Scientists Criticize House Vote to Bar Climate Panel Funds

first_imgLast night the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to cut off funding for the rest of 2011 for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “My constituents should not have to continue to foot the bill for an organization to keep producing corrupt findings that can be used as justification to impose a massive new energy tax on every American,” said Representative Blaine Leutkemeyer (R-MO), the sponsor of the measure, in floor debate before the vote. Leutkemeyer said in a press release that his amendment, which passed 244 to 179 largely along partisan lines, represented “a victory for taxpayers.” Asked about the vote, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco said she disagreed with the House’s action. “Science should not be partisan. It is highly unfortunate that in many cases it is,” she said. The spending measure, which would fund the government for the rest of 2011, now goes to the Senate, which disagrees with many portions of the bill.“It’s a real tragedy that the issue is so poorly understood that it doesn’t have the support I think it deserves given how important it is,” says Stanford ecologist Chris Field, the lead author on one of three IPCC working groups. The House doesn’t “like the message so they are killing the messenger,” says climate scientist Mike MacCracken, former director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. 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But Field said that 2009 funding for the IPCC was about $3 million. About half of that total was spent on the IPCC Trust Fund, which supports the international coordinating team, he said. The other half is spent on supporting U.S. scientists’ travel to meetings to put the report together, as well as funding for a small team of staff that works for Field. Without the federal support, he said, “We’d have no ability to organize meetings, we’d have no ability to coordinate chapters,” he said. “He said the meetings allow U.S. scientists, who volunteer their time, to combine their knowledge with the work of colleagues around the world. “A small amount of funding goes a long way,” he said.Field said that climate scientists need to do a better job of explaining the value of their work. “The IPCC didn’t understand that part of its mandate was explaining to people why its information is useful. I hope it can do a better job in the future,” he said.Climate skeptic Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama, Huntsville, says that scientists have lost touch with the public because their message is flawed, writing:Is it any wonder that scientists have such a bad reputation among the taxpayers who pay them to play in their ivory tower sandboxes? They can make gloom and doom predictions all day long of events far in the future without ever having to suffer any consequences of being wrong.last_img read more

US pitches for Indian FDI through SelectUSA

first_imgKolkata, Oct 16 (PTI) A US trade agency is in the city for a roadshow to attract Indian investments.The agency, SelectUSAs arrival followed Prime Minister Narendra Modis recent US trip.”This is the first roadshow in India from SelectUSA,” agencys executive director Vinai Thummalapally said here today.SelectUSA is a US government programme to promote and facilitate business investment in the country.Thummalapally said an investment of USD 20 billion had arrived into the US since two years when it started conducting roadshows in some 8-10 countries.”This is a very exciting time for us to do business together. The US has been consistently recognised as one of the easiest places in the world to do business,” he said.The agency works as a single contact point for global investors, helps to connect at the local levels, navigates the regulatory system and find solutions to questions.Thummalapally said India was the fourth fastest growing source of FDI into the US, with USD 11 billion investments (historically).According to Thummalapally, the US is also ready to work with and assist Indian startups.”We are as keen to work with startups as we are with big companies. But incentives are provided at a local or state-level rather than federal level,” Thummalapally pointed out. PTI BSM MD ANUlast_img read more

SPORT-GOLF-WOODS 2 LAST

first_imgWoods, who will turn 41 next month, played his last Woods, who will turn 41 next month, played his last competitive round in August last year at the Wyndham Championship. “There were some awkward shots, theres no doubt about it. This golf course, if youre driving it great here, you can take advantage of this golf course, you can tear it apart. But if youre not, you get up in some bushes and some rods, you can go sideways. But all in all, I feel pretty good. Im looking forward to another three more days.” He added, “I think how quickly I fell into the competitive mode and I felt the feel of the round. By the time I hit the second, my tee shot on the second hole, I had already gotten into the flow of the round. Thats something that for me when Ive taken layoffs and taken breaks, its quickly can I find the feel of the round. Its good to be able to play in, what, 15, 16 months and get it on the second hole is nice.” Promising to “clean up” his mistakes, Woods was pleased to get that adrenaline rush he so missed in recent times. “Oh, I did. Theres no doubt I felt it. It was nice. It felt good to have that adrenaline surging through the system again. Its been a long time. To get up there on that first hole and feel it again and then dumb it down to be able to control it and get into my feel where I play my best, that was nice. I got it pretty quick. “By the time I got to, as I said, the second or third hole I was already in it,” said Woods. Holmes led the event after an eight-under-par 64 that featured seven birdies and an eagle. Japans Hideki Matsuyama was a shot further back on seven under, with US Open winner Dustin Johnson on six under. PTI AH PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

(Repeating after correcting name of magazine)

first_imgIndian womens goalie bats for structured football leagueNew Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) The only Indian to have played womens club football in England, national team custodian Aditi Chauhan feels a structured league here for players can make a lot of difference.Having played with West Ham United Ladies, she says there is a lot of difference between clubs managed in England and in India.”England has a long history of womens football, and hence, the whole setup is very structured. There are a lot of leagues and cup games throughout the season, different leagues for different levels of football. No matter what level you play at, you can play football either professionally or just for recreation,” she says.”When you play football throughout the year and there is a structured league for players to progress, it makes a lot of difference. In addition to this, there has been a lot of investment in the game and the results are visible,” she said in an interview to The Equator Line magazine.Chauhan feels there are exciting days ahead for womens football in India which, she says, is going through a transition.”Womens coach education has become a big focus for AIFF and at the grassroots level. On top of that, the AIFF Womens League is the one which we are waiting for.”Though she feels there is a lot of potential in womens football in India, she says there isnt that much of involvement.”The planned AIFF Womens League will help it grow commercially and interest the corporate world. We need to have sponsors,” she says.advertisementThough she loves outdoor sports, Chauhan says her inner self told her this was for me the first day she played football. She also says she enjoys football as it a contact sport.The latest edition of The Equator Line magazine is dedicated to football.A chapter titled “Warriors With A Buddha Smile” talks about the contribution of the northeastern states to the game.”When the likes of Kiran Khongsai and Gunabir Singhtook their first tentative steps out of the northeast in search of the big league, few could foresee the kind of impact these players from the region would make on Indian football,” it says.More and more footballers from the northeast are donning the India colours and turning out for the countrys big clubs but the region had its first brush with glory way back in 1948 when Nagalands Talimeren Ao led the national team at the 1948 Olympics.”Manipur may have conceded to Mizoram its pre-eminent position as a catchment area for Indian football, but the state continues to dominate almost all the categories of the game, including womens football,” the article says.Each of the northeastern states has its own story to tell.”The new wave has already washed away well-entrenched myths and prejudices, clearing the way for a new beginning. Wherever you watch a thrilling football encounter, at a climactic moment the player scoring an improbable goal or frustrating a lethal attack, there will possibly be a quiet northeast boy, with a beatific Buddha smile in the moment of glory,” it says. PTI ZMN MG JCHlast_img read more

Marin Cilic slams decision to close roof for Australian Open final

first_imgAustralian Open runner-up Marin Cilic questioned the decision to close the roof at Rod Laver Arena for the men’s final on Sunday. The Croatian said the decision to close the roof contributed to his slow start in defeat to Roger Federer.Having prepared for the match exposed to the elements on a scorching hot day, Croatian Cilic lost 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the much cooler indoor conditions in the evening match.Federer, who trained indoors earlier in the day, wrapped up the opening set in 24 minutes as a flustered Cilic struggled to find his range and fretted about his racket tension.”Throughout the tournament I played all my matches outdoors, also preparing (for) a hot day, 38 degrees,” the sixth seed and former U.S. Open champion Cilic told reporters.”It was an amazing journey to come here to the Final: it could’ve been the best two weeks of my life… It’s my honour to play in front of you.”- Marin Cilic, everybody. href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/1P5KVi64om— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2018″Then (for) the first match for the final to play with the roof closed, it’s difficult.”I have to say that decision, could it have been different?”I guess so. I think that it was just little bit difficult to adjust, especially the beginning of the match.”With the roof closed, it was way, way cooler than I expected. That was very, very difficult, especially for the final to be in that kind of a situation.”advertisementThe retractable roofs of the main showcourts at Melbourne Park are usually kept open unless the tournament’s extreme heat policy is invoked when the temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) and a key humidity threshold has been surpassed.Tournament organisers cited the ‘wet bulb globe temperature’, its humidity measure, as being above the threshold of 32.5 as their reason for the roof closure.The temperature outside, however, was 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 F) when Cilic and Federer walked out on court.The roof closure triggered a barrage of criticism from current and former players, with former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash saying it played right into 36-year-old Federer’s hands.”It’s an outdoor tournament — it’s like Wimbledon. Why is the roof closed?” the Australian said during commentary for BBC radio.”The way Roger plays, he swings so hard at the ball and takes it so early, any wind or variation of the ball moving will take it away from him. It’s why he’s one of the best players ever indoors.”Other players expressed similar disdain.”I can’t believe they’ve closed the roof,” British doubles player Jamie Murray, the brother of three-times grand slam champion Andy Murray, tweeted.”Absolutely ridiculous that the roof is closed for the Australian Open. GS are outdoor events. Yes it’s hot but the court is under shade and an evening match,” tweeted British former U.S. Open finalist Greg Rusedski.During the first week of the grand slam, players battled through two days of searing 40-degree heat fully exposed to the elements, as organisers declined to invoke the heat policy.A number of players criticised the policy, saying it had placed their health at risk.Federer, who claimed his sixth Australian Open title and 20th in grand slams, said he was “surprised” organisers had the heat rule in place for the night final.”I never heard that before,” he said.”Of course, I backed myself in, sort of, indoor conditions.”I do think back that usually when I play indoors, it’s good for me. But I didn’t mind the heat, to be honest.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

A Sneak Peek at Public Transport Solutions in Latin America

first_imgOver the last year I’ve been visiting cities around the world, studying their bus systems. My review includes many aspects ranging from the political and managerial environments that allowed the different bus systems to be implemented to the actual design of the systems themselves.I have compiled my findings in the book, A Critical Look at Major Bus Improvements in Latin America and Asia, set to be published this spring. For any city leader interested in making an environmentally sound mass transit project a reality, there is valuable advice contained within the pages of this book, taken from cities that have already embarked on such projects.Metrobus in Mexico City: One of the eleven bus systems reviewed. On Thursday, January 17th, I presented the findings of my research at Transforming Transportation, an annual event hosted by EMBARQ and the World Bank that attracts hundreds of transportation experts from around the world. The purpose was to convey the key messages from my research to the city leaders and transport planners assembled at Transforming Transportation so that they can learn from past experiences. Below are some of the more salient findings.Many of the bus systems were plagued by recurrent planning difficulties, including:Limited institutional capacity (human capital and funding)Lack of familiarity with Bus Rapid Transit concepts (infrastructure + buses + operations + technology)Opposition from strong private operatorsIn every case, initial operations, including commissioning, were rushed to meet political deadlines. However, most of the early problems were solved during the initial weeks.Whether or not the initial problems were dealt with, many of the bus systems continue to struggle with the following challenges:High occupancy, pavement deterioration, traffic engineering, and personal security concerns (financial/social limitations preclude progress)Financial sustainability: Low user fares reflect political and not economic considerations.Lack of integration and competition between traditional services and the newly organized systemsAlthough the entire study – complete with 11 cases studies – has not yet been published, I have produced a handout with a brief summary of recommendations. Also, a shorter version of the complete study has been recommended for publication in TRB’s Transportation Research Record.To learn more about other EMBARQ research related to Transforming Transportation, please click here.The study was funded by TRISP, a partnership between the UK Department for International Development and the World Bank.last_img read more

Wartsila Introduces Two New Auxiliary Engines

first_imgzoom Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading provider of innovative products, solutions and services, is expanding its engine portfolio with the introduction of two additional auxiliary engines, the Wärtsilä Auxpac 16 and the Wärtsilä Auxpac 32.Both the Auxpac 16 and the Auxpac 32 are pre-engineered gensets with a turbocharged 4-stroke engine having direct fuel injection and charge air cooling and provide the electrical power onboard all types and sizes of ships.They are based upon Wärtsilä’s 4-stroke engine technology, which has been proven with more than 1000 Auxpac 20 and 26 engines in operation having in excess of 6 million accumulated running hours experience. As a result, these new additions to the portfolio offer a high level of reliability and compliance with the IMO’s Tier II environmental regulations. Tier III compliance can be achieved with the addition of an exhaust treatment system.The Wärtsilä Auxpac 16 is a brand new product. It is designed for merchant vessels, such as bulkers, tankers and smaller container vessels, with installed auxiliary power in the 500kWe to 750kWe per generating set range. The Wärtsilä Auxpac 16 is the smallest Auxpac generating set in the portfolio. It has been developed in co-operation with the Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute (SMDERI) in China. The Auxpac 16 development project began in spring 2011, and has utilised the engineering experience and design of the successful Wärtsilä Auxpac 20. The engine will be produced at the Wärtsilä Qiyao Diesel Company (WQDC) joint-venture company in China.The Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 is the auxiliary engine version of the Wärtsilä 32 family. It is aimed at the upper end of the merchant market, notably large container vessels with an auxiliary power need from approximately 2500kWe to 4500kWe per generating set. It will be produced in China at the Wärtsilä Yuchai Engine Company (WYEC) joint-venture facilities.The introductions of these new engines are important steps in Wärtsilä’s strategy for increasing its share of the auxiliary engine market. The involvement of the Asian joint-venture companies has played an important role in making these developments possible.“These latest additions to our engine portfolio will help us to serve an even broader market, and it is important that they are being manufactured in China – close to our Asian customer base. The new engines are competitive and have outstanding performance for the markets they serve. Furthermore, our customers have the unique Wärtsilä worldwide service network to rely on. We expect our auxiliary engine sales to develop quickly,” says Lars Anderson, Vice President 4-stroke, Wärtsilä Ship Power. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Wartsila, December 2, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

UK PM hopeful Johnsons model bus hobby drives reaction frenzy

first_imgLondon: British prime ministerial hopeful Boris Johnson prompted puzzlement, amusement — and some skepticism — with the unexpected admission that he makes model buses by painting up wooden wine boxes. The former London mayor, battling with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to be the next Conservative Party leader and prime minister, said he partakes in the pastime to relax. “I make things,” the 55-year-old told TalkRadio in an interview Tuesday when asked how he winds down. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”I get old wooden crates, right? And I paint them,” the former foreign secretary added, noting the boxes would have typically contained two wine bottles. “It will have a dividing thing, and I turn it into a bus and… I paint the passengers enjoying themselves on the wonderful bus.” The unusual hobby produced an immediate outpouring of global reaction on the internet and among politicos — ranging from the bemused to the belittling. US political scientist Brian Klaas called it “truly weird” and “so bizarre that it’s mesmerising”, while Australian broadcaster Matt Bevan said “this is exactly how my (three-year-old) son would answer this question”. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorOpposition Labour MP Owen Smith cast doubt on the veracity of Johnson’s claimed hobby. “Is there anyone out there who believes that Boris spends his spare time relaxing by ‘making model buses out of crates and then painting model happy people enjoying the bus’?” he asked on Twitter. But others pointed out the gaffe-prone politician has a track record of sketching and painting. His mother is an artist and Johnson became an accomplished painter at a young age. A doodle of a bus he made recently raised Pounds 1,000 (1,117 euros/USD 1,270) at a charity auction. Women’s rights campaigner Nimko Ali, a friend of Johnson and his 31-year-old girlfriend Carrie Symonds, told Channel 4 television she had even seen “what he was talking about”. “That shows how down to earth he is,” she said of the pastime. Leading Brexit advocate Johnson has another, controversial, connection to buses: the campaign coach he used to tour the country in the run-up to the 2016 referendum. It was emblazoned with the claim that Britain sends the EU ?350 million a week, which was widely criticised as misleading because it represented its gross contribution to the bloc and excluded a budget rebate and other payouts from Brussels. The link was not lost on BBC television news anchor Simon McCoy, who — with a heavily furrowed brow — he quipped of Johnson’s crafty bus hobby: “wonder what he writes on the side of it?” However Christopher Hope, political correspondent for The Daily Telegraph newspaper — which publishes a weekly column by Johnson — predicted it would sit well with the roughly 160,000 registered Conservatives choosing the party’s next leader in July. “I think his rather whimsical hobby will make more Tory members vote for him,” he said on Twitter.last_img read more

Antipipeline Freedom Train heads to Toronto

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Freedom Train recently arrived in Winnipeg.The coalition of First Nations groups from British Columbia is travelling across Canada by rail in protest of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project.A group of Manitoba First Nations welcomed the coalition at the Thunderbird House. The Freedom Train members are making their way to Enbridge’s annual shareholders meeting in Toronto set for Wednesday.They hope to spread the message against the Enbridge pipeline to all Canadians along the way.last_img read more

Morocco an investment and finance hub in Africa chairman of US

Washington – Morocco is poised to becoming a hub for investment and finance in the African continent and beyond thanks to an integrated and anticipatory policy and an infrastructure that meet international standards, said, Tuesday in Washington, chairman of the US trade chamber in the Kingdom Walter Siouffi. Thanks to a reforming dynamic tailored to the needs of foreign investors and cutting edge infrastructure, in addition to a very skilled labor, Morocco is becoming a key business platform in the region, said Siouffi who was speaking at a conference held at the headquarters of the US trade chamber under the theme “Morocco, gateway to three continents,” in the presence of Morocco’s ambassador to the USA Rachad Bouhlal and prominent figures from the business sphere.He recalled the growing number of international companies operating in important sectors as the aeronautics and finances which chose Morocco to broaden the scope of their activities, noting that these multinationals are encouraged by infrastructure made available for them such as the Casablanca aeronautics free zone “Midparc” and the “Casablanca Finance City”. Siouffi, also CEO of the Citibank Maghreb, underlined that Morocco adopted concrete measures to boost and protect investment, adding that this approach favored an openness on the world and a modern institutional reorganization.He noted that Morocco, which boasts economic assets and a strategic geographical location, is an attractive platform for US businesses wishing to explore the African and European markets. read more

Bad behaviour in classrooms fuelled by fashionable restorative justice schemes teacher union

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bad behaviour in classrooms is being fuelled by fashionable “restorative justice” schemes, the head of a teacher union has said.The schemes are failing to deter unruly pupils from misbehaving, according to Chris Keates, general secretary of National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).She said that in principal restorative policies are fine but poor implementation can lead to teachers becoming “disempowered” and discipline getting worse.Some schools are interpreting restorative justice as a merely having a conversation with a pupil about the incident, without any sanctions being applied.In such cases, a senior leader at the school would preside over a meeting where both the teacher and student set out their version of events, and then come to an agreement about what happened.“What members are telling us is that in some schools, all that is happening is that the restorative conversation is seen as the sanction in itself,” Ms Keates told The Daily Telegraph.“And then pupils are thinking, ‘Well, there aren’t any sanctions here for what I do, all I’ve got to do is sit down and have a conversation with the teacher’. And so it isn’t a deterrent.”She said that taking this approach signals to pupils that teachers are considered “equally culpable” in an incident and leads to an erosion of authority.In recent years there has been a rise in popularity of restorative justice policies in schools, prompted by a greater focus in the principle in the criminal justice system, according to Ms Keates.But she said that in some cases, these policies are actually make behaviour worse in schools by creating an atmosphere of impunity.“Good pupil discipline comes having good leadership and making it clear that teachers have got to be respected, and setting out clear expectations on pupil behaviour” she said. “Where that doesn’t take place, that makes the job in the classroom for teachers more difficult.”Ms Keates said that poor discipline in schools is also being fuelled by larger class sizes due to a rise in student numbers coupled with teachers leaving the profession in droves.Cuts to local services which have led to more children with behaviour problems being educated in mainstream schools, she added. Youngsters who would have previously been taught in specialist units or had specialist support are now in being integrated back into the classroom alongside their peers.  The Restorative Justice Council (RJC), best known for its work in the criminal justice system, has released three short films promoting the role of restorative practices in schools.The group said that restorative techniques could help bring down the number of exclusions and develop greater empathy in students.An Ofsted chief has spoken out against the way restorative justice policies were being implemented in schools, saying they can “undermine and demoralise” teachers.Sean Harford, national director of education at Ofsted, said last year that the policies have led to a pupil who has “played up in class and been insolent to the teacher” later lying about what happened.“The teachers have then been expected to take part in the ‘restorative discussion’ as if they need to justify their actions to the pupil,” he said. “This just seems wrong to me and undermines the teacher, when the pupil knows they will get such a hearing when clearly they have done something wrong.” read more

BUDGET 2018 Hughes accuses Opposition of spreading fake news

…promises telecoms sector will be fully liberalized by first quarter of 2018In her fiery presentation today, Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, asserted that Budget 2018 caters for the needs of all Guyanese, particularly in the Hinterland as it is focused on bridging the gaps through the ICT sector.The Minister accused the Opposition of spreading ‘fake news’ when they claimed that Budget 2018 has very little to offer the Hinterland regions.According to Hughes, although 2017 has proven to be a hectic year, the Government is far from being “tired” – as indicated earlier by former PPP/C government minister Dr Frank Anthony.She added that the APNU/AFC Administration is focused on delivering its mandate, highlighting that the Public Telecommunications Ministry is moving forward since having achieved almost all of its benchmarks for 2017.The Minister noted that her Ministry has been leading the way in establishing a number of ICT hubs across the country including the hinterland regions.Hughes referred to the establishment of radio stations in the hinterland regions, as she debunked statements by former Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai who had accused the coalition of failing to deliver on its promise to bridge the divide between the hinterland and the coastland.The Parliamentarian said that her ministry is working on the development of a National ICT strategy, which is now in its consultation phase. She added that new legislation is important to the ICT sector to ensure the protection of intellectual property. During her contribution to the budget debates, Hughes made yet another promise to ensure that the telecommunication sector is fully liberalized by the first quarter of 2018.Liberalization of the sector would see an end to uneven competition and ensure fair and even regulation of all businesses in the sector. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedICT Initiatives to transform Guyana in 2017 – HughesDecember 7, 2016In “latest news”IT Centre of Excellence to be established – GovtFebruary 20, 2016In “latest news”Stakeholders encouraged to enhance businesses via ICTFebruary 5, 2017In “Business” read more

Making working conditions better for underground and surface miners

first_imgA Western Australian technology company is developing products and solutions to reduce the hazardous risk associated with this industry. Remote Control Technologies (RCT) develops systems that assist in improving safety and better working conditions for machine operators. The company claims to be “the largest supplier to underground mines for remote control systems for heavy Long Haul Dump machines.”One of the largest requirements of underground mining is for good experienced operators for these machines. There are really four ways of operating an underground LHD. These are, according to RCT:“Operating manually with the operator still in the machine (usually only done were the underground drive is safe)Operating by ControlMaster LOS which is Remote Control line of site (operator is away from the machine but can visually see it and operate, this method is seldom used in Australia now)Operating by ControlMaster Teleremote (which is where the operator is sitting in a control station underground operating machine by Remote control but using vision provided by cameras on the machine and carefully steers the large machine through the drives via the footage from the cameras displayed on two monitors)Operating using the newly developed ControlMaster Guidance system which is similar to Teleremote except it is easier for the operator. All of these machine operational functions have their place but as technology evolves so does the easier way to operate for the operator.The new guidance system helps reduce  mine wall contact with the large machine working under remote control and does so without any need for expensive underground mine infrastructure. Where mine equipment is being teleoperated, ControlMaster Guidance is a simple add-on technology likely to allow equipment to be operated at its designed speed, safely and productively, without fear of extensive damage.“For many mines and equipment operators the technology is a step in making a gradual entry into automated operation of the machine with the measurable outcome being that we minimise damage through collision with walls which  can occur for a number of reasons – boredom, fatigue, response times etc. They are all factors in people just driving machines back and forth on teleremote. This technology just removes those things out of the equation. This has been widely accepted by operators as when they operate the machines on ContolMaster Guidance their fatigue is significantly reduced as the system assists in avoiding the walls and keeping the machine in the centre path.“By far the safest way to operate underground is by operating teleremote and by Guidance from a control station which could be a very robust control station or a Light commercial vehicle such as a Toyota Troopie.“But now to help improve the overall working conditions of the miners, technology is again assisting in this with taking the operators out of the hazardous underground environment.” RCT has been working with one of Australia’s leading mining companies to provide its first teleremote surface control station.The mine wanted to move from underground teleremote control stations to above ground, as it removes the majority of operator risk and improves productivity.The Mining company’s Electrical Technical Officer, said the project offered a number of potential benefits in terms of safety and production.“Safety benefits from this project are reduced exposure to underground hazards such as DPM (diesel particulate matter), dust, noise, reduces light vehicles underground, less human intervention, remove the risk, remove the danger for teleremote operators and provide a better working environment for them.“There are also expected production benefits such as immediate shift change over ‘hot seat’, no lost time during shift change travelling to and from underground and in some cases no need for the  teleremote loader to be shut down during firing times dependent upon the location of the machine and firing.“The system connects to a fibre optic cable which then runs to the surface and connects to the Teleremote Surface Fiber Optic Control Station.” Underground safety systems ensure no one can enter the area where the remote controlled machine is operating.RCT goes on to ex[plain: “The  above ground Teleremote Control Station operates exactly how it does underground, in fact the operators remark that it’s like operating the Tele Loader from the Tele PC or underground control station except you are more than 2 km away from it, on the surface.”last_img read more

Gold and silver Anglo Asians Ugur into production

first_imgAnglo Asian Mining, the AIM listed gold, copper and silver producer, has commenced production at its latest mine, the Ugur open-pit mine, located at its Gedabek licence area in Western Azerbaijan. The Directors report that Ugur is already making a highly significant contribution to Anglo Asian’s production. The average daily gold production in the form of gold doré for the period from September 1 to 10 from the whole complex was 212 oz which is 116% higher than the average daily production for the previous eight months. This average daily production is expected to increase further as Ugur moves into full production.Significantly increased average daily gold production from Ugur – average daily gold doré production for first 10 days of September has more than doubled compared to the average daily production of the previous eight monthsMining conducted by conventional shovel and truck haulage before crushing and agitation leaching treatmentUgur ore treated only by agitation leaching – flotation plant is now independently processing mainly high sulphide stockpiled oreProduction at Ugur being conducted in parallel with optimisation and expansion initiatives across Gedabek to deliver a long-term, sustainable and profitable mining operation.Anglo Asian CEO, Reza Vaziri, said “Progressing from discovery to production in a year is a significant achievement and underlines Anglo Asian’s confidence that the Ugur deposit will be an important contributor to the company’s future production. Indeed, the impact on gold doré production has already been significant. The average daily ounces of gold produced as doré has more than doubled so far in September compared to the previous eight months.“Bringing Ugur into production now, whilst we undertake the previously reported optimisation and expansion initiatives across our wider Gedabek licence area, will offset the anticipated decrease in gold production from our main Gedabek open pit due to the changing composition of the ore. With this in mind, we are pleased to reconfirm our production forecast of 64,000 to 72,000 of gold equivalent ounces in 2017 and building on this in 2018 and beyond.”Anglo Asian’s in-house exploration team defined a new mineral occurrence in 2016 named Ugur (meaning “good luck” or “success” in the Azeri language) from geological mapping and surface sampling methods.  Ugur is located 3 km north-west from the processing facilities at Gedabek.The deposit comprises an oxide gold-rich zone to a depth varying between 50 to 60 m. The area covered by drilling and the proposed open pit outline is 350 m (east-northeast) by 250 m (north-northwest).The company initiated extensive exploration activities in Q4 2016 to define the resource and reserves potential of the deposit. This work resulted in the completion of a JORC (2012) resource in August 2017 which delineated a total Mineral Resource of 199,000 oz of gold and 1,049,000 oz of silver that includes a Measured plus Indicated Mineral Resource of 172,000 oz of gold and 884,000 oz of silver.  Proven plus Probable Reserves of 147,000 oz of gold and 808,000 oz of silver, comprising over 70% of the total Mineral Resource, was also declared.In conjunction with the exploration activities conducted at Ugur, development work was undertaken which included the construction of a 4.6-km road between the Ugur gold deposit and the processing facilities. Work is nearing completion on constructing all necessary infrastructure. This includes the mine, geology and medical and HSE offices, hygiene facilities, mechanical workshop, lubricants and spares stores, a weighbridge and diesel store.The company is processing the Ugur ore only by agitation leaching. The Ugur oxide-rich ores do not contain copper and therefore the tailings of the agitation leaching plant are not treated by flotation. The flotation plant is now independently processing 300 to 400 t/d of mainly high sulphide ore stockpiled using its own mills. This is another configuration of the company’s processing facilities and again demonstrates the flexibility of the processing routes available to Anglo Asian.last_img read more

A daughters mission to Crete

first_imgMelburnian Janet Derrick (73) headed to Greece this week to realise a lifelong ambition: to visit the place where the father she never knew was killed in World War II.Janet’s odyssey will see her head to Souda Bay in Crete to lay a wreath on the water where her father Donald Haddow, a shipwright on HMAS Perth, was killed in a German bombing raid on 22 April 1941.“I was less than two years old when my father died so I never had a chance to get to know him,” Janet told Neos Kosmos. “For me this is a way to connect with him. I want to go back and experience being close to where he was.”While Janet’s children have visited Crete before this will be her first trip to Greece.“I’ve been thinking about doing this trip for as long as I can remember. For me it’s about recognising that I did have a father, because I’ve only ever had photos.”One of the first casualties in the battle for Crete, Donald Mceachern Haddow – known as ‘Bingle’ to his shipmates – was born in Glasgow in 1904. Enlisted in the RAN originally as a joiner in 1925, the proud Scot who had a thistle tattooed on his right arm joined the Perth in 1939.On loan to the cruiser HMS York in April 1941 (which had been beached after an Italian attack in the bay a month before by Italian motor launches), Haddow’s death occurred while he was diving on the stricken warship.On 22 April, a German air raid caught the 37-year-old Haddow having just resurfaced in a small tender alongside the York’s half-submerged hull. In his heavy diver’s suit and lead boots, he had just removed the copper helmet when a bomb exploded in the water nearby, swamping the work boat and sending the heavily weighed-down diver plummeting to the depths.Just three weeks before he had written to Janet’s mother Esther. The letter he sent to their Hastings home has faded slightly with age, but its content is still vivid and achingly poignant“We’re still pretty busy over here,” wrote Donald. ” Until we wipe them right out of the Med we can expect no relief …shall be glad to get away from the dive bombers…“I hope there will be more snaps for me, Janet is lovely to see. What a lot I am missing by not being home with her now…”As this paper goes to press, Janet’s long-awaited pilgrimage to Crete, accompanied by her husband Bryan, has begun. They will arrive, so fittingly, on the overnight ferry to Souda from Pireaus, disembarking close to the spot where Donald Haddow lost his life. After a day’s rest they will find a boat to take them out onto the water.“We’ll get there and see the harbour and try and work out where the York might have been. But like my eldest son said, ‘you’ll just know’,” said Janet.Based in Chania for their 10-day stay, Janet and Bryan are hoping local people and the Nautical Museum of Crete may be able to help in their very special mission. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

MétéoFrance 39 départements maintenus en vigilance orange

first_imgMétéo-France : 39 départements maintenus en vigilance orange Météo-France a décidé de maintenir en vigilance orange les 39 départements se trouvant déjà en situation d’alerte à cause du froid. Selon les experts, les températures ne devraient pas beaucoup augmenter dans les prochains jours. Quasiment toute la moitié est de la France, soit 39 départements, se trouve encore en vigilance orange ce lundi dans le cadre du plan “Grand Froid”. Alors qu’il a beaucoup neigé ce week-end dans de nombreux départements, Météo-France a donc décidé de maintenir son degré de vigilance sur une grande partie du territoire, pour aujourd’hui mais aussi pour les prochains jours. À lire aussiCanicule : 7 règles d’or pour survivre à la chaleur”Sur l’ensemble des départements placés en vigilance “Grand Froid”, les températures restent très négatives en cette fin de nuit fréquemment comprises entre -9 et -15 degrés avec en plus un vent d’est glacial même s’il est globalement plus faible que les jours précédents”, a expliqué l’organisme météorologique cité par 20 minutes.fr.  Selon les experts, la situation ne devrait pas beaucoup changé cette semaine. “Les valeurs maximales seront généralement comprises entre -3 et -7 degrés en plaine avec toujours un vent de nord-est qui renforcera la sensation de froid”, a précisé Météo-France qui a également ajouté que la nuit de ce lundi à mardi sera toujours très froide.En Europe, plus largement, la situation ne semble pas non plus s’améliorer. Au cours des trois derniers jours, douze personnes sont ainsi mortes en Hongrie et plus de cinquante ont dû être évacuées en raison d’accidents, notamment d’intoxications au monoxyde de carbone. Le pays connait la semaine la plus froide de l’hiver avec des températures ayant chuté jusqu’à -24 degrés dans le nord. Le 6 février 2012 à 18:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TC Islanders get a chance to join the British Armed Forces

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 28, 2016 – A British Armed Forces recruiting team is willing to come into the Turks and Caicos in a hunt for young men and women who want to join their ranks.  Media was yesterday informed of the opportunity by Patricia Duff, a 25 year TCI resident and Belonger who has long shown passion for young people and said with some support from the Governor’s Office and lots of calling to the British Armed Forces,  she has had a breakthrough which could see dozens of islanders serving in the navy or army or air-force or marines.“and the wonderful thing there, is that there are so many jobs available, they call them rolls, they don’t call them jobs, they call them rolls, and like the IAF have over a hundred of them, all different things, and they’ve got many people for each of these roles.  So they are depending on your qualifications, if you have none or if you have lots, and what your interest are, they will slip you into doing whatever it is that you are good at or could be good at, and they train people.”Interestingly, one does not even have to have a spotless police record to qualify; the only requirement is that the recruiting team is looking for 17-32 year olds and Patricia said at this stage those who are curious only need to express their interest at a website she has set up.  It was also explained that saying you are interested now, does not mean you have to join any of the Forces.  We need 50 people in order to get the recruiting team here; that website address is www.turksandcaicos-islands.net/jobs.  Follow our story on Magnetic Media Fan-page on Facebook.last_img read more

Thieves steal wheels tires off disabled mans Jeep

first_imgWhen thieves stole four tires and wheels from a Jeep in the Cascade Park area on Saturday morning, they got away with more than a few hundred dollars worth of car parts. They took some of 51-year-old Michael Mayorga’s last possessions and left the rest sitting on four landscaping bricks in his parents’ driveway.Mayorga sustained a traumatic brain injury two years ago in a motorcycle accident near Sacramento, Calif. He was unable to walk and feed himself, so his two parents took him into their Vancouver home.He spent 30 days in a coma after the accident and another 60 in rehabilitation, said his father, Robert Mayorga.He went from using a wheelchair to a walker. Now he can walk with a cane, his father said.Robert Mayorga said someone took the wheels from the car sometime between 2 and 5 a.m. Saturday. He discovered the theft when he went outside around 9 a.m. and found the Jeep resting on four blocks. Robert Mayorga said he was concerned because his driveway is sloped and the Jeep seemed to be unstable.His son can’t use or drive the Jeep, but he was attached to it, he said.“We haven’t sold the thing because basically that’s the only thing he has left,” Mayorga told The Columbian on Monday. “It was sad for us in a way because they violated the only thing that he has.”Purchased new, the wheels and tires are worth about $2,600, Robert Mayorga said.The family arranged to get the wheels replaced, but the new ones aren’t as nice as the ones that were stolen, Robert Mayorga said.last_img read more

MediaNext Preview Using New Platforms to Create Audience Revenue

first_imgKate Kelly Smith: Today’s challenge for audience development is to hold our readers’ loyalty and attention in a rapidly changing marketplace that has an overwhelming amount of outlets for distributing content.FOLIO: Where do you see the opportunities of the future when it comes to brand extensions? What unique things can publishers offer to clients and consumers?Kelly Smith: Our brand future lies in what we at Hearst refer to as “Live Paper”—giving the consumer a new and interactive way to relate to our content. It begins in print and then extends to Web, tablet, and video and embraces all digital capabilities in an intelligent and integrated way that optimizes the audience experience.FOLIO: Can you give some examples of successful new revenue opportunities House Beautiful rolled out through its product mix, both on the audience and marketer sides?Kelly Smith: Our strongest marketing programs are born from editorial. At House Beautiful, our editorial team is leading the industry in seamlessly integrating our HB Connect technology (in partnership with Digimarc) into our pages to bring readers extended content in a pleasing and non-disruptive way. Based on editorial’s successful track record and data that shows our readers are embracing this new “Live Paper” platform, marketing is extending these opportunities to our advertisers with programs that offer content extensions for their brand ads.Not registered for the MediaNext Show? Click here. To check out the full program agenda, click here. In less than a week, some of the world’s top magazine-media executives will take the stage at FOLIO:’s annual conference, the MediaNext Show, hosted Oct. 29-31 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Formerly known as the FOLIO: Show, MediaNext is designed to provide the publishing industry with the best place to learn exactly that—what’s next in media.In fact, the MediaNext was programmed with the understanding that new and emerging media forms already have much in common with traditional forms, and there is a new definition of the media industry that encompasses both. That’s what MediaNext is all about.Here, MediaNext Show speaker Kate Kelly Smith (pictured), SVP and publishing director for the Hearst Design Group, provides a quick look at what’s ahead in publishing. Don’t forget to see Kelly Smith speak this Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 10:30-11:15 AM in the session “Using New Platforms and Brand Extensions to Create Audience Revenue.”FOLIO: What are some of the top challenges today as it relates to driving higher audience revenues?last_img read more

GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Native In Need Of Lung Transplant

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington native Billy “Salvi” Woods was diagnosed with Systemic Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease, eight months ago. He’s currently looking at a bi-lateral lung transplant at Mass General Hospital.As a result of the diagnosis, Woods has been out of work since August, only receiving a portion of his normal paycheck. Family and friends have turned to GoFundMe to help raise funds to defer current and future medical costs. The campaign has raised more than $8,500 in its first day.Make a donation to the GoFundMe page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Family With 14-Year-Old Battling CancerIn “Community”GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Family With 15-Year-Old Battling CancerIn “Community”GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Native Who Suffered StrokeIn “Community”last_img read more