Copper falls after German smelter cuts premium

The price of copper slipped to a one-month low on Friday after the US dollar gained and Europe’s biggest smelter cut the premium it will charge customers for copper cathode next year, highlighting over-supply and weak demand. Germany’s Aurubis will offer 2017 copper cathode to customers at a premium of $US86 a tonne to the LME average cash price, down 6.5 per cent from a premium of $US92 this year, the company said on Friday. An artisan attaches a handle onto a copper teapot at Gyokusendo, a 200-year-old manufacturer of hand-hammered copperware products, in Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Photo: Yuriko Nakao “The Aurubis premium highlights some of the woes that bedevil the sector. It’s further evidence that things are still pretty soggy in the real …

Garbo's wee problem fixed as Fair Work bins company's decision to let him go Garbage truck driver Bonny Walia was most of the way through his 10-hour shift in Melbourne's city centre when the call of nature came. At about 7am on a cold Sunday morning in June, Mr Walia felt the need to go to the bathroom – but he felt he couldn't stop and find a public toilet because he had a lot of bins to collect and it was hard to find somewhere to park his truck. A garbage truck driver who lost his job after succumbing to a call of nature in a Melbourne laneway has got his job back. Photo: Gabriele Charotte But by 8.30am, the need had become so pressing for the garbage truck driver of at least eight years' experience that he parked his ...

Start the car! Flat-pack 'thief' caught stealing $10,000 of furniture from Ikea A Perth man has allegedly been caught stealing more than $10,000 worth of furniture from Ikea - including the kitchen sink. Scarborough Police Detective-Sergeant Chris Martin claimed the flat-packing thief began his spending spree by paying for some of the goods at the Innaloo store with a dud cheque. The alleged thief may well have faced this dilemma. Photo: Getty Images "He would then return the goods for store credit and go back and purchase more items with the credit to basically kit out his house," he said. "He would have a credit so it didn't matter if the cheque bounced." A man has been charged with stealing $10,000 worth of furniture from Ikea.  Photo: Melissa Adams The man, during his repeat visits allegedly ...

Colombia's Santos to undergo radiation for cancer scare BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he’ll undergo radiation to treat high levels of a prostate-specific antigen, though his doctors say that doesn’t represent a return of cancer. Santos’ doctors delivered their prognosis Monday based on tests last week at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. The doctors assure that there’s no indication that a tumor removed in 2012 had returned. Still, they’re closely monitoring what they described as a barely detectable but abnormally high level of the antigen. They say this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner will have to take a non-hormonal and non-chemotherapy drug whose possible side effects will be managed through a single session of radiation. His doctors say the radiation won’t affect his activities and described the president’s overall...

B.C. woman can conceive child with her dead husband after judge grants her access to his ... Shortly before her husband died, a B.C. woman promised him she would use his stored sperm to have the baby they both wanted regardless of whether he died. But the woman, who is identified only by the initials K.L.W. in a court ruling, hadn’t been advised that the fertility clinic storing the sperm required the written consent of her husband, identified as A.B., to make use of the sperm for reproductive purposes in the event of his death. She had to file a petition in court to get permission for release of the sperm so that she could have the baby. A ruling that was edited by a judge to preserve the privacy of the family noted that at age 10 months, A.B...

Four new elements added to periodic table have formal names Oh, hello, oganesson. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the century-old organisation charged with maintaining the periodic table, finally announced it had approved the names of four new elements. These monikers, attached to new heavy elements, were the result of an almost year-long process. In December 2015, IUPAC made the first of several broadcasts: Four elements, numbered 113, 115, 117 and 118, met the criteria for inclusion in the periodic table. The seventh, bottom row of the periodic table was complete. In June, IUPAC announced the tentative names. And on November 28, after a five-month waiting period during which IUPAC accepted public comments, the organisation released an updated periodic table. The June names had passed muster, and are set to be ratified at the organisation's meeting in July 2017. ...

FUERZAFest Orlando to honor, support victims of Pulse massacre ORLANDO, Fla. — Six months after the Pulse nightclub massacre, the City Beautiful will host its first FUERZAFest Orlando. The event runs for five days and includes theater productions, movie screenings, music and networking events celebrating Latino LGBTQ culture. A panel discussion was held Wednesday morning at the Orlando Museum of Arts, one of the event's venues. Proceeds will help Pulse survivors. Through the arts, FUERZAFest is aimed at giving members of Central Florida's LGBTQ communities a chance to move forward after Pulse. "An environment where people can actually talk about their feelings, their anxieties and how to heal from this experience," said Frankie Miranda, senior vice president of the Hispanic Federation. FUERZAFest began in New York City and organizers said because of its success, the ...

2016 ‘Likely’ Hottest Year Ever: WMO 2016 will “very likely” be the hottest year on record, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization. According to a news release from the WMO, 2016 will likely eclipse the previous hottest year, 2015. “Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “The extra heat from the powerful El Niño event has disappeared. The heat from global warming will continue.” The WMO said preliminary data from 2016 show that global temperatures are “1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels.” They added that temperatures from January to September of this year have been around 0.88° Celsius higher than the 14°C baseline set from 1961 to 1990. The spike in temperatures for the first months of the...