Victoria aims to eliminate public transit fares to encourage more riders

first_imgVictoria wants to eliminate public transit fares for everyone in the region as a way to reduce the impacts of climate change.Mayor Lisa Helps will bring a motion to the regional transit commission Monday, asking it to embrace a policy of phasing out user fees and expand bus service to meet an anticipated increase in demand.Coun. Ben Isitt, who introduced the motion that was passed Thursday by council, says it would begin with the elimination of fares for youth under 19 next year and the broader community would be phased in.He says the transit system currently depends on $40 million in annual revenue from fares but is primarily funded through taxation in the form of provincial subsidies, gas taxes and property taxes.He says the proposal would see fares eliminated and the existing taxation formula expanded.The policy is already in place in jurisdictions like Luxembourg and Estonia, while youth ride free in Kingston, Ont.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Court dismisses CNs appeal of decision on clamorous Winnipeg railway

first_imgAugustina Harker has avoided relaxing and playing with her partner and two children in the backyard for the past three summers because of the noise from a rail line used as a staging area behind her house in Winnipeg.“It’s like you’re inside of a factory,” Harker said, adding that the smell of diesel periodically penetrates her home. “It shakes the house when those cars are hitting together.”Harker and other residents of the east Winnipeg neighbourhood told a tribunal last year they hear valves releasing, engines throttling, trains braking and freight cars banging at all hours. “It’s an extraordinary disruption,” she said in an interview Friday.Harker may be able to take heart. The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge by the Canadian National Railway Company to an earlier ruling that CN’s railway activity was too noisy for residents.The initial May 2017 decision by a Canadian Transportation Agency tribunal ruled “that the noise levels caused by CN’s operations constitute substantial interference” and “are not reasonable, as they cause an excessive impact on the residents.”The tribunal stated the agency may order CN to make “any change” to its operations that the regulator considers reasonable.Wednesday’s federal court decision dismissed CN’s application for judicial review on the grounds that questions of fact were beyond the court’s role as an appeal body in this case.Multiple Winnipeg residents living alongside the rail line near the Transcona Rail Yard told the tribunal in 2016 that CN has been using the area to hold and rearrange trains since 2015, when construction on an underpass — completed the following year — began.Robert Scott, who filed the complaint, argued the vibrations and noise have cracked home foundations, ceilings and drywall and caused sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, headaches and anxiety among the applicants.“The applicants provided an example of one incident…where a train idled with its engine revving up and down for over an hour before departing,” the tribunal’s decision reads.“The applicants state that when idle trains start to move, there are successive banging noises resembling explosions, as the boxcars slam into one another. The applicants state these noises also occur both day and night.”CN had argued it was “only causing such noise and vibration as is reasonable,” and requested the initial complaint be dismissed, the tribunal said.Companies in the story: (TSX:CNR)last_img read more

Marvellous display of marble rocks

first_imgAfter mounting 26 shows pan India and internationally, Pune based artist Neena Singh is showcasing her artworks in an exhibition titled ‘Paridrishya – A solo exhibition of paintings’, at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from April 12-18, 2019.The exhibition was inaugurated on April 12, in the presence of art lovers and connoisseurs. Singh is an acclaimed artist best known for her series of paintings on Marble rocks. Ever since she made a move from Jabalpur to Pune she has been working on the series of ‘Dynasty of marble rock’ and has painted about 45 artworks in varying sizes. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainNeena Singh has a multifaceted personality being an artist par excellence, an art conservator, Chemist, teacher, and writer. She believes that art is not just a tool for information but it has to be envisaged as a catalyst to stimulate discourse and foster change in society. Talking about her artworks, the artist said: “I did not want my painting to be just a representation of a scene rather I wanted to represent the mood, emotions which I experience when associated with nature. I have used tonalism to express a sense of unity over diversity, tranquillity overactivity and spiritual over physical.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe artist reveals that among all the colours, blue dominates her palette, which she says is the colour of the sea and sky, and has a quality of cool expansiveness and openness.”Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, blue is an introspective colour. But, the quiet character and poetic subtlety of blue can also be associated with melancholy and resignation,” she elaborates. In her works, she has used oil as the medium and has not hesitated to experiment with texture, colour and light extensively to express the grandeur of the marble rock jotting out of the beautiful Narmada, whose bluish-greenish water matching with the colour of the sky. The abstract mosaic of colour and texture lend a sculptural effect to the paintings. The artist believes that the eye never wearies of about the effect produced by the broken and reflected sunlight glancing from the pinnacle of white marbles reared against the deep blue sky. The brilliantly coloured cliffs and watching the seasons and the light change provided endless inspiration for her paintings. Taking inspiration of her art from the Narmada, Neena says, “Just before the Narmada passes through the gorge it plunges down from 100 feet height, it is a sight to behold and its roar is heard from a far distance. The mist created by water falling on hard rock creates visuals of smoke emanating from the river bed hence the name ‘Dhuandhar or Smoke Cascade’. Since my childhood, I wished to paint this scene and I am happy with the use of colour, texture, and form to create a visually stimulating image which depicts the spontaneity, rhythm, and flow of water.” The artist spent a great part of her life in Jabalpur, either at spiritual Gwarighat or adventurous Bargi Dam, followed by being enamoured by her sensuous flow at Bhedaghat. Over the centuries forces of nature has curved out strange structures on the marble cliffs and every rock narrates its story, and through the medium of paint, Neena has also expressed colour in all its beauty. Her paintings are directly connected to life and interact with the viewer because everyone connects to nature. In recent times, due to rapid technological developments, there is a gradual increase in the tendency to distance ourselves from the environment and culture. And, through her paintings, she attempts to reveal the beauty of nature with fresh, vibrant, colourful and poetic colours and motivates viewers to preserve it for the future.last_img read more

Nigerian Arrested in Mohammed V Airport for Hiding Cocaine in His

Rabat – Police services at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca arrested a Nigerian national, aged 40, for hiding 900 g of cocaine in his stomach, said the national police (DGSN).The accused, coming from Sao-Paulo and heading for Monrovia, was arrested following a routine operation after the scanner detected suspicious pills hidden in his stomach.The Nigerian citizen was transferred to Ibn Rochd Hospital in Casablanca, where 83 capsules containing 890 g of cocaine were removed from his body, according to the same source. The suspect was remanded in custody under medical supervision until he recovers and could be questioned on the illegal substance. read more

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Thursday, as gains for banks, big retailers and communication services companies offset losses elsewhere in the market.A late-afternoon flurry of buying helped nudge the benchmark S&P 500 index’s winning streak to a sixth straight day. Traders were looking ahead to the government’s jobs report on Friday and preparing for a new round of corporate earnings reports next week.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index rose 5.99 points, or 0.2%, to 2,879.39.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 166.50 points, or 0.6%, to 26,384.63.The Nasdaq fell 3.77 points, or 0.1%, to 7,891.78.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 6.58 points, or 0.4%, to 1,567.49.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 44.99 points, or 1.6%.The Dow is up 455.95 points, or 1.8%.The Nasdaq is up 162.46 points, or 2.1%.The Russell 2000 is up 27.75 points, or 1.8%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 372.54 points, or 14.9%.The Dow is up 3,057.17 points, or 13.1%.The Nasdaq is up 1,256.51 points, or 18.9%.The Russell 2000 is up 218.93 points, or 16.2%.The Associated Press read more

Desertification poses security risks Ban warns on World Day

One-third of the Earth’s surface is affected by desertification, endangering the livelihoods and development of up to 1 billion people, Mr. Ban said in a message to commemorate the Day, which has been observed since 1995. “Faced with long periods of drought, famine and deepening poverty, many have only one option: flight from the land,” he said, noting that there are already 24 million peopled forced by land degradation to leave their homes and that one-third of the world’s cropland has been abandoned in the past four decades. Climate change is one force behind desertification, but the Secretary-General stressed that “we must reconsider our agricultural practices and how we manage our water resources,” with agriculture and livestock raising accounting for 70 per cent of fresh water use and up to 80 per cent of deforestation. Increased demand for crops for both animal feed and biofuels will also strain scarce water resources without sustainable management, he pointed out. Today’s message also emphasized the unsustainable nature of current global consumption and production patterns, which could lead to further global food crises, similar to last year’s, as well as continued desertification, land degradation and drought. “As usual, the poor will be the first victims and the last to recover,” Mr. Ban said. He exhorted world leaders to “seal [the] deal” on an ambitious new climate change pact – to replace the Kyoto Protocol – in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December. “A comprehensive and equitable agreement to slow down global warming must also help developing countries to adapt to the impacts that are already under way,” the Secretary-General said. “In particular, it must provide adequate and predictable financing to support improved land management, more efficient water use and sustainable agriculture.” A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) scheme to stem desertification in Africa has made strides, with extinct grass species being re-introduced, deploying rainwater harvesting, rotation grazing and other strategies. The Desert Margins Programme has demonstrated success in pilot projects in nine African nations, including Senegal, where the Sahel Apple, a nutritious fruit with a high-market value which also restores degraded lands, was introduced by the scheme. “Land degradation and desertification [are] not inevitable and the multiple inspiring solutions from the Deserts Margin Programme underscore this,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “It is time to scale-up and to replicate these kinds of actions in order to climate-proof vulnerable communities while boosting livelihoods, biodiversity and water supplies en route to achieving the UN’s poverty-related Millennium Development Goals [MDGs].” 17 June 2009With 200 million people projected to become environmentally-induced migrants by 2050, land degradation threatens national and regional stability, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the World Day to Combat Desertification. read more

Congolese postelection violence will not be tolerated ICC prosecutor warns

“We continue to receive multiple reports of violent attacks against civilians, of fighting between rival factions, as well as attacks by armed groups and the national security forces,” said prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in a press release.“We are closely watching the situation on the ground, and recourse to violence will not be accepted.”Congolese went to the polls on 28 November to cast their ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections – only the second time that the country has held multi-party polls since independence from Belgium in 1960.Press reports have indicated that there is growing tension in the capital, Kinshasa, as results trickle in, with at least one politician and his supporters reportedly claiming to have won.“We are urgently requesting information from the DRC authorities on the allegations that security forces fired at demonstrators,” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo.“We welcome and are closely following the initiatives taken by national authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible for such attacks against the civilian population.”He said he was also aware of reports of violence by armed groups apparently associated with different political parties, politicians and party officials against demonstrators from other parties.“As we have shown in both Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire, planning and executing attacks on civilians for electoral gain will not be tolerated. This court can investigate and prosecute you if you are responsible for committing ICC crimes, irrespective of position, and irrespective of political affiliation,” said the prosecutor.“I urge leaders, commanders, and politicians on all sides to calm your supporters. Electoral violence is no longer a ticket to power, I assure you. It is a ticket to The Hague,” he added. 6 December 2011As the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) await the results of last week’s presidential and legislative elections, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) warned today that any outbreak of poll-related violence will be investigated and those found responsible prosecuted. read more

UN refugee head travels to Africa to spotlight plight of returnees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres left today on an eight-day mission to four African nations that will culminate in Liberia next week when he marks World Refugee Day on June 20 with some of the hundreds of thousands of returning refugees and displaced now struggling to rebuild their country.During the first stage of the mission in Tanzania and Burundi, Mr. Guterres will be joined by EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel to get a first-hand look at major refugee and repatriation operations in the Great Lakes region.“In both the Great Lakes region and in Liberia, hundreds of thousands of people are making the choice to return to their devastated homelands in the hope they can rebuild their lives,” UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva today.“While the huge numbers of refugees going home is indeed good news, we still have to worry about what happens to them once they get there. For many, rebuilding their lives at home can be even more of a struggle than life in a refugee camp, where they at least had access to basic services such as health care, primary education, shelter, food and clean water.”The EU’s Humanitarian Aid Department has been crucial to UNHCR’s work and Mr. Guterres and Mr. Michel want to underscore the need for sustained international involvement in helping nations emerging from conflict.“According to the UNDP [United Nations Development Programme], half of all countries emerging from conflict slip back into violence within five years. One of our major challenges therefore is ensuring that returnees are not forced to flee again, a point that the High Commissioner and Mr. Michel are underscoring throughout their mission,” Ms. Pagonis said.Among other engagements during their trip, Mr. Michel and Mr. Guterres will meet refugees in Tanzania who are going back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where they face enormous difficulties. For example in South Kiva, 70 per cent of return areas are accessible only on foot, while 80 per cent of schools no longer exist.The two officials will then spend Friday and most of Saturday in Burundi, including visits to camps and transit centres on the Burundi-Tanzania border as well as meetings with senior government officials and partners before travelling to Nairobi on Saturday evening to conclude the joint mission.Mr. Guterres will fly to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, next Sunday and will hold meetings with various government officials on Monday before travelling to Monrovia, Liberia. On World Refugee Day next Tuesday – the theme of which for this year is ‘Hope’ – Mr. Guterres is scheduled among other activities to welcome a repatriation convoy bringing Liberian refugees from Sierra Leone and will then accompany them on their journey home.The High Commissioner returns to Geneva on June 22. read more

US manufacturing expands at slowest pace in 6 months in December though

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US manufacturing expands at slowest pace in 6 months in December, though growth still solid WASHINGTON – U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production. Yet growth was still healthy, a sign manufacturing may help drive the economy’s expansion in 2015 as it did last year.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Friday that its manufacturing index fell to 55.5 in December from 58.7 in November. Any reading above 50 signals expansion. November’s figure was just below a three-year high reached in October.December’s reading is the lowest since June. But it is also close to the average for all of 2014 and remains at a solid level. Americans are buying more cars and appliances, boosting demand for factory-made goods. Economists also forecast that businesses may spend more on industrial equipment this year, which would also lift output.A labour dispute at West Coast seaports, from San Diego to Seattle, has interrupted the shipment of raw materials for many manufacturers, the ISM survey found. That has disrupted production and likely contributed to the lower reading.Despite the decline, most economists are optimistic about manufacturing’s prospects in 2015.“These were readings that in any ordinary time would be considered excellent,” Guy Berger, an economist at RBS Securities wrote in a note to clients.The survey’s measure of employment rose to a four-month high, evidence that factories added jobs last month. That is a good sign for the December jobs report, which will be released next Friday.U.S. manufacturers are still growing despite struggling economies overseas. A measure of overseas demand for U.S. goods fell last month, the ISM survey found, but remained in expansion territory. Most economists are confident that the U.S. market is large enough to sustain U.S. factory growth this year.“The strength of domestic demand will ensure that industry and the wider economy still perform particularly well in 2015,” Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics, said.Factory activity in China contracted last month for the first time since May, according to a survey by the bank HSBC Corp. That’s the latest sign that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing even as its government seeks to put it on a more sustainable path.A manufacturing index for the nations that share the euro currency rose slightly in December after falling to a 17-month low the previous month.Falling prices for oil and other commodities have helped many manufacturers by lowering costs, the ISM found.Other recent data on U.S. manufacturing has been modestly positive.Factory production jumped in November, surpassing its pre-recession peak, the Federal Reserve said earlier this month. Strong auto manufacturing, spurred by healthy car sales, boosted output.Meanwhile, demand for long-lasting factory goods slipped in November for the third time in four months, according to the Commerce Department.The drop was driven mostly by lower orders for military goods. A category that economists view as a proxy for business investment spending — which excludes volatile aircraft and defence orders — was flat last month. That marks an improvement from declines of 1.9 per cent in October and 1.1 per cent in September. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2015 8:16 am MDT read more

Ohio State softball to take on 4 more teams in Louisville Slugger

Members of OSU softball team. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a week off, the Ohio State softball team (9-4) is set to head west to Tempe, Arizona, for the Louisville Slugger Invitational hosted by Arizona State. The Buckeyes are slated to face four opponents, three of which are ranked in the USA Today Top 25 poll. OSU’s first matchup is scheduled to begin Friday at 1 p.m. against James Madison (17-1).At this juncture in the season, the Buckeyes have faced only one ranked team, a loss to then-No. 3 LSU, so the weekend looks primed to be stuffed with a string of intense contests.“This spring trip will probably be the toughest stretch of (nine) games we will play this year before postseason play,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, looking ahead to both this weekend and next week’s five-game trip to San Diego.Sizing up the opponentsJames Madison is the Buckeyes’ highest-ranked opponent this weekend, moving from its preseason ranking of No. 19 to No. 10 after its successful start. The Dukes are 4-1 against other ranked teams, including a 3-2 win over No. 3 Auburn in February.James Madison poses a threat from the mound because of the forceful duo of sophomore Megan Good and senior Jailyn Ford. Both pitchers have an ERA below 1.00, and Good has struck out 70 batters in her 13 appearances.Schoenly is cognizant of the Dukes’ powerhouse pitching staff, which will help prepare OSU’s batters for the subsequent energetic efforts from the mound.“We will be facing some of the toughest pitchers in the country over the next (nine) games, and it will be great to see who rises to the challenge,” she said.Seven Dukes are hitting above .350, five of whom have started all 18 games. Senior Erica Field is off to another stellar season after breaking four program single-season and three career records last season. The catcher’s career batting average of .359 rivals OSU senior catcher Cammi Prantl’s .342, which is the top mark among Buckeye starters.Georgetown (5-11) is OSU’s only unranked opponent in Arizona. As such, Schoenly said the Buckeyes are hoping to take advantage at the plate in Game 2 on Friday after likely having to grind out hits against James Madison’s pitching staff.The Buckeye offense will face a struggling Hoya pitching staff, which has a combined ERA of 6.83. Georgetown’s three pitchers have also walked more than twice the number of batters they have struck out.Senior Samantha Giovanniello leads the Hoyas with five home runs and 19 RBIs, which is just two short of her 2015 total.The Buckeyes’ own offensive weakness continues to be stranding runners, something that could make a difference in a tight game.“The few games we have lost, we had many baserunners during the game,” Schoenly said. “We just needed a timely hit here and there.”OSU is scheduled to play its only game Saturday against No. 23 Nebraska, which is currently ranked second in the Big Ten, while the Buckeyes sit at fourth in the conference.Cornhusker infielder M.J. Knighten leads the Big Ten in batting with 11 home runs and a .473 batting average. The junior was named Big Ten Player of the Week last month after a strong showing in Iowa. Also delivering at the plate for Nebraska (12-4) is senior outfielder Kiki Stokes with a .435 batting average, and senior infielder Alicia Armstrong with 15 RBIs.Nebraska sits in the middle of the conference in pitching and is led by junior right-hander Cassidy McClure with 33 strikeouts. The right-hander and the three other pitchers for the Huskers have a combined ERA of 3.11.The Scarlet and Gray finish their outing in Arizona with a matchup against Arizona State (18-5). The No. 19 Sun Devils have eight batters hitting over .350, half of whom have RBI totals in the double digits. Freshman first baseman Ulufa Leilua has a .903 slugging percentage, while senior infielder Nikki Girard has seven doubles and three homers.OSU’s defense has been effective in getting out of tough situations with big hitters like Leilua at the plate, something Schoenly mentioned as a key to the Buckeyes’ success this weekend.“We are looking for our pitchers to continue limiting teams to a few runs a game,” Schoenly said. “The key for our defense will be to limit the opponents’ big innings and for us to have timely hitting.”Schoenly also praised sophomore third baseman Ashley Goodwin’s constant awareness of the field to stop opponents’ offenses from scoring.Finishing strongAfter her leading performance in South Carolina, Prantl was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Week.The senior hit .786 over five games, including a 4-for-4, three-RBI showing against Furman.“I am extremely honored and humbled to be receiving this national award,” Prantl said in a press release. “This would not be possible without the support of my teammates and the coaching staff. Driving in runs is impossible without my teammates being on base.”Prantl has 47 doubles in her career, only 11 away from the Buckeyes’ all-time record. She had 16 doubles during both her sophomore and junior seasons, so Prantl has a reasonable chance to set a new program mark.Up nextThe Buckeyes are scheduled to face San Diego State in a single game on March 16 before facing four opponents at the San Diego State Tournament from March 17 to 20. OSU’s matchup against the Aztecs is slated to begin at 9 p.m. read more

First paralysed man to complete the London Marathon on foot crosses finish

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Well-wishers have donated medals to Mr Kindleysides because he is ineligible for one due to finishing a day late  The exoskeleton suit features light, battery-powered motors at the hip and knee joint. It senses subtle changes in its user’s centre of gravity, meaning that leaning forward causes the suit to take a step forward.   After the race Mr Kindleysides said: “I am in a lot of pain. It has taken it out of me and I don’t know how it is going to affect me physically afterwards.“I hadn’t walked 26 miles in my life when I was able bodied, so that is a massive achievement in itself.“The support has just been overwhelming and like a dream come true. It is incredible because I didn’t expect it to be as big as it was.”Mr Kindleysides’ partner, Jenna, walked six miles alongside him.It is not the first time Mr Kindleysides has overcome his disability for charity. In 2015 he hand-cycled from London to Paris raising £5,000 in the process.  He added: “I just wanted to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. You can stay in bed and feel sorry for yourself or get out and enjoy your life, because you are only here once.” Well-wishers have donated medals to Mr Kindleysides because he is ineligible for one due to finishing a day late Credit:Flynet Pictures Mr Kindleysides was raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity and at the time of writing has raised £8,630.04, just short of his goal of £10,000. He has been donated some medals from well-wishers and has also been awarded the Spirit of London award, which the London Marathon gives to participants who “encapsulated the unique spirit” of the race. He is the first finisher from this year’s race to be given the award.Mr Kindleysides joins the likes of former boxer Michael Watson, the biggest individual fundraiser Rev Steve Chalke and Fajau Singh, the oldest person to finish the event, who have won the award in the past.The London Marathon said that they had worked closely with Mr Kindleysides in planning his walk and supporting his logistics team. The first paralysed man to complete the London Marathon on foot has cross the finish line, but has been denied a medal because he completed the race a day late. Simon Kindleysides set off at 10am on Sunday alongside thousands of other racers and finished at 10:46pm on Monday – the last person to cross the line. The 34-year-old, a father of three from Blofield, was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder and a glioma brain tumour in 2013, which left him paralysed from the waist down.He walked the 26.2-mile marathon course using a ReWalk exoskeleton suit.But because Mr Kindleysides did not finished the race on Sunday, he has been refused an official medal. read more

ExxonMobils Mobil DTE 10 Excel helps optimise mining vehicle performance

first_imgHydraulic oil offers improved fuel efficiency and extended oil drain intervals. Mobil DTE 10 Excel can provide up to a 6% improvement in hydraulic system efficiency and a 300% increase in oil drain intervals compared to standard hydraulic oils. Field demonstration with excavator achieves up to a 6% reduction in fuel per work cycle. This state-of-the-art hydraulic oil has been proven to help mines increase productivity, reduce unscheduled downtime and improve the fuel efficiency of their machinery. Formulated with extensive laboratory and in-service field testing, Mobil DTE 10 Excel can help provide quantifiable increases in hydraulic efficiency compared to standard hydraulic oils. This can translate to reduced power consumption or increased machine output, resulting in monetary savings. In controlled laboratory efficiency testing, Mobil DTE 10 Excel was measured to provide up to a 6% improvement in hydraulic pump efficiency compared to ExxonMobil’s standard hydraulic fluid, Mobil DTE 20, when operating in typical hydraulic applications.Hydraulic efficiency benefits can translate to increased machine productivity and/or reduced fuel consumption. In a controlled field demonstration with a commercially available excavator using Mobil DTE 10 Excel, up to a 6% reduction in fuel consumption per work cycle was documented, as well as a significant reduction in cycle time versus a standard SAE 10W hydraulic fluid.In addition, laboratory and in-service field demonstrations conducted on a wide range of modern hydraulic systems, demonstrated exceptional oil life, outlasting Mobil DTE 20 by up to three times whilst maintaining outstanding hydraulic system cleanliness and component protection.  Mobil DTE 10 Excel has also been designed to perform in the extreme environments sometimes found at mining locations, operating successfully in temperatures as low as -34°C as well as offering excellent ‘start-up’ protection.“Mobil DTE 10 Excel has been designed to help improve a mining company’s bottom line – the annual fuel savings alone can sometimes be more than the yearly cost of the hydraulic oil,” said Andrea Jacobsen, European Industrial Lubricants Marketing Manager, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Europe.  “By significantly extending oil drain intervals and reducing fuel consumption we can help mining operators optimise the performance of their equipment in the field.”last_img read more

World Health Organisation launches €75 million ebola plan

first_img A close up of newspaper front pages focusing on the Ebola outbreak, including a newspaper, left, reading ‘Burn all bodies’ in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. Source: AP/Press Association Images‘An extraordinary challenge’The WHO raised the death toll by 57 to 729, announcing that 122 new cases had been detected between Thursday and Sunday last week.“The Ebola virus disease poses an extraordinary challenge to our nation,” Sierra Leone’s leader Ernest Bai Koroma said in a televised address to the nation.“Consequently… I hereby proclaim a state of public emergency to enable us to take a more robust approach to deal with the Ebola outbreak.”Koroma confirmed he had cancelled a trip to the summit of around 50 African leaders in Washington next week.He announced a raft of measures as part of the state of emergency, including quarantining Ebola-hit areas and cancelling foreign trips by ministers.Sierra Leone, which has seen 233 deaths, yesterday buried medic Umar Khan, described by Koroma as a “national hero” who saved the lives of more than 100 Ebola patients before succumbing to the tropical bug.- © AFP, 2014Read: Quarantines declared in Nigeria over spread of deadly Ebola virus WEST AFRICA’S EBOLA-HIT nations imposed stringent new rules to tackle the world’s worst ever outbreak of the tropical virus ahead of a special regional summit to launch an emergency response plan.The leaders of four west African countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast — meet in the Guinean capital Conakry today, along with the head of the World Health Organisation, Margaret Chan, to launch a €75-million joint plan to tackle the epidemic.The meeting comes as US, German and French health authorities issued a warning on Thursday against travel to the three affected countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — to stop the disease spreading to their shores.“It is like fighting a forest fire. If you leave behind even one burning ember, one case undetected, it could reignite the epidemic,” said Tom Frieden, the chief of the US’s top public health body.Chan said hundreds more humanitarian workers would be deployed under the emergency plan.A hospital in the southern United States said it was preparing to receive an Ebola patient “within the next several days” for treatment in its specialised containment unit.Meanwhile Nigeria quarantined two people who had “primary contact” with a man who died of Ebola in Lagos last week as west Africa battled to tame the deadliest ever outbreak of the virus.Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain an epidemic that has infected more than 1,300 people since the start of the year, hit major cities and sparked alarm over its possible spread to other nations.last_img read more

Workers in Waterford to take industrial action on Christmas week over pay

first_img Dec 7th 2016, 3:29 PM Updated 4.33pmSIPTU MEMBERS AT the Bausch and Lomb plant in Waterford have issued notice that they are planning industrial action that will start from 21 December.The workers’ grievance relates to the failure of management to fully restore pay and conditions of employment.To ensure the company retained their Waterford site, workers at the plant agreed to a series of cuts in 2014.Two years ago, the jobs of hundreds of workers at the plant were put at risk after Bausch and Lomb announced that “substantial cost reductions” were required.“We are now faced with a stark choice; restructure in Waterford and secure its future, or see the plant close,” they said.The company, which makes contact lenses and lens care products, agreed a deal with Siptu workers in 2014 which saw workers’ salaries fall 7.5%; the elimination of some bonuses; one hour added work per week; a reduction in in the Sick Pay scheme and an improved redundancy package for the 200 workers who were set to lose their jobs.Faced with their pay not yet being restored, Siptu members at the plant will go on industrial action just before Christmas.Bausch and Lomb’s parent company, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, however, has said that the union’s ballot followed the rejection of “two carefully considered pay deals proposed by the WRC and the Labour Court”.“The company views the new request for ‘full restoration’ as a challenge to the viability of the site, and as such, has set out a series of actions that would arise as a direct consequence of the industrial action scheduled to commence on the 21 December,” its statement continued.The continuation of industrial action into the New Year will lead to the consideration of further actions by the company.Its position has been made known to 1,250 employees via a letter this morning, a spokesperson confirmed, adding:While we remain committed to the Waterford site, we will not be considering calls for ‘full restoration’ and a return to the uncertainty of a number of years ago. Our goal is to maintain the viability of the plant and reach a positive resolution of this matter by the 16 December.“The company will not be making any further public comments at this point. Our primary focus is on speaking to our employees and keeping them fully informed of any new developments.”Siptu organiser, Allen Dillon, said: “Our members have decided to implement a campaign of limited industrial action, which will consist of a series of one-hour work stoppages by each shift and an overtime ban.”Dillon added that its members had “overwhelmingly rejected” a Labour Court recommendation intended to resolve the dispute.He added that the industrial action was being taken as all other avenues had now been exhausted.“While Siptu appreciates the work the company has done to invest in the plant and secure its future, it now wants Bausch and Lomb to invest in its people, too.”Siptu sector organiser, Alan O’Leary, said: “Our members believe that the full restoration of their pay and terms and conditions of employment is what is now required.The planned industrial action by our members is avoidable and we urge the company to act now and initiate a plan which provides for the full restoration of the pay and terms and conditions of employment of our members.The union said that it remained available at short notice to directly engage with Bausch and Lomb in an attempt to resolve the dispute.First published at 3.31pmRead: Bausch & Lomb staff vote in favour of cost cutting measuresRead: SIPTU has authorised its 60,000 members to ballot on industrial and strike action Short URL Image: James Horan/ 12,528 Views Share57 Tweet Email Image: James Horan/ 34 Comments By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Workers in Waterford to take industrial action on Christmas week over pay restoration claims Bausch and Lomb workers agreed to a string of cost cutting measures to keep the plant viable in 2014. Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 3:29 PMlast_img read more

Billionaire Elon Musks company to launch first space rocket using recycled parts

first_img By AFP Share27 Tweet Email2 SPACEX IS POISED to launch its first recycled rocket today, using a booster that sent food and supplies to the astronauts living at the International Space Station last April.The goal of the launch, scheduled for 6:27 pm (10:27pm Irish time) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is to send a communications satellite for Luxembourg-based company SES into a distant orbit.Standing tall at the NASA launchpad, the white Falcon 9 rocket contains a tall, column-like portion known as the first stage, or booster, that propelled the unmanned Dragon cargo ship to space last year, and then returned to an upright landing on an ocean platform.SpaceX, the California-based company headed by internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, has for years been honing the technology of powering its boosters back to careful Earth landings on solid ground and in the water.So far it has successfully landed eight – five on so-called “drone ships” floating in the ocean, and three on land.The goal, Musk has said, is to make rocket parts just as reusable as cars, planes or bicycles.Currently, millions of dollars worth of rocket parts are jettisoned after each launch.SpaceX officials have said that reusing hardware could slash costs – with each Falcon 9 launch costing over $61 million – by about 30%.While generating plenty of buzz, the novel process still raises concerns for both customers and SpaceX.They include “worries about it failing, insurance implications, retrofitting turnaround, building up a critical mass of reused first stages in the warehouse,” said the global investment banking firm Jefferies International in an April report.But the direction of travel is clear. Mar 30th 2017, 7:30 AM 7,802 Views 7 Comments Image: USA Today network/SIPA USA/PA Imagescenter_img Image: USA Today network/SIPA USA/PA Images Billionaire Elon Musk’s company to launch first space rocket using recycled parts Musk says that the goal is to make rocket parts as reusable as cars, planes or bicycles. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL SpaceX competitor Blue Origin, run by founder Jeff Bezos, has also successfully landed its New Shepard booster after launch, by powering its engines to guide it down for a controlled, upright landing.“Reusability allows us to fly the system again and again,” said a statement on Blue Origin’s website.“With each flight, we’ll continuously improve the affordability of space exploration and research, opening space for all.”‘Flight-proven’As for the cost of today’s launch, Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES, has declined to say publicly the exact amount.However, he dismissed “naysayers” this week and stressed the historic nature of the launch on what he has described as a “flight-proven” rocket.“I think we are on the edge of quite a significant bit of history here,” he told a press conference.“Now we are here to be the first ever mission to fly on a pre-flown booster,” he said.This is obviously hugely exciting.When the mission was announced in August, Halliwell said the deal “illustrates the faith we have in (SpaceX’s) technical and operational expertise.”The SES-10 satellite will be sent to a geostationary orbit, flying as high as 35,000 kilometers above the Earth before maneuvering into its designated orbit.The satellite aims to expand television, internet and mobile connections across Latin America.- © AFP 2017Read: Watch: SpaceX rocket makes textbook touchdown on droneshipRead: Tesla’s electric cars are now available in Ireland … prices start from €81,000 Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 7:30 AMlast_img read more

Excandidate for Golden Dawn sues party leaders for libel

first_imgIlias Stavrou, a former Golden Dawn candidate, has filed defamation charges against the jailed leader of Greece’s neofascist party Nikos Michaloliakos, MP Ilias Kasidiaris and the administrator of the GD website after online posts described him as “mentally ill.”The allegations appeared after Stavrou, who joined GD about 10 years ago, left the party and testified in the ongoing criminal investigation into the organisation.In comments on Thursday, the 27-year-old, who is considered a key witness in the case, said his decision to quit GD was met with a “psychological war” from GD officials. “I was a hostage… They tried to bury me professionally and socially,” he said while labelling GD as a “gang of murderers posing as a political party.”“Golden Dawn is a systemic party. MPs would often go out with Parliament staff and spend hundreds of euros in restaurants… only to speak about the memorandum and people’s poverty the day after,” he added.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vehicle fire call reveals series of major crimes

first_imgFirefighters responding to a report of a vehicle fire at a home south of Ridgefield discovered a major crime scene involving assault, arson, burglary and auto theft, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Firefighters and deputies were dispatched at about 4 p.m. to a report of a vehicle on fire in the driveway of 6704 N.W. 192nd St. but soon discovered there was fire in the house’s two garages and that the homeowner had suffered traumatic injuries, a bulletin from the sheriff’s office said.The homeowner, whose name was not released, was transported by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and later reported in stable condition.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit investigation so far indicates that the homeowner had been assaulted in the garage by two white men who then burglarized the home, taking money and guns, according to the bulletin.The two men then started fires in the garage and to a vehicle they had driven to the house before driving away in the homeowner’s SUV, the bulletin said.The SUV was recovered a short time later in the 9900 block of Northeast 58th Street in Vancouver, the bulletin said.“This appears to be a targeted crime,” the bulletin said. “There is no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to the neighborhood.”last_img read more

Author Former Governor General Orville Turnquest Toiled 15 Years on the Historic

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 2, 2016 – With a foreword by Sir Sidney Poitier and praise from leading Bahamians, Sir Orville Turnquest’s new book What Manner of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas,  unsparingly examines the character of the man who abdicated the throne of England and was appointed Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945, a post that he considered banishment rather than the honour it was.Author Sir Orville Turnquest served as the fifth Governor General of an independent Bahamas from 1995-2001, uniquely qualifying him to address this historical subject.  He began writing the history of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s years in The Bahamas when he left the governor’s mansion, Mount Fitzwilliam. Fifteen years later, the book What Matter of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, will hit book stores December 5.  The book sheds new light on the reign of the Royal Governor and on the lives  of Bahamians during the tumultuous backdrop of World War II.Fifteen years after former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest pledged to dedicate his literacy prowess and fascination with history to writing the story of the Duke of Windsor’s reign in The Bahamas, his much-anticipated work, What Manner of Man is This, The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, will hit local bookstores on December 5.  The book, now available in hardcover and paperback, will also be sold through online retailers shortly after publication in paperback and e-Book editions.An official launch will be held at Government House with a small group of family, friends from The Bahamas Historical Society, Historic Bahamas Foundation and media. Sir Orville, who served as Governor General from 1995-2001, will present the first copy of the book to the current Governor General Lady Marguerite Pindling with a brief ceremony celebrating the book’s worldwide publication.Although many books have been written about the royal couple, Sir Orville’s incisive book is the only one that focus exclusively on the Duke’s administration while Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945 after he abdicated the throne as King of England in order to marry the twice-divorced Mrs. Wallis Simpson.While the world reveled in what was portrayed as both one of the greatest love stories of all time and the scandal of the century, the reality for The Bahamas was that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor viewed his assignment as Royal Governor as severe punishment, banishment to a far-flung island country without any of the trappings of a royal life. Though they gave of themselves personally in times of crisis, they never truly warmed to the people of the island nation, nor did they reciprocate the warmth with which Bahamians showered them.As World War II raged, disrupting lives globally including in The Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor was both symbolic of the superiority of royalty and symptomatic of the times.  Turmoil surrounded his tenure in this island nation – the Burma Road Riots, the Bay Street Fire, The Project, The Contract and the still-unsolved murder of Sir Harry Oakes, the richest man in the world at the time.The Duke’s friendship with a German industrialist who had taken refuge in The Bahamas during the war further aroused suspicion and, moreover, he never denied his affiliation and friendship with those who British allies would have considered their most bitter enemies.  He also never entertained a black Bahamian at Mount Fitzwilliam (Government House), though black Bahamians were so excited to see the ‘romantic couple’ that they insisted on a ceremony at Clifford Park to welcome them to The Bahamas when only a private ceremony had been planned.Diane Gedymin, publisher of Grant’s Town Press, states that, “This incisive book reveals the Duke and Duchess as racially biased, unwilling to disturb the status quo, and who fell far short of making a positive impact during his tenure.” In the foreword, Sir Sidney Poitier calls the book “an unvarnished fresh look” at a crucial period in Bahamian history. He points out that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s time in The Bahamas was not unlike apartheid, and notes that although the term was never used, the foundation was there – economic and political rule by a white oligarchy.Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham called the work “insightful, informative.” Turnquest, he said, “has produced an easy, readable history of the period, well-informed by his own personal experience as a young black, who overcame the absence of the opportunities gifted to the Duke of Windsor to become the Duke’s successor in the office of governor general of an independent Bahamas.” ­Other praise came from Tribune publisher Eileen Carron, two former Governors General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Dame Ivy Dumont and from Lyford Cay resident Harry Oakes.The book will be available at all major book stores in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island and Abaco as well as the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and The Linen Shop on Bay Street, Nassau.  The hardcover edition will be available at $35 and paperback for $25.20 and the eBook on, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and other eBook retailers worldwide.  Publisher is Grant’s Town Press ( Related Items:last_img read more

Farmers Ag Students Discuss Trade Sustainability and Effective Leadership

first_imgSoybean Leadership College attendees divide into teams for a Jeopardy game to explore ag leadership and board expectations.Agricultural industry front runners met in St. Louis this week for the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) 18th annual Soybean Leadership College (SLC), where they discussed the ag outlook for 2018, effective leadership and how to talk to consumers about modern agriculture.SLC provides current and future agricultural industry leaders with training to effectively promote the soybean industry, communicate key agricultural messages and work to expand U.S. soybean market opportunities domestically and internationally while fostering networking between growers from across the country.The 2018 event opened with an overview of what’s expected in agriculture this year from both economist Matt Roberts, Ph.D., The Kernmantle Group, and Kate Lambert, assistant vice president, Farm Credit Service Financial.Lambert also discussed transitioning to next generation on farm and lending for younger growers.Davie Stephens (KY), ASA vice president and Nancy Kavazanjian (WI), United Soybean Board (USB) director presented “A Tale of Two Soybean Organizations.” Kavazanjian and Stephens outlined the purposes of both organizations and how both perform the important work that supports soybean growers and the industry.In a break-out session, Ally Perry from the Center of Food Integrity (CFI) shared how significant social shifts over the last 40 years have led to a decline in trust and rebuilding trust in the food system requires a new approach. She encouraged ag leaders to share their values, embrace skepticism and put the “why” before the science in conversations.Attendees formed teams and played a game of Jeopardy in a break-out session that gave insight into serving as a leader in today’s soybean organizations. Combined with trivia about ASA, USB and Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSB), attendees also took away information about expectations of a board member and how to build a strong board.U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) CEO Jim Sutter presented an update on trade and sustainability, sharing interesting facts like the number one U.S. soybean meal market is now the Philippines.Diane Herndon, senior manager, sustainability, Nestle/Purina, Nancy Kavazanjian USB, Rosalind Leeck, director of market access, USSEC, and Ron Moore, ASA chairman, talk sustainability.Attendees also heard from a panel on sustainability, including Kavazanjian USB, Rosalind Leeck, director of market access, USSEC, Ron Moore, ASA chairman and Diane Herndon, senior manager, sustainability, Nestle/Purina. Each participant shared their views and what they are doing to be sustainable.”Increasing production of food, while preserving natural resources, while making our communities a better place to live and work,” is how Moore defined sustainability for the crowd.Keynote speaker Richard Fordyce, state executive director, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Missouri Farm Service Agency, delivered closing remarks on ag advocacy. “Advocacy has to be consistent, positive and personal,” he told the group, encouraging them to make time in busy schedules for reaching out.After two days of learning, participants visited the St. Louis City Museum, where they explored caves, climbed through tunnels and rode a 10 story slide, while networking.Special thanks to Soybean Leadership College sponsors:Corporate Partners:BASFFarm CreditUSBFMCState QSSB Sponsors:Arkansas Soybean BoardIllinois Soybean AssociationIndiana Soybean AllianceIowa Soybean AssociationKansas Soybean CommissionKentucky Soybean BoardMichigan Soybean Promotion CommitteeMinnesota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilMissouri Soybean Merchandising CouncilNebraska Soybean BoardNew York Corn & Soybean Growers AssociationNorth Carolina Soybean Producers AssociationNorth Dakota Soybean CouncilOhio Soybean CouncilSouth Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilTennessee Soybean BoardVirginia Soybean Boardlast_img read more

I5 wreck cleared but slow traffic lingers

first_imgA traffic accident on Interstate 5 northbound at the foot of the Interstate 5 Bridge has been cleared, but the traffic snarl will persist well into rush hour.The rollover accident occurred about 2:10 p.m. at the Jantzen Beach onramp. It apparently involved a Jeep and a tractor-trailer rig. The wreck was in the right hand lanes at the northbound onramp.Though some cars continued to get by on the left, traffic quickly backed up to the Marquam Bridge.last_img