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WITH Pacific Rim economies recovering swiftly from the 1998-99 recession, pressure is mounting to open up new sources of iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Two of these are located at West Angelas and Hope Downs, both 400 km from the sea but within easy reach of existing railways owned by Rio Tinto subsidiary Hamersley Iron, and BHP Iron Ore (map, RG 6.99 p382). The problem is that the West Angelas ore body has been secured by North Ltd subsidiary Robe River Iron Associates, and Hope Downs by a Hancock-led consortium that includes South African steelmaker Iscor.Last year, North and Hope Downs failed in a federal court action to secure open access rights to the Hamersley Iron Railway, and by inference to BHP-IO. Earlier this year, North announced that it would build a new 342 km railway to West Angelas paralleling HIR tracks; this would branch off Robe River’s line to Cape Lambert. Hope Downs welcomed this decision because WA Resources Minister Colin Barnett had said his government would insist that other mine owners must be able to use the line. Barnett had previously announced in May 1999 that he wanted to see three independent producers in the Pilbara achieve ’a mature long term production level’ of 200 million tonnes a year.But this A$430m project was put in doubt at the end of June 2000 when Rio Tinto made a surprise takeover bid for North, which promptly advised shareholders to reject it. Obviously, Rio Tinto would expect West Angelas to be served by a new branch off HIR’s line to Yandi, opened in December 1998. Surprisingly, Barnett’s response was that he had no objection to North being swallowed by Rio Tinto so long as a third independent producer (presumably Hope Downs) was also allowed by Rio Tinto to use HIR. However, it is by no means clear that Rio Tinto’s bid for North will succeed, and Barnett is not in a position to force Hamersley or BHP-IO to open its tracks to a competitor.
Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Trinidad and Tobago has highest cancer mortality rate in the Caribbean by: – November 6, 2013 Share 20 Views no discussions Share WASHINGTON (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago is among three countries with the highest cancer mortality rates in the Americas, according to a new report released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).The report released earlier this week at the 5th International Cancer Control Congress in Peru, showed that while deaths from cancer were decreasing in some countries of the Americas for certain kinds of cancers, deaths from other cancers were on the rise.Overall, cancer is holding steady as the second-leading cause of death in the Americas, claiming an estimated 1.3 million lives each year, according to Cancer in the report titled “Americas: Country Profiles, 2013”.The PAHO/WHO report shows that Latin America and the Caribbean account for approximately 50 per cent of cancer deaths in the Americas, although they account for 63 per cent of the hemisphere’s population.The highest cancer mortality rates in the region are found in Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Argentina, based on data provided to PAHO/WHO by its member countries. Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador have the lowest cancer mortality rates. Cancer deaths overall are declining in nine countries namely, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Venezuela and the United States.Cancer mortality rates vary for men and women as well as across countries. In Latin American and Caribbean men, the majority of cancer deaths are due to prostate cancer, followed by lung, stomach and colorectal cancers; and in women, breast cancer, followed by stomach, lung, cervical and colorectal cancers.“The large number of deaths from breast and cervical cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean is very disconcerting, since cervical cancer is largely preventable, and breast cancer can be detected early and treated successfully,’’ said Silvana Luciani, PAHO/WHO advisor on cancer prevention and control.“This points to the need to improve screening and treatment, especially for women in rural and remote areas, where access to health services is especially limited,” she added.The report notes that while breast cancer is the leading cancer cause of death for women in the Americas in most of the region’s countries, prostate cancer is the leading cancer cause of death for men.The report found that obesity, another important cancer risk factor, is highest in English-speaking Caribbean countries, notably Bahamas, Belize, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.The report is based on recent data compiled by PAHO/WHO about cancer mortality, risk factors, and cancer policies and services in the countries of North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.For each country, data are presented for leading cancer types (ranked by mortality); trends in cancer deaths from 2000 to 2010; main cancer risk factors (tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical inactivity, obesity); key socio-demographic factors; and health sector plans, policies and services for cancer.“The idea is to provide key information that can help countries monitor progress in cancer control and assess areas of need, “said Luciani, adding “this report contributes significantly to the evidence base for cancer policymaking and health care.”The report is part of PAHO/WHO’s efforts to support member countries as they address the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Caribbean Media Corporation Tweet Share
CRICKET Papua New Guinea’s past and present legends of cricket yesterday honoured the late Tuku ‘Thunder’ Raka at the home of cricket, Amini Grounds – a historical tribute by Cricket PNG. In salute to his contribution to the code in the country, ‘Thunder’ received a grand gesture in celebration of his career. As the casket arrived, it was received and shouldered by the current Barramundis, paraded through a bat salute by the legends both of the past and present Barramundis, and rested out on the Amini cricket grounds for poignant accolades and testimonials of thanks and honour, to one worthy and deserving due his service to the code in PNG. Tuku ‘Thunder’ Raka’s honorary salute saw the likes of Charles Amini, Babani Harry, Navu Maha, Lakani Oala and Api Leka, among others. Cricket legends of PNG who have passionately and proudly worn the red, black and gold colours out in the international arena, rendered their respects to their team-mate, friend and brother. Some of the tours that the late Tuku was part of include; n1986 – Birmingham, England, n1990 – Holland, Netherlands, n1994 – Nairobi, Kenya, n1997 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and; his last international match in 2001 – Toronto-Canada. These were all ICC events. Tuku was commended for giving so much to his country, his province through his passion and commitment to cricket in the country. The late Tuku was given one last honorary lap around the Amini cricket grounds before the casket was driven out of the home of cricket to be laid to rest in Keapara, his home in the Rigo district of Central province. The grand gesture was brief, yet magnificent as Cricket PNG strictly upholds and adheres to the standing orders as set out in the state-of-emergency orders dated March 30 issued by the SoE controller.