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Degrussa coppergold makes good progress in Western Australia

first_imgSandfire Resources reports good progress of construction, mining and copper production at DeGrussa. The first shipment of Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) grading approximately 30% Cu has departed from Geraldton for delivery to customers in China. Open pit Stage 1 mining is progressing on schedule with a total of 6.5 million bank cubic metres (bcm) of material mined to date. A further 1.2 million bcm has been mined from Stage 2.Underground mine development is progressing on schedule with the Evans Decline currently advanced to 1,350 m from the portal and 220 m below surface. A total of 4,000 m of development has been completed to date. From the underground mine, 20,000 t of massive sulphide ore has been mined and placed on the ROM pad ready for processing. Construction of the process plant continues on schedule for completion in the third quarter of 2012. Construction of the Tailing Storage Facility (TSF) is complete. The Power Station became operational in April 2012, supplying power to the underground mine, workshops, batch plant and exploration and village areas.The DeGrussa copper-gold mine is located 900 km north of Perth and approximately 150 km north of the regional mining centre of Meekatharra in the Peak Hill mineral field of Western Australia.last_img read more

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Google holds back Honeycomb source code indefinitely

first_imgYesterday, Google revealed that they will be delaying the publication of the source code to their latest version of the Android operating system (3.0, codenamed Honeycomb) indefinitely… and it’s a move that is prompting a lot of questions about how committed Google really is to open software.When Google first announced Android as an alternative to Apple’s new iOS mobile operating system, they painted Android in sharp relief against Apple’s “walled garden” approach: Android would avoid a “draconian future” in which one company controlled the mobile industry by keeping Android open, releasing the source code to developers and allowing users to download and install any programs from any source that they want.Needless to say, this hasn’t panned out, and today, it’s hard to even get the most up-to-date version of Android onto your handset if your carrier isn’t willing to allow it, let alone install any programs you want on any device you want. However, Google has continued to publish the source code for Android, allowing anyone who wants to to take a look at the inner workings of the OS. Now even that’s gone. According to Google’s Andy Rubin, it’s not permanent: the issue is that Honeycomb isn’t ready for mass consumption, and that Google cut corners to get Honeycomb onto tablets. They say they don’t even know if Honeycomb would run on a phone.This groks with Google’s claims that Honeycomb is, for now, a tablet-only OS, while Gingerbread is for smartphones. It’s also worth noting that Apple also forked its tablet and smartphone variants of iOS up until iOS 4.1, which was released last September.Even so, Google holding back the Android source code means that consumers owning Android tablets continue to be at the whim of manufacturers. If the Honeycomb source code were available, users might be able to bake their own versions of Honeycomb that would run on older devices — the Galaxy Tab, for example, or the Nook Color.Read more at Business Weeklast_img read more

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Algorithm will tweet in your place after you die

first_imgAssuming that _LivesOn is real and it does launch in March as the company says it will, it is hard to take seriously. First of all, it would be extremely difficult for any algorithm to replicate a person’s interests and preferences. Will it track events in real-time, weighted towards your location, while understanding your tastes in media, favorite sports teams, and the websites you are most likely to discover? It’s more likely that a simple algorithm can understand when and how frequently you tweeted and build from there. Maybe it could tweet the most popular articles from a site you liked on a given day, or retweet the most-retweeted tweet from someone who you followed, but anything past that is pushing current technology.Of course, the question becomes, who would use a service like this appeal to? Likely only the most narcissistic of people, right? After all, if our nasty, brutish, and short lives teach us anything, it’s that we are not unique snowflakes. But if you are that self-centered, would you believe a box full of chips and cables would be able to replicate your tweets? Seems doubtful. And even then, what if your followers preferred the algorithms tweets to your own? Who could make their peace with that thought in mind? I guess we’ll see in March. Are you unable to imagine a world without your restaurant recommendations, complaints about local establishments, and humble brags about your jog times? Have no fear because a new service called _LivesOn aims to solve that problem. After you die, the service’s algorithm will analyze your tweets and start tweeting like you so that your friends, family, and followers will forever be comforted with your unique brand of Twitter commentary.The company only has a placeholder site up so far, but it does tell us that its “A.I.” will be able to analyze a Twitter feed and can use it to understand your “likes, tastes, [and] syntax.” Based on that information, it will be able to, ostensibly, follow current news, events, and trends, and then tweet like you would be tweeting had you not, unfortunately, stopped living.Before you pass on you’ll be able to test out your _LivesOn feed and judge how close the posts are to your tweets and how much you like your new, computer-generated personality. After the feed is adjusted it seems like — we’re still waiting on details — you’ll hibernate the account. Then, after you die, your executor will be able to manage your account.The company’s site doesn’t mention this, but it seems like the Twitter handle for your posthumous account could be [YourTwitterHandle]_LivesOn, which, if true, is rather unsettling. That said, given the company’s slogan — “When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting.” — the DeadPerson’sName_LivesOn joke is right on cue.In actuality, the whole thing seems like a joke, something formulated to upset a few columnists and possibly promote a not-very-good movie. Prank or not, the service has been getting some information-free mainstream media attention, though even they noted that _LivesOn is being built by a “London-based advertising agency.”@jondarren ha ha! thanks man, see you in the afterlife!— LivesOn (@_Liveson) February 13, 2013last_img read more

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Small Publishers and Marketing Services

first_imgFor some publishers, acquiring their way into marketing services (in March, Penton bought online marketing firm EyeTraffic Media) may be the best option. Referencing the development of Meredith Integrated Marketing, Tom Stein, president and founder of b-to-b agency Stein Rogan + Partners, said it was based on six acquisitions and that former Meredith National Media group president Jack Griffin told him, “If we decided to do this in-house, we’d still be just talking about it.” However, most smaller publishers don’t have the war chest for six marketing acquisitions (or spending $350 million on a digital agency the way Hearst did for iCrossing). For them, entering marketing services requires a mix of in-house development and strategic partnering. Last week, Northstar Travel Media announced a marketing solutions division based around two internal staffers (a VP of marketing solutions in former TravelAge West publisher Michelle Rosenberg and a dedicated project manager), and a strategic tech partner in Decision Counsel to execute programs. American Business Media’s annual meeting this year took a single theme approach, focusing on the opportunity for b-to-b publishers to offer marketing services. While the core of marketing services is based on many things publishers already offer (content, data, lead gen), it’s also a different business with longer sales cycles, potentially lower margins, and a different sales and editorial mentality. It’s the latest example of publishers “chasing new money in a hurry,” according to Mitch Rouda, president of e-media at Farm Journal Media. Stage 1: Status quo—no projects. Customers should be addressed with best practices and industry trends. Stage 2: Discovery—the customer knows they need a project but isn’t sure what to do. Here, white papers and Webinars are applicable. Stage 3: Vendor selection. Here Summit presents customer testimonials, assessment tools in which prospects can enter data and increasing use of video. “For our market, they want to see the machines in action, says Newcorn. Stage 4: Short list. Vendor comparison charts. “Here, they need something downloadable,” says Newcorn. “A chart indicates they’re pretty far down the path. A boardroom PowerPoint is something junior execs can show to more senior, maybe less tech savvy execs.” The Summit proposal package includes a kick-off meeting with the content creators, written analysis and recommendations and a 12-month road map. “Now that we have the infrastructure to produce custom packages, now we have to look at how we sell it,” says Newcorn. Summit Media also debuted a new dedicated custom media group (“custom” is increasingly becoming a dirty word that marketing can’t relate too—hence the rise of “marketing solutions.”) with seven full-time people and multiple freelancers. “What’s interesting is [clients] want our expertise as content producers, not our audience,” said Dave Newcorn, vice president of digital and custom media. center_img Many of the services now falling under the umbrella of “marketing solutions” have previously been offered as value-added. “We need to change the nature of free with things like copywriting, consulting, white papers and surveys,” says Newcorn. “We charged one client $7,500 to put together a survey and send it. In any other kind of work, that’s consulting.” Summit came up with a price calculator that deducts hard costs but also incentivizes salespeople to sell high. Part of getting the new custom group off the ground was a “lunch & learn” campaign in which Newcorn and his group visited 108 customers in 15 cities, explaining the concept of lead nurturing. The publisher also did research identifying four stages of the buying process and what solutions to offer. They include:last_img read more

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WestJet RBC ready to launch new Canadian loyalty platform

first_img Travelweek Group WestJet, RBC ready to launch new Canadian loyalty platform Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Tags: Ampli, RBC, WestJet Sharecenter_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — RBC and WestJet announced today they are creating Ampli, a next generation loyalty platform that will deliver “unparalleled value to consumers through amplified earning power on a simple and convenient digital solution”.Open to all Canadians, Ampli will provide members with merchant offers, flexible rewards and exclusive bonuses.In addition, members who spend on RBC cards and fly with WestJet will further amplify their rewards.Ampli brings RBC and WestJet, who are already partners on the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard, together in a unique alliance that will complement their existing proprietary loyalty offerings, say the companies.“The Canadian loyalty landscape is ready for disruption, and Ampli is a fundamental shift in the business model,” said Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC. “We are bringing together top Canadian brands to help them reach consumers more efficiently and effectively. We will also provide consumers with opportunities to earn rewards and save money like never before.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsOver the coming months, additional merchant partners will be announced.“We’re delighted to partner with RBC on this new venture. With Ampli, we can provide greater value to the millions of our combined customers by leveraging the power of the platform to deliver personal and relevant offers,” said Ed Sims, President and CEO of the WestJet Group of Companies. “Moreover, Ampli will provide the ability to better serve our guests and help WestJet fly even more premium travellers.”Ampli will debut later this year.last_img read more

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Qantas profit plunges downward but stays in black

first_imgQantas said it remained cautious today after reporting a $58 million profit after tax in the first financial half of the year, a fraction of the $210 million achieved a year earlier and has opted not to pay out a dividend this year.This result comes after sales dropped 14% down to $6.9 billion for the July to December period.Speaking to reporters this morning, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the carrier’s performance was good given the state of the economy.He said domestic leisure demand remained strong but admitted that the global downturn significantly affected international premium traffic.“While international yields are improving, they are expected to continue to lag behind the recovery of the domestic market in the short to medium term” Joyce attributed the slower recovery in the international market to a lagging U.S. and U.K. market and increased competition on the Pacific route from V Australia and Delta, which have hiked capacity up by 30 percent.The carrier’s profits continued to be boosted by its low cost subsidiary Jetstar and its Frequent Flyer loyalty program which formed an alliance with Woolworths Group last year.Qantas said it would not pay a dividend due to the unprecedented and challenging operating environment.Aircraft to cut down on premium seating Qantas also announced it would invest $400 million to upgrade seats and in-flight entertainment on 9 Boeing 747-400 aircraft and reconfigure its A380 fleet.The Boeing aircraft will feature the carrier’s fully flat Skybed sleeper seats and state-of-the-art on-demand Panasonic inflight entertainment in all classes. They will also be stripped of all first class cabins and replaced by business seats.Joyce said the reconfiguration would see Qantas’s A380s pare down on first and business class seating and provide more premium economy and economy seats to meet slower demand.However, he stressed that the decrease in first class seats did not mean Qantas was pulling back from its premium business.Rather it was to align the A380 offering with forecast demand which is expected to be down by 40 percent, Joyce told reporters.Upgrades and reconfigurations to the aircraft will start from the end of 2011, with completion scheduled in 2013. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1e56b/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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FITUR 2016 by UNWTO to focus on innovation and sustainability

first_imgThe 36th edition of FITUR, a global meeting point for tourism professionals will be held from January 20-24, 2016 in Madrid. The opportunities that innovation opens up for tourism and the importance of promoting initiatives in the field of sustainability and ethics will constitute the main topics of the activities to be organised by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at FITUR 2016, with the support of the Fair.The annual UNWTO Awards will be based on the theme of innovation in tourism. 2016 marks the twelfth edition of this initiative, which gathers tourism success stories from all around the world.Social responsibility and sustainability will comprise areas of special attention in UNWTO’s programme at FITUR, with the 2nd International Conference on ‘Nearly Zero Energy Hotels’, the UNWTO/ONCE Foundation Seminar on Accessible Tourism and the presentation of the UNWTO/Global Compact Spain project ‘Responsible Tourism: A Commitment by All’. The initiative aims to promote social responsibility among companies and business associations in the tourism sector as well as to foster their real and lasting commitment to the ethical principles that underpin responsible and sustainable tourism.The second day of the event will conduct the VII Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa – INVESTOUR, an initiative of UNWTO, FITUR and Casa África that will primarily focus on business and investment opportunities in Africa.The Middle East will also receive a special attention within UNWTO’s activities at FITUR. A Ministerial Round Table on Tourism Development Policies and Strategies in the Middle East and North Africa, to be held in conjunction with Casa Árabe, will discuss strategies for promoting sustainable growth in times of crisis.Other initiatives by UNWTO during FITUR include the 2nd Conference on Shopping Tourism, and the presentation of the ‘Global Forum on Food Tourism’.last_img read more

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hotelsSingaporeSix Senses MaxwellSpawellness

first_imghotelsSingaporeSix Senses MaxwellSpawellness Singapore’s Six Senses Maxwell has introduced five spa pods and two relaxation rooms where guests can experience both traditional and innovative wellness experiences from Six Senses Signature Massages to locally-inspired rituals, targeted therapies and functional fitness. “Created in line with the brand’s commitment to incorporating wellness into each guest experience, the spa pods bring globally celebrated Six Senses rituals to Singapore’s urban community. Our wellness partners have put together a menu of treatments and activities which deliver positive and lasting benefits so that every guest finds harmony and balance from the inside out,” said Murray Aitken, general manager of Six Senses Singapore.Located on the fourth floor of Six Senses Maxwell, the spa pods and relaxation rooms are decorated and furnished in line with the property’s signature 19th century aesthetics and a stylish, modern twist. Spa pods at Six Senses Maxwell are open daily from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. For spa enquiries or reservations, please contact +65 6914 1410 or email reservations-singapore-spa@sixsenses.com. Advanced bookings are recommended to secure preferred timings. last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Qantas has today Monda

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterQantas has today [Monday 21 January 2019] confirmed its recommencement of direct flights from Sydney to Fiji, meeting a growing demand from customers wanting a premium travel option to the South Pacific tourist hotspot.Subject to government and regulatory approvals, effective 31 March 2019 the direct service will operate four times per week to Nadi, the country’s main gateway, with a Boeing 737 aircraft.The new QF flights add to Jetstar’s direct services, which also operate four times per week and will see the Qantas Group offer customers more than 75,000 seats on the route annually, with the choice to fly to the popular destination six days a week.Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the addition of Fiji to the Qantas network provided more choice for the growing number of Australians wanting to holiday on the islands.“Fiji continues to be an incredibly popular holiday destination for Australian families, couples, and adventure and luxury travellers, with a number of new luxury properties having opened up on the islands in recent years,” said Webster.“We have built flexibility into our network to respond to growing demand where we see it. In this case, it’s a returning to Fiji after almost 20 years, a short four-hour hop from Sydney, helping extend the summer for Australians year-round.”Qantas also announced that it will add its code to Jetstar’s flights between Sydney and Nadi for travel from 1 February 2019. Qantas customers travelling on the Jetstar codeshare service will enjoy additional benefits, including the opportunity for Qantas Frequent Flyers to earn points, status credits and a complimentary meal.Qantas will also continue to codeshare on Fiji Airways’ services to Nadi. With Fiji Airways now integrated as a oneworld connect partner, Qantas customers will benefit from more flight options and the opportunity to earn and redeem Qantas Points and Status Credits on Fiji Airways’ services between the two countries. Eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers will also have access to priority check-in desks, priority boarding and lounge access when flying on Qantas codeshare flights operated by Fiji Airways**.To celebrate the launch, Qantas is offering sale fares starting from $269 one-way, available 21 to 23 January 2019, for travel from 31 March 2019.Qantas’ Sydney-Nadi (Fiji) schedule effective 31 March 2019RouteFlightDep Time^Arr Time^FrequencyAircraftSYD-NANQF 10110301630~Tue, Fri, Sat, SunB737NAN-SYDQF 1021735~2000Tue, Fri, Sat, SunB737** Lounge access available in NAN operated by Fiji Airways and ports with Qantas operated lounges only.^Times above are local.~ 1 hour earlier in ADST.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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October 12 2002 The Italian Projects Roma Tre stu

first_imgOctober 12, 2002 The ItalianProjects Roma Tre students have arrived. [bottom] Valerio Pellegrini,Carlo Ciampoli, Alessandro Celleti and Alfonso Rubeis. [top] AnitaMaruccia. The five architecture students will complete a semesterprogram at Arcosanti earning credits with their University inconstruction, model making, woodshop, and a course with Arizona StateUniversity. [Photo & text: SA] This ItalianProject program links Arizona State University with Universita Roma Treas these students will attend one ASU Architecture course this fall.ASU professor Jeff cook has developed this new program with Arcosanti’sItalian Project. The students on their way to school. [Photo: T & text:SA] Randall Schultz isinstructing the students in wood working. Carlo has completed abeautiful new counter top for EC I and Alessandro is cutting it toexact size. [Photo & text: SA] Anita and Valeriowith their wood working projects. For more information on the ItalianProject contact Linda Roby(PublicRelations) or AntonioFragiacomo. [Photo & text: SA]last_img read more

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