IAAF allows eight Russians to compete as neutrals

first_imgThe world athletics body has approved eight Russians to compete as neutrals but declined the applications of a further 53 competitors hoping to be awarded a similar status, the IAAF said on Thursday.Russia’s national athletics federation (RUSAF) remains suspended as a result of widespread and systematic doping, meaning that the majority of the country’s athletes will miss next month’s world championships in London.Russian athletes can, however, apply to compete as neutrals provided they meet stringent criteria.IAAF guidelines say that this includes showing they are not directly implicated “in any way by their national federation’s failure to put in place adequate systems to protect and promote clean athletes”.The IAAF said in a statement that it had approved 47 applications this year and rejected 109, including those announced on Thursday. It did not name the athletes whose applications were declined.”From the beginning, we have declared this process was about supporting the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes, including Russian athletes who have been failed by their national system,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said.The eight athletes accepted on Thursday included 31-year-old hammer thrower Sergei Litvinov, a bronze medallist at the 2014 European championships who previously competed for both Belarus and Germany.They also included men’s 2013 European under-23 high jump champion Ilya Ivaniuk and Alayna Lutkovskaya, the 2014 junior women’s pole vault world champion.The participation of all athletes was still subject to formalities and acceptance by individual meeting organisers, the IAAF said.last_img

First Day-Night Test in New Zealand still in the dark

first_imgThe first Day-Night Test in New Zealand remains in doubt with New Zealand Cricket yet to receive council approval to stage the pink-ball contest against England at Eden Park in March.More than two years after featuring in the first pink-ball Test in Australia, New Zealand’s hopes of staging their own in the series-opener against England hinge on the outcome of an “independent hearing into using lights on a Sunday,” NZC said on Wednesday.”We’ve completed a resource consent hearing with Eden Park and we’re hopeful within the next week or two we’ll have a result from the independent commissioners on whether it will proceed,” NZC chief executive David White said.The March 22-26 match will be followed by the second and final Test in Christchurch from March 30.England, who also play five one-dayers before the Tests, will begin their tour by joining Ashes rivals Australia in the first ever Twenty20 tri-series between full ICC members.New Zealand kick off their home summer with two Tests against West Indies in December, one less than originally planned, with an eye on the proposed ‘Test Championship’.”We think it’s critical that we look to be innovative in this space and, also, that a test match championship is ratified by the ICC at its October meeting,” White said.”The Test game needs to have more context, and be more relevant, especially for the younger generations coming through.”New Zealand, host of the under-19 World Cup next year, also welcome Pakistan for five one-dayers and three Twenty20 internationals in January.advertisementlast_img

DNV GL, Partners Team Up on New LPG Carrier Design

first_imgzoom Classification society DNV GL has launched a joint industry project LPGreen for the design of a next generation LPG carrier, with partners including Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Wärtsilä, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Consolidated Marine Management (CMM).  The project aims to develop a safer vessel for the transportation of LPG products, with improvements in terms of its energy efficiency and environmental track record.DNV GL said the project partners are to investigate the potential for hull form optimization, improved cargo handling and management systems as well as machinery systems integration using the DNV GL COSSMOS tool.The partners’ objective is developing a concept that will be ready for implementation as soon as the project is completed.The LPGreen project is planned to be completed by the end of this year.Separately, DNV GL has initiated a follow-up of the LNGreen project, with the original partners consisting of GTT, GasLog, HHI included.DNV GL said the joint development project will build on the learnings from the first project to ‘further increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the concept’. “By continuing to investigate new technologies and improve the integrated systems and machinery configurations and the containment system, the project seeks to bring a ready-to-build concept to the market realizing the potential savings in actual operation,” DNV GL further said.Furthermore, DNV GL announced at the Posidonia trade fair it had issued the first ‘Clean Lay-up’ declaration under its newly released classification guideline.Specifically, the guideline enables shipowners and managers to demonstrate that their vessel is laid up in a responsible manner, taking into account noise, emission (NOx and SOx), onboard waste and hull cleaning, while fulfilling all safety requirements.Bluewater’s Munin FPSO, laid up in Labuan, Malaysia, recently received the first declaration of this kind.“As a result of the tight business climate, we are seeing an increasing number of enquiries from owners and managers who need to put their vessel into lay-up, but want to do this in a way that respects the local environment and the communities around these sites,” Richard Tao, Discipline Leader of DNV GL’s Maritime Advisory and Project Manager for the new lay-up guideline remarked.Tao further said that the new declaration can be obtained alongside DNV GL’s current lay-up declaration.Finally, in order for a vessel to receive this declaration, the following aspects are to be evaluated and assessed: mooring arrangement, the safety and security of the vessel lay-up, emergency preparedness, the procedures in place to prevent pollution, air and noise pollution, as well as the antifouling coating treatment and marine growth.last_img

Last pedestrian hurt in Edmonton attack in hospital awaiting surgery

first_imgEDMONTON – One of four pedestrians struck by a rental truck in a weekend attack in Edmonton remains in intensive care in hospital awaiting surgery.Hayley Bradford says her friend Kim O’Hara is in stable condition but has a fractured skull and swollen brain.She says doctors are waiting for the 30-year-old to improve before they can operate on her broken leg.O’Hara was out with friends Saturday night when a speeding U-Haul truck struck her and three others on Jasper Avenue.Police say earlier in the night, the driver ran down and stabbed a city police officer on traffic duty outside an Edmonton Eskimos football game.The officer survived and Bradford says all the injured pedestrians except for O’Hara have been released from hospital.“She’s got a long road of rehab ahead of her,” says Bradford, who has also started a GoFundMe page for O’Hara.As of Thursday afternoon, the site had raised $16,000.O’Hara, a recruitment worker at Mammoet Canada, has a nine-year-old son. Bradford says he has been told what happened to his mother.“He feels sad for her but says the hospital is taking care of her and she’ll get better.”A co-worker of O’Hara’s, Jordan Stewardson, was among the injured but is home recovering in Fort McMurray, Alta., says Bradford.Court documents list Jack Zubick and Paul Biegel as the other wounded pedestrians. Police say Const. Mike Chernyk was stabbed in the face and head but is expected to make a full recovery.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a Somali refugee, is facing 11 charges including attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.Police said an Islamic state flag was found in Sharif’s vehicle.last_img

Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia – Australia announced on Monday it will create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agency would be part of Australia’s development of an innovation and science economy. But the government has provided few specifics.“It’s a small agency to co-ordinate and lead,” Turnbull told reporters. “The space sector, of course, is one of enormous potential.”Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash said the agency’s charter would be developed by the end of March.“The global space industry is growing rapidly and it’s crucial that Australia is part of this growth,” Cash said in a statement.“A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry,” she added.The opposition Labor Party said such an agency was needed to increase Australia’s share of a global space economy from less than 1 per cent of what the government estimates is worth $330 billion.Labour said Australia and Iceland were the only countries in the 35-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that do not have a space agency.Australia in 1967 became one of the first countries to launch a satellite and images of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon were transmitted by NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek tracking station in Australia.But successive governments have baulked at establishing a space agency because of cost. The government has yet to announce how much it will invest in the new agency.last_img

Deve Gowda to contest from Tumkur

first_imgBengaluru: Ending days of suspense, Janata Dal (Secular) Saturday said its National President and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda will contest the Lok Sabha poll from Tumkur.The 85-year-old JD(S) patriarch had earlier expressed doubts about contesting the polls, saying he was thinking about his “usefulness” in the national capital. “Former PM and JDS National president H D Deve Gowda will contest from Tumkur Parliamentary constituency as JD(S)-Congress combined candidate,” JD(S) Spokesperson Ramesh Babu said in a statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Gowda will file his nomination on March 25, he said, adding that JD(S) and Congress leaders will be present on the occasion. Gowda ceded the Hassan seat that he had been representing to his grandson Prajwal Revanna. Amid doubts about Gowda contesting the polls, as he had earlier indicated he would not, there was speculation that he may contest from Bangalore North. Though there was pressure within JD(S) for their party supremo to contest from Bangalore North, it was apprehensive about Congress’ complete support there as most party’s MLAs there are considered close to Gowda’s bete noire Siddaramaiah. It was feared that the MLAs may seek to take revenge for the former Chief Minister’s defeat from Chamundeshwari in the 2018 assembly polls. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KInterestingly, JD(S)’ announcement on Gowda’s constituency comes on a day when Congress’ sitting Member of Parliament from Tumkur S P Muddahanumegowda Saturday said he would file his nomination on Monday as the party candidate. Muddahanumegowda’s decision goes against the seat sharing arrangement reached between the Congress and JD(S), according to which Tumkur seat has gone to the regional party. If Muddahanumegowda contests from Tumkur as a rebel, it will add to the Congress-JD(S) coalition worries as the alliance is facing backlash at several places,including Mandya and Hassan, with party workers unhappy with the seat arrangements. In Tumkur, there is simmering discontent within the Congress’ local leadership about ceding the seat to JD(S), despite party having a sitting MP there. For the coalition to emerge as a formidable opposition to BJP and win more number of seats, it is crucial for the Congress to transfer its votes to JD(S) and vice-versa, including Mandya.last_img

After Addressing Sexual Assault Rafiki Criticizes Marital Rape in the Name

Rabat – After heavily criticizing sexual assault in Muslim societies, including Morocco, blaming sexual frustration and lack of sex education, the scholar Mohamed Abdelwahab Rafiki has set his sights on “marital rape.”The former Salafi public figure said the ongoing debate in Morocco about rape – following the shocking sexual assault of a girl by a group of teenagers in bus in Casablanca–should draw the Moroccan public’s attention to another kind of rape, which takes place in the marital bed.The Moroccan scholar said in a Facebook post that society provides a “cover” for this kind of rape, with many giving it a religious “legitimization.” “Our societies, with all their male authoritarianism and despotism, allow the man to do whatever he wants with the woman’s body whether she likes it or not, as if it is an animalistic operation,” he wrote.He went on to say that this “culture” does not exist solely in “primitive male dominated societies,” but also in Muslim ones.Worse still, Rafikicontinued, is when this culture is legitimized by religion and becomes a religious order that the woman must comply with, or be seen as disobeying both Godand his prophet.He pointed to the Muslim scholars’ general opinions, based on some hadiths, that a woman who denies her husband sexual intercourse is cursed by the angels.Rafiki suggested that when a woman pleasing one’s husband, whether she wants to or not, becomes a religious order, then it enforces the false idea that it is the man alone who has lust and that the woman is a mere recipient.“On the other hand, if the woman has a desire, her husband has no responsibility to answer her want and does not sin if he refuses,” he said.

SecretaryGeneral appoints US adviser and diplomat as new head of UNICEF

16 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed the United States foreign policy adviser, diplomat and academic Anthony Lake as the next Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed the United States foreign policy adviser, diplomat and academic Anthony Lake as the next Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“He brings with him a wealth of experience after a long and distinguished career with the United States Government,” the Secretary-General said today in New York at his monthly press briefing to journalists.Mr. Lake, 70, joined the US Foreign Service in 1962 and served as National Security Adviser to former President Bill Clinton. He spent nine years on the board of the US Fund for UNICEF, including a stint as chair from 2004-2007. Most recently he has served as a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, in Washington D.C.Mr. Lake replaces Ann Veneman, a former US Secretary of Agriculture, whose term as chief of UNICEF expires on 30 April.Mr. Ban today thanked Ms. Veneman for her “immense dedication, energy and determination to improve the lives of children around the world. She leaves behind an organization well-equipped for the enormous challenges ahead.”The Secretary-General appoints the UNICEF chief in consultations with the board of the UN agency.

Australia Lanka discuss boat issue

The Commander of the Navy briefed the Minister on the measures being implemented in collaboration with law enforcement authorities for the prevention of illegal migration and the continuous missions of the Navy to search and rescue people trapped in rough seas, the Navy statement added.The Australian Minister is in Sri Lanka as part of the Australian Government’s continuing commitment to deepening Australia’s relationship with Sri Lanka. Australia and Sri Lanka had discussions focusing on ongoing bilateral cooperation on people smuggling, a Navy statement said.The Navy said that visiting Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor met the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage at the Naval Headquarters yesterday and discussed these issues. He was accompanied by Secretary of Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Martin Bowles and Ministerial Advisor, Stephen Wettenhall. The Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Robyn Mudie was also present on the occasion. The Minister conveyed his appreciation for the efforts by the Navy in countering irregular migration and commended the commitment shown by Navy personnel in rescuing of persons coerced to take on the perilous journeys.

Without beating AIDS challenge Africa cannot reach development goals – Annan

Despite an improved commitment in African countries to fighting AIDS, the disease remains the continent’s greatest development challenge, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told an African Union (AU) summit convened to boost the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.“Without defeating it, we cannot reach the Millennium Development Goals,” he said in a message delivered by Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of the UNAIDS programme to the heads of State and government gathered in Abuja, Nigeria.“That means we must guard against the danger of reducing, even by one iota, the priority we place on fighting AIDS, in Africa and worldwide,” he added. The MDGs, adopted at the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, high infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.“Let me emphasize one overarching priority: if we are to win this war, our efforts will have to be guided by the need to promote gender equality and all human rights for all – even those whose orientation, behaviour or life choices we may personally not agree with,” Mr. Annan said. He also stressed the need to do more in the fight against tuberculosis, which is the leading cause of death among people infected with HIV, and called on Africa’s leaders to commit to full implementation of the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Plan’s roadmap for reversing the disease and driving down mortality through the expansion of treatment and prevention programmes. On malaria, despite a significant increase in international funding for Africa and considerable progress by some countries, the disease continues to kill more than 1 million Africans every year, and puts real constraints on economic growth, he noted.“To reach our common goal of halving malaria mortality by 2010, we need to do more to strengthen health systems, expand access to therapies and broaden the use of insecticide-treated nets, especially for pregnant women and children under five,” he said. UN World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Luis Sambo told African health ministers in Abuja yesterday that the burden of the three killer diseases remains “unacceptably high” and he called on health officials to focus on addressing the specific needs and challenges of children affected by them. “Reducing child morbidity and mortality remains one of the main challenges due to the high burden of the diseases… and this situation is aggravated by poverty, natural and man-made disasters, and weak health systems,” he said.Despite the challenges some progress had been recorded, including an increase in access by AIDS patients to antiretroviral therapy from 1 per cent in 2003 to 17 per cent in 2005, and the decline in some countries of the rate of new HIV infections, he added. He also noted progress in the availability of the WHO-recommended Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) for TB treatment in most countries in the region, and the adoption by 36 countries of policies on the use of the more efficacious Artemisinin based Combination Therapy (ACTs) for treating malaria.

South Sudan UN agency seeks massive boost in funding warns of refugee

Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokesperson told the press in Geneva that the agency is deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict and worsening humanitarian situation inside the world’s youngest nation, warning that it is fuelling a “refugee exodus” into Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda at a much higher rate than initially anticipated. “The figure of more than 715,000 more than doubles the number of refugees envisaged when we launched our original appeal in March,” she said. In March, when the refugee population was forecast at 340,000, UNHCR requested $371 million. “If the amount does not increase urgently, the consequences could be drastic and will include food shortages, worsening sanitary conditions, and heightened risk of disease,” she said. Ethiopia has witnessed the biggest surge in refugee arrivals over recent months, with some 11,000 refugees crossing into the remote town of Burubiey over a 72-hour period at the peak in early May. This remote corner of Ethiopia is still receiving over 1,000 refugees a day, overwhelming local services and capacities, Ms. Fleming said. “Many of the refugees arriving in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Sudan are in a terrible state,” she added. “They are exhausted, traumatized by what they’ve fled and by the difficult journey to safety, malnourished and in very poor health.” An extremely high number of refugee arrivals are women and children- as high as 94 per cent in Ethiopia- and are particularly vulnerable. There are some 14,000 unaccompanied and separated children and currently, there are some 400,000 refugees from South Sudan in Ethiopia (158,164), Uganda (118,423), Sudan (82,000) and Kenya (41,115). The revised response plan aims to provide life-saving aid in the forms of food, nutrition support, health, water and sanitation, hygiene and shelter assistance. Other priorities include ensuring that the camps and settlements are safe and contributing to reports of human rights violations inside South Sudan.

Noone left behind is ethical imperative of new development agenda – UN

“Fundamental principles that underpin the new goals are interdependence, universality and solidarity. They should be implemented by all segments of all societies, working together. No-one must be left behind. People who are hardest to reach should be given priority,” he said.This is the underlying moral code of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This demonstrates the Agenda’s profound ethical foundation.”The Agenda, adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September, calls on all countries to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years, addressing the needs of people in both developed and developing countries.Broad and ambitious in scope, the Agenda addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions. “We must discard silo-thinking, we must integrate action across different sectors,” Mr. Eliasson said. “We must be informed by those whom we seek to support and listen to their aspirations. We must pursue these ambitious goals and targets on their behalf,” he added. “We must be ready to think – and to act – comprehensively and holistically. Every actor, every country, every international and regional organization has a responsibility to work in synergy, translating the Agenda into practical realities on the ground,” he underscored. The 17 SDGs build on the earlier eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which specifically sought by 2015: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development.But progress on these was uneven across regions and countries, leaving millions of people behind, especially the poorest and those disadvantaged due to sex, age, disability, ethnicity or geographic location. This is where the SDGs come in.They stress everything from zero poverty, zero hunger, good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and affordable clean energy, to decent work and economic growth, innovation, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities, responsible consumption, climate action, unpolluted oceans and land, and partnerships to achieve the goals.

Urban Meyer Were forever indebted to Ohio State footballs 2012 senior class

Urban Meyer admittedly gets emotional when talking about this season’s seniors. Tears, hugs and smiles all are commonplace between coaches and their outgoing players in collegiate athletics. But for the 48-year-old OSU coach, this year’s group of Buckeye seniors is far more than a typical graduating class. They helped save the Buckeye football program, Meyer says. “We’re forever indebted to them because they didn’t have to do what they did,” Meyer said Monday in a press conference previewing Saturday’s game against Michigan. What the first-year Buckeye coach is talking about is this: OSU’s 2012 senior class didn’t have to be here, playing for a team ineligible for the postseason even though they’re 11-0 and ranked No. 4 by the Associated Press. When OSU was hit with a bowl and conference championship ban in December 2011 because of the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal that rocked Buckeye Nation to its core a year before, this class of seniors was given a way out. They could have transferred to another school – a bowl-eligible one at that – and played immediately. That fact concerned Meyer greatly. “I still remember the day we walked in, and (OSU athletic director Gene Smith) said, ‘You’re not going to a bowl game,’” Meyer said. “I thought, ‘We’re not what?’ And then my mind started thinking about this year’s team.” Above everything else, Meyer began to strategize how he would compel the seniors-to-be to stay at OSU. He said he called a team meeting 15 minutes after the Buckeyes learned they were banned from the 2012 postseason. After the meeting, Meyer kept the seniors-to-be in the room to try to convince them to stay at OSU. It was easier than he thought it would be. “I had no idea who they were, and they didn’t know me, so it was a leap of faith (for them to stay),” Meyer said. “I think it was also their love for their school.” Almost a year after that meeting, Meyer realizes he was right. “Now that I know them, I know exactly why they stayed,” Meyer said. “Their love for Ohio State.” Most of this season’s OSU seniors didn’t consider leaving Columbus for a second. Defensive end John Simon could have left for the NFL and been an early-round draft pick. A handful of other then-juniors had favorable other destinations, too. They remained Buckeyes. “I don’t think it crossed anyone’s mind to leave,” said senior defensive back Zach Domicone. That doesn’t mean they weren’t upset when they realized their final season as college athletes would be bowl-less, however. Most of the OSU seniors were together when they heard the ill-fated news. “Looking back, we were in the hospital visiting patients and stuff and that’s when it broke. So, it was on the TV’s and on ESPN and people were like, ‘How do you guys feel that you can’t play in a bowl game?’ and we were like, ‘What are you talking about?’” Domicone said. When they returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to hear the news again as a team, there was anger, confusion and disbelief spreading throughout the meeting room. “It was kind of one of those things where you sit down and just let it sink in for a little while,” said senior linebacker Zach Boren. The team was, after all, repeatedly told by OSU athletic personnel that a postseason ban was not going to be inflicted. “We were kind of told that we weren’t going to get a bowl ban, that everything was going to be OK,” Boren said. “We had heard from people who had done investigations and stuff that we were going to be all right and that what we already imposed was going to be more than enough.” It wasn’t, and OSU now sits as one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the country – Notre Dame being the other – with one game to play in the regular season. Unlike the Fighting Irish, though, the Buckeyes’ season will end after its game Saturday, and with it, the careers of 22 OSU seniors. That last game on Saturday should be special, however. OSU faces its archrival, No. 20-ranked Michigan, or, as those associated with the Buckeye football program call them, ‘that school up north.’ With a win against the Wolverines, OSU would attain its first undefeated season since 2002 – the most recent Buckeyes’ National Championship squad, which will be honored at half time of the game Saturday. A shot at an AP national championship would remain possible, too. Not a bad way for OSU’s seniors to go out, especially after the 6-7 season the Buckeyes had last year. “We wanted to leave our mark and leave a legacy and last year didn’t really go how we planned and I don’t think anyone wanted to go out like that,” Domicone said. Along with possibly leaving OSU following a 12-0 season, the 2012 seniors have the Buckeye football program headed in the right direction, and that is something they are proud of. “We were just talking about that, a couple of (the seniors). We were just saying how different it’s read more

Clean Teq to provide pioneering continuous ion exchange waste water treatment solution

first_imgSam Riggall, Managing Director, reports that Clean TeQ, via its wholly owned subsidiary Clean TeQ Water, has been awarded a significant contract by Multotec Process Equipment to design, procure and commission a Clean TeQ proprietary Continuous Ionic Filtration (CIF®) wastewater treatment solution at a minerals processing plant currently being constructed in Oman.Clean TeQ has also executed an exclusive Technology Distribution Agreement with Multotec for the African continent. Multotec is a leading provider of high-quality mineral processing equipment and solutions to the mining, mineral processing, petrochemical and power generation industries.Riggall stated, “The Oman contract is a ground breaking step forward in validating the application of our innovative technology for industrial water recycling and reuse markets. Treating wastewaters from flue gas desulphurisation scrubbers is a major issue for fossil fuel burning industries world-wide. The Clean TeQ plant in Oman will demonstrate the cost effectiveness and versatility of the CIF® technology in this field. We are also delighted to be partnering more broadly with Multotec, a well-established supplier to the global minerals industry, to grow our businesses together on the African continent.”The Oman contract is valued in excess of $400,000 and includes a technology fee and payments for engineering, equipment and resin supply and commissioning support. The CIF waste water treatment plant will treat waste water from a flue gas desulphurisation scrubber at a minerals processing plant at Port of Sohar Free Zone, Sultanate of Oman. The technology uses Clean TeQ’s proprietary CIF technology to remove toxic pollutants and in particular sulphate, antimony and arsenic from the wastewater stream. The Clean TeQ solution is being provided to Multotec as an equipment design and supply package. Multotec is the principal contractor with overall responsibility for delivering the wastewater management systems for the mineral processing facility.Engineering of the CIF waste water treatment plant has been completed and materials, including first fill of resin, have been procured and are in transit to the site. Multotec will construct the water treatment plant under the direction of Clean TeQ personnel. The CIF plant is expected to be completed and commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2017.As more stringent environmental regulations regarding industrial emissions are being enacted in many countries, sulphur dioxide must increasingly be removed from flue gases. Flue-gas desulphurisation generally uses wet scrubbing technologies to remove sulphur dioxide from exhaust flue gases of fossil-fuel burning industries of other sulphur oxide emitting processes.With water scarcity becoming an issue, the management of wastewaters from flue gas desulphurisation scrubbers is becoming a significant issue for a number fossil fuel burning industries world-wide, particularly coal fired power stations. In China, Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) standards are now being enacted for fossil burning power plants and the market for wastewater management is growing rapidly. Our CIF® approach when coupled to evaporation and crystallisation provides a unique ZLD solution for the power industry.Clean TeQ and Multotec see the African market as highly prospective for the CIF technology. Applications in the mining, power and groundwater remediation areas are large and immediate markets.Clean TeQ continues to pursue a range of other water treatment opportunities including:A CIF wastewater treatment solution to treat tailings water to a standard to allow discharge at a gold mining operation in Australia. The technology removes toxic pollutants sulphate, antimony and arsenic from a waste water streamA Clean-iX® uranium recovery plant to remove low concentrations of uranium from process liquors at a copper/cobalt processing operation in Africa.Clean TeQ is the 100% owner of the Syerston project, located in New South Wales, Australia. Syerston is one of the largest and highest grade scandium deposits in the world and one of the highest grade and largest nickel and cobalt deposit outside of Africa.last_img

Taoiseach spent twice as much on photos last year compared to 2015

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ronan Smyth Feb 21st 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US Vice President Joe Biden last year. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US Vice President Joe Biden last year. http://jrnl.ie/3248980 Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.iecenter_img 22 Comments THE DEPARTMENT OF the Taoiseach spent €23,889.64 on photography services in 2016 – more than double the total of the previous year, which came in at just under €10,000.The 1916 commemorations and the visit of former US vice-president Joe Biden both contributed to the overall cost of services last year.The overall amount paid for photographs by the Department of the Taoiseach since Kenny took office in 2011 is more than €130,000.2013 was the most expensive year, when over €40,000 was paid out. Ireland held the presidency of the European Union that year, while the Eucharistic Congress was also held here.Last year’s figures were released in response to a parliamentary question submitted by Labour TD Seán Sherlock last week.The highest amount paid out, €4,674, was for the services of the Irish Gallery of Photography for work done at a 1916 centenary State reception in Dublin Castle.The public relations expenditures of several other departments were also released to Sherlock in response to his parliamentary questions.The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs spent close to €10,000 on photographs in 2016 and the Department of Health spent just over €5,000.Read: X-ray report left in Penny’s, patient’s mental health data faxed to a bank – 113 HSE data breach calamites revealed >Read: CCTV video emerges of moments surrounding Kim Jong-Nam airport ‘poisoning’ > Taoiseach spent twice as much on photos last year compared to 2015 €3,000 was spent to cover cost of photographing the visit of Joe Biden. 9,529 Views Share27 Tweet Email Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 6:30 AMlast_img

New Red Dead Redemption 2 Art Reveals Gang Members

first_imgStay on target I appreciate the fact Rockstar Games always uses hand drawn pictures to promote their titles. Many companies opt to advertise their products with overly-produced CG images. While some do look great, most of them end up looking rather generic. The pictures Rockstar uses for promos and box art are visually striking and do a fantastic job of standing out from the crowd. Any of these images would make a great wallpaper on one’s computer.Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on October 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 check out this swanky collector’s edition and maybe watch that last gameplay trailer a few more times.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesThe Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ center_img The way Rockstar Games reveals things about the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 is quite fascinating. Unlike other studios who love to bombard us with constant updates, videos, and whatnot, the NYC-based developer is being more methodical with the way it doles out information. Today, the Rockstar Twitter account has released a bunch of images for the characters players meet in Red Dead Redemption 2. Some are familiar faces, while others are entirely new. This is yet another big tease, but it does give us some insight into what to expect when it comes to the game’s large cast.Returning characters include John Marston, his wife, Abigail Roberts, and their son, Jack Marston. Bill Williamson and Dutch van der Linde also make a comeback. Since this is a prequel, all of the above characters are noticeably younger, especially Jack Marston who is just a child. Then there are new faces like Hosea Matthews, Molly O’Shea, Susan Grimshaw, and Pearson. We don’t know what their roles are, but given the gang-centric nature of the game, it’s safe to assume some of them will either be in or support your posse. Some may even be (and probably are) enemies of protagonist Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. You can see all of the character images right below.last_img

Do you check your smartphone often You may be impulsive

first_imgPeople who frequently check and re-check their smartphone are driven most strongly by uncontrolled impulses and are less apt in delaying gratification, says a study.Psychologists Henry Wilmer and Jason Chein from Temple University in the US carried out the study to develop better understanding of the impact of smartphone and mobile technology usage to assess the potential problems associated with heavy use. The researchers gave 91 undergraduate students a battery of questionnaires and cognitive tests. They indicated how much time they spent using their phones for social media purposes, to post status updates and to simply check their devices.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Each student’s tendency to delay gratification in favour of larger, later rewards was also assessed. They were given hypothetical choices between a smaller sum of money offered immediately or a larger sum to be received at a later time. The results, published in Springer’s journal Psychonomic Bulletin and Review2, provided evidence that people who constantly check and use their mobile devices throughout the day are less apt to delay gratification.“Mobile technology habits, such as frequent checking, seem to be driven most strongly by uncontrolled impulses and not by the desire to pursue rewards,” Wilmer noted.The findings provide evidence that increased use of portable electronic devices is associated with poor impulse control and a tendency to devalue delayed rewards.last_img

Pax strengthen across APAC

first_imgAsia Pacific airports experienced an 8.5 percent increase in passenger traffic during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period year-on-year.The results of the latest Airports Council International (ACI) Passenger and Freight Flash Reports were revealed this week.Beijing Capital Airport garnered the region’s highest traffic results, catering to almost 40 million passengers; making it the second busiest airport in the world, after Atlanta Airport. Other regional international aviation hubs including Bangkok, Singapore and Seoul Incheon all experienced passenger growth during the first six months of the year.Looking at the passenger traffic for June 2012, it is a continuation of a strong and steady growth, according to ACI.Hong Kong Airport recorded the highest cargo throughput in the APAC region, transporting over 334,000 tonnes in June 2012.“Our region went through a challenging year in 2011 and it is encouraging to see a strong rebound in the passenger traffic in the first 6 months of 2012,” ACI Asia Pacific regional director Patti Chau said.“Driven by the growth in intra-regional and domestic passenger traffic, the region remains resilient to the economic uncertainty that is still looming in other parts of the world.”Ms Chau added that “many airports in the region are undergoing expansion projects or construction of new airports,” which she believes is “the right direction and gives confidence to government and private investors.”The Middle East outperformed all regions in the world with impressive growth figures, exceeding 13 percent year-on-year in regards to passenger traffic. Beijing AirportImage Source: World Architecture News Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals family received sad news last weekend when it was learned that Thomas Williams, the father of defensive tackle Dan Williams, was killed in a car accident while traveling to see his son play against the New Orleans Saints.Williams’ mother and sister were in the car as well, but they survived the accident.The younger Williams did not make the trip to New Orleans with the team, and understandably has spent this time away from football. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Wednesday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed his player would not be back for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “The funeral is set for Saturday, and we will not have Dan this week,” he said. A first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, Williams has tallied 103 combined tackles along with one fumble recovery and one interception in his career, all of which has been spent in Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals Broadcast Department contributed to this reportlast_img

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