Restrictions annoncées en raison des feux de forêt

first_imgAlors que les équipes de pompiers luttent contre trois feux de forêt en Nouvelle-Écosse, le gouvernement provincial annonce des mesures visant à prévenir d’autres incendies. Lloyd Hines, ministre des Ressources naturelles, a annoncé qu’à compter de midi, le mardi 9 août, toute activité et tout déplacement dans les régions boisées seront interdits. Ces activités incluent la randonnée, le camping, la pêche et l’utilisation de véhicules hors route. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité. « Nous reconnaissons que ces restrictions peuvent être des inconvénients pour les Néo-Écossais et les visiteurs, mais notre priorité doit être la sécurité, affirme M. Hines. C’est la première fois depuis 15 ans que la sécheresse dans certaines régions boisées de la province est aussi grave. Ces restrictions sont mises en place afin de réduire le risque d’incendies supplémentaires. » Ces restrictions s’appliquent également aux activités forestières, minières et commerciales sur les terres de la Couronne. Les entreprises qui effectuent des activités commerciales sur les terres de la Couronne devront obtenir un permis du bureau local du ministère des Ressources naturelles. Les chasseurs et les pêcheurs devront également se procurer des permis de déplacement dans les régions boisées. M. Hines remercie les entreprises forestières qui ont adopté des heures de travail entre 20 h et 10 h. Il encourage tous les propriétaires d’entreprises et de terrains privés à adopter cette approche. « Notre industrie reconnaît que cette situation exige la coopération de tous ceux qui utilisent les forêts de notre province, souligne Jeff Bishop, directeur général de Forest Nova Scotia. Nous avons demandé à nos membres de modifier leurs heures de travail pour que les travaux soient effectués la nuit, dans la mesure du possible, afin de prévenir les feux de forêt. » Les feux de forêt à Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis et à Greenfield, dans le comté de Queens, ont été entièrement maîtrisés. Ils couvrent une superficie de 21 hectares et de cinq hectares, respectivement. Le feu de forêt à Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, n’est toujours pas maîtrisé et s’est intensifié. Toutes les ressources disponibles, y compris des avions d’autres provinces, continuent de lutter contre ce feu de forêt, qui s’étend sur environ 140 hectares. « Au nom de tous les Néo-Écossais, je remercie nos pompiers dévoués qui travaillent jour et nuit pour combattre ces feux de forêt », déclare M. Hines. Le gouvernement provincial continuera de fournir des mises à jour sur le site www.novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr.last_img read more

June Jones is leaving the Hamilton TigerCats for the XFL

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have announced their new offensive Coordinator, as June Jones has left the team to pursue other opportunities.We’ve named Tommy Condell (@TommyCondell) Offensive Coordinator.🗞️ > //t.co/Ir5UYpgWyN pic.twitter.com/tVu8ybsCcI— Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@Ticats) May 13, 2019The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Jones has been hired as head coach of Houston’s new XFL team.The Ticats promoted receivers coach Tommy Condell to offensive coordinator. Condell is no stranger to this role, he served as Offensive Coordinator and Receivers Coach of the Tiger-Cats for three seasons (2013-15)He spent the last two seasons with the Toronto Argonauts as the club’s offensive coordinator and receivers coach, winning the Grey Cup  in 2017. read more

Traditional healer guilty of sex charges

A Six Nations traditional healer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenaged girl and an adult woman.Ronald Dennis Henry, 55, was found guilty of six sexual offences after a jury of nine women and three men deliberated for about six hours last week.After listening to evidence from two complainants who had gone to Henry for help – a middle-aged woman and a teen who was 13 at the time of the assaults – the jury convicted Henry of two counts each of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.Justice Toni Skarica ordered that a pre-sentence report and Gladue report be written regarding Henry’s childhood and Indigenous background. Henry was to be remanded to the next Superior Court assignment court in order to begin the process of setting a sentencing date.Henry was well-known on Six Nations for doing readings for people, analyzing their dreams, ridding them of “negative energy” and offering traditional medicines which he mixed in a dirt-floored shack on his property.He was the only witness in his own defence and denied touching the women, who testified that he had them rub “protective medicine” on their bodies in the shack, insisting that if they didn’t completely cover their bodies they would get cancer.The two victims said Henry escalated his behaviour, insisting he needed to use his own energy to get the medicine inside them through digital, oral and vaginal sex.Henry was arrested in July 2016 and his trial began on May 7.During his testimony, Henry said the teen stopped coming to him for help because her father owed thousands of dollars for past visits for the girl and the rest of the family. He also said the woman was “all about money” but stopped coming to sessions because Henry said he wouldn’t lie to her husband about traumas she had revealed.Henry will appear next in assignment court on May 30.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

New UN report urges Liberia to act on rape – legacy of

Rape victims do not achieve justice due to multiple challenges, including institutional weaknesses, corruption, lack of due diligence by government as well as logistical and financial constraints. “These combined factors have led to a widespread culture of impunity for SGBV, particularly for rape, putting women and children at continued serious risk of sexual violence,” says the report.Other barriers to victims reporting rape include undue influence by traditional actors, cultural and patriarchal attitudes, as well as gender stereotyping. A previous UN report published in December 2015, had already highlighted the widespread impunity for SGBV crimes in the context of Liberian traditional and cultural practices.Social pressure to informally settle cases out of court is also a major obstacle to justice. “In the Liberian context, victims face challenges at every step of the process if they attempt to hold their assailants criminally accountable,” the report explains.The shame of accusing a community or family member of rape prevents most victims from reporting the caseThe vast majority of perpetrators of rape in Liberia are males over the age of 18 who are known to the victim. Most perpetrators are community members, and in some cases close relatives to the victim. “The shame of accusing a community or family member of rape prevented most victims from reporting the case,” the report notes.The report also says that close to 80 per cent of rape victims documented by the UN in Liberia in 2015 were under the age of 18, including at least five cases of girls under the age of five being raped. However, children are not necessarily disproportionately targeted, according to the report: “Child rape reports may be higher because they shock the conscience and are not preempted by the generally discriminatory attitudes towards women survivors of rape.”Liberia is party to a number of international human rights treaties and instruments, under which it has the obligation to fight rape and gender-based violence. According to the report, the Liberian government’s inability, despite efforts made, to ensure criminal accountability for perpetrators of rape shows “that Liberia is not in compliance with its human rights obligations.”UN human rights mechanisms had previously made recommendations. The report recommends that the Government implement these and encourages it to continue to seek technical assistance from international partners. The recommendations include enhancing the fight against impunity through additional resources and capacities, including to the sex crimes prosecutor’s office, developing forensic investigation, harmonizing rape provisions in the penal code and enacting the Domestic Violence Act, which would make spousal rape a criminal offence. The report, released by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is based on information gathered by UN human rights officers between January 2015 and March 2016. It indicates a high number of rapes reported in all the 15 counties across the country, with 803 cases in 2015. “Rape is the second most commonly reported serious crime in Liberia,” the report says.Liberia’s high incidence of rape is in part “a legacy of impunity arising from 14 years of civil conflict,” from which the country is still rebuilding, notes the report. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “between 61.4 and 77.4 per cent of women and girls in Liberia were raped during the war.” Despite this, there has been no criminal accountability for perpetrators of war crimes in Liberia, including perpetrators of wartime sexual violence. Impunity also prevails for recent rapes, with only two per cent of rapes and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases reported last year resulting in a conviction in court. Liberian children march in protest against rape. Photo: World Bank/Sachiko Kondo read more

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor to make first NFL start

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is scheduled to make his first NFL start. Pryor, who’s seen little action for the Oakland Raiders, is slated to start at quarterback in Sunday’s season-finale against the San Diego Chargers. The team announced the development through the Raiders’ official Twitter account, @OAKLAND. “Head Coach Dennis Allen names @TerrellePryor staring QB for Sunday,” the tweet read. Pryor was given the nod over former USC quarterback and 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart after Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a bruised lung and broken ribs in a 17-6 loss against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.  In his NFL career, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound signal-caller has completed 1-of-2 passes for five yards and rushed once for two yards. It’s Pryor’s first start since the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl, which OSU defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks, 31-26. In what would be his last outing as a Buckeye, the Jeannette, Pa., native amassed 336 yards of total offense and was named the game’s MVP. Under the direction of former OSU coach Jim Tressel, Pryor and the Buckeyes finished the year 12-1 with a Big Ten Championship. The season, though, has since been vacated because of NCAA violations stemming from the program’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal. Pryor, who was one of five players suspended for the first five games of 2011 because of his involvement in trading tattoos for Buckeye memorabilia, opted to forgo his senior season in response to mounting allegations and a separate investigation regarding his use of multiple automobiles while in Columbus. Pryor, who arrived on campus in 2008 as arguably the nation’s most heralded recruit in recent memory, helped guide the Buckeyes to a 31-4 record as the team’s starting quarterback, a role he assumed against Troy on Sept. 20, 2008. In addition to the his Sugar Bowl performance, Pryor earned MVP honors en route to a 26-17 win against Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl. The game, which was dubbed by some as Pryor’s coming-of-age party, saw Pryor throw for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-37 attempts. He also ran for 72 yards on 20 touches. Pryor amassed 8,341 yards of total offense and 76 touchdowns as a Buckeye. Oakland (4-11) is set to face the Chargers Sunday at 4:25 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. read more

Bumper issue of International Mining Project News for first of 2016

first_imgSubscribers will receive a bumper issue of IM Project News https://im-projectnews.com/ on January 8, after the holiday season is over. Already the draft stands at over 50 pages – contact emma@im-mining.com if you wish to know more. Some of the news so far includes the following – with much more detail on each in the issue.Cauldron Energy announces a significant upgrade to the Mineral Resource (JORC 2012) estimate at its Bennet Well uranium project, to a total contained uranium oxide content of 30.9 Mlb. The company says “this Mineral Resource upgrade confirms Bennet Well as Western Australia’s largest in-situ recovery (ISR) uranium deposit.”Torex Gold Resources has made its first gold pour of an estimated 350 oz, and a similar amount of silver, in doré, from its 100% owned El Limon-Guajes mine (ELG) in southwest Mexico. The entire processing circuit, from crushing through to dry stack tailings disposal, is now operational and has been used in the production of these first ounces.Chesapeake Gold Corp reports on the current status of the updated prefeasibility study on its 100% owned Metates project located in Durango State, Mexico. Chesapeake and M3 Engineering &Technology together with several industry leading international consultants have finished all of the engineering studies and are near completion of all capital and operating cost estimates related to the updated PFS. Metates hosts one of the largest known undeveloped gold, silver and zinc reserves in the world not controlled by a major gold producer.New Age Exploration announces an updated Inferred Mineral Resource and Exploration Target for its Redmoor tungsten-tin project in Cornwall, UK.Pilbara Minerals wraps up 2015 drill program at Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia with further broad intersections of high grade lithium. Highly successful campaign paves the way for next resource upgrade scheduled for late January 2016.Azure Minerals reports that very encouraging results have been returned from preliminary metallurgical test work on silver mineralisation from Mesa de Plata, part of the Alacrán project located in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.Novo Resources Corp’s IGR3000 gravity recovery plant has arrived in Western Australia (news release, September 9, 2015 for more details about this plant). Permit applications for a 30,000 t trial mine were submitted to regulators on December 1, and approvals are expected by late February.Gold developer West African Resources reports preliminary metallurgical test work results from the M1 and M3 prospects, at its 100% owned Tanlouka gold project, Burkina Faso.ECR Minerals has published the Canadian NI43-101 technical report in respect of the Danglay gold project in the Philippines (formerly known as the Itogon project). The report supports the disclosure in November 2015 of an Inferred mineral resource estimate for oxide gold mineralisation at Danglay.Wellgreen Platinum (shown in the picture) announces the results of its previous two exploration drilling and field work programs at its 100%-owned Wellgreen PGM-nickel project, located in Canada’s Yukon Territory.  The company expects to continue drilling at Wellgreen until the end of the year and is currently planning an additional exploration drilling program with the objective of confirming further Measured and Indicated mineral resources. The results from these programs, along with those from the current campaign, are expected to develop an updated geological deposit model that will form the basis of a prefeasibility study.Global lithium developer, Lithium Australia (LIT) has appointed Kappes Cassiday & Associates (KCA) to commence scoping work on lithium clay deposits including the Electra project in Mexico and deposits in the northwest of Western Australia.Amur Minerals Corp, the nickel-copper sulphide mineral exploration and resource development company focused on the far east of Russia, has entered into a subscription agreement with Crede CG III Ltd, to  provide funding certainty for a substantial portion of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) and related engineering and design work for the Kun-Manie nickel-copper sulphide project. Specifically, this includes initial access road and power designs, detailed exploration, reserve determination for a combination of open pit and underground production, metallurgical test work, bulk sampling, process design work, site and ancillary support facilities, and assessment of the response of the concentrate to the various smelting alternatives.Ucore Rare Metals has entered into an agreement with a foreign investment fund through which the Investor will pay $5.0 million to Ucore in consideration for a royalty or profit share on the sale of products and services related to the processing of rare earth elements and other specialty metals and critical materials using SuperLig® Molecular Recognition Technology (MRT).The development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold underground mine in Mongolia took an important step forward with the signing of a $4.4 billion project financing agreement. Project finance for the underground mine development has been secured with funding by international financial institutions and export credit agencies representing the governments of the US, Canada and Australia, along with 15 commercial banks. The signing in Ulaanbaatar follows the agreement earlier this year of the Oyu Tolgoi Underground Mine Development and Financing Plan by the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto, which set out a pathway towards development, including the basis for the funding of the project.IMX Resources has committed to restructuring its Tanzanian asset portfolio. The Board is keen to unlock the significant value in the worldclass Chilalo graphite project, which it believes is best achieved through the ASX listing of a focussed, standalone graphite company, with a dedicated Board and management team. The proposed transaction will see the flagship Chilalo project become the primary asset and key focus of a new ASX listed company (NewCo), while IMX would retain the existing gold and base metals assets at the company’s Nachingwea property in southeast Tanzania.Vimy Resources has released the Public Environmental Review (PER) for its Mulga Rock uranium project. Vimy’s Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) was approved on 26 February 2015. However following Vimy’s successful scoping study which was announced to the ASX on 6 May 2015 it was determined that the life of the project was likely to be longer than had been initially believed when the ESD was prepared and that it would be necessary to amend Vimy’s proposal to reflect the longer duration associated with the proposal and the larger clearance area.Nautilus Minerals has signed a new agreement with Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group for the sale of the product extracted from the company’s Solwara 1 deposit located in the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea, with first delivery expected in the first half of 2018.Archer Exploration has been presented with the formal report from a joint graphene research program designed to test the suitability for production into graphene of the company’s high grade Campoona graphite deposit on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. The research work is funded by Archer through the University of Adelaide’s School of Chemical Engineering under the direction of Professor Dusan Losic.Adani Mining’s Carmichael coal mine in Australia is one step closer to fruition after the Land Court of Queensland recommended it be given state approval. The decision, which in conjunction with Commonwealth re-approval earlier in 2015, clears another obstacle for Adani, which has been a target of green activist ‘lawfare’ since the project was declared ‘significant’ in 2010.Hummingbird Resources reports its maiden Ore Reserves at the Yanfolila gold project in Mali.  This represents a 20% increase from the in-pit Mineral Resource in the optimisation study.  The Reserve Report is based on the resources at the Komana East and West pits as these will be mined first (Phase 1).  The project has significant Resources at other nearby deposits including Guiren West, Gonka, Sanioumale East and Sanioumale West which will be mined at a later stage (Phase 2).  The company also gives an update on the development of Yanfolila whilst it completes ongoing due diligence with Taurus Funds Management in advance of the full debt draw down.Construction of Goldsource Mines’ Phase I Eagle Mountain gold project located in Guyana is nearing completion and testing of selected plant components is underway. Plans for Phase I are based on the PEA, which called for a 1,000 t/d open pit, gravity plant and post-commissioning cash operating costs of $500 to $600/oz of gold.Tintina Resources has submitted a Mine Operating Permit (MOP) application for the Johnny Lee copper deposit at its flagship Black Butte copper project to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The application is a comprehensive document detailing the development plan for this high grade project while safeguarding the environment. The MOP application includes detailed studies completed by third party consultants outlining a mining proposal for the Johnny Lee deposit including plans for underground, surface facilities, closure, and reclamation.  The company provides explanations of the proposal on its website along with a 3D animation of the planned project showing what the site will look like during mining operations as well as after reclamation.Rare Element Resources is advancing the Bear Lodge critical rare earth project located in northeast Wyoming. It announced additional results from its successful pilot-plant campaign of its patent-pending, zero-discharge solvent extraction (SX) separation technology, as well as the results of subsequent bench-scale optimisation test work.Fission Uranium Corp has entered into a binding letter of intent (LOI) with CGN Mining Co. Pursuant to the agreement, Fission and CGN Mining have agreed to proceed towards a C$82,226,059 private placement in which CGN Mining would make a strategic investment in Fission which will result in CGN Mining owning approximately 19.99% of the number of common shares issued by Fission prior to the closing of the offering pursuant to the exercise of outstanding convertible securities of the company. Dev Randhawa, Chairman and CEO, of Fission Uranium: “This is an historic moment for Canada’s uranium industry. It is the first time a Chinese company has invested directly in a Canadian uranium company. We are thrilled that CGN Mining has chosen to invest in Fission, PLS and the Triple R deposit. CGN Mining’s understanding of the uranium business is superb and we are excited at the opportunity to work with them. CGN Mining’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as we progress PLS.Saracen Mineral Holdings advises that development of its 100%-owned Thunderbox gold project in Western Australia is running ahead of schedule with costs running under budget.Arianne Phosphate, a development-stage phosphate mining company, advancing the Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, has received project approval from the Cabinet of the Government of Quebec.Crusader Resources reports that the applications for trial mining licences (Guia de Utilização) (GU), over the high‐grade Juruena gold project, have been lodged with Brazilian authorities. On grant of the GUs, Crusader will be permitted to conduct underground mining on both the Querosene and Dona Maria prospects up to a maximum throughput of 100,000 t of ROM material, or 50,000 t per prospect.Polymetal International has entered into a joint venture with OJCS Polyus Gold, under which Polymetal will participate in advancing the development of the Nezhdaninskoye gold deposit in Yakutia, Russia. The arrangement will allow Polymetal to acquire up to 50% in the joint venture entity holding 100% of JSC South-Verkhoyansk Mining Co (SVMC) through an earn-in mechanism. SVMC, which is currently a 100% subsidiary of Polyus Gold, holds the mining and exploration license for the property as well as certain infrastructure adjacent to the deposit.KAZ Minerals’ Bozshakol project has progressed well to date in the fourth quarter and is currently undergoing commissioning works, including the movement of material through the primary crusher, conveyor and reclaim areas as well as testing of the grinding mills. The first production of copper in concentrate is now expected to occur in January 2016.Québec Iron Ore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Champion Iron Ltd, has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire, subject to Court approval, the Bloom Lake mine and related rail assets and the Quinto Mining Corp mineral claims in Québec from affiliates of Cliffs Natural Resources that are currently subject to restructuring proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada).Back in October 2015 Tungsten Mining NL (TGN) agreed terms for the acquisition of the Australian tungsten exploration assets of Hazelwood Resources comprising the Mt Mulgine and Big Hill tungsten assets. The settlement of the asset acquisition has now occurred.With immediate effect Straits Resources will be renamed Aeris Resources. The name change was approved by the Company’s shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), where they also voted for a longer‐term debt structure with the company’s major lender, Standard Chartered Bank and the introduction of a new strategic partner, Special Portfolio V Limited (PAG SPV) (see announcement on 3 August 2015).Golden Arrow Resources Corp advises that the previously announced business combination agreement among Golden Arrow, Silver Standard Resources, Mina Pirquitas, and Valle Del Cura S.A. (VDC) dated September 30, 2015, as well as the plan of arrangement contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement, have been approved by the shareholders of Golden Arrow.Carlisle Goldfields Ltd shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to approve the plan of arrangement pursuant to which Alamos Gold will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Carlisle in exchange for: (i) 0.0942 of an Alamos common share for each Carlisle common share held, plus (ii) 0.0942 of a warrant to purchase Alamos common shares at an exercise price of C$10.00 with an expiration date of three years from closing of the transaction.Global Cobalt Corp announces that all of the conditions precedent to the completion of the arrangement transaction amongst the company, Global Energy Metals Corp (GEMC) and Imperial Mining Holding Ltd (IMHL) have now been satisfied or waived and the parties are preparing to complete the transactions contemplated by the July 27, 2015 Arrangement Agreement.Northern Dynasty Minerals and Mission Gold Ltd announce completion of the previously announced plan of arrangement whereby Northern Dynasty has acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Mission Gold.Atico Mining Corp announces an updated Mineral Resource estimate as of June 30, 2015 for it’s El Roble mine located in Carmen de Atrato, Colombia.Tiger Resources has now agreed final terms for a $162.5 million finance facility with Taurus Mining Finance Fund (Taurus) and International Finance Corp (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. The facility will refinance the company’s existing debt facilities with Taurus and Gerald Metals and provide the required expansion capital for the Kipoi Debottlenecking Project, which aims to increase the capacity of the company’s SXEW plant from 25,000 t/y to 32,500 t/y copper cathode. Tiger is targeting completion of the expansion by November 2016.Fortuna Silver Mines provides an update of construction activities and brownfields exploration at the San Jose mine in Mexico. In December of 2014 (news release dated December 17, 2014), it announced the expansion of the mill to 3,000 t/d and the construction of a dry stack tailings deposit and filter facility. Construction activities for both projects are moving ahead according to plan and are below budget.China Gold International Resources provides an update on the expansion of the Jiama copper-gold polymetallic mine and revises its 2015 copper production guidance. The original schedule of commissioning Stage One of Phase II expansion at the Jiama Mine by the fourth quarter of 2015 was deferred due to the defects detected during the loaded test run that may not be fully eliminated by the end of 2015. As a result, the company revises its 2015 copper production guidance to 37.5 Mlb, a 21% increase from the 2014 actual copper output of 31 Mlb. The company aims to restart the commissioning of Stage One in the second half of 2016. The construction of Stage Two is under way and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016.ALROSA’s Supervisory Board reviewed and approved the budget of the company and ALROSA Group for 2016. “The 2016 mining operations plan is drawn up in accordance with ALROSA’s Long-term Development Program. Diamond production by ALROSA Group is expected to be up to 39 Mct. The key objectives of the 2016 production program is to reach the design capacity of the Mir underground mine and put the second start-up complex of the Udachny underground mine into operation in the second half-year.”last_img read more

Anglo American deploys floating solar panels on Los Bronces tailings pond

first_imgAccording to an Associated Press report, a floating island of solar panels is being tested in Chile as a way to generate clean energy and reduce water loss at mine operations, a cornerstone of the Andean country’s economy that uses huge amounts of electricity and water. The experimental Las Tortolas power-generating island is being run by Anglo American at Los Bronces copper mine, and the initiative comes as the government pushes to put Chile at the forefront of renewable energy use in Latin America and the world.The 1,200-square-metre array of solar panels was inaugurated Thursday March 14 by Chilean Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica. Officials said that if the test is successful, the US$250,000 plant could be expanded to cover 40 hectares, or nearly 100 acres. The array floats in the middle of the tailings pond, and it is expected that its shadow will lower the water temperature and reduce evaporation by 80%. Thus, the mine would retain more of that water for its operations and could reduce the amount of fresh water it pumps in the dry mountainous region where water is a scarce commodity.“With this system, we can make our fresh water consumption more efficient, in line with our goal of re-imagining mining and reducing Anglo American’s fresh water consumption by 50% by 2030, as well as the CO2 emissions by producing non-polluting energy,” said Patricio Chacana, Los Bronces’ Vice President of Operations.If the yearlong experiment works as planned, the solar panel island could be expanded and new ones could be installed at other tailings ponds. Experts say there are approximately 800 such ponds in Chile. “It is an excellent idea for the traceability of the mining industry and especially in terms of more efficient use of water. This is a company that recycles 76 percent of the water it uses in its processes,” the Mining Minister said at the unveiling and he encouraged other mining companies to follow suit.In addition, Prokurica said the Mining Ministry is working on a plan to improve the safety of the mine holding ponds, to guard against failures such as one at an iron ore mine recently in Brazil that unleashed a wall of mud that killed at least 186 people and polluted hundreds of miles of river. Many of the tailing ponds in the north of the country are near urban centers.Los Bronces is about 3,500 m above sea level and is 65 km from the country’s capital, Santiago. In 2018, the mine produced 370,000 t of fine copper and 2,421 t of molybdenum. Almost 20% of the energy currently produced and used in Chile comes from renewable sources, up from 6% in 2013.Source: AP, photo credit Esteban Felixlast_img read more

Google releases a free childrens book about browsers and the web

first_imgWondering how to explain the brave new world of Web 2.0 and HTML5 to your children… or simply want to correct your own childlike understanding of how the internet works? Search giant Google has just the picture book for you… and best of all, it’s both free and charming.The book is called 20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The WebSure, we all use the internet every day, and most of us are pretty astute with it… but it’s surprising how little many of us (myself included) know about the inner workings of the web behinds its various sites and interfaces. As such, 20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web is a breath of fresh air, offering eminently understandable primers about HTML, Javascript and Ajax. It’s also a future-looking book, spelling out many of the developments we can expect next from both browsers and web apps. Even security, privacy, open source and design are touched upon.The book reads like a picture book written as a Christmas present from the Google Chrome team to its children, and in fact it is: the collective Chrome team is the book’s author, and we — the users — are their children. Read more at 20 Things I Learnedlast_img read more

Dragtoedit keyboard could be a killer feature for the iPad

first_imgFor what it is, the iPad has a very solid keyboard. Sure, some people complain about the lack of tactile feedback or gripe about the limits of a four row layout, but at the end of the day it’s quite usable. Where the iPad keyboard really lacks is control speed though. In order to manipulate text you need to stop typing, find the point in the text you want, hold down, drag to select the text, and then choose your command. It’s intuitive, but it can also be painful. The video above imagines what the iPad keyboard could be if it were to include gesture-based cursor controls.This keyboard concept — which isn’t an Apple product or endorsed by Apple, by the way — proposes a number of gesture commands that can be used to move the cursor around the page. The first is a simple drag motion along the x and/or y axis. This will move the cursor right, left, up, or down. A two-finger drag will move the cursor faster, by one word at a time instead of one letter (option+right or option+left on the Mac). Text selection would be handled by holding shift and then dragging, much like you would on the computer. Sounds great, right?Perhaps what’s most interesting about the keyboard is that its designer, danielchasehooper, wants Apple to officially adopt it. His plan is to get iPad users to complain, using Apple’s bug reporting. In the complaint those people could link to his video and include a letter he wrote. The thinking seems to be that if Apple sees a critical mass of complaints the idea will rise through the ranks, from tech support, to engineering and design, and finally to the executives. And then Apple will bend to the will of its most outspoken, but also its most dedicated, users.You know, because that happens all the time (/author inserts Blu-ray disc in his Apple netbook).Anyway, it’s a cool keyboard concept and a nice combination of Apple’s love for gestures with usability features that compensate for iOS’ lack of arrow keys. That said, it’s been basically proven at this point that if you want to do serious typing on your iPad you can get a keyboard case, like the Brydge.YouTube, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Motorola teases augmented reality project with clever popup art

first_imgOpening the box revealed a tiny red hat and a forest scene, not unlike the one found in the story Dugan shared at Uplinq. Under the trees rested a Moto X that was a little different than others we have used. This one contained an app labeled Windy Day, and allowed us to see what was going on in the world Motorola had created.It’s an impressive concept, and a testament to the power of Qualcomm’s Adreno 320 chip. The mouse in the video is being rendered in real time using Pixar’s OpenSubDiv using OpenCL and OpenGLES. As you move around, there’s very little stuttering, and the inertial motion feels incredibly smooth as you rotate the phone to see everything that is going on.Motorola has plans to officially unveil this project next week, with the rest of the details surrounding how it was created and what it can be used for. Earlier this year, at Qualcomm’s Uplinq conference, Motorola showed off a teaser of a child-focused augmented reality concept they were working on. Today, it looks like that project is a lot closer to being announced, as Motorola shares a sneak peek with us.When Motorola SVP Regina Dugan asked a crowd of developers, businessmen, and press when the last time they giggled at their smartphone was, there wasn’t a ton of crowd response (the video is below). Fortunately, that didn’t stop her from explaining what she meant. Motorola has been working on a project that focused on exploring the depths of interactive storytelling from a mobile device.Imagine a world where you, the user, are the cameraman. Your phone, the camera, is a portal into another world where you could wander around and see everything that is happening. If you choose to, you could explore the story as it unfolded, or you could wander and let the story happen all around you. Putting this creative power in the hands of a child looked like an incredible idea, and apparently Motorola is not far from sharing that adventure with everyone.last_img read more

Deadpool 2s Varied Soundtrack Avengers Tattoos More Marvel Movie News

first_imgso i found this infinity war magazine today that had interviews with the cast and excuse me gwyneth but pepper and tony don’t have a child?????? pic.twitter.com/3wspv5fsb7— ashley (@ashley__renae) May 3, 2018Yes, that reads “now this decade later, they’re married, and they have a child.” That… was not in Infinity War. There was a brief scene at the beginning where Tony had a dream Pepper might be pregnant. Now, it was pretty obvious the movie was setting up for something, but they were nowhere near actually having a kid. Now, it’s possible this interview took place before the final cut of the movie came together. Maybe there’s a deleted scene where Pepper reveals she’s pregnant. The Russo Brothers had a lot to work with in this movie, and a lot of scenes had to be cut for the final product. But then, they’re also shooting these two movies essentially back to back. Maybe Paltrow got confused about what scene ended up in what movie? Either way, it’s a pretty big spoiler. Iron Man is going to be an Iron Dad. Also, this probably means that Pepper survived the end of Infinity War.You may have heard that to celebrate the huge accomplishment that was Infinity War, the original five (minus Mark Ruffalo because the Hulk is secretly a wuss), all got Avengers tattoos. They weren’t the only ones, though. Chris Evans shared a video showing that the tattoo artist Joshua Lorde also got one… from an actual Avenger. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News The first Deadpool movie was a violent, hilarious, self-aware joy, and it’s looking like we can expect a lot more of that from Deadpool 2. With all the fourth-wall jokes and funny quips though, you might forget about the first movie’s soundtrack. It added so much humor and fun to the movie, and it was full of legitimately great tracks. Think about it. You wouldn’t remember that opening sequence nearly as well if it didn’t use Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop” or Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning” so well. The sequel isn’t even out yet, and already the movie is making great use of music. First, we got this video last week.Honestly, the funniest thing the Deadpool series does sometimes is play something completely straight and sincere. The banter at the end is funny (that Spider-Man burn is particularly good), but nothing’s more hilarious than the fact that this song is legitimately beautiful. The full soundtrack just became available for pre-order, which means we have a full tracklist. It’s… a really good album.“Ashes” by Celine Dion“Welcome To The Party” by Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump (feat. Zhavia Ward)“Nobody Speak” by DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel“Take On Me” (MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice) by A-ha“If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton“All Out Of Love” by Air Supply“We Belong” by Pat Benatar“Tomorrow” by Alicia Morton“Mutant Convoy” by Tyler Bates“Bangarang” (feat. Sirah) by SkrillexOf course, it has “Bangarang” on it. OF COURSE8 IT DOES! I worry a bit that this soundtrack list might spoil some jokes, but… I’m sure it’ll still be funny to hear the songs in context. It’s not that they use a particular song that makes it funny, it’s how they use it. Though I can’t wait to hear how Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” comes up.Over on the Marvel Cinematic Universe side of things, we’re all desperately waiting to see what happens in Avengers 4. Yes, there are two more Marvel movies between now and then, and they’ll both probably be good, but it’s real messed up to leave us hanging for a whole year like this. If you’re desperate for any information on what to expect, you might be in luck. One of the MCU’s stars may have accidentally let a decent-sized spoiler slip. It’s nothing like who comes back and who’s gone forever. But it’s still pretty major.This comes out of the official Avengers: Infinity War magazine, which you’d think would have a pretty close eye on it to catch things like this. Marvel fan Ashley Renae shared a photo on Twitter from an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow.center_img Stay on target Thanks for the ink, Joshua Lorde!(and for letting all of us maim you in return) Love to @RobertDowneyJr @Renner4Real @chrishemsworth Scarlett (we just need to get Ruffalo blackout drunk) pic.twitter.com/mNtJ6xCyOP— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 8, 2018It sounds like he didn’t do such a bad job, either. Nice work, Cap. I do like the idea of the crew getting Ruffalo blackout drunk to complete the set though. Sure, he might be a little angry in the morning, but what’s he gonna do about it. It’s not like the Hulk is coming out anytime soon.If Infinity War made you start reflecting on the entire MCU, it’s probably struck you just how much a wild, complicated journey this has been. No other series has featured this many characters constantly weaving in and out of each other’s stories. It can be a little hard to keep track of though, which is where this timeline comes in handy. A fan on Reddit named Cheesenaut put together an easy-to-read, strangely beautiful timeline of the MCU. It allows you to follow every major character through each appearance. It’s surprisingly fun to look through.Image by Cheesenaut, via RedditIt’s really kind of mesmerizing, and it reveals some things about the series you probably never gave much thought. Like how many characters went straight from Avengers: Age of Ultron to the next big crossover in Captain America: Civil War. It’s also cool to see Spider-Man and Black Panther start in that movie before moving on to their own solo films. Just… great work, Cheesenaut.And hey, we began with music, so why not end with music? Trailer Blend, a.k.a. Ivan Burgueno, put together this video setting some of the biggest moments from the MCU to Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” It’s just about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.God, this has been a fun movie (and TV) series. People criticize the music of Marvel movies for being generic, but when used right, it can be very effective. I love how it sits underneath the Queen song. The sound just amps you up and makes you want to Hulk smash everything in your path. If you ever needed a reminder of why we love these movies so much, this is it. I also love how they included the Netflix shows and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. At least someone is.last_img read more

Project Judge Is a Different Type of Yakuza Game

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The team behind the Yakuza series revealed their latest project, Judge Eyes, during Sony’s Pre-Tokyo Game Show conference. It should come as no surprise that the game is basically a reworked Yakuza title. While it has the type of combat and crazy mini-games familiar to Yakuza, it introduces new gameplay mechanics that make it stand out.The main thing differentiating Judge Eyes from Yakuza is that you don’t play as a criminal. The game stars Takayuki Yagami, who is a lawyer turned detective. As you can see in the trailers, Yagami analyzes clues and people during cases. This is a mechanic not seen in Yakuza. It also appears that he can interrogate folks.The rest of the game is straight up Yakuza. Yagami beats the crap out of bad guys, partakes in wild mini-games, and explores a city which looks very much like Yakuza‘s Kamurocho. This title no doubt runs on the Dragon Engine, but it’s evident things have evolved since Yakuza Kiwami 2. The graphics look crisper and have more detail. Combat appears more fluid and dynamic. Overall, Judge Eyes looks like an enhanced Yakuza game, which isn’t a bad thing by any means.The game is called Judge Eyes in Japan, but is currently running under the moniker of “Project Judge” in the West. This makes me think we’ll see a name change before it gets localized. The trailers say the game releases in 2019. Hopefully, it’ll release in the West in 2019 as well. If you’re a fan of Yakuza, then you know we usually have to wait a while before these titles get localized. As a fan of the Yakuza series, I’m very much looking forward to playing Judge Eyes/Project Judge. We’ll keep an eye on this one so stay tuned for more news as it becomes available.Revisit this team’s game Yakuza 0 with the hands-on review on the game’s sixth edition. Check out the Fancy Collector’s Edition on the game too. Read our hands-on review of this creative team’s other game H1Z1: Battle Royale. Stay up to date on all PlayStation 4 games news here.  last_img read more

One injured in shooting in central Vancouver

first_imgOne person was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening following a shooting on Caples Avenue off Fourth Plain Boulevard on Monday afternoon.Officers responded to a house in the 2900 block of Caples Avenue in the Bagley Downs neighborhood around 1:15 p.m. for a report of a drive-by shooting, then set up a search perimeter around the area.Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said officers found the shooting actually occurred inside a home, but were unable to locate a suspect. She said there was little suspect information beyond word the suspected shooter fled westbound in a red sedan.No other injuries were reported, she said.Roosevelt Elementary School, the Fir Grove/Vista school, Vancouver iTech Preparatory Middle School, Vancouver Flex Academy, some school district offices and the Jim Parsley Community Center went on lockdown for about 20 minutes during the incident, according to Vancouver Public Schools.Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit and the Safe Streets Task Force are investigating, the department said, adding detectives don’t believe there’s any threat to the general publiclast_img read more

Entercom introduces new benefits for staff

first_imgUS radio broadcasting firm Entercom, which employs a total of 2,726 staff, is to introduce new employee benefits in January 2016, including a volunteering initiative, a student loan reimbursement programme and a discounted stock purchase scheme.The volunteering programme will give Entercom’s employees a half-day off each quarter to volunteer for a non-profit organisation of their choice.Its discounted stock scheme will allow eligible staff to purchase the organisation’s stock at a 15% discount through a payroll deduction plan, and its student loan reimbursement programme will provide $1,000 per calendar year to reduce outstanding student loans for employees who have graduated within the past eight years.Entercom will further expand its existing benefits programme through the addition of incentives such as annual trips to exclusive resorts for top performing sales executives.David Field, chief executive officer of Entercom, said: “Making Entercom a great place to work has long been a core principle at Entercom. We are always looking for ways to improve ourselves and make Entercom a better and stronger organisation, and that includes enhancing the quality of life for our team.“We have examined benefits programmes from leading organisations all across the country in a wide range of industries and have honed in on a few highly compelling programmes that we think will make outstanding additions to life at Entercom. We are very excited to be delivering these new benefits to our employees.”last_img read more

Dowden Health Media Buys Marketing Agency

first_imgDowden Health Media has acquired Priority Integrated Marketing, a Minneapolis based agency that offers marketing services to the healthcare and financial services industries. Priority president Jim Larranaga will report to Dowden Custom Media president Sid Gokhale, while Priority COO Kathryn Hammond joins DHM as well. “This new, stronger organization-and the 100-person enterprise it creates with our Montvale, NJ and Minneapolis-based staffs-will bring to our markets a formidable breadth of expertise and depth of resources in custom content marketing, brand consulting and multi-channel messaging, encompassing social media, Web, e-mail, print and other mediums.” The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Priority in the deal, which is Dowden Health Media’s first major move under new owners High Road Capital Partners, which purchased DHM in December as part of a sell-off of several Lebhar-Friedman assets. Business-to-business publishers are scrambling to ramp up their marketing services offerings, some through acquisition, some through organic growth. In April, Northstar Travel Media and Summit Media launched their own dedicated marketing solutions division while in Penton Media bought online marketing firm EyeTraffic Media in March, then announced its own Marketing Services Group in April. On the consumer side, Conde Nast last month announced a new marketing services group called Ideactive while Hearst’s iCrossing digital shop launched a new content unit called Live Media Studio that focuses on blogs, interviews, tips, videos and infographics for brand clients.last_img read more

Budget 2017 Four factors likely to create uncertainty says Motilal Oswal Securities

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley will be presenting Budget 2017 next Wednesday, the fourth by the Narendra Modi government since it came to power in May 2014. However, the estimates for 2017-18 in the budget need to be taken with a pinch of salt, given the circumstances and the context.Read: Budget 2017 offers chance to reduce import duty on gold before GST, says Quantum AMCWhile the uncertainty of estimated FY2018 growth projections and the likely implementation of the Goods and Services (GST) Tax are two key factors that could make the budget estimates a bit sceptical, a third dimension would be on account of the fiscal dividend likely to accrue to the government after demonetisation (March 2017). Further, tax receipts from the second tax amnesty scheme (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, or PMGKY, 2016) make the exercise more challenging this year, according to brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL).In its preview of Budget 2017, MOSL said that these four “channels” render the annual forward-looking document prone to “additional ambiguity.”GST uncertaintyAfter the ninth meeting of the GST Council this month, Jaitley had said that July 1, 2017 was a more realistic date for rolling out the unified indirect tax across India.”Although this is one of the most awaited indirect tax reforms in the economy, the multi-layered tax structure proposed under GST – which will get implemented in the middle of a financial year – will bring opaqueness on associated tax collections, at least in the initial few months. Such uncertainty will also make the numbers presented in the Union Budget highly sceptical,” MOSL said.Second tax amnesty schemeThe March 31 deadline for people with undisclosed income to come clean under the PMGKY 2016 is also a critical factor. “All the government spending plans will have to be approved in the Parliament, and the government thus needs to balance all the expenses with the source of financing. Apart from the uncertainties associated with the aforementioned factors, it is also important to note that some of the schemes, under which the government could potentially raise tax receipts, would continue till March 31, 2017. Thus, the government’s estimates on tax collection on account of these schemes would be open to doubts,” the preview said.Demonetisation dividendThe notes not returned to the banking system after March 31, 2017 deadline presents another revenue side uncertainty, made more complex by the RBI’s accounting year. “Since the RBI functions on July-June year, the actual amount of special dividends that could arise from the extinguishment of the RBI’s liabilities would be known at a much later date. Consequently, the Union Budget 2017-18 will come with an additional layer(s) of ambiguity, raising questions on the numbers presented by the government on February 1, 2017,” according to MOSL.Unrealistic GDP growth estimatesThe government’s GDP growth estimates for FY2018 are likely to have more ambiguity than usual, including for the current fiscal.”In fact, the central government assumed nominal FY17 GDP growth at 11% in its Budget 2016-17. With demonetisation, 12% growth in nominal GDP appears ambitious and unrealistic, in our view.”If the central government decides to use the CSO’s advance estimates, it could easily peg FY18 nominal GDP growth estimate at 13% (as against market consensus of 12% and our expectations of ~11%)…Although this risk is run every time the government presents its budget, the rise in uncertainty due to demonetisation has created an additional layer of vagueness to such estimates,” MOSL said in its preview.last_img read more

Rape victims body exhumed in Netrakona

first_imgThe body of a teenage girl, who allegedly committed suicide a day after being raped at Thakurkona village in Sadar upazila, has been exhumed for fresh autopsy.Following an order of Netrakona court, the body of Panna Akhter was exhumed from the graveyard of the village at noon in the presence of Saida Parvin, executive magistrate of the district administration, and Sanwar Hossain, additional superintendent of police.Following a petition filed by Inspector (investigation) Shah Nur-e-Alam of Netrakona Model Police Station, also investigation officer of a case filed over the rape and provoking Panna to commit suicide, the court of judicial magistrate Rukonuzzaman passed the order.Read more: BCL leader held for ‘rape, suicide provocation’Besides, two arrested accused Koushik Sarker Apu, 23, agricultural affairs deputy secretary of district unit BCL, and Mamun Miah Akond, 26, gave confessional statement before a court on Wednesday evening.Judicial Magistrate Syed Abdullah Al Habib and judicial magistrate Julfikar Ali Rony recorded the statements of Koushik and Mamun Miah respectively.On Monday, police arrested Mamun, son of Gafur Miah of the village, from Birishiri area in Durgapur upazila.According to the case statement, Panna allegedly committed suicide on 4 September after being raped on 3 September.Victim’s mother Alpana Akter filed the case against three people for rape and provoking her daughter to commit suicide.Another accused of the case is Sultan, 22, son of late Chan Miah of the same village.last_img read more

3 police officers among 12 sued over youth murder

first_imgsherpurA case has been filed against 12 people, including the officer-in-charge and two sub-inspectors of Nalitabari Police Station, over the death of a young man soon after his release from the custody, reports news agency UNB.Victim’s brother Nintya Nanda Sarker Subrata filed the case with the Senior Judicial Magistrate Court-2 on Thursday afternoon, two and half months after the incident, said Advocate Mamtaj Uddin Munna.The accused include OC AKM Fashiur Rahman, and SIs Atiar Rahman and Sumon Miah.The rest of the accused are leaders and activists of Awami League and Jubo League. They were sued for abetting police.Taking cognisance of the complainant, Judge Md Humayun Kabir ordered Mymensingh Police Bureau of Investigation (PIB) to submit a report on 28 February after investigation.On 1 October last, police detained mason Biswajit Sarker, 22, from Kacharipara of the upazila headquarters for possessing hemp.He fell sick after his release from the police custody the same day and died at Nalitabari upazila hospital in the early hours of the following day.Family members had alleged that Biswajit died due to police torture.last_img read more

Harris County Unveils New 911 Call Center Designed To Weather Natural Disasters

first_imgEric Stone/Houston Public MediaThe new center has 72 consoles for operators, each displaying a variety of information.Harris County officials unveiled a new 911 call center in northeast Houston Friday. The new center can house 72 operators, and officials say it’s designed to weather even the worst natural disaster.During Hurricane Harvey, Greater Harris County’s primary 911 call center on Buffalo Bayou flooded, forcing operators to relocate. That meant longer wait times when people needed help.This new 911 facility in northeast Houston won’t be as vulnerable, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He said the site didn’t flood during Harvey. The center is also supported by three backup generators and two uninterruptible power supplies. It has laundry facilities and sleeping quarters for operators in a disaster.“We won’t lose operations for just about any disaster,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, there’s always that one that is unforeseen that we just didn’t think about, but by and large, with anything that we would see, storms or anything, we should be sustainable.”– / 3Jason Spencer, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, said the center uses next-generation 911 technology. It’s a technical advance that helps the 911 system handle calls more efficiently.Rather than the regular analog telephone routing system, which only allows voice calls with limited location data, next-generation 911 allows callers to transmit data to the 911 call center via the internet, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Board. Callers won’t notice much difference on their end — most of the improvements happen behind the scenes.One major benefit of next-generation 911 is the ability for call centers to share the load when dealing with high call volumes during a natural disaster or mass casualty event. That was a big problem during Hurricane Harvey, when wait times for 911 spiked — the New York Times reported that over 40% of callers hung up before their call was answered when wait times were longest.Next-generation 911 also helps emergency services work together better. During Harvey, 911 calls went first to the sheriff’s office, then were transferred elsewhere if the caller needed medical service. They then had to re-explain their problem. Next-generation 911 allows services to share information more effectively.The new center will come online Tuesday, April 30. Sharelast_img read more

5 games like Angry Birds

first_imgIf you simply cannot get enough of slaying evil, egg-stealing pigs  and you have finished all of the Angry Birds titles, we’ve found five games that will tide you over until Rovio decides to publish the next installment. While playing something else might feel strange at first, don’t worry, these aren’t low-budget, ersatz versions of the bird-catapulting game you love (for the most part). Trust us when we say that each is enormously fun in their own right… if you give them a chance!World of GooI can honestly say that World of Goo is one of the most original titles I have ever had the pleasure to play. Created by an independent duo of developers working in their basement, the title makes use of physics puzzles to challenge players to complete goals. Featuring stunning visuals and inventive gameplay, you are challenged in each level to complete what looks like a simple goal but may require a complex solution. How you finish each level is totally up to you, as the game gives you goo balls with different properties to play with.At first it might not seem like a game lie Angry Birds, but both prominently feature an environment that presents obstacles that you must overcome, physics puzzles, and a fair bit of trial-and-error.While we know that a lot of the appeal of Rovio’s hit title is the ease in which anyone can play, World of Goo is a bit of a deeper game in the mental sense, so young children may get frustrated. The title has received a ton of awards and has been downloaded millions of times on iOS and Android. Originally released as a PC title, World of Goo $9.99 on Steam, and is $4.99 on iOS and the Play Store.FraggerIf you’re looking for something less cerebral than World of Goo and are just wanting to mindlessly blow things up, then Fragger is the title for you. A blatant Angry Birds clone as far as gameplay and physics, the title places you in the role of a grenade-wielding hero looking to do away with your enemies. Each level presents you with a challenge on how to figure out the best method to blow up invaders with the least number of grenades used.This free title isn’t as deep as other games in this genre, but it’s a fun time-waster on your tablet or handheld device. If your strictly a PC gamer it’s available on the web via a Flash-based version. All versions are free to play, but have in-game purchases to get hints on solutions and other power-up goodies.OrbitalWhile Orbital may look simple, don’t be fooled. It’s a challenging title that fits the old cliche, “easy to learn, difficult to master.” Your goal is to launch orbs into the playing field, aiming them so that they hit other orbs that already exist. When you have either physically hit them or touch them with a shockwave five time, they burst to give you points. Here’s the challenge though: every time you launch and orb, it becomes another obstacle after it was a weapon for you. The similarity to Angry Birds is obvious, but has enough of a varied twist that the gameplay remains original.Originally released for iOS, the developers have made an excellent Android version that is identical to the original. Right now it has three different modes of play that will challenge you for a good amount of time. Again, not as deep as World of Goo but not as light as Fragger.Available for download for both iOS and Android, Orbital is priced at $3.00 which may seem a little steep at first. Once you start playing the game however, you’ll realize the amount of work that has gone into the title.Crush the CastleAt $0.99 it’s hard to go wrong with the title Crush the Castle. While it doesn’t look as polished as other titles in the genre, it’s has a satisfying gameplay experience where you use trebuchets to destroy your enemies’ castles. The physics are very similar to levels in Angry Birds where there are structures to knock down before being able to do away with those evil green pigs. Another simple casual style game, anyone can pick it up and be able to do well hand have fun. It includes a create-a-castle mode where you can setup structures that you want to have fun destroying.Crush the Castle is available to play for free on the web and on Android for $0.99.Pandas vs NinjasThe developer behind Pandas VS Ninjas are shameless when it comes to comparing their game to Angry Birds. With the exact same gameplay, the title will give you another set of levels to play through, only instead of birds you have a giant panda shooting baby pandas at pesky ninjas protected by various structures. There are two versions of the game, an ad-driven free download or a $0.99 premium offering that removes the various commercial banners.The biggest difference with this offering is that there is actually a BlackBerry version available for download in addition to the Android and Window Phone versions. Not something you see very often anymore.last_img read more