Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.10.3 | Award Amount: 1.05M | Year: 2011
IST-Africa (2012 - 2013) is a strategic collaboration between 1 European partner and 18 African Ministries and National Councils responsible for ICT /STI adoption, policy and research representing North Africa (Egypt, Tunisia), Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi), East Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia), West Africa (Senegal, Ghana) & Central Africa (Cameroon).The main objectives of IST-Africa (2012 - 2013) are to: Support Information Society & ICT R&D dialogues and increase cooperation between EC, AUC, EU & African MS and key regional organisations; Support work of European Expert Group & implementation of 8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership; Organise events synchronised with dialogue meetings, providing input on common R&D priorities and strengthening EU-Africa research links; Identify and analyse African ICT research priorities and provide recommendations for future Africa - EU co-operation; Strengthen cooperative research links between European and African organisations to establish strategic partnerships; Support development of NCPs in partner countriesIST-Africa (2012 - 2013) will: Organise 2 Thematic Working Group Meetings; Facilitation of 2 informal Dialogue Meetings of European Expert Group (hosted by EU Member States or EC) to support EC; Organise 2 Ministerial level research conferences in Africa and meetings with RECs & other Regional stakeholders; Engage with national and regional African S&T/ICT Stakeholders to identify research priorities; Organise FP7 Training Workshops in new Partner Countries (Ethiopia, Tunisia, Swaziland, Malawi) to create awareness about Calls, validate priorities, inform recommendations; Organise 2 IST-Africa Workshops at European conferences to highlight African research capacity; Maximize regional impact by engaging with relevant Technology Platforms and publishing content
News Article | February 28, 2017
The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy and the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is investing in Canadian innovations to create sustainable economic growth for communities across Canada. Today, while addressing attendees of the Innovation Forum 2017, the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada is investing in a cloud-based communication system developed in British Columbia. Lightship Works Inc., of Kamloops, British Columbia, received a $590,000-contract for its Lightship Worksite Management Platform. This innovative platform allows organizations to effectively respond in real time during emergencies, providing a safer work environment. The platform also enables organizations to communicate with workers, track vehicles and equipment and monitor tasks. Public Services and Procurement Canada, the provincial Ministry of Environment and Emergency Management BC are testing this innovation. The Lightship Worksite Management Platform will help these organizations share information in case of emergency, such as wildfire situations. This investment was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, which helps Canadian innovators land their first sale and get their innovations tested by the Government of Canada. The program is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovation and small and medium-sized businesses across Canada. Canadian innovators can submit their proposals on the Build in Canada Innovation Program's website. "Our government is committed to growing the economy and the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. Investments in innovation are a key driver of jobs and prosperity. By matching innovative products such as the Lightship system with government needs, the Build in Canada Innovation Program helps Canadian companies move their products from the testing phase to the marketplace." The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement "Support from the Government of Canada through the Build in Canada Innovation Program is allowing us to deploy Lightship with multiple agencies in British Columbia. The outcomes of this project will fine tune business practices for information sharing that will help ensure the safety and resiliency of communities across British Columbia." "We are thrilled to partner with the Federal Government to offer a Forum that provides information resources for individuals in the tech industry, research and development and generally help inspire the potential of knowledge-based workers."
News Article | December 6, 2016
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and ROUYN-NORANDA, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 6, 2016) - Orla Mining Ltd. ("Orla")(TSX VENTURE:OLA) and Pershimco Resources Inc. ("Pershimco")(TSX VENTURE:PRO) (FRANKFURT:BIZ) are pleased to announce that they have completed the previously announced plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act ("CBCA"), pursuant to which Orla and Pershimco have combined to create a new gold company in the Americas (the "Arrangement"). In connection with the closing of the Arrangement, the proceeds of Orla's previously completed C$50 million private placement of subscription receipts released from escrow and the underlying common shares of Orla were issued. The net proceeds of the private placement will be used to repay any amounts owed to RK Mine Finance in connection with Pershimco's credit facility, for exploration growth at the Cerro Quema project, and for general corporate purposes. The new company ("NewCo"), which will continue to operate under the name "Orla Mining Ltd.", will focus on continued exploration and development of the Cerro Quema project located in Panama, and intends to seek further growth opportunities in the Americas. Marc Prefontaine will lead NewCo as President and Chief Executive Officer. Marc Prefontaine, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewCo stated: "We are pleased to have completed the merger with Pershimco, and look forward to moving forward and executing on our strategy. NewCo has a strong balance sheet, with no debt, and we currently intend to explore and advance the Cerro Quema project. We currently believe the Cerro Quema project has significant exploration potential - first to expand the oxide resource which will support the establishment of a low cost heap leach mine and second to explore for large bulk tonnage porphyry targets. I would like to thank the shareholders of both Orla and Pershimco for their overwhelming support of the transaction. Finally, I would like to welcome Alain Bureau and Jean Robitaille to Orla's Board of Directors and strategic investors, Agnico Eagle and The Sentient Group to our shareholder registry." Alain Bureau, Director of NewCo commented: "This merger was possible through a common vision of strategic planning between Pershimco and Orla. We believe that organisations that focus on strategic alliances and long-term planning can bring long-term performance and growth. It is our view that this new injection of capital and experience will brings horsepower to a project with potential upside. It is also my belief that we have formed a solid company with a solid plan and we expect that it will continue to build value for all shareholders. I also express my gratitude to all of Pershimco's Management and Board members who made this transaction a success." Following completion of the Arrangement, NewCo has approximately 115.86 million common shares (the "Newco Shares") issued and outstanding with approximately 53.1% of the NewCo Shares being held by former shareholders of Orla and 46.9% of the NewCo Shares being held by former shareholders of Pershimco. Additionally, NewCo has approximately 11.44 million class A shares issued and outstanding, which are all held by former shareholders of Pershimco. Each class A share of NewCo will entitle its holder to receive, without payment of additional consideration, one NewCo Share conditional upon the issuance of a ministerial resolution by the Ministry of Environment of Panama, accepting the Environmental and Social Impact Study ("ESIA") for Pershimco's Cerro Quema project on or prior to January 31, 2017. If a ministerial resolution accepting the ESIA for the Cerro Quema project is not received prior to January 31, 2017, the right to receive NewCo Shares will terminate and the class A shares will be automatically cancelled. The 12,121,212 common shares of Pershimco held by Orla were cancelled in connection with the Arrangement. The NewCo Shares will commence trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol OLA on December 7, 2016. The Pershimco shares will be delisted from the TSXV at the close of markets on December 6, 2016. Full details of the Arrangement and certain other matters are set out in the management information circulars of each of Orla and Pershimco dated October 31, 2016. Copies of the Circulars can be found under Orla's and Pershimco's respective profiles on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Following completion of the Arrangement, the leadership team of NewCo includes: The Board of Directors of NewCo would like to thank former directors of Pershimco for their dedication and continued support. Pursuant to the Arrangement, former Orla shareholders are entitled to receive one NewCo Share for each Orla share held. In order to receive NewCo Shares in exchange for former Orla common shares, registered shareholders of Orla must complete sign, date and return the letter of transmittal that was mailed to each Orla shareholder prior to closing (the "Orla Letter of Transmittal"). The Orla Letter of Transmittal is also available under Orla's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. For those shareholders of Orla whose shares are registered in the name of a broker, investment dealer, bank, trust company, trust or other intermediary or nominee, they should contact such nominee for assistance in depositing their Orla Shares and should follow the instructions of such intermediary or nominee. Pursuant to the Arrangement, former Pershimco shareholders are entitled to receive 0.19 NewCo Shares and 0.04 class A shares for each Pershimco share held. In order to receive NewCo Shares in exchange for Pershimco common shares, registered shareholders of Pershimco must complete sign, date and return the letter of transmittal that was mailed to each Pershimco shareholder prior to closing (the "Pershimco Letter of Transmittal"). The Pershimco Letter of Transmittal is also available under Pershimco's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. For those shareholders of Pershimco whose shares are registered in the name of a broker, investment dealer, bank, trust company, trust or other intermediary or nominee, they should contact such nominee for assistance in depositing their Orla Shares and should follow the instructions of such intermediary or nominee. There will be no certificates issued in respect of the class A shares, and the class A shares are not transferable. None of the securities to be issued pursuant to the Arrangement have been or will be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any state securities laws, and any securities issued pursuant to the Arrangement are intended to be issued in reliance upon available exemptions from such registration requirements pursuant to Section 3(a)(10) and Section 3(a)(9), as applicable, of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable exemptions under state securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in the United States. Orla retained GMP Securities L.P. as financial advisor and Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP as legal advisor. Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP acted as United States legal advisor to Orla. Pershimco retained Minvisory Corp. as financial advisor and Seguin Racine, Avocats Ltée as legal advisor. The Special Committee of Pershimco retained Primary Capital Inc. as financial advisor and Dentons Canada LLP as legal advisor. Orla Mining is a mineral exploration company led by a group of seasoned mining executives. The company's focus is to acquire mineral exploration opportunities where the Company's exploration and development expertise and corporate share structure could substantially enhance shareholder value. The 100% owned Cerro Quema project includes a near-term gold oxide production scenario and a copper-gold porphyry target in Panama. Cerro Quema's sizable concession boasts paved road access, a supportive local population and the most favorable climate for mining in the country. As previously reported by the company, the Cerro Quema project is currently in the last stage of the permitting process for a proposed gold oxide heap leach operation. Additionally, the Cerro Quema project has significant exploration upside with resource expansion potential. Please refer to the Cerro Quema Project - Pre-Feasibility Study on the La Pava and Quemita Oxide Gold Deposits, available on Pershimco's website, and filed on SEDAR on August 22, 2014 as well as to the press release of Pershimco July 8, 2014. Certain information set forth in this news release contains "forward-looking statements", and "forward-looking information under Canadian, United States and other applicable securities laws. Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements, which include expectations about the completion of the Transaction and Private Placement, and the intended participation of management and directors of Orla in the Private Placement, use of proceeds, the composition of the Board of Directors of NewCo and its senior executive team, future performance, pre-feasibility estimates and optimization, increases to project value, exploration upside, permitting, pro forma capitalization and ownership, receipt of the ESIA, expected cash costs and mineral resource estimates, and are based on Orla's and Pershimco's current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs, which may prove to be incorrect. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of conditional or future tenses or by the use of such words such as "will", "expects", "may", "should", "estimates", "anticipates", "believes", "projects", "plans", and similar expressions, including variations thereof and negative forms. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Orla, Pershimco or NewCo's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks and uncertainties relating to the completion of the transactions as described herein, the ability to successfully integrate operations and realize the anticipated benefits of the Pershimco acquisition liabilities inherent in mine development and production; geological, mining and processing technical problems; NewCo's inability to obtain required mine licences, mine permits and regulatory approvals required in connection with mining and mineral processing operations; competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions of reserves, undeveloped lands and skilled personnel; incorrect assessments of the value of acquisitions; changes in commodity prices and exchange rates; currency and interest rate fluctuations; various events that could disrupt operations and/or the transportation of mineral products, including labour stoppages and severe weather conditions; the demand for and availability of rail, port and other transportation services; the ability to secure adequate financing, the risk that management and directors of Orla may not ultimately participate in the private placement to the extent anticipated, and management's ability to anticipate and manage the foregoing factors and risks. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Orla and Pershimco undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Orla and Pershimco disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by securities legislation. Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the management information circulars to be prepared in connection with the Transaction, any information released or received with respect to the Transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of Orla and Pershimco should be considered highly speculative. The companies referenced in this press release each prepare their disclosure in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in Canada, which differ from the requirements of United States securities laws. Terms relating to mineral resources in this press are defined in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") - CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as amended. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), permits mining companies, in their filing with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract of produce. The companies reference in this press release may use certain terms, such as "mineral resource", "measured mineral resource", "indicated mineral resource" and "inferred mineral resource" that the SEC does not recognize (these terms may be used or referred to in this news release and are included in the public filings of such companies, which have been filed with the SEC and the securities commissions or similar authorities in Canada. Accordingly, information contained or referenced in this press release containing descriptions of mineral deposits may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements under the United States federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed Transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: SC5-24-2016 | Award Amount: 317.14K | Year: 2016
The main objective of the project is to contribute to a transition towards a green economy in Europe through organization of the international conference Transition to a green economy (T2gE). This international conference will be an event of major strategic nature during the Slovak Presidency of the European Council. Conference will bring together a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Its ambition is to improve understanding of the green economy concept, identify conclusions and pathways for transition as well as to involve and mobilise various actors and stakeholders in the discussions of possible future actions. The conference also aims to strengthen synergy among various recent initiatives and programmes launched by the European Commission (i.e 7EAP, Circular economy package, Energy Union, Juncker Commissions priorities etc) and by the Member States, to the benefit of the overall coherence. The conference will aim to bring together policymakers from various EU countries, as well as a range of stakeholders from international organizations, academia, business, and civil society and encourage an open debate around key green economy issues. At the end of the conference, draft conclusions, for both the national and the European level, will be approved which will be useful tool for implementation of policy in the field of green economy. Parallel breakout sessions will be devoted to various relevant subjects with the involvement of representatives from civil society, policymakers, business, science and innovations, and regional and local authorities. The participants will present examples of the green economy approaches from successful countries, which will be discussed and reflected in the conclusions to ensure that green economy policy conclusions are relevant to countries needs. Part of the conference will be oriented on practical demonstration of Slovak examples of green/circular economy field trip.
News Article | February 24, 2017
« Waymo suing Otto and Uber over autonomous driving technology | Main | Volkswagen Group says making good progress in its retrofit campaign for diesel models » Toyota Motor Corporation delivered the first fuel cell bus (FC bus) sold under the Toyota brand to the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. This FC bus will be put into operation as a Toei route bus in March along with a second bus that is scheduled for delivery in the same month. Toyota plans to introduce more than 100 FC buses mainly within the Tokyo area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The increased use of FC buses in urban areas is expected to help raise the level of understanding by the general public regarding the use of FC buses as a form of public transportation. The Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which was developed for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV), has been adopted to provide better energy efficiency in comparison with internal combustion engines, as well as to deliver superior environmental performance with no CO emissions or Substances of Concern (SoC) emitted when driving. In addition, the FC Bus is compliant with Non-Step Standards, making for easy boarding and exiting by elderly people and young children. The TCFS combines hybrid technology (power control unit, motor and battery) with fuel cell technology (Toyota FC stacks and high pressure hydrogen tanks). The bus also uses a high-capacity external power supply system. With a power supply capable of a 9 kW maximum output, and a large capacity of electricity supply at 235 kWh, the FC bus can be used as a power source in the event of disasters, such as at evacuation sites such as in school gymnasiums or, its electricity supply can also be harnessed for home electric appliance use. Development and demonstration tests of the Toyota FC Bus were conducted under the Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Demonstration Project of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program7 under the Ministry of Environment. It was then introduced under the Program for promoting low carbonization of local transportation of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The Toyota Group considers the use of hydrogen to be a powerful source of energy for the future. Toyota has launched the Mirai FCV, while also engaging in the technological and product development of FC buses, fuel cell forklifts, as well as stationary fuel cells for use in homes. Going forward, Toyota says it will accelerate developments in a unified manner, so as to contribute to the realization of a hydrogen-based society.
News Article | December 12, 2016
'Diversahack' event results in a new strategy to promote sponsorship and advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 12, 2016) - Puzzled by the perpetual lack of diversity in leadership positions across Canada, leaders from Deloitte, Dentons Canada LLP, HSBC Bank Canada and the Government of Ontario came together to host Diversahack, a hackathon-inspired event. The result: a co-created sponsorship strategy that will propel diverse, high potential individuals to senior executive positions at Canada's leading organizations. Research shows that sponsorship -- not just as a program, but as a corporate philosophy -- is a highly effective way to accelerate women's careers. In fact, 85 percent of sponsored women with children continue to work full time and seek out leadership positions, compared to 58 percent of those without sponsors. Yet organizations are not integrating sponsorship into their diversity and inclusion strategy. "Mentors talk to you. Sponsors talk about you. Having a sponsor in your corner that will go to bat for you, and is invested in your career and growth, personally and professionally -- the benefit is unparalleled," said Miyo Yamashita, Managing Partner, Talent at Deloitte in Canada. "Providing opportunities for sponsorship is essential if organizations are to create the best conditions for their people to thrive. This will allow for deep engagement and ensure that the best ideas are on the table." "Sponsorship is a great way of tapping into the potential of an organization's best and brightest, helping a diverse range of talent realize their full potential," said Raman Rai, SVP & Head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management, HSBC Bank Canada. "A good leader often has a strong sense of self, while a great leader also enables others to believe in themselves." Despite the progress made over the years, women are still under-represented in leadership roles. According to Catalyst, women occupy less than 5 percent of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies, although the participation rate of men and women in the workforce is roughly equal. This imbalance becomes even more mystifying when you consider the bottom line benefits of diversity -- companies that have gender-balanced leadership outperform those that do not. "We've found that diverse teams are more engaged, inventive and high performing as they are able to innovate and collaborate more effectively, and in ways that resonate deeply with our clients," said Chris Pinnington, CEO, Dentons Canada LLP. "As an effective sponsor you have to put yourself out there, and invest in your delegate in a meaningful way." During the event, participants likened existing sponsorship programs to the movie The Hunger Games, where delegates are essentially competing with one another for a single sponsorship opportunity. To combat this issue, organizations need to foster an environment more like the television show The Voice, where all contestants are each encouraged to succeed. A three-pronged strategy was developed where delegates are identified based on their talent, and sponsors would be incented to act as active champions. To do so, they proposed flipping two core orthodoxies: that sponsors must pick delegates and that sponsorship must be a one-to-one relationship. Through group sponsorship and providing delegates with the ability to choose their sponsors, diverse top talent across the organization would have equal opportunities for advancement. As well, delegates would hone their skills and team-working abilities, and staff across the organization would be inspired by the strategy's success. "Hack-a-thons are a new concept and if you've never participated in one it can be hard to imagine how people can come up with solutions in a very short period of time, but it happens," said Heather Taylor, Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. "Diversahack wasn't just a one day event, end of story. It was about creating actionable items that we can take away from today and implement in our organizations." The full report and additional resources related to Diversahack are available at: https://www2.deloitte.com/ca/en/pages/human-capital/articles/inclusion-diversity.html Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/ca/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms. Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com. HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the leading international bank in the country. We help companies and individuals across Canada to do business and manage their finances internationally through three global business lines: Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Retail Banking and Wealth Management. HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 4,400 offices in 71 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,557bn at 30 September 2016, HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. For more information visit www.hsbc.ca
News Article | August 22, 2016
Bulldozers prepare a field for construction on what is slated to be Senegal's largest solar plant in Santhiou Mekhe, Senegal, July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hunched over her laptop, eyes locked on the screen, Marième Seye listens to the step-by-step instructions given by her teacher. The 18-year-old isn't studying math or history, however. With 24 other Senegalese students, she is learning to develop a mobile app to raise awareness about the environment. In small groups, the students develop apps focusing on environmental issues, in the format of their choice – such as a game, quiz or a platform to look up potentially unfamiliar terms, such as "endangered species". Seye has called her app "Weer Weeldé", which means "a healthy planet for a healthy life" in Wolof. Users must choose which between four pictures – for example, a person drinking dirty water, another smoking, industrial fumes and people planting trees – to pick what represents the most positive contribution to the planet. Choosing the correct image – in this case, tree planting – rewards the user with points, before all pictures appear with a caption explaining the dangers or benefits linked to the activities. "I'm interested in developing a phone app because I use them all the time," Seye told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The three-day workshop, organised by the Goethe Institute and mJangale, a Senegalese after-school programme, aims to improve students' literacy, numeracy, and foreign language skills. Christelle Scharff, co-founder of mJangale and professor of computer science at Pace University in New York, teaches participants to use MIT App Inventor – a drag-and-drop tool allowing users to create a basic phone app. The students follow her every click on a computer screen projected on the wall. "The goal is to introduce young people to computing, as well as to make them more knowledgeable about the environment," Scharff explained, walking between the groups to check their progress. "So it's applying computing to something. We didn't want kids to just develop an app, but also to gain knowledge in another area." The Android apps will be made available on Google Play, where they can be downloaded for free. Idriss Sall Diop, 18, just passed his baccalaureate. "This is totally new to me, I've never studied IT and just started using computers," he admitted from his front-row seat. "Young people are interested in social media but not necessarily in the environment," he added. "I think these apps are a way around that – we're always keen to learn about new things." Adja Aissatou Sy, communications manager at Senegal's Ministry of Environment, said at the workshop that teenagers have limited awareness when it comes to environmental issues. "Mobile apps are a good way to share information and broaden young people's knowledge on this topic," she explained. The African continent has been slow to adopt digital technologies in education, according to Thierry Zomahoun, chairperson of the Next Einstein Forum, a conference to advance science innovation in Africa. The first conference was held in Dakar in March. He believes more advanced equipment in schools – from computers to scientific laboratories – will broaden students' horizon and better prepare them for the job market. "We can't just stand idle while there are more African engineers in the U.S. than there are on the African continent – we need to reverse that trend," he said at the conference. Scharff added that "as big consumers of technology, Facebook and all these tools, young people can also contribute to tons of solutions here in Senegal." According to Senegal's Telecoms Regulation Authority report released in March, the country's mobile phone penetration rate reached 113.7 percent in the first quarter of 2016 – which can be explained by the fact that some mobile users hold several SIM cards. Sy agrees that youth need a context in which to create a link with the environment. "For example, there doesn't exist, as far as I know, an app that focuses on biodiversity in Senegal," she said. "I would like to see a game on identifying our endangered species – like chimpanzees or panthers – and asking questions that would empower young people to protect their environment."
News Article | February 13, 2017
Approaching Okpoko market through thick smog on the back of an okada (motorcycle taxi), the natural reaction is to cover your nose to protect yourself from the dust storm – but the effort is futile. When a lorry zooms past, kicking up yet another red cloud of dirt, a trader turns the head of a sleeping toddler away from the road, a protective act that is as poignant as it is pointless. This is a typical day in the southern Nigerian port city of Onitsha – which last year gained notoriety when it was ranked the worst city in the world for the staggering levels of PM10 particulate matter in its air. Onitsha’s mean annual concentration was recorded at 594 micrograms per cubic metre by the World Health Organization – massively exceeding the WHO’s annual guideline limit for PM10s of 20μg/m3. PM10 refers to coarse dust particles between 10 and 2.5 micrometres in diameter, while PM2.5s are even finer and more dangerous when inhaled, settling deep in a person’s lungs. Sources of both include dust storms, gases emitted by vehicles, all types of combustion, and industrial activities such as cement manufacturing, construction, mining and smelting. Onitsha scores highly on most of the above – as do other rapidly growing Nigerian cities such as Kaduna, Aba and Umuahia, all of which also featured in the WHO’s 20 worst offenders for PM10s. In Onitsha’s very busy Okpoko market, my air quality monitor registers 140 for PM10s and 70 for PM2.5s – all way over recommended healthy levels, but still nothing compared to the readings triggered in other parts of this densely populated commercial and industrial hub. The entire vicinity of the market is perpetually dusty, as wood-sellers saw lumber into different shapes and sizes. The air here is made worse by all the fine sand particles that fly off the back of trucks as they visit one of the many dredging companies on the bank of the River Niger, just behind the wood market. One female traffic warden has been working in the same spot here for two days. How does she cope with the dust? “I am just doing my job,” she replies reluctantly. “Dust does not kill people.” But she is mistaken. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep), around 600,000 deaths throughout Africa every year are associated with air pollution, while an October 2016 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) suggested that polluted air could be killing 712,000 people prematurely every year across the continent. The warden’s attitude towards this invisible but deadly threat is widespread among Onitsha’s residents – but not necessarily because they are nonchalant about their health. Most are simply unaware of the issue. Some say they have more pressing concerns, such as how to feed their family. Others have simply become accustomed to living in a dirty and polluted environment. Onitsha is grossly polluted – not just in terms of the air quality, but also the solid waste that litters the streets, blocking drainages and canals. With not a single waste bin in sight, heaps of unregulated rubbish dumps occupy roadsides and street corners. Ikechukwu Obizue, a businessman in the neighbourhood of Nwangene, says residents can only do so much when there is little corresponding effort by the city’s government. “Onitsha is quite dirty, but the government is not doing anything about it. We do environmental sanitation monthly, but then the city returns to being dirty,” Obizue says. “It is the government’s responsibility to keep the city clean, not the work of the residents – people in this city are too busy hustling to make an income.” In Nwangene, my air monitor shows 667μg/m3 for PM10s – a reading in excess of the 594 annual figure that gave Onitsha its title of the world’s most polluted city. What’s more, the smaller and even more dangerous particulate (PM2.5) reading of 290 is far in excess of the WHO’s annual figure of 66. The air quality proves just as bad at Ochanja market, with PM10s registered at 586 micrograms and PM2.5s at 266. Yet in these highly polluted areas, few people show any sign of trying to protect themselves from the threat. There are only a few air masks in sight. A good number of aluminium and copper recyclers are not wearing masks, even while smelting metal scraps. Worse still, most smelting activities are done in the open, releasing monstrous clouds of smoke into the core of the city. At one of the few state-approved dump sites on Creek Road, Ikechuckwu works at a smelting workshop. He is sweating profusely as he sits on a pile of ash, taking a break from work. He explains he has been smelting iron for a little over five years – but says not to worry about his health. “I know how to take care of myself,” he brags. “I am not wearing a nose mask because I don’t need it. I take medicine to cater for my health.” It is hard to determine to what extent these high concentrations of particles are affecting the residents of Onitsha, since there is no official data – but the health effects attributed to sustained exposure to PMs, especially PM2.5s, are well proven. For a state government that can barely manage its waste disposal system, however, regulating its air quality appears a far-fetched aspiration. The now defunct Anambra State Environmental Protection Agency was widely criticised for failing in its responsibility to effectively tackle environmental pollution, and in its place, the Anambra State Waste Management Agency was created – with little effect. The state’s Ministry of Environment, Beautification and Ecology did not respond to the Guardian’s questions regarding air pollution in Onitsha. “The major problem is that we don’t take air pollution seriously in Nigeria,” says medical practitioner Dr Nelson Aluya. “As the population increases and we become more industrialised, we ought to have active air-monitoring agencies and a federal environmental protection agency. We say they are there – but are they active?” In truth, air quality monitoring and control is not on the radar of many African governments. Nigeria has a long list of environmental protection laws and regulations that are barely enforced. “Even in the healthcare sector,” Aluya continues, “there is no standardised care to monitor those who have chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases resulting from exposure to bad air, and no standard procedure in hospitals to check for oxygen levels. “So you see, we are in deep trouble. If we have not recognised the fact there’s a problem, then how do we solve it? Unfortunately, people will keep dying as stakeholders remain nonchalant.” Guardian Cities is dedicating a week to investigating one of the worst preventable causes of death around the world: air pollution. Explore our coverage at The Air We Breathe and follow Guardian Cities on Twitter and Facebook to join the discussion
News Article | February 27, 2017
MONTREAL, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - ALGOLD RESOURCES LTD. (TSXV: ALG – the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that the Mauritanian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has provided a conclusive acceptance and opinion regarding the Environmental Feasibility of the...
News Article | February 27, 2017
ALGOLD RESOURCES LTD. (TSXV: ALG - the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that the Mauritanian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has provided a conclusive acceptance and opinion regarding the Environmental Feasibility of the Tijirit Gold Mine Project, a key step in Algold's strategy for 2017. The acceptance and opinion, represents a significant first step towards the application of a mining lease for Algold's Tijirit Gold Project. Algold CEO Francois Auclair commented, "We thank the Government of Mauritania for helping us quickly advance this project, and look forward to additional collaboration in 2017." This press release has been reviewed for accuracy and compliance under National Instrument 43-101 by André Ciesielski, DSc., PGeo., Algold Resources Ltd. Lead Consulting Geologist and Qualified Person, as defined by NI 43−101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. André Ciesielski has further approved the scientific and technical disclosure in the news release. ABOUT ALGOLD Algold Resources Ltd. is focused on the exploration and development of gold deposits in West Africa. The board of directors and management team are seasoned resource industry professionals with extensive experience in the exploration and development of world-class gold projects in Africa. CAUTIONARY LANGUAGE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION This news release contains and refers to forward-looking information based on current expectations. All other statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release are forward looking statements (or forward-looking information). The Corporation's plans involve various estimates and assumptions and its business is subject to various risks and uncertainties. For more details on these estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties, see the Corporation's most recent Annual Information Form and most recent Management Discussion and Analysis on file with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com. These forward looking statements are made as of the date hereof and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, such statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements that are included herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release