Alberta regulator restricts fracking operations near March earthquake zone

CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator is moving to restrict oilfield fracking activity near the Brazeau Reservoir in east central Alberta as a precaution following a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in the area in March.The AER says hydraulic fracturing operations targeting the Duvernay underground formation or deeper are prohibited within five kilometres of the Brazeau dam infrastructure.Hydraulic fracturing or fracking — where water, sand and chemicals are injected under high pressure to break up tight rock and free trapped oil and gas — is also banned for shallower operations within three kilometres.Oilfield firms that engage in hydraulic fracturing within five kilometres of the dam must report any seismic events greater than 1.0 magnitude and operations must cease if any event of 2.5 magnitude or greater is detected, the AER says.The epicentre of the earthquake in March was estimated to be about 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House but it was not immediately linked to fracking activity. It was strong enough to be felt by local residents but no damage was initially reported.A 4.6 magnitude earthquake a week earlier was felt in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake in central Alberta and prompted the AER to order producer Vesta Energy Ltd. to suspend fracking at its well site, report all previous seismic activity and file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracking.“Earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing have not been observed or reported near the Brazeau dam,” the AER says on the website.“While there is no immediate risk to public safety or the environment, we have developed these requirements as a precaution to limit the potential for an induced earthquake to happen near the Brazeau dam.”The Canadian Press read more

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UN agency to issue guidance for influenza AH1N1 caregivers

12 May 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it will soon publish initial guidance for clinical management of influenza A(H1N1) infection, 5,251 cases of which have now been officially reported by 30 countries. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it will soon publish initial guidance for clinical management of influenza A(H1N1) infection, 5,251 cases of which have now been officially reported by 30 countries. “This guidance is to help doctors, nurses and persons who will be, and already are, caring for patients with this disease,” Dr. Nikki Shindo, Medical Officer in WHO’s Global Influenza Programme, told reporters in Geneva. At the same time, she highlighted the fact that most patients will not require hospitalization or antiviral therapy. According to the latest figures, Mexico has reported 2,059 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 56 deaths, while the United States has reported 2,600 cases, including three deaths. Meanwhile, Canada has reported 330 cases, with one death, and Costa Rica has reported eight cases, including one death. Another 26 countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths.Dr. Shindo said her team has been looking closely into the clinical picture of the disease, including symptoms, severity and factors for hospitalization and treatment, since the new flu outbreak began. It has been working closely with Mexican and US health officials and partners on the ground, and has seen a spectrum of the virus from mild – involving typical flu symptoms – to a very severe form of the disease, which includes pneumonia and sometimes requires mechanical ventilation. “The most important question from the beginning was why only Mexico was having very severe cases,” she stated. “The proportion of severe cases initially seemed to be very high in Mexico but not in the other countries. But as more information became available, the proportion of mild versus severe became very similar between these two countries – United States and Mexico.”Dr. Shindo said that there are mainly two groups that have been affected by very severe illness in these two countries. The first is persons with underlying chronic medical conditions, such as weak immune system, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma. There have also been reports of very severe illness and death in pregnant women. The second group is previously healthy, very fit young children and adults, and the reason why these cases become very severe is yet unknown, she said, adding that WHO is working with clinicians, especially from Mexico, to find the reason. read more

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New UN campaign aims to save over 5 million children from pneumonia

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new action plan on Monday to prevent up to 5.3 million children from dying of pneumonia – the biggest child killer worldwide – by 2015. Although nearly 2 million children die from the disease every year, with nearly all deaths occurring in 68 developing countries, relatively few resources are dedicated to addressing pneumonia. The Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of Pneumonia (GAPP) seeks to raise awareness of the disease’s massive toll, makes recommendations on what needs to be done, and lays out specific goals and targets. The three-pronged plan calls for:? protecting all children by providing an environment where they are at low risk of contracting the disease through exclusive breastfeeding for six months, adequate nutrition and reducing indoor air pollution, among other measures? preventing children from becoming ill through vaccinations against diseases causing pneumonia, such as measles and pertussis and ? treating children who come down with pneumonia with the right care and antibiotics. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan expressed confidence in the plan, which has a $39 billion price tag, stressing that “if it is applied in every high burden country, we will be able to prevent millions of death.” For her part, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman underscored that “effective interventions to reduce deaths caused by pneumonia must be used more widely made more readily available for children at risk.” The GAPP aims to boost coverage of all relevant vaccines and exclusive breastfeeding rates to 90 per cent to reach the goal of slashing child pneumonia deaths by 65 per cent and cutting the number of severe cases by 25 per cent, compared to 2000 levels. 1 November 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new action plan on Monday to prevent up to 5.3 million children from dying of pneumonia – the biggest child killer worldwide – by 2015. read more

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Security Council presses for ethnic reconciliation in troubled area of South Sudan

In a press statement, issued yesterday by Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, which holds the Council presidency this month, the 15-member panel voiced deep concern at the situation in Jonglei.“Violence in any form is unacceptable,” the statement stressed, calling on all communities in Jonglei to immediately “end the cycle of conflict and engage in a reconciliatory peace process.”Deadly clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in recent weeks have displaced tens of thousands of civilians and led to United Nations agencies launching a major humanitarian operation to assist those in need.Peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have also been deployed to the area to support the efforts of Government forces to restore peace and security, and daily air and land patrols have been stepped up to deter further attacks.But Council members said they were concerned that UNMISS has a shortfall of operational helicopters, seriously affecting its ability to carry out its mandate in the newly independent country, and they urged Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue his efforts to resolve this issue.The statement also welcomed the efforts of the South Sudanese Government to protect civilians and mediate a solution to the crisis in Jonglei, and it urged authorities to continue their efforts to resolve the root causes of the recurring violence between the communities, which has often been linked to disputes over cattle and grazing land.Council members voiced alarm about both the quantity and sophistication of the weaponry used in the most recent clashes, and they emphasized the need for greater security sector reform within South Sudan and for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former rebel fighters across the impoverished country.During a press briefing today, UN agencies on the ground warned about the worsening humanitarian situation and called on donors to increase their contributions. The Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said one of the main concerns was accessing areas in need of assistance, as they can only be reached by air, making it significantly more expensive to deliver aid. OCHA also highlighted its response plan, which is currently being finalized, to ensure the emergency needs of 60,000 affected people are met.For its part, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned that without international help, it would not be possible to respond to the multiple crises taking place in the country. In particular, the situation of 28,000 refugees in Doro camp in the Mabaan region was described as precarious, with the majority of refugees being exhausted, hungry and vulnerable.In addition, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said the recent fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states has forced more than 80,000 refugees to flee across the border into Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan, adding to the thousands of refugees already in need of assistance in the country.Mr. Mahecic said UNHCR would continue to deliver assistance and highlighted the agency’s massive humanitarian airlift that began at the end of last month, which flew in some 280 tons of aid into the Malakal and Mabaan regions, benefiting 50,000 refugees. 10 January 2012Security Council members have called on warring ethnic communities in South Sudan’s Jonglei state to engage in reconciliation and end the “cycle of conflict” that has claimed an unknown number of casualties in recent weeks. read more

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Key meeting between Wigneswaran TNA NPC members postponed

The TNA NPC members had met Wigneswaran last week as well and pointed out to him the need to follow the TNA policies since he was elected to office through the TNA. The TNA NPC members had sought details from Wigneswaran on the newly formed Tamil organisation chaired by Wigneswaran and the Chief Minister was expected to explain the policies of the organisation at this meeting. A key meeting between Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members, which was to take place today, was postponed indefinitely.The Jaffan media reported that no explanation was given for the postponement of the meeting or when it will take place. Wigneswaran has in the recent past gone against TNA policies and also joined hands with Jaffna based politicians who work against the TNA and some TNA members and civil society members to form the Tamil People’s Council (TPC).Meanwhile a crucial meeting will also be held on Thursday in Kilinochchi between the TNA Parliamentary group and TNA provincial council members of the North and East. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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India extends financial assistance to upgrade KKS Harbour

The Indian Government says it remains committed to assist Sri Lanka in its development journey.An agreement for Indian financial assistance for US $ 45.27 million (LKR 6.9 billion) for upgrading Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour was signed in New Delhi by David Rasquinha, Managing Director, Export-Import Bank of India and Dr. R.H.S Samaratunga, Secretary to Treasury of Sri Lanka.  Senior officials from the Governments of India and Sri Lanka were also present, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today. The fresh assistance of US $ 45.27 million (LKR 6.9 billion) would be used for the remaining two phases involving works relating to the rehabilitation of the breakwater and existing pier, construction of a new pier for commercial cargo handling,  installation of port infrastructure facilities, etc.The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that the signing of the MoU is a reflection of the continued commitment of Government of India to assist Sri Lanka in its development journey. (Colombo Gazette) It may be recalled that there exists an MoU between India and Sri Lanka for rehabilitation of KKS Harbour. Four out of the six phases of the rehabilitation have already been completed under India’s grant assistance. This includes preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR), works related to Geo-technical studies, wreck removal and disposal, dredging and hydrographic survey. The upgradation project would make KKS Harbour a full-fledged commercial port, further strengthening Sri Lanka’s efforts to become a regional maritime hub. It would also assist in reconstruction efforts in northern Sri Lanka. read more

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Vans trucks and buses deliver the goods again

Rolling year registrations at 395,300, up 6.2 per cent on year to April 2004April CV registrations up 3,471 units and 11.9 per cent to 32,678Strong growth in most sectors a record for April‘The figures for the last three years show a terrific trend, with growing CV registrations and investment. This is contrary to uninspiring business confidence indicators that show growing unease. We think the record CV performance will continue well past the middle of the year,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Van, truck and bus registrations are at high levels and with an 11 per cent growth this April, they are delivering the goods, again.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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ESPNs Stephen A Smith talks sports journalism and the game of life

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke to students at an event hosted by OUAB on March 30 at the Ohio Union. Credit: Courtesy of OUABIn a collaborative event with Block ‘O,’ OUAB hosted ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith Thursday night at Ohio State.In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1,700 people at the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union, Smith spoke to those in attendance about ESPN, journalism in the 21st century, and the ‘game of life.’Prior to his talk with moderator Dr. Lanier Holt — an assistant professor in the School of Communications — Smith sat down with The Lantern for an exclusive interview, covering a number of topics, including why he first started in the sports industry.“If you are about the business of acquiring information, then you’re prepared for anything,” Smith said. “It came down to my abilities as a journalist, my ability to acquire information and to be in constant pursuit of the truth. As long as I’m doing that and I’m fair-minded and morally sound in the process, then I’m good.”Smith has long been known as an impassioned, no-nonsense personality. His career changed in 2012 when he joined ESPN’s First Take, a sports debate show that allowed Smith to fully showcase his talents.He continues to be a staple of the show to this day despite the departure of former co-host Skip Bayless.“I enjoy it,” Smith said. “I have a career, and there’s a difference between a job and a career. A job is doing what you have to do to maintain and elevate your quality of life. A career is doing what you want to do. It just so happens to do the same as a job. That want to is incredibly important because then you don’t feel like you’re working, so you’re in position to do more things.”It’s no secret that Smith has been the subject of much controversy throughout his career, controversy that began well before his time with First Take. While his straight-shooter approach might have made him a lightning rod of sorts, there isn’t a single thing Smith would change about himself.“It’s very, very important to me,” Smith said. “It’s what built my career. I wasn’t this way when I got on television. I wasn’t this way when I became a columnist. I became a columnist and got on television because I was this way. That’s what got me here. I don’t want to be any other way, and I make sure my audience knows that every time they see me.”Smith added that he understands why some think his takes are controversial.“I’m fearless, and it seems as though some think I don’t take the ramifications or consequences into consideration. They’re wrong, I do. I consider everything. I just believe that the truth will set you free. The closer I get to the truth, the better I feel. If I feel I’m being phony in any way, literally a sickness overcomes me.”When his talk with Dr. Holt began, Smith provided a backdrop of who he was and why he was speaking at OSU.“I don’t run from anything,” Smith said. “A lot of times when you see hesitancy in some matters, that’s ESPN, not me. They want you to monitor what you address and how you address it. My response to them is that it’s all intertwined. There’s no separation between sports and the outside world.”Smith graduated in 1991 from Winston-Salem State University – a historically black college in North Carolina – and soon began his career as a sports journalist. He emphasized the importance of getting a college education, which is a validation of potential in his eyes.“You need to understand that you’re here to get an education,” Smith said. “Your degree is a piece of paper that says you can read, write, and comprehend. It validates and authenticates your potential. What you do with it is on you.”Getting that degree is the easy part, though. It’s the mentality that you adopt afterwards that’ll make the difference between success and failure in life, Smith said.“Everything in life comes with a price,” he said. “You can pay now, or you can pay later, but you’re going to pay. The sooner you adopt that mentality, you’ll have a one-up on everyone else. The real world that awaits, and they don’t care about you. It’s filled with the haves and have nots, and there are a lot more have nots floating around.”Switching gears midway through the night onto Ohio sports, Smith stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James is not only the best small forward to ever play in the NBA, but that Buckeye fans need not worry about the future of their football team.“I’m not worried about it,” Smith said. “(Coach) Urban Meyer is 61-6 since he’s been at OSU. I imagine that they can win the National Championship. I expect it to be between OSU and Michigan for the Big Ten title. You have (an) elite program here. ”Smith ended the lively night with a question and answer session with the crowd. It was the inside details about his personal life that made the biggest impact on second-year sophomore Wyatt Crosier.“I kind of thought it’d be all about sports,” Crosier said. “I really liked how he really motivated me. He was really funny, and I loved the event’s format. It was a great night.”As the crowd continued to hang on Smith’s every word, he delved deeper into his beliefs and personal life. Smith didn’t mince words when describing why he is the way he is.“I was born with a passion,” Smith said. “I mean what I say and I say what I mean. I try to speak intelligently and I don’t make excuses. Reasons are reasons why things happen. Excuses are made when you’re trying to get absolved of what you’ve done. I’m not trying to get anything absolved.” read more

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Joan Canellas before France We want to defend title

← Previous Story Battle for the Olympic qualifications in Al Sadd Next Story → Qatar beat Poland for the final! Spanish hero from the quarter-final against Denmark, Joan Canellas talked for the official website of Qatar 2015 before semi-final clash with France -19 hrs.What did your former national coach tell to you, while embracing each other?Joan Canellas: A few typical things. I love him and he loves me and all of us. We have had great success together and these memories will last forever. We congratulated each other, wished each other good luck for the semi-finals and might meet again in the final on Sunday.To advance to the final and have the chance to defend the title, you will have to beat France…Joan Canellas: They are a tremendous team, who have dominated the last decade. France are the reigning Olympic and European champions, a team of high quality and of outstanding class. You try to find some weaknesses and probably you fail to find one.What do you consider the key points to defeat them tomorrow?Joan Canellas: Play better in offence than we did in the previous games. We must move the ball well and read the situations in order to score. Of course, defence is always needed, especially in a game which will be probable decided by a few details. We played defence aggressively versus Denmark and it was a key factor for us to survive and win it.Is it Joan Canellas vs Nikola Karabatic?Joan Canellas: It is mainly Spain vs France. Yesterday it was Mikkel Hansen, tomorrow will be Nikola Karabatic, the other day might be another big player. But we are playing a team sport, in which the so called superstars have emerged throughout the success of their teams.  However if I have to talk about Nikola, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players in the world and I have lots of respect for him.How do you deal with the extra motivation to defend the world championship title from 2013?Joan Canellas: This is our target. We lived a dream two years ago in Barcelona and now we have come here to repeat it. This is a very difficult task, but we trust each other and I hope to go all the way to the top.Spain vs France, it is a like final game?Joan Canellas: Spain vs Denmark was a like final game too. When you reach the top eight there are no easy games. You have to take them all serious and pretend that even a quarter-final was the gold medal match. This is the mentality as we approach it.What do you think is the biggest weapon against France?Joan Canellas: They have the ‘know-how’, due to their class, experience and confidence. As Gary Lineker said once, the French are like the Germans in football. We can say that handball is a game in which fourteen men chase a ball for 60 minutes and at the end, the French always win. read more

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Leave The Phone at Home With Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Wearable

first_imgStay on target Garmin this week introduced its first GPS running watch with integrated music.The Forerunner 645 Music, as its name suggests, gives wearers the freedom to listen to tunes during a run or workout—sans smartphone.While I rely on Netflix to get through breathless cardio sessions at the gym, I’ve longed for the ability to track my pace and follow a podcast during Sunday morning outdoor jogs, without sweating up my iPhone.This wearable promises to do just that.Store up to 500 songs on your wrist by transferring music from a computer directly to the watch, or downloading offline playlists from select streaming services (iHeartRadio, Deezer).Users can also tap into performance monitoring tools, customizable functions, and the manufacturer’s proprietary contactless payment solution, Garmin Pay.“Listening to music helps most of us keep our momentum going during those long or particularly difficult runs,” Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, said in a statement. “Now, with the addition of integrated music and Garmin Pay, the Forerunner 645 Music will help give athletes the independence they’ve been looking for while still providing them with the quality and accuracy of our other running products that they have come to rely on.”Go for a run, walk, ride, or swim: Firstbeat training keeps athletes in line with their goals; in the pool, the Forerunner 645 Music tracks distance, pace, stroke, and personal goals.Promising seven days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to five hours in GPS mode with music, this is the first Forerunner to feature a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display.At $449.99, the new device is a bit pricey compared to other music-playback options (TomTom, Samsung, Polar, New Balance, LG, Motorola, and even Apple boast cheaper alternatives).Don’t need tunes? Garmin also announced the Forerunner 645, on sale for $399.99 without integrated music capabilities. Garmin Unveils Its First 4G LTE-Enabled SmartwatchApple ‘Donating’ 1,000 Watches to Study Eating Disorders center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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DOUBLE MURDER SUSPECT FACES FORMAL CHARGES TODAY

first_img Forbes remanded, charged with heinous murders in TCI Police arrested the man last Wednesday night at his residence in Millennium Heights and while many who knew him are shocked at his arrest for the cruel killings, Police we understand have strong forensic evidence linking the man, said to be formerly of Back of Town, Grand Bahama in The Bahamas to the crimes.  Related Items:double murder suspect faces charges today, Yuneiry Veras and Sorineida Arias Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – Today, the 33 year old man arrested and charged by police for the heinous murders of Yuneiry Veras and Sorineida Arias – both 26 years old and both of the Dominican Republic – who were killed in April and July this year, will be formally arraigned at Magistrate’s court.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dominican Assistant Consulate, Edwin Hernandez on the weekend said:  “I would also like to say a special thanks to the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as Opposition members who have consistently appealed to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force for speedy but effective work… Special thanks as well to the entire Turks and Caicos community which has been very supportive during this time of darkness in the Dominican Diaspora here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”last_img read more

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Bryan Ferry World Tour 2019 Adds North American Dates

first_img https://twitter.com/bryanferry/status/1084799371315687424 On Dec. 13, 2018 the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame announced Roxy Music’s 2019 induction, with the ceremony to be held on March 29, honoring Ferry along with bandmates Brian Eno, John Gustafson, Eddie Jobson, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Graham Simpson and Paul Thompson.Ferry’s two GRAMMY nominations reflect his diversity, beginning with Best Album Package at the 31st GRAMMY Awards for Bete Noire, followed by his first musical nomination at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for As Time Goes By, comprised of classic standards including “Falling In Love Again” and “Where Or When.”Ferry’s most recent solo album, Bitter-Sweet, was released on Nov. 30, 2018, backing Ferry with a jazz orchestra on more than a dozen of his originals including tracks from the soundtrack to the German TV series “Babylon Berlin.”The North American leg of Ferry’s world tour begins on July 30 in Toronto, followed by Chicago and 15 more U.S. dates until closing on Sept. 5 in Vancouver. Ferry’s website has details including how to snag pre-sale tix beginning on Jan. 15. It also states, “Look forward to more world tour dates to be added in the coming months.”Stevie Nicks Scores Her Second Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame InductionRead more News Bryan Ferry World Tour 2019 Adds North American Dates Facebook Email Ferry will perform songs from Roxy Music’s classic ‘Avalon’ album as well as solo favorites this summerPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 14, 2019 – 12:17 pm Roxy Music’s glam frontman Bryan Ferry has also been a solo artist since he followed up on the band’s self-titled 1972 debut with his own debut solo album, These Foolish Things, in 1973. On Jan. 14 he announced 18 North American dates have been added to his Bryan Ferry World Tour 2019, from July through September, playing “solo & Roxy hits” especially from Roxy’s memorable and lush 1982 album, Avalon.Avalon’s elegant ambience was considered an apex of synth pop. From Roxy Music’s 1973 sophomore album, For Your Pleasure, through Avalon, the band’s eight consecutive albums all hit the Billboard 200, with Avalon reaching No. 53. It was a sleeper that became iconic, certified Platinum for U.S. sales by the RIAA a decade after its release. Bryan Ferry 2019 Tour Adds North American Dates bryan-ferry-world-tour-2019-adds-north-american-dates Twitter last_img read more

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DEC Commissioner to Rule in 2015 on Groundwater SulfolaneCleanup Level

first_imgIt appears the dispute over how much to clean up contaminated groundwater in the North Pole area will continue into the new year. Officials with the state’s environmental regulatory agency are still reviewing studies to help them decide on a safe cleanup level for the chemical that leaked from a North Pole refinery into the area’s groundwater.Download AudioOfficials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation suggested last fall that DEC Commissioner Larry Hartig may issue a decision on a cleanup level for groundwater contaminated with the industrial solvent sulfolane around the end of the year.But DEC environmental program manager Bill O’Connell says that’s unlikely to happen.The cleanup plan announced Monday requires Flint Hills Resources-Alaska, and potential future owners of its North Pole refinery, to continue remediating and removing contaminants from the facility. (Credit KUAC file photo)Sulfolane leaked for years from the North Pole Refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources-Alaska. Flint Hills closed the refinery last summer, citing increasing costs, including those related to the sulfolane cleanup. A portion of the facility is now used as a fuel terminal.“Currently, there is no estimate for when DEC will issue a final cleanup level for sulfolane,” he said.It’s a complex issue, made even more so because there’s no accepted standard for how much sulfolane a human can be exposed to before it poses a threat to health.O’Connell says DEC officials are continuing their analysis of data as part of the review of a DEC staff recommendation for a stringent cleanup level of 14 parts-per-billion. Hartig agreed to the review in April in response to a request by Flint Hills Resources-Alaska. Flint Hills owns the North Pole refinery that leaked sulfolane into the groundwater, apparently before it bought the facility in 2004.Flint Hills officials suggested a year ago that DEC should instead set a less-stringent cleanup level that would allow 25 times more sulfolane than the agency’s recommendation.O’Connell says much of the data that DEC is weighing on the subject was presented during a two-day session in September by a panel of experts the DEC asked to look into the issue. The experts with Ohio-based Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, or TERA, focused on studies on reference doses for sulfolane. That refers to the maximum amount of a toxic substance that can be ingested before it poses a risk to human health.“Those discussions were in regards to the reference dose, which is one factor of a number of factors that go into calculating a cleanup level for sulfolane,” he saidO’Connell says a report on the two days of discussions has been posted to the TERA website.last_img read more

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Zomato Buys US Food Portal Urbanspoon for 50 mn Plans to Raise

first_imgIn one of the largest overseas deals by an Indian start-up, Indian restaurant search service provider Zomato acquired US-based food portal Urbanspoon for $50 million in an all-cash deal and plans to raise $100 million in fresh funding in a month.”Our US entry has been in the cards for a while now,” said Zomato co-founder Deepinder Goyal.Facebook/ ZomatoWith the acquisition, Guragaon-based Zomato gets a toehold in key markets of the US and Australia.Zomato has funded the transaction using the $60 million it raised from its last fund infusion in November 2014.Zomato is currently valued at about $660 million and after the fresh fundraising is completed, its valuation is projected to go up to $ 1billion.Some of the five-year-old start-up’s investors are Sequoia Capital, Info Edge and Vy Capital.Goyal said that the planned fundraising will see participation from existing and new investors. Seattle–based Urbanspoon was started by three former Jobster employees Adam Doppelt, Ethan Lowry and Patrick O’Donnell, and was acquired by InterActiveCorp, a media and internet company in 2009.Widening Geographical Presence With the latest acquisition, Zomato gains entrance to US, Canada and Australia, taking its presence to 22 countries, covering about one million restaurants, reported Reuters.Urbanspoon Press kitZomato has made five acquisitions in the past five months. This is the first time it is going into a mature market dominated by players like Yelp.Zomato’s acquisitions until now have laid a platform for it to service underdeveloped markets. The foray into a mature market would be interesting for the company and its investors. It has about 35 million visits a month, which is expected to more than double with the latest acquisition, to almost 80 million. Yelp had 139 million unique monthly visitors in the third quarter 2014.last_img read more

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Nuclear power plant construction at Rooppur delayed again

first_imgRuppur Power PlantThe main construction work of the Rooppur nuclear power plant on the banks of the river Padma has been delayed for the third time. It had been rescheduled to begin this month.Project director of Rooppur nuclear power plant Shawkat Akbar informed to reporters of the matter after a meeting at the Rooppur nuclear power plant construction site on Sunday.The construction work was to begin in August this year. Then it was rescheduled for September and then again postponed to October.Science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman presided over the meeting where land minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, prime minister office’s chief coordinator of ACDG issues M Abul Kalam Azad, along with eight secretaries and other senior government officials were present at the meeting.The ministry of science and technology in a recent letter to the Russian authorities proposed to start construction by November.Ministry officials also said that they are still waiting for response from the Russian authorities which is expected within this week.Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has been invited for the inauguration ceremony along with a number of senior Indian government officials.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the construction work.Meanwhile, the atomic power commission has identified a number of flaws in the Russian construction company’s engineering and infrastructural work of the basic construction of the nuclear power plant.The work was done during the first stage. The construction company is revising the work and this is also causing delay for the main construction work.The atomic energy commission has finalised India’s Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) as consultant of the nuclear power plant. The commission is expected to sign a deal with the Indian government organisation before the beginning of the main construction work of the nuclear power plant.India is also helping Bangladesh in developing the manpower for the operations of the nuclear power plant. Bangladeshi officials are training at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu, India.Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM prefers Indian experts for the main construction of the nuclear power plant.Sources from ROSATOM and Atomic Energy Commission said the first bloc of the power plant is expected to be launched in 2023 while the second one in 2024.last_img read more

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Today is the last day GameStop is accepting Gamecube tradeins

first_imgIf you still have a Nintendo GameCube in your entertainment cabinet and it’s doing nothing but collecting dust, know this: as of April 2, 2012 GameStop will no long accept GameCube trade-ins. That means that today is that last day that you’ll be able to get cash or GameStop credit for your indigo GameCube, grimy WaveBird controller, Super Mario Sunshine, Star Fox: Assault, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, or Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer.I called up my local GameStop to check on the value and was told that they are offering $7 for a GameCube if you want credit, otherwise it’s $5.60 in cash. They couldn’t find any record for Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer, despite its solid MetaCritic score of 80 (back in September 2002), so I have no idea what that’s worth. The representative confirmed that April 1st is the last day that GameCube and related goods will be eligible for trade-in.So round up all that GameCube gear, all those games, those beat up controllers, don’t forget the miscellaneous chargers and such, and you’ll get a few bucks right on the spot. You’ll be able to buy a quarter of Mass Effect 3, Kingdoms of Amalur, or whatever it is that you have your eye on these days.Keep in mind that you’ll probably be able to get a few more dollars if you go with eBay for the sale. While you won’t get cash-in-hand, you’ll be rewarded for anything rare/sealed you still have, you know, Resident Evil 4 Collector’s Edition, Pokemon Box Ruby & Sapphire, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, or Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2.Nintendo’s GameCube, which followed up the venerable N64, was released in the United States in November 2001. That means that GameStop is taking in gear and games that are almost 11 years old. Which brings me to the question: What are they doing with that stuff? Selling it to collectors/repair shops? Sending it to countries where our old games are still valued? Just throwing it in the trash, after luring us into the store with what is effectively a $7 off coupon? Anyone have any idea?[Note: This is not an April Fools’ Day joke.]Gamestop, via Joystiqlast_img read more

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Chip and pin terminals shown to harvest customer info

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. For criminals, lifting info would be all in a day’s work, enjoying a daily catch of many cardholder details. MWR performed a test to show how this can work. Criminals can load their fake cards with malicious software. The card can be made to look like any credit or debit card. A criminal could use it in any retail shop or eating establishment. Using second-hand terminals that they purchased on eBay, MWR accessed the computer code on which the terminals run. They used this code to program a fake chip and PIN card, loading the chip with malicious software that is capable of reprogramming the reader. Once used in shops, the fakes – made to look like a normal credit or debit card – infect the card readers. Once the malicious card transfers its software to the reader, it begins storing details of all subsequent cards inserted. The criminal can then return later and use a second card to download this data, which by then has all the card details and PINs.The team purchased three point-of-sale terminals on eBay, one of which is a popular model that comes with a touchscreen and a feature for capturing cardholder signatures. The other two have a port for inserting chip-and-PIN cards, as well as a mag stripe reader.As a result of this feat, thousands of terminals need reprogramming, according to reports. VeriFone, which makes most of the UK’s terminals, confirmed that MWR was on to something and the terminal maker said it is working on an “expedited” update after learning of the hacking vulnerability.”We have confirmed that MWR implemented a sophisticated scenario that is technically feasible on some older systems,” said the company.”VeriFone has developed a software update to resolve this issue in deployed systems and has already submitted the code for testing and approval on an expedited basis.” The company said it will provide the software update “to all impacted parries” to implement.Security watchers see the significance in the fact that the chip could be loaded with malicious software capable of reprogramming the reader, leaving the system open to data theft.Law enforcement agents have discovered that account numbers and PINs are being sold in bulk on carding websites, as the Internet has become an easy conduit to leverage stolen credit card, bank account, and other personal identification information of victims globally.At the recent Black Hat 2012 meeting, MWR InfoSecurity also demonstrated how to attack point of sale terminals that use a microchip and PIN identification system with a specially prepared chip-based credit card. The security company first showed how a bogus chip credit card could be used to pay for an item and obtain a receipt for a valid transaction without the payment ever being processed. The second display from MWR was the terminal reader demo, showing how a card with malware can harvest all the card numbers and PINs from previous users of the terminal. © 2012 Phys.org Cambridge researchers show Chip and PIN system vulnerable to fraud Citation: Chip and pin terminals shown to harvest customer info (2012, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-chip-pin-terminals-shown-harvest.htmlcenter_img More information: www.channel4.com/news/credit-c … e-hacked-for-details Explore further (Phys.org) — For all customers, merchants and restaurant owners making use of card readers for transactions, well, this is not the best of news. Experts have found a security flaw in chip and PIN terminals that allows thieves to download customers’ card details. According to a UK-based security firm, MWR InfoSecurity, hackers can steal details from chip and PIN machines. MWR was able to prove how easily it can be done. According to a report on Sunday, thousands of credit and debit card readers, such as those sitting in shops and restaurants, will need to be reprogrammed following revelations that they can be hacked into and used to steal cardholders’ details.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | January 09, 2012 Study Highlights Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Noninvasive Brachytherapy-like Treatment for Prostate Cancer News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more January 9, 2012 – Accuray Incorporated announced publication of a study describing the clinical outcomes of prostate cancer patients treated with stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) using Accuray’s CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system in a manner that mimics high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy dosing within the prostate gland. The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) study, published in the January 2012 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology – Biology – Physics (IJROBP – commonly known as the Red Journal), employed a radiation dose scheme following that of conventional invasive HDR brachytherapy to deliver high doses of radiation to regions of the prostate known to have a higher burden of prostate cancer cells, rather than delivering a single uniform dose to the prostate. Patients with organ confined prostate cancer were treated in four short outpatient treatment sessions. Historically, HDR brachytherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for prostate cancer, but requires the insertion of invasive catheters into the prostate making this treatment difficult for patients and technically challenging for physicians, limiting its widespread adoption. The CyberKnife System is able to easily and quickly mimic this proven treatment in a noninvasive manner because of its ability to create and paint complex doses within the prostate.The study, “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy as Monotherapy or Post–External Beam Radiotherapy Boost for Prostate Cancer: Technique, Early Toxicity, and PSA Response,” reported on 38 patients ranging in age from 54 to 82 years with a minimum follow-up of 12 months. Twenty of the 38 patients were treated with CyberKnife SBRT monotherapy and 18 were treated with CyberKnife SBRT boost following external beam radiotherapy (EBRT). The research found that CyberKnife SBRT was well tolerated and after a median follow-up of 18.3 months, reported progression free survival was 100 percent.”The results are encouraging, especially when compared to historic experience for invasive HDR brachytherapy for patients with prostate cancer,” said Siavash Jabbari, M.D., lead author of the study, and currently a radiation oncologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill., “The CyberKnife System enables us to replicate HDR brachytherapy dosimetry and these early results suggest that we are able to achieve excellent clinical outcomes without the invasiveness and disadvantages of HDR brachytherapy.”Prostate SBRT is a difficult treatment that requires high degrees of accuracy and precision and the ability to actively track and correct for prostate motion during treatment. The creation of these very high dose regions (while limiting dose to organs such the urethra, bladder, and rectum) during a prostate SBRT course is enabled by the CyberKnife System’s ability to sculpt dose and create complex dosing schemes to match the optimal clinical objectives for a patient. The CyberKnife System’s robotic capabilities allow it to make active corrections for prostate motion during treatment, enabling clinicians to confidently deliver prostate SBRT while sparing the surrounding critical tissues.In addition to the publication of the study in December, the second of two, multi-center Accuray sponsored CyberKnife prostate SBRT clinical studies, which focused specifically on prostate cancer patients treated with CyberKnife SBRT with HDR-like dosing, completed accrual. This multi-center prospective study involving 19 centers was led by Donald Fuller, M.D., of the CyberKnife Centers of San Diego and completed patient accrual this past month with treatment of 253 patients who are now in follow-up. This study, along with the other Accuray sponsored CyberKnife prostate SBRT multi-center study led by Swedish Cancer Center in Seattle, create the largest multi-center clinical experience for prostate SBRT to date and will serve as a strong foundation to support the long term clinical benefits and differentiation of the CyberKnife system in delivering prostate SBRT.For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more center_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read morelast_img read more

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NASA questions Nicaraguas claim that meteorite caused massive weekend explosion

first_imgSeems we have a genuine mystery on our hands.Disbelievers took to social media almost instantly after Nicaraguan newspapers – mostly run by the Sandinista government – proclaimed a large explosion Saturday night likely was caused by a meteorite from the passing asteroid 2014 RC. Now the naysayers seem to be backed up by NASA scientists.On Monday, National Geographic, citing asteroid experts from NASA and MIT, all but refuted the claim by Wilfredo Strauss of the Nicaraguan Institute of Earth Studies that the explosion and its 12-meter-wide crater had something to do with 2014 RC.According to National Geographic:Managua residents reported the blast just after midnight. In some news reports, geophysicist Wilfried Strauch of Nicaragua’s Institute of Earth Studies attributed the crater to a meteorite impact.However, NASA asteroid expert Don Yeomans, author of Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us, says that outside experts suspect the crater wasn’t caused by an impact.“This event was separated by 13 hours from the close Earth approach of 2014 RC, so the explosion and the asteroid are unrelated,” says Yeomans, because the Earth moves about 870,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) in 13 hours. “There was no obvious optical fireball or debris trail seen prior to the explosion, so it seems unlikely that the explosion in Nicaragua was related to a meteorite impact.”The story also noted that the Chelyabinsk meteorite strike, which happened in February 2013, damaged buildings across central Russia, and the resulting fireball was “bright enough to sunburn some watchers.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBvotWfR3j4According to Nicaraguan officials, the explosion Saturday occurred near Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport and a Nicaraguan Air Force base. The percussion shook buildings and roused sleeping residents many kilometers from the alleged point of impact. However, no one seems to have witnessed the light trails or visual flash that one would expect with a meteorite strike. Yesterday, The Nicaragua Dispatch said:Residents in the area report that they saw something “fall from the sky” in the area, while others reported liquid and debris falling from the sky after the explosion. Amid the confusion, Nicaraguans turned to social media to find information and express their frustration with government’s inability or unwillingness to provide answers.Citing the Nicaraguan daily La Prensa, the Dispatch said “soldiers blocked off the area with orders to ‘shoot at anything that appeared out of the ordinary.’”Several readers also noticed the absence of burn marks and charring around the crater. The government then released this photo, allegedly taken yesterday: A handout picture released by the Nicaraguan presidency press office shows two Nicaraguan soldiers standing guard at the site where an alleged “meteorite” struck on Sept. 7, 2014 in Managua. AFP/Presidencia/EL 19 Digital/German Miranda But the Dispatch’s Tim Rogers isn’t buying it, saying on Facebook:So now that NASA is raising questions about whether Managua was really impacted by a meteorite, let me cast another doubt. Something about this picture, which was allegedly taken right after the crater was discovered, seems very odd to me. The path cleared through the brush by the army sappers does not appear to be only a few hours old. Cut grass does not die and turn sun-scorched brown that quickly, even if the area was heavily trafficked for a few hours. To me, that path looks several days, if not weeks, old and trodden. But, wait, that would mean there was a path to the crater site long before the meteorite hit…Government spokeswoman and First Lady Rosario Murillo (President Daniel Ortega never talks to reporters) says she has appealed for help from international experts to solve the mystery.Sort of.Said Murillo: “We’ve invited the relevant international organizations” to “provide information on similar incidents.”We’ll be anxiously awaiting the results.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:A canal across Nicaragua: Is this for real? Will the Nicaragua Canal ruin the ‘Galapagos of Central America’? Nicaragua can’t stop dreaming of a canal Nicaraguan indigenous, Afro-Caribbeans sue government over pressure for inter-oceanic canallast_img read more

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