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Marampa and Ebola: Sierra Leone economy twin hit

The economy of the ebola-hit West African state, Sierra Leone faces a major additional hurdle should London Mining’s Marampa iron ore mine shut down. With Marampa’s debt-ridden operating company, London Mining, in administration, and with apparently little hope of survival as a corporate entity all eyes are now on whether the iron ore mine itself can survive.
Marampa and Ebola Sierra Leone economy twin hit 1As an indicator of the importance of this mine to the national economy, Sierra Leone’s Finance Minister, Kaifala Marrah, flew into the UK this weekend in an attempt to salvage the mining operation from the London Mining wreckage. According to the UK’s Sunday Times the mine itself employs 2,400 workers directly, but an additional tens of thousands depend on it financially. It is one of the country’s bigger export earners with an output which was due to rise to 6.5 million tonne/year this year. Marampa has a mineral resource of over 1 billion tonnes of iron ore including a Probable Reserve of 539 million tonnes grading 31.1{f3b888cd21f4f097cf256c2abf48fb4da5e46c34da410c05974afd2e97e2de2a} Fe, sufficient for over 40 years of mine life.

Pre-ebola, Sierra Leone was one of the poorest countries in Africa and in the World, but had been showing relatively strong growth since the end of a devastating civil war which ended in 2002. While subsistence agriculture is the primary employer, mining is important to the economy, with diamonds the principal earner and iron ore beginning to be an important sector. While Marampa is a relatively small operation by world standards it is significant in Sierra Leone’s case, although is dwarfed by African Minerals’s Tonkolili iron ore mine which is building up to mine 35 million tonne/year iron ore and has a resource of over 12 billion tonnes. According to the World Bank, the country has a GDP of only around $5 billion and vast unemployment but the economy had been growing recently at double digit levels.

Talks in the UK with London Mining, its administrators and potential investors, is revolving around the future of Marampa rather than of London Mining itself which is seen as doomed. According to the Sunday Times there are two parties potentially interested in taking on the mine. The first is JSW Steel, a subsidiary of India’s Jindal Steel group but there are worries here that it might close down the operation while it invests in new infrastructure on site.

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Entrepreneur Frank Timis, who is Executive Chairman of African Minerals, is also reported to be interested in taking over the mine and has proposed investing in a 4km rail spur to link Marampa to African Minerals’ rail link to the coast which would improve Marampa’s economics in the face of the big recent fall in the iron ore price.

But all this is happening at the worst possible time, with the ebola threat limiting investor interest in the country as a whole and adversely impacting logistics, and the low iron ore price having a severely adverse effect on iron ore mine profit potential. Finance Minister Marrah is also reported as considering nationalising Marampa should other talks fail and there is still hope that the mine, which is still operating, can be kept as a going concern, although the economics of so doing are fragile.

What Are Some Places to Go On A Vacation in February?

Have some vacation time in February, but not sure how to use it? There are plenty of great destinations to choose from when planning a vacation in February. Whether you want to lounge on a tropical beach or snuggle with your sweetheart at a winter festival, there’s a February vacation destination just waiting to dazzle you.HAWAII 2

Hawaii

With sunny skies and temperatures of around 80 degrees, Hawaii is a destination for travelers looking for a guaranteed warm vacation spot. Visitors can explore Hawaii’s six distinctive tourist islands and participate in activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing, hiking, golfing, and horseback riding, or visit Hawaii’s many beautiful plantations and gardens. Because February is in Hawaii’s “low” season, you can expect the beaches to be a bit less crowded and the accommodations to be at least $10 less expensive per night than during the “high” season.

Quebec City, Canada

If you don’t mind the cold, Quebec City holds its annual Winter Carnival during the first two weeks of February. Events include a giant soccer game, snow baths, winter slides, parades, sleigh rides, snow sculptures, an ice palace and skating. Travelers interested in visiting Quebec City during the Winter Carnival should make reservations well in advance as accommodations for the festival book quickly.

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Las Vegas

Being a desert city has its advantages in that, even in February, Las Vegas is warm and hospitable to visitors. With temperatures averaging above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and hotel casinos expertly temperature-controlled, you might even forget it’s winter. Explore the Strip’s many sights, take in a classic Vegas show, explore old downtown Vegas or try your luck at the casinos. Since you’ll be visiting Vegas in its relatively short “off” season, you’re likely to find a great deal on accommodations at one of the many hotels on the Strip. For example, the Mirage hotel occasionally offers suites at a 20 percent discount through February. The Monte Carlo is another hotel that offers varying discounts throughout February.

Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most popular winter vacation destinations, and with reliably tropical temperatures year-round it’s easy to see why. Jamaica is just a short plane ride from many major U.S. cities. Visitors to Jamaica can spend their time lounging on the beach, participating in water sports, exploring limestone cave labyrinths or hiking up to gushing waterfalls. Travelers interested in a Jamaican vacation who are looking for a bargain should investigate the many all-inclusive resorts found on the island.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando, another popular winter vacation destination, boasts temperatures up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in February. Home to the Walt Disney World resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando amusement parks, Orlando offers excitement for every member of your family. Rub elbows with your favorite Disney characters, ride the latest thrill rides at Universal Studios or see the popular Shamu Rocks show at SeaWorld Orlando. For visitors on a budget, Orlando has a number of museums and art galleries that offer free admission.

How to Silence Homebrew Trail Cameras

If you enjoy nature photography, chances are that you’ve either made or are thinking of making a homemade trail camera. This type of camera is placed in a homemade housing with a power supply and a motion-sensor trigger. However, if not enough thought is given to keeping the trail camera silenced, it could potentially scare away wildlife.

How to Silence Homebrew Trail Cameras

Things You’ll Need:

  • Trail camera assembly Utility knife Closed cell foam Trail camera housing Tape measure Magic marker Foam block Band saw
  • Trail camera assembly
  • Utility knife
  • Closed cell foam
  • Trail camera housing
  • Tape measure
  • Magic marker
  • Foam block
  • Band saw

How to Silence Homebrew Trail CamerasStep 1

Lay the camera assembly out on the foam block exactly as it will sit in the housing. Trace around the housing assembly with a magic marker.

Step 2

Band saw the foam block to create places for the camera assembly to fit. Round the corners of the foam block so that it will fit into the camera housing.

How to Silence Homebrew Trail Cameras

Step 3

Place the camera assembly into the foam block and insert both parts into the camera housing.

Step 4

Trace the camera shape into closed cell acoustical foam. Cut the camera shape out of the foam.

Step 5

Using the camera as a guide, cut openings for the camera lens and flash. Coat housing side of the foam with glue. Place the closed cell between the camera and the housing with the glue side against the housing.

As Paid Opportunities Prosper, Communications Pros Must Look Beyond The Placement

The line between “earned” media and “paid” media continues to blur in the world of news, and it has become even more crucial for PR pros to establish relationships with media contacts that uphold the tradition of evaluating content for news’ sake.
As Paid Opportunities Prosper, Communications Pros Must Look Beyond The Placement As any PR pro who has attempted to make media calls in a foreign country knows all too well, there exists a culture of pay-to-play. “You want some editorial coverage in my publication? Sure. Our ad deadlines are at the end of the month. What will you be purchasing…” It’s on the surface and it’s expected. In the U.S., there has always been a fine line between editorial coverage and advertising but most media outlets here have upheld the integrity of PR as a “price-less” mechanism for sharing the news society needs and values. However, as times have changed and advertising revenues have dipped, there has been more pressure on everyone to sell.

As Paid Opportunities Prosper, Communications Pros Must Look Beyond The Placement

As more outlets have shifted towards pay-to-play placements, it has become even more crucial for PR pros to establish relationships with media contacts that uphold the tradition of evaluating content for news’ sake. In addition to fostering true collaborative connections, communications professionals must mine and evaluate opportunities to make sure that clients’ products/services match up with an audience that values legitimate content and appreciates credible news sources. On countless occasions I’ve received a call from an excited client who says they were contacted by an organization with the promise of a 30 minute TV special which will air on cable TV networks. What they are not told is that they will be responsible for all of the production costs, well into the tens of thousands, and the show will air as a paid advertisement in the very early morning hours, not as credible news.

As Paid Opportunities Prosper, Communications Pros Must Look Beyond The Placement

Savvy consumers understand the difference between paid placements and news content, and they will judge a brand on its news authenticity just as much as they will judge on hyped marketing claims. More and more the importance of not just getting a media placement, but getting the right hit, rises. As newspapers fold and media continues down its path towards localized online content and an ever-changing social atmosphere, it’s up to PR professionals to make the most out each and every media hit. The right media placement can exist online forever, so making that placement work for you is more important now than ever.

CANADA – Everything Beside The Niagara Falls

CANADA Being a large country with few people, sitting close to the Polar Circle, Canada stirs a lot of curiosity and a handful of myths. Besides the Niagara Falls, Canada is famous for its excessively polite population, the delicious maple syrup and its obsession with hockey. Most people think of cold winters when they say Canada. It’s true the region has low temperatures during the winter, going lower than -10ᴼC, but they also have lovely summers.

You’d be surprised to learn Canada’s national sports don’t include just hockey, but also lacrosse (it’s up to you to decide whether this is a good thing or not). A Canadian invented basketball, which is a popular sport for them. Another stereotype says the locals think everything’s better with maple syrup and bacon. It’s hard to fight this prejudice knowing Canada produces 4 fifths of the global amount of maple syrup. However, the food they like the most is apparently mac and cheese — they are the world champions on this one.

CANADA

Canadians have an incredibly harmonious balance between selfish attitudes and community guidelines. They appreciate solidarity, thus the everlasting politeness that made his people known. They drop the formalities very fast and want to make sure the persons around them are comfortable. At the same time, they pay respect to another’s privacy and strive for personal accomplishments. The locals are known for saying ‘eh’ and ‘aboot’ incredibly often in their sentences. This last one is absurd: Canada is home to many languages and has a vast number of francophone citizens.

CANADA

As for sightseeing, the Niagara Falls is a must-see. The CN Tower has become a landmark for Toronto. For your stay, you can rest at Chateau Lake Louise, a hotel bordered by a glacier lake and the mountains. If you’re less conventional, a hostel offers accommodation in a jail. You can rest in the same place where convicts lost their life. Canada has many legends about lake monsters. They’re afraid of Sasquatch, which supposedly eats their beloved beavers. There are a considerable number of accidents because of animals roaming free, so don’t hesitate to visit the National Parks. Ottawa has many architectural artworks. You need to make some time for Saint Joesph’s Oratorio.

Things to Do in Northwest Ohio

Northwest Ohio is an area in the United States that is both rural and agricultural. Many locations are rich with history and have many public destinations that display historical artifacts and memorabilia. Finding something to do in Northwest Ohio is easy due to several entertainment venues to choose from. Whether it’s a day out with the family or an educational field trip with school, northwest Ohio has something to share with everyone.

Things to Do in Northwest Ohio

Sauder Village

Sauder Village is located in the city of Archbold, Ohio. This man made historic replica of the Great Black Swamp mirrors life back in the 1800’s. Most of the homes and businesses located in the village are from the surrounding area. There is a working village on display for guests to see including over thirty-seven buildings such as a blacksmith shop, glassmaker, barber, general store and schoolhouse. A horse drawn carriage ride takes guests through the winding dirt streets to sight-see and explore. There is a large restaurant on the premises called “The Barn” that serves homemade country food and pastries.

Things to Do in Northwest Ohio

Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo is located on the outskirts of Toledo, Ohio. Here, people of all ages enjoy animals and exhibits that are exclusive to the zoo. The zoo has over 5000 animals and 700 different species. There is a lot to see and do. One of the exhibits, the “Arctic Encounter,” showcases animals indigenous to a real arctic environment. Polar bears and wolves are just some of the animals that can be found inside this exhibit. The “Africa!” animal exhibit showcases giraffes and other African animals in a grassy, desert terrain. This is a memorable and educational sight to see at the Toledo Zoo.

Toledo Mudhens

The Toledo Mudhens is Toledo’s own professional minor league baseball team. Their home is in downtown Toledo at the Fifth Third field. Named after the actual Mudhen bird that lives in marshy, wet locations, this team is well praised in the area and plays several games throughout the season. Fifth Third Field also has conference rooms and VIP areas for rent for large groups and private parties. Regular games are fairly easy to get into and inexpensive as well, at only $10. This is a great family event and kids are encouraged to attend.

Things to Do in Northwest Ohio

Put-in-Bay

When looking for a place to get away in Northwest Ohio—Put-in-Bay comes to mind for many. This little island is located just a few miles from the Ohio shoreline. Guests depart via their own private boat or on the public “Jet Express.” The “Jet Express” offers the fastest way to Put-in-Bay and takes passengers on a twenty-minute jet boat ride across Lake Erie to their destination. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by quaint island life and gift shop lined streets. No motor vehicles are allowed on the island, making it a safe place for young visitors. Perry’s Monument towers over the Island as a distinct focal point. The monument was erected in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry’s naval victory over the War of 1812.

Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum

A hidden gem in Northwest Ohio, in Wapakoneta to be exact, is the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum. Here, visitors can experience firsthand different exhibits of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The F5D Sky-lancer is one of items showcased and is a plane that Neil once tested. There are also several artifacts and memorabilia from the famed Apollo 11 mission—including a real moon track. Films and demonstrations of the US Space Program are also available for patrons to enjoy.

ARGENTINA

Argentina is a South American country whose citizens are, in their great majority, descendants of Europeans – Italians and Spaniards, who came here centuries ago. In the Argentine society, family occupies a very important place, and people are trying to maintain a warm relationship with the entire family, even with its extended version. The head of the family is treated with great respect, but this status brings huge responsibilities. The predominant religion is Roman Catholicism, and in recent years Argentina has experiences migration of many Muslims.

ARGENTINA

Argentineans are direct and honest people, but also very diplomatic when they talk to a person. They are friendly and welcoming, so they have a natural openness to foreigners. Do not be surprised if, while a conversation with an Argentine, he touches you: it’s a common custom in this country.

If you’re invited inside a house of an Argentinean family, it’s polite to bring a gift for the host. An appreciated gesture is to offer a foreign beverage bottle, because the excise duty on foreign spirits is very high here. The only gift that you should never offer them is a pair of scissors. Dress well if you intend to make a visit: men should wear an elegant shirt and a tie, while women should wear a dress or a skirt. Argentines are not punctual, so it’s not a problem in case you are late 35-45 minutes to an event or on a date.

ARGENTINA

“The city that has it all”, that’s how is characterized the city by local authorities. Art, culture, history and shopping lovers may find a heaven in Buenos Aires. The city is called “Paris of Latin America” first of all because of the culture that floats on the street and second of all because of the connections with Europe. But, despite all the leaders of Europe that Argentina has had, the city manages to create its own flavor.

Why the Left is Pushing the “Police Violence” Narrative

Why the Left is Pushing the “Police Violence” NarrativeThe American Left wants to undermine the present system because they feel it is “unjust” and one of the foundations is law and order. The best way to undermine something is to make it appear to be unjust. Since most people do not spend the time to do anything more than read the headlines and maybe watch a video, it is not difficult to make something that isn’t a problem seem like a problem:

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS), of a national population estimate of roughly 240, 000,000 comprised of people of 16 years of age or older, of those who dealt with the police in some capacity in 2002, 2005, and 2008, 1.5{f3b888cd21f4f097cf256c2abf48fb4da5e46c34da410c05974afd2e97e2de2a}, 1.6{f3b888cd21f4f097cf256c2abf48fb4da5e46c34da410c05974afd2e97e2de2a}, and 1.4{f3b888cd21f4f097cf256c2abf48fb4da5e46c34da410c05974afd2e97e2de2a}, respectively, were either threatened with or subjected to force by the police.

In 2008, 22{f3b888cd21f4f097cf256c2abf48fb4da5e46c34da410c05974afd2e97e2de2a} of those falling into the latter group admitted that they “argued with, cursed at, insulted, or verbally threatened the police.” Twelve percent reported that they were “disobeying” and/or “interfering” with police.

Why the Left is Pushing the “Police Violence” NarrativeOf the 84{f3b888cd21f4f097cf256c2abf48fb4da5e46c34da410c05974afd2e97e2de2a} of people who felt that the threat or use of police use force was “improper,” only 14{f3b888cd21f4f097cf256c2abf48fb4da5e46c34da410c05974afd2e97e2de2a} filed a complaint.

This is not to say that there are not some cops doing the wrong thing but it is far from an “epidemic.”

Since the riots in Baltimore, police have arrested fewer people. Either because they don’t like how their mayor threw them under the bus or because they don’t want to be unfairly targeted for prosecution to score political points (or both):

Lt. Gene Ryan, the head of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, spoke with Fox’s Greta Van Susteren tonight about the current climate in the city and how cops feel “under siege” and unsupported.

Why the Left is Pushing the “Police Violence” NarrativeIn fact, Ryan said, “They’re more afraid to go to jail for doing their job properly than they are afraid of being shot and killed right now.”

The consequences will be increased violence in inner cities which will accelerate people moving out of those areas and even more lawlessness which will then be used as an excuse for Liberal to spend even more money to “combat” poverty.

Social Justice Warriors might delight but all they are really accomplishing is making life for the poor and for minorities much more difficult.

Fun Things to Do in NYC During the Holidays

In New York City, there is always something to do, plenty of sights to see, wonderful restaurants to visit and an urban culture that’s unparalleled. That’s never more true than at holiday times, when crowds of people take to the streets for public celebrations that capture the essence of the city and all its diversity.

New Beginnings, New Year

Your New Year’s resolutions might change every year, but one never does: the big New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City. Spectators should begin arriving at Broadway and 43rd street around 6 p.m. Times Square begins to fill quickly with excited, fun-loving people who are ready to count down the last seconds of the year. Theme restaurants, such as ESPN Zone at 1472 Broadway and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company at 1502 Broadway, are open to the public. However, food and beverage vendors are not permitted to set up in the Times Square area. When the ball drops, cheers erupt and party streamers and confetti burst into the air. Old resolutions are completed–or canceled–as people promise to keep new ones.

New Beginnings, New Year Go green

Be Irish for a day! Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Enjoy the pipers, step dancers and bands as they march by. The parade traditionally starts at 11 a.m. at 44th Street and 5th Avenue, passes St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 50th street, the American Irish Historical Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 83rd Street. The parade ends at 86th street around 4:30 p.m. Many spectators stand at the top of the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to get a great view of the parade finale. While you are out, visit a few high end-shops along the way, such as Versace at 53rd Street and 5th Avenue or Tiffany & Co. at 57th Street and 5th Avenue.

Go green

Taste of the Caribbean

Take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 train toward Brooklyn and get off at the Franklin Avenue stop. As an alternative, take the 4 or 5 train to the Utica stop. When you exit the train, you will be on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. There you can join one of the largest crowds in New York City, to celebrate the West Indian Day parade. The parade traditionally starts at 11 a.m. on the Monday of Memorial Day holiday and runs along Eastern Parkway. Arrive by 10:30 a.m. to get a good spot, but don’t worry, the floats are visible from both sides of Eastern Parkway. Floats filled with people representing Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua and Trinidad cruise down Eastern Parkway as men and women in colorful costumes dance in the street.

Taste of the Caribbean

West Indian pride is displayed through colorful, detailed costumes, national flags, large floats and live music. Listen to the rhythm of steel drums, reggae and calypso music while tasting flavorful dishes such as curry chicken with rice and peas, beef patties and coconut cake. Sip a frozen tropical drink and dance at the largest party in Brooklyn.

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Give thanks for Thanksgiving at the Macy’s Day Parade. Huge cartoon-character balloons drift through the sky as screaming children wave and grownups take pictures of the spectacle. Celebrity singers, dancers and Broadway performers stop to perform in front of the entrance at Macy’s Herald Square store on Broadway between 34th and 35th streets. The parade starts at 77th street and Central Park West and ends at 7th Avenue and 34th Street. Two great locations to view the parade are both on Broadway: Columbus Circle (at 59th Street) and Times Square.

Cooking Tours in Italy

When planning a vacation to Italy, tourists have an opportunity to have hands-on training along-side professional chefs and experienced family cooks by booking a cooking tour.
Depending on the offer of the tour company, guests can choose from 1-day sessions to a 7-day culinary tour. Tour activities vary from visiting street markets, cooking in restaurants or private kitchens, and wine or cheese tastings.

Bluone Cooking Tours

Bluone Cooking Tours has been organizing culinary vacations since its inception in 1995. Tourists can choose from a variety of guided tours such as exploring a Bologna food market and preparing dinner in a private home to a week-long stay at a seaside hotel, learning to prepare fresh fish.

Among the nine tour packages that are offered, Bluone also offers a customized culinary tour. On a customized tour, the guest decides what to do and where to go on the tour. Prices vary from $255 to $3,800.

Mama Margaret & Friends Cooking Adventures

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mama Margaret & Friends want their culinary tourists to experience the passion for Italian cooking.

Mama Margaret & Friends Cooking Adventures schedule classes with both restaurant chefs and family cooks. Tourists have a choice of touring Northern Italy, Tuscany, Umbria and Southern Italy. Each tour includes a variety of activities to choose, ranging in lengths of stay and prices.

The International Kitchen

In 1994, American-based company The International Kitchen launched its first cooking vacation. Since then, it has remained the leader in organizing culinary tours in Italy.

Tourists can choose from a variety of vacation packages or 1-day-only cooking classes and tours. In addition to Italy, The International Kitchen also organizes vacations to France and Spain.

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