Kitimat key hub for proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to hold plebiscite on

KITIMAT, B.C. — The District of Kitimat, a key hub for the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, will hold a plebiscite to gauge support for the development that is sure to dramatically change the community.[np_storybar title=”‘All litigation, all the time’: Simmering Alberta oil sands disputes set to ignite legal firestorm in 2014″ link=””%5DSimmering disputes over the oil sands between Alberta aboriginals and the provincial and federal governments will break into the open in 2014 as virtually every one of the many recent changes in oversight of the controversial industry comes under legal and political attack. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Council’s decision follows the Dec. 19 release of a Joint Review Panel decision that approved the pipeline and tanker project carrying bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands across B.C., for shipment to Asia.The federal government has the final say on the pipeline, which came with 209 conditions, and must reveal its decision within the next six months.Kitimat has remained neutral on the multibillion-dollar project and issued a statement late last year saying council will take the necessary time to review the Joint Review Panel report.The northwestern B.C. community would be the end of the line for the bitumen pipeline and the port where hundreds of oil-loaded tankers would leave for Asia every year.Recent real estate assessment values suggest Kitimat housing prices have risen dramatically, some homes by as much as 26%, over speculation of an oil and natural gas boom.District council and staff will decide the plebiscite question for voters and the date for the non-binding, referendum-style vote in the coming weeks.The plebiscite fulfills council’s resolution adopted in January 2012 to survey Kitimat residents about their opinion of the Northern Gateway project, once the review panel completed its work.Kitimat Coun. Rob Goffinet, who proposed the motion for the plebiscite, told a council meeting Monday night that polling residents instead would not work.“Because people do not want a pollster to phone them and do a check list (asking) how do you feel on a project,” he said.“There’s only one way. I would give total responsibility to every adult citizen of Kitimat who has a point of view to express it in a yes or no ballot.”Coun. Mario Feldhoff, who for the first time declared that he favours the Northern Gateway project, told council he supported use of a polling firm to conduct a survey, which he believed could produce a more statistically significant result than a plebiscite.However, Coun. Phil Germuth told the meeting he believed an unbiased question could be posed in the form of a referendum on the Northern Gateway project.“I have full confidence in our staff that they will be able, along with some assistance from council, to develop questions that are not going to appear biased. It should be very simple, yes means yes, no means no.”The vote is non-binding on council, and it’s unclear how the vote will be used when the ballots have been counted.Staff assured council that although the vote would have to be held under the provisions of the Local Government Act, which covers elections and referendums, use of a plebiscite would give council more flexibility in deciding how the balloting would take place. The act would still cover voter eligibility and the use of campaign signs.Councillors also approved a motion calling on the District to meet with Enbridge (TSX:ENB), the company proposing the pipeline, to discuss an enhanced pipeline leak detection system where a leak could “impact the Kitimat watershed.” read more

Still time to enter vacation photo contest

The winning photo in 2010 was taken by Christine Rougoor.Don’t relegate your summer photos to space on your hard drive just yet.There’s still time to enter the What I Did on My Summer Vacation photo contest hosted by the Brock News.Members of the Brock community can submit up to 10 photos they took between June 1 and Sept. 15, 2012. They can be scenic views or action shots. The only requirement is that photos have to be taken at a place you visited for fun over the summer.First prize is two tickets to see Evalyn Parry’s SPIN: A Theatrical Song Cycle starring the Bicycle at Brock’s Centre for the Arts. The second place-winning photo will net its owner a $50 gift card from Brock’s food services. Photos will be judged by Bob Tymczyszyn, award-winning photographer for the St. Catharines Standard.Submit photos by noon on Sept. 16 to with your name, area of employment or program of study, and information about the location and circumstances in which the photos were taken. read more

Asian shares mixed as investors look ahead to rate decisions

TOKYO — Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a day of listless trading on Wall Street, as investors awaited signs on global interest rates.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added nearly 0.3% in afternoon trading to 21,379.45. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.7% to 6,599.60, while South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.5% to 2,030.21. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was virtually unchanged, inching down less than 0.1% at 26,679.83, while the Shanghai Composite lost 0.3% to 3,015.25.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 ended virtually flat as losses in technology and health care stocks outweighed gains in financials and other sectors. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks, which has lagged the S&P 500 this year, outpaced the rest of the market.Investors are taking a shine to smaller company stocks in hopes that they’ll be better shielded from the fallout of the costly trade war between the U.S. and China than large multinationals.The S&P 500 inched 0.28 points lower, or less than 0.1%, to 2,978.43. The index, which has finished higher the past two weeks, is within 1.6% of its all-time high set in late July. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 38.05 points, or 0.1%, to 26,835.51. The Nasdaq fell 15.64 points, or 0.2%, to 8,087.44. The Russell 2000 climbed 19.06 points, or 1.3%, to 1,524.23.The broader market has bounced back the past two weeks following volatility brought on by the trade war as Washington and Beijing imposed new tariffs on more of each other’s imported goods. Investors worry the escalation of tariffs may be dampening global economic growth and threatening to nudge the United States into a recession.Traders are hoping for a deal between the world’s two largest economies and were encouraged last week by news that talks will resume in October.A mixed bag of economic data has also kept Wall Street focused on central banks and whether they will continue taking measures to shore up economic growth. On Friday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank doesn’t expect a recession and will take necessary actions to maintain growth.Economists expect the Fed to cut interest rates when it meets next week. Separately, the European Central Bank is expected to unveil new monetary stimulus measures on Thursday to help shore up the region’s economy.“Markets look to be adrift ahead of the slew of events this week including the likes of the European Central Bank where further support for the markets is expected,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore.“As far as the risk sentiment is concerned, the improvement carries forth from the previous week in anticipation of the various central bank meetings.”ENERGY:Benchmark crude oil rose 31 cents to $58.16 a barrel. It rose $1.33 to $57.85 a barrel Monday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, gained 29 cents to $62.88 a barrel.CURRENCIES:The dollar rose to 107.37 Japanese yen from 106.96 yen on Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.1045 from $1.1037.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

New Mexico levies 54M in penalties against Department of Energy for mishaps

New Mexico levies $54M in penalties against Department of Energy for mishaps at nuclear dump AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository. The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state’s largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal) by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2014 11:39 am MDT ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico on Saturday levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state’s largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. Together, the orders outline more than 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.The orders and the civil penalties that come with them are just the beginning of possible financial sanctions the Energy Department could face in New Mexico. The state says it’s continuing to investigate and more fines are possible.The focus has been on a canister of waste from Los Alamos that ruptured in one of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s storage rooms in February. More than 20 workers were contaminated, and the facility was forced to close, putting in jeopardy efforts around the country to clean up tons of Cold War-era waste.The state accuses Los Alamos of mixing incompatible waste, treating hazardous waste without a permit and failing to notify regulators about changes in the way waste was being handled. The penalties for the lab total $36.6 million.“New Mexico does not need to choose between fulfilling the laboratory’s mission and protecting the environment,” Ryan Flynn, state environment secretary, said in a letter to Los Alamos officials. “DOE now has an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and implement meaningful corrective actions that will ensure the long-term viability of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.”He wrote a similar letter to officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, saying New Mexicans understand the nuclear repository’s importance but that it must be operated and maintained with “the highest standards of safety and complete transparency.” The nuclear dump’s penalties total $17.7 million.Moniz has said repeatedly that it’s a top priority for his agency to get the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on track, and he took steps earlier this year to shift oversight of the cleanup work at Los Alamos from the National Nuclear Security Administration to his agency’s Office of Environmental Management.It wasn’t immediately clear Saturday whether the Department of Energy would seek a hearing on the penalties levied by New Mexico or pursue settlement negotiations. A message seeking comment was left with the agency.Watchdog Don Hancock said the penalties are a good first step.“The big question now is what amount of time, effort and money are LANL and WIPP going to spend to contest the violations, which they shouldn’t. They should focus on what they’re going to do about fixing the problems,” he said.If the Department of Energy pays the fines, New Mexico says it doesn’t want the money to come from federal dollars marked for environmental cleanup or operational needs at the two facilities.Allowing that, Flynn said in his letters, “only serves to punish New Mexico for DOE’s own mistakes.”Federal officials are expected to release a final accident investigation report before the end of the year. They have already said that cleanup and resuming full operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant could take years. The price tag has been estimated a half-billion dollars.The state’s investigation has covered the radiological release as well as a fire nine days earlier that involved a truck carrying salt in an another area of the underground facility. The state says its findings confirmed the existence of major procedural problems that contributed to the events.While investigators have yet to pinpoint exactly what caused the barrel to breach, they suspect a chemical reaction in highly acidic waste that was packed with organic cat litter to absorb moisture. According to the state, experts had notified the lab to stop using organic materials as early as 2012 because of the possible dangers of mixing them with nitrate salts. read more

Farmer arraigned for murder of Leguan youth

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCarpenter arraigned for murder of reputed wifeMay 24, 2019In “Court”Leguan resident to do Community Service for marijuana possessionJanuary 8, 2014In “Crime”Essequibo man charged with killing wifeDecember 11, 2015In “Crime” Forty-year-old Phillip Jhagroo known as ‘Tanky’ of Good Intent, Leguan Region 3 (Essequibo Island- West Demerara) was on Tuesday arraigned for the murder of 21-year-old Mark Narine when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.The farmer was not required to plead to the indictment when the charge was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Murdered, Mark NarinePolice stated that between March 30 and 31, 2019 at School Dam, Richmond Hill, Leguan Island, he murdered Narine.Police Prosecutor Stacy Gittens told the court that on the day in question the now dead man was on his way home, when he was lashed off his motorcycle by the accused. Jhagroo then reportedly toss Narine in a nearby trench, which was found the following day submerged.Jhagroo was remanded and will make his next court appearance at the Leguan Magistrates’ Courts on May 30. read more

Who will win the World Cup The captains have their say

(Taken from ESPNCricinfo)Aaron Finch (Australia)It’s a good question, I think, England have been in great form over the last couple of years and along with India, they’ve probably been the standout performers. So you’d have to say England are definitely the favourites.I think it’s important that some of our guys have got that World Cup experience and having, I think, six players who have been a part of a winning World Cup will hold us in good stead going forward, hopefully. But it’s a different tournament and, once you get out and start playing, the pressure takes over. So it’ll be a great tournament.Eoin Morgan (England)I’ve no idea. I don’t think there’s anybody that’s head and shoulders above everybody else. In a 10-team World Cup, the ten best teams in the world, it’s going to be an extraordinarily competitive tournament. And I think there will be some quality cricket played. We’re really looking forward to playing.Of course being at home will be a factor. It’s called home advantage for a reason. We get to spend a lot of time in our own beds, we’ll see a lot of our families, and get to prepare like we have done for a number of years now. But England’s a great place to come and play cricket, if you ask any of these guys or any of their players, they love coming here and playing.Virat Kohli (India)We’ve had both our warm-up games televised already so there’s much pressure on the team wherever we play.The way I look at it, there’s always going to be a huge fan-base for us anywhere we play in the world. But I have to agree with Aaron, I think England is probably – in their conditions – the most strong side in this tournament, but I also agree with Morgs, that all ten teams are so well balanced and so strong, and the fact that this is a tournament where we have to play everyone once, makes it all the more challenging. I think that’s going to be the best thing about this tournament, I see this as probably one of the most competitive World Cups that people are going to seeSarfaraz Ahmed (Pakistan)As Morgan and Kohli said, all the teams are really balanced, and all are good teams, so I wish them all the very best and I think people will watch great cricket here.Definitely if you’ve seen the past results of Pakistan teams in England – I’m talking about the 1992 Test series, or the 1999 World Cup or 2017 [Champions Trophy] – Pakistan has been very good in England. So we are very confident, in’shallah, we will do very well.Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)We have played good cricket and have good experience [of playing] in England as well, so we will try to do well, and do our best. We came early to get some confidence in the conditions, we are in good shape and will do our best.Kane Williamson (New Zealand)There are a few guys who were in the last World Cup, which is great, so there is some experience there. But naturally, with four years in between tournaments, there are a lot of new players as well. I guess there’s been a lot of talk around rankings, favourites, underdogs, but I think the thing that stands out is how balanced all the teams are and, when it comes to the day, anything can happen, which makes the way for a really exciting competition.Faf du Plessis (South Africa)If you look at international cricket right around the circuit, you’ll see very close competitive series home and away. It’s not just more home teams that are dominating. So, like the other captains are saying, I think all of us are really excited to try this new tournament, with everyone playing everyone once. I think it’s a great tournament.Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh)We have a great team mix, probably as good as we have ever had. We have some young players coming through and we are very excited about them.Jason Holder (West Indies)To play every side is great for us. We worked hard with the qualifiers to get here, that means it is the top 10 in the world, we want to play them all and give ourselves a shot. The team that wins will definitely deserve it.Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan)We have peace in Afghanistan now and cricket is a huge part of that. We are very happy and hopefully that can help us produce good performances. We’re excited to be here in front of the crowds. It’s the top ten teams in the world and we are proud to be representing Afghanistan. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEngland are ‘favourites’ for the World Cup – Glenn McGrathMay 28, 2019In “latest news”ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Australia eye record seventh World Cup titleMay 29, 2017In “latest news”Skipper Taylor says new approach critical for World CupJune 2, 2017In “latest news” read more

Golden Jaguars to clash with Bermuda in intl friendly on Thursday

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGolden Jags clash with Haiti today in int’l friendlyJune 11, 2019In “latest news”Golden Jaguars go down to Haiti in final warm-up match; off to Minnesota for Gold Cup debutJune 12, 2019In “latest news”Guyana names final 12 for International friendly in SurinameApril 27, 2015In “Sports” Captain Sam Cox speaks while Head Coach Michael Johnson looks onAt a joint press conference hosted ahead of their Thursday night international friendly at the Bermuda National Sports Center, the respective Head Coaches of both the host nation Bermuda and visitors Guyana have expressed that the match is about getting it right ahead of their debuts at this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.The two nations have a lot in common as they continue their walk into history: the first time they have both qualified for the highest possible tournament in the Confederation. Guyana have been drawn in Group D along with the USA, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago while Bermuda is in Group B alongside Haiti, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.Sharing the Head Table were respective Head Coaches and Captains, Guyana’s Michael Johnson and Sam Cox and Bermuda’s Kyle Lightbourne and Dante Leverock with the moderator being Bermuda Football Federation (BFA) Press Officer, Antoine Augustus.Johnson explained that Guyana would not be leaving its fate up to another country: “We just want to look after business ourselves, we can’t start looking and focusing on other teams and what they do and how they do. We’ve just got to go about our business and make sure we are mentally prepared, physically prepared and when we go out there, to perform at the standards that we know we are capable of doing. If we do that, where that takes us, we are more than happy.”Johnson, who would be making his debut as a Coach at the CONCACAF Gold Cup having represented Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz as a player in 2010, noted that Guyana would not be showing much from a strategic standpoint as opposing teams would be on the hunt for information.Lightbourne shared his thoughts on his aims for the Gold Cup: “We’re new to the competition; we’re a nation that’s growing so we are looking for a good performance from our players. If we play to our ability that we know we can play; don’t be afraid of the occasion, enjoy it and maybe put a couple teams on the back foot, that’s what we are looking for at this stage.”Commenting directly on Thursday’s friendly, Lightbourne noted that they are expecting to see what they have been working on during training being executed in offence and defence: “All the stuff that we’ve been working on, we hope that we can see come out in this match, that’s the main priority of this match.”Golden Jaguars’ Captain, Cox said that Guyana are looking forward to the match and are expecting a tough challenge from Bermuda, but suggested that the encounter would be used to build relationships: “…see what we are like in and out of possession and build towards the Gold Cup, but we know it’s going to be a competitive fixture and one that we are all looking forward to. Players have all got their heads on it, the focus is on the next two to three weeks, but Thursday is going to be a brilliant exercise for both sides for sure.”The last time the two nations met, the match ended in a 1-1 draw and while a win would be accepted, the leading tacticians on both teams also agreed that that would not be the primary focus of the match.Kick off time is 20:00h in Bermuda and 21:00h in Guyana. read more

Mechanic allegedly burnt to death by employer

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne labourer pinned to death under tractor, investigation launchedJune 5, 2018In “Crime”UPDATE: Labourer’s employer, 2 others confess to gruesome Corentyne murder- PoliceOctober 6, 2017In “Crime”Body of labourer fished out of canal in Port MourantApril 23, 2017In “Local News” Police in Berbice are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 47-year-old mechanic, who was allegedly set on fire by his employer.The dead man has been identified as 47-year-old Paulder Persaud of Number 2 Village East Canje, Berbice.The now dead man was reportedly set alight on July 1, but died on July 20 while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Paulder Persaud (in white) in happier timesLeon Persaud, brother of the dead man told INews that while he does not know the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death, he was made to understand that there was an apparent disagreement between the mechanic and his employer, over money.The employer reportedly owed the mechanic money for a job he had done. In the middle of the argument, the employer allegedly threw gasoline on him and set him on fire.On the other hand, the employer has related another story of what took place. Nevertheless, he was arrested, questioned and later released.There are reports that the police were able to obtain CCTV footage which reportedly captured a part of the incident. Following the death of Persaud on July 20, it was revealed that the device with the CCTV footage was formatted and the footage erased.Investigations are ongoing. read more

APNUAFC fundraiser in NY overshadowed by massive protest

– Diaspora turns out in numbers, calls out Govt for breach of ConstitutionA fundraiser organised by A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government in New York (NY) was completely overshadowed by more than one hundred protesters picketed the meeting, demanding elections and constitutional compliance.Held at the Richi Rich Palace on Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill, NY on Sunday, the fundraiser featured Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan representing the AFC, together with Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine representing APNU, and a small group in attendance.The Minister and entourage arrived to be greeted by the large crowd of protesters behind NYPD barricades at the door of the restaurant, holding placards that read, “Ramjattan you sold AFC to the PNC”, “Ramjattan must go” and “(Ramjattan) a disgrace to Guyanese.”Officers from the NYPD were also present, although they left the protesters alone and merely watched from a distance.There were even placards aimed at Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh. One such placard read, “GECOM Chairman stand by your integrity!”The Minister and company quickly entered the building without engaging the protesters. Other guests arrived, but a few of the would-be attendees turned back upon spotting the large crowd of protesters awaiting them.When someone attending the fundraiser did engage protesters, that ‘engagement’ took the form of an unidentified woman showing the crowd her middle finger before entering the Richi Rich Palace.According to one protester who was interviewed by a member of the local media fraternity on the ground, the fact that Ramjattan hurriedly bypassed hundreds of the Guyanese diaspora picketing his Government just to speak to a few in the luxurious establishment spoke volumes.“He (Ramjattan) cannot engage us because he has nothing to tell us. You look at the crowd outside? There are about 10, 15 people inside. There are hundreds of us outside. That alone tells you that the diaspora rejects the AFC and the Government,” the protester said.“They cannot engage us. What is he going to tell us? They are illegal occupiers. When the AFC was formed, they claimed to bring fairness. They’ve joined with the PNC to bully the PPP and the Guyanese people, so there’s nothing he can tell us. He can’t talk about development, housing, finance, anything. All he can talk about is free Buju Banton tickets.”The Minister’s failure to engage the crowd of protesters when he arrived did not sit well with the other protesters. According to one of them, Richi Rich might have in fact done itself a disservice by hosting the APNU/AFC fundraiser, since the American public would have seen the protest action against a cabinet the protesters contend is illegal.“He (Ramjattan) has ten people inside, including the staff. The Minister came out, saw hundreds of Guyanese protesting and calling for elections now, and he going to 10 people inside including the staff of Richi Rich. This business has destroyed itself by hosting Ramjattan here today, with 10 people inside and hundreds of people outside calling for free and fair elections now. What are they doing?Why are they dragging their foot? What is the Attorney General (Basil Williams) doing?” the passionate protester stressed.A no-confidence motion was passed against the Government since December 21 of last year. However, elections have not been held and there has been no resignation. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court litigation, unsuccessfully arguing that the no-confidence motion was not validly passed.At the level of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), that final court of arbitration had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement saying that when the no-confidence motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the court had noted that the provisions of the article were clear. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘Closure of the estates was the right decision’ – RamjattanAugust 26, 2019In “latest news”AFC to oppose Hydro – Electric BillJune 27, 2013In “Local News”AFC is an abject and abysmal failure in APNU-controlled Govt – NandlallSeptember 13, 2016In “latest news” read more

Xtract Resources and Mutapa enter hardrock processing collaboration pact

first_imgXtract Resources has signed up to a collaboration agreement with Mutapa Mining and Processing (MMP) that could see the building of a carbon in leach (CIL) plant and the subsequent processing of hard-rock ore from its Manica deposit in Mozambique.As part of this agreement, MMP, in partnership with Omnia – a company Xstract previously signed a joint venture and collaboration agreement with in 2018, will be appointed as independent mineral processing contractor on the various gold-bearing mineral deposits on the Manica concession.MMP has agreed to finance and conduct the mining operations at Manica, including all capital and operating costs, with Xtract receiving between 20% and 23% (depending on the prevailing gold price) of the hard-rock after tax operating cash flow.At the same time as this, Xtract intends to exploit gravity-recoverable gold during the CIL plant-build phase, assuming suitable material is available.Colin Bird, Executive Chairman of Xtract, said: “This agreement allows for the extraction of CIL-amenable resources to be commenced in the mid-term whilst alluvial operations continue. The income to Xtract, once commercial levels of production are achieved, is expected to be significant and continuing for in excess of six years.”While alluvial operations continue and the CIL plant plan is finalised, alluvial gold will still be exploited through an agreement Xtract has in place with Huafei Gold Resources.And a concession exploration programme will be initiated with a view to enlarging the currently known resource by drilling at depth and testing areas not yet investigated, according to Bird.MMP is currently the owner of a 42,000 t/mth hard-rock processing plant, which includes crushing, milling and gravity recovery circuits and furnace, for mining and mineral processing, located in the Manica region of Mozambique, according to Xtract. This plant has already had over $11 million invested to date and, as Xtract is aware, represents the only sophisticated hard-rock processing capacity in the Manica region, the company said.“The MMP plant is the key reason supporting the rationale of agreeing the collaboration agreement, as it reduces both capital expenditure requirement and the time to production of the Manica project,” Xtract said.MMP has undertaken to commence construction of the CIL plant and to provide Xtract with a schedule of purchases and an activity chart indicating initial production and a target date for commercial production of no later than July 1, 2020, Xtract said. Commercial production is defined in the agreement as the installation of a processing plant with throughput capacity of not less than 29,000 t/mth (being 70% of the planned 42,000 t/mth throughput).last_img read more

PROK Conveyor Components and SKF sign Australia first bearing agreement

first_imgPROK Conveyor Components has announced a strategic partnership with SKF and the introduction of the “SKF Equipped program”.PROK claims the agreement is an Australia first, being the only time in the country an original equipment manufacturer has integrated SKF bearings into its products.The company said: “Through working with SKF and combining market leading bearing technology and testing of the new composite range of PROK rollers, the PROKOMPOSITE, customers can be certain that they are buying the best product in the market.”PROK says the PROKOMPOSITE rollers generate more than 50% less noise than traditional steel rollers, are up to 55% lighter than traditional steel rollers and cost up to 20% less to own due to easier maintenance and lower energy demands.The PROKOMPOSITE range of conveyor rollers will come standard with SKF Ball Bearings and PROK bearing housing technology verified and tested by SKF, according to PROK. This combination will provide customers with unmatched performance and sealing protection, thus increasing the life of the rollers and reducing the overall total cost of ownership, the company claimed.PROK said: “After extensive testing it was clear that SKF Bearings were a great fit for PROK’s range of PROKOMPOSITE rollers. Being an ISO 9001 certified company, PROK was able to achieve SKF Equipped status by meeting high quality standards on the design, manufacture and assembly procedures of rotating equipment set out by SKF. This is an exciting venture for both companies.”last_img read more

Gardaí appeal for help tracing missing 65yearold Margaret Mangan

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 65-year-old Margaret Mangan who is missing since yesterday.The woman, who answers to ‘Peggy’, was last seen when leaving her home at Mount Tallant Avenue, Terenure, walking her King Charles Cavalier dog at approximately 11am yesterday morning.She is described as being 5’ 2” in height and of slight build. When last seen she was wearing a white coat or jacket and black trousers.There have been a number of unconfirmed sightings of the woman, who is an Alzheimers sufferer, in the Dublin area.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Terenure Garda Station 01-6666400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Appeal for help tracing missing man in Dublin>last_img read more

Rory McIlroy to be told to represent Ireland at Olympics by golf

first_img“Because of Rory’s history of playing for Ireland at amateur level and at World Cup level there may be a regulation within the Olympic rules which would determine who he would have to play for,” said Dawson. HE’S SAID THE pressure of choosing between Great Britain and Ireland ahead of the next Olympics would be enough to force his withdrawal.But golf’s bosses have indicated they’ll take the decision out of Rory McIlroy’s hands… and will tell him to represent Ireland in Rio.That’s according to Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R & A), the sport’s governing body.Dawson, who played a key role in golf regaining its place at the Olympics when it was voted back in four years ago, said it was unfair placing the pressure on the 23-year-old Northern Ireland-born golfer to make up his mind.McIlroy could play for either Great Britain or Ireland at the Olympics – where golf last featured in 1904 – as being from Northern Ireland he is also eligible for the British team. McIlroy told the BBC in January that he might even skip the Games so as not to cause offence to either side of the sectarian divide.“Play for one side or the other — or not play at all because I may upset too many people. Those are my three options I’m considering very carefully,” he said.Dawson, though, speaking on Tuesday to a select group of journalists, said he hoped that the decision would be taken out of McIlroy’s hands. “We are still looking at the matter but under that regulation he could play under Irish colours. It’s quite ambiguous as there are regulations within the IOC (International Olympic Committee) that if you play previous world championships for a certain country that has to carry with you.“So the question is, is the World Cup of Golf a world championship and so on. Golf isn’t structured in the same way as it is with other sports. But I would very much like to take this burden of choice away from the player, if possible, because it’s not fair.“I think Rory has made it pretty clear, and what I have heard privately he is worried about it and the last thing we want is a player worrying about it.”What do you think?- additional reporting AFPEnd game for Lance Armstrong as US Justice Department says he was ‘unjustly enriched’Joe Schmidt hopeful of landing Ireland job this weeklast_img read more

Bad to worse Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait times

first_imgBad to worse: Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait times Posted: May 16, 2018 Updated: 5:29 PM Dan Plante, Dan Plante center_img May 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) — It’s the stuff of legend. Everyone has a horror story about dealing with the California D.M.V. But things have gone from bad to worse, especially in Poway.“This is ridiculous. I got here at 6:30 in the morning and it’s now 12:20. What is the matter with this place,” said Dan Moroney.“I was here last week at about 11:00 in the morning. The lady came out and said I was too late, I should go home. So I’m here today and it’s been seven hours,” Moroney said.Like Dan, thousands of people are wondering why the really bad waiting lines have gotten even worse. There is an answer, sort of.You see, the new year brought a new computer system over at the California D.M.V. Starting on January first, all that paperwork has to be entered into a “computer,” BY YOU.Not the D.M.V.Until now, workers at the D.M.V. would take your old-school paperwork, and enter that information into the computer. That task has now been transferred to all of us. You’d think it might make things faster, but it’s not.“I was told to go into the computer room, then I finished that. Then they told me to stand on a red carpet. Then another red carpet. They are definitely understaffed and very disorganized,” said Pauline Fabian.Lot’s of frustration. Lot’s of anger. Lot’s of finger pointing, especially at Sacremento.“I think it’s the Government at it’s best. They do nothing,” said Michael Virgil.Ironically, these longer waiting lines are happening at a time when all of us are paying more than ever at the D.M.V.The new “tax” went into effect on January first. A minimum of $25, maximum of $175, depending on your car. So we’re all paying record rates, with record long lines.But there’s a light at the end of this tunnel, and it’s not a train.By the end of summer, The D.M.V. will upgrade the new system, and all that paper/computer work can be done on your home computer. Now that will save time.Until then, painful stuff. If patience is a virtue, then it’s time to be virtuous. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Water main break in Midway District prompts road closure businesses without service

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A water main break flooded a Midway District block Sunday evening, leaving businesses in the area without service, a city official said.Pooling water on Midway Boulevard between Barnett Avenue and Rosecrans Street was first reported about 5:15 p.m., San Diego city spokesman Arian Collins said.City employees determined an 18-inch diameter water pipe was broken and quickly set to repairs. Ed Lenderman was live Monday morning to check on their progress.All businesses in the area — an undetermined number — were out of service while crews worked, Collins said.The flooded stretch of Midway Boulevard was also closed to traffic.It’s unclear when the work will be completed or when the street will reopen. Ed Lenderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 6, 2018 Water main break in Midway District prompts road closure, businesses without service August 6, 2018 Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

San Diego City Council approves regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bicycles

first_imgSan Diego City Council approves regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bicycles April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to tentatively approve a regulatory package for dockless electric scooters, bicycles and the companies that own them.The ordinance includes a litany of changes designed to improve public safety while also keeping dockless mobility companies in the region as an affordable transportation alternative. The city plans to use state grant funding to pay local law enforcement officers overtime to enforce the regulations.The package will limit the speed of dockless scooters from 15 mph to 8 mph in high-traffic areas like Spanish Landing, near Petco Park and boardwalks in the city’s beach communities, and as low as 3 mph along the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade.“At the end of the day this is a good starting point,” said City Councilman Scott Sherman. “It’s not going to be where we end up. … The fact that both sides probably aren’t totally happy with what is happening here today means we probably have a fairly good deal somewhere in the middle.”Scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor will be required to use geofencing technology on their scooters to limit speeds and parking abilities in designated areas around the city. Lime and Bird already use geofencing to reduce scooter speeds in areas like the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.The city has begun to designate 330 scooter parking zones along city streets so as to decrease the number of scooters parked on sidewalks. In downtown, scooter riders and companies will only be able to park devices in groups of four, with at least 40 feet between groups.Many of the package’s supporters were representatives of Bird, Lime, Razor and Jump, a dockless bicycle and scooter company owned by the ride- booking company Uber. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and public transit advocacy group Circulate San Diego also endorsed the ordinance.“We look forward to a continued partnership and to regulations that advance our shared objectives of making the city even more livable by reducing car usage, traffic and carbon emissions,” said Bird spokeswoman Kyndell Gaglio.Most opponents of the package favored an outright ban of dockless transit devices throughout the city, let alone on the city’s sidewalks. City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell said she’d be one such opponent had she been on the council when they first arrived in San Diego early last year.“I have a call to action to these companies that own these devices,” Campbell said. “If they successfully obtain a permit, you must do your part to keep our residents safe with rider education and accountability and I will be watching.”Campbell and City Councilwoman Barbara Bry said they would support a future ban on riding dockless scooters along boardwalks in the city’s beach neighborhoods, which city officials may draft in the coming weeks and months along with other changes to facets of the ordinance like which areas are designated 3 mph and 8 mph zones.Some opponents also suggested that the council is responsible for residents’ injuries and deaths due to scooter-related incidents.The regulations include a provision indemnifying the city for scooter- related accidents and injuries. The scooter companies will also be required to maintain liability insurance of up to $2 million per accident and $4 million aggregate.The city will require that scooter companies obtain a six-month operational permit with a $5,141 fee and pay $150 per scooter or bike each year to continue operating in San Diego. According to the city, revenue from the per- device fee will be added to the city’s general fund to be used for scooter safety outreach, law enforcement and various transportation infrastructure improvements.Companies can renew permits only in January or July, at which time they will have a chance to negotiate operating terms like fleet size, which they are not currently required to report to the city. Companies could also add a special event provision to their operating permit to increase fleet size by 20 percent for 10 days per year for $15 per scooter, per day.Mayor Kevin Faulconer first proposed a regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bikes in October.The council’s Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved the full regulatory package in February and requested that it return to the committee within six months of its implementation for further review and to ensure the city is keeping pace with the evolution of technologies like geofencing.“The way people get around town has changed quite a bit and we’re embracing that by putting in place common-sense rules to protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Faulconer said in a statement.“These new regulations allow us to hold these companies accountable for their actions while establishing clear rules of the road to ensure this evolving industry grows in a safe and responsible way.”The council must vote on the ordinance a second time for it to take effect. A date has not been set for the second vote. Updated: 11:02 AMlast_img read more

NASA the Rolling Stones and Robert Downey Jr are up to something

first_img Tonight…🎸🚀🔭💥@RollingStones @NASA @NASAJPL— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) August 22, 2019 The Rolling Stones are on a short US tour. Amanda Kooser/CNET Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man himself, has a riddle for all of us: What do the Rolling Stones, NASA, the Rose Bowl and the ruling planet of his birth sign all have in common? Damned if I know.Downey’s birth sign is Aries. The ruling planet is Mars, if you’re into that sort of thing. So now we have these components to consider: Robert Downey Jr., NASA, the Stones, Mars and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  Share your voice NASA Curiosity rover did not find a damn robot leg on Mars See NASA’s InSight Mars lander try to squish the soil 23 Photos The Stones are scheduled to play at the Rose Bowl on Thursday night as part of the band’s No Filter tour. The Rose Bowl is located near NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. All parties involved are playing it cool. Downey posted an enigmatic teaser video on Thursday showing him talking against a space backdrop. 0 NASA Spacecenter_img NASA on Mars Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags “I am bubbling with anticipation,” Downey said before posing the riddle. The actor promised that all will be revealed tonight. “This may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done,” he said, just in case you weren’t already dying of curiosity.NASA joined in the fun by tweeting, “Can’t get no satisfaction till you know what this is all about? Stay tuned!” The Rolling Stones Twitter account implied that Downey would likely appear at the Rose Bowl concert.We’re left with a big mystery. Is Keith Richards signing on for the first crewed mission to Mars? Will Mick Jagger get to name the Mars 2020 rover? We’ll find out tonight. NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyondlast_img read more

Hyderabad City set to have highest no of shopping malls

first_imgHyderabad: The city at one point of time had the most number of cinema halls in the country. It would not be wrong to say that it is now gunning for new sobriquet of ‘City with most number of malls.’Speaking to The Hans India, Devender Reddy, chief city planner at Town Planning Wing of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), said “There are over 200 shopping malls in the city and permissions for 11 more multiplexes have been given.” “New multiplexes are coming up in East, West and North zones, but there is no space in the Central zone in the city,” he added. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us The new generation wants to shop, dine and also watch a movie all in one single building and this has led to the mushrooming of multiplexes. The GHMC has given permission for 100 shopping malls in the last two years. While multiplexes are coming up all over the city, there is no space left in the Central zone. The demand is so high that the civic body has given permissions to 12 multiplexes till April. According to sources, there are close to 80 more applications still pending. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us With films being made for specific audience (read urban India), the demand for single screens has gone up. A conventional theatre can accommodate 250 to 300 people, but multiplexes can accommodate 100 to 120 people in one screen, and there are multiple screens. Town planning wing generally gives permissions to multiplexes that are on 60-ft width roads and site should be a minimum of 3,000 square meters and 66% of the space must be provided for parking. The officials in the town planning wing say that permissions are not given to proposed buildings near junctions.last_img read more

KLIP – Laxmipur underground pumping station Ready for

first_imgMegha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) has unveiled yet another pivotal moment in the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP). MEIL successfully commenced operations in the world’s largest Laximpur underground pumping station (LUPS – The Package 8). The pump house has been named after the goddess Gayatri, successfully completed the return on Sunday night, 11th August. The wet run began with switching on the 5th machine in LUPS. With this, around 3000 cusecs of water risen to the top of 111 meters and flew into Mid-Manair through the gravity canal The gush of water from the underground impressed the onlookers. The Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrashekar Rao expected to inaugurate this colossal pump house on Wednesday. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us The longstanding dream of Telangana, a dryland area in South India is now turning out to be a reality with this project. The LUPS would enable live storage of water in reservoirs throughout the year in the Godavari River Belt. This colossal pump house, considered as the heart of KLIP, is an outstanding engineering marvel as it is the world’s largest underground pumping station constructed 470 feet below the earth’s surface. This unique pump house would enable reverse pumping of Godavari water into the same river, thus rejuvenating the hitherto dry areas en route. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Describing the Laxmipur Underground Pumping Station, Mr B. Srinivas Reddy, Director, MEIL, said, “This is an extraordinary underground pumphouse, 470 feet below the ground with twin tunnels and the largest surge pools in the world. This is an ultra-mega project in the world, having 7 motors, each having a capacity of 139 megawatts. These motors can lift 3 TMC of water per day. This is the true example of ‘Make in India’ as these gigantic Motors are developed in the country with the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology. The most significant feature of KLIP is that it completed the construction of electrical infrastructure with 3057 MWs capacity that comprises six 400KV and 220KV substations, transformers and 260 kilometres of transmission lines, 7 kilometres of 400 KV XLPE under ground cable. In any parameters, this project is the world’s most innovative mega project. And the credit goes to MEIL for accomplishing this gigantic task.” Advertise With Us The structure and size of this underground work is simply mind-boggling. Going around the pumphouse will remind one of visiting a huge underground shopping mall with multiple floors. Generally, pump houses for lift irrigation projects are built at ground level near river banks to pump water to a higher elevation. However, this unique superstructure, the first of its kind in the world, is built at a location below the ground with a pumping capacity of 2 TMCs of water per day. Massive underground caverns have been excavated to construct the pumphouse and surge pools to lift incoming water from underground. Pumps and motors are being erected to lift water from there. For this man-made engineering wonder based on scientific and technological grounds, 21.6 lakh CuM of soil has been excavated from 470 feet beneath the surface of the earth to build a powerhouse by using 4.75 lakh cubic meters of concrete. Nowhere in the world, does such a huge cavern exist with a size of 140 meters depth, 25 meters width and 65 meters in height. PumpHouse Service Bay is located at 221 meters below the ground, while the pump bay is at 190.5 meters, transformer bay at 215 meters, the control room at 209 meters beneath the earth’s surface respectively. The pumphouse consists of unique twin tunnels, built side by side. The length of each tunnel is 4,133 meters and the diameter is 10meters. As each motor requires 139 MW of power to run, a 160 KVA capacity pump transformer along with compressor units have been set up successfully. The most amazing part of this underground construction is the surge pools in the pump house. To ensure uninterrupted pumping, three surge pools have been built to store enough water. Erection of turbine pumps at a depth of 138 meters underground is another unique feature of the project. Each motor pump weighs around 2,376 metric tonnes and one can imagine the massive size of each pump unit. For this reason, these motors are called as ‘Giant motors’. Megha Engineering Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) with 30 years of its rich technical expertise in such complex and high-end electro-mechanical works has been executing this project as a mission with an objective to deliver water to the farmlands in time and quench the thirst of Telangana. “We feel honoured to be part of Telangana’s dream project and the world’s biggest lift irrigation project, the KLIP. It has been a privilege and a lifetime opportunity to execute with world-class technology by coordinating with the world’s best engineering suppliers and realising the water dreams of Telangana. The Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s determination, continuous supervision, consultations and his encouragement to project site engineers enable us to complete the project in time,” said B. Srinivas Reddy, Director, MEIL.last_img read more

8000 people gather in Karnataka to celebrate Independence Day

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 15 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday unfurled the Tricolour in the presence of 8,000 people who gathered here to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day of India. The day-long event at the Field Marshal Manekshaw parade ground in the city centre began with the rendering of the National Anthem and hoisting of the national flag after an Army helicopter showered rose petals across the ground. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The event witnessed a march parade by the contingents of the three services (Army, Air Force and Navy), state reserve police, National Cadet Corps (NCC), Home Guards, Bharat Scouts and Guides and students (boys and girls) from about 100 schools across the city. Before delivering the I-Day address to the people, Yediyurappa, clad in white safari suit, amid tight security went around the ground in an open jeep to inspect the guard of honour and took the salute from the Army, Navy and Air Force personnel and the state police forces.last_img read more