The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, May 16———RCMP MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AILING, AUDITOR SAYS : The RCMP is failing to meet the mental health needs of its members due to a lack of resources, poor monitoring and meagre support from supervisors, says the federal spending watchdog. While the Mounties were among the first federal organizations to introduce a mental health strategy, they did not make its full implementation a priority, auditor general Michael Ferguson says in a report tabled Tuesday. Some RCMP members even told the auditor that coming forward with mental health concerns led to reprisals from bosses. The findings come one day after a pair of sharply worded federal reviews on harassment in the RCMP called for greater civilian oversight and expertise to ensure the national police force is a healthy and respectful employer. Ferguson’s report says although more than half of members received timely access to the mental health services, one in six members did not. In more than one-quarter of cases, the RCMP did not even have records that would allow the auditor to assess whether members got the help they required.———PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS STOPS AIRLINES FROM BUMPING WITHOUT CONSENT: Airlines won’t be allowed to bump passengers from a flight against their will under a new passenger bill of rights introduced Tuesday by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau. That change is part of a package of amendments to the Canada Transportation Act, which also introduces new foreign ownership limits for airlines, requires railways to install voice and video recorders in locomotives and improves transparency and efficiency in the freight rail industry. Garneau promised the bill of rights last month in the wake of widespread alarm after a United Airlines passenger was seriously injured when he was dragged from a plane in Chicago. The minister said there will be minimum levels of compensation for people who voluntarily agree to be bumped from a flight and if airlines can’t get a volunteer, they will have to decide if they want to up the ante to persuade someone to get off. The bill will apply to airlines flying within, into or out of Canada.———AMBROSE BEGINS GOODBYE TO POLITICAL LIFE: Interim Opposition leader Rona Ambrose began to say goodbye to life in politics Tuesday. The longtime Conservative MP, who has led the Conservatives since they formed Opposition in 2015, will resign her seat in the House of Commons when MPs break for summer. She addressed a crowd of MPs and other political watchers Tuesday in Ottawa for a speech on the state of the Conservative Party, what she described as likely her last public speech before she begins her “post-partisan” life. She said serving as an MP has been one of the greatest honours of her life and she is optimistic about the future. The Conservatives are in the midst of choosing a new leader and the winner will be announced on May 27 at a convention in Toronto. Ambrose called the race “competitive,” and noted it’s drawn hundreds of thousands of new members to the party. Ambrose will stay on to help manage the transition before making her way into the private sector, which will include work on public policy files and possibly a book.———TRUMP’S REVELATIONS TO RUSSIA ‘WHOLLY APPROPRIATE,” ADVISER SAYS: The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as “wholly appropriate,” as officials tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and concerns from international allies. One day after officials declared that reports about Trump’s discussions with the Russians were false, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president had been engaging in “routine sharing of information” with foreign leaders. Trump himself claimed the authority to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has “an absolute right” as president to do so. Trump’s tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The official said the information Trump divulged came from a U.S. intelligence partner.———MINISTER ECHOES CONCERNS OF MURDERED, MISSING WOMEN’S FAMILIES: Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says if families of missing and murdered indigenous women have concerns about the national public inquiry, she does too. Bennett was responding to questions about an open letter released Monday by advocates, indigenous leaders and family members expressing their misgivings to the inquiry’s chief commissioner. The group says it is aware the commission faces a difficult challenge, but says immediate action must be taken to prevent damage and shift the current approach. The inquiry — expected to take two years at a cost of $53.8 million — comprises Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge in B.C., and four other commissioners. The commission is set to hold its first public hearing May 29 in Whitehorse but other community meetings won’t take place until later this fall at the earliest. A spokesperson for the inquiry says the chief commissioner needs to time to carefully consider the contents of the letter before she can respond publicly to the concerns raised in it.———BODY OF CANADIAN KILLED IN SYRIA BACK HOME SOON: The mother of a Canadian man killed while fighting Islamic State militants in Syria says his body will soon be back on Canadian soil. Tina Martino, of Niagara Falls, Ont., says a Kurdish group that fought alongside her son, Nazzareno Tassone, recovered his body and will be arranging to fly it back to Canada in the coming weeks. The 24-year-old died in December while fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. The leader of a Kurdish community centre in Toronto that’s been working with the family says Tassone’s body was recovered on Saturday after ISIL fighters abandoned the site where it was being kept. Martino says she spent the past five months hoping her son’s body would be recovered so she could give him a proper funeral.———TEEN IN LA LOCHE, SASK., KILLING WAS SHOT 11 TIMES: A sentencing hearing for a teenager convicted in a deadly shooting at a school and a home in northern Saskatchewan has been told that one of the victims was shot 11 times. Dayne Fontaine, who was 17, was killed along with his younger brother at a house in La Loche in January 2016. The hearing in Meadow Lake, Sask., has been told that Dayne said: “Don’t shoot me” and “I don’t want to die” before he was shot. His 13-year-old brother Drayden was shot twice in the face and the head. The shooter then went to the high school where he killed a teacher and an aide, and wounded seven other people. The teen has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder. He can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was 17 at the time of the shooting. Two weeks have been set aside to determine if the killer should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.———GREENS PLAN ‘CHESS MOVES’ AFTER B.C. VOTE: While British Columbia’s Liberals and New Democrats are gridlocked as they await the final ballot count from last week’s tight election, the Green party is setting priorities to use the leverage its three newly elected members achieved. The splintered election result could leave the upstart Greens with the balance of power in a minority government, and leader Andrew Weaver is pondering a series of chess moves that could shake the direction of the province. Green party deputy leader Matt Toner says they are looking for specific proposals from the Liberals and New Democrats on electoral and campaign-finance reforms before supporting either party in the legislature. Toner says the Greens want to see firm details of potential co-operation agreements before deciding where to throw their support in what will be a historic period in B.C. politics.———COUPLE SAY AIR CANADA CANCELLED TICKETS HOME: A Newfoundland couple say they were left stranded at an airport in Portugal after Air Canada suddenly cancelled their tickets home. The couple from Conception Bay South say they were forced to book new one-way flights to St. John’s at nearly three times the cost of their entire round-trip fare to Lisbon. Randell Earle says he arrived at the Lisbon airport with his wife for their return flight but was told their tickets were suspended and they could not board the Air Canada Star Alliance flight, operated by Portuguese airline TAP Portugal. The 67-year-old Earle says he called Air Canada from a local pay phone in the airport but was left on hold and then redirected to the airport ticketing counter, where agents told him they could not assist him. The retired lawyer says he was forced to stay overnight in a hotel and spend more than $6,000 on two tickets home, and although he tried to call Air Canada several times and launched a lawsuit in small claims court, he was only reimbursed his out-of-pocket costs after the CBC called the airline for a story.———SNOWBIRDS CANCEL SHOWS OVER TRAINING CONCERNS: Canada’s famed Snowbirds acrobatic flying team is cancelling appearances at a number of airshows in Ontario and the United States so some of its pilots can get more practice. Officials are blaming bad weather earlier in the year for having shortened the team’s training time. The nine-plane team has flown a number of shows this year, including a joint flight with a French team over Parliament Hill at the beginning of May. But Maj. Patrick Gobeil says it was determined that more practice was necessary after some of the planes were seen deviating from their positions mid-flight. As a result, the Snowbirds are pulling out from two airshows later this month in Ontario, and four other airshows in the U.S. The Snowbirds, in their iconic white, red and blue Tutor jets, have been entertaining airshow visitors in Canada and across the U.S. since 1971.last_img read more

Warning letter sent to Saskatchewan First Nation with unlicensed cannabis store

first_imgREGINA — The Crown agency responsible for overseeing cannabis sales in Saskatchewan has sent a warning letter to a First Nation that has opened an unlicensed pot store.The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority says provincial and federal legislation still applies on reserve land.It says the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation must have a provincial licence to open a pot store legally.The letter also says that cannabis for commercial sale needs to be produced by someone with a federal licence to grow it.The First Nation, northeast of Regina, opened its cannabis store last week.Chief Anthony Cappo has said the First Nation has a sovereign right to make its own cannabis rules.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is supporting the First Nation in exercising what it says are its inherent and treaty rights. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Emergency Food and Blanket Distribution Reach Rural Families

Rabat – Due to the heavy snowfall and sharp drop in temperature in recent weeks, food and blankets are being distributed in isolated areas to help those in need.According to data from the Ministry of Interior, the operation concerns a total of 514,000 people in 1,205 villages in 169 communes.The ministry’s numerous services have been mobilized, in coordination with other government ministries, departments, and local stakeholders, to take necessary emergency measures and to provide assistance to citizens coping with the cold wave and snowfall. In the operation, 371 medical caravans were programmed for the benefit of more than 207,000 people, in addition to the mobilization of special helicopters to evacuate urgent cases or to transport food aid to isolated areas.Additional healthcare has been made available to pregnant women, and 373 women in the delivery phase have been treated in general or specialized maternity hospitals.In addition, student houses, boarding schools, hospitals, medical centers, and orphanages were supplied with blankets. A total of 10 national, 18 regional and 46 provincial roads have been opened, while more than 158 villages have been opened up while providing access to more than 191 others. The authorities connected 1,075 villages to a cellular telephone network, while 106 villages were equipped with satellite telephones.Between January 26 to February 2, Morocco experienced stormy and heavy snowfalls and rainfalls—even in places usually unaffected by snow. In the southern city Ouarzazate, “travelers were forced to wait for the roads to be cleaned before being able to access the city or leave it,” the director of Ouarzazate Tourism Council told Morocco World News.Snowstorms have blocked 38 roads, according to the Ministry of Transport as quoted by Moroccan news outlet Hespress.Several regions of the Kingdom will witness a significant decrease in temperature with strong winds and snowfall starting on Wednesday. In a special weather warning, the National Weather Service announced that temperatures will drop significantly from Wednesday to Saturday. read more

Amgen 1Q Earnings Snapshot

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) _ Amgen Inc. (AMGN) on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.99 billion.On a per-share basis, the Thousand Oaks, California-based company said it had net income of $3.18. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $3.56 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.45 per share.The world’s largest biotech drugmaker posted revenue of $5.56 billion in the period, which matched Street forecasts.Amgen expects full-year earnings in the range of $13.25 to $14.30 per share, with revenue in the range of $22 billion to $22.9 billion.Amgen shares have declined 8% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 17%. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $179.18, a rise of almost 3% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AMGN at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AMGNThe Associated Press read more

UN agency readies for health crisis in northwest Pakistan

13 May 2009The United Nations health agency said today it is bracing itself for a humanitarian health crisis in north-west Pakistan as fighting between government forces and militants threatens to uproot a further 800,000 people taking the total number of displaced to well over a million. The World Health Organization (WHO) has received over $514,000 from the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to meet the health needs of almost 550,000 people who had already been displaced by violence and natural disasters in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) between August 2008 and March 2009 before the current counterinsurgency operation started two weeks ago.The CERF money will support projects targeting the prevention and control of communicable diseases, the strengthening of health systems, and the provision of clean water and hygienic conditions. The agency reported some 22 disease outbreaks of varying severity since August, including acute watery diarrhoea, bloody diarrhoea, measles, malaria, chicken pox and mumps. Fatalities related to waterborne diseases had also been recorded.WHO also reported that over 4,000 of the 20,000 children under the age of five that they had surveyed in NWFP suffered from acute malnutrition.Underfed children and women with low immunity are more likely to contract communicable diseases, especially in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and districts with compromised water and sanitation systems, WHO warned.Meanwhile, a cargo jet charted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday delivered 120 tonnes of additional relief supplies for immediate distribution to those fleeing the fighting. The supplies were taken to the agency’s warehouse in Peshawar, and then distributed to various sites hosting displaced people. read more

Susan Jones out Ken Seitz in as head of Nutrien potash operations

Nutrien to temporarily shut down three Saskatchewan potash mines Nutrien aims for ‘mine of the future’ as Cory operation marks 50 years of potash Nutrien to move chief strategy officer, chief legal officer jobs to Saskatoon It is not clear what implications Jones’s departure will have for Nutrien, which launched a major public relations campaign after its lack of executives in the province drew the ire of the government and the local business community.Earlier this year, after the StarPhoenix reported on the locations of its senior leaders outside Saskactchewan, the company committed to move its chief strategy officer and chief legal officer positions to its corporate office in Saskatoon.Tigley said the company’s strategies and business plan remain on track, and Nutrien expects “minimal impact” to its customers.Jones’s departure comes at a moment of weakness for the potash industry, which has seen major producers including Nutrien slash production in the face of weakening global demand after around two years of steady growth.Canpotex will be led by Derek Gross, its current senior vice president of finance and strategy, until its board of directors chooses a permanent CEO, spokeswoman Natashia Stinka said Thursday morning in an email. amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated Just over a year after she was appointed to manage Nutrien Ltd.’s potash operations in Saskatchewan, Susan Jones is leaving the world’s largest fertilizer company.Jones, who was seen by some as a potential heir to chief executive Chuck Magro, will be replaced by Ken Seitz, the current head of the international potash marketing firm Canptoex Ltd.Nutrien spokesman Will Tigley said Jones’s departure was a “difficult and personal decision,” and that while she will remain on until the end of 2019, Seitz will assume his new role on Oct. 1.Seitz grew up on a farm outside Regina and worked at Cameco Corp. before taking over as head of Canpotex in 2015. Canpotex is wholly owned by Nutrien and Mosaic Co., and sells potash overseas for both mining companies.Nutrien owns and operates six of the 10 active potash mines in the province. Last year, it shipped more than 13 million tonnes of potash — around 20 per cent of all potash estimated to have shipped worldwide in 2018. Susan Jones, Nutrien Ltd.’s president of potash operations, was responsible for six of Saskatchewan’s 10 mines. Greg Pender / The StarPhoenix Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Canpotex Ltd. CEO Ken Seitz in his Saskatoon office on Oct. 30, 2015. read more

Alberta Federation of Labour remembers workers killed in farm accidents

Related Stories “Alberta Bound” singer Paul Brandt chimes in on Bill 6 debateMixed feelings continue towards Bill 6Alberta premier posts letter on Facebook to address farm bill protests Alberta Federation of Labour remembers workers killed in farm accidents FREEIMAGES.COM by Kaitlin Lee Posted Dec 7, 2015 7:10 am MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2015 at 7:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Amidst countless protests of Bill 6, the Alberta Federation of Labour is making a strong gesture of support.Labour activists from across the province will gather in Edmonton Monday afternoon to lay down 112 pairs of work gloves.Each pair represents a life lost to a workplace accident on an Alberta farm since 2009.AFL President Gil McGowan argues if previous governments had possessed the courage to end their exclusion from workplace laws, lives could have been saved.He says: “the debate about Bill 6 should be about a group of workers who have been denied their basic rights for far too long.” read more

Goodman lecture looks at effectiveness of online reviews

Online product reviews play an important role in consumer decision-making.The next instalment of the Goodman Luncheon Speaker Series will examine how reviewers taking the perspective of future consumers helps improve overall review helpfulness.Han Zhang, a Professor in Technology and Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will present his co-authored paper “Stepping out of one’s own shoes: How changing perspectives changes online reviews” on Friday, Sept. 28.The speaker series provides an informal opportunity to listen to and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with international business colleagues.The talk will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Goodman School of Business Room 310. Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend.Brock community members interested in attending the talk can email Jennifer Brisson at jbrisson@brocku.ca to reserve a seat. read more

Defiant toddlers are being branded mentally unwell NHS report finds

Dr Dennis Ougrin, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and lecturer at King’s College London, said the rise was not as large as predicted.“The increase is almost entirely explained by an increase in the prevalence of emotional disorders, especially in girls,” he said.A third of schoolgirls with mental health problems have self-harmed or attempted suicide, rising to more than half of sixth-form girls, the report found.Meanwhile a third of girls and nearly a quarter of boys with mental health disorders were found to spend more than four hours a day on social media. This compared to 12 per cent of other children. Badly behaved toddlers are being branded mentally unwell, a major NHS report reveals which claims that one in 18 preschoolers is suffering from a psychological condition.The first official survey of children’s mental health since 2004 concludes that hundreds of thousands of two to four-year-olds have “at least one mental disorder”.The results were last night described by charities as painting a “harrowing” picture of juvenile suffering.But the report was also criticised by experts for inappropriately “medicalising” unruly behaviour. Based on information from 9,117 children and young people, health chiefs say 5.5 per cent of preschool children now have a mental health disorder.However, nearly half of these were characterised as “behavioural”, with the single most common form being “oppositional defiant disorder” (ODD).The concept was devised decades ago in the US, but it was not fully adopted by England’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence until 2013.The watchdog recommends that parents of affected children attend NHS-funded parenting classes. Dr Jon Goldin, vice chair of the child and adolescent faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists said:  “These figures paint a predictably harrowing picture of young people’s mental health.  To be diagnosed with ODD a toddler must display at least four symptoms, such as spite, aggression and disobedience, for six months or longer.Professor Tamsin Ford of Exeter Univeristy, who co-authored the new report, defended the criteria, saying he behaviour of children with ODD is often so bad it prompts parents to question whether they should let them out of the house. A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “Supporting the mental health of our children and young people is a key priority for this Government and we are transforming their mental health services , backed by £1.05 billion last year alone. Particularly concerning is the rise in emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression, affecting almost six per cent of all five to 15 year-olds.“What makes matters worse is that we know that the services designed to treat these issues are still underfunded and under resourced.“The number of child and adolescent psychiatrists has dropped by 6.9 per cent since 2014, and 60 per cent of training places for child and adolescent psychiatry are currently unfilled.”Data from the Association of Child Psychotherapists suggest that, on average, 150 referrals a day are turned away from NHS children’s mental health services, meaning that more than 100,000 children referred to local specialist NHS mental health services have been rejected for treatment over the last two years.The data is published in the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017 report, commissioned by NHS Digital and undertaken NatCen Social Research, the Office for National Statistics and Youthinmind. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It does affect these young people – their health is poor and their educational outcomes are poor,” she said.But Julian Elliott, Professor of Education at Durham University, said: “We are turning everything into a mental health problem.“For many of these children they don’t have a mental disorder; it’s a question of conduct. “The main problem with three and four-year-olds is that they don’t do what they’re told.”The report also found that one in eight – 12.8 per cent – of five to 19-year-olds had a mental health disorder in 2017, a small increase on 2004, although the figures are not directly comparable. “This report shows exactly why it’s so important we are ensuring 70,000 more children a year have access to specialist mental health care by 2020/21.” read more

Obituary J Burgess Winter past President and CEO Magma Copper

first_imgWe are sad to record the death, on Monday 17 September 2018, of J. Burgess Winter who served the mining industry with honour and distinction for 45 years – a veritable industry icon.Burgess was born of Jim and Mary Winter on 3/3/33, in Magheramorne, a hamlet in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He graduated from Belfast College of Technology in 1956 with a Diploma in Chemistry and he was first employed in Carrick Fergus. He married Isobel Farmer – also an analytical chemist – from that town; and they went in 1959 to Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia to work in the laboratories of Rhokana Corporation (a subsidiary of Anglo American Corporation of South Africa).Isobel and Burgess had a son (Paul) and a daughter (Susan), born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) but now both married and currently resident, with children, in the USA. Sadly, his first wife Isobel died in 1992.Probably the most characteristic feature of Burgess’ make-up was his affinity for people and his popularity in every sphere of life, from the workplace to tennis, badminton, basketball, golf, singing and music in general. Anybody would do anything for Burgess, including employees at the mine. He was a most trustworthy, likeable and charming person.In 1963, Rhokana managers were recruiting metallurgical staff from the UK but first they surveyed the talent already available on the mine. As a consequence, Burgess was offered and accepted a transfer into the ranks of the metallurgist – a move that was to prove most successful and rewarding for all. His first assignment was in the R&D Hydrometallurgy Section but he was quickly promoted to plant metallurgist at the cobalt plant, and then to assistant superintendent of the smelter.He resigned from Rhokana mine (Zambia) in 1972 to become operations director for a local firm contracting to the industry: but in 1973 he went to South Africa and rejoined Anglo American at its head office in Johannesburg, working in the New Mining Business Department. He was involved in consulting roles in South Africa, Swaziland, Brazil and the USA. Significantly – certainly in terms of Burgess’ career – Anglo’s Toronto-based operation (headed by Peter Gush) had at that time acquired a controlling interest in Inspiration Consolidated Copper Co, Arizona, and Peter was seeking technical and operating assistance from Johannesburg. As part of the help duly provided, Burgess was transferred in late 1976 to be assistant superintendent of the smelter operations; and this was the beginning of his outstanding North American career. He progressed through smelter superintendent and manager, and by 1979 he was Vice President and General Manager of Inspiration Copper.Amongst many contributions to improving the company, one of his greatest was in the field of reform in employee-management relations.In 1983, Burgess moved to the Kennecott, Utah Copper Division of Standard Oil of Ohio (SOHIO), as Senior Vice President Operations. This important appointment included responsibilities for not only Utah itself but for all other facilities outside the state: these, at peak time, included copper operations at Chino, Ray and Ely, plus gold operations at Barney’s Canyon and Alligator Ridge. He guided the company through the difficult period of the 1985 temporary closure and he remained in his Senior VP role until 1988.Late in 1988 Burgess was hired by Magma Copper Co as President and Chief Executive Officer, this following the sudden death of the incumbent Magma officer, Brian Woolfe. It was at Magma that Burgess notched up his finest achievements. He was universally credited with turning around the Magma Copper Company which at the time was the third largest copper company in the USA. He achieved this by a combination of improvements, expansions and acquisitions, the last-mentioned referring to the 1994 purchase of the Tintaya mine, in Peru, and the Robinson project in Nevada. The improvements within Magma included the upgrading of plant technology and increases in worker productivity, leading overall to a drastic reduction in production costs. The key to these improvements being made possible was, however, the success of the negotiations by Burgess and his management team, with the strongly-unionised labour force: these negotiations resulted in the 1991 signing of a 15-year labour contract with a 7-year no strike clause.This was followed in 1992 by the formation of a 140-person (half union and half management) cross-section of the entire staff of 5,000, who then thrashed out a vision for the future of the company, a vision that included worker participation in management, and a system that Burgess called “People Technology.” This organisation was called the “Voice of Magma” and functioned for the remainder of Magma’s life, with quarterly three-day meetings.So impressive and successful were these achievements in labour relations that Burgess was summoned to The White House, in Washington DC, to explain them to President Clinton, the House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Labour Secretary Robert Reich!In January 1996, Burgess negotiated the sale of the, by then, highly successful Magma Copper Co to Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP) of Australia, at a price that greatly satisfied his shareholders. As part of the agreement, Burgess undertook to work for one year leading BHP’s Copper Division. He continued to live in California but made regular commutes to the BHP headquarters in Melbourne. He retired from BHP in 1997 and shortly thereafter relocated with his wife, Patricia, to live in England.He continued with some private consultancy work for a number of companies, including for Lonmin and Minorco: and he worked with trust funds and did much fund-raising for charities in the UK and the USA. He was on the advisory board of the Paul Newman Foundation, an international philanthropy group (newmansownfoundation.org), whilst Patricia and he supported the University of Arizona through the Winter Scholarship Program and the Magheramorne Foundation that they had set up. Both received the Distinguished Service Award from the university’s Eller College of Management (https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/j-steven-whisler-named-technology-management-executive-year   then search for Burgess Winter).During his most successful career, Burgess received many other accolades and awards. In 1994 he was inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame, whilst by 1995 he had won the two highest awards offered by the Society for Mining Engineers, namely the William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal Award and also the Daniel C. Jackling Award. The former quoted “For his innovative leadership in bringing union and management together as a team that revitalised Magma Copper Company as an efficient and low cost copper producer.” Notably also, he was one of 10 finalists nominated by readers of Chief Executive journal for the 1995 Chief Executive of the Year award and received the Financial World CEO of the Year Award.  He had also, in his career, held directorships of the American Mining Congress, the American Business Conference, the National Mining Hall of Fame and the Tucson Electric Power Company.Photo courtesy of Chief Executive Group, LLC.The mining world has sadly lost an outstanding figure. Burgess was remarried, to Patricia, so we send our condolences to her, to Paul and Susan and families, and to Patricia’s daughters Cate and Nicky, plus their families too. The greater family of Patricia and Burgess includes fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, to whom he will be a great loss.Signed:Jack Holmes (formerly Technical Director, Anglo American Corp.)Tony Eltringham (formerly Vice President, BHP Base Metals)Roger Brummitt (formerly Metallurgical Manager, Rhokana)Stewart Smith (formerly Vice President Hudson Bay Mining)Ken Severs (formerly Group Metallurgical Executive, Rio Tinto)last_img read more

Irish team set to take Le Mans 24 hour race by storm

first_imgGREG MURPHY WAS bitten by the motor racing bug from an early age.His dad Pat used to race for fun at Mondello Park and, like most kids his age, Murphy wanted to follow in his footsteps.Sadly, aged just 44, Pat Murphy died of a heart attack during a day out at the Co. Kildare venue.“When you’re that young, it’s difficult to understand what’s going on,” says Greg Murphy, “but my dad died doing what he loves.”Murphy, who was nine at the time, took a break from motor racing for a decade before returning to the sport.“I suppose it was always a passion and when I hit 19 or 20, I just thought I’d give it a proper go.”Murphy’s love of the the sport was matched only by his talent and he enjoyed a successful career in Formula 3 in Asia where he raced for Minardi.Life though, once again, moved his career in a different direction and he soon found himself as Team Principal of his own endurance motor racing team.YouTube: MurphyPrototypesMoney would last longer if you burned it“As happens, I met a girl and settled down so racing wasn’t really an option any more.”Running a team is a different challenge but that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting than driving.“It’s more difficult than driving if I’m honest. You’re not relying on just yourself any more.“Instead, you’ve to put your trust in a team and establish a reputation. That helps attracts sponsors and cash is everything in this sport.”Money is something that keeps cropping up in our conversation and it’s no surprise. Motor racing is not cheap.“To be honest, the money would last longer if you burned it,” laughs Murphy but he’s also aware of how ridiculous the figures involved are. “There are people starving in the world and here I am talking about crazy money but that’s racing. I mean, you have drivers raising €30 million in sponsorship just to race for a Formula One team.”Greg Murphy (left) with driver Mark Patterson.Image: Murphy PrototypesMurphy Prototypes aren’t at that level of expenditure yet but it will still cost the team €750,000 to race at Le Mans. When you consider they change the tyres and refill their fuel every 45 minutes though, as well as bring a support team of 45 people, the costs soon add up.“We couldn’t run the team without the support we get from our sponsors like Hertz and STP because it’s a real financial and engineering challenge to run these prototype cars.”The hard work paid off in 2012 when Murphy Prototypes became the first Irish owned team to compete in the European Le Mans endurance motorracing series as well as the Le Mans 24 Hour raceThe Murphy Prototypes car in action at Imola.Image: Murphy PrototypesThe most prestigious endurance race in the worldIt was a baptism of fire for the team, qualifying 19th in their Oreca 03-Nissan they actually led the LMP2 category of the race for a number of hours before having to drop out after 196 laps.This year, Murphy is confident of doing even better. Not only do they have GT driver Mark Patterson at the wheel, but he’ll also be joined by Formula One test driver Brendon Hartley and Lotus Formula One driver Karun Chandhok.“It’s not going to be easy but I’m certainly going in more with expectation than hope.“We’re ranked quite highly in our category and I have to admit I’m quite excited about the race, especially with the drivers we have on board,” he says.There’s no doubting Le Mans is a long way from Mondello or even Formula 3; on the day of the race, 300,000 people are expected to pack into the track and the race will be broadcast into 600 million homes around the world.However, in Murphy’s voice you can still hear the enthusiasm and passion for the sport that started all those years ago at the Co. Kildare track.Beer for breakfast and 7 more steps to the perfect Lions-watching partyDid an Irishman just produce the greatest finish in the history of motor racing?last_img read more

LEGOs 2011 Line Star Wars Harry Potter Pirates of the Caribbean

first_imgToy Fair 2011’s here! Gearlog was on the floor of the show yesterday at the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan. As always, a trip to the convention wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the LEGO booth, a walled-off, appointment-only spot in the middle of the showroom floor. And, as always, LEGO didn’t disappoint.After the jump, check out a gallery of some of the highlights from the show. We’ve got shots of upcoming products from popular lines like Star Wars [the pod racer is above], Harry Potter, Spongebob Squarepants, Ninjago, and more. Also, some images from the company’s new Pirates of the Caribbean line, which includes scenes from the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides.last_img read more

Hales helping hand to bushfire victims

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Three weeks have passed since Flowerdale residents endured the devastation of Black Saturday. Peter Laliotis and his colleagues from Hales Institute, a private vocational training provider, have made the life of Flowerdale residents easier since they set up in Flowerdale to cook for the hundreds of homeless victims.For the first two weeks, local residents depended on the local pub in Flowerdale to seek refuge from the devastation of the fires, to be fed and to act as their community hub.Hotel publican Stephen Phelan and his wife were relieved of the overwhelming responsibility of feeding over 100 local residents three meals a day when Peter Laliotis and his team of executive chefs, staff, and students set up a large tent dining room in Flowerdale’s ‘temporary village’ two Sundays ago. They have been cooking ever since for the CFA, volunteers and hundreds of victims, that have been left with little more than tents as shelter. Whilst the town requires much work to rebuild it to its former glory, it is a far cry from Laliotis’s first sight on the town.“It was sheer devastation,” he says, referring to the ashy water, fallen powerlines and the remnants of cars as ‘melted ice-cream’. “At least now we have helped to organise food supplies, power lines and the town is slowly rebuilding.”Hales Institute was eager to set up in Flowerdale sooner however it took a week to organise the logistics, including the assessment of the area and establishing power and supplies. “Initially we set up a kitchen (on the 15th and 16th of February)at the Whittlesea Relief Centre, before assisting the takeover of the Kinglake complex by the army. From there we organised the logistics to take over the running of Flowerdale from a food production and distribution perspective. This included selecting and sending food from the Kinglake relief centre to be sent to the town and once we got there, going back and forth from Kinglake to Flowerdale to replenish food supplies.”Whilst at the army base in Kinglake, Laliotis and a rotating staff and chef roster from Hales Institute cooked over a thousand meals a day for the army and for those taking shelter at the Kinglake Relief Centre. “One of the hardest things is to keep focussed on what we are doing, and do what we are trained to do without getting emotionally affected,” he says. He goes on to say that, “One of the biggest challenges is cooking with what we have. The first week we had tons of watermelon, and lots of chicken but no spices. When we received a delivery of bananas our executive chefs made banana frappes, which would be hard to find in Melbourne.” “We have adopted this town [Flowerdale] and are committed to be there as long as it takes, even if it takes 6-12 months,” says the head of Hales In-stitute’s hospitality department.Hales Institute has raised a couple of thousand dollars for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal though personal donations and funds raised from Salon 55, its hairdressing salon. Managing director of Hale Institute, Spiro Liolios, has vowed to match dollar for dollar the funds raised through the institute.last_img read more

Les Tibétains peuvent vivre en haute altitude grâce à leur ADN

first_imgLes Tibétains peuvent vivre en haute altitude grâce à leur ADNÉtats-Unis – La capacité des Tibétains à vivre en haute altitude pourrait être due à leur ADN. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme une équipe de chercheurs américains. Les chercheurs de l’université de l’Utah ont décelé, chez les Tibétains, dix gènes qui pourraient être à l’origine de leur aptitude à vivre en haute altitude, là où d’autres populations tomberaient malades. L’altitude moyenne au Tibet atteint en effet les 4.900 mètres. Ils ont pour cela comparé l’ADN de trente-et-un Tibétains à celui de quatre-vingt-dix Chinois et Japonais qui, eux, vivent dans les plaines.Les scientifiques ont ainsi découvert que deux des dix gènes tibétains mis en cause permettent de faire baisser le taux sanguin d’hémoglobine, la protéine qui transporte l’oxygène dans l’organisme humain. Ces résultats permettent d’expliquer pourquoi les Tibétains ont un taux d’hémoglobine très faible. Ils ne permettent pas, en revanche, d’expliquer cette caractéristique surprenante en elle-même : une faible quantité d’oxygène disponible devrait en effet impliquer une augmentation du taux d’hémoglobine dans le sang, et non le contraire.Les médecins pensent que ces conclusions, publiées dans Science, pourraient conduire à la mise au point de traitements efficaces, notamment contre les maladies d’altitude. Le 23 mai 2010 à 10:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vandals strike Kiwanis Park in Battle Ground

first_imgVandals knocked over four light poles in Battle Ground’s Kiwanis Park this week, and the city police department is asking for help tracking down whoever is responsible.An officer responded to the park Wednesday morning following a report that a pole was down. The officer found three more had been toppled. It appeared the poles were damaged overnight Tuesday.The city said it will take about $4,000 to replace the poles.The city asked anyone with helpful information about what happened, or who might have done it, to contact Battle Ground police Detective Sgt. Kim Armstrong at 360-342-5252 or kim.armstrong@cityofbg.org.Tipsters also may leave information anonymously at www.cityofbg.org/tips.last_img read more

Clark County couple give thanks for 5 kids adopted from foster care

first_imgTo learn more about adoption, visit: www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/adopto Nearly 10,000 Washington state children live in foster care and approximately 1,500 are eligible for legal, permanent adoption.o Each year, across the nation, nearly 25,000 children age out of foster care without ever finding a permanent home and family.o The average foster child waits more than two years for legal adoption; nearly 20 percent wait five years or more.o Minority children, older children and children with health problems or disabilities are particularly difficult to place.o Sibling groups also are hard to place, but the benefits are great for the children, who have a continued sense of remaining with biological family.Michelle and Gary Fowler like to say that their five-year plan to give back to the community grew into a 20-year plan when they weren’t looking — because they were too busy chasing kids around.They moved to Vancouver from Oregon in 2000. They had three children between them from previous marriages, but those kids were all growing up and moving on. “We just got bored,” Michelle joked. There’s a serious truth underneath the joke, though: Her own mother adopted nine children, and Michelle was closer in some ways to the adoptees than to her biological siblings, she said. It got her accustomed to home life being something of a circus, she said, and it helped her see all the things a family can be.“We’ve always loved having kids,” said Gary Fowler. He said the couple used to run “Camp Fowler” every summer; all their relatives dropped off all their kids and for one week it was sleepaway camp at home. “There were 15 of them and they really loved it,” he said. “We have a ton of nieces and nephews.”last_img read more

Athletes give back to Miami community for Christmas

first_img(WSVN) – Local sports heroes from the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat were in the spirit of the holidays, Monday, when they gave back to their local communities.Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh took a break from dishing out punishment to opposing quarterbacks to team up with Pay Away With the Layaway and surprise families at a Burlington Coat Factory.Suh paid off the in-store debts owed by several families at the Lauderdale Lakes store.“I mean, it’s great to just be able to spread joy, and to be able to give somebody else a helping hand, is something that’s always great,” Suh said.He remembered his own childhood, when his family often needed help. Now, he’s happy to be in a position to help.“I grew up in a community understanding I didn’t get to wear I am without anybody else’s help,” Suh said. “So being able to give somebody else some help, and to enjoy their particular weekend and the holidays coming up, is always nice.” As Suh helped families in Lauderdale Lakes, the Miami Heat surprised children in hospitals throughout South Florida.Players and coaches visited Baptist Children’s Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital to pass out toys and gifts they collected during a recent toy drive.Miami native Udonis Haslem said he always enjoys giving back.“This is something that for me is like a gift to myself,” Haslem said. “It’s way more than money or anything physical; it’s the gift of giving and bringing joy and smiles to these kids and families.”Eclise Sena, whose child was visited by the Heat players, said it’s important that the children know people outside of their family care.“When you see the community comes together like this, it’s very encouraging, and we’re very hopeful that the children have some other people other than close family that are thinking of them at this time, especially around Christmastime,” Sena said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Golden Valley Electric investigates coal plant explosion

first_imgIt will be months before a Golden Valley Electric Association coal fired power plant comes back on line. The plant, one of two Golden Valley operates in Healy, has been down since a coal dust explosion on March 3rd. The incident is similar to two other that occurred during initial testing of the recently re-stated power plant.Download AudioGolden Valley Electric Association vice president of power supply Lynn Thompson says the utility is still in the early stages of reviewing the March 3 explosion at the Healy 2 coal fired power plant.“We believe that it’s gonna be a combination of events from probably equipment failure and instrument failure that led to this,” said Thompson.The explosion happened within the plant’s coal pulverization and transport facility, and Thompson says at least one major component needs to be replaced.“The mill exhaustion fan,” Thompson said. “That will be about fourteen weeks for …delivery to Healy.”Thompson says a repair cost estimate is not yet available.  The $300 million Healy 2 power plant was built with state and federal support to test new coal burning technology, but it failed start up testing in 1999, and sat dormant during a prolonged legal dispute, until Golden Valley purchased it from the state in 2013 for $44 million.  The plant has since undergone major renovation. Thompson says the $190 million project includes work on the coal pulverization and transport facility.“We’ve added additional safeguard equipment to see that these events don’t happen,” said Thompson. “It sounds like they’re going to have to resolve this coal feeder problem.”Brian Litmans is an attorney with Trustees for Alaska, which successfully pushed for updated emissions controls at both of GVEA’s Healy coal power plants. Littmans says the March 3rd explosion inspired him to review similar past problems at the Healy 2 plant.“Back in 1999, GVEA did not want the facility,” Litmans said. “They were very concerned given all of the problems in the 90-day testing period including two major explosions in the coal feeder zone.”GVEA purchased Healy 2 to help stabilize electric rates by relying more on low cost coal from the Usibelli Mine in Healy. Litmans says the recurring coal pulverization and transport system problem raise concerns about cost savings potential.“At what point do you stop thinking good money after that,” asked Litmans. “Those are important questions for GVEA and the repairer should know what it’s going to take to keep this facility on line.”Golden Valley will attempt to answer those questions, according to the utility’s Thompson.“We have a forensic engineering team coming in to look at the problems that we experienced this time and so we will do a very thorough evaluation of the equipment and if we need to change procedures or add additional equipment to that system,” said Thompson.Meanwhile, Thompson says a 3 month shutdown scheduled for this summer for installation of new emissions controls has been moved up.”To try to take advantage of this time we’ll be off line,” Thompson clarified.GVEA’s other Healy coal plant continues to operate.  Thompson says lost power output from Healy 2, represents about 30 percent of the GVEA load, and is being compensated for with electricity purchased over the intertie, and generated at a Golden Valley oil fired plant in North Pole.last_img read more

Sculpting thoughts

first_imgThis exhibition exhibits various form of sculpture such as imagination, leaf composition, Ganesh, melting form, emerging form, Akshay-Bateshwar, head series, bird bath etc by Gyan Singh. On the other side the rhythmic, architectural and many other forms are presented in the exhibition by young talented and versatile sculptor Amit Singh.National award winner and a gold medalist from BHU Varanasi, senior most sculptor Gyan Singh is the only world fame sculptor who works in variety of stones in the traditional ancient Indian form as well in the contemporary art form. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gyan Singh has been working on rhythmic series since a long period of time. His abstract yet attractive sculptures are worth watching. He has organised many national how along with solo shows and  has participated in numerable sculpture shows. He has been associated with world class camps and has been a mentor of many throughout the country. He has always converted his thoughts into sculptures. On the other side Amit Singh, post graduated from College of Art, New Delhi is a talented and versatile young sculptor who has earned many prestigious awards on National level. Contemporary artiste Amit works independently and he mostly carves on marble and do metal casting. Amit Singh is more than familiar with the artiste who mouthed the golden words. While he regards the works of Michelangelo as a textbook on sculpture, he draws inspiration from closer quarters. His father and the socio-economic developments in his immediate environment.Where: Sculptor Court, Triveni kala sangam, Tansen MargWhen: On till 11 AprilTimings: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more