Nova Scotia will focus on issues that advance its Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act at the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, Premier Rodney MacDonald said today, June 25. “Acting in concert with our neigbouring provinces and states will reinforce the legitimacy and urgency of our environmental goals,” Premier MacDonald said. The New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers are meeting June 25-26 in Prince Edward Island. Premier MacDonald will use the opportunity to brief his Canadian counterparts on his efforts to make the federal government honour the 2005 Atlantic Accord which was gutted by the recent federal budget. A key item on this year’s agenda is ministerial-level recommendations on energy and the environment. “Greenhouse-gas targets and tailpipe emissions are two areas where Nova Scotia has set ambitious goals,” Premier MacDonald said. “It is my hope that we will see them reflected in the results of this conference.” In 2001, the conference released its short-, mid-, and long-term goals for greenhouse gases, however, emissions in the region have risen since then. Nova Scotia’s Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act has put the mid-term target into Nova Scotia law: a 10 per cent reduction from 1990 levels by 2020. Nova Scotia’s Minister of Environment and Labour, Mark Parent, sponsored the new legislation and will also attend the meeting. The act also requires the government to set auto emission standards by 2010. “The New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers represent about 30 million people, which means a common standard would have significant influence with the auto industry,” Premier MacDonald said. “Consequently, that is something Nova Scotia will push very hard at the meeting.” The Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers was established in 1973 in recognition of the special regional interests that exist among the six New England states and the five Eastern Canadian provinces. Its members are the premiers of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec, and the governors of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Ted Doheny, President and CEO of Joy Global, is the featured guest this month on National Mining Association’s Newsmakers, the NMA public affairs video series launched earlier this year. In this, the fifth video in the series, the Doheny interview highlights high-tech mining machinery and the valuable role it plays in procuring the minerals and metals needed to meet manufacturing needs. In the interview, Doheny touched on the fact that America has vast reserves of minerals and metals that are critical to creating the innovative technology we use daily; however, reserves will not just be lying out there in an open field. Instead, Doheny explained, mining companies will need cutting-edge machinery to keep mineral supplies robust.“Well, as we like to say, ‘It starts here.’ Meaning, in order to enjoy that tablet or other handheld electronic device you probably have nearby, you need minerals and metals,” Doheny said. “And to extract those minerals and metals, you need our mechanised machinery.”Doheny then pointed out that up to 60 different minerals are used to make computer chips, while high-definition televisions require 35 different metals and smartphones can contain as many as 42 different minerals.Unstable supply chains can lengthen production time, increase logistical and transportation costs, and diminish a manufacturer’s ability to ensure environmental and social accountability of sourced materials, Doheny explained.But a predictable and steady supply of minerals and metals helps manufacturers keep the assembly lines moving and also produces great economic opportunity for America. It also fosters technological innovation that helps us maintain a high quality of life, Doheny said.To create a robust supply of minerals, Doheny suggested instituting sensible and sound policies that address supply threats head-on.“Critical minerals legislation passed in the House and proposed in the Senate is a good start,” Doheny said. “If we hope to support both manufacturers and innovators, we must reduce inefficiencies in the federal permitting process and work to invest in domestic minerals”
The French Handball Federation have launched their campaign for the Men’s World Championship 2017, four years before the starting whistle is due to be blown. The 2017 World Championship, which was awarded to them in December 2011 in Sao Paulo, recently had its launch ceremony. IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa was the guest of honour at the launch ceremony in Paris, hosted by Joel Delplanque, President of the French Handball Federation and member of the IHF Executive Committee.In two presentations, the significance of the World Championship 2017 (played 14-29 January) for handball in France was highlighted. Joel Delplanque: “The FFHB will put all their efforts in promoting handball and generalize it for a wider audience and economic partners. Delivering a World Championship that gains support and enthusiasm all around France will bring new equipment and infrastructure for handball.”In the first presentation, the agency Sportlab presented the results of a nationwide survey of those associated with handball, the “handball family” and sports experts, regarding handball, the organization and the expectations of the World Championship 2017.Some results of the survey worth mentioning: Handball is the mixed sport (male and female competitions) most recognized by people in France, approximately 4.5 million French people are interested in the Men’s World Championships, of those, 1.2 million want to watch matches live in the arenas. 44% of the French population have watched handball at the Olympic Games. People would be willing to spend money and travel distances up to 100 kilometres to watch matchesIn the second presentation some key figures regarding the tournament were revealed:The 2017 Men’s World Championship is planned to be hosted by eleven cities all over France, the organizers expect up to 500,000 spectators, 3000 people, including volunteers, will be involved in the organization. One goal is to get the whole of France involved in this competition, as the host cities are spread all over the country: Lille, Dunkerque, Nanterre, Paris, Strasbourg, Orleans, Nantes, Albertville, Bordeaux, Montpellier, AixThe French federation plans for all locations to be accessible within two hours for the spectators and, for the 24 teams and officials, they also plan for travel times between the team hotel and the competition/training venues to be less than 15 minutes.Since being awarded the World Championship in Sao Paulo, the organizers have installed a clear communication concept. The concept combines a number of side activities aiding in the preparation and the promotion of the World Championship, for example school and university tournaments, a “World Championship” for disabled persons, and a big screen road show all over France.article: ihf.info French handballMen’s Handball World Championship 2017 ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): FTC – 3 games, 3 wins! Buducnost with first victory Next Story → Croatian “wunderkind” was “match winner” in Swiss derby!