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Odisha govt alerts districts in view of likely heavy rain in next

first_imgBhubaneswar: With a fresh low pressure area building up over Bay of Bengal set to trigger heavy rain in many areas in the next three days, Odisha Government on Friday asked districts to remain prepared to meet the situation.This will be the third instance of low pressure area triggering downpour in the state in August. Several areas of south and west Odisha had encountered flash floods owing to incessant rainfall earlier this month. In the past two days, too, several parts of the state have experienced rainfall of varied intensity. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Vehicular traffic was disrupted in Bhubaneswar on Friday as rain lashed Nayapalli, Jaydev Vihar, Acharya Vihar, Baramunda, GGP Colony, Jharpara and Palasuni areas here. Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation, over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and West Bengal coasts, a low pressure area is likely to form over Odisha and its neighbourhood in the next 36 hours. Heavy to very heavy rainfall are likely to occur in Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts till Saturday, the meteorological centre said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHeavy rainfall is also expected in Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Sundargarh, Angul, Khordha, Ganjam, among other areas during the period. Torrential downpour may also batter places in Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir and Nuapada districts on Sunday and Monday. Squally wind with speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail along Odisha coast and adjoining northwest and west central Bay of Bengal, the MeT Centre said. As sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough, fishermen have been cautioned against venturing into the sea on Saturday and Sunday, it added. In view of the weather forecast, revenue and disaster management department asked Collectors of the districts under very heavy to heavy rainfall warning to keep administrative machinery prepared to meet any possible situation that may arise in the event of intense rainfall. An advisory issued by the department said other districts should closely watch the situation and take appropriate steps, as may be necessary. Fire service, ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and NDRF were asked to remain in a state of readiness for deployment for search and rescue operation, if required. The emergency cells in all the districts were asked to operate round the clock.last_img read more

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Passerby killed as carborne assailants fire at constable

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a tragic incident, a passerby was shot dead by criminals who aimed at Delhi Police constable in North East Delhi’s Nand Nagri but somehow missed their target killing a 50-year-old passer-by on road instead.The assailants managed to flee from the spot taking the benefit of darkness. “Our constable Ajay, who is posted in the Nand Nagri police station, was passing through the Tanga Stand around 11:39 pm, when he noticed some suspicious persons sitting in a Swift Dzire car,” said Atul Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East). Getting suspicious about the occupants of the car the constable confronted them and asked for their identities. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRealising that the constable might prove dangerous, the car sped away, but the constable tried to chase it. A man then took out a pistol and in an attempt to shoot at the constable. He fired but missed his target. “During the chase, a man from the car opened fire at the constable, but the bullet hit a passer-by. The culprits managed to escape. The victim was immediately rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, where he was declared ‘brought dead’ by the doctors. The deceased was later identified as Raju, a resident of Harsh Vihar in Delhi,” said Thakur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe police have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC and teams have been formed to nab the accused. A police team has been formed and the CCTV around the area are being scanned for clues to know the identity of the accused. Local informants have also been pressed in to know the identity of the accused persons who now carry a murder charge on them. The body has been sent for postmortem and the family members have been informed.last_img read more

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David De Gea Says He is Proud to Wear Manchester Uniteds

Rabat – Manchester United’s goalkeeper, David De Gea, sported the club’s captain armband during a match on Wednesday night against Ipswich Town, which made the Spanish international “proud.”De Gea, who has made headlines in the last few weeks for his disagreements with United’s manager Louis van Gaal, seems to enjoy wearing the Man United jersey.UK’s Express notes that the football star was given the captain’s armband only for the remaining 10 minutes of the match that Manchester won 1-0 to Ipswich Town. Even if for a few minutes, the gesture filled De Gea with gratitude and prompted him to tweet: “Great win yesterday! Let’s think about our next rivals and keep improving. I’m proud to wear this armand!”Great win yesterday! Let’s think about our next rivals and keep improving. I’m proud to wear this armband! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/gduqspyh4a— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) September 24, 2015An image of a happily smiling De Gea being placed the armband has made the social media rounds. The picture speaks for itself.This comes to reaffirm De Gea’s satisfaction with United and the possible end to his problems with the team’s manager.The goalkeeper is scheduled to defend the British club against Sunderland’s match this coming weekend. read more

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UN food agency moves from relief to recovery in Djibouti

Aiming to help pastoralists hit by drought in Djibouti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it is gradually transitioning from emergency assistance to Food for Work projects in the country. “The shift aims at leaving permanent structures for pastoralists in most projects in partnership with the Government and other UN agencies,” said WFP Djibouti Country Director Benoit Thiry. Food for Work projects involve WFP, other organizations and the Government contracting local communities to build lasting infrastructure such as gardens and wells that will help them cope with droughts. Some 5,600 Food for Work participants will receive a five-person family ration in exchange for their work, according to the agency. At the peak of the last lean season in September 2006, when food from the last harvest ran out, a fifth of the population of Djibouti lacked adequate food, WFP said.This year, without assistance, many people will be forced to move to Djibouti city, where they lose their pastoralist lifestyle and are often forced to dwell in the spreading slums on the outskirts of the capital. “We are trying to help those who want to stay in rural areas by improving water access and gardens,” said Mr. Thiry. Despite shifting from free food distributions to Food For Work programmes, WFP will still maintain a contingency food stock in Djibouti to use in case of an emergency. Assistance to refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, school feeding and food for nutritional centres will continue. 22 June 2007Aiming to help pastoralists hit by drought in Djibouti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it is gradually transitioning from emergency assistance to Food for Work projects in the country. read more

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UN war crimes tribunal jails Serb leader again over contempt of court

31 October 2011The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today sentenced the leader of the Serb Radical Party – already facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity – to 18 months in jail after finding him guilty of contempt of court for a second time. The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today sentenced the leader of the Serb Radical Party – already facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity – to 18 months in jail after finding him guilty of contempt of court for a second time.Vojislav Šešelj will serve the prison term concurrently with the 15-month jail sentence he was given by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in May last year – in both cases for disclosing information relating to protected witnesses in his trial. A third contempt of court case for alleged similar actions by Mr. Šešelj is currently pending.Mr. Šešelj, who had refused to enter a plea to the charges he was convicted of today, has previously admitted to writing a book which detailed the real names, occupations and residences of 11 protected witnesses in his trial.The ICTY’s trial chamber, announcing its decision, said Mr. Šešelj had disclosed information about the witnesses “intentionally, [and] with the knowledge that by doing so, he was violating decisions” of the court.Calling this action “a serious interference with the administration of justice,” the judges said they had also considered Mr. Šešelj’s lack of remorse in determining the sentence, as well as the fact that the book was also in electronic form and thus more widely available.The ICTY said it was also hoping to “discourage this type of behaviour” to try to avoid a repeat by either Mr. Šešelj or anyone else involved in proceedings before the tribunal, which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands.Mr. Šešelj is on trial at the ICTY on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in crimes committed between 1991 and 1994 against non-Serbs living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Vojvodina, Serbia. read more

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TransCanada lands second pipeline deal in Mexico

CALGARY — Mexican authorities have awarded TransCanada Corp. another natural gas pipeline contract.The Calgary-based company said Monday that it will invest about US$400 million in a 413-kilometre pipeline between El Oro and Mazatlan, near Mexico’s west coast.The 61-centimetre-diameter pipeline has a contracted capacity of 202 million cubic feet a day and is expected to be in service in the fourth quarter of 2016, TransCanada said.[np-related /]The Mazatlan pipeline will connect with the US$1-billion Topolobampo pipeline that TransCanada was awarded last week.TransCanada will build, own and operate the two new pipelines through its Mexican subsidiary, Transportadora de Gas Natural del Noroeste.Both projects are supported by 25-year natural gas transportation service contracts with the Comision Federal de Electricidad, or CFE, Mexico’s federal power company.“We are pleased to be working with the government of Mexico on new natural gas infrastructure that will bring its cleaner-burning natural gas to businesses and residents,” said TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling.“These new projects build on our experience developing safe and reliable pipelines in Mexico and across North America.”TransCanada already has one of North America’s largest networks of gas and oil pipelines, including two natural gas lines already operating in central Mexico. The company built, owns and operates the Guadalajara and Tamazunchale natural gas pipelines in central Mexico and will soon break ground on a Tamazunchale pipeline extension.Besides is network of some 68,500 kilometres of natural gas pipelines that tap into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America, TransCanada is also developing one of North America’s largest oil delivery systems, including the controversial Keystone XL pipeline designed to transport Canadian crude to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.The company began work this summer on a US$2.3-billion crude pipeline connecting an oil storage hub at Cushing Okla., to Texas refineries that is expected to start up in 2013. The Gulf Coast pipeline was initially part of TransCanada’s $7.6-billion Keystone XL proposal but has been held up by political and environmental wrangling in the United States.Meanwhile, TransCanada is also one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 380 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and has interests in more than 10,900 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. read more

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Government not concerned

The government says it has nothing to hide and welcomes the visits of high profile foreign dignitaries to Sri Lanka including the north ahead of and during the Commonwealth summit in November.External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris said that most high profile foreign visitors who had been to Sri Lanka in recent times have found that the actual ground situation is not what is projected by some people overseas. “All of the delegations have said we have seen for our own eyes the development that is taking place,” the External Affair Minister said at a media briefing today. “That is what the government should do and that is what the Sri Lankan government will do,” he said.Government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had told parliament that the government will conduct an investigation into the incident following allegations the army had shot at and assaulted some of the people in Weliweriya who were demanding clean water. (Colombo Gazette) He said that foreign delegations visiting Sri Lanka are able to see for themselves the post war situation in Sri Lanka including in the north.Asked about the Weliweriya incident and the impact it will have on Sri Lanka, the Minister said that, as was mentioned in parliament yesterday, the government will conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the incident. Among the foreign delegations to have visited Sri Lanka recently was an All Party Parliament delegation from Britain and a delegation from the European Parliament. read more

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Aurora Cannabis seeks to list its shares on the New York Stock

EDMONTON — Marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc. has applied to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.The shares are expected to trade in New York under the ticker symbol ACB, the same as its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Edmonton-based company says the listing is subject to the approval of the New York Stock Exchange, and the satisfaction of all listing and regulatory requirements.Aurora expects trading on the NYSE to start before the end of the month.Shares in the company soared last month following a report by BNN Bloomberg that Aurora was in talks with Coca-Cola Co. to develop pot-infused drinks.However, Aurora said at the time that while it does engage in exploratory talks from time to time, there was no deal to announce.

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UN envoy calls for resumption of talks between Sudanese Government and opponents

“Make it in February. Make it possible after the African Union summit to start talking again very seriously in Abuja. It is still possible,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Jan Pronk, told a news conference yesterday after returning from talks at UN Headquarters in New York last week, as well as visits to Washington, DC, and Brussels, Belgium.“I think parties will be wise, together with the African Union, now to set a deadline, which is very short. Why not the end of February? That means you have another five weeks. I have no reason to believe that the Government would not be interested. I think that the Government will be interested in getting a peace agreement soon. And they have been to Abuja,” he said.He said he had been to the Abuja talks often “and the Government negotiated quite constructively. They were good, tough negotiators but constructive.”Mr. Pronk voiced concern about the other parties, which still have not made the choice between fighting and talking, especially the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) headed by Mini Minawi.“He has to be in Abuja – not in Chad, not in Libya, but in Abuja to talk in order to get agreement. If not, I think that means he is not so serious in terms of negotiation on behalf of the 2 million people who are in the camps and the others who are still in the villages being attacked by militias. So my plea is strongly made to them.”The SLA and another rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), started a conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region in February 2003, saying they were protesting regional discrimination by the Government.The envoy noted that the Government was supporting the Janjaweed in 2003 and the beginning of 2004. Since the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) was deployed in the middle of 2004, however, he said, “I have no evidence that that continues.”But he added that UNMIS had no mandate to monitor that situation and the African Union’s reports on its mission’s (AMIS) monitoring activities were to be discussed by the Joint Committee on the Ceasefire.“But the Joint Committee is not meeting, so we are in a vicious circle at the moment,” Mr. Pronk observed.The UNMIS strategy in the East has been to organize talks, he said, and may have to ask the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, which has signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, to help with talks in the east and in Darfur, however painful the process after decades of war. “Peace is not a commodity which can be imported. It is a commodity which has to be locally produced,” he said. read more

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Regulations incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work –

Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.The report, Formalizing Domestic Work, confirms that because domestic work takes place in the private sphere, many households do not make use of formal arrangements, whether due to cost concerns, lack of information, or a belief that domestic labour is not real work. It also assesses the ways in which informal work leads to substandard working conditions and creates a hindrance to development. Informal domestic work creates adverse conditions especially for women.Worldwide, there are some 67 million domestic workers, 50 million of which are employed informally.According to Claire Hobden, ILO specialist on domestic work, the employment relationship takes place within the private sphere – the household. So it can be blurred or disguised by social norms. Households and workers are often not aware of their respective rights and responsibilities, and may perceive formal arrangements as costly and complicated.“Low levels of voice and representation in the sector also means that households and workers sometimes do not have a means of shaping policy,” she added.The number of domestic workers is expected to grow, in part due to what Ms. Hobden explains is a “care crisis,” as populations age and more women enter the workforce.“Formalization policies,” she said, “can help ensure the creation of a sufficient number of decent jobs in the sector, as well as a workforce trained to provide quality services. In the absence of such policies, informality in domestic work will most likely persist.”The study includes a number of practices and policy approaches from countries around the world that either improve or worsen situations for domestic workers. Some of the recommended measures include simplifying registration procedures and setting standard contracts; ensuring domestic workers have access to social insurance policies; promoting the professionalization of the field through skills training and salary scales that match certification and experience; and developing compliance campaigns to raise awareness of workers’ rights and responsibilities.Philippe Marcadent, Chief of the branch of the ILO that produced the report, stressed the importance of promoting formal employment in order to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 8, which seeks to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth and full and productive employment and decent work for all.“No worker should be left behind,” said Mr. Marcadent. “Formalizing domestic work is, therefore, a key means of ensuring that this goal will be met.” read more

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UN expert hails US move placing atheists on equal footing with faith

“This is an important development, as believers, atheists and non-believers must all be equally protected,” said the newly appointed Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “Many humanists and non-believers are still widely stigmatized and persecuted around the world.” US President Barack Obama signed the amendments to the International Religious Freedom Act on Friday.According to the news release, the promotion of atheist thought in any form is considered an act of terrorism in some countries. In others, any expression of non-belief or atheism is condemned as blasphemy or apostasy and receives harsh punishment, including the death sentence or attacks by vigilante groups. “People often do not fully understand the scope of the international human right to religious freedom. It is not just about religions or beliefs, but it also covers the right to freedom of thought and conscience as provided by the Universal Declaration for Human Rights,” noted the Special Rapporteur. The expert said the terms “religion” and “belief” should be understood in a broad sense to include theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief. “All of them have important roles to play in building pluralistic and inclusive societies for the 21st century that are peaceful and prosperous,” Mr. Shaheed stressed. “In the face of increasing diversity, the freedom of religion or belief can be upheld only with the acceptance and full inclusion of atheists and non-believers,” he concluded. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Four billion people have no social security protection UN labour agency

In the World Social Protection Report 2017-2019, entitled Universal social protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) highlights how this protection gap is an obstacle to reaching globally-agreed targets on promoting growth and development, and protecting the planet. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said that although many countries had improved social protection for their citizens in recent decades, much more investment and political is needed to extend coverage. “The lack of social protection leaves people vulnerable to ill-health, poverty, inequality and social exclusion throughout their lifecycle. Denying this human right to four billion people worldwide is a significant obstacle to economic and social development,” he warned. Indeed, speaking to journalists in Geneva, he said that social security protection is a basic human right, and “when people don’t have it, governments reap the benefits.”Today however, Mr. Ryder explained that only 45 per cent of the global population have access to at least one social benefit, and only 29 per cent have comprehensive protection. “In 2017, this global lack of social protection, I think, should be regarded as being completely unacceptable […] and that means that the aggregate level of public expenditure on social protection needs to be increased to extend social protection coverage particularly in Africa, in Asia and the Arab countries where marked under-investment in social protection prevails,” he said. Despite a slight improvement in welfare coverage since 2015 around the world, much more investment by governments will be needed to extend protection to all; not least the 1.3 billion children who have no cover whatsoever. ILO says this is particularly true in rural areas, where 56 per cent of people lack health coverage, compared to 22 per cent in towns and cities. Some countries are already tackling the problem by offering simplified tax returns to workers previously in the informal sector. Once on the government’s books, contributions from these workers help pay for maternity leave, job-seekers’ allowance, disabilities benefit and care for senior citizens.The evolving world of work and technology has also provided new opportunities to extend social protection, ILO said. In Uruguay, for example, e-taxi provider Uber’s drivers can download a phone application which automatically deducts their social security charges. Elsewhere, ILO warned that progress in welfare protection risks being pushed back – the result of fiscal savings put in place after the global economic crisis. This is likely to be the case in Europe, the agency’s Isabel Ortiz warned, where pensioners in 19 countries face lower benefits by 2060. “You have to balance equity with sustainability,” she told journalists. read more

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Jcan woman refused entry to US visa revoked

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVideo of US agents removing J’can from Florida bus angers rights groupsJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”Region 3 Deputy REO busted with cocaine in the USNovember 23, 2016In “Crime”Murdered girl’s family beg for US visa to attend funeralJuly 21, 2017In “latest news” (Photo: KHOU)HOUSTON, Texas — A Jamaican woman was whisked back on a flight to Jamaica and her visa revoked after she arrived at the Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas on Wednesday night.The woman’s family members sought answers from US media outlet KHOU 11 News, who aired their story.Veronica Gaubault, who was sent back to Jamaica, told the Houston media that US Customs and Border Protection revoked her visa after customs agents inspected her iPhone, iPad and other belongings.Her cousin, paediatrician Kareen Smith said she waited for approximately four hours before customs agents told her that Gaubault would not be allowed to enter the country. They “just decided they were not going to let her in”, she told KHOU 11 News.A statement from the US Customs and Border Protection said that “It is important to note that issuance of a visa or a visa waiver does not guarantee entry,” adding that “a CBP officer at the port of entry will conduct an inspection to determine if the individual is eligible for admission into the US”.When asked why the woman’s belongings were searched they said it was for “administrative causes,” KHOU 11 News reported.Smith said text conversations between her and Gaubault were also scrutinised.“She visits me, she visits other family we have in New York or Florida, and she goes home,” Smith said. “She never overstays her time. She always honours her visa, and for some reason, this is the first time she’s been denied.”Legislation allows the US Customs and Border Protection Agency to take steps deemed necessary before allowing travellers to enter the US.Immigration attorney George Crimarco previously advised OBSERVER ONLINE that there is no constitutional protection within the confines of the airport, whether the traveller is a citizen or not, but actions of the customs agency could be contested if entry clearance is given. (Jamaica Observer) read more

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MINExpo® 2012 is a recordbreaker

first_imgMINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012 will break all previous records for size. Exhibits showcasing the full range of mining products, services and technologies will occupy more than 850,000 ft2 of floor space. The show will fill all of North Hall, Central Hall, the outdoor Silver Lot, and for the first time ever, MINExpo will be in halls 3 and 4 of the South Building. More than 1,800 exhibitors will be at the show. Thirty-five countries will be represented and there will be nine international pavilions. See International Mining’s preview in the August issue.The Online Directory for MINExpo® will be up and running on August 1. The directory will have a listing for every exhibitor at the show. Visitors to the online directory can access an exhibitor by company name, product or country. The directory also will have a word search function. The directory will remain on the MINExpo website for one year.The directory will indicate where on the show floor each exhibitor will be located. Of course, a printed version of the directory will be distributed at the show.At MINExpo®, you want to spend your time as efficiently and productively as possible. The show’s Matchmaker Program makes that a lot easier to do.  During the show registration process, you can indicate those products and services you are most interested in seeing at the show. Then, a few weeks prior to the show, you will receive an email with a list of the exhibitors matching the products and services you checked when you registered. This list will include a link to the website of each listed exhibitor, allowing you to learn more about the companies and their products prior to the show so that you can use your time at the show more efficiently.If you did not sign up for the Matchmaker Program when you registered, no problem. You can go back into your registration using the link provided in the electronic confirmation letter.During MINExpo®, two very important awards luncheons will be held to recognise mining industry achievements in safety, reclamation, and sustainable development.The Sentinels of Safety awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center.  This event will honour the 2011 recipients of the coveted Sentinels of Safety Awards, presented each year to mining operations throughout the country that have demonstrated exemplary safety records.In addition, the first recipients of the Technology Innovations in Mine Safety and Health award will be recognised. This new award is sponsored by the Office of Mine Safety and Health of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).The following day-Wednesday, September 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.-the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will present awards for excellence in environmental management.OSM’s Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards will be presented to coal mining companies that achieve the most exemplary reclamation in the country, while the BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Development Awards recognize the efforts made by mining companies in implementing the principles of sustainable development.Need more MINExpo® between now and the show? Follow @minexpo2012 on Twitter or like www.facebook.com/minexpo to join hundreds of attendees and exhibitors already connecting ahead of the show. Online, you’ll have access to all of the event’s news and deadlines, plus tips, trends and ideas from your industry colleagues across the globe.last_img read more

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SDGE customers outraged over summertime high usage charges

first_imgSDG&E customers outraged over summertime high usage charges Posted: August 15, 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 outrage continues over how high SDG&E bills are in San Diego this summer. A number of viewers reached out to KUSI NEWS via email and Facebook to share stories of their bill doubling, even tripling in some cases.Retiree Frank Gibson has drawn his shutters and turned on his fan in effort to stay cool without using his AC. But even though Gibson conserves energy he was hit with a much bigger bill this month.KUSI NEWS learned about Gibson’s issues with SDG&E after he emailed Tuesday, explaining the rates on the KUSI NEWS at 6 weren’t the ones he was paying.That’s because these were the rates of SDG&E “Time of Use Plan” when Gibson and most others are on the Standard Plan which charges customers more per kilowatt hour depending on how much energy they use that month.Standard Plan:Tier one: 0-to-374 kilowatts of energy used = $0.27/kilowatt.Tier two: 375-to-1152 kilowatts of energy used = $0.48/kilowattTier three: 1153 kilowatts and more is considered “high usage,” which is $0.55/kilowattSDG&E follows state mandated rules which went into effect last November. Customers may not not have realized there are three tiers of payment on a standard SDG&E plan. SDG&E wants to remind people- they aren’t price gouging you; they’re following state rules. The utility company also encourages people to sign up for alerts, notifying them when they are about to enter into high-usage territory. It also offers other energy plans, they don’t follow the tiers but instead, the time of day a customer uses energy, which may save the customer money.Gibson showed his bill from June that was just under $70. By July it had nearly doubled. He is not alone in his frustration. Members Facebook group “Santee Ca Today’s Current News and Information” lashed out at Tuesday’s report, one person writing:“This tier system is a crock. We just got our bill today and it was $906 for a 2 person household and we’re both at work all day!!! $272 was a fine for high usage. Gimme a break, we’re living in 100 degree heat non-stop.”Another wrote:“I keep the thermostat at 79-81, all light bulbs are LED, I do one load of laundry a week, only after 7:30PM. If it’s after dark and below 72, I use box fans to blow/suck air to cool the house. And the bill was STILL over $800!! What the hell is going on with SDGE?!”In response SDG&E:“Every year, electricity prices rise in the summer time (per the California Public Utilities Commission summer months are June 1 – October 31) as energy demand from homes and businesses rises across the state. As energy demand goes up, prices tend to increase, similar to other markets. This year, there is also a state-mandated High Usage Charge that gets applied to a customers’ bill when they use four times more energy than the average amount of energy needed to run a household. This average is also known as the baseline allowance, which varies by season and climate zone. Not all pricing plans we offer have baseline allowances and customers can choose a plan that best fits their energy needs.“Per state law, SDG&E does not profit off the sale of electricity to our customers. In other words, the electricity we purchase for our customers is a direct passthrough to their bills, SDG&E does not profit from that transaction. Our earnings come from the infrastructure system required to meet our customers’ energy needs. The power grid is growing more complex each year as our customers have new choices and energy needs. For example, the power grid must be able to support a growing number of electric vehicles and private rooftop solar systems.“At SDG&E, we are committed to delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to every family and business we serve. Currently, 45 percent of the electricity we deliver to our customers comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind. The national average among utilities is 8 percent. We are committed to ensuring every family and business we serve has reliable energy to keep the lights on, cool their homes, and power their lives. In fact, we delivered industry-leading reliability for our customers for the past 11 years straight years. ” Ashlie Rodriguez, August 15, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Soy Transportation Coalition Releases Top 10 Most Wanted List of Infrastructure Priorities

first_imgProvide greater predictability and reliability of funding for the locks and dams along the inland waterway system.Provide block grants to states to replace the top twenty most critical rural bridges.Provide grants to states to implement rural bridge load testing projects to more accurately diagnose which bridges are sufficient and which bridges are deficient.Ensure full utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for port improvement initiatives.Permanent (or at least multi-year) extension of the short line railroad tax credit. The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) released a list of infrastructure priorities this week, urging policy makers to include and understand the interests of rural America.“Farmers should realize that if we are unwilling to promote the transportation solutions that would benefit our industry, we should not expect others to do so,” said Gerry Hayden, a soybean farmer from Calhoun, Ky., American Soybean Association board member and chairman of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “During this pivotal time in which the White House and Congress are developing a strategy for improving our multi-modal transportation system, it is critical the farmer perspective has a seat at the table.”The list includes improvements to roads, bridges, railways, waterway systems and more.Top 10 Most Wanted ListMaintenance and rehabilitation of locks and dams to significantly reduce the potential for unexpected, widespread, and prolonged failure. Priority should be devoted to ensuring the reliability of locks and dams along the nation’s inland waterways. Available funding for new construction of locks and dams should be directed first to locks and dams 20-25 on the Mississippi River.Dredging the lower Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Gulf of Mexico to 50 ft.Ensuring the Columbia River shipping channel from Portland, Oregon, to the Pacific Ocean is maintained at no less than 43 ft.Permit six axle, 91,000 lbs. semis to operate on the interstate highway system.Increase the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel by ten cents a gallon and index the tax to inflation. Ensure rural areas receive proportionate, sufficient funding from the fuel tax increase.last_img read more

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Fortune Cutting Frequency

first_imgThere are no plans to alter rate base, currently at 830,000, the executive said. There are plans, however, to build out the identity of Fortune’s Web site, but it will not break out of its subdomain within the CNNMoney portal.Like most other magazines in the business and finance category, Fortune suffered under the recession and accompanying ad drop. The magazine’s ad pages dropped 35 percent in the first three quarters compared to same period last year, per PIB numbers. Starting next year, Time Inc.’s Fortune will publish 18 times, down from a 25-time frequency. The move coincides with a redesign of the magazine that will emphasize long-form journalism, more utility and a shift to conceptual cover designs.Focus groups were conducted earlier this year to solicit feedback on editorial positioning and design, a spokesperson told FOLIO: sister title Audience Development.The new design, led by John Korpics, who was brought on board as creative director late summer, will have a less cluttered layout and feature upgraded paper and cover stock. Edit will focus on “long-form, deep dive” journalism, and the magazine will also add new sections in the front to accommodate reader requests for more actionable, career-focused content. The magazine will expand by 8 to 12 pages per issue.last_img read more

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Wasilla Scholar Garners Presidential Recognition

first_imgWasilla high school student Ariel Hasse has been named a 2015 Presidential Scholar. The seventeen year old has her sights set on a science career.Listen now:Hasse doesn’t wonder what she’ll do when she grows up. She says she already knows.“I want to be a physicist, well, I suppose I should say I want to study physics and physics is something I am very interested in, particularly quantum mechanics and theoretical physics and bridging the gap between general relativity and string theory.”Hasse, who is in her senior year at Mat Su Career and Technical High School in Wasilla has been selected as one of the two Presidential Scholars from Alaska who will travel to Washington DC in June for an awards ceremony. The other Presidential Scholar is Grant Ackerman, who attends West Valley High School in Fairbanks.  Hasse and Ackerman are among 141 outstanding American high school seniors noted for academic achievement. Hasse says she’s been involved with math and science ever since she was in elementary school.“I’ve always been really good at math, and I have a good aptitude for it.  And then, I’d say in elementary school, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for science, but if I think about it, there’s definitely some examples of me being interested in it, and then as I got into middle school, and I got involved in some of the extra curricular programs that my school offered, it was very clear to me that I had a passion for it. “She was invited to apply for the presidential scholar award, one of over four thousand students nationwide.Part of the application process is to write an essay about a photo that has personal significance. Hasse’s chose a picture of an early 1900s Physics Conference.“Because it was the first conference that had a woman in attendance. And in the front row of the picture, you can see Marie Curie amongst all of her physics colleagues. And then I wrote about the importance of women in science, and how, while we have made progress, in the realm of science we have a lot more to go, because last year only three women attended the same conference, well over one hundred years later.”Hasse says a lot of women don’t pursue degrees in physics, nor are there high percentages of women involved in chemistry or physical science programs. She says that could be fallout from cultural conditioning.“We have these representations of women and what they are supposed to be, and how they are supposed to act. There are a lot of pressures on young girls in middle school, when you are developing a lot of your interests, that’s when I developed a lot of my interests. You have all of these physical and body image pressures and there’s a lot of social things that are happening and a lot of changes that are happening to your body. And we don’t support girls through this period, so they lose a lot of their interest in science.”Hasse just got back from the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC and noted that few girls  make the science teams. She says only 16 percent of the high school participants at the event were girls.“You know it is easy to say that gender doesn’t matter, but there is something, there’s something that is allowing my male colleagues, good frients of mine, to engage in conversation about the fabric of the cosmos, while I struggle to get a word in. I see them easily come in and out of conversation as new people walk into the room, people that are male. But I fail to get on the table with them. “Hasse leaves Wasilla again for the National Science Olympiad next week.  She credits Mat Su Career and Tech High School teacher Barbara Petukh as an influence and a mentor.  Hasse has taken leadership positions by founding the student government in her high school. She has served as president of  the Mat Su Student Advisory Board and as president of the Alaska Association of Student Governments.  She’ll attend California Institute of Technology in the fall.last_img read more

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Mt Edgecumbe High School wrestlers learn about healthy relationships

first_imgThe Mt. Edgecumbe High School wrestling team. Emory Johnson helps hold up the poster. (Photo by Emily Russell, KCAW – Sitka)This fall, student wrestlers at Mt. Edgecumbe High School took part in a program called, ‘Coaching Boys into Men.’ The idea is to teach young players how to have healthy relationships even if, in the case of Mt. Edgecumbe, half of the wrestlers will grow up to be women.Listen NowThe entire student body of Mt. Edgecumbe, more than 400 students from over 100 villages across Alaska, is packed into the school’s gym for a pep rally – a rally that’s about more than just the regional wrestling tourney.The Mt. Edgecumbe wrestling team is being recognized for completing the ‘Coaching Boys into Men’ program, an effort to promote healthy relationships and reduce abuse and sexual assault.Emory Johnson, a four-year senior from Bethel, is one of the wrestlers. Johnson is a girl, and despite competing in a sport historically geared towards boys, Johnson isn’t shy about her strength.“My mom never really wanted me to join because she doesn’t like the way the guys beat on the girls.” Johnson laughed. “I’m like, ‘Well, it can go both ways,’”Two student wrestlers sign the poster after completing the ‘Coaching Boys into Men’ program. (Photo by Emily Russell, KCAW – Sitka)Johnson is one of more than 20 girls on the team of over 40 wrestlers. Girls have wrestled here for over a decade thanks to their coach, Mike Kimber.“I’m at teacher at Mt. Edgecumbe,” Kimber explained. “I teach Japanese, English, and a few other classes and I’m the wrestling coach. I’ve been the wrestling coach here for 17 years at Mt. Edgecumbe.”Kimber himself is a graduate of Mt. Edgecumbe. When he was a wrestler, he said his coach worked with the athletes both on and off the mat. It’s that mission, to develop not just a good athlete but a good person, that inspired Kimber to join the ‘Coaching Boys into Men’ program.“Whether you’re a girl or a boy, everybody needs this information,” Julia Smith urged. Smith is the prevention director for Sitkans Against Family Violence.Smith introduced the program to teachers and coaches at Mt. Edgecumbe a year and a half ago.“And a lot of them asked, ‘I don’t have all boys on my team, can I still use this?’ So, we called the national folks at Futures Without Violence and they said, ‘Yes, go ahead and use it,’” explained Smith.The program spans an entire season, with one 15-minute lesson each week. The topics include communicating boundaries, digital disrespect, and the importance of consent. The lesson on consent was the only one Coach Kimber chose to teach separately.“We kept the boys on the mat and the girls went to another room and did that [lesson],” Kimber said.Mt. Edgecumbe’s wrestling team was the only one in Sitka to take part in the program this year, but Julia Smith said she’s trying to change that. It’s already caught on in other Southeast communities like Juneau.“The basketball team in Ketchikan has also used the program,” Smith added. “The basketball team in Kake has used the program, so we’re really trying to build momentum and get this going throughout our state and have all coaches use this as a tool for reiterating the things they’re already teaching.”That’s the beauty of the program. The messenger is one that’s usually trusted and the message is one that’s critical for adulthood. Wrestler Emory Johnson gets that.“Yeah, it’s called “[Coaching] Boys into Men,’ but the questions are still the same,” Johnson said.It’s just, ‘What does respect mean to you?’ I mean, respect means respect to everybody.”And that’s a lesson that every Mt. Edgecumbe wrestler now knows well.Mt. Edgecumbe will host the Region V wrestling tournament this weekend, with matches on both Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

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Demand for pucca road streetlights in Bharatnagar Colony

first_imgBharatnagar Colony: The condition of the road in Bharatnagar Colony, opposite to Requelford International School Arch, Keesara Mandal has become worse. There are no proper roads in this area which is making it very difficult for the commuters. Speaking to The Hans India here on Wednesday, K Ashwin, a resident of the area, said, “The roads have been made of mud and from several years, the condition of the roads has been the same in this area. The road gets worse during the rainfall. The flying dust of these muddy roads is making it difficult for the motorists and the residents.” “Moreover, there are no proper streetlights in this area. It is very difficult for us to commute on this road during the evening or night time.”last_img

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