Jammu & Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Friday nominated Tassaduq Mufti, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, for the vacant MLC seat in the Assembly, paving the way for his induction into the Cabinet.A Raj Bhavan spokesman said that in exercise of powers vested in the Governor under sub-section (6) of Section 50 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Vohra nominated Mr. Mufti as a member of the Council. He is likely to take oath as an MLC on December 26. Of late, Mr. Mufti, who worked as a coordinator of the CM’s grievance cell, has faced criticism within the bureaucracy and from the Opposition National Conference for calling meetings of many departments.Mr. Mufti is likely to be made Minister during the upcoming Assembly session in Jammu.In a separate development, Governor Vohra accepted the resignation of Syed Farooq Andrabi, Minister of State (MoS), Haj, Power Development Department, and Public Health Engineering. Mr. Andrabi is an uncle of Ms. Mufti. His resignation is aimed at fending off any criticism of “promoting too many relatives in the Cabinet”, said a PDP source.
Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Orlando spoiled the return from injury of Boston point guard Kyrie Irving, whose 40 points couldn’t prevent the Celtics from dropping a third straight game for the first time this season.Kyrie had missed Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers with a nagging shoulder injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEvan Fournier scored 19 points and Aaron Gordon produced a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who started the day in a three-way tie for the worst record in the league.Orlando trailed 59-58 at halftime, but out-scored the Celtics 32-12 in the third quarter to take a 90-71 lead into the final frame. The Magic’s upset bid appeared to be coming unstuck as they made just one of their first 16 shot attempts of the fourth quarter.The Celtics trimmed the deficit to seven points on Al Horford’s hook shot with 1:13 remaining.A free-throw from Payton and Fournier’s floater in the final minute stretched Orlando’s lead back to 10. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team personnel assist Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) after he was injured during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. APWASHINGTON, United States — The Orlando Magic parlayed a big third quarter into a 103-95 upset of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, their third win in 20 games coming against the NBA’s Eastern Conference leaders.Elfrid Payton scored 22 points for the Magic, who had lost their last 14 games in Boston in a skid stretching back to February 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Lady Chiefs stretch win streak to 5 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Megan Rapinoe, Lionel Messi win FIFA player of the year awards DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I know him for a long time. He’s a very good fighter,” Golovkin said of Ukraine’s Derevyanchenko, the IBF’s top-rated contender who owns a record of 13-1 with 10 knockouts.Alvarez, who ended Golovkin’s unbeaten reign as unified middleweight champion with a majority decision victory in their second fight in September 2018, was stripped of the IBF belt when he failed to meet Derevyanchenko.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Golovkin, speaking to a small group of reporters on Monday in Los Angeles — a quick trip from his training base in the Southern California mountain retreat of Big Bear Lake — said that fact carries no special significance for him.“I don’t really care who it was taken from,” he said of the titles on the line. “I want to box. I’m a fighter, I want to have huge fights.” ‘Very skilled fighter’The two had limited time to work together before Golovkin’s last fight, a fourth-round knockout of Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden in June that took Golovkin’s record to 39-1-1 with 35 knockouts.Their latest camp has given Golovkin more time to absorb the teaching of Banks, who believes there’s more to Golovkin than fearsome punching power.“What I want to implement is just a rhythm, a movement more so of a strategy, not just going there and if all else fails we’ve got this bag of power right here,” Banks said.“I want to see him develop his skill. He’s a very skilled fighter.”Golovkin, who says he’s also benefitting from a new strength training and nutritional regimen, is excited about the changes.“I feel much better. I feel more young, I feel more interested,” he said. “Before Johnathon I started losing interest in developing as a boxer, started getting a little bored.“Now with Johnathon, things he taught me, he showed me, I’m more excited. I want to move forward.” LATEST STORIES Alvarez will make a two-division jump in weight classes to take on Russia’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on November 2 in Las Vegas.While Alvarez promoter Oscar de la Hoya has been bullish on the likelihood of a Golovkin-Alvarez rubber match in 2020, Alvarez himself has been less interested.Golovkin, for his part, is ready to move on.“I don’t think about those guys,” he said. “I don’t really want to discuss this. We had a contract, we were supposed to have a fight on September 14 and he just ran away.”Golovkin is more interested in talking about what he’s accomplishing in his second camp with trainer Johnathon Banks, a disciple of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight01:46Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue FILE – Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan reacts after winning by knockout in the fourth round against Steve Rolls of Canada during their Super Middleweights fight at Madison Square Garden on June 08, 2019 in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPGennady Golovkin, tired of talking about a third Canelo Alvarez bout that hasn’t materialized, is focused instead on launching a new middleweight world title run when he takes on Sergiy Derevyanchenko on October 5.The vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organization (WBO) belts will be on the line at Madison Square Garden, where 37-year-old Golovkin is 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that the club have made a bid for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, whom he believes will stay at the French club.Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the 18-year-old who has become one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers.”We have not made any offer,’ Wenger told reporters after Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.”I think he will stay, it looks like that. One more season. Maybe he has too much choice. In the end, people don’t move.”What we know now is that Mbappe is over 100 million (pounds) and after that it’s free to imagine what you want,” said Wenger.Wenger also said that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would stay despite interest from Chelsea and Liverpool.”Hundred percent I expect him to stay,” he said. “No matter what happens he will stay.”
New Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) A five-day fencing camp, conducted by the Embassy of France in association with the Fencing Association of India (FAI), concluded here today.In the event, two French fencing masters-at-arms, Olivier Lambert and Jean-Bernard Duchateau, demonstrated the art of fencing to the general public, which was followed by a competition among 25 amateur Indian fencers. “We are very excited to be in India and teach the art of fencing to some of the budding fencers in the city, Fencing is a sport which needs immense concentration and years of practise. “We would like to thank Bonjour India for crafting this wonderful program that celebrates the sport of fencing and develops multiple links between fencing athletes and practitioners from both countries,? said Lambert and Duchateau in a joint release. PTI BS BS
United States U.S. national team eliminated from World Cup qualification Mike Slane Last updated 2 years ago 09:54 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) United States World Cup Trinidad and Tobago v United States Trinidad and Tobago WC Qualification CONCACAF The United States dropped to fifth and outside of the qualifying spots for Russia 2018 after losing to the small Caribbean nation The United States will not be playing in next summer’s World Cup after suffering an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago.Needing a win or a draw against Trinidad & Tobago to finish in the top four of the Hexagonal standings and earn at least a playoff spot against Australia, the U.S. failed to capitalize. Instead, Panama and Honduras held down the third and fourth spots, knocking the U.S. into fifth and out of qualifying.The U.S. team’s streak of seven straight World Cup appearances has ended. For the first time since 1986, the Stars and Stripes will be watching soccer’s biggest tournament from home. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Bruce Arena’s side entered the fifth-round finale riding high following a 4-0 victory over Panama on Friday. The much-needed home win gave the U.S. a major edge in goal differential over Panama and Honduras, and all they needed was a win or draw against the last-place Soca Warriors — who were playing only for pride — to lock down a spot in Russia.If Honduras or Panama lost or drew, the U.S. would have qualified or at least remained alive. Mexico did the Americans no favor, losing 3-2 to Honduras. Costa Rica was holding onto a draw against Panama until Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres knocked in the game-winning goal in the 88th minute.GOAL: Roman Torres thumps home the winner in Panama, all but ending @ussoccer hopes of making it to Russia pic.twitter.com/w1TAnYDxvS — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 11, 2017 Nothing went right for the Americans.Trinidad & Tobago came out on fire, opening up a shocking two-goal lead in the first half. It appeared the U.S. was going to rally after halftime, as Christian Pulisic slotted home a goal in the 47th minute, but the home side desperately held on until the final minutes. GOOOOAAAALAlvin Jones fires one off from Tobago, and #USMNT are down 2-0! #TRIvsUSA pic.twitter.com/S5f6Qa6GyS — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 11, 2017 It will be four years until the U.S. has a chance to enter the global stage again. By that time, many of the names U.S. fans have grown accustomed to will have been long retired, including Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, and a new generation will need to get the USMNT back on track.
Last year they went undefeated in the regular season, playing a number of close games before getting the doors blown off them in the College Football Playoff.With huge games against Georgia and Michigan looming, Kelly wants to tighten everything up.The Fighting Irish will return to the field this Saturday for their home opener against New Mexico. They are favored by 34.5 points.The game will be played at 2:30 p.m. EST and will air on NBC.Did the Irish spend their early bye week wisely? ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader waves a flag during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After a convincing win over Louisville in Week 1, Notre Dame spent Week 2 on a very early bye. But they made the most out of their early break.Head coach Brian Kelly revealed on Monday that Notre Dame spent their free weekend practicing more than usual. In fact, he got the entire team together for a full scrimmage – a rarity for bye weeks.Via Tom Loy of Irish Illustrated:“…they took full advantage of the bye week… even scrimmaged on Saturday on a bye week, which is not something they normally do… They want to come out and play better.”Notre Dame beat Louisville 35-17 in Week 1, but failed to cover the 20-point spread in that game. Louisville was largely expected to be in serious rebuild mode in its first season under Scott Satterfield, but hung in with Notre Dame. There was definitely discussion that the performance was disappointing.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, toured the completed Barbican Road Upgrade Project today (June 1).The US$4.4 million project was done under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).The works at Barbican entailed significant widening and upgrading in the vicinity of the Barbican Centre, which is expected to alleviate congestion in the area.The Prime Minister said the Barbican and other upgraded roads have been designed with law enforcement in mind.“We have built into them technology. These areas will be monitored with the latest sensors and cameras. We are not building roads to make it easier for criminals to do what they do. These roads are built to make it harder for criminals,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that the technology will enable the police to identify licence plates; identify individuals facially; and track persons through road crossings.“If you are about to commit a crime, don’t drive through here,” he warned, in reference to Barbican Road, pointing out that this will be replicated throughout Jamaica, “because we must get on top of the criminals.”The Barbican project is one of several legacy road projects under the MIDP which the Prime Minister visited in Kingston and St. Andrew.He also toured the Constant Spring Road Improvement project; Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project; and the Hagley Park Road Improvement projectThe legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public. The Prime Minister noted that the technology will enable the police to identify licence plates; identify individuals facially; and track persons through road crossings. Story Highlights The legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, toured the completed Barbican Road Upgrade Project today (June 1).
(U.S. President Barack Obama. Whitehouse.gov/Photo)APTN National NewsWASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday his administration would be supporting reversing position and supporting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Obama made the announcement while speaking at the Tribal Nations Congress which was organized by the White House.“As you know, in April, we announced that we were reviewing our position on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. And today I can announce that the United States is lending its support to the declaration,” said Obama, according to a transcript of his speech.Obama’s announcement follows a similar about face by Canada which announced last month that it would be endorsing the declaration.Canada and the U.S. were the last holdouts on the declaration among countries that had voted against the documents. Australia and New Zealand have already endorsed the document.In his speech, Obama said he was hoping his administration had reached a “turning point” in the relationship with Native Americans. He said the declaration affirmed aspirations he wanted his government to support.“The aspirations (the declaration) affirms, including respect for the institutions and rich cultures of Native peoples, are one we must always seek to fulfill,” said Obama. “What matters far more than words, what matters far more than any resolution and declaration, are actions to match those words.”
APTN National NewsThey’re vowing to stay there until it’s called.A group of protesters are camping on the lawn the Manitoba legislature until an inquiry is called into the missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.
Tips for pedestrian safety: – Be safe – Be seen: wear brighter coloured clothes and consider wearing reflective accessories – don’t wear earbuds, look and listen for oncoming vehicles – make eye contact with drivers prior to crossing the street or at intersections– use crosswalks and don’t jaywalkTips for drivers sharing the road with pedestrians: – don’t be distracted, keep your attention on the road – look for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, and be ready to yield to them – slow down where high pedestrian volume is expected, especially in the early morning hours or when visibility is poorThe RCMP finish by saying “Let’s all do our part to keep each other safe because when pedestrians get hurt, nobody wins.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a recent accident involving a pedestrian being struck the RCMP have released the following tips to help keep pedestrians safe.ICBC shared, in B.C. 1 in 5 people that are killed in car crashes are pedestrians and that on average 2,300 pedestrians are injured in BC, every year which works out to 192 people a month or about 6 people a day. Almost half of these crashes are happening in the fall and winter months when days are shorter and driving conditions are more difficult.The RCMP share it is the responsibility of both pedestrians and drivers to ensure everyone makes it to their destinations safely.
TOKYO — Japan’s exports have fallen 8.4 per cent in January from a year earlier while imports also edged lower, suggesting a deepening impact from China’s economic slowdown.Customs data released Wednesday showed exports to all of Asia dropped 13 per cent year-on-year, largely due to a 17 per cent decline in shipments to China.Japan’s total trade deficit expanded by nearly half from a year earlier to 1.4 trillion yen ($12.8 billion).The decline in exports spanned most major categories of products, from chemicals and machinery to electronics and cars. Imports of crude oil also fell sharply, largely due to lower prices.The politically delicate trade surplus with the United States rose 5 per cent to $3.3 billion as exports climbed nearly 7 per cent, though imports of American goods rose by a slightly higher margin.The Associated Press
14 December 2010The Security Council today extended the terms of several judges serving on the United Nations tribunals working to bring to justice the perpetrators of the worst crimes committed during the Balkans conflict of the 1990s and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda so that they can complete the cases on which they are working. The Council took that action in two separate resolutions, one on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the other on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), both of which were adopted unanimously. In doing so, the 15-member body took note of the assessments by both courts that they will not be able to complete all their work in 2010, as had been expected under their respective Completion Strategies. It urged both tribunals to “take all possible measures” to complete their work expeditiously. Since its inception 17 years ago, the ICTY, which is based in The Hague, has indicted 161 persons for war crimes committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. The proceedings against 125 individuals have been completed. Only two indictees remain at large – Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadžic. Meanwhile, ten fugitives wanted by the ICTR, which is based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, still remain at large. The Tribunal was created in November 1994 prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda that year. Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, mostly by machete, in just 100 days.
Handy and Harman fine silver quotations in Canadian dollars:Thursday $21.934 oz., $705.18 kg.; Wednesday $22.125 oz., $711.32 kg.
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has decided to suspend its strike following talks held with Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake.The GMOA launched the strike this morning over a recent attempt to abduct a medical student.
Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute is helping wineries calibrate their labs to ensure peak performance. As Ontario wineries prepare to bottle their latest vintages, Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is helping them ensure their labs are working at peak performance and accurately measuring key components within their wine.A CCOVI program titled Calibrate Your Lab enables wineries to test the precision of their analysis, helping winemakers know exactly what stage their wines are at prior to bottling. Wineries from across Ontario have registered for the service.This hands-on program has winery personnel testing samples for residual sugar, pH, titratable acidity, volatile acidity, sulphur dioxide and alcohol. After wineries do the analysis with their own equipment, the results are sent to Brock and compared to readings from CCOVI’s own analytical lab, to check the accuracy and detect any problem areas.“We’re extremely pleased with the response to the calibration workshops,” said Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI’s outreach manager. “We’ve set the Calibrate Your Lab sessions at critical times of the year – pre-harvest for juice analysis and for wine analysis, just prior to wineries bottling their final product.”The Calibrate with CCOVI workshop series is designed to assist professionals in the grape and wine industry improve various aspects of their operations. Next up in the series is Calibrate Your Palate and Calibrate Your Sales and Marketing Team. For more details on the series, visit CCOVI online.
TORONTO — Franco-Nevada Corp. has announced plans for a change in leadership at the gold-focused mining investment firm.The Toronto-based company says its CEO, David Harquail, who’s served in the role since 2007, will become the non-executive chairman of its board of directors as of next May’s annual general meeting.Paul Brink, current president and chief operating officer, will step into the role of CEO at next year’s AGM.Pierre Lassonde, who co-founded an earlier iteration of the company with Seymour Schulich in the early 1980s, will step down from his role as non-executive chairman of the board and be appointed chairman emeritus.The company has also appointed Elliott Pew as a director, and added Jennifer Maki as a director at its last AGM in May.Franco-Nevada invests in mining projects for a right to a share of future revenues in what’s known as mine royalties or streaming deals. The company has a market capitalization of about $23.7 billion on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Companies in this story: (TSX:FNV)The Canadian Press
The NSPCC has become embroiled in a row with Mumsnet users after defending the right of transgender girls to join the Girl Guides. The children’s charity called off a planned live event about keeping children safe from abuse on Friday after users repeatedly asked questions about allowing transgender children into single-sex spaces. Users raised concerns about children who identify as female, but who were born male, sharing changing rooms, shower facilities and dormitories with other Girl Guides. Other participants asked about the increasing number of children who are deciding to live as a different gender while still at school. A staff member posted to say the event had been cancelled “because the questions here are so focused on gender identity, the feeling is that the NSPCC campaign itself and the NSPCC’s specific safety messages are unlikely to get much of an airing.” In a statement to the site the NSPCC said it “doesn’t consider there to be specific child protection concerns in relation to trans-inclusive policies.” The spokesman added: “Trans young people are at particular risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse from peers.”This can heighten the risk of abuse by adults as children turn online for support and access to networks of those sharing similar views and feelings. Mumsnet users have built up a reputation for being particularly focused on transgender issues, and the stance of some members has been described as “transphobic”. Justine Roberts, Mumsnet founder and CEO, told the Daily Telegraph that the site “will always have a great deal of sympathy for vulnerable and oppressed groups but we are also committed to freedom of speech.”Sometimes these two principles come into conflict, rarely more so than in the recent debate about what it is acceptable to say, or not to say, about trans people, and changing opinions about gender and sex.”She added that the debate over transgender people’s rights had tested “to the absolute limit” the site’s ability to host “civilised discussion”. “But we fundamentally believe that with a bit of an effort all round then we can allow all voices to be heard and that by allowing all sides to be heard we can move towards a constructive compromise,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. With a bit of an effort all round then we can allow all voices to be heard and that by allowing all sides to be heard we can move towards a constructive compromiseJustine Roberts, Mumsnet CEO “There should be high-quality, statutory relationships and sex education, alongside strong school safeguarding policies, to ensure that all children are kept safe in schools.”The Girl Guides policy, which emerged last year, says that members “are entitled to use the facilities of the gender that they self-identify as”.
A national audit carried out by research firm ACIL Tasman shows that there are significant gaps in Australia’s export infrastructure and some of the nation’s existing capital is in a state of disrepair, according to the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). To ensure Australia is equipped to come through the current economic malaise, new physical and social infrastructure will be needed and much of the existing export capital will need to be repaired or expanded, the audit reported. This comprehensive examination of existing and projected infrastructure needs in Australia’s key minerals regions, in the MCA’s opinion, sounds a warning to both governments and industry that a failure to address key shortfalls in the nation’s infrastructure could see a repeat of past failings – when ships queued off the coastline, skilled employees were difficult to attract and retain and international competitors increased their share of the global market at Australia’s expense. The findings suggest some of Australia’s export infrastructure has suffered from neglect and is in a critical state of inadequacy.The MCA sees the messages from this report being clear: “there is an urgent need to recognise the joint public and private effort required to bolster social and physical infrastructure and for better planning and streamlined regulation. Despite extensive investment by the minerals sector in both industrial and community infrastructure – some A$30 billion during 2008 – too often governments in the past have abrogated their responsibility to local communities and thus constrained the investment that private sector has wanted to make.”The MCA has long argued that the priority should be on investing in infrastructure rather than fuelling consumption. MCA: “It is encouraging and welcome to see governments have begun to address these challenges, particularly the spending in the Federal Government’s 2009/10 Budget and the Western Australian Government’s commitment to boost regional investment and training. This is good start to build on.“It also means governments must get the policy settings right on encouraging investment – and that means better regulation and planning, reducing and not increasing sovereign risk and the careful crafting of other relevant policies, such as the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, to ensure that Australians can share in this twenty-first century economic revolution.”The report – The Australian Minerals Industry’s Infrastructure Path to Prosperity – catalogues existing road, rail, port, energy, water, telecommunications and community infrastructure in 21 minerals growth regions and identifies what needs to be done to boost exports and maintain or grow Australia’s position as a premium global supplier of minerals and energy. It highlights the need to upgrade and expand transport networks and introduce whole-of-supply-chain strategies in the planning and regulation construction of ports, railways and roads.Extensive investment in hard infrastructure – the main contribution the private sector can make – will depend on getting the regulatory environment right so that investors feel confident about putting their money into building capacity. Increasingly, growth regions and their supply chains are overlapping, offering more choice and competition for suppliers and increasing the nation’s reliability as a supplier of minerals products.The report also highlights that access to reliable, adequate and affordable energy supplies, proper water management, better telecommunications links and the social infrastructure to support the communities in which the industry operates will be equally critical to realising the sector’s potential and maximising the returns to the nation from the joint venture between companies and the community in turning Australia’s minerals resources into societal capital. This will be a challenge for governments as well as industry.The MCA has identified that if capacity constraints are overcome and market share expanded, Australia could be $129 billion – or 8.5% of today’s national income – better off by 2020. “Nations such as China and India have a strong desire to boost the prosperity of their people and the task of industrialisation and urbanisation will re- start. We are confident that the underlying fundamentals of the economic super-cycle are checked but not compromised.”
Douglas Morrison, Chair of Holistic Mining Practices, has been appointed as President and CEO of CEMI effective March 1, 2012. Morrison brings expertise from a long career in mining, starting at Falconbridge, then at Inco and most recently as Global Mining Leader at Golder Associates. Since joining CEMI in 2011, he has served as Vice President and now succeeds Dr. Peter K. Kaiser who, after leading CEMI for five years, will focus on his role as Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction, a Division of CEMI. He will also assume an advisory role as Vice President Research at CEMI and resume his research at Laurentian University as Chair for Rock Mechanics and Ground Control. Sam Marcuson, Vice President of Vale Canada for Base Metals Technology Development and Chairman of the CEMI Board of Directors, welcomes mining veteran, Morrison, to the role of President and CEO. “With his extensive experience in the Canadian mining industry and more than 15 years in international consulting, he brings a broad understanding of the issues that confront the global mining industry now and into the future. Having worked in the past with CAMIRO, MIRARCO, and other R&D organizations, he will strengthen collaborations in Ontario and across Canada”.The Board expressed its appreciation and thanked Kaiser for his success as Founding President during the start-up phase of CEMI, establishing a unique model in support of mining innovation and garnering international recognition for the centre while at the same time engaging the best minds in the mining academic and industrial sectors. Under his leadership, CEMI more than doubled the initial investment by the Ontario Government and CEMI’s founding patrons, Vale, Xstrata Nickel and Laurentian University, laying a sound foundation for CEMI’s future under the new leadership.This year, CEMI’s cumulative program funding, including leveraged funds, exceeded the $40 million threshold. He secured the establishment of the $10 million Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction at CEMI. This partnership demonstrates the validity of the adopted approach, that is, to produce a meritorious track record by building successful solution teams. According to Fred Delabbio, General Manager Innovation Underground, Rio Tinto, “the teams assembled by Dr. Kaiser are most effective and most valuable to assist industry in achieving step-change innovations”. For the next two years, Kaiser will continue to assemble expertise from across Canada and throughout the world in order to accelerate innovative approaches to underground mine construction.In this manner, CEMI has executed the vision of OMICC (the Ontario Mining Innovation Cluster Council) to strengthen Northern Ontario as a “Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation”: a centre that provides mining education, services, supplies and research and development for the local and global mining industry. The benefit of CEMI to the private sector and in creating value for community stake holders was recognized with the 2011 Northern Ontario Business Award (NOBA – Judges Choice Award).In his new role as President and CEO, Morrison intends “to engage with the best scientists and engineers the academic community has to offer and engage our industrial experience to convert this knowledge into practical solutions that can be implemented as routine into mining operations. We also want to collaborate with as many mining research organizations as we can so we do not duplicate what has already been done, but also bring fresh minds to bear on problems that the industry has struggled with for many years, combining long years of experience with the youth and enthusiasm of the today’s students for the benefit of the industry as a whole.” He adds that “we will intensify our focus on deep mining and integrated underground mine engineering, and broaden the support for CEMI from other major mining corporations by expanding our scope beyond underground mining issues to cover aspects of environmental and social impact studies that are now a prerequisite for successful mine permitting and approval of mine closure plans.”The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) directs and coordinates step-change innovation in the areas of exploration, deep mining, integrated mine engineering, environment and sustainability for the metal mining industry. With a seasoned team of program directors, CEMI identifies, assesses, funds and manages industry-focused applied research & development projects that extend from geology and engineering to the natural sciences. We recognize innovation is a three-phase process: research, development and implementation (R & D & I). With implementation, we turn innovative ideas into best practices.