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first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX outsteadied Magnolia down the stretch to win 88-87 in a highly intense Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Rookie Kiefer Ravena made big plays in crunch time, setting up Alex Mallari for the go-ahead 3-pointer, 86-84, before securing a crucial rebound and sinking two free throws in the final 14.4 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ravena scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter but he wasn’t the lone hero for the Road Warriors when it mattered most.Veteran guard Cyrus Baguio also thrived in the clutch, scoring eight of his 17 points while Mallari finished with 14 points against his former team where he won four championship including a Grand Slam in 2014.NLEX hit big shots and locked down on defense as well, limiting Paul Lee, who only had eight points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field and five turnovers in close to 27 minutes of action.Lee, whom Guiao called as the Road Warriors’ “biggest problem” heading into the best-of-seven semis, was held scoreless in the first half.With Lee in check, Ian Sangalang and PJ Simon carried the Hotshots on the offensive end with 21 and 20 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img He also had a key steal after the Road Warriors threw away a crucial inbound less than five ticks to go that preserved the victory.“As I said before this game, we’re just in this for the ride. We’re enjoying our adventure. This is an adventure for us,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. “As a team, it’s the first time we made the semifinals. We’re like gatecrashers here in the semis. We weren’t invited but we’re still here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We knew coming into this game that it would be a defensive matchup so we had to fine-tune our execution and we really worked hard on our execution,” added Guiao, whose team committed only 13 turnovers while forcing the Hotshots to commit 22.Game 2 is on Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The offense picked up in the third quarter after both teams combined for only 59 points in the first half with NLEX leading, 32-27.RELATED VIDEO Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Pingris stretchered off after hurting left kneelast_img read more

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first_img[asset|aid=3404|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d0e7d0a933d42ecdac075295e9cd0d1a-M. Lantz_1_Pub.mp3] Development Cost Charges have once again been a focal point at Fort St. John City Council.On Monday, Council revisited the development cost charge idea, after asking for clarification on two issues that came up during the Jan.10 meeting. The issues revolved around the assist factor involved when the program comes into effect in 2012 and a written definition regarding non-profit housing.- Advertisement -Three options were presented regarding city assist factors. The first option started with a 30 per cent city assist factor in 2012 which then reduced to 15 per cent in 2014. The second option started with a 40 per cent assist factor in 2012, reducing to 25 per cent in 2014 and once again to 5 per cent in 2016. Both of these assist factors were presented at the meeting on Jan 10. Since Council was unable to come to a conclusion at that meeting, a third option was created and presented at Monday’s meeting.The third option started with a 40 per cent assist factor for 2012, then lowered to 25 per cent in 2014. It then reduced even further, providing a 15 per cent assist factor in 2016.After some time debating the issue, the third option was approved and eventually passed.Once Council voted in favour of the new option, Mayor Bruce Lantz spoke on how tough an issue the development cost charges was to resolve.Advertisement In terms of not-for-profit housing, the following definition was provided for Council.“Property owned, developed or operated by either a non-profit society, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia or the local government as rental units for persons living in Northeastern British Columbia, where the income of such person falls beneath the low income cut-off amounts published by Statistics Canada from time to time, or as otherwise determined or agreed to by the local government, and where a Housing Agreement and restrictive covenant are registered on title.”Since a DCC option has now been selected, the next step involves submitting the final DCC background report and bylaw to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural development. After consideration and approval by the Ministry, Council will be able to adopt the new DCC Bylaw.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNeither Williams will be there, because Venus left Flushing Meadows the same way Serena did, undone by all those big shots off the racket of the diminutive Henin. “I just was feeling dizzy, a little sick to the stomach. Was just having some energy problems. I’m not really sure what’s wrong with me,” Venus said. “But, you know, credit to her for playing well.” Later, the Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, who also serves as their coach, revealed that Venus found out she has anemia after winning Wimbledon in July and has been taking medicine for the condition. Price said her older daughter felt light-headed and weak during some matches at the U.S. Open, “like the ground was moving.” “You don’t know what’s going on,” Price said, adding that she wants Venus to get fully checked out. Henin had some trouble breathing early in the second set, and said afterward it was something that bothered her the past few days. Told of Venus’ discussion of her own health problems, Henin could only smile and say wryly, “I’m surprised.” It was after Henin beat Serena on Tuesday night that the younger Williams avoided any kind words about the victor. Then again, the Williams family isn’t used to this sort of treatment. Serena leads active women with eight Grand Slam titles, while Venus has six. And they’ve met in six all-Williams major finals. Only once before had someone defeated the two siblings at the same major: Martina Hingis got past Serena in the quarterfinals and Venus in the semifinals at the 2001 Australian Open, only to lose to Jennifer Capriati in the final. “Didn’t trust myself enough in the last few years against them,” Henin said. “And then this year a lot of things have changed. I trust myself much more.” The 5-foot-5, 125-pound Henin worked every angle Friday, constructing points, sneaking to the net and repeatedly placing balls on the lines. She pounded serves at up to 117 mph and handled Williams’ faster offerings, sometimes leaping to reach balls that bounced near her shoulders. Henin even came up with a second-set lob winner over the 6-1 Williams – a delivery that put a wide smile on the Belgian’s face and left the American slumping her shoulders and hanging her head. Williams later was physically spent, asking for a trainer to come out and check her pulse and temperature. Right after that, she hit some serves in the 70s while getting broken to trail, 5-3, in the second set. The match ended on a backhand by Williams that sailed out, her 35th unforced error – 13 more than Henin. That’s not to say Williams wasn’t good at times, too. She broke when Henin served for the first set at 5-4, ending a 10-stroke point with a backhand passing winner, and a 16-stroke exchange with a cross-court forehand winner on the line. In the next game, Williams won the point of the match on the 27th shot, a cross-court swinging forehand volley. Wind swirled through Arthur Ashe Stadium, playing havoc with the ball, yet Henin and Williams engaged in several long points filled with reflex volleys, great gets and clean winners on the run. It was precisely what might be expected from a couple of players who have combined to win 12 Slam singles titles. Henin is the one who gets to try for her seventh overall and second at the U.S. Open. She won the 2003 title, was the runner-up last year, and will be a heavy favorite tonight – her record against Kuznetsova is 14-2, including a victory in the 2006 French Open final. “I don’t want to think about it,” said Kuznetsova, who got off to a horrible start in her all-Russian semifinal against No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze. How horrible? Chakvetadze won the first set despite hitting only one winner. And then, slowly but surely, 2004 champion Kuznetsova began keeping the ball between the lines, and Chakvetadze began missing shots short, long and wide. In full control late, Kuznetsova defeated Chakvetadze, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. “I played the worst first set. I couldn’t put the ball in, and I was really embarrassed by my game,” Kuznetsova said. “When the nerves get in the middle, it’s tough.” Eventually, it was Chakvetadze who was struggling to keep her composure, wiping away tears while waiting to return serves in the final game. “I just played horrible,” she said. “Just couldn’t put the ball in the court.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Serena Williams talked about Henin’s “lucky shots” after losing to the Belgian in the quarterfinals. Whatever the reasons, whatever the rationalizing, know this: Henin has a chance to become the first woman to win a Grand Slam title while beating both Williams sisters along the way. In a riveting match filled with superb all-court play by both women, Henin reached her third U.S. Open final by beating Venus, 7-6 (2), 6-4, on Friday. “I really believed I could do it, and that’s maybe why I did,” Henin said. “I don’t think a lot of people thought I could beat her here in this tournament. I was really proud. It’s not easy to play Serena and Venus, you know.” The top-seeded Henin will face No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova tonight at 5 in a title match featuring two past Open champions. That will be preceded by the men’s semifinals, with No. 1 Roger Federer against No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko, and No. 3 Novak Djokovic against No. 15 David Ferrer. TENNIS: Top-seeded player takes on No. 4 Kuznetsova after the men’s semifinals. By Howard Fendrich THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Venus Williams will head to a doctor to figure out why she felt so ill while losing to Justine Henin in the U.S. Open semifinals. last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool could face a fight on their hands to retain the services of Jordan Henderson – with former star Bruce Grobbelaar claiming a ‘big European club’ are keen to sign the 24-year-old.The Reds midfielder, who has 18 months left on his current contract, has reportedly rejected a £80,000-a-week deal to stay at Anfield.That has led to speculation over his future, with Barcelona said to be monitoring his situation.And ex-Anfield star Grobbelaar insists the Sunderland man could be on his way out of the club.“Jordan Henderson has grown massively as a player,” he told Extra Time. “I have heard that he’s been tapped by one of the big European clubs.”last_img

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first_imgA JUDGE told a Donegal businessman he is not a fit person to hold a waste collection permit.Jim FerryFerry Refuse Collection Ltd was appealing against the refusal last year by the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) to granthim a licence. Tullamore District Court was told yesterday that Jim Ferry, managing director of the company, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, had previously been convicted of breaches of the waste management regulations.In addition to being fined, he twice received six-month suspended sentences and is currently paying €800 a week to Donegal CountyCouncil to discharge the financial penalties.He also previously paid €15,000 costs to Offaly County Council,operator of the NWCPO, and must pay another €5,000 in costs arisingfrom the latest court hearing.Judge Catherine Staines was told the first conviction in 2005 relatedto the burial of at least one lorryload of household waste on anunauthorised site owned by Mr Ferry.In 2013, after Donegal County Council had gathered video evidence ofillegal dumping at Doire Ui Frill, Falcarragh, in 2010, he wasconvicted again.Tullamore District Court was told that 213 tonnes of mixed municipalwaste was removed from the unauthorised site at Mr Ferry’s mother’shouse.Michael McGarvey, senior engineer with the County Council, said anotice requiring the removal of the waste which was issued in October,2010 was not complied with until November, 2014.Mr Ferry told the court that he did not have the money at the time tocomply with the notice and when he did it cost him €50,000 in landfilllevies.He said he would not commit a similar offence again, had paid for aconsultant’s report on his business and was going to undertake acourse of training in England at a cost of £5,000 sterling.Referring to the first offence, Judge Staines said Mr Ferry had made acommercial decision to dump waste and avoid paying landfill charges.That had given him a commercial advantage in “flagrant breach” of thewaste management regulations.‘These regulations are so important in maintaining the integrity ofour beautiful country but also to protect the health of our citizens,’said the judge.Despite being convicted and being given a suspended sentence, he wenton to commit another offence.‘This is a deliberate and conscious decision made for financialreasons, fully aware that he was breaching the waste management law,’said Judge Staines.She noted that Leo Duffy, manager of the NWCPO, had given evidencethat Mr Ferry’s case was the first waste permit refusal of its kindand she said the Donegal man had only removed the waste which wasdumped in 2010 after his permit was refused in September, 2014.The court was also told that Mr Ferry’s company had 50 employees andserviced 10,000 customers.Judge Staines said she had heard evidence that his daughter had beengranted a waste permit licence.Ferry’s Refuse Collection Recycling Ltd, also based at Rossbracken,was granted a permit last December.“I hope, though it’s not a matter for the court, that his employeeswill find employment with her company,”  she said.She added that perhaps Mr Ferry’s daughter could service the 10,000customers but she hoped she had learned lessons from the mistakes madeby her father.DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN TOLD HE IS NOT FIT TO HOLD A WASTE COLLECTION PERMIT was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldumpingFalcarraghFerry’s Refuse Collectionjim ferrymanorcunninghamrubbishvideolast_img read more

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first_imgTHE Bishop of Raphoe Dr Philip Boyce has issued a full press statement following the release of the sex abuse audit today.You can read it in full here:http://www.raphoediocese.ie/images/stories/raphoe_audit_press_statement_2011.pdf RAPHOE ABUSE REPORT: BISHOP BOYCE’S RESPONSE IN FULL was last modified: November 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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first_imgThe Milford Inn is to reopen for business next week in time for the Christmas season.The Milford Inn is to reopen.The famous hotel, which was shut down a year and a half ago, will be managed by Neal Blaney family under a lease-back deal that was finally agreed in recent days after lengthy negotiations.And in the first big vote of confidence in the reopening the Milford GAA Club has already booked their annual dinner dance at the hotel on December 29th. The decision to reopen the Inn is being seen locally as a positive sign of brighter days ahead for Milford where far too many young people have been left without jobs.The Milford Inn is also seen as a very important component in the commercial life of Milford where a large numbers of the workforce were employed.The hotel has been closed since April last year when it was put into voluntary liquidation due to difficult trading conditions.The Tirconail Tribune reports that arrangement to reopen the hotel has been brokered between the liquidator and the representatives of the Blaney family and will operate as The Milford Inn Ltd. In the coming days a full Christmas programme will be put in place and party nights and the list of seasonal events will be published next week.The premises has been bought from the liquidator by a group of investors – however they will not hold any management profile in the company.The deal agreed between liquidator Tom O’Brien of Mazars, Dublin and Farren and Roarty Accountants will see the Blaney family lease-back the premises from the investment company and they will hope that the goodwill built up over forty years will return to support the new venture into the future.We understand the Blaney family has also secured the right to buy-back the Milford Inn at a future date, but Neal Blaney would only say that they were delighted to be back in business in Milford where the Inn has always been the flagship in their customer base.Confirming that the premises will be run under the Milford Inn brand name, Mr. Blaney told the Tribune he is delighted to see a bit of good news for the area where much needed work jobs be created once again. When the Milford Inn went into liquidation it was reported that over fifty full time jobs had been lost.Confirming the reopening of the Milford Inn Hotel Neal Blaney said that Seamus Farren had been successful in convincing financiers from outside of Donegal to invest in Milford.Mr. Blaney said this had been a major achievement at a time when dozens of similar opportunities were available elsewhere.The hotel was later put on the market for sale by Dublin auctioneers, Morrissey’s on behalf of the Liquidator, Mr. Tom O’Brien of Mazars with a price tag of €800,000 and it is believed a number of interested parties made enquiries. There was widespread astonishment on the morning of April 5th last year when the owners of the Milford Inn Hotel posted a notice on Facebook saying they wished to confirm that the Hotel has gone into liquidation due to financial difficulties and the business was to remain closed until these issues are resolved.For some time before it closed down the hotel had operated under the Best Western Brand and its closure caused widespread shock. The management moved quickly to redirect their substantial wedding portfolio to other family run hotels at the Silver Tassie and Water’s Edge.The premises is to be reopened on a phased basis, The initial phase will see up to twenty jobs created as the bar and dining rooms come back return.Neal Blaney said that he was optimistic despite the downturn and he hoped that the volume of business generated by a loyal customer base would still be there. He also believes that the reopening of the Milford Inn is very important for Milford and Ramelton where much of its staff have an historical affinity.Since its establishment in 1971 the Milford Inn has been a landmark venue in the Fanad and Rossguill areas and it was founded by the late Neil T. Blaney as a basic roadhouse and small restaurant. It soon became renowned for the famed Blaney hospitality, food, drink and welcome.Now some 42 years later, the new generation of the Blaney’s hope that that record will once again play a prominent role in the commercial life of the Milford area.FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL TO OPEN ITS DOORS AGAIN IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:blaneydonegalMilford Innreopenlast_img read more

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first_imgHavard University students have presented their vision for the North West city region at a presentation in Cambridge, MA after months of design research including fieldwork in the northwest. The group of students, which are led by Carndonagh native and Havard professor Gareth Doherty, will conduct an in-depth research project centring on the Letterkenny and Derry North West City Region.From the introduction of novel crops such as orange trees, to alternative forms of urban-rural development, the students imagined how the Northwest city region might develop considering the impacts of Brexit and other impending challenges such as climate change, sea level rise, and population increase. The proposals are one of the three main components of an 18-month sponsored research project that Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council have embarked upon with Harvard GSD.The project’s findings will be finalised by the end of 2019 and presented in the Northwest in Spring 2020.Most recently, the project included a Harvard GSD studio course this past Spring, taught by Professor Doherty together with Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology at the Harvard GSD.Speaking of the studio, Professor Kirkwood said: “The richness of the land and landscape of the Irish North-West, the warmth and intelligence of the people and the vision of the agency and community leaders made the whole studio experience a compelling and creative endeavour for Harvard Design School faculty and students alike. “In turn, this enabled the resulting planning and design work to project large ideas and themes far into the decades as well as provide smaller scale practical solutions for the villages, towns and cities that we were engaged with. I came to learn and admire all those stakeholders involved with shaping and enhancing their collective futures.”The work was aimed at sparking conversations around key contemporary issues such as borders, migration, and climate change, as highlighted by María Bellalta, Dean, School of Landscape Architecture at the Boston Architectural College.She added: “Through the studio, GSD Faculty and students offered pointed arguments for how regions and communities separated by political boundaries may reposition their future planning strategies to include programmatic frameworks that depend on not only economics, industry and innovation but which also stimulate renewed social encounters.“The studies were both speculative and practical, yet consistently founded on the notion of a shared productive boundary or a ‘city region’, and tending toward a cooperative approach, over separate existences.“The studies have ingeniously provoked insight in all of us, over the multiple spatial and cultural divides we encounter today, and which we must (re)-design as part of our global and ever-expanding arena.” The design proposals were presented to a panel of distinguished experts in different fields.Katy Hayward, Reader in Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast and an expert on Brexit said: “At a time of acute uncertainty about what Brexit might mean for the Irish border, there is a particular need for innovative and imaginative approaches.“This is precisely what these students have offered Ireland’s North-West region.“Their engagement with the terrain, people and planners in the region itself has helped them produce an array of fantastic ideas and designs.” Eunan Quinn, Senior Planner with Donegal County Council who participated in the expert panel alongside Karen Philips, Director of Environment and Regeneration with Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “This work brings a fresh perspective on the region’s landscape and seeks to define the place-based issues that the two local authorities’ can continue to work together on.”Karen Phillips agreed, she added: “This is a unique project and has the potential to bring new thinking and fresh insights that can only enrich plans for the future development of the city region.”Harvard students share vision for North West City Region project was last modified: July 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgMonmouth, Ore. >> For one afternoon, Lumberjacks turned into Heart Attack Jacks.The 22nd-ranked Humboldt State football team roared back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to force overtime, took the lead on Ja’Quan Gardner’s fourth-down run and then saw Western Oregon get in position to tie the game after Nick Duckworth’s touchdown pass to all-everything wideout Paul Revis on the Wolves’ first OT possession.However…WOU kicker Adrian Saldana missed the PAT. Game over just like …last_img

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first_imgNamibia’s deserts are rich in supplies of uranium, which are drawing increased foreign interest, especially from Russia. Uranium is used to produce nuclear fuel, which is a carbon-neutral source of energy. Yellowcake is a concentrated mixture of uranium oxides that is further refined to extract pure uranium. (Images: Wikimedia Commons)Nicky RehbockFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialLucrative uranium deposits in Namibia’s deserts, which could make the Southern African country a top producer of the radioactive element, are drawing increasing foreign interest. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit the nation this week to revive cooperation in uranium mining and energy production.Uranium is used to produce nuclear fuel, which is a carbon-neutral source of electrical energy.Although Russia has shown interest in Namibia’s uranium resources since 2007, “nothing has happened” since then, said Robin Sherbourne, group economist for South Africa’s Nedbank in Windhoek, Namibia. “We’ll see what happens this time.”Renewed global interestUranium exploration projects are spreading across Namibia, which aims to benefit from renewed global interest in nuclear power with its large uranium deposits, currently only mined at two locations in the country.The main mine, Rossing, 65km inland from the seaside town of Swakopmund, runs 5km long and 350m deep. It’s thought to be the world’s fifth largest primary uranium mine and its reserves are estimated to last until 2020, if production continues at the current below-capacity levels.The majority of Rossing is owned by Australian mining giant Rio Tinto with a 68.6% stake. Iran (15%), South Africa (10%) and Namibia (3%) also have shares in the operation.Rossing was threatened with closure in 2003 when uranium prices plunged as the global supply was inflated by enriched nuclear fuel from the former Soviet Union. Fears of climate change have, however, renewed the search for carbon-neutral energy, thus pushing uranium prices up again.In 2006 Rossing announced a US$112-million (R902.4-million) expansion drive, which, together with the Langer Heinrich mine, 50km southeast of Rossing, has propelled Namibia to the top ranks of global producers, behind only Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia. The country now accounts for 10% of the world’s production.Langer Heinrich is estimated to have a reserve base of 24.5-million tons of uranium, making it productive for 27 years with the potential for expansion of the reserves and mine life given the favourable surrounding geology. It is owned by Australia’s Paladin Resources.New development aheadSome 35km north of Rossing is Trekkopje, which is owned by French group Areva. The $750-million (R6-billion) project will have a shallow open-pit mine, as 80% of the uranium ore is less than 15m deep there. Production is expected to begin by the end of 2009.With this development, “Namibia could increase its production to 42-million pounds [about 19 051 tons] within five years, which could make us number one”, Sherbourne said.But to achieve this, Namibia must first tackle two major obstacles: the desert has no water needed to control the dust and radiation from the uranium mines and the country lacks enough energy to power its projects.Possible solutions include the building of a desalination plant on the Atlantic coast, so ample supplies of seawater can be converted to a useable medium for the mines. The Namibian government is also considering new coal- or gas-fired plants and has committed to a policy of supplying its own electricity from nuclear power by 2018.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at nickyr@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesRecord price for SA diamondSA delves into carbon storageUranium – the new gold? Useful linksEarthTimesAllAfrica.comThe Namibianlast_img read more

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