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US officials consider new tool to combat mine spills RobotsUS officials consider new tool to combat mine spills Robots

first_imgDENVER – Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters perforate the Colorado mountains, and scientists may one day send robots creeping through the pitch-black passages to study the mysterious currents that sometimes burst to the surface with devastating effects.One such disaster happened at the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado in 2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally triggered the release of 3 million gallons (11 million litres) of mustard-colored water laden with arsenic, lead and other contaminants. The spill tainted rivers in three states.Now, the EPA is considering using robots and other sophisticated technology to help prevent these types of “blowouts” or clean them up if they happen. But first the agency has to find out what’s inside the mines, some of which date to Colorado’s gold rush in the 1860s.Wastewater containing toxic heavy metals has been spewing from hundreds of inactive mines nationwide for decades, the product of complicated and sometimes poorly understood subterranean flows.Mining creates tainted water in steps: Blasting out tunnels and processing ore exposes long-buried, sulfur-bearing rocks to oxygen. The sulfur and oxygen mix with natural underground water flows to create sulfuric acid. The acidic water then leaches heavy metals out of the rocks.To manage and treat the wastewater, the EPA needs a clear idea of what’s inside the mines, some of which penetrate thousands of feet into the mountains. But many old mines are poorly documented.Investigating with robots would be cheaper, faster and safer than humans.“You can send a robot into an area that doesn’t have good air quality. You can send a robot into an area that doesn’t have much space,” said Rebecca Thomas, project manager for the EPA’s newly created Gold King Superfund site, officially known as the Bonita Peak Mining District.Instruments on the robots could map the mines and analyze pollutants in the water.They would look more like golf carts than the personable robots from “Star Wars” movies. Hao Zhang, an assistant professor of computer science at the Colorado School of Mines, envisions a battery-powered robot about 5 feet (1.5 metres) long with wheels or tracks to get through collapsing, rubble-strewn tunnels.Zhang and a team of students demonstrated a smaller robot in a mine west of Denver recently. It purred smoothly along flat tunnel floors but toppled over trying to negotiate a cluttered passage.“The terrain is pretty rough,” Zhang said. “It’s hard for even humans to navigate in that environment.”A commercial robot modified to explore abandoned mines — including those swamped with acidic wastewater — could cost about $90,000 and take three to four years to develop, Zhang said.Significant obstacles remain, including finding a way to operate remotely while deep inside a mine, beyond the reach of radio signals. One option is dropping signal-relay devices along the way so the robot stays in touch with operators. Another is designing an autonomous robot that could find its own way.Researchers also are developing sophisticated computerized maps showing mines in three dimensions. The maps illustrate where the shafts intersect with natural faults and provide clues about how water courses through the mountains.“It really helps us understand where we have certainty and where we have a lot of uncertainty about what we think’s happening in the subsurface,” said Ian Bowen, an EPA hydrologist. “So it’s a wonderful, wonderful tool.”The EPA also plans to drill into mines from the surface and lower instruments into the bore holes, measuring the depth, pressure and direction of underground water currents.Tracing the currents is a challenge because they flow through multiple mines and surface debris. Many tunnels and faults are connected, so blocking one might send water out another.“You put your finger in the dike here, where’s the water going to come out?” Thomas said.Once the EPA finishes investigating, it will look at technologies for cleansing the wastewater.Options range from traditional lime neutralization — which causes the heavy metals dissolved in the water to form particles and drop out — to more unusual techniques that involve introducing microbes.The choice has consequences for taxpayers. If no company is found financially responsible, the EPA pays the bill for about 10 years and then turns it over to the state. Colorado currently pays about $1 million a year to operate a treatment plant at one Superfund mine. By 2028, it will pay about $5.7 million annually to operate plants at three mines, not including anything at the Bonita Peak site.The EPA views the Colorado project as a chance for the government and entrepreneurs to take risks and try technology that might be useful elsewhere.But the agency — already dealing with a distrustful public and critical politicians after triggering the Gold King spill — said any technology deployed in Colorado will be tested first, and the public will have a chance to comment before decisions are made.“We’re certainly not going to be in the position of making things worse,” Thomas said. “So when I say we want to take risks, we do, but we want to take calculated, educated risks and not worsen water quality.”___Follow Dan Elliott at . His work can be found at .last_img read more

Govt refuses to disclose details on RBI Governor’s appointmentGovt refuses to disclose details on RBI Governor’s appointment

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has refused to share details related to the appointment of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das citing a clause in the transparency law which bars disclosure of information, including “records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”. Replying to an RTI query, it declined to share the details, including names of short-listed candidates and file notings related to the appointment. Das was on December 11, 2018 named as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for three years. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The appointment came after Urjit Patel abruptly resigned amid a face-off with the government over issues related to governance and autonomy of the central bank. The RTI application was filed by this correspondent with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) seeking details like copy of any advertisement or vacancy circular issued by the government on appointment of RBI Governor, names of all applicants who had applied for the post and those short-listed for the top post. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The DFS was also asked to provide details on composition of search committee to short-list candidates and copy of minutes of meetings held on deciding the RBI Governor. In its reply, the DFS said the selection of Governor, RBI is done by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on the basis of recommendation made by the Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC). The committee is headed by cabinet secretary as its chairperson and has additional principal secretary to Prime Minister and secretary of the department concerned besides three outside experts as its members, the DFS said, without giving the names of the experts. It had then forwarded the application to the cabinet secretariat. “In this regard, it is informed that the requisite information about appointment of Shaktikanta Das as Governor, Reserve Bank of India, being Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) related file notings/documents/records, is exempted from disclosure under Section 8 (1) (i) of the Right to Information Act 205,” the cabinet secretariat said in its reply to the RTI application. The section bars disclosure of “cabinet papers, including records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”. The section, however, says that the decisions of council of ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over. Das, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, retired as Economic Affairs Secretary in May 2017 and was since appointed India’s Sherpa to the G-20 and a member of the Finance Commission. Urjit Patel, who initially appeared to have toed the government line on issues like demonetisation, clashed with the Finance Ministry last year over issues of liquidity, reserves of the central bank and lending norms. The face-off had led to the government invoking a never-used-before provision of the RBI Act to bring the Governor to the negotiating table on these issues. After Das’ appointment was announced, Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee flayed the government for appointing the retired bureaucrat as the RBI Governor. He also warned that the decision leaves a lot of “frightening” questions about governance issues at key public institutions. Banerjee, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), had made a strong pitch for strengthening the credibility of all key institutions like the RBI. On Patel’s sudden resignation, he had said, “We should all worry if this is a sign of institutional stress.” Addressing a function a day after Das’ appointment, former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian said the central bank’s autonomy was “sacred” which should not be compromised.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral urges Israel to exercise restraint after latest violence in GazaSecretaryGeneral urges Israel to exercise restraint after latest violence in Gaza

28 April 2008Condemning today’s loss of civilian life in the Gaza Strip – including the “tragic” deaths of a mother and four of her children – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Israel to exercise maximum care and restraint. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban reminded the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) “of its responsibility to protect civilians under international humanitarian law during its military operations.”The Secretary-General spoke out against the continuing attacks and rockets fired by Hamas today against Israel, calling on it and other militant groups to end such acts of terrorism. He also noted that they should not use Gaza as a base of operations.“The mounting loss of civilian life in and around Gaza is deeply worrying,” Mr. Ban said, appealing for the situation to calm down immediately.In a related development, the Palestinian Petrol Association today delivered 55,000 litres of diesel to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), according to the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).Today’s supply will allow UNRWA, which has not been able to deliver food supplies for the past three days, to resume its distribution for roughly six days.However, the agency warned that the fuel delivery does not address the wider humanitarian problems in Gaza; the lack of diesel has impacted doctors’ commutes to hospitals and the ability of teachers and students to reach schools. Additionally, crops are not being irrigated, while cooking gas shortages have forced almost half of Gaza’s 47 bakeries to shut down operations.UNSCO said that in a bid to come up with a proper distribution plan and the resumption of all services in Gaza, the Petrol Association is seeking a commitment from the Israeli Government for sufficient fuel supplies. read more

Health care for women still far below need and expectation UN reportHealth care for women still far below need and expectation UN report

9 November 2009Many of the world’s countries continue to fail to meet the health-care needs of women at key stages of their lives, such as when they reach adolescence or when they are elderly, a new United Nations report has found. The report, issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, said urgent action is required to improve the health and lives of women, despite considerable progress in recent decades.Sexual and reproductive health services tend to focus exclusively on married women in too many countries, according to the report, noting that in those societies few services are made available to unmarried women and adolescents, and even fewer to marginalized groups such as sex workers, intravenous drug workers, ethnic workers and rural women.Up to 80 per cent of all health care worldwide takes place in the home, and is almost always provided by women, who are often unsupported and unremunerated in these activities.Launching the report, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said it was “time to pay girls and women back, to make sure that they get the care and support they need to enjoy a fundamental human right at every moment of their lives – that is, their right to health.”Dr. Chan questioned: “If women are denied a chance to develop their full human potential, including their potential to lead healthier and at least somewhat happier lives, is society as a whole really healthy? What does this say about the state of social progress in the 21st century?”The report observed that HIV, tuberculosis and pregnancy-related conditions remain the major killers of women aged between 15 and 45, but that as women age, non-communicable diseases – such as heart attacks and strokes – become leading causes of death and disability.However, in many countries heart attacks and strokes are considered “male” problems, leading to an under-diagnosis of heart disease in women.Females are also hampered from their lower socio-economic status, with a lack of access to education, income and decision-making positions limiting women’s ability to protect their health.This is particularly true in the case of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, where cultural pressures mean many women lack basic knowledge about HIV and how to negotiate safer sex practices.“We will not see significant progress as long as women are regarded as second-class citizens in so many parts of the world,” Dr. Chan said.“In so many societies, men exercise political, social and economic control. The health sector has to be concerned. These unequal power relations translate into unequal access to health care and unequal control over health resources.”The WHO report, entitled Women and health: today’s evidence tomorrow’s agenda, outlines proposals for reform to help women.These include strengthening health systems so they can better meet women’s needs, changing public policy to deal with the social and economic factors that adversely impact women’s health and identifying mechanisms to promote women’s leadership in health care. read more

UN agency launches new initiative to boost crops and protect environmentUN agency launches new initiative to boost crops and protect environment

13 June 2011Building on the lessons learned from the Green Revolution of the 1960s, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a new initiative to grow more food to feed the world’s growing population in an environmentally sustainable way. The agency notes in a news release that there is no option but to further intensify crop production in order to feed a world population projected to reach 9.2 billion by 2050. To eradicate hunger and meet demand by 2050, food production needs to increase by 70 per cent in the world and 100 per cent in developing countries, it adds. “The key to meeting the challenge lies in sustainable crop production intensification, or Save and Grow,” FAO stated, referring to the new approach that is outlined in a book by the same name and published by FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division. The Save and Grow model “applies external inputs at the right time and in the right amount – no more and no less than plants need,” says the agency.Green Revolution technology produced more than enough food for a world population that doubled from three to six billion between 1960 and 2000, FAO states, while pointing out that it focused on raising crop production without much attention to the environment. The new approach draws partly on conservation agriculture (CA) techniques which do away with or minimize ploughing and tilling, thus preserving soil structure and health. The Save and Grow toolkit also includes elements such as precision irrigation, which “delivers more crop for the drop,” and ‘precision placement’ of fertilizers, which can double the amount of nutrients absorbed by plants. Another element is integrated pest management, whose techniques discourage the development of pest populations and minimizes the need for pesticides.“Such methods help adapt crops to climate change and not only help grow more food but also contribute to reducing crops’ water needs by 30 per cent and energy costs by up to 60 per cent,” notes FAO.The new approach, the agency also points out, will require significant support to farmers so they can learn the new practices and technologies, while governments will also need to strengthen national plant-breeding programmes and overall domestic and foreign investments to the agriculture sector need to be increased. read more

TSX flat as Bombardier hit by CSeries delayTSX flat as Bombardier hit by CSeries delay

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was flat amid mixed commodities and a warning from transport giant Bombardier that its flagship new airliner will be going into service later than expected.The S&P/TSX composite index inched up 0.71 of a point to 13,773.29.Bombardier shares were down about 2.5% to $4.41 after the company announced the delay concerning its new CSeries aircraft. It said that the CS100 won’t be going into service until the second half of 2015 while the CS300 will go into service about six months later. The initial CSeries planes were expected to be ready for service late this year or early in 2015.The Canadian dollar rose 0.27 of a cent to 91.64 cents US.U.S. indexes were also lower following strong gains Wednesday amid earnings reports from the banking sector and data showing a continuing decline in jobless insurance claims and tame inflation. The Dow Jones industrials points to 16, the Nasdaq slipped 3.52 points to 4,211.36 while the S&P 500 index was down 3.32 points to 1,845.06.On the commodity markets, February crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 19 cents to US$93.98 a barrel. read more

Political solutions prerequisite to sustainable peace Lacroix tells Security CouncilPolitical solutions prerequisite to sustainable peace Lacroix tells Security Council

UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative 18 months ago, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, reminded the chamber, noting A4P calls on all participants to “collectively address peacekeeping challenges”. A “spirit of mutual and respective responsibility is at the core ofA4P”, said the peacekeeping chief, stressing that the “volatile political and security environments” of peacekeeping missions, require “capable military, police and civilian components” to undertake “flexible and rapid deployments”, which is why UN peacekeeping is “adapting mission footprints” to ensure a more “mobile, robust, aware and integrated operational approach”. He gave the example of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, which has “shifted away from static bases in some locations, replacing them with rapidly deployable battalions”, or RDBs for short. “RDBs strengthen our ‘mobility and robustness, and in MONUSCO are part of the mission’s ‘protection through projection’ concept”, elaborated Mr. Lacroix, adding that RDBs are “capable of swiftly deploying to prevent, mitigate and address protection threats as they emerge”. These changes have been complemented by other protection measures, such as community alert networks and country support to combat impunity. He painted a picture of “a spate of horrific attacks against civilians in Ituri province” in 2018, when MONUSCO’s RDB quickly sent out four temporary base deployments that provided “the necessary security space for civilian staff to conduct human rights monitoring and community engagement”, and offered “a degree of confidence amongst the population to allow them to return to their villages”. Fewer peacekeeping causalities Today, UN peacekeepers are successful in many countries, playing “a crucial preventative role” and protecting “millions of vulnerable people around the globe”, he stated, yet challenges remain.Mr. Lacroix drew attention to the importance of putting political solutions “at the center of this agenda”, noting that “in every country in which we are deployed and our mandates permit, our missions ‘are proactive in – and maintaining space for – political solutions to be pursued”.He pointed to the Central African Republic (CAR), as an example of where the UN is working in partnership with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission of Central African States (ECCAS).He flagged that the UN mission there, MINUSCA, has been taking advantage of its “stronger political mandate” and “robust security posture” to create an environment that led the Government and 14 main armed groups, to sign the Accord for Peace and Reconciliation last February.Adapting mission footprints .@UNPeacekeeping is a partnership w/ Member States, Troop/Police/Financial contributors, the Security Council & regional organizations. We need everyone on board to build stronger, more effective operations with leaner & more focused mandates. We all have a role to play. #A4P— Jean-Pierre Lacroix (@Lacroix_UN) September 9, 2019 Mr. Lacroix also revealed a reduction in peacekeeping fatalities, noting 58 deaths in 2018, 27 in 2018, and 21 so far this year. The mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is “still the most challenging situation for the security of peacekeepers”, but he credited a fall in fatalities to its ability to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices, better camp protection and mine-protected vehicles.Improved situational awareness is “another critical component of effective operations”, he elaborated, noting that Mission Peacekeeping-Intelligence Coordination Mechanisms had been established in MINUSMA, MONUSCO, MINUSCA and UNMISS (the UN Mission in South Sudan) to ensure coordination between all actors involved in peacekeeping intelligence under the leadership of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative. Women in peacekeeping More women peacekeepers are “key to improving peacekeeping performance”, according to Mr. Lacroix who maintained that they are “extremely effective in building trust with vulnerable communities, preventing tension and helping to reduce violence”.And while their numbers have increased, it is happening too slowly. “I call on troop and police contributors to redouble efforts to deploy more women”, he said.Turning to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), the peacekeeping chief indicated that these actions undermine “our standards of conduct”, saying that “continued vigilance remains an utmost priority”. Serving in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Brazilian peacekeeper Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga is the 2019 recipient of the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award., by MINUSCA/Hervé SerefioHe assured the Chamber that prevention and accountability for misconduct would be strengthened and assistance to victims enhanced.A change for the betterIn closing, Mr. Lacroix upheld that although “peacekeeping is changing for the better”, efforts must be bolstered to “support political processes” and ensure they make “a tangible difference in the lives of those we are mandated to serve”. He committed to enhancing peacekeeping and requested that the Council visit field missions and to evaluate progress in person. “We need your candid and field-based assessment to help us move forward and change course, if needed”, he concluded. read more

Massive Quellaveco copper project gets goaheadMassive Quellaveco copper project gets goahead

first_imgAnglo American’s Board has approved the development of the worldclass Quellaveco copper project in Peru. Ore Reserves total some 1,300 Mt at a Reserve grade of 0.58%TCu. Additional Mineral Resources are estimated at 1.500 Mt at a grade of 0.35%TCu.Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, commented: “Quellaveco is one of the world’s largest and most attractive undeveloped copper orebodies. We expect Quellaveco to generate a real, post tax IRR of greater than 15%, with a four-year payback(1) and an EBITDA margin of more than 50% due to its highly competitive first quartile cash cost position. We see significant potential to expand Quellaveco beyond its current 30-year reserve life as well as to increase throughput above the initial capacity of 127,500 t/d.“After several years of extensive preparatory work, we are very pleased to develop the project together with our partners Mitsubishi. We are grateful for the strong support we have gained from our host communities and at the national level. Quellaveco should bring very significant opportunities and sustainable benefits to the lives of those we employ, our business partners, the surrounding region and Peru as a whole, for decades to come.”The development phase of the project will commence following completion of the transaction, announced in June 2018, whereby Mitsubishi Corp will increase its interest in Anglo American Quellaveco S.A., (AAQSA), which owns the Quellaveco project, to 40%. The development has an expected capital cost of $5.0 to 5.3 billion and will be funded on an attributable basis: 60% by Anglo American and 40% by Mitsubishi, with Mitsubishi pre-funding the first $500 million of Anglo American’s share of the capital expenditure.First production of copper is expected in 2022, ramping up to full production in 2023. During the first ten years of full production Quellaveco is expected to produce approximately 300,000 t/y at a cash cost of $1.05/lb of copper.The support of local communities is the result of an innovative 18-month consultation with local authorities and community representatives from the Moquegua region. Through this ‘dialogue table’, Anglo American agreed 26 detailed and specific long-term commitments relating to water management, environmental protection and social investment. For example, by ensuring that the water required by the operation is drawn mainly from a river whose water is naturally unfit for human or agricultural use and additionally by collecting excess rainfall and sharing it with the communities, Anglo American is delivering on its promise of a positive water impact for local people and their livelihoods.Cutifani added: “This is an exciting moment for Anglo American. The approval of Quellaveco is an important step in delivering the full potential of our world class asset portfolio, with an expected project ROCE in excess of 20%, and we look forward to working responsibly with all our stakeholders to make it a reality.”last_img read more

Trump says Comey is cowardly over conversation leaksTrump says Comey is cowardly over conversation leaks

first_img Short URL 67 Comments Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 2:47 PM Jun 11th 2017, 2:47 PM Share Tweet Email 14,253 Views US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has accused James Comey of cowardice by leaking accounts of his meetings with the president, days after the ex-FBI director testified that Trump sought to derail the Russian probe.“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.“Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a “friend” identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russia probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.He branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation Trump has denied.On Friday, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticised Comey as not “man enough” for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself.“He gave his notes to a Columbia law professor because he wasn’t man enough to give the notes directly to the media when he wanted them out to the media,” Lewandowski told NBC’s morning show “Today.”Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a “leaker,” he also claimed “total and complete vindication” following the ex-FBI chief’s testimony, focusing on Comey’s confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.© – AFP, 2017Read: In the age of Trump, two American newspapers are flying the flag for hard news journalism Trump says Comey is ‘cowardly’ over conversation leaks “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible.” Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New deal welcomes skilled workers to NTNew deal welcomes skilled workers to NT

first_imgThe Northern Territory’s Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced a new in-principal deal signed by the Territory government and the governing Council of Kalymnos, which will help Greek skilled workers access employment in Australia’s top end.The pilot agreement was negotiated in principal after two days of meetings with the council, by Territory representatives.Mr Giles told Neos Kosmos the arrangement was a push toward greater levels of migration, especially with regard to jobs. “Normally what happens is businesses will try to sponsor someone on an individual basis, but as part of the strategy that we’ve got for northern Australia we have to attract people to the Territory, we’re finding it very difficult to attract people from the southern parts of Australia.”Kalymnos is Darwin’s oldest sister-city, and with a rich Greek culture the chief minister said it was an opportunity to explore untapped resources. “We have a very good relationship with Greece and we want to be able to extend that, so a few months ago we signed a direct area migration agreement (DAMA), which allows us to try and get an additional 500 people into the Territory, to support some of those skill shortages that we have. When our meeting occurred on the 7th of September we said ‘well why don’t we try our first venture overseas to Greece’ – to Kalmynos – to start talking to local council over there to start forming a greater partnership to get a higher degree of people coming to the Territory.”Accordingly, there are approximately 63 skill-set shortages in the Northern Territory and this agreement will help in another 16, including opportunities in hospitality, bricklaying, hotel waiting and bar-service management, amongst others. “We’ll be calling a meeting of local Kalymnian business men and women, and Greek business men and women, and say ‘right, we’ve started this process, let’s get together collectively to identify issues that you have, how we can support you developing your employer credentials, such as things around mentoring, how you can be a more acceptable workplace for people who have come from overseas into the Territory, and what that might mean for those people and how you can have a more supportive environment’.”In his original press release Mr Giles stated two programs offering Northern Territory employers the opportunity to access workers from Greece – the DAMA and a Training and Research Occupational Trainee Visa. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Extreme heat causes Melbourne tram lines to be disruptedExtreme heat causes Melbourne tram lines to be disrupted

first_imgExtreme heat has caused tram services in Melbourne to be cancelled. Temperature heights of 36C expected on Thursday and 35C on Friday and Saturday means that tram lines will continue to remain shut.Yarra Trams have been cancelled and replaced with buses due to the heatwave in Victoria.Three other routes were also disrupted by cancellations.Tram passengers have been advised to check timetables and allow for plenty of time for their journeys.As a result of the extreme weather conditions, there are more cars on the road and traffic congestion.A ‘blocking high’ on the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand is causing the intense heat.READ MORE: Greek Australian woman asks Melbourne inspector to wait while she continues her meditation for another six minutes Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Official Wolves complete signing of Adama TraoreOfficial Wolves complete signing of Adama Traore

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers have announced the signing of winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough on a five-year dealThe newly-promoted Premier League side have paid a reported club-record fee of £18m for the Barcelona academy product after activating his buy-out clause at the Riverside Stadium.This will mark the second time in as many years that Wolves have smashed their transfer record after signing Ruben Neves from FC Porto last summer for £15m.“Wolves are delighted to confirm the signing of winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee,” read a statement.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The 22-year-old completed his medical on Tuesday morning and put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Molineux.”Traore could make his debut for Wolves in the opening game of their Premier League campaign against Everton on Saturday evening if he can recover in time from a shoulder injury.The Spain U-21 international is the club’s eighth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez, while making Diogo Jota and Willy Boly permanent members of the squad.last_img read more

Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for IsraelFletcher believes Scotland will be ready for Israel

first_imgDarren Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for their winner takes all clash against Israel.The Scottish national team host Israel at Hampden Park on Tuesday in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League knowing a victory could help secure a playoff place for Euro 2020.Alex McLeish’s side lost the reverse fixture 2-1 in Israel last month but Fletcher thinks the Scots will be ready to deliver a more confident performance after a comfortable 4-0 against Albania on Saturday.Speaking to Sky Sports about the Israel game, the former Scotland international:“It’s going to be difficult but I think the biggest thing is they’ve saved a lot of legs and conserved a lot of energy.”edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I don’t think it was a difficult game for Scotland physically so there’ll have lots of energy about them come Tuesday.”“The turnaround will be quite short but they’ll be ready for it.”“It’s a must win game and it gives a great chance to qualify. We knew the performance level in Israel wasn’t good enough.”“We allowed them too much possession and we allowed them to control the game. We weren’t aggressive enough but I think that was partly down to the formation.“This time it will be 4-3-3, it will be pace, it will be aggressive, there will be pressing and it will be up and at them. I think you’ll see a totally different Scotland performance.”last_img read more

Dave Scotts World of Wonder California Tower in Balboa ParkDave Scotts World of Wonder California Tower in Balboa Park

first_img Posted: February 23, 2019 Updated: 9:08 PM KUSI Newsroom, AP 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dave Scott takes a deeper look at the tallest building in Balboa Park Dave Scott’s World of Wonder – California Tower in Balboa Parkcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, AP, February 23, 2019 Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Real estate remains real stable in Alaskas largest marketReal estate remains real stable in Alaskas largest market

first_imgDespite dismal revenues from declining oil prices, the state’s largest real estate market remains strong.In an annual presentation to city officials on property values, Anchorage’s municipal assessor Bryant Robbins showed a steady rise in overall property values.Residential units are the bulk of Anchorage’s property tax base–assessed this year at $25.53 billion, a growth of about 3.5 percent percent over last year. On average, homes sold at $11,888 above their assessed values, indicating a healthy market, according to a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Administration. The average sale price in 2015 was $366,592.New construction was down slightly from the year before by three percent. The total number of residential and commercial units brought online is still about half what it was in Anchorage before the financial crash in 2008.Anchorage’s real estate market has historically tracked closely to the price of oil. That trend has come apart over the last year, as the per barrel price has plummeted to record lows, but the city’s total assessed property values have continued on a modest climb upwards.last_img read more

DC Artists Bring Unconventional Performance to Familiar SettingDC Artists Bring Unconventional Performance to Familiar Setting

first_imgNia Barge and A’Leighsha Butler, founders of Nameless theater company at Roy Arias Studio in Times Square, New York.Longtime friends, A’Leighsha Butler and Nia Barge met as teenagers at Oxon Hill High School in Prince George’s County, Md. Today, the co-founders of Nameless theater company are business savvy women blossoming with creativity.Unlike traditional performance shows, Nameless offers an experience that brings unconventional audiences out of the theater and into familiar settings. “If you’re not brought up in the arts or given opportunities to understand theater while you’re younger, you don’t just all of a sudden start going to the theater,” Barge told the AFRO.“We know how much theater means to us, how entertaining it can be, how engaging it can be and how it can spark dialogue about important subjects. We knew the importance, power and weight that theater can hold in the community and we wanted to find a way to communicate that to people who look like us, who are our age, and didn’t go to the theater.”One place millennials frequent often is happy hour. Nameless’ introduction of Happy Hour Theater premiered June 2014 in Adams Morgan with Last Call – the portrayal of tensions between new and old District residents who are forced to come together at the height of a crisis. The afterwork show took place in a local bar where patrons were able to get drink and food specials and a stellar performance – all at an affordable price. During its run, the show sold out shows and received 5-star reviews.Much like the company’s target audience, there wasn’t much access to the arts for Butler growing up, “At Oxon Hill [High School] and my middle school, there were no drama classes offered, but it was something that I was interested in,” she says. “I’ve always written little stories, but there wasn’t a chance for me to enter into a drama class or test it out.”As an undergrad at the University of Maryland, College Park, she was finally able to take drama classes, which fueled her interest further. Likewise, at Howard University, Barge was introduced to acting through mock trial lessons while on a law school track; she then garnered an interest in performing.Barge received her bachelor’s degree in communication and culture with a minor in film. Butler received her bachelor’s degree incommunications/public relations. After college the two began working together professionally creating workshops for youth. “That’s when we discovered that we really enjoyed working in the community and in the arts, and we started working together more in that sector,” says Butler.In 2010, Butler and Barge attended the University of London, Goldsmith to pursue master’s degrees in applied drama and performance making, respectively. While producing intimate theater shows in London, the two also produced a one-woman show, Happy Birthday Lola, starring Barge who became a fairly well-known poet.As a young company, resources for Nameless are slim and ticket sales cover only 40 percent of production costs; but payment for rehearsal spaces, lighting, chairs, performers customs and, of course, the venue must be accounted for. The ladies have relied on a lot of creativity and ingenuity to keep the company afloat, they say.In the second installment of Happy Hour Theater – and the fourth show for the company—Nameless will present Death at the Prom, premiering April 16 at Uniontown Bar & Grill in D.C.’s historic Anacostia neighborhood. A murder mystery comedy show, the production will take place in the midst of a fictional high school prom where disaster strikes and audience members must gather clues, question suspects, and bring the murderer to justice.“This show is a bit more light for our happy hour crowd and should be a lot of fun because there’s a lot more audience interaction,” Butler describes the show in comparison to Last Call.Hoping to achieve as much notoriety as before, the show may also move to a larger venue to bring over 200 guests to the party. “A week before the show, we are pretty tired, but we remind ourselves that we are waking up everyday and we are doing what we love to do,” says Butler, “I’m just thankful to have the courage to go after it and want to do it because its not easy, but the end result is always rewarding because we pour something of ourselves into every single show.”last_img read more

CESC restores all electrical faults within two days of norwesterCESC restores all electrical faults within two days of norwester

first_imgKolkata: CESC has managed to repair all electrical faults within its jurisdiction by Thursday. Ever since the Nor’wester hit the city and its adjoining areas in the evening of April 17, the employees of the CESC acted promptly and worked on a war footing to control the situation.CESC power supply was disrupted specially in areas where the city is served by overhead wires. The city’s underground cables remained largely unaffected. However, a number of cases were reported where lamp posts belonging to other agencies were also affected due to storm. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a senior official of CESC, after a long time, so many faults had taken place during the storm. In first 24 hours after the incident, CESC received altogether 36,000 telephone calls from different parts of the city and adjoining areas.CESC had carried out repair works in Howrah’s Belur area on Thursday morning. Amongst the worst affected areas were Northern and Eastern parts of the city, including Patuli, Panchasayar, Survey Park, Lake Town, Bangur, Dum Dum, Kamarhati, Khardah, Sodepur, Howrah and Serampore.According to the CESC spokesman: “Works were done on a day-and-night basis, which had enabled the agency to bring the situation under control within the next day. In most of the cases, the normalcy was restored within Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Microsoft Edges something missing on this page messageMicrosoft Edges something missing on this page message

first_imgMicrosoft Edge’s “something missing on this page” message by Martin Brinkmann on February 25, 2017 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 3 commentsIf you follow the release of Windows 10 Insider Build releases, or have installed one on a PC, you may have noticed that Microsoft put a lot of effort in recent builds to improve the system’s default web browser Microsoft Edge.Edge is a rather bare bones browser, which is refreshing when you come from Internet Explorer, but disappointing if you expect the same level of customizations that Firefox offers for instance.While Microsoft continues to add or improve features, it seems that the company has its foot on the brakes in important areas such as extensions support. Edge supports a good dozen or so extensions, and that is after almost a year of supporting them.Something missing on this pageOne of the new features that Microsoft integrated into Edge on Insider Builds is a new check for blocked or missing content on sites.The company switched the integrated Flash Player in Edge to click to play some time ago. While that works reasonably well for Flash elements that are highly visible on a page, you may miss the “select for Adobe Flash” instruction for others.The most recent version of Edge therefore ships with a one-time reminder, and a new icon in the browser’s address bar to manage Flash in the browser.The reminder reads:Something missing on the page?Top help you stay safe, we’ve blocked Adobe Flash. Click here to turn it on.This is a one-time reminder that won’t show up again once you hit the “got it” button. The idea is to bring attention to the “broken content” icon in the Edge toolbar.You can click on the icon to bring up a prompt to allow Adobe Flash on the site.You may use it to allow Adobe Flash content to run once, or always, on the site you are on. Flash will be enabled then for the session, or permanently when you visit the site.Regardless of choice you make, the page in question is reloaded by Microsoft Edge automatically. You will notice that Flash content is loaded as well afterwards.Once you make a selection, you have no control anymore over the feature. Edge, at least the current iteration of the web browser, does not provide a list of whitelisted sites.The only option you have to remove permissions is to clear all Flash permissions.This is done with a click on Menu > Settings > Choose what to clear > Show more > Adobe Flash permissions.Closing WordsThe new feature is only available in the most recent development build of Windows 10. It is possible that Microsoft will improve it over time, for instance by adding options to Edge to manage the list of whitelisted sites that are allowed to run Flash directly.Now you: What’s your take on Microsoft Edge?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Edge’s DescriptionThe most recent version of Microsoft Edge ships with a new toolbar button to unblock blocked content on the web page you are on.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Ufly has new twice daily service between Toronto and Montreal – forUfly has new twice daily service between Toronto and Montreal – for

first_img Posted by Ufly has new twice daily service between Toronto and Montreal – for members only << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Ufly is targeting business travellers on the Toronto – Montreal corridor with two new roundtrips daily between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport.Flights will be operated by Pascan Aviation on private nine-seater Pilatus PC 12 planes, equipped with large leather seats. Ticket prices will not fluctuate throughout the year but are fixed and include snacks and beverages and an unlimited number of flights.What’s the catch? Passengers have to sign up for memberships; Ufly says it has several membership types “to meet every travellers’ corporate budget allowances”, with prices starting at $35 per month. Members benefit from numerous advantages such as online booking at a fixed rate, last-minute boarding and quick and easy access to aircrafts, says Ufly.An introductory offer gives passengers a one-month free membership. The first flight is scheduled to take off April 10.“Ufly truly demonstrates a full executive treatment: comfortable, exclusive and luxurious. Thanks to its unprecedented service offering, Ufly members can take advantage of a VIP lounge, a dedicated phone reservation line, a mobile application, and free parking near the priority security checkpoint and check-in, so they no longer have to wait in line at an airport,” says the company.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“With business travellers’ needs in mind, we wanted to create a new and unique transport experience between Toronto and Montreal,” said David Brochu, Guest Experience Manager. “At Ufly, we pride ourselves on offering a top-notch business class service to all Canadian executive flyers by providing them valuable and efficient enhanced options that will save them precious time! Business travel should be about spending time with your clients and not in an airport.”Ufly also sells tickets between Saint-Hubert airport and Québec City, Val-d’Or and Bagotville. More information is at Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Puerto Viejo Deep Dive Surfing the Caribbeans gnarly wavesPuerto Viejo Deep Dive Surfing the Caribbeans gnarly waves

first_imgRelated posts:Surfing in Costa Rica: Secrets from a local surfer Rough edges and rich culture: Our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive World Surfing League arrives in Jacó Surfing one of the world’s best waves in Pavones Sunshine, surfing and reggae make Puerto Viejo one of the preferred destinations of many Costa Ricans. There’s something about the Caribbean that makes you relax, and feel at home. The locals are very friendly, and their cuisine is delicious. You’ll also find several surf spots for different levels, and if you are lucky enough, you could surf all day longBeware though, you need some surfing experience to surf most of the spots in Puerto Viejo and some are only for advanced surfers. The Caribbean’s waves are fast and furious and not everyone has come out victorious.The Caribbean season starts around December and stretches out to March. That’s when storms churning off Cartagena, Colombia, and an ENE swell brings waves directly to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. This does not mean potential swells will come in during other times of the year. But if you want to be assured action, make sure to be here during this season.When the waves do hit, Cocles and Hermosa beach are two of the best beach breaks in the zone. The wave will break at a depth of less than 1 meter from the sand and these waves are usually pretty fast. If the waves are big, breaking a board is easier than you think. Cocles Beach in Limón. Meg Yamamoto/The Tico TimesCocles and Hermosa sound tough, but that’s only where the locals go when there are no waves at the reef breaks.Salsa Brava is one of the gnarliest and heaviest spots in the zone. It’s also known as the Costa Rican pipeline, or The Spicy Sauce (a direct translation from Spanish). If you do not have an advanced surfing level, stay out of the water. Surfing above your level can lead to an accident or even death. Even local surfing legends have been victims of the reef. Just ask Gilbert Brown about his tooth.Just getting to the spot is a challenge and I highly recommend getting local help if you decide to go in. There are a series of canals in the reef that you have to navigate to get out to the spot. I wouldn’t explore them on my own.It’s common to see surfers come out of the water with wounds after they slam into the coral reef. If at any point you do get cut by coral, take care of it immediately. There are some species of coral that are toxic and in general, these cuts are very infectious.If you cut yourself make sure to follow this recommendation from Surfline:Remove all dead skin with a sharp, clean pair of scissors that have been boiled to kill bacteria. (Bacteria love to grow in, under, and around dead skin.) Anesthetizing around the wound is a good idea, if that’s what it takes to clean it well. Clean it with soap and fresh water and a soft, sterile brush, if required. Flush with a mixture of one-half water and one-half hydrogen peroxide to remove coral dust and then flush with fresh water. Don’t grab the bottle and pour it on the wound, dilute it. Full strength peroxide might delay the healing process. Then use clean water to flush it under pressure and very thoroughly for five minutes.Following this advice can prevent you from going home early and ruining the trip for your buddies.But the risk is worth the reward. The wave at Salsa Brava is a peak that can break in both directions. Depending on the swell’s direction, it may be more constant in one direction rather than the other. If the weather is not too warm and there’s been some rain, there’s a high chance the water will be glassy and ideal for surfing. If the conditions are aligned with the proper swell, you can surf all day long with the best barrels of your life.If you are coming to this beautiful town, make sure to bring your surfing gear. There are no surfing stores around and even getting a wax bar is more complicated than it should be. It’s also most likely overpriced.Puerto Viejo isn’t the best place to buy a board either. You will find some surf rentals and surf schools, but I wouldn’t consider it a commercial surf town like Santa Teresa.If you’re in town with some non-surfers, there are several beaches you can drive or bike up to that will get you feeling the laid-back Caribbean vibe. Playa Negra, Punta Uva and Manzanillo are a few spots to chill with the family and non-surfing friends. There aren’t big waves at these beaches so you can go for a swim without worrying too much about riptides and waves violently crashing on your head.This does not mean you should disrespect the ocean and its imminent dangers. Always keep an eye out for rip tides. Some of the local cuisine options in Puerto Viejo. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)Puerto Viejo is a town where people embrace their culture/ Calypso, patty (a spicy meat-stuffed empanada-looking pie) and rice-and-beans are some of the treasures you can find here. The best patty I’ve ever had is in a little yellow shack in downtown Puerto Viejo. It’s a personal must-go for me, and I usually go more than once.Also, a trip to Limon that doesn’t include rice-and-beans with your preferred protein and some fried plantains isn’t a complete trip. If you visit, don’t miss out on any of these.Remember to be safe out in the water, and avoid spots you have never been in by yourself. Take care of nature and be respectful to locals. Having this said, see you in the water!This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more