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NMDC eyes new iron ore deposits via auction and Govt dispensation routeNMDC eyes new iron ore deposits via auction and Govt dispensation route

first_imgHyderabad: NMDC Ltd plans to pursue allocation of new iron ore deposits both by participation in auctions and the Government dispensation route, even as it seeks to expand its brownfield mines to increase its production target to 67 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). During its 61st Annual General Meeting, NMDC unveiled plans to increase its production capacity to 67 mtpa. The development of a greenfield mine has been planned through a joint venture with Chhattisgarh State Mineral Development Corporation, for which it has appointed a mining developer. This will add 10 MTPA of capacity in the next four-five years. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAddressing the AGM, N Baijendra Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of NMDC, said it is proposed to raise the company’s current mining capacity of 43 MTPA to 67 MTPA with the aim of meeting the domestic iron and steel sector’s requirement. The company registered a good performance in the first quarter of this fiscal in spite of problems with the Donimalai lease. It is hopeful of resolving the issue. The company closed the last fiscal with a profit of Rs 4,642 crore and a networth of Rs 25,952 crore as of March 31, 2019. Progress on construction of the 3 mtpa steel plant at Nagarnar, Chhattisgarh, during 2018-19 has been noticeable and various packages are under construction and nearing completion. Cold trial of individual equipment under various packages is in progress. The steel plant is scheduled to be commissioned in three phases and is expected to be operational by the third quarter of FY 2020-2021. To increase the evacuation capacity from the Bailadilla sector, NMDC has taken up doubling of the Kirandul-Jagdalpur railway line, which will reduce the total turnaround time for rakes. The slurry pipeline from Bailadila to Jagdalpur and further to Visakhapatnam, with a capacity of 15 MTPA, will add to the ease of evacuation.last_img read more

Toronto councillor apologizes for saying city planner should stick to the knittingToronto councillor apologizes for saying city planner should stick to the knitting

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s deputy mayor is apologizing for comments he made about the city’s outgoing chief planner after backlash from critics who called his words sexist.Denzil Minnan-Wong told the Toronto Sun last week that Jennifer Keesmaat “should stick to the knitting,” meaning city planning, rather than weighing in on other matters.Keesmaat fired back on CBC’s Metro Morning today, saying she found the comment deeply offensive.Minnan-Wong says his comments were taken out of context, but added he nonetheless believes the city’s next chief planner should focus on planning.Keesmaat plans on leaving the role next month after five years on the job during which she has often been an outspoken advocate on accessibility, transit and public space issues.Several local councillors, from Mary-Margaret McMahon to Mike Layton to Joe Cressy, called out Minnan-Wong for his comments.“First of all, I’m not going to mince words, he might as well have told me to go back to the kitchen,” Keesmaat told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway.“Just so you know, I’ve never been there — I’m not a very good cook — I think it’s a deeply offensive comment.”last_img read more

The five best spots for celebrity spotting at TIFF 2016The five best spots for celebrity spotting at TIFF 2016

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter Toronto’s Thompson Hotel is a magnet for celebrities Chasing celebrities as they filter through town during the Toronto International Film Festival is a popular local pastime. But before plunking down a camera-toting keister at just any hotel bar hoping to win the fan photo lottery, some advance research can certainly up the odds of success and Instagram fame.Much of the action at TIFF has moved south from Yorkville to King West at the Bell Lightbox and the surrounding area. Here is where the best opportunities lie for red carpet shots.American film stars tend to look to the familiar — the Shangri-La Hotel for example. Restaurants such as Momofuku are also good bets, though the timing is tricky. One can only sip soup for just so long. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian director enjoying ridiculously extravagant response to Game of ThronesCanadian director enjoying ridiculously extravagant response to Game of Thrones

first_img“It’s really exciting. I knew going in it was going to be a big deal, now that the [episodes] have aired; now it belongs to the world. Now I’m reminded there are going to be 300 million people watching it and the fans have so much invested and they are really vocal about what they think.”READ MORE This article contains spoilers about the Game of Thrones season 7 finale entitled: The Dragon and the Wolf.The Night King breached the Wall, Jon and Dany become more than strategic allies and Littlefinger is finally punished at the hands of the Stark sisters. A lot happened in the season finale of HBO’s blockbuster series and Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa orchestrated every minute.“I love the scripts … it’s a great and collaborative process. It’s awesome, but it’s also an awesome responsibility,” said Podeswa in an interview with CBC News from his California home. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Conservative leader Stephen Harper clinches majorityConservative leader Stephen Harper clinches majority

first_imgAPTN National NewsConservative leader Stephen Harper seized his coveted majority Monday night after a tumultuous election campaign that propelled the NDP into previously uncharted popularity and left the once-powerful Liberal party in tatters.Harper’s Conservative party finally managed a breakthrough that seemed increasingly elusive despite failing to substantially increase their popular vote.The Tories gained seats in Ontario and has benefited in part from the NDP’s historic results, turning Jack Layton into the party’s first leader to become Opposition Leader in its history.The Liberal party was left in a decimated third place, hitting a historic low.The battled for second place between the surging NDP and the collapsing Liberals appears to have allowed Conservative candidates to come up the middle. It mirrors what former Prime Minister Jean Chretien managed in the vote split between the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform Party.The Liberals were not the only party to suffer from a crippling blow.The Bloc Quebecois faced major losses in Quebec, a province it once dominated federally, at the hands of the NDP which triggered an orange wave sweeping up the majority of ridings.last_img read more

Airbus profits crash on A380 scrapping German arms freeze to SaudiAirbus profits crash on A380 scrapping German arms freeze to Saudi

first_imgParis: European aerospace giant Airbus on Tuesday reported a slump in first-quarter net profit, hit by Germany’s freeze on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and its own decision to stop building the loss-making A380 super-jumbo. It said profits were down 86 per cent from the same period in 2018 at 40 million euros ($45 million). It blamed “adjustments” including “a negative 190 million euros as a consequence of the prolonged suspension of defence export licences to Saudi Arabia by the German government”. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraGermany in late March extended by six months an embargo on weapons exports to Riyadh. It had instituted the ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries involved in the Yemen war last October in response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. But Berlin has since faced protests by EU partners because the ban has impacted joint defence projects such as the Eurofighter and Tornado jets. Airbus is affected by the freeze under a contract for “border security” equipment, the group’s chief financial officer, Dominik Asam, told a press conference Tuesday. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”We now have to watch what is happening in the political environment and how we deal with the customer”, he said. Airbus on Tuesday also blamed falling profits on “83 million euros relating to the dollar pre-delivery payment mismatch and balance sheet revaluation” and “a negative 61 million euros related to A380 programme cost”. Airbus announced in February that it would stop building the A380, a double-decker jet which earned plaudits from passengers but failed to win over enough airlines to justify its massive costs. The programme’s future had been in doubt for years as Airbus slowed production, and the company acknowledged last year that the A380 would be scrapped if no new orders came in. Consolidated revenues increased 24 percent to 12.5 billion euros “reflecting the higher commercial aircraft deliveries as the production ramp-up continued”, it said in a statement. “The first quarter underlying financials mainly reflect our commercial aircraft ramp-up and delivery phasing,” said CEO Guillaume Faury. “The commercial aircraft market remains robust and we continue to see good prospects in the helicopters and defence and space businesses. The new management team is in place and focused on delivering on our commitments.” Faury took over earlier this month, replacing Tom Enders, who stepped down after five years. Earnings before interest (EBIT) were down nine percent at 181 million euros. In the first quarter, Airbus recorded 62 gross commercial aircraft orders compared with 68 during the same period in 2018. These included 38 A350 XWBs, the latest of its large aircraft. Airbus said it plans to deliver between 880 and 890 commercial aircraft in 2019. It added that it is ramping up production of its A320 planes, which are a direct competitor to the 737 MAX planes made by Airbus’s rival aerospace giant Boeing. The 737 MAX planes have been grounded worldwide as Boeing comes under huge scrutiny after a total of 346 passengers and crew were killed when two of the jets crashed. When asked at a press conference about the troubles of Airbus’s American rival, Faury said that the company had not yet seen any change in its supply chain.last_img read more

Amazoncom reports lower 1stquarter earnings but beats analysts expectationsAmazoncom reports lower 1stquarter earnings but beats analysts expectations reports lower 1st-quarter earnings but beats analysts’ expectations by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 4:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Inc.’s net income declined in the first three months of the year even though revenue increased 22 per cent, as the online retailer continued to spend heavily on order fulfilment and rights to digital content.The world’s largest online retailer, which also sells the Kindle devices and services, said Thursday that it earned $82 million, or 18 cents per share, in the first quarter. That’s down 37 per cent from $130 million, or 28 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. But it’s higher than the 7 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue rose 22 per cent to $16.07 billion, from $13.19 billion. Analysts expected $16.14 billion.Amazon’s operating expenses rose 22 per cent to $15.9 billion, from $13 billion. The company has been investing a lot of its income in enhancing its distribution network, its shopping website and its Kindle business as part of a long-term growth plan. Because of that, and deep discounts it offers customers, Amazon’s profit margins have been thin.For the current quarter, Amazon expects revenue of $14.5 billion to $16.2 billion. The midpoint of the range is lower than the $15.92 billion that analysts had expected, but the company typically gives a conservative forecast.Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said that a measure called paid unit growth — 30 per cent — was a bit slower than expected. This figure refers to the physical and digital goods that Amazon and its third-party sellers sell on its sites worldwide, excluding returns and cancellations.Currency fluctuations, especially a weak yen, are also weighing on Amazon’s results, as has been the case for other technology companies. A weak yen translates to fewer dollars on sales in Japan. Excluding the effects of currency rate changes, revenue would have increased 24 per cent rather than 22 per cent in the first quarter.Amazon is stretching well beyond online retailing. The Seattle-based company soon plans to debut original TV programming. Amazon is running introductory pilots for 14 TV shows on its website for anyone in the U.S., U.K. and Germany to watch. Viewers will get to help decide which shows get additional episodes.“The pilots are out in the open where everyone can have a say,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. “I have my personal picks and so do members of the Amazon Studios team, but the exciting thing about our approach is that our opinions don’t matter. Our customers will determine what goes into full-season production.”Amazon’s stock slid $6, or 2.2 per cent, to $268.70 in extended trading after the results came out. The stock had closed up $5.92, or 2.2 per cent, at $274.70. read more

New UN data tool shows mismatch between government aid and places modernNew UN data tool shows mismatch between government aid and places modern

The release of Modern Slavery Data Stories, a series of easily understandable animated graphics, provides detailed pictures of the ways that factors related to modern slavery have changed over time, and comes during a period when over 40 million people are living in slavery, more than ever before in human history.UN-led research shows that half of those enslaved are victims of forced labour in industries such as farming, mining and domestic service, while the rest are victims of sex slavery, forced marriage slavery and child slavery. According to the latest Global Slavery Index, published by the Walk Free Foundation, the three countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery are North Korea, Eritrea and Burundi. One of the ways to get there, says Dr. Cockayne, is to break down this complex phenomenon and present it in ways that influential non-experts can comprehend. Because data on these subjects has been so patchy, he says, this story has been difficult to tell, so Delta 8.7 built a machine-learning algorithm, which scoured official aid programme descriptions to figure out which countries committed how much, to tackle which forms of exploitation, when and where. Modern slavery is a product of the way our global political and economic system works. It is a feature, not a bug. Dr. James Cockayne, Director, United Nations University Centre for Policy ResearchThis is how his team discovered the mismatch between where modern slavery occurs, and where governments are spending resources to address it: “That kind of insight, made obvious through these powerful visuals, can have a real impact on policy debates.”Slavery: a feature of global societyFor Dr. Cockayne, the key thing that has been learned from analysis of the data, has been that modern slavery is actually a product of the way the global political and economic system works: “it is a feature, not a bug.”As the Global Slavery Index shows, many of the products we take for granted, including mobile phones, computers and cars; as well as clothes, cosmetics and even food, are produced using raw materials extracted by people living in a state of slavery.Solutions, therefore, will have to be system-wide, involving all elements of society, from the technology industry to the global financial sector. “Partnerships are key.” And modern slavery victims, he says, must form a part of the process, because “Without their voices informing research, programming and strategy, we risk not only being ineffective, but actually doing further harm.”Sustainable Development Goal 8: decent work for allThe ambition to eradicate modern slavery by 2030 forms part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, a pathway to eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development, which was adopted by all the UN Member States in 2015. Goal 8 calls for the “promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all,” and it contains several targets and indicators, one of which, Target 8.7, is to take “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”Looking forward, as the data and evidence gathered through Delta 8.7 helps to build up an informed understanding of what is working, the project will feed research into an upcoming report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Ms. Urmila Bhoola, which will be delivered to the Human Rights Council later this year. United Nations University, Centre for Policy ResearchDelta 8.7, UN Interactive Data Visualization tool. Infographic of modern day slavery.Breaking down the complex story of modern slaveryModern Slavery Data Stories are developed by Delta 8.7, an innovative project from the United Nations University’s Centre for Policy Research, in collaboration with technologists from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in the US, to help policy-makers understand and use data , in order to create effective legislation.In an exclusive interview with UN News, Dr. James Cockayne, Director of the Centre for Policy Research, and head of Delta 8.7, says that eradicating slavery by 2030 would require freeing around 9,000 people every day, a rate far higher than that currently being achieved.United Nations University, Centre for Policy Research read more

Quantifying the That Guy Is Still in the Major Leagues PhenomenonQuantifying the That Guy Is Still in the Major Leagues Phenomenon

While watching Tuesday’s spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves, some of us in the FiveThirtyEight office were surprised to see Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Didn’t Gonzalez retire years ago?He was Atlanta’s everyday shortstop in 2011, but over the past two seasons, Gonzalez was thoroughly forgettable, playing just 65 games for the Milwaukee Brewers (hitting .211 and producing -0.8 wins above replacement). If you go back to 2009, when Gonzalez was 32, he seemed particularly unlikely to be in the majors five years later.This got us thinking: Could we quantify the “Wait … he’s still playing?” question. Our idea was to use a player’s age and WAR to predict whether he would be an active major leaguer a half-decade later. To that end, we plugged every player from the designated hitter era (1973-present) into a logistic regression model. The result will tell us the likelihood of a given player being in the league five seasons later. For example, here’s the arc of a generic Major League Baseball player who peaks as an All-Star (5 WAR) at age 27:So for players in MLB this season (a list taken from Fangraphs’ depth charts), we looked at the odds at the end of the 2009 season that they’d still be playing today. Here are the most unlikely major leaguers:Gonzalez is not the most improbable player in the game. That honor belongs to catcher Henry Blanco, who was 37 in 2009 and had been hovering around replacement level for the previous three seasons. All else being equal, a player of that profile would have just a 3 percent chance of still being in the majors five years later, and yet Blanco is slated to be in the mix for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ backup catching role this season.Blanco underscores one of the themes of the list. The probabilities listed above don’t take into account the player’s position (beyond the positional adjustments in WAR) — just his age and performance. For most players, that’s enough, but backup catchers are a different breed. No other position is so well-represented among the “I can’t believe he’s still playing” set.One reason for this is that WAR, for all of its strengths, doesn’t incorporate a catcher’s receiving skills. Recent research suggests that elite pitch-framers such as the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jose Molina have a startlingly large impact on the game, far beyond what was originally believed in the sabermetric community.Another explanation, though, is that on-field performance isn’t necessarily the first thing managers look for in their reserve backstops. Instead, managers may place more value on intangibles such as clubhouse presence and leadership. How else to explain how backup catching became what Sports Illustrated once called “the cushiest job in baseball”? read more

Rise of get a man in to do chores and jobs familiesRise of get a man in to do chores and jobs families

first_imgFor many families, mowing the lawn or hanging out the washing is a way of helping out while saving everyone money. But their numbers may be declining as busy lives mean fewer families do household chores for each other – and increasingly “get a man in” instead. ONS figures show that a smaller proportion of family members do jobs for one another such as helping with household chores, childcare and shopping. The proportion of parents who regularly receive help from their grown-up children fell from 42.2 per cent to 37.7 per cent.Fewer parents offered such help to their children, too, with 58.5 per cent saying they helped out in the most recent figures compared to 62.8 per cent in the previous statistics. The figures suggest that families who live apart are helping each other less. Dr Lydia Martens, a senior lecturer in sociology at Keele University, said the decline could be down to time-pressed younger generations being more comfortable with paying for services. She said that a “declining resistance to buying in services may be one factor to explain a reduction in intergenerational exchange”.”People now say they have no time – if mum and dad need something doing, it’s much easier to pay someone to do it than to do it yourself.”The generation who were young in the 1950s were the last who would have been less comfortable paying for something they could do themselves. Values are changing,” she added.The trend was started by baby boomers who were more “materialistic” and happier to spend, she said, and would be more likely to pay for someone to do chores around their homes.  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. She also said new technology such as online shopping had made it easier for children to help parents remotely.The rise of sites such as Gumtree, Mopp and TaskRabbit has also made it easier for householders to access workers who can quickly do individual jobs. Consumer studies have shown that baby boomers are more enthusiastic spenders than their parents were.Last year a report by Government agency Innovate UK found that baby boomers “have the money and desire to commission bespoke new products and services that extend their enjoyment of life for longer”. it added: “Where their parents, brought up in war-time shortage or post-war austerity, might passively consume what they were allowed, Boomers actively seek out what they want.”ONS figures also show that spending on services such as cleaning and gardening has increased to its highest-ever levels. The most recent statistics show that spending on services grew to £10,416 per head in 2016, the largest number ever recorded. The figure has risen almost ten-fold since 1997, when the figure was £1,070 on average. The ONS analysis also suggested that families and friendships had become less close. The report said there had been a “deterioration” in close family relationships. There was a fall in the number of people who said they had a reliable spouse, family member or friend to help if they had a serious problem, from 86 per cent to 84 per cent. last_img read more

Petrol prices to rise on holidays and school run in plan toPetrol prices to rise on holidays and school run in plan to

first_imgMotorists will be forced to pay more for petrol on bank holidays and while doing the school run, under a secret pricing revolution being drawn up by supermarkets.Artificial intelligence capable of charging drivers extra at busy times has arrived in the UK for the first time, and is expected to result in the biggest shake-up of fuel prices in nearly half a century.The Daily Telegraph can reveal that major British supermarkets are in late-stage talks with Denmark-based a2i Systems, the firm which sells the computer algorithm, and could install it within months. Drivers could see petrol prices move several times over the course of a day, with the cost rising or falling by up to 2p a litre, or around £1 per tank. 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. A car being filled up with a pump at a petrol station in London Jason Lloyd, managing director at said the technology was a “holy grail” which would revolutionize petrol pricing and give retailers a competitive edge. He said: “The petrol industry in the UK hasn’t changed at all for about 40 years meaning it is very behind the times compared to other countries. But pumps have been manually raising prices at weekends but this will let them flex their prices on a real time basis, which is somewhat of a holy grail for them.”Martin McTague, director at a3c, the UK arm of a2i, said “This way of petrol pricing is completely new to the UK. Currently petrol pumps’ prices are very competitor focussed rather than being focussed on the behaviour of customers. This will change that as pumps will make prices based on data just for their own customers. They will know when price sensitive customers are coming, and when customers don’t mind so much what they pay.”It comes after the Government piloted electronic fuel pricing signs along the M5 motorway between Bristol and Exeter, in a move designed to encourage competition on pump prices.But one year on it appears the signs may not have had the desired effect, as some pump prices are higher at stations with e-signs compared to nearby pumps without the signs. For example on Friday last week petrol prices at Bridgewater and Sedgemoor were around 130p per litre, while the price was 112p per litre at nearby Cullompton.Do you have a story about fuel or cars? Email A car being filled up with a pump at a petrol station in LondonCredit:Yui Mok/PA Wire Luke Bosdet, a fuel analyst at the AA, said: “This represents a huge change which would be most unfair on commuters and families visiting relatives during the holidays. It will wind them up no end as they will become wise to the fact that retailers can exploit price movements.” The technology is already being used at thousands of companies across the US and Europe, where it is common for fuel prices to move between four and ten times a day.It uses an algorithm, which is modeled on the human brain, to scour huge databases of customer information to predict how consumers and competitors will behave.For example if the computer detects that supermarkets are having a quiet spell it could drop petrol prices to attract shoppers through the doors.Alternatively if a higher than normal volume of customers are filling up their tanks, such as on a sunny day or on the school run, it could raise the price.Last night experts warned the introduction of new real-time fuel pricing would anger drivers, who they predicted would quickly clock that they were paying more during peak times.last_img read more

CONSOL reducing methane emissions using regenerative thermal oxidationCONSOL reducing methane emissions using regenerative thermal oxidation

first_imgCONSOL Energy has joined with Verdeo Group to develop the first project to destroy ventilation air methane (VAM) emissions at an active West Virginia coal mine. The project, which will be located at CONSOL’s McElroy mine in Marshall County, will demonstrate significant reductions of emissions of methane in a safe and proven manner, and without any impact on mine operations or production. It will use regenerative thermal oxidation (RTO) technology, which has been successfully deployed in industrial process applications for many decades.It will be the first time the technology will be deployed at an active coal mine in West Virginia, and among the largest such projects of its kind in the US to date. To date, several technology installations have been employed in the US at facilities, including a coal mine, that fall under the jurisdiction of the Mine Safety and Health Administration.“Companies will require a wide range of tools and incentives to effectively reduce GHG emissions,” said Steve Winberg, CONSOL’s Vice President of Research and Development. “CONSOL Energy has committed to utilise as much of its coal mine methane resources as possible. This project will allow us to abate a dilute source of methane that has no commercial value and would otherwise be vented into the atmosphere.”Methane gas is inherent in coal seams and is liberated during the mining process. Coal mines control underground methane emissions through the use of ventilation systems, which circulate large quantities of fresh air through the mine to dilute the methane, and then exhaust the VAM to the surface of the mine and to the atmosphere. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, VAM represents the largest source of GHG emissions from US coal mines.“Verdeo is pleased to have the opportunity to finance and co-develop this project with CONSOL,” said Jeff Liebert, Managing Director for Verdeo. “Through this collaboration, CONSOL continues to be on the cutting edge of research and new technology development, and is demonstrating its leadership in the effort to proactively reduce GHG emissions,” he added.“This project is a stepping stone to utilising this commercially available equipment on our other mines, reducing our overall methane emissions and potentially creating carbon offset credits,” Winberg added.As a result of the emergence of trading markets for GHG emission reductions, voluntary initiatives like the McElroy VAM project can generate revenue from the sale of carbon offset credits. The value of these credits enables mine operators such as CONSOL to secure capital from companies like Verdeo to pay for the RTO technology. The carbon offset credits generated from the VAM oxidation project at the McElroy mine will be registered with the Climate Action Reserve, a leading pre-compliance certification program in the US that approved a protocol for coal mine methane projects in 2009.Development efforts between CONSOL and Verdeo are actively underway. The project is expected to become operational in the second quarter of 2011. Verdeo Group is a leading developer of projects that reduce methane emissions in the mining, oil and gas sectors.last_img read more

Flood warnings as high tides expected in Cork and DublinFlood warnings as high tides expected in Cork and Dublin

first_imgCORK AND DUBLIN Councils have warned people about the risk of flooding over the coming days.Dublin City Council said that a series of very high tides are due to occur over the next couple of days, in particular tomorrow (Wednesday 1 January) at 11am and Friday (3 January) at 12.33pm.It said that as a precaution, the City Council has closed the flood gates on the Dodder and the Tolka Rivers, while the Liffey Boardwalk will also be closed to the public until Friday of this week.Sand bags are being installed at strategic locations in Clontarf (near Alfie Byrne Road) as part of the flood defences and at Sandymount for the same duration.In addition, public carparks in Sandymount and Clontarf will be closed during this period. The council said it apologises for any inconvenience this, or any other precautionary works, may cause.Property owners whose buildings are at risk of tidal flooding – particularly in the Clontarf and Sandymount areas – are advised to protect their properties. They can find some tips on flood protection measures at this website.Meanwhile, Cork City Council has issued a tidal flood alert, saying that high tides are expected over the next few days, up until Sunday.It said that a tidal surge and strong south to south easterly winds are predicted over the next number of days, and that there is a danger of tidal flooding in the city.Due to this, low-lying areas of the city might find themselves flooded. A full list of these areas can be found on the council’s website.Householders and businesses are being warned to take precautionary measures to protect their property during this time.Read: Power returned to homes after ‘worst storm impact in 16 years’>Read: It’s not over yet: Thunderstorms to ring in the new year>last_img read more

Un nouvel Apple Store pourrait bientôt ouvrir ses portes à ParisUn nouvel Apple Store pourrait bientôt ouvrir ses portes à Paris

first_imgUn nouvel Apple Store pourrait bientôt ouvrir ses portes à Paris Apple serait-il sur le point de lancer une nouvelle boutique à Paris ? Une offre d’emploi semble en effet indiquer qu’un Apple Store ouvrira bientôt ses portes dans la capitale. Un magasin qui pourrait être installé dans le quartier de la Défense.Apple pourrait ouvrir, dans les semaines à venir, un nouveau magasin à Paris. Comme l’a en effet remarqué le site, de nouvelles offres ont été ajoutées sur les pages emplois de la firme à la pomme. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?A Paris, des postes sont désormais proposées aux côtés de celles concernant les boutiques du Louvre et d’Opéra. Aucune précision géographique n’est indiquée, et la disponibilité des postes n’est elle non plus pas précisée.Comme le souligne, de telles offres étaient apparues dans le département du Rhône deux semaines avant que ne soit officiellement annoncée l’ouverture d’un second Apple Store à Lyon. La nouvelle boutique parisienne pourrait être installée dans le quartier de la Défense, comme l’avait déjà révélé le site au mois d’août dernier. C’est plus précisément dans le centre commercial La Défense-Quatre Temps, situé sur le parvis de l’Arche de la Défense, que l’Apple Store pourrait ouvrir ses portes.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

PlayStation 4 de nouvelles informations dévoilées le 25 févrierPlayStation 4 de nouvelles informations dévoilées le 25 février

first_imgPlayStation 4 : de nouvelles informations dévoilées le 25 février ?Entre le 25 et le 28 février prochain, Sony organisera Destination PlayStation, un évènement entièrement consacré à sa console de jeu. Ceci pourrait être l’occasion pour le fabricant d’en dire plus sur la PlayStation 4 alors qu’il vient tout juste d’arrêter la production de la mythique PS2. 2013 sera t-elle l’année de la PlayStation 4 ? On l’ignore encore mais les rumeurs ne cessent de se multiplier sur le net. Sony organisera dès le 25 février prochain, une nouvelle édition de Destination PlayStation, un évènement entièrement consacré à l’univers de sa mythique console de jeu. Or, généralement, le fabricant profite de celui-ci pour communiquer des annonces aussi bien au sujet des jeux vidéos, que des accessoires ou des consoles elles-mêmes. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il n’en fallait donc pas plus pour que plusieurs sites spécialisés voient là une belle occasion pour Sony d’en dévoiler davantage sur sa nouvelle création qui se fait de plus en plus attendre. En effet, jusqu’ici, le fabricant respectait un délai d’environ six ans entre les sorties de ses consoles : la PlayStation étant sortie en 1994, la PS2 en 2000 et la PS3 en 2006. La logique aurait donc voulu que la PS4 débarque en 2012 mais cela n’a pas été le cas et aucune véritable information n’a été révélée quant à l’état d’avancement de sa production ou même sa sortie. Ne reste plus qu’à se baser sur les bruits circulant sur le net et de possibles indices… Outre l’annonce de Destination PlayStation, un autre élément a ainsi attiré l’attention : le fait que Sony vienne tout juste d’arrêter au Japon la production de la PlayStation 2, dont quelque 150 millions d’unités ont été écoulées depuis 2000. La fin d’une époque qui permettrait au fabricant de se tourner vers l’avenir et donc vers sa nouvelle création ? Probable mais il est encore difficile d’affirmer que les usines japonaises vont directement passer à la production de la PS4.D’autant plus que pour l’heure, Sony n’a pas indiqué si la production et la commercialisation de la PS2 seraient aussi arrêtées en Amérique du Nord et en Europe, souligne Selon plusieurs rumeurs, des annonces pourraient être faites à l’E3 2013 qui se tiendra en juin prochain. Mais cette hypothèse est encore une fois à prendre avec des pincettes et l’attente pourrait être longue : si l’on en croit certains analystes, la PS4 pourrait ne pas sortir avant 2014.Le 2 janvier 2013 à 10:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MIT Researchers Claim Nuclear Fusion Could be Commercially Viable in 15 YearsMIT Researchers Claim Nuclear Fusion Could be Commercially Viable in 15 Years

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Nuclear fusion has been something of the holy grail of power. It’s loosely the inspiration behind Tony Stark’s signature Arc reactor, and if we could master it, fusion could well change almost everything about how we understand use and think about power. But, of course, there’s a catch. It is really, REALLY hard to make it work. But folks at MIT are claiming they’ve got a new approach that could bring this tech online and deliver power to your home inside of 15 years.While MIT is one of the biggest and most well-known physics and engineering schools in the world, we should still approach this with a huge dose of skepticism. Physicists have been trying to nail this problem for over 50 years, and just recently, many still presumed we’d be waiting 25 years or more. The problem at the heart of it is that nuclear fusion — the same process that powers our own sun — requires ludicrous temperatures and extreme conditions. Reactors have to operate at many millions of degrees just to function at all, and they have to get much, much hotter to make back the energy we have to put in to start it up. The sample, in a cylinder of gold, is just a few millimeters across.That’s all because we are trying to kickstart what is essentially a star here on Earth — but without the massive gravity that stars have naturally. Because fusion relies on jamming atoms together to make new ones, you have to force them to collide and stick one way or another. Gravity and temperature both work — and stars indeed use both — but, since we only have one means, we have to compensate to keep the rate of fusion high enough to produce a net surplus of energy. The good news is that once we do, it’s basically craploads of carbon-free electricity. And I do mean CRAPLOADS. Some estimates put fusion at being capable of power a good portion of a large country with just one plant. So, what are the MIT folks doing differently this time around? Well, in a word, magnets. The team hopes to use stupendously powerful magnets and relatively high-temperature superconductors to compress the fusion reaction with magnetic fields instead of gravity. This could yield a lot more control, and help solve the aforementioned temperature problem. The new superconductors, made of a compound called yttrium-barium-copper-oxide (or YBCO) will allow the team to squeeze the reactor fuel in much the same gravity would naturally. And because magnetism is many billions of times stronger, we don’t need a star’s worth of mass to get there.Professor Howard Wilson of Yale University told the Guardian,“The exciting part about this is the high-field magnets… The higher the magnetic field, the more compactly you can squeeze that fuel.”Credit: PixabayWilson is skeptical that the team will have this on the grid in 15 years. Even under ideal conditions, a major new power plant takes between five and ten years to build out. With new technology? That gets even harder. And the team has yet to demonstrate that this will work. AND, even if all this does work (and it seems like there’s at least a decent chance it will), there are countless other concerns. Nuclear fusion throws off tons of damaging neutrons that cannot be controlled by magnetic fields, for example. These are radioactive in the usual sense, but they can heavily corrode the reactor core’s walls, requiring frequent replacement at the very least. Still, the potential and the will is there to make this happen. And if we could bring something like this online within 15 or 20 years, we have a much better chance of stalling climate change before it gets much worse. Fusion, while not an instant fix for everything, would be an incredible tool to have on our side. And while scientists have struggled for decades to make it work, the idea that a simple magnetic breakthrough could shift these tables enough to make fusion a moderate-term reality is exciting.last_img read more

Car slams into front porch in SW MiamiDade no injuriesCar slams into front porch in SW MiamiDade no injuries

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A driver was rescued after their car slammed into the front porch of a Southwest Miami-Dade home.The incident happened near Southwest 22nd Street and 62nd Avenue shortly after 9:30 p.m., Wednesday.The car did not hit the house, but engineers were called to ensure there was no structural damage to the property before crews could pull the car out.No injuries were reported. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Rep Eastman is sole lawmaker to vote against honoring black soldiersRep Eastman is sole lawmaker to vote against honoring black soldiers

first_imgRep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, during a House floor session, March 1, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Yesterday, new legislation was passed that named Oct 25th as African American Soldiers’ Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day.All 19 senators who were present and 39 of the 40 House members voted for the bill.Listen nowWasilla Republican Representative David Eastman was the only lawmaker to vote no on Wednesday. He said the state shouldn’t single out black soldiers.“To create a new state law before there’s been an opportunity to recognize all Alaskan veterans who gave their lives building the highway – I think it’s premature,” Eastman said.Researchers found that many black soldiers helped build the highway in 1942, six years before the military was integrated.Historian Lael Morgan said the 10,000 U.S. soldiers who built the Alaska Highway included about 3,500 African-American troops, who mainly worked from Alaska southward into Canada. (Photo: U.S. Army/University of Alaska archives)Palmer Republican Representative DeLena Johnson said the bill recognizes that African Americans were singled out for unfair treatment.“We should recognize mistakes that we’ve made in the past and to ignore them would be a mistake,” Johnson said.Johnson noted that many black soldiers who wanted to fight in World War II weren’t allowed to do so. She added that those who built the highway contributed to Alaska’s history.“The racial division was already made,” Johnson said. “The government made that racial division.”Of the bill, Eastman said two wrongs don’t make a right. He replied to a question from a reporter about his views on race by citing his service in the Army and Army Reserve.“I wore a green uniform for 12 years and green was what we looked at,” Eastman said. “And the rest we didn’t, and it worked very well.”The bill now heads to Governor Bill Walker’s desk for his signature.last_img read more

SingleFamily Home Sales Up Ten Percent Compared To Last YearSingleFamily Home Sales Up Ten Percent Compared To Last Year

first_imgListen X 00:00 /01:14 Share HARSteady growth in the supply of homes is credited with boosting the Houston real estate market in May. “We have more inventory to choose from,” said Mario Arriaga, chairman of the Houston Association of Realtors. “And so, you know, it looks like the summer buying season’s gonna be a good, healthy market for us. Our pending sales are up. You know, the interest rates — 30-year mortgage, 15-year mortgage — is still below four percent.”  A total of 7,343 homes were sold in May. That’s a 3.6 percent increase over May of last year. There had been concern about what the downturn in oil would do to the Houston home market.“If anything, anyway, it allowed more inventory to come on stream,” Arriaga said. “And I think you saw buyers that were maybe on the sideline, didn’t want to get into the bidding wars, so to speak, with the limited inventory.”Arriaga is looking forward to brisk home sales this summer.“I don’t think the Feds are raising interest rates anytime soon, so I think we’re going to see those mortgage rates stay and just, you know, extremely low rates below four percent,” he said.   The single-family home average price declined a fractional 0.5 percent in May to $290,931. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more