Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_imgHANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be a 20 minute closure of Highway 101 at 7 p.m., today, Aug. 12, between Exit 4 and Exit 5 near St. Croix to allow for blasting needed for road construction. Please obey traffic control people in the area. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-6747 -30-last_img

No person excluded from NRC to be detained till all legal remedies

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre on Monday said no person excluded from the final NRC list will be detained till he or she exhausts all legal remedies. In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also said the Assam government has made necessary arrangements to provide legal aid to the needy amongst those excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) through the district legal services authorities. “Persons left out of final NRC not to be detained under any circumstance till they exhaust all remedies available under law,” the statement said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It added that such persons will continue to enjoy all rights as earlier, like any other citizen, e.g. right to employment, education and property, etc. The MHA said adequate judicial process is available for the people left out to appeal to the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) within 120 days from August 31, when the final NRC was published. To facilitate the appeals, 200 new FTs will be functional from Monday, in addition to 100 already existing, it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday According to the final NRC released on Saturday, out of the total 3.3 crore applicants, 3.11 crore figured in the list and names of about 19 lakh residents were excluded. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had said last week the exclusion of someone’s name from the final NRC does not amount to the person automatically becoming a foreigner as such a decision can be taken only by a foreigners’ tribunal after following proper legal process. “No one should be worried. No one should panic. Government is here to take care of everyone. Even those who will be excluded from the final list will get enough opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship,” he had said.last_img read more

Attention shoppers Naked man takes run down aisles of Saskatchewan food store

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — The Crown wants a year in jail for a man convicted of running naked through a grocery store and into a meat cooler in northern Saskatchewan.The prosecution also wants Calvin John Jobb to pay the Prince Albert Superstore almost $200 to cover food that had to be thrown out after his jog down the aisles.Jobb, who is 51, pleaded guilty to charges, including indecent exposure and mischief, related to his actions in early March.The defence wants a six-month term for Jobb and says he was hallucinating, scared and very hot after taking what he thought was marijuana.Court heard during sentencing arguments on Monday that Jobb swung a broom stick, yelled at customers, damaged cash registers, threw meat and jumped into a meat cooler.He is to be sentenced May 22.An eight-year employee described Jobb as “acting like a wild animal” and yelling “just shoot me” when police tried to arrest him.Prosecutor Gail Douglas said it took four officers to get Jobb out of the store and, at one point, he grabbed one of the officer’s Tasers.Legal-aid lawyer Robert Rooney said his client was “in pretty rough shape” on the day in question.“He knew he was consuming something. He didn’t know exactly what it was and he found that terrifying.”Rooney said Jobb has been seeking help to get and stay sober. He said the “public shaming” on social media has been difficult for Jobb.“I’m sure just the Facebook aspects of this case would deter someone from doing this,” Rooney said.“He is hoping to get on with his life.”(paNOW)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Duke of Cambridge And Prince Harry Take Part In DIY SOS The

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined the BBC’s DIY SOS team in Manchester as they helped turn a street scattered with derelict houses into liveable homes for ex-service personnel.Prince William takes part in DIY SOS The Big Build: Veteran’s SpecialCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgOver the past few weeks The Big Build: Veteran’s Special have been renovating eight buildings, streetscaped an entire street and rejuvenating the façade of 62 houses to create the basis of a new mixed community for service personnel making the transition to civilian life, as well as for long-standing residents.The re-development has also created a support centre on the street, run by Walking with the Wounded and the Royal British Legion to assist ex-servicemen and women with retraining and on-site support for those who have been injured – mentally or physically – while in the Armed Forces.Prince Harry takes part in DIY SOS The Big Build: Veteran’s SpecialCredit/Copyright: and women who have made great personal sacrifices for our country deserve healthy, dignified, and successful post-military lives. Yet ex-service personnel account for a large percentage of the homeless in Britain. At the same time, there are currently over half a million empty properties in England. For this project, 26 houses out of the 64 on two streets have been gifted to Haig Housing, which runs housing schemes specifically for veterans.As the memory of conflicts fade and public focus beings to move elsewhere both The Duke and Prince Harry will continue to draw attention to the ongoing challenges facing service personnel making the transition to civilian life. That can include offering support with accommodation, employment or health issues.During the visit, The Princes joined the DIY SOS team of builders and hundreds of volunteers to help with the final stages of the build. They worked alongside other ex-servicemen and women, who are also taking part in the renovation work as they develop their skills and re-train into a new trade.The Duke and Prince Harry also met the street’s existing residents and members of all the organisations who have contributed to BBC’s DIY SOS team’s most ambitious project to date.The DIY SOS Big Build: Veteran’s special will be aired on BBC One at 9pm on 14th and 21st October 2015.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Regulator schedules hearings for BC LNG natural gas pipeline challenge

first_imgCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:TRP) The Canadian Press CALGARY — The National Energy Board is scheduling hearings over the next three months to consider a jurisdictional challenge of the approval of a pipeline needed to supply natural gas to the recently sanctioned $40-billion LNG Canada project.The hearings are to determine only if approvals given by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline are sufficient — if not, the NEB says the proponent will have to make a formal NEB application and undergo another separate process to win federal approval.The NEB actions are in response to a challenge by B.C. resident Mike Sawyer who argues that because TransCanada Corp. will operate the proposed pipeline and the connected Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system together, they form a single pipeline which crosses the Alberta-B.C. boundary and therefore must be regulated by the federal government.The NEB says on its website it will accept additional written evidence from the builder late this month, take written evidence from interveners in January and gather information requests and responses from parties in January and February before holding final oral arguments in March.The 670-kilometre, 48-inch diameter natural gas pipeline would bring natural gas from prolific wells in northeastern B.C. to the proposed liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat on the West Coast.LNG Canada announced in October its partners — Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., Petronas, PetroChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp. — had made a final investment decision to proceed with the project after delaying it in 2016 due to poor global prices for LNG.TransCanada’s contract to build the $6.2-billion pipeline was conditional on partner project approval.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon alters plans for UN presence in Chad Central African Republic

In his latest report to the Security Council on the situation in Chad and the CAR, which have both been beset by widespread population displacement because of clashes between rebels and Government forces, Mr. Ban recommends several major adjustments to his earlier plan – submitted in February – for a possible UN peacekeeping force.After the Chadian Government raised concerns about a UN military presence, Mr. Ban now proposes an EU force, which he said has already been accepted in principle by President Idriss Déby. This force, which would be responsible for protecting civilians and ensuring humanitarian assistance can be provided, would operate for 12 months from deployment, with follow-on arrangements to be determined later.There would now be no direct involvement of the multi-dimensional international presence in the border area, Mr. Ban adds in the report.While Chadian police and gendarmes will continue to maintain law and order in the camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), they would be screened, trained, monitored and mentored by the UN police component and given direct logistical support from the UN.A multi-dimensional UN presence of civilian staff, focusing on the areas of civil affairs, human rights, the rule of law and mission support, would also be established, and the headquarters will be in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital.The UN, the EU and the Chadian authorities would have to coordinate their work very closely, starting from the mission planning stages, if this revised model for a UN presence is to be successful, the Secretary-General stresses.He says the deployment of a UN-mandated multi-dimensional international presence in Chad and the CAR “could have a significant positive impact on the security situation there,” adding that a lasting solution to the region’s crises – including the violence and suffering engulfing Sudan’s Darfur region – is only possible through political agreements.The proposed mission, which would be coordinated by a UN-appointed head of mission and Secretary-General’s Special Representative, would operate in Chad’s Ennedi Est department and the Wadi Fira, Ouaddai and Salamat regions and in the Vakaga prefecture and the north-eastern part of Haute-Kotto prefecture in the CAR.Mr. Ban, who made his proposals based on an assessment mission to the region, says the humanitarian situation in eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR “has shown no signs of improving” since February, with more than 400,000 refugees and IDPs as a result of the fighting and an estimated 700,000 others in host communities also affected. 16 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has unveiled revised plans for a United Nations presence in the troubled east of Chad and northeast of the Central African Republic (CAR), proposing that the European Union (EU) field a military force and the UN focus on training police and civilian areas such as human rights and the rule of law. read more

UN system prepares for landfall of Hurricane Tomas on Haiti

According to reports, meteorological experts have classified Tomas a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is stressing that even with existing pre-positioned humanitarian supplies, the potential magnitude of the hurricane’s impact urgently called for additional emergency supplies and equipment. Tarpaulins and tents in stock only cover 60 per cent of the estimated 500,000 people who could be affected by Tomas. Some minor-scale relocations have taken place – on Thursday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) moved more than 2,000 people from the exposed Corail camp in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, to a nearby disused hospital. A further 4,000 internally displaced persons stayed at the camp to protect their few possessions. Peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have also assisted local authorities in the country’s south with the transportation of people to provisional shelters; they are also assisting the Haitian Government and relief partners with contingency plans – on top of helping with the ongoing response to the devastating January earthquake.Of particular concern, according to OCHA and others, is the impact of the hurricane on Haiti’s recent cholera epidemic. The humanitarian agency says the inadequate sanitary conditions in many parts of the country combined with a huge amount of rain or flooding generated by the hurricane could aggravate the outbreak.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says there are 6,742 cholera cases – including 442 deaths – in Haiti, with confirmed cases reported in the departments of Artibonite, Centre, Nord, Nord-Ouest, and Ouest. WHO has sent to Port-au-Prince emergency health kits for treating up to 10,000 people suffering from water-borne diseases for three months. Other emergency kits, with the capacity to treat between 10,000 to 20,000 people for three months, were sent to other areas. The IOM is continuing its efforts to ensure that whatever early gains were made in containing the cholera outbreak were not reversed by Tomas, with a focus on ensuring that displaced people in camps are provided with hygiene messages as well as strengthening monitoring and case response mechanisms. The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, along with its partners and community mobilizers, has also been sharing health- and sanitation-related information and distributing oral rehydration salts and water purification tablets. Based on its previous experience with Haiti’s storms in 2008, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has had preparative measures in place in the country for some time now. Its essential staff is on standby for a rapid response and food distribution could start in a matter of hours after the hurricane passes.The Programme has pre-positioned emergency food supplies in 32 centres around the country, with enough food to feed 1.1 million people for six weeks, and it has set up an alternate transport system for the hurricane season, including a barge service which connected all the major ports so that humanitarian aid could be transported around the country if the roads became impassable. For the health system’s response to the cholera outbreak, WFP has provided more than 40,000 ready to eat meals to hospitals for staff, patients and care-givers so that they have clean food that did not require water for its preparation.OCHA also warned of the potential impact of Hurricane Tomas on the countryside. Haiti had a serious deforestation problem, and with the rains and winds approaching, there is nothing to hold back the water and the mud, and this could have dramatic consequences for the population, especially those near the coast and those in temporary shelters in the capital. 5 November 2010While calling on the international community to provide urgently needed aid, various programmes and agencies of the United Nations system in Haiti are busily gearing up for the expected landfall of Hurricane Tomas on Haitian shores sometime today or this weekend. read more

Antitakeover proposal in Quebec could spur similar moves across Canada supporter

MONTREAL — Quebec could become the first province to arm companies with a veto power over foreign takeovers, under a proposal with potential domino-effect implications for other parts of the country.Two political parties have now promised that if they win the Sept. 4 election they would allow a company’s board of directors to repel a foreign acquisition if it’s deemed to be against the interest of workers or the greater community.The latest such pledge from the Charest Liberals, whose promise Monday resembles an earlier one from the Parti Quebecois, prompted one analyst to predict copycat moves elsewhere in Canada.The PQ, which leads in the polls, last week promised to amend the Quebec Corporation Act to also give corporate boards broader powers.[np-related]At a news conference Monday, Premier Jean Charest and Finance Minister Raymond Bachand said such rules would simply follow the lead of dozens of U.S. states with similar takeover restrictions.The governing party also said that if it’s re-elected it would create a $1-billion fund to help Quebec companies buy properties outside the province, with a special focus on the mining sector and in emerging powerhouses like Brazil, Russia, India and China.All three major parties in the province have proposed, to varying degrees, policies to thwart foreign takeovers in Quebec — a timely subject here given the attempted acquisition of the Rona hardware chain by the U.S. giant Lowe’s.The anti-takeover proposal would make it a little harder for such acquisitions to proceed in Quebec, said Michel Nadeau, executive director of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations. He said it would likely prompt other provinces to amend their own laws.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled a few years ago in Bell Canada’s fight with its bondholders that boards should consider the interests of all stakeholders, not just shareholders, he noted.“Unfortunately, the provinces have not changed their legislation. Quebec will do it the first if the Liberals or the PQ are elected, but I’m sure that Ontario and other provinces will do the same as 27 U.S. states,” he said in an interview.In the interim, he said the law might prompt foreign buyers to look at non-Quebec targets that have less flexibility to reject proposals.Nadeau said his group proposed the change to the Liberal government 18 months ago when it reviewed amendments to the corporation act.“We are extremely happy that at least two out of the three parties are really eager to do this,” he said.“They are opening their eyes because the electoral campaign and the Rona bid is on the table — but it’s a North American trend.”Nadeau pointed out that Iowa law helped Casey’s General Stores successfully thwart Alimentation Couche-Tard’s hostile bid two years ago.But Monday’s promise worried other observers.Investment guru Stephen Jarislowsky says some key businesses, such as Potash Corp., Inco and Alcan, might need government protection from hostile takeovers to preserve Canadian head offices. But he opposes the proposed change for all companies.“To put that total power in a board of directors I don’t think is correct,” he said.Ultimately, he said the board shouldn’t be able to stymie the will of shareholders. He said the board should be given six to nine months to investigate the bid before any action can be taken.“Unless there is a particular reason, which existed in the Potash case, to stay in Canada as far as head office is concerned, I don’t think you should have a rule where a board of directors can just say no.”The Canadian government rejected the takeover of Potash by Australia’s BHP Billiton in 2010 after the Saskatchewan government joined Potash’s board in urging the Harper Conservatives to nix the US$38.6-billion deal.The Quebec election has seen all three major parties propose measures inspired by economic nationalism.Other Quebec parties propose creating multibillion-dollar funds within the Caisse de depot pension-fund manager to buy up shares in companies threatened with foreign takeovers.The PQ, which is leading in the polls, would direct the Caisse to devote $10-billion, from its $160-billion in overall assets, to such a fund. read more

Ranil offers prayers at Tirumala in Tirupati

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> After offering prayers, Wickremesinghe was honoured with a sacred silk clot, besides the ‘prasadam’ and ‘theertham’ (celestial water) in a tiny bottle, while the priests, amid chanting of vedic hymns, blessed him at the sprawling Rangamandapam in the temple.Wickremesinghe flew in to the Renigunta airport, 20 km from Tirupati, by a special helicopter from Chennai on Saturday evening and drove straight to the Tirumala hills, the temple official said.This is his fourth visit to the ancient shrine. Wickremesinghe has offered prayers at the temple in 2018, 2016 and 2002 as well, the official said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala on Sunday, the Press Trust of India reported.On arrival at the ‘mahadwaram’ (main entrance), Wickremesinghe and his wife Maitree were accorded a traditional welcome by temple priests and top functionaries of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which governs the 2,000-year old shrine, a temple official told PTI. Later, he left for Chennai en route to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) As part of ‘Tulabharam’ ritual, devotees sit in a balance and offer grocery items, precious metals or money equal to their body weight, the temple official said. Before paying obeisance to the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara, the 73-year-old Wickremesinghe performed ages-old ‘Tulabharam’ ritual. Later, the same is made as an offering to the God at the hill temple, the official added.The Sri Lankan prime minister, his wife and other dignitaries later worshipped Lord Venkateswara. They spent about an hour in the temple. read more

Earths health declining faster than thought but action by governments can reverse

The Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments is a compilation of six separate reports, which provide highly detailed examinations of the environmental issues affecting each of the world’s six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a press release.Published ahead of the UN Environment Assembly, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May, the regional assessments, which involved 1,203 scientists, hundreds of scientific institutions and more than 160 governments, find that the world shares a host of common environmental threats that are rapidly intensifying in many parts of the world.Across the planet, climate change, the loss of biodiversity, land degradation and water scarcity are growing problems that need to be urgently addressed if the world is to achieve the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the studies find. “Today, thanks to this report, we now know more about the state of the world’s environment than ever before,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “It is essential that we understand the pace of environmental change that is upon us.”The assessments find that there is still time to tackle many of the worst impacts of environmental change, such as the damage to marine ecosystems and the rising level of air pollution, which has become one of the world’s most widespread environmental health risks.As one of the first areas of the world to experience the impacts of climate change, the Arctic region serves as a barometer for change in the rest of the world. Warming in the Arctic has increased at twice the global average since 1980.The largest contributions to global glacier ice loss during the early 21st century were from glaciers in Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and the periphery of the Greenland ice sheet, as well as in the Southern Andes and Asian mountains. Together these areas account for more than 80 per cent of the total ice loss.The 30 centimetres of sea level rise off New York City since 1900 likely expanded Hurricane Sandy’s flood areaThe 30 centimetres of sea level rise off New York City since 1900 likely expanded Hurricane Sandy’s flood area by approximately 65 square kilometres, flooding the homes of more than 80,000 additional people in New York and New Jersey alone.The prospect for impacts such as these to worsen in both the near and long term constitutes a priority issue for North America.Last year, the Asia-Pacific continued to be the world’s most disaster prone region. About 41 per cent of all natural disasters reported over the last two decades occurred in the Asia-Pacific region, which also accounted for 91 per cent of the world’s deaths attributable to natural disasters in the last century.The main driver for accelerating domestic material consumption is the expanding middle class. The size of the global middle class is projected to increase from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 4.9 billion in 2030 with most of this growth coming from Asia. Environmental pollution and degradation can be linked to a growing list of health conditions such as skin cancer, lung cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, malaria, Ebola and Zika. Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark In the Latin American and Caribbean region, most of the cities in the region for which data are available have concentrations of particulate matter (PM) above World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.The region’s urban population increased by more than 35 million people between 2010 and 2015, and is expected to climb to a total of 567 million persons by 2025. More than 100 million people already live in areas where they are at risk from air pollution.In West Asia, continuous conflict and the mass displacement of people throughout the region are also triggering severe environmental impacts that are endangering the health of people. Heavy metals from explosive munitions and radiation from missiles have leached into the environment.The 2.97 million refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen and Iraq are placing an immense environmental burden on the region, producing about 1,440 tonnes of waste per day in 2015The 2.97 million refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen and Iraq are placing an immense environmental burden on the region, producing about 1,440 tonnes of waste per day in 2015, overwhelming governments and increasing the risk of disease outbreaks.In Africa, the second largest continent in the world, land is the most prized asset for food production, nutritional health and economic development. Worryingly, about 500,000 square meters of land in Africa is being degraded due to soil erosion, salinization, pollution and deforestation. This land degradation can damage agricultural productivity, nutrition and human health.The recommendations made in the reports include: to improve gathering, processing and sharing of data and information to inform decision-making; enhance sustainable consumption and production to reduce environmental pressures by addressing drivers associated with manufacturing processes and consumer demand; invest in urban planning, such as through the better use of environmentally sound infrastructure and clean transport; reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and diversify energy sources.Low-carbon, climate-resilient choices in infrastructure, energy and food production coupled with effective and sustainable natural resource governance are key to protecting the ecological assets that underpin a healthy society. read more

Choosing geological modelling scheduling and mine planning software

first_imgAhead of the February issue of International Mining and its annual examination of the latest in mining software, Peter Mokos, Principal Mining Engineer with AMC Consultants offers some great insights. Writing in AMC’s November 2015 Digging Deeper newsletter he notes that “most software vendors providing geological modelling and mine planning software now include their own activity sequencers and Gantt-chart-style schedulers, or use an integrated third-party provider’s scheduling package. Examples of these are CAE 5DP, MineRP, Deswik, Gemcom Surpac, Maptek Vulcan, RungePincockMinarco XPAC, and Dassault Systemes GEOVIA MineSched.“The largest step forward in recent times for mine-specific scheduling packages has been the ability to:Link activities using mining logic (for example, a stope cannot be mined until the required access development has been completed)Apply mining rules (such as geotechnical sequence), priorities and resource pools (for example, equipment fleet), to practically constrain capacityProvide customisable reporting (and customisable time-period reporting)Apply solver logic to optimise schedulesProvide Gantt-chart-style visualisation.“Most of the mining-specific schedulers are now integrated with their mine design structure files, and their scheduled progress can be visualised in 3D. The visualisation feature has been a powerful development, helping a vast range of schedule stakeholders (for example, the mine scheduler, mine operators, mine management, mine boards, and community forums) to better understand the proposed mine schedule. Future schedule visualisation developments are heading towards immersive technology to enable mine engineers to ‘test-drive’ the proposed mine designs and schedules. These schedulers are excellent for identifying project bottlenecks and resource inadequacies.“The current and future drive for the mine-specific schedulers (for example, Deswik Scheduler and Enhanced Production Scheduler, or EPS) is to have functions that optimise key KPIs such as project cash flow or net present value, head grade, tonnage throughput, capping metres and developed or backfill volume placed. For the current generation of schedulers, the ability to optimise is directly related to the duration of the mining time periods being evaluated (for example, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, etc.) and the available activities in that time period—and hence, the size of the problem to be solved and the limitations of computing. As a consequence, mine-specific schedulers will only look one time period ahead as opposed to true schedule optimisation, which would look at all possible outcomes for the life-of-mine schedule and then select the best outcome. These schedule optimisers typically use linear and/or mixed integer solver programming, but can also use other optimisation techniques.“There are schedulers (for example Mirarco Schedule Optimisation Tool, or SOT) that use heuristic-type generic algorithms that can examine multiple possible schedule paths, thus learning which paths are more optimal and generating a substantial number of schedule cases from which a user can select their preferred optimum. This approach can be very useful for rapidly appraising conflicting or competing schedule priorities or strategies.“A common feature of the mine-specific scheduling packages is the ability to integrate with third-party modules, such as HardDollar and Candy, for project management control. These are add-on modules that use the design and scheduled bill-of-quantities to build a detailed mine-specific cost model for tracking earned value and producing detailed project performance.“Generic Gantt-type scheduling packages, such as Oracle’s Primavera and MicrosoftTM Project 2010, can be adapted for mine scheduling, however at the cost of substantially simplifying the considerations involved. These are really PERT/Critical Path Method programs and do not deal practically with mass-weighted average grades or the interaction delays between development, stoping and filling activities. These are more specifically suited to project management, and because the form of output is not suited to mining, it is best downloaded into a spreadsheet for final analysis and presentation. These packages are most successful if used for an annual budget, where the possible variations are not great, and are really designed for construction projects.“Mine scheduling at the conceptual through to feasibility-study level can be done using ordinary spreadsheets. These are very flexible and easily understood by others. In addition, the presentation of outcomes using graphs, bar charts and time bars is excellent. Spreadsheets can handle the grade and tonnage computations while leaving the engineer free to consider the problem holistically. However, like the generic scheduling packages, they will over-simplify the activity interactions and thus have a strong tendency to overstate project capacity.“Scheduling systems that are more complex than generic types, like Microsoft Project, require a dedicated operator. As with geological modelling and mine-planning systems, regular involvement is required to maintain skill levels after an initial learning period. These are not tools that will reduce the workload of a general mine-planning engineer, but they have the ability to produce, assess and analyse schedules more rigorously. Care must be taken to ensure that the scheduling function is well-documented and sufficiently simple such that staff transfers can be accommodated regularly without total disruption of the planning-scheduling function.“AMC uses a variety of planning-scheduling packages to accommodate client requirements and has developed methodologies to use some of these packages to maximise project value. It has expertise in contemporary specialist packages such as CAE 5DP, MineRP, Deswik, Gemcom Surpac and EPS, as well as scheduling expertise using generic packages such as Microsoft Project and Excel.”last_img read more

Instagram launches on Windows Phone but runs into problems already

first_imgWINDOWS PHONE USERS have it tough. Developers tend to focus more on iOS and Android because there are more users there, meaning that it’s usually third in the list of developer priorities.This means that even the biggest apps take a while to make it over, even if they’ve been on other platforms for a while.Considering Instagram was launched on iOS in 2010, and has been on Android since April 2012, Windows Phone users have been waiting a long time for it to reach their phones, but it finally arrived last night.Except there were a few problems.Granted, it’s a beta version (Instagram even puts the word ‘beta’ in block caps just to get the point across) so there were always going to be flaws, but some of them were more jarring than others. The major problem was that there was no obvious way to take photos directly on the app, which led to rumours that you could only view photos on it.Instead, the app directs you to the phone’s camera roll where you can take a snap before returning to the app where you can then apply a filter and upload. It’s a roundabout method, but the end result is the same.A spokesperson told Business Insider that “You can add photos from your camera roll, but taking a photo with the in-app camera is not a capability as of now.”The second is that it doesn’t allow you to record videos on the app yet, despite the app’s description saying you can. This is something that will be included in a future update as Instagram gets used to the platform, but it will be disappointing to users that they won’t be able to upload videos yet.(Image: Instagram/Windows Phone)The mix-up and confusion isn’t terrible by any means, but it doesn’t help dispel the image that app developers don’t particularly care about the platform.This isn’t the first time a major app launch has caused headaches for Windows Phone. A similar thing happened back in April 2012 when Angry Birds Space launched on all smartphone platforms simultaneously except on WP. At the time, this was seen as a blow to the platform, but Rovio released a WP version later that year.Read: Watch: A smartphone app that can heal itself when scratched >Read: 10 messaging apps that are worth downloading >last_img read more

Jason extends helping hand to people in need

first_imgGreek Australia hairdresser Jason Panda has been overwhelmed by the massive response to his offer of assistance to people suffering financial hardship.The award winning Ripponlea hairdresser is offering free hairdressing to people in need through the month of December at his Aveda concept salon Nylon Hair on Glen Eira Road.The response to his offer has been so strong Jason Panda has made more times available for people to feel special at Christmas.Jason Panda explained that “Many people have experienced personal and financial challenges in 2009 and with Christmas approaching Nylon wanted to give back to those is need. Our staff wanted to offer people an escape, an opportunity to step away from their life for a short time and allow us to make them feel good about themselves and hopeful about the new year ahead.”Panda and his staff at Nylon studio have opened the salon to people in need on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout December. The Nylon team is providing free hairdressing to a select number of people, offering a full colour, styled cut and Aveda product gifts to complete the experience. “It is important at Christmas that individuals and businesses in a position to help other do so. You should never underestimate the impact of reaching out and showing someone you care,” Jason Panda said.To be considered send your name, address, email and phone number, along with a brief outline as to why you or someone you know would benefit from this experience to or post to Nylon Christmas Giving, 77 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea. Vic 3185. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Los Angeles Is Painting Streets White To Fight Urban Warming

first_imgIf you’ve ever walked barefoot on asphalt on a hot summer day, you know that it gets pretty darn hot. It also does a really great job of sharing all that stored heat with its surroundings.That can make a huge difference in the temperature in areas where there’s a lot of blacktop around. In the heavily-paved neighborhoods of Los Angeles, for example, the heat island effect is a very real concern.L.A. Street Services is working on a fix. The workers in that picture aren’t cleaning up a spill, they’re spreading a white (actually very, very light gray) topcoat on several L.A. roadways. Hitting control-I on the color palette makes a big difference — as much as 10 degrees on a summer afternoon, according to  Street Services.Streets in all 15 of L.A.’s electoral districts have been coated as part of the pilot project. If the results are anywhere near as positive as they’ve been elsewhere in California, crews will no doubt be whitewashing a whole lot more.A similar test in Canoga Park, a city of 60,000 about 30 miles from Los Angeles, saw the temperature on one stretch of road reduced from 93 to 70 degrees. In Encino, a parking lot that was coated dropped from a blistering 160 degrees down to a much more bearable 130.This isn’t the first push L.A. has made to combat the heat island effect. Three years ago residents were offered rebates for doing the very same thing to their roofs, with some experts saying that the change from black to white could reduce average temperatures in California by as much as two degrees.That might not seem like much, but every notch on the thermometer helps these days. Los Angeles broke 90 degrees four times in July, and the monthly average has climbed more than 3.5 degrees over the past 5 years.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Infosys wont be affected even if more top executives exit NR Narayana

first_imgInfosys won’t be affected even if more top executives exit: NR Narayana Murthy2.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Infosys won’t be affected even if more top executives exit: NR Narayana Murthy2.8K viewsBusinessBangalore, June 15 (ANI): NR Narayana Murthy while addressing last AGM as the Infosys chairman, said that Infosys has enough senior managers to run the business even if more executives leave, after a spate of staff exits triggered concerns about a leadership vacuum. Murthy played down the departure of at least 11 senior executives since he was brought back from retirement in June last year to help regain market share, saying some of them were low performers. Infosys shareholders are betting on Vishal Sikka, who will take over on August 1 from current CEO SD Shibulal, to turnaround the company by tapping opportunities in new technology areas including cloud computing and mobility.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Bangalore, June 15 (ANI): NR Narayana Murthy while addressing last AGM as the Infosys chairman, said that Infosys has enough senior managers to run the business even if more executives leave, after a spate of staff exits triggered concerns about a leadership vacuum. Murthy played down the departure of at least 11 senior executives since he was brought back from retirement in June last year to help regain market share, saying some of them were low performers. Infosys shareholders are betting on Vishal Sikka, who will take over on August 1 from current CEO SD Shibulal, to turnaround the company by tapping opportunities in new technology areas including cloud computing and mobility.last_img read more

The Orville is a Fine Snack While We Wait for More Star

first_img How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC Stay on target It must be a real bummer for The Orville that Star Trek: Discovery exists. Just when it starts to get everyone used to the idea that this is an earnest homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation, a truly modern Star Trek show comes along and it’s better than anyone could have hoped. By comparison, it really makes The Orville look like a cheaply produced imitation. The relationships are flat, the characters haven’t been given a chance to establish themselves as more than one-note premises, and the CGI looks like a late-gen PlayStation 2 game. It’s a real shame that someone else has done Star Trek better in two episodes than The Orville has done in four, because the show is starting to find its groove.Now that we’re over the initial shock that The Orville isn’t a joke-a-minute Family Guy in space, we can start to appreciate the show for what it actually is. It’s Seth MacFarlane earnestly trying to recreate Star Trek: The Next Generation. He’s not even trying to do it for new audiences or update it to modern sensibilities. He’s just trying to make more of the show he likes. And that’s fine. Even if good TNG was miles ahead of anything The Orville seems capable of, on the whole, it’s still better than most of TNG season one. Or two. Remember, it took until season three for TNG to turn into the show we actually like. The Orville doesn’t have that kind of time. Not only does it not have the Star Trek name behind it, there’s more to watch on TV than there was when TNG premiered. Even at its worst, TNG still found an audience because, well, what else were you going to watch. Now, there’s more good TV than you can ever watch in a lifetime, all available in an instant. The Orville has to get where its going (or hopes to go) fast if it wants to survive.Penny Johnson Jerald, guest star Max Burkholder, Adrianne Palicki and Seth MacFarlane (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)And hey, most of last night’s episode was pretty good. It’s the closest the show has come to feeling like a classic episode of TNG. The crew comes across a gigantic ship drifting through space, headed directly for a star. Ed, Kelly, Claire, Alara and Isaac go aboard to check out what’s happening. Inside, they find a full, self-sustaining biosystem. The set design and cinematography is actually pretty beautiful here. Exploring further, they learn that the ship’s inhabitants aren’t even aware that they’re on a ship. They think the world they see is all there is, and they live under a fascist theocracy. Anyone who thinks there might be something more is rounded up an executed as a heretic. Beat by beat, that sounds like a pretty decent episode of Star Trek, and it makes for an enjoyable episode of The Orville. Now that we know exactly what to expect from this show, we can relax more and enjoy it. Our expectations are set low enough that the show can surprise us with a good, mostly-thought-out story.The twists and turns aren’t entirely unexpected, but they’re executed well. As the group splits up, Kelly is captured, and Alara is shot. Alara calls for help, Claire dazzles the locals with futuristic medicine and it’s time for a rescue mission. After storming the fascist leader’s headquarters and rescuing Kelly, they learn the god everyone worships was actually the first commander of the ship. They are all originally from a dying planet so remote, it would take generations to reach another civilization. They built a ship that could sustain itself for millennia if necessary. And then it became necessary. The ship’s controls lost power and left it drifting aimlessly. The people on board could survive, but over the years they forgot their origin. It’s actually a cool story and it was fun to watch it unfold. The Orville did a good job with this one, overall. Liam Neeson’s cameo as the ship’s original commander was also pretty great. It’s cool for this show that Seth MacFarlane has that amount of pull.Halston Sage (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)It did fall apart at the end. Noticing the ship has a sunroof, Ed decides to open it and give the entire populous a glimpse of space for the first time. You don’t have to have seen every episode of Star Trek to know that that’s a bad idea. By all rights, that should have sent the entire ship into a mad panic. But no, they peacefully accept their new reality and wait for the Union to come pick them up. It’s far too easy an ending. It suggests that while this show can come up with some fun Star Trek-inspired premises, it doesn’t have the skill to think them all the way through the way Trek did.As far as the relationships and humor on the show, there were some improvements in both areas. The show continues to explore Klyden and Bortus’s marriage and how they’re drifting apart after last week’s episode. It was handled surprisingly well, both making us feel for them and getting in a decently funny joke. Klyden eating chocolate ice cream and watching The Sound of Music to deal with depression made me laugh. So did Kelly’s burns while she was being tortured. Adrianne Palicki stole her scenes in this episode, and she certainly has a flair for spiteful dick jokes. And we finally saw the tiniest bit of personality from LaMarr. When the ship was called away to deal with a Krill vessel, he got to fire the critical shot to the ship’s engines. It’s the only cool thing we’ve seen him do, and he celebrated in a funny, very un-Star Trek way. Please Orville, do more with him. I want to know who he is beyond just an echo chamber for Malloy.The show still has a ton of work to do on both fronts. While Ed and Kelly work well together, the show is super awkward about how it brings up their marriage. Every scene where someone mentions it, it’s just stuck unnaturally in the conversation. Nothing new is revealed, and there aren’t even any funny jokes to make about it. If they’re trying to set up a will-they-or-won’t-they story, it’s not working. I couldn’t care less if they do. Though the show has done a decent amount of character work on both Alara and Bortus, the rest of the cast needs some fleshing out. We hardly know anything about who the crew is or what makes them different from one another. We need to know these people better if we’re going to care about they’re adventures, and the show doesn’t seem all that eager to let us. Another thing holding the show back is that so many of the jokes aren’t funny. Norm MacDonald’s talents are wasted on a rote lazy sex joke per episode. Also, this show really needs to get over its 90s references. Why do people hundreds of years from now still remember Friends.? I like Friends, but it doesn’t even hold up all the way now. It’s going to look even worse as time goes on. But reference humor is easy, so that’s what we get.Scott Grimes and J Lee (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)The Orville has been rightfully praised for bringing carrying forward Star Trek’s earnestness, but it has none of its optimism. Nobody has gotten over any prejudices in the centuries between now and the future. Stereotypes haven’t even evolved beyond what they are now. For The Orville to get better, it needs to drop the easy humor and delve into who these characters are and how they feel about each other. Jokes and funny situations can come from that. It’s not interesting, fun or clever to see a future where everyone is still telling the same jokes about men and women. Seth MacFarlane clearly wants to make TNG. That’s part of The Orville’s charm. Once a week, it feels like we’re going back in time to the early 90s. Now, he needs to move beyond that. Stop apologizing for your geeky enthusiasm with snide asides. Stop pretending to be above the material you so clearly love. Use the earnestness people love about your new show and really explore the world you’ve created. If MacFarlane wants to make Star Trek, he should make Star Trek.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


Heritage alumnus Azar Zia cracks UPSC bags 97th spot

first_imgKolkata: Azar Zia, an alumnus of Heritage Institute of Technology has cracked the Civil Services examination securing the 97th position in all Indian ranking.He is the third Muslim candidate from Bengal since Independence and the first in the past 36 years to become an IAS officer.He is a BTech in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 2010 from Heritage Institute of Technology. He quit his job to sit for the Civil Services examination.A past pupil of St James’ School, Zia was a bright student right from school. After Graduation from Heritage Institute of Technology Kolkata, he went on to do his MBA at Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi. The 31-year-old resident of Tantibagan in Beniapukur, Zia said after completing the MBA course he got a job in Asian Paints as a brand manager. But the job did not attract him and he resigned in 2015. Zia joined the Hamdard Study Circle in Delhi to prepare for the UPSC exams. He cleared the exam in the third attempt. He had cleared the prelims in 2016 but fell ill with Chikungunya. “I took the exam again in 2017 and was confident of clearing it but never thought I would be in the top 100,” said Zia, who thinks his experience in engineering and business management helped him.”We are proud that Azar Zia has made our State proud in the Nation and we will be inviting him for an interaction in the inaugural ceremony of the induction programme of our new batch of engineering students so that he can share his experience with them, which will really be a source of inspiration for the prospective engineers,” said Pradip Agarwal, CEO, Heritage Group of Institutions Kolkata. In May, Azar was felicitated at Rehnuwa-E-Niswan organised at Aliah University in the presence of Janab Jawaid Akhtar labour commissioner and former managing director at the West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation.last_img read more

Ugandan women go to court over maternal mortality

first_imgThe country’s top judges have a serious role to play: A declaration favoring the women activists would shame the government into action that drastically reduces mortality among childbearing women in Uganda, activists say.“All we want is a declaration that when women die during childbirth it is a violation of their rights,” said Noor Musisi of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, a Kampala-based group that is championing the legal push. The groups presented the bid to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.Uganda loses 16 women in childbirth daily, a figure some activists boldly emphasize on placards during regular marches in the streets of the Ugandan capital. Most of these deaths happen in villages where bad roads and poverty make it difficult for women to reach health centers. Even when they get there, some say, the available care is poor.Health centers have been built in villages across Uganda, but the structures are usually devoid of equipment and medicine. Ugandan newspapers frequently tell stories of midwives and nurses who treat women in labor with a chilling lack of compassion. And at times, when the caregivers are overwhelmed, some women are left to die. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 0 Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Valente Inziku, a Ugandan man who lost his wife and baby in such circumstances in 2010, blamed the government for his loss. The hospital in northern Uganda where his wife went had no gloves or a delivery kit that Sunday morning, and the midwives were greatly outnumbered by the patients, he said. The nurses asked him to buy gloves that were never used.“She was not attended to,” Inziku said. “She waved her hands the whole day but no one responded. Then she started bleeding. She bled and bled and then she died in my hands.”On a visit to Uganda in February, the head of President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative said she had asked Ugandan officials to take “greater ownership” of maternal health care and avoid sinking deeper into dependency on foreign benefactors.“Far too many women lose their lives giving birth,” Lois Quam told reporters in Kampala. “When a mother bleeds to death a nation bleeds.”The Ugandan government employs only about half of the health professionals the country needs, according to Samuel Lyomoki, a lawmaker and physician who has been prominent in calling for more action to improve maternal health. If the number rose to 65 percent, Lyomoki said, Uganda’s maternal mortality rate would fall substantially. Associated PressKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – More than 100 women die during childbirth each week in Uganda, a heartbreaking statistic that has energized activists to go to the Supreme Court in a bid to force the government to put more resources toward maternal health care to prevent the wave of deaths.The activists say they want the country’s top judges to declare that women’s rights are violated when they die in childbirth, the kind of statement a lower court declined to give last week. In rejecting the petition, the Constitutional Court said the matter was for the country’s political leaders to handle. “The problem here is lack of commitment,” he said. “The point here is not the money. You cannot as a country look on callously and facelessly when we lose 16 women every day through preventable causes.”The case now before the Supreme Court is supported by over 50 civil society organizations, and analysts say its practical impact would be to embarrass a government that claims to have done more than the previous regimes to address women’s issues.“We just want the government to meet its obligations,” said Ben Twinomugisha, a law professor at Uganda’s Makerere University who is advising the women activists.Lyomoki, the lawmaker, said Uganda needs to hire 5,000 more medical workers and $60 million must be added to the health budget to accomplish that. Analysts say this money is available in a country where millions are lost every year through corruption and wasteful spending. Last year Uganda spent more than $700 million to acquire Russian-made fighter jets and military hardware when the country was not at war, and the president’s official residence is notorious for requisitioning huge sums that are rarely accounted for.Fred Muhumuza, a development economist who advises the Ugandan government, said the issue of maternal mortality has proved difficult to tackle. “Some of the problems we have with maternal health go beyond recruitment,” Muhumuza said. “There is a complex web of problems. Where are the people you are going to recruit? The supply of skilled workers is also a problem.”He said some medical workers do not want to work in a village no matter how much they are paid.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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Penn Plaza upsets Empire State of mind

first_imgEmpire State view blocked by Penn Plazain Malkin’s rendering   Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F In a controversial move, New York City authorities have approved building plans for 15 Penn Plaza, which will rise to within 11 metres of the height of the nearby Empire State Building (ESB). Located on Seventh Avenue, opposite Madison Square Garden and Pennsylvania Station, 15 Penn Plaza threatens to block part of the view from the ESB’s famous 86th–floor observation deck. Empire State Building owner Anthony Malkin of Malkin Holdings has offered his opinion on the battle of the buildings. He said 15 Penn Plaza would mar the 360 degree view from the 80-year old iconic Empire State Building and change the city skyline for the worse. “The Empire State Building defines New York and its skyline,” Malkin told the Daily News . “It’s the No. 1 favorite building in the U.S.”Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given his full support to the 15 Penn Plaza building project. His administration has long favoured high-density development near major transit areas such as Penn Station, which is the busiest commuter hub in North America. Zoning bonuses will enable the developer, Vornado Realty Trust, to construct a building 56 per cent larger than what ordinarily would be allowed at a cost of approximately $US100 million. Should 15 Penn Plaza be built despite the fact that it may tarnish the 360-degree view from the Empire State Building?last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 27 2018 6

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 27, 2018 6:00 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 27, 2018 at 6:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest prize for Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will be presented by Oprah Winfrey.The Center for Fiction announced Thursday that Morrison will receive a lifetime achievement honour for “Excellence in Fiction.”Winfrey, who has chosen such Morrison novels as “Song of Solomon” and “Paradise” for her book club, will introduce the author during a Dec. 11 dinner ceremony.Morrison’s longtime publisher, editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta of Alfred A. Knopf, also will be honoured that night. He is the winner of the Maxwell Perkins Award, named for the celebrated editor of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald among others. He will receive the prize from novelist Carl Hiassen.The Center for Fiction is a non-profit with a mission to “encourage people to read and value fiction.” Winfrey to present literary award to Toni Morrisonlast_img read more