Making room for eswachta

first_imgTogether with adding more dimensions to Swachh Bharat Mission to clear out the clutter and clean up India and taking the country to heights of development with digitising as much as possible, a hitherto overlooked matter of grave concern has been the management of e-waste. A study confirms that India happens to be among the top five countries in the world for the amount of e-waste it generates; China, USA, Japan, and Germany being the other countries on the list in the study conducted by ASSOCHAM-NEC. Maharashtra is the largest contributor of e-waste at 19.8 per cent and recycles only about 47,810 TPA (tonnes per annum). Its counterparts Tamil Nadu (13 per cent) recycles about 52,427 TPA, UP (10.1 per cent) recycles about 86,130. Other states like West Bengal contribute 9.8 per cent e-waste, Delhi 9.5 per cent, Karnataka 8.9 per cent, Gujarat 8.8 per cent, and Madhya Pradesh’s share is studied to be 7.6 per cent. 82 per cent of India’s e-waste comprises personal devices such as computers, screens, smartphones, tablets and TVs, and the remainder being larger household appliances and heating and cooling equipment. Out of the composite global e-waste, only 20 per cent of it is recycled each year, meaning that 40 million tonnes of e-waste is either placed in landfill, or burned, or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard manner. 66 per cent of the world’s population is covered by e-waste legislation. Given this, recycling e-waste and managing it altogether is a challenge and it is more than necessary to rise to it. One way to address the situation is to focus on customers as the key to better management of e-waste. With this approach, consumers are encouraged to correctly dispose off their electronic discards, increase reuse and recycling, and adopt sustainable consumer habits and move towards a circular economy. In principle, this is a most favourable idea. In practice, however, the consumer cannot be the sole primary aspect of this type of clean-up. There needs to be institutional initiative and necessary intervention in coordinating and ascertaining that a consumer-centric approach works effectively. Roping in the seller to buy back discarded electronic items must be made a rule-bound practice for proper disposal of e-waste. The hazards of not properly disposing e-waste are many, the noxious fumes and the toxicity are detrimental to both health and environment not just immediately after disposal but for a long time after that. In India, however, the lack of an updated inventory for the amount of e-waste generated makes it difficult to quantify the e-waste recycled and disposed. Also Read – A compounding difficultyA well designed, regulated e-waste recovery system will go a long way in detoxifying the environment and even bring crucial additional benefits like generating jobs and, in turn, wealth. For that, it is necessary that the increasingly generated e-waste does not end up in landfill and severely pollute land, water, and air. Nearly 95 per cent of India’s e-waste is recycled in the informal sector and in a crude, hazardous manner. A report on e-waste presented by the UN in World Economic Forum on January 24, 2019, points out that the waste stream reached 48.5 MT in 2018 and the figure is expected to double if nothing changes. Just about 20 per cent of global e-waste ends up being recycled. The UN report highlights that due to poor extraction techniques, the total recovery rate of cobalt from e-waste is only 30 per cent. The report further cites that one recycler in China already produces more cobalt from recycling than what the country mines in one year. It has been proved that recycled metals are 2 to 10 times more energy-efficient than metals smelted from ore. It is suggested that lowering the amount of electronics entering the waste stream and improving end-of-life handling are crucial for building a more circular economy, where not only is waste reduced, resources are conserved and are fed back into the supply chain for new products. In India, laws to check regulation of e-waste have been lying in place since 2011, mandating that only authorised dismantlers and recyclers collect e-waste. E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016 was enacted on October 1, 2017, and over 21 products (Schedule-I) come under the purview of this rule. Most Indians, however, are oblivious to this provision. The very specific goal of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to make India open defecation free, and that considerable progress has been made in this direction, specifically taking up the cause of e-waste management to spread awareness about it will definitely be fruitful. As an initial step in this direction, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals will be made of 50,000 tonnes of e-waste. The organising committee is said to make all the medals from old smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets. By November 2018, organisers had collected 47,488 tonnes of devices, from which nearly 8 tonnes of gold, silver, and bronze will be extracted to make 5,000 medals. About 1,600 or 90 per cent municipal authorities in Japan were involved in collection activities – proving the point of employment generation and potential wealth creation!last_img read more

V-C, senior officials leave JU campus after 25-hr gherao

first_imgKolkata: After remaining gheraoed for more than 25 hours, Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das and senior administrative officials of the university left the campus late on Tuesday night.The students were agitating, demanding immediate closure of the Centre for Disability Studies in the varsity, alleging misappropriation of funds on the part of those involved in running the Centre since Monday evening. They had earlier placed this demand at the Executive Council (EC) meeting. “The way they have pressed for their demand is undemocratic. I have nothing more to say. I am very tired,” Das said. The university authorities have faced a similar situation five times in the last few months. On February 19, when the students agitated demanding students’ union election, Das was allegedly heckled by a section of students and was hospitalised. He had just joined the university then. Pro vice-chancellor Pradip Ghosh, who also left the campus late on Tuesday night after being gheroaed, said that the authorities have formed a multi-member committee to review activities of all 40 centres under the varsity and also the various schools in it. But the students were bent upon immediate closure of the centre and encroached in front of Aurobindo Bhavan, the administrative building of the varsity. Manojit Mandal, coordinator of the centre and an EC member, said that the project over which a section of students are agitating is translation of an authentic biography of Rabindranath Tagore from Bengali to English. “It has been approved by the university and classes have begun with four students just a week ago. Not an iota of Rs 25 lakh that has been allocated for the project by the state government, has been spent. So how can they allege misappropriation?” Mandal questioned. Meanwhile, the agitating students said that they have lifted their gherao but will continue to press for their demand.last_img read more

100 years on… Jallianwala Bagh still bleeds

first_imgAmritsar/ New Delhi: India on Saturday remembered the Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi paying tribute to those killed in the Amritsar tragedy 100 years ago. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, during the Baisakhi festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and injured. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”History is not a mere chronicle of events. It shows us the depths to which depraved minds can plunge and cautions us to learn from the past. It also tells us that the power of evil is transient,” said Naidu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the memory of those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre serves as an inspiration to work for an India they would be proud of. “Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, India pays tributes to all those martyred … Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of,” he tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayCongress president Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial and said the cost of freedom must never be forgotten. He was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other Congress leaders. They also observed a two-minute silence to remember those who were massacred in the tragic incident on April 13, 1919. “The cost of freedom must never ever be forgotten. We salute the people of India who gave everything they had for it,” the Congress chief wrote in the visitors’ book. British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith also visited the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial separately and laid a wreath there. In the visitors’ book, Asquith wrote, “The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused.” He also wrote, “I am pleased today that the UK and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership.” In his brief interaction with reporters later, Asquith noted British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history. May, however, had stopped short of offering a formal apology. Asked why an apology was not tendered by the British government, Asquith said, “I know this is a really important question. I would just ask you to respect what I came here to do, which is to commemorate those who died a hundred years ago and to express the sorrow of the British government and of the British people.”last_img read more

UN Peacebuilding Commission committed to helping Burundi – official

The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) is committed to supporting Burundi, including by helping mobilize resources to fight poverty, an official from the newly created body, which aims to prevent countries from relapsing into conflict, said today in Bujumbura, the capital.“I have reiterated the strong support of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission to the Government and people of Burundi concerning ongoing efforts to consolidate peace,” Ambassador Johan Løvald told reporters after wrapping up a four-day visit to the small central African State, which has been the victim of violent coups and political instability since gaining independence in 1962. The eight-member delegation from the PBC met with the President, government ministers and other officials as well as representatives of civil society, women’s groups, the private sector and religious communities. “I have reiterated the commitment of the Peacebuilding Commission to work with the Government and other stakeholders, within our mandate, to assist in resource mobilization in the fight to eradicate poverty and promote community recovery,” Ambassador Løvald said.From the meetings, he said the PBC delegation learned of the country’s determination to “deal with the problem of poverty and the need to secure a better future for all, not least the young generation,” he added.Government officials also appealed for participation in a planned donor conference to be held in May. “We also received a uniform message for increased resources for development,” Ambassador Løvald said.He noted that in meetings with government officials, he stressed the importance of adhering to all peace agreements as well as promoting “inclusive political dialogue, human rights and good governance.”Last month, the PBC sent a delegation on a five-day maiden mission to Sierra Leone. Established in December 2005, the Commission focuses on reconstruction, institution-building and the promotion of sustainable development in post-conflict countries. 14 April 2007The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) is committed to supporting Burundi, including by helping mobilize resources to fight poverty, an official from the newly created body, which aims to prevent countries from relapsing into conflict, said today in Bujumbura, the capital. read more

Scottish Secretary urges DUP to change its position on gay rights issues

first_img“I think change is brought about, certainly in Northern Ireland, by persuasion, by people working together and the best way actually to achieve these is to get the Northern Ireland Assembly back up and running, and I hope that will also be possible.”Nicola Sturgeon has said careful scrutiny of any deal with the DUP will be needed to guard against any rollback of equalities legislation and has also raised concerns on the impact on the Northern Irish peace process.Writing in the Daily Record, she said: “The Good Friday Agreement requires the UK Government to be an impartial broker between parties in Northern Ireland and it would be shameful if, in the Tories’ pursuit of power, they jeopardised the chances of a return to devolved government in Northern Ireland.” arlene foster David Mundell greets Ruth Davidson at a gathering of newly-elective Scottish Tory MPsCredit:PA Mr Mundell told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “I don’t subscribe to the DUP’s position on these issues but the DUP will not be influencing these decisions within the rest of the United Kingdom.”We’re not in any way signing up to the DUP manifesto. Most of these issues are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly.” 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. The Scottish Secretary David Mundell has called on the Democratic Unionist Party to “change its position” on LGBTI issues.Theresa May is due to meet the DUP leader Arlene Foster on Tuesday to finalise a deal on propping up her minority government.Mr Mundell, the Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale who has been reappointed Scottish Secretary, became the first openly-gay Conservative Cabinet secretary when he came out in January 2015.Questioned on the DUP’s stance on gay rights, he said he does “not subscribe” to the Northern Irish party’s position.Northern Ireland is the only part of the British Isles where same-sex marriage remains outlawed.The DUP has repeatedly used a controversial Stormont voting mechanism – the petition of concern – to prevent legalisation despite a majority of MLAs supporting the move at the last vote. david mundell He added: “I would like to see the DUP change its position, and indeed Northern Ireland as a whole change its position, on LGBTI issues.”Ruth Davidson has been very clear on that, she actually went out to Northern Ireland and set that out, so they can’t be in any doubt where they stand on these issues. Arlene Foster is due to meet Theresa May on TuesdayCredit:EPAlast_img read more

US18M oil bonus Civil society body to sue Govt for holding

A civil society body is expected to take to court, this week, the Government of Guyana over its decision to stash in a special account US$18 million given by oil giant ExxonMobil as a signing bonus in 2016.This news publication was informed that the action will be filed as soon as all the paper work is completed and the entity is satisfied that there are no loopholes in its case.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and at least one other anti-corruption body are expected to join in the action, given their concern over the move by the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government to justify its decision to “illegally hold the money outside of the Consolidated Fund.”People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian the former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, speaking with this publication, confirmed that his party has decided this is the best course of action, ‘given the stubbornness of the current Administration, and its apparent inability to respect the rule of law as well as the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA).’Nandlall insists that this money, now sitting in a special account at the Bank of Guyana, was illegally placed there; and he has chided the Government for its “double-standards and continued deception.”Asked if this is the only recourse, given that his party’s motion in the National Assembly to adjust the estimates of the 2018 budget to include the US$18M signing bonus was dismissed by Speaker Dr Barton Scotland, Nandlall responded in the affirmative.The former Attorney General says he has taken issue with the formal outline by President David Granger for the transfer of the money from the Bank of Guyana account into the Consolidated Fund.President Granger had said he is willing to respect any ruling of the court or credible legal advice which proves that a criminal or illegal act has occurred by the non-transfer of the funds into the Consolidated Fund.“As I said, it was put there for a reason; and if I am advised by the lawyer that we are in breach of any regulations, we would comply with the ruling of any court or legal advice… We need it there, and that’s why we put it there, but the money is safe,” the President said.Nandlall had expressed concern over the President’s statement, and is reminding him that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party has, from the onset, been pointing out the illegality.“…a number of important stakeholder organisations and financial as well as legal luminaries have already advised him to put the money into the Consolidated Fund, but he still refuses to do so,” Nandlall pointed out, before stating, “There is no alternative but to give the Government a court order”.Christopher RamMeanwhile, new questions have now surfaced over the response given by the Government that the US$18M that was not place into the Consolidated Fund will be used for legal fees to international lawyers for Guyana’s border controversy with Venezuela.It was pointed out that In 2016, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had admitted in the National Assembly under questioning from the parliamentary Opposition, that $200M had been set aside to hire international lawyers for Guyana’s border controversy with Venezuela.That sum was subsequently cleared, along with the rest of the budget.Attorney-at-law and Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, who first blew the whistle that Government had collected millions in US dollars from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus for its renegotiated oil contract with Guyana has since emphasized that Government must explain what it did with the first allocation for ‘legal fees’.“And since Minister (of Foreign Affairs, Carl) Greenidge is so forthcoming in this matter, then he ought to be similarly forthcoming in explaining how the earlier sums have been expended,” Ram stated, during the interview with this media group.On the matter of Government’s explanation for the signing bonus, Ram expressed disappointment. “It is a phenomenal amount …it amounts to five years of the entire legal profession’s fees in Guyana. Now the information for the defence of our case has already been accumulated since 1896.”“And it has been repeated in the 60s, the 70s, the 80s and (onwards). The information is there, what would have to happen is there would have to be advocacy in front of the ICJ, if it is taken to the ICJ” said Ram.At the time, People’s Progressive Party/Civic Chief Whip and former Foreign Affairs Minister Gail Teixeira had questioned the $200 million placed under Line Item the heading ‘other’ in Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Development of Foreign Policy.Teixeira had pointed out that in 2014, some $30 million was allocated under the Line Item but by 2015 it had jumped to $166.6 million. She had noted that only $76.4 million was utilised and as result, she queried why $200 million was being requested.Responding to the enquiries, Greenidge had explained that “the increase here is determined almost exclusively by the cost of retaining international lawyers to assist us in this exercise… together with the need to also retain lawyers and advisors locally.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt to now place US$18M oil bonus into Consolidated Fund- HarmonMarch 29, 2018In “latest news”$US18M oil bonus: Opposition MP files legal challenge to have monies deposited into Consolidated FundFebruary 12, 2018In “Court”New date set for $US18M oil bonus caseMarch 13, 2018In “Court” read more

Female vendor gunbutted robbed 2 suspects in custody Police

…1 shot in scuffle with Police, while the other was caught visiting shot accomplice  The Stabroek MarketPrompt response by an off duty police constable has resulted in the apprehension of two suspects who allegedly gun-butted and robbed a female vendor of a sum of cash about 05:50h on Saturday, outside of the Stabroek Market.According to Police PRO, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, in the ensuing process, one of the men was shot in his right thigh after he reportedly tried to disarm the said off duty policeman of his Force issued pistol.Enquiries revealed that the policeman in question was seated in a route 42 minibus on Water Street in the vicinity of the Central Fire Station, when he heard screams of “thief” and immediately saw the suspects, one of whom he knew as a known character, fleeing the area and joining a waiting motorcar.The policeman followed the vehicle which stopped in Leopold Street, Charlestown, where the men exited and proceeded inside a house.According to Ramlakhan, the officer then went to the Brickdam Police Station, reported his observation and returned to the house, with other ranks, where only the known character was found.It was outlined that in the process of arresting the suspect, he grabbed the policeman’s weapon and tried to disarm him when a round was discharged and struck him in upper right thigh.The suspect was rushed to a hospital in Georgetown, where he is presently in a stable condition receiving treatment under guard.The Police PRO detailed also that other suspect was nabbed at the said hospital when he went to check on his accomplice.The victim has since received medical attention and submitted a statement.Several witnesses to the robbery are said to be assisting with the ongoing investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGunman nabbed shortly after robbery at Stabroek MarketMay 29, 2019In “Crime”Escaping bandit shot by police after robbing vendorApril 22, 2017In “Crime”Ex-policeman arrested for robbery                                                                                                                                     January 14, 2018In “Crime” read more

Korab Resources evaluating anthracite prospects in Ukraine and reports dynamic market

first_imgKorab Resources, an Australian resource development and exploration company is currently evaluating portfolio of energy assets in Ukraine with a view to acquiring controlling interest in these assets. Eastern Ukraine assets, which are being evaluated and which are subject of the potential transactions, include a producing anthracite coal mine and other anthracite coal deposits, as well as shale gas and coal seam gas licences. The anthracite coal mine which is being evaluated is currently in production. It has its own railway spur and is connected by rail to a deep sea port terminal. The anthracite deposits under evaluation are ready to produce. Korab explains that anthracite coal, “because of its rarity, increased use and limited capacity to increase supply, has seen strong price increases. Anthracite global reserves account for about 1% of total coal reserves making this one of the rarest forms of coal and leading to it being termed ‘black gold’ of the coal world. Anthracite is a hard, compact variety of coal that has a high lustre. It has the highest carbon count and contains the fewest impurities of all coals. Anthracite is the highest of the metamorphic rank, in which the carbon content is between 92% and 98%. The moisture content of fresh-mined anthracite is less than 15%. The heat content of anthracite ranges from 26 to 33 MJ/kg on a moist, mineral-matter-free basis.“In China and India, anthracite plays a crucial role in steel making, particularly in pulverised-coal-injection (PCI) methods. The technology involves injecting very fine particles of pulverised coal at high rates into the chamber of the blast furnace as a fuel. Most modern furnaces are equipped with a coal grinding and coal injection system. The major incentive is cost savings. A coal grinding and injection system requires much less capital cost compared to a coke oven installation.“In 2009 China (which produces about 50% of world anthracite) stopped exporting anthracite and by 2010 China had become a net importer of anthracite coal.  Globally, anthracite is used as a superior and cleaner substitute to coke because of its physical and chemical characteristics.” The main applications where anthracite coal is used are:Carboniser for steel productionCoke substitute in production and smelting of nonferrous metalsProduction of synthetic corundum in abrasive industryCarbon fuel for agglomeration of ores for frrous and non-ferrous metalsAthracite refuse and mine waste is used for team electric power generation.In addition to hosting large deposits of anthracite coal, Uraine has significant deposits of coal seam gas, and some of the richest shale gas deposits in Europe. Ukrainian shale gas deposits are estimated to have as much as 88 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas reserves.last_img read more

Irish businesses are among the EUs best for selling abroad online

first_imgIRISH PEOPLE ARE better than other Europeans at buying and selling online with other countries according to new EU-wide research on digital habits.Ireland exhibited much better rates of cross border e-commerce than the rest of the union, with 24 per cent of the population having bought online from other EU countries in the previous year, compared to an EU average of 12 per cent.The initiative being shown extends to Irish businesses, with both SMEs and larger companies also comfortably ahead of the EU average for drumming up business form abroad. Source: European CommissionOverall in many of the areas monitored Irish people were bang on the EU average in terms of digital skills. For example, those identified as having low or no digital skills make up about 46 per cent of the population in Ireland, just one point below the EU average of 47 per cent.Broadband usage in Ireland is also roundabout on the European average according to the European Commission research, with 96 per cent of the total population having access to it compared to 97 per cent of Europeans. Subscriptions with high speed connections over 30 Mbps and 100 Mbsp were also above the EU average.The main area where Ireland is lagging behind in broadband speeds is in the availability of 4G coverage. The figures for 2013 show that 35 per cent of Irish people had access to 4G compared to 59 per cent of EuropeansIrish providers Meteor, eMobile, Vodafone and Three have all introduced 4G services over the past 9 months meaning that the figure has increased. Source: European CommissionRead: In 2016 there’ll be a new place for 500 students to live: Dublin’s Digital Hub >Column: Digital innovation and enterprise needs to be nurtured at an EU level >last_img read more

Google launches Chrome extension for blocking unwanted search results

first_imgGoogle has today released a new extension for the Chrome browser a lot of people may find surprising. The purpose of the extension, called Personal Blocklist, is to allow a user to block search results from sites they don’t want to visit.Google has done this to allow low-quality content to be blocked. The search giant will also use the information gathered by user decisions to help improve page ranking in the future. This is described as follows on the Chrome web store:The personal blocklist extension will transmit to Google the patterns that you choose to block. When you choose to block or unblock a pattern, the extension will also transmit to Google the URL of the web page on which the blocked or unblocked search results are displayed. The extension allows for instant blocking, but those results you do block will still be visisble by clicking a “show” link at the bottom of a Google search page. That way, any accidental blocks can easily be undone. All blocked sites are also listed in the extension’s about window.Google clearly states Personal Blocker is just an experiment at the moment, so it may not work exactly as advertised at this early stage. If you want to try it, though, just head on over to the Chrome web store.Read more at The Official Google BlogMatthew’s OpinionI don’t doubt that this extension is going to be very popular with Chrome users. How many times have you searched for a product to buy only to be presented with a long list of shopping websites just working off of affiliate links? Now you can block them all and help yourself get better results.The install procedure couldn’t be easier and no browser restart is required. Do a Google search afterwards and it’s hard to spot the difference, but a link does appear after every result offering to block it, and a red circle icon appears on the upper-right toolbar of your browser. With some forethought you could block all the sites that don’t appeal to you with a few simple test searches.I’m sure a lot of sites will not be happy about this extension, though. Page ranking means nothing if users are blocking your site, so why pay all that advertising money? At the moment it isn’t an issue as only a small percentage of users will install the extension. But if it gets popular there will be growing complaints directed at Google from businesses.last_img read more

Arles un bateau romain tiré de leau 2000 ans après son naufrage

first_imgArles : un bateau romain tiré de l’eau 2.000 ans après son naufrageC’est dans ce qui était autrefois un port romain, à Arles, que va être relevé une barge romaine datant du Ier siècle. Elle sera restaurée avant de prendre place dans le musée Arles antique.En 2004, un chaland à fond plat de 31 mètres de longueur était découvert dans l’ancien port romain d’Arles (Arelate à l’époque). Daté du milieu du Ier siècle, bien qu’échoué à huit mètres de profondeur, ce bateau est dans un état de conservation exceptionnel. Comme l’explique Claude Sintes, le directeur du musée départemental Arles Antique (MDAA), il s’agit du “seul bateau romain complet qu’on connaisse. A bord, on a retrouvé des cordages, la cuisine des marins, avec son four, la vaisselle gravée à leurs noms, des outils comme une houe, une serpette et aussi tout son chargement : 27 tonnes de pierres taillées destinées à la construction!”.La raison du naufrage reste inconnue et c’est en partie grâce au limon du Rhône dans lequel il s’est enfoncé qu’il reste aussi bien conservé. De plus, comme le rapporte TV5monde, des milliers de poteries, d’amphores et divers autres objets ont été jetés dans le fleuve par les habitants. Cet amas de trois mètres de hauteur a également servi de bouclier à la barge qui gît ici depuis près de 2.000 ans. Baptisé Arles-Rhône 3, le chaland a obtenu le classement de “trésor national”.D’autres trésors avaient déjà été découverts dans le Rhône. Au cours des fouilles de 2008, 2009 et 2010, un lustre à 20 becs, un service en bronze et le dé pipé d’un tricheur, notamment, avaient été retrouvés. Il y a des années, le buste de César avait également été tiré de l’eau. Il pourrait y avoir encore jusqu’à 2.000 amphores et 10.000 céramiques à exhumer selon les archéologues. “Ce bateau est une pièce unique qui nous permet de comprendre les réalités du commerce fluvial et les besoins de la construction au Ier siècle mais aussi, grâce au mobilier archéologique retrouvé, d’avoir une photographie des échanges maritimes entre l’Europe du nord et le bassin méditerranéen jusqu’au VIème siècle”, ajoute M. Sintes. À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitCela fait maintenant quelques semaines que les archéologues et des spécialistes des travaux publics sous-marins sont à pied d’œuvre pour dégager l’épave. Chaque jour, des centaines de poteries sont remontées. Toutefois, pour la sortir complètement de l’eau, 27 tonnes de pierres de 3 à 7 kilos chacune devront être hissées à la main. De plus, l’épave sera découpée en une dizaine de tronçons, directement sous l’eau et à la scie égoïne pour ne pas l’abîmer. De samedi prochain jusqu’au 6 mai 2012, une exposition permettra de suivre en direct les opérations de fouille et de relevage en cours.Ce n’est que le mois prochain que chaque tronçon sera remonté à la surface puis démonté. Les éléments seront ensuite traités avec de la résine dans un laboratoire spécialisé situé à Grenoble. Suivra la lyophilisation des bois puis le remontage du bateau afin qu’il puisse être exposé en 2013 dans une nouvelle aile du MDAA, spécialement construite pour l’occasion. En tout, le projet devrait coûter entre huit et neuf millions d’euros, précise l’AFP.Le 12 juin 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Free Clinic of Southwest Washington receives grant to aid childrens oral health

first_imgThe Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $2,500 grant from Columbia Credit Union to help fund a children’s oral health program.The clinic provides oral health services at its location at the Jim Parsley Center and at Clark County schools and community-sponsored events. Dental volunteers fill cavities and screen, seal and varnish children’s teeth, according to a clinic press release.“We’re grateful for this support from Columbia Credit Union,” said Free Clinic Executive Director Barbe West. “Many of the children we treat have tooth pain severe enough to keep them out of school. We relieve their pain, give tips on preventive care and help them get back to the classroom.”last_img read more

37 Year old facing death by driving charge in TCI

first_img Tourist man gone missing on dive, body found Saturday Police update on Friday 13 snorkel death in Provo Related Items:accident, KEVIN CLARKE, Richel Baptiste, traffic Another snorkel trip deadly in Provo; Guest dies Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Mar 2016 – Police today revealed that the man who was driving that car which careened over the median on Saturday evening near Automotive Arts and caused the death of 32 year old Richel Baptiste of Haiti will have to face charges for the alleged gross negligence while driving. Press liaison officer, Kevin Clarke says the charge for the 37 year old man of Blue Hills is causing death by dangerous driving. The suspect was arrested since Sunday for what is the first traffic fatality of the year for the TCI. Recommended for youlast_img read more

77 say it is employers role to support pension scheme members

first_imgOver three-quarters (77%) of respondents believe it is the role of employers to communicate with, educate and support staff who are members of their pension scheme, according to research by Aon shows.Its DC survey 2015, which is based on 330 responses from pension scheme managers, trustees and sponsors, found that almost half of respondents (45%) are relying on the pension provider to undertake this role.The research also found:Almost all (94%) of respondents communicate their pension scheme with members through a website, and 59% do so through email.Around a third (32%) of respondents offer pre-retirement seminars for staff, and 61% deliver presentations.85% offer employees a booklet to communicate their pension scheme.39% of respondents are still targeting an annuity as the default investment option at retirement for their staff.6% do not know what their objectives are or have no business plan for their defined contribution (DC) scheme.57% of respondents name achieving better member outcomes is a top priority in their pension scheme’s business plan, and 46% cite specific communication goals as a key objective.45% would like to see evidence of increased member engagement with pensions.Sophia Singleton (pictured), partner and head of DC consulting at Aon Hewitt, said: “DC pensions are inherently flexible, so important decisions and responsibilities are left in the hands of the member. While this allows for greater choice, it puts pressure on sponsors and pension trustees to make sure that all processes are well communicated and that members receive the right education and information to make the right choices.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy“If expectations are out of step with what is realistically possible, schemes need to address this urgently to avoid future problems.”last_img read more

A Dark View of Geopolitics in the Arctic

first_imgIrvin StudinWorld leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, have talked of the Arctic as a zone of peace and co-operation. But continued tranquility is just one forecast for the region. A much darker scenario came today from a Canadian policy scholar who is also a professor at the University of Toronto and Russia’s Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.Download Audio:Irvin Studin says competing claims for Arctic resources are inevitable but those conflicts are unlikely to erupt any time soon. In a discussion at the Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank, Studin said he sees a much closer path to conflict in the Arctic, and it starts with Russia, in Europe.“Near term, and this is my primary message today: Escalation of fighting in Ukraine, or the collapse of Ukraine, or an accident or misread by the West, or the East, or between Russia and Ukraine, might have consequences through the Arctic as a thoroughfare, “he said.These “consequences” he speaks of are dire.“The Russians would bomb through the Arctic,” he said. “The rockets would go through the Arctic. I don’t think we’re talking infantry in the first instance. I think these are highly reachable targets for Russian interests.”Studin says Russians are well aware of the prospect while the U.S., in his view, is oblivious. He says the Ukraine problem can be solved, with neutral peacekeepers and a commitment that Ukraine must never join NATO. But, he warns, the solution has to come in the next six months.On the Arctic Council, international co-operation remains the operating principal, and Russia is still, by most accounts, working well with the U.S. Coast Guard. Studin says Moscow can strictly adhere to agreements, to what he calls “transactional” co-operation in the Arctic. The professor, though, says that’s just a veneer on Russia’s solid wall of strategic distrust.“So this can only last so long if the underlying game is incredible,” he said.Looking ahead, Studin says the government in Russia will change one day, and he cautions the U.S. to stay out of it.“It is in everybody’s interest that Russia remain stable and that there is a happy succession,” he said. “And let me repeat to my American friends: there is no necessary condition for this succession, in being happy, to be democratic and in our image, as it were. It just needs to be a stable, happy transition.”A troubled transition could create a power vacuum, he says, which would be bad for the Arctic and the rest of the world.“Any collapse of Russia, which is not unthinkable this century, is a hellish proposition,” he said. “It is a century long problem.”Retired diplomat Kenneth Yalowitz, another participant at the forum, doesn’t see the same conflict points that Studin does. But after hearing the analysis, Yalowitz sounded a bit tenuous in his optimism.“You’ve given a lot of reasons why this may not be the case, but my hope is that the very obvious and self-evident reasons for cooperation in the Arctic can have a spillover effect into other areas,” he said.In the back of the auditorium sat two top-ranking Arctic officials in the State Department: Admiral Robert Papp, the special Arctic representative, and Deputy Assistant Secretary David Balton. Papp called Studin’s perspective a “fascinating alternate view.”“To get someone who has an inside view of what the Russians are thinking is very helpful to us, and that’s why we attended today,” Papp said.Papp says for him, it reinforces the need for open communications with the Russians.last_img read more

Trump Orders Agencies To Share Data On Noncitizens

first_img Share Updated at 5:50 p.m. ETPresident Trump announced Thursday he would sign an executive order to obtain data about the U.S. citizenship and non-citizenship status of everyone living in the United States.In a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump said he would drop efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Instead, he’ll sign an executive order directing all U.S. agencies to provide the Department of Commerce all information they have on the U.S. citizenship, non-citizenship and immigration status.“We have great knowledge in many of our agencies,” Trump said, flanked by Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “We will leave no stone unturned.”The executive order marks the administration’s latest effort to obtain the information despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme that bars the administration from including the question on the 2020 census for now.The question was, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”Ahead of the announcement, Dale Ho of the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the question, said: “If President Trump takes executive action, we will take legal action.”In Maryland, a federal judge is currently reconsidering discrimination and conspiracy allegations against the question, and in New York, another judge is reviewing an alleged cover-up of the administration’s real reason for wanting the question.Justice Department and Commerce Department officials have said that printing has started for paper forms that do not include the question.Last month, the Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question from the census for now. A majority of the justices rejected the administration’s original stated justification — to better protect the voting rights of racial minorities — for appearing “contrived.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, formally approved adding the question last year after pressuring Commerce officials for months to find a way to include it.The court’s decision does leave open the possibility for the administration to make another case for the question. But it’s not clear whether an executive order could clear a path that would allow the administration to overcome lower court orders that continue to block the question from census forms.Census Bureau research suggests including the question is highly likely to discourage an estimated 9 million people from taking part in the constitutionally mandated head count of every person living in the U.S. Critics of the question worry that could lead to undercounts of immigrant groups and communities of color, especially among Latinx people.That could have long-term impacts on how political representation and federal funding are shared in the U.S. through 2030. Census results determine each state’s share of congressional seats and Electoral College votes for the next decade. They also guide how an estimated $880 billion a year in federal tax dollars is distributed for schools, roads and other public services in local communities.The Census Bureau has continued to recommend against adding the question, which researchers say would produce self-reported responses that are less accurate and more costly to gather compared with existing government records on citizenship. Ross has authorized the bureau to compile those records, and bureau officials have said they are waiting for “guidance” on whether to release that information, which would be anonymized to not identify individuals.With just over six months left until the official census kickoff in rural Alaska, any changes to census forms could jeopardize the final preparations for the count. Census Bureau officials have testified that the deadline for finalizing the questionnaire could be pushed back to Oct. 31, but only “with exceptional effort and additional resources.”“I have no intention of allowing this flagrant waste of money,” Rep. José Serrano of New York, who chairs the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the Census Bureau, said in a written statement released Tuesday. “I once again urge the Trump Administration to give up this fight and allow for a depoliticized and accurate census, as we always have.”Still, Trump has been vocal in not wanting to back down. His tweets after Justice and Commerce officials announced that printing had started without a citizenship question signaled a marked turn toward a prolonged legal battle.This week, Trump’s reelection campaign sent emails to ask supporters to complete an online survey that asked whether they believed the 2020 census should ask people is they are “American citizens.”“We can’t Keep America Great for all Americans if we don’t know who’s in this country,” said the email, signed by “Team Trump 2020.”Attorneys defending the administration, however, could be coming from a new team of Justice Department lawyers. This week, in an unusual move, the administration tried to get judges to approve a complete turnover of every single career DOJ attorney who has been working on the ongoing lawsuits for months. The Justice Department has not provided an explanation for why it wants the change. So far, two federal judges have rejected those requests while allowing the administration to try again to swap out the attorneys.The House is also scheduling a vote on July 16 to hold Barr and Ross in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas related to the oversight committee’s investigation regarding the citizenship question.“For months, Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross have withheld key documents subpoenaed by the Committee on a bipartisan basis without asserting any valid legal justification for their refusal. These documents could shed light on the real reason that the Trump Administration tried to add the citizenship question,” oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said in a statement on Thursday.He urged Barr and Ross to comply with the subpoenas so Congress can avoid a contempt vote.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

SpiritHouse Breaks the Silence On Unlawful Murders of Black People

first_imgFamily members shared stories of their Black male relatives killed in extrajudicial crimes, part of the Spirithouse Project’s first break the silence movement in D.C., April 22, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW.“This is not a press conference with famous people, this a press conference for the relatives of victims who have been murdered [in anti-Black hate crimes] because we think they are the most important voices and their voices must be heard and respected as being the legitimate voice of this new movement,” Ruby Sales, founder and director of the Spirithouse Project told the {AFRO}.The victims include Jack Lamar Roberson, 43, shot to death by police in Waycross, Ga. in 2013; Keaton Otis, 25, shot and killed by police in Portland, Ore. in 2010 and Nathaniel Lee III, 20, killed in Waycross by two convicted White felons in 2009.“It is a rising problem,” Sales said. “These murders outnumber lynchings at its height in the 1890s and early 1900s, so we are facing a critical, critical problem of racialized violence and hate crimes in this country.”Family members, who tearfully shared accounts of the victims’ final moments, are in D.C. to demand federal intervention for their loved ones’ cases. All proclaimed they would not stop speaking out about the injustices until some sort of justice is received. They said news reports mischaracterized the murders and the victims.Spirithouse Project-based in Atlanta, Ga. also held a teach-in to discuss anti-Black crimes, worship service, and candlelight vigil.The organization wants to spread awareness throughout the country, Sales said.Moving forward, the organization will converse with groups whose mandate is to do citizen organizing, such as social justice organization Washington Peace Center in Northwest D.C.; and create campaigns on colleges, particularly the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University.She said she hopes, in the long-run, to have a congressional hearing on anti-Black hate crimes.Sales said that Black people in this country are viewed as disposable waste.“We’re living in a world where the general consensus is that Black people are disposable wastes and that we add no value to the society except maybe those few Black people who are exceptional,” she said.Sales said a Black person is murdered every 28 hours by a white law enforcement officer, security guard or vigilante.“If they’re happening every 28 hours in this country, I say that necessitates a movement,” she said.The movement to break the silence was sparked by the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2013. Sales said she initially began the movement in 2007 after the suspicious murder of Billie Jo Johnson in Mississippi. Authorities classified his murder as a suicide. “It’s terrorism when any organized or unorganized group of people attack Black people and it’s terrorism when an individual called a lone wolf, an individual actor carriers out a killing while wearing a uniform,” Chip Berlet, a former Senior Analyst for Political Research Association, a think tank in Boston, said at the conference.For more information on anti-Black hate crimes or to assist with the movement go to or check out the “Breaking the Silence on Modern Day Lynching” on Facebook.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed Dec 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: Tuesday, “the Blacks,” as Donald Trump as referred to Black people in the past, came to pay homage to him at Trump Tower, including Kanye West, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and Ravens great Ray Lewis. All three have received a tremendous amount of criticism for meeting with Trump. We want to open the phone lines and ask our listeners what they think of West, Brown and Lewis meeting with Trump…410.319.9999. Also, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of the Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Battlefield 3 multiplayer gameplay footage leaks shows vehicle use mel

first_imgWhether you are looking forward to Battlefield 3 for the single-player or multiplayer experience, October 25 still looks a very long way off, especially with the usual drought of games over the summer. Thankfully, there’s always someone willing to leak a bit of new information or footage to help pass the time.The latest leak is a substantial one, with nearly 4 minutes of multiplayer gameplay footage being captured and uploaded to YouTube, along with further videos appearing covering more specific areas of the multiplayer experience. How long these videos will remain live is anyone’s guess, but they have been up for long enough so as to allow a lot of people to grab them and make the footage available elsewhere if necessary.Fans of previous Battlefield games are going to be happy from what is one display here, and newcomers may be drawn away from the COD series just by the beauty of the Frostbite 2 engine alone.On display in the main video is a range of guns, a missle launcher, and a section of melee combat that seems to have a blocking feature, which could prove interesting. Add to that what looks to be a very large open map, plus we now have confirmation destructible environments won’t just be limited to single-player. Use of vehicles? Yes, that features too and there is footage of it included below.What you can’t help but notice is how good the game looks. The lighting, their transitions between interior and exterior environments, the smoke and explosion effects, plus the vegetation and sheer size of the environments should make for some stunning gun fights and memorable team games. And just like with COD, I expect YouTube to be filled with Battlefield 3 replay videos shortly after the game releases.Below are a couple more videos from the same YouTube account showing off sniper rifle use, shotguns, and vehicle use. Keep them coming, please. via UsamaFTW YouTube channellast_img read more

Deadpools Second Trailer a New Animated Movie More Marvel Movie News

first_imgStay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News While most of our attention is focused on Avengers: Infinity War, don’t forget there’s another Marvel Superhero movie releasing within a month of the big crossover. One that, even with a massive deal to buy the studio, Disney doesn’t own just yet. Deadpool 2 just put out its second trailer, and this thing is looking pretty good. We get a lot more details about the story from this one. We learn why Cable and Deadpool run up against each other. It involves a kid with mutant powers that Cable is trying to capture. To protect the kid, Deadpool assembles a team that, as he says, can carry their own franchise for the next ten years: The X-Force.The trailer is full of the self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking jokes that we loved so much from the first Deadpool, and also a ton of violence. Yeah, this is a red band trailer. They won’t be showing this one on TV. Everything we’ve seen from this movie so far makes it look just as fun as the first one. Ryan Reynolds continues to be perfect for the role, and there’s a ton of humor potential in forcing him to work with other superheroes.I’m also really happy that this is the tone they’re starting the X-Force with, rather than the ’90s dark-and-gritty Rob Liefeld creation it originally started as. From the looks of things, this’ll be just as violent as those earlier comics, but this one, with its focus on younger mutants, looks to be more in line with the more comedic, satirical Peter Milligan and Mike Allred run from the early 2000s. The one that turned the series into X-Statix. It also had a self-aware sensibility, parodying superhero comics tropes and making fun of X-Force fans’ reaction to the change. I don’t know that this series will go quite that far, nor will it make the X-Force/X-Statix into corporate media celebrity superheroes. By making their debut in Deadpool 2 though, they’re starting from a place of parody. Maybe whatever X-Force movie series that comes out of this will take some comedic cues from that era of the comics.That’s not the only non-Avengers Marvel movie coming our way either. Marvel is making an animated film called Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors that features Ghost Spider, Quake, Inferno, Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, America Chavez, Patriot and Captain Marvel. And yes, some of the characters who feature in the live action adaptations will also be voiced by the same actors. Chloe Bennet will play Quake in this movie, and the four animated shorts that come with it, just as she does on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Likewise, Milana Vayntrub will play Squirrel Girl in Marvel Rising and the upcoming New Warriors TV show. Brie Larson will not be reprising her role as Captain Marvel for the animated, though. Instead, she’ll be played by Kim Raver.Marvel put out a press release announcing the four Marvel Rising shorts and the animated movie that also included a lineup of each character’s final designs. This is looking pretty cool so far.And yes, Lockjaw, the best Marvel character will be in Marvel Rising. Look at him. Look at the giant teleporting puppy. He’s such a good boy. He deserved so much better than Inhumans. Yes, he did!Honestly, all these characters together in an animated movie is really exciting. We’ll get to see Quake do more cool superhero stuff, Gwen Stacy will get into the action as Ghost-Spider, and I’m always here for some Squirrel Girl. Most exciting is Ms. Marvel, the star of one of Marvel’s best comics series currently being published. I can’t wait to see her in fully-animated action.Chris Evans in Avengers: Age Of Ultron as Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) (Photo: Jay Maidment., Marvel)Finally, we have some Infinity War news we all knew was coming. While it’s still a complete mystery who lives and who dies, it’s becoming more clear that Chris Evans will be done after these next two Avengers movies. In a New York Times profile, Evans started to sound like he’s saying goodbye to the Marvel Cinematic Universe pretty soon. He says he has no plans to make any more appearances as Captain America after Avengers 4. The planned reshoots for the movie, which take place this fall, will be the last time he plays the role.“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he says.At least that confirms that he will be in Avengers 4. Whatever happens in Infinity War, Captain America survives the initial battle with Thanos. That should give Cap fans some small comfort. He does make a good point though, and it’s similar to one Robert Downey Jr. has made in the past. They want to get out while these movies are still good. Before anyone can even think of getting tired of them. None of the original Avengers want to be accused of hanging around too long, or making the movie that kills the franchise. Better to get out now, and leave us forever wanting more.Not that the MCU shows any sign of getting boring or slowing down anytime soon. Marvel continues to make really good superhero movies. Even the ones that aren’t so good at least provide a base level of fun. That’s more than you can say for most studios. Maybe the original heroes getting out is Marvel’s best chance to prevent the MCU from getting stale. As we build toward Phase 4, which will feature a ton of new heroes and a new overarching story, it’ll be exciting to see where they go without the original six.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more