Brock is searching for community partners in need of volunteers for the University’s largest day of service.Saturday, Sept. 8 will mark the 10th annual Brock Cares Day of Service — a one-day event where Brock students, faculty and staff donate their time to local community organizations.Last year’s day of service included 20 projects with 156 volunteers. Organizations included the Lincoln County Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YWCA and Linhaven long-term care home, with projects ranging from garden cleanup and reorganizing a thrift store to volunteering with a seniors recreation program.A group of students stuff thank-you gifts for a local fundraising run as part of Brock Cares Day of Service 2017.Organizers from Brock University Students’ Union and Student Life and Community Experience are hoping the 10th anniversary will mark the biggest day of service yet.“Close to 1,100 volunteer hours were donated through last year’s Brock Cares,” said Megan Brown, Community Engagement Co-ordinator with Student Life and Community Experience. “If the organizations paid employees minimum wage to do the same work, it’d cost them more than $15,000. It’s incredible to think that we saved the Niagara community this much money in one day.”This year’s goal is to involve 300 volunteers or contribute more than 2,000 hours. It’s ambitious, but with the help of the Brock community, Brown thinks it’s achievable.“If we want to double what we accomplished last year, we need to find more community partners eager to welcome our volunteers,” said Brown. “There may be members of the Brock community who have existing relationships with not-for-profits, charities, service groups and other community service organizations that we’re unaware of.”Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to reach out to community service organizations in the Niagara region and inquire if they could benefit from the help of a group of volunteers on Sept. 8. It could be as little as a couple of hours or a half-day to a full day of volunteering from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Interested community partners are asked fill out an online form by Tuesday, July 31. Sites will be confirmed by the second week of August. Suggestions will also be accepted by emailing [email protected] those interested in volunteering, registration will open within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, faculty and staff are encouraged to connect with their colleagues and gather a team. Volunteers will be provided with food, snacks, a T-shirt and transportation to the community partner sites.“Volunteering in the local community is a great way to kick off the opening of term,” said Brown. “It’s an opportunity to connect with colleagues outside of the office while also making a lasting impact in our community.”
Cliffs Natural Resources and Alpha Natural Resources have approved settlement of litigation brought by Alpha in Delaware Chancery Court and termination of the previously announced definitive merger agreement, under which Cliffs would have acquired all outstanding shares of Alpha. The companies said each board’s decision was made after considering various issues, including the current macroeconomic environment, uncertainty in the steel industry, shareholder dynamics and risks and costs of potential litigation. Alpha and Cliffs added that, going forward, the companies plan to work together to find ways to realise synergies in their respective coal operations. Under the terms of the settlement, the merger agreement will be terminated, Cliffs will pay Alpha $70 million, Alpha will dismiss the Delaware litigation with prejudice and the parties will release each other from all obligations with respect to the proposed transaction as well as from any claims arising out of or relating to the merger agreement.Cliffs Natural Resources, headquartered in Cleveland, is an international mining company, the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America and a major supplier of metallurgical coal to the global steelmaking industry. It operates six iron ore mines in Michigan, Minnesota and eastern Canada, and three coking coal mines in West Virginia and Alabama. Cliffs also is majority owner of Portman, a large iron ore mining company in Australia, serving the Asian iron ore markets with direct-shipping fines and lump ore. In addition, the company has a 30% interest in the Amapá project, a Brazilian iron ore project, and a 45% economic interest in the Sonoma project, an Australian coking and thermal coal project.Alpha Natural Resources is a leading supplier of high-quality Appalachian coal to electric utilities, steel producers and heavy industry. Approximately 89% of the company’s reserve base is high Btu coal and 82% is low sulphur, qualities that are in high demand among electric utilities which use steam coal. Alpha is also the nation’s largest supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal, a key ingredient in steel manufacturing. Alpha and its subsidiaries currently operate mining complexes in four states, consisting of 57 mines supplying 11 coal preparation and blending plants.
Seeing Machines has signed a strategic agreement with Caterpillar Global Mining to provide in-cab Fatigue Monitoring Systems for use in mining machines. The exclusive agreement covers the use of eye-tracking technology in the cabs of mining vehicles to enable the monitoring of operators for signs of fatigue and distractions. The agreement covers a multiple-phase approach that commences with a supply and support agreement of the Fatigue Monitoring Systems through the global CAT Dealer network and progresses to further phases that include joint product development and technology licensing agreement.Mining companies have identified fatigue management as a key health and safety issue. Factors such as night shift work, high altitude, fly in – fly out and long shifts, all contribute to increasing fatigue risk especially when operating mining machines. At present only limited technology is in place to protect the employees and operators of mines from these risks.The Seeing Machines Fatigue Monitoring System is based on patented eye-tracking technology that can detect if a driver is distracted or falling asleep at the wheel. Using sensing equipment that requires no re-calibration between different drivers, the system tracks head alignment for potential distraction of the driver while simultaneously tracking and analysing eye behaviour to detect micro sleeps. This enables warnings to be given through in-cab alerts, or for alerts to be provided to site managers for direct intervention.Ken Kroeger, CEO of Seeing Machines said “The agreement with Caterpillar shows the huge value that eye-tracking technology can have in keeping drivers safe. The open-cut mine is a challenging environment and the application of this technology in such a critical area shows the value and robustness of the Seeing Machines systems. After establishing eye-tracking as proven technology in the most difficult environments for this part of the mining industry, the next step is to establish its value in wider markets to protect drivers, workers and the public at large.”David Edwards, Safety Solutions Manager for Caterpillar Global Mining said “The safety of our mining customers’ employees is a paramount issue to us.Seeing Machines delivers both safety and productivity benefits to the mining industry. Going forward we see even closer integration between what in-cab fatigue monitoring can deliver in both intervention alerts and analytics to improve safety and performance.”Under the agreement, Seeing Machines and Caterpillar envision greater integration of the Fatigue Monitoring Systems with Cat MineStar System so that data on fatigue and distraction can be integrated into the overall management functions of the mine and business.“The agreement with Caterpillar is a major business breakthrough for Seeing Machines in establishing our technology in the mining industry,” stated Terry Winters, Chairman of Seeing Machines. “The application of our technology in this market and our business alliance with Caterpillar are critical steps in the evolution of Seeing Machines.