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The Ultimate Waterside Playlist: Music for Maritime Good Times

first_img The New Fender Vintera Series Harkens Back to the Beginnings of Rock and Roll You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music center_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Tom Kelley Archive/Getty ImagesAs we slowly emerge from the dark cave of winter hibernation, the water (be it beach, pool, lake, or river), is beckoning us to come play, drink refreshing libations, and relax. Using a patent-pending, molecular-level design process, we here at The Manual have created the ideal sun-drenched musical accompaniment for all your hydro-adjacent recreational needs. After basking in the warm glow of some opening downtempo instrumental grooves, this playlist gently builds up to a nice little upbeat beach/pool party. And since we use only the freshest tunes, you can feel confident knowing that whatever shoreline you find yourself on will be sonically soaked in this subaquatic soundtrack. Though always challenging to pick a few apples from the intricately woven basket, some highlights are featured below. “Poolside Bar” by Bonus PointsHailing from Wildwood, Missouri, Bonus Points (aka Chris Burkart) is creating hip-hop-based thematic jams at a ferocious pace. Cocktail in hand, Bonus Points delivers the quintessential waterside playlist opener in the form of “Poolside Bar.” Off his 2016 album, Seaside Suite, “Poolside Bar” is a funky, soul-tinged journey that is so well-named one could easily imagine a Mai Tai in hand while saddling up to a submerged bar stool in a massive grotto-style labyrinth of a pool.“Gooey (Stripped)” by Glass AnimalsThe original version of this killer downtempo track by England’s Glass Animals is the bomb, but this stripped-down version makes the gooeyness drip with even more sensuality while flowing ever so perfectly down the serpentine river of this mix. Young, inventive, and boundary-pushing, Glass Animals has found a unique sound with which to feature Dave Bayley’s soaring yet laid-back falsetto vocals and offbeat lyrical content.“Harvest Moon” by PoolsideNot sure if Neil Young, the author and original recording artist of “Harvest Moon” is down with this dreamy, light-hearted, dance-based version of his heartfelt meditation on love, but, damn, we dig it deeply. With a moniker that demands inclusion before the playlist is even created, Poolside is the optimal vehicle with which to chill, hang, and ever-so-gently rock out when poolside. Bonus: The band’s mix “Contact High Mixtape” furthers the argument that Poolside may very well be the most appropriately named band of all time.“Rising Water” by James Vincent McMorrowIreland’s James Vincent McMorrow has tapped into a vibe that feels both super fresh and futuristic yet historic and comforting as he abandons his car a mile from nowhere. Ringing the tempo bell with the most BPM (beats per minute) of any track on the mix, “Rising Water” is an anomaly of churning, old-school soul blended with a straight ahead ’80s pop bass line and McMorrow’s lilting James Blake-esque voice. It reminds us of older songs that evoke a time and a place so specifically that they become part of our culture’s collective chemical makeup.“The Outcast” by DJ Tennis & PillowTalkAnother song that is included more for vibe than lyrical content/title, “The Outcast” provides a rather innovative dystopian take on where we’re headed as a planet. Lyrics aside, the tune itself has a sweet, whispered percussion track; big, round, beefy bass; and ethereal, otherworldly vocals which float around this wandering mystical sojourn like a hawk hovering over a windswept beach. Deep House superheroes, DJ Tennis (Milan) and PillowTalk (San Francisco), always deliver near perfect songs and sets. It’s excellent to see them combine their efforts to such great ends.May this mix complement whatever body of water you find yourself beside (real or figurative) and help you leave life’s stresses behind in the parking lot. Salud!last_img read more

Collaborative Approach to Deal with Mental Challenges

first_img The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, through its Psychological Services Unit, has been utilising a collaborative approach in treating with a range of psychological and other mental challenges, which often display as violent or destructive behaviours. The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, through its Psychological Services Unit, has been utilising a collaborative approach in treating with a range of psychological and other mental challenges, which often display as violent or destructive behaviours.Psychological Services Coordinator, Dr. Melva Spence, says the Unit partners with the Ministry of Health, the hospitals and the mental health clinic for psychiatric evaluations and care of persons who come through the Unit, as well as with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) for substance misuse patients.They also partner with the Restorative Justice Unit, to allow specialists to help parties mediate conflicts that may arise as a result of psychological or emotional disorders.The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF), and particularly the organisation’s School Suspension Programme, is also used to help youngsters learn how to resolve negative encounters amicably.“Many times, students who are referred to us from schools, having had conflicts, we direct them to the DRF, so that they can get the kind of support they need,” Dr. Spence says.The CSJP III, meanwhile, through its case management programme, administers a series of assessments to persons, particularly youth, looking at a number of domains, including substance abuse, relationship issues, conflict with the law, and psychological challenges.“Out of that assessment, if they are flagged as having deficit in those areas, they are referred to the Unit for assistance, which will do further assessments with them as it relates to the area of need, and treat with them accordingly,” Dr. Spence notes.Various instruments are also utilised to identify specific psychological problems such as suicidal tendencies or anger issues.“Locally, there is a stigma relating to mental illness, so it is difficult to have persons return for scheduled sessions. However, we do what is called ‘Psycho Ed’ with them, meaning that we educate them and help them to understand [the cause of their problems],” she says.“A lot of psycho-educational counselling has to be done in order to get them to understand why they are experiencing these things, and that they can be helped,” Dr. Spence adds.She further noted that the Unit also seeks to include family and community members in the treatment programme as a holistic approach to the intervention.The CSJP III is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime- and violence-prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes.The Programme is funded by the Government of Jamaica, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada (DFATD); and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (DFID). The CSJP III is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime- and violence-prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes. Story Highlights The CSJP III is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime- and violence-prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes. last_img read more

Bursaries Offered to Frenchspeaking Nurses

first_imgFrench-speaking nursing students will have extra incentive to begin their careers in Nova Scotia. The Department of Health is offering bursaries to students and recent graduates of nursing programs who have completed, or are completing, their final term of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program or Licensed Practical Nurse program. The department is committed to providing more patient care in French to the province’s Acadian and francophone communities. “This bursary program will help attract nurses with these valuable language skills to work in areas of the province that have been identified as having the highest concentration of French-speaking Nova Scotians,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health and Minister of Acadian Affairs. The bursaries have a value of $4,000 for registered nurse graduates and $2,000 for licensed practical nurse graduates. They will be awarded to students who are hired in one of the five district health authorities identified as having the greatest need. Nurses will receive the bursary after being hired and will be required to work in Nova Scotia for one year. Students interested in the bursary can find out more information and download application forms on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health/ .last_img read more

No endangered listing for Labrador caribou as Innu hunt continues

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador won’t list two caribou herds as endangered while it continues talks with Indigenous groups.That’s despite a recommendation last fall from a federal committee that the George River and Torngat Mountains herds should be listed under the province’s Endangered Species Act.A 2016 count estimated the George River herd at just under 9,000 animals — down from 74,000 six years earlier.A hunting ban has been in place since 2013, but the Innu Nation says its own management plan allows for killing 100 animals.The Nunatsiavut Government for Labrador Inuit questions the caribou counts and wants to hunt 90 animals.It says there should be no endangered listing while joint management efforts with the province continue.last_img read more

Ontario foundation helps Yukon battle carbon monoxide poisoning

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario foundation geared toward educating people on the dangers of carbon monoxide has reached out to help Yukon residents in need.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has more.last_img

Homeless café workers making the most of their time at the Roundhouse

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsA café in Montreal is providing work for homeless people in the city.The Roundhouse Café is located in the heart of an area that is frequented by mainly homeless Inuit.The goal of the seasonal restaurant is to bring them into work for a few hours a day.drochette@aptn.ca@danfromestlast_img

Over 130 ISlinked suspects in Lanka Prez Sirisena

first_imgColombo: Over 130 suspects linked to the Islamic State (IS) terror group have been operating in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena said Friday, days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings that claimed the lives of 253 people. The president said that several suspects have already been arrested following the Easter Sunday attacks, and the terror network will be completely eliminated from Sri Lanka. Information is that around 130-140 ISIS suspects linked to the terror network are in Sri Lanka. Around 70 are arrested, we will arrest them all very soon ending this (terror),” Sirisena said. Speaking further, the president said the Defence Secretary and Inspector General of Police had failed in their duties and that is why he called for their resignation. He said that they had failed to share prior information obtained by them over a possible terror attack in the country. The president added that he and the entire Government will also take the full responsibility for the attacks. Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando have resigned from their posts over the security establishment’s alleged failures which led to the attacks on three hotels and three churches on Sunday. “The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defense secretary. I’ll nominate a new IGP soon,” the president said. The police chief’s resignation came a day after the country’s defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando handed over his resignation letter to the president. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the government has blamed a local Islamist extremist group National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) for the attacks. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan police which wrongly identified an American Muslim woman as a suspect in the deadly bombings on Easter Sunday has apologised for the goof-up, according to media reports on Friday. The police on Thursday issued a flyer with the names and photos of six persons — three men and three women — wanted in connection with the attacks that killed 253 people. On the flyer, a photograph of Amara Majeed was put wrongly by Sri Lankan authorities, identifying her as a suspect linked to the bloodshed. The name attached to the picture was Abdul Cader Fathima Khadiya — but the picture was of Baltimore-born Majeed, whose parents are from Sri Lanka. “I have this morning been FALSELY identified by the Sri Lankan government as one of the ISIS Easter attackers in Sri Lanka,” she tweeted. “What a thing to wake up to!” Around 253 people died and hundreds were injured in the Sri Lanka attacks, where suicide bombers struck three hotels and three churches. “This is obviously completely false and frankly, considering that our communities are already greatly afflicted with issues of surveillance, I don’t need more false accusations and scrutiny,” Majeed wrote on Twitter. “Please stop implicating and associating me with these horrific attacks,” Majeed urged. “And next time, be more diligent about releasing such information that has the potential to deeply violate someone’s family and community.” Sri Lankan police confirmed the error in a statement, saying “the individual pictured is not wanted for questioning”. Nine persons are suspected of carrying out the deadly attacks, and dozens have been arrested. The authorities blamed a local Islamist extremist group, National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), soon after the blasts but said the bombers must have had outside help.last_img read more

Older Women Subjected to Violence Are Being Ignored Says HelpAge International

Rabat – Lack of data renders older women invisible in the face of violence and discrimination, says HelpAge International.HelpAge International is calling for more to be done to end violence and abuse against older women, saying that a lack of data is leaving them at risk.“Data on physical and sexual violence against women usually stops at age 49, effectively excluding a quarter of the world’s women”, said Bridget Sleap, Senior Rights Policy Adviser at HelpAge International, speaking at the Commission on the Status of Women this week. “When women reach age 50 any violence and abuse against them usually goes unrecorded”. HelpAge International has signed a joint NGO statement for the Commission, taking place this month, calling for more to be done to end violence and abuse against older women, including through comprehensive data collection, disaggregated by age and gender, and effective policies and legislation.With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals last year, 193 UN Member States agreed to work to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ but some of the indicators used to measure progress towards this goal ignore older women.Targets in the SDGs to eliminate female genital mutilation and ensure women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services will monitor progress by only looking at women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49. The experiences of women over the age of 49 will be ignored.Member States and civil society groups have been successful in calling for the removal of age brackets measuring violence against women and the prevalence of certain diseases. HelpAge International is calling for concrete commitments to remove the age brackets where they still exist.A 2013 UN report, Neglect, Abuse and Violence against Older Women, highlights that older women are often excluded from legislation on domestic violence and that greater understanding of the neglect, abuse and violence they experience is needed.In a joint WHO-UN report surveying 133 countries, only 17 per cent reported having data on elder abuse. Although 59 per cent said they have laws to prevent elder abuse, only 30 per cent said that these were fully enforced.“This year’s Commission is a great opportunity for the world to address the challenges faced by older women”, said Toby Porter, Chief Executive Officer at HelpAge International, also speaking at the Commission. “The international community needs to recognise that women experience multiple, intersecting forms of discrimination and it’s only by addressing all of them that the goal of gender equality can be realized.”Photo credit: © Muthande Society for the Aged read more

Police search for Dundas breakin suspect

Hamilton police have released images of a suspect wanted in connection to a residential robbery in Dundas.Officers responded to reports of a break and enter at a home near Turnball and Old Ancaster roads on February 24. Police say shortly after 8 a.m. someone entered the home and stole personal identification and an undisclosed amount of cash.Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Hamilton police.

Barclays reports new UK inquiry US lawsuits as banks sees 9 pct

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barclays reports new UK inquiry, US lawsuits as banks sees 9 pct gain in H1 adjusted profit LONDON – Barclays PLC said Friday that it faces a fresh investigation by financial services regulators in the United Kingdom and a new batch of class-action lawsuits in the United States, legal troubles that promise a continuing public relations headache for the British lender.Still, Barclays reported a 9 per cent gain in adjusted net profit in the first half of the year thanks to lower operating costs and modest growth in income, leading to an adjusted net profit for the six months ending June 30 that hit 3.1 billion pounds (US$4.9 billion.)Adjusted pretax profit of 4.2 billion pounds beat the analysts’ consensus of 3.8 billion pounds, pushing shares up more than 7 per cent to 164.45 pence on the London Stock Exchange.But the revelation that Barclays faces a new inquiry and more lawsuits means that the European heavyweight could struggle to restore a public image tarnished by the bank’s participation in a rate-setting scandal which has drawn outrage on both sides of the Atlantic.Friday’s earnings report did not reflect any impact of the scandal, which was revealed on June 27 when U.S. and British agencies announced fines totalling $453 million on the bank. That plunged the bank into turmoil as Chief Executive Bob Diamond and Chief Operating Officer resigned within days, and chairman Marcus Agius — now serving as executive chairman — said he would go as soon as his successor is chosen.“We are sorry for the issues that have emerged over recent weeks and recognize that we have disappointed our customers and shareholders,” Agius said. “I speak for all of Barclays people when I say how determined we are to regain the full confidence of all our stakeholders — customers and clients, investors, regulators and staff alike.”Friday’s report revealed that Britain’s Financial Services Authority had begun an investigation “involving Barclays and four current and former senior employees, including Chris Lucas, Barclay’s director of group finance.” The bank said regulators were investigating whether Barclays had properly disclosed fees payable “under certain commercial agreements” in connection to the bank’s fundraising efforts between June and November 2008.The report said the bank was confident it had “satisfied its disclosure obligations” but didn’t go into any further detail.Barclays also reeled off a list of class action lawsuits filed against the lender in the United States over its alleged illegal rate-fixing activities. The most recent, filed on July 6, was by plaintiffs who had purchased financial instruments linked to the doctored rates. Barclays said it wasn’t possible to estimate the lawsuits’ possible impact. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2012 8:55 am MDT read more

As reality shows dominate on TV Diddy hopes to bring music back

As reality shows dominate on TV, Diddy hopes to bring music back into homes with Revolt TV by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2013 12:59 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Diddy had been working on developing a TV network for years. When he was almost shut out of performing on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” around the release of a 2010 album, the rapper-producer realized he needed to launch the network sooner rather than later.“I had to beg to be on … ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and it was something to me that wasn’t right about that,” he said.Diddy believed there weren’t enough outlets for musicians on TV — and that moment drove home the point.He’s launching Revolt TV in the fall.“There’s ESPN for sports, CNN, Fox News for news and the AP. There should be a brand for music, and now we have that brand that’s going to focus on music and not reality shows,” he said. “There’s been a gaping hole once some of the other channels stopped having focus on music and focused more on reality, and it left a gaping hole for artists and fans of not having a place to go.”The 43-year-old entrepreneur announced last week that Revolt TV had reached a deal to have his network distributed on Time Warner Cable. Comcast Corp. announced a deal with Diddy’s network last year.Sean “Diddy” Combs has produced shows like “Making the Band” for MTV, and he’s hoping to bring the flavour of what’s buzzing on the Internet — viral videos, behind-the-scene music moments and raw interviews — to TV sets. He’s “embracing” what’s happening online and plans to tap into that audience.“We want to have partnerships with YouTube and we want to have partnerships with Facebook and Instagram and Spotify and Beats (by Dre),” he said. “We’re all in this together.”MTV, which has shifted to reality TV, occasionally plays music videos, and there are channels like MTV Hits and VH1 Soul that show videos throughout the day. Diddy said Revolt TV will proudly play music videos, but “this is not an MTV 2 (or) 3.0.”“I wanted my MTV and so when I missed it, I didn’t want to complain about it, I wanted to do something about it,” he said. “They inspired me and helped with the blueprint.”Diddy, whose brand includes movies, fragrances, fashion lines and endorsements, said he’s making sure Revolt TV isn’t Diddy TV. He said Oprah Winfrey, who launched her OWN network in 2011, warned him of the hardships that would come with owning a network.“One of the things I did learn from Oprah is that this is a marathon, not a sprint,” he said.____Online:http://www.revolt.tv____Follow Mesfin Fekadu on Twitter: twitter.com/MusicMesfin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

If the shoe fits Amazon chases fashion with Canadian clothing shoes section

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2015 2:05 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Amazon.ca wants shoppers to say “Yes” to the dress, along with the shoes and the jacket.The online retailer launched a new section on its Canadian website on Thursday devoted to clothing and shoes for both men and women.It’s the latest move by the Seattle-based retailer to grab a bigger share of the Canadian consumer dollar as it bulks up offerings that already include a wide array of non-perishable grocery items, electronics and housewares.In the new section, Amazon carries brand names like Levi’s, French Connection, Speedo, Timberland and Puma — with 1.5 million new items stocked altogether. Many of the most popular brands are already stocked by Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC), which will almost certainly become one of Amazon’s biggest competitors in the area.More fashion lines will be added in the future, said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager of Amazon.ca.“Ultimately we want to have the biggest offering possible for our customers, so that list, hopefully, will be constantly evolving and growing,” Gagnon said.Amazon isn’t chasing a particular segment of the market either, Gagnon added, unlike the influx of high-end U.S. department store chains like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, which are setting up shop in Canada.“It’s less about a specific kind of customer, but rather us having the biggest breadth of selection, the best experience from a delivery standpoint and offering good value for customers.”Amazon’s clothing section will stock items shipped from both its distribution centres and through the Amazon Marketplace, a platform integrated into the company’s website that lets individuals and small businesses sell and ship their own goods.The combination of the two platforms could make it confusing for Canadian shoppers at first.Depending on the specific item, clothing prices can range wildly based on who’s selling the item.For example, an UltraClub Men’s Classic short-sleeve shirt was listed on Thursday for between $27 and $106, depending on the size and colour and the seller of the item.Prices can also fluctuate based on availability, unlike traditional retailers who generally keep a fixed value on clothing items regardless of size and colour.Other retailers should be worried about Amazon’s dive into the fashion world, partly because they’ve built a reputation for cutthroat competition, said retail analyst Doug Stephens“Amazon has the tendency to take really big bets on categories,” he said. “They’ll wilfully, and sometimes it seems gleefully, lose money just to make a point.”Amazon touts itself as having “Earth’s biggest selection” of products. That, along with its low-overhead business model that operates through supply centres, rather than expensive bricks and mortar stores, means it frequently wins price wars.Other Canadian fashion retailers have been ramping up their online presence in recent months, including both Hudson’s Bay and Sears Canada (TSX:SCC), which are giving their websites a facelift in hopes of keeping pace with consumer expectations.Still, department stores will almost certainly feel the biggest squeeze from Amazon’s aggressive discounts.“They’re not as ruthless and competitive in price as Amazon can be and they’re not as convenient, so it really leaves them vulnerable,” Stephens said.Amazon “seems to be fully focused on disrupting everybody and putting an awful lot of people out of business.”The web retailer also hopes to vault one of the common hurdles for clothing retailers online: the dreaded hassle of returning clothes through the mail.Amazon says it will offer free shipping and free returns on eligible items to ease the worry of trying on clothes that don’t fit.— Follow @dj_friend on Twitter This Sept. 6, 2012 photo shows an Amazon logo at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif. The online retailer has launched a new section on its Canadian website devoted to clothing and shoes for both men and women. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Reed Saxon If the shoe fits: Amazon chases fashion with Canadian clothing, shoes section read more

African migrants reportedly being sold in slave markets in Libya UN agency

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is sounding the alarm today after its staff in Niger and Libya documented over the past weekend shocking testimonies of trafficking victims from several African nations, including Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia. They described ‘slave markets’ tormenting hundreds of young African men bound for Libya.Operations Officers with IOM’s office in Niger reported on the rescue of a Senegalese migrant who this week was returning to his home after being held captive for months. According to the young man’s testimony, while trying to travel north through the Sahara, he arrived in Agadez, Niger, where he was told he would have to pay about $320 to continue north, towards Libya. A trafficker provided him with accommodation until the day of his departure, which was to be by pick-up truck. When his pick-up reached Sabha in southwestern Libya, the driver insisted that he hadn’t been paid by the trafficker, and that he was transporting the migrants to a parking area where the young man witnessed a slave market taking place. “Sub-Saharan migrants were being sold and bought by Libyans, with the support of Ghanaians and Nigerians who work for them,” IOM Niger staff reported. Reports of slave markets can be added to a ‘long list of outrages’ in Libya“The latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya],” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies. “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.” Mr. Abdiker added that in recent months IOM staff in Libya had gained access to several detention centres, where they are trying to improve conditions. “What we know is that migrants who fall into the hands of smugglers face systematic malnutrition, sexual abuse and even murder. Last year we learned 14 migrants died in a single month in one of those locations, just from disease and malnutrition. We are hearing about mass graves in the desert.”He said so far this year, the Libyan Coast Guard and others have found 171 bodies washed up on Mediterranean shores, from migrant voyages that foundered off shore. The Coast Guard has also rescued thousands more, he added.“Migrants who go to Libya while trying to get to Europe, have no idea of the torture archipelago that awaits them just over the border,” said Leonard Doyle, chief IOM spokesman in Geneva. “There they become commodities to be bought, sold and discarded when they have no more value. Many describe being sold “in squares or garages” by locals in the south-western Libyan town of Sabha, or by the drivers who trafficked them across the Sahara desert.Mr. Doyle added: “To get the message out across Africa about the dangers, we are recording the testimonies of migrants who have suffered and are spreading them across social media and on local FM radio. Tragically, the most credible messengers are migrants returning home with IOM help. Too often they are broken, brutalized and have been abused, often sexually. Their voices carry more weight than anyone else’s.” read more

American Manganese signs third contribution agreement with NRCIRAP to continue high purity

first_imgAmerican Manganese has signed a third contribution agreement with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to continue the successful development of a hydrometallurgical process to extract and recover high purity manganese from lower grade domestic resources within North America.   The success of that program has led to the development of a proprietary process that will be the subject of an application for patent protection.  Extensive studies and tests were conducted by the US Bureau of Mines (USBM) over more than forty years.  The recent developments have resulted in a treatment strategy that involves an innovative application of modern commercial process equipment.  The result will be a more robust, complete flow sheet with reduced operating costs to recover manganese from lower grade resources.Kemetco Research report for the work completed in the initial phase to May 15, 2010 is in progress. In addition to financial support, NRC-IRAP will provide a range of both technical and business oriented advisory services. The company is also working with Kemetco to continue the development of a novel hydrometallurgical process which will yield high purity manganese metal and/or manganese dioxide at low cost from North American known resources.last_img read more

VIST working on autonomous drilling project with SUEK

first_imgVIST Group (a subsidiary of Zyfra Group) has started developing unmanned drilling technology using an Epiroc Pit Viper 271 for SUEK’s Tugnuysky open-pit coal mine in Buryatia, Russia.The new system is intended to minimise the number of employees involved in hazardous and dangerous work, while maintaining or even reducing drilling costs, VIST said.The drill rig will have a pre-set for independent performance of most operations usually performed manually by the operator. It will be furnished with additional functions: motion control, environment scanning (including the possibility of remote presence), automatic testing of the installed equipment, high-precision positioning and emergency shutdown, as well as two-way data transmission, VIST said. At the same time, manual control from the cabin will still be possible in normal mode.The equipment installed on the rig will include a system of environmental scanning sensors (short- and long-range radars, 3D light identification detection and ranging device) to ensure early detection of any obstacles, bunded areas or cliff edges, and will prevent collisions. A multi-level automatic testing system will prevent the failure of various elements, according to VIST.The controller will monitor the status of the assemblies and the connection to the server, and compare the data from different subsystems. The server will check the stability of communication with all elements and compare the data received from them.VIST said: “It is anticipated that this innovative solution will significantly improve operational safety and efficiency in the Siberian mines, which rank among the world’s largest coal mining centres.“Thanks to the new technology, it will be possible to move drills independently or in remote mode along the stack, drill shafts, assemble and dismantle the drilling assembly and level the platform. An algorithm will be used to determine the optimal sequence of drilling the shafts, taking into account their relative position and type of rock mass.”The system will operate as follows: The drill operator will move the equipment to the required stack in manual mode. Another employee will then remotely set a drill plan for the rig in this area and engage the independent operation mode. At the same time, the system’s built-in safety algorithms will control the drill’s movement, taking note of the equipment and employees performing auxiliary work in the area. Personnel operating near the drill will be equipped with an emergency shutdown device, which, if necessary, will immediately stop the robotic equipment.The operator will exercise remote control from his computer workstation located at the enterprise and, if necessary, will be able to quickly take control of the equipment during any process operation, such as in the event of complex non-standard situations. In this case, the digital system will actively help the human operator, warning of potentially dangerous factors while displaying the status and additional information.Specialists will be able to remotely control the engines, compressors and controllers, moving, turning, mast raising and lowering mechanisms, assembly of the drilling unit, the braking system, drilling itself, etc. In addition, the dispatcher will deal with security issues such as the admission of equipment and people to the automated site.“In general, however, the human role will be minimised, and if any intervention is required this will only be in rare specific cases,” VIST said.“The automation systems themselves will cope perfectly well with the tasks. Satellite navigation and special drill control programmes that are activated when directly approaching a specific location will provide incredible pointing accuracy of up to 10 cm. The system will also develop routes for the drill’s movement between the wells, paying great attention to the optimal path and the absence of unnecessary actions and thereby minimising costs.”The drill, without the intervention of personnel, will be able to level the platform and the mast independently with an accuracy of 1° in two planes, based on two-axis inclinometer readings, processing current data and generating commands to the alignment mechanisms on the basis of this data. Digital control of these mechanisms will be provided, and depending on their design, it will be possible to use mechanical actuators, electrical or control signals through the standard CAN industrial network.A number of subsystems and algorithms will be created for independent drilling, according to VIST. In particular, a set of sensors for monitoring parameters (feed forces, rotation forces and speeds, gas-water mixture pressure, depths, etc) will be installed in the equipment, as well as a subsystem based on actuators and feedback sensors for assembly build-up and dismantling.The robotic drill will fit into the enterprise’s existing data environment, VIST said. The existing MTC Karier management system will handle fuel consumption metering and reporting issues, with the newly developed solution becoming part of the Intellectual Karier system. This will make it possible in future to centralise control over several drills simultaneously, including simultaneous operation of these rigs in the same stack.The company said: “VIST Group has no doubt that the automated solution being developed will prove its economic efficiency during the planned pilot operation and will significantly increase the safety of production processes.“As we speak, experts are ascertaining the possibility of deeper digitalisation and more advanced operation of the enterprise, addressing all the challenges and tasks dictated by the new industrial revolution that is taking place before our eyes.”last_img read more

Old Hubble Space Telescope images from 1998 get cleaned up reveal three

first_imgOver 500 planets are known to exist orbiting other stars, and there are many more we know about that are waiting to be verified. However, it’s rare to actually have direct images of the planets since stars are billions of times brighter than planets. And, since planets happen to always be close to the star they’re orbiting, it makes it hard to see them through telescope photos since the star’s light tends to overwhelm the light of the planets.Astronomers have recently revealed three exoplanets that they captured back in 1998 using the Hubble Space Telescope while taking photos of the Sun-like HR 8799 star. The images resulted in just a bright light from the star, and no exoplanets to be seen. Then, in 2008, the Gemini telescope took images of HR 8799 and found four planets orbiting the star. The technology between 1998 and 2008 had changed enough that the astronomers were able to remove the star’s light using the Gemini telescope images, whereas that technology wasn’t around in ’98.Thirteen years later, astronomers have gone back to the HST photos using new methods to clean up the images. Their work revealed three out of the four exoplanets. It’s almost like cleaning an old painting and finding something the artist had painted but had been hidden from the world for hundreds of years.So how does the technique work? According to Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy, the technique relies on a database of images of 466 stars observed in the same way as the star in question. “By adding them together digitally,” Plait said, “a very accurate model of the target star can be made, and used to literally subtract the star’s light.”One of the great things about this discovery is that the ’98 image provides a “much longer baseline over which we can see the planets,” Plait said. Since planets are constantly moving, comparing the location of the planets from the ’98 images to the location of the planets in the ’08 images allows astronomers to measure the motion of the planets as they orbit the star. They were able to determine that planet d takes about 100 years to circle the star, planet c takes 200 years, and planet b takes 400 years. The fourth planet, planet e, is too close to the star to be seen with the new method.As Plait aptly points out, we can only wonder how many other planets are there out there that we’ve already captured in photos but didn’t have the technology at the time to clean up and reveal?via Bad Astronomylast_img read more

Kompasu le typhon fait trois morts en Corée du Sud

first_imgKompasu : le typhon fait trois morts en Corée du SudCorée du Sud – Le typhon Kompasu s’est abattu sur la Corée du Sud ce jeudi matin, tuant trois personnes et en blessant une dizaine d’autres. Cette tempête tropicale est la plus puissante qu’ait connue le pays depuis quinze ans.Avec des vents atteignant près de 140 km/h, Kompasu a frappé la Corée du Sud jeudi avant de se déplacer dans l’après-midi vers la mer du Japon. Trois personnes, âgées de 37, 70 et 80 ans ont perdu la vie, et des dizaines d’autres sont blessées.Sur leur passage, les violentes rafales ont arraché des arbres, des lignes électriques et des feux de signalisation, privant de courant quelque 130.000 foyers. Le typhon a également entraîné de fortes perturbations dans le ciel coréen, et les compagnies aériennes ont dû annuler 128 vols intérieurs et internationaux. De nombreuses liaisons maritimes ont elles aussi été suspendues, a indiqué l’agence sud-coréenne Yonhap.  Avant d’atteindre la Corée du Sud, Kompasu s’était abattu sur Shanghai, entraînant de très fortes pluies et contraignant les autorités à fermer les écoles. Selon le service de prévisions Tropical Storm Risk, le typon devrait faiblir pour redevenir une tempête tropicale d’ici vendredi.Le 2 septembre 2010 à 16:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

83 disparus dans un glissement de terrain en Chine

first_img83 disparus dans un glissement de terrain en Chine83 mineurs ont été emportés vendredi par un gigantesque glissement de terrain en Chine. Deux millions de mètres cube de terre se sont répandus sur leur campement et aucun survivant n’a encore été retrouvé. Le même jour un coup de grisou faisait 28 morts de l’autre côté du Pays.La série noire continue en Chine. Après les 28 morts dans un coup de grisou dans le nord-est du pays, 83 mineurs ont disparu quand leur camp a été enseveli par un glissement de terrain. Le drame a eu lieu vendredi à 22h00, heure de Paris, près d’une mine de cuivre tibétaine. Selon l’AFP les autorités chinoises ne pensent pas retrouver de survivants vu l’ampleur du phénomène. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est en effet un pan entier de montagne de trois kilomètres de long qui s‘est décroché à 4600 mètres d’altitude. Les mineurs ont été écrasés par environ deux millions de mètres cube de terre. 2000 secouristes ont été dépêchés sur place mais les opérations sont compliquées par l’altitude, la météo et le risque d’un nouveau glissement de terrain. Pour l’instant un seul corps a été retrouvé. D’importants gisements de minerais de cuivre, de zinc, de plomb et de fer ont été découverts au Tibet ces dernières années. Or la région est sujette aux glissements de terrain, une situation accentuée par une exploitation minière intensive. 46 personnes, dont 19 enfants, avaient trouvé la mort en janvier dans un glissement de terrain dans la province du Yunnan. Le site était à proximité d’une mine de charbon.Le 30 mars 2013 à 14:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Economic scales tip out of balance

first_imgVancouver is experiencing a “renaissance of economic prosperity,” Mayor Tim Leavitt said during his State of the City address late last month.The big announcement was that another slice of Silicon Valley’s high-tech wealth plans to move to Vancouver. RealWear, a company making head-mounted tablets, signed a letter of intent with Fort Vancouver National Trust to open offices in the renovated Artillery Barracks.“The work we’ve done over the past decade has positioned our city well for future growth and development,” Leavitt said.However, he acknowledged, work remains on addressing homelessness and affordable housing. A few days prior, The Council for the Homeless announced that street homelessness was up 18 percent from last year. At a Vancouver City Council meeting, people hotly debated how to deal with the blight of homelessness downtown. (Vancouver has not yet seen benefits from a 2016 voter-approved levy intended to generate more affordable housing.)Vancouver, and Clark County at large, are experiencing extremes that can be measured in the widening gap between rich and poor. Celebrations around an influx of high-wage jobs contend simultaneously with tensions around homelessness, housing affordability and poverty.“The income has gotten more unequal in Clark County in the last eight or nine years,” said Scott Bailey, regional economist with Washington’s Employment Security Department.Bailey analyzed Census data by running the bureau’s numbers through an inflation calculator to see how changes in income are impacted by the increasing costs of things.last_img read more

Puget Sound school districts trying to recruit — and keep — more teachers of color

first_imgSEATTLE — When you’re tasked with bringing more people of color to work in schools, the regular rules of recruiting don’t apply.Job fairs are a sea of white. So are most teaching colleges. And if you’ve waited until application season, you’re too late.Prompted by the diversity of their students, at least three of the Puget Sound region’s large school districts — Seattle, Bellevue and Highline — have launched ambitious efforts to recruit more classroom teachers who represent the backgrounds of their students.At Seattle Public Schools, administrators will have more money — from the city’s new education levy — to spend on creating a pipeline of teachers from staff and students already in the district. On the Eastside, the Bellevue School District is piloting a new screening system. And in South King County, a human resources transformation at Highline Public Schools has paved the way for a new recruiting team that scouts for talent widely, early and often.With this year’s crop of new educators, all three districts managed to hire more teachers of color than they lost between the 2012-2013 and 2017-2018 school years, according to a Seattle Times analysis. But it’s easy to show growth because the starting point was so low. Data from Bellevue and Highline show that the districts hired nearly the equivalent of their entire non-white teaching workforce since the 2012-2013 school year.Getting new teachers in is only half the battle. These glimmers of hope could be blunted if challenges around retention persist.Trying to change student outcomes — through recruitingChanging the faces who greet students is a moral imperative for Trevor Greene, an award-winning principal who three years ago joined just one other staffer in charge of recruiting for Highline’s human resources department. He helped lead an HR overhaul, creating a seven-member workforce planning and development team incidentally comprised almost entirely of people of color.last_img read more

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