Thursday, March 31, 2011

Huakan International Mining Inc. Announces Sale of Greenwood Gold Project Assets

   Huakan International Mining  will sell 100% of its interest in the Greenwood Gold Project located near Greenwood for C$5,000,000 and a 2% net smelter returns royalty.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Facing Zimbabwe's 'Fear': An Eye-Opening Account

   While Mugabe stalled, he mobilized militias to unleash a wholesale campaign of torture, imprisonment and death against the opposition party, known as the MDC.
   Farmers, housewives — even children and babies who simply lived in villages where the MDC won a majority — were tortured and killed. Mugabe launched a scorched earth policy against his own people.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gold Work Greenwood

Open Gold is pleased to announce the completion of the initial program of diamond drilling at its Eholt project.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

That Smoking Drinking Thing Is Not Doing So Good: The Addiction Economy

   While the picture's improved somewhat in the last few years along with the Russian economy, a 15-year-old boy in Russia still has a shorter life expectancy than a boy in Haiti.
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Effectiveness Of Japan's Earthquake Early-Warning System

    Even before the shaking started, millions of people in Tokyo knew this quake was coming.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rotten News For Packing House Workers

   The Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-op, which owns and operates four packing plants in the valley, has announced it is closing two of them: one in Kelowna and another in Osoyoos.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The First Hour Of The Meeting

   Another finance meeting at Greenwood City Hall produced strong budgeting differences between City Manager Gerry Henke and Councilman Chris Stevenson, and also citizen Jim Nathorst. 
   The latter two believed that money budgeted should be spent. They noted that often it isn’t, and that over the years there is the appearance that nothing gets done. In particular they referred to parks, but their inference was general.
   They also stressed that there is not enough money, if any, set aside to replace ageing equipment.
   Mr. Nathorst suggested that budgeting should begin from a blank page starting at zero rather than building on previous years with slight increases and alterations.
   Stevenson and Nathorst put forth many good ideas. They were not met with a spirit of “yes, let’s do it, let’s find a way” but rather there was a lingering bureaucratic attitude of “we can’t do it because”.

Libyan War Traps Poor Immigrants at Tripoli’s Edge

   Sub-Saharan Africans make up a vast majority of the estimated 1.5 million illegal immigrants among Libya’s population of 6.5 million.
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Idaho Caviar

   Travelers whizzing past Southern Idaho’s sagebrush desert on I-84 are likely thinking about anything but caviar. Rattlesnakes, lava rocks and the next restroom, sure. But not glistening black beads of high-end sturgeon roe.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Life In Prison Might Mean Five Years

   The principal architect of the Toronto 18 terrorist plot received life in prison from a Canadian court Friday, with no chance of parole for at least five years.
   What is wrong with that statement? What do life imprisonment and five years have in common?

Union Work Rules Selfishly Crippling

   The New York Times reports the story of the juvenile detention center in rural Manitowoc County, on the shores of Lake Michigan. That center costs about $350,000 a year. It currently holds one inmate.
   The county executive has proposed closing the center and paying another county to hold the single inmate. Seems sensible, right? So why has it not happened?
   Answer: a union work rule.
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BC Prison Inmates Fighting To Unionize

   Inmates at a British Columbia prison are in the final stages of efforts to form their own union to press for their rights as workers within the institution.
   Their lawyer, Natalie Dunbar, said Friday organizers at Mountain Institution in Agassiz are trying to sign up members for ConFederation, Canadian Prisoners' Labour Union, Local 001.
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Spaghetti Bridges

   The competition tests the ability of the bridges, which are made out of spaghetti and other types of pasta, to withstand weight.
   Middle school and high school students from Osoyoos, Salmon Arm, Lumby, Kelowna and Enderby participated in the event.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Government Gets In Way Of Freedom

   Cuba says Alan Gross, 61, distributed sophisticated satellite communications equipment for Internet access that is outlawed and considered subversive by the Cuban government.
   Internet access is limited in Cuba.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finance Committee Meeting

   Greenwood council held a finance committee meeting last night at 4pm.
   The mayor, three council persons, the city manager and a city clerk were in attendance, along with four men from the general public. Three of the four were very vocal, putting forth their questions and thoughts, as well as observations on what could be improved.
   The two newer council persons also had many, many questions for the manager, Gerry Henke.
   Mayor Colleen Lang and Councilwoman Sue Perry were mostly quiet and didn’t partake in the consistent challenges by the other participants which questioned Mr. Henke’s method of budgeting.
   The close physical presence of one of the vocal men, a local restaurant owner, to the council jumped out as notable. He used the end of the council table as his document platform. 
   If one had thoughts of him claiming ownership, or wondered if maybe he would soon sit at the table officially, those thoughts and wonders would have validity based upon his bodily positioning and the intensive thoroughness of his enquiries.
   (This observer left the meeting by 5:30. It showed signs of continuing for some time.)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More Money Needed To Collect Tax

   Harmonizing Ontario and British Columbia's sales taxes with the federal GST is costing the Canada Revenue Agency more than it originally thought and is expected to cost it even more next year.
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