Smart city NDMC completes 72 projects in four years 39 on anvil

first_imgNew Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Tuesday said the agency has been selected as one of the first 20 Smart Cities by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and has so far completed 72 projects worth Rs 199.11 crore under the smart-city initiative with 39 more projects worth Rs 1,377.17 crore are in the pipeline. According to NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar, a total of 111 projects were identified under the initiative at a cost of Rs 1,576.28 crore since announcement of Smart City initiative out of which two-thirds have been completed.Talking about the initiative, the Chairman said they have installed 3.1 MW of solar rooftop on all its buildings (92 buildings) and a further of 7.52 MW (on 90 buildings) is connected to its grid through net-metering basis. Nearly 95 solar poles were set up at various roundabouts, which are sleek poles with upper halves covered with solar panels and a small circular LED light at the top. The civic body has installed 98 modular type RWH in Chanakya Puri, Gole Market, Laxmi Bai Nagar, Kidwai Nagar areas. These are modular, robust, load bearing and easy to install. “37 water ATMs have been installed by NDMC for providing affordable and pure potable water. Tender for third phase consisting of 40 ATMs has been floated on PPP mode,” said an official. Nearly 11 de-centralised Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP) with the capacity of 3.1 MLD have been developed under PPP model to treat sewerage de-centrally near its point of generation to make the Council more sustainable and utilise treated water for horticulture purpose. A total of 50 digital interactive panels have been installed at market places like Connaught Place, Khan Market, Sarojini Nagar market etc. and are being used by the general public. These interactive panels are being used to access online information like FIR registration, free Wi-Fi and Mobile charging points. “NDMC has converted five colonies, namely D1-D2 Chanakyapuri, Jor Bagh, Ravinder Nagar, Golf links and A Block Moti Bagh, where complete segregation of waste into wet and dry are being done and domestic hazardous waste and e-waste is collected by an authorised NGO. 0.5 TPD Bio-methanisation plant has been installed and working at Laxmibai Nagar, NDMC,” the official added. The Council has developed Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra at Mandir Marg offering courses in health and solar energy with a capacity of 5000 students. Rs 185 crore project, work of which is likely to be completed within two years Smart Metering Project has been given to EESL, a PSU of the Ministry of Power, to installed smart meter with mobile app facility for offering various services to the citizens as well as easing up the maintenance and billing of the consumers. The civic body has constructed 65 out of 109 proposed smart PTUs at different locations as Public Hygienic centre having features like Bank ATM, Water ATM, Non-invasive body basic vitals testing.last_img read more

Raiding RBI reserves shows govts desperation ExGuv D Subbarao

first_imgMumbai: Raiding the reserves of the central bank only illustrates the “desperation” of a government, and we should be very wary and careful while determining the value of the excess reserves, warned former governor D Subbarao on Friday. The career bureaucrat-turned-central banker said he would be “ok” if a sovereign bond issue in foreign currency is done once just to test the waters, but cautioned against using the instrument regularly. “A government trying to raid the balance sheet of a central bank anywhere in the world is not a good thing. It shows that the government is desperate, he said, speaking at a CFA Society India event here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn defence of his opposition to the desperate attempts to carve out the reserves, the former governor, who was at the helm during the 2008 global meltdown,said the risks undertaken by the RBI are different from other central banks and it will not be entirely beneficial to draw from international practices. The comments from Subbarao come at a time when the Bimal Jalan committee is reported to be in the final stages of finalising its report on identifying the appropriate capital for the RBI and how to transfer the excess to the government. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAcknowledging that transfer of the excess reserves was one of the key causes of tension between the RBI and Government in the run up to Governor Urjit Patels resignation, Subbarao seemed to suggest that there is little use of the transfers from a fund inflow perspective. He said international investors look at balance sheets of both the government and also its central bank, and that the same applies to distress time lending by the IMF as well. “… I do want to say that we should be very careful, very wary of what decision is ultimately taken on the transfer of the surplus reserves, he said. Many analysts have pegged the so called excess reserves at around Rs 9 trillion, or around 27 per cent of its core capital, and say the Jalan panel may suggest a staggered payout in the range of Rs 1.5 trillion to Rs 3 trillion over a period of three years. He advocated maintaining the autonomy of the RBI as essential because of its horizons extend far beyond the immediate objective of elections which a government can be guided by. Meanwhile, in a departure from his predecessor Y V Reddy and successor Raghuram Rajan, Subbarao said it will be “ok” for the government to test the waters with an overseas bond issue. “I would say that as a one-time measure, just to test the waters, its ok, he said.last_img read more

Bloc Quebecois members meet to discuss partys future amid leadership crisis

first_imgDRUMMONVILLE, – The Bloc Quebecois’ embattled leader fended off a challenge from her rivals on Sunday as party members adopted her timeline for an early June confidence vote.The two-day vote on Martine Ouellet’s leadership will begin June 1, along with a referendum on whether the Bloc should focus on promoting Quebec independence on a daily basis.It will be decided on a 50 per cent plus one basis with the result announced June 3.That proposal was challenged at Sunday’s party meeting by 42 riding associations, who had suggested a mid-May confidence vote with no referendum.They also proposed that Ouellet should have to obtain 75 per cent of the vote to stay on as leader.Tensions were running high on Sunday morning as about 200 Bloc Quebecois members gathered for a meeting in Drummondville, Que., as the party seeks to turn the page on a crisis that has shaken the party over the last two months.Seven of the party’s 10 MPs resigned in February, citing Ouellet’s leadership and her political priorities.The MPs who stepped down accused Ouellet of constantly zeroing in on independence instead of defending Quebec’s interests on the federal scene.Ouellet has refused to resign despite criticism of her leadership style, which some have described as controlling and uncompromising.Instead, the 49-year-old former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister has reiterated her belief that the crisis stems from an internal disagreement over what the Bloc’s vision should be.In a speech on Sunday, Ouellet accused the seven dissident MPs of promoting “fake news” against her and breaking with the party’s “internal democracy.“I can tell you that it isn’t easy to live when you hear invented stories in the media, falsehoods that are repeated ad nauseum,” she said“At that moment, they caused a distraction and you saw the debate focused on my personality, my leadership style.”She also accused the dissenters of perpetuating U.S.-style politics and chided them for criticizing her focus on independence.“For the resigners, to make a public debate to say they find their leader talks too much of independence — the leader of a separatist party — it’s not very chic, it’s a little embarrassing,” she said.But she ended with a call for unity, extending a hand to those who left because Quebec independence “is more important than our personal egos.”She also called on delegates to reconfirm the Bloc Quebecois’ mission as a promoter of independence.last_img read more

Immune system plays role in tooth and filling decay UofT study

first_imgToronto researchers say they’ve shown for the first time that the body’s own immune system likely plays a role in both the decay of teeth and the breakdown of fillings.Bacteria remain the main culprit in tooth decay, but a recent study from a team at the University of Toronto shows in the laboratory that neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, contribute to the damage.“What we found is neutrophils are capable of causing collateral damage while fighting the bacteria,” said Yoav Finer, a professor in the faculty of dentistry and one of the authors of the paper published in the journal Acta Biomaterialia.Conventional wisdom based on decades of research held that bacteria alone caused both tooth decay and decay in the resin composites used in modern-day fillings and tooth restorations.“The bacteria takes sugar and produces acid, and that acid dissolves the tooth structure,” explained co-author Michael Glogauer, a professor in the same faculty and the team’s immunology expert.He said a maverick in the dental research field, John Gabrovsek of the Cleveland Clinic, first proposed the idea that immune cells also played a role in tooth decay, with a paper on the theory in the Journal of Dental Research in 1970.“They thought he was crazy because it went against the dogma,” Glogauer said, adding that Gabrovsek got in touch with him about 15 years ago to share his idea.“Based on what I know about neutrophils and what he knows about neutrophils, I thought there was a lot of credibility in that,” he said.Glogauer then approached Finer and the two got to work.Neutrophils are the only white blood cell that is routinely found in the mouth, Glogauer explained.In the lab, the research team used neutrophils isolated from blood to coat either parts of extracted teeth or the resin used to restore teeth.“We can actually see them breaking down using electron microscopy,” Glogauer said. The team also detected the breakdown byproducts that can only come from neutrophils, he said.The neutrophils become activated by the presence of bacteria in the mouth and release enzymes that attack the bacteria but also degrade the structure of the tooth and the resin, he said.Finer compared the white blood cells to a sledgehammer.“It’s like trying to eliminate a fly on the wall by taking a sledgehammer,” Finer said. “You may hit the bug, but the damage to the wall is quite significant.”Now the team is working on a variety of followups, including isolating the type of enzymes that damage teeth and translating the work to make it clinically applicable. For example, they said, a rinse could be developed that controls neutrophils to limit the damage they do to teeth.And new restoration materials can be designed for dental work to resist the damage from the immune cells.For Gabrovsek, now 85, the research is an important validation of his earlier work.“We just heard this morning,” said his wife, Rita Gabrovsek, as her husband laughed in the background on a phone call from their home in Twinsburg, Ohio.“He’s smiling, just smiling, a huge smile,” she said. “It bugged him all his life that his theory was totally brushed aside, so this is a big moment for us.”Gabrovsek said he never wavered in his belief.“I couldn’t believe for 50 years that scientists here in the United States didn’t believe me,” he said. “I thought, boy, they are very stupid scientists. Now others know I am right!”The couple planned to celebrate the news with their grandchildren Thursday afternoon by telling them that their grandfather was right all along.Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Your Chance To Take Part In A Live Video Chat With Mark

first_imgYou are invited to gather with friends to watch Jon Bowermaster’s new film Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now! — and join narrator Mark Ruffalo for a live video chat… in the comfort of your own home!Video: Mark Ruffalo- House PartyDear President Obama is an eye-opening documentary that takes a journey through more than 20 states to examine the impacts of drilling and fracking for oil and gas — through stories from the people living directly on the front lines.The creators will be making the film available for a free screening for one night, 5/24, followed by a live video chat with Mark Ruffalo. Sign up to host a screening in your home and invite others to watch and participate with you!What: Dear President Obama — National Home Screenings
When: Tuesday, May 24 (suggested start time is 7 p.m. ET, video chat is 8:45 p.m. ET)
Who: You, all of your friends, and Mark Ruffalo!
Under President Obama’s watch, drilling and fracking expanded rapidly across the United States. And that means there are now more than 15 million Americans currently living within a mile of an oil or gas well. They’re facing the real-world consequences of our national energy policy. Shouldn’t they have a say in what that energy policy is?When you sign up to host a screening, you’ll be provided with instructions for bringing the film and the live video chat with Mark Ruffalo into your living room. All you need is some comfy seating and an Internet connection to stream the film. You can add your screening to a national map so members of your community can find it and sign up to join you.You and your friends will be inspired by the community members, whistleblowers and scientists exposing the impacts of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy and calling for a real clean energy revolution instead.last_img read more

Alberta energy war room must avoid online morass preaching to choir experts

first_img“The idea of putting someone’s face on a poster and holding it up at a government press conference, I’ve never seen that before,” says the longtime opponent of oilsands expansion and international program director at Stand.Earth, a grassroots environmental group.The Kenney government aims to get its $30-million Calgary-based war room running this summer. The goal, Kenney has said, is to fight against what he calls a foreign-funded “campaign of lies and defamation” that he says has caused economic hardship by landlocking Alberta crude.Kenney has said one measure of the war room’s success would be improved public opinion about pipelines and resource development. Political observers say that requires crafting messages that resonate outside Alberta while avoiding social media mudslinging or preaching to the choir.Kenney spokeswoman Christine Myatt says personal threats and abuse are never acceptable and urges those who disagree with Berman to do so respectfully.Picard, who runs the Oilsands Strong Facebook page, says unleashing abuse was not the intention of singling out Berman, but he added “professional protesters” like her should be held to account at a time when Alberta is struggling.“There’s people in Alberta who are losing everything.” Aside from the potential for online vitriol, the war room is problematic because the focus should be on tackling climate change, Berman says.“He’s wasting precious time,” she says of Kenney.Many details, including who will lead the war room, remain to be fleshed out. Kenney has said it’s to use a mixture of advertising, publicity and social media and that staff will be able to fire volleys without having to wait hours or days for approval.The premier feels the soft-power approach of the past has not worked. CALGARY, A.B. – Tzeporah Berman only learned of her cameo appearance at an Alberta government news conference about its so-called energy war room after a flood of nasty messages.Industry advocate Robbie Picard held a poster calling the prominent environmentalist an “enemy of the oilsands” as he introduced Premier Jason Kenney at the Calgary event.Berman says dozens of violent, sexist social media messages and a few frightening voicemails followed.center_img “There’s been this notion, amongst many in the Canadian energy industry, that if we just keep our heads down and try not to be noticed and be low-profile and defensive, that somehow those organizations will walk away and focus maybe on Saudi Arabia or Russia or Venezuela,” Kenney said at the news conference.“The weakness has been an invitation for an increasingly aggressive and increasingly dishonest campaign.”Mount Royal University political scientist David Taras says the war room, by its very nature, is set up for conflict and that creates pitfalls.“Give someone a hammer and they’re going to find something to hammer. Sometimes the best policy is not to respond. Sometimes the best policy is to allow someone else to respond. Sometimes the best policy is just to listen to others and watch the debate unfold,” he says.“You can’t be drawn into the morass of the internet. You have to be able to speak on behalf of Albertans in a way that Albertans can be proud of.”Pollster Janet Brown says she hopes the war room will do some public opinion research early and tailor its message accordingly.The focus should be on those not firmly entrenched in either the pro- or anti-oil camps, she says.“If they take messages that make perfect sense to Albertans and just assume they’re going to make sense to other Canadians … that could be problematic.”Brown says the war room would be wise to avoid Twitter, where few minds can be changed, and focus its social media resources elsewhere, such as paid YouTube ads.“If the war room is just spending their time on Twitter being outrageous, it will probably work in the favour of Greenpeace,” Brown says.Berman says her group has seen more people wanting to donate in recent days, and she and her colleagues are looking to incorporate more compassion into their climate change messaging.“We have, to a certain extent, been too simplistic or careless about the changes that need to happen. They are going to be hard and it’s not easy,” she says.“I understand when Albertans don’t want outsiders telling them what to do.”last_img read more

Ban calls on Palestinian parties to commit to principles for twostate solution

4 May 2011As the rival political parties Hamas and Fatah sign a unity agreement today in Cairo, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly appealed to Palestinian parties to commit to the principles of the Road Map that seeks to have two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security. Last week representatives of Hamas and Fatah announced that they struck a deal, under the auspices of Egypt, to form a national unity government and hold elections within a year. Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after ousting the Fatah party of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that controls parts of the West Bank. In a statement issued last night by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban voiced his support for efforts for unity and the work of Egypt and Mr. Abbas in this regard.“He wishes to see unity in the framework of the positions of the Quartet and the commitments of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Arab Peace Initiative,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General therefore strongly appeals to all Palestinian parties to commit to these principles.”Under the Road Map peace plan endorsed by the Quartet – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – Israel and an independent State of Palestine established on territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War would live side by side in peace and security within recognized borders.The Secretary-General sent the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, to the Egyptian capital for today’s signing. Mr. Serry stated last week that reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions is essential for achieving a two-state solution and should take place in a manner that promotes the cause of peace.Talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians have been stalled since late September following Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Mr. Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus. read more

Mangala asserts no agreement to implement Zeids report

He said Sri Lanka had refused to agree to an international investigation on the war and instead pushed for a domestic mechanism. Samaraweera said that the Government had only agreed to a Resolution on Sri Lanka and the Resolution did not include the recommendations of Ra’ad Al Hussein. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says Sri Lanka has not agreed to implement the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.The recommendations were in a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March this year. Samaraweera also said that some elements in the military could harm the image of the security forces and action must be taken against those elements.The joint opposition submitted a motion in Parliament warning that the Geneva Resolution was a threat to the country’s sovereignty.However Samaraweera said the motion was misleading. (Colombo Gazette) The former Foreign Minister said that in March, 48 countries backed Sri Lanka’s proposal through the Resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council.He said that countries like Russia and China supported the efforts being taken by the current Government to address the human rights issue. read more

Suspect in Berlin market attack killed in Italy

The suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack is reportedly dead following an early morning shootout in Italy.An Italian news agency says Anis Amri was killed after he pulled a gun from his backpack when he was asked to show identity papers during a routine police check in Milan.Italy’s Interior Minister Marco Minniti says the man killed by officers is “without a shadow of doubt” the 24-year-old man believed to be responsible for the deadly market attack. Twelve people were killed and dozens more injured when a truck smashed into the popular Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany on December 19.

UN begins latest preparatory session for key forum on sustainable development

“If we think ahead and act now, we can change from business as usual to a new way of conducting political business, so that everyone – including future generations – can benefit,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai as the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development opened its third session this morning at UN Headquarters in New York.The Committee, which is slated to meet until 5 April, is expected to agree on the text of a document reviewing the implementation of Agenda 21, the fundamental principles of sustainable development adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), held in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro.Mr. Desai, who will serve as Secretary-General of the Summit, told the Committee that one of the lessons from the just-concluded Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development was that the agreement between governments had been finalized before the meeting itself, which meant the focus was on the speeches and actions of the high-level participants instead of continuing negotiations.The challenge before the Committee, therefore, was to produce such a text so that the Summit did not become a forum to renegotiate Agenda 21, but rather one to agree on an implementable programme of action, he stressed.Much political energy was also focused on mustering resources to further the Millennium Goals at the Monterrey Conference, Mr. Desai said, and now it was important to link those targets with the goals of separate programmes, such as those on desertification and water. Partnerships were meant to leverage additional resources and change the quality of implementation.The final preparatory session is scheduled for 27 May to 7 June in Bali, Indonesia, before the Summit is held in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September. read more

Central Africa UN refugee chief urges regional approach to displacement crisis

After witnessing the optimism of refugees returning home and the despair of other groups fleeing drought and hunger in Africa’s Great Lakes Region, the head of the United Nations refugee agency said today that only a regional approach could address the complex causes of displacement.“It is not possible to solve the problems of the region on a strictly country-by-country approach,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres declared at the end of a week-long trip to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.In the first three war-torn countries he was on an unprecedented joint mission with the heads of the two other largest UN humanitarian agencies, James Morris of the World Food Programme (WFP), and Ann Veneman of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)“The problems, both political and humanitarian, require a regional approach,” Mr. Guterres told a press conference in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. “The problems of refugees can also only be solved if we have a regional approach.”The three leaders stressed that what they saw and heard showed the need for closer cooperation among UN agencies, with the support of the international community, to help refugees, internally displaced people and returnees. All three agencies are dramatically under-funded for their work in the Great Lake countries.Yesterday, Mr. Guterres saw for himself the squalid living conditions of some 5,000 Burundians sheltering in overcrowded transit centres centre in Nyakimonomono, western Tanzania. Over the last few weeks, a growing number of Burundians have been crossing the border to seek refuge, citing lack of food and growing insecurity.The Tanzanian government has not yet allowed them to move to established refugee camps and they are stuck in a way station that was intended to accommodate people for only one or two days. But at least they get food, shelter and medical care. Some 300 more Burundians are arriving every day.Mr. Guterres pledged to work together with WFP to supply food on the Burundian side of the border so people don’t have to leave their homeland just to eat. “It would be insane if in today’s world one would have to cross the border to feed himself or herself,” he said.In both DRC and Burundi, he stressed the need for the police and army to be paid regularly – even their low salaries of $10 a month are not actually paid – so that they stop preying on the local population, stealing money and food and raping women. read more

New program offers 30 per cent off tuition

Rico Natale, director of Student Awards and Financial Aid, is encouraging students to see if they qualify for 30 per cent off their tuition.Brock is encouraging students to check out the new “30 per cent Off Ontario Tuition” program to see how it impacts them.The University has launched a new webpage for the grant. The web application for students not receiving OSAP went live on the province’s “30 per cent Off” website at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.The program grants eligible full-time undergraduate students a credit equivalent of 30 per cent of the average college or university tuition costs. For 2012, students will be eligible for a credit of up to $800 for the winter term. Starting in September, the grant will pay up to $1,600 per fall/winter session at Brock. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2012.You are eligible if:You are a full-time student in an undergraduate program. Teacher education students, graduate students and post-graduate certificate students are not eligible.It has been less than four years since you’ve left high school.You are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a protected person.Your parents’ gross income as reported on their 2010 tax return was $160,000 or less.If you have applied for OSAP this year, you don’t need to apply for the program.Luke Speers of BUSU, right, met with Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, at a press conference on Thursday.Luke Speers, Vice-President of Finance and Administration at the Brock University Students’ Union, said the grant is an important step to reducing financial barriers to education. But he wants to make sure those who aren’t receiving OSAP know that they have to apply to get it.“We’re working very hard to ensure that all students at Brock have an opportunity to take advantage of this new program,” he said.The program is a trade off, he said. The government is eradicating three other programs — the Textbook and Technology Grant, Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship and the Ontario Trust for Student Support, worth about $78 million combined — to offer the 30 per cent one. But Speers said he can live with that.“On net, there’s still a lot of new funding coming into the system.”Rico Natale, director of Student Awards and Financial Aid, said students who think they might be eligible need to go to Brock is also distributing posters, bookmarks and other materials to inform students. The Ministry of Training,Colleges and Universities will also be sending “street team” members to campus later this year. read more

Shaft Sinkers preferred bidder for Kazchrome skip shaft

first_imgShaft Sinkers Holdings, the international shaft sinking and underground construction group, has announces that its subsidiary company, Shaft Sinkers Kazakhstan, has been selected as the preferred bidder in a public tender for Kazchrome JSC. The project award, valued at approximately $75 million, is subject to the negotiation and conclusion of a contract scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2013.The project entails the sinking of the Skipovaya vertical shaft to access a ferrochrome ore-body at the Donskoy ore processing plant in the Aktujbinsk region, Kazakhstan. The scope of work includes the sinking and lining of an 8 m-diameter skip shaft to a final depth of 1,453 m. Kazchrome manufactures, supplies, and exports ferroalloys to steelmakers in the Americas, Europe, and Central and South-East Asia. Shaft Sinkers Chief Executive Alon Davidov stated: “We are very pleased to be selected as the preferred bidder on this project as it is in line with our diversification strategy. This project introduces the Group to a new client and country as well as increasing our commodity basket with ferrochrome.”last_img read more

Chiles WS Data 3D inspects capital minproc equipment with Flyability Elios drone

first_imgFlyability’s Elios drone is being widely used in Chile now for inspecting heavy equipment in the mine concentration plant, monitoring equipment including ball mills, SAG mills, and flotation cells regularly for optimal function and safety. The drone is also kept on the mine premises in order to do an immediate inspection of any reported problems with the equipment. Performing these inspections by drone saves the company very significant time and money, allows inspection of otherwise inaccessible equipment, and contributes to the safety of mine personnel.Large mining sites include multiple divisions, explains Eric Romersa, Co-Founder of WS Data 3D, a Chilean mining inspection company. The three main sectors – the mine, leaching pads, concentration plants and tailings facilities – all need to be monitored for many different issues, and drones are emerging as the right tool for the job. “Drones can collect a large amount of data fast, without putting people into these areas,” says Romersa. When it comes to inspecting the machines in the concentration plant, Romersa comments, Elios is really the only drone available that can work in that environment.The equipment that Romersa’s team inspects are dangerous: ball mills, SAG mills, crushers, stockpile feeders and floatation cells. “Before using the Elios, inspections were both costly and risky. The mine had to stop the entire production line, open the mill, and block upstream and downstream as part of the security protocol. This procedure takes about an hour: at $100-$150,000 per hour in production costs, it’s a significant expense. After the security protocol is performed, inspectors would dress in protective clothing and perform the inspection. Subject to falling debris, personnel would have to complete the inspection as quickly as possible, making a visual inspection or using a camera on a tripod to take images of the area.”In the case of the float cells, workers used to have to erect scaffolding inside, and then it required 3 to 4 specially certified personnel to perform the inspection. The environment is so hazardous that even the process of suiting up appropriately takes significant time. “Security procedures are long and tedious,” says Romersa. For the crushers, prior to using the Elios there really wasn’t an effective way to inspect them: so managers were forced to wait for something to break before doing any maintenance.“Using the Elios collision-proof drone, inspectors now take aerial images of the equipment while remaining outside of the hazardous area. With no exposure to risk, personnel are not required to wear special equipment other than that usually required in the mine, and can take as much time as required. Production does not need to be shut down while the inspection is performed. Crushers are now inspected with the Elios every month: and managers have the option to inspect things in 30–40 minutes if there is a problem.”Being able to inspect the crushers before any problem occurs could save the company millions of dollars in new equipment costs. Romersa says that while it has taken some efforts to educate his clients about using drones for inspections, customers like using the Elios. “When you sum up all of the costs of lost production, they are all on board,” he comments. The Elios not only saves the mining company money, but provides better data: “The quality of the data from the drone is better than the quality that you get with a person – people need to get in and out quickly,” says Romersa. “With a drone, you can stop and make a more detailed visual inspection. You can establish a standardised procedure where you know exactly what points you need to cover every time – you avoid the human factor. “The company concludes: “Drones provide major benefits for mining operations, and the Elios drone is uniquely able to perform inspections in confined and hazardous areas. Utilising the Elios solution for inspecting machinery offers a clear return on investment for customers, providing savings in both time and money while keeping workers safe. With immediate savings of over $100,000 for every inspection, and the capability for timely inspections at the first warning of a problem, the value is significant.”Romersa estimates that about 60% of mining operations are currently using drones: the larger the operation, the greater the savings that they experience. And while some operations require more education about what this technology can offer: “When we show them what can be done with professional drone they understand,” says Romersa.last_img read more

Meet the first woman to be appointed a Church of Ireland bishop

first_imgTHE CHURCH OF Ireland has appointed its first female bishop, Reverend Pat Storey, who will take over as Bishop of Meath and Kildare.Storey has been the rector of St Augustine’s Parish Church in Londonderry since 2004. The new bishop said she was “both excited and daunted by this new adventure”.“I count it an enormous privilege to begin a new phase of my ministry with the people of Meath and Kildare, and I look forward to working with the team of clergy who are already there,” she said.Storey is married with two children and lists “my golden retriever!” at the top of her personal interests on her CV.Announcing the appointment today, Archbishop of Armagh, Rev Richard Clarke said Storey is a “a person of great warmth, intelligence and spiritual depth”.The consecration of the new bishop will take place in due course, followed by enthronement in the diocesan cathedrals.Read: Pope Francis: We don’t need to talk about abortion, gay marriage and contraception ‘all the time’>last_img read more

Apple stops accepting App Store reviews if developer promo code used

first_imgApple has made a change in its App Store policies that actually makes a lot of sense and has us wondering why it took so long for it to happen. The change is a simple one: if a developer gives out a promo code for a game, whoever uses that code cannot post an App Store review for the app they get in return.Of course, this has some developers in a tizzy because many of them give free promo codes away as a way to get new users to try their app and then, hopefully, give the app a positive review.An app developer posted the news in a Touch Arcade forum, saying the new change prevents users from leaving a review or rating if they try to download the app with a promo code. This is clearly part of Apple’s plan to improve the quality of the apps in its App Store. Now, when you see an app with 300 reviews, you can be sure that these are 300 users that paid for the app before they reviewed it.Federico Viticci of MacStories said he tried reviewing an app he downloaded last year with a promo code, and he was still able to do so. This means the restriction must just be on anything downloaded recently. We’re not exactly sure when the cutoff started, but it looks to be about two weeks back.It’s still possible to review and rate apps using a gift card, gift certificate, or by simply buying the app. Hypothetically, if a developer really wanted to get some good reviews, he or she could purchase gift cards for people to use instead of promo codes. However, that’s not exactly ethical. Plus, there’s no guaranteeing the user will use the gift card on the developer’s app. They could take the free gift card and use it on an MP3 or another app.Personally, I think things always seem better when they’re free, and I admit that my true opinion is skewed by the fact that I didn’t pay for whatever it is I got for free. For example, I got a free burger the other day through a local deals site which I thought was one of the best burgers I’d had in my life. But, if I had to pay $7 for it, I’m not sure if I’d be so enthusiastic. That seems to be the thought process behind making this change as users won’t now be swayed by not having to pay for the app.via MacStorieslast_img read more

Fun poll At what time of day do you have your dinner

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Bartosz Luczak Anytime from about noon-2pm (1826) Other (441) Anytime from about noon-2pmEarly evening8pm or laterOtherVoteIf you ticked ‘other’, you need to elaborate in the comments. You may also need to have a good long talk to yourself. Short URL 68 Comments Share Tweet Email 8pm or later (3065) Mar 16th 2017, 12:45 PM Fun poll: At what time of day do you have your dinner? Your daily bite-sized ballot break. Poll Results: Early evening (12403) 29,358 Views By Fora Staff Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 12:45 PM Image: Shutterstock/Bartosz Luczak IT’S COMING CLOSE to 1pm and that begs the question – is that dinnertime or lunch?It’s a perennial argument among Irish people, and sometimes appears to highlight an urban-rural divide on the issue.So what do you think?At what time of day is it okay to call a meal ‘dinner’? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

We won Pappouli mou

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s only been a year since Greek Australian producer Nicolaos Demourtzidis introduced his feature-length film Istoria to the world, and his work has just been bestowed with a Hollywood International Independent Documentary Award (2016) in the Foreign Documentary Feature Category. Istoria follows the journey of Nicolaos’ pappou Elias, his son and grandson as they return to Greece for the last time to explore Elias’ troubled past and possibly even find a sense of personal closure for him. “The project was done with passion! Passion for our family, passion for our country, passion for people, passion for storytelling. The international stage is receiving the documentary quite well and the fact that we are gaining some credibility along the way reassures me of our hard work,” says 30-year-old Nicolaos in an interview with Neos Kosmos. “We have not as yet been able to make any real marks in our own country, which is disappointing, but we will keep pushing for local film festival entries and who knows, maybe inspire us to tell a new story.”Istoria’s main character, pappou Elias, was a Greek expatriate and survivor of the Greek Civil War, who migrated to Australia after losing both parents tragically and, like most Greek migrants of his generation, he worked hard and achieved success both personally and professionally. For his family, though, Elias was more than that. He was the man who was holding the answers to all the family’s past wonders. “My pappou was my best friend until the day he left us. He was a big storyteller and a very wise man,” explains Nicolaos, who remembers jumping on his bike to get to his grandparents’ house just so that he could sit there and listen to his grandfather’s stories. The two men developed a strong bond over the years, but things took an unexpected turn seven years before Elias’ death, when he started showing signs of dementia. Soon after he was diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease Alzheimer’s. The disease was eroding his most recent memories first, leaving his mind to wander back to the time he was in his village in Greece. Watching the disease slowly take over Elias’ life and vigorous mind, Nicolaos felt the need to find out more and share his family history before he lost his grandfather forever. With camera in hand and inspired by his biggest hero and best friend, the producer from Adelaide took Elias back to where it all started − Greece. Filmed in South Australia as well as the Florina village of Pelargos where Elias came from, the three-man crew consisted of David Ockenden (director/producer), Brad Halstead (director of photography) and Nic Demourtzidis (executive producer). After countless hours of filming and editing, the premiere of Istoria took place in Adelaide on 11 October, 2015, and the reaction to the film was overwhelming, with 750 people walking from the theatre with teary eyes and solemn emotions. “Istoria gives an honest and emotional insight of my grandfather’s story, encouraging us all to look deeper into the eyes of those who struggle with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Nicolaos. Elias passed away peacefully before he had the chance to watch the completed documentary of his tormented, yet incredible life, but he leaves a legacy behind him which will remain alive forever, thanks to his grandson. “My pappou was my hero and I truly believe that there is a hero in every other family. Just ask your grandparents to tell their story so that we can keep this colour bright and pass on from generation to generation,” says the young producer, whose hope has always been to take people on an emotional journey and inspire the youth to try and develop a closer relationship with their grandparents. Although 40 hours of raw footage of his grandfather will never be enough, Demourtzidis has already achieved enough to make his pappou proud; an international award for Istoria, raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and above all, he has managed to preserve his family’s history. “We never had the sights of Hollywood in mind when doing this documentary. We only had in mind telling a story that would inspire others to search their own story. To me, the world is a beautiful mosaic, but it’s losing its colour, therefore if we can all individually keep our stories bright, we add to something that goes beyond culture into humanity, creating one beautiful portrait.”“As for me, I am just extremely blessed to have met my pappou through all the stages of his life; as an adult and as a happy child. “I will never forget him.”The award ceremony for the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Award will be held in two weeks in the US. In the meantime, Istoria’s entry has also been accepted by Irvine International Film Festival (CA, USA), Richmond International Film Festival (VA, USA), Finnow Film Festival (Germany) and World International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada). See more on www.istoriadocumentary.comlast_img read more

Tyson Kidd comments on successful neck surgery on 624

first_img Twitter Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Google+ WWE comments on passing of Harley Race, Wrestling industry reacts to passing Pinterest Jerry Lawler Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img Paige undergoes successful neck surgery; King of the Ring semi-finals and finals locations Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Mojo Rawley Certain Rob Gronkowski Will Be in the WWE Soon Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE star Tyson Kidd posted the following on Twitter last night, after successfully undergoing neck surgery on Wednesday:“Surgery was a success! This guy always reminds me what friendship means through and through Pro inside and OUT #BTE”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 30.74%0:04Remaining Time -0:44 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins responds to Jon Moxley’s post-WWE comments made on the Jericho podcastlast_img read more

Crews respond to fire at Payless store in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida business went up in flames, Wednesday.Fire broke out at a Payless shoe store near Northwest 11th Street and Seventh Avenue in Northwest Miami-Dade.Fire rescue crews quickly arrived at the scene.The flames caused some damage to the building.It remains unknown if anyone was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img