There is no biological cure for deafness—yet. We detect sound using sensory cells sporting microscopic hairlike projections, and when these so-called hair cells deep inside the inner ear are destroyed by illness or loud noise, they are gone forever. Or so scientists thought. A new study finds specific cells in the inner ear of newborn mice that regenerate these sensory cells—even after damage, potentially opening up a way to treat deafness in humans.Researchers knew that cells in the inner ear below hair cells—known as supporting cells—can become the sensory cells themselves when stimulated by a protein that blocks Notch signaling, which is an important mechanism for cell communication. Albert Edge, a stem cell biologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and his colleagues, attempted to identify the exact type of supporting cells that transform into sensory ones and fill in the gaps left by the damaged cells.The researchers removed the organ of Corti, which is housed within a seashell-shaped cavity called the cochlea and contains sensory hair cells, from newborn mice and kept the cells alive in culture plates. They damaged the hair cells using the antibiotic gentamicin, which destroys its sound-sensing projections. When they examined the organ of Corti under the microscope, they saw that small numbers of hair cells had regenerated on their own. But if they blocked Notch signaling, they saw even more regenerated hair cells, the team reports today in Stem Cell Reports. The number that developed varied, but in the base of cochlea, where the tissue received the most damage, hair cell numbers returned to about 40% of the original. “It’s interesting and encouraging that they are capable of regenerating,” Edge says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The researchers then tracked which supporting cells turned into hair cells by tagging them with a fluorescent chemical and watching the tissues for at least 4 days. By following the tag, they saw that only cells carrying a protein found in stem cells, called Lgr5, turned into new hair cells. “Knowing about these Lgr5 cells is valuable for us because it gives us a target cell population to study as we try to figure out how to better manipulate them and turn them into hair cells in an adult,” Edge says.The work contradicts previous studies that found that multiple types of unidentified supporting cells transform into hair cells when Notch signaling is blocked. In these studies, the hair cell growth occurred without any initial damage to the organ of Corti.The recent study follows a similar paper published earlier this month by developmental neurobiologist Jian Zuo, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, who damaged sensory cells in live mice. Zuo also saw regeneration of hair cells from supporting cells, but most of the new cells died within 2 weeks. In humans, the organ of Corti matures in the womb, but in mice, the organ continues to mature for the first 10 days of life, so these same findings may not hold true in humans.Most people suffering from hearing loss are adults, so understanding how older cells turn off their ability to regenerate will be important in turning that ability back on. “We need to focus more into why does this work early [in life], and not later. That will be key,” says Alain Dabdoub, a developmental neuroscientist at the University of Toronto in Canada.
After a controversial Trinamool MLA in the Birbhum district joined it, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has revised its recruitment policy in West Bengal on advice from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a senior party leader told The Hindu. Now any induction — other than that of very senior leaders — will be conducted only after a screening at the BJP Mandal level. Ten to 15 wards form a Mandal, and the RSS monitors these hyper-local units of its organisational structure closely. Besides BJP workers, the Mandals usually have RSS activists as well.The Mandals will carry out the initial screening and send their recommendation to the BJP’s district committees. Till now, cadre of other parties approached the BJP’s top leaders and directly joining the party. Now, cadre of other parties will be inducted only after they are cleared by the respective Mandals. The decision was taken at the highest level and induction will now be “reasonably restricted”, the senior BJP leader said. However, there is no plan to call a halt to the induction or membership drive.The induction of Manirul Islam, a history-sheeter in the Birbhum district, shook up the RSS and BJP’s old-timers in Bengal. A large number of ordinary people and Trinamool cadre joined the BJP to escape Mr. Islam’s wrath. Mr. Islam secured admission after his negotiation with BJP leader Mukul Roy.Complaint to ShahThe BJP’s Birbhum district committee categorically said that it was “not happy” with the decision to induct Mr. Islam. The complaint was conveyed by the RSS to Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP in charge of West Bengal, and to party president Amit Shah.Following the development, RSS’ Mandals are now empowered to put all the names together and do “a screening” of the new entrants. Recently, in Howrah district, the BJP inducted about 700 new members, but also dropped about 100 potential members after screening them.Over the last one month, pressure was internally mounted on the BJP, following Mr. Islam’s induction. Swastika, the RSS mouthpiece in Bengal, said in an article in its June 10 issue that in order to “dislodge the Trinamool, outsiders with no credibility are inducted indiscriminately. They are like rats leaving a sinking ship.” The cover story of June 17 edition, titled ‘To what extent will BJP be able to control benojwol (floodwater)’, was more scathing. The June 17 article asked whether it was reasonable to induct Mr. Islam, who “changes colour like a chameleon”. The article applauded former TMC leader Mukul Roy for weakening the TMC, but also underscored that Mr. Roy’s “excessive confidence [in weakening the TMC] has indicated that he is a politician without foresight”.“Trouble was spelt when he [Mukul Roy] inducted Manirul Islam. He did not realise that the BJP and RSS, who are dependent on people’s vote, would not accept Roy’s decision to induct Islam,” who is described as “notorious…lumpen of TMC” by the mouthpiece. “He [Mukul Roy] has never led a cadre-driven political party” and that’s what has triggered the problem, Swastika concluded. Moreover, the BJP has also not included the name of Manirul Islam in the list of their new MLAs, submitted to Assembly speaker Biman Bandopadhyay.“The party will decide about MLAs who came from other parties. We have prepared the list of those who have won the recent by-election,” said Manoj Tigga, the BJP’s new Leader in the Assembly.Ongoing differencesHowever, the party’s leaders did not accept that the new screening policy could be a part of an ongoing differences between Mukul Roy and the BJP’s old-timers. A senior leader explained that in order to grow, the BJP also needs to induct outsiders.“We need people from other parties to strengthen the BJP, while weakening the TMC. So neither the RSS nor the BJP is averse to inducting outsiders from other parties. However, some screening has to be done,” the leader said.Interestingly, it is Manirul Islam’s entry into the BJP that has triggered this change in policy.
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says he will not play for another club in Europe despite being unable to seal a place in the squad under new manager Jose Mourinho.Schweinsteiger, who is yet to make a first team appearance for United this season, has been made to train with the club’s reserves and would be sold after Mourinho signed French midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, according to media reports.”MUFC will be my last club in Europe. I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich,” Schweinsteiger said on Twitter.Since moving to Old Trafford from Bayern Munich last year, the German, who announced his retirement from international football last month, was limited to 18 league appearances in his first season due to regular injuries and poor form. (Also read: Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from international football)However, the 32-year-old insisted he was ready to compete when called upon.”I will be ready, if the team needs me. This is all I can say about the current situation. I want to thank the fans for the amazing support over the recent weeks,” he added.Schweinsteiger and Germany forward Lukas Podolski, who also ended his international career earlier this month, will be honoured with a farewell match against Finland in Moenchengladbach on Aug. 31.Schweinsteiger played 500 matches for Bayern Munich, winning eight Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League. He was also Germany’s vice-captain when they edged Argentina in extra-time to win the 2014 World Cup.advertisementA brief message to the amazing fans about my current situation. @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/Rf3jLKNwK4 Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) August 24, 2016
LONDON — Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus — older, taller, stronger — who usually beat Serena.Never a fan of losing to her sibling — who would be? — Serena cheated a tad every so often, lying about whether Venus’ shots landed in or out.“That’s the past,” Serena jokes now with an eye roll. “I was young.”As professionals, on the sport’s biggest stages, Serena has been better, especially lately. On July 6 at Centre Court, in the 26th all-Williams contest on tour but first at a major in six years, No. 1-seeded Serena played solidly enough to beat No. 16 Venus 6-4, 6-3 and reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals, closing in on the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.This matchup between five-time champions at the All England Club was one-sided, done in 68 minutes. It’s Serena’s sixth win in the past seven matches against Venus, part of a 15-11 edge overall.When it ended, Serena walked calmly, quietly — none of her customary “Come on!” exuberance — to envelop Venus in a long hug.On Serena’s mind, it turns out, was this question: How many installments are left in this one-of-a-kind sibling rivalry?“I just thought, ‘Wow, I’m 33, and she just turned 35. I don’t know how many more moments like this we’ll have.’ I plan on playing for years, but you never know if we’ll have the opportunity to face each other,” Serena said after they walked off court with matching red racket bags.“I just took the moment in, and I thought, ‘We’re at Wimbledon.’ I remember when I was 8 years old, we dreamed of this moment, and it was kind of surreal.”Venus’ take on the likelihood of future meetings?“When that moment is over, it will be over,” she said, shrugging her shoulders. “It’s not now.”Serena, 36-1 this season, has won 25 Grand Slam matches in a row. Get past former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on July 7, then win twice more, and she would complete a self-styled “Serena Slam” of four consecutive major championships, something she also did in 2002-03.Looking further ahead, Serena could go to the U.S. Open with a chance at the first true Grand Slam — four majors in a single season — since Steffi Graf in 1988.When a reporter made a passing reference to that, Serena rested her chin on her left hand and declared: “I no longer answer questions about Grand Slams.”Other matches July 7: Maria Sharapova vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Madison Keys, Timea Bacsinszky vs. Garbine Muguruza. Serena, Keys and Vandeweghe give the United States three Wimbledon women’s quarterfinalists for the first time since 2004.Three of the July 8 quarterfinals are set: Roger Federer against Gilles Simon, Andy Murray against Vasek Pospisil, and Stan Wawrinka against Richard Gasquet.Defending champion Novak Djokovic dropped the first two sets, then won the next two, before his fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson was suspended because of darkness. They’ll play the fifth set July 7; the winner faces Marin Cilic.Until July 6, Venus hadn’t dropped a set, but Serena won the first eight points and wound up with 36 winners and 13 unforced errors.“Very focused from the start. Very aggressive,” said Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. “No matter who is on the other side of the court, that’s Serena’s job — to win. For Venus, also. But it’s not something easy or pleasant against each other.”The Williams’ parents and other siblings weren’t in the guest box, where rapper Drake sat next to Serena’s agent, and singer John Legend and his wife, TV host Chrissy Teigen, sat behind Mouratoglou.It took until the 15th point for Venus to register a winner. That’s also how long it took for a spectator to draw guffaws by shouting, “Come on, Williams!”“When we’re off the court, she’s Serena, my sister,” Venus said. “When we’re on the court, she’s Serena, my opponent.”An opponent who, unlike most others, pounds serves at 121 mph, as she did Monday, and returns the 115 mph serves Venus hits.Other foes, of course, didn’t grow up in the same home, didn’t learn the game from the same instructors, didn’t travel the world for years practicing with — and playing doubles alongside — each other.“Boy, she has a game to just knock anyone’s socks off,” Serena said about Venus. “So you just have to be ready.”Serena usually is.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Actress Ellen Page, who is married to Canadian dancer Emma Portner says it’s time to “step up” to support transgender people.”We need to realise that a lot of the marginalised people in our community have been left behind. We need to step up for trans people because they are under attack,” Ellen told Gay Times magazine.The Juno star decided to speak out after lesbian tennis player Martina Navratilova was fired from a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) charity last week for making trans phobic comments against transgender female athletes, reports femalefirst.co.uk.”A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies,” Navratilova said.Responding to those comments, Page slammed the sporting star for letting history repeat itself, as she branded Navratilova’s words as “demonising and dehumanising”.”It’s not like people didn’t use the same arguments for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, but people are also using that rhetoric to make trans people seem like predators,” X men actress said.”It’s demonising and dehumanising. It’s deplorable. In regards to those conversations in the UK, and the treatment and attack on trans rights in the US, it’s utterly cruel,” she added.Watch Juno trailer:ALSO READ| Feminist porn is crucial, says Ellen PageALSO READ| X Men actress Ellen Page secretly married girlfriend Emma Portner. See picsALSO WATCH: Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey: Hollywood’s dirty secret is exposedadvertisement
Leon Goretzka scored the only goal of the match as Marco Giampaolo’s first game in charge of AC Milan resulted in a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the International Champions Cup.Giampaolo arrived from Serie A rivals Sampdoria after Gennaro Gattuso stepped down as head coach of Milan at the end of the 2018-19 season.And Giampaolo oversaw defeat in Milan’s pre-season opener as Goretzka’s well-taken 48th-minute goal guided Bayern to their second ICC victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? New signing Theo Hernandez made his debut for Milan following his transfer from Real Madrid, while Paolo Maldini’s son – Daniel – was also in the starting XI for the Rossoneri.O̵c̵e̵a̵n̵’̵s̵ ̵e̵l̵e̵v̵e̵n̵Kansas’ 11 #BayernMilan #ICC2019 #FollowTheFlames pic.twitter.com/NxsKhzs3Ih— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 24, 2019Niko Kovac’s Bayern controlled proceedings in Kansas City, where clear-cut chances were few and far between in a tight opening 45 minutes.Maldini’s side-footed effort sailed just over the crossbar, while Bayern midfielder Renato Sanches fired a powerful strike just past the post.Hernandez’s bow ended prior to half-time as the French full-back was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury.Bayern managed to break the deadlock right on the stroke of half-time when Joshua Kimmich played a perfectly weighed pass to Goretzka, who took a touch before tucking the ball beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma in the 48th minute.First behind Coman, then in front of Alaba. Up and down all game. Some solid work from Phonzie tonight. #AudiFCBTour pic.twitter.com/xhkPPZ5BuS— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) July 24, 2019Patrick Cutrone – who has been linked to Premier League side Wolves – should have equalised for Milan after cutting out Niklas Sule’s pass across goal but the second-half substitute was denied by Sven Ulreich in a one-on-one situation with 26 minutes remaining.Bayern found the back of the net nine minutes from the end but Jann-Fiete Arp’s goal was ruled out for what appeared to be a handball, while David Alaba had an effort cancelled out for offside. read more
view more view less graphs No data available! scorecard commentary From Under-19 World Cup to IPL: Keemo Paul continues to haunt Khaleel AhmedKeemo Paul once again had the better of Khaleel Ahmed on Wednesday as Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2019 Eliminator in Vizag. advertisement Rohan Sen VizagMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 09:47 IST Keemo Paul scored the winning runs for Delhi Capitals as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKhaleel Ahmed and Keemo Paul had played against each other in Under-19 World Cup final in 2016Paul had hit the winning runs against Khaleel in as West Indies beat India in the Under-19 WC final in 2016Paul once again hit the winning run against Khaleel as DC beat SRH in Vizag on WednesdayKeemo Paul and Khaleel Ahmed go back a long way as both fast bowlers played against each in other in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh three years ago. The West Indies bowler and the Indian left-arm seamer were once again on opposite sides on Wednesday night in the Indian Premier League 2019 Eliminator.Keemo Paul had ended up on the winning side of the U-19 World Cup final in 2016 and was once again in the eliminator as Delhi Capitals sneaked past Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets and 1 ball to spare.Three years ago West Indies and India were facing each other in the U-19 World Cup final in Mirpur and the match turned out to be a low-scoring thriller as the Windies chased down 146 with 5 wickets in hand and 3 balls to spare.Khaleel had bowled the final over in that game and needed to defend 3 runs which he couldn’t as Paul hit the winning run off the third ball as he top-edged the ball over the wicketkeeper’s head which then travelled to the boundary.49.3 ov: Khaleel Ahmed to Keemo Paul – top edges to fine leg for four and West Indies U19 win U19 World Cup at Mirpur on 14 Feb 201619.5 ov: Khaleel Ahmed to Keemo Paul – Short ball, pulled to mid wicket for four and Delhi Capitals make it to Qualifier2 8 May #DCvSRH #IPL2019Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 8, 2019Three years later and on Wednesday, Khaleel was once again bowling the final over as SRH were looking to defend 5 runs off it. Delhi Capitals were 158 for 7, chasing 163 for victory, at the start of the 20th over with Amit Mishra and Keemo Paul in the middle.advertisementKhaleel started off with a wide, then a single run was taken by Amit Mishra. Keemo Paul played out a dot ball and then took a single off the third delivery. Mishra then got run out obstructing the field as the drama and tensions grew in Vizag.With two runs needed to win, Paul then pulled a short delivery by Khaleel through mid-wicket for a boundary to end the game and trigger massive celebrations in the Delhi Capitals dugout. Paul had won the battle against Khaleel once again!Unconfined joy in the @DelhiCapitals camp #DC now play CSK in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final on Friday. #DCvSRH pic.twitter.com/U0PkOXs1A7IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 8, 2019On Friday, Delhi Capitals will take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 in Vizag for a berth in the title clash against Mumbai Indians. DC have made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and would be eager to make the most of this opportunity.Also Read | How is Rishabh Pant not in World Cup squad? Asks Michael Vaughan after DC beat SRHAlso Read | IPL 2019: Felt like hell, says Shreyas Iyer after DC beat SRH in tense EliminatorAlso Read | Rishabh Pant promises to finish matches for Delhi after Vizag thrillerAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw equals Shubman Gill’s record with quickfire fifty in EliminatorFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Keemo PaulFollow Khaleel AhmedFollow DC vs SRHFollow IPL 2019
He was speaking at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (February 27), following the conclusion of the 7th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors’ Meeting. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the policies and programmes carried out or contemplated by the Government are in the best interest of the citizens. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the policies and programmes carried out or contemplated by the Government are in the best interest of the citizens.Mr. Holness cites the proposed implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS) as one such project.He was speaking at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (February 27), following the conclusion of the 7th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors’ Meeting.Noting the issue of trust resonating with some persons about how personal data collated under NIDS will be handled, Mr. Holness gave the assurance that there will be “nothing nefarious to, in any way, erode the privacy of the citizen”.“Many issues arise when we start to enter upon the conversation about giving every citizen an identification. It means that the Government will have to collect information about every citizen, (and) we acknowledge that many of these concerns are legitimate,” he said.The Prime Minister said, however, that the Government is duty-bound to act responsibly, scrupulously and with integrity to ensure that the citizen’s well-being is safeguarded in whatever endeavour is carried out.“So whether it is in national security, justice and supporting the judiciary… (providing) housing and facilitating land settlement, increasing the efficiency of the public, the speed at which we do business, (or) giving the citizen an identity, the Government is acting in the best interest of the citizen. What we are trying to do is strengthen Government so that we can better serve you,” Mr. Holness said.The IDB conference, which was held under the theme ‘Jump Caribbean’, focused on how best the region can strategically embrace the reality of the digital revolution.Importantly, the IDB wants Caribbean partner states to tap technology and apply innovative methods as a means to solve problems, improve productivity, generate employment and advance development.IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno, headed the visiting team of Bank officials attending the conference, which also saw the affiliate Governors of several territories participating.They included representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.Also attending were global business leader, Sir Richard Branson; and former President of the Republic of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. The IDB conference, which was held under the theme ‘Jump Caribbean’, focused on how best the region can strategically embrace the reality of the digital revolution.
Families with low or modest incomes will begin receiving the Nova Scotia Affordable Living Tax Credit this July to help offset the impact of the HST restoration. “While we move toward getting our province back to balance, we are taking the necessary steps to keep life affordable for Nova Scotians,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “The Affordable Living Tax Credit will help put additional dollars in the pockets of lower and modest income families.” Qualifying Nova Scotia households will receive a tax credit payment every quarter, along with the federal GST/HST credit. People must file their income tax return each year to be eligible. In addition to the Affordable Living Tax Credit, government is working to balance the impact of the HST restoration by offering other new rebates and credits including: Point-of-sale rebates on certain essential items including children’s clothing, footwear, and diapers, and feminine hygiene products A tax reduction for low-income seniors A tax credit for Nova Scotians living in poverty For more information on the HST restoration and on the rebates and credits, visit the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/en/home/taxation/default.aspx .
OTTAWA — The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies says proposed changes to a bill that aims to end solitary confinement in prisons would help address many recommendations from the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Savannah Gentile, the group’s director of advocacy and legal issues, says a package of amendments to Bill C-83 would give government the opportunity to take action on some of the inquiry’s key findings.A Senate committee has proposed adding judicial oversight to decisions about isolating prisoners as well as more emphasis and support for mental health and community-based options for rehabilitation.Gentile says the bill if passed without the amendments would do little to address concerns raised in the inquiry report about the over-representation of Indigenous people, and especially Indigenous women, in Canadian jails.The inquiry’s final report delivered Monday included a deeper dive on the issue of incarcerated Indigenous women and systemic issues they face in the justice system.The inquiry’s 231 “calls to justice” included many focused on the corrections system, including calling for more community-based and Indigenous-specific options for sentencing.The Canadian Press
On September 8, Nick Jonas met and performed for patients at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, where he delivered the healing power of music to the kids with Musicians on Call.Nick Jonas With A Patient At Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreMusicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Since 1999, they have performed for nearly half a million individuals and counting!Nick Jonas surprises patients with Musicians On Call at a visit to Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreNick Jonas At Children’s Hospital at Montefiore on September 8, 2014 in New York CityCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCharlie Walk EVP of Republic Records, Nick Jonas and Pete Griffin President of Musicians on CallCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
CALGARY — Gasoline prices are expected to remain just below record highs all across Canada this summer except in Vancouver — where a perfect storm of factors will likely ensure motorists continue to set new all-time records at the pumps.Fuel market analysts say average retail prices in Canada are within a penny or two of their year-ago levels, which were some of the highest on record for many markets.“Vancouver certainly is (at historic highs) but the other major markets we’re looking at, such as Calgary, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, they’re not exceeding historical levels, they’re basically at historic levels,” said Michael Ervin, senior vice-president at the Kent Group Ltd.The average price of gasoline in major Canadian markets last week was about $1.34 per litre, but it varied from around $1.23 in Calgary and Winnipeg to the high of $1.70 or more in Vancouver.Gasoline prices rise every spring due to factors including the higher cost of making summer gasoline — which requires an extra four or five cents per litre for additives to prevent evaporation — and supply interruptions as refineries shut down for routine maintenance, the analysts said.Prices have also risen in part due to the federal carbon tax on fuel that was applied to Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba on April 1.Analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com said demand will support fuel prices this year, but other factors could cause predictions to change if oil prices are affected.“Demand is really strong in the United States, it’s OK in Canada, but the signals are really going to depend on geopolitics and on whether or not the world finds itself in a trade war. All bets are off in that circumstance,” he said.The rising prices in the Vancouver area have put pressure on B.C. Premier John Horgan who last week asked the B.C. Utilities Commission to consider investigating why prices have risen by more there than in the rest of the country.The analysts say there’s no mystery — British Columbians are paying more because the province’s two small refineries don’t produce enough to supply the market so they rely on imports from Alberta on the Trans Mountain pipeline, which is full, and U.S. refineries in Washington, which have been hit with longer-than-expected spring outages.McTeague said the cost of an average litre of gasoline in Vancouver breaks down to about 52 cents per litre for the oil, 33 cents for the U.S. refinery, four cents in wholesaler markup, about 12 cents in retailer margins, 52.5 cents in federal, provincial and municipal carbon taxes and 10 to 15 cents per litre due to B.C.’s low carbon fuel standard regulations.The last item is a hidden cost that’s difficult to measure, he said. It establishes a minimum renewable content and carbon intensity level in fuel, while requiring credit trading if those targets aren’t reached.Parkland Fuel Corp., which owns the 55,000-barrel-per-day capacity Burnaby, B.C., refinery, says it operated at a utilization rate of about 92 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 and that it started processing bio-fuels such as canola and tallow to help bump up its production of lower carbon intensity fuels.Prices in Canada will be supported over the summer by higher prices in the United States, where domestic demand is expected to be robust and where fuel exports are on the rise, Ervin said.Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration raised its forecast for nationwide average gasoline prices through September to US$2.92 a gallon, about seven cents more than last summer, partly due to higher margins for refining gasoline. Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
Expecting to provide an impetus to defence cooperation between India and Sri Lanka and discuss issues of bilateral relevance, Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, General Dalbir Singh Suhag arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon on a five-day long official visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva.A red carpet welcome ceremony, coloured by traditional Ves dancers greeted him on arrival at the tarmac at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army, together with Mrs Nayana De Silva, President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) were at the venue to extend a warm welcome to the visiting India’s Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh Suhag and his spouse, Mrs Namitha Suhag. The delegation is comprised of the spouse of General Dalbir Singh, Mrs Namitha Suhag, Brigadier Gopal Gurang, Colonel Amitabh Jha, and Captain N.K Saraswat.India’s Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Arindam Bagchi, Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Senior Liaison Officer, Commander, Security Force Headquarters – West, Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Military Secretary, Brigadier H.M.J.K. Gunaratne, Assistant Liaison Officer, Director Operations and Captain Prakash Gopalan, Defence Adviser at Indian High Commission were also at the airport to receive the Chief of Army Staff. General Dalbir Singh who had served the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in 1987 as a Company Commander is the 26th Chief of Army Staff (Army Commander) Indian Army has produced and proudly commands the 1.3 million-strong Indian Army. During his stay in Sri Lanka, the visiting Army Chief is scheduled to call on the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, State Minister of Defence, Defence Secretary, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Force Commander and a few others. He will also attend wreath-laying ceremonies at the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) cenotaph at Battaramulla and the memorial in Palaly, Jaffna during his stay in the isle.
A mission to assess the humanitarian situation in Darfur, led by World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris, arrived earlier this week and has been visiting senior government and local officials, non-government organizations (NGOs), and refugee camps. According to UN agencies, an estimated 1 million people have been uprooted in Darfur by an ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by Arab militias against the black African population. More than 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring Chad. Meanwhile, a five-member UN human rights team on a separate tour of Darfur was expected to return to Geneva this weekend and give its report to Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan next week. The human rights team already had conducted interviews with Sudanese refugees from Darfur in Chad. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it has transported about 45,000 refugees further into Chad and away from the Chadian-Sudanese border, where the refugees were still being attacked by Arab Janjaweed militias. The agency said it hoped to have transported at least 60,000 before the rainy season starts in late May. In other news, two dozen raids in the last three months by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on Sudanese refugee camps in the Zoka Forest south of Adjumani town forced some 500 of the 32,000 refugees to go back to their homeland. Another 80 per cent of the camp dwellers moved to refugee settlements north of Adjumani, leaving their tiny farms during the planting season. Many of those who fled took food with them, UNHCR said. The agency, together with its partner organizations and the Ugandan Government, was registering refugees in eight areas north of Adjumani and in existing settlements in four zones in Moyo district. UNHCR is caring for 173,000 Sudanese refugees west of the Nile and in and around the Zoka Forest in northern Uganda.
Ohio State had expectations coming out of its bye week. After sitting on a 49-20 loss to Purdue on Oct. 20, the talk heading into the matchup with Nebraska revolved around the team playing angry, playing “pissed off” with players ready to prove that the Buckeyes are indeed a Big Ten championship contender, a College Football Playoff contender. And although it was not in dominant fashion like other games against Nebraska have been in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got back into the win column Saturday, defeating the Cornhuskers 36-31.“The biggest thing to get that darned bad taste out of your mouth from a couple weeks ago and go win the game,” Meyer said. “We’re going to go back to work. We’re going to enjoy that win now.” Offensively, it meant going back to its roots, the balanced offense, the offense that Meyer is comfortable with, the offense with the “two-headed monster” of redshirt junior running back Mike Weber and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins as primary contributors. “We definitely wanted to run the ball today,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins said.”That was our goal for this game, for this Saturday, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.” The pair combined for 254 rushing yards, recording the most yards on the ground the unit has had since Sept. 1, each averaging over seven yards per carry. Dobbins and Weber also became the first pair in Ohio State history to both have 2,000 career rushing yards. Dobbins showed this focus in the very first drive of the game, recording nine yards on the first two rushes, but the Ohio State offense of old returned, failing to convert on a short-yardage situation. It did not return for long. After Haskins connected with Dixon for a 42-yard score in the second offensive drive, Dobbins, at the end of the first quarter, brought the Buckeyes into the red zone with a 16-yard run, scoring his first touchdown of the day on a 10-yard rush. But Ohio State could not take that dominating lead, the lead it needed to meet the expectation the Buckeyes had for themselves after the 29-point loss to Purdue. In the first offensive drive of the game, Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez led the Cornhuskers on a 12-play, 75-yard drive, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Devine Ozigbo. Even after breaks that fell in favor of the Buckeyes, blocking a punt that resulted in a safety in the first quarter and a whiffed onside kick attempt which Ohio State recovered at the Cornhuskers 31-yard line, they could not take advantage, losing two fumbles in the second quarter, leading to two 2-yard option scores by Martinez. Trailing 21-16 at halftime, the expectation for Ohio State was to have its offensive leader, Haskins, who had thrown for more than 400 yards in each of his last three games, use his arm to put the game out of reach for Nebraska. He led the offense on a methodical drive out of halftime, getting to the red zone, but threw his sixth interception of the season, a ball meant for Dixon in the end zone that landed in the hands of Nebraska junior cornerback Lamar Jackson. But the Ohio State defense stepped up in the third quarter to keep the Cornhuskers at bay. Nebraska averaged 3.6 yards per rush on 10 carries with Martinez completing three of seven passes for 17 yards. Overall, despite allowing 450 yards of offense and two plays of over 30 yards, Meyer said those big plays, the big plays that have plagues this defense and led to the success of opposing offenses, did not necessarily happen against Nebraska, vene though there are things to work on. “There’s defensively still some things but we didn’t give up a big hit,” Meyer said. “We had a couple of hits, but not the big hit. And we were without three starters in the back end of our defense.”Junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. With a secondary already struggling with depth, playing without sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, who did not play due to an impingement to his shoulder, Fuller’s absence moved sophomore Brendon White into the safety rotation, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s win. Meyer said, defensively, Ohio State was much improved against Nebraska, especially with the continuous lineup changes needed because of the injuries to Pryor and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who was suffering through a groin issue from this week’s practice, along with the loss of Fuller. He also said he expects to have everyone back in the rotation next week. Scoring two touchdowns on a 3-yard rush by Dobbins and a 9-yard shovel pass from Haskins to redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell, Ohio State took the 30-21 lead heading into the final quarter. But Nebraska came back with a seven-play, 65 yard scoring drive, leading to an 18-yard field goal,bringing the Cornhuskers within one score. However, to extend the lead, Haskins led the Buckeyes on a 7-play, 82-yard drive, ending with a Dobbins 42-yard rushing touchdown, his third of the day. The sophomore running back finished with 163 yards on 23 carries, scoring three touchdowns in a game for the first time in his collegiate career. Nebraska sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman secured a 17-yard touchdown to bring the Cornhuskers back to within ne score with 2:57 left in the game, but, it was not enough as Haskins and the Ohio State offense did not allow another opportunity for Nebraska. Ohio State defeated a two-win Nebraska team, but Haskins viewed this as an opportunity to give future opponents an idea of what Ohio State will bring. “We are focused, motivated, angry,” Haskins said. “We just feel like we are being disrespected right now, but we are going to continue to fight and continue to show the country we are one of the top teams.” To Dobbins, this five-point win over Nebraska created a level of momentum Ohio State will use. “We have momentum right now,” Dobbins said. “We are going to take it into next week, because we have a big game next week.” Ohio State goes back on the road to face Michigan State on Nov. 10.
Emmerson Resources drilling in Australia’s Tennant Creek Mineral FieldThe main indicator of the situation in levels of exploration activity is the amount of drilling metres that have been completed, and those that have been budgeted for in the subsequent year. Currently, the outlook is mixed. A lot of concern and reining in of costs in mid to late-2012 on the back of a negative mood in Australia and uncertainty with regard to government action in other countries such as Mongolia and Argentina, along with struggling commodity prices, has in early 2013 been replaced by a somewhat more optimistic outlook, a metals and ores price recovery and a feeling that this may just have been a dip in otherwise continued growth.In a November 2012 interview with IM, Francis McGuire, President and CEO at Major Drilling, one of the leading global mineral exploration drilling contractors said that the 2012 downturn was nothing like 2008 in depth and effect: “Many companies in 2011 drilled extra metres beyond what they had budgeted for but in 2012 they stuck to their original drilling plans. Much of this work is still from the mid-cap to the largest mining groups, with juniors still finding it very difficult with regard to raising finance; though this does not reflect any lack of need for new deposits. If anything this trend is worrying as it will have a lag in terms of new development not catching up with projected commodity demand.”A lot of the focus of the major groups is replacing resources that are depleting at the mature mines. While in the 1980s, a lot of near surface deposits were located using aerial surveys, more and more the focus is on delineating deeper deposits. The average holes 7 to 8 years ago were in the 500-600 m range – now companies want holes drilled from 1,200 to 2,000 m and beyond. High altitude drilling is also on the increase, with the associated logistical headaches and narrow operational windows.A mixed 2012The uncertainty in 2012 was reflected by comments made on the industry by leading drilling groups Major Drilling, Energold, Boart Drilling Services and Layne Christensen. In its statement and review for the quarter ending October 31 2012, Major Drilling stated: “As expected during the quarter, two general factors contributed to a decline in revenue. Many mining companies did not extend their activities beyond their original budgets. Last year, most senior companies continued their drilling efforts well into November and December. While revenue from senior and intermediate companies actually increased year-over-year by some $20 million, we saw a decline in our activities with junior mining companies. In fact, 78% of our revenue during the quarter came from senior and intermediate customers. Many of these projects are slated to continue and are expected to create a solid base for our operations in calendar 2013…..during the quarter, four branches faced specific challenges. Australia had many projects cancelled due to high costs, the high Australian dollar and new mining taxes. Mongolia and Argentina were affected by political uncertainty, although both started to recover somewhat late in the quarter. Finally, Mexico had many projects delayed or cancelled as this region has a larger proportion of junior customers.”Boart Longyear’s new LX11 mineral exploration rigHowever, the group added: “Looking forward, if customers go ahead with their stated plans, we see consistent levels of activity coming in calendar 2013 from both the senior and intermediate mining houses as well as junior companies with projects in development. The bidding activity in most regions has been very similar to last year with the exceptions of Australia and Argentina…based on current customer plans, we expect demand for specialised drilling to continue in the year ahead. Specialised drilling continues to form the cornerstone of our corporate strategy. Although there has been a recent increase in junior financing activity, we have not yet seen any significant increase in their activity levels.”For the same period, Energold reported that: “Metres drilled during the third quarter decreased over the comparable quarter in 2011 as a result of the challenging capital markets, particularly in the junior mining sector.” Its Mineral Division drilled 92,300 m in the quarter, a 46% decrease from the comparable quarter in 2011, while average revenue per metre was $192 in the first nine months of 2012 compared to $174 in 2011: “Management anticipates this to trend lower as excess rig capacity in the markets may lead to lower competitive bids. Gross margin percentage is historically tied to the business mix of frontier-style drilling and established brownfield drill programs, with the latter moving the average revenue per metre lower. With a higher percentage of programs dedicated to majors’ brownfields projects during the third quarter, gross margin was 28%, compared to 31% in the comparable period 2011.” As of September 30, 2012, Energold had a total of 130 mineral exploration rigs, with Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America accounting for over 52% of the metres drilled for the third quarter of 2012 with 45 rigs in the region, followed in importance by South America and Africa.Layne’s Christensen’s Mineral Exploration Division revenues decreased 15% in the quarter, with the company stating this was: “primarily in Australia and Africa, reflecting reduced mine exploration activities by our clients…global economic and credit uncertainty produced a decline in mineral exploration activity in Australia and Africa, the result of which was lower quarterly revenues at our Mineral Exploration business.”Broad trendsThe trends in types of activity are clear. Globally, drilling customers want to go much deeper and with declining grades, much higher tonnages need to be defined with drilling programmes. Associated with this trend is a major step change in required equipment, skills and associated training, especially above the 800-900 m level. At the same time, the largest equipment OEMs in some cases don’t want to make highly specialised deep hole drills because the market remains smaller and they don’t represent the same return on investment, as it is the drilling contractor that will see the greatest benefit in deeper drilling as opposed to the equipment manufacturer. But the contractors traditionally would rather buy-in drilling technology than have to invest in development themselves as this is clearly not their core business. As an example, Major Drilling used to own the manufacturer UDR, but sold it to Sandvik as it was not a core business – and the associated added plant and sales workforce as well as plant operational cost were hard to justify during downturns in drilling activity.All of the drilling contractor majors would like a 2,000 m plus ‘standard’ drill as this doesn’t currently exist in the market, and are working with key manufacturers on making this a reality. But there are also smaller drill rig players, for whom a $10 million order is significant, who are more willing to make the necessary investments in more specialised rigs, though they do not have access to the same software/design and engineering resources.. And while it may be a smaller business for the largest OEMs for now, it is the main drilling services companies that have the main purchasing power going forward so their preferences will ultimately drive technology development.As stated, the challenge is that contractors and their customers want the specialised deep hole rigs but they also want them to be portable/flyable to reach high altitude and very remote sites. But the rigs capable of deeper drilling are also heavier. There is no possible compromise – either deep hole drills have to get lighter or many of the planned drilling programmes will be very expensive as they will involve multiple helicopter trips of separate drill components.Major Drilling points out that is the first drilling group to widely adopt lighter drill rods in the form of Boart V-Wall Coring Rods; and is considering standardising by adopting this type of technology across the board, as using a mix of rods makes logistics/inventory more complicated. At the same time, these new rod designs are 30% more expensive, so a move like this would have to be justified in its customer charges. John Nielson, global products manager, Boart Longyear told IM: “V-Wall rods offer up to 30% weight savings in each rod. They allow an existing drill to go deeper due to the lighter weight of the drill string. For example, a drill rated for 2,500 m would be able to manage a 3,250 m drill string using V-Wall. Also, in operations without rod handling equipment, the weight savings of V-Wall rods keep drillers and helpers lifting less weight, thus reducing fatigue. If the bore hole requires wedging, VWall is recommended because it is more flexible and is best suited to these deviated hole applications.”On the drilling bit side, even though technology in materials and designs has increased, there is still significant price pressure due to the levels of competition and the fact that the market is still dominated by customer preference. In the past, the bit costs used to account for about 10% of a total drilling programme cost; now it is closer to 4%.New drilling technologyAddressing the issue of more portable, deeper hole rigs, Boart Longyear has its LF130F model, which “is the only rig in its class that offers large diameter PQ drilling capabilities” and is one of the largest heliportable (breaks down into nine modules) rigs currently available, with features such as balanced lifting points and quick-connect hydraulic couplings to ensure quick and reliable setup and breakdown. It is rated to 2,640 m in a fluid filled hole with BRQ/BQTK core and to 1,510 m with NQ core. Justin Warren, Senior Global Products Manager, Boart Longyear told IM: “The LF130F can reliably and consistently deliver these depths while using V-Wall rods, all with the flexibility that a flyable package provides. We also have two other models which are rated to exceed 2,000m, the LX16 multipurpose drill and the LF230 surface coring drill. We also plan on enhancing our deep hole drill offering in the future.”The latest news from the group, and new for PDAC 2013, is the introduction of the LX11, “an economical multipurpose drilling rig for the mineral exploration market.” The new LX11 multipurpose drilling rig features “improved safety mechanisms, track mounting, a smaller footprint, and an overall lower cost of ownership.” The medium-size LX11 is an addition to the existing line of Boart Longyear multipurpose drilling rigs, the LX6 and the LX16. With capabilities to perform reverse circulation (RC) and diamond core drilling, the LX11 allows exploration drillers to use one drill rig when encountering various ground conditions. This lowers initial capital investment and limits the costly downtime required to switch rigs to match drilling conditions. “The multipurpose LX11 drilling rig is the culmination of many years of hands-on experience, advanced engineering and field testing,” said Warren. “The versatility of the LX11 allows drilling contractors the ability to supplement the roles of multiple rigs with the simplicity of one, saving on equipment costs.” The LX11 can reach depths of 1,450 m using NQ rods via diamond drilling and depths of 325 m with 114 mm rods via RC drilling. A 7.2 m mast and a top drive head allow 6m rods to be pulled under the head for increased productivity. A top drive single rotary drill head features 1,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.8 kNm at 100 rpm.Several safety features are incorporated into the LX11, beginning with a strategically placed control panel for ideal visibility, a remote control for driving the rig at a safe distance and an interlocked safety cage to protect drillers from the rotating drill string. Lastly, the LX11 can be equipped with a rod handler for safe and efficient handling of both RC and diamond coring rods. The small footprint of the LX11 allows for easier site access and manoeuverability. It is also designed to fit into a 12 m high cubic container, making it more economical to ship to remote locations. Track mounting increases the mobility of the LX11 with the ability to handle steeper grades and lowers environmental impact.Finally, in bits, the company recently launched the GTUMX diamond coring bit as the latest addition to the Ultramatrix (UMX) line. The GTUMX is designed for shallow holes and conventional drilling for both exploration and geo-technical applications. The ability to drill faster with high penetration rates and to outperform existing bit technology in a wide range of ground formations makes the GTUMX “ideal for customers seeking an affordable alternative” to their current bit selection.“Boart Longyear is excited to introduce the GTUMX diamond core bits into the marketplace, especially South Africa,” said Matthew Baird, Global Product Manager for Boart Longyear. “The GTUMX bits are ideal for shallow holes and conventional drilling. This allows our customers to be very competitive with a bit of true value at a reasonable price.” Boart Longyear will launch an AXT size GTUMX bit first in the South Africa region. This will be followed by additional bit size releases and expansion into the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America regions. GTUMX diamond coring bits feature the Boart Longyear UMX formula. UMX bits use an advanced metallurgical formula that is impregnated with large synthetic diamonds. The formula optimises high penetration capabilities with longer bit life and allows the GTUMX to turn easily from one ground formation to another.The GTUMX also features the unique Razorcut design on the face of the bit. This speeds up exposure of the diamonds and enables the bit to begin cutting right out of the box. The wide tapered waterways dramatically improve surface flushing and cutting while reducing wear on the inner-diameter of the bit, particularly in broken, abrasive conditions.The control panel for Sandvik’s new DE130xSandvik’s DE100 series of compact core drills for surface and underground exploration applications now includes a fully ATEX certified rig, the DE130x. The design is based on Sandvik’s proven DE130 core drill. Its modular design together with a depth capacity of 815 m at N-size, a feed force of 4.7 t, a pull force of 6.3 t, makes the DE130x “a truly capable exploration drill rig” states the company. The DE130x features a completely redesigned power unit which monitors; hydraulic oil temperature, electric motor temperature and incoming power. Intrinsic safety circuits are also included. The power unit is prepared for 400-1,140v of incoming power and the whole drill unit is certified and designed for maximum surface temperature of +150°C (class T4). In accordance with ATEX standards in Europe, some of the parts featured on the standard DE130 have been replaced by steel parts. Additional features from the standard DE130 include an extra gauge for rod holder surveillance on the control panel, and a wire emergency stop on the feed boom for increased safety. George Tophinke, Sandvik Mining’s Global Exploration Equipment Manager, comments: “Historically the DE100 series rigs have been very successful for Sandvik and are in operation all around the globe, now with the expanding coal markets we saw the need to expand our offering to include a certified version of these drills, also in line with the important ongoing efforts Sandvik is doing with integrating EHS issue into their products.” ATEX consists of two EU directives (one for the manufacturer and one for the user of the equipment) describing what equipment and work environment are allowed in an environment with an explosive atmosphere. The DE130x is a fully certified exploration drill rig for underground coal applications according to these latest ATEX standards in Europe.The new T685X from SchrammSchramm has announced the introduction of its new T685EX model to its exploration drill rig product line. The Schramm T685EX is a heavy duty drill rig specifically designed for mineral exploration applications. A high capacity top head, sampling equipment, power breakout and automated pipe handling systems make it suited to a range of RC drilling programmes. The T685EX is offered in both track and truck mounting to offer the contractor optimum mobility to suit particular application needs. Schramm states: “We understand that exploration programs have varying depth requirements, so the T685EX is available in hoist packages ranging from 18,180 kg to 40,909 kg.” The T685EX features increased engine horsepower and compressor capacity and is equipped with a V-Pack cooling system for increased efficiency. The MTU 12V- 2000, 905 hp engine provides power required for all hydraulic systems and a high capacity Sullair compressor produces 38 m3/min at 34.5 bar. A mechanical clutch is provided to disengage the air compressor to facilitate a cold engine start and to conserve power and fuel when the compressor is not required. The compressor package also includes Schramm’s patented air-CONTROL System which monitors cooling system temperature and compressor volume requirements, matching fan speed and the compressor inlet valve providing maximum power efficiency. For added safety, galvanised steel hose whip socks are fitted to all 50.8 mm and larger hoses containing air, including the cuttings discharge hose. The top head drive is designed to provide drilling speed and torque characteristics required for tri-cone rotary bits or down-thehole hammers. Low speed, high torque hydraulic motors provide a wide torque and speed range at high overall mechanical efficiency levels while spindle thrust forces are handled by large tapered roller bearings mounted in heavy fabricated steel housing.The tracked carrier system includes a tramming station located at the front left-hand corner of the machine for operator convenience. The tramming station includes an adjustable height seat, a radio remote tramming control and a back-up manual hydraulic tramming system. The radio system allows for remote tramming when loading and unloading from transport trailers.A variety of automated pipe handling systems are available to insure the safest possible operation. These systems provide hands-free operation for loading and unloading of drill rods directly to the top head. They mount on the right-hand side of the mast, opposite the operator and lift rods from the side rack, remote racks or a support truck. To further enhance pipe handling automation, a hands-free, full breakout and make-up system eliminates the need for conventional wrenches or tongs. A hydraulic sliding holding wrench is supplied to support the drill rods in the table. A light weight hinge mounted guard is also supplied to prevent contact with the rotating drill string while an exploration jib boom, auxiliary and sandline winches round out the T685EX pipe handling package.The T685EX is factory-equipped with side inlet and discharge swivels, abrasion resistant discharge hose and plumbing, swing-arm mounted cyclone and wet splitter systems to meet all RC requirements. Assorted water and foam injection packages are available and can be combined with on-board water tanks and mist type dust suppression systems.Coreboss has announced the delivery of its first F14T track-mounted surface coring drill. GDA Servicios Mineros of Chihuahua Mexico has a large drilling contract that was expected to commence by the end of January 2013. The hydraulic Coreboss drill is powered by a Cummins diesel power pack and is transported by a remote control module. Both the locomotion and drilling functions are handled off the same power unit. The unit can be set up ready to drill in as little as 30 min, with a fully integrated drilling platform on board. The drill is capable of drilling to 1,200 m at NQ sizes. A second drill for Mexico is being built with a third unit expected to close in the near future.The new Multitec 9000 from DandoDando Drilling International, the long established UK drilling rig manufacturer (now part of Energold), has launched a new lightweight, compact, multipurpose rig for surface mineral exploration. Drilling techniques performed by the machine include RC, wireline coring and Rotary Air Blast (RAB). The Dando Multitec 9000 has a pullback of 9,000 kgf, and can also be used for water well, geotechnical and ground source heat pump (GSHP) drilling applications. As well as its versatility, one of the main features of the Multitec 9000 is its ability to drill to great depths in restricted spaces due to the rig’s small footprint and powerful performance. Other features of the rig include a mast dump to 45°; arm mounted drilling control; on board flush pump; hydraulic winch; high torque, high speed rotary head with hydraulic side shift and tilt; hydraulic rod clamps/ breaker. The Multitec 9000 is a new addition to Dando’s ever-growing range of exploration rigs which includes the Mintec 6,12.8 and 18, and the small, towable Dando Terrier drilling rig.Drill hole analysis and alignmentA pioneering mineral exploration technology, which delivers real time information on rock formations while drilling a hole, has been developed by the South Australia-based Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC). Known as the “autonomous shuttle”, a small sensor and data logger are pumped to the bottom of a drill hole where they protrudes beyond the diamond drill bit. The shuttle then measures the properties of the rocks surrounding the hole as the drill rods and bit are gradually retrieved.The autonomous shuttle was designed, built and tested by researchers at Curtin University and Globaltech (a Perth-based company supplying and developing tools and technologies for efficient exploration drilling) and has successfully recorded natural gamma radiation in a test hole, indicating that it could differentiate between rock types.The “autonomous shuttle” sensor from DET CRC“This means we can cost effectively retrieve real-time data on the rock formations deep inside the earth,” DET CRC Chief Executive Professor Richard Hillis said. “The natural gamma sensor used in the successful trial is the first of several sensors that will be deployed on the autonomous shuttle. With a suite of sensors, the shuttle could replace much drill core, saving time and analytical costs and permitting drilling techniques that are only half the cost of conventional diamond drilling, at a time when Australian mining is feeling the pinch of high costs and declining commodity prices.”Hillis said the technology had been successfully tested at the DET CRC’s Brukunga Drilling Research and Training Facility, in the Adelaide Hills, where new technologies can be tested against a fully cored and logged reference hole. The facility only recently opened but has already been the site of several successful field trials of new technologies. Gordon Stewart of Globaltech, one of the key researchers on the project, said the conventional process of analysing core from drill holes was time-consuming and expensive. “Mineral exploration holes are drilled to obtain information about the rocks at depth in the subsurface. Current methods require analysis of core or rock cuttings from the hole or they require the time and expense of mobilising a separate wireline crew to run sensors in the hole. Since it can be deployed by the drilling crew to obtain real-time information from a hole without the risk of the hole collapsing before it is analysed, the autonomous shuttle is a major international advance and offers significant cost savings.”Hillis said the shuttle’s full sensing capability would dramatically increase productivity by avoiding delays of weeks or sometimes months, when core is sent to laboratories for analysis. “It will also enable cheaper existing drilling methods to replace diamond drilling and open the door for next generation drilling technologies such as downhole motors and coiled tubing drilling.”The DHS Azimuth Aligner installed on a Swick drill rigA new Azimuth Aligner from Australia’s Downhole Surveys (DHS) addresses the age old problem of how to align a drill rig quickly, in an underground environment. Traditionally; pegs, paint lines or flagging tape have been used to set out an azimuth to which the driller must align his rig. This is both time consuming and inaccurate resulting in errors in drill collar azimuth alignment. The Azimuth Aligner utilises the latest military grade North Seeking Gyro technology to rapidly and accurately determine true north. After just 25 minutes the Azimuth Aligner will provide an azimuth relative to true north. By placing the device onto a drill rod at collaring, the driller is now able to accurately and quickly align the drill rig to a given azimuth and dip. DHS states: “For the first time in the industry the Azimuth Aligner solves the problem of rig alignment underground and to a precision of 0.2 degrees.” A 6.5 in full-colour touch screen provides the user with live high quality numerical and pictorial representation of the azimuth, pitch (dip) and roll angles as the drill rig is manoeuvring.Two Azimuth Aligners are currently onsite at Newmont’s Jundee underground gold mine site in Western Australia aligning five Swick MCR drill rigs, conducting 40 setups per month. A significant reduction in setup time has been reported. Traditional setup time had been between 1.5 to 2 hours and required several checks after setup. Setup time has been reduced to just 5 minutes and according to DHS, productivity has increased and additional metres are being drilled per month.On the surface, with diamond and RC drill rigs often difficult to manoeuvre and align to a collar setup, the Azimuth Aligner can be mounted to the drill mast and the display mounted in the cab, displaying azimuth and assisting in the drill rig when reversing and manoeuvring to the collar position. As the hydraulic legs are activated to level and raise the drill rig, it continually outputs the azimuth and dip allowing the driller to position accurately. In addition the Azimuth Aligner continually displays the dip reading.Company developmentsAdrok, the Scottish “virtual drilling’ technology” development company has announced expansion plans which will see the company invest almost £1.8million in new staff and equipment over the next two years. Edinburghbased Adrok has been awarded a Scottish Enterprise Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant of £180,000 to support the company’s investment plans. By 2015, Adrok is aiming to hire 15 new staff in Edinburgh, increase the number of crews and equipment, and further improve technology to boost its international offering.Adrok are creators of the Atomic Dielectric Resonance (ADR) scanner, which uses radiowaves and microwaves to locate, identify and map subsurface natural resources to help exploration and production companies decide where to drill for resource deposits. The company states: “Unlike traditional seismic technologies, the portability of the ADR scanner makes exploring extreme environments such as glaciers or mountains possible. It is set to transform industries also looking for greener and cheaper ways to mine and explore for minerals, hydrocarbons and commodities.”In addition to the Edinburgh expansion plans, Adrok has been building its international presence having set up a base in Perth, Australia this year. A base in Houston, Texas will open early 2013. Gordon Stove, Managing Director of Adrok said: “We have had significant growth due to business wins, as well as our investment in Australia and North America and we are now in a great position to invest further in the future of our company. This grant provides the assistance we need to build the business and ensure we can continue to service our growing client base. As a business, we want to change the way oil & gas companies and mining companies think about and experience exploration and these investment plans are the next step in what we see as a new wave for the industry.”Donald Campbell, Adrok’s Scottish Enterprise Account Manager said, “Adrok is an excellent example of a Scottish company with fantastic international growth potential and we are pleased that this grant can help them toward achieving their ambitions. Regional Selective Assistance is one of the ways in which we help companies to continue to invest in the current climate. It helps us create the right environment for companies who want to grow their businesses in Scotland, and in doing so to create much-needed jobs and positive economicgrowth.”Geoplano and Cabo Drilling have signed a cooperation agreement to support each other’s efforts in offering expanded geological services to mineral exploration and mining companies active in the Iberian Peninsula and select countries of North Africa. “Aligning Cabo Drilling’s experience with core and reverse circulation drilling with Geoplano’s geotechnical expertise is a natural fit as our sub-surface exploration, engineering and sampling services are complimentary,” stated Terry Aimone, Cabo Drilling’s General Manager in Europe. “Together we can provide a full set of services to the exploration and mining industry. I look forward to offering this expanded level of service in this market area and beyond.” In 2001, after a change in the ownership structure, Geoplano’s name was modified to Geoplano Aherne – Geotechnical Consultants, marking the beginning of what it calls “a renovation cycle.” This has been marked by the strengthening of technical facilities, internationalisation to Eastern Europe and Africa, and an investment in areas such as groundwater works and environmental assessment. Cabo Drilling is a drilling services company that provides mining specialty drilling services throughout North America and has strategic subsidiaries in South America, the Balkan States and the global Cabo Drilling (International).DMT, the Natural Resources Division of the TÜV NORD Group, is implementing a uniform branding policy for its subsidiaries around the world. As part of a series of measures to strengthen the DMT brand, Petrologic Geophysical Services has been renamed DMT Petrologic with effect from 2013. Petrologic is well established in the international market for seismic special processing while DMT has been active in the field of natural resources exploration ever since Ludger Mintrop developed the seismic exploration method over 100 years ago.Mining software solutions group, MICROMINE, recently announced that it is expanding its portfolio of world-class exploration and mining consulting services. MICROMINE’s international consulting arm, Micromine Consulting Services (MCS) helps mineral resource companies to drive operational efficiencies and develop resource reserve potential through “high-quality geological and mining consulting services.” A special launch event for MCS’s Exploration Services was held in December 2012. Leading MICROMINE’s team at Mines and Money London is James Hogg, CEO of Europe, the Middle East and Africa who oversees the organisation’s business development and strategic growth across EMEA markets: “Our growing team of international consulting geologists, engineers and support staff deliver unrivalled customised early stage exploration solutions that are supported by MICROMINE’s award-winning in-house technology. We have continued to expand our global consulting services across all stages of the exploration process ranging from desk studies, grass-roots exploration and resource development, to production, data analysis, optimisation and tailings regeneration, across all commodities and deposit types.” Offerings include a new version of its flagship geological exploration and mine design software, Micromine, its geological data management solution, Geobank, as well as its new geological field logging solution, Geobank Mobile.Diamond drilling solutions major Fordia recently received the Grand Prix québécois de la qualité for its management and overall performance at an Awards Ceremony organised by the Quebec Society for Quality (QSQ). According to the QSQ, Fordia’s teamwork and good business practices are what set it apart and make it one of the best businesses in Quebec. Its brand and the quality of its products are increasingly recognised throughout the world. In 2012, the company opened new offices in Colombia and South Africa, as well as distribution outlets in China and Mongolia.Exploration softwareScreenshot from Maptek Eureka systemMaptek Eureka is the latest in a line of original solutions from mining technology developer Maptek, and is aimed at “giving miners an intelligent window into their data.”Maptek CEO Barry Henderson states that Maptek had developed Eureka to help explorers satisfy the massive global demand for minerals: “In the next 30-50 years, the world will consume as much copper as has been mined historically. The same applies to iron ore and other metals.” Allowing information to be analysed and exploited at a very large scale, Maptek believes that Eureka represents a paradigm shift in the way exploration data is used.“A few years ago, an exploration company asked us for help in viewing seismic sections. Our software was 3D, the sections were in 2D and they really needed to see where those sections were in 3D space. Once we’d solved that problem, we realised that we could bring in other types of data and this was the catalyst for developing Eureka,’ Henderson explained.Eureka allows large datasets with millions of points such as airborne magnetic and radiometric surveys, space shuttle topography data and imagery to be viewed in a single 3D environment. Interacting with the spatially located data in context allows geologist to analyse the relationships, and confirm their intuition.The group states that Eureka offers much more than a viewing platform, as intelligent tools convert seismic time data to depth without ignoring the important drillhole information. Powerful, modern graphics allow geologists to “see the big picture over vast regions”, and also explore local targets in detail.The Eureka Field tablet offers tabular data entry via drop-down list, hand-writing recognition or virtual keyboard. Logged data can be synchronised between the tablet and Eureka desktop application in real time using Wi-Fi or 3G connections. The company concludes: “Maptek Eureka will ensure explorationists make full use of data from expensive drilling and geophysical programs and allow serious explorers to achieve their goals.”At the recent Explo Abitibi event in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Photonic Knowledge launched a new software package called PKLOGGER, which it believes could revolutionise the industry. President Eric Roberge stated that mining and exploration companies will be able to significantly increase their productivity by obtaining faster results, while at the same time helping their geologists in objective data logging and management. The software makes it simpler and easier to record and analyse core samples and can digitally display what is physically present on a core logging table. One of the advantages of using PK-LOGGER is that there is no need for geologists to use a measuring tape because the exact measurements and other data are displayed under the cursor in real time. “Even if a geologist is only working with a few boxes of core samples at a time, they will always be able to see the greater geological context represented by current samples thanks to an image of the entire drill core.” Once the work is completed, geologists can export the data in CSV format to make the information easily transferable to other drill core logging software applications. The company says it allows for a more objective creation and maintenance of drill core logs and with the click of a mouse, managers and geologists can see the greater geological context, through a high resolution image of the core sample without having to physically move the core sample boxes.In seismic survey software, Acceleware recently announced that DownUnder GeoSolutions, a leading geosciences company, had selected its Reverse Time Migration library, AxRTM, to provide customers with “leadingedge seismic depth imaging services.” DownUnder GeoSolutions will integrate AxRTM into its DUG Insight geophysical software platform. The resulting state-of-the-art depth imaging solution is “purpose-built for the accurate mapping of complex geological subsurface structures.” In addition to providing customers with reverse time migration depth imaging services, DownUnder GeoSolutions will be offering the integrated DUG Insight RTM to its software customers worldwide, under a sublicense agreement with Acceleware.“AxRTM leads the industry in computing performance and image quality. The enhanced TTI stability mode, high quality imaging condition, advanced noise removal and new amplitude correction produce images of exceptional clarity and accuracy in areas with complex geology,” said Matthew Lamont, Managing Director of DownUnder GeoSolutions. “The unique API provides us with the flexibility to integrate the library into our existing depth imaging platform to provide our customers with the high quality images they have come to expect from us.”Launched in 2008, AxRTM is an advanced prestack two-way wave equation migration library with VTI and TTI anisotropy capabilities. Supporting both GPU and multi-core CPU clusters, AxRTM is described as “a high-level library offering an optimised computational grid, flexible and optimised I/O solutions and efficient scaling for large volumes.A Mira Geoscience model from the Mount Dore projectMira Geoscience provides specialised software and consulting services in 3D geological modelling, geophysical inversion and interpretation, interpretive drillhole targeting, and geotechnical hazard evaluation. It also offers data management technology and services as a foundation for client modelling needs. The group told IM: “In the deep-search and under-cover modern exploration context, integration of 3D structural modelling, constrained geophysical inversion, and expertsystem targeting is required to deliver optimum drillhole targets. In geotechnical hazard evaluation, integration of 3D geological and rock mass models with 4D mine geometry, stress, and microseismicity data yields the proven potential to forecast the evolution of groundfall hazard in mining.”An example project was the assessment of the mineral prospectivity of the Mount Dore corridor. The Mount Dore project area is a 175km x 70km block located immediately south of Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia. It is dominated by copper, gold and iron oxide mineralisation across a strike length of 150km. The area hosts significant current, past and future copper-gold producers such as Osborne, Mount Elliott/Swan, Mount Dore, Selwyn, Kuridala/Hampden and Greenmount. A detailed 3D prospectivity analysis was completed as part of a larger Geological Survey of Queensland (NWQNEP) study. Mira’s GOCAD Mining Suite was used to construct the geological model, geophysical inversion, rock property modelling and quantitative targeting. The methodology included: data compilation (geology, geophysics, rock properties), geological model construction, rock property analysis, constrained geophysical inversion, creation of a 3D pseudo-facies model, weights-of-evidence targeting, analysis and review.GOCAD Mining Suite is a mining-customised version of GOCAD designed by Mira Geoscience for mineral exploration and geotechnical hazard assessment. It enables precise structural modelling, surface (wireframe) construction, stratigraphic and regular block modelling, and geostatistics. Add-on modules provide several 3D geological modelling environments, natural connections to geologically-constrained geophysical forward modelling and inversion, multi-disciplinary 3D exploration targeting, exploratory and geochemical data analysis, and geotechnical hazard estimation and monitoring. GOCAD was first developed for the petroleum industry by Paradigm, and leverages significant oil and gas R&D investment. Mira customised it for the mining industry with add-on modules.Project case studiesEmmerson Resources is a junior explorer focusing on the Tennant Creek Mineral Field (TCMF) in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is using innovative exploration techniques to target the next generation of deposits in historically one of the highest grade goldfields in the country. The company has made recent gold and copper discoveries at Monitor and Goanna. These are located east and west along strike of the historical Gecko copper mine within the Gecko Structural Corridor, and have both reported bonanza gold (>1oz Au) and copper (>8% Cu) drill intercepts. The new discoveries are hosted in copper-gold-quartz-pyrite veins within the sub-vertical Gecko shear zone, a new style of mineralisation for the TCMF which has been uncovered through the application of new generation electromagnetic system, HeliTEM, from Fugro Airborne Surveys.HeliTEM was flown in 2011 over five areas within the TCMF to assist in the search for gold and copper deposits undercover that have been undetected by previous exploration. Fugro Airborne Surveys describes HeliTEM as a “new standard in helicopter borne time-domain EM system. The high power of HeliTEM, coupled with the low noise at the receiver due to its placement above and not in the centre of the transmitting loop, ensures the greatest depth of exploration possible for any AEM system.” HeliTEM combines the greater horizontal resolution and flexibility of helicopter-borne time-domain EM systems with proven GEOTEM/MEGATEM technology. Key attributes include: transmitter dipole moment of 2 million Am2; measurement of three components (X, Y, Z) of the secondary anomalous response; full sensitivity on-time measurement; measurement of both dB/dt and B Field; and access to a full suite of proven processing and interpretation packages.Rob Bills, Emmerson’s Managing Director & CEO, states: “HeliTEM allows us to screen large areas and reduce the search space to then allow ground based geophysical tools such as Induced Polarisation (IP). Add to this our geology and structure in 3D, then directional drilling to test the target.”Emmerson’s says its exploration approach is multi-faceted and aims to integrate some new concepts (as applied to the TCMF deposits) with technology most appropriate to IOCG deposit types. At the highest level this includes establishing better prediction methodologies, such as vectors to the mineralisation through enhancing understanding of the structural and alteration syndromes of the known mineralisation. These prediction methodologies are then be coupled with the appropriate detection tools and applied in a systematic manner across the entire tenement package. A brownfield example includes reprocessing the existing geophysics utilising forward and inversion modelling to better define iron oxide bodies associated with the previously drilled prospects of Troy, Thrace and Marathon.The Brandyine craft with Sonic Drill installation on board, used for iron sands exploration in 2011In 2011, a sonic drill from Sonic Drill Corporation was used for the first time on a former WWII US Army landing craft – the Brandywine – as an offshore drilling platform. It was extensively refurbished and is owned by Seaworks – a group of companies that provide offshore, subsea and marine vessels, ROVs, equipment and services. Working up to 15 miles off the coast of New Zealand, the sonic rig was tasked with coring through iron sands for a feasibility study. In the past, sonic rigs have done some offshore drilling near Brazil and in the Beaufort Sea but this was a very new application using the landing craft. To accommodate the drill, the Brandywine had a “moon pool” cut out of its centre which allowed the sonic drill to access the ocean beneath and helped to keep it stable. Initially, the sonic drill had an 86% core recovery rate from the saturated sands but, eventually, 100% core recovery was reached. With some holes being drilled to a depth of 76 m, the project used an SDC 550 sonic rig on tracks with a 50K head – the largest rig made by the SDC.At the remote Kiyuk Lake area of southern Nunavut, Canada, CSA Global personnel have been working with Prosperity Goldfields Corp and a predecessor company, Smash Minerals Corp, since 2010 to complement their staff geologists and other consultants by providing technical expertise in mineral exploration, geochemistry, geophysics and glacial geology. Most recently, this partnership resulted in a highly successful 30 day exploration program at Kiyuk Lake during the summer of 2012.Diamond drilling on the Kiyuk Lake property in 2011 and 2012 by Prosperity confirmed the presence of significant gold mineralisation in multiple areas along a 6 km-long trend. Gold is associated with pyrite and pyrrhotite in areas of intense sodic alteration and has some similarities to iron oxide copper-gold (IOCG) deposits. Continuing exploration on the property is hampered by the general absence of exposed bedrock and an extensive but thin veneer of glacial till. One objective of the 2012 summer program was regional sampling of this till on a 1km2 grid in order to test for glacial dispersal trails from previously unrecognised bedrock gold mineralisation.All rock, till and soil samples collected on the Kiyuk Lake property were shipped to accredited geochemical laboratories for preparation and analysis. It can take weeks before the results are available, which was too long for a 30-day programme at Kiyuk, so field portable X-Ray Fluorescence (FPXRF) was used to analyse the till samples in the field before they were dispatched to the lab. The levels of gold in till and soil samples are generally too low to be detected by the method, but previous multielement analytical work indicated that gold was associated with a suite of pathfinder elements such as As, Sb, Co, W and Mo at levels that could be detected using FPXRF. Till samples were dried in a heated shed and analysed directly in the sample bags using an Innov-X Systems Delta attached to a test stand before being dispatched to AcmeLabs for analysis. The gridded percentile images for arsenic by the two methods are virtually identical. Such consistency allows decisions to be made about follow-up work in the field within days of collecting the samples, which is critical in areas with short summer field seasons. Some of the targets generated during the 2012 summer field program are being tested by diamond drilling this winter.Developed in Denmark by SkyTEM Surveys ApS, SkyTEM is a unique and powerful timedomain electromagnetic technology (TDEM) employed globally to explore for natural resources The developers states that SkyTEM “is a notable advancement in airborne exploration technology and is recognised as a superior mapping tool for mineral deposits such as gold, nickel, uranium and coal and for energy resources such as geothermal and shale gas.”A SkyTEM survey, similar to this one in Colorado, was used by Graphite One Resources in AlaskaSkyTEM is engineered to discriminate between weak geological contrasts and collects and delivers accurate finely detailed maps of the earth from the very near surface to depths of hundreds of metres. In order to achieve this SkyTEM is the only system capable of operating in dual transmitter modes: Low Moment (LM) mode with low current, high base frequency and fast turn off provides early-time data and high spatial sampling for shallow imaging; and High Moment (HM) mode with high current and low base frequency provides high quality late-time data for deep imaging. Depending on the exploration objective the system can operate with dual moments or a single moment based solely on HM to maximise the depth of penetration.SkyTEM’s technology recently mapped conductors for Graphite One Resources that has led to the discovery of a world class high grade graphite deposit in Alaska. The data has a strong correlation with the bore holes and depth extent of the deposits. Graphite One Resources’ Graphite Creek property comprises 129 claims totalling 6,799 ha on the Seward Peninsula. Mineralisation on the property is characterized by coarse crystalline (large-flake) graphite within graphite-bearing schist. The mineralisation is exposed at surface on the north flank of the Kigluaik Mountains. It is continuous over 5 km of strike length with an approximate thickness of 100 m and is exposed over dip lengths of 100 to 200 m. During 2012, two SkyTEM304 dual moment time domain electromagnetic (TDEM) surveys were flown over the Graphite Creek property. The area was surveyed with a 155º/335º line direction in order to map possible extensions of the known mineralized trend. The planned line spacing was 50 m and the transmitter loop terrain clearance was 30 m in order to provide the maximum amount of detail.The SkyTEM data is delivered as a resistivity model generated from a series of 1D inversions. The hot colours in the 25 m resistivity depth slice indicate the spatial distribution of less resistive (more conductive) material within the survey area. The northern trend suggested a significant increase in the size of the previously known mineralised zone. Based on this information, Graphite One carried out a sampling and mapping programme to determine the size of the mineralised zone. The results of the sampling program confirmed the presence of graphite along the trend of conductors mapped by the SkyTEM304 survey. This has made it possible for Graphite One to increase the length of the known mineralised trend from 5 km to 18 km. A drill program was also carried out to determine the depth extent of the mineralization exposed at surface.As a result of their 2012 exploration program Graphite One has verified that the 18 km long conductor detected by the SkyTEM304 system is directly related to wide scale, high grade, graphite mineralisation. It has been confirmed by drilling that width and depth of mineralisation are in excess of 250 m.The data presented was collected by the SkyTEM304. SkyTEM also offers the SkyTEM508 – its most powerful system yet. The SkyTEM508 is focused on mineral mapping and has an increased transmitter moment of approximately 500,000 NIA with eight turns on a 500 m2 loop. System development is based on extensive experience with earlier SkyTEM systems and possesses the same features with regard to calibrated accuracy, repeatability, noise suppression and comprehensive, continuous monitoring of system parameters.A GeoProbe 8040DT rig being used by GeoTekFrom exploration to mine development, from environmental monitoring to restoration and reclamation, Geoprobe Systems offers soil, water, and rock sampling equipment, based on high quality, hydraulically-powered, direct push machines that use both static force and percussion to advance sampling and logging tools into the subsurface. Geoprobe rigs such as the 8040DT have the power to compete with larger rigs, but their size and light weight allow for access to remote or confined sites. Geoprobe rigs are also fuel efficient and low maintenance.Ernco Environmental Drilling and Coring in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada, completed soil sampling and monitoring well installations at a site north of Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta. Because of the direct push and rotary functions of the 8040DT combo rig, Ernco was able to advance to desired depths in rocky soil conditions, primarily large cobble and sand and gravel materials that would have presented major challenges for conventional rotary drilling equipment. Ernco drilled ten boreholes to approximately 24.4 m. Using the direct push feature of the 8040DT, they pushed the rods to 9 m, then advanced the remaining distance using air rotary drilling technology and 2.25 in drill rods. Monitoring wells were installed using 2 in and 1.5 in prepacked screens. Another Geoprobe 8040DT, owned by GeoTek Alaska in Anchorage, has been used at an old strip coal mine. During the mine operations over 40 years ago, the waste had been thrown over a ledge, creating giant spoil heaps. Since the tailings weren’t compressed down when they were dumped, it created an oxygen-rich atmosphere that had a lot of heat. There are still fires burning within the spoil. GeoTek took in the 8040DT and turned carried out a 4.25 in Hollow Stem Auger (HSA) drilling programme, taking temperature and CO readings of the cuttings that came up. They drilled to over 45 m below ground surface, and determined that the fires were near the 31 m. mark. It was a challenge as the augers had to be handled with welding gloves as they reached over 200°.In 2012, the US Department of Energy provided funding to install Geotech’s fixed wing ZTEM system onto one of Bell Geospace’s BT-67’s, thereby allowing FTG and ZTEM to be acquired simultaneously. Although this combination will initially be applied for geothermal exploration, simultaneously acquiring ZTEM, FTG, and magnetic data should provide a powerful structural mapping tool. Bell Geospace continues to develop data processing and interpretation methods that take advantage of the full gravity tensor. By using the horizontal tensor components as well as the vertical components to grid the data, geologic structure between survey lines higher resolution images of the density structure. Bell Geospace has also developed a special filter that uses the horizontal tensor components to emphasize the strike direction of geologic features.In recent projects completed by 0Bell, an airborne full tensor gravity gradiometry survey was flown over the 600 m2 Maquine Rocinha property located in Quadrilatelo Ferrifero (QF), Minas Gerais, Brazil to explore for iron oxide deposits. Iron oxide ore bodies occur as discontinuous lenses of varied sizes and shapes within the banded iron formation. Iron ores in QF can be classified into two main types, the high-grade hard haematite, and intermediate grade ore itabiritic ore. Intermediate-grade itabiritic ore is thought to have been formed by residual concentration of the iron oxides after leaching of the surrounding minerals during the Cenozoic Era. The genesis of the hard highgrade is more complex and not well understood. This ore type generally preserves the original banding of the hosted itabirite formation and shows high-grade (haematite) re-crystallisation.The measured gradient data has been processed and terrain corrected using a background density of 2.6 g/cc prior to evaluation and interpretation, while an enhancement technique combined tensor components into rotational invariants (R-1) and (R-2) that remain unchanged as the data are rotated about the Z-axis. The measured vertical gradient (Tzz) clearly outlined the Caue Formation which forms part of the southern tip of the regional Gandarela fold and the first vertical derivative of the R 2 further enhanced shallow ore bodies providing good drill targets.Bell comments: “The interpretation of high resolution airborne gravity gradient combined with geological data provides new insights into the knowledge of the lithologies and structure for the Maquine Rocinha property; the understanding of the property’s regional and local geologic setting; possible new iron ore deposits; and the volume of new ore deposits, thereby giving an estimate of the overall value of the discoveries.Underground mine RC explorationCubex has been active in RC drilling solutions for over 15 years, such as at Elko, Nevada, where Barrick uses 12 Cubex Aries and 5200 rigs purely employing this technology for definition drilling in narrow gold reef structures. The company drills 150m in advance of the next main stope to get a better idea of the ore characteristics ahead of development. Cubex works with contractor, Connors Drilling, on providing this solution. There is global potential for expansion of the method. In the Australian gold industry, there is a tendency to use core instead of RC in similar situations, however, this only offers a third the speed of RC but is three times the cost. RC setup is also quicker. Cubex argues that in a basic decision making application, RC offers a better alternative to coring in contact definition work, with current RC offering sample origin accuracy and interpretation that is on a par with coring. The advantage is that with the Cubex rig, it can be used for both mine production and this RC work, making it a highly cost effective and efficient option. The mine drills 4.5 in and 4.75 in bit holes and uses a Centre Return RC hammer, which has produced significant sample recovery improvement over an ITH hammer with cross-over sub. The current average drilled is about around 1,200 m per month. An RC drilling programme is always completed ahead of production and a riffle splitter set up on the rig is used for its simplicity.Cubex states: “Based on the RC drilling application being a percussive drilling process and core drilling which is grinding of the rock process, the RC drilling application is much faster and cheaper than core drilling. The RC method of drilling will provide drill cuttings from the face of the bit to be blown through a centre tube in the drill pipe, reducing contamination, back up to the drill top drive, where the chips are collected and marked by their location, and can be sampled for rock type, ore grade, and other characteristics. We are currently drilling RC holes in Nevada and which are greater than 100 m in length.”The main benefits that can be gained by using RC drilling include increased definition of economic metals in the block allowing for increased mining selectivity and optimal blending; and increased definition of the deleterious elements in the block allowing for increased mining selectivity and optimal blending. It can also be used to explore near stopes and between blocks to increase definition of ore characteristics to better guide short range planning and scheduling.The method also offers increased sample analysis frequency and more easily handled samples, with samples split at the drill site and sent to the lab after each shift. The RC method also has the ability to sample very blocky ground, and as stated, the RC drill and crews could also be used for production drilling during non sampling periods. Cubex adds: “The RC drilling application is not there to take away core drills, but rather provide the underground geological engineering team with further information on grade control and ore contacts which will provide further drilling data quickly and more inexpensively when compared to conventional core drilling.”All terrain vehiclesL’Équipe Fabconcept, having begun mass production, is now in the marketing phase for its new amphibious all-terrain vehicle, the KASKOO-X04. The KASKOO-X04, completely designed in Saguenay, Quebec, has involved over 10 years of development, trials, prototypes and adjustments. The prototype and production model have been tested over a variety of difficult, if not impracticable, conditions and environments, in collaboration with IOS Service Geoscientifique Inc, one of the largest mineral exploration firms in Quebec and owner of the first production model. The President-General Manager of IOS Service, Rejean Girard, stated that the KASKOO-X04 can replace, in certain situations, the costly implication of helicopters used for the multitude of tasks related to their mineral exploration activities. Girard explains that this invention will be extremely practical during winter, when the access roads are closed: “There are also the vast marshy regions in Northern Abitibi and Baie-James, as well as forest roads where erosion over time has made them often inaccessible to standard vehicles. The machine is used for interventions covering a radius of over 20 km surrounding the mining and forestry camps.”The product’s technology is integrated on all levels – it reaches up to 40 km/h, with high quality suspension and passenger compartment offering ease of driving and floatability. The machine is entirely manufactured and assembled in the Saguenay plant. Only the tracks (Soucy International), the engine (Peugeot) and certain hydraulic elements come from external suppliers.Geophysics instrumentationSince 1923, ABEM Instrument has been pioneering the development of geophysical solutions. As a complement to its Resistivity, Seismic and Vibration instrumentation ranges, ABEM has introduced a new solution within the time domain EM technique: the ABEM WalkTEM. WalkTEM is a land-based Transient EM measuring system developed in partnership with Aarhus University and founded on SkyTEM technology. It is designed for near-surface geological surveys. The transient electromagnetic (TEM or time domain electromagnetic TDEM) method is described as very effective in determining electrical conductivity of the subsurface at depths from a few metres down to several hundred metres. Since electrical conductivity of soil correlates strongly with soil properties, TEM is a powerful tool for mapping of conductive layers and is commonly used for mapping sand and gravel aquifers, clay layers restricting groundwater flow, conductive leachate in groundwater, saltwater intrusion, and depth to bedrock.The TEM method has been used for mining exploration for several decades but more recently has undergone a renaissance. Improved electronics and signal processing now allow for acquisition of high quality data for the interpretation and determination of a sedimentary geology.ABEM, in partnership with Aarhus University, believes it has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the TEM technology resulting in solutions capable of accurately resolving subtle changes in geology in fine detail with excellent penetration of depth. A combined resistivity-IP (induced polarisation) survey was carried out using an ABEM Terrameter LS for gold exploration. The field survey was done using an 800 m long ABEM Lund Imaging cable spread and measurements were carried out along three more or less parallel lines. The data were inverted using Res2Dinv, resulting in model sections with maximum depth of the models around 150 m. The good data quality resulted in mean residuals as low as 1-2% for both resistivity and IP models. The IP models revealed a number of high chargeability zones, with one of the zones at a shallow depth and thus an easy target for exploration drilling. Adding more investigation lines would make it possible to create 3D models of the expected geometry of the mineralisation which would be a very valuable asset when planning a core drilling program to delineate the 3D extension of the mineralisation.The big picture The number and quality of new large-scale mineral finds is declining, and particularly of those that occur at surface. New tools are required that will identify subsurface deposits in mineral belts and offer a predictive model for their discovery. The industry has advanced tools in the form of geophysics and deep drilling technology but the challenge is often where best to apply them.Neftex, a UK-based resource company has developed an integrated Earth Model that spans the Phanerozoic and late Precambrian, primarily in support of oil industry activity, but more recently applied to mineral exploration. The model provides the ability to delineate and track volcanic arc activity, subducting margins, major collisional events, large igneous intrusive events and the Phanerozoic redistribution of mineralrich Archean terranes through time. To date over 3,500 deposits (porphyry copper/gold, epithermal and orogenic gold and volcanogenic massive sulphides) are incorporated within the Earth Model with data confirming geographic location, age of ore and host rock formation, incorporated commodities, ore hosting minerals and host rock type.The validation of a model relies on its ability to identify known mineralisation and to predict new targets. The Neftex Earth Model is dynamic, that is, the geology at any one location will change over time with the movement of the Earths tectonic plates. For example, if all Phanerozoic volcanic arcs are mapped to their present-day locations then some of them (from different geological time periods) will overlap in areas where subduction was prolonged, or where subduction settings affected the same area of continental crust repeatedly through geological time. Such areas are likely to have been prone to significant enrichment and fluid flow enhancing the potential for large-scale mineral deposits. The group states: “Using the Neftex Earth Model to map out volcanic arcs shows remarkable agreement with some 85% of the known Phanerozoic porphyry copper, epithermal gold and volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits worldwide, thereby providing a predictive framework and global road map for future exploration.”Back to basics The SRK Geology Team has developed advanced geological mapping capabilities using GPS enabled tablet PCsBert De Waele, Principal Consultant (Geology) at SRK believes that geological and structural mapping continues to be a largely undervalued tool in the mineral exploration industry. He comments: “This lack of interest in mapping in part reflects the fact that market appetite is focused on vague declarations of ‘mineralised corridors’ and ‘prospective structures.’ And the fast pace at which exploration projects operate allows little time for mapping, which is perceived to be slow work. As a consequence, mapping skills are dying out, and many younger geologists lack the mapping skills needed to make sensible interpretations.”SRK believes that geological and structural mapping should be conducted early in any project, to form a solid basis for a cost effective exploration campaign. The cost of initial geological mapping fades into insignificance when compared with drilling or regional geochemical or geophysical surveys. What’s more, the understanding gained by geological mapping allows a better definition of meaningful and cost-effective drill hole planning, defining target areas for geochemical or geophysical work and establishing a testable geological/structural model.In recent years, the SRK Geology Team has developed advanced mapping capabilities using GPS-enabled tablet PCs and mapping protocols that allow the digital capture of mapping data in the field, producing maps more quickly than ever before. A geological map in digital form and all attached databases are usually finalised within a week of finishing field work. The mapping data is integrated into a 3D environment (LeapFrog) to assist in cross section generation and drill planning, and is presented to the client in GIS and LeapFrog format. SRK also works with a set of reputable laboratories to allow for quick sample returns for petrographic, chemical and even geochronological analyses, which may assist in geological interpretations.Recent mapping work conducted by SRK Perth include iron, base metal and gold projects in Australia, West Africa, Southeast Asia and North America. The mapping has ranged from regional (1:50,000) to prospect scale (1:5,000) projects, sometimes incorporating 3D drilling data to aid interpretations.SRK mapping has also assisted clients to identify target areas, by recognising outcropping mineralisation, or structural interpretations, and where data are sufficient, has provided a testable geological model, in some cases, with exploration target sizes. Often, SRK is able to incorporate the surface mapping data into 3D geological models once drill data become available. This in turn leads to better constrained geological domains, and a more reliable resource estimate further down the line.New GIS modelling capabilityGeosoft saw strong demand last year for its cloud-powered VOXI Earth Modelling technology, which has reduced the time and effort required to generate 3D models using geophysical inversion techniques. The 2012 release of VOXI included the Geosoft Magnetisation Vector Inversion (MVI) modelling technique. MVI allows the magnetisation direction to vary within the model and thus take into account the combined effects of remanence, demagnetization, anisotropy and induced magnetisation. The result is a more realistic representation of rock magnetisation, which is the fundamental rock property measured with the magnetic method.New Geosoft wireframing tools for creating 3D surfaces from 2D interpretationsThe next release of VOXI will support gravity gradiometry data, including full tensor systems and vertical gravity gradiometry. Geosoft will also introduce Iterative Reweighting Inversion (IRI), a powerful technique that can be used to sharpen smooth inversion results. IRI not only sharpens the inversion result but it also improves the geometry of the result and the amplitudes of the recovered physical properties. In 2012, Geosoft also expanded its 3D gridding methods to include Inverse Distance Weighting (IDW) and direct gridding. These new methods better support the 3D gridding of a broad range of data types. Angled clipping of objects in 3D views provides the ability to clip parallel or perpendicular to dataset orientation or geological strike.Finally, a new geological modelling workflow is being developed that will provide the ability to create 3D wireframe or geological models from 2D interpretations. Improved 2D digitisation tools and workflow will make it easier to manage interpretation files, share and collaborate on models. Geosoft is adding the wireframing tools to Oasis montaj, Target and Esri extensions. Fully integrated within the Geosoft and Esri platform, the 3D Geosurface files can be shared with other users and brought into VOXI to constrain inversions.Remote site fuelSEI Industries’ Bulk Aviation Transportation Tank (BATT) has been adopted by numerous bulk fuel air carriers who supply Canada’s remote mineral exploration and mining sites, with some making its use a requirement in their fuel delivery contracts. Users include Buffalo Airways, Nakina Air, Alkan Air, West Caribou Air, Thunderbird Air and Nolinor Aviation, with the BATT is being operated in a variety of aircraft from Caravan Shorts to Boeing 737 jets.As covered before in IM, initially developed as a tool for South American law enforcement drug interdiction operations, the BATT is the world’s first collapsible fuel tank, specifically engineered to each aircraft’s interior. Instead of rigid fuel drums that can leak and damage aircraft interiors, the BATT is soft-sided and customised to fill the fuselage area correctly. In addition to the hazards of using drums, fuel delivery is also more costly because the carrier has to return with no paying cargo, just empty drums. Once the fuel from the BATT is unloaded, the air carrier can easily roll the tank up, store it and re-use the same floor space on the return flight for other paying cargo such as drill core samples – essentially cutting the cost of bulk fuel delivery by 50%.New for 2013, SEI Industries has also launched an extensive selection of off-the-shelf pumps for aviation/vehicle refuelling and fuel transfer. Built to withstand harsh conditions, these pumps are designed for diesel or jet fuel with pumping capacity ranging from 30 GPM to 150 GPM, depending on the pump selected. By stocking these critical pumps ahead of time, SEI can ensure a ready-to-ship inventory for mining companies. SEI also offers collapsible fuel storage tanks – the Arctic King, Desert King and Jungle King – made from proprietary fabrics that offer longer service life and operational features. IM
Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site A Bigfoot statue with glowing eyes has prompted many 911 calls in a North Carolina community.The statue, which is located on a rural road in Mocksville, North Carolina, has spooked some residents, who thought it was the mythical creature, CTV News reported.On Friday, Davie County Animal Shelter officials wrote about the statue on Facebook, and said the “handsome fellow” spotted in a nearby wooded area was actually a stationary piece of art, and not a living Sasquatch. They also told people to not call animal control or tie up 911 lines, since the statue is not real.Photo Credit: Davie County Animal Shelter/FacebookDavie County Animal Shelter didn’t disclose who designed the sculpture, however, it does have a creepy appearance. It’s around eight feet tall, and the statue’s eyes have red glass marbles, which could throw off some cars driving by at night. Even though some drivers were concerned about the statue, it’s located on private property, and isn’t breaking local laws, Animal Control Officers (ACOs) told The Charlotte Observer.So if you’re driving on Pine Ridge Road and spot this sculpture in a wooded spot, don’t worry: It’s not really Bigfoot.More on Geek.com:DNA Test Identifies Mysterious Midwestern MammalWoman Unknowingly Bragged About Poaching Deer to Game Warden on Dating AppPasserby Calls 911 on Fake Clark Griswold Christmas Display
Posted: February 13, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 76-year-old dementia patient from southeast San Diego was found Wednesday after being missing for more than 24 hours, police said.Mary McSwain was evaluated by medics and taken to a hospital after she was located, said Officer Brianda Zendejas of the San Diego Police Department’s missing persons unit. McSwain’s condition and the circumstances of her discovery were not immediately known.McSwain had been last seen leaving her house about 11 p.m. Monday. Police said she may have forgotten how to get back home due to her cognitive challenges. Updated: 10:08 AM KUSI Newsroom Missing woman with severe dementia reported missing found safe February 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
This morning, the Reader’s Digest Association and parent company RDA Holding Co. announced that Paul R. Tomkins is set to succeed Tom Williams as executive vice president and chief financial officer with the company. Tomkins is also slated to join RDA’s management executive committee. Tomkins will start his new position on May 23, joining RDA from the non-publishing sector where he was vice president controller of AT&T’s Business Solutions.Former CFO Williams became RDA president and CEO when Mary Berner parted ways with the company in late April. After Berner’s departure, Randall Curran, CEO of telecommunications company DELTACOM, Inc., filled her position as chairman of the RDA board.This announcement trails shortly after RDA announced its first quarter financials. Overall revenue in the first quarter of 2011 was $326 million, falling from $413.9 million in the first quarter of 2010 (during which RDA emerged from bankruptcy on February 20). From February 20 to March 31, 2010, RDA’s revenue totaled $156.2 million. RDA cites fewer magazine/book renewals, unprofitable product lines and less magazine issues for the revenue loss and for the EBITDA in the first quarter of 2011, which was at negative $25.2 million. In the first quarter of 2010, EBITDA was up at $9.5 million.