AntrixDevas deal ED attaches Rs 310 cr assets

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED said Friday it has attached assets worth Rs 3.10 crore in connection with its money-laundering probe in the Antrix-Devas deal case.It said a provisional order for attachment, in the form of bank balance in the current account and fixed deposits available with ICICI Bank in Bangalore’s Malleswaram, has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The assets are in the name of Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd (DMPL), the agency said in a statement. DMPL was incorporated in 2004 by a few former employees of the Indian Space Research Organisation and it subsequently entered into an agreement with Antrix Corporation Ltd, a central government company, registered in Bengaluru. Antrix is a 100 per cent government owned public sector undertaking under the control of ISRO and it functions as its commercial arm. It had signed a deal with Devas in January 2005 to provide it with crucial S-Band wavelength, which is primarily kept for strategic interests of the country. The ED has filed a money-laundering case on the basis of a CBI FIR. The CBI case was filed against DMPL and others for illegally entering into an agreement with ISRO/Antrix corporation Ltd by fraudulently representing certain facts and on entering the agreement, collected investments from abroad through criminal conspiracy, it said. The ED said DMPL had “fraudulently” made a claim that it had the ownership and intellectual property rights to use the technology for delivering multi-media services and entered into an agreement with ISRO/ACL.last_img read more

Canada advocate at odds over compensation for First Nations child victims of

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada could be going to court once again on a child welfare matter.On Friday Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and national Indigenous leaders announced they would co-develop new child and family services legislation in an effort to put child welfare into the hands of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.But hours after that announcement the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) saying the issue of compensation for children who have suffered in care may have to involve litigation.The letter, signed by Robert Frater, the chief general counsel for Justice Canada, says the government is “committed to discussing the compensation issue with the parties, and attempting to reach a resolution” to the matter of compensation, “but in view of the fact that we have not yet received final instruction, it is apparent that we will likely have to set the issue down for argument on one or more of the dates agreed upon for the new year.”That final instruction on compensation, according to a government source, will come from cabinet.Philpott was questioned on the issue by First Nation leaders Wednesday at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa.The minister said Canada wants to settle the compensation issue “without using courts or tribunals — that to me is the way to do it.”A 2016 CHRT ruling said that Canada denied services to First Nations children living on-reserve, which in turn had adverse impacts on them. The tribunal also said that federal funding mechanisms incentivized the removal of children from their families and placement into state care.The CHRT ordered the government to cease discriminatory practices against First Nations children, to reform its First Nations Child and Family Services program, to cease applying a narrow interpretation of Jordan’s Principle, and immediately implement the full meaning of Jordan’s Principle.The tribunal also has jurisdiction to compel government to compensate children who were victims of government’s discriminatory practices, including those who were taken from their families.While government has begun to change its policies on child welfare, including last week’s promise of new child and family services legislation in the new year, it has not settled the issue of compensation.Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society, says Canada should pay child victims of government discrimination $40,000 each. Justin Brake/APTN News.Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), a co-complainant on the case, says government’s messaging on compensation is “confusing,” and that she hopes the matter can be settled out of court, but that the Caring Society is willing to litigate to ensure children receive just compensation for their suffering.“Canada informed us late Friday night that they wanted to litigate that question [of compensation],” she said, “and today we learn from the minister that they want to sit down.”Friday marked the tribunal’s deadline for Canada to respond on the matter.Blackstock said time is of the essence since the tribunal only has jurisdiction to compel government’s actions on the matter until March 2019.“So at this point I guess we’ll be preparing to litigate and we’ll see if Canada has something to say about that,” she told reporters at the AFN Assembly Wednesday.Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation Chief Valerie Richer stood before the assembly Wednesady and appealed directly to Philpott following the minister’s speech.“We can’t go back to litigation on this,” she said.“I’m asking you to intervene in that process to make sure [litigation] doesn’t happen.”Blackstock said the Caring Society, which is a co-complainant on the case alongside the AFN, has “asked Canada to provide the maximum amount to children.”She said the compensation amount they’re seeking for children is set out in the Canadian Human Rights Act.Section 53 of the Act says victims are to be compensated “by an amount not exceeding twenty thousand dollars, for any pain and suffering that the victim experienced as a result of the discriminatory practice.”It also says special compensation of the same amount, $20,000, can be awarded to to victims if the victim was subjected to the discriminatory practice “wilfully or recklessly.”Blackstock says children who’ve been taken from their families and placed in care, and those who’ve been denied services, are owed both amounts for a total of $40,000 per child.“Canada knew about the discrimination and they fought against it and they continued to allow these kids to suffer,” she said.She said it’s not known exactly how many children would qualify for compensation, but the tribunal’s ruling includes “children impacted by child welfare practices on-reserve between 2006 and January 26, 2016,” according to the Caring Society’s website.Asked what she believes is a fair amount for the children, Philpott would only say that “these are important conversations that have to be had with the parties who are directly affected, and in some cases as individuals.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says Canada would like to settle the issue of compensation for First Nations child victims of government discrimination outside the courts. Justin Brake/APTN News.“We’re prepared to have these conversations with the right people, and as I say ideally to do it outside a court process.”Blackstock pointed out that Canada’s position on compensation in 2014 at the closing arguments of the tribunal hearings “was that they owed these kids no money, that from their point of view they didn’t discriminate and therefore no compensation should be awarded.”It’s not clear how far the feds are willing to go in fighting the Caring Society’s request for full compensation as laid out in the Human Rights Act.“As soon as the parties to the tribunal are happy to drop that legal mechanism and to work with us directly, we would be extremely happy to do so,” Philpott said Wednesday, adding the government has already made strides in addressing issues raised by the tribunal, “including the $1.4 billion we got in 2018 to ensure that we’re paying for the prevention of apprehension of children.Philpott said it’s “in everyone’s best interest—particularly the interests of the little ones, the children—if we can work in a collaborative way.”Blackstock said the Caring Society has been in talks with “high level officials” from Indigenous Services Canada and Justice Canada “for many many months” about compensation.“As far as I’m concerned, if we can settle it and get that support to children sooner then I want to use that pathway,” she said.“But as always, if there is a rights breach or if Canada is not prepared to fulfill its responsibilities, then for us at the Caring Society, we’re prepared to litigate.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Spanish agriculture minister to visit Morocco

first_imgMadrid – Spanish Agriculture, Food and Environment Minister Miguel Arias Canete will pay, on Wednesday, a visit to Morocco, sources from his department said on Monday.During his stay, the Spanish official will meet with Moroccan minister of agriculture and sea fisheries Aziz Akhannouch.Canete will also take part in a round table on family agriculture organized as part of the 7th edition of the Agriculture Conference slated April 23 in Meknes.last_img

UN agency warns of increased footandmouth threats after outbreaks in Asia

Three recent incursions of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan and the Republic of Korea, which were officially free of such outbreaks, has led the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to issue a call today for increased global surveillance.“We are worried because the rigorous biosecurity measures in place in the two countries were overwhelmed, pointing to a recent, large-scale weight of infection in source areas, very probably in the Far East,” said FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth.Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious disease of cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, which causes high fever and characteristic lesions in animals’ mouths and feet. Humans are not affected. Mr. Lubroth noted that in the past nine years, incursions into officially FMD-free countries, as were Japan and the Republic of Korea, have been extremely rare.“So to have three such events in four months is a serious cause for concern,” he said.“We also have to ask ourselves if we aren’t facing a possible replay of the disastrous 2001 FMD transcontinental epidemic which spread to South Africa, the United Kingdom and Europe after earlier incursions in Japan and South Korea,” Mr. Lubroth added.The estimated losses from the 2001 outbreak to agriculture, livestock trade and tourism were more than $12 billion in the UK alone. In addition, over six million sheep and cattle in the UK were slaughtered to prevent the disease from spreading. According to an FAO news release, Japan veterinary authorities earlier this month confirmed an outbreak of type “O” FMD virus, currently more common in Asian countries where FMD is endemic. The Republic of Korea was hit by the rarer type “A” FMD in January and then suffered type “O” infection in April, the Rome-based agency added.FAO said the routes taken by the virus have not been identified, but it is possible the infection occurred through food waste, with pigs eating infected meat scraps.In their initial response to the outbreak, Japan has slaughtered 385 animals, including buffaloes, cattle and pigs, while the Republic of Korea has destroyed more than 3,500 animals, mostly pigs.Mr. Lubroth said that under the circumstances all countries are at risk and recommended a review of preventive measures and response capacity, including a re-examination of possible routes of entry and measures to enforce controls, and more rigorous checks at ports and airports. 28 April 2010Three recent incursions of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan and the Republic of Korea, which were officially free of such outbreaks, has led the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to issue a call today for increased global surveillance. read more

STF and Police launch operation in Matara to nab two suspects

The Police said that Manel Rohana was shot dead when he attacked an STF team which attempted to arrest him in Kamburupitiya in Matara. (Colombo Gazette) Yesterday a notorious underworld member, Manel Rohana alias ‘Tilak’ was shot dead by the STF in Matara.The Police said that Manel Rohana was a key accomplice of underworld leader Makandure Madush. The Police Special Task Force (STF) and the Police launched a combined operation in Matara today to arrest two suspects linked to the underworld.The search operation was launched in the Wilpita reserve in Matara. read more

Man arrested after Walmart security guard assaulted

Hamilton Police say a local resident helped officers arrest a man who had assaulted a Walmart security guard.Police say a woman at the Walmart at The Centre on Barton was seen acting suspiciously while walking around the store.As she left, she was approached by loss prevention officers.In an attempt to flee she called out to a man standing nearby, who confronted the officers and slashed one of them with a knife.The man and woman split up and took off on foot.A citizen who watched the interaction unfold from a distance went after the man and took him down.Once he saw the knife, he let the man go.Police say shortly after, a Hamilton Police officer caught up with the suspect.The officer deployed a taser after seeing the knife.Martinus Gordyn, 24, from Haggersville was arrested and charged with failing to comply with probation and assault with a weapon.Police say the Walmart security guard was not injured.The woman has been identified. read more

I too have evolved Goodale wants clarity from Scheer on LGBTQ positions

After posting a 14-year-old video of Andrew Scheer speaking out against same-sex marriage, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said his own views have evolved and the Conservative leader needs to clarify whether his have as well.In a 2005 speech during debate over the Civil Marriage Act in the House of Commons, Scheer said gay and lesbian unions lack “the complementarity of the sexes.”“They have many of the collateral features of marriage, but they do not have its inherent feature. As they cannot commit to the natural procreation of children, they cannot therefore be married,” Scheer said.“Just because you call a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. If this bill passes, governments and individual Canadians will be forced to call a tail a leg, nothing more.”Goodale shared the video to his Twitter page on Thursday. He called on Scheer to “end his lifelong boycott of Pride events and explain whether he would still deny same-sex couples the right to marry.”But Conservatives, including Scheer’s director of communications, quickly pointed out that Goodale had also voted against same-sex marriage in Parliament. He voted against a private members bill on recognition of same-sex spouses in 1995 and another motion in 1999. Numerous Liberals did likewise at the time, including some who still sit in Parliament.On Friday, during an event in Regina, Goodale said his views have evolved along with the general currents of society, which has moved increasingly toward tolerance of same-sex relationships.“Over the last 20 to 25 years, there has been an absolutely huge evolution — in attitudes, in institutions, in laws, in the the whole public response to these important issues, and I too have evolved in that period of time,” said Goodale.“The world has moved along in a constructive, progressive, inclusive direction. And it’s important for all political leaders to demonstrate that they’re part of that.”Jacq Brasseur, the executive director of the UR Pride Centre, agreed that politicians need to be given the space to grow on issues like same-sex marriage. Brasseur, who uses the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” said many are waiting to hear whether and how Scheer’s views might have shifted.“I don’t think the issue is that Andrew Scheer had that opinion in 2005,” said Brasseur. “The issue is we don’t know if Andrew Scheer still believes this.”Brasseur said it’s not particularly helpful for the Conservatives to point to an alleged double standard involving Goodale’s views. Brasseur pointed out that Goodale now attends UR Pride events. He attended the Queen City Pride Parade this year as well. Scheer did not.But Brasseur also worried that bringing same-sex marriage back to the fore could overshadow other issues of importance for the LGBTQ community. They noted that LGBTQ youth face higher rates of poverty and homelessness, for instance. The community is far from politically homogenous, Brasseur added, with members supporting Liberals, Conservatives and many other parties.Scheer’s communications director, Brock W. Harrison, has called Goodale’s attempt to resurrect same-sex marriage a “distraction tactic.”“Mr. Scheer supports same-sex marriage as defined in law and as Prime Minister will, of course, uphold it,” Harrison tweeted on Thursday.Press secretary Daniel Schow expanded on that in an email to the Leader-Post.“Canada’s Conservatives have a proud history of fighting for the rights and protection of all Canadians, including those in the LGBTQ community, at home and abroad,” said Schow. “There are many ways to support these communities, and it is vital that the rights all Canadians are protected regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. Mr. Scheer will continue to stand up against hatred and discrimination in all its forms.”For instance, Scheer has spoken out against the “terrible moment of injustice” against public servants who lost their jobs under suspicion of being gay or lesbian. He has also criticized persecution of LGBTQ people in Brunei and Russia.But Brasseur said they want to hear more about Scheer’s “human perspective” on LGBTQ issues. He was pressed on that in 2016 while appearing on CBC’s Power and Politics. He said he has his own “personal beliefs and “faith background.” He admitted the issue divides Conservatives, but said same-sex marriage is the “law of the land.”“It happened in 2005. I was a member of Parliament at the time. I voted my conscience. I voted my constituents’ wishes,” Scheer told host Rosemary Barton. “It’s not something that I’m looking to revisit.”Asked whether he believes Scheer has a “hidden agenda” on moral issues like same-sex marriage, Goodale suggested that only the Conservative leader can allay suspicions.“Clarity would help answer all of those questions and that is what has not been forthcoming,” he said. “Whether that speech from long ago still applies or not — one would hope not — but it’s not clear one way or the other.”Goodale added that a young person in rural Saskatchewan struggling with their identity might be reassured to hear the “complete roster” of prospective prime ministers say “we’ve got your back.” He urged Scheer to join the chorus by marching in Ottawa’s upcoming Pride parade.“Symbols matter, and sending those important signals to the LGBTQ2 community to say there is absolutely no doubt, there is no controversy, there is no inkling of weakness on this point,” Goodale said.Jim Farney, the head of the University of Regina’s politics and international studies department, said it’s pretty clear the Liberals are trying to paint Scheer as a social conservative.He said that the Conservative position has nonetheless been relatively clear over several years. The party has portrayed itself as open to those with a diversity of views on LGBTQ issues, but has insisted that it’s unwilling to reopen a closed debate over same-sex marriage.Farney said moral issues — like LGBTQ rights, abortion and euthanasia — can be powerful political weapons in federal campaigns. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them continue to crop up as the election approaches.awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

Annan urges decisive action by Security Council on UN force in Darfur

In an opinion article published in The Washington Post, Mr. Annan said he’d felt “hopeful” when he visited Darfur last May but contrasted that with a feeling of pessimism now “unless a major new international effort is mustered in the coming weeks.”Recounting positive signs he’d observed during last year’s trip, the Secretary-General recalled visiting a village whose people had returned after fleeing violence and were living in relative safety, thanks to the presence of African Union (AU) troops. He also pointed out that a cease-fire, albeit shaky, was in place, while the Sudanese Government and the rebels were holding peace talks.“I wish I could report that all these efforts had borne fruit – that Darfur was at peace and on the road to recovery. Alas, the opposite is true,” Mr. Annan noted in the editorial, adding that 2 million people had fled their homes and 3 million – half Darfur’s population – now depend on international relief for food and other basics.At the same time, he said, the peace talks were “far from reaching a conclusion,” many parts of the region were becoming too dangerous for relief workers to reach, and fighting now threatens to spread into neighbouring Chad.AU troops, despite facing a chronic funding crisis, were doing a valiant job, Mr. Annan said but added there were too few of them and they had neither the equipment nor the mandate to protect the people under threat or to enforce a cease-fire “routinely broken by the rebels, as well as by the Janjaweed militia and the Sudanese Government forces.”Pointing out that the AU had decided earlier this month to renew its mission’s mandate until 31 March, he said the group’s members had also in principle expressed support for a transition to a UN operation this year.Mr. Annan said this had put the Security Council “on the spot,” noting that last year, UN members had for the first time unanimously accepted responsibility to “protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity, pledging to take action through the Security Council when national authorities fail.”Calling the transition from the AU force to a UN peace operation in Darfur “inevitable,” he said: “A firm decision by the Security Council is needed, and soon, for an effective transition to take place.”But he cautioned that this did not simply mean giving the present AU mission a “UN hat” because any new mission would need a strong and clear mandate and, given the situation on the ground, would need to be much larger and better equipped than the current force.“Those countries that have the required military assets must be ready to deploy them,” Mr. Annan said.In the meantime, because such a force would take the UN months to deploy, the Secretary-General said the AU mission must be maintained and strengthened. Towards that end, he looked forward to a UN and AU donor conference next month addressing issues of money and logistical support.“Finally, and above all, much stronger pressure must be brought on all parties – the rebels as well as the government – to observe the cease-fire and commit themselves to the Abuja peace talks with a sense of urgency,” Mr. Annan concluded.In a related development, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan told a news conference today that peace talks in Abuja were continuing but at the same time there was heavy fighting in West Darfur and insecurity elsewhere in the region.Calling on all parties to “exercise restraint,” Jan Pronk said that in particular “humanitarian workers should be given free passage either to help the people or to withdraw for the sake of their own safety.” His comments came after an attack on a truck convoy on Monday that killed around 20 government policemen.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) was deployed in the middle of 2004 with the aim of supporting a Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).UNMIS said today that one of its helicopters had crashed shortly after taking off, adding that one of the passengers was missing but the rest survived with no life-threatening injuries. read more

Commemorative £5 coin shifts crown around for first time so Blue Sapphire

first_imgSapphire Jubilee commemoration King-George-VI- Sapphire Jubilee commemorationCredit:Royal Mint Glyn Davies, designer of the £5 range, said: “I drew inspiration from the regalia associated with the Queen’s coronation.”As opposed to many traditional designs, I’ve rotated the crown to make a feature of the Stuart sapphire.”I have also included a quotation from Her Majesty’s 21st birthday speech, which makes the design more personal. I used computer-aided design to create the inscription, but sculpted elements of the crown in clay.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. All the coins feature the Queen’s image in profile on the main side but the £5 range has the imperial state crown on the reverse, and an excerpt from Princess Elizabeth’s famous speech where she dedicated herself to her future role as Queen.It reads: “My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”Royal sources say she will spend the day in “quiet reflection” at Sandringham as for the Queen, the more important anniversary is that the death of her father King George VI. A keen artist and coin collector he is also a Bishop of the Anglican Church in Wales, serving the Diocese of St Asaph.He said: “The arms in my design are shown in an oval cartouche, surrounded by flourishes that reflect the celebratory mood of the coin.”The shield is supported by two branches. On the left, as we look at the shield, is the olive branch, a symbol of faithfulness and reconciliation, and on the right, a branch of oak, representing stability and loyalty in service.”These are all qualities that we can associate with Her Majesty.”Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond was present at the Royal Mint when the Sapphire Jubilee collection was struck.Commenting on the edge lettering on the precious metal £5 coins, the broadcaster said: “I particularly love the inscription around this coin. It reads ‘shine through the ages’ – taken from the Queen’s coronation speech.”She was talking about how the ancient ceremonies shine through the ages of course, but for us, I think this also reflects how the Queen herself has shone, and continues to shine, throughout her wonderful long reign”.Although she is the first British monarch to reach 65 years on the throne, the feat is not unique elsewhere.Louis XIV of France, who reigned for 72 years, and King Bhumipol of Thailand, who died last year after a 70-year reign, are among those who reached Platinum Jubilees.center_img Sapphire Jubilee commemoration Sapphire Jubilee commemorationCredit:Royal Mint The recommended retail prices for the commemorative coins range from £13 for the brilliant un-circulated £5 piece to £49,995 for the £1,000 UK gold proof kilo coin – expensive, but not to be the most valuable coin produced by the Royal Mint.The organisation has a long tradition of marking significant Royal occasions in this way. Next week’s is a particularly special one however, as it is the first time that a British monarch has celebrated a Sapphire Jubilee.It follows on closely from two other remarkable milestones in the Queen’s reign – when she overtook Queen Victoria to become the longest reigning monarch in 2015, and then celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016.The Queen will not expect to receive any gifts to mark her latest jubilee, but she does already possess a suite of blue sapphire jewellery given to her, appropriately, by her father.Gregory Cameron designed the £10, £500 and £1,000 coins which feature the royal coat of arms on the reverse. The Queen’s record-breaking reign is to be marked with a new £5 coin which shifts the crown around for the first time to make the monarch’s Blue Sapphire stone visible.The Royal Mint has commissioned a range of specially designed Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins to mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.The milestone – which falls on February 6 and is a first for a British monarch – has seen coins struck in a range of metals and denominations from £5, £10 and £500 to £1,000. King George VICredit:PAlast_img read more

How online trolls who hate Lady Megbeth are taking over the genteel

Last Thursday was like much like any other day for the Duchess of Sussex. In the midst of a busy week, she was up early after a trip to the National Theatre on Wednesday, and spent the morning on a solo visit to another of her new charity patronages, the Association of Commonwealth Universities at King’s College London. Dressed in a Givenchy all-black ensemble and nude high heels, the Duchess waved to deep, cheering crowds, held her ever-swelling baby bump, met the organisation’s executives and students, and learned about the transformational power of higher education. And then she left. It was, by all accounts, another successful engagement carried out by a well-liked, well-dressed, hard-working… read more

Osmoflo – Australian specialist in mine water desalination

first_imgOsmoflo says it “treats more water used in mining than any other company in Australia. [Its] plants provide process and drinking water from raw water of wide ranging quality and salinity. Osmoflo has a long established track record in providing and supporting the right equipment that guarantees reliability of water supplies for drinking and process requirements. PlantConnect®, Osmoflo’s proprietary plant control and monitoring system linked to [its] 24-hour manned Operations Control Centre, helps ensure efficient performance regardless of location.”Applications include:Desalinated drinking and general use waterHigh purity water for processing ore and mineralsWater for gas turbine operationTreatment of mine drainage water for release back into natural water catchments.Just one example of an Osmoflo Australian project was when Bemax Resources (now Cristal Mining) was developing a new high grade mineral sands deposit 10 km from its existing Ginkgo mine. Bore water, the only source in the locality, has a salinity content of about half that of seawater, making it unsuitable for site requirements without treatment. As Snapper became operational, Ginkgo gradually wound down and an Osmoflo desalination plant there provided under a Build Own Operate contract, was transferred to the new mine. The challenge facing Bemax was how to meet water requirements at Snapper during construction and until the desalination plant at Ginkgo was transferred over, a period of around 18 months.Osmoflo recommended that a sewater reverse osmosis plant mounted in a 20′ container and readily available from the company’s rental fleet be adapted to meet specific conditions at the Snapper site. Feed water with a TDS content of more than18,000 mg/l is pre-treated in a containerised multimedia filtration (MMF)system designed to ‘plug and play’. MMF vessels are backwashed individually, a feature that enables the SWRO plant to run continuously. The treated water, which contains less than 500 TDS mg/l was suitable for general purpose needs. The client’s requirement was 220,000 litres/d of RO product water, however the plant can be ramped up to 250,000 litres/d if required. Brine produced in the desalination process is blended back into bore water for industrial use. Monitoring of plant performance was undertaken by Osmoflo technical engineers and timed to coincide with servicing regimes at the Ginkgo plant.The rental solution was a cost effective option to supply water during the development phase of the mine’s life cycle. Close liaison between Bemax and Osmoflo staff ensured the arrival and commissioning was in line with construction requirements.Osmoflo works widely outside Australia and recently supplied a rental solution to Antofagasta’s Antucoya project. By the end of August 2013, the full 1,500 m3/day of equipment (UF/SWRO) had been installed, commissioned and handed over to Osmoflo SPA for ongoing operation and maintenance.last_img read more

Yahoo lance son kiosque numérique pour tablettes

first_imgYahoo! lance son kiosque numérique pour tablettesLe groupe Internet américain a annoncé qu’il lancerait cette année son propre kiosque numérique, “Livestand”. Celui-ci sera destiné aux tablettes tactiles. Le marché très porteur des tablettes tactiles a poussé Yahoo! à se lancer dans l’aventure d’un kiosque numérique dédié. Irv Henderson, responsable des produits pour l’Internet mobile du groupe a ainsi présenté “Livestand” hier à San Francisco, en indiquant : “Plus on l’utilise, mieux il sait ce qui nous intéresse”. Cela signifie qu’à terme, Livestand “sait le genre d’articles que je lis, il sait où je me trouve et où je suis  allé”, a-t-il ajouté. Le kiosque devrait être entièrement personnalisable et être compatible avec tous les tablettes tactiles et systèmes d’exploitation du marché, selon Yahoo!. Il sera ensuite adapté à des formats plus petits, les smartphones par exemple, ou encore aux PC et téléviseurs.”Livestand” devrait ouvrir ses portes cet été. Le 11 février 2011 à 18:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les boas constrictors envahissent lîle de Porto Rico

first_imgLes boas constrictors envahissent l’île de Porto RicoDes chercheurs américains tirent la sonnette d’alarme : importés sur l’île de Porto Rico comme animaux de compagnie puis échappés dans la nature, des boas constrictors sont en train de s’y reproduire et de coloniser les fragiles écosystèmes locaux.Porto Rico est en proie à une invasion pour le moins préoccupante : celle de boas constrictors. Ces serpents indûment (ou accidentellement) relâchés sur cette île où ils ne vivaient pas à l’état sauvage, commencent en effet à en coloniser les écosystèmes. Une multiplication qui a poussé les scientifiques à tirer la sonnette d’alarme. Pour en savoir plus sur les boas, Bob Reed de l’United States Geological Survey (USGS) et ses collègues ont ainsi mené sur l’île une étude génétique des spécimens présents.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous avons appris, en travaillant sur d’autres serpents invasifs, que la compréhension de l’origine de ces populations et la prévention, dès que possible, de leur propagation, sont importantes pour protéger les écosystèmes”, a expliqué ce spécialiste cité par LiveScience. Or, mes résultats des analyses indiquent une grande proximité génétique entre individus, répartis sur des zones éloignées les unes des autres. Autrement dit, les quelques spécimens initialement échappés se sont reproduits, et commencent à faire souche à travers toute l’île. Aujourd’hui, ces animaux atteignant 3 mètres et pesant jusqu’à 35 kg, menacent ainsi les équilibres écologiques de Porto Rico. “Une fois que les serpents non indigènes se sont établis sur une grande surface, en particulier dans les zones densément boisées, ils deviennent beaucoup plus difficiles à trouver et presque impossibles à éradiquer”, avertit Bob Reed dont l’étude est publiée dans la revue Biological Invasions. D’autant plus que les serpents peuvent se déplacer sur de longues distances, notamment grâce à des camions qui les transportent accidentellement. L’an dernier, pas moins de 150 boas ont été capturés dans la région de Mayagüez, dans l’ouest de Porto Rico.  Le 4 décembre 2012 à 10:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

County looks to fill ag advisory committee

first_imgClark County is currently seeking a local resident who has a direct connection to commercial agriculture and is willing to serve on a volunteer advisory board.The Clark County Agricultural Advisory Committee is a recently formed group that will advise the county council on policies and regulations relating to agriculture. According to a county news release, the committee’s work could include preparing an economic analysis of local agriculture, identifying current services that support farming and developing an action plan outlining the business growth potential of agriculture in the county.Individuals involved in commercial agriculture interested in being appointed to the committee must submit a letter of qualifications and résumé to Jennifer Clark, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, 98666.Applications also can be faxed to 360-397-6058 or emailed to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov.last_img read more

Load of chickens spills after crash on SR 502 west of Battle

first_imgA tractor-trailer hauling a load of live chickens crashed on state Highway 502 on Monday afternoon, spilling hundreds of birds and delaying traffic.The crash was reported around 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of Northeast 29th Avenue and Highway 502, also known as Northeast 219th Street, west of Battle Ground.Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said the driver was unhurt.Finn shared a video of the scene on Twitter:Dollar’s Corner – WB SR502/NE 29th Ave – U-Turn gone wrong! Right lane BLOCKED! Expect delays! pic.twitter.com/zyKphjJpYL— Trooper Will Finn (@wspd5pio) June 25, 2018“The driver of this combination semi truck and trailer combination loaded with chickens performed an illegal U-turn,” Finn said.It was only the driver’s second time making the route, picking up the birds from a local farm to deliver to the Foster Farms chicken processing plant in Kelso. He had completed the U-turn successfully the first time, Finn said.last_img read more

Logics One Day With Ryan Tedder Celebrates Tomorrow

first_img Email Logic, Ryan Tedder’s Hope-Filled “One Day” logics-one-day-ryan-tedder-celebrates-tomorrow Logic’s “One Day” With Ryan Tedder Celebrates Tomorrow Facebook Twitter If you need something that’s looking “up” in your day, the artists encourage you to look ahead with fresh determinationPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 27, 2018 – 4:38 pm Rapper Logic received Song Of The Year and Best Music Video nominations for “1-800-273-8255” at the 60th GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, enlisting the help of Alessia Cara and Khalid to deliver the song’s powerful suicide helpline message. On July 26 he released “One Day” featuring Ryan Tedder to fight feeling down from a different point of view.Logic testifies from his hard upbringing: “I made it out and if I can, you can, no doubt.” The song plays with the tension between his pleasure and relief of getting paid millions and the one-to-one connection he tries to establish with the listener, whose struggles he relates to. Skip “the lights and cameras, right now it’s just you and me,” is his posture, insisting on a close-up. Taking the chorus, Ryan Tedder packs Logic’s argument into the song title’s two words, never trivializing how much the trip to tomorrow can take out of us today. News A GRAMMY nominee along with his band, OneRepublic, Tedder’s three GRAMMY wins are from his work as producer/songwriter for other artists — all wins for Album Of The Year, including for his work with Adele on her sophomore album 21 at the 54th GRAMMY Awards and her follow-up 25 at the 59th GRAMMYs. Tedder also earned a win alongside Taylor Swift for 1989 at the 58th GRAMMY Awards. The man has some good luck with numbers!These are trying times, and while catching a musical break doesn’t meet everything needed, Logic and Tedder are ardent and persuasive. They just might convince people to keep on keeping on, not because it’s the only thing they can do but because better days are ahead.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more https://twitter.com/RattPack/status/1022701719489327104last_img read more

Govt to develop temples across State MLA Rasamayi

first_imgManakondur: MLA Rasamayi Balakishan said that both the government and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao are determined to develop all the temples present across the State. On Thursday he participated in Sri Renuka Yellamma Jatara that was held at Munjampalli village of Manakondur mandal in Karimnagar district and offered special prayers to the Goddess. He sanctioned Rs 15 lakhs for the development of the temple on this occasion. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us The MLA said the State is developing in all sectors under the able leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. ‘All the temples present across the State have been neglected during the reign of previous governments. But after the formation of separate Telangana State, the TRS government is focusing on the developments of various temples,’ he added. The leaders of Goud community and village sarpanch Gopal Reddy felicitated MLA Rasamayi Balakishan for sanctioning of Rs 15 lakhs for the construction of a new temple to Goddess Sri Renuka Yellamma.last_img read more

Oil prices dip but hold above 40 ahead of producer meeting

first_imgOil prices dipped in early Asian trade Tuesday, but both U.S. and international crude futures held above $40 per barrel ahead of a meeting of major producers to discuss freezing output levels to rein in ballooning oversupply.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were trading at $40.27 per barrel at 0059 GMT, down 9 cents from their last settlement.International Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $42.70 a barrel, 13 cents below their last close but only 36 cents off their 2016-high reached the previous day.Major oil producers from the Middle East and Russia, but excluding the United States, plan to meet in Qatar’s capital Doha next Sunday. They will discuss measures to rein in ballooning oversupply which sees as many as 2 million barrels of crude produced every day in excess of demand, leaving storage tanks around the world filled to the rims with unsold and unwanted fuel.Most analysts expect producers to freeze output around current output levels, which being beyond consumption and close to record levels would do little to address the glut.”The potential risk for prices is for the downside as freezing output at current levels would be more of a symbolic act rather than a real market intervention. But you need to be open to surprises in this market,” said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney.While Spooner said that a production freeze would do little to address the immediate glut, he added that keeping key Middle East and Russian output around current levels might in the longer term lead to a more balanced market.”There is demand growth, and production in the U.S. is falling, so if against that background there was a freeze, markets could get tighter at some stage,” he said.Analysts at Bernstein said that they expected global oil demand to grow at a mean annual rate of 1.4 percent between 2016 and 2020, versus annual growth of 1.1 percent over the past decade, adding that global demand would reach 101.1 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2020 from 94.6 million bpd now.Looking further into the future, Bernstein said that world oil demand would likely peak in the 2030s.”The world will reach ‘peak demand’ before ‘peak supply’. Global oil demand is likely to peak around 2030-35 at 108 million bpd.”last_img read more

Cardinals finish Day 2 of the Louisville Invitational

first_img“I think the most important thing this weekend was to just put finishing touches on both squads, and we saw some really cool things,” said Arthur Albiero, UofL head coach. “I think this speaks volumes for the level of preparation that we’ve done the people that were really focusing on this meet put up incredible performances, lifetime bests all-around. I think this is a great confidence boost for the rest of the team, the people that are not swimming through to get ready for ACCs to know that ‘this is my teammate right here and we train together’ and I think we’re on the right track. We’re excited, we’re going to do what we do best going into ACCs. We’re going to go and we’re going to fight, battle and going to compete hard until it’s over and enjoy every minute of it.” Uof L First Chance Results The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team finished the second day of finals at the Louisville Invitational with NCAA B-cuts and meet records. In the men’s 200 free, Kyle Worrell won with a time of 1:37.29.  Santiago Aguilera was second in 1:38.77 and Derek Sander was third in 1:39.64. Tanner Cummings got an NCAA B-cut with a time of 19.93 in the 50 free. In the first event, Chase Sellers cut nearly four seconds from his prelim time in the 400 IM with a time of 3:54.32 in the finals. In the 100 butterfly, Kelly Tichenor put up a 54.50 for the win. Story Links Photo Gallery center_img Jack Wever just outtouched Chase Sellers in the 100 backstroke, going 48.51 to Sellers’ 48.52. In the women’s 200 free, Annette Schultz put up the winning time of 1:47.63, Katie Schorr was second in 1:50.44 and Emily Moser was third in 1:55.65. In the 50 freestyle, Annette Schultz went 23.35 to set the meet record followed by Katie Schorr who was second and also under the record in 23.43. Gracie Long was third in 23.55. The women’s team leaves for the ACC Championships which begin on Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C.   Print Friendly Version Sofie Underdahl put up a time of 1:56.72 in the 200 backstroke for an NCAA B-Cut. Michael Hampel won the 200 breaststroke in 1:59.23 Mihalis Deliyiannis turned in the winning time of 19.62 in the finals of the 50 free. Tanner Cummings touched second in 20.05 (also under the meet record), Kyle Worrell was third in 20.61, Santiago Aguilera was 4th in 20.74 and Derek Sander was fifth in 21.18.last_img read more

SpaceX Completes Another Successful Launch

first_imgStay on target On July 5, SpaceX completed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 rocket. It was carrying a communications satellite — the Intelsat 35e — to a geostationary orbit. As always, SpaceX live-tweeted and streamed the launch, and it was textbook.At this point reporting on SpaceX’s successes feels like a foregone conclusion. Of course they launched, of course it went awesome, move on, next thing. But it’s worth noting (again) that space flight is in a new, critical era. This could well determine how quickly we see broad commercial pushes for bigger spaceflight. Racking up wins like this makes Mars and other far-off, big-scale space projects much more likely — and much more likely to succeed.The launch had been delayed a couple times this weekend, due to apparent guidance system issues. That sounds bad, and yeah it’s a little troubling there’s something to fix at all, but having an agile private company leading the charge for safe, responsible space flight and employing enough checks and safe guards that these issues get caught before launch, is definitely good news.Successful deployment of @Intelsat 35e to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit confirmed. pic.twitter.com/f4ZzLNnQZF— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 6, 2017Perhaps more impressive though, is that this marks the third such launch in the past couple weeks. That’s astonishing, and again, a testament to SpaceX organization, administration, and, of course, engineering.Unlike many other recent launches, though, this rocket from this launch will not be recovered. Geostationary orbits are far higher than the ones used for other craft and satellites like the International Space Station. After the rocket delivered the new communications hub, there just wasn’t enough fuel to get the ship back to earth so that it could be recycled.In any case, it’s good news for all of us, not to mention the future of spaceflight to keep seeing these wins — even if the road to get there was a bit rocky.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterSpaceX’s Starhopper Is Ready for Its Biggest Hop Test last_img read more