Consultation on Fuel Safety Regulations Changes

first_imgThe province is seeking input on new regulations that will modernize the rules of conduct around the safe handling of fuel and equipment that operates on fuel. The regulations apply to such things as fireplaces, furnaces, propane stoves, restaurant cooking equipment, natural gas systems in hospitals and other large buildings. They will allow for more flexibility without compromising safety. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development encourages comments and suggestions from industry representatives and other interested groups, during consultations that started Nov. 4 and will end Dec. 4. A consultation paper outlining key regulatory changes will be circulated to industry representatives and can be found on the department’s website at, http://www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/buildingsafety . “This regulation review will ensure we promote the highest safety standard possible in workplaces, public places, and homes across the province, while at the same time attracting world-class business to Nova Scotia,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “We look forward to working with those who work in the industry and other interested parties to gather their suggestions and opinions during our consultations.” The revised fuel safety regulations will provide flexibility by introducing a single-signature green tag on installations requiring a registration. A green tag signifies the installation was safely completed. Other changes allowing greater flexibility in operations includes an expanded gas registration system, and self-monitored inspection system for registrations. More information about these and other changes are addressed in the consultation paper. The regulations form part of the province’s new technical safety legislation which works to enhance safety for people and property in Nova Scotia. The new Technical Safety Act will consolidate the Steam Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act, the Crane Operators and Power Engineers Act and the fuel safety regulations. This legislation will result in clearer responsibilities, wording, accountability, and consistent language. It will also allow for a more streamlined appeal process, and will replace the current advisory committees structure with one advisory board. It is hoped the act will become effective early in 2009. It is also in keeping with the province’s Better Regulation Initiative which works to improve regulation, and create a competitive business climate that supports business, while at the same time ensuring the protection of public health and safety, a clean environment and safe workplaces. The new regulations will also provide increased flexibility as a result of eliminating unnecessary and outdated requirements.last_img read more

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Hundreds to Discuss Youth Partnerships Bullying

first_imgHundreds of crime prevention advocates, police, teachers and youth are together today, March 27, building positive relationships that support youth and prevent bullying and other crime. Twenty Nova Scotians were also recognized for their commitment to making their communities safer at the fifth annual crime prevention symposium in Halifax. “We have a responsibility to help young people make the right choices to avoid a life of crime and to understand what’s driving poor decision-making,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “That’s what today is about. We need to work together to understand root causes of crime and help youth become contributing members of society.” This year’s theme is Building Relationships – A Way Forward for Safer Communities. Participants will discuss building youth leadership capacity, the impact of cultural boundaries, the impact of bullying, building relationships with youth and the role of police, schools and others. Manus Farmer is one of the youth presenters. He is a participant in the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development’s Second Chance Program that uses entrepreneurship models to help youth in conflict with the law develop employability and life skills. “I’m so pleased to be a part of this day,” said Mr. Farmer. “It’s nice to be treated as a person and not just a statistic.” Attendees are hearing about local success stories like Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia, a violence prevention and intervention program that works with youth who have experienced violence. Youth will also deliver workshops, and students from École John W. MacLeod Fleming Tower Elementary School will deliver an anti-bullying choir performance. “I’m very pleased that young people have such a strong voice at this event, and that they are also hearing and seeing a big community of support ready to join with them,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “This collaborative approach is at the heart of the province’s Speak Up action plan, to work with young people, their families and communities so we can more effectively prevent bullying and other crime that can drastically change lives.” The symposium features academic experts and keynote speakers Brenda Morrison, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and Nombuso Dlamini, York University, Toronto. Ms. Morrison is an expert on bullying and how schools can respond. Ms. Dlamini is an expert on the impact of culture on youth identity. Mr. Landry presented the Minister’s awards for Leadership in Crime Prevention during the symposium. Awards are presented to Nova Scotians in six categories who have been nominated for their outstanding work in preventing crime and making their communities a safer place. Fourteen individual awards and one group award are being presented. Paul Ratchford, of Cape Breton Regional Police Service accepted an award on behalf of Rebecca Walker, volunteer co-ordinator at Clifford Street Community Centre in North Sydney. “Speaking for Rebecca and other volunteers, the recognition is appreciated. It’s not what they strive for, but it’s very nice. and appreciated very much.” For more information on crime prevention initiatives and award recipients, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

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She Kills Monsters

first_imgFor Tickets; CLICK HEREFB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society presents ‘She Kills Monsters’ a comedy written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Ted Sloan.The story behind the play is set in the ’90s with Agnes Evans who is totally average until her family dies in a terrible car crash. Agnes finds herself alone, with a Dungeons & Dragons adventure that her geeky little sister Tilly left behind. Agnes recruits a teenaged “Dungeon Master” to walk her through the campaign. The story then dives into a world of supermodel elves, warrior demons and other D&D monsters. Agnes learns to fight, how to heal, and discovers the sister she never really knew. She Kills Monsters is a geeky comedy, full of professionally choreographed combat, that relays the importance of empowerment and acceptance.The performance takes place at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Feb 22, 23, 28 and March 1st and 2nd. Shows start at 7:30 pm and the cost of tickets are $25.last_img read more

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UPFA wins the East but loses seats

Rejected Votes45,2916.67 % TAMIZH DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL ALLIANCE7,7141.301 In the last elections held in the Eastern Province in 2008 the UPFA had won over 50 percent of the votes. SRI LANKA PROGRESSIVE FRONT260.00 Total Polled646,45665.78 Rejected Votes54,7808.47 Total votes received by non elected independent groups12,361 * Including two(2) bonus seats. UNITED NATIONAL PARTY250,73242.3815 People’s Liberation Front3,1540.5 % Sri Lanka Labour Party2680.04 % The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the elections in the eastern province, but by just a small margin.Final results released by the department of elections shows that the UPFA had secured 14 seats including two bonus seats by winning 31.58 percent of the total votes. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was appointed as the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province following the UPFA victory at the 2008 polls. Eksath Lanka Maha Sabha1220.02 % AKILA ILANKAI TAMIL UNITED FRONT3780.06 THE LIBERAL PARTY30.00 The UPFA secured 52.21 percent of the total votes in the Eastern Province in 2008 and got 20 seats in the council while the UNP was second with 15 seats. The UNP managed to win just 4 seats this year.In this year’s election ITAK got 6 seats from the Batticaloa district while the UPFA got 4, ITAK got 3 seats in Trincomalee while the UPFA also got 3 and in Ampara the UPFA got 5 as opposed to 2 by ITAK. PEOPLE’S FRONT OF LIBERATION TIGERS3830.06 United National Party74,90111.82 %4 Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya900.01 % MUSLIM LIBERATION FRONT390.01 SRI LANKA NATIONAL FRONT300.01 Registered Electors1,033,749 14* UNITED SOCIALIST PARTY2,5480.43 UNITED PEOPLE’S FREEDOM ALLIANCE308,88652.21*20 Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi193,82730.59 %11 The Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) secured 11 seats by getting 30.59 percent of the votes and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was third with 7 seats. Socialist Alliance2,4800.39 % * Includes 2 bonus seats under Section 61A(2) of the Provincial Council Elections Act No 2 of 1988 EELAM PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY5,4180.92 Name of the Party/Independent GroupNo. of Votes Received Provincial Council Elections 2012 No. of Members Elected Percentage % United People’s Freedom Alliance200,04431.58 % Our National Front1630.03 % Total Valid Votes633,53493.33 % Eelavar Democratic Front2,6930.43 % UNITED NATIONAL ALLIANCE5790.10 Eastern Province Regis. Electors982,721 National Freedom Front9,5221.5 %1 Akila Ilankai Tamil United Front4600.07 % PEOPLE’S LIBERATION FRONT9,3901.591 United Socialist Party2890.05 % Valid Votes591,67691.53 PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS – 2008Final ResultsEASTERN PROVINCE RUHUNU JANATHA PARTY140.00 JATHIKA SANGWARDHENA PERAMUNA1890.03 POLITICAL PARTY/ INDEPENDENT GROUPVOTES OBTAINEDPERCENTAGESEATS Sri Lanka Muslim Congress132,91720.98 %7 Muslim Liberation Front570.01 % Ruhunu Janatha Party160.00 % Patriotic National Front850.01 % NAWA SIHALA URUMAYA3120.05 Total Votes Polled678,82565.67 % EELAVAR DEMOCRATIC FRONT2,2750.38 Jana Setha Peramuna850.01 % SINHALAYE MAHASAMMATHA BHOOMIPUTRA PAKSHAYA1090.02 read more

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Blix UKs Blair hold talks on Iraq UN inspections continue

Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), held separate discussions with Mr. Blair, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and officials from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the state of the inspections and his upcoming trip to Baghdad.Mr. Blix is making his way to Baghdad, where he and Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are expected to arrive Saturday morning for two days of talks with Iraqi officials. They are scheduled to give a press conference after the talks end on Sunday.Meanwhile in Iraq, UN officials conducted a private interview with an Iraqi biological scientist that lasted more than three-and-a half hours. “During the interview, a number of issues were addressed,” said Hiro Ueki, spokesman for UNMOVIC and IAEA in Baghdad.As for inspection activities, an UNMOVIC biological group inspected two separate sites: the Directorate of Teaching Laboratories, located in Saddam Medical City, which provides diagnostic services to the hospital and does post-graduate teaching for medical students; and the Abraj Alcohol Production Facility in Baghdad that produces ethanol through fermentation.A missile team inspected the Al Kadhimiya site, which is involved in technical and administrative aspects of ballistic missile programme, and the Military College of Engineering, which is involved in the design and development of supersonic wind tunnels and machines for fibre-reinforced composite materials. “These inspections were conducted to verify Iraq’s declarations and to establish a comprehensive monitoring mechanism,” Mr. Ueki said.Multidisciplinary teams, meanwhile, inspected 23 large ammunition storage bunkers and 81 outdoor storage areas at the Fallujah Ammunition Depot west of Baghdad, and the Arab Company for Detergent Chemicals in Baiji.One IAEA team continued inspection at the Ashakyli Stores, while a second held meetings at the Iraqi Nuclear Monitoring Directorate (NMD). A third IAEA team monitored the transfer of several radioactive isotope sources from the former site of the Al Salam Company to a secure storage facility at Tuwaitha, and a fourth worked at the UN’s Canal Hotel base preparing mobile air sampling equipment for deployment in the field. read more

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New UN report reflects voices of more than 1 million people on

The report, A Million Voices: The World We Want is the result of 88 national consultations, 11 thematic dialogues and an online global survey, which were carried out over the past year. The report is meant to help Member States draft a successor framework to the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will expire in 2015.“Our work to define a post-2015 development agenda will help us to recalibrate our efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and chart a course to a world of prosperity, peace, sustainability, equity and dignity for all,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a press conference in New York.“Many actors are involved. But the voices we need to hear from most are those of the people of the world, especially those that are usually unheard – particularly the excluded or marginalized – disabled persons, the poor and jobless, the hungry, those living without adequate sanitation or health care.”Some of the key messages of the report include people’s desire to play a role in changing their world. While they agreed that the MDGs cover fundamental development areas that are still critically important, they also expressed the need to tackle inequality within and among countries. “People are indignant at the injustice they feel because of growing inequalities and insecurities that exist particularly for poorer and marginalized people,” the report says, adding that they would like to see a new development agenda based on human rights and universal values of equality, justice and security. “The people who participated in the global conversation conveyed the sense that the world as it is, is not fair to many and the want the post-2015 agenda to address and change that,” said the Administrator of the UN Development Programme Helen Clark. “So it is important that Member States, governments, hear the feedback from the consultations as they contemplate what the new development agenda should look like.”People also showed concern for good governance and accountability to measure progress on development targets, Ms. Clark told reporters.“What came through very strongly was that everywhere people want their Governments to do a better job. To be honest and responsive in delivering services, create the conditions for decent work and citizen security and to take responsibility for the state of the planet and its ecosystems.”The consultations were carried out by the UN Development Group, which unites 32 UN agencies and funds. More than one million people engaged in the consultation process, half of them under the age of 30, and the UN and its partners put emphasis on reaching the most vulnerable and marginalized groups so that their voices are heard. read more

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Algeria UN agency delivers aid to floodhit refugees in Tindouf

“The extent of devastation in Tindouf is overwhelming, with pooled water as far as the eye can see. Thousands of families lost their homes overnight and much of their personal belongings,” said the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Hamdi Bukhari.”The airlifted relief items will partially compensate their losses, but rebuilding their lives will be an extraordinary task, and UNHCR stands ready to support this effort. Shelter, food and water are the most urgent needs,” he added.The seasonal storms damaged or destroyed mud-brick homes, shops, hospitals, schools, and roads at Laayoune, Boujdour, Awserd, Smara, and Dakhla camps, housing thousands of Sahrawi refugees.The first of two aircraft from Accra, Ghana, brought 5,000 fleece blankets, 1,000 kitchen sets, 1,000 jerry cans, 5,000 plastic sheets, 750 family tents, and 200 plastic rolls to distribute to as many as 11,000 people, with a second aid flight due to arrive today, according to UNHCR.The agency is leading the emergency response, with support from the Algerian Government, other UN agencies and partners on the ground. It is also leading a shelter assessment to determine the number of damaged houses that will need immediate rehabilitation before the arrival of winter.This month marked the 40th anniversary of the Sahrawis being sheltered in the camps near Tindouf. They fled the territory of Western Sahara in 1975, making it one of the most protracted refugee situations in the world. Prior to the flooding, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations active in the Tindouf Sahrawi refugee operation were facing funding shortfalls that restricted their regular activities, including provision of food aid. UNHCR, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) this week made a joint appeal for $20 million to respond to the crisis. read more

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The Warriors Duped The NBA

Conventional NBA wisdom is based on a set of assumptions about how the game is played, and those, in turn, are based on what has worked best in the past. Don’t shoot 3-pointers off the dribble. Don’t throw 60-foot alley-oops. Don’t play JaVale McGee. Yet each time the Warriors add some new theatricality to their game, like the transition 3-pointer or the pull-up 3 or a propensity for 30-foot alley-oops to JaVale in traffic, they aren’t just stunting on the league; they’re exploiting its assumptions.There is a simple explanation for how that works: The Warriors have style. For all the systemic differences between the aspirant 2013-14 team led by Mark Jackson and the swashbuckling 2015 champions led by Steve Kerr, the most transformative was that Kerr’s Warriors have style and Jackson’s did not. And style endures. Even after bringing on Kevin Durant, the Warriors never acceded and played like a traditional powerhouse, grinding teams down with sheer force of talent. Instead, the team continued playing its chaotic brand of offense, with Stephen Curry just as likely to be setting off-ball screens to free up Ian Clark as he is to be working in a high pick-and-roll. The unanimous MVP just in your grasp, the undrafted journeyman springs free for a look. Setup and payoff. The coyote roller-skates off the cliff.The Warriors don’t merely seek out the best practices of the day — they create value where there’s not supposed to be any.The leading example of the Warriors turning audacity into efficiency is the team’s signature shot: the pull-up 3. When Curry began pulling up from the cheap seats a few short years ago, the reaction was first one of awe, and then one of appreciation: The shots were fearless, and few could make them as often as Curry, but they also worked because most defenses never dreamed that that was a shot anyone wanted. Only recently, as a wave of pull-up 3s has swept across the league, have we begun to appreciate how Curry’s trademark opens up the floor for the Warriors.But pull-ups are just one of several ways the Warriors have bucked orthodoxy to remake the league’s ideas about smart basketball. Seeking out free throws has been a hallmark of the modern analytic game for as long as Derrick Rose has been harangued for avoiding them. Yet the Warriors don’t shoot very many of them. They ranked just 20th in free throw rate during this regular season, and while they’ve drawn more fouls in the playoffs, their postseason rate was about average among the playoff field.Meanwhile, the team has moved away from the league’s most popular play, which powers hyper-modern offenses like the Rockets’ and the Raptors’: the pick-and-roll. Golden State was last in the league in percent of plays that finished in the hands of a pick-and-roll ball handler at about 11 percent,1 less than half the rate posted by league leaders Toronto and Charlotte, and last in the league in percent of plays used by a pick-and-roll roll man at 4 percent.2 The NBA is increasingly a pick-and-roll league, but the Warriors have gone in the opposite direction, even if they have their moments of doubt.“I definitely want to be in more pick-and-roll situations, whether I’m getting shots or whether we’re manufacturing ball movement,” Curry said a few days after the team’s Christmas Day loss to Cleveland. “That’s a strength of ours, regardless of how teams play us.”In some ways, eschewing the pick-and-roll is a luxury the Warriors enjoy because they have two MVP-level players in Curry and Kevin Durant on the roster. But passing up pick-and-roll opportunities also enables Golden State to be the best long-range 2-point shooting team in the league, thanks to that chaos-engine offense. The Warriors don’t take a ton of the shots — they ranked 20th in the regular season in attempting them3 — but ranked first in percentage, making 47 percent.It may seem natural that the best 3-point shooting team is also the best long-2 team, but the Warriors are also seeking these shots out. Math is supposed to warn against that.Golden State ranked in the top 10 of total spot-up 2-point attempts during the season, and the team was again far ahead of the pack in percentage on those shots, hitting more than 50 percent — 2 percentage points higher than the second-place team, and more than five points better than the San Antonio Spurs, who led in attempts. As a late-stage development in a possession, it’s almost cruel. Chase Curry and Durant and all the other Warriors shooters up and down the floor, around screens, and out far beyond the 3-point line — sell out to cover all the most valuable ground on the court as fast as you can — and a guy like David West might just pop out to 17 feet and kill you anyway. The painted tunnel only works for the roadrunner.That’s what the Warriors do: They don’t merely seek out the best practices of the day — they create value where there’s not supposed to be any. It’s their most endearing trait, the thing that makes them a thrill even as they threaten to dominate the league at a magnitude unseen since Bill Russell’s Celtics. Very often, their “inefficient” ideas are also the most fun. Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images If the Warriors are light on Chuck Jones’s disciplines, they’re absolutely bankrupt when it comes to being disciplined. The one thing that’s plagued the team, in past seasons and in this one, has been turnovers. The Warriors have floated around the middle of the pack per possession, but they have a talent for slapstick turnovers at the worst possible times. Early on in his tenure, Kerr took to calling the team’s helter-skelter turnovers — the ones that flew into the second row, endangering the announcers’ table more than the opposing defense — “plays of insanity,” the implication being that Golden State could be even more dominant if it could snuff out these momentary lapses. When the Warriors dominated the Cavs in Game 1, players pointed to the team’s four turnovers as a sign that they took the series seriously. It’s not quite so simple, though.With the game on the line, we expect a team to resort to less obviously risky plays. Not Steph whipping no-looks on one play and JaVale McGee flying by with an ACME rocket strapped to his ass the next.Some Warriors turnovers are a function of carelessness. But others are more about the team’s identity since Kerr arrived, what the younger Jim Mora used to refer to as Michael Vick’s “athletic arrogance” — the belief that they are the best team in the world and capable of summoning any necessary magic to the court. Sometimes this backfires, as it did with Curry’s infamous behind-the-back turnover in the closing minutes of Game 7 last season.“Yeah, I still think about that,” Curry told ESPN’s Chris Haynes just before the Finals began. “In thinking about that game, it’s funny because I know the concept of making the right play, making a simple play, understanding that there are deciding moments in games and the difference between winning a championship or not could be one of those plays. I came out in preseason this year and threw a behind-the-back pass because I have confidence that I can do it and it won’t change that.”That confidence will lead to more turnovers. But it will also lead to some of the prettiest basketball the league’s ever seen, and you can trace the contagion from that Curry pass to Durant sauntering into a pull-up 3 to win Game 3.And it doesn’t just affect the stars: The Warriors ethos infused Andrew Bogut and Zaza Pachulia with the spirit of Vlade Divac and Brad Miller over the last three seasons, and even drew out latent passing skills from Marreese Speights and West. On the Warriors, veterans are empowered to throw surprising, stunting passes — passes that contribute to the team’s 2-point offense being so unguardable.4And that was the promise of this team! That when things tightened up, they were just as likely to throw the full-court alley-oop, or toss a behind-the-back bounce pass through traffic, or plant a shooter in front of Jeff Van Gundy and pull up from 40. It’s different from just about every other team we’ve seen. With the game on the line, we expect a team to resort to less obviously risky plays — brawny hero ball, or a calculating high screen and read that’s got more deltoid than fast twitch to it. Not this. Not Steph whipping no-looks on one play and JaVale McGee flying by with an ACME rocket strapped to his ass the next. Ben Margot / AP Chuck Jones, the classic Warner Bros. animator, used to say that we are all defined by our disciplines: When anything is possible, the things we don’t do are just as important as the things we do. Bugs Bunny does not act unless provoked; the roadrunner does not harm the coyote; the Houston Rockets do not shoot long 2s; and the New York Knicks do not catch the roadrunner. The Golden State Warriors do not have many disciplines to speak of. They’re basketball anarchists, unmoored from any concept of the “right” way to play as defined by crusty traditionalists or, importantly, the current generation of NBA nerds.For three seasons now, the Warriors have been the de facto champions of analytic basketball, the calculator boys whose success rests on mathematical principles. Other teams have gone to further extremes, but Golden State is unquestionably the flagship — as they’ll be the first to tell you. And in the afterglow of the team’s second title in three seasons, who’s to argue?But look a little closer and it’s apparent that the Warriors’ game doesn’t reflect the analytics it has come to represent. The Warriors aren’t math — they don’t represent order; they upend logic. They’re Bugs Bunny pulling himself out of the hat. The Warriors are the punchline. Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP The Warriors’ success raises questions about the new-school wisdom of the league. Is this a blueprint for future contenders or merely the imprint of a uniquely talented team? The answer might simply be that Golden State’s talent level is exceptional, that they can buck league trends because they aren’t like the rest of the league. And that’s partly true. They do this through individual excellence, yes, but that’s also the point: Golden State already had the talent the rest of the league craves, and now it’s using that talent in ways that other great teams haven’t. The fearlessness that Kerr allowed to flourish had taken root long before Durant came to town.So why not pull up from 40 feet, or throw 60-foot alley-oops, or play your small forward at center in the Finals just to see what happens? Why let the coyote get his defense set? It could be that there’s a steep minimum talent requirement to make playing like the Warriors effective, but there’s a steep talent requirement for anyone looking to win the NBA title.The Golden State Warriors are the team of the future — but that future may not be the one we thought it was.Read more: They Are Kevin Durant’s Warriors Now read more

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Conveyor rollers for China Resources Cement project Fengkai – China

first_imgTension: 3,150 N/mm Rulmeca rollers details: PSV series, type PSV/1, 3, 4 – mainly with tube diameter 159 mm. Belt speed: 5 m/s Thickness: 24 mmcenter_img In July 2010 Rulmeca Tianjin Co completed the delivery of rollers for the second phase of China Resources Cement’s (Huarun Group)  important project in Fengkai, China, – the longest belt conveyors ever built in Asia. Rulmeca Tianjin received the order at the beginning of 2009 for more than 180,000 rollers for two belt conveyor lines of 40 km.The conveyors provide the limestone handling to link the mine to the cement plant in Fengkai, China. The two lines of parallel, long-distance curved belt conveyors feed one of the biggest cement plants in the world with limestone at 30,000 t/d.Each line comprises three curved overland conveyors (11, 12 and 17 km) powered by a total of 19 units of 750 kW, with a belt speed of 5 m/s. The curved conveyors were designed to cross over 25 mountains but also roads and rivers.Conveyors details: Belt width: 1,400 mmlast_img read more

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Column What Irelands EU Presidency could mean for international volunteering

first_imgVOLUNTEERS MAKE A unique contribution to achieving development goals, reaching far beyond what cash and technical assistance can achieve. Last year over 3,000 Irish people volunteered overseas. This is an extraordinary number – about one in every 1,500 Irish people travelled to a developing country to share their skills. This should be an enormous source of pride for Irish people, and at a time when major decisions are being made about the future of international development, it is crucial that volunteering for development remains at the heart of our work in the developing world.Volunteering uses the power of people to bring about real change. When committed volunteers work in partnership with carefully selected organisations to transfer much-needed skills, they have the power to bring about real change in the lives of poor and marginalised people. In a development context that is increasingly professionalised and specialised, volunteers have distinct advantages over professional development workers and consultants. By living as part of the communities in which they work, they can gain insights into the causes of poverty and how they can be addressed.A long and proud traditionIreland has a long and proud tradition of sending volunteers overseas. In many ways, the work of Irish development NGOs is built on the foundation of our missionary tradition. Every day Irish people travel to developing countries to bring skills in education, health, business and many other areas to some of the world’s poorest communities. They bring back with them invaluable skills and experience, and an understanding of global poverty and inequality, and what can be done to fight it.A strange thing has happened to volunteering in the last 10 years. The number of people volunteering has increased dramatically, but at the same time volunteering has become somewhat sidelined in development circles. Often the examples of volunteering that donors and policy makers focus on are the negative ones, and the role that volunteers can make in achieving real development goals has fallen off the development agenda.Focused volunteeringIn the minds of many governments, development organisations and donors, volunteering is still about people working in isolation and offers more benefit to the volunteer than to the people the volunteer works with, but volunteering has evolved in recent years. Today international volunteers from developed countries, and volunteers who are recruited in one developing country to work in another, work alongside ‘national volunteers’, who volunteer in their own country.Volunteering has also become more focused on bringing about long-term sustainable change, and volunteers work to make themselves redundant so that their work lives on long after they have left their placements. Volunteers aim to work towards bigger development goals, and their individual work contributes to programmes that fit into national and international development plans.We have an opportunity to address this misconception about volunteering, and to elevate the role of volunteering for development in the minds of decision makers. As a country with a strong reputation in international development, and for whom volunteering is a pillar of our work overseas, we should consider what role we want volunteering to play in the international agenda in the coming years.Ireland’s Presidency of the EUDevelopment cooperation is an area where Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union has the capacity to give us real influence. Ireland’s reputation as a leader in international development means that we have always punched above our weight in this area, and we hold the Presidency at a time when the EU, the world’s largest provider of development assistance, is deciding its policy position on what should succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs, agreed in the year 2000, have had an enormous impact on the direction of development cooperation, both in policy and in how development work is done on the ground.  As we approach the end date for these goals in 2015, attention has turned to the development of a new development framework to achieve them after 2015. In September, the UN General Assembly will meet to discuss the framework that will succeed the MDGs, and Ireland and South Africa have been selected to co-facilitate this summit.This is an enormous opportunity for Ireland.  As a country that has never forgotten the value of volunteers, we should grasp this opportunity to make sure that volunteerism, and the idea that by bringing people together and sharing skills, is an important part of the future of international development.Malcolm Quigley is the Executive Director of VSO Ireland. A graduate of the University of Limerick and the Solvay School of Business in the Free university of Brussels, Malcolm volunteered with VSO  in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2001 to 2004. He established VSO Ireland in February 2004.last_img read more

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Theresa May People use food banks for many complex reasons

first_img 29,117 Views Marr: Nurses are going to food banksTheresa Weird: “There are many complex reasons for people going to food banks”THE MAIN ONE IS POVERTY! pic.twitter.com/WmirYqRiFU— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) April 30, 2017 Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 12:11 PM There were 56 foodbanks in 2010. Now there are hundreds & hundreds. May says the reasons are complex, but they aren’t. The Tories did this.— Kevin (@kvn_dnls) April 30, 2017 By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Dawn Foster/Twitter 89 Comments Share Tweet Email2 Source: Paul Mason/Twitter Apr 30th 2017, 12:11 PM I’ve spent a lot of time in foodbanks and people go because: they are hungry & have no money. That’s it. https://t.co/PnpReFkSWs— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) April 30, 2017 (Click here if video doesn’t play)May said there was agreement that the fate of EU nationals living in Britain should be an early priority, but that as prime minister she also had “a care for the UK citizens living in the other 27 countries of the EU,” calling for a reciprocal deal.“There is goodwill there,” she explained.I believe we can give that assurance to those people at an early stage.The prime minister surprised the political establishment earlier this month by announcing a snap general election for 8 June, calling it on Sunday the “most important election our country has faced in our lifetime.”- With reporting by © – AFP 2017Read: Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UK >Poll: Are you worried about the future of the EU? > “I want to guarantee rights of EU citizens but it is right we ensure UK citizens living in EU is guaranteed as well” says PM #marr pic.twitter.com/ahmEQ3x2iz— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) April 30, 2017 May was also pushed on her government’s plan for Brexit, denying that she was ”in a different galaxy” her European counterparts.European Union leaders were reportedly dismayed by her Brexit negotiating demands at a meeting this week.May told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier that a detailed potential trade deal needed to be drawn up before Britain would agree to pay its EU divorce bill, according to the Sunday Times.According to the paper, Juncker told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that May was “in a different galaxy,” adding that it looked more likely now that no deal would be reached at all. Source: BBC News/YouTubeMay told the Andrew Marr Show that she stood by her earlier comment that “no deal was better than a bad deal”, and rejected claims that her negotiating stance was unreasonable.“I’m not in a different galaxy. What this shows is that there are going to be times when these negotiations are going to be tough,” she said.“I want to ensure we agree on a trade deal and withdrawal arrangements for…when we leave the European Union.EU leaders unanimously backed a tough Brexit strategy at a summit yesterday, demanding a “serious response” from Britain on the rights of European citizens before trade talks can start.The summit was the first since May one month ago formally triggered the two-year process of untangling Britain from the EU after four decades of membership. Short URL Source: Kevin/Twitter Source: The Andrew Marr Show/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3366618 (Click here if video doesn’t play)BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has said there are “many complex reasons for people going to food banks”.May was speaking to BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr this morning about her Conservative Party’s record in government when she made the claim.Asked whether it was “wrong” that British nurses are being forced to use food banks, May said there are “many complex reasons” why this might happen.Her comments prompted many people to say that people resort to food banks because of financial necessity. Theresa May: People use food banks ‘for many complex reasons’ The British Prime Minister was asked about the Conservative party’s record on poverty. last_img read more

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Une pétition contre les brevets sur les plantes remise au Parlement européen

first_imgUne pétition contre les brevets sur les plantes remise au Parlement européenSignée par près de 60.000 personnes, une pétition contre les brevets sur les plantes a été remise au Parlement européen. Des manifestants ont également défilé à Bruxelles, accusant la Commission d’offrir le monopole sur les semences aux multinationales.Deux cents militants brandissant des banderoles “Libérez nos semences” ont défilé devant le Parlement européen avant d’y déposer une pétition signée par quelque 58.728 citoyens issus de vingt pays différents, rapporte le site Sciences et Avenir. Ils s’insurgent contre les brevets sur les plantes, estimant que les semences doivent “rester un patrimoine commun”. À lire aussiContemplez en accéléré la fantastique floraison de ces cactusUn avis partagé par  Isabelle Durant, députée européenne écologiste et vice-présidente du Parlement Européen. “Il est indispensable de défendre et de maintenir au niveau européen la possibilité pour les agriculteurs de multiplier et échanger les semences locales”, estime-t-elle. “La réglementation européenne, qui fera l’objet d’une révision en 2012, ne peut en aucun cas être taillée sur mesure pour que quelques multinationales soient les seules détentrices des variétés de semences”, s’indigne-t-elle.Bruxelles entend proposer à l’occasion de cette révision, la création d’une “loi européenne sur les semences”. Mais certains craignent que les semences non recensées dans les catalogues des multinationales ne soient interdites à la commercialisation.Le 19 avril 2011 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Robot aids to help wheelchair users at Tokyo Olympics 2020

first_img Sports Culture Intel developing 3D Athlete Tracking for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Robots Panasonic 3:36 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this:center_img Tags The Human Support Robot will assist spectators, athletes and others at the 2020 Olympics.  Toyota Toyota and Panasonic plan to put their latest creations to the test at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR) and Panasonic’s Power Assist Suit will help wheelchair users at the games. HSR, a small black-and-white robot, has facial features and an extendable gripping arm. It can carry food and other items, help spectators to their seats and provide information about the games. “This project will not simply be about exhibiting robots, but also about showcasing their practical real-life deployment helping people,” Hirohisa Hirukawa, leader of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, said in a release Friday. Sixteen HSR robots will be at the Olympics. Toyota hopes to have similar products for sale by the early 2030s. Panasonic’s Power Assist Suit is a battery-powered exoskeleton — think animatronics without a covering — that can help the wearer lift heavy objects or repeatedly lift and carry items without back strain. Workers will wear the suits at Olympic and Paralympic venues, including the athletes’ village. Neither Toyota nor Panasonic immediately responded to a request for comment. 0 Share your voicelast_img read more

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Wipro chairman Azim Premji other promoters poised to get 178 crore bonus

first_imgAzim Premji, chairman of Wipro Ltd, speaks at the Wipro campus in Bangalore April 27, 2011.Reuters fileOn Tuesday, Azim H Premji, chairman of Wipro, not only got a two-year extension at the helm of the company (till July 2019), but was also poised to add crores of shares to his kitty after the company announced bonus issue of shares in the ratio of 1:1. In his individual capacity, the 71-year-old industrialist will get 9.34 crore (93.4 million) equity shares while the overall “promoter and promoter group” will add 178.06 crore shares.Shareholding pattern data filed by the company as of March 31, 2017 showed that the “promoter and promoter group” hold 1,78,06,00,607 (178.06 crore, or 1.78 billion) shares, or 73.25 percent of the total paid-up equity share capital. Individuals in the group included Rishad Premji, son of Azim Premji and Chief Strategy Officer of Wipro, who holds 6.86 lakh shares, and Yasmeen Premji, wife of Azim Premji, with 10.62 lakh shares.Other significant investors in the “promoter and promoter group” include Azim Premji Trust, which holds 39.90 crore shares, or 16.42 percent, and Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives Pvt Ltd., with one crore shares, or 0.41 percent.Among other category of shareholders, Employee Benefit Trust holds 1.37 crore shares, or 0.56 percent, foreign portfolio investors hold 24.77 crore shares (10.19 percent), mutual funds hold 6.11 crore shares (2.52 percent) and LIC holds 6.17 crore shares (2.54 percent). The shareholding pattern could alter if the company announces its second share buyback plan in July this year, as declared on Tuesday.Last year, after declaring of FY2016 results, the company had announced a programme entailing a buyback of up to 40 million shares at Rs 625 per share.The buyback would constitute about 1.62 percent of its total equity share capital.As for the value of their shareholdings today, all that one needs to do is multiply the closing price of Rs 490.60 as of Wednesday by the number of shares for the respective shareholder category. The company skipped payment of final dividend for the financial year 2016-17 after having declared 100 percent interim dividend in January this year. Wipro declared its March quarter (Q4) and FY2017 results on Tuesday.Wipro Chairman Azim Premji during inauguration of Spirit of Wipro Run 2016 in Bengaluru, on Sept 25, 2016.IANSThe market capitalisation of Wipro stood at Rs 1,19,320 crore on Wednesday, based on the closing price. Wipro had last issued bonus shares in the ratio of 2:3 in June 2010 and prior to that, 1:1 in August 2005.The other two IT software services companies, TCS and Infosys, had declared their results earlier this month.On Wednesday, the BSE Sensex closed 190 points higher at 30,133 after hitting an all-time high of 30,167. The rally was led by ITC, M&M, Hindustan Unilever, HDFC and ICICI Bank.The NSE Nifty closed with a gain of 45 points at 9,351.last_img read more

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NeoJMB regional military chief among 4 held

first_imgArrest Logo. File photoPolice have detained four people including an alleged military unit chief of banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh in Bogra district.According to the police, the Neo-JMB men were detained during a joint raid in Mokamtala area of Shibganj upazila of the district early Thursday.  The detainees are Neo-JMB military unit chief for northern part of the country Babul Aktar alias Babul Master, shura council member Delowar Hossain alias Mistri Mizan and other two members – Alamgir alias Arif and Afzal alias Limon.Police claimed that a pistol, 15 rounds of bullets, magazine and a machete and four Burmese daggers were recovered from their possessions. Additional superintendent of Bogra police Sanatan Chakrabharti said Babul Aktar is a military chief of Neo-JMB’s northern unit. Babul is leading the northern unit of the Neo-JMB after Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, one of the masterminds of Holey Artisan attack in Dhaka.last_img read more

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2 IU teachers suspended for bribe scam

first_imgRuhul Amin and Abdur Rahim. Photo: UNBThe authorities of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Friday suspended two of its teachers for reportedly seeking bribe from a teacher candidate, reports UNB.IU made the move after an audio clip purportedly containing the discussion between the teachers and the candidate went viral on social media earlier in the day.The teachers are finance and banking department’s assistant professor Ruhul Amin and Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department’s assistant professor Abdur Rahim.Vice-chancellor professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari issued the suspension order, IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif told UNB.The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the university with VC professor Askari in the chair.IU issued a circular for recruiting teachers for finance and banking department on 11 March. Ruhul Amin and Abdur Rahim contacted a candidate with promises of ensuring his recruitment but demanded Tk 1 to 1.8 million from him.last_img read more

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MidCity Financial Donates to The Academy of Hope

first_imgMid-City Financial, a family- owned development company donated $150,000 to the Academy of Hope,  a male adult public charter school in Washington D.C. on April 11.  The Ward 5 Northeast DC-based school has offered excellence in adult education since 1985. Pictured: Eugene Ford Jr., Chairman, Mid-City Financial,   Lecester Johnson – CEO of the Academy of Hope and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.last_img

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Baby Receives Worlds First DroneDelivered Vaccine

first_imgStay on target One-month-old Joy Nowai on Tuesday became the world’s first child to be given a vaccine delivered by drone to the remote South Pacific island of Vanuatu.An unmanned aerial vehicle navigated nearly 25 miles of rugged mountain terrain, traveling from Dillon’s Bay on the west side to Cook’s Bay in the east.Small and isolated, the community lacks a health center or even electricity; it is accessible only by foot or local boats.“[This] small flight by drone is a big leap for global health,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said in a statement. “With the world still struggling to immunize the hardest-to-reach children, drone technologies can be a game changer for bridging that last mile to reach every child.”The Vanuatu archipelago’s warm climate and limited roads make it a particularly difficult location for medical drop-offs: Vaccines must be carried at specific temperatures to ensure their shelf life.Miriam Nampil administers drone-delivered vaccine to one-month-old Joy Nowai (via UNICEF)“It’s extremely hard to carry ice boxes to keep the vaccines cool while walking across rivers, mountains, through the rain, across rocky ledges,” Miriam Nampil, the nurse who administered this week’s injections, said in a statement. “As the journey is often long and difficult, I can only go there once a month to vaccinate children.”Which, according to UNICEF, results in almost 20 percent of the country’s youth—about one in five—missing out on essential childhood immunization.“But now,” Nampil added, “with these drones, we can hope to reach many more children in the remotest areas of the island.”During their flight, the vaccines were transported in Styrofoam boxes with temperature-logging ice packs; an electronic indicator is triggered if the readings fall out of acceptable range.This marks the first time a government contracted a commercial drone company—in this case, Australian firm Swoop Aero—for such a task.Local officials are reportedly eyeing UAVs to more widely to distribute health supplies across the country.“[Tuesday’s] first-of-a-kind vaccine delivery has enormous potential not only for Vanuatu, but also for the thousands of children who are missing out on vaccines across the world,” Fore said. “This is innovation at its best, and shows how we can unlock the potential of the private sector for the greater good of the world’s children.”More on Geek.com:Robot Successfully Delivered Coral Babies to Great Barrier ReefSenate Passes Bill Allowing Authorities to Shoot Down Private DronesAdmire Winners of the 2018 Drone Awards Photo Contest UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod last_img read more

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