More Clean Energy Coming to Northern Nova Scotia

first_imgMore solar panels will be popping up in Antigonish and Parrsboro through the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program, announced today, Nov. 10, by Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in reducing emissions and addressing climate change,” said Mr. Delorey. “Antigonish is fortunate to have community organizations like the Antigonish Community Energy Co-operative and municipalities like the Town of Antigonish that are dedicated to making Nova Scotia more energy secure. “Today’s announcement is about building on that success and helping more groups in communities across the province participate in a cleaner energy future.” Through the solar program, the Town of Antigonish has been approved to generate up to 50 kilowatts of solar electricity. The town will sell its solar generated electricity back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement. “The Town of Antigonish has already demonstrated its commitment to renewable energy through investments in wind generation,” said Mayor Laurie Boucher. “We’re excited to participate in our first solar project which will enable us to gather more knowledge and information to expand our solar options in the future.” St. Francis Xavier University has been approved to add solar panels that can provide 18 kilowatts of power to the Physical Science Complex, and the Parrsboro Band Association is also approved for 35 kilowatts on its hall roof. A total of 18 successful applications were chosen across the province. All applications were overseen by Clean Foundation, the independent procurement administrator. The impact to ratepayers is capped at 0.1 per cent, which is already built into the rate stability plan. The program is for Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations, municipalities or organizations owned by municipalities, universities or community colleges in Nova Scotia. The program will be offered for two more years. To see a complete list of all successful applicants, or to learn more about the program, visit read more

Govt to provide coaching to IAS aspirants in Urdu

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government is likely to provide coaching to IAS aspirants in Urdu, taking steps towards making the language a means to build a career, an official statement said on Tuesday. It stated Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Art, Culture and Languages Manish Sisodia interacted with toppers in Urdu language hailing from various universities of Delhi on Monday evening. “The Urdu Academy should start providing coaching to interested students,” the statement quoted Sisodia as saying at the event. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Study material in Urdu will soon be accessible to students who want to write their papers in the medium. “In the way English and Hindi are treated as a standard language of teaching and study, Urdu language will also be treated at par with them,” Sisodia said. Dignitaries from the Delhi government, along with Urdu Academy Vice-Chairman Professor Shehpar Rasool, were also present at the event. Students excelling in the field of Urdu were awarded at the event, the statement said. They represented Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawahar Lal Nehru, District Institute of Education and Training and Maharishi Valmiki College of Education, it added.last_img read more

BC latest province to pay for abortion pill that currently costs 300

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia has announced it will pay for the so-called abortion pill starting Jan. 15, becoming the sixth province to provide free access to the drug.Mifegymiso, also known as RU-486, can be used to terminate a pregnancy in the first nine weeks, the government said in a news release Tuesday.It said the current cost of the drug is $300, and removing it will ensure women can access a safe, legal option to end a pregnancy.Patients wanting a prescription must visit a doctor or nurse practitioner to get an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy is not ectopic, or outside the uterus.Health Canada approved Mifegymiso in 2015, and it’s the brand name for a combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol, which are taken separately to prompt an abortion.New Brunswick was the first province to provide universal access to the pill last July, and Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia have also made it accessible for free.Dr. Dorothy Shaw, vice-president of medical affairs for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver, said health-care professionals, including family doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists, midwives and nurse practitioners are encouraged to complete an online education program about how the combination drug works and how to counsel women on what to expect after they’ve taken the medication.“The earlier that we give medication for an abortion, or the earlier that we do a surgical abortion, the safer it is,” Shaw said.Darrah Teitel, spokeswoman for the group Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, said coverage of the pill means more equitable access to abortion in rural and remote parts of Canada where surgical options don’t exist.While the abortion pill is available throughout the country, the cost can exceed $400, she said.“With cost coverage, we also urge the provinces to do a lot of work in terms of spreading awareness, not only to pharmacists but also to health practitioners and to the public at large to let them know that this pill is available,” Teitel said.Stephanie Fennelly, spokeswoman for the Edmonton-based Wilberforce Project, which opposes abortion, said the drug shouldn’t be promoted in rural areas, where women need better health care in general.Women in crisis pregnancies also need financial resources and help parenting, Fennelly said.“A lot of people are selecting abortion not because it’s their first choice, but their last resort.”Fennelly called Mifegymiso dangerous, saying a Quebec woman died from taking it during a research trial in 2001.However, Shaw said a subsequent investigation showed no link to the drug, and the woman’s death was caused by an unrelated infection.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Resentment among tribals may dim BJPs chances in land of Statue of

first_imgKevadiya/Bodeli (Guj): They got a helipad, a four-lane road and many headlines with the Statue of Unity’, billed as the world’s largest, but real development has bypassed them with water scarcity, unemployment and inadequate healthcare making life a daily struggle for survival, say many tribals here.Living under the shadow of the 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel near the Narmada dam, development dominates the concerns of the tribal population, comprising a majority in the Chhota Udaipur parliamentary constituency. Many tribals here said they are unhappy with the BJP-led government for its “failure” to fulfil promises. This may ultimately benefit the Congress in the elections being held on Tuesday. Chhota Udaipur, which has over 16 lakh voters, is a reserved seat for Scheduled Tribes. The BJP, which has dropped its sitting MP Ramsinh Rathwa, has fielded local leader Geeta Rathwa, who will be fighting her first major election, against Congress’ Ranjit Rathwa. The imposing statue of India’s first home minister, which attracts scores of tourists, has ironically become the focus of resentment with those living in the area saying they are yet to glimpse the development they were promised. Umang Tadvi, a 29-year-old farmer, standing on a piece of land marked as a helipad outside Kevadiya village, said, “This is what we have received. A helipad for VIP choppers.” Kevadiya village is part of Narmada district and falls in Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha constituency. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity on October 31 last year. At the time, some tribals held protests against the acquisition of their land for various developmental works near the statue. “Though local tribals were promised jobs at the Statue of Unity, very few were given employment. Instead of the government, outsourcing agencies are doing the recruitment. We are offered a monthly salary of Rs 7,000 to 9,000, which is a pittance. Further, we are asked to clean toilets, which no tribal will do. This development brought nothing for us,” Tadvi said. Another local, Ranjit Tadvi, agreed. There is no employment and many youths had migrated to Surat in search of work, he said. Though Kevadiya village is now world famous for the Statue of Unity, there are no roads or drinking water facility in our village. We were not benefited by this statue. I am now working as a mason in Surat,” he said. According to Ramkrishna Tadvi of nearby Gora village, tribals living near the statue will not vote for the BJP this time. “Over 7,000 voters living near the statue are not happy with the project, as several of them have lost their land for it. The BJP will have to suffer this time. Though we live near the (Narmada) dam, we are facing acute water shortage. We were not given jobs. Even I am working in a factory in Bharuch,” he said. Dr Praful Vasava, who has been leading a campaign against various projects coming up near the statue, said tribals from other parts of the constituency were also angry and would vote against the BJP in this election. “This four-lane road between Dabhoi and the Statue of Unity was built just for the tourists, not for us. Many people lost their land due to this road too. Tribals are feeling helpless. We believe a large number of tribals of other parts of Chhota Udaipur will also vote against BJP,” he said. In the chorus of disapproval, there are many who claimed tribals need to accept reality and adapt to a changing world. “Around 500 people from this area are earning well by selling food items and tea to tourists. Around 400 were given jobs as security guards or in housekeeping department. I am also working as a clerk at the tourist inquiry counter. Locals need to change their thinking,” said Mahesh Tadvi. People are also happy to see development in and around towns such as Tilakwada and Dabhoi. “The government has built wide roads here. You can earn Rs 500 to Rs 800 per day opening roadside eateries or tea stalls. Many people are getting good income due to the tourist inflow. Prices of land have also gone up,” said Arvind Sagar, who owns a small eatery on Dabhoi-Tilakwada road. According to Congress’ Rathwa, 53, the son of 10-time Congress MLA Mohansinh Rathwa, issues such as water scarcity, poor education and lack of jobs will be key issues in this election. “Though Narmada canal passes through Chhota Udaipur, a large part of this area is still deprived of water. Instead of building a road till Kevadiya, the government should have built a canal network. Unemployment is also rampant. Farmers are unhappy as they are not getting better MSP. I am confident people will put their trust on me this time,” he said. BJP’s Geeta Rathwa, 47, is equally confident. “I have been getting elected to Chhota Udaipur district panchayat since 1996. The rural population of this seat knows me very well. I am confident of winning,” she said. Ultimately, it is not just about parties but also deep-rooted cynicism. In Naswadi village, for instance, many said they have no hope from any of the parties. “Elections come and go,but our condition never improves. We are yet to see real development. We want proper roads, water for irrigation and health facilities. These are basic needs. But we wonder why no one pays attention on us,” said a villager who did not wish to be named. The Congress has won from Chhota Udaipur six times and BJP thrice, including in 2009 and 2014. Gujarat votes on Tuesday in the third round of the seven-phase elections. PTIlast_img read more

McGuinty urges Tories NDP to search their conscience before contempt vote

TORONTO — Premier Dalton McGuinty is urging opposition politicians to search their conscience before voting on a contempt motion against Energy Minister Chris Bentley.McGuinty cancelled a scheduled appearance at the University of Toronto today to urge PC Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to allow a free vote on the contempt motion, which would send the issue to a committee.He says it would be wrong for the Tories and New Democrats, who outnumber the minority Liberals, to find Bentley in contempt, something that’s never happened to a member of the Ontario legislature.The contempt motion was triggered by the government’s refusal to release documents on the cost of cancelling two power plants in Oakville and Mississauga.McGuinty says past governments of all stripes cancelled projects that cost taxpayers’ money in the process, but no one was ever charged with contempt.The premier says he was also surprised the New Democrats sided with the Tories to end debate on the contempt motion, something he notes the NDP never votes to do.The procedural move last night caught the Liberals off guard, saying they had more members who wanted to speak in Bentley’s defence, including McGuinty.Hudak says people are “damn angry” at the Liberals for spending hundreds of millions of dollars to cancel the power plants just to save Liberal seats.The motion also calls on Bentley to release more documents on the cancelled gas plants, and sends the entire issue — including contempt — to the finance committee.Both opposition parties have been anxious to get the gas plants issue to committee, where they can call witnesses.There have been no question periods, members’ statements or other regular legislative business since the Tories introduced the contempt motion last Tuesday.McGuinty says the Conservatives “crossed a line” when they taunted Bentley by saying a finding of contempt would kill his legal career and hurt his chances at becoming the next leader of the Liberal party.Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were elected with their first majority last year after being found in contempt of Parliament just months before the election. read more

UN failed Sri Lanka civilians says internal probe

It points to a “systemic failure”.The panel questions decisions such as the withdrawal of UN staff from the war zone in September 2008 after the Sri Lankan government warned it could no longer guarantee their safety.Benjamin Dix, who was part of the UN team that left, says he disagreed with the pullout. Sources say a brief executive summary, which sets out the panel’s conclusions in stark terms, has been removed in a final report which will number about 30 pages, with additional detailed annexes.UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told the BBC the UN does not comment on leaked reports. He said a final version would be published once the secretary general had received and read it.Senior UN sources say Ban Ki-moon is determined to act on its wide-ranging recommendations in order to “learn lessons” and respond more effectively to major new crises such as Syria now confronting the international community. The UN’s investigation into its own conduct during the last months of the conflict says the organisation should in future “be able to meet a much higher standard in fulfilling its protection and humanitarian responsibilities”. The UN does not comment on leaked reports and says it will publish the final version. The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says.“Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN,” it concludes. The 26-year war left at least 100,000 people dead. There are still no confirmed figures for tens of thousands of civilian deaths in the last months of battle. An earlier UN investigation said it was possible up to 40,000 people had been killed in the final five months alone. Others suggest the number of deaths could be even higher.Former senior UN official Charles Petrie, who headed the internal review panel, told the BBC the “penultimate” draft the BBC has seen “very much reflects the findings of the panel”. He is now in New York to present the report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The government and Tamil rebels are accused of war crimes in the brutal conflict which ended in May 2009. “I believe we should have gone further north, not evacuate south, and basically abandon the civilian population with no protection or witness,” Mr Dix told the BBC.“As a humanitarian worker, questions were running through my mind ‘what is this all about? Isn’t this what we signed up to do?’Hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians remained in the war zone, exploited by both sides: forcibly recruited by Tamil Tigers or used as human shields; or under indiscriminate government fire.“We begged them, we pleaded with them not to leave the area. They did not listen to us,” said a Tamil school teacher now seeking asylum in Britain, who did not want to be named. “If they had stayed there, and listened to us, many more people would be alive today.”Despite a “catastrophic” situation on the ground, this report bluntly points out that in the capital Colombo “many senior UN staff did not perceive the prevention of killing of civilians as their responsibility – and agency and department heads at UNHQ were not instructing them otherwise”.It says there was “a sustained and institutionalised reluctance” among UN personnel in Sri Lanka “to stand up for the rights of people they were mandated to assist”.Citing detailed records of meetings and reports, the review highlights how the UN did not publish mounting civilian casualty figures even though a detailed annex makes clear there was a “rigorous methodology.”Under intense pressure from the Sri Lankan government, it also did not make public that “a large majority” of deaths were caused by government shelling. The government repeatedly denied it shelled civilian areas.How did the UN failure happen? The report explores at length how senior staff in Colombo “had insufficient political expertise and experience in armed conflicts and in human rights… to deal with the challenge that Sri Lanka presented”, and were not given “sufficient policy and political support” from headquarters. It also points to the Sri Lankan government’s “stratagem of intimidation”, including “control of visas to sanction staff critical of the state”.The result was a UN system dominated by “a culture of trade-offs” – UN staff chose not to speak out against the government in an effort to try to improve humanitarian access.Edward Mortimer, a former senior UN official who now chairs the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, says UN staff left when the population needed them more than ever.“I fear this report will show the UN has not lived up to the standards we expect of it and has not behaved as the moral conscience of the world,” Mr Mortimer said.“There was a responsibility to protect in Sri Lanka but unfortunately it didn’t get publicity like in Libya. The north of Sri Lanka was destroyed field by field, street by street, hospital by hospital but we didn’t get that kind of reaction – Sri Lanka doesn’t have much oil and isn’t situated on the Mediterranean.”The executive summary of the draft highlights how “the UN struggled to exert influence on the government which, with the effective acquiescence of a post 9/11 world order, was determined to defeat militarily an organisation designated as terrorist”. The separatist Tamil Tigers, or LTTE, are a proscribed terrorist organisation in many capitals.There were no UN peacekeepers in Sri Lanka but this report says the UN should have told the world what was happening, and done more to try to stop it.In New York, “engagement with member states regarding Sri Lanka was heavily influenced by what it perceived member states wanted to hear, rather than by what member states needed to know if they were to respond”.During the last months of war, there was not a single formal meeting of the Security Council or other top UN bodies.Frances Harrison, author of the book Still Counting the Dead on the last months of the war, told the BBC “the only way now for Ban Ki-moon to restore the UN’s tattered credibility on Sri Lanka is to call an independent international investigation into the slaughter of tens of thousands of civilians in 2009”.“The UN chose to remain silent about potential war crimes,” says the former BBC Sri Lanka correspondent.A former UN official said the establishment of a panel, headed by Mr Petrie who is known for his outspoken views, is a sign “at least part of the UN is very serious about dealing with its failure in Sri Lanka”. 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New videos by UN anticrime agency spotlight problem of human trafficking

The latest videos by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) target countries and victims at the end of the trafficking route, and include a local telephone number where victims can receive assistance and concerned citizens can find out what they can do to help.Previous campaign materials were designed to raise awareness about the issue by focusing on the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation and on the trafficking of men, women and children for bonded and forced labour.According to reports from the United Nations and the United States Department of State, human trafficking is a growing global phenomenon, with 800,000 to 900,000 people moved across international borders annually. The UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which supplements a UN treaty against transnational organized crime, promotes international cooperation to prevent and fight trafficking.The UN Protocol calls on countries to protect and assist victims in legal proceedings and provide social assistance in areas such as counselling, housing, education and health care. In addition, the pact points to the need to improve the social conditions that lead to human trafficking and to raise awareness about the issue through public information, such as UNODC’s television campaign. read more

IOC helps Rio Tinto to post record firstquarter iron ore production

IOC helps Rio Tinto to post record first-quarter iron ore production by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 11:57 am MDT MONTREAL – Rio Tinto’s iron ore production hit a record in the first quarter as a result of increased contributions from the Iron Ore Company of Canada and from its Pilbara operations in Australia.The London-based miner also said Tuesday that aluminum production grew six per cent from last year. The change largely reflected resolutions to a lockout at the smelter in Alma, Que. and a power outage at Shawinigan, Que.“Our operations achieved a solid performance in the first quarter, recovering rapidly from the seasonal weather disruptions,” new CEO Sam Walsh said in a news release.However, it said a pit wall slide last week at its Kennecott Utah copper mine will have a significant impact on production this year. Production has been suspended and will likely be 100,000 tonnes less this year than previously anticipated.Walsh said Rio’s two major growth projects in Pilbara and in Mongolia are on track for production this year and are poised to deliver “attractive returns” for shareholders.He added that the company is also making progress in achieving cost reduction targets.Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) said global iron ore production was 61.2 million tonnes in the quarter or 48 million tonnes attributable to Rio Tinto. That’s up six per cent from a year ago.Production at the Iron Ore Company of Canada increased 20 per cent to 3.4 million tonnes following the completion of a concentrate expansion project. Rio’s share as owner of 58.7 per cent of the facility was two million tonnes.Jackie Przybylowski of Desjardins Capital Markets said IOC’s output was in line with her expectations of 3.5 million tonnes.Production and sales are typically weak in the first quarter due to seasonal factors such as severe weather.The analyst expects output will increase to 5.1 million tonnes in the second quarter and 5.5 million tonnes thereafter, reaching an annual rate of 23 million tonnes following the second expansion phase.Pilbara produced 30 million tonnes of iron ore, compared with 28.6 million tonnes a year earlier.Rio maintained its guidance to produce 265 million tonnes of ore from its operations in Australia and Canada this year.Production at core aluminum smelters, including those in Canada, increased 14 per cent from last year, while production at Pacific smelters up for sale decreased six per cent.Rio’s share of diamonds processed at the Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories that is co-owned with Dominion Diamond Corp. (TSX:DDC), formerly Harry Winston, increased 21 per cent to 1.2 million carats in the first quarter.Output increased despite a five per cent reduction in ore processed, due to higher grades from the underground mine.Total production of 1.9 million carats was higher than expected, raising the possibility that the outlook for 2013 production could be increased in the second quarter, added John Hughes of Desjardins.Dominion has said previously that it expected six million carats would be produced in 2013. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Children abused by religious figures less likely to report crimes because of

Children abused by religious figures are less likely to report crimes because of the belief that community leaders have “automatic morality”, a government report has found.Child sex abuse survivors have told of their shame, guilt and embarrassment which prevented them from reporting their ordeals, amid calls for an end to the secrecy of religious institutions which they claim enabled abuse.An official report has now revealed that victims of sexual abuse in religious institutions were less likely to report the crimes at the time than those who had been abused in other institutions such as children’s homes, schools, secure care units and foster care.The Truth Project, which runs alongside the government’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), invites survivors to share their experiences and make reccomendations for change. Its findings were published today in the first survey of its kind comparing the experiences of abuse among religious institutions.The report collated responses from 183 people who were sexually abused as children in religious institutions or by clergy or church staff in other settings and found that they were far less likely to report abuse than those whose abuse was linked to other institutions. Researchers found that those abused in religious institutions were less likely to report the abuse at the time (69%) than survivors (54%) in other institutions. “One of the report’s key findings includes that those sexually abused in religious institutions were less likely to report the abuse at the time (69 per cent) than survivors (54 per cent) in other institutions. We would urge anyone who wants to report abuse and find support to come forward and we promise they will be heard.”IICSA continues to shine a light on the safeguarding practices of religious institutions, including the Church of England, and we are working constructively with the Inquiry as we approach our wider Church hearing on July 1.  We commend those survivors who have had the courage to come forward to share their experiences to the Inquiry and in particular to the Truth Project, knowing how difficult this would have been.  “We welcomed the findings and recommendations published by IICSA this month, on the Peter Ball and Chichester Diocese case studies. This states that the Church of England should have been a place which protected all children and supported victims and survivors but it failed to do this. It is absolutely right that the Church at all levels should learn lessons from the issues raised in both these reports and also strengthen our resolve to make the Church a safe place for all.” “Politically and professionally, it was suggested that victims and survivors needed to be at the centre of all concerns, actions and support relating to sexual abuse. Anyone who wants to get in touch with the Truth Project can visit, call 0800 917 1000 or email They also found that victims in almost half of cases (48%) knew of someone else being abused at the time. Participants told the Inquiry that it needs to address the secrecy that comes from the sanctity of religious institutions and the assumption that religious figures are automatically moral.Most participants reported sexual abuse by individuals from Anglican and Catholic Churches in England and Wales. However abuse within other Christian denominations and other religions – including the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam and Judaism – was also reported and is included in the analysis.The report said survivors from “particularly closed religious communities” had described how inquiries by outside bodies had been hindered by community members and leaders.They insisted that secrecy in religious organisations and an assumption around the morality of perpetrators needs to change in order to prevent abuse happening in future.One survivor told how they had been “pretty much fobbed off with a cup of tea and biscuits” after disclosing their abuse, while another said they had been blanked – “no return call, no missed calls, no messages, no letters, nothing” – when they tried to follow up their report with the institution.The report concluded: “Culturally, participants stated that the secrecy that comes from the sanctity of religious institutions and the assumption of the automatic morality of those involved in them had to be addressed. “Religious institutions and their leaders needed to take responsibility for abuse that has happened, come together to effect required change and ensure child protection policies and procedures were fully implemented in the best interests of the child.”More than half of survivors – all of whom shared their experiences in person, in writing or on the phone between June 2016 and November 2018 – said they had engaged with the Truth Project because they wanted change to prevent abuse happening to someone else.Dr Sophia King, principal researcher, said: “This report examines their accounts in order to paint a clear picture of abuse in religious settings. It is clear that feelings of shame and embarrassment created a huge barrier to children disclosing abuse, as did the power and authority bestowed upon their abusers.”Earlier this month the IICSA announced its 14th strand of investigations, which will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions in England and Wales.A preliminary hearing will take place in July and public hearings are expected to begin next year.Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock, the Church’s lead safeguarding bishop, said: “The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has recently published a research report on child sexual abuse in religious institutions, including the Anglican Church.  It is based on accounts shared by survivors at its Truth Project, and its conclusions and findings are disturbing and in many places shocking. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Rotary kiln product development first up for Metso following KFS acquisition

first_imgThe purchase of Kiln Flame Systems (KFS) is set to provide Metso with new computational fluid dynamics (CFD) design and analysis expertise, says Jonathan Allen, Vice President, Engineered Products, at the Finland-based mining OEM.Following news Metso had completed the purchase yesterday, IM put a few questions to Allen to find out some of the reasons behind the transaction.IM: Why has the company looked to acquire KFS now? What market signals have you been receiving to indicate increased demand for the type of tailored products KFS produces?JA: Our customers’ demand for energy efficient solutions and increased reliability of their kilns and other pyro processing equipment has been increasing steadily. Also, our customers are facing the challenge of losing some of the operational expertise with a retiring workforce. By Metso and KFS joining forces, we are able to address these demands simultaneously to deliver the results they require, cost effectively and with minimal disruption to their existing operations.IM: How important is KFS’ “mastery of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for burner design and system analysis” to the deal? Will Metso be able to leverage this capability across its existing pyro processing portfolio?JA: Metso’s primary focus has been on general process and mechanical upgrades to improve the performance of pyro processing equipment. With KFS’ CFD capability, we are able to model the entire system to optimise all the possible changes and upgrades to a kiln system.IM: Out of all of your product offerings within the pyro processing group, which one is set to benefit most from this acquisition?JA: The KFS technology is applicable to the majority of our equipment portfolio. Our immediate focus will be with rotary kilns, where KFS is a technology leader, but quickly expanding more into burner and combustion systems for iron ore pelletising processes.last_img read more

Concerns will be addressed in full Emotional Reilly says baby deaths are

first_imgUpdated 11.40pmA VISIBLY EMOTIONAL James Reilly promised that concerns raised in relation to the deaths of four babies at Portlaoise Hospital in recent years “will be addressed in full” during a Dáil debate earlier.The Minister for Health was responding to a Topical Issue raised by several TDs who met Mark and Roisin Molloy, who lost their son Mark 22 minutes after he was born in January 2012.It took a jury just five minutes to rule it as a case of medical misadventure. His case was one of four that featured on a Prime Time programme broadcast last week that found issues surrounding baby deaths and the level of care at Portlaoise Hospital in recent years.Speaking to TDs, Reilly said that was “very disturbing” the way the hospital dealt with patients’ families and said this had to change. He thanked the Molloys and other parents for “the time you gave me to tell your story and your concerns”.“They will be addressed, and they will be addressed in full,” the visibly emotional Minister concluded.Among those who raised the issue were the Reform Alliance deputy Lucinda Creighton who suggested the cases may highlight that Ireland is not one of the safest places in the world to have a baby. Fine Gael chairman and local TD Charlie Flanagan called for a review of staffing levels at the hospital.Another TD who raised the issue, Reform Alliance’s Denis Naughten, was not impressed by Reilly’s brief, time-limited response:Read: ‘We will get all the answers’ – Reilly says HIQA will review death of babies in PortlaoiseTaoiseach: Independent report into baby deaths would only happen after HSE inquirylast_img read more

Valve Ditches Greenlight for Steam Direct

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureValve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to Mobile For years, Steam Greenlight was the way smaller developers could get their games on the Steam Store without the help of a publisher. Though Greenlight did help smaller games stand out, the system itself wasn’t without its flaws. Now, Greenlight will be taken down and replaced with something called Steam Direct.Here is how Steam Direct will work according to Valve:“We will ask new developers to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute, which is intended to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline.”Instead of relying on upvotes, developers will now submit their games directly to the Steam Store. Valve will check to see if game files run correctly and, according to VentureBeat, make sure they are actually games. This sounds like it could lead to a flood of shovelware, but Valve feels confident that its current Steam algorithm can sort the good from the bad.Right now, Valve doesn’t know how much it will charge developers to put their games on Steam Direct. Developers Valve has spoken with have advocated for fees as low as $100 and as high as $5000. Valve wants to get feedback from more developers before settling on a final price.“We want to make sure Steam is a welcoming environment for all developers who are serious about treating customers fairly and making quality gaming experiences,” says Valve. “The updates we’ve made over the past few years have been paving the way for improvements to how new titles get on to Steam, and Steam Direct represents just one more step in our ongoing process of making Steam better.”Given the numerous criticisms lobbied at Steam Greenlight, this move was a long time coming. It’s entirely possible that Steam Direct may have its own set of issues. In fact, it more than likely will. Right now, we’ll have to wait until it launches this spring to find out how well (or how poorly) this whole thing is. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Women People of Color Crushed It at 2018 Box Office

first_img Last year’s biggest box office hits starred more women and people of color than any other year since 2007.Examining the 100 highest-grossing films from each of the past 12 years, a team from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that diversity took the lead in 2018.The study, released on Tuesday, examines the gender and race/ethnicity of each movie’s leading and co-leading characters—those that drive the storyline alone or share the journey equally. Ensembles are not included in this report.Forty of the top 100 films of 2018 featured a female in the lead or co-lead role—an uptick of 8 percent over 2017 and 20 percent since 2007, when the Initiative began tracking representation on screen.(via USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative)“Clearly, this is the highest percentage of female-driven films we have observed over the 12 years evaluated,” the report said.Of those leading ladies, 11 were at least 45 years old (versus five in 2017) and 11 portray marginalized racial/ethnic groups (versus four in 2017).But while that’s great news for feminists everywhere, it should be noted that these numbers still don’t properly mirror North America’s female population, nor the percentage of women buying cinema tickets.(via USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative)The same can be said for minority racial/ethnic groups.A record 28 hit movies featured an underrepresented lead or co-lead in 2018—up from 21 films in 2017 and 13 in 2007. Despite this positive uptick, though, the overall percentage remains below the U.S. Census.Last year, five female actors were black/African American, three were mixed race, two were Hispanic/Latina, and one was Asian/Asian American.“Unlike in previous years, women from a variety of different backgrounds were represented in top films,” the Initiative pointed out, “though Native women and women from the Middle East are still largely absent from leading roles.”Only four women of color over the age of 45 were shown driving the action.(via USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative)There would be no movies to see, though, without distribution companies—all but three of which (Sony, Fox, Warner Bros.) were at or near proportional representation of female leads in 2018.Sony, Lionsgate, Paramount, and Universal, meanwhile, led the pack in terms of underrepresented characters.“The remaining companies have room for significant improvement in this area,” USC Annenberg said.Every major studio had at least one woman of color in a leading role (Sony the only one in double digits), contributing to last year’s increase.(via USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative)“It is clear from the findings that 2018 was a notable year for storytelling with female characters and individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups,” the Initiative said. “In particular, the intersectional gains surrounding the increase in women of color are worth celebrating.”“This research brief offers reason to congratulate those who have created change, and challenges them to continue to do so in the years ahead,” the group added.In a recent survey, conducted by BBC America and the Women’s Media Center, more than 2,400 participants—girls and boys ages five to 19—expressed a desire for more female and non-white champions in the sci-fi and superhero genre.More on Women Are Abused on Twitter Every 30 SecondsSurprise: Half of Women in STEM Experience Gender DiscriminationScience Fiction Really Hasn’t Been Good to Women Girls Want — And Need — More Female Superheroes Stay on targetlast_img read more

Fresh strawberries linked to Ecoli outbreak

first_imgClark County health officials are urging people to throw away fresh strawberries purchased before Aug. 1 after an E.coli outbreak has been linked to a Newberg strawberry farm.Oregon health officials identified fresh strawberries from the Jaquith Strawberry Farm in Newberg, Ore., as the source of a cluster of E.coli O157:H7 infections that sickened at least 10 people last month, including one person who died from kidney failure associated with the infection.Strawberries grown in Washington have not been linked to the outbreak and there have been no reports of illness in Southwest Washington, however, the berries were sold at farmers markets and roadside fruit stands in the area. Clark County Public Health is urging people who purchased strawberries from farmers markets or roadside stands in Southwest Washington or Oregon before Aug. 1 to throw away the berries if they don’t know where the berries were grown. That includes strawberries that may have been frozen or made into jam without properly cooking the berries.The farm sold its strawberries to buyers who resold them at roadside stands and farmers markets.The farm finished its strawberry season in late July. Its strawberries are no longer on the market.The advisory does not include any other berries, strawberries sold since Aug. 1, strawberries sold south of Benton County or east of Multnomah County, strawberries sold in supermarkets or strawberries picked at Jaquith Strawberry Farm’s U-pick field. E.coli O157:H7 can cause mild to severe intestinal illness, including severe cramps and diarrhea that is often bloody. About 5 percent of infected people, especially young children and the elderly, suffer serious and potentially fatal kidney damage.last_img read more

Student Progress Reports Released For KPBSD

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The new System for School Success Reports accountability system for public schools in the State of Alaska released reports for the 2017-2018 school year. The average index score for schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was 54.12. Aurora Borealis Charter in Kenai is the highest rated at 93.48, and the lowest rating of 18.9 is at Nanwalek School.The new system does not focus exclusively on a test score, and includes additional indicators for student success. Five indicators are assessed for K-6 grades, and six are assessed for 7-12 grades. Several rules have been established to protect student privacy and to be fair to all schools. The new accountability system ranks schools on a 100-point scale, based on student growth and proficiency in state assessments, chronic absenteeism, high school graduation, and student growth in learning English for students identified as English Language Learners. KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek explains: “The State of Alaska has rolled out the results of our new school accountability system. The majority of our schools are doing very well and while every school is working hard to improve, we have some schools that will develop plans to address specific areas identified through their designation. I appreciate the efforts of our staff in ensuring high student academic achievement and the attitude of continuous improvement.  We look forward to next year’s results as we expect even more student learning growth.”center_img The rating system for schools is a federal requirement of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and the new accountability system replaces the Alaska State Performance Index (ASPI) star rating classification. For individual school ranking: education.alaska.govlast_img read more

Following month of leave Fairbanks police chief returns to work

first_imgCity of Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon is back on the job. Chief Aragon was reinstated yesterday after nearly a month on administrative leave. The police chief was put on leave after a public accusation that a private security consulting business he operates is a conflict of interest.Listen Now In a release Tuesday, Mayor Eberhart cites numerous reasons for getting Aragon back on the job, including the need for leadership following the shooting of an FPD officer Sunday. Eberhart also says an on-site investigation of Aragon’s security business found nothing requiring corrective or disciplinary action. The city continues to pursue an independent investigation of the chief’s private security business.last_img

Vijay Sethupathi to play Muttiah Muralitharan in Sri Lankan legends biopic Report

first_imgIt is being reported that Sethupathi will play Murali in the movieTwitterWe have seen a flood of biopics in Bolllywood based on lives of various sportspersons. But now, Indian moviegoers are likely to see a biopic made on a legendary sportsperson from a different country. It has been reported by a news website that a movie on the life of Sri Lanka’s former off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, to be called ‘800’ – the number of wickets Murali got in his Test career, is in the works and leading Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi has been roped in to essay the character of the cricket great.This story was put out by Gulf News on July 21 but is yet to receive confirmation. The website quoted an anonymous source as saying “We will begin filming in December 2019. It’s a big-budget film that will be shot in India, Sri Lanka, England and other parts of the world.”Most cricket fans would agree that Muralitharan was a cricketer who deserves a movie made on him. He is the leading wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket and the only one to have 800 of them. But that is only the tip of the iceberg that is the story of Murali. Murali had a very eventful careerReutersHe had an unusual action which became highly controversial due to allegations of it being illegal. This led to several run-ins between his team and the authorities. He had to undergo tests to verify that he isn’t chucking the ball. What made the issue of his action more complicated than others was the fact that he had a natural deformity which rendered his arm permanently bent at the elbow to a slight angle.The biggest bone of contention was the ‘doosra’ – a delivery originally invented by Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq but perfected by Murali. This delivery, which used to turn in the opposite direction compared to the regular off-break, led to a rich haul of wickets for the Lankan legend but it was also a delivery that has been looked down upon by many due to the necessity for bending the arm to bowl it. Eventually, the ICC had to change the rules of cricket to allow flexing of the elbow to 15 degrees. But that didn’t stop his detractors from criticising Murali.There was another reason, apart from his cricketing brilliance, that makes Murali special. He belongs to the minority Tamil community of Sri Lanka and represented his team at a time when the country was locked in a violent conflict with LTTE, a terrorist organisation that demanded a separate nation for Sri Lankan Tamils in northern and eastern part of the island nation. This made the offie a national icon.Murali also has an Indian connection with his wife being from Chennai. He was also a key player in IPL during the early seasons of the league. There would certainly be a lot of interest in India for this movie, if and when it comes out. The fact that a reputed actor like Sethupathi is playing the main character would make it all the more appealing.last_img read more

Jupiters magnetic field could be moving Europas ocean

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Jupiter’s magnetic field could be moving Europa’s ocean (2019, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The Galileo spacecraft took this image of Europa, which is about the size of Earth’s moon, in 1996. Credit: NASA. Water plumes on Europa: Tasting an extraterrestrial ocean The researchers started by noting that Jupiter has a very strong magnetic field—strong enough to reach and impact its moons. They also noted that Europa’s underground ocean is salty. A magnetic field influencing a salty sea would result in the conduction of electricity, likely creating a jet stream in the ocean. To find out what sort of movement might occur and to uncover other possible impacts of the magnetic field on the moon’s ocean, the researchers created numerical simulations. The simulations showed a jet stream forming somewhere near the moon’s equator, moving as fast as a few centimeters per second and flowing opposite of the moon’s spin. Such an opposite flow, the researchers further noted, would result in stress on the moon’s surface, which could occasionally form cracks. This would explain the surface cracks observed on Europa by other researchers. They further note that not all of the energy from the magnetic field would be transferred to the ocean—some of it would dissipate off the moon, likely around the poles. And if that were the case, there would be evidence of the moon’s ice shell becoming thinner as melting water made its way to the surface. And again, that is just what has been observed—plumes of water spurting out from spots near the poles.The researchers suggest a jet stream on Europa could be compared to the Gulf Stream back here on Earth. Notably, our jet stream has been found to move compounds around in the ocean that are important for life. If Europa harbors life, its jet stream could be serving the same purpose. Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Nature Astronomy A pair of researchers, one with École Normale Supérieure, the other Laboratory for Studies of Radiation and Matter in Astrophysics and Atmospheres has found evidence that Jupiter’s magnetic field could be causing a jet stream in Europa’s underground ocean. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, Christophe Gissinger and Ludovic Petitdemange describe their analysis of data from the Galileo spacecraft and what they found. More information: Christophe Gissinger et al. A magnetically driven equatorial jet in Europa’s ocean, Nature Astronomy (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-019-0713-3 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Lynched man identified one held hunt on to nab others

first_imgKolkata: The man, who was allegedly beaten to death on Wednesday at Muraripukur in Manikatala, has been identified as Ratan Karmakar of Adi Saptagram in Hooghly and one person was arrested on Thursday in this connection.According to sources, Karmakar frequently visited Hari Saha haat near Gouribari to buy clothes for his business of garments. It was alleged that he has been arrested for theft earlier. However, it is not clear whether he stole anything from the market on Wednesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKarmakar lived near the club where he was found dead as it helped to run his business. His wife died a few weeks ago at Adi Saptagram. His two daughters are married and the younger one lives at his house in Hooghly. Though local residents of Muraripikur know him as “chor Ratan” but his neighbours in Adi Saptagram said Karmakar was a good human being. He was allegedly dragged inside a local club and was beaten up badly till he died. Cricket bats, wickets and bamboo sticks were used to attack him. When he fell unconscious, the attackers left the club. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to local residents, the room that was being used as a club was actually an abandoned pump house room of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. As it was an abandoned place local youths had started using it as a club. It is alleged after it gets dark, people drink and indulge in anti-social activities here. Cops from Maniktala police station detained three youths on Wednesday night. Out of them, one identified as Tapas Saha, has been arrested. A few more accused are absconding and the police are trying to nab them. Searches are on in possible hideouts. Also, on Thursday, a team from state Forensic Science Laboratory collected samples from the spot. Bamboo sticks, cricket bat and wickets were seized and sent for examination. On Thursday, after autopsy, doctors said several injuries were found on Karmakar’s head and legs. He could have died due to internal hemorrhage.last_img read more

Fix Sync icons not showing up in Explorer

first_imgFix Sync icons not showing up in Explorer by Martin Brinkmann on July 24, 2016 in Tutorials – 11 commentsMany file synchronization services display overlays on icons that indicate a file’s or folder’s sync status.This is useful as it provides direct information on whether files are available on the local system, currently in sync, or not available at all.If you have installed several sync clients on your Windows PC, or tried several but removed some of them again, you may have run into a display issue concerning those sync icons.The problem of sync icons not showing up in Explorer may affect all versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows 10.The main reason why the issue occurs is that Windows limits the number of overlay icons to 15 of which only 11 are available to third-party applications.Since some apps may make use of up to eight different icons (Dropbox), it seems easy enough to run into the 11 icon overlay limit on Windows.Fix Sync icons not showing up in ExplorerFirst thing you may want to do is check whether you ran into the limit to get confirmation.Tap on the windows-key on the keyboard.Type regedit.exe and hit enter.Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed.Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIcon‌OverlayIdentifiers and count the items.Then, navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explor‌er\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers and count the items there.If you get more than 15 items, then you hit the limit. While this happens usually when you install multiple file synchronization solutions such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive, other programs may also make use of the functionality.You have two options to deal with the issue. The first involves removing unused programs that have added overlay icons to get their icons removed.This may work if you don’t use those programs anymore for example, but is no viable solution if you require them still.The second option that you have is to edit the entries in the Registry. The option there is to delete the keys that you don’t require.Backup FirstNote: It is recommended to back up the Registry data before you make any changes to the computer’s Registry.  Easiest way to do so is to right-click on ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers and select export from the context menu that opens up.Once you have backed up the data, select the Registry keys that you want to remove and hit the delete key on the keyboard.Confirm the delete prompt that comes up to remove it from the Registry.Once you are done deleting entries, restart the computer. If things went well, overlay icons should now be displayed for the sync applications that you require them for.The method takes care of the issue but it may be reintroduced later on either through the installation of updates or new software that adds its own set of overlay icons to Windows. Now You: Are you using sync clients actively on your system?SummaryArticle NameFix Sync icons not showing up in ExplorerDescriptionFind out how to fix sync client icons not being displayed in Windows Explorer / File Explorer by file synchronization software installed on the PC.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more