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First Nation taking matters into own hands while waiting on Trudeau to

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National NewsThe Sturgeon Lake First Nation in central Alberta was put on the boil water advisory list the day the Trudeau government was elected into power. But for the community of 1,483 it was just another familiar go round. And almost a year later they’re still waiting for funding to help the 249 homes needing clean water there.“Well obviously nobody’s acted on it in the government regardless of who’s in power. It’s just the process that they use and life goes on I guess,” said Chief Richard Kappo.He doesn’t believe the change in government will make a difference…this is a problem that has been going on way too long.“They’ve (Trudeau government) promised all this funding and they’re still developing a process of how they should dole out that money. Some of the stuff has been going on for years. The boil water advisories are given to us from Health Canada and then of course, it goes down the chain, but in the end it’s the band that ends up paying unless it’s provided money,” said Kappo.He estimates it will cost $100,000 to get the water back up to par. Just this week he signed and submitted a proposal to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) asking for help. But he’s not waiting for an answer. The band has taken matters into their own hands and have started treating the water using their own funds, which they simply don’t have.“We’ve started the work, started it about 4 days ago. We have to. We don’t have the resources but we’re doing it. We have to rob Peter to pay Paul to do it. It’s a health and safety issue,” said Kappo who thinks that water should be the number one priority for all levels of government.Meanwhile, the Dene Tha First Nation in northern Alberta have also struggled on and off for years to maintain clean water systems.Chief Joe Pastion estimated it will easly cost $30 million to fix the water problems when all is said and done incorporating all of the infrastructure, engineering, plumbing and other projects required to install new water and sewer lines.The Dene Tha have been in ongoing negotiations with the government to secure the funding “for years,” he said.He applauds Trudeau’s promise to fix the water problems in First Nations in five years, but he’s skeptical the rookie Prime Minister will be able to stay within budget.“Once they (Federal Government) start funneling those numbers to each region, I’m sure every tribal and sub-office will take a cut of that funding and then whatever comes to the community will probably be less than what’s needed in the community,” he said.Pastion has also put in a proposal to INAC this week and is waiting for a response.During the 2015 federal election, the Liberals promised to eliminate all boil-water advisories in First Nation communities within five years.In the budget, the Liberals plan to spend $1.8 billion on water and waste-water projects across the country.According a 2011 study commissioned by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department, it would cost about $4.7 billion over 10 years to get First Nation water and wastewater infrastructure up to the department’s own standards. The report said First Nation communities needed an immediate $1.2 billion to deal with high-risk systems.First Nations water needs $5billion fix: gov’t studyLinda Semansha oversees the water monitoring in the Dene Tha community of approximately 2,700 under which she said 70 homes are under water advisories. She said it’s common to see people with rashes due to contact with the water while costs to buy bottled water are high unless a person can drive to town or catch a ride where the cost is cheaper.“It doesn’t make me feel very good especially because I’m the one who looks after the health program,” she said.But contrary to Pastion, she has hope in the new government.“I believe so (he might help us) because he’s talked about the water problems in the other communities.”In British Columbia, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Anne Louis is celebrating the success of a multimillion water treatment facility built last year.After being on a boil water advisory for about 15 years, they finally received the funding to upgrade.“It’s been exciting for our community, it’s been a long time coming because we struggled for a very long time,” she said.The benefits are spilling over into helping to create economic opportunities, she added. The band is working on a significant economic development project that can now have serviced water and a nearby community has approached them to service water there.Even though Williams Lake received their funding before Trudeau was voted in, Louis has faith that other First Nations will soon start to benefit from his commitment.“I believe it (his promises) will. I’ve heard of some people who are already starting to get their systems in place. But it’s a big massive project across Canada and I think people that have severe water issues should be the ones that are targeted first,” she ended.At any given time across Canada, there are over 100 drinking water advisories in First Nations.As of May 31, 2016, there are 137 advisories according to Health Canada First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia.Drinking Water Advisories in First Nation CommunitiesAPTN asked Indigenous Affairs about its schedule to fix water systems in communities but as of this posting, the department has not responded.According to Human Rights Watch, Canada has been working for almost 40 years (1977) to solve the water crisis, but the problem persists. It said the government’s own auditing shows a pattern of over promising and they’ve failed.bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28last_img read more

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Trappers worried traditions will go up in smoke from Wildfires in Wood

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsRobert Grandjambe Jr. has 100 beaver pelts to bring to market in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.He’s following in the footsteps of his ancestors as a full-time trapper.“I have access to roads, trails and corridors that I had only had heard stories of. Living in the community of Fort Chipp [Chippawa] it wasn’t accessible to me, but as an adult I have it at my fingertips,” Grandjambe said.Fur harvesting was no cake walk for the 34-year-old Mikisew Cree First Nation man.He had to obtain permission of other trappers to use the land and has had issues in the last eight years with Parks Canada, when one of his cabins was torn down while he was away.Read More:Fort Chip trapper says he’s standing up for treaty rights after officials tear down cabin in national park“Having 21 members in the boundaries is difficult to exercise. If everyone on 1204 [plot of land he belongs to] was trapping it breaks down to 25 square kilometres. It isn’t a very big area and you can probably remove a lot of animals if everyone was trapping,” he said.Now the modest territory he has access to is under threat from something else – wildfires.“I cut trees to supply wood for my camp and it is quite phenomenal to see the 150, 200-year-old trees. As a trapper it is good populations for myself to harvest in these areas. These areas are very crucial to the ecosystems in the park,” Grandjambe said.(Robert Grandjambe Jr. inspects three weeks of work preparing pelts for market in Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Richard Mercredi lived on the trap line long before he had even graduated public school.The Métis hunter is troubled at the potential effects wildfires could have on future generations.“You lose a lot of the youth because they can’t hunt because the place is all burnt. There’s only a certain amount of places to go and a lot of the park is inaccessible or only accessible by river or by boat,” Mercredi said.He noted changes he’s witnessed firsthand over the past few years.“A lot of the prairies where we use to hunt, they use to flood. Now it’s dry, and the willows have started coming up and filling the space in,” he said.(A burn area in Wood Buffalo National Park. Fire has taken out roughly 45 percent of the park in the last decade, according to Parks Canada. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Wood Buffalo National Park is roughly the size of Switzerland with four Métis and eight First Nation groups that hold title to the area.It has one of the largest freshwater deltas in the world and is an oasis to many animals including the last natural wild migratory flock of whooping cranes.Mercredi pointed to the already fragile state of the Peace-Athabasca watershed.He recalled one spot where he use to trap burned so hot in 1979 that the seeds, roots and moss have never returned.“If you drive along the highway and it is raining out, the water was pouring out of the ditch and running away because there was no moss to hold it,” Mercredi said.According to Jean Morin, program manager for national parks in the N.W.T., in the last decade roughly 40 to 45 per cent of Wood Buffalo has burned.“In summer we get up to 20 hours of daylight and we experience a lot of nighttime growth. Sometimes you come up with a plan (to fight fires) in place.“You want to do the plan the following day but overnight the fire will double in size. We take that into consideration and facility protection becomes a focus,” Morin said.(A fox surveys the territory in the Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)He has worked with the park for ten years and said fighting fires in such a large park is no easy task.In some instances, the park has seen up to 50 fires in one season.Driving through the park, the burn zones juxtapose the mighty jack pines and lush spruce.By air the scope of the burns is evident, but also the successes of Parks Canada in protecting Indigenous communities like Peace Point through back burns.Each year, Wood Buffalo hires 16 seasonal fire fighters, but can call for backup from national parks Canada.Morin said his team’s priority is to hire local and that most of the staff are from the area.However, in a follow-up email with Parks Canada to clarify, the number of northern hires was low.“This year, nearly 25% of Parks Canada’s fire crew working in Wood Buffalo National Park are local to Fort Smith, NT,” Megan Damini, media relations officer, Parks Canada said.APTN News was told that it’s optional for staff to self-identify during hiring processes and that the information is confidential so Parks Canada would not confirm the exact number of Indigenous firefighters working in Wood Buffalo this season.Grandjambe said he’s crossed paths with fire fighters unfamiliar with the area.“I have picked up fire crews on the road where a chopper had dropped them off to do assessments on cabins, but they had no clue where they are walking.“They were five kilometres out and walking for hours away from these cabins. This eats up a lot of their day,” he said.(A bear stops for a look at its photographer in Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)When a fire is reported, the fire management team refers to a databank that lists entities considered “values at risk.”These includes, infrastructure such as cabins, First Nations land, roadways, power lines, graveyard and cultural sites.According to Morin, the crew will gauge priorities based on these values at risk.“Fire not only in Wood Buffalo National Park, has been shaping vegetation for years. Wildlife has adapted to that, and it is needed. It is a fire-dependent ecosystem.“The park is organized through fire management zones that priority values at risk. And areas near those values at risk. After that, there is an area more in the middle of the park that we would let the fire do its own thing,” Morin said.(A calf feeds in Wood Buffalo National Park. The park is home to a number of species. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)While Grandjambe said he agrees that fire does have a place in Wood Buffalo, he hopes to see old growth forest and animals added as a value at risk.He is open about his responsibility to the land and to his family’s tradition of fur harvesting.“It was fearful for my grandfather to trap in the park back in the day because of the way the park (staff) treated him. He wasn’t proud of prominent and didn’t show or share those teachings with other people.“It isn’t necessary to burn large quantities of land over and over again. I have not been approached by Parks on this, but I am very willing to share and show the knowledge I have,” Grandjambe said.And he is doing just that, by bringing his beaver pelts to market and remaining connected to his trap line no matter what the wildfire season has in store.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

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Chinas Xi World faces choice of confrontation cooperation

first_imgPORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — China’s president says the world faces a choice of co-operation or confrontation in a speech to a summit of leaders that is divided by tensions stemming from increased U.S. protectionism.President Xi Jinping expressed support for global free trading system that has underpinned his country’s rise to world’s second-biggest economy.Xi says, “The future of mankind hinges on the choices we make.”Leaders of Pacific Rim countries that make up 60 per cent of the world economy are meeting in the capital of Papua New Guinea for an annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Stability and proportionality must be your watchwords SMMT tells Chancellor

Notes:At €20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95 per cent less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 12 per cent since 1997. Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Waste to landfill per vehicle produced has also been cut by a factor of four, from 66.4 kg in 2001 to 14.5 kg in 2005. For more details, download SMMT’s seventh annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/. Or go on-line from Tuesday 9 October to download the 2007 report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ‘Companies in the automotive sector are delivering sustainable growth and addressing the environmental challenge,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Our members’ business activities, products and services must be seen as key to the solutions to these challenges, not as some would have it, the cause of market failures.’ SMMT has pointed to company car tax and vehicle excise duty (VED) to illustrate the points on fiscal stability. Since 2002 company car tax has been based on vehicle CO2 emissions with clear statements in the 2007 budget on thresholds for the next two years, incentives for flex-fuel (E85) and a 10 per cent rate for sub 120-g/km cars.  The industry supports this approach, although the three per cent surcharge for diesel cars is anachronistic and should be withdrawn immediately since it penalises those who choose lower CO2-emitting models. SMMT is concerned however, that unlike company car tax, the chancellor is under pressure to apply arbitrary rate changes, particularly at the top end, for Vehicle Excise Duty. This would be disproportionate and unnecessary. SMMT has also reaffirmed the importance of the sector to the economy (£48bn turnover, 190,000 manufacturing jobs) while pointing to significant progress made across a range of environmental goals, such as production efficiencies saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes annual CO2 at manufacturing sites across the UK. The fiscal and regulatory framework must be fair, realistic and certain. That’s the message SMMT has taken to chancellor Alastair Darling MP, in a letter ahead of the pre-budget report on 9 October 2007. Further changes would penalise families who need a larger vehicle and send worrying signals to the market. SMMT has also warned that such a move could undermine confidence among high-value manufacturers based in the UK, sending a message that threatens jobs and investment in UK plc. read more

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Fuel mangement for wheel loaders

first_imgThe new Caterpillar 988H wheel loader fuel management system delivers solid productivity and fuel savings of as much as 15%in truck loading, and even more in load and carry operations. By lowering engine speed during all but the digging portion of each cycle, the proprietary system minimizes impact on productivity while gaining significant fuel savings. The system is available on new 988H loaders and can be retrofitted to 988H loaders already working in the field.For maximum flexibility the system offers three different operating modes: full power, balanced, and max fuel savings. The system allows the operator to quickly adjust to changing production demands by moving a single switch mounted in the cab.The full power mode maintains the leading performance in its size class that the 988H has shown. The balanced mode offers fuel savings of 10 to 15% in truck loading applications and keeps production within a few percent of maximum. And max fuel savings mode lowers engine speed even more during all segments of a cycle except digging. The result is greater fuel savings but with a more substantial drop in productivity.The 988H produces 354 kW and carries an operating load of 11,340 kg. Rock and dirt buckets are offered for the 988H range in capacity from 6.3 to 7.0 m3). www.cat.comlast_img read more

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Octéa Diamond Group boosts learning in Kono District Sierra Leone

first_imgThe Octéa Diamond Group, owner of the Koidu diamond mine in the Kono District of Sierra Leone, last week launched an exciting educational program with South African publishing giant Times Media – owner of the Sunday Times newspaper in South Africa,  to promote reading and learning in Koidu schools and the surrounding Kono communities. Octéa’s subsidiary, Koidu Ltd, has contributed substantially to education in the area since it began operations in 2003. The Sunday Times program being rolled out by Octéa is a pilot scheme that includes the distribution of learning and reading material to over 7,000 school children as well as households in and around Koidu.“Education has always been central to our philosophy that responsible diamond mining can help empower individuals, the community and the country,” said Jan Joubert, CEO of the Octéa Diamond Group.“Bringing in partners like Times Media and Sunday Times will help ensure that learning is encouraged from an early age right through adulthood. It is also a vital strategy for our company to help build the workforce of tomorrow.”The program will include a two-day training workshop for 50 selected teacher who will then be able to train other teachers in the area. Workshops for parents, residents and schoolchildren on the use and benefits of the education material will also take place. The material being distributed includes 7,000 storybooks for primary and secondary schools; each book contains five African stories. Over 1,6 million copies of these storybooks have printed and distributed by the Sunday Times  in South Africa in recent years.Schools will also receive learning material in the form of posters, with specific content suited to primary and secondary schools. The content was developed by Times Media in consultation with South Africa’s National Department of Education, to improve numeracy and literacy.Copies of the publication ReadRight – launched more than 10 years ago, will also be distributed to classrooms and homes in Koidu and Kimbadu, to fill the need for regular educational reading material.“Literacy is very dear to our hearts and over the past 15 years I am proud to say that we have developed a highly regarded reputation for the supplements we produce,” said Patti McDonald of Times Media Education.“Research has shown that our publications are valued in schools and homes, by children and their parents and teachers alike. Stories do not have to have glossy, hard covers to be read. Stories, reports, features, surveys and notices have been read in newsprint for ages.”The launch of the program, which will see workshops being conducted in Kimbadu by educational experts from Times Media, will be attended by over 200 people including paramount chiefs, community dignitaries and office-bearers, government officials, school principals, teachers, town chiefs, school pupils and the media.The Octéa Diamond Group is wholly owned by BSG Resources, the diversified natural resource arm of the Beny Steinmetz Group of Companies, which has interests in real estate, capital markets and diamonds. The group has four wholly-owned subsidiaries: Octéa Mining Ltd, Octéa Diamonds Ltd, Octéa Services Ltd and the Octéa Foundation. Octéa Mining owns the mining assets of the group, including the Koidu diamond mine the Tonguma project held by Tonguma Ltd and the Boroma-K3 project held by Boroma Ltd.last_img read more

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Turkeys mining law modifications approved

first_imgSeveral modifications to the Mining Law were recently approved by the Turkish Parliament and have now been brought in to effect by the President. Ariana Resources, the Anglo-Turkish gold exploration and development company focused on Turkey, believes this will hasten the mining permitting process in the country. Highlights: Ground turn-over will be further encouraged and will reduce the number of areas currently sterilised to exploration due to under-utilisationLicences areas will be auctioned and an effort made to define licence areas according to geological continuity of mineralised features; larger licences may become available in timeNew royalty framework introduced, which scales according to commodity price.Dr. Kerim Sener, Managing Director, commented: “These and other modifications to the Mining Law have occurred following extensive industry consultation. The urgency with which these and related issues were debated, demonstrates how seriously the Turkish Government views the mining sector. As we watched the open vote unfold in Parliament, it was reassuring to note that the law was passed almost unanimously, indicating wide cross-party support.“The changes to the law are viewed by many as representing the further evolution of the Turkish mining sector and will encourage further professional development of the industry. Increased ground turn-over will be an outcome of the new law, as only currently producing or relatively near term development projects will be retained due to enhanced costs associated with their maintenance. Increased requirements associated with holding exploration licences and their expenditure commitments will also ensure better and more serious exploration in the long run. In the past, large areas of the country were effectively sterilised to exploration because licences owners could hold ground at minimal cost and by undertaking limited work. The new law will fundamentally change for the better the way in which both exploration and mining is undertaken in the country in the medium to long term.“We are now confident that these changes will also catalyse the permitting process for the mining sector in general. Our application to the Department of Forestry for access to the areas designated for construction at our Red Rabbit project, remains in process at the Prime Ministry. This is in accordance with a Prime Ministerial Decree, which altered the way in which permits are granted over State land, irrespective of industry sector. We look forward to hearing positive news on our application in due course.”Law number 6592 was passed by the Turkish Parliament on February 4 this year. This law primarily involved several modifications to articles within Law Number 3213, which is the Mining Law as passed in 1985. These modifications were approved by the President on February 17 and brought in to effect. Principle changes to the law that will have an impact on the business of Ariana Resources include:Licence Fees: An area and exploration-stage dependent annual fee of between 1,000 and 5,000 TL for exploration licences and an area dependent fee of between 20,000 and 70,000 TL for operating licences will be due for payment at the end of January each yearState Right: the royalty paid to the Government on gold will range from 2 to 16% of the Pit Head Sale Price, in parallel with a commodity price range from <$800/oz to > $2,225/oz. At current gold price the royalty paid would be 4%. This royalty rate is reduced by 50% if production is occurring within an owner-operated process plant. In the event no production occurs with an operating licence within any one year, a State Right charge of 10,000 TL will be made automaticallyLicence Auctions: Relinquished or abandoned licences will be auctioned, and it will no longer be possible to make direct applications in areas of free ground. The minimum auction bid price will be equal to the operating licence annual fee. Certain licences will be amalgamated prior to auction based on parameters such as geological setting and continuity of mineralised features. In these cases the existing area limitation of 2,000 ha for a Group 4 licence (e.g. gold/silver) will not apply. The Ccmpany views the above modifications as being generally positive for the industry, although noting that the cost structure associated with maintaining licences in good standing will increase. Ariana Resources considers this cost increase to be reasonable and manageable, based on current exchange rates. However, the cost of acquiring new licences in Turkey will be significantly higher than in the past, as licence acquisitions will be via competitive auction or licence transfer only. This is one aspect of the new law that could have a limiting effect on any greenfields-type exploration activity.last_img read more

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CobraTag finds lost keys with the help of your phone

first_imgWhat are the two things we misplace the most? Besides the remote, I’d say it’s our keys and our cell phones. Luckily, if you have one of those items around, you can use it to find the other, thanks to the CobraTag.The key to the CobraTag is that there are two parts. The first is a CobraTag sensor, which is a small dongle that can be attached to your keychain, purse, laptop bag, or any other valuable item you may easily loose track of. Then, we have the CobraTag app, which works with Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone devices, and works via a Bluetooth connection.The app, called the Phone Halo, can ring an alarm when the tag goes out of the Bluetooth range. The app can also tell you the location of your lost item, so you can know if you left your purse at a bar like one Apple employee once did with an unreleased iPhone. Phone Halo will send you an email or text message with the GPS coordinates of your lost item if this happens.The tag and phone can also be used to find each other if they’re in range. If you press the button on the dongle, it will sound an alarm on your phone, and vice versa.My friends and family know that I can’t walk out the door without thinking I’ve lost my cell phone. I’m constantly fumbling through my giant bag and searching for my trusty smartphone. Gone are the days when cellphones were as big as bricks, and though that’s primarily a very good thing, it can also be a pain when you can’t find it. It’s especially annoying if you’re alone at home and don’t have a landline to call your lost phone, leaving the only option of hopping on G-chat to ask one of your friends to call you.For only $60, the CobraTag can give you a little bit of peace of mind. Just make sure you don’t misplace both your keys and your phone at the same time, or you’ll be out of luck.Read more at Cobra, via TheNextWeblast_img read more

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Heres how youll be able to celebrate St Patricks Day in Dublin

first_img Mar 2nd 2017, 11:55 AM Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieThe theme for this year’s parade is “Ireland You Are”, with magical faerie stories, ancient mythical tribes and trailblazing pirates all set to feature, alongside bands from America, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Bahamas and, of course, Ireland.Saturday 18 MarchAround 4,000 people are expected for the treasure hunt at City Hall on Dame Street, which kicks off at 10am and lasts till 1pm. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandMarching bands and pop-up choirs will take over St Stephen’s Green in the afternoon, while some of Ireland’s most renowned portrait artists will capture the faces of Irish children at the Ark, Eustace Street in Temple Bar from 10.30am.Another open-air cinema will show the recent hit film Sing Street at Fingal County Council Civic Offices on Grove Road in Blanchardstown from 7.30pm.Sunday 19 MarchMerrion Square is the main venue today, with a street carnival full of theatre, music, arts, crafts and more. Source: Leah Farrell/Photocall IrelandBudding scientists can embrace the Science Zone and epic story lovers can listen to fantasy storytelling at the Festival Big Day Out from midday to 6pm.The full programme of events can be found here.Read: Maintaining tradition, Trump declares March ‘Irish-American Heritage Month’Read: The Taoiseach WILL go to Washington (and here’s where all his ministers are heading) Short URL THE SCHEDULE FOR this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin has been announced, with outdoor cinemas, street theatre and a treasure hunt set to join the grand festival parade on Friday 17 March.According to figures provided by the Festival, the annual event attracted over 105,000 visitors from abroad to Dublin in 2016, who spent an average of 8.8 days in Ireland during their trip.In 2015, they say tourists spent €73 million in Ireland when they came to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.Running from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 March, here are some of the events happening around the capital for the St Patrick’s Festival:Thursday 16 MarchDancing shoes at the ready, as Earlsfort Terrace is transformed into a dance hall from 4.30pm to 7.30pm for a Céilí. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieA special screening of Jim Sheridan’s acclaimed film In America will be screened at a special open-air showing in the surroundings of Swords Castle from 7.30pm.Friday 17 MarchThis is the main event, as the grand parade kicks off from midday at Parnell Square. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie 24 Comments Here’s how you’ll be able to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin Four days of festivities have been announced for this year’s St Patrick’s Festival. Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 11:55 AMcenter_img 15,653 Views Share159 Tweet Email By Sean Murray Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3266751 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Bug des SMS au nouvel an Orange attaque Bouygues

first_imgBug des SMS au nouvel an : Orange attaque BouyguesLors du passage en 2011, un bug de SMS avait entraîné des facturations massives pour les abonnés d’Orange. L’opérateur avait accusé Bouygues Telecom d’avoir provoqué la multiplication des messages envoyés pour la bonne année. Les deux entreprises régleront leur différend devant le tribunal de commerce de Paris. Souvenez-vous, 2010/2011 a connu un record de textos échangés pour souhaiter la bonne année : plus de 930 millions de SMS avaient été envoyés. Mais une bien mauvaise surprise avait provoqué l’ire des clients d’Orange qui avaient envoyé leurs voeux à ce moment-là : leurs SMS et MMS avaient été envoyés plusieurs fois vers le même destinataire. Pour certains les factures ont été astronomiques. Orange et Bouygues Telecom s’étaient renvoyés la responsabilité de ce bug. Pour le premier opérateur, une défaillance sur la passerelle de son concurrent aurait affecté les autres opérateurs, rapporte Le Figaro. Bouygues avait alors assuré : “Il y a bien eu un dysfonctionnement du lien entre Orange et Bouygues à partir de 1h30, mais potentiellement ce problème peut venir autant de chez eux que de chez nous”. Mais Orange n’a pas souhaité que l’affaire en reste là. L’opérateur vient de déposer plainte devant le tribunal de commerce de Paris pour faire reconnaître la responsabilité de son concurrent. Orange réclame plusieurs millions d’euros de dommages et intérêts à Bouygues Telecom. Le 18 février 2011 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Zoo Officials Slam Visitors for Carving Names on Rhinos Back

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Officials of a French zoo condemned the “stupidity” of visitors who scratched their names into a rhino’s back last week.Photos shared on social media showed a 35-year-old female rhinoceros at La Palmyre zoo in Royan, France  with the names “Camille” and “Julien” carved onto its back. The images went viral online and prompted an outcry.In a statement released by the zoo, officials said they were “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken, Agence France-Presse reported.The names “Camille” and “Julien” can be seen scratched onto the back of the rhino. (Photo Credit: Royen News / Facebook)Zoo director Pierre Caille said the visitors used their nails to scratch their names into a layer of dust, sand, and dead skin on the animal’s back.The animal may not even have realised,” Caille told AFP. “We quickly brushed the writing away and there was no harm to the animal.”La Palmyre zoo typically allows visitors to touch the animals over the fence, as it creates for a more “emotional” experience for the visitors and helps to not only raise awareness about diversity but helps to stress the “majesty” of wildlife, officials said in the statement.In a statement, the zoo said it was “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken. (Photo Credit: Royen News / Facebook)According to the zoo, most visitors have been respectful, but some video surveillance might now be installed as a result of the incident.Several people who have viewed the images of the rhino also commented on the “thinness” of the animal. The zoo, however, stressed that the rhino is healthy and sufficiently fed throughout the day.“This individual, 35 years old and is no longer young,” the zoo said. “The health of our animals is our priority and we intervene as soon as a problem manifests itself.”More on Geek.com:‘Historic’ Birth: Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Born at San Diego ZooRare Baby Rhino Born Using Artificial Insemination at Zoo MiamiTam, Malaysia’s Last Male Sumatran Rhino, Dies Stay on targetlast_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Carlee Sutera Named To Deans List At Seton Hall University

first_imgSOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is pleased to announce Carlee Sutera of Wilmington has qualified for Spring 2018 Dean’s list.About Seton HallOne of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership – developing students in mind, heart and spirit – since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 80 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. For more information, visit http://www.shu.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Seton Hall via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Carlee Sutera Named To Dean’s List At Seton Hall UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ryan Tonra Named To Dean’s List At Seton HallIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Fariha Haque Named To Dean’s List At University Of RochesterIn “Education”last_img read more

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Tesla is bringing back Free Unlimited Supercharging kind of

first_img Tags Share your voice Tesla More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Electric Cars Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla’s Model X gets artsycenter_img 1 Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Comment 30 Photos Tesla Enlarge ImageTesla is reportedly looking for some extra sales of its pre-hardware-update inventory of Models S and X. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Have you been kicking yourself for waiting too long to buy a Tesla and missing out on the whole Free Unlimited Supercharging thing? Well, according to a report Tuesday by Electrek, you’re getting another chance at it.What’s the catch? Well, Tesla is bringing back its free unlimited Supercharging promotion, but only for new Model S and Model X vehicles in inventory that are pre-hardware-update. What does that mean? Mostly it means no Model S with 370 miles of range or Model X with 325 miles of range. It also means you’re missing out on other smaller hardware changes like 200-kW Supercharging and the new adaptive suspension — oh, and the tidy power increase from the new motors.Also, unlike other incarnations of the promotion, this version of Free Unlimited Supercharging isn’t transferrable, meaning that you can’t use it as a selling feature when you go to send your Model S or X down the road.Tesla has also priced these new older-spec models a good chunk lower than the updated ones, with a preupdate 2019 Model S 100D going for $77,900 before incentives and a post-update model in the same trim starting at $85,000. Neither includes the company’s so-called Full Self-Driving hardware.So, is it worth it to buy the older model for free Supercharging?Well, that all depends on how you use your car. If you — like most people — charge your car at home overnight with a Level 2 system, then no, it’s not. If you are regularly using Supercharger stations to keep topped up because you don’t have reliable access to overnight Level 2 charging, then it just might be.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment.last_img read more

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Underpaid women 7th standard student answers Math question with a social angle

first_imgFacebookPhotos of a Mathematics exam paper answer sheet apparently completed by a seventh standard student is now the hottest debating point among Indian users in social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.The question was very simple: “A woman earns Rs 18,000 in 15 months. How much money she will earn in a month? How much she can earn in seven months? How long will it take for her to earn Rs 30,000?”The student answered each of these questions correctly without any mistakes. And at the end of the answer, he wrote a very thought-provoking sentence, “This woman worker is underpaid.”As this kind of an answer was never expected from a child studying in the seventh standard, photos of the answer sheet are now going viral on the internet. But the words from this student pose a million questions to the Indian society, which is primarily male-oriented.Why women are being treated as second-class citizens, especially in the labor sector? PixabayCiting the example of Kerala, we can clearly say that there is a heavy disparity in pay between men and women workers. A man who is doing construction work earns somewhere around Rs.700-1000 a day in Kerala, but a woman gets only between Rs.300-450.In the textile industry too, women employees are facing severe atrocities from the side of the management. A year ago, it was reported that some of the leading textile showrooms in Kerala were not paying as per norms to saleswomen, and they are not supposed to sit inside the shop even when customers were not there.These are broad daylight facts we notice at a time when the whole nation is talking and fighting for gender justice. If the condition of women in a highly educated state like Kerala is so pathetic, then what will be the case of women workers in other states?It’s time for authorities to answer the way the Seventh Standard student mentioned in his/her answer sheet.last_img read more

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IndiaWestinghouse deal to build six nuclear reactors to be signed in 2016

first_imgIndia expects to seal a contract with Westinghouse Electric Co LLC to build six nuclear reactors in the first half of next year, a senior government official said, as a sign that its $150 billion dollar nuclear power program is getting off the ground.The proposed power plant in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat will accelerate India’s plans to build roughly 60 reactors, which would make it the world’s second-biggest nuclear energy market after China.India wants to dramatically increase its nuclear capacity to 63,000 megawatts (MW) by 2032, from 5,780 MW, as part of a broader push to move away from fossil fuels, cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the dangerous effects of climate change.The United States signed a pact with India in 2008, opening the way for nuclear commerce that had previously been stymied due to New Delhi’s nuclear weapons program and shunning of the global Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Hopes that reactor makers would get billions of dollars of new business evaporated after India adopted a law in 2010, giving the state-run operator Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) the right to seek damages from suppliers in the event of an accident.Indian officials have been trying to assuage suppliers’ concerns, including setting up an insurance pool with a liability cap of 15 billion Indian rupees ($226.16 million). A final hurdle – ratification of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) – is expected within weeks, the Indian government official said.The CSC requires signatories to shift liability to the operator and offers access to relief funds.In a statement, Westinghouse said it expected India would move towards a framework that satisfies the CSC and channels accident liability exclusively to the operator. The statement made no reference to ongoing negotiations.Shares of Westinghouse’s parent, Toshiba Corp, jumped as much as 3.3% on Thursday after the news, before slipping back. A Toshiba spokesman declined to comment on the report, but noted that Westinghouse has been confident of winning orders from India.A deal with Westinghouse could also put pressure on General Electric Co, whose nuclear energy venture with Hitachi was offered a site six years ago to build reactors.GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy said it had strong interest in India, and that the CSC would be “a sustainable solution to concerns about India’s existing domestic nuclear liability law” but no decision has been made to move ahead with the plan.India’s plans for ramping up nuclear capacity has in the past fallen far short of targets, and industry officials say that the aim to lift the share of nuclear power to a quarter of its energy mix, from barely 3% now, is very ambitious.NO MORE TECHNICAL HURDLESLater this week, India is expected to offer Russia a site in its southern state of Andhra Pradesh to build six reactors, on top of the six it is already expected to build in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Indian and Russian officials have said. Separately, India expects Japan, which supplies components used in most reactors, to ratify an agreement sometime in the second quarter of 2016 to support its nuclear program, another senior Indian government source said. “There are no more technical hurdles in the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,” the source said. French nuclear company Areva, which uses Japanese components, also has a deal to build six reactors in India, although restructuring within that company was likely to delay construction until 2017, the first official said.French utility EDF agreed earlier this year to buy a majority stake in Areva’s reactor business. Areva has been in price negotiations with NPCIL for several months now, officials at the Indian operator told Reuters in November.Areva did not immediately respond to a request for comment.WESTINGHOUSE DEALNegotiators from Westinghouse and Indian operator NPCIL have held several rounds of talks on the nuclear plant in Mithi Virdi, the government official said.NPCIL declined to comment on the negotiations. Federal minister for Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh told parliament this month that talks were going on with French and US firms to arrive at project proposals. He offered no details.But the government source said Westinghouse and NPCIL were negotiating all six reactors in one go, instead of an earlier plan to strike deals for two at a time.Construction of the roughly 1,100 MW reactors could begin later in 2016, the official, who is close to the negotiations, added.The idea was to allow the Americans and the French, India’s two close partners, to catch up with the Russians in its nuclear sector, the official said. “This is a train that is moving soon,” the official said.last_img read more

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Street Fighter characters compared to their reallife body doubles

first_imgVideo games aren’t exactly held aloft as a shining beacon of realistic body representation. Instead of rehashing the age-old complaint — or illustrating what a Barbie doll’s measurements would look like in real life, as is internet custom — we sorted through a number of iconic Street Fighter character measurements and found their closest real-life analog as determined by height and weight.So, while Balrog bears a striking resemblance to Mike Tyson, the famed boxer isn’t the best choice for a real-life analog considering Balrog stands nearly a foot taller. What we found isn’t shocking — video game characters aren’t good representations of real-life measurements — but was much funnier than expected.RyuRyu is billed as 5’10 and 150 pounds. Brad Pitt is 5’11, and got down to around 155 pounds for his famous role as Tyler Durden in Fight Club. Ryu looks like he has about 75 extra pounds of muscle on Pitt.DhalsimDhalsim is billed as 5’9 and 106 pounds. Christian Bale is 6’0, and dropped to 120 for his infamous role in The Machinist. The difference in weight and height is about proportional. Aside from Dhalsim’s sucked-in stomach, he looks like he can bench or curl more than most people, whereas Bale looks like a slight breeze will break him in half.CammyCammy is billed as a ridiculously tiny 5’5 and 101 pounds. Sienna Miller — of GI Joe fame — is 5’5 and reported to be around 110 pounds. Cammy looks jacked compared to the stick-thin Miller even though Cammy weighs less.Fei LongFei Long is, obviously, inspired by and modeled after Bruce Lee. To that end, both share the same measurements of 5’7 and around 135 pounds.T. HawkT. Hawk is billed as 7’7 and 357 pounds. Yao Ming stands at 7’6, and weighs around 310. In the above image, Yao is standing next to Chandler Parsons, who is 6’9. T. Hawk would be the largest human in the history of the universe if his height were proportional to his cartoon muscles.SagatSagat is billed as 7’4 and 245 pounds, a weight quite skinny for his height considering his bicep is so big it’s blocking his entire chest. Rik Smits, a now-retired NBA player, is 7’4 and weighed 250. Basically, Sagat’s musculature should look much closer to Smit’s, rather than a bodybuilder’s.BalrogBalrog is billed as 6’6 and 225 pounds, which is actually average for basketball players of that height. Michael Jordan is 6’6, and weighed about 216, and is much thinner than Balrog and his comically large muscles.ZangiefZangief is billed as 7’0 and 253 pounds. Tim Duncan is 6’11 and weighs 250. The two share almost identical measurements, but one of Zangief’s legs alone looks wider than Tim Duncan’s entire torso.E. HondaE. Honda is billed as 6’1 and  302 pounds. Scott Steiner is  also 6’1, and weighs 276. Amusingly, both have cartoon arms.GuileGuile is billed as 5’11 and a half and 189 pounds. Conveniently, I’m 5’11 and a half and weigh 190. Both Guile and I can punch so fast it creates sonic booms.A large swathe of the Street Fighter‘s most iconic characters are bordering on inhumanly tall, ridiculously thin, or some combination of both. For this reason, the best analogs for Street Fighter characters ended up being celebrities that had to reach an unhealthy weight for a movie, and — not surprisingly — basketball players and professional wrestlers due to their massive sizes. Even when a character’s measurements mirror an actual human’s, the way they’re modeled doesn’t even remotely mirror how a person with the same measurements would look.While the above comparisons won’t change your view of video game characters being designed with unrealistic body expectations, you may notice that the designs are more exaggerated and wacky than they are an idealistic, unreachable view of the human body. If you don’t want to think too deeply about body image, then you can simply enjoy how hilarious it all is. That’s what we did.last_img read more

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New condominium and marina project approved for Puerto Aventuras

first_imgPuerto Aventuras, Q.R. — A new project consisting of a tourist complex and marina has been approved for the town of Puerto Aventuras.The construction of the project  Marina Bay Owner Suites and Ventura has been approved after granting the company a change of land use to more than 6,200 square meters. According to the Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) issued by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), the new development will be constructed near a mangrove system.The development is by Proyectos Integrales SA de CV who will invest approximately 90 million peso and create 50 direct jobs during the span of construction, which is expected to last two years.Once complete, the Marina Bay Owner Suites and Ventura will consist of a mixed tourist complex with a 12-meter high building of 36 condominium suites with hotel service, restaurant and palapa bar, in addition to parking.“Based on the identification and evaluation of impacts made for the project, and in accordance with the management programs applicable to it, programs focused on the conservation of natural resources present in the study area and the protection of the environmental system were designed.“The programs that will be executed for this stage correspond to the Rescue of Flora and Rescue of Fauna . Therefore, for the construction and operation stages, the following will be applied, which are integrated into this MIA,” reads the Environmental Impact Statement.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Featured Deal Get USB Studio Broadcasting Microphone for Just 999

first_imgUSB microphones are more popular than ever before thanks to a rise in podcasters and YouTubers. They not only help you record but are also easier than ever to set up. While there are a number of options, Archeer’s “Podcast Recording Microphone with Stand” offers a number of features that enabled it to become one of most popular USB microphones of 2017 for podcasters. The company is offering an exclusive discount to Wccftech readers that bring the price down to just $9.99, offering a 50% discount.Featured deal (code: FM4LPH95) – 50% off “Archeer USB Microphone with Stand Professional Condenser Studio Broadcasting Microphone”You can avail the deal on Archeer USB microphone by heading over to this link (Amazon) and entering the code FM4LPH95 during the checkout process. The coupon code brings the original price of $19.99 down to $9.99.Here are the features and setting up tips of Archeer USB Microphone as shared by the company itself on Amazon.Plug and Play: Simply plug the 3.5mm audio cable and USB charging cable to your desktop computer, laptop, notebook. Select this USB microphone as your input device in your software settings, ready to create your own audio.Noise Reduce: Features noise cancellation and adopts high quality condenser microphone chip aimed at increasing sensitivity and filtering out background noises for sound, warm, rich recordings.Wide Usage: Adjustable microphone volume makes it more professional for perfect voice recorder. Ideal for network chatting, YouTube, Skype, MSN, Yahoo recording, singing, studio vocals, speech, instruments, podcasts, and desktop recording.High Compatibility: Wide frequency response for brilliant and transparent sound. Extremely high signal output lets your voice cut through. Share Tweet Submit Featured (Archeer USB microphone): Original price: $19.99 | Promotional price: $9.99 with code FM4LPH95Also in promotion: Sbode Bluetooth Headphones Siri Active with IPX-7 Water Resistance and Noise CancellingHead over to this linkUse promo code XXCYF9B5 and get the price down to $14.99 from $23.99. [Ends, 02/12/2018 11:59 PST]last_img read more

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The State of Asian Online Travel

first_imgThe State of Asian Online TravelThe rise of disposable income, high internet penetration, growth of mobile phones and the desire to travel have positioned Asia as the largest travel opportunity area in the world. eRevMax, the leading hotel online distribution and channel management solutions provider has released an Infographic – ‘The State of Asian Online Travel’ highlighting key insights on changing travel behaviour, online travel penetration, usage of mobile, last minute booking habits and social media usage of Asian travelers.Based on various market studies, the infographic shows that 71% travelers seek recommendations from family and friends for a leisure trip and 44% watch travel videos for inspiration.  46% travelers in this region prefer to book online with most trusting OTAs over hotel brand sites. The online travel market in Asia is projected to cross $155 billion by 2017, a 200% increase from $78 billion in 2012.The mobile market in Asia had witnessed a double digit growth in gross bookings from $3.2 billion in 2012 to $6.4 billion in 2013. With 3 in every 5 bookings coming from mobile, the platform has taken center-stage and now being considered as a separate channel for revenue generation for smart hoteliers.The increasing ubiquity of mobile devices has empowered travelers to be confident enough of finding lodging option at their preferable rate at the very last minute. The infographic also shows that 70% of same day bookings are done on mobile and 29% book within twenty four hours of their stay. eRevMax suggests hoteliers to provide target based product offerings to reach out to the last-minute travel segment. View the full infograph hereSource = eRevMaxlast_img read more