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Mining Conference to be Held in Halifax

first_imgGold mining in Nova Scotia and its history, geology, and impact will be the special focus at the Department of Natural Resources Mining Matters conference in Halifax on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 10. The conference will provide a forum for geologists, prospectors, and people involved in community economic development across the province to discuss the role of mineral resources in the province’s economic growth. “Mining Matters is an important conference for anyone interested in the minerals that can be developed for the economic, artistic, and recreational benefit of Nova Scotians,” said Scott Swinden, executive director of mineral resources for the Department of Natural Resources. “This province is blessed with a bountiful supply of minerals that adds to the economic base of the province. Besides gold and coal, we have deposits of stone, such as granite and marble, that can compete with any supplier in the world in quality and appearance.” On Wednesday, the main topic at the conference will be gold deposits and mining techniques, and the potential economic impact of gold in Nova Scotia’s economy. Other topics to be explored include: the legacy of glacial lakes in Nova Scotia; and an overview of mineral deposit projects. Elizabeth Kosters of Acadia University will provide a special luncheon presentation entitled Geological and Cultural Ingredients of the Katrina Catastrophe. The second day of the conference will offer presentations on groundwater resources, mitigating coastal hazards, naturally-occurring radionuclides in Nova Scotia, and arsenic and mercury contamination from historical gold mine tailings. Representatives of the Mi’Kmawey Debert Cultural Centre will speak on Tan Wetapesksi’k (Where we come from). “Geology plays a key role in the everyday lives of Nova Scotians, whether it is linked to the occupations of those employed in the mining industries, or even those who walk through some of the province’s communities and cities and enjoy the stone facades of our older and historic buildings,” said Mr. Swinden. The conference will take place at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel and is open to the public.last_img read more

Asian stocks mixed as investors await Fed meeting minutes

by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 8:13 am MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Asian stocks mixed as investors await Fed meeting minutes FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, Wall Street is etched in the facade of a building in New York’s Financial District. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, as investors return from the holiday weekend in a buying mood. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) SEOUL, South Korea – Asian stock markets were mixed with subdued movements on Wednesday, getting little push from the Wall Street’s record high overnight, as investors awaited the Fed’s latest meeting minutes due later in the day for clues about the U.S. central bank’s views on interest rates.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.2 per cent to 19,345.12 while South Korea’s Kospi added 0.2 per cent to 2,106.18. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 0.8 per cent to 24,154.38 and Shanghai Composite Index inched down 0.1 per cent to 3,250.25. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.1 per cent to 5,797.80. Stocks in Southeast Asia were mixed.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Given the dearth of data release, FOMC minutes ought to be the main focus for markets that have a penchant for line-by-line dissection and de-cryption,” Mizuho Bank said in a daily commentary, referring to the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee. Last week, Fed chief Janet Yellen indicated the Fed is likely to speed up the pace of interest rate rises if the job market remains healthy and inflation stays on track.WALL STREET: Wall Street again broke records Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 118.95 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 20,743. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 14.22 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,365.38. The Nasdaq composite gained 27.37 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 5,865.95. All three indexes are at record highs after rising nine times in the last 10 days. U.S. markets were closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 21 cents to $54.54 per barrel in New York. The contract rose 55 cents to close at $54.33 per barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 29 cents to $57.05 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 113.41 yen from 113.57 yen. The euro rose slightly to $1.0547 from $1.0546. read more