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Redesigned Thane station to minimise mangrove destruction Khare

first_imgNew Delhi: The National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd (NHSRCL), implementing the 508-km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train project said on Saturday they have reworked the Thane station’s design in Maharashtra to reduce the number of mangroves affected. Under the new design not 53,000 but an estimated 32,044 mangroves may be affected, NHRSCL Managing Director Achal Khare said in a statement. “All the required wildlife, forest and CRZ clearance has been taken,” he said. He said the forest clearance came with a few conditions though. The Ministry of Environment had put a condition that the Thane station design be reviewed so that the affected region can be limited. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony “We wanted to reduce the affected portion of the Mangrove region without changing the location of the Thane station — this is what we discussed with the Japanese engineers and modified it accordingly,” Khare added. The NHSRCL MD said that passenger areas like the parking area and passenger handling area have now been moved out of the mangrove region. “The location of station is the same but after the redesigning now only three hectares will get affected as compared to the earlier 12 hectares of mangrove region. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “So this way, we have reduced the destruction of 21,000 mangroves and now only 32,044 mangroves will get affected by the entire project,” he said. Earlier there were around 53,000 mangroves getting affected. Khare also said the NHSRCL will compensate at the rate of 1:5 for mangroves affected, by depositing money into mangroves cell, which will do “the compensatory afforestation.” So against the cutting down of 32,044 mangroves around 1,60,220 new mangroves would be planted and the entire financial expense will be borne by NHSRCL, Khare said. New mangroves will be planted through mangrove cells, Khare added. On Monday, while replying to a question raised by Shiv Sena legislator Maneesha Kayande in the state Legislative Council, Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote had said that as many as 54,000 mangroves spread over 13.36 hectares will be affected because of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor.last_img read more

UPSC civil services prelims exam results declared

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Friday declared the results of the civil services preliminary examination, a government order said.The results of the examination held on June 2 can be seen on UPSC web site — www.upsc.gov.in. “The candidature of these candidates is provisional. In accordance with the Rules of the Examination, all these candidates have to apply again in the detailed application Form-I (DAF-I) for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2019, which will be available on the web site https://upsconline.nic.in during the period from August 01, 2019 (Thursday) to August 16, 2019 (Friday) till 6:00 P.M,” the government said in a statement. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!It said the e-admit card along with the time table of the main examination will be uploaded on the Commission’s Website for the eligible candidates around 3-4 weeks before the commencement of the examination. “Changes, if any, in the postal address or e-mail address or mobile number after submission of the DAF-I may be communicated to the Commission at once,” it said. The candidates are also informed that marks, cut off marks and answer keys of screening test held through the civil services preliminary examination will be uploaded on the website only after the entire process examination is over i.e. after the declaration of final result of civil services examination, the statement said.last_img read more

Eating nuts twice a week lowers heart attack risk

first_imgEating nuts at least twice a week can slash the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by almost 17 per cent, a new study suggests. “Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat,” said study author. “They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fibre, phytosterol, and polyphenols which benefit heart health. European and US studies have related nuts with cardiovascular protection but there is limited evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean Region.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study, examined the association between nut consumption and the risk of cardiovascular disease. A total of 5,432 adults aged 35 and older with no history of cardiovascular disease were randomly selected from urban and rural areas. The intake of nuts including walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and seeds was assessed in 2001 with a validated food frequency questionnaire. Participants were interviewed every two years until 2013 for the occurrence of cardiovascular events and death. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardDuring a median 12-year follow-up, there were 751 cardiovascular events, 179 cardiovascular deaths and 458 all-cause deaths. According to the findings, eating nuts two or more times per week was associated with a 17 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular mortality compared to consuming nuts once every two weeks. The connection was robust even after adjusting for factors that could influence the relationship such as age, sex, education, smoking. to name a few.last_img read more

AP Explains US sanctions to hit Venezuelan oil company

NEW YORK — The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, its harshest economic punishment to date against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, whom the U.S. and other countries no longer recognize as the legitimate leader of the South American country.Here’s a look at how the measures might affect both the U.S. and Venezuela.___WHAT SANCTIONS DID THE U.S. ANNOUNCE?The Trump administration did not directly ban imports of Venezuelan crude oil. Instead, it blocked U.S. companies from entering into financial transactions with the state-owned oil company that’s known by its acronym PDVSA. That’s for as long as PDVSA remains under control of Maduro’s government. That means that any payment for Venezuelan crude imports will go to blocked bank accounts, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The measure almost certainly means Maduro’s government will seek to redirect its U.S. exports to other countries.___HOW DEPENDENT IS THE U.S. ON VENEZUELAN OIL?Venezuelan oil exports to the U.S. have declined sharply in recent years as its production plummeted amid an economic collapse. The U.S. imports less than 500,000 barrels a day of Venezuelan crude, down from more than 1.2 million barrels a day in 2008, according to the Energy Information Administration.Venezuela is still among the top four suppliers of crude oil to the United States, though it now only supplies about 6 per cent of imports.Most Venezuelan exports go to refineries in the Gulf Coast, which are equipped to process the type of heavy grade crude that Venezuelan produces. Many of those companies gradually reduced Venezuelan imports over the past two years, though Gulf Coast refineries still depend on Venezuelan crude for about a quarter of their imports, according to data from the EIA.___HOW WOULD THE U.S. REPLACE VENEZUELAN OIL?There’s no shortage of oil in the world right now, with global supplies hitting a record last summer. The International Energy Agency said in September that the global oil supply reached 100 million barrels a day for the first time ever in August, boosted by rising production in the U.S. and several OPEC nations. A report from the American Petroleum Institute last week said that the U.S. has surplus gasoline stockpiles that “could approach burdensome levels” and force gas prices down further.But supply is tighter for heavy crude oil, which is what the U.S. imports from Venezuela. Production of heavy crude in Mexico has been declining, and although there is a strong supply in Canada, there are challenges to getting that crude to the Gulf Coast refineries. Heavy crude production the Middle East also declined with the most recent round of OPEC output cuts.John Auers, executive vice-president of the refining consultancy Turner, Mason & Company, said Gulf Coast refineries have been switching to lighter or medium grade crude amid the tight supply of heavy crude.But the tighter market for heavy crude also means that those companies that are most reliant on Venezuelan crude will have a harder time finding alternatives. Auers said they would likely turn to the Middle East, particularly Iraq. He also said that more supply from Colombia and Mexico could be redirected to the U.S. if Venezuela redirects its own exports to Asian customers.___WHAT U.S. BUSINESSES WOULD BE MOST AFFECTED BY AN EMBARGO?Refineries along the Gulf Coast are set up to process heavy crude and they may end up spending more money buying it elsewhere. Valero, Chevron and Citgo are among the largest importers of Venezuelan crude.The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, which represents 95 per cent of the refining sector, has lobbied hard over the past two years against any attempts to restrict imports of Venezuelan oil, arguing it would hurt U.S. companies while Venezuela could redirect its exports to other markets.However, the group has been less public in its opposition in recent weeks as the Trump administration hinted at looming oil sanctions. The association offered a muted response Monday, promising to work with the U.S. government “to minimize any unnecessary disruptions or negative impacts to the market and American consumers.”Directives sent Friday to the U.S. Federal Reserve will make it very hard for Maduro to access Venezuela’s overseas assets and earnings, including those from Citgo, a major source of revenue for the bankrupt government.The future of Citgo, a Texas company that is a subsidiary of PDVSA, hangs in the balance. It is expected that the U.S. will hand control of the company to people selected by Juan Guaido, the interim president recognized by the U.S. Maduro would then likely stop paying back loans to Russia’s Rosneft, which in turn could execute a lien giving it 49.9 per cent control of company.___WOULD GAS PRICES GO UP?Consumers probably won’t feel much pain at the pump. While a cutoff of Venezuelan imports would raise prices for refiners in the Gulf Coast, the market is competitive enough that producers are unlikely to pass along much of the cost to consumers, experts said.___HOW WOULD SANCTIONS AFFECT VENEZUELA?With these sanctions, Venezuela stands to lose one of its most important sources of income and desperately needed foreign currency. National security adviser John Boston said he expects the sanctions will result in more than $11 billion in lost export proceeds over the next year.Venezuela sends 41 per cent of its oil exports to the U.S. Critically, U.S. refiners are among the few customers that pay cash to Venezuela for its oil. That’s because Venezuela’s oil shipments to China and Russia are usually taken as repayment for billions of dollars in debts.The U.S. sanctions are certain to make it more difficult for Venezuela to purchase food and more imports, deepening a severe recession that has forced millions of people to flee the country.Venezuela has already virtually stopped paying $65 billion in outstanding government and PDVSA bonds.Alexandra Olson And Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

New grant will help 17 African countries track food supplies – UN

11 June 2008New funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will help to improve the quality of statistical information in 17 sub-Saharan African countries, contributing to efforts to reduce hunger and poverty in the region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. New funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will help to improve the quality of statistical information in 17 sub-Saharan African countries, contributing to efforts to reduce hunger and poverty in the region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The $5.6 million grant over two years will allow the countries, through the FAO country statistics information system (CountrySTAT), to “substantially improve” the quality, accessibility, relevance and reliability of their national statistics on food and agriculture. The 17 countries involved in the project are Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. “With good and reliable data it is much easier to pinpoint where assistance is working, where it may be weak and understanding possible future needs,” said Hafez Ghanem, FAO Assistant Director-General for the Economic and Social Development. “Ensuring reliability of country data is crucial both to governments and to those working with countries to reduce undernourishment and strengthen agricultural and rural development,” he added. In total, some 20 countries and regions are currently involved in CountrySTAT, which focuses on data in the areas of food, resources and economics. The grant from the Gates Foundation will enable FAO to improve its information in 17 countries, nine of which currently use CountrySTAT in some capacity. “Reliable data will help national governments, donors, researchers and the agricultural development community set priorities and policies that will ensure small farmers can access the supplies and support they need to boost their yields and incomes and build healthy, productive lives,” said Dr. Rajiv Shah, Director of Agricultural Development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program. “Quality data will help us make better decisions so that our investments in agricultural development throughout Sub-Saharan Africa can be as targeted and effective as possible,” he stated. read more

SaskEnergy warning customers of telemarketing scam

SaskEnergy is warning customers of a telemarketing scam in a statement released Wednesday morning.Individuals claiming to be from SaskEnergy are contacting customers and threatening disconnection of their natural gas service unless a bill payment is made within 30 minutes, said the statement.Callers are telling customers to pay their most recent bill in a number of ways, including cash or Bitcoin. Calls have been reported in Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Duck Lake and Gull Lake.“This is not a SaskEnergy representative, nor is the line a SaskEnergy phone number,” continued the statement. “While SaskEnergy does contact customers via phone from time to time, the Corporation will never request payment by cash or by Bitcoin. SaskEnergy will also never provide customers with a 30 minute notice to pay their bill.”Anyone who has received a call is being asked to report it to SaskEnergy at 1-800-567-8899, and if someone shows up in person to collect payment, to call their local police.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“If a customer has provided personal financial information, including bank account or credit card information, over the phone, they should report the matter to their local police, as well as immediately contact their financial institution,” said SaskEnergy.The scam comes less than a week after SaskPower warned customers of a text messaging scam where individuals claimed to be offering a refund due to over-billing and asked customers for banking information. read more

UN chief condemns double suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.According to media reports, two dozen people were killed and nearly that many were injured after an attack by two suicide bombers on a mosque on the outskirts of Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria.“The Secretary-General also reiterates the UN’s support to the Nigerian Government in its fight against terrorism, which should be grounded in international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law,” the statement concluded.

Two dead 22 injured in Texas house party shooting

first_imgTWO PEOPLE WERE killed and at least 22 others were injured late last night when gunfire rang out at a large house party in a Houston suburb, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said.More than 100 people, mostly young adults, had gathered at a home in Houston suburb of Cypress, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The gunfire happened between 11:30 pm and midnight, the sheriff’s office said.A man and woman died — one at the scene and another at a hospital — and those hurt had injuries ranging from minor to critical, the sheriff’s office said. None of the victims were identified by name.Two suspects were being sought early Sunday, but officials did not elaborate. There was no immediate word on how many shots were fired or a possible motive.“It was a pretty chaotic scene,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland told the Houston Chronicle, adding that deputies saw some people lying on the ground and others running.Karen Briones was visiting relatives in the neighborhood, which is about 25 miles northwest of downtown Houston.“Girls were crying and screaming, banging on people’s doors asking them for help and to call 911,” she told the newspaper.The sheriff’s statement said those hurt were taken to at least five area medical centers or hospitals, some by paramedics and some in private vehicles. Gilliland told the newspaper that some people were shot in the foot, ankle and hip, and others fleeing the home had twisted ankles.Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Christina Garza told the Chronicle that at least one parent was in the house and that investigators were trying to determine if alcohol had been served at the party.Read: Gunman opens fire in New Jersey shopping centreRead: Man rushed to hospital in friend’s car after Dublin shootinglast_img read more

Tánaiste Assisted suicide is a topic we should address as human beings

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said that legislators should deal with the issue of assisted suicide and has suggested that committee hearings be held when a case currently before the court concludes.Gilmore was speaking at Leaders’ Questions this morning when he was asked about the issue of assisted suicide in the wake of a woman being charged with assisting the suicide of another woman in Dublin in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the State.Indpendent TD Stephen Donnelly raised the case of Marie Fleming, an MS sufferer, who unsuccessfully challenged the country’s laws on assisted suicide earlier this year.Donnelly told the Dáil that Fleming’s condition has deteriorated to the point where she may now starve to death and asked Gilmore if her husband Tom should face the threat of 14 years in prison if he helps his wife to die.Gilmore said that it was best that the case before the courts concludes before TDs discuss the issue of assisted suicide, but he added:“I met with Tom Curran after the Marie Fleming case… It is my view that as legislators we should address this issue here in this house.” Stephen Donnelly in the Dáil this morning “I think it’s a difficult issue, I have enormous sympathy for the situation that Tom and Marie find themselves in, but there is no simple answer to this,” he said.The Tánaiste said that the topic raised “ethical and legal” issues but said it was one that should be addressed.“I think that this is a topic that I think we should address as legislators collectively,” he said. “I don’t think this should be a kind of government [versus] opposition type of issue.”He said it is a “a topic we should address as human beings, as legislators” and said that when the court case is over there may be an opportunity to hold committee hearings.Gilmore added: “The straight answer is ‘yes’. I do think we should deal with this as legislators.”Donnelly said that the court case should not prevent TDs from discussing the issue and called for an expert report could be carried out. Gilmore said this was a positive suggestion which he would discuss with his government colleagues.Donnelly also called for the Director of Public Prosecutions to issue guidelines on when penalties for assisted suicide may not apply as has happened in the UK.Read: The three landmark cases that shaped assisted suicide law in IrelandMore: Woman charged with assisting suicide in Dublinlast_img read more

RATP un appel doffres pour la 3G

first_imgRATP: un appel d’offres pour la 3G ?La régie des transports d’Île-de-France voudrait obtenir la couverture en 3G de ses lignes de métro et devrait lancer un appel d’offres auprès des quatre principeux opérateurs.Les adeptes des transports en commun franciliens devraient avoir une large sourire prochainement. En effet, la RATP a prévu de lancer un appel d’offres pour couvrir son réseau de métro en 3G. Bientôt finies les difficultés à se connecter à Internet sur son smartphone ? Oui, mais il faudra néanmoins patienter qu’un des quatre principaux opérateurs (Orange, SFR, Bougues Telecom et Free Mobile) réponde à cet appel.Et comme le rapporte Libération, la Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens ne compte pas offrir cet espace sans contrepartie conséquente. La RATP souhaiterait ainsi laisser un opérateur avoir l’exclusivité de placer ses infrastructures, puis de les faire fonctionner sur un mode locatif à partir duquel elle pourrait prélever une redevance pour son utilisation. Le journal explique d’ailleurs que la société aurait des prétentions financières élevées alors que les opérateurs préfèreraient une antenne cofinancée par la RATP et chacun pouvant y greffer ses équipements. Suivront-ils la volonté de la régie ? Réponse dans quelques jours…  Le 28 novembre 2011 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Backers hope for Ore session on I5 bridge

first_imgPORTLAND — Supporters of an Oregon-only plan to replace the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River hope to put the issue in front of the Legislature again as early as this month.The project is in doubt because it was supposed to be a joint effort of Oregon and Washington state, but the Washington Legislature didn’t put up $450 million to match Oregon’s contribution to a project now estimated to cost $2.7 billion.Supporters, including business and labor groups say a new bridge is still critical, The Oregonian reported Monday.The project faces a variety of skeptics, among them some conservatives, Washington opponents of light-rail trains and environmentalists.The Oregon-led plan relies on $1.3 billion worth of tolls. An $850 million federal grant would extend light rail from North Portland to Vancouver.A state analysis says the project would pencil out if interest rates stayed relatively stable and if the federal government approved a $900 million loan to Oregon providing cash as tolls rolled in over the next 35 years.“It is all doable, but it is very much threading a needle to make it all come together,” said Laura Lockwood-McCall, director of debt management in the state treasurer’s office.last_img read more

Miami Marlins and Home Plate meals program host Feeding a Need initiative

first_img(WSVN) – The Miami Marlins hosted a “Feeding a Need” initiative where they donated food to the community.The baseball organization brought fresh food to Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) Charter School in Miami on Monday.As part of the Marlin’s impact week, the Marlins teamed up with the Home Plate meals program and gave back.“I think it’s all about the kids,” said Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz. “We look back at how we got here and how we achieved our goal, all we’re trying to do here is try to fulfill their dreams as well.”On top of helping students in need to get food, some Marlins players sat down with seniors and talked about the nine values that Jackie Robinson said he lived his life by.Among those values, teamwork and courage top the list.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ft Leonard Wood Community Groups Sign Partnership Charter

first_imgThe Fort Leonard Wood garrison commander, neighboring communities and civic organizations came together Wednesday to sign a charter agreement forming a committee that will provide a forum for local leaders to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that are beneficial for the central Missouri post and the region.The idea to form a community leadership committee grew out discussions over the past two years in which a variety of public and private organizations identified the need for a formalized group to explore partnership ideas.“Creating this committee is a huge achievement and we are looking forward to the beneficial work it will do for the Fort Leonard Wood region in the future,” said Joe Driskill, executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP), according to a statement released prior to the event.The SOP executive director and Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison commander will co-chair the committee and be responsible for conducting quarterly meetings. The SOP will serve as the advisory and planning body for the committee and will assist in planning regular meetings and establishing working groups to pursue ideas and concepts for new partnerships.The committee is not intended to make decisions for local governments and other organizations on potential partnership agreements with Fort Leonard Wood.“We want our region’s citizens to know this is a collaboration forum where members will discuss actions that are in the best interest of their organizations and within the legal limits,” Driskill said. “This committee is simply a great way to bring everyone to the table and facilitate discussion that will strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region,” he said.The committee’s inaugural meeting will be next week. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Elon Musk reveals Cuphead is coming to Tesla

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags See It Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It $299 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Get Your Local Price The game first hit Xbox One and PC as a Microsoft exclusive in 2017, before coming to Nintendo Switch in April. It’s carefully crafted after the Fleischer and Disney ’30s animation style and pits you against a bunch of increasingly intense bosses.Cuphead should hit cars later this summer, but will only include the game’s Inkwell Isle One segment due to storage limitations, Tesla told IGN. You’ll only be able to play it using a wired USB controller — it’d be impossibly frustrating using the display’s touchscreen controls.An MDHR spokespersion said in an email to CNET that the exact release date has “yet to be decided at this point.” Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Amazon More From Roadshow Regardless of these limitations, it’s a major step up from the Atari games currently playable in Tesla cars. Musk also mentioned that a “dune buggy” driving game is being tested. Tesla didn’t respond to a request for comment.First published at 3:28 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:10 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. $289 Comments Cuphead will be playable in Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X. Studio MDHR Teslas are getting a major gaming upgrade, with Elon Musk confirming Model 3, Model S and Model X are getting run-and-gun platformer Cuphead.The Tesla CEO revealed that his company worked with Cuphead developer Studio MDHR on Sunday’s Ride the Lightning podcast.”It’s a cool game. It’s insanely difficult, it’s sadistically difficult. It’s a twisted plot. It’s dark. It looks like some cute little Disney thing and you’re like, ‘This plot is very dark’,” Musk told host Ryan Caffrey. News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Disney Elon Musk Microsoft Tesla Nintendo 6 More about Nintendo Switch 21 Photos Car Games and Apps Car Tech Video Games Elon Musk: Dawn of the self-driving era is upon us See It Incredibly cool Tesla Easter eggs 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better $299 $299 Share your voice Best Buy Walmart 3:25 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

From Aniak to Bethel YK Delta residents discuss the risks of Donlin

first_imgNick Kameroff testifies at a public meeting and hearing in Aniak on January 17. State regulators traveled to Aniak, Bethel, and Anchorage to discuss permits for the Donlin Gold Mine. (Courtesy of Dave Cannon)State regulators met with the public in Anchorage last Friday to discuss the permits for the proposed Donlin Gold Mine. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has released two draft permits that tackle one of the mine’s thorniest issues: how the company plans to dispose of chemicals like arsenic next to a river of subsistence fishermen. Meetings were held in Aniak and Bethel earlier.The Donlin Gold Mine is going to produce a lot of trash. It’ll suck thousands of gallons of water per minute out of the ground and use it, along with a chemical process involving cyanide, to help strip microscopic flecks of gold out of the rock. That leaves a lot of ground-up rock behind. According to DEC engineer Tim Pilon, the mine will generate a literal mountain of it.“Where it’s a valley now?” Pilon asked. “They’re going to turn it into a hill.”Contaminated water will drain from the mine pit or seep from its tailings, some of it tinged with chemicals like arsenic. And all of that waste needs somewhere to go.According to the DEC’s draft permits, some of that waste is going to pour into Crooked Creek, a nearby waterway that teems with salmon in the summer. At peak production the Donlin Gold Mine will dump up to 4,500 gallons of wastewater a minute into the creek – though it would have to be treated first.Over the past two weeks, the DEC has presented the permits at public meetings in Bethel and Aniak, where community members depend on the Kuskokwim River for their food. Many residents did not trust the plan put forth by the state for the mine.“We are playing with our lives here,” Evon Waska said at the Bethel meeting. “They depend on the Kuskokwim River.”Kathy Hanson of Bethel agreed.“I don’t see why we have to take a risk with our land so that someone else gets to make money,” Hanson said.According to DEC engineer Allan Nakanishi, the Donlin Gold Mine’s water treatment system would be “world class.” The DEC is imposing strict limits on the levels of certain chemicals, like arsenic, that the facility can release.“Ten molecules out of a billion would be arsenic, and the rest would be water,” Nakanishi said. “That’s how low those values are.”Waste that’s too dangerous to discharge will be contained on site. Any tailings exposed to the mine’s cyanide, for example, will be funneled into a large pond lined with thick plastic and then heavily monitored. Many local residents who spoke were skeptical about the monitoring, fearing the Donlin Gold Mine will be mostly “self-monitored” – in other words, regulating itself.Aniak resident Dave Cannon is a former fish biologist. He doesn’t trust Donlin Gold to self-regulate and thinks an accident could inevitably happen. He also suspects the permitting process is deliberately confusing.“It’s been overwhelming for me and I’m a professional biologist, to be honest with you,” Cannon said. “The draft of the Environmental Impact Statement stood what, 14, 15 inches high?”Other community members put more faith in the company. Carl Morgan is a former state senator who’s also from Aniak. He used to work for Donlin Gold and showed up to our interview wearing the company’s jacket. He thinks the mine is worth the risk.“We want the strictest regulation with Donlin,” Morgan said. “Yes, mother nature might do something, an earthquake or something. We can’t guarantee anything with mother nature.”But Morgan says unemployment in Aniak is severe.“There’s nothing better than a paycheck instead of a handout,” Morgan said. “People who are against a mine, they don’t see that.”The mine still has a long way to go before it’s authorized; these are just two of dozens of permits that Donlin Gold needs. The DEC is holding its final public meeting today, but will accept written public comments on the permits until February 13.last_img read more

Anchorage curbside compost pilot picked up by private waste company likely to

first_imgFor Andrews, the next step is continuing to gather data, streamlining the process, and educating residents on what qualifies as compost.  Recycling Coordinator Suzanna Caldwell says she wants to see the program expand even more, but bring composting to Anchorage remains a learning process.  Virgo Banks is backing his truck up a ramp at the Anchorage Regional Landfill in Eagle River. “If we had tried to roll out to 15,000 homes it would have been a lot more difficult, so starting small was in my opinion the right choice and we’ll be able to see if we can grow it,” Andrews said. Pictured: Alaska Waste’s Curbside Organics bin. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) But will the pilot expand city-wide? Andrews says, personally, she hopes so. She’s happy to see Curbside Organics catch on with private companies like Alaska Waste instead, who serve a wider area than the municipality’s collection arm does.  Alaska Waste’s Curbside Organics pilot route begins in the Bayshore-Klatt neighborhood in Anchorage. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) “Most of the stuff we collect as recycling ends up getting shipped outside of Alaska, but we’re always looking for ways that we can keep stuff close to home,” Caldwell says. “And there are several folks here in the south central region that can take this stuff and turn it into compost.” (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) The city’s program ran from July through October and included nearly 300 homes.  Now in its second year, it’s got nearly 900 homes participating.  Alaska Waste’s spokesperson Laurel Andrews says the private waste company has been doing commercial composting for stores like Carrs and Fred Meyer since 2010.  Caldwell says when the landfill was built in 1987, the municipality had also considered spots like Kincaid Park and Campbell Tract — large chunks of land that have homes on or near them today. She says they wouldn’t be able to build there now, and wouldn’t want to.  “Is it just one person on a street or is it a whole street?” Andrews says they’re trying to gauge, “because that really affects the costs of business and how are you going to make this a program that’s affordable for everybody.” She says if the city’s residential waste is composted, it can be incorporated into construction projects and used to improve soil.  “Logistically, that remains to be seen,” she said. She says they decided to launch the pilot after hearing from customers it was something they wanted. They also saw how the municipality’s own pilot curbside organics program — launched by Solid Waste Services last year — capped out.    Now they want to see how many of their residential customers are interested in something similar and how it would work.  Banks says the truck doesn’t work quite right with the dumping spot, which is a designated roll off currently shared with the municipality’s own curbside program. He uses a shovel to scrape the ground clean before leaving. “We have a landfill, so we have a system in place for dealing with trash that’s pretty well established,” Caldwell said. “We don’t have something that’s as well established for organic material. And you can’t just co-mingle the trash with organic, so right now we’re really trying to figure out that infrastructure piece.” This is Banks’s third run for the new program, out of a total of six. So it makes sense the company is still working out the kinks.  “Basically this truck is not meant for this,” Banks said. “They thought it was going to be a ressie truck. So this is what I got to do, clean up after myself. (laughs)” It can also help extend the life of the Anchorage landfill.  Caldwell says the EPA estimates about a quarter of all residential waste is organic material. “We’re basically here at the landfill, and this is where the public dump, and all the other garbage companies dump,” Banks said. “And this here is the designated area for the organic green waste — however we want to call it. And this here is what they use to grind it up so when they bury garbage they can cover it up with this so it don’t smell as much.” (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) The pilot runs through the end of October.  “Right now, we have about 35 years of life left at the landfill,” Caldwell says. Pictured: Curbside Organics route driver Virgo Banks dumps the compost he’s collected at a spot for designated for Alaska Waste and Solid Waste Services’ pilot programs at Anchorage Regional Landfill. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) Andrews says they’re starting with 200 customers for now at a fee of $10 a month.  The truck belongs to Alaska Waste. Right now it’s filled with a little under a ton of grass clippings, fruit and even some salmon — which isn’t supposed to be in the compost. The ground where the dumpster meets the ramp is littered with grass and other compost.  Banks picked up compost from about 60 homes that’d signed up for the company’s pilot program in Southwest Anchorage. “Those landfills are only so big, right? And so we can only put so much stuff into it. And when it fills up we have to close it,” Caldwell said. “And if we have to close it, we have to look at building a new one. And we really don’t have any locations in Anchorage to build a new one.” The company has several spots remaining for qualifying residents.last_img read more

Sen Cruz Incurs Wrath of DC Residents on Obamacare

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz inserted an amendment in the District of Columbia’s appropriation bill that has many District residents and leaders angry. Cruz, a Texas Republican, wants to prohibit the District from using its local funds to carry out one of the hallmarks of Obamacare, the individual mandate, which requires residents to purchase health insurance.“Under Obamacare, millions of Americans have lost their doctors, seen their premiums skyrocket and have been forced into part-time work,” Cruz said in a July 24 statement. “Those Americans living in our nation’s capital have not been exempt from these hardships.”Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District in the U.S. Congress, is speaking out against Senator Ted Cruz’s desire to stop the District from using funds to carry out the Obamacare directive requiring residents to purchase health insurance (Courtesy Photo)D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) quickly responded to Cruz’s action. “Senator Cruz needs to do more for Texas,” Norton said sharply. “Instead, he is stealing precious time and effort from his Texas constituents to abuse congressional power by interfering with the affairs of another member’s district. As the main proponent of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and stripping health insurance from millions of Americans, he cannot bear to see health care offered even at the local level. Unfortunately, for him, the ACA is more popular than ever nationwide, and we will beat his attempts to take out D.C.’s local version.”Three states, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont, have passed legislation that requires its residents to have health insurance. The District, through its budget process, quietly did the same two months ago. The amendment is still pending but has not been acted upon by the Senate and Norton is doing everything she can to convince her senator friends to ensure it doesn’t pass.Cruz has tried to impose his will on the District previously with bills to create vouchers for private schools with city taxpayers’ dollars and trying to gut the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act and failed.Cruz isn’t even popular with District Republicans. In the March 12, 2016 Republican presidential caucus, Cruz came in fourth behind Sen. Mark Rubio (D-Fla.), Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Donald Trump. He won no District delegates to the Republican National Convention that year.Norton isn’t the only District resident outraged by Cruz’s amendment. Ralph Chittams, a resident of Ward 7 and the former senior vice chairman of the District of Columbia Republican Party, told the AFRO he is no fan of Obamacare but is disturbed by what Cruz is doing.“Generally, I oppose Congress meddling in local governance issues and the District has a Home Rule Charter governing the city, so I think Congress should let the city have more autonomy,” he said.“However, the U.S. Constitution gives Congress oversight over D.C. For me it is a tight rope situation.”Chittams notes that overturning the will of the people of the District has been done not only by the Congress but by the D.C. Council itself. “We recently had an initiative that was passed by the people,”Chittams said, referring to Initiative 77, that would give tipped workers a $15 an hour minimum wage in several years, that was approved by the voters on June 19. “The D.C. Council is seeking to overturn the Initiative and so is the Council any better than the Congress?”last_img read more

Lanes closed on M6 due to five vehicle accident and fire in

first_imgThere are a number of lanes closed on the M6 motorway due to a five vehicle accident in Greater Manchester this morning. Highways England report the southbound carriageway is shut between junction 23 (East Lancashire Road) and junction 22, near Newton Le Willows due to the accident – with a resulting fire also leading to two lanes being blocked northbound on the same stretch of the motorway. Emergency services are at the scene of the collision – which is reported to involve four cars and a van. A Highways England spokesman said: “Traffic has been stopped on the M6 southbound between J23 and J22 due to a vehicle fire & road traffic collision involving 4 cars and 1 van. “Two lanes now closed northbound. Emergency Services and North West Motorway Police are on scene with Highways England Traffic Officers.” Long delays are now reported in the area. We will update this story when more information becomes available. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.08:09UpdateA Highways England spokesman said:2 lanes now open #M6 southbound between J23 and J22 following a vehicle fire & road traffic collision involving 4 cars and 1 van. The burnt out vehicle is in the closed lane. Recovery is being arranged. “07:38LatestA Highways England spokesman said:Traffic has been released on the #M6 southbound between J23 and J22. It’s currently passing on the hard shoulder. 3 lanes remain closed due to vehicle fire & road traffic collision involving 4 cars and 1 van. All lanes running northbound. “07:10What we know so farThe southbound carriageway of the M6 is shut between J23 snd J22.Two lanes of the northbound carriageway are also closedThe accident involves four cars and a vanAt least one of the vehicles is understood to have caught fireEmergency services are at the sceneHighways England first confirmed the closures at around 6.50amlast_img read more

Are you not grateful you do not live in a skyrise like

first_imgClick HERE to check out the homes available to buy and rent in Ladysmith right now!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! You have to admire the use of space in this home in the video, and the clever technological and ergonomic innovations that make living in a cramped space like this actually look fun… WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img However, let’s get real!Are you not glad you live in a place like Ladysmith, with spacious homes and gardens? Where owning a home with a fantastic garden and pool is not for the rich few, but affordable to even first-time home buyers.last_img

SoftWorks to Showcase Its Automated Mortgage Solutions

first_img Dr. Ari Gross SoftWorks AI 2019-03-21 Donna Joseph Share in Headlines, News March 21, 2019 484 Views center_img SoftWorks to Showcase Its Automated Mortgage Solutions New York-based  SoftWorks AI, a provider of artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies for the mortgage industry announced new applications for its Trapeze for Mortgage Automation solution.At this year’s MBA Technology Solutions Conference & Expo, SoftWorks will showcase a preview of its Automated Income Analysis and Verification module. This application aims to enable automatic parsing of financial documents, including most IRS tax forms to substantially improve underwriter productivity.A growing number of borrowers have multiple streams of income, adding increased complexity and manual labor. To better streamline the loan cycle, SoftWorks AI’s Income Analysis and Verification Module automatically fills out required cash flow analysis forms.The company will showcase its added capabilities at MBA Tech, booth #615, from March 24-26 in Dallas.“By combining AI and computer vision technologies together, SoftWorks can effectively auto-validate the mortgage classification and data extraction process, streamlining the loan approval process,” said Dr. Ari Gross, CEO at SoftWorks AI.Solutions Architect Eitan Agai will preview the module during MBA Tech at 11:45 a.m. as part of the Tech Showcase. Eitan’s demo will outline the challenges today’s underwriters face and show how automated income analysis can improve their current workflow.In addition to this new module, SoftWorks AI is also introducing its automated mortgage analytics solution to provide stakeholders with a real-time dashboard that shows Trapeze for Mortgage Automation’s day-to-day performance.The dashboard tracks every aspect of the mortgage automation workflow, providing clients with real time data on the overall effectiveness of their operations. Mortgage Analytics can analyze thousands of data points to provide a holistic view of a system’s performance and pinpoint where additional productivity gains can be realized.“One of the things we constantly heard from clients was that they wanted a way to track results after successfully implementing Trapeze,” Gross said. “Our analytics dashboard enables Trapeze users to understand their new business processing capabilities at a granular level.”last_img read more