Atkinson scores again as Blue Jackets beat Maple Leafs 42

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cam Atkinson scored for the sixth straight game, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Friday night to remain atop the Metropolitan Division.Josh Anderson had two goals and Markus Hannikainen also scored, helping the Blue Jackets avenge a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Monday. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 shots for his eighth win.Toronto dropped consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 29 and Nov. 1. It had won four in a row and seven of eight before Wednesday’s 5-2 loss at Carolina.Ron Hainsey and Kasperi Kapenen scored for the Maples Leafs (15-8-0), and Frederik Andersen stopped 20 shots.Anderson got the Blue Jackets on the board 3:55 into the first period, forcing a Boone Jenner rebound past Andersen’s left side on Columbus’ first shot of the game.Anderson got his 10th of the season midway through the first, making it 2-0 when he swatted a bouncing puck past Andersen.The Maple Leafs then rallied. Hainsey drove a point shot past Bobrovsky for for his third of the season at 16:16 of the first, and Kapenen tied it 2:58 into the second when he slipped by a Jenner check in the neutral zone and beat Bobrovsky for his 10th.Atkinson put Columbus (13-7-2) ahead to stay with a short-handed goal at 16:14 of the second. He grabbed a feed at the blue line from Alexander Wennberg and wristed a shot by Andersen from between the circles.It was Atkinson’s 14th goal. He has eight goals and four assists during his scoring streak.Hannikainen made it 4-2 with his second of the season 3:35 into the third.NOTES: Toronto D Igor Ozhiganov got his first NHL point when he assisted on Hainsey’s goal in the first.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.Blue Jackets: Visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.Nicole Kraft, The Associated Press read more

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The mining equipment technology and services sector Australias quiet achiever

first_imgSid Marris, Director – Industry Policy, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) notes “Australia’s resources boom has sparked a quiet revolution in Mining Equipment, Technology and Services with the METS sector now valued at more than A$71 billion a new paper shows. A public policy monograph by Don Scott-Kemmis, an innovation management and policy consultant and Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, shows that the rise of Australia’s METS sector has been an untold success story from the wider mining boom.”“With sales exceeding A$71 billion in 2012 and total employment estimated at around 265,000 people, the rise of the METS sector has multiplied and diversified the benefits Australia derives from its natural resource endowment. Export revenues from the sector substantially exceed those of the wine industry and, on some measures, the automotive industry,” Professor Scott-Kemmis says.“METS sector exports exceed A$12 billion and offshore sales (including exports and offshore business) make up over a third of the METS sector’s income, making it one of the most internationalised Australian sectors.”The development and growth of a home-grown METS sector has helped spread the benefits of the mining boom across Australia and particularly to the domestic the manufacturing industry.Many of Australia’s thriving METS companies are based in larger cities and towns; creating thousands of jobs in manufacturing and service industries. METS companies are also providing a significant boost to Government revenues outside the direct and significant taxation contribution from commodity exporters.“Surveys indicate that Australia’s METS sector has grown roughly five-fold over the past 15 years so that today there are well over 270 firms, many leaders in their niche. Driven by the expansion of mining investment and production both within and outside Australia, the sector has achieved a remarkable level of internationalisation, with the majority of firms having offshore offices or subsidiaries,” Scott-Kemmis says.The scale and importance of Australia’s METS sector also puts to rest the notion held by some in Australia that mining is a low-tech enterprise. As Scott-Kemmis says: “The wider constellation of mining-related research and innovation organisations, and the links between them, have been characterised as a “dynamic minerals innovation complex”. This is an area of international strength in the national innovation system, not well recognised due to perceptions of mining as a ‘commodity’ industry.”Professor Scott-Kemmis’ monograph titled How about those METS? Leveraging Australia’s mining equipment, technology and services sector is available at read more

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