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Colombian footballer shot at after his club fails to make first division playoffs

first_imgDeportivo Cali defender Juan Sebastian Quintero narrowly escaped injury when his car was shot at after the Colombian team failed to make the first division playoffs, local media reported on Monday.Quintero was in a car with his brother following the game against Pasto when two men on a motorcycle sprayed his car with bullets, he told Colombian reporters.”I was driving to my flat with my brother when I felt someone knocking on the car window and I saw a gun pointing at me,” the 23-year-old said.”The only thing I could do was react as quickly as possible and accelerate away. But they fired and luckily the bullets only hit the door. Thank God I survived uninjured as did my brother.”These things are inexplicable, football is a game. Today it was me, and tomorrow it could be other players. This can’t happen.”Quintero, who made five appearances last season for Spanish club Sporting Gijon, played in Deportivo Cali’s 1-0 win earlier on Sunday which left them outside the top eight playoff places.The safety of Colombian players has been in the spotlight since gunmen shot dead Andres Escobar just days after his own goal at the 1994 World Cup in a match against the United States.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgHuawei just announced its newest Mate 20 Pro smartphone in India. This is the first time the company is bringing its Mate series to the country and it comes just a few months after the Mate 20 Pro. The launch of the Mate 20 Pro is a significant step and highlights the company’s growing confidence in the Indian market.The Mate 20 Pro goes big on design and features. It highlights a curved glass design and a matrix-designed triple rear camera system. Under the hood, the phone is powered by the latest 7nm-based Kirin 980 chipset and offers a 40W fast charging support, among other things. The Mate 20 Pro is loaded with top-of-the-line features and here’s a look at what the new flagship brings to the market.Huawei Mate 20 Pro specificationsDisplay: The Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch (3120×1440) 2K+ OLED display with 538 ppi pixel densityProcessor: It is powered by Huawei’s latest 2.6GHz Kirin 980 chipset that is based on a 7nm processRAM: 6GB and 8GB of RAMInternal storage: The 6GB RAM variant comes with 128GB of internal storage while the 8GB RAM option comes with 256GB of internal storageRear camera: The Mate 20 Pro gets Leica-branded triple rear cameras that include a 40MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP Ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras also support laser and phase detection auto focus as well as AIS (AI-based stabilisation)Front camera: On the front, the Mate 20 Pro sports a 24MP 3D depth sensing cameraadvertisementBattery: The Mate 20 Pro houses a 4,200mAh battery with support for 40W fast charging. The device also supports 15W wireless charging as wellSoftware: Huawei’s latest flagship ships with EMUI 9 based on Android 9 PieHuawei Mate 20 Pro features– The Mate 20 Pro is all about offering a premium design on the outside and top-end features on the inside. The phone has a Galaxy S9-like look to it with 3D curved glass on the front and back. The 6.39-inch OLED display also curves on the sides much like Samsung’s flagships. The rear panel comes in an attractive gradient Twilight colour with nano-coating that makes it non-slippery and resistant to fingerprint. It also comes in Emerald Green and Black colours. — The Mate 20 Pro brings and in-display fingerprint sensor that will unlock the device by placing a finger on a specific part of the display. The notch on the top also houses some sensors to enable 3D facial recognition as an alternative biometric login. The 3D sensors are also useful to create Animoji-like animated emojis based on your facial reactions.– One of the big highlights about the Mate 20 Pro is its triple camera system on the back that is arranged in a matrix along with an LED flash. The matrix design offers a kind of symmetry to the whole system. The sensors on board are almost similar to the P20 Pro. There is a 40MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.– The Mate 20 Pro is powered by the latest Kirin 980 chipset which is based on a 7nm process. Huawei is touting a 75 per cent performance upgrade, 46 per cent GPU performance upgrade and 58 per cent power efficiency over its predecessor chip.ALSO READ: Huawei Mate 20 Pro with triple rear cameras, Kirin 980 AI chip launched in India at Rs 69,990– The Huawei flagship houses a large 4,200mAh battery, but the more attractive feature is the SuperCharge support that offers 40W fast charging capabilities that will power up the phone by 70 per cent in just 30 minutes. Huawei is bundling a 40W charger with the box and the company is also selling its 15W wireless charger as an accessory.Huawei Mate 20 Pro price in India and availabilityThe Mate 20 Pro India price has been set at Rs 69,990. This is for the 6GB RAM model. Huawei will not be bringing the 8GB Ram variant just yet. The Mate 20 Pro will go on sale exclusively on Amazon India starting December 3 for Prime users and midnight December 4 for regular customers. Huawei is also throwing in a pair of Sennheiser headset worth Rs 29,990 if you purchase the the Mate 20 Pro for Rs 71,990.At the event, Huawei announced that it will also bring a special Porsche edition of the Mate 20 Pro in a few weeks as well as its Huawei Watch and Matebook X Pro.last_img read more

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El Othmani My Government Will Revolutionize Moroccos Education

Rabat – “We must be able to complete our country’s achievements despite obstacles,” said Head of Government El Othmani in Casablanca.While speaking Wednesday at the opening of the 14th session of the National Assembly of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), El Othmani said that his government is currently prioritizing education, health, and employment to achieve the targeted reform.During the forum, attended by representatives from several Arab and African countries—including Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad, and Mauritania—El Othmani said his government will revolutionize the education sector and will soon announce important procedures in the employment sector. El Othmani added that there are certain political bodies that do not care about citizens’ involvement in politics and try to exhaust all serious attempts to address corruption.El Othmani, who is also the leader of the Islamist PJD, claimed there is a ferocious media war against his party. The PJD attempts to counterattack the so-called media war with the “necessary vigilance.”Additionally, PJD’s national secretary, Mohamed Amzaz, called for “protecting the democratic opinion and facing defections with the necessary determination.” “A real democracy cannot be established with the absence of independency within political bodies,” added Amzazi.Over the course of a week, with one forum per day, the PJD assembly will discuss topics related to democracy, reform strategies, and the Moroccan experience in economy, education, and human rights.Read also: Morocco’s Unemployment on the Rise 2018-2028: ReportRealities on the groundThe three sectors El Othmani says he prioritizes present great challenges to Morocco.According to figures from research group BMI, the current unemployment rate in Morocco is on the rise, up from 9.9 percent to 10.5 percent between 2016 and 2018. The high unemployment rate is due to several factors. First, employment in the agriculture and public sector, which constitute 40 percent of the country’s formal employment, has declined. Secondly, the poor education system has led to high unemployment.In the health sector, the main issue to be addressed is the lack of doctors and nurses, especially in rural areas. Morocco is suffering from a shortage of 32,000 doctors and 64,000 nurses.Health coverage (RAMED) is also an important challenge to be faced. At its launch, RAMED covered 8.5 million beneficiaries; by August 2017, it now must assist more than 12 million beneficiaries.In the education sector, only 71.7 percent of the population can read and write, while just 64.4 percent of the working-age population has completed secondary education or above.Morocco’s Minister of Education Said Amzazi has unveiled his new national education plan which focuses on totally reforming the sector. The new plan aims to develop infrastructure and staff, rethink pedagogy, expand student enrollment and accessible education, support students against violence, and reform education in the private sector. read more

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UN mission helps opposition figure leave DR Congo for medical treatment

11 April 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has helped former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba, whose guards were involved in deadly fighting last month with the Congolese army, to leave the country safely today for medical treatment. The mission, known as MONUC, provided security for Mr. Bemba’s transport from the South African embassy in the capital, Kinshasa, to the airport, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters. Mr. Bemba then took a flight to Portugal, where he is scheduled to receive medical treatment for an old injury. The MONUC move follows a request from Mr. Bemba and Congolese authorities after he was granted permission to leave Kinshasa by the President of the Provisional Office of the Senate. Hundreds of people were killed during several days of clashes in and around the Gombe district of Kinshasa last month between Government forces and Mr. Bemba’s security detail. Last year Mr. Bemba was defeated by Joseph Kabila in the run-off round of landmark presidential elections in the DRC, which is rebuilding after the end of a six-year civil war. MONUC has been involved in discussions with Congolese authorities about the handover of opposition forces, some of whom have taken refuge with the mission in Kinshasa, to Government authorities for reintegration or disarmament. read more

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UN experts conduct planned activities at suspected Iraqi weapons sites

On Saturday, members of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected the Balad Chemical Defence Battalion located some 90 kilometres north of Baghdad, according to Hiro Ueki, a spokesman for UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).That facility “conducts training activities in the area of chemical, biological and radiological defence for military personnel and was considered by Iraq as one of the ‘sensitive sites,’” Mr. Ueki told the press in Baghdad.“The inspection team arrived unannounced at the site and had immediate access,” he added, noting that experts were able to conduct all planned activities there. Meanwhile, an eight-person IAEA team completed two inspections at the Um Al Maarik Company, a facility which Mr. Ueki said was “known for its dual use capabilities,” and at the Al Meelad Company, where the former Al Furat centrifuge facility had been located.“The IAEA inspection team was able to conduct the inspection activities as it had planned and did not face any difficulty with access to the sites and locations inside,” the spokesman reported. read more

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Security Council removes two names from Sierra Leones travel ban list

The two are Colonel Sam Bockarie, also known and Commander Moskita or Maskita of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and Corporal Foday Sayabana Sankoh, the former deputy chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and onetime deputy head of State.The Sierra Leonean authorities had confirmed that both men are now dead, UN officials said.The Council resolution said “all States shall prevent the entry into or transit through their territories of leading members of the former military junta and of the Revolutionary United Front.” read more

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UN Security Council mission visits southern Sudan for talks on peace accord

The Council members met with southern Sudanese President Salva Kiir, First Vice-President Riek Machar and other senior officials for discussions that focused on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Sudanese government and the rebels of western Sudan’s Darfur region.They also discussed the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is notorious for conscripting and sexually abusing children and displacing millions across three African countries.The leader of the Council delegation, British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, held a joint news conference with Mr. Kiir, fielding questions on reports of planned talks between an LRA delegation and the Government of Uganda, facilitated by the Government of Southern Sudan.Earlier this week, the Security Council delegation met with Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and other senior Government leaders, as well as members of parliament. It is scheduled to visit Darfur and cross the border to Chad where hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees are living in camps.Overall, three years of fighting in Darfur between the government forces, pro-government militias and rebels have killed scores of thousands of people and displaced some 2 million others amid charges of civilian massacre, rape and other atrocities. read more

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Dry weather withering crops stressing farmers in southern Saskatchewan

Dry weather withering crops, stressing farmers in southern Saskatchewan by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 6, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – The ground is so dry and deeply cracked on Todd Lewis’s farm in southern Saskatchewan that he says if a wrench is dropped down one of the crevasses, “we’ll never find it.”“If you dropped a rod down there that was eight or nine feet long, you wouldn’t hit the bottom of that crack,” Lewis told The Canadian Press. “It would disappear.”Lewis, who is also president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, farms near Gray south of Regina, and the region has been extremely dry.Environment Canada figures show Regina had only 1.8 millimetres of rain last month — the driest July in 130 years. It was the driest July ever recorded in the city of Moose Jaw, about 70 kilometres west of Regina. Moose Jaw got 4.3 millimetres of rain in July, less than the 4.6 millimetres it got in 1929.It was also hot.Regina had 11 days over 30 C in July. The city of Swift Current, about 245 kilometres west of Regina, saw 14 days over 30 C.Lewis said canola is taking the hardest hit because of the heat and might only yield half the crop of an average year.“We’re always optimistic being involved in agriculture, but really we’re going to have a down year, no question,” he said.But Lewis said areas south and west of his farm are in “a pretty desperate situation.”“A lot of cases, those fields won’t even get combined, they’re so poor,” he said.Ranchers in southern Saskatchewan are also facing poor grazing conditions and have scaled back hay cutting because of the hot, dry weather.Trevor Hadwen, an agro-climate specialist with Agriculture Canada, said the agency is concerned.“We know that producers in the southern portion of the province are looking at hay shortages or feed shortages for the fall and winter,” said Hadwen.Agriculture Canada’s latest drought monitor map for July won’t be out until next week but Hadwen says it will show severe drought conditions in much of southern Saskatchewan, with patches of extreme drought.It’s probably one of the fifth driest years on record for agriculture, but the situation is “no where near the impact of (1930) in terms of size or severity,” Hadwen said.“What we have this year is a fairly localized, intense drought situation that some crops are doing fairly well through and some crops are suffering,” he said.The dry conditions are also affecting water sources for cattle.In mid-July, about 200 cattle were found dead in a pasture in southwestern Saskatchewan after they drank toxic water.Provincial officials said hot weather caused evaporation, which left a sulphate concentration of more than 24,000 milligrams per litre in the water. Sulphate concentrations over 7,000 per litre can kill cattle.There were 59 calls to Saskatchewan’s Farm Stress Line in July — compared to 16 the same time last year.Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, who farms near Pense just west of Regina, said he’s not surprised.“Producers in the hardest hit areas are concerned,” said Stewart. “They’re seeing a crop that they put a lot of money into, and that got off to a pretty good start, deteriorate pretty rapidly through July.“Guys are figuring out that they’re going to have a tough time paying some of their bills and farmers just don’t want to grow poor crops. It’s a thing with us farmers, especially when you see a crop start off real good and look beautiful and then go downhill.”Stewart said any rain at this point would likely be too little, too late for most crops.“Generally speaking, this crop is too far advanced to help now,” he said.In Regina, parched soil is also causing the ground to shift and that’s pulling power meter boxes away from homes.SaskPower, the Crown utility company, said seven meters caught fire over two weeks. About 800 of 2,000 meters inspected as of Tuesday needed repairs.John Paul Cragg, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, said there is one thing to remember about the weather.“Things in Saskatchewan can switch on a dime,” he said. “It’s very hard to tell what will happen with this dryness, whether it will persist, whether the precipitation pattern will change and they’ll start seeing more precipitation in the south.” read more

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Trio of awards for dramatic arts professor

Joe Norris was recently presented with two international awards and one from Brock for his unique approach to research.It has been a busy spring for Joe Norris.In the midst of packing up his office to transfer to the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the dramatic arts professor added three newly acquired items to take with him: two awards from the American Educational Research Association and one from Brock University.Norris and Richard D. Sawyer from Washington State University captured the association’s Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award.They were recognized for their book, Understanding Qualitative Research: Duoethnography, which Norris and Sawyer co-wrote. The book details the duo’s new research methodology called “duoethnography.”This involves two people conversing with one another on the same subject from very different viewpoints. As they gain insights and knowledge through the course of the conversation, the two people begin to change their perspectives. These changes in viewpoints become the research data.This differs from traditional information-gathering methods, such as using questionnaires, surveys, interviews, observations and other methods.Norris’s second American Educational Research Association recognition is the 2015 Tom Barone Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts-Based Educational Research, which is given every three years for a lifetime of dedicated research.“It is rewarding to know that something you’ve created supports the work of a large number of people,” says Norris of his recognitions and his focus on creating and developing unique research methodologies. “People have come up to me and said I’ve been able to provide a rationale that gives them justification for what they want or need to do.”Among his many activities, Norris is credited with transforming playbuilding into a research methodology that uses theatrical devices to create performance/workshops that deepen our understanding of the social world.Here, the participatory research “data” includes audience members’ responses to what they see on the stage or video. The audience addresses the problems they see being acted out, teaching themselves about the topic in the process.To add to his collection, Norris also won the Faculty of Humanities’ 2015 Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.“Professor Norris’s accumulated record of work in theatre and social issues has certainly earned him this award,” says Carol Merriam, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.“His use of his skills and talents in the exploration of social issues, including mental health issues, violence in the workplace and the negative impacts of alcohol, and the involvement of his students in this work, is especially impressive.”Norris says he is heartened by the “generosity, playfulness and rigour” of students involved in his research projects, particularly Mirror Theatre, which he co-ordinates.Norris is currently exploring the pros and cons of the written word compared to other media, such as visual work, performances, dance, music and video. read more

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Flotation 13 final call for papers

first_imgThe 6th International Flotation Symposium (Flotation ’13), organised by MEI, is on track to be the biggest event in the series. The exhibition has already sold out 6 months prior to the event, which will take place in Cape Town. The 18 booths have been take up by companies including FLSmidth, Outotec, Cytec and Tenova Delkor and there has been a strong interest for sponsoring this year’s event, with a total of 16 sponsers so far.Flotation ’13 features 2 discrete symposia. The first named ‘Flotation Fundamentals: Physics and Chemistry, covering the fundamental aspects of flotation that are being researched and the associated new machines being developed. This two day symposium (November 18-19) will focus on fundamental reagent and flotation chemsitry, bubbles, froths, bubble-particle interactions, flotation cell hydrodynamics, kinetics and scale ups. Including a keynote lecture from Prof. Kari Heiskanen, of Aalto University, Finland titled “Flotation research – does advancement require a paradigm shift?”The second aspect of Flotation ’13 concerns flotation applications and plant practice. This two day symposium (November 20-21) focuses on the application of flotation and includes sessions on plant operations, flotation circuits, flotation machine developments, metallic, non-metallic and coal flotations and environmental considerations. The keynote lecture will be given by Dr. Dariusz Lelinski, Global Flotation Technology Manager, FLSmidth named “True value added in flotation.”If you wish to present a paper at this international event see or email Dr Barry Wills ( with the deadline for abstracts being the end of June.last_img read more

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Final BIOMOre meeting cites generation of sufficient permeability as key to insitu

first_imgOn July 6 2018, the BIOMOre project had its final event in Brussels. The workshop was attended by some 45 people. The organisers said it was a very successful meeting, because the participants “recognised the amount and quality of results of the project work.” After keynote speeches from the EIT RawMaterials and the EASME of the European Commission, presentations were given about all main topics of the project, ie the development work in lab-scale and the underground tests, the modelling toolbox, the work on sustainability assessment of the BIOMOre process and finally the conditions for the economic viability of the process. In the afternoon, the participants and project partners discussed about the potential future of the BIOMOre process. Several application scenarios were discussed. “The main outcome of the discussion was that we should focus on the major challenges for the process, ie generation of sufficient permeability for the in-situ operation.”In more detail, the presentations given included a summary of the process outlook and five potential options for application of the BIOMOre process. The first concerns drilling from surface into a deep laying ore body and apply (hydro) fracturing. This was the original intention of BIOMOre. During the research phase, it turned out that quite a number of conditions must be met for this option. The assessment of various deposits in Europe (part of the project) is still ongoing. Second is drilling from surface into a deep laying orebody without fracturing.This option can be applied to deposits that already have a significant permeability and porosity which can occur in sedimentary formations. Third is to apply the BIOMOre process in open cast mines using horizontal drilling. This would avoid the vertical drilling and has the potential to exploit deposits without major preparatory work. Fourth is underground block leaching.This would be a large‐scale application of what currently happens in Rudna mine. This option is considered being quite expensive, because the “common” underground infrastructure must be established first, but can be considered a technology to access the metal remaining in the pillars at end of life. Finally, there is the option of applying the process to small subsurface deposits, in a kind of mobile leaching installation. Small mining companies may look for such an option but exploiting subsurface deposits would require cheap equipment that can be used several times ideally.Another presentation was titled “History of developments and results from underground testing” by Barrie Johnson, Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at Bangor University and Wickus Slabbert, a Process Consultant in hydrometallurgy from Hatch. The main objective of the BIOMOre first phase was to design and build an underground test facility for testing the concept of combined hydro-fracturing and bioleaching which was done at KGHM Rudna. The pilot plant had to be designed for safe operation, 5/6 days per week, with minimal maintenance, of suitable size/capacity. It had a fluid bed bioreactor with immobilised biomass for ferrous to ferric regeneration and had to be transportable via the mine hoist to underground (ie limitations on maximum width, length and especially height). Indeed it also had to be transported about 1 km underground over rough roads; as well as complying with Polish underground mining criteria which in this case are stricter than EU regulations.Major initial discoveries included the fact that hydraulic connectivity was only established with narrow hole spacing, with large amounts of mobile chloride ions giving significant negative impacts. But only low pressure required to cause sufficient flow and positive containment was established via dye tests. It was found that the level of disintegration of the rock structure inside of the reactor was not uniform – some large fragments, and some “dust” and that blasting helped create micro-fractures. Sensors and instrumentation installed into the chamber worked well, with successful remote monitoring (real time on surface, web). It was found that individual injection points and extraction holes have very different flow patterns (ie non-homogenous distribution).Due to the high chloride concentration in ore, laboratory testwork confirmed the need for an additional operating phase – water washing. While the pilot plant was undergoing certification, an additional water pump was used for the water washing phase. Chloride concentration profile results during water washing agreed with observed laboratory results and the results used to successfully calibrate the modelling toolbox for the next phases. Concentration was still not low enough, so, in the interest of project timing, acid washing was started. The bioleaching objective was to demonstrate that bioleaching is effective to solubilise valuable minerals. Redox potential responded similarly to laboratory results and first results indicate a ten-fold increase in copper solubilisation. “Excellent correlation between laboratory results and pilot results of the first two phases provide confidence that we can expect to confirm that objectives will be achieved.”Hydrometallurgy objectives included election of the most economically efficient process to recover marketable metal; the definition of state-of-art technologies for iron removal and recycling from bleed streams; development of a membrane technology application specifically for solutions with compositions originating from BIOMOre technology applications; and water balance optimisation through recycling to attempt zero discharge. The pilot successfaully developed the flowsheet and the integrated mass balance for industrial scale; and was used for predicting solution compositions. The water balance was optimised through recycling for near-zero discharge; while iron removal technologies were screened and the most effective method was further developed. Final iron concentration was below ppm levels and the development of membrane technology applications (reverse osmosis, nanofiltration) saw >99% rejection of iron, copper and all othermetals; while water can be re-used. Iron was successfully removed. The best results were obtained by Cu-solvent extraction, carbon filtration to remove residual SX reagents, pre-precipitation of Fe, As, Pb, microbial Fe(II) oxidation, precipitation of pure iron as (oxy) hydroxy-sulphate. The product is suitable as pigment for building materials Toxic elements (eg As, Pb) were removed successfully by IX, resulting in clean solutions. Laboratory tests achieved optimum conditions for leaching of fine material to ascertain upper limit of leachability. Arsenic was successfully removed by coprecipitation with iron. Opticenter_img mum conditions were established for pure product with large grain size. Magnesium was recovered by SX, HCl strip, and precipitation as hydroxide followed by calcination to oxide to a saleable product. Optimum conditions were established. Rhenium was effectively recovered from synthetically enriched solutions (did not leach appreciably) by ion exchange and elution (IX resin already in use at KGHM plant).last_img read more

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Steve Wozniak would take more active role at Apple if asked

first_imgOn April 1, 1976 Steve Wozniak, along with Steve Jobs, formed Apple Computers where he took on the role of vice president in charge of research and development. The company’s first product was the Apple I whose prototype was assembled in Job’s garage. In February 1981 Wozniak crashed his Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft into a 12-foot embankment soon after take off. As a result of the crash, Wozniak developed retrograde amnesia and temporary anterograde amnesia and did not immediately return to Apple. Instead, he married Candice Clark, an early Apple employee who he credits with helping him regain his short term memory, and completed his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley where he had previously dropped out to build the Apple I and start Apple Computers.Wozniak didn’t return to Apple until 1983 and only assumed the role of an engineer until leaving his full-time employment with the company in 1987. While he still receives a paycheck from Apple, the co-founder doesn’t currently have an active role with the company. That’s something that apparently could change one day if asked. In an interview with Reuters, Wozniak was queried on if he would play a more active role in Apple if approached with the idea. In response, Wozniak said, “I’d consider it, yeah.” In being asked what he thought of Apple today, Wozniak responded, “Unbelievable. The products, one after another, quality and hits.”While praising the company Wozniak still has some competing thoughts on things he would like to see changed. One thing that is clear from the interview is that Wozniak would like the company’s products and services, such as iTunes and iOS, to be more open and he believes that the company could do so and not lose sales. His love of open products is probably why the Apple co-founder admitted to owning a couple of Android phones back in January of last year.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

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Opinion In many ways St Patricks Day is an Irish American festival

first_imgOpinion: In many ways St Patrick’s Day is an Irish American festival ‘Maybe this St Patrick’s Day we should concede ownership of our patron saint and accept that we have been sharing him with America for centuries’, writes Robbie Smyth. 13,752 Views “IT’S BEEN ST Patrick’s Day for hours and I’m still not drunk yet,” complains Homer standing outside Moe’s bar.The Simpsons episode set on Paddy’s day first aired on March 16, 1997.Bart jibes Lisa for the green dress she’s wearing and he is the only person not dressed in green. The Simpsons dedicated four minutes to stinging observations of the Irish American St Patrick’s Day celebrations.It ends with Homer holding forth on a bar stool with a barrel over his head proclaiming. “Look at me, I’m the Prime Minister of Ireland.”Initially, I considered the Simpsons fascination with Ireland to be an isolated commentary, funny but clichéd. But a deeper analysis of the roots of celebrating St Patrick’s Day revealed a more complex relationship.There are cultural transfers both ways across the Atlantic since March 17th, the supposed anniversary of Patrick’s birth or death (or both according to some sources) became a feast day in the early 17th century.Often forgotten is that St Patrick is the patron saint of not just Catholic Ireland, but also of the Anglican Church of Ireland. A host of other US sitcoms used St Patrick’s Day as a backdrop for episodes. How I Met Your Mother, the US Office, 30 Rock and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have all had Patrick’s day episodes.US chat shows like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon have also chimed in on Paddy’s Day.I wrongly thought that the impetus for this was directed at Ireland until I discovered that St Patrick’s Day parades originated in America. In many ways, St. Patricks Day is an Irish American festival.The rise of a festivalThe first record of St Patrick’s celebrations in the US was in Boston on 17 March 1737, when the Charitable Irish Society was formed by a group of Presbyterians to: “cultivate a spirit of unity and harmony among all resident Irish … and to advocate socially and morally the interests of the Irish people and their cultural heritage”.This year they will host their 282nd annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner!Back then the day was popular with the Protestant community in Ireland too.When the famed writer Jonathan Swift was  Dean of the Church of Ireland at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin- he twice wrote in his diaries (in 1713 and 1729) complaining that the Cathedral bells had been ‘deafening’ in that year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.The first ever St. Patrick’s parade was recorded in New York in 1766. It was not until 1903 that a parade of the sort we expect today was held in Ireland, with Waterford holding the honour. In was only in that year that the day became a holiday in Britain and Ireland.That’s not to say that there were no St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ireland before 1903, but they took a different form. The Freemans Journal gives notice in March 1785 of the postponement of a St Patricks Day ‘fancy ball’ at Dublin Castle because many of the ‘nobility and gentry would be absent from town’.The Belfast Newsletter on March 20th 1797 reported that a series of Irish Volunteers displays of cavalry and infantry were held that year in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.The Derry Journal on March 20th 1848 report how that year’s St Patrick’s Day passed off peacefully in Dublin. The paper says that thousands of British soldiers had been brought to barracks in the city in case of disturbances.An edition of the Wexford People from March 1863 contains a letter from the Mayor, John Greene, who records that not a single of case of ‘drunkenness, rioting, or any violation of the law’ was brought before him that year in the aftermath of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.In 1927 alcohol sales on St Patrick’s Day were banned in Ireland and this was only repealed in 1961.It was not until 1931 that the first state-sponsored St Patrick’s Day march was held in Ireland. TV sitcoms on Paddy’s DayIn How I Met Your Mother Neil Patrick Harris has a green suit. His character Barney convinces Ted to come out and ‘party like there’s no tomorrow’.Like most How I Met Your Mother episodes there is a moral lesson along the way, but not for Barney who wakes up beside a dumpster in a now crumpled green suit, declaring it ‘awesome’ as he stumbles away.An episode of the US Office based on St Patrick’s day, peaks with office manager Michael declaring: “It is the closest that the Irish will ever get to Christmas.”The St Patrick’s Day clichés are all there including a finale in a bar, with Irish music, green shots and a lot of drunk people.In 2012, it was the turn of Tina Fey’s 30 Rock to tackle St Patrick’s Day.Fey’s character Liz Lemon has a series of quips about Irish culture in the episode. My favourite is:What are they going to do about it? Write a meandering play about how amazing the Irish are at not overcoming adversity.Ultimately Lemon learns a St Patrick’ Day lesson. She has to deal with her own personal feelings. Her on-street reconciliation with boyfriend Criss leads one of the St Patrick’s Day revellers to declare:Wait, is now the time on St Patrick’s Day when we talk about our feelings?Finally, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has a St Patrick’s Day episode, complete with a leprechaun and touching on everything from drunkenness to clerical child abuse. It crams more Irish stereotypes into a 25-minute episode than I thought possible.When we look at US TV today commenting, on and making fun of, the Irish on St Patrick’s Day, it is worth remembering that this is just the latest instalment in a long and complex history of the Irish influence in America. This St Patrick’s Day we should concede ownership of our patron saint and accept that we have been sharing him with America for centuries.Perhaps it is time to embrace your inner Irish American.  Mar 16th 2019, 8:31 PM Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 8:30 PM Short URL Share13 Tweet Email3 Robbie Smyth is Deputy Head of Journalism & Media Communications at Griffith College Dublin. By Robbie Smyth Robbie Smyth 43 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Gold Russia 8. How many days did Ezekiel Elliot holdout on the Dallas Cowboys before signing a six-year deal worth $90m? Waterford Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely have you been paying attention to this week’s headlines? 3. How many games did it take David McGoldrick to net his first international goal for Ireland? Tweet Paul Geaney 1. Who did Tommy Walsh replace when he was introduced for Kerry in the second-half of Sunday’s All-Ireland final? Wooden Spoon Sep 6th 2019, 5:01 PM Brian Ó Beaglaoich Share 9 3 2008/09 Dublin Share your result: You scored out of ! 2007/08 Waterford 4. Michael Fennelly has been appointed as Offaly manager, but how many senior All-Irelands did he win with Kilkenny? 7 10 11 Adrian Spillane Share5 Tweet Email Short URL 9. Vera Pauw is the new Ireland women’s national team manager. What was the first national team she managed? Answer all the questions to see your result! The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe next week. Kerry Gavin White Tweet 1 You scored out of ! Cork By The42 Team Grigor Dimitrov 9 Matteo Berrettini 7. Who dumped Roger Federer out in the US Open quarter-final this week? 2010/11 Cork Netherlands 2 30 40 60 34,333 Views Share your result: South Africa 4 Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. Limerick 8 Bronze 6 Share your result: Friday 6 Sep 2019, 5:00 PM 2. Michael Owen and Alan Shearer engaged in a Twitter spat this week. What season did Shearer manage Owen at Newcastle? Gael Monfils Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. 8 Comments 50 Tweet Tweet Share your result: 5. Lee O’Connor completed his move from Manchester United to Celtic this week. What county does he hail from? 6. How many drug tests has Christian Coleman, the fastest man over 100m this year, missed in the past 12 months? Share Scotland You scored out of ! 8 Share 10. Kilkenny and Galway contest the All-Ireland camogie final on Sunday, who did the Cats beat in the semi-final? You scored out of ! 2012/13 Ah sure… better luck next time. Rafa Nadal Share Tipperary Silver Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Centrale de Fukushima une étrange vapeur séchappe du réacteur 3

first_imgCentrale de Fukushima : une étrange vapeur s’échappe du réacteur 3L’opérateur de la centrale de Fukushima, Tepco, a indiqué jeudi matin que de la vapeur s’échappait du bâtiment du réacteur numéro 3 de la centrale. Une fuite dont l’origine reste pour l’heure inconnue.Depuis ce matin à 8h20 heure locale (soit mercredi soir à 23H20 GMT), le bâtiment du réacteur numéro 3 du site nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima laisse s’échapper une mystérieuse vapeur qui crée l’inquiétude. Une fuite confirmée à l’AFP par un porte-parole de la société opératrice de la centrale, Tepco, “un mince filet [de vapeur] s’échappe”, précisant toutefois qu’il ne s’agit “pas d’un nuage”. Selon les observations, il semblerait que cette vapeur provienne d’une piscine de stockage de matériel au cinquième niveau du bâtiment mais Tepco n’a aucune certitude quant à l’origine de la fuite. D’ailleurs, ce n’est même pas la société qui a repéré cette fuite mais le personnel d’une autre entreprise, grâce à une caméra. Cependant, ni la radioactivité ni la chaleur n’ont apparemment, le refroidissement du réacteur et de la piscine de désactivation du combustible usé se poursuivant normalement. Le porte-parole de Tepco a ainsi déclaré : “Nous ne pensons pas qu’il s’agisse d’une situation d’urgence, mais nous continuons d’enquêter”. Dans un courriel adressé à l’AFP, l’opérateur a précisé : “Nous avons l’intention d’effectuer des mesures de radioactivité au-dessus du bâtiment du réacteur ainsi que des prélèvements de poussière à proximité”.Des problèmes qui se multiplient À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, l’inquiétude demeure tandis que le réacteur 3 est le plus endommagé du site de Fukushima-Daiichi et qu’un très haut niveau de radioactivité règne autour de lui. Ce nouvel incident démontre encore une fois, si besoin était, que la situation de la centrale est pour le moins instable. Tepco a beau assurer depuis décembre 2011 que la situation est sous contrôle, les problèmes ne cessent de s’accumuler depuis des mois sans oublier que les taux de radioactivité atteignent des chiffres record dans les eaux voisines de la centrale. (crédits photo : Tepco) Le 18 juillet 2013 à 12:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Andy Cole challenges Romelu Lukaku to improve his game

first_imgDuring a very difficult time for Romelu Lukaku, former striker Andy Cole sent him a challenging message due to his low form despite Man United’s moment.Not everything is colorful at Manchester United at the moment, striker Romelu Lukaku doesn’t seem to be back in top form yet and legends like Andy Cole are already calling him out for it in a big way.The Belgian striker was believed to be going through the same rough patch that the rest of the players were under manager Jose Mourinho, he wasn’t performing in the same way that players like Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford were leaving their talent hidden with the Portuguese manager.Now that things have drastically changed with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, all those players have returned to their best form but Romelu Lukaku doesn’t seem to have awakened from that slumber.Despite the Norwegian manager’s words of support to his player recently, there are many critics who don’t consider Lukaku to be good enough material for Manchester United.When you get slammed by someone like Andy Cole, who is one of the Red Devils’ most prolific strikers ever, that’s the moment when you start to wonder if you really are a good fit for such a massive English club.When asked about the steps that Romelu Lukaku needs to take in order to get back to his best shape, Andy Cole’s message was short but clear.“Go back to basics,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live.“I think what we’ve got to appreciate, when you play for Manchester United, you haven’t got a weekend off.”“I’m not being disrespectful to Everton, West Brom but I think when you’re at those football clubs you can have a weekend off. You know ‘I don’t have to give as much but I know I’m going to nick one’.”“When you’re at Manchester United you’re expected to score goals, you’ve been bought for big money, there’s no weekends off.”“I think at times playing under the previous manager it didn’t help because there was no creativity in the team for him.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“So he wasn’t getting many chances and the chances he was getting he was snatching and he was trying that little bit too hard.”“And I think that’s the worst thing as a centre-forward, when you try too hard. And as a centre-forward, if your game doesn’t start off too well, that’s where it goes.”“You’ve just got to be repetitive and say to yourself: ‘right, I’ll just go back to basics. If it comes in, I’ll play one-touch and move’.”“He’s got to play to his strengths. I think sometimes Lukaku doesn’t play to his strengths. His strengths are his pace and his power, running in behind,” he concluded.Squad. 😎 #United4UNICEF #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2019Even if Manchester United is performing really well lately under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager knows perfectly that the Red Devils won’t stand a chance against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League if they don’t have each and every one of their players in their best possible form.Romelu Lukaku is arguably one of the strongest strikers in English football when he is doing well, which is why the Norwegian manager has been working with him specifically for that improvement.The upcoming FA Cup match against Arsenal will be crucial for the Belgian forward, he might have a chance to finally prove that he is up for the challenge as Solskjaer might give him a spot in the starting eleven for this game against the Gunners.As things stand right now, Marcus Rashford has the starring role as the main striker for the squad, then we have Alexis Sanchez who is slowly going back to good shape, and Lukaku is all the way in the back with a lot of work to do in order to get back to the manager’s good graces.The next month will be crucial for him, his level of performance will reveal to us if Lukaku really is good enough to play for this squad.A big welcome to the newest member of the @rocnationsports family, my brother and teammate @ericbailly24💎 #RocBoys— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) January 8, 2019What do you think about Andy Cole’s challenge to Romelu Lukaku, agree or disagree? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Before and after photos of Bogoslof Island show big changes after recent

first_img(Photo by Chris Waythomas, AVO-USGS)New photos show the dramatic effect of volcanic explosions on Bogoslof Island. The Eastern Aleutian island is home to a volcano that has been erupting since mid-December. Now, the tiny island is even smaller and it’s shaped like a hook.Listen nowChris Waythomas, of the U.S. Geological Survey, said the photos also show ash on the island.“There’s ash draping over everything,” Waythomas said. “There’s a layer of fine muddy-looking ash covering what was a partially vegetated island.”When all is said and done, Waythomas said it’s possible Bogoslof Island could be a lot smaller. He estimated that, so far, about a third of the island has been destroyed from this eruption.last_img read more

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Enough is Enough Priyanka Gandhi on Kuldeep Sengars poster

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress general secretary in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday lashed out at BJP after Unnao rape accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s photo featured alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the local edition of a Hindi daily. “CBI submitted the report. Supreme Court has also reprimanded but BJP people still have rape accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar in their hearts. His photo is there with big leaders of BJP. Will they comment?” she tweeted citing a media report related to the advertisement, adding #EnoughIsEnough. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Sengar, who was expelled by the BJP earlier this month, featured on advertisements funded by the Panchayat chairman of Ugoo area in Unnao. Meant to wish residents on Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan on August 15, the ads also had a photo of Sengar’s wife. However, Ugoo Panchayat chairman, advocate Anuj Kumar Dikshit, who had commissioned the advertisement denied having any links with any political party and also defended his actions. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “Kuldeep Singh is MLA of our region and hence his picture is there. I have not mentioned any party in the advertisement. Till the time he is an MLA we will put his pictures”, Dikshit asserted.Last week, a Delhi court had framed charges against Sengar in the rape case against him. He has also been named in the case pertaining to the death of the survivor’s father. Advertise With Us Another case was registered against the former BJP leader after the victim met with a deadly accident last month. The lawmaker had allegedly raped the girl, a minor at that time, at his residence in Unnao in 2017, where she had gone to seek a job. He is presently lodged at the Tihar Jail of the national capital.last_img read more

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Chinas Baidu eyes Indias fastgrowing ecommerce market Report

first_imgChina’s search engine giant Baidu is reportedly in talks with start-ups, including Zomato, BookMyShow and BigBasket, to foray into the fast-growing Indian e-commerce market, a spokesman for the Chinese company said on Wednesday.The company is expected to infuse funds into domestic Internet companies as many foreign investors have already invested huge amounts in them.”The Indian market represents an enormous opportunity for us to connect more people with services, and we plan to put more resources there in the future,” the spokesman told Reuters.The Indian e-commerce sector is currently witnessing a boom as more and more people buy goods and services online. Companies in the space are offering huge discounts to attract customers to online shopping.The domestic e-commerce market is estimated to grow 67% to $38 billion (Rs 2.51 lakh crore) in 2016 from over $23 billion (Rs 1.52 lakh crore) last year, boosted by a rise in Internet and mobile users, according to a study by an industry body Assocham.India’s e-commerce market was worth about $3.8 billion in 2009. It went up to $17 billion in 2014 and to $23 billion in 2015, said D S Rawat, Secretary General, Assocham.Shopping online through smartphones is proving to be a “game-changer”, and the top players in the sector expect m-commerce to account for 70% of their total revenues by 2016, it said.Major overseas investors, such as China’s Alibaba Group Holding and Japan’s SoftBank, have continuously been pumping in funds seeing the vast potential of the market.last_img read more

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