Senior UN envoy certifies election results in Kosovo

5 December 2007The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today certified election results for the Assembly of the Serbian province where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by about nine to one. “I am pleased that the process is moving forward in a peaceful atmosphere which shows the maturity of the Kosovo people and the political parties,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Joachim Rücker said.The elections were held on 17 November, when voters also participated in municipal ballots and – for the first time – directly elected a mayor for each of Kosovo’s 30 municipalities.Mr. Rücker also announced that 8 December will be the date for mayoral run-off elections.Earlier this year Belgrade and Pristina held direct negotiations on the future status of Kosovo. This followed a report from the UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari in which he proposed a phased process of independence for Kosovo.The UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK), which Mr. Rücker heads, has administered the province since 1999, when Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid inter-ethnic fighting. read more

Germany assumes control of UN coastal fleet in Lebanon

The naval force, part of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), has been deployed on the request of the Lebanese Government to help the country’s navy secure territorial waters and help prevent the unauthorized entry of arms and other materials by sea into the Middle Eastern nation.“Through its monitoring activities, the MTF has not only been playing a critical deterrence role, warding off all attempts at illegal arms trafficking,” said UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Claudio Graziano at the handover ceremony from Italy to Germany. “It has also contributed to a safe environment for commercial ships travelling to and from Lebanon.”Since the start of operations in October 2006, the Force has hailed some 27,000 ships and referred nearly 400 suspicious vessels to Lebanese authorities for further inspection.Thirteen countries – Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Turkey – have contributed naval units to the MTF. 31 August 2009Germany took the helm of United Nations peacekeeping’s first-ever maritime task force (MTF), which was deployed off the coast of Lebanon in 2006 to curtail arms smuggling following that year’s war Israel-Hizbollah war. read more

New UN study highlights womens role in restoring drylands

The world’s rural women can play a crucial role in efforts to restore drylands, according to a new study released by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at a major UN conference on women and desertification being held in Beijing this week.The report entitled, “Gender and Desertification: Expanding roles for women to restore drylands,” highlights the role of women in managing natural resources and the disempowering constraints they face while dealing with desertification of land.Desertification is a process of land degradation in dryland areas, which is caused by poverty, unsustainable land management and climate change. Experts say it affects women and men differently due to their “strictly gendered division of labour.”Through their daily work, rural women have acquired extensive knowledge on managing natural resources, which enable them to play a crucial role in combating desertification, according to the report’s authors who note that women often do not have decision-making authority and thus are excluded from dryland development projects.“We need to have a long-term focus on women affected by desertification, extending beyond this International Year of Deserts and Desertification,” said Sheila Mwanundu, an IFAD official responsible for technical advice. “Women need to be empowered to take control of their own lives and their own development.”According to IFAD, currently one-third of the earth’s land surface is threatened by desertification, a phenomenon that poses a risk to the survival of over one billion people in more than 100 countries. Over the past 23 years, the UN agency has spent over $3 billion to support dryland development projects in a number of developing countries. read more

Fed survey US economy expanding moderately in early part of year led

WASHINGTON – Strong auto sales, hiring gains and a continued housing recovery helped the U.S. economy grow throughout the country in January and February, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.The Fed says 10 of its 12 banking districts reported moderate or modest growth, while Boston and Chicago districts reported slow growth.Consumer spending increased in most regions, although growth slowed in many districts and much of the increases were driven by auto sales. Many districts said that consumers pulled back slightly on spending outside of autos after seeing taxes rise and gas prices increase. Some also expressed concerns about federal spending cuts that started on March 1.Housing markets showed more strength in nearly all parts of the country, while manufacturing showed modest improvements in most regions. And most districts reported some improvement in individual jobs markets.The report, called the Beige Book, provides anecdotal information on economic conditions through February 22. The information will be used as the basis for the Fed’s policy discussion at the March 19-20 meeting. Many economists believe Fed officials will take no new steps when they meet.In January, the Fed stood behind aggressive steps it launched in December to try to reduce unemployment. It repeated that it would keep its key short-term interest rate at a record low at least until unemployment falls below 6.5 per cent. And the Fed said it would keep buying Treasurys and mortgage bonds to help lower borrowing costs and encourage spending.The unemployment rate was 7.9 per cent in January when the Fed last met.The economy has shown improvement since then, even as Americans paid higher taxes and automatic government spending cuts loomed. On Jan. 1, nearly all Americans who draw a paycheque began paying higher Social Security taxes and income taxes rose for the highest earning workers.The tax increases and broader budget debate in Washington haven’t slowed financial markets.The Dow Jones industrial average closed Tuesday at a record high and kept rising Wednesday. The index of 30 big corporations has more than doubled since hitting a low during the financial crisis in March 2009.Consumer confidence rose in February from January, according to surveys by both the Conference Board and the University of Michigan. Factories and service companies both grew at the fastest pace in at least a year, according to surveys issued Friday and Tuesday by the Institute for Supply Management.And payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that U.S. businesses added 198,000 jobs in February. The private survey also revised January’s hiring figures to show companies added 215,000 jobs that month, 23,000 more than what had initially been reported.The figure suggests that the government’s February jobs report, to be issued Friday, may come in above economists’ forecasts. Analysts expect it will show the economy added 152,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.8 per cent from 7.9 per cent in January. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2013 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed survey: US economy expanding moderately in early part of year, led by consumer spending read more

Manufacturing sales up 09 per cent in August surpassing expectations

Manufacturing sales up 0.9 per cent in August, surpassing expectations OTTAWA – Canadian manufacturing sales were better than expected in August, boosting expectations for a rebound in the economy in the third quarter.Statistics Canada said Tuesday that manufacturing sales increased 0.9 per cent to $51.1 billion in August, fuelled by higher sales of food, primary metal, and petroleum and coal products.Economists had expected a gain of 0.3 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.TD Bank economist Dina Ignjatovic said manufacturing sales are moving in the right direction and closing in on the highs reached at the start of the year.“This uptrend is expected to continue, with the recent pickup in U.S. consumption likely to translate into increased demand for Canadian-made goods,” Ignjatovic wrote in a note to clients.“The strong handoff from June, combined with the gains in July and August, suggest that manufacturing will be a key contributor to growth in the third quarter, which is currently tracking above three per cent.”The manufacturing report came one day ahead of a rate announcement by the Bank of Canada and the release of the central bank’s fall monetary policy report which will include an updated economic forecast.The Bank of Canada is expected to keep its key interest rate on hold at 0.5 per cent, but economists and policy-makers will scrutinize the central bank’s outlook for the economy.Earlier this month, the Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins noted that there’s still uncertainty around the rebound of the country’s non-resource export sectors.Paul Ashworth, chief North America economist at Capital Economics, noted that manufacturing sales and non-energy exports have been pretty disappointing over the past 18 months, particularly when factoring in the decline in the Canadian dollar in 2014 and 2015.“U.S. economic growth does appear to be accelerating again in the second half of this year, but it remains to be seen whether Canadian manufacturers can exploit that stronger demand, particularly when they are competing against Mexican producers who also have the advantage of a further large currency depreciation this year,” Ashworth wrote in a report.Statistics Canada said Tuesday manufacturing sales grew 1.2 per cent on a constant-dollar basis, reflecting an increase in the higher volume of goods sold.Sales were up in 15 of 21 industries, representing 69 per cent of the total manufacturing sector.Food industry sales rose 1.7 per cent to a record high of $8.6 billion, while the primary metal industry gained 3.6 per cent to $3.9 billion.Petroleum and coal product sales were up 2.5 per cent to $4.4 billion.The transportation equipment industry saw sales fall 1.1 per cent to $10.5 billion. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2016 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN rights group concludes evaluation of Palestinians living under occupation

In a news release, the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories said that during its fact-finding visit to Amman, Jordan, its members heard testimony on the expansion of settlements, the ongoing use of administrative detention, excessive use of force and possible extrajudicial killings, and lack of accountability.“Based on this testimony, the Committee clearly observed that the Israeli authorities continue with policies and practices that negatively impact the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” it said in the release. The Committee also heard troubling testimony regarding the arrest and detention of children, including cases of reported ill-treatment and lack of adequate protection. Other testimony described grave concern over the situation of Palestinian detainees reportedly living in difficult conditions in Israeli prisons, as well as the continued use of administrative detention. Other issues raised included the effects of the separation wall on Palestinians’ rights, and the demolition of homes and other structures in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, as well as in the Syrian Golan. The use of punitive demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem was described as a form of collective punishment. Many organizations highlighted with concern the continued lack of accountability for allegations of excessive use of force and violations of international law by the Israeli forces, including during the 2014 hostilities in Gaza. A number of organizations emphasized that the lack of accountability further exacerbated the cycle of violence. Human rights defenders and journalists seeking to highlight violations of human rights and humanitarian law told the Committee that the space in which they were free to operate was shrinking at an alarming rate. They reported cases of the detention of peaceful demonstrators and the targeting of journalists covering protests. The news release also noted that the Government of Israel does not recognize the Committee, which was therefore unable to speak to the relevant Israeli authorities or access the occupied territories. The Committee will submit a full report on its mission and other activities to the UN General Assembly in November 2017. The Committee was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1968 to examine the human rights situation in the occupied Syrian Golan, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. It is composed of three UN Member States: Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Senegal. read more

Jeremy Clarkson genuinely thought Richard Hammond was dead in crash after he was

first_imgJeremy Clarkson has said he “genuinely thought” Richard Hammond was dead after his colleague was referred to as a “body” following a serious crash while filming The Grand Tour.Hammond was driving an electric supercar that crashed and burst into flames after completing a hill climb during filming in Switzerland. the car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland Car crashing into a fence on the side of the road where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury Writing on Drive Tribe, a digital platform for car enthusiasts, Clarkson said: “I don’t know what went wrong. Hopefully, when he comes out of surgery and is feeling up to it, he will be able to tell us.”What I do know is that I genuinely thought he was dead.” A spokesman for The Grand Tour thanked paramedics for their “swift response” after the accident, adding that the cause is being investigated. Richard Hammond was referred to as a ‘body’ following the incident, Jeremy Clarkson saidCredit:Eric Gaillard/Reuters It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017 Clarkson added: “Then came news from a nearby marshal that he wasn’t. That he’d got out before the fire started. And that ‘his body’ – that’s what they said – was behind a screen at the bottom of the hill.”I could see the screen. I could see the paramedics behind it. I couldn’t see Hammond. I didn’t want to see him. Not after a crash that big.”Clarkson said they were then told Hammond was fine by their security man, and that he is sure his co-host will share further details “when the lucky sod feels up to it”. He mistakenly thought it was a Lamborghini Aventador that had crashed and not the Rimac Concept One that Hammond had been driving. 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. Clarkson said he had finished filming for the day and was waiting for Hammond and fellow presenter James May to complete a hill climb when he learned that a test driver had had an “off” in one of the cars.  Initially angered, Clarkson said it quickly became obvious that something serious had happened.He wrote: “And as I stood there, waiting for news, it dawned on me that the burning car was not yellow, as the Aventador was. It was white. Hammond’s Rimac had been white.”And I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who’d crashed.”I was joined at this point by James who’d arrived on the scene just before me in his Honda NSX. He was in a right old state, his arms waving frantically, his eyes wide. ‘Hammond’s in there,’ he was screaming.” This video still shows Hammond’s car veering off a hillside bendCredit:Nature Pictures/YouTube The 47-year-old climbed out of the car before the fire and suffered no serious injury, although he will need surgery to fix a broken leg.Clarkson told of the “coldness” he felt when he realised the crash had happened to his co-host, adding that his knees turned to “jelly”.He said Hammond was referred to as a “body” following the incident and that he did not want to see him, “not after a crash that big”. Hammond has apologised to his wife and children and joked that he is “not dead” in a video filmed from his hospital bed. The remains of the car Richard Hammond was drivingCredit: Freuds/PA Richard Hammond last_img read more

Kwatani screens for Elikhulu retreatment plant

first_imgEngineering group DRA has ordered six large screens from Kwatani for the R1,6 billion Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment plant facility at Pan African Resources’ Evander operation in Mpumalanga. “Kwatani was involved from an early stage in this project, so we were able to custom design this equipment at the study phase, allowing the EPC to readily integrate the design into the plant design,” says Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. “Our focus here was to deliver a cost effective, fit-for-purpose solution to the customer that is technically appropriate to their needs; which is to retreat 1 Mt/month of gold tailings.”Cognisant of the price pressures on all stakeholders, Kwatani was able to hold the price from the original quote date through to final agreement. Making the customer’s purchasing decision easier was also Kwatani’s substantial reference base in the gold sector, as well as at the Evander operations.“We also helped the EPC with designs for ancillary equipment, assisting in holding down costs for the overall plant structure,” says Schoepflin.Four of the six screens – the two trash screens and two carbon safety screens – are in excess of 3 m wide, feeding 1,500 t/h. The remaining units comprise one regenerated carbon screen and one loaded carbon screen, through which some 2,000 m3 of slurry will pass per hour.“We designed these six large screens to facilitate a commonality of spares in the plant, so that parts will be easily interchangeable. This will reduce the necessity for a holding a large inventory of these items,” she says.She emphasised the low margins inherent to gold retreatment operations, highlighting the importance of reliability in the way that Kwatani equipment is designed, tested and maintained.“Uptime of the plant is a key factor in sustaining a profitable operation in this sector, so we place high priority on both the process duty that our units must achieve and their mechanical durability to achieve low cost of ownership over their life-times,” she says.The picture shows one of the screens for Elikhulu in Kwatani’s facility.last_img read more

BHP nears nickel sulphide production in Western Australia

first_imgBHP appears to be very much on board the battery minerals train after confirming this week at the Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, that it was likely to become a nickel sulphate producer within the next year.The company is currently in the process of developing a nickel sulphate line to its Nickel West Kwinana refinery in Western Australia. The first stage project, to 100,000 t/y, will start to come online from April 2019, and the company has plans to double this to 200,000 t/y through stage two.At the Diggers & Dealers conference on Monday, BHP Nickel West President Eduard Haegel said all regulatory approvals for the refinery project had been received and the project, which will rely heavily on automation, is starting to accelerate.The company has a mini plant at the CSIRO facility in Perth where it has tested the process design to prove up around 100 kg/d of battery-grade product. These samples will shortly be distributed to potential future customers.In addition to its future nickel sulphide production – Nickel West is already the largest producer of nickel powder and briquettes – the company is testing out producing cobalt sulphate within a mixed sulphate product.Nickel West’s ambitions in the battery minerals space to 2040 are supported by a 6.2 Mt contained nickel resource base in Western Australia.The Mt Keith Satellite project (Yakabindie) will be the first of a series of new developments at the company’s WA assets, with mining set to commence in the first half of next year.Betheno, just north of Yakabindie, could be the company’s next Mt Keith development, with potential for production of iron-rich nickel sulphides, compared with other nearby deposits.The company also has preliminary plans for two pit cutbacks at Mt Keith, while it has commenced a “concept” study to expand the Mt Keith concentrator from 40,000 t/y to 50,000 t/y. This is likely to require a third SAG mill to reach 45,000 t/y capacity and gradual replacement of flotation cells with larger capacity modern technology to hit 50,000 t/y.Its 40,000 t/y Leinster concentrator, currently operating under capacity, also factors into this expansion with more ore set to initially come from the Venus deposit and, then, the B11 underground block cave development.last_img read more

Dutch girls smash Montenegro to win the trophy

Dutch handballrio 2016 handballthe netherlands handball Dutch girls showed performance on the level of the last World Championship 2015 in Denmark, in the last match of the tournament in Eindhoven. The Netherlands smashed Montenegro 23:13 (12:8) in the Round 3, what was enough to win the tournament.The Netherlands -Montenegro 23-13 (12-8).The Netherlands: Jasmina Janković (1), Tess Wester; Jessy Kramer (1), Laura van der Heijden (3), Lois Abbingh (4), Sanne van Olphen (1), Danick Snelder (1), Lynn Knippenborg (2), Yvette Broch (3), Nycke Groot (4), Kelly Dulfer, Michelle Goos, Martine Smeets, Angela Malestein (1), Ailly Luciano (1), Estavana Polman (2).Montenegro: Sonja Barjaktarovic, Marina Rajcic; Andela Bulatovic (1), Katarina Bulatovic (2), Jelena Despotovic, Itana Grbic, Durdina Jaukovic (4), Andrea Klikovac, Bobana Klikovac, Suzana Lazovic, Majda Mehmedovic, Biljana Pavicevic (1), Radmila Petrovic (1), Bojana Popovic, Jovanka Radicevic (2), Milena Raicevic (2), Ema Ramusovic.Russia beat Sweden 31:28.STANDINGS:The Netherlands 4Montenegro 4Russia 2Sweden 2PHOTO: Denmark 2015 ← Previous Story Slovenia beat Croatia in Koper Next Story → Qatar beat Poland in Doha read more

Aaron McKenna Ireland used to have an opposition Where is it now

first_imgTHERE WAS CONTRASTING jobs news during the week that about sums up the Irish economy: The Kerry Group announced the creation of 800 new jobs over the next three years, while Olhausen closed their remaining pork plants with a loss of 160 jobs, in a company that had already shed twice that since the recession began.The Kerry Group is a world class exporter. Olhausen was focused on the domestic market. The ESRI released a report recently predicting that GDP, a measure of the entire economy including the export sector, would grow by 1.8 per cent this year; and GNP, a more accurate reflection of the domestic economy, would shrink by 0.2 per cent.Most of the major jobs announcements of the past years have been in export-focused companies. We know how to do export very well: we attract companies, foreign and domestic, to invest their money in Ireland with low taxes and flexible, business friendly policies and the promise of an adaptable, innovative workforce.Compare and contrast this approach to our internal approach. We’re all but physically taxing the oxygen out of the country, have policies that seem designed to discourage entrepreneurialism and reform of state spending is a ridiculously dilatory and intransigent process.For all the positive jobs announcements that warrant the presence of half the cabinet for the photocall, the Central Statistics Office’s Quarterly National Household Survey shows a net loss of 37,700 jobs since this government came to power. All those export jobs just can’t make up for the loss in spending power suffered by ordinary people and families through increased income, sales, property and other taxes and charges.Kool-AidWe used to have an opposition in the Dáil who warned of the need for swift government reform; a cull of the quangos; and how tax increases harm an economy twice as much as spending cuts. Fine Gael was the name of the party, and a stronger economy was the name of the game.They seem to have drank the Kool-Aid once entering the plush, protected and isolated inner sanctum of government. They’ve left a huge gap in the market for sensible economic policies and some honesty and integrity in politics and governance.The truth is that we really don’t have a sensible opposition these days, and there is a huge gap in the market for one.Sinn Féin are, distaste about their past aside, a bunch of hardcore populists who will say one thing here while doing another in the North, and softening their cough on their far left wing policies to try and gain ground.Fianna Fáil are, well, Fianna Fáil. They recently came out with their “Right Tax, Wrong Time” campaign against the property tax. It’s a bit rich, considering how they bankrupted the country, brought us to the troika and signed the agreement to introduce such a tax. Their attempt to distance themselves from their policies and with a leader who was in the bunker with Brian Cowen till near the very end is a bit more than rich. As for honesty and integrity…RottenThe only honest opposition are the Socialists and their brethren of the left, whom we know are straightforward Communists without an appreciation for history and – in any event – seem too preoccupied with the obligatory split these days to worry about running the country.We used to have the Progressive Democrats, who once upon a time were a party about better run government and lower taxes. Unfortunately they morphed into a personality cult around a few electable folks and sat pretty in a rotten government at a time of massively wasteful spending increases and more than dubious tribunal goings on.We need a new party in Irish politics, one large enough to make a difference but small enough to not have to be all things to all people. A party focused on speedy reform, smaller and better run government and an economic solution to the crisis that relies on people spending their own money rather than ever increasing debt bills to fuel waste and mismanagement.BurnedYears of constant tax increases have left us well behind growth and unemployment targets. Meanwhile a stroke of a pen can increase your income tax but it takes weeks and months of careful negotiation before a civil servant will answer a telephone or stamp post without being paid a special allowance for it.This dichotomy of left and right in government is getting nothing of substance done bar making indiscriminate cuts and introducing scorched earth taxes. Meanwhile, ordinary people are feeling burned by dishonest politicians and go-nowhere policies.We don’t need Fianna Fáil to try and reinvent itself – we know that if they got back in in a few years, it’d be straight back to business as usual. We certainly don’t need a populist left wing party like Sinn Fein, who still aren’t quite proficient with a calculator.What we need is a party that understands that jacking up VAT, introducing property taxes and having income tax that hits 50 per cent before the average industrial wage in an economy that is hardly growing is a bad, bad idea. We need a party that will fight that corner, that will espouse the idea that a shorter recession is the one we grow our way out of, not the one we constantly fight to keep ahead of with more and more debt.People who have had nothing to do with politics but who are fed up and, most of all, disappointed at the poor performance of the past half decade need to start thinking that a change is, collectively, theirs to create.We need to bridge that gap between what we want and need and what the insiders of Dublin 2 are delivering to us. That starts with real opposition to what passes for policies in this government.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna.Read: More columns from Aaron McKenna on>last_img read more

Greece lines up tax cuts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is set to ask its eurozone partners when the Eurogroup meets on May 5 for permission to gradually reduce corporation tax rates as part of a wider plan to generate growth in Greece, Kathimerini understands.Several government officials, including Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis met Tuesday to finalize a three-page proposal that will form the basis for a growth plan that will run from this year until 2020. Both coalition parties, New Democracy and PASOK, were represented at the meeting.Apart from the tax cuts, which Prime Minister Antonis Samaras advocated even when he was in opposition, the text also focuses on areas where Greece can do more to drive growth, which has been absent from the country since the second half of 2008. These areas include tourism, renewable energy, exportable agricultural products, fish farms and waste management. Athens will request extra European Union structural funds to help advances in these areas given the lack of liquidity in the local market.“My immediate source of concern is cash, liquidity,” Samaras told Bloomberg in an interview published on Tuesday. “It’s crazy when you have companies that can really succeed, but lack access to finance.”Samaras pointed to investment by companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei and ZTE as evidence that the tide is turning. “We reached rock bottom and now we can only go up and we will go up,” he said.The premier also underlined the government’s plans to build on the 2013 primary budget surplus, which Eurostat is expected to rubber-stamp today. “We expect by the year 2015 that we will have not simply primary surplus, but that we’re going to have a fiscal surplus,” he said. “This means we will be able on our own to pay our debt, without borrowing at all. There are very few European countries that are doing this today.”Samaras also dismissed the idea that the coalition would “lose big” in next month’s local and European Parliament elections. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Deux installations nucléaires pourraient être démantelées au Japon à cause de négligences

first_imgDeux installations nucléaires pourraient être démantelées au Japon à cause de négligencesLa relance d’un surrégénérateur atomique au Japon est menacée par la présence d’une faille active sous un réacteur voisin. Les deux installations pourraient être démantelées prématurément.A Monju, dans l’ouest du Japon, se trouve un prototype de réacteur à neutrons rapides. Ce surgénérateur à neutrons rapides utilise un mélange d’oxydes de plutonium et uranium (MOX) et avait été activé en 1994 après neuf ans de travaux. Victime de nombreuses avaries, le réacteur a été maintenu à l’arrêt depuis la catastrophe de Fukushima en mars 2011, comme 47 autres (sur 50 dans l’archipel nippon). En principe, le réacteur devait redémarrer d’ici à mars 2014 mais l’autorité de régulation nucléaire du Japon a décidé cette semaine d’interdire sa relance. L’interdiction est d’autant plus formelle que la gestion du surgénérateur n’a pas été correctement menée. Des enquêtes ont en effet montré des négligences d’entretien. Ainsi, un rapport indique que l’exploitant du site n’a pas procédé dans les délais aux contrôles de sécurité périodiques de près de 10.000 des 39.000 pièces d’équipement qui le composent. Maintenant, l’autorité de sûreté nucléaire demande donc à l’opérateur du site atomique de modifier en profondeur ses règles d’entretien et de corriger le tir, estimant que les lois ont été transgressées à maintes reprises. En effet, depuis l’accident de 2011, la réglementation des installations nucléaires nippones s’est faite exigeante. De plus, de nouvelles normes de sûreté en phase finale d’élaboration devraient entrer en application en juillet. Une faille sismique détectée sous la centrale À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour cette raison, non seulement les défaillances de Monju ne peuvent plus être tolérées mais encore le site doit faire l’objet d’enquêtes géologiques en raison de craintes de la présence d’une faille active. Des spécialistes chinois viennent de suggérer son existence sous le réacteur 2 d’une centrale atomique de Tsuruga, voisine de Monju. En cas de séisme, la centrale pourrait donc être gravement menacée.Pour établir avec certitude la présence ou l’absence d’une faille sismique, des experts doivent mener de nouveaux examens géologiques poussés. Selon toute vraisemblance, ils ne devraient pas aboutir à l’autorisation de redémarrer le site. Si les choses se confirment, la Japan Atomic Power devra très sérieusement songer au démantèlement du surgénérateur. Celui-ci devait pourtant être en capacité de fonctionner au moins une quinzaine d’années de plus.C’est la première fois que les examens en cours sur plusieurs sites nucléaires japonais débouchent sur un tel résultat. D’autres soupçons de failles actives pèsent également sur cinq sites nucléaires comme sous le complexe d’Ohi ou encore celui de la centrale Higashidori. La population japonaise souhaite que le principe de précaution soit respecté.Le 16 mai 2013 à 19:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Artificial Womb Could Save Babies and Usher in the Matrix

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend In a scene from the Matrix, it’s said that in that dystopic future, humans are no longer born, they are “grown” in fluid-filled sacks resembling an artificial womb. Disturbing as the image may be, we’ve just inched a bit closer to that reality.Scientists have created an artificial womb that successfully sustained sheep fetuses. In utero, the sheep went through all of their regular developments growing wool and even learning to swallow.Sci-fi horror potential aside, this is huge. We could use it to save premature babies or save people the pain of childbirth or help those with fertility issues. Plus it could all but eliminate the massive risks and complications inherent in natural pregnancy. That’s skipping ahead a bit, though.Alan Flake, a fetal surgeon and lead author of the study says, “It’s complete science fiction to think that you can take an embryo and get it through the early developmental process and put it on our machine without the mother being the critical element there.”For now, the goal is to help premature babies who make up 10% of babies born in the United States and often face grim prognoses. The Biobag could give many of these births a fighting chance. Right now the device connects to the umbilical artery, allowing the machine to “breathe” for the fetus. The rest of the bag is filled an electrolyte solution that’s similar to the amniotic sac in which mammals develop. Together, they supply everything growing babies need.For now, the pregnancy has to start in the mother. Still, given the real challenges premature babies and their parents face, this could be one of the best medical developments in some time. If the Biobag can reliably help infants develop, we may be able to save tens of thousands from suffering and death every year. Flake is confident human trials could start in just three years. After that, we might need to wait a bit longer for our cyberpunk dystopia.last_img read more

Firefighters police rescue man standing in Columbia River

first_imgAt least a dozen police officers and firefighters worked Sunday afternoon to get a 26-year-old man to come out of the Columbia River at Vancouver Landing.It took three firefighters in the water and a fire rescue boat to finally remove him from the river shortly after 3 p.m.The man was standing waist deep in the river with his head down. He was about 15 feet from the shore and 40 feet from the dock near the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.Starting about 2 p.m., Vancouver police Cpl. Greg Zimmerman began urging the man to come out of river.“Mark, can you hear me?” Zimmerman called to the man, who did not respond. “We can’t leave you here.”Zimmerman continually told the man he wanted to help. Throughout the ordeal, the man refused to talk to rescuers.After efforts failed to get the man to come out of the river, firefighters in rescue gear brought him to the strip of shoreline. No one seemed to know what caused the man’s actions. He stood catatonic in the river with his arms held at his sides. From time to time he would, shudder. He was barefooted.Zimmerman and Vancouver police officers John Key and Brett Bailey worked their way down the steep rocky slope to the shore, below a parking lot near the amphitheater.last_img read more

Atlantic Snags Wired Exec to Lead Web Site

first_imgDuring October, drew 36.8 million page views on 4.5 million unique visitors—more than double its traffic in August. On the heels of an extensive redesign and overhaul of the 151-year-old magazine brand, the Atlantic has made a key hire on the digital side, tapping Wired executive editor Bob Cohn to be the editorial director of its growing Web site. It is a new position.Cohn will report to editor James Bennet and will oversee the Atlantic’s digital editorial efforts, its prominent bloggers, Web-only features and new digital initiatives.Cohn, who had served as the magazine’s executive editor since 2001, is the second prominent hire to come from Wired. In March, the magazine lured publisher Jay Lauf from the Condé Nast title to become the Atlantic’s publisher.RELATED VIDEO: Q+A with Jay Lauf last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Nov 3 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Lake Clark plane crash victim foundDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamAfter six days, the body of missing pilot David McRae and his plane have finally been found in Lake Clark National Park. Lieutenant Colonel Candis Olsmstead directs public affairs for the Alaska National Guard said weather cleared enough today to get close to the area. The Civil Air Patrol helped with the search and ultimately found the site.Man convicted in Tanana trooper killings sentenced to 203 years in prisonJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe man convicted of killing two Alaska State Troopers in the Interior village of Tanana in 2014 was sentenced yesterday to 203 years in jail. 22-year-old Nathanial Kangas was convicted for the murders of Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich.Strong turnout in early voting across AlaskaZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAcross the country, the number of people voting early in the general election is up. It’s not clear from the numbers yet whether Alaskans are keeping pace with that trend. People on the ground say it’s the busiest they’ve seen.Amendment would allow state bonds to back college loansAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaskans are voting on whether to allow the state to issue debt to lower the interest students pay for college loans. If voters amend the Alaska Constitution, then more students may also be able to borrow to pay for college.Interior race between political veterans could shape Alaska Senate Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageOne of the most-watched races in the state is happening in and around Fairbanks, where two longtime politicians are running in a match-up that could help decide control of the Alaska Senate. The incumbent, North Pole Republican John Coghill, faces a challenge from Luke Hopkins, a Democrat and former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.ASD data dashboard helps people glimpse what’s happening in local schoolsAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Anchorage School District has a new public web page that lets community members comb through district data. You can look at maps showing which schools have the best attendance or charts highlighting which students have the best reading comprehension. It was introduced during a hands-on workshop Wednesday night where community members were already putting the tool to use.CoastWalk volunteers clean up local beaches Shala Farzan, KBBI – HomerFor over thirty years, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer has organized its annual Coastwalk Clean-up. As part of the program, hundreds of volunteers collect trash on Kachemak Bay beaches each year. And many of them return year after year to the same stretch of beach.Alaskan Cub superfans react to their team’s historic victoryWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageLast night, an estimated 40 million people tuned in to game seven of the World Series. What they saw was history in the making: the Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland, 8-7 in 10 innings to win their first title since before World War One.last_img read more

BYJUs lands Rs 1393 crore funding from Qatar Investment Authority

first_imgReuters IndiaThe Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) will invest about Rs 1,393 crore in the Indian ed-tech startup BYJU’s. The investment from Qatar will further raise the market valuation of the startup, which was valued at about Rs 37,636 crore in March 2019.By investing Rs 1,393 crore QIA will acquire about a 5 percent stake in BYJU’s. As per Business Standard, the term sheets for the contract have been signed which does not allow the scope of secondary stake sale to the Qatar Investment Authority. CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani |Reuters IndiaThis is the second time BYJU’s has got this large investment from international government funds. Canadian pension fund (CPPIB) was the first to invest about Rs 3,763 crore in the startup. CPPIB is now planning to invest Rs 1,045 crore to buy an 8 percent stake in the Indian logistics startup Delhivery.The investment will mark the beginning of the Gulf-based partnership with India’s tech-based startup. The Gulf emirate had earlier invested Rs 8,362 crore in Indian telecom company Airtel and Rs 2,090 crore on an office space developer named RMZ Corp. The investing arm of the oil and natural gas giant aims at more investments in Indian housing spaces, as per reports. Deals like these wherein prestigious government funds are investing in the growing Indian tech startup space increas the growth potential of the startup.India is seeing more and more foreign government investments in the start-up sector. Apart from CPPIB and QIA, other government investing arms like GIC and OPIC are also regularly investing in India.last_img read more

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first_imgHow do you do that? “That’s a great question, because it really is a balance. There are times where you have really smart players that aren’t quite good enough athletically, that can’t come to balance in space, can’t make tackles in space, but at the same time, there’s a value that they bring to the table, which is the ability to key and diagnose, the ability to get other players lined up. So, that’s one of those things moving forward that we have to address and I know we’ll sit down as a scouting and coaching staff and put our best foot forward. I will say this: I would have never imagined that with our defense, we’d put up 41 points and still lose the game. But I’ll credit Drew Brees and Sean Payton. Drew continues to play at a high level and is really, in my opinion, one of the smarter players in the National Football League.”What was your thinking with regards to Michael Floyd?“It’s an unfortunate situation for both sides, and the one thing I’ll just say is Michael has moved on and we’ve moved on, and I wish him nothing but the best.”What happened that day as you found out Floyd had been arrested? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. Who are some players that jumped out on tape from the Saints game?“I thought Carson (Palmer) played excellent; I thought it was one of his better games and showed tremendous accuracy and touch, particularly behind an offensive line who we know has been put together, so to speak, with patchwork. And they actually held up fairly well, I thought, for the circumstances they were in. I thought John Brown stepped up and looked a little bit like himself from 2015, which was great to see. Defensively, Calais played well, I thought Tony Jefferson had one of his better games. So it’s nice to see, even in a loss, some of the guys stepping up moving forward. That’s what I talked about last week, using these last three games as somewhat of a litmus test to see which guys are competing, which guys are fighting, and it gives you a little better of an understanding of where you want to go in 2017.”As you look back, do you think the team had enough urgency to begin the year?“I don’t disagree with that, from the standpoint we went through training camp, I didn’t think we looked particularly well in the preseason. And I said this early on, we had some guys who stood out individually, but I didn’t think we came together as a team. There were very few games this year where we played well in all three phases, which is disappointing and you know that you can’t win many football games when there’s one side of the ball that lets you down. But, that’s the hard part of moving forward, is trying to figure out the locker room, the pieces that you put in place. We’ve had a tremendous amount of success the last three years, but that shouldn’t be a reason to feel overconfident or feel like this year is just going to fall into place. Every year is different, every roster is different. So on paper, where I may have thought that this was our best roster in the last four years, you still have to come together and play as a team and unite together, and that’s something I don’t think we did very well. There’s no doubt that’s something that when Coach and myself and Michael sit down after the season, we’ll certainly concentrate on.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I don’t even have to say that, that’s something that he and I discuss openly. He’s all for it. He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to be selfish or hard-headed. He wants to see these young guys as well, but at the same time, you don’t want to sacrifice that — we still want to win these football games. There’s a pride factor to play for, there’s a commitment to the organization to try to win football games at all costs, and our fan base. That’s the one thing you look back and you think about the expectations for this year and how excited our fans were, the way they came week in and week out to the University of Phoenix Stadium — yesterday they were still a full house — and the way they traveled with us this year was really exciting. So I really do want to thank our fans, as I said last week, the way they came in droves to Miami, and their enthusiasm and support throughout the year.”What, if anything, can be done about roughing the passer penalties when the QB’s head changes on the defender?“I certainly don’t want to criticize the officials, but I will say this: I am all for protecting the quarterback in certain situations, but then there are some plays that, to me, are just flat out football plays. It’s tough to teach a defensive player how to be aggressive or how to attack an offense when they’re trying to play either conservative or worry about making a mistake.” There was some good in the game, with David Johnson setting an NFL record for consecutive games with 100 yards from scrimmage to start a season, but there was also some bad. That has really been the story of the Cardinals’ season, in which they are now 5-8-1.As he does every Monday, Cardinals GM Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM to talk about the game and his team going forward.What drives you crazy the most with this year’s team?“I would say underachieved, and it gets back to the little things. The one thing I will say about this football team is I’m extremely proud of their effort. They haven’t quit, and there have been some times where they’ve been put in situations where I know it’s tough, but the mental mistakes and the miscues have certainly been a major concern. It’s disappointing as we all know, but I think that this group will continue to fight and try to finish strong.”Has this season changed your perspective on how to build the roster going forward?“I think you use every experience as a learning tool, and there’s no doubt that it continues to show me not only just evaluating players but continuing to build the right kind of locker room. I don’t want to point fingers towards our locker room, but going back to the piece of evaluating talent, where as a scout you get so enamored with the size and the speed and the movement skills, and some of the things at times you can overlook is the smarts, the ability to process information, to think fast on your feet. And those are things that are hardest to see, as an evaluator, the heart and the mind. Those are things that we’ve got to continue to challenge ourselves moving forward to try to create the best roster we can.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And with that, the Arizona Cardinals are officially eliminated from playoff contention.The team’s 48-41 home loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday not only wrapped up the home part of their schedule, but any chance the team had to make a surprise run to the postseason.The defense offered little resistance to a Saints team that had struggled the previous two weeks, while the offense just couldn’t quite keep up.center_img How do you feel your young guys played against New Orleans?“Scooby (Wright) made a really good block on special teams, and the one thing you get out of him is toughness, passion. That’s one of the things that we liked about Scooby coming out and one of the reasons why we signed him. Some of the other guys — Taylor (Boggs) got beat early in the game in the pass protection one time, but I thought he held up OK. Sio Moore was really active. Got a little gassed late in the game, but made a lot of tackles and gave us his all. Then Brandon (Williams) and Robert (Nkemdiche) I thought made some strides. Brandon has all the physical tools, just has to continue to grow and learn how to play with anticipation, to play with leverage on routes, and he’ll continue to grow and get better. I have a lot of high hopes for him. Robert, yesterday, I thought really flashed. There were times where he created a little bit of pressure; he showed some leverage in the run game and made a tackle or two. Two young guys that hopefully will continue to compete and get better and we’ll see that in 2017 as well.”With playoffs no longer possible, do you talk to Arians about playing younger players over the final two weeks? Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Saints won 48-41. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 0 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “I just got a call from our head of security letting me know. Like I said, this season’s been tough as it is, and to get news like that is something you never want to here, not only for the player but for the organization. And again, I wish him the best and hopefully things play out well for him.”Did you discuss the Floyd situation with the leaders in the locker room?“No. I think that the one thing, as players, you never can tell what they’re thinking. There’s no doubt that there’s a tremendous amount of loyalty from player to player, which you have to respect. These guys are in the locker room and they’re fighting and they’re competing, so there’s a natural love. Listen, it’s no different as an organization, you get emotionally attached to these players, so when you have to make tough decisions it’s extremely difficult, because you don’t just think of guys as football players — you also care about the person.”How are you approaching Calais Campbell’s contract situation?“I’ll say this, Calais played excellent yesterday. He was extremely disruptive and made some big plays. The one thing the public does not generally know is we have spoken to many agents regarding players whose contracts expire after the season, some whose contracts do not expire after the season that we would just like to try to extend. So it takes two sides, but those are conversations that I’ll keep to myself and we don’t generally talk about through the media. But there are several players that we’d like to have back, and it takes two sides.”last_img read more