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Second man charged in postgame scrap at Alberta youth hockey tournament

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A second man has been charged after an attack on a referee and a coach at a recent youth hockey tournament in Lethbridge, Alta.Police say a 36-year-old man they had been seeking turned himself in Sunday evening, hours after the on-ice scrap at the three-on-three tournamentTodd William Cross Child, a 36-year-old Lethbridge resident, is facing two counts of assault and has been released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 9.Robert Farrell Creighton, a 55-year-old resident of Standoff, Alta., was previously charged with assault and will appear in court the same day.Police have previously said a player got into a verbal spat with a referee, which escalated to the youth striking the official twice with his stick and the ref pushing the player to the ice.A group of coaches and a relative of the player then walked onto the ice, where a coach from the opposing team was allegedly shoved down and the ref was punched multiple times by the relative and a second man before the fight ended.The annual Quest for the Cup tournament involved players between the ages of seven and 12 and was organized by the Lethbridge-based skills development business High Performance Hockey.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Authorities suspend search for missing worker after blast

first_imgKENNER, La. – Authorities have suspended the search Monday for a Texas man who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans. Seven people were injured in the Sunday night blast and fire, including three who were in critical condition, authorities said.The explosion happened on an oil and gas transfer facility in Lake Pontchartrain. The platform was on waters just north of the suburban city of Kenner in Jefferson Parish. The parish sheriff, Joe Lopinto, identified the missing man as Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, a subcontractor on the structure.“The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one,” said Cmdr. Zac Ford. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the Morrison family and all those affected by this incident.”The Coast Guard reported that a fire aboard the platform was out by midday and that aerial surveys showed no signs of pollution in the water or onshore. A Coast Guard helicopter, a Jefferson Parish helicopter, Coast Guard vessels and boats from local agencies, continued looking for Morrison.Lopinto told reporters searching the platform itself was difficult.“There is a lot of structural damage to the rig. We have a lot of metal, twisted metal that is covering certain areas and we’re going to have to go back out there with different equipment when the weather permits,” Lopinto said.High winds made boarding the damaged structure difficult, he said.The Clovelly Oil Co. platform exploded while maintenance was being done on the structure, sending a fireball high into the night sky, authorities and company officials said. The Kenner government Facebook page said authorities on the scene reported that cleaning chemicals had ignited on the structure, but the company said the cause of the blast was unknown. Lopinto stressed that the cause remained under investigation.Lopinto said that “cleaning” work on the structure could pertain to the processing of gas.Residents along the shores of the lake said their homes shook about 7:15 p.m. Some reported that the air smelled of burning rubber.“My house actually shook,” Andrew Love, 32, told NOLA.com/The Times Picayune . “At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something, I had no idea what was happening.”Lopinto said there were no reports of structural damage to any homes.Five of the injured were hospitalized with “blast-type injuries and burns,” said Mike Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services. Two of the three people in critical condition were in a burn unit, Guilot said.A statement from Clovelly Oil said three oil wells near the platform were shut in at the time of the explosion and its one gas well was flowing, but was successfully shut-in shortly after the explosion. Clovelly does not know if any oil was released into the lake.The platform is a storage and accumulation point for oil and gas from a number of wells, company spokesman Tim O’Leary said.“It’s basically an underwater storage tank. It takes oil and gas” from wells, he said. Once the tank is filled, the oil or gas is pumped into a barge and moved.He said the four wells that feed the platform were drilled in the 1970s and are all in the lake, a brackish tidal basin that is fed both by the Gulf of Mexico and by fresh water from rivers and streams in 16 Louisiana parishes and four Mississippi counties.Its water covers 630 square miles (1630 square kilometres) but it’s generally only about 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 metres) deep. It’s 40 miles (64 kilometres) long and 25 miles (40 kilometres) wide.The U.S. Geological Service describes it as one of America’s largest estuaries and the waters support oysters, crabs and saltwater fish. There is no active drilling on the lake, according to Jean Kelly of the state environmental department.The platform is located in Jefferson Parish. Authorities noted that the parish drinking water is safe because it is pulled from the Mississippi River.___Associated Press writer Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Prada withdraws luxury trinkets over blackface controversy

first_imgNEW YORK — Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints they featured blackface-style imagery.The controversy began last week when a New Yorker complained in a viral Facebook posting after walking past a Prada boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district and noticing what she described as a “racist and denigrating” caricature in the storefront.The Italian fashion house had recently launched a series of luxury keychains and trinkets, including one showing a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips.Prada Group released a statement saying that it “abhors all forms of racism” and that the imaginary creatures were not intended to “have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface.”The statement said it was withdrawing the characters in question from display and circulation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Tunisia MPs reject Islam as main source of law

first_imgBy Antoine LambroschiniTunis — Tunisia’s Islamist-dominated constituent assembly compromised Saturday in rejecting Islam as the main source of law as it voted on a new constitution for the country that spawned the Arab Spring.But while it established Islam as the state religion, it promised freedom of conscience, despite one MP warning that “satanists” and “idolaters” would be practicing in public and criticism by a rights group it was too vague. Saturday’s sitting of the National Constituent Assembly, which has adopted 12 out of 146 articles, came amid concerns a January 14 deadline for the charter’s approval could be overshot because of disruptions and the slow pace of deliberations.It was on January 14, 2011, that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family fled the country for exile in Saudi Arabia.The first two articles adopted, neither of which may be amended, establish Tunisia as a “civil” republic based on the rule of law and with Islam as its religion.The assembly rejected two amendments, one proposing Islam and the other proposing the Koran and Sunna — the sayings, acts and judgements of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed — as “the principal source of legislation”.In what was a raucous session that had to be suspended at one point, Mohamed Hamdi of the small “Current of Love” party defended Islamic law, saying it would give “spiritual backing to all rights and liberties”.But Mahmoud Baroudi, of the secular Democratic Alliance, said the proposed amendments were “against modernity”.Another key precept adopted, Article 6, makes the state the “guardian of religion,” “protector of the sacred” and guarantor of “freedom of conscience”.It would also place mosques and other places of worship out of bounds to political activity.Azed Badi, of the Wafa party, objected, saying the article would “allow satanists and idolaters to organise public events… to spread their beliefs”.But Ennahda’s Sonia Ben Toumia countered by saying “Islam is a religion that guarantees freedom of religious practice to others”.And secularist Iyed Dahmani said “those opposed to freedom of conscience want to take us back to dark periods in history when tribunals examined the beliefs of people”.Freedom of conscience article ‘too vague’Yet the Tunisian League of Human Rights was uncomfortable with Article 6. It argued that defining the state as protector of religion and guarantor of things sacred is vague and open to interpretation, which could threaten freedoms.Approving the new constitution will be a crucial democratic milestone.Its adoption would end months of political crisis and further distance Tunisia from the chronic instability plaguing other countries in a region rocked by regime change.Earlier Saturday, assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar adjourned deliberations for awhile after a leftist member started shouting, demanding he be allowed to speak.Rowdy scenes on Friday sparked concern the deadline may not be met.Leading Francophone daily La Presse cited disputes, interruptions and procedural problems.“Tunisians who expected to see scenes of solemnity as the constitution was being discussed” were disappointed, it said, by “a wild arena in which every cheap shot is permitted”.Elected in October 2011, the assembly was due to have drafted and adopted the text within one year.But its work was delayed by deep divisions between Ennahda and the opposition, aggravated by a rise in Islamist attacks and sometimes violent social unrest.The deadlock became a full-blown crisis when suspected jihadists assassinated an opposition MP in July, paralysing political life.Ennahda, which has been sharply criticised for failing to rein in jihadists, agreed in October to step down as part of a roadmap brokered by mediators.Prime Minister Ali Larayedh has agreed to resign, turning over power to a transitional premier, Mohamed Jomaa, but insists a constitution and electoral law are in place first to pave the way for elections this year.The powerful UGTT trade union, which has been mediating between the two sides, said that should happen by Thursday at the latest.The assembly is expected to return to its work on Sunday morning.To be adopted, the constitution will need approval by two-thirds of the assembly’s 217 members. Otherwise, it will have to be put to a referendum.last_img read more

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Pharmacy retailer Jean Coutu reports Q4 profit revenue down from a year

VARENNES, Que. — The Jean Coutu Group says it earned $51.5 million in its latest quarter, down from $55.2 million in the same quarter last year.The pharmacy retailer said Wednesday the profit amounted to 28 cents per share for the quarter ended Feb. 27 compared with 30 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in what was the company’s fourth quarter of its financial year totalled $706.6 million, down from $713.9 million in the same period a year earlier due to a drop in sales of non-prescription drugs for cold and flu.Rexall drug store chain to be sold to McKesson in $3 billion dealQuebec’s drug reforms expected to hurt generic arms of Loblaw Cos, Jean Coutu Group IncFor its full financial year, Jean Coutu said it earned $213.7 million or $1.14 per share on $2.85 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $218.9 million or $1.17 per share on $2.81 billion in revenue the previous year.On a same-store basis, the company said retail sales in the fourth quarter were up 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago. For the its full financial year, same-store retail sales were up by 1.5 per cent.Jean Coutu has a network of 417 franchised stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under several banners including PJC Jean Coutu as well as a subsidiary that makes generic drugs. read more

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Karuna Amman forms a new political party

Muralitharan’s break away from the LTTE in 2004 had weakened its eastern recruitment and fighting capability. Soon after leaving the LTTE he had formed Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP). Former LTTE Eastern Commander Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has floated a new political party to press for all Tamil issues as he accused the main party representing the minority community of not doing enough for the Tamils, the Press Trust of India reported.Karuna has formed the Tamil United People’s Front in the eastern town of Batticaloa. The Tamil United People’s Front (TUPF) was formed with the objective of pressing for all Tamil issues, Muralitharan told reporters. He is currently on bail after having being remanded over misappropriation of state vehicles. The Lankan troops defeated the LTTE which was fighting for an independent state for minority ethnic Tamils. According to a 2011 report by the UN, about 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final weeks of the civil war. (Colombo Gazette) Later, when the civil war ended in 2009 with the defeat of the LTTE, he joined President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2010 and became Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the second largest national party.Muralitharan was later made a deputy minister in the Rajapaksa government. After Rajapaksa’s defeat, he left the SLFP. Late last month, he appeared publicly with Rajapaksa again by attending the Joint Opposition rally. He accused the main Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of not doing enough for the Tamils. “It was us in the LTTE who created the TNA,” he said. read more

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Iraqi crude exports plummet on suspension of UN OilforFood Programme

Exports and revenues for the week ending 21 March reached 3.1 million barrels and $63 million respectively, compared with 12.7 million and $340 million for the week ending 14 March. The daily export average was 443,000 barrels compared with 1.8 million barrels the previous week. On 17 March, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the temporary withdrawal of humanitarian personnel from Iraq because he was no longer in a position to guarantee their security. Although oil continued to flow through the oil pipeline from northern Iraq to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, the UN’s independent oil overseers were withdrawn from the Iraqi oil platform at Mina al-Bakr in the south. These are the only outlets for Iraqi oil exports allowed under the Oil-for-Food Programme. There were three loadings from the authorized terminals during the week, one from Mina al-Bakr (2 million barrels) and two from Ceyhan (1.1 million barrels). The last recorded loading at Ceyhan was a shipment of about 625,000 barrels on 20 March. No other vessels are currently expected at Ceyhan, although storage tanks at the terminal are near capacity. read more

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Reach in to your computer screen Leap Motion aims to capture next

‘Reach in’ to your computer screen: Leap Motion aims to capture next step in motion control by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 2:51 pm MDT AUSTIN, Texas – In a bustling tent set up in a parking lot here at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival, people are pointing their hands and gesturing with chopsticks as they guide various actions on a dozen computer screens.Some of the sharpest minds in technology have gathered in Austin, Texas, to ponder the ever-connected nature of the modern world. A big theme this year focuses on how to create more seamless interactions between people and technology, finding ways to control devices that go beyond mice, trackpads and touchscreens.That’s where the Leap Motion a computer controller comes in. It’s the gadget’s first public appearance. On display are popular games such as the fruit-chopping “Fruit Ninja,” and a more challenging one involving a maze. One man paints a picture by moving his fingers a few inches from a computer screen.Greg Dziem, who works in data management in Austin, is using the controller to play the maze game. “It’s pretty sensitive,” he says. “You have to go slow. You have to be calm, steady.”The best-known motion controller to date has been Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect, which is used primarily for video games. People stand at least six feet from the device, which is usually mounted on or near a TV set. Cameras in the Kinect track users’ movements and transmit them to the computer. But while Kinect is meant for living rooms and dancing games, Leap Motion is designed for people to use while seated and moving their hands just a few inches from the screens of laptops and personal computers.“The technology was born out of the deep frustration of interacting with computers,” says CEO and co-founder Michael Buckwald. While computers are “vastly different” than they were 30 years ago, he says, the way people interact with them hasn’t really evolved.Leap hopes to change that, allowing people to use natural hand movements to control games, complete office tasks, paint, create 3-D objects, and edit music and video. Leap’s creators don’t like to use the word “gesture” because that implies a set of pre-determined hand movements to control the screen. Instead, they like to think of their technology as more seamless than that.Buckwald talks about the barrier that exists between computers and their users and says the best way to get rid of it is to harness “people’s natural ability to interact” with the machine.“Every day we reach out and grab things,” he says. “It’s very natural, but very complicated. We want people to reach into the computer.”Using Leap may take a little getting used to, if only because people who are accustomed to touchscreens may be tempted to poke at the monitor instead of sweeping and flicking their hands a few inches away from it.In a demonstration, Leap’s vice-president of product marketing, Michael Zagorsek, showed off a yet-to-be named photo application that lets people browse through the photos on their computer using Leap. In another app, users can strum on-screen strings to make music. A demo-only program designed to show Leap’s properties lets users mould a piece of virtual clay using their hands and a chopstick. There was no noticeable lag between the off-screen action and the on-screen movement.The device itself is a bit longer and narrower than a matchbox. It works using three infrared LED lights and two cameras to track users’ hands. It plugs into a PC or a Mac and sits between the user and the keyboard.The controllers will cost $80 and will be sold in Best Buy stores beginning on May 19. Leap will have an app store, called Airspace, with free and paid apps available in areas that range from gaming to 3-D modeling to travel to business and finance.__Online: www.leapmotion.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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EYEWITNESS Goodbye Columbus…

…hello the (genocidal) consequencesIt seems like only yesterday your Eyewitness was in primary school and he learnt that poem by the Englishman JC Squire about the landing of Columbus on October 12, 1492 – from the perspective of the “Indian” or the Indigenous peoples who he stumbled over. Because this present generation has been exposed to a different perspective on Columbus, he’d like to share the poem in its entirety;There was an Indian, who had known no change,Who strayed content along a sunlit beachGathering shells. He heard a sudden strangeCommingled noise: looked up; and gasped for speech.For in the bay, where nothing was before,Moved on the sea, by magic, huge canoesWith bellying cloths on poles, and not one oar,And fluttering coloured signs and clambering crews.And he, in fear, this naked man alone,His fallen hands forgetting all their shells,His lips gone pale, knelt low behind a stone,And stared, and saw, and did not understand,Columbus’s doom-burdened caravelsSlant to the shore, and all their seaman land.So here it was, these people had been living on their own terms for thousands and thousands of years but it was all to change after the arrival of what even a member of the English ruling class would call the “doom-burdened caravels”. And doom it was. Columbus had landed on one of the smaller islands in what we now know as The Bahamas. Columbus ironically named it after Christ, “the Saviour) – San Salvador. But the native peoples were anything but “saved” – literally or figuratively.The “gentle people”, as Columbus described them, along with practically all their other tribes in the Caribbean archipelago from Cuba to Trinidad would be wiped out through the confluence of germs, guns, and steel wielded by the Europeans who followed Columbus. As a contemporary Bartholemew De las Casas wrote, the Indigenous population on Hispaniola, for instance, was reduced from 400,000 to 200 in a few decades. Recently we learnt from news of the hurricane on Dominica, only a few hundred survive there. Elsewhere, they’ve all practically disappeared.But the destruction and genocidal consequences of those “doomed caravels” didn’t stop there. Today, members of the African Guyanese community are commemorating the genocide inflicted on their ancestors who were hauled across the Atlantic against their will and made to slave on the plantations of the “New World”.According to Henry Louis Gates, of Harvard University, “Between 1525 and 1866, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America.”That means at least 1.8 million perished. That’s genocide.…hello KafkaMaybe we know the story of Gregor the travelling salesman who wakes up one morning and discovers he’s been transformed into a cockroach? The Metamorphosis. From this new state, of course, Gregor can’t do even the simplest task, much less get on with his life. Which wasn’t much to write home about anyway.But like anything else, the family adjusted – but not without a fatal dénouement to Gregor. Something “Kafkaesque” like this is playing out with the poor folks of Wales. One morning last December, they woke up and discovered 1700 of their breadwinners were made incapable of earning bread. The country tried to deal with this tragedy – but seems to have now “adjusted”. The Government – following their first horrible act to change the people of Wales from employed to unemployed – is ensuring their death.The Finance Minister just announced, no job programmes for Wales in their budget but “No new taxes!”What’s this to the metaphorised folks at Wales, who’ve got no money to be taxed??…hello loose lipsThe Gaming Authority received an application for a casino gambling licence. The confidential info is now in the hands of the AG. But the Gaming Authority head says wasn’t him with the loose lips.So is he going to just bluster or investigate? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEyewitness: Changing… …self-definitionsAugust 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: A new Columbus…November 22, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”Daily Eyewitness Column – PoetryApril 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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Entrepreneur prospector of the year

first_imgCanadian Royalties and Osisko Exploration have been recognized by the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association for achievements in advancing projects and new discoveries. Canadian Royalties has been named Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 at the Annual Conference of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association. This award recognizes Canadian Royalties’ achievements in advancing its Raglan South nickel project. Over a period of six exploration seasons, which are four months long, the company has completed a positive scoping study of the project and is currently proceeding with permitting applications, a bankable feasibility study, which is due in the second quarter of 2007, and an environmental and social impact analysis.Canadian Royalties’ progress with Raglan South is clearly related to the favourable exploration conditions in Quebec. As a Quebec-based corporation with its main asset in Quebec, Canadian Royalties anticipates continued government support for its further exploration as well as for the permitting, construction and development of the RSNP to production. The company anticipates that the project has the potential to create a significant number of jobs during the construction period and some 250 direct employment positions once in production.The Raglan project was initiated in the spring of 2001 with the optioning of the Expo-Ungava property from Ungava Minerals. Canadian Royalties’ first exploration season in 2001 resulted in the discovery of the TK nickel-copper-platinum-palladium deposit, which was followed by the discovery of the large, well-mineralized Mesamax deposit in the summer of 2002 and the Mequillon deposit in the summer of 2003, both nickel-copper-platinum-palladium deposits. With the addition of the Expo deposit resources, total indicated resources on Raglan South have increased by 73% to over 10.5 Mt.Osisko Exploration was honoured at the award ceremony with the prestigious Prospector of the Year award. The prize is awarded annually to underline the importance of a new discovery which has a significant impact on exploration activity on the property and surrounding region. Michael Gray, Senior Mining Analyst at Pacific International Securities of Vancouver, wrote in a research note, “We view the Prospector of the Year award to Osisko as a key technical and financial acknowledgement of the Osisko management team’s success on the Canadian Malartic gold project. It also provides another validation that the Canadian Malartic gold district is undergoing a renaissance, led by Osisko as it pursues bulk mineable gold deposits and targets in a historic underground mining camp.”The Malartic property, located in the heart of Quebec’s Abitibi gold belt, immediately south of the town of Malartic, some 20 km west of the town Val d’Or. The property (104 claims and one mining concession with a total surface area of 4,442 ha) includes the former underground Canadian Malartic mine, which poured over 1 Moz of gold between the years 1935 – 1965 from ore grading 3 to 6 g/t Au. Between 1935 and 1983, production in the Malartic camp totalled over 5 Moz from the Canadian Malartic, Barnat-Sladen and East Malartic mines.Osisko acquired a 100% interest in the Canadian Malartic property in November 2004 and initiated, in January 2005, a detailed compilation of the extensive historical database, including data from over 5,000 surface and underground drillholes. Osisko commenced its drilling programme on the property in March 2005.The deposit is an Archean porphyry gold system, consisting of a widespread shell of disseminated gold and pyrite mineralization hosted by diorite porphyry and altered metasediments. Drilling and compilation work has outlined a gold mineralized system measuring 1,400 x 350 m, with a variable true thickness ranging from 40 to 270 m to a vertical depth of 320 m from surface. The average grade of the deposit is estimated to lie between 1 and 1.35 g/t Au, yielding a potential resource of about 3 to 4 Moz. Osisko will maintain the current drill programme on the property with the objective of calculating and releasing a NI 43-101 compliant inferred gold resource by the last quarter 2006 and an indicated resource in early 2007.last_img read more

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Examining Chinas draft coal quality regulations

first_imgThere is no evidence to suggest that Australian coal exports to China would be significantly affected by the proposed regulations of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, according to the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). The draft laws seek to regulate overall quality standards of coal and do not specifically target imports. There is also scope for local regulations to continue to use coal not meeting the standards where power generation or industrial plants have appropriate pollution controls. There are three levels of regulation:Standards applying to brown and black coal used in China whether imported or mined domesticallyStandards applying to coal transported inland more than 600 km from either a mine or portSpecific regulations related to coal used primarily in smaller boilers, domestic heating, small commercial heaters in the populous northern cities.The MCA is “confident that the Australian industry can meet the proposed specifications and therefore the MCA sees no impact from these regulations.”Almost all Australian black thermal coal will be well within the thresholds for ash, sulphur and energy applying to imported coal or coal transported more than 600 km. That is, ash content under 30%, sulphur content under 2% and energy greater than 18 MJ/kg. In the unusual circumstance an Australian coal product might have higher ash or sulphur content it can be blended with other (Australian) coal to meet the target.The thresholds for the northern cities (Beijing, Tianjin etc.) are lower still: less than 16% ash and 1% S. The MCA is advised that these regulations refer to what is colloquially known as ‘San Coal’ – coal used for small boilers, domestic heating, some hotel/restaurants coal use, not large scale power plants, nor other industrial users. This is to address smog concerns within these cities.These antiquated boilers and generators are being replaced with larger newer power stations, with advanced pollution controls, away from the urban areas. The MCA is not aware that Australian coal is supplied in these markets.China is not moving away from coal; its evolving environmental policies are being confused with a policy shift away from coal, the MCA points out.Coal currently accounts for 80% of China’s electricity output and all leading energy forecasting agencies analysts agree that ongoing industrialisation and urbanisation will drive robust coal demand for decades to come.The International Energy Agency expects that coal will continue to dominate China’s energy mix to 2035, and that “China continues to import substantial amounts of coal, remaining a strong force in global coal markets.”In a report on September 10, Wood Mackenzie argued that far from sounding the death knell for coal, China’s suite of new and proposed environmental measures are a “positive” development for coal that will safeguard its future.This suite of measures, including the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (APPCAP) and the transfer of coal-fired electricity generation further out of Beijing, will guarantee that coal remains the dominant fuel in China’s energy mix and reinforce Wood Mackenzie’s assumption of higher quality coal imports.Wood Mackenzie points out that: “What is surprising about the evolution of APPCAP policies is that the focus is not on penalising coal. As it became clear that gas supply could not meet policy targets, APPCAP shifted to focus on emissions control rather than fuel switching. This now provides coal with a guaranteed future, but one in which it will be used more cleanly. As a result our view remains unchanged that coal will remain the dominant fuel in China’s energy mix.”Wood Mackenzie also states that the impact of China’s emissions-reduction policies “will be more pronounced in the type of coal consumed by coastal power plants rather than the absolute demand volumes.”Wood Mackenzie’s analysis is consistent with the International Energy Agency’s projection that coal will continue to dominate China’s energy mix to 2035 and that “The growth in coal demand in China through to 2020 exceeds the growth in the rest of the world combined.”Wood Mackenzie’s analysis also accords with the projection by the Australian Government’s Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics that Australian thermal coal exports will grow strongly at a compound annual growth rate of 5.1% between 2012-13 and 2018-19, rising from 182 Mt to 244 Mt during this period.Australian coal is compatible with a low emissions future. Fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – will be required for a long time yet to meet rapidly growing world energy demand. Renewables may have a growing role, but they will continue to account for a relatively modest proportion of the global energy mix for the foreseeable future.In the International Energy Agency’s core scenario, renewables meet 18% of world energy demand in 2035, while fossil fuels meet 76%. Coal is expected to account for 25% of world energy consumption in 2035.Moreover, continued consumption of coal and lower greenhouse gas emissions are not mutually exclusive goals. With the construction of new more efficient generation capacity, average emissions from coal-fired plants are falling. According to the International Energy Agency: “A current state-of-the-art coal-fired plant operating with a high efficiency ultra-critical steam cycle will be more efficient, more reliable and have a longer life expectancy than its older subcritical counterparts. Most significantly, it would emit almost 20% less carbon dioxide compared to a subcritical unit operating under similar duty.”Further, imminent developments in high-efficiency, low-emissions coal technology “promise to continue this trend, and a plant operating at 48% efficiency would emit up to 28% less carbon dioxide than a subcritical plant, and up to 10 per cent less than a corresponding ultra-supercritical plant.”Wood Mackenzie observes that in China: “So far, eight coal-fired units have been retrofitted with ultra-low emissions technology in Guangzhou, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Hebei. Emissions performance is 70-90% lower than the toughest coal-fired power standards in China; close to emissions from gas plants.”Significant progress is also being made in the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) around the world. CCS offers both a near-zero emissions solution as well as the promise of keeping energy costs competitive.According to the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, there are 22 large-scale CCS projects in various stages of planning, of which 12 are in China. China also has a further eight smaller-scale CCS projects in operation.last_img read more

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Haver Boecker brings flexibility to jobsites with new portable FClass vibrating screen

first_imgHaver & Boecker’s new, portable F-Class vibrating screen offers increased mobility to maximise flexibility and ROI for aggregate and mining operations. Each portable F-Class features a base frame that easily attaches to a custom built chassis. The portable plant includes a hydraulic system that positions the vibrating screen at the optimal angle. These two features allow producers to move and setup the portable F-Class in less than 30 minutes in nearly any location.“To help our customers streamline their operations, and provide solutions to a broader array of operations, we amplified our F-Class vibrating screen by adding portability,” said Karen Thompson, Haver & Boecker Canada President. “This not only gives customers the flexibility to easily travel from jobsite to jobsite, but our leading edge, four-bearing screening technology virtually eliminates the common issues of pegging, blinding and cross contamination, therefore increasing overall efficiency and profitability.”Beyond flexibility, Haver & Boecker’s updated F-Class vibrating screen offers up to three screen decks. The vibrating screen features an advanced double eccentric shaft design, supported by four high-performance, double-spherical roller bearings. Each F-Class is equipped with Haver & Boecker’s revolutionary Ty-Rail™ quick-tensioning system, which minimises downtime for screen media change-outs by about 50%.The F-Class is ideal for screening situations that require consistent, load independent performance at constant g-force in all operational modes. Featuring a unique and reliable, proven four-bearing technology, the vibrating screen minimiSes structural vibration and delivers a consistent stroke,which two-bearing screens cannot provide. The vibrating screen is mounted on a chassis, which uses hydraulics to achieve an optimal screening angle — from 15 to 25 degrees — as well as to lift the machine while adding cribbing for support. This setup process takes less than 30 minutes to complete.Take down is even faster, requiring less than 20 minutes to lower the unit so it can move to the next location. “With the fast pace of the industry and the underlying need to increase screening efficiency and profitability, it was the right time to launch the portable F-Class,” Thompson said. “The demand for portable plants has grown significantly over the years, which is why we wanted to provide a solution for our customers. We’re using our decades of experience coupled with that of our partners, such as HIKON Industries, to develop the absolute best mobile screening platform onthe market. Together, we can offer our customers the entire package.”Businesses can customise the portable F-Class setup to include a crusher system for enhanced productivity. The F-Class is ideal for tough applications, such as scalping and classifying ores, minerals, stones, sand and gravel. The portable F-Class includes Haver & Boecker’s Uptime Service Package, providing 36 months of warranty coverage on any new equipment purchase. Uptime offers customers a full-service approach to equipment optimisation — from parts inspection and equipment assessment to screen media evaluation.last_img read more

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BUGOJNO 2016 Three Balkan teams and Poland for the trophy

Bugojno handballHandball is my future ← Previous Story Women’s EHF FINAL4: Budućnost and Gyor for the final! Next Story → MVM Veszprem win Hungarian Cup Croatia VS Serbia and Slovenia VS Poland will play at the semi-final of the fourth “Handball is my future” tournament for generation 1998 in Bugojno, Bosnia and Herzegovina.GROUP A:Poland    – Macedonia 24:20Qatar    –     Croatia 11:32STANDINGS:Croatia 5Poland 5Macedonia 2Qatar 0GROUP B:Slovenia – AustriaBiH        –     Serbia 32:32Austria –    BiH 29:29Slovenia – Serbia 32:25STANDINGS:Slovenia 6Serbia 3BIH 2Austria 1SATURDAY  16. 04 . 201610,00        BIH – QATAR11,45        Austria – Macedonia13,30        Qatar – Slovenia ( 2000 )17,00        Slovenia – Poland19,00        Serbia – Croatia read more

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Construction climbs 115 per cent in 2013

first_imgNEW FIGURES RELEASED by the Central Statistics Office show that building and construction activity increased by 11.5 per cent in the year to December 2013.Output in the sector was static from the third to the fourth quarter of last year. The annual increase was split between a gain of 8.4 per cent in residential building and 6.8 per cent in non-residential building.The data released by the CSO also show that there was growth in numbers employed in the construction sector during 2013 for the first time since 2007. However, house completions were down year on year by 187, and remain at a depressed level of 8,301.House commencements increased from 4,042 to 4,708.Irish construction sector rose again during February>last_img

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HandsOn Lets Be Superpowered Cops in Crackdown 3

first_img The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda A lot of folks played the first Crackdown, but only because it came with a demo for the hotly anticipated Halo 3. Fortunately, the explosive open-world antics caught a lot of unsuspecting players by surprise and picked up something of a cult following. However, for some reason, the franchise can never seem to hold onto a developer. Realtime Worlds shuttered not too long after the 2007 original while Ruffian Games, makers of the 2010 sequel, are onto other projects.It’s taken seven years, but Sumo Digital is finally bringing Crackdown 3 across the finish line. At E3, I got to check out the game coming this November to Windows 10 PCs as well as the Xbox family of consoles, including the recently revealed Xbox One X.Crackdown 3 doesn’t seem to mess with the formula too much. You still control a ludicrously powerful superhuman agent cracking down on crime in a futuristic city while taking order from a very enthusiastic commander. I didn’t see much story, or learn how Terry Crews is involved. Instead, the demo just cuts right to the chase and gives you ten minutes to do as much destructive good as you can.As I jumped and double-jumped and boosted my way across streets and through rooftops, collecting glowing agility orbs to level up my ups, I wondered how much games like Sunset Overdrive took inspiration from Crackdown. You could probably draw a line from those pretty good Incredible Hulk games to Crackdown to games like inFamous and Prototype when charting out the evolution of superpowered open-world mayhem.And boy can you cause mayhem. I drove a car for a little bit and then decided to get out and just toss the car at someone. It was more efficient. I jumped into the air and pulled out an assault rifle to shoot enemies in slow-motion like Zelda or Vanquish. I punched dudes and finished up particularly smooth urban platforming parkour runs with devastating ground pounds in enemy territory. I also shot a gun that launched foes back with hurricane force to give myself more breathing room for destroying the target of the mission.But for as fun as this was to play, I wish it looked a little better. The game is going for a comic book tone in terms of story and style, but the vaguely cel-shaded graphics seemed a tad generic. Going back to Sunset Overdrive, or even a later Saint’s Row game, those are similar games that manage to pack in way more personality into their presentation. My hope is that the modest visuals are a compromise for maintaining large-scale destruction in high resolutions and frame rates even on weaker hardware. All of the explosions I caused and rubble I left behind in the collapses didn’t seem to impact performance. Multiplayer elements will apparently use cloud computing for even more anarchy.Crackdown finally makes its triumphant, chaotic return when Crackdown 3 launches November 7, the same day as the Xbox One X. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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GOVERNORS wife to walk 100 kms Across the islands of TCI for

first_img Related Items:Footsteps4Good, Jill Beckingham takes final charity walk “This will be my last Footsteps4Good in TCI” said Jill Beckingham, “so I hope that many people will come and join me this year so that we can raise as much money as possible to help local organisations and schools.  I am delighted that the concept will not die as Waterloo Holdings are going to take the baton forward. I hope that in the future I will be able to come back and once again walk across these islands which have been a wonderful home over the past three years” said Jill. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 16, 2016 – The Governor’s wife, Jill Beckingham, is going to do her charity walk, Footsteps4Good, for the third time across the 6 family islands of TCI. The 100km walk will start on 23 September, walking with the children of Grand Turk. On 24 September there will be a walk or run from the Grand Turk Gazebo to the Cruise Centre.  She will then go to Salt Cay (25th), South Caicos (26th),  Middle (27th) and North Caicos (28th)  before ending up in Provo for the last three days, 29 and 30 September and 1 October. She will walk from one end of Provo (Amanyara) and finish with a 10 km run or walk from IGA to Blue Haven. On 30 September, which is also Youth Day, she will be walking with the students of Provo.Registration in Grand Turk is at the Governor’s Office from 19-23 September and in Provo on 17 and 23 September at IGA Gourmet, Smart and Quality. Registration is also available on the day. On the other islands the District Commissioners will be registering people to take part. Each participant donates to their favourite charitable organization or school for a fee of $20 which includes a T-shirt.  Tropical Shipping are the generous donors of the T-shirts again this year so all of the $20 can go directly to the charity. Large Schoolchildren participation in Footsteps4Good Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Walking through the Caicos Islands – new developments, beautiful by nature, clean up litter Big numbers and big gains for Footstepss4Good 2015last_img read more

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Microsoft patent app could see the Surface Pen double as an earbud

first_img See It $210 at Best Buy 1 $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sprint Microsoft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Microsoft has dreamed up a flexible version of the Surface Pen, according to a patent application.  Screenshot by Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Microsoft may be planning to make future versions of its Surface Pen more functional — and flexible. The tech giant is envisioning a stylus with an earpiece dock, an application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week shows. The earpiece would be fitted with a speaker, earpiece battery and wireless radio that would pair with a host device. The pen would be flexible so it could bend around a person’s ear when it’s being used as an earpiece. It’d also have one or more input buttons that could be used for functions like controlling audio volume, hitting pause or moving through slides in a presentation. The pen would have at least one flat edge, and could feature a button used for zooming in on a screen. The patent application was filed in December 2017, and was published June 13. Microsoft declined to comment.First published June 18 at 3:20 p.m. PT.Update, 4:33 p.m.: Adds that Microsoft declined to comment.  $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $520 at HP Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Angela Lang/CNET Computer Accessories See at Amazon Rylo $299 at Amazon The Cheapskate $59 at eBay Apple iPhone XS Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).center_img Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Comments Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See it Read the Rylo camera preview Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Share your voice See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Comment See It $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 $155 at Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Amazon $6 at Tidal Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.last_img read more

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Google confirmed Nest Hub Max has a release date Sept 9

first_img Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display Nest Google 4:47 The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart display Angela Lang/CNET First announced in May at Google I/O and promised for this summer, the Google Nest Hub Max now has an official release date. The smart display with a 10-inch touchscreen, gesture controls and a built-in Nest Cam will hit shelves on Sept. 9. The date was spotted on Tuesday by Droid Life and 9-to-5 Google in the Google Store listing for the product. Since then, the date has been removed, but a Google representative confirmed to CNET on Wednesday that it’s real.  The Google Nest Hub Max is the first product to debut under the new combined Google Nest brand. I’m a big fan of the smaller Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub). It responds to voice commands like a smart speaker, and it uses its small 7-inch touchscreen well. You can look at pictures, watch videos, check the weather, glance at the steps of a recipe and more. Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected 12 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Comments Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET Smart Home See Allcenter_img Tags CNET Smart Home The Nest Hub Max will do all of that, plus it will have a bigger screen and more powerful speakers. It’ll have a built-in Nest Cam so it can watch for motion while you’re away. The cam will also be able to recognize your face and show a customized home screen. You’ll even be able to control the Hub Max with gestures — if you hold up your hand, you can play and pause music.  The Hub Max will cost $229 (£219, AU$349), a competitive price that matches the second-generation Amazon Echo Show. The compelling mix of features could make it the best smart display yet if it lives up to its potential, and now we know when we’ll find out.  Share your voice • Now playing: Watch this: Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart Home 3 reading • Google confirmed Nest Hub Max has a release date: Sept. 9last_img read more

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Increased deaths from lung disease tied to more fires in Southeast Asia

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Climate Change (Phys.org) — Sometimes in science, it’s a matter of thinking about things in new ways. That’s what a team of US and British researchers have found after studying the numbers of fires that are set intentionally in Southeast Asia to clear forests during El Niño events as compared to so-called normal years, and the incidence of lung disease leading to deaths in the region. After studying a decade’s worth of satellite images, the team, as they describe in their paper published in Nature Climate Change, found what appears to be a correlation between El Niño events and increased deaths due to the pollutants in smoke from fires. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the western world, people are used to associating an El Niño event with warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean, leading to altered weather patterns across North America. But the same events lead to cooler waters in the eastern Pacific, most specifically around Indonesia and Southeast Asia. That leads to less rainfall during the annual monsoon season, which allows for more burning of forests to produce more crop land. And burning more forests produces more smoke with the associated pollutants, which the team has found, might conceivably be adding up to 15,000 deaths per event.To find these correlations, the team studied satellite images taken during the decade 1997 to 2006 to discern how many fires were being set and how much pollution they were generating. They then plugged that information into chemistry models to see how much of which pollutants would be generated by such fires. Because a strong El Niño occurred in 1997, the team was able to follow the chain reaction of events. They found that shortly after the event began, the number of fires picked up and fine particulates in the atmosphere increased to over 300 times the amount the World Health Organization has established as a safe benchmark, for a period of 200 days. They found that levels of ozone were also elevated. They compared this with data from the opposite type of event, a La Niña that occurred in 2000, bringing more than normal rain to the area and a reduction in the number of fires. Particulates from the fires that year were 98% lower than in 1997.In studying the satellite images the team was also able to follow the track the pollutants took and found they were concentrated mostly around Indonesia and Malaysia. They then estimated the number of people that would die from the inhalation of the particulates based on the population of the area where the pollutants traveled and found they likely amount to between six and fourteen thousand deaths per event. Ozone from the fires likely add another two to six thousand deaths.The one upside to the study, the authors suggest is that because the fires are man-made, they could be stopped given the right set of circumstances.center_img More information: El Niño and health risks from landscape fire emissions in southeast Asia, Nature Climate Change (2012) doi:10.1038/nclimate1658AbstractEmissions from landscape fires affect both climate and air quality. Here, we combine satellite-derived fire estimates and atmospheric modelling to quantify health effects from fire emissions in southeast Asia from 1997 to 2006. This region has large interannual variability in fire activity owing to coupling between El Niño-induced droughts and anthropogenic land-use change. We show that during strong El Niño years, fires contribute up to 200 μg m−3 and 50 ppb in annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone surface concentrations near fire sources, respectively. This corresponds to a fire contribution of 200 additional days per year that exceed the World Health Organization 50 μg m−3 24-hr PM2.5 interim target4 and an estimated 10,800 (6,800–14,300)-person (~ 2%) annual increase in regional adult cardiovascular mortality. Our results indicate that reducing regional deforestation and degradation fires would improve public health along with widely established benefits from reducing carbon emissions, preserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services. Study area population and locations of fire activity. Image (c) Nature, doi:10.1038/nclimate1658 Ancient El Nino clue to future floods Citation: Increased deaths from lung disease tied to more fires in Southeast Asia during El Nino (2012, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-deaths-lung-disease-tied-southeast.htmllast_img read more

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Siemens Shows Magnetom Sempra MRI Scanner at RSNA 2016

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more January 9, 2017 — At the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Siemens Healthineers presented the Magnetom Sempra, a 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner with low operating costs, innovative technologies and a unique, integrated Siemens Healthineers service concept. The Magnetom Sempra is designed to allow radiological practices and groups, as well as small and medium-sized hospitals, to work profitably despite growing cost pressures in the industry. Additionally, the system’s standardized workflows are designed to help institutions achieve consistent, user-independent quality.Achieving consistent MRI results, particularly for follow-up examinations, is extremely important to radiology providers. However, high levels of staff turnover, varying levels of staff experience and diverse patient populations can negatively impact exam quality. With the MRI imaging software DotGO, Magnetom Sempra users can react flexibly to each case and to the condition of each patient while simultaneously standardizing the exam. The system also includes as standard three of the company’s Dot (Day optimizing throughput) engines to automate and streamline workflow when examining the brain, spine and large joints. These Dot engines cover roughly three-quarters of the average examination volume, and help users increase productivity as well as avoid unnecessary repeat scans.Given healthcare’s competitive pressure and the rise in quality demands, clinical differentiation is increasingly important for radiology providers. The Magnetom Sempra includes applications for responding to these needs. Now, facilities can scan in the presence of MR-safe metallic implants with better visualization of the soft tissue surrounding the implant. Even patients with knee implants can receive high-quality imaging, which was often impossible in the past. The system’s software platform includes Quiet Suite technology, which features optimized gradient switching that can reduce sound pressure by up to 97 percent in brain and musculoskeletal exams with comparable image quality. This technology is particularly beneficial for anxious patients and provides a more positive patient experience during MRI exams. The system can achieve high image quality with short breath-hold times, which means patients with shortness of breath can now be scanned, too.The system can increase productivity while reducing operating costs. Ten-minute exams with time- and image-optimized protocols cover most commonly scanned body parts. For example, a complete brain scan — from patient positioning on the table to exam completion — is just 10 minutes with the Magnetom Sempra. This exam time may help practices and hospitals operate profitably despite increasing financial pressure due to reduced reimbursement rates. The system’s embedded Siemens Healthineers Connect Plan offers financial certainty and lowers total cost of ownership by delivering remote service, and helps ensure higher uptime.To reduce overall operating costs, the system is equipped with Eco-Power technology, which monitors and controls the magnet-cooling helium. In stand-by mode, Eco-Power monitors the helium cycle and controls helium cooling and re-liquefaction more efficiently to reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to the scanner’s normal mode. A supplementary feature, Zero Helium boil-off technology, prevents helium evaporation, so operators can avoid expensive helium refills and resultant downtimes.The Magnetom Sempra is U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) pending.For more information: www.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Related Content Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 09, 2017 Siemens Shows Magnetom Sempra MRI Scanner at RSNA 2016 1.5 Tesla MRI system offers applications to improve competitiveness and potentially boost profitability for radiology providers Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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