Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels in best form of careerby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels he’s in the best form of his career.Atalanta take on Shakhtar Donestsk in their second Champions League this week.“So far, yes, but I still have a lot of room for improvement. I’m not at the top, every day I’m working to improve myself,” he replied when asked if he was on the best run of his career.“It’s thanks to the Coach, he had the patience to wait for me. “I understood all the new concepts that were made for me, plus I’ve worked hard.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid players fed-up with fitness coach Gregory Dupontby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid players are becoming fed-up with fitness coach Gregory Dupont.Dupont was hired this summer to replace Antonio Pintus after his decision to leave for Inter Milan. During his time with Real, Pintus was part of three Champions League winning teams.But since Dupont’s appointment, Real’s senior squad have suffered no less than 13 injuries. Dupont arrived from France’s World Cup winning squad on recommendation from Real coach Zinedine Zidane. However, his methods are drawing complaints from the players.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.”The players are unhappy with Dupont and miss Pintus,” he stated.
Former world heavyweight champion turned acclaimed entertainer and devoted family man, Mike Tyson is giving back to the community with the launch of his charity, Mike Tyson Cares Foundation.The charity, whose mission is to “give kids a fighting chance” by offering innovative centers that provide for the comprehensive needs of children from broken homes, will kick off with a star-studded gala at Las Vegas hotspot TABU on December 7th, 2012. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Shade Tree Foundation as well as Awakenings both of which benefit needy and at-risk children in the Las Vegas area.Mike, who has had stunning success as an entertainer in recent years both in the “The Hangover” series and with his critically acclaimed, one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife and children, and is thrilled to give back to the community that he calls home.“I am very proud to launch Mike Tyson Cares Foundation,” said Tyson. “I want my legacy to be about charity and helping children. This is my start.”The Mike Tyson Cares Foundation launch event goes from 7pm-10pm at Tabu in Las Vegas ’ MGM Grand. Media check in is at 6:30 and red carpet arrivals are from 7pm-8pm. To purchase your tickets, click here.To further benefit Mike Tyson Cares, Mike is also auctioning off the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit ringside with him at the December 8, 2012 Pacquiao vs. Marquez Fight in Las Vegas on CharityBuzz.com. Proceeds from the auction will go directly to the charity. To bid, click here.Find out more about Mike Tyson Cares here.
TORONTO – First Quantum Minerals Ltd. says a worker has died at its Cobre Panama construction site.The company says the worker fell while working on an electrical transmission line and that a second worker was injured in the same incident and transferred to hospital.The massive construction project in Panama had a workforce of 11,051 as of March as the company works to have the copper-focused mine start processing ore this year.First Quantum has seven operating mines in Europe, Africa and Australia as well as several development projects.The company reported three fatalities in total last year, one in 2016, and four in 2015 including one at Cobre Panama.A union disrupted work at the Cobre Panama site for more than a week in March as part of a labour dispute.Companies in this story: (TSX:FM)
Students will travel out to Doig River at 10:00 a.m. and return to school around 2:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The grade fours of School District #60 will celebrate Doig Day tomorrow with the Doig River First Nations.Doig Day will see the students travel to Doig River to participate in cultural activities and displays. The children will learn valuable skills like bannock making, tracking, hunting, hyde preparation, and more, during the day.School District #60 has made the trip out to Doig River for over 20 years now and has no plans to stop in the near future.
London: Key figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed “evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Diane Abbott, Labour’s spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds, adding that much of the information that he brought into the public domain was in the public interest. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAbbott said the US case against Assange is about the “embarrassment of the things he’s revealed about the American military and security services.” Police arrested the WikiLeaks founder Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He is in custody awaiting sentencing for jumping bail in 2012, and is also facing what is expected to be a lengthy extradition proceeding initiated by the United States. US Justice Department officials seek to put Assange on trial for allegedly conspiring to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon. The charge was announced after Assange was taken into custody. If found guilty, Assange faces a maximum five years in prison. It is also possible that Assange, 47, will face an extradition request from Sweden if prosecutors there decide to pursue allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against him. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to Sweden on the allegations. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years. Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Assange in 2017, saying at the time there was no prospect of bringing him to Sweden because of his protected status inside the embassy. Assange received a verbal rebuke in his first court appearance Thursday afternoon when District Judge Michael Snow found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. “Mr Assange’s behavior is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests,” Snow said. Assange’s next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take years.
Kolkata: The Wildlife Wing of the state Forest department seized 20 birds of three scheduled species of parakeets from Galif Street on Sunday.No one could be arrested as offenders probably had sensed danger and abandoned the cages full of birds to save themselves. According to sources, acting on a sources information sleuths from Forest department conducted a special raid on Sunday morning at Galif Street. Forest department officials posed as prospected buyers of pets and was taking a round of the pet market for possible catch. After almost an hours, some of them noticed few cages covered with pieces of cloth which were abandoned. Suspecting something fishy, sleuths started keeping strong vigil on the cages. But after waiting for a long time no one came to pick up those cages. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, forest officials removed the cloth pieces and found three species of birds identified as rose ringed parakeets, alexandrine parakeets and grey headed starling. Immediately, the birds were seized and it was found there are 20 birds from the schedule of forest department regulations which are banned for trade. Later, the birds were taken to the wild life rehabilitation centre in Salt Lake. A case has been lodged. A forest officials said they are continuously trying to inform people not to buy any scheduled birds as it is illegal. The aim is to save and conserve wildlife by awareness of common people. Earlier this month, state Forest department and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) jointly carried out a raid at Galif Street, after the officials got a tip off that several endangered species of birds were being sold by a few persons. A large number of birds were recovered during the raid and nine persons are arrested by the officials of forest department and WCCB.
Don’t look now, but the NBA has instituted another new rule. This one minimizes the time players put on their little performance during pre-game introductions, exhibitions that the league feel is slowing down the start of games. Seriously.Starting this season, as soon as player introductions are finished, there will be 90 seconds put on the game clock, and teams will be expected to be ready for tipoff after that time. Two delay of game warnings will result in a technical foul.The guideline will eliminate or severely cut down on the routines that players from most teams go through before games, which often include a series of handshakes with their own teammates before greeting opponents. It also could legislate out individual rituals like LeBron James’ famous chalk toss, which he abandoned last season during the playoffs, though James said he’ll try to get it done in the limited time.“I won’t change it. I’ll be able to work it in,” James said. “We’ll figure it out.”Over the years, as the elaborate handshakes and other routines have become extended — for example, Shaquille O’Neal famously created team-wide skits acted out before Phoenix Suns games three seasons ago — games have routinely taken five minutes or longer to begin after the starting lineups were announced. The NBA is attempting to speed up the start of games.Players have been advised of the initiative during the annual meetings with referees in the preseason as part of the league’s “points of emphasis.”“There’s a 90-second countdown, it is placed on the clock,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. “At 30 seconds, there’s a warning horn and alert by the refs. At the end, teams need to be ready to tip off or face a delay-of-game warning.”Two delay-of-game warnings would result in a technical foul.Players around the league are already reacting negatively to the new policy.“I personally don’t like it,” Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder said to The Oklahoman. “Every player in this league has routines they do with their teammates, rituals they do before the game and before they walk on the floor. The fans enjoy it. You see the fans mimicking the guys who do their stuff before the game. To cut that down really don’t make no sense.”Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is one of the league’s most active players before tipoff, usually greeting fans on all four sides of the arena, doing pull-ups on the rim and having a series of handshake routines. He said he’ll have to adjust to the new rules.“I’ll have to take something away for sure. I’m always going to make sure I show love to the fans,” Wade said Wednesday in Miami. “There’s so many rules, I can’t keep up. There’s no reason to make a big stink. It’s their league, it’s their rules.”
Former OSU cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — If you ask Gareon Conley, he could be the 2017 NFL Draft’s top cornerback. Although the hype around OSU’s secondary has been centered around Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker, Conley’s combine numbers just might show why teams should not forget how good he is.Conley came into the 2016-17 season as the top cornerback for Ohio State after Eli Apple left the Buckeyes and was selected in the first round by the New York Giants. While Conley might have been listed as the No. 1 corner, his teammate Marshon Lattimore stole the show, and is now considered to be the best cornerback in this draft.While Conley is pleased with seeing his teammates receive recognition for his ability, he could easily be considered as the top player at the position himself. He said he feels the wide range of skills he brings — from press-man coverage to playing nickel — separate him from the group.“I feel like all the corners here obviously have talent, or we wouldn’t be here,” Conley said. “So I set myself apart mentally, with my mental toughness and being able to handle adversity on the field and snapping clear. I feel like that sets me apart.”Conley’s athleticism has put him on numerous team’s radars, but hasn’t quite put him ahead of his teammates. Sometimes the secondary player’s fans forget from OSU in 2016-17, Conley still feels he is right up there with both Lattimore and Hooker.“I don’t feel forgotten about,” Conley said. “I embrace everything that I get, and I take advantage of everything that I’ve been given. And I congratulate them for everything they’re getting too.”Finishing his college career with 91 total tackles, 15 passes defended and six interceptions, Conley has the stats to show he can be productive. However, the biggest questions moving ahead are whether Conley can play tight with NFL-level receivers.Even with that question mark, Conley possesses the kind of speed that can close gaps quickly.“I plan on running a 4.4,” he said. “I’m trying to get a 4.3.”Former Buckeyes Curtis Samuel busted off a 4.31 40-yard dash in his two attempts at the combine, and while Conley might not be that fast, he could potentially get under a 4.4.The secondary class for this year’s NFL Draft is especially deep, and could cause Conley to slip slightly. After being projected as a potential first-rounder early this season, he has since slipped down draft boards, and could find himself picked in the second round.Regardless, Conley said he is going to continue to fight.“I think about it, but I use it as motivation,” he said.Conley will be hearing his name called early in the draft, but will likely see multiple cornerbacks — including Lattimore — selected before him. And as always, Conley will stand by his fellow Buckeyes, and accept what is placed before him, which might be a product of his time in Columbus.“All the experiences on and off the field at Ohio State have made me a better man.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that his main motive in signing for Manchester United was to prove his “haters” wrong by conquering the Premier League.The Swedish striker arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and on the verge of becoming 35 years old.Due to this, questions were naturally raised over the kind of impact Ibrahimovic could make at United at that stage of his career.But the Swede quickly set about proving doubters wrong by netting 28 goals in 48 appearances for his debut campaign before suffering serious ligament damage in his right knee during a Europa League match in April 2017 against Anderlecht.Amid struggles to regain full fitness from the setback, Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford in February 2018 in favour of a move to MLS at LA Galaxy.“My challenge was, at the age I was, coming to England, where I had years of everybody was saying I wasn’t good enough,” Ibrahimovic told the club website.“I like those things because they trigger me. They give me adrenaline.“After three months, all of them were eating their own words. I needed new haters because all the old ones became my new fans!“Wherever I went before United, I won, and it was my pleasure that it happened again in England. Winning is in my DNA, I need to win – that’s my mentality. I hate losing. I’m not a bad loser, but I hate it and I love to win.“I said we would win and we won two big trophies. That speaks for itself.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That whole first season at United was fantastic. Everything was. I really enjoyed it. The family was happy, everybody was happy, the club took care of me and made it really easy for me. I just needed to turn up, put on my football boots and perform.“When I came to United and I said I would conquer England, people were laughing at me. I wasn’t joking.”The one and only won the treble in his only full campaign at United in the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and the Europa League.And Ibrahimovic also paid tribute to the Red Devils’ supporters.He added: “The United fans are amazing. I’m not just saying that because I played for United. I know now because I’ve been on their side and I know the feeling they give you.“They really appreciated what I did and they were thankful. That is the best credit a player can get because when you do something and you get that response from the fans, it’s amazing.“They are 50 per cent of everything we do. Imagine if you played in empty stadiums… you would not play.“In Old Trafford, it was always full. Always. In every away game they always showed up, always supported.”Ibrahimovic managed 22 goals and seven assists in 26 MLS games for Galaxy in 2018 and had been strongly linked with a return to AC Milan in the January transfer window.LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates victory with the trophy after during the EFL Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), is again appealing to Jamaicans to participate in its annual ‘Take a Child Home for Christmas’ programme. The programme, which started 10 years ago, allows persons to open their hearts and homes to wards of the State during the festive season.Speaking with JIS News, Manager, Public Relations and Communications, at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the programme was originally created for families with children in State care and who are unable to accommodate them full-time, but are encouraged to take them home for Christmas. However, over time, it was extended to persons with good moral standing, for example, persons who have volunteered in childcare facilities and would be in the agency’s volunteer database.Persons who are interested in participating in the programme are being asked to fill out an application form. They are also required to provide two references from a Notary Public, such as a police officer, a justice of the peace or a school principal; provide two passport-size photographs, a valid identification and must be 25 years or older. According to Miss Dixon, a background check is done on the applicants as well as a home assessment to see the physical accommodation and amenities. If the requirements are met, the applicant is then paired with a child, who they may host for a day or the entire holiday period.“I am pleading to Jamaicans to open their homes this Christmas to a child who is really excited (about) joining a family and sharing in the experience of love, joy and peace during this time of the year,” she said.For further information about the programme, persons may visit any of the CPFSA offices across the island, telephone 948-2841-2, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of application is December 15.Release: JISphoto credit: shutter stock Related Items:
October 27, 2018 Posted: October 27, 2018 Robin Reirdan, on preserving El Monte Valley Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:07 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLAKESIDE (KUSI) – Robin Reirdan, from the Lakeside River Park Conservancy, joined us earlier Saturday morning to tell us more about the sand mining project and how it may impact the environment. KUSI Newsroom
The Corps of Engineers began a 90-day public comment period March 1 for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the project, which according to some is not a sufficient amount of time. The corps has received a number of requests to extend the 90-day period and is considering those, but so far it has not received a strong reason for an extension. On the other hand, critics of the project have criticized the substance of the review and say the process has been rushed. When the draft review was released last month, Pebble partnership CEO Tom Collier said the partnership saw “no significant environmental challenges that would preclude the project from getting a permit.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Proponents of the proposed copper mine near Bristol Bay testified on Monday during a House Resources Committee meeting. Biologist Daniel Schindler: “In a nutshell Alaskans should be dismayed; Alaska’s leaders should be outraged. The Army Corps of Engineers should be ashamed of themselves and embarrassed if they are going to put this environmental impact statement forward as a piece of credible science, it is not.” In December 2017, the Pebble Limited Partnership submitted its application with the corps to initiate permitting for a 20-year mine development plan for the Pebble Deposit. The project has a smaller footprint, has no major mine facilities in the Upper Talarik drainage, and will not use cyanide for secondary gold recovery, as originally planned. Mike Heatwole, VP Public Affairs, Pebble Partnership: “One of the big issues we’ve heard over the years was the issue of size, and could we do something that was smaller. That’s what we’ve brought forward.” The next phase is public review and comment period in order to inform and guide the development of the final EIS and record of decision for the project.
The app’s content is fed from Trusts & Estates and Wealthmanagement.com, but a growing aggregated content feed curated by editors is also part of the model. Right now, there are about 70 sources contributing to that feed. The app’s four content buckets—original, sponsored, curated and app-exclusive—are dog-eared with a label indicating its source for easy identification, says Bimblick.Existing subscribers to Trusts & Estates and/or Wealthmanagement.com do not get the app for free. “There is an upcharge,” says Bimblick, which varies according to subscriber status. Wealthmanagement.com was launched in June as a parent site to the Trusts & Estates and Rep. brands. More on this topic Penton Launches New Wealth Management Website Digital Edition Briefs | 9.28.11 Digital Edition Briefs | 8.24.11 Penton Reorganizes into ‘Market-Focused’ Groups Content Marketing Institute Launches Content Marketing Channel Next American City to Relaunch Site, Debut Long-Form E-SinglesJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered by Penton has just launched a new app called Trusts & Estates Plus that targets subscribers of the magazine of the same name, as well as the company’s new Wealthmanagement.com site. The app will cost $329 per year for new subscribers, which also provides access to Wealthmanagement.com and other digital products.The potential audience is a small, but highly specialized one, says Warren Bimblick, Penton’s senior vice president, strategy and business development. Trusts & Estates has about 10,000 subscribers and including the audience using Wealthmanagement.com, the total potential universe grows to about 25,000. The app will not include any advertising, but content channels can be sponsored with a static logo. Marketers can also contribute sponsored content to the app, such as whitepapers. An email that’s pushed periodically to subscribers to alert them of new content updates can also be sponsored, says Bimblick.
The Audiophiliac Tags Speakers Home Entertainment The Klipsch Reference Premiere 5000F speakers Klipsch The Klipsch Reference Premiere 600M bookshelf speaker was my Speaker of the Year for 2018. I’m still coming to terms with how remarkable that speaker is, but the question was raised, why not try a Klipsch tower speaker? As I scanned the offerings I was drawn to its Reference Premiere 5000F. Priced at $750 a pair it’s not all that much more expensive than the $550-a-pair RP 600M, but by adding another woofer and a larger cabinet, those are differences you can literally feel with the RP-5000F. This bad boy can shake a room and your booty! The RP-5000F’s front baffle is decked out with a 1-inch titanium tweeter and a pair of 5.25-inch spun copper Cerametallic woofers. The tweeter is mounted in a Tractrix horn, which is a specialty of Klipsch. The horn focuses the acoustic power of the tweeter so it can be tapped much more efficiently, and the tweeter’s output is greatly increased.The speaker is remarkably sensitive, 96 dB @2.83 volts/meter), that’s a lot higher than average. The high sensitivity allows the RP-5000F to use less power to play at a given volume level than most speakers. So it will sound great with low power amplifiers and still sing with high power amps. Impedance is rated at 8 ohms (compatible).The RP-5000F is a ported design, but instead of the usual round port, there’s a rear baffle mounted Tractrix port shaped like the tweeter’s horn. Below that, I liked that the bi-wire speaker cable connectors felt sturdy. The bottom of the cabinet features outrigger feet to enhance stability and decrease the chances it will accidentally tip over. The RP-5000F’s stout medium-density fiberboard cabinet measures 36.1 x 8.2 x 14.4 inches, and it weighs a manageable 37 pounds. Finish options run to Ebony, Walnut (both are vinyl), and piano black. My review samples faux walnut finish which was attractive. Cloth grilles are provided, but I never took them out of the box, I think those copper drivers look cool. A closer look at the Klipsch Reference Premiere 5000F horn tweeter Klipsch I teamed the RP-5000F speakers with a NAD C 316BEE and Cambridge Audio AXA35 integrated amps with an Oppo BDP 205 Blu-ray player for almost all of my listening sessions.The liveliness is the first thing you notice about the sound, the RP-5000F lets music cut loose, and that sort of vividness is addicting. While it’s just a skinny, 36-inch tall speaker I’d still classify it as a small tower. Klipsch makes a bunch of larger models, but the RP-5000F might be the sweet spot for buyers who need some potency to the music and/or home theater. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers The Live Anthology set was a joy to listen to. The RP-5000F is the sort of speaker that encourages loud volume sessions, mostly because it never sounded strained when Tom and the boys rocked their hearts out. The softer acoustic tunes fared just as well, in either case, the RP-5000F was always coasting. An RP 600M couldn’t match the RP-5000F’s bass power and dynamic slam, not by a long shot. Jazz alto saxophonist’s Lee Konitz’ Billie Holiday tribute album, Strings for Holiday, sounded lovely. Konitz’s breathy and soulful sax was accompanied by a small string chamber ensemble. Stereo imaging was big and spacious.Compared with the JBL Stage A170 tower speaker I reviewed in late June the RP-5000F’s sounded more immediate and clearer. The A170 countered with a richer tonal balance, the RP-5000F’s midrange was more neutral, more accurate, and the treble had more sparkle and brilliance. The A170 was more laid back, it sounded hazier than the RP-5000F.The spikey rhythms punctuating The National’s I Am Easy To Find album had more transient energy over the RP-5000F, but the A170s warmer sound might be preferred by some listeners. One thing’s for sure, Matt Berninger’s baritone vocals were easier to follow over the RP-5000Fs. Overall, I preferred the RP-5000Fs for their superior transparency, but there’s something to be said for the A170s sweeter presentation.The Klipsch Reference Premiere 5000F makes a strong case for speaker buyers trying to decide between bookshelf and tower speakers. Small speakers can be good, but great towers like the RP-5000F handily trump the smaller ones in terms of power, deep bass, and dynamics. Listen to a pair and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Share your voice Post a comment 0 Oppo
.Electricity and gas connections of a building that housed a chemical warehouse were cut off at city’s Bakshi Bazar area on Saturday noon amid protests by locals, reports UNB.It was part of a drive launched in the aftermath of the 20 February fire at Chawkbazar that has so far claimed 71 lives.In the morning, the taskforce formed by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to evict chemical warehouses in the Old Dhaka was forced to stop in the face of unrest by locals.DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon later joined the drive around 2pm and cut off the utility connections.Chawkbazar police said a DSCC team found a chemical warehouse at a residential building on Joynag Road in the morning. Locals started agitation when the team tried to disconnect electricity and gas lines, forcing the taskforce to halt the drive.Representatives of Fire Service and Civil Defence, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, Department of Explosives, officer-in-charge of local police station, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, and Dhaka Power Distribution Company were present.
Local people look on in a jade mine where the mud dam collapsed in Hpakant, Kachin state, Myanmar on 23 April 2019. Photo: ReutersMore than 50 people are feared killed after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly regulated industry concentrated near the country’s border with China.Local police described a freak accident in Kachin state on Monday night so big it created a huge “mud lake” that buried the miners as well as some 40 vehicles.”Fifty-four people are missing in the mud,” a duty officer from Hpakant township police station told AFP, asking not to be named, adding that only two bodies had been recovered so far.”There’s no way they (the missing) could have survived.”The Ministry of Information confirmed the accident and number of missing, adding that the area was mined by Myanmar Thura Gems and Shwe Nagar Koe Kaung companies.Myanmar Thura Gems director Hla Soe Oo told AFP by phone he was en route to the site but did not have further details.Local media shared images, unverified by AFP, that showed the walls of a mine stretching vertically a couple of hundred metres above a vast pool of mud, revealing only the tops of two yellow excavation vehicles.Local people look on in a jade mine where the mud dam collapsed in Hpakant, Kachin state, Myanmar on 23 April 2019. Photo: ReutersHundreds of onlookers gathered nearby, staring at the disaster site and taking photos with their phones.Fatal landslides are common in the mines with victims often from impoverished ethnic communities looking for scraps left behind by big firms.A major landslide in November 2015 left more than 100 dead.The jade industry is largely driven by an insatiable demand from neighbouring China.Watchdog Global Witness estimated that it was worth some $31 billion in 2014, although very little reaches state coffers.Northern Myanmar’s abundant natural resources — including jade, timber, gold and amber — help finance both sides of a decades-long civil war between ethnic Kachin insurgents and the military.The fight to control the mines and the revenues they bring frequently traps local civilians in the middle.A 17-year ceasefire broke down in 2011 and since then more than 100,000 people have been displaced by fighting.On coming to power in 2016, civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi promised to make the peace process with the country’s myriad armed groups her top priority — a pledge that has yet to yield significant results.
Share FLICKR/SENOR_CODOWith little fanfare the Environmental Protection Agency released a new environmental rule last week that would limit sulphur dioxide pollution from power plants as part of the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.Public health advocates are cheering the proposal because sulphur dioxide in the air can cause asthma and even death. But there’s some irony to the new proposed rule: It was proposed, in part, because Texas successfully fought back another emission rule saying it would raise electric bills.“It’s actually because that rule got wiped out that in some ways these more stringent rules became necessary,” said Dan Cohan, a professor of environmental engineering at Rice University.Cohan calls the rule “the most important air pollution rule for Texas that no one has ever heard of.”He says it could force a lot of Texas coal power plants to simply close, because installing upgrades would be too expensive. That, in turn, would leave more room for renewable power and natural gas to come online significantly changing, and maybe greening, the Texas energy mix. But there’s a wrinkle in that scenario – a wrinkle called Donald Trump.“I’m not naïve that the new administration will likely be hostile to regulations on energy,” said Chrissy Mann with the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign.And that brings us to another the second ironic point: The EPA could be starting the rule process now, so that people will have grounds to sue about it later. Mann says if the EPA under Trump tries to withdraw or change the proposed rule, environmental groups and states would have legal standing to defend it.“We intend to fight for it and support it, and we know that Texans out there and, quite frankly, folks in all of the other states are impacted by this pollution are going to be fighting for it too,” Mann said.What would make the rule harder to defend is if the entire legal framework for it is removed by conservative lawmakers in D.C. Cohan says the House Freedom Caucus came out with a plan to eliminate hundreds of regulations and, maybe, wipe out the regional haze rule altogether.“So, if the regional haze rule disappears, then these controls would be wiped out with it,” Cohan said.The EPA plans to hold a public hearing on the rule in Austin Jan. 10.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM.
Citation: New Evidence for the ‘Solar Oxygen Crisis’ (2007, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-05-evidence-solar-oxygen-crisis.html Scientists have published new evidence supporting the recent discovery that the Sun contains about half as much oxygen as previously thought, an issue some scientists have dubbed the solar oxygen crisis. This is a potentially huge scientific problem because scientists have used the particular prior measurement as a platform for understanding the inner workings of other stars. Oxygen is the third most abundant atom in the universe and the element most frequently produced in the “nuclear furnaces” of stars. In many astrophysical situations, oxygen is linked to the abundances carbon, nitrogen, and neon. If the oxygen abundance in the Sun is half as much as scientists thought, these other elemental abundances may also be off by a factor of two.“The abundance of solar oxygen serves as a key reference for the chemical composition of other stars,” lead scientist Hector Socas-Navarro, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, explained to PhysOrg.com. “We thought we had very solid measurements of this abundance since the 1980s, but recent evidence indicates that we’ve been overestimating it by almost a factor of two. The implications of this are incredibly important.”In the April 19, 2007, online edition of The Astrophysical Journal, Socas-Navarro and colleague Aimee Norton, a solar physicist at the National Solar Observatory, discuss how they obtained new evidence for the solar oxygen crisis by using a type of light-analysis device to take measurements of infrared and visible light radiating from a patch of the Sun.The device, known as the Spectro-Polarimeter for Infrared and Optical Regions (SPINOR), attaches to a telescope; in this case, the Richard Dunn Solar Telescope located in Sunspot, New Mexico. The telescope collects the light and sends it to SPINOR, which analyzes its properties. Because atoms in the Sun emit light at very specific wavelengths, the researchers can calculate the abundances of various elements by measuring the wavelengths of light rays coming in.Analysis of the SPINOR data produced a value of the oxygen abundance that agrees with calculations by other research groups studying the solar oxygen crisis. The measurement contained larger-than-expected uncertainty.“This measurement is more uncertain than we thought it would be, which is one of the interesting conclusions of our particular work,” said Socas-Navarro.He added that there is another major downside of a lower oxygen abundance. Models of the solar interior once predicted that sound waves in the Sun traveled at certain speed, a value that agreed well with the measured speed. Because the speed depends on composition, this is another way that scientists learn about the processes that take place in the Sun, what elements it is made of, and in what quantities. Now, with the Sun having half as much oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and neon, the sound speed derived from the models doesn’t match the measured speed well.“Exactly what this means is not very clear, but it casts doubt on the correctness or at least the accuracy of models of stellar interiors, which are a cornerstone of modern astrophysics,” he said.Citation: H. Socas-Navarro and A.A. Norton, “The solar oxygen crisis: Probably not the last word” The Astrophysical Journal, 660:L153-L156, 2007 May 10Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists find sun’s history buried in moon’s crust Explore further