Department Issues Directive to Evaluate Power Boiler

first_imgThe Department of Environment has issued a directive to Northern Pulp to complete an independent engineering review and evaluation for the entire power boiler system by Nov. 30. The evaluation must include recommendations for any necessary operational modifications, and capital upgrades intended to bring power boiler emissions to within the company’s approval limit. According to stack test results conducted at the mill in September by Stantec, the power boiler emissions are above the acceptable limit. The results also show that the new precipitator installed earlier in the year continues to operate well below the mill’s approval limit. The emissions limit in the 2015 industrial approval is almost 80 per cent lower than the mill’s previous approval. Testing was done Sept. 15-18 by Stantec Consulting Ltd. The stack test results can be found at http://novascotia.ca/nse/issues/northern-pulp.asp .last_img read more

Support for Sustainable Transportation in St Margarets Bay Lewis Lake and Hubbards

first_imgGovernment is supporting three new sustainable transportation projects in the St. Margarets Bay, Lewis Lake and Hubbards areas of Halifax Regional Municipality that help connect residents to community hubs and promote active living. Timberlea and Prospect MLA Iain Rankin, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Aug. 29, that local sustainable transportation projects will receive funding from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “Our multi-use trails provide so much enjoyment for individuals and families and it’s great to see work happening to maintain and improve them,” said Mr. Rankin. “Active transportation options are an essential part of connectivity for these communities and for everyone who use the Rails to Trails system and beyond.” With a $50,000 grant from Connect2 and $50,000 from the Off Highway Vehicle Infrastructure Fund, Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust, with the help of the Safety-minded ATV Association, will continue infrastructure work in the Five Bridges Lake Area and towards Goodwood. “Five Bridges is excited to be able to continue working with our partners to make improvements to our local trail systems,” said Harry Ward, chair, Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust. “This will support community members’ ability to enjoy larger areas of our wilderness, now and into the future.” St. Margarets Bay Area Rails to Trails Association will receive $35,000 through Connect2 and additional funding of $25,000 from Halifax Regional Municipality, $9,699.89 from Mountain Equipment Co-op, and $40,000 from Off Highway Vehicles Infrastructure Fund. The association also received a $40,000 Recreation Facility Development Grant earlier this year from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to resurface and regrade about six kilometres of trail and to make upgrades to Round Lake Bridge, Pipeline Bridge and Indian River Bridge. The grants help build sport and recreation facilities such as trails, parks and arenas, swimming pools, ball fields and skateboard parks to help Nova Scotians make physical and community activities part of their daily lives. “The St. Margarets Bay Area Rails to Trails Association is delighted to have Nova Scotia Department of Energy Connect2 Program as a funding partner for the improvements to our 32 kilometre trail,” said Anne Patrick, chair of St. Margarets Bay Area Rails to Trails Association. “This will provide the only active transportation connection between eight communities from Lewis Lake to Hubbards.” Aspotogan Heritage Trust Society will receive $4,663 through Connect2 and $2,482 and an $870 in-kind contribution from Municipality of the District of Chester to create a new pathway from the corner of Highways 3 and 329 to the trailhead of the Aspotogan Trail. “We recognize that sidewalks can be a significant capital investment,” said Kathryn Gamache, executive director Aspotogan Heritage Trust Society. “That is why we are pleased to have been able to propose a less costly, yet equally safe and functional connection solution for moving people thorough this hub location in Hubbards.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.last_img read more

Service providers may now opt for composition scheme till July 31

first_imgNew Delhi: The tax department has extended by three months till July 31 the deadline for service providers with turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh to opt for the composition scheme and pay six per cent goods and services tax (GST). The GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister and comprising state counterparts, has permitted such service providers to opt for composition scheme and pay taxes at reduced rate of six per cent beginning April 1, 2019. This is against the higher rates of 12 and 18 per cent levied for most services under GST. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn a circular, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said suppliers who want to opt for composition scheme would have to file Form GST CMP-02 by selecting ‘any other supplier eligible for composition levy’ latest by July 31, 2019. The CBIC had earlier marked April 30, 2019, as the deadline for service providers to opt for the scheme. The GST composition scheme was so far available to traders and manufacturers of goods with an annual turnover of up to Rs 1 crore. This threshold too has been increased to Rs 1.5 crore from April 1. Under the scheme, traders and manufacturers are required to pay only one per cent GST on goods which otherwise attract a higher levy of either 5, 12 or 18 per cent. Such dealers are also not permitted to charge GST from the customers. Of the 1.22 crore businesses registered under GST, about 17.5 lakh have so far opted for the composition scheme.last_img read more

Press Release Aireon announces key support for new line of business

first_imgAireon today announced that Jonathan Astill, from NATS, has been tapped for strategic support and expertise to develop the new Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Services line of business for Aireon.Astill, will act as Vice President and General Manager of ATFM Services and will develop Aireon’s ATFM business line, closely collaborate with introductory customers and establish a channel of partners to ensure a smooth rollout of the company’s offering. Aireon is deploying the world’s first and only global space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft surveillance and tracking service, providing real-time aircraft visibility anywhere on the planet.“Jonathan brings deep knowledge and expertise to Aireon at such a crucial moment for our company, as our system nears full operational status,” said Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. “His extensive experience, working across multiple facets of the aviation industry, offers a unique perspective for this new line of business. We are thrilled that he will be working with our team.”Prior to taking on this new role, Astill served as Director of Alliances, Airline and International Affairs for NATS, the United Kingdom’s leading Air Navigation Service Provider, where he was responsible for NATS’ global engagement across the aviation industry. His career with NATS spans 30 years, with the first 10 years of his career as an operational Air Traffic Controller.In the Aireon role, Astill will be responsible for all aspects of Aireon’s ATFM services, leading technical support, business strategy, operations, business development and service rollout.“I am excited to assist the impressive Aireon team and help usher in this next era of global air traffic surveillance,” said Astill. “When I was in my previous position at NATS, Iworked with Aireon very closely on the deployment of their service in the UK and truly believe what Aireon is doing will change air traffic management and the aviation industry as a whole. I am honored to be working with Aireon at such an important time and look forward to getting started on their new business line.”On January 11, 2019, the final Iridium NEXT launch successfully took place from SpaceX’s west coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Each Iridium NEXT satellite hosts an AireonSM ADS-B payload. On February 6, 2019, Aireon formally took control of the final six payloads from Iridium Communications. With the final launch and payload handoff complete, Aireon is set to go live with its air traffic surveillance service in early Spring 2019.About Aireon LLCAireon is deploying a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon will harness next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and, for the first time ever, extend their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Real-time ADS-B surveillance will cover oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav, NATS and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon will provide a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system to all aviation stakeholders.last_img read more

Press Release FlightPath3D leverages big data with launch of new apps

first_imgFlightPath3D, the global leader in moving map innovation and technology announced today that it is launching two new big data driven apps.The Favorite Places app allows passengers to see what destination experiences are trending or search for new ideas in any location. An interactive route map called Where We Fly promotes airline destinations and provides rich data insights to help analyze flight demand.Experiences are prioritized based on billions of travelers’ social records to show what’s popular, make recommendations and create a traveler wish list.Favourite Places. Image: FlightPath3DFlightPath3D President Duncan Jackson said, “There are literally billions of experiences being consumed each year driving demand for travel. Instagram, for example, has 100 million new photos every single day. Airlines that leverage this rise in available data can create a competitive advantage that will leave other airlines behind.”Showcase Your Routes with Where We Fly At the heart of every airline is its network of destinations and routes. Every route of an airline’s network needs to contribute to the bottom line. Jackson continues, “We’ve designed a simple, playful interactive experience to showcase routes and allow passengers to plan their next trip. It’s easier and faster to plan a trip visually – giving passengers the experience to view and play with routes and flight durations right from their seat.”Where we fly. Image: FlightPath3DWhere We Fly can filter flights and routes for a passenger-specific search and show the flight schedule and daily flight times within a calendar view. Flight and route data are stored aboard the aircraft eliminating the need to constantly stream data. With inflight connectivity passengers can see pricing, seat availability and make flight bookings.“The data gathered from passengers’ searches can help an airline plan routes, rank destinations, and find out what’s important to passengers when booking a trip,” says Jackson.See What’s Popular and Trending with Favorite Places The Favorite Places app allows passengers to see what is trending or to search for new ideas in any neighborhood. Passengers can now see what is going on below them or in their destination or any location on the globe. We apply proprietary algorithms and analyze billions of traveler reviews, photos, visits and other social records to identify and rank over 400,000 landmarks, locations, activities and experiences.Favourite Places. Image: FlightPath3DPassengers see the most popular attractions that dynamically change based on any neighborhood they choose to explore using our patent pending social ranking algorithm. Use the favorites function to create a bucket list of what to do when the aircraft lands or as part of planning another trip. Share favorites and inspire others onboard, or publish using a social media platform.Today FlightPath3D helps more than 275 million passengers know where they are and when they will land. Says FlightPath3D CEO Boris Veksler, “We’ve been working hard in our labs using billions of data sets to make the passenger feel more understood and allow airlines to collect valuable data from those same passengers.”About FlightPath3DFlightPath3D is the IFE industry’s most compelling and innovative interactive 3D Moving Map experience enhanced with relevant and engaging ‘geotainment’ information services. We enhance your passenger’s In-Flight Experience with entertaining and informative solutions designed for the entire family.Any Aircraft. Any Platform. Any Device. A truly fleet-wide IFE system agnostic moving map solution for airlines.Betria Interactive LLC (dba FlightPath3D) has the industry’s largest specialized map team providing customized map software development and maintenance. They deliver reliable, highly customizable inflight map experiences built from the ground up especially for the airline business with an upgradeable path to the connected future.Betria Interactive LLC is headquartered in Lake Forest, California. For additional information, please visit http://www.FlightPath3D.comlast_img read more

Uniteds elevated service on shuttlelike route worthy of praise

first_imgWhile United Airlines is the odd man out in offering an East Coast “shuttle” service, it operates the New York LaGuardia to Chicago O’Hare route about as close to a shuttle-like service as possible. With at least hourly service between 6am and 9pm on weekdays and a meal service carve-out, it sure feels like a shuttle.Granted, the perks that make a shuttle a shuttle aren’t present. But to be fair, they really aren’t present on the shuttle-branded flights by competitors. Things like reduced minimum check-in times and free standby on earlier flights are unimportant or nonexistent on the Delta and American shuttles, so the playing field is nearly level between United and the “shuttles”, regardless of branding.My flight would be operated by an Airbus A320, featuring the airline’s relatively new First Class seat. A pre-departure beverage was offered as boarding progressed and wrapped up about ten minutes early. Unfortunately, due to a technical issue with some paperwork we pushed back about 20 or so minutes late.I got better acquainted with the First Class seat as we waited to push back. While there is a solid amount of storage space I found a good bit of it to be oddly placed, such as the “laptop” slot on the left side. It’s probably tricky to clean inside this slot and I wonder if smaller items are difficult to retrieve if dropped inside.How easy is it to clean the laptop slot? Image:Jason RabinowitzThe recline mechanism on the seat was cradle-like, where both the seatback and seat pan moved. I found it plenty comfortable for this flight.I loaded up the United iOS on my iPad to browse the extensive and free entertainment options. The system was not available during boarding at the gate, but went live during taxi.While United’s new First Class seat has a device holder built into the tray table, I opted to hang my iPad from the back of the seat in front of me by wedging the case in the headrest mechanism. Having to look down at a screen for two hours didn’t appeal to me as I fear neck strain, and the screen can become blocked by other items on the table.The seat makes one power outlet available to each passenger but does not include a USB port, limiting passengers to charge one device at a time unless they have a multi-port adapter. This seems like a silly decision for such a new seat, hopefully one United will revisit in the future.I created my own seatback IFE. Image: Jason RabinowitzI took a pass on the $18 full flight Internet offer, powered by Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect Ku-band satellite service. United brands its Panasonic Ku system as “basic” connectivity, stating that it is best suited for web browsing, email and messaging.United is now taking delivery of used A319s which will be equipped with Viasat’s Ka solution, which the airline allows video streaming on.I did not avail of the inflight connectivity. Image: Jason RabinowitzThis flight would typically be too short for a full meal service, but United offers one to stay competitive on this business traveler-heavy route.The options presented were an oatmeal and fruit platter or a ham and egg sandwich with a side of fruit and yogurt. I picked the egg sandwich, which was perfectly fine and better than a similar offering by Delta on the Airbus A220 inaugural flight to Dallas a few months earlier.The meal was perfectly fine. Image: Jason RabinowitzThe real star of the meal, however, was the warm and terribly unhealthy but absolutely delicious cinnamon bun.I’d pay to have that served as a standalone item in Economy as long as I wasn’t counting calories.Despite the late pushback from the gate we touched down in Chicago as scheduled, taxing around the airport for a bit before finally finding our gate.It’s great United realizes that it has to offer an elevated level of service on this route, even if it doesn’t brand it as a shuttle. My expectations were met or exceeded in most respects.Note: United provided the fare of an Economy Plus ticket for the author, and the author upgraded to domestic First Class using a Global Premier UpgradeA USB port would have been appreciated, but 110v power saw me through. Image: Jason RabinowitzRelated Articles:Considering whether American Airlines Shuttle is special…or notUnited 777-200 domestic short-hop shines brightlyWhy I always say yes to Spirit Airlines’ Big Front SeatDelta hits a home run with Airbus A220 passenger experienceDelta has good reason to be proud of Delta One SuitesFlying Alaska out of Paine Field proves pain-freeDelta takes Main Cabin consistency seriously, and it showslast_img read more

Mitsubishi talks PaxEx as it renames MRJ to SpaceJet announces M100

first_imgJust ahead of a Paris Air Show that looks to see an almost unprecedented amount of change in the regional aircraft sector, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is renaming its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) to Mitsubishi SpaceJet. At the same time, its future smaller variant, the MRJ70, is growing within the size allowed by US scope clauses and will be known as the M100, with the former MRJ90 now the M90 and the MRJ70 designation “now retired”. A new cabin with larger bins and the promise of inflight connectivity are also added to the program.Seating 84 in a typical single-class seating at 31” pitch, and a maximum of 88 passengers at 29”, in the US market the M100 will seat 76 passengers in the usual two and a half class (domestic first, extra-legroom economy, regular economy) configuration. Mitsubishi suggests that might look like four rows of 1-2 first class seats, three rows of 2-2 extra-legroom economy, and thirteen rows of regular economy.It’s a marked change for a manufacturer in the running to purchase Bombardier’s CRJ Series regional jet, and indeed the M100 is sized and shaped to be a key replacement for those aircraft in US service. Mitsubishi had previously been banking on changes to the scope clause permitting the MRJ90 in regional fleets that have not materialized. The airframer plans to launch the M100 program formally later this year, and head of global market strategy Steve Haro confirms to Runway Girl Network that entry into service is planned for 2023.“Formal launch of the SpaceJet M100 program is expected later this year,” says the airframer.Somewhat oddly, the new M100 fits between the old MRJ70 and 90. Image: MitsubishiThere’s key movement on the cabin front, which had previously been in a type of stasis. Where the MRJ-era aircraft had relatively small flip-up bins that could take only relatively small bags — and side-on only — new imagery from Mitsubishi shows larger pivot bins that look set to accommodate substantially larger luggage and open up the overhead area. A reworked ceiling, a new pearlescent effect on the cabin sidewalls, and upgraded seats also feature.The SpaceJet also comes with a new cabin concept, including flip-down bins. Image: Mitsubishi“We are still working with Safran, previously Zodiac Aerospace,” on the cabin and seats, says head of new program development Henry Tam. “We looked into the passenger experience and the operator experience. One of the key feedbacks we got over the last two years is that they want more carry-on bags on the aircraft. So when we looked at different configurations, at different options, we settled on the pivot bin because it would allow us to put rollerbags wheels first to accommodate as many rollerbags on board as possible.”The MRJ previously had substantially smaller flip-up bins. Image: John-WaltonWhen asked whether these were based on Safran’s ECOS design, Tam notes that, “I’m not too familiar with the detailed naming of the previous Zodiac bins, but we have been working with them for the past year to design and fine-tune these bins.”Mitsubishi is also on the hunt for new seats, Tam says. “We are putting the existing Safran seats into the mockup, but we are actually looking for new seats to improve the comfort and the customer experience, so we have not made any new selection at this stage, but we are looking for better alternatives and opportunities.”Promising the “newest Type C USB outlet, fastest wireless IFE system, latest generation seatback IFE, ambiance-enhancing mood lighting, outside views on IFE screens,” as well as the “fastest high-speed broadband connectivity” and “live TV”, the M100 also brings some updated thinking on connectivity within and outside the cabin.“For the M100 what we don’t want to do is lock ourselves in” before the 2023 EIS, says Mitsubishi marketeer Haro. “As you know, this area — wifi and connectivity — about every eighteen months has a step-change in performance. There’s many things that are on the table right now.”In terms of satellite connectivity, Haro says, “Right now we’re obviously provisioned for Ka, Ku, which are the current standard. What Viasat and others that are out there are doing is that there are the low earth orbit satellite systems they are putting up. Our difference is that we’d have a lower profile antenna: right now it’s phased array, but there could be new technologies that are flat panel, that are going to be much more lower profile, less drag, that allows us the ability to take advantage of the latest satellites that are going up.”Notably, Mitsubishi is not looking at the current generation of antennas and radomes for the M100. “Today we have mechanically steered antennas, which are very protrusive and heavy. You have to have a lot of structure around that. We’ve eliminated that as an option for our M100 aircraft. It’s going to be flat panel. It could be phased array technology, but it could be something else. For sure there are several things out there that are in work that we’re looking at,” Haro says.The systems architecture, too, is still in motion, Henry Tam explains. “When we design the system architecture for the CMS and the IFEC, we’re trying to have an agnostic architecture so that it’ll be very easy to put different systems on. It’ll be very upgradeable, and we can try to make it as plug and play as possible with any of the providers.”Airframe-wise, the M100 will measure 34.5m (113 feet 3 inches), longer than the MRJ70’s 33.4m (109 feet 7 inches), but still shorter than the MRJ90’s 35.8m (117 feet 6 inches). The wingspan appears to have shrunk slightly, from the 29.2m previously quoted for the MRJ90 and MRJ70, to 27.8m, nearly 4 feet 8 inches less than before.Previously, Mitsubishi offered the MRJ70 and MRJ90. Image: Mitsubishi“What we see is that the M100 has quite a bit of flexibility and can be very efficient between 65 seats all the way up to 84 seats and even 88 seats in a European high-density configuration,” Haro says. “Really, the M100 is designed optimized around that North American three-class configuration around 76 seats. The M90 looks like really a good option for more the international market outside the US. It also has a larger cargo area, which some operators take advantage of. It’s up to the individual airline needs, and it’s aligning the right product to the need of that particular customer.”(It’s not clear how Mitsubishi expects to resolve the issue of the M90 aircraft code already being assigned to the McDonnell Douglas MD-90, however.)The 76-seat M100 scope clause sizing is crucial since the vast majority of the orders and options of for the aircraft are from US regional airlines that operate as “express” or “connection” carriers. Its maximum range will be 1910nm, which in the US context would permit flights from LAX to far western Pennsylvania or halfway across North and South Carolina. That’s slightly less than the standard specification of the MRJ70, but that aircraft offered extra-range ER and LR options boosting it to 3090 and 3740nm, respectively.The M100 base model’s range from Los Angeles will get it most of — but not all — the way across the US. Image – Great Circle MapperWith the scope clauses restricting the size of regional jets in the United States, the market for this class of aircraft has been significantly distorted. It will be interesting to see whether the M100 version of the SpaceJet secures additional orders from outside the United States at Le Bourget this week. Both its max-pax 29” and “typical” 31” all-economy layouts seat just four passengers fewer than the numbers previously given for the MRJ90.Mitsubishi is also studying a further stretch of the SpaceJet. While 76 seats is the sweet spot for the US thanks to the scope clause, the international niche is, Haro and Tam confirmed, around the flight attendant to passenger ratio of 1:50.Chuckling about potential confusion with the previous MRJ100X stretch, Haro noted that, “now we’re looking at what’s beyond the M100, and that is something up to 100 seats. We have product development studies going on right now, and we haven’t defined yet because we’re still out talking to customers exactly what that market niche is, but we realize it’s going to be something slightly larger than the M100.”The MRJ to SpaceJet transition comes with a new livery, including an attractive metallic tailfin. Image: MitsubishiRelated Articles:Why Bombardier’s Atmosphère cabin skipped AIXPre-Farnborough MRJ briefing shows Mitsubishi still bullish on new jetAn Atmosphère of renewed CRJ PaxEx focus at BombardierMitsubishi MRJ stasis inside and out is evidentMRJ delayed again, though most airlines not clutching their pearlsLack of originality may mar MRJ experience more than delaysMitsubishi talks MRJ sales as new day dawns for Japanese aviationBombardier eyes new entryway for CRJ; offers Gogo Wi-Fi linefitlast_img read more

Pandya brothers propel Mumbai to 1685 vs DC

first_imgNew Delhi: Pandya brothers led Mumbai Indians’ recovery with a 54-run stand, powering the visitors to a challenging 168 for five against Delhi Capitals in a second leg clash of the Indian Premier League here on Thursday. Hardik (32 off 15) and Krunal (37 not out off 26) provided a much needed late onslaught by hammering 51 runs off the last 18 balls to put Mumbai in a strong position. This was after Delhi spinners Amit Mishra (1/18) and Axar Patel (1/17) tightened the screws on Mumbai with a tidy effort. Considering the slow nature of the surface, Delhi will have to bat really well to chase down 169. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWith teams batting second winning all three previous games at the Kotla, Rohit Sharma’s decision to bat first surprised even opposition skipper Shreyas Iyer. On the slow and low surface, Mumbai made a measured start with Rohit’s classy cover drive being the only boundary in the first three overs which yielded just 16 runs. In the following over, a mishit for four off Chris Morris ensured 8000 T20 runs for Rohit (30 off 22), who became the third Indian to do so. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRuns started flowing after that streaky boundary as Quinton de Kock (35 off 27) collected a four and six over deep square leg and by the first powerplay, Mumbai reached a promising 57 for no loss. It was time to introduce spin and that provided an immediate breakthrough for Delhi as Mishra bowled Rohit with a beauty on his very first ball of the night for his 150th IPL scalp. Patel was brought in from the other end and he too made instant impact by removing Ben Cutting, leaving Mumbai at 63 for two. Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians: 168/5 in 20 overs (Krunal Pandya 37*, Hardik Pandya 32; Kagiso Rabada 2/38) vs Delhi Capitals.last_img read more

Irans Rouhani says workers on front line against US

first_imgTehran: President Hassan Rouhani called on Iranian workers Tuesday to boost non-oil exports and import substitution, telling them they were “on the front line” against America and its tightening sanctions. Last year, President Donald Trump reimposed crippling US sanctions after abandoning a landmark nuclear agreement between major powers and Iran. Last week, his administration announced that from Thursday it would end oil purchase waivers granted to Iran’s main customers including China, India and Turkey. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The move has piled new pressure on Iran’s reeling economy that the International Monetary Fund was already projecting would shrink by 6.0 percent this year. Addressing workers in a south Tehran sports complex on the eve of May Day, Rouhani said that boosting Iran’s manufacturing output was vital to shore up the value of the rial. “Whenever you go for self-sufficiency, you have increased the national currency’s value and the more you can increase production for exports, you have increased our foreign currency revenue,” Rouhani said in the speech broadcast live on state television. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “America’s purpose in cutting oil exports is to reduce our foreign currency revenue and the way to counter it is through the production and export of non-oil goods,” he added. According to Iran’s economy minister Farhad Dezhpasand, non-oil exports reached USD 40 billion for 2018-19. That tops Iran’s oil revenues projection for 2019-2020 of USD 30 billion. But despite regulations in place requiring exporters to repatriate profits, only a quarter of non-oil earnings were returned to Iran. Rouhani vowed that despite the unilateral measures adopted by the United States, Iran would continue to supply oil to its major customers, all three of whom have expressed anger at Washington’s attempt to impose its will.last_img read more

THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR WITH VICTORIA PEDRETTI RAHUL KOHLI FILMING IN

Advertisement Login/Register With: THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR WITH VICTORIA PEDRETTI & RAHUL KOHLI FILMING IN VANCOUVER THIS FALL/WINTERThe Haunting of Bly Manor — a sequel to Netflix’s hit horror series The Haunting of Hill House — films in Vancouver this Fall and Winter.Filming dates: September 30th to February 21st, 2020.Adapted from the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Bly Manor is set at an old country mansion with Victoria Pedretti from the first series as the governess looking after the two children — Amelie Smith as Flora and Benjamin Ainsworth as Miles.  READ MORE THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: EVERYTHING WE KNOW SO FARFans of The Haunting of Hill House will by now already know we’re getting a second season! Instead of continuing with the Craine family and Hill House, Mike Flanagan will look to another classic ghost story to frighten subscribers worldwide. The Haunting of Bly Manor is already set to become one of the most exciting Originals that we expect to see in 2020. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming anthology series.The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season in the Netflix Original The Haunting anthology series. Bly Manor will be adapting the classic gothic literature novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. While Netflix did not release viewing figures for the first season, its popularity exploded and fast became one of the most watched shows on Netflix. Mike Flanagan is definitely cementing his place as one of the best Horror/Thriller directors of today. His fruitful relationship with Netflix is exciting for all horror fans subscribed to Netflix. READ MORE HERE ARE ALL THE CASTING ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR NETFLIX’S THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANORManors are built to be haunted, so far as TV and film is concerned, and The Haunting of Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan’s awaited follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House, now has a cast to do the haunting.Over the past few days, Flanagan has been tweeting up a storm, slowly unveiling a series of exciting new additions to the cast of the upcoming Netflix show. Let’s run them down.First, a couple we already knew about: Henry Thomas (E.T.), and Kate Siegel, returning from the original series, and also Mike Flanagan’s wife, fun facts. READ MORESEASON 2 OF THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE IS GOING FULL-ON AMERICAN HORROR STORYNetflix’s The Haunting of Hill House has found its cast for season 2 of the anthology series. Much like FX’s American Horror Story, the new season — titled The Haunting of Bly Manor and based on the Henry James novella Turn of the Screw — will feature plenty of familiar faces from the show’s previous instalment.Victoria Pedretti, who broke hearts as ill-fated Nell Crain in the Netflix series’ first season, is confirmed to lead season 2 as Dani, a governess tasked with caring for two children in the totally haunted Bly Manor. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement read more

GIFT BAGS FIT FOR THE STARS AT TIFF

Advertisement The Toronto International Film Festival starts Thursday and brings an army of celebrities to our town. Local gift lounges invite influencers, filmmakers, actors and media types to come and get swag bags full of luxury items.Here’s our annual guide to where the gifts are for invited guests:10TH ANNUAL ESSENTIALS LOUNGEEsther Garnick, head honcho of EGPR, marks a decade for the Essentials Lounge, a one-day event Wednesday that pampers the press before they begin the TIFF marathon. EGPR offers posh products for hair and skin care, makeup, foot massages, reality TV binge-watching on hayu (first all-reality subscription video-on-demand service from NBCUniversal), and snacks.Wait —no vodka? Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment As soon as you’re rich and famous enough to buy whatever you want, people line up to give you free stuff.Go figure.It’s one of the great perks of celebrity — but behind the apparent generosity is the certain knowledge that if Ryan Reynolds drinks it or Jennifer Lopez wears it, everybody else will want it, too. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter read more

JOAQUIN PHOENIX VISITS TORONTO SUBWAY STATION TO SUPPORT VEGAN CAMPAIGN

Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO — “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix stunned Toronto subway passengers with a surprise visit that briefly clogged a downtown station’s platform and stairwells.The movie star made the afternoon appearance just before rush hour to view an underground publicity campaign promoting veganism, but did not speak to onlookers or board a train.Phoenix spent about five minutes wandering past transit riders to view black-and-white images of farmed animals. The wall murals are part of a campaign by the Colorado-based organization Be Fair Be Vegan. Advertisement Actor Joaquin Phoenix tours a vegan ad campaign inside a subway station in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston Twitter Login/Register With: Leading the tour was Anita Krajnc of the vegan advocacy group Toronto Pig Save.She says she met Phoenix at a protest last summer at a Los Angeles slaughterhouse, when he gave her his contact information.Phoenix is in Toronto to attend the Toronto International Film Festival, where he is promoting his new film “Joker.” He was set to attend an awards gala just hours later to receive an acting prize.About two dozen vegan supporters and media followed Phoenix as he toured St. George station on Monday, pausing occasionally to look at sad images of sheep, pigs, fish and other farmed animals.Krajnc says the event was organized very quickly, noting she asked Phoenix on Sunday if he could make an appearance and he agreed that night.“He’s so busy, the only window he had was 3 to 5 p.m. today and he has this big award, yet he took time out to come see Be Fair Be Vegan Toronto because it’s so close to his heart,” said Krajnc.Cassandra Szklarski ~ The Canadian Press Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment read more

FORMER NHL ENFORCER TOM LAIDLAW BILLED AS FIRST CANADIAN CASTAWAY ON SURVIVOR

Former NHL player Tom Laidlaw, shown in a handout photo, competes on Survivor: Island of the Idols, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 39th season, Wednesday, Sept. 25 on the CBS Television Network. ~ THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment MANDATORY CREDIT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook The Brampton, Ont.-native now lives in Greenwich, Conn. His bio for “Survivor” lists his pet peeves as “people driving slow in the fast lane” and says the three words that describe him are: disciplined, dedicated, and stubborn.Laidlaw says he can win the reality series because he knows how to build an alliance, win challenges and “then do whatever it takes to win.”This time around castaways will dodge weekly elimination challenges in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands in their bid to claim a $1-million prize and the title of Sole Survivor.The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO — Former NHL defenceman Tom Laidlaw is among the 20 castaways facing off in the new edition of “Survivor.”Global says the 61-year-old athlete is the first Canadian to ever appear on the long-running series, which launches its 39th edition Wednesday with a 90-minute episode on Global and CBS.Laidlaw began his 10-year on-ice career with the New York Rangers in 1980, and joined the Los Angeles Kings in 1986. Twitter read more

MGM Resorts to shift casinoresorts to new real estate company to boost

by Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press Posted Oct 29, 2015 5:50 am MDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MGM Resorts to shift casino-resorts to new real estate company to boost value, shed debt FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, a man rides his bike past the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 announced it plans to spin off part of its casino-resort real estate into a separate company that will lease the properties back to MGM to boost value for shareholders and give both companies more flexibility to grow. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – MGM Resorts International plans to shift some of its casino-resort real estate into a separate company that will lease the properties back to MGM to boost value for shareholders and give both companies more flexibility to grow.The Las Vegas-based casino giant announced Thursday it would create a real estate investment trust, or REIT, called MGM Growth Properties LLC that would own 10 of its casino-resorts and assume $4 billion in debt.In a conference call with analysts, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said his company would own a substantial interest of about 70 per cent in the new one after the company goes public with trading expected to start in the first quarter of 2016.“We’re in it together. We want to see (MGM Growth Properties) grow, and grow rapidly,” he said.Meghan Repko, a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts, said the deal structure differed from a spin-off since it was creating a new wholly separate company that would offer shares to the public, rather than giving shares to current investors.On the conference call, the company reported stronger than expected third-quarter results including a $66.4 million profit, a turnaround from a loss a year ago. MGM said it earned 12 cents per share in the latest quarter due to what it described as a robust recovery in Las Vegas and a healthy convention calendar. A year ago, it lost $20.3 million, or 4 cents per share.The company said its recently expanded convention centre at Mandalay Bay is already fully booked for 2016.The new company would own Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, The Park pedestrian mall that’s under construction between New York-New York and Monte Carlo and three regional properties in Michigan and Mississippi.MGM Growth Properties would effectively become the landlord with MGM Resorts its renter responsible for the cost of capital improvements, under a long-term master lease with an initial 10-year term and four five-year extensions at MGM Resorts’ option.The company took pains to say the deal wasn’t a spin-off since it was creating a new wholly seperate company that would offer shares to the public, versus the shares going instead to current investors.MGM Resorts says it will still own and operate the Bellagio, MGM Grand and Circus-Circus properties in Las Vegas and its stakes in Las Vegas Strip CityCenter complex of casino-hotels and retail, MGM China, Borgata casino-resort in New Jersey and the under construction 20,000-seat Las Vegas arena.Murren said the company looked at its options, including spinning off all its properties as suggested by a small investor earlier this year, but he said that idea “was ill-conceived on almost every front.”The company, instead, wanted to ensure MGM Resorts would still have enough cash flow left behind that it could continue developing current projects and consider new developments.As for keeping Bellagio, MGM Grand and Circus-Circus, Murren said all three have a lower property tax base than others MGM Resorts owns making them more attractive to retain.The deal would leave MGM Resorts with less debt, about $7 billion not counting the amount it is responsible for in its MGM China partnership, Murren said.The new company will also have the option to add MGM Resorts’ future casino-resorts in Maryland and Massachusetts to its portfolio.As for capital improvements, Murren reiterated plans to rename and reposition the Monte Carlo casino-resort near its new arena and said the company is looking at adding sidewalk retail to the front of the Excalibur casino-hotel and expand convention space at the Luxor.“These properties were designed in a different era when land was literally dirt cheap,” he said, adding that the focus is no longer on sprawling horizontal development but designs that appeal to pedestrians.The company, its shareholders and analysts have long thought MGM Resorts was undervalued and the company had been researching shifting to a real estate investment trust structure for several months.The casino operator’s shares rose 92 cents, or 4.2 per cent, to $22.68 in midday trading Thursday.Murren said he would likely be chairman of both companies but the new one would have an independent board and different C-suite executives, including CEO. He said the company would be free to buy other casino properties or hotels and could, if it wanted to, ask MGM Resorts to manage them.Like others REITs, the company said MGM Growth Properties will be free of corporate income taxes.It’s the most recent example of a casino company separating its gambling operations from its real estate. Pinnacle Entertainment announced earlier this year it would sell most of its casino-hotels to real estate investment trust Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. in a stock-deal worth $4.7 billion and lease them back in a 10-year deal.Caesars Entertainment Corp. also hopes to split its bankrupt operating division into a REIT as part of that company’s reorganization, if creditors approve the plan.___AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman contributed to this story from New York.___The story has been corrected to show the name of the new entity is MGM Growth Properties LLC , not MGM Growth Partners LLC read more

September 2014 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for September and the year-to-date. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 14,274 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk. read more

Passion for physics recognized with top grad student award

Michelle Przedborski’s eleven-year journey at Brock has been filled with significant milestones.In 2011, she became the first in her family to graduate from university after earning her Bachelor of Science degree.Last October, she crossed the stage at Brock’s Fall Convocation with her PhD in Theoretical Physics — after working her way to a 97.25 per cent average, no less.And on Friday, June 8, the 29-year-old Niagara Falls native returned to her alma mater to be honoured for her efforts.On the final day of Brock’s Spring Convocation, Przedborski returned to the stage to receive the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award, presented to the graduate student with the highest academic average in the 2017-18 academic year.“Receiving this award is an enormous honour,” said Przedborski (BSc ’11, MSc ’13, PhD ’17). “It is an amazing feeling to know that all of the time and effort that I put into my studies and research really paid off.”Initially enrolled in Brock’s Biological Sciences program, Przedborski credits her experience in Professor David Crandles’ first-year Physics course with changing her career path.“I was immediately hooked on the material,” said Przedborski. “He is a great teacher and he radiated excitement and passion at every lecture. I wanted to be as passionate about something as he was.”The switch paid off. She found the material came to her naturally and that solving complex physics problems and mastering the work was very satisfying.Her academic success further confirmed the decision. In her second year of undergraduate studies, she applied and won the first of three consecutive Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA).Przedborski also worked on two thesis projects with Physics Professor Bozidar Mitrovic, an experience that cemented her love of research. After graduating with an impressive 91 per cent average, she went on to pursue graduate studies.As a graduate student, she quickly won the respect of her peers and supervisors.“Michelle was consistently the best student in my classes,” said Kirill Samokhin, Physics Chair and Przedborski’s MSc thesis supervisor who recalled how her hard-work, inquisitive mind and extraordinary mathematical skills made her stand out.Academic accolades continued as well. In 2011, Przedborski won the Physics Book Prize, Distinguished Graduating Student Award in Physics and the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. Two years later, she received two prestigious awards that highlighted her academic and research excellence: the Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award and the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.Thankful for the opportunities and excellent education she received in the Department of Physics’ inclusive and innovative environment, Przedborski’s decision to pursue her PhD at Brock was an easy one.“I loved being a part of the Physics Department,” she said. “I have had many great experiences over the years and I almost didn’t want to graduate because I didn’t want to leave. The faculty, staff and students are all great people.”Working under the supervision of Physics Professor Thad Harroun, she found the freedom to pursue projects of her choosing, which paved the way for her to become an independent researcher.Along with awards for her outstanding academic achievements, oral presentations and research, Przedborski also found time to jam with science professors and students in the rock band pH Six, as well as give back to the community. She served as a project leader and panelist for Scientifically Yours and as a workshop leader for Bridging Our World Through Science Aboriginal Science Camp. Both initiatives encourage youth to pursue education and careers in the field of science.“It is an amazing feeling to know that you are fostering scientific interest in young students,” said Przedborski.As a first-generation student, coming from a single-parent home, Przedborski understands how important financial support and outreach programs are to pursuing an education.“I wanted to share my story with students so they would know that, regardless of their personal experiences, if they had a passion for science, then they should pursue it, work very hard and things will fall into place.”Przedborski is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo conducting research on mathematical models of cancer. Having found her passion, her long-term goal is to become a university professor who conducts research that has a significant, positive impact on people’s lives. read more

Football Ohio State announces Alex Grinchs and Taver Johnsons job responsibilities

Former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Credit: Courtesy of Ezekiel Nelson | Daily EvergreenOhio State took advantage of an NCAA measure passed, which allows college football teams to increase their coaching staffs and add a 10th assistant coach, by hiring Alex Grinch in a role previously undisclosed.On Tuesday, the Buckeyes revealed Grinch will be their co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach next season after previously announcing his hiring in an undisclosed position on Jan. 8. Ohio State also disclosed Taver Johnson, who was hired to fill the void of former cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs leaving for the Tennessee Titans, will become the cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator. Initially, he was announced as solely the cornerbacks coach. Grinch and Johnson each have extensive experience coaching their respective position groups.Grinch worked as Washington State’s defensive coordinator for the past three seasons and also was the team’s secondary coach during the stretch. The defense ranked 97th in yards allowed the season before he arrived, but rose to 16th in the country last season. Prior to his time at Washington State, he was the secondary coach at Missouri (2012-14), Wyoming (2009-11) and New Hampshire (2005-08).Last season, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano served as the safeties coach. Grinch’s expertise in the back-end of the defense should allow Schiano to spend more time working on the defense as a whole, rather than working on position-specific drills with the safeties.Johnson spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Temple and was a defensive backs coach nine of the previous 10 seasons. He spent three years at Purdue coaching the cornerbacks and safeties (2014-16) and spent the prior two years coaching at Arkansas. Johnson previously held the position of defensive backs coach at Ohio State from 2007 to 2011.However, Johnson does not have much experience coaching special teams. He has only spent one year as a special teams coordinator, and it came in the NFL when he held the position for the Cleveland Browns in 2004. Since then, Johnson has only been a defensive coordinator or defensive backs coach.Grinch will make $800,000 per year on a two-year deal, and Johnson will make $345,000 each season on a two-year contract.Grinch and Johnson will speak to the media Wednesday afternoon for the first time since being hired by Ohio State. read more

300 ganja plants destroyed at Whim

Ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Sunday conducted a drug eradication exercise at Whim Crown Dam, Berbice, Region Six.A cannabis cultivation farm with about 300 plants was found and destroyed by fire.No arrests have been made. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related9000 cannabis plants destroyed by Police during eradication exerciseJanuary 9, 2019In “Crime”Police destroy ‘ganja’ field at ImbaimadaiFebruary 19, 2016In “Crime”Over 660 pounds of cannabis destroyed in operation- PoliceJune 15, 2018In “Crime” read more

Rio revises Oyu Tolgoi cost and production estimates on rock stability issues

first_imgRio Tinto has provided an update on its majority-owned Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold underground project, in Mongolia, admitting that stability risks identified with the previously approved mine design has led to an estimated cost increase and delay to first production.First output is now expected to be achieved between May 2022 and June 2023, a delay of 16 to 30 months compared with the original feasibility study guidance in 2016, while preliminary estimates for development capital spend is now $6.5-$7.2 billion, $1.2-$1.9 billion up on the $5.3 billion previously disclosed.These estimates are preliminary in nature – the equivalent of a conceptual or order of magnitude study – but Rio said a definitive estimate should be forthcoming in the second half of 2020.Oyu Tolgoi Underground is Rio’s major copper growth project. When the underground mine is fully ramped up, the existing open pit and underground, combined, are expected to produce more than 500,000 t/y of copper.Alongside this announcement, Rio Tinto also published its June quarter production results, which showed Rio’s share of production of the Oyu Tolgoi open-pit mine was 13,100 t of copper over the period.Since February, key below ground infrastructure such as the control room facility and the jaw crusher system have been completed and construction of shafts 3 and 4 is progressing well, according to Rio. The commissioning of shaft 2 remains on track for October 2019.As Rio previously advised, enhanced geotechnical information and data modelling suggests there may be some stability risks identified with the approved mine design. As a result, several other mine design options are under consideration to complete the project.Rio said: “Studies to date indicate that these options may result in some of the critical underground infrastructure, such as the mid-access drive and the ore handling system, being relocated or removed. Options relating to the sequence of crossing the panel boundaries during mining operations are also being analysed.”These options are being evaluated to determine the final design of the first panel of mining, “Panel 0”, with the work anticipated to continue until early 2020, Rio said. This is where the definitive estimate date of the second half of 2020 comes from. This estimate will include the final estimate of cost and schedule for the remaining underground project and the preferred mine design approach.Rio said: “All options under consideration present a pathway to sustainable first production, and have different cost and schedule implications. To date, these have been defined to a level of accuracy associated with a conceptual study or order of magnitude study, and, therefore, significantly more work is required to complete the final assessment.”Preliminary information now suggests, depending on which mine design options are adopted, first sustainable production could be achieved between May 2022-June 2023. This range includes contingency of up to eight months reflecting the “unexpected and challenging geotechnical issues, complexities in the construction of shaft 2 and the detailed work still required to reach a more precise estimate”, Rio said.The company added: “The company will continue to focus on minimising the impact to project schedule and cost, as it works through the detailed analysis and testing of each mine design option. Although further work is necessary to reach definitive conclusions, Rio Tinto is reviewing the carrying value of its investment in the project and will announce if any changes are required in the half year results on August 1, 2019.”Stephen McIntosh, Group Executive, Growth & Innovation, said: “We have made significant progress on a number of key elements in the construction of the underground project during 2019. However, the ground conditions are more challenging than expected and we are having to review our mine plan and consider a number of options. Delays are not unusual for such a large and complex project, but we are very focused as a team on finding the right pathway to deliver this high value project.”Arnaud Soirat, Chief Executive, Copper & Diamonds, said: “Oyu Tolgoi is a world-class orebody and a world-class business that is already producing copper, employing around 16,000 people and benefitting Mongolia through taxes, royalties and significant procurement. We are working with Turquoise Hill Resources and the Government of Mongolia to complete the underground, which will unlock the most valuable part of the mine for the benefit of all stakeholders.”Oyu Tolgoi is owned 66% by Turquoise Hill Resources (THR) and 34% by the Mongolian government, with Rio Tinto holding a majority stake in THR.last_img read more

Aboriginal businesses receive Rio Koodaideri iron ore contract wins

first_imgRio Tinto has awarded Pilbara Aboriginal businesses with more than A$60 million ($41 million) of work associated with the development of its 43 Mt/y Koodaideri iron ore development in Western Australia.The most significant package of work awarded to date has been secured by White Springs, which will supply more than 600,000 t of ballast for the rail line for the Koodaideri mine, Rio said.The contract will require the establishment of the Bea Bea Creek quarry, which will be the first Indigenous owned and operated quarry in Western Australia.Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive, Chris Salisbury, said: “We’ve been operating in the Pilbara for more than 50 years and we couldn’t have built the world-class iron ore business we have today without the support of local and Pilbara Aboriginal businesses.“These contract awards highlight the growing level of expertise that sit within these businesses and we are proud to be partnering with them to help develop our most technologically advanced mine.”Other recent significant awards to Aboriginal businesses for work on the Koodaideri project include:Kurtarra Cape USA JVKurtarra, as part of the Kurtarra Cape USA, will install 170 km of fibre optic cable as part of the new rail line after securing a contract. Kurtarra was established in 2012 and is a 100% Aboriginal family-owned company originating from the Palkyu area of the Pilbara.NgurraraNgurrara will undertake earthworks for construction of the Pelican Rail Camp. Ngurrara is a wholly-owned Pilbara Aboriginal business and has Indigenous engagement management plans in place to support local Aboriginal communities.Yanagu HorizonYanagu Horizon will perform the bulk earthworks and drainage works for the Crossing Rail Camp. As well as being a Pilbara Aboriginal business, Yanagu’s JV partner, Yurala Contracting, is owned and operated by Banjima Traditional Owners, whose country is located in Central Pilbara.Construction & Development Solutions (iCads)iCads will undertake project surveying services to support the construction of the mine and rail scope for the project. iCads is a 51% Aboriginal-owned business that offers attractive employment and subcontracting opportunities for Pilbara Aboriginal businesses.Karlka Fencewright WAKarlka Fencewright will supply and install the fence along the northern rail alignment. Karlka Fencewright is a 100% Pilbara Aboriginal business owned by Karlka Developments, which is the commercial arm of the Pilbara-based Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation. It’s a wholly-owned Traditional Owner company registered in the Pilbara.Yurala (trading as Yurala Aboriginal Contracting Services)Yurala has secured a contract to undertake miscellaneous earthworks along the Koodaideri project’s rail alignment and the associated roads. Yurala is a 100% Pilbara Aboriginal-owned business, its owner representing the Banjima people who are recognised as the traditional owners of the Central Pilbara.Lorrex ContractingLorrex Contracting is responsible for the construction of three access roads within the mine site. The works comprise clearing, bulk earthworks, drainage and pavement construction. Lorrex Contracting is an incorporated Aboriginal business with equal ownership between Lorrex Civil and Mining Pty Ltd and iContracting Pty Ltd. Lorrex Civil and Mining Pty Ltd is located in the Youngaleena Community, which is situated to the west of the Koodaideri mine site.Koodaideri, 100%-owned by Rio Tinto, is located around 35 km northwest of Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina mine site, and about 110 km from the town of Newman. The $2.6 billion mine was approved in November last year with construction commencing earlier this year. Production capacity of the mine will be 43 Mt annually and is expected to commence by the end of 2021.last_img read more