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New Goa Ministers to get portfolios today Kavlekar to be Dy CM

first_imgPanaji: The four new ministers inducted into the Goa cabinet would be allotted portfolios on Monday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said.Chandrakant Kavlekar, who was earlier leader of the opposition, would be designated as deputy chief minister, Sawant told reporters here on Sunday, but refused to divulge any further details. Days after 10 Congress MLAs in Goa joined the BJP, Sawant on Saturday reshuffled his cabinet, dropping three members of the ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) and an Independent legislator as ministers. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Michael Lobo, who resigned as deputy speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, and three of the 10 MLAs who joined the BJP — Chandrakant Kavlekar, Jeniffer Monserratte, Philip Neri Rodrigues — were sworn in as new ministers. The monsoon session of the state Assembly begins on Monday. Asked how the new ministers would handle questions in the House, Sawant said, “I will be there to help them.” Ten Congress MLAs last Wednesday joined the BJP, increasing the saffron party’s strength to 27 in the 40-member House. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedPrior to the swearing-in on Saturday, Sawant issued a notification, dropping all three GFP leaders — Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, Rural Development Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar — and Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte from the cabinet to accommodate the new members. Sardesai said the induction of 10 Congress MLAs into the BJP was the “death of the legacy” of late chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who was a towering figure in politics of the coastal state.last_img read more

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Feds paid top dollar for Trans Mountain pipeline spending watchdog says

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s parliamentary budget watchdog has said the Liberal government paid the “sticker price” when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates the Trans Mountain pipeline and planned expansion project is worth between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.This means the government’s purchase price of $4.5 billion was on the high end of the project’s total calculated value.Giroux also estimates expanding the pipeline’s capacity will cost $9.3 billion if the project is completed by Dec. 31, 2021.He warns any construction delays or increases in costs would reduce the value of the project and its resale value, meaning the government could have overpaid for the pipeline.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation said it was never on board with the purchase.Aaron Wudrick with the CTF certainly isn’t surprised that the feds paid a premium for this pipeline project.“I don’t think that the Trudeau Government is to blame for all of the reasons why this pipeline was running into trouble, but they are to blame for some of them.”Including what Wudrick describes as desperation from the federal government heading into the negotiations with Kinder Morgan.He identifies the cancellation of the Northern Gateway Project and the abandonment of the Energy East pipeline as factors in forcing the government to fight tooth and nail for the Trans Mountain project.“I think anybody knows that if you go into a negotiation signalling you are desperate to buy, the party you’re negotiating with is going to be able to name their price. I think that’s what happened here.”He argues the next step for Ottawa should be to build the pipeline expansion as quickly as possible and try to get something back for it.“Seven hundred million dollars per year of delay is very significant for a project that is measured in billions (of dollars). A 10 per cent rise in construction cost and a $450 million reduction in value, these are not small numbers.”The federal government bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August after political opposition to expanding the pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast gave the company and its investors cold feet.last_img read more

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Blair mulling ways to close loophole in Safe Third Country Agreement

first_imgOTTAWA — Border Security Minister Bill Blair says he is talking to lawmakers in the United States about closing a loophole in Canada’s border agreement with the U.S. — one seen as giving asylum-seekers reason to cross into Canada through fields and forests.The Safe Third Country Agreement says asylum seekers cannot claim refugee protection in Canada if they arrive at an official border checkpoint from a country that is considered safe, like the United States.But they can claim refugee status from inside Canada.That’s why tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been crossing into Canada on foot through fields and forests.One idea is to apply the agreement to those who cross irregularly when it is clear they have crossed into Canada from the U.S., or vice-versa.Blair says extending the agreement to include irregular border-crossers could help eliminate the incentive that has led to over 40,000 irregular border crossers coming into Canada since 2017.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Former CN Rail supervisor says auditing railways books wont be easy but

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWhen provincial auditors start poring over nearly a billion dollars worth of transactions between CN Rail and GO Transit they need to focus on what is known as “journaling” according to a former CN supervisor.That’s the process of moving money from one account to another at CN Rail and Scott Holmes says he was ordered to improperly charge GO “millions” over a five-year span beginning in 2002.According to Holmes the auditors will need to know what they’re looking for.“Journaling is a way at the end of the year to move a lot of money, quick. They don’t like doing it because now you have to get some of the senior financial officers to do it and it’s of course traceable. There’s a computer trail,” said Holmes, adding auditors will need to open CN’s books to be able to find any alleged financial irregularities.CN spokesman Mark Hallman said the company adamantly denies any suggestion of impropriety in its management and involvements relating to GO rail projects.However, APTN has specifically asked CN for comment on “journaling” and has yet to receive a direct response.Metrolinx, which oversees GO, said Wednesday it has launched an audit after APTN revealed allegations that millions of dollars were improperly charged to taxpayers by CN Rail.Ontario Transport Minister Glen Murray said GO Transit and Metrolinx are taking the allegations “seriously.”Holmes has been caught up in a bitter legal battle with CN after he was fired in 2008. CN sued Holmes for fraud and later charged with him with the same allegation. The Crown stayed all charges against him, twice.Holmes countered sued CN and CN police. The case has yet to reach a trial.The Ontario Provincial Police first met with Holmes earlier this year when he provided a video statement on all the allegations. He then took two detectives through a massive amount of documents, including internal CN emails and invoices he says proves CN charged taxpayers improperly.After the first meeting one detective from the OPP’s corruption section of the anti-rackets unit kept coming back to Holmes for more information.The OPP won’t confirm or deny they are investigating but told APTN corruption cases are sensitive and take time.CN said the company is unaware of any investigation.Holmes said it will help if auditors understand the billing systems between GO and CN. At the beginning of each year GO provides CN with account numbers, typically known as the “M” numbers.Most of the work charged to GO is through these numbers.CN has their own internal numbers, such as “C” for their own capital projects.Holmes said at the end the year the M-numbered accounts close and there’d be a mad rush to wrap-up accounting with in CN.That’s when he claims he’d start getting telephone calls from superiors directing him which capital projects would be allegedly charged to GO. He said they’d charge to M accounts that still had money left over.“You could do hundreds of thousands at a time into an M number that’s sitting there with hardly anything charged to it,” said Holmes. “You may find the odd time the foreman may have used the wrong the number, but I can’t remember that happening too often.”Large movements like this leave a trail in the computer system and that’s what GO auditors should be looking for said Holmes.CN said it employs strict accounting procedures and controls.“Mistakes, if any, are identified and corrected. As the work performed by CN on behalf of GO on a fixed-price basis with the work approved in advance and reviewed after completion, there was no risk of GO being overcharged due to any miscoding,” said Hallman.In court documents filed by CN, the company describes Holmes as someone adept to CN’s computer system.But, if CN didn’t want to leave a trail, Holmes and another person he worked with would change the work line-by-line by going into the computer system and altering contracts, dates and times.“You had to go in and change it physically and that took hours and hours and a lot of times we had to do that,” he said.Scott has an email that directs him, by superiors, to solve a problem where a CN capital project was “overspent in net labour by $93,000 and change.”APTN asked Holmes to explain what the internal CN jargon laden email says in plain English.“They’re going to take money, the $93,000, and they’re going to journal it over to an M network against GO,” said Holmes.He said he knows that because he claims to have done it after getting a telephone call from a superior after getting the email.“So they called me and we worked it out so GO couldn’t really figure it out. I was instructed to do that,” said Holmes. “[At CN] you do whatever someone asks.”Holmes said he never personally profited from any of the billing changes.CN said GO was entitled to spot audits.“CN strongly rejects any suggestion of impropriety in its management of GO rail projects,” said Hallman.GO Transit began expanding in the late 1990s to keep-up with the booming growth in Toronto. If they wanted to expand they had to do it mainly on CN property.Using that advantage to ensure it would be the sole contractor on expansion work, CN would provide GO with cost estimates for a particular project and would receive board approval from GO management before the work began.One area Metrolinx is focusing on is a $72 million project between Burlington and Hamilton in 2007.The project was funded by the province, federal government and local municipalities.GO paid to have a third rail line put in on CN’s property.A senior source at GO Transit said as part of the project GO paid for upgrades to CN’s own freight lines as well.“In order for us to run the service CN comes in and they might have to improve their existing freight service as well in order for the GO trains to come through. So it’s not unreasonable to assume improvements to all the tracks in the given corridor are required,” said the source, adding there is no dedicated GO track even after they pay to build it. “That is the reality of a monopolistic situation. They are a private company and trying to make a profit. We’re a public agency trying to provide a service provided they don’t try to gouge us.”The track GO paid for still isn’t a dedicated GO line and, in fact, GO has to pay an access fee to run trains through the corridor.CN Rail kept ownership of the three mile track and can use it for freight trains.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Ancient spearhead found in Thunder Bay could be 7000 years old

first_imgAPTN National NewsA major discovery in Thunder Bay is rewriting the history books for northwestern Ontario.A spearhead may date back as far as 7,000 years ago.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has the story.last_img

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The Quran is not a divine but a human language Moroccan

first_imgRabat – Mustapha Buhindi, a Moroccan researcher in theology, has questioned the divinity of the Quran and the pillars of the Muslim faith.In an interview with the daily Moroccan newspaper  Annas, published on Wednesday, Buhindi said that “the language of the Quran is not a miracle language, but rather an ordinary human language.”He went on to point out that the “linguistic miracle of the Quran is a concept created by Arabs as a result of their frenetic defense of their language.” The professor of comparative religion at the University of Hassan II in Casablanca, did not stop at questioning the pillars of Islam. He went as far as to say that even the names of Allah “are of no value without  humans.”He further called for deconstructing a number of beliefs that, according to him, are marred by confusion between revelation and human interpretation.”Buhindi statements are likely to stir controversy in Morocco and throughout the Muslim world.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Sweet news for chocolate lovers 23M pricefixing settlement offers consumers potential cash

LONDON, Ont. — Four of the largest chocolate producers in Canada have agreed to pay more than $23 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging price-fixing and price maintenance in the Canadian market.The defendants — Cadbury Adams Canada Inc., Hershey Canada Inc., Nestle Canada Inc. and Mars Canada Inc., as well as distributor ITWAL Limited — all deny the allegations.However, they have settled to avoid the expense, inconvenience and distraction of further protracted litigation, says a statement released Monday by lawyers in the case.Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News The settlements, which reflect a compromise of disputed claims, have been approved by the courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec as being fair, reasonable and in the best interests of class members, says the release.It says together the defendants have paid $23.2 million for the benefit of all persons who bought Cadbury, Hershey, Nestle and/or Mars chocolate products in Canada between Feb. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2008.The release says the courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec have also approved a method for distributing the settlement amounts, less fees and expenses, to consumers and commercial purchasers with chocolate product purchases between Oct. 1, 2005, and September 30, 2007.It says consumers who purchased at least $1,000 in chocolate products between Oct. 1, 2005, and Sept. 30, 2007, will be eligible to make a claim for direct monetary compensation.They don’t need purchase records in order to make a claim, although consumer claims that are not supported by purchase records are capped at $50. And, says the release, to make up for the fact that not all consumers will have made the threshold level of $1,000, 10% of the available settlement will be distributed to several non-profit organizations to promote competition and consumer education and advocacy in Canada.The deadline for filing a claim to receive direct compensation is December 15, 2013.The release says persons who believe they might qualify for direct compensation can obtain more information at chocolateclassaction.com.In June, Hershey Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to its role in fixing the price of chocolate products in Canada and was fined $4-million.The Competition Bureau said the Mississauga, Ont.,-based company admitted in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that it conspired, agreed or arranged to fix the price of chocolate confectionery products in Canada in 2007.The company has also agreed to co-operate with federal prosecutors.Charges have also been laid against Nestle Canada and two of its former executives; Mars Canada, and national wholesale network ITWAL Ltd., as well as ITWAL’s chief executive officer.Nestle, Mars and Itwal Ltd. have said they intend to defend themselves against the charges. A trial date is set for Oct. 3.Canadian Press read more

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One killed 3 injured in JaEla

The police said that all those injured were those in the lorry which crashed into the parked vehicle. One person was killed and 3 others were injured following an accident in Ja-Ela this morning, the police media unit said.The police said that the accident took place along the Colombo – Negambo main road. Among those injured were the driver of the lorry, a woman and two children aged 2 and 5, the police media unit said.The woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital. The victim was a 35 year old resident of Ja-Ela. A lorry heading to Negambo from Colombo crashed into a lorry parked along the road in Ja-Ela injuring four people. The other three injured are her husband and two children. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Thousands of Syrians stream into northern Iraq via new bridge reports UN

Thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have streamed into northern Iraq in a sudden movement across a recently constructed bridge, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. Field officers with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported the first group of some 750 Syrians crossed over the pontoon bridge at Peshkhabour at the Tigris River before noon on Thursday, but in the afternoon a much larger group of 5,000 to 7,000 people followed.“The factors allowing this sudden movement are not fully clear to us at this stage and as of this morning we are not seeing further large-scale crossings,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.Some of the Syrians had reportedly been waiting near the Tigris River for two to three days, camped at a makeshift site. UNHCR monitors at the border saw scores of buses arriving on the Syrian side dropping off more people seeking to cross.Mr. Edwards said both the Syrian and Iraqi sides of the frontier at the Peshkhabour crossing are normally tightly controlled.The vast majority of the new arrivals are families, mainly from Aleppo, Efrin, Hassake and Qamishly. Some families told UNHCR they had relatives residing in northern Iraq, and some students travelling alone said that they had been studying in northern Iraq and had only returned to Syria over the recent Eid holidays.“UNHCR and partner agency teams, together with local authorities, worked into the early hours of this morning to aid the new arrivals,” Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR thanked Iraqi authorities and particularly the Kurdistan Regional Government for their involvement in negotiations to permit the new arrivals to cross and the transport and other assistance that was provided at the frontier.As of today, almost 2 million Syrians have fled the war and registered as refugees or applied for registration, with two-thirds of these having arrived this year. There are now more than 684,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, 516,000 in Jordan, 434,000 in Turkey, 154,000 in Iraq, and 107,000 in Egypt.UNHCR has urged countries in the region and elsewhere to keep borders open and to receive all Syrians who seek protection amid the fighting that has so far claimed over 100,000 lives since it began in March 2011. read more

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Minova developing in China

first_imgFollowing the establishment of Ruichy Minova Synthetic Material Co in July 2005, the close of 2006 sees the end of a busy first year for Minova International’s business in China. Ruichy Minova at Coal Expo 2006 With the ever present danger of explosion and fires underground, 2006 has seen Chinese mining authorities focus more keenly on their safety record.  This focus on safety also goes hand in hand with increased productivity to meet burgeoning domestic requirements and it is this that has led the demand for Minova products to increase at a rapid rate.The level of interest shown in the Minova product range by the large mining groups in China has been very encouraging. One example is a contract signed recently between Ruichy Minova and the Shanxi Asian American Daning Energy for the supply of more than 200 t of Tekseal for the installation of explosion proof stoppings. In addition to Tekseal, the mine has ordered 10 t of Tekflex for repairing and sealing existing ventilation structures. Many of the key employees at the mine are US based and, as such, are familiar with Minova’s suite of products and reputation and wish to use this expertize to improve ventilation control and increase safety and productivity at the mine.Over the period February to October 2006, Ruichy Minova developed a customer base of 16 coal groups which includes companies such as Yanzhou Coal, Daning Asian American Energy, Kailuan Coal Group, Datong Coal Group, Xin Wen Coal Group and Huaibei Coal Group and it is projected that first year sales will exceed £1 million.The number of staff required to support these sales increased in 2006 to almost 100 and required a recent move to new, larger offices in Beijing. Growing sales opportunities have also resulted in continuous development of the factory outside Beijing. Silos have been erected to handle bulk raw materials and an extra unit has been added to handle both finished goods and raw materials. Also planned for the next few months is the addition of a dedicated pre-weigh station for the powder plant, bunded areas in the resin blending plant and the creation of a workshop dedicated to the maintenance and upkeep of the application equipment. As the market develops Ruichy Minova is able to draw on the worldwide network of expertise available within the Minova International group enabling the introduction of best practice and quality products from around the world. The Chinese market will remain an important part of Minova’s business development in the long term. The sheer size and scale of both China and the coal mining industry there requires further investment from Ruichy Minova in the development of regional distribution centres and sales offices. Director for Business Development Peter Bell: “The expansion into China will also require an investment in personnel.  Ruichy Minova has a policy of recruiting locally which enables the business to tap into the best available knowledge. It also means that the investment made by Minova is returned into the local economy.  This is exemplified by the commitment shown by the management team at Ruichy Minova which has not only set up the new venture but also developed and introduced new products and ideas into the market place. It should be remembered that many of the products and processes sold by Ruichy Minova are new to market and development has been required from a grass roots level.  Although the technology has been transferred from the established Minova companies around the world a great deal of work has been required to establish a quality supply of raw materials and hence a quality supply of finished goods to the mining industry.”International Mining’s February issue includes a focus on China.last_img read more

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AngloGold accord with Ghana over Obuasi redevelopment

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti has signed the regulatory and fiscal agreements with the Government of Ghana that will provide the framework for the redevelopment of the Obuasi gold mine into a modern, productive mining operation. The Government of Ghana and AngloGold Ashanti have put in place several agreements including a Development Agreement, Tax Concession Agreement, Security Agreement and a Reclamation Security Agreement. The Environment Impact Assessment process has been completed and the permits are expected shortly.Two documents – the Tax Concession Agreement (TCA) and the Development Agreement (DA) – must now both be ratified by Ghana’s Parliament to be made effective.Obuasi gold mine has been in limited operating phase since 2014, and the Government’s support will go a long way to enabling it to restart as a modern, productive, long-life high margin operation. This will benefit the local, regional and national economies of Ghana through taxes, job creation, communal development expenditure and local procurement opportunities.“Redevelopment of the Obuasi mine will establish Obuasi as a worldclass operation rejuvenating the proud gold mining history of the Ashanti region in Ghana,” AngloGold Ashanti Chief Executive Officer, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, said. “Obuasi now has the mine and labour plan, geological understanding and social model to match its world-class, high-grade ore body. The project metrics show a high-return, long-life project that not only brings ounces to account quickly and profitably, but also offers attractive returns on our investment.”AngloGold Ashanti has conducted a feasibility study into the redevelopment of the mine. The study tested the viability of redeveloping the high-grade Obuasi orebody, which has 5.8 Moz of Ore Reserves and 34 Moz in Mineral Resource, to create a safe, long-life mining operation that is productive and profitable. The outcomes of the TCA and DA have been applied to the feasibility study.The redevelopment will establish Obuasi as a mechanised underground mining operation. The approach to redeveloping the Obuasi mine is a fundamental departure from how the mine was operated in the past. The redevelopment makes use of automation and controls for improved operational efficiencies and consistency in performance.The project implementation will be undertaken in two distinct phases, with stage one comprising project establishment, mine rehabilitation and development, plant and infrastructure refurbishment to enable production at a rate of 2,000 t/d for the first operating year. This is expected to take roughly 18 months, with the first gold pour expected in the third quarter of 2019.The second phase includes refurbishment of the underground materials handling system, shafts and ventilation; and construction of the primary crusher, the SAG/Ball circuit, carbon regeneration, a new gold room and tailings storage facility. This expected to take a further 12 months and enable the operation to climb to 4,000 t/d. The operation is then expected to ramp up to 5,000 t/d, over the following three years.Mine production for the first 10 years will be focussed on the upper orebodies and is expected to average 350,000 to 450,000 oz at an average head grade of 8.1g/t. In the second 10 years, production averages 400,000 to 450,000 oz. Total cash costs are expected to average between $590 to $680/oz, while All-in Sustaining Costs are expected to be between $750 to $850/oz.The project delivers IRRs of between 16% and 23% at real gold prices of between $1,100/oz and $1,240/oz, and is highly leveraged to the gold price.Initial project capital expenditure anticipated over the first two and half years is expected to be between $450 to $500 million, excluding pre-production capital of $64 million. After the completion of phase two, extended project capital expenditure of $94 million is expected to continue through to year six, covering the development of the Obuasi Deeps Decline to the lower level of the mine, refurbishment of the KMS shaft, installation of new underground pump stations and construction of the flotation tailings storage facility.It envisages a smaller but skilled workforce that can operate in a mechanised/automated operation with a strong sense of accountability. The operation is expected to create between 2,000 and 2,500 jobs. Additional roles will be required during the construction phase of the project.The footprint of the mine has been significantly simplified. The lease area has been reduced from 475 to 201 km2. The operational footprint has been simplified and is concentrated in a fenced location in the south, allowing for tighter security, access control and the demarcation of the mine from the neighbouring community.AngloGold Ashanti has a 100% interest in Obuasi, which is located in the Ashanti region of Ghana, 200 km northwest of Accra. The mine was acquired by AngloGold in the merger with Ashanti Goldfields in 2004. The falling gold price in 2013 overtook restructuring efforts to improve the profitability of the operation.The Obuasi mine has embarked on a fundamental restructuring programme since 2014. This became necessary because the mine had been operating at significant losses for a prolonged period. Underground production was suspended at the end of 2014, and the entire workforce was retrenched.The mine entered a Limited Operating Phase (LOP), through an Amendment of Program of Mining Operations (APMO) which was approved by the Government of Ghana. The focus during the LOP was the clean-up and processing of tailings at Diewuoso, continued construction of the Obuasi Deeps Decline, the maintenance of surface and underground infrastructure, water treatment and meeting environmental obligations and social commitments. In parallel, a feasibility study for the redevelopment of the Obuasi mine was conducted.The feasibility study underwent several iterations and optimisation to define the best configuration of project design, capital and operating cost and cashflow for the redevelopment.last_img read more

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Trafo bringing low loss cast resin transformers to Africa market

first_imgTrafo Power Solutions, which provides transformer technology to remote mine sites across Africa, is recommending companies make the most of recent improvements in the design of these transformers in order to boost safety and energy efficiency.According to Trafo Power Solutions Managing Director, David Claassen, there have been considerable strides in technology, surpassing both the efficiency and the reliability of the traditional oil-filled transformers predominantly used in power grid systems.These high efficiency solutions include open-wound transformers (OWTs), vacuum-pressured impregnated transformers (VPIs) and cast resin transformers (CRTs). Traditional oil-filled transformers use paper saturated in oil wrapped around the winding material as an insulation medium. If not maintained correctly, insulation degradation will occur, with the oil posing both a safety and environmental risk, according to Trafo.“OWTs are constructed by dipping preheated windings into a high temperature varnish bath and then baking the high temperature varnish,” said Claassen. “This replaces the need for oil and paper, so only a small amount of material is flammable.”In VPI construction, layers of polyester resin are applied to the windings, which are subjected to interchanging cycles of pressure and vacuum that ensures deeper penetration. This reduces the chances of air voids, the company said.“With CRTs, windings are placed in a mould which is filled under vacuum with resin epoxy,” he said. “Fibreglass reinforcing mesh is used to further strengthen the windings, which are cured in a heat-controlled oven. This process also prevents air voids, and the resin in CRTs is non-flammable.”These designs have also made advances in reducing losses, and thereby improving efficiencies, Trafo said. Some 84% of a transformer’s losses at full load are copper losses – also known as load losses – and are due to current flowing through the winding conductor itself. The remainder are core losses, or ‘no load’ losses, pertaining to the core steel losses, according to Trafo.“The use of OWTs, VPIs and CRTs offer considerable savings in energy costs of their life-spans – which for CRTs, for instance, averages about 20 years,” Claassen said. “Despite the slightly higher capital cost of around 20%, these technologies can repay the price differential in just four years.”Claassen said low loss cast resin transformers are being used exclusively in many parts of the world, including Europe and North America. Although there is a 12 to 15% premium on these, the payback period is between two to four years, he said. These are now available for the African market from Trafo Power Solutions.One of Trafo Power Solutions recent mine site installations was at Alphamin Resources’ remote Bisie operation in North Kivu province, DRC.last_img read more

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Double mortgage payments taken from some Permanent TSB customers

first_imgDouble mortgage payments taken from some Permanent TSB customers It’s understood that around 300 customers were affected. Share65 Tweet Email Monday 5 Dec 2016, 7:28 PM https://jrnl.ie/3121723 PERMANENT TSB HAS said it has corrected an IT error which led to “a small number of mortgage accounts being paid twice over the weekend when only one payment was due”.It’s understood that around 300 customers were affected.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for “The bank has resolved the issue and all mortgage accounts which were affected have had the additional payment returned to the relevant account.“The bank apologises for any inconvenience caused.”Read: Garda who dislocated shoulder at Dublin Airport awarded €93,000Read: ‘Significant risks remain’ at hospital despite maternity improvements after eight baby deaths 34 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Dec 5th 2016, 7:28 PM 19,328 Views Short URL By Órla Ryan Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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It should be possible to collect Tuam survivor DNA samples before legislation

first_imgAs [Dr Shannon] pointed out, it is not yet clear whether or not it will be possible to generate DNA profiles from the juvenile human remains that are of such a quality that will result in them being capable of yielding familial matches. “But I do not believe that this should be a barrier to hope and I am keen to give every possible opportunity to survivors and family members to try and identify the remains of those who they hold dear in their hearts,” Zappone said.“My officials will now consult further with our legal advisors and relevant agencies towards developing an appropriate voluntary administrative scheme in the coming months.” By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4804766 5,905 Views A REPORT ON the collection of Tuam survivors’ DNA has suggested that it should be possible to develop a voluntary scheme to collect biological samples from relatives before the enactment of legislation. The Tuam Home Survivors’ Network earlier this year called on the government to begin collecting their DNA samples as soon as possible, highlighting their age profile and health status.The purpose of collecting samples would be to compare against any DNA profiles which may be generated from the juvenile human remains found at the site and, if possible, to make positive identifications. The first excavations at the site of the former Tuam mother and baby home were expected to start in the latter half of 2019 but legislation must first be passed by the Oireachtas to give the government the power to carry out these excavations.Today, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has published Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s Report on the Collection of Tuam Survivors’ DNA. The Minister asked Dr Shannon to consider what actions may be possible under existing laws to begin collecting DNA samples immediately in light of the age profile and health status of survivors. Dr Shannon has considered that it should be possible to develop a voluntary administrative scheme to collect biological samples from relatives before the enactment of the legislation that the Department of Children is developing. The scheme should then be incorporated into the legislation once that is ready, it was noted.No DNA profiles will be generated from the biological samples until the legislation is in place and it has proven possible to generate DNA profiles from the Tuam remains. Dr Shannon stressed that any scheme that is developed would have to be operated on the basis of informed consent in order to satisfy GDPR and constitutional requirements around data protection. He noted participants should be able to decide to withdraw at any time and request that their sample and the information held about them be destroyed. Responding to the report, Zappone said: “I am very sympathetic to the concerns of survivors and family members that their age and health profiles introduce an element of urgency when it comes to the collection of biological samples.”Zappone said she intends to request her officials to develop an appropriate voluntary administrative scheme to collect those samples, subject to legal advice.  Share8 Tweet Email Wed 1:53 PM center_img Image: Laura Hutton via RollingNews.ie Short URL It should be possible to collect Tuam survivor DNA samples before legislation, report says Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s Report on the Collection of Tuam Survivors’ DNA has been published today. 4 Comments Image: Laura Hutton via RollingNews.ie Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 1:53 PMlast_img read more

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Mbappe rated the most valuable player

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may lead the debate as the finest in their generation but a recent report shows a new Kid is on the block in terms of financial rewards.The CIES Football Observatory reckon the Barcelona skipper is worth €171.2m, which is way below PSG striker Kylian Mbappe who tops the charts at €218.5mHere’s a look at the top 10 most valuable players, according to the CIES.1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – €218.5m2. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – €200.3m3. Neymar (PSG) – €197.1m4. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – €185.8m5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – €184.3mFC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).6. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – €171.9m7. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – €171.2m8. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – €162.0m9. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) – €157.0m10. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – €156.1mBarcelona’s other representative in the top 10 is Philippe Coutinho who comes in just behind Messi at €157.0m.The valuations are determined by the CIES’ ‘exclusive algorithm’ which considers a variety of attributes including age, results, position and league.last_img read more

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Miami organizations help lowincome students prepare for prom

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Prom is a night that high school students look forward to, but it can also be too expensive for some, so this year, two local organizations are pitching in.The Summer Jobs Connect Miami Program and City of Miami AmeriCorps VISTA have teamed up for the 2018 Dream Prom Project. Thanks to their support, it will be a night to remember for many South Florida students.Prom preparations can be pricey. The dress, tux, shoes, accessories, hair, makeup and photos can all become one big expense.The Dream Prom Project helps teens that come from low-income families and have diverse needs, so they’re able to have the prom of their dreams.“A lot of the youth, they do come from low-income schools, and they can’t afford that, so this gives them a little bit of boost and a little hope, like, ‘Oh my gosh, there are people that actually care for us,’” said Ivette Santiesteban from City of Miami AmeriCorps VISTA.Through different connections and sponsors, the organizations get all items donated to them.The idea started when the organizations spoke about how much they love helping the students in the summer, and they asked themselves how they could do more for them. To qualify, the students had to fill out an application and write why they should receive the opportunity.Out of all the applicants, only 20 were chosen.Adolfo Sirias was one of those lucky winners.“I was just excited, super excited. I put my heart into that essay,” said Sirias.The group will have their final fittings on Saturday at the Miami Riverside Center building. They’ll have an opportunity to meet all the sponsors, pick out their accessories and celebrate right before their dream prom day.For now, the organizations are working on decorating the location where the kids will get pampered. Organizers are also working on a floral designer to provide the traditional accessory: the corsages.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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New Incident Management Team Officially Takes Over Swan Lake Fire

first_imgThe fire remains at 163,714 acres, with a growth in containment to 37%, and with 430 personnel still working fire operations. The estimated containment date for the fire is October 1. According to a release from the Incident Management Team;Planned Actions: Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up along the eastern side of the fire and improve existing lines around the southeastern and southwestern sides of the fire. Extra equipment and supplies that are not in use will be backhauled. Fire Crews jumped right into work and began patrols and mopped up along the fire lines near the southwestern side of the fire near Sterling and Skilak Lake, and along fire lines near the southeast side of the fire by Fuller Lake and Resurrection Trail. Some areas of heat were found along the fire line near Trout Lake and firefighters worked to cool those areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The fire that has kept the Kenai Peninsula on its toes since early June is now once again under a new Incident Management team, the Northern Rockies Team 4 assumed command of the Swan Lake Fire on Tuesday. Some recreation areas were reopened at the beginning of the week. Boaters on the Upper Kenai River are now able to use the river from Cooper Landing to Jim’s Landing without restrictions on hours. The river remains closed below Jim’s Landing. The Russian River Campground, Russian Lake Trail, Russian River Falls, Barber Cabin, and the K’Beq Day Use Area are now open. Fire behavior is expected to be similar to Tuesday with higher humidity and cooler temperatures under cloudy skies. Aerial resources remain on standby and available to drop water on hot spots. The weather forecast includes a chance of rain on Thursday through Friday.last_img read more

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Assimilation playwright flips the script on Native history

first_img“Assimilation” playwright Jack Dalton and actor Tendal Mann. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)In a dystopian future, Western civilization has crumbled and indigenous people are in control. That’s the premise of Jack Dalton’s play “Assimilation,” now touring Alaska. It flips the history of boarding schools with whites violently assimilated into Native culture.Download AudioA tyrannical character know as Elder pinches a student by the ear and leads him to his desk.“With each time that you choose to speak your dirty language, your punishment will increase,” she tells him.In the course of the play, the boys are beaten, verbally abused and stripped of their identity.Whites are forced to assimilate into Yup’ik culture. It’s horrific treatment but it also really happened, which playwright Jack Dalton says is the point.“Being Yu’pik myself, I have had a lot of conversations with people who ask ‘Why are Native people still having problems?’” Dalton said. “And my answer is usually well, when you look at all the traumas that’s happened over several generations, you can imagine it’s really hard to heal from those traumas.”Assimilation premiered in Anchorage in 2010 with 12 sold-out performances. And this past spring, it was selected for a staged readings at Emory University.Dalton said he didn’t do any historical research on Alaska Native boarding schools. He drew inspiration from the stories his family told him about their own experiences.“So I was actually worried that maybe I was too close to the subject and I might be making it harsher than it really was but my dramaturge, Michael Evenden from Emory University, went and did the research and said you only cover about 25 percent of what happened. There’s so much more,” Dalton said.In the play, a boys screams out in pain as Elder strikes him with a stick.“I do not care how good your Yup’ik is!” she lectures.Louise Leonard, the actress who plays Elder, attended one of the boarding schools when she was kid and remembers being punished for speaking her Native language of Cup’ik.“I am so glad that this is going to be on because we never really talked about those days,” Leonard said.Dalton cast Leonard after meeting her at a state fair.He says, traditionally, not talking about the “bad things” was a survival mechanism.But it’s one that can be dangerous. Each performance of Assimilation is followed by a community discussion.However, Dalton said he has wondered if some of the material could be offensive–particularly the racial slurs targeted toward whites.“Every single person I talked to said, ‘How could I possibly be offended by what’s in the play when you realize that every one of those things and every one of those slurs is something that’s happened to Native people and other minorities?’”By flipping the roles, Dalton says he hopes Natives won’t feel triggered by the violence. And non-Natives can empathize with what happened.Assimilation’s Kickstarter recently raised over $15,000 to pay the actors and cover touring costs.last_img read more

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Chain snatched from woman at Amberpet

first_imgHyderabad: A chain snatcher on Thursday targeted a 32-year-old woman and snatched four tolas of gold chain from her neck at CPL Quarters under Amberpet police station limits. This is the second chain-snatching case reported in Amberpet area, where a case was registered on July 27 and the accused was nabbed.According to police, a complaint was lodged by one K Aruna (32), stating that while she was walking at CPL Quarters, beside Government High School around 12.30 pm, an unknown person on a two-wheeler approached and snatched her chain. The police registered a case under Section 392 IPC. Efforts are on to nab the accused.last_img read more

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Floretta McKenzie Noted DC Schools Leader Dies at 79

first_imgDr. Floretta McKenzie was a respected D.C. school superintendent. (AFRO File Photo)Dr. Floretta D. McKenzie, one of the District’s most respected school superintendents, died on March 23 at the age of 79 in Silver Spring., Md., according to published reports. McKenzie led the District’s school system from 1981-1988. She is credited with raising academic standards for students by requiring them to meet certain educational criteria before going to the next grade. She also initiated public-private partnerships with businesses of various types and corporations to help schools by providing financial and professional resources to mentor students and to provide needed equipment.She played a major role in the development of Benjamin Banneker Senior High School, the city’s institution for academically-gifted students.A native of Lakeland, Fla., McKenzie graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in 1952, got her bachelor’s degree from D.C. Teachers College in 1956, a master’s in education from Howard University in 1957 and a doctorate in education from George Washington University in 1985. McKenzie taught school in Baltimore and in the District, worked in different capacities for the Montgomery County, Md., school system, and did stints at the U.S. Department of Education and the Ford Foundation.In 1988, McKenzie started her own business, The McKenzie Group, an educational consulting firm. The McKenzie Group was later bought out by the American Institutes of Research.McKenzie is considered a pioneer in the corporate world. At a time when the Black female presence on corporate boards was rare, she became the first elected Black board member of the Marriott Corporation and the first woman non-family member to serve as a director in 1992. She would also serve on the boards of PEPCO, the D.C. area’s power company, and Acacia Mutual Insurance.McKenzie was a member of the Howard University Board of Trustees from 1993-2014, serving as the chairwoman for two years and vice chairwoman for 10 years.McKenzie was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.last_img read more

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