraded to the Supreme Court to match the severity of the crash.Da Costa will serve a minimum of 11 years. Source: ABC, The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Tsipras turns to prior actions

first_imgA day after securing a parliamentary vote of confidence in his government, from his coalition MPs, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday shifted his attention to a much tougher challenge: the barrage of prior actions that must be legislated by mid-October to secure rescue loans.Tsipras is said to have asked his ministers to submit details of the measures that fall within their remit today so a bill can be drafted and submitted in Parliament early next week.In the meantime, he will seek to overcome any objections within SYRIZA, chairing a central committee meeting on Saturday and Sunday.With the opposition parties having made it clear, during the three-day debate on the government’s policy program, that they will not support additional austerity measures unconditionally, Tsipras can only hope for the support of the 155 coalition MPs in the 300-member House.But the backing of all of them is far from certain. Two coalition MPs – Costas Barkas of SYRIZA and Nikos Nikolopoulos of the right-wing Independent Greeks – reacted angrily to reports that the 49 prior actions would be brought to Parliament in one article.In comments to Skai, government spokesperson Olga Gerovasili suggested this would not be the case.The list of prior actions includes the liberalization of closed professions and markets, the finalization of plans to privatize Greece’s regional airports and measures aimed at curbing tax evasion.A second list of measures, linked to another loan worth 1 billion euros, will be tougher, with delayed pension reforms and increased farmers’ taxes on the agenda.Farmers are already planning protests. Authorities also have Greece’s creditors to contend with. Technical staff have returned to Athens ahead of a review that Tsipras said he wants to conclude by the end of November to pave the way for talks on debt relief.Greece’s European creditors oppose the idea of debt relief, but the International Monetary Fund regards it as indispensible. Speaking on Thursday at an IMF meeting in Lima, the Fund’s chief Christine Lagarde said that for the IMF to join Greece’s economic program, the program “must stand on two legs.”The first leg should comprise “significant reforms, particularly on the pension front and in bank governance,” she said, and the second “a debt operation that renders Greek debt sustainable in our assessment.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Community reacts to the discontinuation of Greek at Coburg West Primary

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s Greek community has been shaken at the news of the Greek language teaching being discontinued from Coburg West Primary School’s (CWPS) 2019 curriculum plan.In the monthly newsletter CWPS Principal Mark Colagrande announced the board’s decision saying that it was not made lightly “as we understand the strong history the Greek program has had in our school”.The announcement has troubled some of the parents who are already enrolled in the school, including the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM).Speaking to Neos Kosmos, GCM’s vice president and Education convenor Theo Markos said he had met with the school’s parents committee who are already motivated and doing the best they can to save the Greek language program.“The parents have already gotten a petition going amongst the school community,” Mr Markou said.“We have also found out that the new preps were not offered a choice in the language and were told that Greek is stopping at the end of the year because they don’t have enough numbers.” Even though Mr Colagrande claims that the school’s board is still investigating other options to try to keep current students involved in a Greek language program outside of regular school time, Mr Markos sent a letter requesting an urgent meeting with him and if necessary the School Council.Mr Markos referenced page seven of The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development booklet which clearly states that community consultation is critical when a school is replacing or ceasing an existing language program, something that CWPS had not done before making this decision.On Tuesday, Federal Member for Wills, Peter Khalil MP also expressed his frustration at the announcement in a statement, requesting a meeting with the school principal to discuss the matter.“Coburg West Primary School is within my electorate of Wills, which has a Greek-speaking population of 4.5 per cent, as compared with a Victorian average of 1.9 per cent, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.“Greek language classes have been offered for most of Coburg West Primary School’s 101 year history. I understand the decision to discontinue the program has upset many parents and the broader Greek community,” he said promising to advocate in support of Greek language services remaining available to students.Meanwhile, on becoming aware of this issue, Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos decided to bring the issue to the attention of the Minister of Education, James Merlino.“I raised this with Minister Merlino and he has ensured that the Greek language program at Coburg West Primary School will continue in 2019 and that consultation on the school’s languages provision will be undertaken with parents next year.”*To sign the online petition go to:https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-the-greek-language-program-at-coburg-west-primary-school.html*If parents at the school would like to raise the matter with Mr Khalil MP directly, they can contact his office on (03) 9350 5777 or via email Peter.Khalil.MP@aph.gov.aulast_img read more

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Soy Growers Talk Policy at Washington Watch

first_imgASA Chairman Richard Wilkins (right) talks with Agri-Pulse’s Spencer Chase (left) at NAFB Washington Watch.The American Soybean Association (ASA) participated in NAFB’s annual Washington Watch Issues Forum earlier this week. ASA Chairman and Delaware farmer Richard Wilkins attended, along with representatives from the ASA D.C. office, and spoke with members of the ag media about the aggressive legislative agenda ASA is pursuing with the 115th Congress and administration to move the needle for soybean farmers.While at the Issues Forum, ASA provided interviews for more than 20 different news outlets and highlighted the importance of a farm bill that protects and strengthens the risk management framework, tax reform that recognizes farms as the rural economic engines they are and defending the Renewable Fuel Stantard (RFS). Additionally, ASA spoke to the necessity of trade agreements and what they mean for soybean farmers across the country.last_img read more

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Extremely rare iridescent lobster caught in waters off New England

first_img(WSVN) — Lobsters can come in all shapes, colors and sizes, but finding  either an iridescent or albino lobster is extremely rare.Alex Todd, of Chebeague Island, recently caught one, according to a post shared by the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association.“This lobster probably has a genetic condition called Leucism which isn’t a total loss of pigment (which would make it an albino) but instead a partial loss,” the association said in a Facebook post.The group said after the picture was taken, the unique-looking lobster was thrown back into the water.Officials say the chances of finding an albino lobster is one in 100 million.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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