Celebrating the Wekiva wild and scenic river system

first_img So nice that there is a Rock Springs River Clean Up scheduled for this July. I know they always drag a lot of trash out of there, but you won’t see me there, because I watched tv news and saw the big cottonmouth water moccasins that keep coming to this one yard over in Seminole County, and that is enough to keep me from that activity…..LOL!! I noticed Martha Sugarlaski even looking down under the table on the news setting, after the man was shown catching them and their mouths were flying open, and their mouths were just about as big as my hand’s palms when I make a snake mouth motion with my hands……yikes! We went over to the lake behind Northcrest off of 441 once, and was half way around the lake, and then everywhere I looked was big water moccasins on the bank, and that was the first and last time I went over there! TAGSOrange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonWekiva River Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleApopka participating in National Donut Day Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. June 2, 2017 at 7:55 pmcenter_img From Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonAccording to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, “there are approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the United States; 1.1 million are at least five miles in length. Only 12,709 miles are protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.” Meanwhile, Florida has 25,949 miles of river. 49.2 miles are designated as wild and scenic which totals to 208 rivers in 40 states and Puerto Rico.The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 states, “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish, and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Congress declares that the established national policy of dams and other construction at appropriate sections of the rivers of the United States needs to be complemented by a policy that would preserve other selected rivers or sections thereof in their free-flowing condition to protect the water quality of such rivers and to fulfill other vital national conservation purposes.” (Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, October 2, 1968)Bryan NelsonThe Wild & Scenic Rivers Act was established by Congress after it was recognized that our Nation’s rivers were in jeopardy due to damage from damming, development and diversion taking place in the 1950s. Rivers that may be designated are classified as wild, scenic or recreational. Wild Rivers are free of impoundments and inaccessible except by trail with unpolluted waters and primitive watersheds or shorelines. Scenic River areas are also free of impoundments with largely primitive shorelines or watersheds. Shorelines along Scenic Rivers are largely undeveloped and accessible by roads. Recreational River Ares are accessible by road or railroad with some development along their shorelines The Act offers protection against construction or dams that could harm the river and water quality.Florida’s own Wekiva River reached designation in October of 2000. The river is a total of 41.6 miles and runs through Orange County, Seminole County, and Lake County. The Wekiva River Basin consists of various ecosystems including rivers, springs, sinkholes, wetland prairies, pine flatwoods and sand pine scrub communities, and so forth. Elevations can range to 35 ft. above sea level and the subtropical climate reaches an annual temperature of around 72 degrees. FIVE ORVS (Outstandingly Remarkable Values) were identified which are: scenic, recreation, wildlife and habitat, historic and cultural and water quality and quantity. The Wekiva River exhibits free flow characteristics which allow for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act designation. With a population of 2 million people in the tri-county area an increase in human actions, development, and continued population growth called for these protections. National Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems are celebrating 50 years of protecting our rivers. 2018 will mark the 50th year anniversary! WSR50 will include both government and non-governmental river partners.This will include representatives from American Rivers, American Whitewater, River Management Society, National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and more. Current development along the Wekiva River is the Wekiva Parkway which adheres to the protection of the Wekiva River system through the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act developed in 2007 by Orange County. About 130 square miles of watershed run through North Orange County. At Kelly Park here in Orange County, Rock Springs Run flows to the Wekiva River. The free flowing spring is 68 degrees year round. Kelly Park/ Rock Springs are located at 400 E Kelly Park RD Apopka, FL 32712. As Orange County Commissioner I serve on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Wekiva River Basin Commission.For the summer season on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, we will host a Rock Springs River Clean Up. More details are soon to follow this article. You may contact my office at 407-836-5850 for more details. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Please enter your comment!last_img read more

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Watch Max Muncy win Game 3 of World Series for Dodgers with home run in 18th inning

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error I can go to sleep at peace thanks to the @Dodgers 😭🙏🏻 see y’all tomorrow! #dodgers #goodnight— Vanessa Castro. 🦋 (@vee__6) October 27, 2018 It took 18 innings of play but a home run by Max Muncy provided the Los Angeles Dodgers with its first win of the World Series. It ended like this. This crowd erupted!! Must win game. And the #Dodgers did. #LADetermined pic.twitter.com/2VVFqWIrq0— Steve Mason (@VeniceMase) October 27, 2018center_img Reaction: LETS GO #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/Hz4fkZK6yw— KingMachine24 (@KingMachine24) October 27, 2018last_img

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Non-Profits to Award $1,500 Prize at Upcoming Horse Show

first_imgCARMA and CANTER-CA Sponsor Woodside Preliminary 3-Day Event ChallengeARCADIA, Calif., May 26, 2016 – Thoroughbred racehorses are among the world’s top athletes. With their tremendous bravery, speed, endurance and willing attitude, these horses have plenty to offer equestrians – even when they retire from racing. To help promote Thoroughbreds in their second careers, California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a non-profit dedicated to providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, and CANTER-CA are sponsoring an elite horse show – the Woodside Preliminary Challenge.The highly anticipated 3-day event competition showcases the talent of the horses and riders by testing their skills in dressage, show jumping and cross country. One of the Thoroughbreds participating in the Woodside Preliminary Challenge is CTR Stony Creek – a graduate of the CARMA Placement Program, which helps facilitate the transition from racetrack to aftercare organizations. Originally placed with CANTER-CA in late 2012, Stony Creek was adopted by Lauren Henry from the organization and become a successful show horse.“Horses like Stony Creek are the reason we enthusiastically support retraining and adoption for off-track Thoroughbreds,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella. “Thoroughbreds are wonderful athletes and his success in eventing demonstrates that. Despite a less than satisfactory career on the racetrack, Stony Creek has become a star in the horse show world, and certainly for his owner Lauren.”Together, CARMA and CANTER-CA will be presenting the $1,500 High Point Off-Track-Thoroughbred Award to the top placing Thoroughbred finisher. There are 21 retired racehorses facing off for the accolade, most of whom raced in California.“CANTER is proud to be partnering with CARMA in presenting this award for the fourth year, honoring the OTTB High Point Winner at Woodside. This award celebrates the breed and highlights and promotes the achievements of retired thoroughbred racehorses in second careers”, said Ali Dacher from CANTER-CA. “CANTER California also would like to thank racehorse owners, the Eggert Family, for supporting second careers for retired racehorses and generously donating a portion of this year’s award.”The Woodside Preliminary Challenge will be held on Friday May 27 through Sunday May 29, 2016 at the Woodside Horse Park in Redwood City, CA. The renowned equestrian center is approximately 272 acres – boasting novice to advanced level cross country courses, eight arenas and exercise track and ideal viewing areas for spectators.For those looking to help retired racehorses launch their second career, please visit www.carma4horses.org to donate.###About California Retirement Management Account:CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced and retired in California. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.About CANTER:CANTER is a national 501c3 non-profit dedicated to providing retired racehorses with new careers through rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming. www.canterusa.orgMedia Contact:Natalie Rietkerk, [email protected](626)574-6654last_img read more

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Islanders buzzing with quirky plan to bring new life to their community

first_imgPeople on Tory Island are ‘buzzing’ with a project to bring much-needed jobs and a new lease of life to the outcrop by setting up a bee colony. Islanders on Tory, which is more than 14.5kms off the Donegal mainland, plan to set up their own honey-making business.The 140 residents on the island have already set up a committee and will spend the coming winter studying bee-keeping. Saskia Levy-Rogers, the spokesperson for the project, said the remote island is the perfect location for such a project.Because the island is so far from the mainland, the bees bred on the island will remain parasite free and produce the purest of honey.The group plan to study bee-keeping this winter and will set up a small number of beehives next year and will then start full honey production in 2021.Saskia told Donegal Daily that more than a dozen islanders have already signed up to the project. “There is great interest in the project and we hope to achieve several goals from the project.“We hope to create several jobs on the island to take care of the apiary as well as producing honey, beeswax and royal jelly.“There could also be a tourism spin-off from the island from the project and in the process, we are also protecting the native Irish honey bee.“We are learning from scratch and we are still at the very early stages of our project, but we believe in this project and we are confident that we will manage to overcome the difficulties and be successful,” she said.However, there is a ‘sting’ in the tail for the ambitious islanders if their plan is to take off. Tory Island has very few trees and very little vegetation.As a result, the islanders must first plant trees and other shrubbery to give the bees shelter.However, the organisers hope this will in turn help bring an explosion of plant life and flowers to the island.“Right now our main challenge is to study what type of trees and plants we could grow on the island to provide that shelter because there are simply not enough of them on the island for a bee colony. Saskia added “If somewhere on earth looks like Heaven, it’s most definitely our beautiful island. We hope to make it even more beautiful and give it a buzzing economical boost with our project while actively taking part in the conservation of an indigenous species.”Islanders buzzing with quirky plan to bring new life to their community was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beesdonegalSaskia RogersTory Islandlast_img read more

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DTI: one-stop investment shop

first_imgThe Department of Trade and Industry offers a variety of services to those interested in conducting business in South Africa.Brand South African reporterThe Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides a one-stop shop for investors, offering a variety of services to those interested in conducting business in South Africa – ranging from details on how to do business in the country to the different forms that businesses can take.Services for international investors include:Investment information: opportunities, incentives, regulations, policies, strategic sectors.Investment marketing: local and foreign marketing initiatives.Business facilitation: visas, investment missions, intergovernmental co-ordination, relocations, business introductions, black economic partnerships, financing and incentives.Outward investment: connections to other African investment promotion agencies, project financing, deal structuring.Contact the DTI Customer Care Centre on:0861 843 384 (local callers)+27 (12) 394 9500 (international callers)Download the Investors Handbook 2012/13 [PDF]Boosting investmentA chief objective of the DTI is to boost investment in South Africa. It works to encourage beneficial environments for investors and exporters via investor-friendly policies and incentives.While investment opportunities abound in all sectors of the economy, the DTI concentrates on those sectors in which South Africa has strong competitive advantages.See: Key investment sectors in South AfricaThe unit within the DTI which is dedicated to this is Trade and Investment South Africa, which aims to increase South Africa’s export capacity as well as support direct investment flows. It is also responsible for managing the DTI’s network of foreign trade offices.Read more: DTI: first stop for exporters Website: www.dti.gov.zaA group of institutionsThe DTI is a federation of agencies, not a single institution, and it collaborates with a range of institutions and stakeholders in developing strategies and policies to achieve its goals of industrialisation and growth.Industrial Development CorporationThe state-owned Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) promotes industrial development by offering a range of financing facilities to help private-sector entrepreneurs set up manufacturing concerns in South Africa and the Southern African region.The IDC provides development capital to new and existing undertakings, usually in the form of low-interest, medium- to long-term loans for acquiring fixed assets.Website: www.idc.co.zaNational Empowerment FundThe business of the NEF Corporation is to promote and facilitate black economic participation by providing financial and non-financial support to black empowered businesses, and to promote a culture of savings and investment among black people.Website: www.nefcorp.co.zaThe Small Enterprise Development AgencyAn agency of the DTI, Seda is mandated to implement government’s small business strategy. Its mission is to develop, support and promote small enterprises in South Africa, ensuring their growth and sustainability in co-ordination and partnership with various role players, including global partners, who make international best practices available to local entrepreneurs.Website: www.seda.org.zaProvincial investment promotion agenciesThe DTI works with investment agencies in all of South Africa’s nine provinces to promote economic development and meaningful participation in the global economic and trade environment.See the DTI website for a list of provincial agenciesSource: Department of Trade and IndustryWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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South Africa’s biggest horse race a huge drawcard

first_img4 July 2014 With more than 50 000 fans on course and millions worldwide watching South Africa’s Vodacom Durban July on Saturday, the biggest winner will be the KwaZulu-Natal economy, which is set to receive massive exposure along with a cash injection of around R425-million. The 118-year-old event has become enshrined as a national sporting icon and is recognised worldwide as Africa’s greatest horseracing event. Attendance has been sold out for the last five years, but in recent times there has been marked shift in the support base for the event.Visitors to KwaZulu-Natal “The July”, as it is known, has become hugely popular with socialites from Gauteng province, who for the last two years have made up more than 50 percent of the crowd at Greyville Racecourse for the race day, compared to the 2012 Durban July where the Gauteng contingent made up just over 20 percent of the visitors to the event. The effect on the regional economy is a massive surge in spend on airfares, transport, accommodation and hospitality in the greater Durban area over the entire weekend. Significantly, data from Durban July fans surveyed showed a marked trend towards using the trip to the race day as the basis for a longer stay in the province, with 25 percent of the out-of-province visitors spending three nights in KwaZulu-Natal, seven percent holidaying for four nights, and 17 percent spending five nights or more in the region over the Durban July weekend. With each out-of-province visitor spending an average R5 296 on travel, accommodation and entertainment, the regional hospitality industry banked R133 750 000 from the Durban July last year.Pre-race day record Ticket sales have reached a pre-race day record for this year’s event, with another sell-out event assured, meaning the province’s regional economy can look forward to an even bigger windfall this weekend. Betting accounts for over R200-million, with around R100-million being wagered on the totes nationally, and bookmakers turning over a comparable figure from their customers. Wagers on the R3.5-million Durban July race normally account for about half of that betting spend. Hot on the heels of another successful Top Gear festival, and with surfing fans taking in the Mr Price Pro in Ballito, the region’s reliance on key sporting events has been clearly underscored.‘Rewarding’ Ndabo Khoza, the CEO of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, said in a statement on Thursday: “It is always rewarding to see the influx of tourists for the Vodacom Durban July, and this year we will again welcome tens of thousands of people to the city and province, and I believe that a number of accommodation facilities are already fully booked. “Events such as these form the cornerstone of our strategy to drive tourists into the province, and Durban is fast becoming entrenched as the events capital of South Africa,” Khoza said. “But more than that, it also provides an ideal platform for us to host the international tourism trade. “This year, we are bringing travel agents from surrounding SADC regions to experience our province and the Vodacom Durban July, so that they are able to return to their countries and promote KwaZulu-Natal as an ideal holiday destination. This is further enhanced with the direct flights from Harare and Lusaka, straight into Durban, and we look forward to more routes being added in the future.” Andrew Layman, chief executive of the Durban Chamber of Commerce, feels that the region should build on a strategy that uses key sporting and social events to attract visitors throughout the year.‘Mammoth significance’ “The Vodacom Durban July is an event of such mammoth significance that it stands head and shoulders above other events, particularly as it draws so many high-profile political, business and social personalities from Gauteng,” Layman said, “but in the broader scheme of things, all these events tend to hang together as contributing towards, and benefiting from, momentum. “Events, especially, if they carry high status, exploit people’s willingness to spend and, in the case of the Vodacom Durban July, their desire to be seen in places that raise their levels of public exposure,” Layman said. “The Vodacom Durban July is no longer just a premier horse race. It is the nucleus of a social event which includes a variety of associated functions and gatherings, all of which, in some way, have significant economic spin-off. The opportunities presented for the fashion industry are prime examples of this.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Heartbreak for Sitwala, loses to Russell in final

first_imgIndian billiards player Dhruv Sitwala’s hopes of winning his maiden World Professional title came crashing down today after he lost his summit clash to nine-time champion Mike Russell of Qatar at the Northern Snooker Centre here.Sitwala, who made a surprise entry into the final by defeating two compatriots — last year’s winner Pankaj Advani in quarters and Geet Sethi by one point in semifinal, played well throughout the final and constructed four century breaks against nine-time professional champion, including one accounting for 281. However, the Indian lost 1204-1738.On the other hand, green baize veteran Russell finally got back his crown which he lost last year to Advani, who had become the second Indian after Sethi to win the elusive title.Sitwala, the 2007 IBSF World Billiards runner-up, played confidently and with consistency against his much fancied rival and scored breaks of 65, 107, 122, 97, 103, 90, 281 in his 45 visits to the table.Russell, gunning for his 10th Pro title, came out with five century breaks against Sitwala, including one accounting for 450.Russell’s prolific break building and his ability to uncork big breaks were on display once again in the final against the Mumbaikar, who showed great promise and fluency in his shot selections during the five-day-long tournament.In the five-hour final of the Time format, Russell cracked breaks of 198, 115, 174 and 92 in the first session while in the second, he came out with breaks of 450, 95, 184 and 94.Sitwala, on the other, managed to score 65, 107, 122 and 97 in the first session and 103, 90 and 281 in the second half of the game.Russell had won with authoritative dominance against England’s David Causier in the semifinal, recording breaks of 109, 305, 295, 101 and 371 while Sitwala edged past Sethi, winning by a solitary point.Sitwala had lost his first match of the championship to compatriot Ashok Shandilya but managed to win all other group matches.Russell, on the other, continued his form from two amateur world titles he won two months back and won his 10th professional title. He lost one match in league stage against England’s Robert Marshall.advertisementWith PTI inputslast_img read more

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“THE HAPPY SNAPPER”

first_imgWhen his camera crashed to the ground this morning Michael probably questioned exactly why he was taking photos of touch players in the middle of a storm (especially when you consider the fact the camera is part of the $35,000 worth of equipment that he brings to a tournament). Michael Broadbent has been taking photos of touch football events since 1994, but has no hesitation in praising the events, the players and the people involved. “Both at a state and national level the people and events are as good as any that I work with. The players and officials have a great attitude and there is a real community sense about the sport, especially compared to some other sports,” he said. Broady (as we all affectionately know him) has been a photographer since he was 18 years old and together with business partner Duane Hart, established the company Sporting Images Australia. Sporting Images now have three office staff, another four photographers and shoot every major touch tournament in Australia, as well as traveling with ATA to overseas events. “We work at around 13 touch tournaments each year, including National tournaments like NTL’s and Australia Cup, as well as State events,” he said. The marvels of technology and `military precision’ (as Broady describes) allow him and his team to take team photos, produce the photos and ship them back to the tournament before its conclusion. With around 2000 being the average number of photos taken each tournament Broady definitely works hard for touch. Having traveled to New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Jersey Isles, England and Japan, Broady has certainly scored trips away some people can only dream of. “The 2003 World Cup in Japan was absolutely awesome, definitely my touch highlight, I loved the culture there,” he said. Combined with the relationships and camaraderie it makes touch a very enjoyable working experience. “Some of my best friends are people that I’ve met through touch. How can you go past Kerry Norman (current Australian Womens Open Coach) trying to change the tv channel with her mobile phone?” Broady said. “But seriously, we do really enjoy taking good action pictures of people we know and the touch community.” “We enjoy showing the face of touch to the world through our photos and especially taking pictures of touch legends that have passed on and people will always see and remember.” By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img
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Gerard Butler returns to Toronto for TIFF premiere of The Headhunters Calling

first_imgGerard Butler‘s TIFF 2016 experience has been a nostalgic one.The 46-year-old Scottish actor is in Toronto for his latest film The Headhunter’s Calling and walked the red carpet in advance of its screening on Wednesday night at Roy Thomson Hall. He was joined by castmates Kathleen Munroe, Anupam Kher, young Max Jenkins and even younger Ethan MacIver-Wright. The film’s director, Mark Williams, also attended. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

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Trade optimism drives Toronto market to largest daily gain since midJuly

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock market posted its largest daily gain in more than two months on Tuesday as trade optimism produced a relief rally.There is anecdotal evidence from the United States and Canada that they are closer to some sort of deal even though there is no concrete evidence, said Sid Mokhtari with CIBC Capital Markets.“The market does have some element of optimism for maybe the U.S. is going to have cooler heads and be able to come to some sort of resolution with Canada in particular, some sort of a NAFTA deal,” he said in an interview.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Washington to resume efforts to forge a new version of the continental trade pact.Mokhtari figures the TSX could gain three to five per cent if a deal is reached.The two sides are approaching a deadline this week to have a deal signed by the Mexican president before he leaves office. There are some signals from Canada, however, that a deal may take longer, which prompted a congressional ally of U.S. President Donald Trump to suggest that Canada was dragging out the talks for its own political purposes.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 113.73 points to 16,196.04, the largest daily gain since July 12. The index reached a high of 16,198.67 on 228.9 million shares traded.All sectors but consumer discretionary, utilities and real estate closed up. Health care led, rising 6.1 per cent, primarily due to gains from cannabis company stocks including Aurora Cannabis Inc., Aphria Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp.The important energy sector rose 2.6 per cent as the November crude contract was up 91 cents to US$69.59 per barrel, its highest level in two weeks.American stock markets also rose.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 184.84 points to 26,246.96. The S&P 500 index was up 15.51 points to 2,904.31, while the Nasdaq composite was up 60.35 points at 7,956.11.Investors appeared unfazed by China’s move to increase tariffs on US$60 billion worth of U.S. goods, in retaliation to the U.S. saying it will impose tariffs on an additional US$200 billion of Chinese goods starting next Monday.“We’re getting a lot of zigzagging behaviour between offence and defence,” said Mokharti. “Today is more of an offence tone for as yesterday and last week we did have more of a defensive tone.”Semi-conductor companies have historically been a good leading indicator for weakness in the technology sector, which is a very large part of the U.S. benchmark index. As it comes under pressure, the S&P 500 may feel it too, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.97 cents US compared with an average of 76.81 cents US on Monday.The October natural gas contract was up 11.9 cents at US$2.93 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$2.90 at US$1,202.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 7.95 cents at US$2.73 a pound.last_img read more

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