30 September 2014. For decades, people have been predicting how the rise of advanced computing and robotic technologies will affect our lives. On one side, there are warnings that robots will displace humans in the economy, destroying livelihoods, especially for low-skill workers. Others look forward to the vast economic opportunities that robots will present, claiming, for example, that they will improve productivity or take on undesirable jobs.
30 September 2014. European steel companies will have to cut a substantial number of jobs to bolster their earnings, reflecting a slump in demand and Asian competition.
THE ECONOMIC TIMES
30 September 2014. Taiwan Cement Corp. (台灣水泥), one of Taiwan's leading cement suppliers, said Monday that it has raised cement prices in Guangdong province because of rising demand in China's market.
THE CHINA POST
30 September 2014. Low international coal prices have hit another Australian mine: the Isaac Plains coal mine in Queensland, a 50-50 joint venture between Japan's Sumitomo Corp and Brazil's Vale SA. Sumitomo said Monday two mines will suspended operations at the end of January 2015 due to the recent downturn in coal prices.
30 September 2014. Singareni Collieries will open the country's biggest underground mine next month with a capacity of 2.8 million tonnes per year, which should help the firm edge past its output target for this fiscal year.
THE ECONOMIC TIMES
29 September 2014. Mining protesters at several sites in northern NSW have disrupted coal mine operations as they continue their battle to stop development. About 150 people are protesting at six mine sites in the Gunnedah basin. The Leard Forest Alliance says every open-cut mine owned by Whitehaven Coal in the area has been shut down by protesters, including Maules Creek.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
29 September 2014. Tanzania plans to lift gold production at its Stamigold Biharamulo gold mine, formerly owned by African Barrick Gold, to 40,000 ounces next year, almost four times its expected output for 2014.
At industryabout.com: Tulawaka Gold Mine (Shutdown)
29 September 2014. Saskatchewan’s government-owned power utility is set to launch its flagship carbon-capture-and-storage project this week when it cuts the ribbon on a $1.4-billion addition to its Boundary Dam power plant near Estevan.
SASKATOON STAR PHOENIX
29 September 2014. Russia's top crude oil producer Rosneft said Saturday that it had made an oil discovery jointly with ExxonMobil at an offshore Arctic field, which has been at the center of controversy due to Western sanction against Moscow.
THE MOSCOW TIMES
28 September 2014. The N213 billion facility arranged by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to bailout the electricity sector will be repaid by electricity consumers over a period of 10 years, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said.
28 September 2014. At least one person has been seriously injured following an eruption at Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano. Mount Ontake sits on the border of the Nagano and Gigu prefectures and former part of the mountainous spine that runs down Honshu, Japan's main island.
28 September 2014. The 758MW natural gas-fuelled, combined-cycle power facility located in Temple, Texas, is owned by Panda Power Funds and has been designed to be one of the cleanest plants in the USA.
THE CONSTRUCTION INDEX
28 September 2014. The 2MW “Heart of New Caledonia” is being built by solar company Conergy and should start producing power for 750 homes from early next year. The plant, comissioned by local beverage company Froico SA, is expected to save around 2m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
28 September 2014. The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. halted activities at the Grasberg mine Saturday after four workers were killed when car collided with a mining truck.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
27 September 2014. With the exhilarating arrival of Mars Orbiter Mission today, India has joined the ranks of interplanetary nations. Actually, you could argue that India's been interplanetary ever since Mars Orbiter Mission departed Earth's gravitational influence.
THE PLANETARY SOCIETY
27 September 2014. A brand-new social networking startup — Ello — has gone viral. At one point on Thursday, the site was acquiring 31,000 new users an hour — many of whom flocked to there because of a disagreement with Facebook over its policy requiring real names.
27 September 2014. The amount that Ukraine is expected to pay Russia is short of the $5.3 billion that Kiev currently owes Gazprom. Gazprom will resume gas deliveries and send at least 5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to Ukraine at a price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters after it receives the first tranche of $2 billion
27 September 2014. Hungary's gas pipeline operator, FGSZ, says it has suspended delivery of gas to neighbouring Ukraine "indefinitely". Ukraine has been receiving gas from Hungary, Poland and Slovakia since Russia cut off supplies to Ukraine in June in a dispute over unpaid bills.
26 September 2014. ISIS jihadists have seized and set fire to a cement factory in Syria owned by French construction materials giant Lafarge, causing damage to the facility, activists said Thursday. "While advancing on the Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish) near the Turkish border, they seized the Lafarge factory and burnt down part of it".
THE DAILY STAR LEBANON
At industryabout.com: Lafarge - Ayn al Arab Cement Plant
26 September 2014. Concrete is the world’s most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. Now a new study suggests a way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half, and the result would be a stronger, more durable material.
NEXT BIG FUTURE
26 September 2014. Welcome to the Giant Mine, an abandoned gold mine in Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories (see map). The Canadian government first took charge of it in 1999 after the owner declared bankruptcy and walked away.
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