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Mobile phone services in five districts of Jammu region restored

first_imgJammu: Mobile phone services which were snapped across Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 have been resumed in five districts of Jammu region. The services have been resumed in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch. Communication channels were suspended in J&K in wake of the revocation of Article 370. Earlier on August 17, following days of restrictions, mobile internet services were restored in five districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The 2G mobile internet services were restored in Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur districts of the region. On suspension of communication channels across Jammu and Kashmir region, the government said that it will lift restrictions in a phased and gradual manner. On Wednesday, in a massive decision to tackle unemployment, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik announced that the Centre would, in the next two to three months, create 50,000 government jobs for the people of the region. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Stressing that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the Valley, was under control since there has been no loss of life and property in the region after the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35(A), the Governor said the move was undertaken to ensure the complete integration of the former state with India. He also announced that 50 colleges — along with institutions specifically for female students — will be opened in the Union Territory to improve the educational environment in the state. “Around 3,000 primary and 1,000 middle schools are open in Jammu and Kashmir. In Ladakh, all the schools and colleges are also functioning normally,” said Malik.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

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Bill Clinton To Match Donations To Clinton Foundation Until End Of Year

first_imgBill Clinton will match every dollar donated to the Clinton Foundation until December 31.“Every child deserves the best possible chance at success – and they can’t do it alone,” wrote Hillary Clinton in an email to Clinton Foundation supporters. “They need a lot of helping hands along the way. Ever since my days as a young law student at the Children’s Defense Fund and the Yale Child Study Center, I’ve believed that when it comes to our kids, we’re all in this together. That’s why I’m delighted that the Clinton Foundation has made it a priority to help children all over the world pursue their God-given potential.“With your support, we’re working to prevent babies from contracting HIV; reduce childhood obesity; and promote new research on the science of children’s brain development, early learning, and early health.“With so much work to be done across all of our projects, Bill has decided to personally match every tax-deductible donation to the Clinton Foundation until the end of 2013. Can you help us kick off 2014 stronger than ever? Every donation made, until December 31st, will be matched.“Over the past decade, I have marveled at how quickly the Foundation has grown, and how much good it has done. And I know the best is yet to come.“We have big plans for 2014. Our new Too Small to Fail initiative will help parents give our youngest children a good start in school and in life. No Ceilings will take on what I believe is the great unfinished business of the 21st century — helping women and girls achieve full participation in every aspect of our society. And we’re going to take a look at economic development issues as well, particularly how to help young people get the skills and support they need to find good and fulfilling jobs. Across all our initiatives, we’ll be helping more people in more places solve problems and seize opportunities faster, leaner, and better.“These aren’t small goals, but we’ve never shied away from tough problems. The lesson of the last decade at the Clinton Foundation is that, with your support, there are no limits to what we can achieve together. And in 2014, as we expand our work into new areas, we will need your help more than ever.“There’s no better time to lend your support for the work ahead. Remember, from now until the end of the year your donation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar.”To donate, visit the Clinton Foundation website.last_img read more

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Several fall ill at Modis rally in Buniadpur

first_imgBALURGHAT: There was complete pandemonium as around 100 people fell ill and several got hurt at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in South Dinajpur’s Buniadpur on Saturday. Modi had come in Buniadpur to address a public rally for party candidate Sukanta Majumdar.A stampede-like situation broke out when a section of supporters tried to barge into the inner ring of the rally and the barricades were almost broken. Several women and children fell ill due to the afternoon heat. However, local BJP leaders and workers were seen inactive regarding the issue. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There was total chaos in the rally. Around 100 people including women and children fell ill due to the heat. They were lying in the field without any medical assistance,” said an irate local resident. According to a source, there was a lot of initial enthusiasm in the area to see a Prime Minister for the first time during poll campaign, since Independence. There were several people standing outside the venue but it was alleged that no BJP leader was seen actively managing the crowd. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe state government had, however, deployed sufficient policemen to tackle any untoward situation. A police officer said there was huge traffic congestion after the rally. Heavy vehicles including buses and lorries, along with cars and autos were seen standing for about two hours on both sides of National Highway 512. “The situation was the worst today. Policemen faced a tough time in managing the situation. Several were found missing following the pandemonium,” a police officer said. The saffron party has likely targeted the Balurghat seat, speculating defeat in other parts of the country.last_img read more

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A defeated purpose

first_imgSwachh Bharat Mission (SBM) has shifted sanitation policy’s focus to the number of toilets constructed from collective behavioural change, said sanitation experts. Despite the fact that community-led total sanitation (CLTS) has brought about change in the last few decades, the pressure of targets has changed the C in CLTS to collector, said VK Madhavan, chief executive, WaterAid. “We need community involvement to look at the hygienic behaviour, but it [sanitation] is becoming a political imperative. We are seeing tunnel vision lead to a narrow emphasis on toilet construction and usage, to some extent, but hygiene is left behind. The assumption is that you have access to a toilet and you use it to adopt hygienic behaviour, but there isn’t enough evidence to support it,” said Madhavan. Also Read – A special kind of bondThey spoke at the launch of book Scaling up CLTS: From village to nation, by Kamal Kar, founder of CLTS Foundation in New Delhi on April 29, 2019. Madhavan expressed disappointment in how the CLTS’ fundamentals were not being met in the SBM. “The CLTS approach is not only an effort to help people build toilets and use them. It is meant to help people transform towards hygiene behaviour and that is missing from the scheme,” said Madhavan. Kar, whose organisation has worked on sanitation practices through technical assistance and policy advocacy across Asia and Africa, said SBM is a “great initiative as it is the Prime Minister’s number one national agenda, which has its own strengths” but it has turned people’s movement into government’s movement. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe government has pledged to make India open-defecation free by October 2, 2019, by providing access to toilets to all rural households. According to government estimates, more than nine crore toilets had been constructed across the country till February 5, 2019, under SBM, which was launched in 2014. Experts pointed out that despite there being a dramatic increase in the number of toilets constructed, there are challenges the country faces before it is declared ODF. Few of them are people being left out of baseline and growth in population, which means new families will emerge and will need new toilets. “Those of us who work on the ground know how difficult it is to declare one village ODF. It’s not an easy task and there are huge community dynamics involved. But with the PM or the President saying the country is ODF without going into the depth of the subject, dilutes the story,” said Kar. He said after the SBM was introduced, the money allocated towards behavioural change under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, was used for toilet construction. While criticising the government model of giving subsidies for toilet constriction, Kar talked about Bangladesh, which was once a hub of open defecation and below India in sanitation rankings. The country achieved ODF status in 2015. The CLTS model was, for the first time, introduced in Bangladesh and it was against subsidy-driven construction of toilets. Instead of generating collective community demand for toilets, it highlighted public health ramifications of open defecation. “Subsidies don’t necessarily have a role to play if we are talking about communities. The unfortunate reality is that subsidies have become a part of political imperative and a necessity in this country. Even for something as personal as an individual household toilet, we believe the only way people will construct this is if we provide subsidy and that in some sense adversely impacts the processes that are critical to CLTS,” said Madhavan. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Teen girls more vulnerable to bullying than boys

first_imgTeenaged girls are bullied more often than boys, and are more likely to consider or attempt suicide, a study has found. Researchers from Rutgers University in the US conducted analyses of the data from a US survey from 2011-2015. “Bullying is significantly associated with depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, suicide planning, and suicide attempts,” said Nancy Pontes, an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden. Also Read – The Puja carnival”We wanted to look at this link between bullying victimisation, depressive symptoms, and suicidality by gender,” Pontes said in a statement. Pontes said that, in general, girls are more often bullied than boys, and girls are also more likely to consider, plan, or attempt suicide compared with boys, regardless of being bullied or not – although boys are more likely to die by suicide. In this study, researchers looked at significant associations and not direct causal links. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraUsing two methods of statistical analysis, the study, published in the journal Nursing Research, shows the probability of a link between bullying and depressive symptoms and suicide risk While many schools are cracking down on physical bullying which people can see, those actions probably are preventing and stopping bullying that is more common among males, she said. Among females, the bullying is often the kind that is not visible. It is often relational bullying, such as excluding someone from activities and social circles, or spreading rumours about them. The actions are not overt, Pontes said, so they could go on for a long time without anyone else knowing. “Our school interventions should understand the differences in bullying and how we might better address females who are bullied,” said Pontes. The researchers believe that preventing bullying should begin at a young age. She said parents should start teaching preschool children that bullying is unacceptable. Pediatricians and nurse practitioners should talk about the harmful effects of bullying with parents so that they can intervene early and reduce the victimisation that causes adolescents to consider suicide, so they will be able to live happier and healthier lives.last_img read more

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Business Highlights

___Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economyWASHINGTON (AP) — As the government shutdown enters a second month, economists say it could pose a threat to the wider economy. The biggest effect is likely to be the cutback in federal spending. But consumer spending is another important factor. When government employees spend less, stores and restaurants that serve them suffer. So do landlords and lenders that do business with federal workers. Most of the restaurant meals missed and hotel stays cancelled will never be made up.___Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyersWASHINGTON (AP) — In the past year, the availability of homes that a middle-class family could buy has declined in 86 per cent of the largest metro areas, according to an analysis of 49 cities being released Wednesday by the real estate brokerage Redfin and provided in advance to The Associated Press.___At Davos, battle lines are drawn over trade and co-operationDAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — World leaders in favour of international co-operation and free trade are trying to strike back at the wave of populist nationalism that has featured prominently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Heads of state are taking turns to address the political and business tycoons, and the question of global co-operation has become a key dividing line. The leaders of Japan and Germany came out strongly in favour of working together.___Pelosi works her health care strategy from the ground upWASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to “Obamacare” and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. Hearings on “Medicare for all” will follow. Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to address high drug costs. Democrats believe voters gave them a mandate on health care in the midterm elections that returned the House to their control.___Organic price premiums dip as demand grows, choices multiplyDETROIT (AP) — U.S. shoppers are still paying more for organic food, but the price premium is falling as organic options multiply. Last year, organic food and beverages cost an average of 7.5 per cent more than conventional food, according to Nielsen.___Drone sighting over New Jersey raises concern for aviationDrone sightings reported by airline pilots over New Jersey renew questions about how to accommodate the popular devices into the nation’s airspace. The ability of drones to interfere with aviation is likely to get worse as the number of machines multiplies. Many store-bought drones come with technology to prevent owners from flying them near airports, but there are hacks, and home-built machines don’t necessarily include those protections.___US stocks waver as signs of future profit growth wobbleNEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes meandered and finished slightly higher after IBM and Procter & Gamble report impressive results, but oil prices slip for the third time in four days. Corporate profits are still rising, but investors are concerned about the effects of trade uncertainty, weakening economic growth and the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. Stocks had taken sharp losses a day earlier.___Businesses sound alarm as UK says prepare for no-deal BrexitLONDON (AP) — A senior British Cabinet minister says businesses need to prepare for the possibility the U.K. will leave the European Union in March without an exit deal, as a growing number of British firms say they are stockpiling goods or shifting operations overseas. Last week British lawmakers threw out Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU divorce deal, and attempts to find a replacement are gridlocked.___Ford posts quarterly loss amid struggles in Europe, ChinaDEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has reported its first quarterly loss in two years due to a pension accounting charge and poor performances in Europe and China. The Dearborn, Michigan, company lost $116 million in the fourth quarter compared with a $2.5 billion profit in the same period a year earlier. The loss included an $877 million charge to revalue pension assets due a late-year market slide.___Forgoing staffers, many businesses turn to freelancersNEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners use independent contractors rather than employees, even transitioning their employees into freelancers. In a tight job market, it can be easier to find independents rather than full-timers. Owners can also save on overhead, hiring only when they need help, and they don’t have costs like employment taxes and insurance. But the government has rules about freelancers, contending some owners misclassify employees and call them independents to avoid paying the extra costs.___The S&P 500 added 5.80 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,638.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 171.14 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,575.62. The Nasdaq composite edged up 5.41 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 7,025.77. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks dipped 3.20 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,454.26.U.S. crude oil lost 0.7 per cent to $52.62 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 0.6 per cent to $61.14 per barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline slipped 1.1 per cent to $1.39 a gallon and heating oil fell 0.7 per cent to $1.89 a gallon. Natural gas shed 2 per cent to $2.98 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press read more

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Darfur 189 police advisers arrive to support joint UNAfrican Union mission

3 October 2008A total of 189 police advisers from 12 countries, including 17 female officers, have arrived in Darfur to join the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID), which is trying to quell the deadly fighting and humanitarian suffering that have raged since 2003 in the western Sudanese region. A total of 189 police advisers from 12 countries, including 17 female officers, have arrived in Darfur to join the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID), which is trying to quell the deadly fighting and humanitarian suffering that have raged since 2003 in the western Sudanese region.The latest arrivals – from Malaysia, Malawi, Jordan, Yemen, Pakistan, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh, Turkey, Senegal, El Salvador and South Africa – bring the total number of UNAMID Police Advisers to 1,877, out of a mandated strength of 3,772.The mission’s Police Advisers are involved in training Community Policing Volunteers in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and capacity-building for the Government of Sudan Police and other parties to the Darfur conflict, to enable them to operate according to internationally accepted standards of policing.They are also involved in monitoring investigations into gender-based violence cases, confidence-building patrols in IDP camps and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to IDPs in Darfur. UNAMID, which is slated to become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength, currently has some 10,000 troops and police officers on the ground and still lacks essential equipment, including helicopters.An additional 3,000 personnel – mostly from Ethiopia and Egypt – are expected to be joining UNAMID in the next two months, bringing the total number of troops by the end of November to about 13,000.The five-year long conflict in Darfur between rebels, the Government and allied Janjaweed militiamen has claimed the lives of about 300,000 people and displaced more than 2.7 million. read more

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At World Food Prize ceremony UN SecretaryGeneral calls for new approaches to

Ending hunger in our lifetimes “calls for harnessing the creativity of scientists and economists,” Mr. Ban said. “It requires developing new approaches and technologies to respond to climate change, water scarcity and desertification.” The Secretary-General was speaking at the 2012 World Food Prize laureate award ceremony held in the state of Iowa, in the United States. This year’s winner is an Israeli scientist, Dr. Daniel Hillel, with the Prize recognizing his efforts in implementing a new mode of bringing water to crops i­­n arid and dry kegions, known as ‘micro-irrigation.’ According to the website for the event, the international prize, created in 1986 and sponsored by a local businessman and philanthropist, recognizes, “without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs,” the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food. The award, it adds, recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply, including food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, poverty alleviation and political leadership, amongst others. In his remarks, Mr. Ban praised this year’s winner, Dr. Hillel, for his work, which “has transcended boundaries to help millions of farmers grow more crop per drop of water in some of the driest placed on earth.” Mr. Hillel’s drip irrigation system is “making the desert bloom” on six million hectares of arid land in more than 30 countries, the UN chief noted. “His achievement started as a technical innovation, but it has made a signal contribution to global harmony, stability and peace,” he said. Initiatives like Mr. Hillel’s, he added, are required to tackle the food insecurity that is being experienced in many parts of the world, due to a combination of droughts, a rise in food prices, and financial instability in various regions.However, Mr. Ban underlined that the current crisis is different from the 2007-2008 crisis, when global food prices increased dramatically causing political and economic instability. “We have learned important lessons. More countries have put safety nets in place. There has been less panic buying, and fewer trade restrictions,” Mr. Ban said. “Nations are also investing more in agriculture, and strengthening international cooperation.”In spite of these efforts, much more remains to be done, the UN chief added. The issue of food security is high on the UN agenda. Last week saw the release of the of the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 (SOFI), which was jointly published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). In addition to finding that almost 870 million people, or one in eight, are suffering from chronic malnutrition, the report showed a sharp decline in the number of undernourished people over the past two decades, while also warning that immediate action is still needed to tackle hunger particularly in developing countries. It also found that Africa is the only region where malnutrition rates have risen over the past 20 years. Africa’s western Sahel region, in particular, is experiencing high levels of food insecurity, Mr. Ban noted in his speech in Iowa. The Secretary-General also highlighted various UN initiatives to help those who are most vulnerable obtain access not just to food, but also to land, finance, infrastructure and markets required to ensure food security such as the Movement to Scale Up Nutrition, which seeks to provide adequate nutrition to children under two and their mothers and the Zero Hunger Challenge, which aims to ensure access to food, end childhood stunting and double the productivity and income of smallholder farmers. “In our world of plenty, no one should live in hunger. No child should have his growth stunted by malnutrition. No child should have her opportunity for a better life curtailed even before she is born, because her mother was undernourished,” Mr. Ban said. On Monday, speaking at the opening session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, the FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said that targets for reducing the proportion of hungry people around the world by half can still be reached if countries step up their efforts to reduce hunger. Set up in 1974 and reporting to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the CFS, an intergovernmental body, serves as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies. read more

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Scotland Yard urges retired officers to return to work due to staff

first_img“The nature of the response is placing certain skills in high demand, particularly across the investigative, counter terrorism and firearms commands,” it adds.”If you have considered the scope for a time-limited return to the Met in any capacity – either as a police officer, civilian investigator or volunteer (either warranted or non-warranted) – we would of course be open to discussions with you.”Whether this be for a limited time or for the longer term, your support would be greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times.” Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey Mr Mackey says the letter was prompted by other retired officers who had already offered to return to work.Meanwhile, it has emerged that residents of Grenfell Tower were experiencing power surges in the weeks leading up to the deadly blaze that may have caused the fire.Residents have claimed there were problems with electricity spikes in the flats, expressing concerns about safety and wiring.A fire expert said the surges could have been the issue that caused the fire to start in a fridge freezer on the fourth floor.At least 80 people are thought to have died as the blaze rapidly took hold and engulfed the tower in JuneJoe Delaney, spokesman for the Grenfell Action Group, told the BBC: “There’s been lots of issues with the electrics. There seemed to be a litany of problems.” 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. Scotland Yard has asked former detectives to return to work as it struggles to cope in the wake of a string of terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower disaster.The force has sent a letter to hundreds of retired detectives in a desperate bid to solve an apparent staffing crisis.In the letter, deputy commissioner Craig Mackey, notes that recent incidents have required a “significant policing response” and that certain skills were in “high demand”.He acknowledges that that they are facing “challenging times” and that it is a “significant ask” of former employees who have long since left the force. In 2013, dozens of Grenfell Tower residents suffered electricity power surges so strong their appliances exploded, overheated and emitted smoke.At the time, 25 residents successfully claimed compensation from the council.But some have now revealed that the electricity problems persisted much more recently, suggesting they were never properly resolved.Geoff Wilkinson, a building inspector and fire expert, told the BBC: “Certainly the issue with electricity spikes could well have been an issue which led to the fire in the first instance.”If you’re getting appliances overheat as a result of that then that could be an initial ignition source but that itself would not have led to the spread.”I think it clearly concerns anyone that if you hear that there are 20 appliances in one day, there is something that is clearly wrong.”center_img Deputy Commissioner Craig MackeyCredit:Will Oliver/EPA Police officers outside Dorney Tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in north London evacuated due to fears over claddingCredit:AP Police officers outside Dorney Tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in north London evacuated due to fears over cladding Since the Grenfell tragedy and terror attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, the force has also had to deal with an increase in knife crime, motorbike thefts and a spate of acid attacks.Controversial budget cuts have also left it having to find savings of £400million in the next three years and it has struggled to maintain staff levels.The letter, obtained by Sky News, is understood to have been sent to some 400 detective constables, who were either recently retired or on a career break.It says officers are working extremely hard to support the victims and families of those affected by recent events.last_img read more

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Dust management in mining – thinking outside the square

first_imgDust emissions are an environmental issue of increasing concern to both government regulators and the community. The main concerns relate to potential amenity, and health and environmental impacts from the emissions. It is therefore imperative that mining/processing operations, as part of their overall environmental management, reduce fugitive particulate emissions to as low a level as is practicably possible. In this article, SKM’s air quality expert, Jon Harper, discusses the causes and types of dust emissions and mechanisms to measure and monitor dust emissions. He also examines the importance of these considerations to identifying the most appropriate and cost effective reduction strategies.If fugitive particulate emissions are perceived to be significant, a facility may face increased regulatory requirements, more stringent environmental licence conditions and poor community relationships, which may potentially impact on the continuing operation of the facility.There are several methods to reduce particulate emissions. These range from engineering solutions, such as enclosing the source, installing wet or dry scrubbers and conveyor belt washing, to traditional methods of dust suppression using water cannons and water trucks. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the dust reduction methods being used are insufficient to reduce particulate emissions to a level that is acceptable to the community or regulators.Ore mining, handling, processing and transport activities generate dust through either wind or the physical movement of ore through mechanical processes. The amount of particulate matter generated by wind is highly dependent upon the wind speed. Below the wind speed threshold, no particulate matter is generated, while above the threshold, particulate matter generation tends to increase with the cube of the wind speed.The amount of particulate matter generated by wind is also dependent on the material’s surface properties. This includes whether the material is crusted, the amount of non-erodible particles and the size distribution of the material.Mechanical processes that generate and potentially release particulate matter include comminution (crushing, screening and grinding), material movement (transfer points, stacking, reclaiming and ship loading), blasting and vehicular movement over unsealed or dust laden surfaces. The amount of particulate matter generated from these processes is less dependent on wind speed in comparison to wind erosion, but is more dependent on the moisture properties of the material being transferred, the particle size distribution of the material, drop heights and the dust management measures and emission controls in place for the sources.A range of methods are available to measure and characterise the dust generation tendencies of various ores during handling processes.Emission CharacterisationEmission characterisation is one of the critical steps in dust management; you cannot manage what you do not know. It is essential for any facility trying to reduce dust emissions and related impact to fully understand the processes that lead to emissions.The potential emission characteristics of an ore can be determined before mining and processing by using well-established laboratory tests. Ideally, the results of the tests are used to determine the potential for both mechanical and wind-generated emissions.For a facility already in operation, it is advisable that field measurements be used to complement the laboratory testing to fully understand the sources and causes of emissions.Laboratory TestingLaboratory testing can be used to determine the emission characteristics of ore and help determine potential emissions before material handling commences, therefore allowing appropriate dust reduction strategies to be incorporated during the initial design phase, and reducing the need to retrofit dust reduction equipmentRotating Drum TestA rotating drum test can determine the dust extinction moisture (DEM) of each ore type and its dust / moisture relationship. This helps determine the potential emissions from each ore type during material handling processes across a range of moisture contents.Durham Cone TestThis test helps determine the moisture concentration in which flow handling issues become apparent and will define the upper limit of the moisture band (Standards Australia 2002).Wind Tunnel TestingTo help understand the wind erosion potential of various products it is advisable to conduct wind tunnel testing. This testing will determine the minimum wind speed at which various ores will become an issue and allow various management strategies to be incorporated to reduce or eliminate this type of emission.Particle SizingThis test involves sieving the product and determining the percentage of material that is classified as ‘ultra fine’ (or below about 15 microns). Particles below this size have two issues:Increased surface area, creating issues in achieving the correct moisture concentrationSusceptibility to wind erosion, especially during stacking and shiploadingField MeasurementThis technique involves sampling a dust plume downwind of the source to generate dust profiles. These, along with measurements of the wind speed, distance down wind and atmospheric stability, can be used to estimate the dust emission rate for that particular source.To obtain a comprehensive understanding of the emissions from each source, transects of the dust plume are conducted over a range of wind speeds and, if applicable, product types. An empirical equation that represents the line of best fit (as derived from the site testing) is determined and used to represent the emissions for each product from the transfer station.If the emission rate is found to vary with the moisture content of the ore, this can be incorporated into the equation.When all the sources at a facility have been characterised, the equations derived can be used to determine the emission rate for each source for every hour of the year. Sources from a facility may include, but are not be limited to:Car dumpers;Conveyors;Ttransfer stations;Crushing / screening;Stacking / reclaiming;Shiploading operations;Wind blown dust from exposed areas and stockpiles; andWheel generated dust from roadways.Atmospheric Dispersion ModellingAtmospheric dispersion models, if applied correctly, can be extremely valuable in helping reduce dust emissions.Emission ReductionTo effectively use a dispersion model for emission reduction, the information obtained from both field and laboratory testing has to be integrated; this ensures the dispersion model accurately reflects the emission sources from a given facility. The most appropriate and cost-effective reduction strategies targeted at the largest emission sources can then be identified and implemented.There are several dispersion models that can be used to predict the ground level concentrations that result from a facility and its operation. The choice of model depends on the complexity of the terrain around the facility, the availability of meteorological data and the type of sources within the facility.Regardless of the model used, the basic methodology is the same. The model is run using the calculated emission rates for all sources within the facility and the predicted ground level concentrations are determined for applicable receptors, such as a residence or site of significance. Ideally, the model is validated against monitoring data to determine the accuracy of predicted concentrations. This validation process requires a minimum of one year of monitoring data and it is preferable that the monitoring data is from at least two monitoring locations. Ideally, the first monitor should be located at a sensitive receptor while the second should be a background monitor well away from the facility. Such a site is essential for determining the background dust concentration within the area and will help determine the dust concentration attributable to the facility.Once the model has been validated and there is sufficient confidence that the calculated emission rates accurately reflect what is occurring at the facility, the next modelling stage can begin. This involves determining the contribution of each individual emission source to dust concentrations at the sensitive receptor.Having identified the significant dust generation contributors at the receptors of interest, the next step is to focus on targeted control measures. This is done by determining why each of these sources is dusty when considering dust reduction strategies to ensure the most relevant reduction mechanisms are implemented.When examining the reduction strategy for each source, it is imperative to determine the cost of implementing that strategy to ensure the facility receives the most effective reduction.Real-Time ModellingUsing the validated dispersion model together with operational process information and real-time meteorological data, there is potential for a facility to monitor its emissions and determine their impact in real time. By using real-time modelling, a facility can monitor the emission rate from multiple sources to determine which process results in the highest emissions and take corrective action before it becomes an issue.Predictive ModellingAlthough real-time modelling can be incorporated into the dust reduction strategy for a facility it is still a reactive method. These methods will always require the prompt attention of personnel to initiate the chosen controls, and as the alarms are only activated once certain conditions are met, the reduction strategies initiated may be “too little too late”.It is preferable to know 24-48 hours in advance if the expected meteorological and operating conditions are conducive to a facility having an issue at a receptor.To use this forecasting capability to its full potential, the results of the model should be analysed by another programme that references the facility’s dust management plan. This ensures that not only are the results of the model interpreted with respect to the various reduction strategies a facility has, but the appropriate personnel are notified. The notification includes what action is required to be completed by what time to prevent high emissions from occurring.ConclusionThe first critical step towards reducing dust emissions for any facility or operation is emission characterisation; you cannot manage what you do not know. This can be achieved through both laboratory testing and field measurements. Incorporating the laboratory results and field measurements in an atmospheric dispersion model helps determine which sources from a facility are impacting various sensitive receptors. The most appropriate and cost-effective reduction strategies targeted at the largest emitters can then be identified and implemented.The atmospheric dispersion models should be used as part of a facility’s ongoing dust management plan. These can be used in either real-time mode to monitor for high emissions and adverse meteorological conditions so that corrective action can be implemented, or in a predictive mode which allows a facility to determine their potential impact 24-48 hours in advance. Predictive modelling has the potential to greatly help facilities reduce their dust emissions to an acceptable level.Jon Harper recently presented a paper entitled: Dust Management – Thinking Outside the Square at the Iron Ore Conference, Perth, Australia.  If you would like to receive a full copy of Jon’s paper, please contact Maria Whaley, Capability Marketing Manager, Mining and Metals on mwhaley@skm.com.aulast_img read more

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PSVR Expensive Fad or Worth the Price

first_img Sony Patents New PSVR Motion ControllerHands-On: Firewall: Zero Hour is the Best VR Game I’ve Ever Played Stay on target Over the weekend, I got to spend some extensive time with Sony’s virtual reality peripheral, the PlayStation VR. I’ve tried virtual reality devices in the past (including PSVR) but was still on the fence about VR gaming in general. No longer limited to short press demos, I could finally sink my teeth into VR gaming and play it at home as most consumers would. I was now ready to answer the all-important question: is virtual reality gaming a revolution or is it just another fad fated to go the way of the Virtual Boy?The PSVR unit comes with an oversized instruction manual that explains how to hook the device up to the PlayStation 4 in easy to follow steps. Plugging in all of the necessary wires isn’t something that should give most folks out there any problems. However, calibrating one’s camera and then calibrating the VR headset can be a pain, especially if you’re disabled. Calibration issues aside, the PSVR is a breeze to install.I haven’t gotten to try the HTC Vive, but I have used the Oculus Rift on several occasions. While comfortable to wear, it is relatively heavy. In comparison, the PSVR headset is light. When you strap it onto your head, you barely notice it. There are buttons on the front visor and on the head strap that you can press to adjust the device to better fit your head. The headset itself does feel like a cheap plastic toy because of its weight. But it won’t strain your neck while playing, so this aspect is forgivable.Aside from the fact that you’re using a headset, playing games in VR isn’t wildly different than playing normally because you’re still using a controller. Some games did require the Move controllers, but most let you use a regular DualShock 4. Playing games like DriveClub, RIGS, or EVE Valkyrie is the same as playing anything else, only with the added field of view that comes from being able to move your head independently.The main thing you’ll notice when playing PSVR is how unimpressive the graphics look. If you’re used to gaming at 1080p or higher, the low resolution and lack of anti-aliasing will stand out. Games look this way because the machine has to run at 60-90 frames per second to lessen the effects of motion sickness in players. Also, the dual screens within the headset only output at 720p resolution. If you were looking for PSVR games to visually be on par with most current-gen games, then you’re going to be disappointed.There has been a lot of talk about the side effects of VR gaming. People have reported feeling light-headed, dizzy, or even nauseous. I experienced a side effect too: drowsiness. I was unable to play for more than an hour at a time before feeling extremely sleepy. This may sound like an odd side effect to have, but there is actually a good reason for it: eye strain.Anyone who reads books knows that it is common to feel drowsy during prolonged reading sessions. This is an effect of focusing one’s eyes on something for extended periods of time. There is also the fact that when reading or playing in VR, one doesn’t tend to blink as much. All things considered, I feel fortunate that the only adverse effect of virtual reality gaming was wanting to take a long nap.VR gaming isn’t a new thing but the technology has advanced to a point where it can be delivered in a credible and enjoyable way. No gaming experience out there will be as immersive as virtual reality gaming. Titles like RIGS and EVE Valkyrie let me live out fantasies of piloting a spaceship and a mech robot. I’ve done these things in other games before, but this time, I felt like I was actually inside the machine. Any qualms with the PSVR’s graphics are balanced out by the sense of immersion you’ll feel when playing any given game. Technologically speaking, this is no cheap gimmick.On the flip side, it is hard to say if the future of virtual reality gaming is assured. Look at the sales of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Despite their high price points ($600 and $800, respectively) they sold out rather quickly. After that? Sales have all but flatlined. At $400, the PSVR is selling very well. Not only is the price right, but one only needs a PS4, not an expensive PC, to run it. Despite all of this success, the PSVR could still flounder after the holidays are over.The biggest issue facing the PSVR is a shortage of compelling games. Right now, there is a distinct lack of any big titles for the peripheral. Aside from RIGS and a handful of others, most PSVR games are glorified tech demos. They may be very fun tech demos, but they don’t provide more than a few hours of amusement at most. We know that Robinson: The Journey and Resident Evil 7 are on the horizon, but what happens after that? The PSVR needs complete gaming experiences to thrive beyond 2017.Something that few are talking about is how long the PSVR will be in production. We have to assume the current iteration of the device will get a more powerful replacement in the next couple of years. The graphical limitations of the peripheral are evident, and an upgrade should help give it better resolution and fidelity. If PSVR is successful, what is to stop Sony from releasing a PSVR Pro when the inevitable PlayStation 5 is released? Some may decide to skip the current PSVR and wait for its successor. This machine will no doubt have a strong library of games from developers who have a solid grasp of what does and doesn’t work for VR gaming.PSVR is certainly not a waste of money for those who want to try out genuine virtual reality gaming at a decent price. Despite its subpar graphics and lack of substantive games, it is still a fun and unique experience. However, everyone else might be better off waiting until after Summer 2017 to see if the device is still being supported and if more robust gaming experiences are available. It is still too early to say what the fate of the PSVR and virtual reality gaming is, but we should have a clearer understanding of the situation by the middle of next year.last_img read more

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Huge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack

first_img Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouFixed Samsung Galaxy Fold Launches For Real This September Stay on target Samsung just revealed the new Galaxy Note 10 line of phones and we’re still wrapping our heads around everything they’ve packed into these huge phones we can barely wrap our hands around. But along with the additions, the new phablet also has one big, unfortunate, unnecessary subtraction. For all of its nifty features, Samsung has continued the baffling, aggravating, anti-consumer trend of ditching the headphone jack.The Galaxy Note 10 now comes in two models: a huge 6.8-inch Note 10+ version and a more manageable 6.3-inch version. They sport a bunch of shiny colors, including one that refracts ambient light. And yet neither model comes with a headphone jack, picking up where Apple “courageously” left off.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are among the first phones to roll out cutting edge 5G wireless technology, even if the performance looks to be spotty in a way you’d expect for something this early. But the proven, convenient, ubiquitous headphone jack we’ve already been enjoying for years is nowhere to be found.The Galaxy Note 10 runs Android 9 and packs a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and X24 modem like the Galaxy S10. This power is put to use in 12MP camera apps that apply video filters and process AR data in real time. And apparently to build a bigger (non-exploding) fast wireless charging battery they ditched the headphone jack. That’s also why the smaller model has 256GB of storage but no microSD card slot.Like previously Note phones, the Galaxy Note 10 includes a smart stylus S Pen for this phone/tablet hybrid. New motion controls allow you to control certain apps with the pen while not touching the screen and the SDK is now open to developers. No headphone jack though!During the reveal, Samsung talked a lot about its new partnership with Microsoft, allowing you to use Galaxy Note 10 apps when plugged into a PC. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella even took the stage to talk about collaboration. Between Nintendo, Sony, and now Samsung, Microsoft has really checked its ego when it comes to working with rivals. Maybe these hardware manufacturers should check their own egos though and bring back headphone jacks.The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ launch August 23. Starting at $950 you’ll get some USB-C headphones at least, but no headphone jack. For more here’s the latest on Samsung’s troubled Galaxy Fold and check out these other upcoming Android phones.last_img read more

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Complaint about Clark County Prosecutor Golik filed with bar

first_img A brother of Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey, who is being investigated for alleged professional misconduct, has filed a state bar complaint accusing Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik of violating professional standards.The complaint by Mountain View High School teacher John Harvey, who formerly was one of Golik’s election campaign supporters, also includes allegations of misconduct against Alan Harvey’s direct supervisor, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson, as well as Deputy Prosecutor Anne Cruser and veteran defense attorney Jeff Sowder.John Harvey accuses them of seeking to improperly seal court records and accuses Golik of protecting Sowder, a former political rival of Golik’s who later dropped out of the 2010 prosecutor’s race and endorsed Golik.Golik, Jackson, Cruser and Sowder all were involved in a court case that apparently precipitated the probe into Alan Harvey’s professional conduct.“In a review of that complaint, I am confident the bar will find no misconduct” Golik said in a phone interview with The Columbian. “Mr. Harvey fails to state anything that even comes close to violating the rules of professional conduct.”Alan Harvey, who has been with the prosecutor’s office since 1999, was placed on paid administrative leave Dec. 11 for reasons related to his conduct at a Dec. 5 resentencing hearing for convicted child rapist Steven Dillon, according to a letter from Jackson to Alan Harvey, which was obtained by The Columbian. Tony Goliklast_img read more

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Cut to Serving Sizes for Breweries Distilleries Kills This Bill According To

first_imgSen. Micciche: “I’m disappointed with the action in Labor and Commerce in the House. The reality of it is this bill is a consensus bill, every side of the industry has been relatively unselfish, and this change that it’s only the brewers and distillers offsets the balance.” Sen. Micciche first introduced a version of the legislation in 2015, SB 99. That version also met resistance from an interest group, and its critical pieces were stripped and passed in separate legislation, which largely addressed the issues surrounding minors consuming alcohol. SB 76 seeks to overhaul the State of Alaska’s alcohol laws. The Title 4 Review project involved an unprecedented level of collaboration between groups that has been ongoing since 2012. The amendment introduced by former bar owner, Rep. Louise Stutes of Kodiak, and a current bar owner, Rep. Adam Wool of Fairbanks, were aided in passing the amendment by Rep. Andy Josephson of Anchorage, and Rep. Gary Knopp of Kenai. Sen. Micciche: “Title 4 is a mess, It’s a mess for the industry, the public, and the state that attempts to enforce it. I think one of the most powerful parts of this process, and one of the reasons we’ve made it this far, is that everyone who participated was able to look beyond their own self-interest and consider the big picture, and a system that is better for everyone than the one we have today.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna), withdrew his request for a House Finance Committee hearing on SB 76 following an amendment to cut the on-site retail sale volumes for craft manufacturers by one-third. The amendment, to slash the daily pour limit in Alaska breweries from 36 oz to 24 oz., was introduced during a committee hearing in the House Labor & Commerce Committee. Sen. Micciche: “The action essentially kills the bill for this year.”last_img read more

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England vs Ireland Only Test 5 things to watch out for in

first_imgThe Irish team posing for team photograph at Lord’sTwitter/IrelandCricketEngland have won the World Cup but far from being done for the season, they now embark upon their other big challenge – regaining the Ashes. Before they come face to face with the Australian Test side, though, they have to deal with Ireland.This match might be regarded as a warm-up for England but for the Irish, it will be a momentous occasion. They would be playing a Test at Lord’s for the first time ever. Their players will have the opportunity to occupy the same dressing room and walk through the same long room that has hosted some of the greatest names in the game.So, what to expect from this contest? Obviously England are expected to win but it won’t be the result alone that everyone would take note of. There are several other questions that need to be answered regarding the two sides. Here is a look at 5 most important things to watch out for in this one-off Test. Will Jason Roy get a chance?Twitter/Cricket World CupEngland’s opening conundrumEver since Andrew Strauss retired after the English summer of 2012, England have been struggling to find a replacement for him. Even before that search ended, Alastair Cook also retired from Test cricket. So, England are now searching for not one but two openers. In their last Test series, in West Indies, Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings occupied those positions. While the former still seems capable of becoming successful, Jennings looked hopeless in West Indies. With the Ashes Tests just one game away, England desperately need answers for the question of who could be a reliable opener. The selectors have decided to give an opportunity to Jason Roy and Joe Denly. Will the dashing ODI opener prove to be equally effective in the longer format? Or will Denly prove his credentials? Let’s wait and watch! Moeen Ali would look to gain some formReutersWho’ll be the English spinner in the Ashes?Moeen Ali and Jack Leach are both in the squad for the Ireland Test. While Ali has been performing consistently for some time, including in the series against West Indies, Leach bowled brilliantly against Sri Lanka last year before getting injured. So, who will England opt for in the Ashes series? Though Moeen has been a capable batsman as well, he is not very dependable these days. It’s quite possible that he will have to rely on his spin bowling to get into the playing XI. There, Leach will present a tough challenge. So, the performance of the spinner or spinners in this match will also be something to watch out for. Anderson’s injury is causing concerns for EnglandReutersAnderson’s fitnessIt goes without saying that James Anderson would be the key to England’s success in the Ashes. But, unfortunately for the English team, the man with over 500 Test wickets had sustained an injury while playing for his county team, Lancashire. Selectors have picked him in the team for the Ireland series and are hoping that he would recover in time. The level of Anderson’s fitness would be keenly watched by everyone. Olly Stone will be exciting to watch if he playsTwitterWill Stone and Gregory shine?England never have a dearth of good swing bowlers. But what they have been wanting for many years is a genuinely quick pacer. Olly Stone seems to be the one who can answer that question. In the county circuit, he has been regarded as among the fastest bowlers. England may just give him a chance in this match to show his skills. Lewis Gregory, on the other hand, is the typical English seam bowler who has got into the team thanks to his great run of form in the county game. With the likes of Chris Woakes and Sam Curran in the side, one wonders whether he will get an opportunity. If he does, let’s see what happens. Fans would hope for an encouraging performance from IrelandTwitterWill Ireland rise to the occasion?In their very first Test, Ireland showed great fight and at one stage, had Pakistan worrying a bit about their situation. In the end, they lost that Test but still suggested that, at home, they can be competitive. Their performance against Afghanistan in Asia wasn’t anything to write home about. This is another opportunity for the new entrants to prove their worthiness. They have some quality players like Andy Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brian and Boyd Rankin. It’s important for them to show fight, even if they don’t win. Individual good performances would be hoped for as that will set the base for future success. Cricket fans would observe Ireland’s performance closely.last_img read more

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Bapus words

first_imgA theatrical depiction of the real life events between the Mahatma and an ordinary man, Tarkeshwar Pandey, Samagam Foundation presented Gandhi tum zinda ho a play at Surtal, Taalkatora Gardens on 3 November. The play was conceived designed and directed by Raj Upadhyay. It was a mega production by way of sound, light and special effects on stage. More than 40 actors participated in this mega production. The play aspires to give impetus to the Mahatma’s ideology. A ripple effect of calm and tolerance spread through the despair and gave people hope. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The  main aim is to understand and incorporate the values of one of the greatest social thinkers and reformists, Gandhi, the Mahatma, in turbulent times such as today. The audience gave standing ovation at the end of the play and appreciated the level of production and also the acting talents of the lead actors.  Also present at the play were Prakash Javadekar, Vijay Goel, Abha Dalmia, Raj Upadhyay, Veena Chaddha, Rashmi Malik among others.last_img read more