Top stories: Disappearing ground water, a boost for NSF, and the earliest dinos

first_imgDid Brazil’s uncontacted tribe receive proper medical care?Scientists and Brazil’s government disagree about whether the isolated Amazon tribespeople who came down with flu after making contact with the outside world last month received adequate medical treatment. At least one scientist fears that the illness is just the start of a health catastrophe for the tribe and blames the government for not taking fuller precautions before the tribespeople slipped back into the forest.Western U.S. states using up ground water at an alarming rateSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A new study shows that ground water in the Colorado River Basin is being depleted six times faster than surface water. The groundwater losses, which take thousands of years to be recharged naturally, point to the unsustainability of exploding population centers and water-intensive agriculture in the basin, which includes most of Arizona and parts of Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.Senate bill backs NSF’s practices and calls for big funding boostTaking issue with its counterpart in the U.S. House of Representatives, a Senate panel has embraced how the National Science Foundation (NSF) does its business in a bill that sets policies and recommends funding levels for NSF over the next 5 years. The proposed legislation calls on Congress to increase NSF’s budget by nearly 40%, to $9.9 billion, by 2019. It also endorses NSF’s current policies for reviewing grant proposals and—in sharp contrast to a House bill—emphasizes the importance of the social sciences as part of a balanced research portfolio.Earliest dinosaurs may have sported feathersResearchers agree that birds are dinosaurs, but when did dinosaurs start becoming birds? New excavations in Siberia reveal that one sure sign of birdiness, the presence of feathers, has very deep roots in the dino evolutionary tree; indeed, dinosaurs may have been sporting feathers from the very beginning of their existence about 240 million years ago.Nervous system may hold key to treating asthma attacksThe wheezing, coughing, and gasping for breath that come with a sudden asthma attack aren’t just the fault of an overactive immune system. A particularly sensitive bundle of neurons stretching from the brain to the lungs might be to blame as well, researchers have found. Drugs that alter these neurons could provide a new way to treat some types of asthma.last_img read more

U.S. Locks in Duties on Certain Indian Steel Pipes

first_imgThe U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday voted to lock in duties on imports of welded stainless pressure pipe from India as it affirmed the goods were harming the U.S. industry. Related Itemslast_img

Bhutan trucks drive into new traffic rules in Assam

first_imgTrucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh have driven into the new traffic rules and hefty fines implemented belatedly in Assam via a notification on September 23.Exporters from Bhutan said about 40 trucks were seized for overloading in western Assam’s Bongaigaon district on Thursday last. SAARC agreementThis, they pointed out, was done despite an agreement among the SAARC countries on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) allowing a third country to be used as a transit between two member countries without hindrance.SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Ugyen Raften, the former president of the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association, said Bhutanese traders have been transporting stone chips and other materials to Bangladesh for years without facing any problems. He admitted that some trucks carry more load than the standard 18 tonnes but SAFTA rules prohibit a transit country (India) from stopping consignments from an exporting country (Bhutan) to an importing country (Bangladesh).“Trucks from Gelephu in Bhutan regularly carry stone chips to Bangladesh via Dalu (Meghalaya-Bangladesh border). The goods and documents are sealed before the trucks enter Assam and, as per SAFTA rules, are to be opened at the destination after covering a distance of 321 km through Assam and Meghalaya. But the seizure and fines in Assam have put us in a spot,” he said.Mr. Raften said that scores of trucks had been stranded at Rakhaldubi in Assam for a week because of a damaged bridge at Tikrikilla in Meghalaya. The trucks were allowed to travel on Thursday night via a bypass but the last 40-odd trucks in the convoy ran into the police and motor vehicle inspectors.Subodh K. Sonowal, Bongaigaon district’s Superintendent of Police, said the police too had found the trucks overloaded. The new rules prescribe a fine of ₹20,000 for overloading and an additional ₹2,000 per extra tonne, as against ₹2,000 and ₹1,000 earlier. “The police did not confiscate the trucks. But the district transport office had some issues with them,” he said.last_img read more

Siril, Arundhati enter second round at Russia Open

first_imgVladivostok (Russia), Oct 5 (PTI) Indian shuttlers Siril Verma and Arundhati Pantawane reached the second round of the Russian Grand Prix after notching up straight-game wins in the mens and womens singles competition respectively here today. Siril defeated Russias Andrey Jdanov 21-7 21-11 and will face third seed Misha Zilberman of Israel in the next round at Sport Hall Olympic here. 2011 National Games champion, Arundhati spanked Russias Anastasiia Sharapova 21-5 21-9 and will take on compatriot Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, seeded fourth. Sourabh Varma, who had twisted his ankle at Poland Open, gave a walkover to Alexej Zolotuev. PTI ATK AH ATKlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India men’s hockey men register its biggest ever victory

first_imgThe Indian Men’s Hockey Team score 26 goals against Hong Kong China in their third game of the Asian Games 2018 which saw 4 players claim hat-tricks and a sublime team effort to achieve the large score-line on 22nd August 2018.The Indian Men’s Hockey Team thrashed Hong Kong China 26-0 in the third game of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to register the biggest-ever margin of victory in the history of the sport.Akashdeep Singh, Rupinder Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Harmanpreet Singh (4) scored hat-tricks as India eased past their opponents to create history in Jakarta on Tuesday.Manpreet Singh and SV Sunil scored braces while Vivek Prasad, Amit Rohidas, Dilpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Simranjeet Singh, Chinglensana Singh and Varun Kumar also got into the scoresheet.FT| The Indian Men’s Hockey Team score 26 goals against Hong Kong China in their third game of the @asiangames2018 which saw 4 players claim hat-tricks and a sublime team effort to achieve the large score-line on 22nd August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvHKG India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 22, 2018With the win, they broke a 86-year-old record in hockey for the best-ever margin of victory.The Indian team bettered their scoreline from the previous match, where they smashed hosts Indonesia 17-0 on Monday. The The 17-0 win was also India’s best record at the Asian Games with their previous best being 12-0 win against Bangladesh in 1982.Dilpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singhand Mandeep Singh scored a hat-trick each, while the other goals came from Rupinder Pal Singh, Akashdeep Singh, SV Sunil, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Amit Rohidas, even as Indonesia couldn’t come up with a goal.advertisementThe win also overshadows India’s 21-0 win over Kazakhstan on Tuesday.The World No. 9 India showed their quality with their dominant performance against a lowly ranked Kazakh side, scoring 21 goals in the team’s second biggest victory of the Asian Games.last_img read more

a month agoBurnley boss Dyche: Heaton like a family member

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche: Heaton like a family memberby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says there’s no hard feelings over Tom Heaton’s move to Aston Villa.The move raised a few eyebrows with the 33-year-old ending last season as Burnley’s No.1.His departure saw Bailey Peacock-Farrell drafted in from Leeds to bolster the goalkeeping ranks with Nick Pope playing every minute in the Premier League so far this campaign.“I treat all these players like they’re my own family members, I try and be as good with my guidance as I would be with my own children,” Dyche told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.“I think it’s important, they become important to you over time, Tom is certainly one of those. I don’t do favourites, apart from Tripps (Kieran Trippier), everybody knows that!“He was my first signing, an important signing, but he’s a top fella on and off the pitch, I like him as a person and professional.“There will always be a business decision here though, every pound is a prisoner, that’s just the way it is.“Behind that, we have got very good goalkeepers. I believe in Nick Pope, quite obviously, I believe in Joe Hart and young Bailey has joined the group and done very well so far.“There is a method to the planning of it, but there often comes a time when a deal gets done here.“With Tom, it worked on every level, and on the one that’s hard to find, an emotional level, because I can shake Tom by the hand, look him in the face, he’s happy, I’m happy, and there’s no thinking on who’s won, everyone has won.” last_img read more

Traffic Advisory HRM

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 There will be a 20-minute closure of Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. today, Aug. 19, for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs. -30-last_img

Only 8 of Ggn residents use recycled water

first_imgGurugram: There is only eight per cent of residents in Gurugram that are using recycled water.The official information was disclosed by Gurugram metropolitan development authority (GMDA). Under Central Government’s Jal Shakti initiative now a campaign is going to be now introduced under the watch of Chief Minister for using recycled water and sewage treated water. The Haryana government has set a plan to increase the usage of recycled water in the city so that the dependence on groundwater can be reduced. An initiative of using treated water for water large public parks have already beginning to start in phases. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHUDA department will keep a record of treated water taken by each builder from its Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and whether it was sufficient to meet its needs. HUDA and MCG will provide primary and secondary treated sewage water and the builder will have to finally treat it (Tertiary treatment) at the construction site before using it for construction purposes,” said a senior official from Gurugram district administration. To effectively implement the Zero Rainwater Discharge plan approved by the state government this week, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has decided to ensure that individual houses, group housing complexes, and commercial buildings in private colonies have a functional rainwater harvesting system as per rules. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOccupancy certificates of properties that violate the rules prescribed for rainwater harvesting will be cancelled, said KM Pandurang, director, DTCP. Teams from the DTCP will start inspecting rainwater harvesting facilities in various residential and commercial complexes across the city. There are over 125 pits that come under the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. However, lack of proper maintenance and inability to check encroachments have ensured that these pits have not been of any utility. Last year with the aid of a private organisation the municipal body had started the process of cleaning the pits. However, in the later months, this exercise gradually fizzled out. The district administration had also directed various private schools that have a large area to create water harvesting pits. However, this action was also not followed up. According to data obtained from the agricultural department’s groundwater cell, from 2014 to 2018, the groundwater table fell by 2.5 metres in Gurugram district and by 3 metres in Gurugram city.last_img read more

SC cancels Amrapali groups registration and leases directs NBCC to complete its

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday cancelled the registration of the Amrapali group and appointed the state-run National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to complete all its pending projects, bringing great relief to thousands of home buyers who had invested their money with it. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit also cancelled the leases of Amrapali’s properties granted by the Noida and Greater Noida authorities and directed the Enforcement Directorate to investigate alleged money laundering by CMD Anil Sharma and other directors and senior officials of the group. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench appointed senior advocate R Venkataramani as the court receiver. All rights of Amrapali properties will be vested with him after the cancellation of lease. The top court said Venkataramani will have the power to enter into any tri-party agreement for sale of the group’s properties to recover dues. The bench, which cancelled the group’s registration under the Real Estate Regulatory Authority, said the home buyers’ money was diverted in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and foreign direct investment (FDI) norms. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The court added that the Noida and Greater Noida authorities colluded with the realty group in allowing diversion of the home buyers’ money and not acting in accordance with the law. It said Noida and Greater Noida have no right to sell the properties of the Amrapali group to recover their dues. In a relief to over 42,000 hassled home buyers, the court also directed Noida and Greater Noida to give completion certificates to flat buyers already residing in various projects of the group. It further asked the Centre and the state governments to take appropriate action against the builders who have not delivered the group projects on time. On May 10, the apex court reserved the verdict in the matter after Noida and Greater Noida authorities said they don’t have the resources and expertise to construct stalled projects of the group. Both authorities had favoured handing over the properties to a reputed builder under the supervision of a high powered committee. The authorities expressed their inability to take action like cancellation of lease agreements against the group, which regularly defaulted on payments, due to “bulk of home buyers” and “political weight”. Both the authorities told the apex court that they have outstanding of around Rs 5,000 crore from Amrapali towards the principal amount and interest component, besides the penal interest. The top court on May 8 said it may give ownership rights of all the 15 prime residential properties of Amrapali to Noida and Greater Noida Authorities as it has failed to fulfil its obligations towards 42,000 home buyers. The court had asked the Noida authority to explain what action it has taken against the Amrapali group which was a “chronic defaulter” in payment of lease amount. Officials of the Noida authority said they have seven projects of Amrapali under their jurisdiction. Of an outstanding amount of nearly Rs 2,000 crore, they had received only Rs 505 crore. A similar stand was taken by the Greater Noida authority, which said the Amrapali group has five projects under its jurisdiction. Of these, four are vacant lands and no construction has taken place. The Greater Noida authority said Amrapali has an outstanding of around Rs 3,400 crore and has paid only Rs 363 crore till now. The court appointed forensic auditors — Pawan Aggarwal and Ravinder Bhatia — have found wide scale irregularities in the financial affairs of Amrapali Group and their initial report has suggested that over Rs 3,000 crore of home buyers money. On February 28, the apex court allowed Delhi Police to arrest Sharma and two directors on a complaint that home-buyers of their various housing projects were cheated and duped of their funds. The top court, which is seized of several pleas of home-buyers seeking possession of around 42,000 flats booked in projects of the realty group, also ordered that the personal properties of the CMD and its directors Shiv Priya and Ajay Kumar be attached.last_img read more

Indigenous consultations on TMX pipeline on schedule Natural Resources minister

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says consultations with Indigenous groups about the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are progressing well and he still expects to wrap up the court-ordered process by May.On a conference call from Houston, where he’s attending the CERAWeek energy conference, Sohi told reporters his department has now met with more than 100 of the 117 Indigenous communities expected to be impacted by the project.The Federal Appeal Court last summer overturned approval of the project to triple oil shipments from Edmonton to the West Coast, ruling that the NEB had not properly considered its impact on marine life nor had Ottawa meaningfully consulted with Indigenous groups. Last month, the National Energy Board found that the pipeline is still in the public interest despite the risk that an increase in tanker traffic could adversely affect southern resident killer whales, hurt related Indigenous culture and increase greenhouse gas emissions.It added 16 new recommendations for federal government action in addition to the 156 conditions in its initial approval in 2016.Sohi says the recommendations, which the NEB said are not within its power to order, are already being studied by his department and will be considered in the government’s decision on TMX when consultations are complete.“The NEB report informs our ongoing consultations and those recommendations will be discussed once the cabinet is ready to make the final decision,” he said.Cabinet is under immense pressure to decide the fate of the pipeline before the federal election in the fall.There is also pressure to get the expansion built because Ottawa bought the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion last August, after political opposition to the expansion left the company’s shareholders reluctant to proceed.last_img read more

Ban pays tribute to late womens rights champion Helvi Sipilä

“Ms. Sipilä powerfully demonstrated the effectiveness of women’s leadership,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “She has left a legacy which serves as a reminder that no effort should be spared to ensure the equal participation of women in decision-making in all areas of life.”The “lifelong champion of the rights of women” served as Secretary-General of the first World Conference on Women in 1975 in Mexico City. She was also the first woman to hold the rank of Assistant Secretary-General at the UN, where she served in different capacities for many years, including as the Chairperson of the Commission on the Status of Women.Ms. Sipilä remained active after retiring from the UN and was the first woman to run for president in Finland in 1982. 20 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to Helvi Sipilä of Finland, a renowned women’s rights advocate and former United Nations official, who passed away on 15 May at the age of 94. read more

Police seek help to arrest Wele Sudas aides

Gampola Vidanalage Don Samantha Kumara aka ‘Wele Suda’ was arrested in Pakistan, and deported to Sri Lanka in January. The police have sought public assistance to arrest four suspects who are believed to be accomplices of underworld kingpin and drug trafficker Wele Suda, and who are alleged to have been involved in money laundering.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that investigations have been launched to locate the four suspects, including two women. Wele Suda was accused of having links with top politicians and popular personalities who he had used to escape police custody. (Colombo Gazette) An Interpol Red Notice was earlier issued for his arrest. He was known to be one of the major drug traffickers in Sri Lanka and had amassed a massive wealth from drug trafficking before he fled the country with his wife when police moved on him.However, the police arrested his wife when she returned to Sri Lanka at a later date. The police identified the suspects as Dilini Nilmani a resident of Dehiwala, Nadeeka Nilmini, a resident of Colombo 6, Sugath Kumara, a resident of Wellawatta and Chanaka Fonseka, a resident of Dehiwala. read more

Baseball Ohio State drops 40 shutout loss to No 8 Indiana

Ohio State sophomore infielder Conner Pohl (39) takes a swing at a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIndiana’s potent offense battled off more than a dozen two-strike pitches in its first two innings against Ohio State junior pitcher Connor Curlis, and finally broke through against the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter with a two-run third inning.Curlis retired the next eight batters, but the damage was done and the Ohio State (25-11, 6-4 Big Ten) offense failed to materialize against No. 8 Indiana (29-6, 7-2 Big Ten) in a 4-0 loss Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium.Indiana starter Jonathan Stiever, one of the Big Ten’s top MLB draft prospects, entered Friday’s game with a 2.78 ERA and lived up to the billing, firing six strikeouts in seven shutout innings.“Seemed like he was ahead in the count a lot,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “But I thought we had some fastballs to hit that we didn’t capitalize on.”The Buckeyes had chances to break through, but went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. They had just five hits and drew four walks.“We’ve been really, really good all year long with our two-out production,” Beals said. “We just didn’t get them tonight.”Perhaps Ohio State’s best chance for a run came off the bat of sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone with two runners on base in the second inning. He smacked a ball out to left field, but it ultimately died into the glove of Indiana’s Matt Gorski at the warning track.Defensive issues continued to plague the Buckeyes, who surrendered an unearned run in the eighth inning off an errant throw to first from senior third baseman Noah McGowan. Ohio State committed three errors and Curlis threw a wild pitch..“You could argue we fueled all their run production,” Beals said.Indiana picked up an insurance run in the sixth by playing small ball, scoring on a successful squeeze play by designated hitter Drew Ashley that brought catcher Ryan Fineman home.Though the rest of Ohio State’s offense was lacking, sophomore first baseman Conner Pohl extended his hitting streak to 16 games on a first-inning single. read more

Chinas 2010 coal demand could rise 46 according to China Securities Journal

first_imgChina, which is the world’s second-largest energy user, may consume between 4 and 6% more coal next year on continued economic growth, China Securities Journal said, reporting on a forecast from the China National Coal Association. Demand from the world’s biggest producer and consumer of coal could be about 3,400 Mt from this year, the newspaper reported. China uses coal to fuel about 80% of its power plants and to make steel.Government stimulus may boost economic growth by more than 8% this year, according to official forecasts, spurring factory output and power and fuel use. China’s energy demand may rise 3.6% in 2010, Shanghai Securities News said, citing National Energy Administration Director Zhang Guobao.Growth in coal demand should be fairly stable in 2010, as economic growth next year is expected to be as strong as this year. So power demand will be high also. Electricity generation in the world’s third-biggest economy climbed at the fastest pace in almost five years in November as industrial production grew 19% in the month, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed. Coal consumption is expected to increase between 6 and 7% to about 3,200 Mt next year. Also, the country’s coal production capacity may expand by almost 300 Mt in 2010. Supply and demand of coal in China should stay largely balanced next year. Short-term supply tightness in certain regions will still be seen in the first quarter.The provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Henan, Jiangxi and Sichuan and the municipality of Chongqing are facing tight electricity supply partly because of falling coal stockpiles at power plants, the official Xinhua News Agency said on December 24.Coal prices at Qinhuangdao port, a benchmark in China, rose 5.4% to an average of RMB780/t as of today, compared with the previous week, according to the China Coal Transport and Distribution Association. That’s the biggest gain since December 22 last year. To avoid shortages, the government is encouraging coal producers and buyers to sign long-term supply contracts of at least five years.Coal miners in the central province of Henan negotiated a 25% increase in prices under annual sales contracts with power producers for 2010, the Shanghai Securities News said on December 24. Buyers agreed to pay RMB550/t, the newspaper said.last_img read more

Mining chemicals wear protection lubricants and Canadian mining supplies and services

first_imgIn its JUNE 2014 issue, International Mining will feature its annual article on MINING CHEMICALS: enabling better thickening, dust suppression, water purification, environmental cleanup, mineral extraction and equipment maintenance. Key groups of chemicals are crucial for these tasks. Please let me have editorial contributions for consideration for inclusion in the article. I am looking for news of new chemical developments and/or new applications, ways of delivering chemicals safely – news of new products or services, or interesting and innovative uses – up to about 700 words and a picture please to Enquiries for other articles to My deadline for article contributions is April 14th because of travel to Latin America and EXPOMIN at Easter. Other features of this issue will cover:Wear Protection – For both static and mobile machinery from jaws to mill linersLubricants and hydraulics – Choosing and managing the correct fluids for mining and processing equipmentCanada – The latest developments in Canada’s mining technologies and services; a dynamic group led by CAMESElast_img read more

BIOMOre underground testing well underway at KGHM

first_imgOn 28th September 2017, a press conference took place at the KGHM headquarters in Lubin, Poland to introduce the BIOMOre underground installation, as the novel in-situ bioleaching concept is being tested at KGHM’s operations under realistic conditions. The event was hosted by Katarzyna Rogóż (BIOMOre coordinator, KGHM Polska Miedź) and Paulina Mołodyńska-Glapska (Project Manager of the Research & Development Department at KGHM Polska Miedź).The press conference began with presentations describing the current state of the BIOMOre project (Horst Hejny, BIOMOre project manager, MinPol), environmental aspects (Bertil Grundfelt, Kemakta Konsult AB), the pilot plant and installation (Mariusz Kirej, KGHM), and modelling (René Kahnt, GEOS). The panel then answered questions and gave interviews. The next day, participants had the opportunity to visit the underground test facilities in the Rudna mine.Mołodyńska-Glapska explained that: “The main aim of the BIOMOre project is to verify the feasibility of combining channelling and bioleaching technologies under real conditions, with the aim of recovering metals from deep or poor ores located in Europe.” The underground installation was completed recently and is located in a specially prepared chamber in the Rudna mine. First, holes were drilled horizontally into an ore block to create the necessary flow paths. Tanks, pumps and monitoring devices were then installed. The monitoring devices measure process parameters such as the pH, conductivity and redox potential of the circulating solution as well as parameters to guarantee environmental compliance. The entire installation including the necessary safety pillar was checked for leakages before the test phase was started.The experiment itself is divided into three stages. “We are currently around one third into the test. We are completing the stage, in which we have desalinated the ore body using water. This was necessary to decrease the chloride content inside the ore block to avoid negative impacts in the leaching phase. The next stage is the acid leaching stage to remove carbonates to avoid generation of gypsum, which would block the flow paths. The third and ultimate stage will be bioleaching, during which bacteria and sulphuric acid solution will be utilised,” said Wojciech Anacki, BIOMOre plant operator at ZG Rudna. The role of the bacteria is to oxidise ferrous to ferric iron, which is required to leach sulphidic ores, thereby regenerating the leaching solution. The first results should be available towards the end of 2017.“The BIOMOre test in Rudna mine has never been performed in this way elsewhere. We have two main goals: first, to check whether the process is technically feasible, and second, to collect as much data as possible to critically assess the economic viability and the sustainability of the project. Only if all results are positive, we may consider the installation of a pilot plant, which would then demonstrate the BIOMOre process at almost full scale,” said Horst Hejny, the BIOMOre project manager.The full name of the project is: „New Mining Concept for Extracting Metals from Deep Ore Deposits using Biotechnology”. The aim is to develop a process to recover copper and other strategic metals directly from the ore body using a ferric iron rich solution of low pH generated in a bioreactor.23 partners, representing industry, academia and research institutions are involved in the BIOMOre project. The budget of the initiative is about 8.5 mln. Euro. KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is leader of the consortium.last_img read more

Unfilled maternity leave posts having devastating effect on physiotherapy services

first_imgTHE FAILURE TO fill vacant posts of those on maternity leave is having a “devastating effect” on physiotherapy services, one body has warned today.A national survey by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) found that the majority of services are operating with 80 per cent or below average staffing levels – with some as low as 35 per cent – when compared to the same period in 2007. Almost 60 per cent of these vacancies are due to unfilled maternity leave.Jill Long, President of the ISCP said: “In a profession that is predominantly young and female, the non-filling of these posts made vacant due to maternity leave is having a devastating effect on the services available to patients.”Commenting on the survey, Stephen McMahon of the Irish Patients Association said the reduction in staffing is “at odds with the government policy of patients being managed by the right person in the right place at the right time”.“If patients cannot access physiotherapy services in primary care their condition can worsen and may necessitate expensive hospital admission thereby increasing costs to the Exchequer,” he said. “It is clearly more cost effective and clinically effective to intervene early in the community and prevent conditions becoming chronic or getting worse.”Ruaidhri O’Connor, CEO of the ISCP also pointed out that the failure to fill these posts comes at a time when “a majority of physiotherapy graduates are being forced to emigrate” to gain employment as a physiotherapist.Read: HSE to introduce targeted redundancy scheme in January>Read: A smartphone will soon help you do physio exercises>last_img read more

School repair grants worth €68m reintroduced

first_imgTHE REINTRODUCTION OF school grants worth €68 million has been confirmed this morning. Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has announced he’s restoring the ‘Minor Works Grant’ – worth €28 million – and the ‘Summer Works Scheme’ (€40 million).The minor works payments will be given to primary schools in the coming weeks, enabling management to carry out small-scale repairs without the need to apply to the Department.Each school can also apply for money under the summer repairs scheme for small- to medium-scale projects like gas, electrical and mechanical works, roof and window upgrades and structural improvements.According to Minister Quinn: “This funding package is being made as part of this Government’s continued commitment to improve facilities in schools throughout the country.”Regarding the summer scheme, he said the fact that the works would be carried out while pupils are on holidays would keep disruption to a minimum. “This scheme will not only improve the learning environment for thousands of students, but the projects will also stimulate economic activity by supporting 2,400 direct and 480 indirect much needed construction jobs in the local economy”.Read: 56,000 students miss school every dayRelated: Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarrelast_img read more

Permanent TSB says problem with debit cards should be fixed now

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Lisa Manning/Twitter Source: Claire McHugh/Twitter Seems to be all systems down for @askpermanenttsb except for website. Phones, cards etc all not working. :(— Stephen Spillane (@spiller2) July 27, 2014 Originally published 12.31pmRead: PTSB has reduced problem mortgages to one-tenth of peak levels > Read: Ireland needs more banks, says ESRI > @askpermanenttsb debit cards not working in store or at ATM again! … Day out with kids and no acesss to cash… Great!— Lisa Manning (@_Lisa_Manning) July 27, 2014 Source: Stephen Spillane/Twitter @askpermanenttsb hi. Myself and my mother in law can’t use our visa debit cards to access our funds. What is the problem?— Claire McHugh (@clairemchugh) July 27, 2014 Updated 12.46pmPERMANENT TSB HAS apologised to customers for a problem which affected debit cards and ATM services today.A number of customers had taken to social media to complain that they had been unable to withdraw money from ATMs or to use their debit cards when paying for things.It is not clear how many customers had been affected.PTSB said the problem should be fixed now.“All issues with cards are sorted now, sorry again for any inconvenience this may have caused you,” Permanent TSB tweeted.Earlier it had tweeted that the issues were affecting  ATM & POS [point of sale] transactions.Customers had been detailing on Twitter how the glitch had affected them:last_img read more

Calls for RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next

first_img Share1350 Tweet Email1 63,827 Views Short URL Last month 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops during protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem.At the time, Coveney summoned the Israeli ambassador to a meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs to express Ireland’s “shock and dismay” at the level of death and injury on the Gaza Strip. He called for restraint from Israel. Last week, Coveney said he had a “frank” discussion with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the issues.However, many in the opposition believe the Irish government are not going far enough in calling out Israel on their actions. Israeli security forces fire tear gas toward Palestinian protesters along the barrier between Gaza earlier this month. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesThe Donegal TD said he did not want this to be solely a Sinn Féin campaign, stating that it is a lot wider than that. He encouraged other parties to support their calls for a boycott.“We have a history and we understand more than most what is happening in Palestine. We know in our own history where innocent protesters have been gunned down on the streets of Derry and elsewhere, so there is an affinity there. I think that this has the potential to grow,” said Doherty, who added he did not foresee any resistance to the motion which is being put to a vote this weekend.“I think it would be a positive development and it would be something I welcome. I call on other parties to make similar calls,” he said. Netta of Israel poses with the Trophy after winning the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. 208 Comments Jun 14th 2018, 6:00 AM Netta of Israel poses with the Trophy after winning the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: SIPA USA/PA Images SINN FÉIN’S PEARSE Doherty has said he expects his party to pass a motion this weekend calling on RTÉ and the Irish government to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest next year.The popular song contest is due to be held in Israel in 2019 after the country’s entry, Toy by Netta, won the competition with a total of 529 points.The motion put forward by the Tralee cumann states that in light of “Israel’s ongoing and grievous violations of international law and international humanitarian law” and the “apartheid policies being applied to the Palestinian people” it is asking members to support the motion.‘Taking a stand’Doherty told that he expects the motion to be passed at the party’s Ard Fheis in Belfast this weekend. This is an opportune moment to shine the spotlight on the slaughter of the Palestinian people. While the government are refusing to expel the Israeli ambassador, there is an opportunity for others to take a stand so I think this campaign will gain momentum. Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 7:28 AM The delegates of Sinn Féin are very clear – there is a role for the arts, music and indeed sport, in sending a very strong message internationally. As it happens, Israel is hosting the Eurovision and just like the Olympic Games in Germany or the Rugby World Cup during the apartheid era, there is a time to stand on the right side of history here. Calls for RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next year Sinn Féin has called on the national broadcaster and the Irish government to boycott Israel which won the song contest this year.last_img read more