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Chirag Paswan wins Jamui Lok Sabha seat in Bihar

Chirag Paswan wins Jamui Lok Sabha seat in Bihar

first_imgPatna: Lokjanshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan won from Jamui Lok Sabha seat in Bihar defeating Bhudeb Choudhary of RLSP by 2,41,049 votes. Paswan, son of LJP president Ramvilas Paswan, has been re-elected from the Jamui (SC reserved) seat for the second time. His victory margin has gone up substantially from the last time. Paswan, Parliamentary board chairman of the LJP, had won the seat in 2014 by a margin of 85,947 votes. LJP had contested six seats in Bihar as a constituent of the BJP-led NDA. Formerunion minister Upendra Kushwaha led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party nominee Bhudeb Choudhary was backed by the mahagathbandhan led by RJD in Bihar.last_img

Keeping Tagore alive

Keeping Tagore alive

first_imgPabitra Sarkar, Former Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University released ‘Pari Ajaner Pathe’, – CD containing narration and songs from Rabindranath Tagore along with singers Anindya narayan Biswas, Agnibho Bandyopadhyay, Rajashree Bhattacharya and elocutionist Ratna Mitralast_img

LNG Canadas progress one year later

LNG Canadas progress one year later

first_imgAccording to LNG Canada,  construction management of Cedar Valley Lodge was handed over to the prime contractor JGC Fluor. One of JGC Fluor’s first and most important projects is advancing the Lodge, the long-term workforce accommodation centre and associated facilities. The aim is to be in Q2 2020, with JGC Fluor clearing and preparing the site, doing topsoil work and demolishing structures at the former Eurocan site.TC Energy is building the 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline that will move natural gas from the Montney region in northeast B.C. to the facility in Kitimat – traversing two mountain ranges in the process.LNG Canada recently made its first contract award for operations. HaiSea Marine, a consortium between the Haisla Nation and Seaspan, a contract to supply and operate tugboats that will be needed to accompany the large LNG vessels as they enter and exit the harbour, valued at $500MBC Hydro will be providing hydro-electric power to the project, helping to achieve the lowest carbon intensity of any large scale LNG plant operating in the world today. BC Hydro is advancing work to construct a transmission line at the site.LNG Canada shares, its commitment to be a good neighbour and build on strong relationships with First Nations, the community and other stakeholders is a priority.To read more; CLICK HERE KITIMAT, B.C. – Construction by LNG Canada in Kitimat is underway and one year later LNG shares progress to the site is quite impressive.According to LNG Canada, dredging is taking place in the Kitimat Harbour to get the existing port ready for larger vessels and piling at Terminal A, where a new wharf is being built for Rio Tinto.Progress with the environmental offsetting programs has started with the creation of salt marshes at Minette Bay and Hospital Beach, a fish ladder at Anderson Creek, and the diversion of Kitimat River to offset the environmental impact of construction-related work shared, LNG Canada.last_img read more

Employees to see average raise of 26 in 2014 according to survey

Employees to see average raise of 26 in 2014 according to survey

TORONTO — Canadian workers can expect an average salary increase of 2.6% in 2014, according to a national survey of public and private sector employers conducted by the Hay Group.The projected increase for 2013, based on input from more than 500 Canadian organizations in June and July, was 2.9%.The figures are well below projected increases of 3.7% before the 2008-09 economic downturn.Hay Group says this year, the highest increases are in the oil and gas sector at four% followed by services at 3.3%, credit unions at 3.2%, chemicals at 3.1% and utilities at 3%.These high forecasts are a continued reflection of the demand for key skills and experience.Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan, at 4%  at 3.4% respectively, lead the country, buoyed by the demand for key skills in the resource sector. Workers elsewhere can expect average increases below the national average at 2.1-to-2.6%.The sectors with the lowest projections for 2013 are leisure-hospitality at 2%, retail, consumer durables and forestry and paper all at 2.1%, Overall, the public sector is forecasting noticeably lower salary increases at 2.3% than the private sector at 2.7%.Canadian projections rank about average against some industrialized nations, above France, Italy and Japan but behind others such as the U.S., U.K., India, China and Russia. read more

MMA railway sale could be completed in December says Quebec court documents

MMA railway sale could be completed in December says Quebec court documents

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 3:40 pm MDT MMA railway sale could be completed in December, says Quebec court documents MONTREAL – A sale of the insolvent railway involved in last July’s deadly explosion in Lac-Megantic, Que., could happen as early as mid-December once a formal process to award compensation to victims and other claimants can be established, according to documents filed in a Quebec court.The filings say as of Friday, the U.S. trustee overseeing the railway’s bankruptcy proceedings has been contacted by eight potential buyers interested in the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. Seven of those have signed non-disclosure agreements to receive confidential data.The Canadian monitor, Richter Advisory Group Inc., has been in contact with at least two possible bidders in Canada.Court officials declined to identify the interested parties, but the transportation subsidiary of conglomerate Irving on Canada’s East Coast says it continues to evaluate the deal.“We’re considering all of our options,” said Mary Keith, a spokeswoman for J.D. Irving, operator of the NB&M Railways.The proposed sale schedule for MMA, which must be approved by both the Quebec and U.S. bankruptcy courts, would see Oct. 31 as the deadline for expressions of interest from potential bidders.A lead or “stalking horse” bidder would be chosen on Nov. 15 to set a floor price for other bidders. A formal auction of qualified bidders would take place Dec. 13, followed by court approval in Quebec and Bangor, Maine, three days later.Investment banker, the Gordion Group, will conduct the sale.Interested buyers must be prepared to continue providing service to customers in Quebec, Maine and Vermont, and are permitted to bid on the railway’s total assets or just those in Canada or the U.S.MMA’s American assets have been estimated at between US$50 million and US$100 million, while the Canadian assets were pegged at about $18 million. Proceeds from the sale would also be complemented by a $25-million policy from XL Insurance.Meanwhile, Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, which has paid $250,000 to repair the damaged track in Quebec, is trying get out of the rest of its US$7.5 million coverage for the railway.A hearing on the issue is scheduled for Wednesday in Maine, with officials hopeful that a formal claims process will be approved by the courts by Nov. 30. Thousands of claims are expected to be filed, according to the monitor’s third report.While the claims process is still being considered, it will include a framework for the valuation and adjudication of the claims, development of a claim form and the scheduling of several information sessions.The court officials are seeking extensions in creditor protection until mid- to late January.“The continued uncertainty surrounding the possible expiration of the stay or extension and the extension of the certificate of fitness has caused considerable uncertainty among the petitioner’s customers,” the report said.Dozens of MMA’s customers wrote letters stating that an end of railway services would “have significant financial consequences and would result in job losses in the regions and the closure of various companies.” A recent survey of businesses by regional economic development agencies determined that 700 jobs and investments totalling $20 million would be at risk if the railway is shut down.Meanwhile, Camden National Bank has approved a US$3-million line of credit secured by the railway’s U.S. assets to support ongoing operations. However, the funds wouldn’t be enough for necessary track repairs or to pay lawyers and other professionals involved in the court proceedings.The Quebec court is being asked to increase administrative charges to $2.5 million, while the U.S. trustee is seeking to allow up to US$5 million of fees to be paid from the railway’s assets.Forty-seven people were killed and much of the centre of the picturesque Quebec town was destroyed after an unmanned, runaway MMA train derailed and exploded July 6. An estimated 1.48 million gallons (5.6 million litres) of oil were spilled.The crude oil that exploded in Lac-Megantic was as volatile as gasoline, but was documented as a less-dangerous product akin to diesel or bunker crude, the Transportation Safety Board has said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

At UN review meeting Ban urges sustained efforts to tackle illegal small

At UN review meeting Ban urges sustained efforts to tackle illegal small

“Our collective responsibility is clear: to prevent the flow of illegal small arms into conflict and post-conflict areas and the hands of warlords, traffickers and criminals,” he said in remarks to the opening of the Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons. The Programme of Action, which countries adopted by consensus in 2001, contains concrete recommendations for improving national legislation and controls over illicit small arms, fostering regional cooperation and promoting international assistance and cooperation on the issue. Countries agreed to, among other measures, ensuring that licensed manufacturers apply an appropriate and reliable marking on each small arm and light weapon as an integral part of the production process, and to keeping comprehensive and accurate records for as long as possible on the manufacture, holding and transfer of small arms and light weapons under their jurisdiction. Mr. Ban told delegates, in a statement delivered by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, that illicit small arms remain the weapons of choice for those who seek to challenge legitimate State power, to spread fear and insecurity, or to pursue criminal goals. While there has been some progress in tackling the illegal trade in these weapons, including improved legislation and enhanced security by some countries of their depots, more needs to be done, he noted. “There are no quick solutions – it will take a sustained process that requires the commitment of all,” said Mr. Ban. “The full implementation of the Programme of Action is both an urgent priority and a long-term project that will demand perseverance and resolve.” He pointed out that many States still lack the capacity to exercise effective control over small arms and light weapons and to stem the flow of illicit weapons across their borders. There is also limited cooperation among States in tracking illicit arms; weapons continue to reach areas and entities under Security Council arms embargoes; and insecure stockpiles continue to be a source of arms for armed groups, terrorists and organized crime. “There is much work ahead,” Mr. Ban stated, calling on delegates to agree on a strong and forward-looking outcome of the conference, which is being held at UN Headquarters in New York until 7 September. Addressing the same meeting, the head of the General Assembly said that the 193-member body has regularly underlined the fact that the illicit trade of small arms and lights weapons in all its aspects requires concerted efforts at the national, regional and international levels.“The uncontrolled spread of small arms and light weapons in the illicit market continues to have severe consequences and poses a serious threat to peace, reconciliation, security, and sustainable development,” said President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser.He noted that while it is encouraging to see how much progress has been made since the adoption of the Programme of Action, important challenges remain and weapons outside government control continue to cause mayhem in many parts of the world.“It is key that we continue to work on advancing the implementation of the Programme of Action, so that the results of our intensive work here in the United Nations are felt by those people whose daily lives are affected by the threat of illicit small arms and light weapons,” stated the Assembly President.Also today, the Small Arms Survey 2012, which provides the latest information on the global authorized trade in small arms, was launched at UN Headquarters.The flagship publication found that the annual value of authorized international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their parts, accessories, and ammunition is at least $8.5 billion. The new figure, the result of a four-year investigation completed this year, is more than double the previous estimate of approximately $4 billion, released in 2006. An expansion in the arms trade is partly responsible for the upward revision, according to a news release by the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey project. Two important sources of growth are increased spending by United States civilians on small arms and their ammunition, and large-scale government purchases of military firearms and light weapons for international and national armed forces involved in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.The Survey also calculates the top importers and exporters using the most recent published customs data, but poor transparency in state reporting – among both large and small exporters – keeps a great deal of the authorized trade obscure.“While state transparency on small arms transfers to and from Europe and North America has been relatively strong, it has lagged in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East,” the Small Arms Survey’s Managing Director, Eric Berman, told reporters at the launch. According to the Small Arms Survey, there are an estimated 875 million small arms in circulation worldwide, produced by more than 1,000 companies from nearly 100 countries. read more

At UN meeting Qatars Emir urges countries to contribute support to people

At UN meeting Qatars Emir urges countries to contribute support to people

“We have used all available means to get Syria out of the cycle of killing but that was in vain. The Security Council failed to reach an effective position,” Sheik Al-Thani said in his statement to the 67th UN General Assembly’s General Debate, which began today.“In view of this, I think that it is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of their national, humanitarian, political and military duties and do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed in Syria and the killing of innocent people and their displacement in order to guarantee a peaceful transition of power in Syria,” he added, pointing to the intervention of Arab forces in war-torn Lebanon in the mid-1970s as a precedent.He continued, “We urge all countries that believe in the cause of the Syrian people to contribute to the provision of all sorts of support to this people until it gains its legitimate rights.”More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began 18 months ago. Amidst reports of an escalation in violence over recent weeks, UN agencies now estimate that some 2.5 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.Addressing the broader changes that have affected the Arab world – as encompassed in the wave of democratic protests which engulfed the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring – Sheik Al-Thani said that “the Arab experience of transition is unique in its pace and process,” as well as “natural and historic.” “Conditions in the Arab world, seen from afar, may show that there are disturbances and problems all over the place filling it with flames and smoke,” he said. “However, I would like from this rostrum to assure all those who are following the events in the region, and sometimes feel uncomfortable at what they see and hear, is that it is only the movement of a nation struggling to cope with this age and contribute to its march as it has done many times before it was interrupted by obstacles, both external and internal, regional and international.”Also, compared to similar historical transitions in the US, Europe and Asia, the Emir noted, the changes in the Arab world have taken place “under spotlights, before the eyes of the whole world” given the intense media coverage of the developments.However, the Qatari leader said that despite all the suffering in the Middle East, the region’s core problem remains the Palestinian question and the continued Israeli occupation of the Arab territories in the West Bank, the Golan Heights and the Shaba’a Farms in southern Lebanon, in addition to Israel’s ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip.The Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is now in its sixth year. It imposed the blockade for what it called security reasons after the Hamas group, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the Fatah movement from the Strip in 2007.In his statement, Emir Al-Thani also called on the United Nations and “those of wisdom and reason and those who have the power of decisions at the international level” to produce internationally-agreed upon laws, procedures and controls to prevent religions from being insulted, while at the same time ensuring the right to freedom of expression. Cities in North Africa and the Middle East recently experienced violent protests in response to an anti-Islamic video produced in the state of California by a US citizen, as well as cartoons published in a French magazine. According to media reports, at least 30 people have been killed in the violence.Scores of the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.The Emir also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday. In their meeting, the two men discussed developments underway in the Arab world, in particular the situations in Syria and Libya, and the Middle East peace process. They also discussed Qatar’s hosting in November of the 18th Conference of the States Parties to the UN Framework Conventions on Climate Change (COP18), which Secretary-General Ban noted would advance climate change negotiations ahead of a 2015 deadline. read more

Heres A Timetable For When Knicks Fans Should Run Out Of Patience

Heres A Timetable For When Knicks Fans Should Run Out Of Patience

By any standard, the New York Knicks’ 2014-15 season — team President Phil Jackson’s first at the helm — has been an unmitigated disaster.It’s a fact that Jackson himself couldn’t avoid acknowledging in a message he issued to fans (particularly season-ticket holders) this week. “While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level,” Jackson said.In the message, Jackson requested that fans be patient as the team works on its long-term plans. (“I ask that you remain optimistic and hope you will join us on our continued journey as we build a team that once again reflects the spirit of being a New York Knick.”) But what should Jackson’s rebuilding timetable look like? The legendary former coach signed a five-year deal last March. Given the particulars of the 2013-14 Knicks team he inherited (their average age, Simple Rating System scores relative to the league and the Eastern Conference, and the wins above replacement of their top player), how quickly should Knicks fans have expected Jackson to turn things around?To answer that question, I ran a series of logistic regressions using every non-playoff NBA team since the league expanded to 27 teams in 1989-90, estimating the likelihood of a team like the Knicks eventually returning to the postseason and reaching various SRS milestones within the five years of Jackson’s contract. These probabilities should serve as a rough guideline for how quickly the Knicks should have expected to return to respectability when Jackson came on, and when patience with Jackson should start to wear thin if the Knicks continue to languish.In some ways, Jackson is already far behind schedule. Based on historical trends, we’d expect 68 percent of Knicks-like teams to return to the playoffs within one season. (Instead, New York is currently 19.5 games out of the last playoff spot in a weak Eastern Conference.) But Jackson has also described his “ultimate goal” as bringing an NBA title back to New York after a 42-season drought, and to do that, a team typically has to be better than just a fringe playoff qualifier. The 25th percentile NBA championship team since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger had an SRS around 5 — a qualification that only five teams in 2014-15 met (after rounding up).That’s a level of performance our model says the Knicks are unlikely to attain, even within five years. But there was a 50 percent chance that the Knicks would reach the tier right below that, with an SRS of 3, by the end of Jackson’s contract. And progress toward that goal might be best judged three seasons in; while we’d expect a Knicks-like team to post an SRS of 3 within two seasons less than a third of the time, the probability of checking off that milestone within three seasons was 44 percent.In other words, while the Knicks have been absolutely awful this season, it’s still too early to ignore Jackson’s pleas for patience if building a contending team is the goal. We probably won’t really know what kind of progress he’s made in that direction for another couple of seasons. read more

Barcelona vs Juventus Is The Strongest Champions League Final Ever

Barcelona vs Juventus Is The Strongest Champions League Final Ever

1999Man. U.England Barcelona will take on Italian side Juventus in the Champions League final Saturday, and it may well be the strongest Champions League final ever. The sum of Barcelona and Juventus’s Elo ratings, according to the Football Club Elo Ratings, is higher than any final in history. (We love Elo around here — we’ve used it to explore the NBA, the NFL, chess and even Scrabble. Teams gain points for wins and lose them for losses. The higher your rating, the better.) You can see all this data from Champions League — known as the European Cup before 1992 — finals in the table at the top of this post.1One may suspect that some ratings inflation is responsible for the strength of this and a few other recent finals. However, a simple regression reveals only a very weak inflationary trend. One reason for the strength of many recent finals may be increasing inequality — the gulf between the great teams and the average ones is likely widening. Also note that the 1974 final was replayed, hence its appearing twice. And if a few totals look off, that’s because of rounding.Juventus won Serie A by a full 17 points over second-place Roma, and its average league game was a 1.3-goal victory. And it’s fourth in the world according to Elo — only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are rated higher. This would be Juventus’s third title.But Barcelona is beyond strong — so much so that it’s nearly unprecedented. It’s currently top-ranked in Europe and, by Elo, the strongest team to ever appear in a Champions League final. This would be Barça’s fifth title. 1988PSV EindhovenNetherlands 1972AjaxNetherlands 2009BarcelonaSpain YEARTEAMCOUNTRY 1967CelticScotland 2010Inter MilanItaly 2013Bayern MunichGermany And both teams are at near-historic peaks. Unsurprisingly, given the trophies it’s won already this year, Barcelona has shot up since the beginning of 2015 and is just about one win away from achieving the highest Elo rating in club history. Ditto Juventus, which is in its finest form in more than 15 years. It helps that both teams have won two major trophies already this year — whoever wins the Champ League final will complete a rare “treble.” (This has happened only seven times in European soccer, including once for Barça, shown in the table.)Oh, right, and there’s this Lionel Messi fellow, who plays for Barcelona. The game could serve as a popular referendum on his status as the greatest footballer of all time. If he scores in the match, he’ll be the first to do so in three Champions League finals, and he will lead outright this year’s competition in scoring, edging out Cristiano Ronaldo. And after seeing this Messi goal in the Copa del Rey final last Saturday, I’m tempted to just throw all these spreadsheets out the window.The market odds for the game have, as I write, settled around 4-to-11 for favorite Barcelona and 9-to-4 for underdog Juventus — implying a roughly 70 percent chance of a Barça victory. That’s right in line with what the Elo ratings imply — about a 71 percent chance of a win for Barcelona. Just because it’s the strongest Champions League final ever doesn’t mean it’ll be the most competitive. read more

Football Ohio State quarterbacks flash potential but lack consistency in Spring Game

Football Ohio State quarterbacks flash potential but lack consistency in Spring Game

Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs down the field in the first half of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorSophomore Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin traded their final blows of the spring in the quarterback battle Saturday, although the “blows” were few and far between.Fields completed less than half his throws but flashed great running ability, while the Baldwin fared better through the air in terms of yardage and completion percentage, but threw two interceptions and recorded a fumble.“They both flashed at times, still a work in progress,” head coach Ryan Day said. “I thought that they gave some of the receivers a chance at times.”Both athletes provided inklings of their full potential.Fields connected with senior wide receiver Binjimen Victor for a 98-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The pass traveled 38 yards downfield, thrown up the right sideline directly into Victor’s arms overtop diving sophomore cornerback Lloyd McFarquhar.This came a few drives after Fields showcased his running potential by outracing Team Scarlet’s defense for a five-yard read option touchdown run. “I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface,” Fields said. “I know I can be better, I’ve done better at practice, of course there’s always room to improve so I’m just gonna continue to work.”Baldwin threw a solid downfield pass of his own in the back of the endzone to freshman wide receiver Garrett Wilson, and finished the more accurate passer, connecting on 20 of his 36 pass attempts.Inconsistencies persisted in a number of Baldwin’s throws, however. A 40-yard pass to redshirt senior wide receiver K.J. Hill was underthrown, even though it was caught. Another ball intended for Wilson went sailing out-of-bounds a few plays later.That’s without bringing up the two interceptions, one thrown behind freshman H-back Jaelen Gill and another ill-advised toss into double coverage.“I thought Matthew made a couple really nice throws down the field,” Day said. “We turned the ball over, threw it to them, which is good for the defense.”While Fields threw likely the best pass of the day on the Victor touchdown, a 4-of-13 finish through the air leaves much to be desired. The “thud” tackling design of the Spring Game also limited what he could do on the ground, but Fields finished with 38 yards rushing, 30 of which came on one play, and the score.“Sometimes it’s hard when you’re not in the tackle situation, is it a sack, is it not,” Day said. “Justin, he can kinda create on the edge a little bit, didn’t get a chance to see that as much.”Baldwin’s never taken a snap in a collegiate game, and Fields hasn’t started in any. Consistency takes refinement, and Day recognizes both quarterbacks are still new to the collegiate game.That greenness likely contributed to many of Saturday’s struggles in the passing game.“It’s one thing to say it, it’s one thing to see it on film, it’s another thing to do it in the 7-on-7 when there’s no rush, and then when the rush is going,” Day said. “There’s nothing that replaces experience. The more these guys get a chance to play and run the offense, the better they’ll be.”Both quarterbacks will try and continue improving heading into the fall. Day says the competition is still open.“I don’t really know right now [who the leader is],” Day said. “I don’t think, right now, that we’re gonna make a decision on that. I think it’ll continue through the preseason.” read more

CSIRO mine wastewater treatment research undergoes Evolution

CSIRO mine wastewater treatment research undergoes Evolution

first_imgCSIRO scientists are using microbes and other methods to remove valuable metals and other contaminants from mine wastewater – making remediation pay, the research company says.And, after testing it out in the lab, CSIRO is now working with Evolution Mining to develop better treatment solutions for the wastewater at the company’s Mt Rawdon gold mining operation in Queensland.These technologies can process water so it’s pure enough to be safely returned to the environment. It can also be recycled and reused in mine production, according to CSIRO.CSIRO’s Anna Kaksonen, who leads the research group working in biotechnology for water quality, said: “Certain microbes can help to either oxidise or reduce metals or other compounds, like sulphate, nitrate or selenate, so we can remove them from water.“Microbes can also be used to clean up organic impurities and reduce acidity or alkalinity.“For example, wastewater from the alumina industry has a lot of organic impurities that can accumulate in the water used in ore processing.”Biological treatment can be combined with other processes like hydrotalcite precipitation, delivering a more effective clean-up than either process can alone, according to CSIRO.The hydrotalcite (an anionic clay) precipitation process invented by CSIRO’s Grant Douglas, and licensed to Virtual Curtain Ltd, involves adding patented mixture into the wastewater, which then binds to metals and other contaminants as it forms hydrotalcite.“Contaminants are easily removed from the wastewater as a well-settling sludge containing valuable metals in highly concentrated compounds. Adding biological processes after the hydrotalcite precipitation can remove other contaminants remaining in the water, such as sulphate and nitrate,” the organisation said.Kaksonen says the biological technology often uses bacteria and archaea, which is another type of prokaryotic microbe. Some treatment processes use plant materials or even wetland plants to provide a continuous carbon and energy source for the microbes. These biotechnologies mimic natural systems, but are designed to provide optimum conditions to clean up wastewater.CSIRO Senior Research Scientist, Dr Ka Yu Cheng, said: “Most of our work has two dimensions.“First, we aim to understand how the biology works in the environment now.“Second, we try to engineer the process so that microbes can work better to achieve what we want them to do – such as finding the right mix of plants, the right temperature or the right pH to increase the activity of the microbial community.”The CSIRO team uses DNA analysis to identify the type of microbes that exist in mine water. They then search through large databases to identify more information about these tiny helpers.The team also do their own “bio prospecting” – exploring various places in both natural environments and in contaminated sites, to find microbes that thrive in harsh environments, according to CSIRO.“We take samples from mine sites, existing wastewater treatment processes or sediments,” Dr Kaksonen said.Team members also look for suitable organic solid or liquid waste streams, such as the glycerol waste from biodiesel production that could be used to drive biotechnical mine water treatment.“There could be some synergies for using waste from one industrial sector as a feedstock for another sector,” Dr Kaksonen said.“For example, industrial symbiosis could happen between biodiesel and mining industries, moving both industries toward a more circular economy.”The CSIRO team recently tested their biotechnology processes in the laboratory on mine water. They are now working with Evolution to develop better treatment solutions for the wastewater at Mt Rawdon.Dr Cheng said: “The company is planning to use a wetland system to treat mine wastewater. CSIRO’s team will compare the effectiveness of sawdust, plant material, ethanol and lactate to find the best material that can support the microbial treatment in a wetland-like system.”Dr Kaksonen added: “The mine wastewater from Evolution’s mine will contain sulphate and metals, so we are working with the company to combine hydrotalcite precipitation and biological sulphate reduction.”The Mt Rawdon gold deposit is a massive, volcaniclastic hosted, low-grade gold deposit that exhibits excellent characteristics conducive to low cost mining and treatment, according to Evolution Mining. The operation is one of its most reliable mines, having produced more than 1.5 Moz of gold since first production in 2001.Dr Kaksonen said: “While some mining companies have used wetland systems and have trialled various biotechnical processes, most mine sites still use chemical treatments to clean up mine water.”A constructed wetland could potentially be a cost-effective process to treat water to a stage where it is safe to release back into the environment. The wetland could be constructed while the mine is operating and form a part of the mine closure plan, CSIRO said.“Biotechnical processes have many advantages when compared to traditional chemical treatments,” Dr Kaksonen said.One example is that sulphate-reduction based bioprocesses can form metal sulphides – instead of the hydroxides that form in traditional treatments – making it much easier to remove cleaner water from the mix.“Because metals can be more easily recovered from sulphides, and bioprocesses can use organic waste streams, these techniques also reduce operating costs,” Dr Kaksonen said.CSIRO said: “The processes that the CSIRO team is developing could herald a revolution in mining remediation – making effective mine wastewater treatment an economic imperative, as well as an environmental one.”last_img read more

One in three young Greeks eager to leave

One in three young Greeks eager to leave

first_imgOne in three young people in Greece aged between 18 and 24 wants to leave the country due to its financial problems.This year’s European Consumer Payment Report, conducted by Swedish company Intrum Justitia, showed that 32 percent of school leavers would rather seek a better life in another country, as the unemployment rate in that age group amounts to 49 percent.Even more worrying is the finding that just 41 percent of young Greeks – the lowest rate among the 21 European countries where the survey was conducted – believe they have a chance of improving their lives. The average rate in Europe is 67 percent.Last year the rate of young people who wanted to leave had been much higher, at 53 percent. The decline does not necessarily mean they think things have improved in Greece, as the report notes: They may not have the money to relocate to another country or are so disappointed – as the survey’s other findings show – that they think they do not stand any chance of improving their finances or their lives in general.“This could be the first time in modern history a generation enjoys fewer economic opportunities than their parents,” said Intrum Justitia head Erik Forsberg.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Alaska  découverte dun fossile de thalattosaure

Alaska  découverte dun fossile de thalattosaure

first_imgAlaska : découverte d’un fossile de thalattosaureLe fossile d’un thalattosaure, reptile marin préhistorique a été découvert en Alaska. Le vestige d’une extrême rareté est probablement un des plus complets trouvés jusqu’à présent en Amérique du Nord.Le Museum of the North de l’Université d’Alaska à Fairbanks a annoncé cette semaine la découverte d’un vestige peu commun : un squelette fossilisé de thalattosaure. Ce reptile marin, caractérisé par une longue queue, vivait dans les eaux chaudes et peu profondes avant de s’éteindre à la fin du Trias il y a environ 200 millions d’années. À lire aussiPourquoi les dragons de Komodo n’ont jamais conquis le mondeLes restes de la créature ont été retrouvés dans leur quasi totalité le long du rivage de la forêt nationale de Tongass. “En Amérique du Nord, il s’agit peut être du spécimen le plus complet que nous avons trouvé jusqu’à présent” a déclaré au Dailymail le géologue Jim Baichtal membre de l’équipe à l’origine de la découverte. D’autres fossiles ont déjà été découverts au Canada, au Nevada ou encore dans les Alpes, mais les meilleures trouvailles ont été réalisées en Chine.  Le fossile maintenant extrait devrait être soumis à une série d’analyses afin de déterminer son éventuelle affiliation à une espèce connue. Selon Jim Baichtal, il n’existe seulement qu’une douzaine de spécimens de thalattosaure répertoriés. Il ajoute : “La probabilité que ce fossile appartienne à une espèce encore jamais identifiée est probablement assez élevée”.Un gros lézard aux dents redoutablesSelon les scientifiques, les thalattosaures mesuraient entre un et trois mètres de long. Leur corps, similaire à celui d’un gros lézard était pourvu de pattes modifiées pour fonctionner comme des pagaies. Certains avaient des dents pointues qu’ils utilisaient comme harpon pour attraper des poissons, d’autres en revanche possédaient une mâchoire composée de dents plates pour écraser des coquillages.Le 1 août 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Final 928 WWE RAW rating show hits another ratings low

Final 928 WWE RAW rating show hits another ratings low

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next 1/3 WWE Smackdown Live Ratings: Overall viewers go down, Smackdown does not beat RAW in viewers this week Now Playing Up Next 1/10 WWE Smackdown Live Ratings: Overall viewers go down for the second week in a row for Cena vs. Corbin Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Velvet Skycenter_img Pinterest Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 The 9/28 WWE RAW drew a 2.33 cable rating with an average audience of 3.33 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.48 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.33 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.19 million viewers.As reported earlier, this ended up as the lowest amount of overall viewers for a non-holiday episode of RAW since the show moved to a three hour format back in July 2012. It was also a new low for the overall cable rating, drawing one of the lowest numbers since 1997.The previous cable rating low was set two weeks ago when the 9/14 show drew a 2.42 cable rating with 3.40 million viewers. It was also down from last week’s 2.47 cable rating.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Google+ WWE RAW Ratings: Viewers up again for June 11, Averages still below three million viewers Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Hazel Dell Parade of Bands awards announced

Hazel Dell Parade of Bands awards announced

first_imgThe Hazel Dell Parade of Bands drew 148 entries on Saturday, including 26 bands from Oregon and Washington.Parade organizers honored the following entries as part of its 2019 theme: “Generations of Music — Celebrating 55 Years.”Millar Construction won the Grand Marshal Award.The Division I Director’s Award for equestrian entries was presented to Riverview Community Bank, Clark County Fair Court. The Clark County Fair Mounted Patrol won a blue ribbon.The Division II Association Award for noncommercial entries was presented to Miss Teen La Center. A blue ribbon was presented to Clark County Special Olympics; a red ribbon to Amboy Territorial Days and a white ribbon to Vancouver Ballet Folkloric.The Division III President’s Award for commercial entries was presented to Glenwood Place Senior Living. A blue ribbon was presented to People’s Community Credit Union; a red ribbon was presented to Clark Regional Wastewater District and a white ribbon to Fred Meyer.The Division IV Founders Award for classic cars was presented to Bob Bryant. Mustangs Unlimited won a blue ribbon, and the 40 et 8 Locomotive won a red ribbon.The Division V Chairman’s Award for specialty vehicles was presented to Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment. Marine Cadets of Washington won a blue ribbon, while iQ Credit Union won a red ribbon and Triple J Towing won a white ribbon.last_img read more

Senegal boss pledges to help Mane recover

Senegal boss pledges to help Mane recover

first_imgSenegal boss Aliou Cisse has pledged to do all he can to ensure that Sadio Mane is fully recovered for their World Cup campaignThe Liverpool forward is being viewed as the nation’s main hope at Russia after an impressive season which saw him score 10 goals in both the Premier League and the Champions League this season.The Lions of Teranga are hopeful that Mane will be able to carry on with his fine form at the World Cup by emulating former Liverpool forward El-Hadji Diouf at the 2002 World Cup, where he led Senegal to the ­quarter-finals.The good news is that Cisse usually adopts a similar 4-3-3 formation that Mane has at Liverpool.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.The 26-year-old has a reputation for scoring in big games and, along with Napoli’s ­Kalidou Koulibaly in defence and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye in ­midfield, Senegal are hopeful of doing well at Russia.“We have been setting up special training for him to rest and recover, so that he can have time to breathe,” said Cisse, according to the Daily Mirror.After defeating South Korea 2-0 in the final warm-up game, Senegal will now face Poland in Group H for their opening World Cup game.last_img read more

Jan Siewert confirmed as Huddersfield Town boss

Jan Siewert confirmed as Huddersfield Town boss

first_imgEnglish Side Huddersfield have confirmed the appointment of Jan Siewert as their new head coach.English Side Huddersfield have confirmed the appointment Siewert, 36, has left his role as Borussia Dortmund’s reserve-team coach and signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Terriers.“Huddersfield Town is delighted to announce the appointment of Jan Siewert as its new head coach,” the club said in a statement obtained via the the Telegraphandargus..“The 36-year-old joins the Terriers from German side Borussia Dortmund II, where he held the position of head coach, signing a contract running until the summer of 2021.”Manchester United v Huddersfield Town - Premier LeagueMatch Preview – Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United Sean Lunt – May 5, 2019 Manchester United travel to Huddersfield Town knowing only a win will do to ensure their hopes of finishing in the top four stay alive.Huddersfield owner and chairman Dean Hoyle added: “I’d like to begin by officially welcoming Jan to Huddersfield Town. I’m tremendously excited about working with him as our new head coach.“Let me start by addressing the obvious. We enjoyed tremendous success under our previous head coach, David Wagner, and we’ve subsequently appointed a new head coach that bares many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund II.“However, that does a disservice to Jan, who is his own man. There is much more to this appointment than that.”last_img read more

Sea Combat Squadron21 returns home from Okinawa Japan

Sea Combat Squadron21 returns home from Okinawa Japan

first_img April 6, 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 SettingsThe Sea Combat Squadron-21 returned home yesterday. 68 sailors and 4 helicopters were met by their families at San Diego’s Naval Air Station North Island today.They were on a 7 month deployment to Okinawa, Japan. KUSI Newsroom, Sea Combat Squadron-21 returns home from Okinawa, Japan KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Rushanara for mounting pressure on Myanmar

Rushanara for mounting pressure on Myanmar

first_imgBritish lawmaker RushanaraBangladesh-origin British lawmaker Rushanara Ali has said the international community must apply greater pressure on the Myanmar military as well as the civilian-led government to end the Rohingya crisis.”It’s right we have called on Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out but pressure must be applied to the generals of the Myanmar army,” she said in an interview with Sky News.She said that can start immediately with the UK government suspending and reviewing its military to military training programme, according to her official Facebook page.During the interview, she discussed the recent escalation of violence in Myanmar targeted towards the Rohingyas.Meanwhile, 157 parliamentarians have signed a letter to the foreign secretary condemning the recent escalation of violence targeted towards Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.”We’ve called on the government to exert greater pressure on the government of Myanmar, including both Aung San Suu Kyi and on Min Aung Hlaing, the commander in chief of the military,” Rushanara wrote on her Facebook wall.The letter also called on the British government to suspend and review its current training programme it provides the Burmese military and that any resumption should be conditional on commitments from the military to abide by international law.last_img read more

Stop move to raise gas price or face movement Gono Forum

Stop move to raise gas price or face movement Gono Forum

first_imgGono ForumGono Forum on Thursday threatened to wage a movement if the government does not back off its move to hike gas tariffs, reports UNB.In a statement, party president Kamal Hossain and general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu also termed irrational the proposal for hiking the gas prices.”Action programmes will be announced if the deception in the name of public hearing and the efforts to raise the gas tariffs in the interest of LNG businessmen are not stopped,” the statement said.The Gono Forum leaders also said people’s cost of living will go up and people’s lives, production in factories and development of the country will be hampered if the gas prices are increased further.The industries and factories and the transport system will be at stake if the gas tariffs are hiked. It will also have a bad impact on the prices of daily essentials and transportation cost, they observed.Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) held a four-day long public hearing on proposals for raising gas prices since MondayDuring the hearing, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, Sundarban Gas Company Ltd, Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company, and Jalalabad Gas Distribution Company placed identical proposals for hiking the gas tariffs.last_img read more