Ottawa fails to warn First Nations about pollution in adjacent lake

October 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s a big warning for First Nations along the Trent Severn Waterway in Ontario.It comes from an online posting on the federal government’s website and it’s serious.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Ramadan: Morocco to Revert to GMT on Sunday

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Rabat- With Ramadan approaching, Morocco will suspend the daylight savings time and revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), on Sunday, May 13.Sunday, May 13 at 3:00 a.m, Moroccans will switch their clocks 60 minutes back to GMT, said the Ministry in Charge of Reform Administration and Public Service in a statement.The country suspends daylight savings time exclusively for the month of Ramadan because it affects the fasting time; afterwards, the kingdom returns to GMT+1. The time change comes in accordance with the Decree N 2-12-126 issued on Jumada I, 1433 (April 18, 2012). Morocco switched to the daylight savings time on Sunday, March 25.Daylight savings has been adopted in Morocco since 2008 to increase the competitiveness of the national economy through reducing energy consumption and time difference between the kingdom and its regional and international trading partners, such as France.However, going back and forth in time does not appeal to many Moroccans who voice their displeasure with the measure and question its effectiveness.The measure has been under review since late February by the European Parliament (EP). Across the 28 member states of the EP, 384 deputies out of 549 voted in favor of the resolution.Previously in 2015, a group of Moroccan citizens launched a petition, urging the government to consider ending the daylight savings due to the negative impacts it brings on health.A study conducted by EU Parliament in October 2017 stated: “While daylight-savings time benefits the transport industry, helps outdoor leisure activities, and reduces energy consumption, it is associated with disruptions to the human biorhythm.”The origins of daylight savings date back to the First World War in the UK, where it was adopted to give factories more daylight hours to support war efforts. read more

Morocco’s Ministry Schedules Retake Exams, Medical Students to Continue Boycott

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training issued a statement, announcing that medical, dentistry, and pharmaceutical retake exams will take place from September 4-30.The ministry said that the retake exams will take place according to the schedule established and posted in medical universities.The ministry also called on all students to take the retake exams. The statement comes six days after the National Commission of Medical Students in Morocco said that a march will take place on September 1 as part of the continuous  “struggle” to urge the government to meet their demands. Since March, medical students have been carrying out protests and strikes against poor medical training conditions, as well as the government’s decision to privatize medical education services.Hundreds of students boycotted final exams after four months of continuous protests.Throughout the year, the Education and Health Ministries have convened the students for meetings, urging them to suspend their strikes to take the final exams.Supported by their parents, students announced in several statements their determination to continue their protests and sit-ins to denounce the ministries’ “persistence” in not meeting demands.In June,  medical student Oumaima Outani told  Morocco World News that the students are striking against the “inhumane circumstances in which final year medical students take their internships.”She said that all students are “forced” to strike by the poor conditions in which students are forced to work.We are forced to protest. We are forced to save our public schools and to save our future, so we are ready to do whatever it takes and to go as long as we can,” she saidIn a statement, the commission of medical students said that all strike and boycott of finale exams were 10% successful. The statement came after  Minister of Education Said Amzazi warned the students that they should shoulder their responsibility for missing exams.The students, however, believe that the government and the ministries of health and education, bear the responsibility of the lost year.”The commission also questions the concerned parties’ willingness to resolve the a statement on July 30, the commission said that “the huge delay in responding the demands of students and their concerns, which exceeded four months, question the officials’ will to resolve this file.” read more

Ban Kimoon to attend minisummit on SudaneseChadian relations

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Also this afternoon, he is expected to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, one of the leaders who have come to Dakar for the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Mr. Ban has already met today with OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to discuss terrorism, Islamophobia, freedom of expression, Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and Kosovo, according to a UN spokesperson. The mini-summit, hosted by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, is expected to include King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, President Omar Bongo of Gabon, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania – Chair of the AU – and Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chair of the AU Commission, as well as Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad and Omar al-Bashir of Sudan.Refugees and armed groups have been regularly crossing the border between the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan and Chad, including, it is alleged, many of the rebels that attacked the latter’s capital N’Djamena in early February. 12 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Dakar, Senegal, where this evening he is scheduled to participate as an observer in a mini-summit that brings together the Presidents of Sudan and Chad, whose common border has become a source of tension. read more

Annan urges universal fight against everyday intolerance – root of racist horrors

October 6, 2019 0 Comments

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on everyone, from parents to schools to governments, to fight everyday discrimination and “unteach” common-place intolerance that underpin humanity’s “most horrific crimes.” “From name-calling in schools to hiring and firing decisions in the workplace, from selective media or police coverage of crimes to unequal provision of Government services, the mistreatment of racial or ethnic groups not only abounds in our societies, but often passes unchallenged,” he said in a message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.“That such everyday racism remains prevalent is undeniable. But for it to pass unchallenged is unconscionable,” he added of this year’s theme – Fighting Everyday Discrimination.The Day commemorates 21 March, 1960, when police in apartheid South Africa fired on a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville protesting racially discriminatory laws. Dozens of protestors died, and many more were wounded.“We are all aware that many of man’s greatest atrocities have had racial underpinnings, but the collective toll inflicted by routine racism is frequently overlooked. Indeed, the edifices of humanity’s most horrific crimes have often been built on the foundations of banal bigotry,” Mr. Annan said.“We must not tolerate the creeping rot of routine discrimination. Nor can we resign ourselves to it as a regrettable attribute of human nature. None of us is born to hate. Intolerance is taught and can be untaught.“Legal guarantees are a fundamental part of this fight. But education must be its vanguard. Education can foster awareness and cultivate tolerance. It should begin at home – where, after all, many racist attitudes have their origin – continue in school, and become integral to our public discourse. In this struggle against intolerance, citizens must simultaneously be teachers and students,” he added.“The United Nations, through its awareness programmes, international law-making and rights-monitoring roles, has an important part to play. But all of us need to join this battle,” he concluded, stressing that ultimate success rested with ordinary citizens speaking out against “ordinary” intolerance.“It is they who must refuse to tolerate discriminatory acts in their daily lives. It is they who must ensure that there is nothing “everyday” about discrimination. And it is they who will benefit the most from communities built on rights and respect for all.”In the keynote address at a ceremony marking the Day in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said that despite the many efforts undertaken by the international community, racism and racist practices continued to spread in subtle, vicious and insidious ways.Her Office was determined to make the struggle against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance a priority, cutting across all areas of its activities, she added. read more

UN allocates 21M to meet urgent needs in newlyaccessible areas across Sudan

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

“Our response will address both the immediate needs through emergency, life-saving assistance and strengthen resilience of the most vulnerable and their communities to future and recurring shocks,” said Marta Ruedas, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan. The funds come from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF), which is comprised of donor funds and overseen by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The funding will allow humanitarian agencies to support vulnerable people in these areas where access was previously limited. In a statement from OCHA, the UN said that acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) cases and the continuing influx of refugees from South Sudan have been straining available resources and increasing pressure on the limited basic services in the targeted areas where funding is now headed. The announcement of the funds comes days after the former UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien released $45 million from CERF to Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Chad and Sudan. read more

Bleacher Report among providers offering match refunds

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

Bleacher Report is offering a refund to those who experienced technical difficulties during the Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods pay-per-view match in Las Vegas.B/R Live said Saturday that it would offer refunds. Charter Spectrum, Cox Communications, Dish/Sling TV and AT&T — via its DirecTV and U-Verse platforms — also announced refunds.Technical difficulties marred the event, which was billed as golf’s first pay-per-view broadcast.Some viewers unable to view it on their televisions after paying $19.95. Turner and Bleacher Report representatives sent out links on social media allowing people to view it for free on their computers and mobile devices.There were over 500 people on hold online waiting for assistance during one point.Turner Sports said in an emailed statement: “Prior to the start of the event, we experienced a technical issue with the B/R Live paywall that we tried to quickly resolve. We decided to take down the paywall to ensure that fans who already purchased the event would not miss any action. This did not impact the live streaming of the competition and fans were treated to an event that was both engaging and memorable. Unfortunately, the pre-match technical issue did occur, and we will offer fans who purchased the event on B/R Live a refund.”Mickelson won Friday’s match over Woods on the fourth playoff hole to win $9 million.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more

Austin Engineering manufactures largest excavator bucket to date

September 24, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA bucket for a Hitachi EX8000-6 hydraulic excavator, with a capacity of 48m3, is the largest excavator bucket ever manufactured by Austin Engineering globally. Measuring 4,840 x 4,310 x 5,550 mm in size, the EX8000-6 features an ESCO Nemysis N539430 5 station cast lip and is designed to operate within the machine’s maximum suspended load. Manufactured at Austin’s Brisbane Operation, the bucket was designed based on the site specific material specifications to maximise the excavator’s productivity. The bucket has been delivered to a Hunter Valley (NSW) mine site and will go into operation this month.Austin Engineering are one of the global industry leaders in the design and manufacture of mining buckets to suit excavators, front end loaders and wheel loaders. Their JEC designs, ranging from 1.5m3 to 52m3, are suitable for any application whether hard rock, iron ore, or coal. From high production lightweight buckets through to heavy duty armoured buckets, each bucket is customised to suit the specific application. To maximise machine efficiency Austin Engineering engineer the bucket to capacity match bucket weight and material density and undertake pass matching – this results in faster cycle times.Austin Engineering describes itself as a “leading designer and manufacturer of customised dump truck bodies, buckets and ancillary products used in the mining industry.” It is also a complete service provider, offering on and off-site repair and maintenance and heavy equipment lifting services to customers including miners, mining contractors and original equipment manufacturers.last_img read more

Freeze Mannequin challenge could help crack two UK robberies

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFreeze! Mannequin challenge could help crack two UK robberies A number of phone robberies happened before and after the mannequin challenge was filmed in Salford. Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 10:16 AM Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,653 Views Source: GM Police/YouTubePOLICE WANT TO speak to a group of people who posed for a mannequin challenge after two robberies in Salford.At around 11.55pm on Monday 14 November 2016, a man was attacked on Fredrick Road, Salford by two men while two other men stood and watched near to the Salford Innovation Forum.The victim saw the two men get out of a blue Ford Focus prior to the attack and return to the same vehicle after throwing the victim to the ground and stealing his gold-coloured iPhone 5s.They demanded the password to the phone before driving off.Around midnight the same day, just five minutes after the first robbery, and around a five-minute drive away from the first robbery, another man was sat at a bus stop on Eccles Old Road, outside the shops near to Salford Royal Hospital, when he was approached by three men.They grabbed him and dragged him to the floor before taking his Samsung S7 Edge.Similarly to the first robbery, the offenders demanded the password to the phone before getting into a blue Ford Focus and driving away.Phone left behindOfficers launched an investigation and have since established the Ford Focus had been involved in eleven drive-offs from petrol forecourts across the Greater Manchester area, including Swinton and Middleton.Later that day, officers stopped the car on Deansgate, Manchester City Centre and arrested the 22-year-old driver, Roger Bosion.A search of the vehicle found a Samsung S7 Edge, a number of other mobile phones and debit cards. The owners of the phones are yet to be identified but all of the debit cards have been reported as stolen.An examination of one of the phones revealed footage of two mannequin challenges that happened before and after the robberies took place. Source: GM PoliceBosion was bailed until 13 December 2016 pending further enquiries however, he failed to return. A warrant has since been issued for his arrest and efforts were made to trace him.Officers have now released the footage and want to speak to the group of people in connection with the two robberies.Detective Constable Allan Barker of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: “These two robberies happened in such quick succession that there was no regard for the safety of the victims who were left shaken, upset and terrified.“We have been following a number of enquiries but we have not yet been able to identify those responsible so it is imperative that we speak to the group of people in the footage to be able to move forward with the investigation.“Boison is actively evading police arrest and may be in London or the surrounding areas.center_img 31 Comments Short URL If anyone knows where he is or if anyone has seen him, please get in contact with us as a matter of urgency.Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5361 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.Read: ‘I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help’: Ben Affleck speaks out about his alcohol addiction By Gráinne Ní Aodha Mar 15th 2017, 10:16 AM last_img read more

Sacred snappers The village where crocodiles are welcome

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgSacred snappers: The village where crocodiles are welcome According to local legend, the startling relationship with the predators dates back to at least the 15th century. CROCODILES MAY BE one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the fearsome reptiles.People in Bazoule, around 30 kilometres from the capital Ouagadougou, share their pond with more than 100 of the razor-toothed creatures.“We got used to the crocodiles when we were young, swimming in the water with them and all that,” said Pierre Kabore, just a few metres away from a crocodile feasting on chicken provided by the village.“Now we can always approach them and sit on them – and if you have the courage, you can lie on them too. There’s no problem, they are sacred crocodiles. They don’t do anything to anyone.” Bazoule, Burkina Faso Source: shutterstockAccording to local legend, the startling relationship with the predators dates back to at least the 15th century.The village was in the grip of an agonising drought until the crocodiles led women to a hidden pond where the population could quench their thirst.“The villagers organised a party to celebrate and thank the reptiles,” Kabore said.A celebration known as Koom Lakre is still held every year during which villagers make sacrifices and ask the animals to grant their wishes of health, prosperity and a good harvest. Source: Shutterstock/Bildagentur Zoonar GmbHFar from being considered a threat, the crocodiles are deemed to have a mystical connection with Bazoule.“Crocodiles are represented as the soul of our ancestors and if one of them dies, they are buried and even given a funeral as if they were human,” said Kabore.“When a misfortune is about to happen in the village, they cry out. Elders are charged with interpreting the cries, and then make wishes to ward off bad luck.”Tourism attractionThe unusual contact between man and croc has drawn disbelieving tourists to the village to see for themselves.On their arrival, travellers can buy a chicken which is hung on a stick by a guide and used to entice the crocodiles out of the pond so that visitors can pose with the creatures.“It was nice to watch from a distance but sitting on one was a bit freaky,” said Thomas Baspin, a young Frenchman who came to visit his grandparents in Burkina Faso.“I’m glad I did it – but I’m also glad it’s over!” he quipped.Tourism has become a big money-spinner for the impoverished villagers, but a three-year-old jihadist insurgency in Burkina Faso is taking its toll.Ouagadougou has come under attack three times, most recently in March, when jihadists attacked the military headquarters and French Embassy.“We could have more than 10,000 visitors per year but at the moment, there’s no more than 4,000 or 5,000,” said Raphael Kabore, one of the guides.Global warming is also believed to be having an impact.Rainfall levels are down each year, and the famous pond that is the crocodiles’ home is shrinking. When it disappears, will the reptiles once more guide their human friends to a new watery home?© – AFP 2018  12 Comments Short URL Jun 23rd 2018, 10:01 AM By AFP Share18 Tweet Email1 10,162 Views Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 10:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Saving food from waste and delivering it to those in need Yes

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIf there’s one person in Greece, with an inspiring, ‘can-do’ attitude, it is Alexandros Theodoridis. Co-founder of Boroume, (‘We Can’), a not-for-profit organisation that organises the distribution of surplus food to charities throughout Greece, he visited Australia to launch a volunteer program, developed and executed in partnership with The Hellenic Initiatives for Greek Australians who want to combine their holidays in the motherland with helping those in need. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Alexandros shared the backstory of Boroume, which has saved more than 12.5 million portions of food, valued at €18.7 million, since 2012, donating to more than 1000 organisations throughout Greece, and is now offering more than 19,000 portions of food on average through their network every day. “We saw how easy it is for a donor to just make a call and say: ‘I have this to offer’. The rest is our job”, says Alex with inspiring confidence. “We don’t have a warehouse, but we know where all the soup kitchens in Greece are located and we act accordingly. Donations come from all over the place: it might be from an individual having a party at home to a large food manufacturing company, supermarket chains, farmers’ markets, and bakeries. There’s an abundance”. The emergence of initiatives such as Boroume offers valuable insight into the surge of volunteerism in Greece, which was practically non-existent before the crisis. “It is true that up until 2008, Greece had the lowest percentage of volunteers in Europe. Things have drastically changed since then. We started off with a team of five volunteers and we now have more than 150. In the past three years alone, we’ve had more than 500 people volunteer with us. But what we are mostly interested in is raising awareness among young people and educating them on the value of volunteering, through a special program that we have initiated in schools”. As important as nurturing a volunteer mindset to young people might be, the organisation would not have evolved the way it has if not for the support of major donors. “We did not intend to create such a big organisation, but the dynamics were overwhelming, especially since 2013”, he says. “For starters, we needed to have an office to conduct our operations. I had presented our work in an interview with a Swiss radio station, which led to a Swiss couple approaching us and offering to cover our rent for a year; five years later, they still pay our rent. Then, there is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation which covers our staff wages. We’ve had tremendous support from various stakeholders”. The Hellenic Initiative ranks not least among them. The two charities joined forces to create this new program, urging visitors to Greece to volunteer with Boroume, for instance by spending a few hours working in farmers’ markets collecting unsold produce to be delivered to soup kitchens. “This means a lot to us. Volunteers from abroad, especially coming from as far as Australia, hold a special place in our hearts. They are people of very good material. I believe that this represents the true meaning of solidarity, engagement, and giving”, says Alexandros Theodoridis, who presented the program in a Gala Dinner in Brisbane at the City Hall Auditorium. Over 350 people from the Greek Australian and business communities attended the event, organised by The Hellenic Initiative, which culminated in the charity collecting $175,000 in donations. “I’ve never had the chance to receive so much love and positive energy by so many people; this was an experience that made me really happy”, he says. As for the plight of Greece, does he see light at the end of the tunnel? “I have to. My son is 20 months old, I have no choice but to be optimistic, for his sake. What is going on in Greece is not a crisis. Crises come and go. What’s happening in Greece is a social and political disintegration, that has been going on for quite some time now. “If someone came and said, a few years ago, that there would come a time where Greece would see unemployment rise to 24 per cent and 35 per cent of Greeks living in poverty and social exclusion, we’d have thought they were crazy. I wouldn’t know where we’d be if not for family in Greece. This is what keeps us together: where everyone shares what they have with others. This bond sustains us. Simple as that”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Applicants sought for Leadership Clark County Class of 2016

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLeadership Clark County is accepting early applications for the Class of 2016 at a discounted price.The nonprofit leadership and community engagement training program will take 50 percent off its $100 application fee for those who apply by Feb. 13, according to a news release. Early applicants will also receive priority consideration for interviews.Applications will be accepted until April 30,and can be downloaded at Clark County’s free information session for potential candidates is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 11, according to the release. To reserve a spot, email or call 360-567-1085.The program runs from September through May. Tuition is $2,650.last_img read more

New Bill Allows Credit Unions Same Lending Rights As Banks For Small

September 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act is expected to spur business and job growth in local communities by giving local credit unions more flexibility to offer loans to small businesses. Correcting this disparity, Murkowski says not only provides small business people with better access to loans, but also works to stimulate economic growth. The bill would exempt credit union loans to purchase 1 to 4-unit non-owner occupied residential dwellings from the member business lending cap. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-new-bill-allows-credit-unions-same-lending-rights-as-banks-for-.mp3VmDorene-on-new-bill-allows-credit-unions-same-lending-rights-as-banks-for-.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Lisa Murkowski R-AK announced Friday that bipartisan legislation crafted with Senator Ron Wyden D-OR, to boost local economies, jobs, and small businesses passed the Senate Banking Committee.center_img Removing small residential loans from the business lending cap for credit unions would provide small business owners with better access to financial capital through credit unions. The legislation would allow credit unions to treat loans for small residential buildings as residential loans with lower interest rates—similar to how banks already make those loans to small businesses. Such loans are classified as real estate loans for banks, but as business loans for credit unions.last_img read more

Tulsequah cleanup wont restart watertreatment plant

September 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAn aerial view of the Tulsequah Chief Mine mine site. (Photo by Joe Hitselberger, ADF&G)Download AudioCanadian regulators say the Tulsequah Chief Project, about 40 miles northeast of Juneau, has agreed to reduce pollution leaking into a nearby river. But the controversial project won’t have to restart a shuttered water-treatment plant many Southeast Alaskans want back in operation.The British Columbia copper, zinc, silver and gold mine closed in 1957, after 20 years of operation. But in recent years, two companies have developed plans to reopen it.In the meantime, acidic water bearing metals dangerous to fish has been draining into the Tulsequah River. That flows into the Taku River, which hosts rich salmon runs caught by Alaska and B.C. fishermen.Current owner Chieftain Metals Corp. did install pollution-control equipment several years ago, but shut it down because of its high cost. Critics in Alaska want the provincial government to force the company to start it up again.But at least for now, that’s not going to happen.“There are things that that company can do short of firing up a full water-treatment plant at that site that will make a difference,” says Bill Bennett, British Columbia’s minister of mining and energy.His agency and two others recently notified the Tulsequah Chief Mine that it’s out of compliance with its provincial permits. Bennett says he met twice with the mine owners, who indicated they would comply.“We have asked them for a plan showing us how they would make some changes there that would alleviate some of the issues such as the spilled oil and in some cases some water going directly into the river. There are ways that they can divert that water. They can put it through settling ponds. There’s a number of things they can do,” he says.Chris Zimmer of Rivers Without Borders says that’s not enough.“This is just kind of putting a Band-Aid on the issue or kind of dancing around the margins,” he says.Zimmer says diverting more mine water into settling ponds won’t do the job. That’s because they’re small and will eventually overflow.“So essentially what Bennett is saying is, ‘We’re going to do a few minor things around here. But the biggest problem of this direct discharge of polluted water into the river, we’re not going to be able to do anything about,’” he says.Bennett says his government is not giving up on the water-treatment plant. It’s told mine owners to prepare a plan for reactivation within 90 days.But he says forcing that to happen now could push Chieftain toward bankruptcy.“We want this company to be able to build a mine there so that they can operate this water-treatment plant and pay for the improvements that are necessary,” he says.Acidic drainage from the Tulsequah Chief Mine, discolors a containment pond next to the Tulsequah River in British Columbia in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Chris Miller/Trout Unlimited)The news comes as state and provincial leaders work on agreements giving Alaska a larger role in transboundary mine regulation.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott recently formed a citizens’ advisory panel that’s helping draft a document to be submitted to B.C. officials. Bennett says he’s already discussing some of its proposals.Advisory panel member Rob Sanderson Jr., who co-chairs the United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group, is one of its members.“I would hope that they would take our concerns to heart here in Southeast Alaska and start cleaning that mine up before they move on any other projects,” he says, adding that he doubts B.C. is sincere in its mine-safety promises.Bennett visited Chieftain Metals’ Tulsequah site in August, as part of meetings with state officials and regional business and community leaders. Afterward, he said what he saw was unacceptable and needed to be fixed.But then, as now, he cited studies he said show no long-term damage.“The indications are from all the tests that have been done by both sides, both Alaska and B.C., that what’s happening today is not endangering the water or aquatic organisms,” Bennett says.Critics say those tests are incomplete – and inaccurate.“There’s been no comprehensive studies. There is no scientific agreement that there’s not a problem. The studies haven’t been done,” says Zimmer, of Rivers Without Borders.He cites research showing dangerous amounts of copper and zinc, which harm fish.“The most recent study commissioned by Chieftain found levels of copper at the mine site exceeding B.C. standards by a thousand times. Levels of zinc, 2,000 times. A mile and a half downstream of the mine, copper and zinc are still four, five, six times over the water quality standard,” he says.In addition to Alaska critics, the Taku River Tlingit First Nation opposes mine development.Tulsequah Chief’s owners could not be immediately reached for comment. The Chieftain Metals’ website did not appear to include any response to the provincial notices of violation or criticism from Alaskans.last_img read more

Corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy promises basic amenities

September 6, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMansoorabad: Division Corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy conducted a meeting in Thyagaraya Nagar Colony at Hayath Nagar on Wednesday. Vittal Reddy said, “As per the wish of the locals, gravel roads and street LED lights will be placed soon by the respective officials.”He further added, “In case of any problem in the division, it will be solved immediately after coming into my notice.” Satish Yadav, Mallareddy, Rajerndra and others participated in the programme.last_img

Budget 2015 RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan Favours Higher Tax Exemption Limit On

September 5, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan had made a case for raising the tax exemption limit on individual financial investments that currently stands at ₹1,50,000 a year.With Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present the fiscal budget on 28 February, Rajan’s remark assumes significance. ReutersHe said that though the limit was raised by ₹50,000 in last year’s budget, the purpose of the limit has been lost over time, since it remained static at ₹1,00,000 for many years.”Remember the government increased the limit for tax benefit in savings by ₹50,000 in the last budget. The question is — is there room for more primarily because the real tax benefit has fallen over time because the limit was at ₹1 lakh for a long time. Maybe what we have to do is increase that,” Dr. Rajan said, in a call with analysts covering the Indian economy, reports PTI.Currently, investments up to ₹1,50,000 qualify for tax exemption under Section 80 C, when invested in provident funds, public provident funds, new pension scheme, equity-linked savings schemes, insurance policies.The exemption is designed to influence individuals and families to save, which adds to the nation’s savings rate. India’s current savings rate stands at 30% compared to a high of 36.9% in 2007-08.The RBI’s meeting on 3 February saw the central bank continue to hold rates, seeking quality fiscal consolidation by the government, with a shift towards capital expenditure spending, in place of mis-targeted subsidies.”A movement of spending from mis-targeted or poorly targeted subsidies towards more capital investment would be a good move,” the RBI Governor said, while acknowledging that the RBI was not against subsidies, as certain sections of the population need to be extended the benefit.Rajan added that a shift in spending would help with inflation management, as supply side constraints can be tackled with increased capital spending by the government.The RBI linked further rate cuts to fiscal consolidation.last_img read more

More Cameos We Want in Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

September 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_img E3 is full of huge new video games all jockeying for attention. But of course a brand new Star Wars game will make everyone stand up and take notice, which is funny because Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is all about you playing as a Jedi Padawan trying not to get noticed. After its first reveal at Star Wars Celebration a few weeks ago, E3 2019 gave us our first extended gameplay demonstration of the single-player Star Wars action adventure coming this November.While the player character Cal Kestis isn’t doing much for us (he seems about as about generic as that Starkiller dude from The Force Unleashed) some of the other faces in this demo did excite us. They put Debra Wilson in this game playing a Jedi master. You’re being hunted down by one of Darth Vader’s Sith Inquisitors apprentices The Second Sister. And Forest Whitaker returns as rebel extremist Saw Gerrera, who famously made the jump from The Clone Wars cartoon to the movie Rogue One.The time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is still one of the most fertile when it comes to Star Wars storytelling possibilities. Just what was everyone doing while the Empire established its domination? Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will tell more of that story. And here are some other character cameos we hope to see.AdChoices广告Ahsoka TanoAnakin Skywalker’s secret apprentice Ahsoka Tano is arguably the most important character to originally come from the cartoons. And Star Wars Rebels already showed us she was plenty busy during this time period separate from the rest of the Jedi. Speaking of Rebels, we’d love for Ezra and that whole crew to pop up, too.Darth MaulAs cool as he was in The Phantom Menace, I think we were all ready to be done with Darth Maul after he literally got sliced in half. But then he made a hilarious surprise cameo in Solo as like a crime boss with robot legs? Sure! Show me some more of that in this game.Sheev PalpatineEmperor Sheev Palpatine, the most beautiful dastardly bastard boy in all of Star Wars, is set to return somehow in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this holiday. Putting him in this game, at the height of his powers, is a no-brainer.Iden VersioWhile the single-player campaign of Star Wars Battlefront II had its problems, like an over reliance on playing as famous faces no matter how nonsensical, we ultimately dug its lead character Iden Versio, an elite Imperial soldier who undergoes a bit of a redemption arc. Putting a young version of her here could create a neat kind of continuity between Star Wars video games specifically, plus we’d love another Janina Gavankar performance.WattoI looked up what happened to greasy flying desert slavemaster Watto after The Phantom Menace and apparently Darth Vader slaughtered him in revenge? Honestly, that’s one of the most honorable things Vader ever did. Put that scene in this game!Grand Admiral ThrawnThe sinister Grand Admiral Thrawn grew in popularity thanks to his starring role in some of Timothy Zahn’s beloved Star Wars novels. When Disney bought Lucasfilm, those books and original Expanded Universe characters became non-canon. Fortunately, we now know those characters are eligible for showing up again in new, canon Star Wars projects. Thrawn was a major antagonist in Star Wars Rebels, so put him in this game, too. We don’t have much hope for Mara Jade, though.Kyle KatarnAnd speaking of EU characters, I suspect if Cal Kestis was just named Kyle Katarn people would be way more excited for this game. But developer Respawn can make up for this mistake by using their new canon Star Wars game to reintroduce the Dark Forces hero back into official continuity.An Evil Senator Who Wants To Outlaw GamblingArguably the biggest reason why folks are excited for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is that since it’s a single-player game hopefully EA won’t cram it full of the same microtransactions that turned Battlefront II into a borderline illegal casino for children. With the actual U.S. Government breathing down their necks, why not go full meta and introduce an Imperial Senator who foolishly wants to outlaw the galactic equivalent of loot boxes.For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers. Play These E3 2019 Video Games Right NowThe 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

IITKGP develops model to predict variability and trends in rainfall pattern of

August 31, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKolkata: Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a new statistical model which can be used to predict variability and trends in rainfall over different climate regions of India. The model, developed by researchers of the Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL), takes into consideration both local and remote factors causing weather changes, an IIT-KGP statement said Thursday. Many of these, local and remote, factors that affect weather conditions have been known to the scientific community, the statement said, adding, most weather forecast models typically consider local factors or a single factor that affects rainfall or use of statistical models of correlation to establish the impact of various factors. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Because of this, there used to be significant uncertainties in such predictions as each independent factor has a certain impact, which may not match with actual conditions, it said. “Our study finds that the summer monsoon rainfall variability is governed by the surface temperatures of the Eastern Pacific, Central Pacific, Atlantic and the north Indian Oceans, and equatorial zonal winds,” the statement said quoting Prof Jayanarayanan Kuttippurath. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed However, the winter monsoon rainfall variability is largely controlled by the surface temperature of the North Atlantic and extratropical oceans, Kuttippurath said. “In our model we have used a technique which removes the impact of individual factors to find the trends in rainfall. The model can be used to find the contribution of individual factors to rainfall and can be applied to estimate the trends and variability of rainfall,” Dr Prijitha J Nair, the lead researcher, who conceived and coordinated this study, was quoted as saying in the statement. The model can predict any type of weather conditions, anywhere in the world only by changing the relevant factors affecting the changes, he explained. The model, which has been developed by using data over a period of 38 years, has predicted significant changes in Indian rainfall in the perspective of global climate change. The data analyses conducted during the study revealed significant positive trends (0.43mm/day/dec) in the north-west for summer rainfall during the period 19792017. “There are scientific evidences of major climate shifts over centuries. These do not happen overnight but through gradual changes in weather conditions over time,” Professor Arun Chakraborty, who supervised the research, was quoted as saying in the statement. “The data shows there has been an incremental shift of Indian monsoon from east to west. However, this would require further studies,” Chakraborty said. The novelty of the model has been reported through a research paper ‘The local and global climate forcings induced inhomogeneity of Indian rainfall’ in the much-coveted Scientific Reports by the Nature, the IIT statement said.last_img read more

Costa Rica and Canada to expand trade agreement

August 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgNo related posts. Canada’s trade minister, Ed Fast, on Monday announced the successful conclusion of a fourth round of negotiations to modernize the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement. Negotiations took place in San José last week.“To create new opportunities for Canadian workers, businesses and investors, we are working closely with our Costa Rican partners to modernize our agreement by removing more barriers to trade,” Fast said.The original Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement entered into force in 2002 but did not include provisions in such areas as cross-border trade in services, financial services, investment and government procurement. An expanded agreement will create new opportunities for Canadian businesses and provide them with a competitive edge in many sectors, including construction, manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications, officials said.Since 2006, Canada’s two-way merchandise trade with Central America has risen by 16.7 percent. Costa Rica accounted for 11.8 percent of Canada’s two-way merchandise trade with Central America in 2011. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

14 per cent of Cypriot children have unmet medical needs

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIn Cyprus in 2017, 1.4 per cent of children aged below the age of 16 had medical needs that were not treated, slightly lower than the EU average of 1.8 per cent.Perhaps surprisingly, the highest share of children with unmet medical needs was reported in Belgium (8.7 per cent). Romania was in second place (7.4 per cent), followed by Sweden (4.3 per cent), Finland (3.3 per cent) and Czechia (2.7 per cent).In contrast, the lowest percentages were found to be in Austria (close to 0.0 per cent), Germany (0.1 per cent), and Hungary (0.2 per cent), while another five countries, Spain, Croatia, Malta, Slovakia and Portugal also had scores of less than one per cent.In 2017, 2.3 per cent of children below 16 in the EU did not receive dental care that they needed. Cyprus scored slightly higher than the average, with 3.1 per cent.The highest share of children with unmet needs for dental care was reported in Latvia (7.3 per cent), followed by Portugal (6 per cent), Spain and Romania (both 5.7 per cent).However, in seven member states this rate dropped to less than 1 per cent, in Hungary, Croatia, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Austria and Slovakia.The information for the report was gathered by interviewing one member of a household that included at least one child aged 15 or below.“Children’s medical and dental needs can be unmet due to various reasons, such as inability to afford the treatment, long waiting lists, long travel times or no means of transport, or lack of time because of work or caring for family members or others,” the report explained.Just ten days ago another Eurostat report on children’s health was published.It was reported that some 98 per cent of Cypriot children were deemed to be in good health in 2017, compared with the EU average of 95 per cent.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more