NWT facing mining sector decline report

first_imgAPTN National NewsIf you live in the North, mining has long been the one bright spot for finding good paying jobs.In fact, mining is the single largest private sector employer in Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.However, as APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers found out, while two of the territories are seeing an increase in mining, one of them is looking at a decline in the short term.last_img

Like old photos memories fade over time

first_imgLike old photographs, the visual quality of our memories declines over time, according to a study. When people remember the past, they remember it with varying degrees of clarity. Sometimes people remember lots of details about an event, as if they are reliving the moment as it happened, said Maureen Ritchey, an assistant professor at Boston College in the US. Other times, it seems like the memory has faded, and the details are fuzzy, according to the study published in the journal Psychological Science. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPrevious research has shown that emotionally significant events – like a car accident – are remembered more vividly than everyday events. “We wanted to know whether this feeling of memory vividness is related to not just what is remembered, but how it is remembered – the visual quality of the memory,” Ritchey said in a statement. She said people reported changes to their memories akin to using a filter to edit a picture. “A simple analogy is what happens when you post a photo on Instagram. You are cued to apply a filter that changes the brightness or colour saturation of the image,” Ritchey said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn three experiments, participants studied emotionally negative and neutral images that varied in visual quality – luminance and colour saturation. They then reconstructed the visual qualities of each image in a subsequent test. The findings revealed that memories were recollected as less visually vibrant than they were encoded, demonstrating a novel memory-fading effect, the researchers said. Negative emotions subjects experienced when viewing the images increased the likelihood that images would be accurately remembered but did not influence memory fading. In addition, subjective ratings of memory vividness were lower for less accurate memories and for memories that had visually faded, the team found. These findings provide evidence that the vibrancy of low-level details – such as colours and shapes associated with an event – fade in memory while the gist of the experience is retained. People may remember going to a music festival and watching their favourite band, but the intensity of that sensory experience, including the bright stage lights and strength of the bass, will slowly fade. “We found that memories seem to literally fade: people consistently remembered visual scenes as being less vibrant than they were originally experienced,” said post-doctoral researcher Rose Cooper. “We had expected that memories would get less accurate after a delay, but we did not expect that there would be this qualitative shift in the way that they were remembered,” Cooper said. The fading effect happened less for memories that were rated as subjectively stronger. “We were also surprised to find that emotional memories did not influence the amount of fading, only the likelihood with which people remembered the images at all,” she added.last_img read more

Compact II Projects to Strengthen Socioeconomic Development in Morocco MCC CEO

Tetouan – The structuring projects, to be launched under the “Compact II” program of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), administered by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), will undoubtedly strengthen the socio-economic development and encourage investment in Morocco, said, on Saturday in Tetouan, MCC CEO, Dana Hyde.“The major projects to be launched under the Compact II are meant to mitigate two major constraints to economic growth in Morocco: education/training and land sectors, in order to support the structural reforms undertaken by Morocco, promote socio-economic development and encourage private investment with high added value,” Hyde told MAP on the sidelines of the launch of the program.She said that choosing Morocco for the launch of the second Compact is certainly not fortuitous, rather, it is a sign of recognition for the will of the Moroccan government to undertake reforms in the key economic fields for growth and investment, and for the encouraging results achieved under the Compact I. Concerning the Compact II program, Hyde said that it aims to improve the employability of young Moroccans and strengthen the governance and productivity of rural and industrial land, in order to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, promote investment in Morocco and reinforce the skills of young people to become development actors.“Morocco has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the achievement of the MCC’s goals and the implementation of the Compact I projects, and has every chance to succeed in the Compact II, due to the structuring reforms undertaken in several socio-economic areas,” she said, highlighting the “fruitful and exemplary” partnership between the United States and Morocco. read more

Fair elections key to stability in Central African Republic – UN envoy

8 December 2010General elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) next year will be a crucial step towards restoring stability to the country through a democratic process, but the polls must be free, fair and transparent, the United Nations envoy to the African nation told the Security Council today. “The UN and our international partners have provided considerable technical and financial support to the Independent Electoral Commission entrusted with the implementation of the electoral process,” said Sahle Work-Zewde, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to CAR.“There have been glitches along the way, but with a high degree of commitment from the Government working together with the Independent Electoral Commission and the opposition, solutions have been found and all major political obstacles lifted,” Ms. Work-Zewde said. The elections are scheduled for 23 January.She noted, however, that despite relative stability in the CAR’s capital, Bangui, and the south-western region, thanks to the presence of the national army, the eastern parts of the country remained prone to persistent acts of banditry, attacks by foreign armed groups, including the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and local politic-military factions that are not part of the peace process.“The lack of security is responsible for the considerable unnecessary loss of life, suffering and displacement of people,” Ms. Work-Zewde told the 15-member Council. “The Government is not in a position to address this state of affairs without adequate means and resources.” On the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process, the Special Representative said the verification of former combatants had been completed in the north-west, but the recent violence in the north-east has not allowed the exercise to be carried out there.“The development of a national reintegration strategy for ex-combatants, which is key to the DDR process will serve as an important incentive for armed groups to disarm and demobilize,” she said.Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, who serves as chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s Country-Specific Configuration for CAR, said that reforming the country’s security sector as well as entrenching good governance and rule of law will remain priority objectives.“At our Configuration’s request, UNDP [UN Development Programme] is currently working on a strategy paper for Rule of Law that will identify the priorities in this field, which should include impunity and human rights violations,” Mr. Grauls said, adding that special attention will also be paid to the issue of women in relation to peace and security, child protection and the rights of internally displaced persons.In his latest report on CAR, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the Council extend the mandate of the UN peacebuilding office in the country for another year to enable it to continue to facilitate the process of restoring stability.The mandate of the office, known as BINUCA, is due to expire on 31 December.“In the coming year, BINUCA will continue to implement its mandate within an integrated framework and in close cooperation with national authorities and the partners of the Central African Republic, with a particular focus on the reconciliation process, including through the completion of the electoral process,” Mr. Ban says in his report.BINUCA is also helping the national authorities to implement the DDR programme, and providing support to efforts to restore state authority throughout the country, reform the security sector and promote the rule of law and respect of human rights. read more

Loonie falls further following big drop on Wednesday stock markets close higher

TORONTO — The loonie continued to slide on Thursday, reaching its lowest level since March 2009 after losing more than a cent against the greenback following the Bank of Canada’s rate cut on Wednesday.The Canadian dollar declined 0.3 of a cent to close at 77.10 cents U.S. on the day after the central bank cut a quarter-point from its benchmark overnight lending rate and slashed its outlook for economic growth.Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments, said the Canadian dollar could fall even lower if domestic growth continues to be sluggish.He said the central bank could cut rates further later this year if the economy continues to stumble.“There could be pressure, downside risk in the growth outlook,” he said.He said the Canadian currency was also hit by testimony from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen in Washington indicating that the United States could begin to raise rates this fall, widening the gap between the two currencies and making the Canadian dollar even less attractive for investors searching for a return.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 68.80 points to 14,731.08, building on a 63-point gain on Wednesday.Mattina said Canadian markets have responded positively to the rate cut and signs of a recovery in the U.S.The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day up 70.08 points at 18,120.25, the Nasdaq index rose 64.24 points to 5,163.18, and the S&P 500 advanced 16.89 points to 2,124.29.The price of oil continued to fall as the August crude contract closed down 50 cents to US$50.91 a barrel.While economic growth seems likely to swing into the positive in the second half of the year, the country will be unable to rely on a bounce back in energy prices, Mattina said.Futures traders aren’t expecting a rebound in the price of oil until 2017, Mattina said, which means Canada’s recovery needs to come from non-energy industries. The price of oil has fallen by more than half since its peak in July 2014.Mattina said there were a number of issues driving down the price of oil, including cooling demand in China, a slowdown in global growth and the deal on Iran’s nuclear program that will open up that country’s oil supply to international trade.“That weighs on an already supply-heavy oil market as demand is pressured,” he said.On Wednesday, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said the poor performance of Canadian exports over the first half of the year despite the weak dollar was “puzzling.”The August gold contract fell $3.50 to US$1,143.90 an ounce and the August contract for natural gas was down 6.4 cents to US$2.85 per thousand cubic feet. read more

Fire at Tim Hortons Field causes 25000 in damages

A fire at the Tim Hortons Field early Saturday morning caused about $25,000 in damages.There’s still no word if the Labour Day Classic will go ahead as planned.Overnight security guards called firefighters to the stadium around 3:40AM.There was a fire in the third floor mechanical room.Authorities said a preliminary investigation suggested it may have been an electrical fire at Tim Hortons Field overnight.Police were called in to investigate.The Ontario Fire Marshal was also called in to help determine the cause.Tim Hortons Field was initially scheduled to open on June 30th.The date has been pushed back a number of times due to construction delays.The push is on to get the field ready for the Labour Day Classic on Monday.The fire raised more questions about whether or not that will happen.But the Tiger-Cats coach says the fire hasn’t changed anything.On Saturday the fire alarms were tested, guard rails were installed and the seats were examined as the team practised. read more

Chips recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall for Deep River Snacks brand Krinkle Cut Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips due to possible Salmonella contamination.The recall includes the small bag of chips (57 grams) and the larger size (142 grams) with best before dates from September 11, 2016 up to and including January 6, 2017.The CFIA says food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Ban welcomes validation of final results in Madagascars presidential poll

“He calls on all candidates to abide by the ruling of the Special Electoral Court and to channel any complaints peacefully through the established legal avenues,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued on Saturday.Hery Rajaonarimampianina was reportedly announced the winner of the 20 December presidential run-off by Madagascar’s electoral court on Friday after attaining 53.5 per cent of the vote.His rival, Jean Louis Robinson, who garnered 46.5 per cent, has alleged widespread vote rigging and has said he will continue to challenge the outcome, according to media reports.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson noted that the closely contested election was assessed as “peaceful and orderly” by international observers.“The Secretary-General calls on the new administration to reach out to the opposition and to lead the country in the interest of all its citizens. He encourages the political leaders and state institutions to work together toward genuine reconciliation, the deepening of democratic governance and economic recovery.” The UN, the statement added, will continue its support to development and democratic progress in Madagascar. read more

Severstal details new fleet for massive Yakovlevsky underground iron ore mine expansion

first_imgIM reported recently that Severstal was making massive investments to increase production by five times at its Yakovlevsky DSO iron ore mine in Russia, which is unusual for that commodity in being an underground operation. The aim is to reach 5 Mt/y by 2023 from the current capacity of just over 1 Mt. This includes purchase of more than 30 pieces of equipment in 2018, for which more details have now been given.They include eight Caterpillar R1300G LHDs used to clean the mine faces after blasting and to transport mined ore to the ore passes. The load capacity of the new machines is 6.8 t, and the bucket volume is 3 m3. Severstal says an advantage of the new machines is their autonomous fire extinguishing system and automatic lubrication system, which will reduce the time spent on their maintenance.Normet is another big OEM making up the order, with five of its Multimec SF 060 mulitpurpose trucks being supplied, and ten replaceable cassettes to go with them. Severstal stated: “Due to their replaceable cassettes, Normet equipment will perform many different functions in the mine. The cassette for transporting people in the mine is a special trailer designed for 14 passengers. All seats are equipped with seat belts and installed communication systems for workers to communicate with the driver. Another piece of removable equipment is its refuelling cassette. It has three oil tanks and one for diesel fuel, as well as a grease pump. This cassette is designed for filling and maintenance of self-propelled diesel equipment. Two other removable equipment units are scissor lifts. These are the so-called shelves that will be used for securing mine workings, charging faces with blasting materials, and installing communications.”In addition, as part of interchangeable cassettes, a cargo platform is included with a crane for loading & unloading materials into the mine and a tank for transporting explosive materials. To change the cartridges of the tractor, a special device is used, which removes them and installs new ones within one minute. The driver remains in the cab, moving the chassis to the next cassette.The mine also uses continuous mining methods for development using combines produced by Russia’s Kopeysk Machine Building Plant weighing more than 46 t. One of the advantages of the new combine is the design of the main body, which has a crown of axial rotation. Due to this, a more accurate development heading contour can be achieved. Miners at the operation expect that this will reduce the formation of dangerous domes. In total, there are ten combines in the mine and the expansion includes two more machines. Aside from development, the main iron ore tonnage is mined using stope drilling and blasting.In addition, four new KAMAZ dump trucks are replacing old MAZ trucks, which served the mine for 15 years. Their function is to transport sand from a nearby quarry to the backfilling complex. Among the advantages of the new technology are air-conditioned cabins, comfortable seats, a steering wheel with the possibility of regulation, and a high level cabin view. The load capacity of these new trucks is 22 t. One unit of equipment makes 17 journeys per 12-hour shift, which means about 748 t per day. The new technology is much more efficient to use. A more modern design of engines saves fuel, and the new type of tyres – all helping to increase their potential mileage to 120,000 km, while on the old technology this figure did not reach 80,000 km.Two new GAZ “next” gazelles have 16 seats each. They correspond to the Euro 5 standard, are equipped with an improved braking system, and have a diesel engine with 140 hp capacity. For passenger safety, they are equipped with seatbelts and have enlarged electric mirrors.A new bulldozer manufactured by the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant has entered the plant to replace the old one that has served the company for 14 years. The bulldozer is equipped with hydromechanical transmission, which makes it more comfortable to operate. The cabin has a six-sided form to improve visibility and increase the level of safety. Among the advantages of its new technology it has more reliable rollers with bearings, and a lightweight plastic hood. This, according to experts, will have a positive impact on the maintenance of the equipment. The dozer will manage the road surfaces and dumps in the sand quarry.Five new PAZ and NEFAZ buses will transport Yakovlevsky mine workers to and from the enterprise. The equipment corresponds to the Euro 5 standard and has a high cross-country capability. This is very important in winter, because many routes lie in the countryside. PAZ buses have 30 seats, with 170 hp. Also, both buses are equipped with seat belts. The new equipment accommodates 50 people.Lastly for loading iron ore into rail cars there are two new front loaders: a John Deere 744K-II and a Volvo model. “John Deere loaders are significantly different from their predecessors: they have an extended cab, air conditioning and a sealed keypad instead of standard toggle switches, as well as good noise insulation. The equipment weighs over 25 t and has a bucket volume of 4 m3. Its productivity is 60-70 cars of ore per shift. The loader will load the ore from the storage warehouse, then unload the products at the railroad warehouse into the wagons.”last_img read more

BTJunkie the largest torrent site indexer on the web shuts down

first_imgThe seizure of Megaupload is continuing to have an impact on the wider file-sharing market with many similar services either worried about their future, or taking measures to protect themselves from similar action. We’ve already seen this happen with FileSonic disabling file-sharing on its network. Now, the largest torrent site indexer on the web, BTJunkie, has decided to shut down.No warning was given to the service’s closure. Instead, a goodbye message appeared on the site’s homepage yesterday underneath a reminder the service had been operating for 7 years. The message stated that a difficult decision had been taken to shut down, but no explanation is given.BTJunkie’s founder has since explained that the decision to shut down did not come from any direct action against the service. However, the legal action against MegaUpload, combined with both the RIAA and MPAA reporting BTJunkie to the US Trade Representative last year, meant he was experiencing a “lot of worry and stress” over what might come next.That worry is not misplaced due to the size of BTJunkie. It had over 4 million active torrents and added 4,200 new ones every single day. With the MPAA and RIAA already recognizing it as a threat, you have to presume action against the service was inevitable. Whether closure stops that action is another matter.With two high profile file-sharing services going offline, one forced, the other by choice, how many more will fall? BTJunkie’s decision may actually have more of an impact as the decision has been taken due to the potential for legal action. With BTJunkie gone, other services will gain new users and grow, meaning they will become more important targets for the publishing industry. Are we about to see a domino effect of file-sharing services disappearing or scaling back their features?via TorrentFreaklast_img read more

Camas car crash causes overnight power outage

first_imgA vehicle crashed into a power-line pole in Camas on Sunday night, knocking out electricity to nearly 200 Clark County Public Utilities customers, officials said.Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the crash between the 5800 and 6100 blocks of Northeast Lessard Road in north Camas at about 8:50 p.m., according to an emergency incident log.Sgt. Brent Waddell said in an email that the driver suffered minor injuries in the crash, which knocked over the power-line pole. The driver was not cited or arrested, Waddell said.The crashed caused a power outage for 192 customers, Clark County Public Utilities spokeswoman Erica Erland said. Power lines were down across the road, she said.Power was restored at 2:45 a.m. Monday, Erland said.last_img read more

Texas Gov Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race

first_imgCHARLESTON, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the Republican presidential field Saturday and told supporters he would make the federal government “as inconsequential in your lives as I can” by reducing taxes and easing regulations. Perry announced his plans before an overflow crowd at the conservative RedState Gathering in South Carolina, an important early primary state. His entry came hours before the release of results from a straw poll in Iowa where the crowded field of candidates was competing. Perry’s name wasn’t on the ballot, though it could be written in.Shortly before the speech, Perry launched a campaign website and held a conference call with state activists. “I full well believe I’m going to win,” he told them.Perry used his speech to slam Washington and President Barack Obama for “rudderless” leadership and “an unbridled fixation on taking more money out of pockets.”Perry said one in six work-eligible people in the country cannot find full-time work. “That is not a recovery. That is an economic disaster.” He promoted his record of job creation in Texas and said he would have the same success as president.last_img read more

Part of 99th Street to be closed starting tonight

first_imgConstruction crews will close a section of Northeast 99th Street for paving work beginning tonight, according to the Clark County Public Works department.The project will close 99th Street to all traffic from Northeast Highway 99 to about 300 feet west of Northeast Seventh Avenue, according to the county. The closure will begin at 10 p.m. today and continue until no later than 5 a.m. Monday, July 22 — a duration of up to 55 hours. The closure will also shut down onramps and offramps connecting Interstate 5 to 99th Street in the work area.Traffic will be detoured to alternate routes, including Northeast 78th Street and Northeast 117th Street, according to the county. Affected businesses along 99th Street can be reached using local roads from Highway 99 and Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue, which will remain open during the work.last_img read more

Time Inc Sells Sunset Campus

first_img“We’re focused on 2015 right now,” says a Time Inc. spokesperson.The two-day festival highlights regional food, wine, home and entertainment trends for more than 20,000 paying attendees each year and draws significant sponsorship dollars. The magazine also hosts a number of off-site events throughout the region, though the Celebration Weekend is its largest experiential offering.Aside from losing the seven-acre campus grounds, the sale means Sunset is losing its test kitchens and gardens as well—key elements in many of its editorial features. Evelyn Webster, executive vice president for Time Inc., says in a memo to employees that the company will begin its search for a new home after Jan. 1.Sunset has occupied the Menlo Park campus since 1951. After selling its Birmingham, Ala. campus—home to Southern Living and Cooking Light—last month, Time Inc. announced that it’s reached an agreement to sell the Menlo Park, Calif. campus of Sunset to a San Francisco real estate firm.Terms weren’t disclosed, but the Silicon Valley Buisness Journal estimates it sold for at least $77 million. The sale is expected to close by the end of the year, though the magazine will stay on the property through December 2015.While the deal allows Sunset to hold its Celebration Weekend next year, the annual on-campus event—one of Time Inc.’s most successful events in terms of revenue, according to one of the event’s organizers speaking at a FOLIO: event this year—is up in the air beyond that.last_img read more

Gate Improvement Project Needed Sheppard AFB Says

first_imgOfficials at Sheppard Air Force Base in northern Texas say a $3.5 million project by the city of Wichita Falls to improve the area around the installation’s main entrance is needed to improve security and accessibility.“The recent opportunity for grant funding presented by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission has opened the doors to finally addressing some post-9-11 concerns with the land parcels immediately adjacent to the main gate,” Lt. Col. Jeffrey White, deputy commander of the 82nd Mission Support Group, told the Times Record News.The city plans to apply to the state’s defense economic adjustment assistance grant program for a $1.75 million grant. Other sources of funding for the effort include a $1.25 million loan from the Wichita Falls Economic Development Corp. and $500,000 in federal transit funds.The city plans to demolish seven buildings outside the gate, and build a bus shelter and parking area for the Sheppard Express Bus Route.The base will contribute to the partnership with the city as well, implementing a scaled-down version of a previous plan to improve traffic flow as well as security. The Sheppard side of the project calls for enhancing the roadway, traffic flow, guardhouse and overall aesthetics of the corridor leading to its main gate, according to the story.“This gateway is also the first impression for thousands of our international partners participating in the Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training and technical training, as well as tens of thousands of U.S. airmen and families each year,” White said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

New StateFunded Sensors Are Tracking Earthquakes Across Texas

first_imgA new interactive website from state-funded researchers is tracking tremors across Texas – part of an effort to understand the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production.Three years ago, a series of quakes rattled North Texas — and some residents’ nerves.Larry Walden, a Parker County commissioner, remembers a public meeting at the time in which residents complained about cracked houses, damaged foundations and even a hen that had stopped laying eggs.“They were minor earthquakes unless you’re in an area affected by it,” Walden said. “Then it’s not minor.”So when a state-funded research team approached the county a year and a half ago about installing a sensor to track seismic activity on a piece of farmland, “we were more than happy,” Walden said. Local officials were eager for “some outside agency to … hopefully give us some feedback as to what was going on.”That sensor, installed last year, is just one node in a statewide network called TexNet that monitors quakes and tremors across Texas. Run out of the University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology, the program was created by the Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015 after a series of temblors shook the Dallas-Fort Worth region.Texas saw an uptick in quakes starting in 2008, and a growing body of research has linked fossil fuel activities – specifically the injection of oilfield wastewater into the ground – to the shaking. Industry representatives and state regulators have been wary of acknowledging a connection, arguing more detailed information is needed.That’s where the TexNet Seismic Monitoring program comes in. The goal is for the network of sensors, now collecting data across the state, to suss out the source of the tremors.“You have a very complex issue, and a lot of people have tried to oversimplify it,” said Steve Everley, a spokesman for the industry-funded group Texans for Natural Gas. “We need to get good data; we need to have good research. This is a program that obviously leads us toward that goal.”Peter Hennings, a research scientist with UT-Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology, said initial TexNet data shows “earthquakes happening in key areas in Texas that have really been known about for a few years” – mainly hubs of oil and gas production. As the program amasses more data, “we’ll be able to start to look at the earthquake rate and ask the question, ‘Is it increasing or decreasing in a given area?’” he said. “We’re moving pretty swiftly in the direction of being able to provide answers.”A “vexed relationship”Scientists have long established that injecting fluid deep underground – a technique used to dispose of oilfield wastewater – can trigger earthquakes. And in recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and researchers at Texas universities have pointed to the wastewater disposal process as a likely culprit behind shaking in the state.Cliff Frohlich, a senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin who has studied seismicity for decades, said “some companies in [the] industry have been very forward-looking about getting some of their best people working on this,” while “others have stuck their heads in the sand or been very secretive.”The Texas Railroad Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator, also has seemed to have a “vexed relationship” with the issue, Frohlich said. The commission has panned much of the research linking quakes to oil and gas activities. But in 2014, the agency approved regulations requiring disposal well operators to submit more geographical information and hired a staff seismologist.“There’s been, I’d say, a difference between their sort of public face on that and their activities,” Frohlich said.The regulations allow for permits to be amended or wells shut down due to seismicity. Since they took effect, the commission has received 114 disposal well applications in “areas of historic seismicity,” said Ramona Nye, a spokeswoman for the commission, in an emailed statement. Of those, 60 were issued with special conditions, including some related to injection volumes and pressure. Another 15 of the applications were returned or withdrawn.“The commission has long recognized the possibility of induced seismicity related to fluid injection; that’s why the [commission] has in place some of the most stringent rules in the nation to address the issue,” she said.Everley, the Texans for Natural Gas spokesman, credited the Railroad Commission’s regulatory overhaul with a subsequent decline in earthquakes in the state. In a risk assessment for 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey said the odds that a manmade earthquake would hit Texas this year had plummeted. The year before, the state was pegged as the third-most at-risk for them, behind only Oklahoma and Kansas.But Luke Metzger, the director of the advocacy group Environment Texas, said that the oil and gas industry – backed by government regulators – continues to downplay the link between quakes and disposal wells. There’s already a “body of science,” he said; officials should now be taking steps to reduce the risk, such as recycling fracking water instead of injecting it into the ground.“Better data, better information”While the Railroad Commission oversees more than 8,000 deep disposal wells in Texas, Hennings said “just a tiny number of that 8,000″ have been associated with earthquakes. TexNet’s role is not “to try to pin individual wells as problems,” he said. “We’re looking at the process.”The TexNet program’s creation in 2015 came with a $4.5 million infusion from the state. With it, program leaders were able to buy dozens of seismometers – devices that monitor earthquakes – and bring on a team of researchers to wrangle the collected data into useable insight.Two years later, the program has placed a grid of those sensors across the state. An interactive website that went live in October streams data from those monitoring stations to show every quake with a magnitude of 1.5 or greater.Alexandros Savvaidis, a research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, spent months meeting with landowners  and scouting out possible sites for the sensors, which track when and how much the ground shakes.“We had 18 stations before TexNet,” Savvaidis said, referencing seismometers operated by Southern Methodist University researchers and the U.S. Geological Survey, a federal agency that generally tracks earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.5 and greater.“Now, in 2017, we have almost another 60” monitoring stations in the state, Savvaidis said. Permanent stations are spread evenly across the state like a backbone, Savvaidis said, while temporary stations have been deployed to places that reported seismic activity in recent years, including the oil-rich Permian Basin.“The new network will give us the possibility to work more on the seismicity – to have better data, better information, that will help us understand this phenomenon,” he said.Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, an industry trade group, said the Legislature was smart to fund the TexNet program. Petroleum industry groups have also contributed more than $1 million to related research efforts.“The data being produced is a good resource for academia and industry,” Staples said in a statement. “All Texans benefit from good, science-based research.”Frohlich said seismicity research in Texas can be divided into two eras: pre- and post-TexNet. If the program continues to be funded, he said, it’s “going to be a huge change in the way earthquake activity can be met, managed and analyzed.” “I can’t say we’ve solved the induced earthquake problem,” he said, “but we know a lot of things that we didn’t know before.” Sharelast_img read more

Update Zilingene Mazibukos mother still alive after tragic crash

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Condolences from the management and staff of the Ladysmith Gazette.Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Zilingene’s mother and friend.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Ladysmith High School (LHS) matriculant Zilingene Mazibuko’s mother is still alive after the tragic crash that claimed the life of the 18-year-old girl and her brother.It was reported in a story yesterday (January 12) that the mother also died in the crash in the Bloemfontein area. It has since been established that the mother is alive and in hospital.It is known that the family were travelling to a university in Bloemfontein so that both Zilingene and a fellow LHS matriculant could register. The two girls matriculated from LHS at the end of last year.Also read: Update: Ladysmith matriculant killed in horror crash near BloemfonteinThe management and staff of LHS are deeply saddened by the passing of Zilingene and her brother.last_img read more

DualAgent PETMR With Time of Flight Detects More Cancer

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems Tc-99m MDP bone scan (left) is negative for osseous lesions. NaF/FDG PET/MRI (right and second slide) confirms absence of bone metastases, but shows liver metastases. Image courtesy of Stanford University.June 20, 2017 — Simultaneous injections of the radiopharmaceuticals fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) and 18F-sodium fluoride (18F-NaF) followed by quantitative scanning significantly improves image quality and detection of bone metastases at a lower dose, according to new research. The research was presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), June 10-14 in Denver.”For certain patients with breast and prostate cancer who require evaluation of metastatic disease, a single PET/MR [positron emission tomography/computed tomography] exam can provide more accurate information with less radiation dose in one procedure that is more convenient for patients and potentially less costly for the healthcare system,” said Andrei Iagaru, M.D., associate professor of radiology and division chief, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif.Dual-agent PET/MR is further supported by time of flight, a quantitative feature of modern PET image reconstruction that approximates the position where photons are created as radioactive agents decay, which translates into finer image quality.For this study, researchers prospectively enrolled 55 cancer patients — 39 men with prostate cancer and 17 women with breast cancer, ages 34 to 85, in line for conventional bone scan to determine the spread of their disease. All participants were administered simultaneous injections of the imaging agent 18F NaF for the evaluation of bone turnover and FDG for increased metabolic activity and/or inflammation.After injection, scientists performed PET/ MRI scans with time of flight capability and compared the results with conventional technetium 99m-methyl diphosphonate (99mTc MDP) bone scintigraphy. Results of the study showed improved detection of prostate and breast cancer that had metastasized to bone. Dual-agent PET/MR pointed to bone metastases in 22 patients who were also found positive for metastases with conventional bone scan. In addition, PET/MR detected more bone metastases in 14 patients when compared to the conventional bone scan, which caught only one lesion that was not detected by PET/MR.Researchers concluded that PET/MR found a greater extent of metastases and, as an added benefit, significantly reduced the required radiation dose from the injected agents — 80 percent less from 18F-NaF and 67 percent less from 18F-FDG.For more information: www.snmmi.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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 | PET-MRI | June 20, 2017 Dual-Agent PET/MR With Time of Flight Detects More Cancer Hybrid molecular and MR scans performed with combined imaging agents lead to more accurate screening of metastatic breast and prostate cancer 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. 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UK minister of state makes first visit to Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Intel to open new ‘mega-lab’ and hire 350 more Ticos President Solís seeks meeting with Intel reps during US trip Regulatory hurdles, inexperience contribute to China-Costa Rica trade imbalance Costa Rica, China to explore creation of ‘special economic zones’ British Minister of State for Latin America Hugo Swire made his first official visit to Costa Rica on Monday, signaling the United Kingdom’s desire to re-engage with the region.Swire characterized relations as positive between the two nations and said that the U.K. hopes to cooperate with Costa Rica in areas like education and renewable energy.“My visit here is to show Costa Rica and surrounding countries that the British are here, we want to do business, we want to share out know-how, help in educational matters and we want to be friends,” Swire said during a press conference Monday afternoon.“I’m pleased to say that our thinking on matters [that confront both countries] is closely aligned, and we look forward to working closely with this new government in the future,” Swire added.The minister met with Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora, Public Works Minister Carlos Segnini, and Foreign Minister Manuel Antonio González, along with Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas during his brief stay in Costa Rica.The British minister highlighted public-private partnerships (PPP) as a way to leverage private sector involvement in public works projects. Swire proposed PPPs as a possible avenue to fund and manage public works projects, like highways or sewers, that Costa Rica desperately needs. Mismanagement of private concessions for public infrastructure projects was a key theme of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís campaign.Swire offered the U.K.’s experience attracting foreign investment as an example for Costa Rica. The minister said that predictability, anti-bribery rules, the rule of law, and separation of power were key to the U.K.’s ability to attract investment from abroad.President Solís recently returned from a foreign investment tour of the United States.The minister of state also visited the Rahab Foundation, a Costa Rican organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking that has received financial support from the U.K. Embassy in San José. The embassy recently worked with Rahab Foundation to publish a book of testimonials from human trafficking victims as part of its global initiative to combat human trafficking and the use of sexual violence as a weapon in war zones.Swire travels to Guatemala on Wednesday and then to Colombia before returning to London.Recommended: Solís outlines plans for Costa Rica in first Washington appearance as president Facebook Commentslast_img read more

DUI tragedy forces Russian road safety rethink

first_imgAssociated PressMOSCOW (AP) – It took a weekend road tragedy to jolt Russia into action over one of its most deadly threats: a chronic culture of drunken driving.Five orphaned teens were waiting for a bus with their guardians in Moscow on Saturday when a car careened into them, killing all seven. Grief turned to outrage when it emerged that the driver was heavily drunk and had a string of traffic violations on his record _ including a DUI arrest two years ago. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The same survey showed that Russians pay the greatest amount of bribes for medical treatment. Paying off traffic police came in at a close second.“Of course it’s important to propose new laws, they need to be stricter,” said Natalya Agre, president of Road Safety Russia. “You can increase the fine to $2,000, but once again, who is going to keep track of whether that fine is given, and who is going to pay it?”Agre’s company has run a sleek social advertising campaign against drunken driving, and has begun attracting attention from big talent. A feature-length film by the company titled “There’s No Hurry” was made with the help of some of the country’s best directors and actors.More important than police enforcement may be fundamental change to the car culture in Russia, where drivers are notoriously aggressive and fast.“The driving culture in our country plays a key role,” said Agre.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and lawmakers have reacted with proposals to stiffen penalties on drunken drivers, and parliament debated the measures on Tuesday. But with bribery so commonplace and road laws rarely enforced, many wonder whether even the toughest response can change a deep-set culture of reckless driving.After the crash, police video shows, Alexander Maximov stumbled out of his Toyota sedan, which he had been driving at 200 kilometers (125 miles per hour), bloodied and barely able to stand. He appeared in court Monday with his head wounds dressed, but still wearing the blood-speckled sweatshirt from the day of the accident.The punishment for killing while drunken driving in Russia is stiff: The 30-year-old Maximov faces up to nine years in prison. But lawmakers are currently debating whether to make jail sentences even harsher, matching laws in the West.Even President Vladimir Putin weighed in Tuesday, demanding tougher punishments and condemning Maximov’s apparent blithe indifference after the crash.“This criminal, he’s a killer in fact, when speaking to investigators just said: `I always do what I want,’” Putin said. “There are some things for which people just must be punished.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Many Russians are furious that Maximov, who already had a DUI penalty on his license from 2010, was allowed back onto the roads in the first place. Drunken driving is punishable here by suspension of the driver’s license for up to two years. In much of the West, by comparison, drunken driving is punished with jail time, heavy fines and re-education courses.It isn’t only irresponsible drinking that makes Russia’s roads dangerous.Russia’s cities are struggling with fast-growing traffic density, which spurs drivers into pulling crazy stunts to get home as early as possible, such as jumping lights, squeezing through every gap in traffic and opportunistic trailing of racing ambulances. According to a 2007 survey, the number of cars on Moscow’s roads had increased threefold since the early 1990s, while road capacity has increased by only 30 percent.Each year, approximately 30,000 Russians die in road accidents _ about the same as in the European Union, which has three times as many people and about six times as many cars as Russia. According to official statistics, only about 1,000 of those deaths are attributable to death by drunken drivers, but given the laxity of police enforcement and investigation, many in Russia doubt those figures. Sponsored Stories Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Medvedev, who championed a no-tolerance policy in 2010 against drivers with even the slightest amount of alcohol in their blood, spoke out in favor of tougher penalties.“Most of (our accidents) are committed by drivers who are completely drunk, and in this regard our country is in a worse state than any other,” Medvedev said Monday, adding that it was necessary to think about “toughening the legal responsibility for such a crime.”In the wake of Saturday’s tragedy, Moscow police have scrambled to show they are doing their bit, announcing that they had arrested over 130 drunken drivers on Sunday alone, according to Interfax news agency.Over the past few days, lawmakers from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party have come forward with various proposals to tackle drunken driving. One plan suggested a fine of up to 100,000 rubles ($3,200), while another more drastic bill calls for life imprisonment for anyone convicted of killing someone while under the influence.Pervasive bribery, and its acceptance among much of the population, will make implementing any such measures an uphill struggle, however.According to a Levada Center poll in 2010, only 10 percent of those questioned said they thought negatively of people who gave bribes, whereas the majority considered it “necessary” in dealing with public officials. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img