The health of the environment is key to preserving the right to life, the Supreme Court has observed in a recent judgment and suspended the environmental clearance granted for an international airport at Mopa in Goa.Upholding the need to strengthen the ‘environmental rule of law’ for both intra and inter-generational equity, a Bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said every branch of governance and institutions across the country should strive to enforce this rule of law.While the most direct effect of a strong rule of law is protection of the environment, a firm regime against environmental exploitation would “strengthen rule of law more broadly, support sustainable economic and social development, protect public health, contribute to peace and security by avoiding and defusing conflict, and protect human and constitutional rights.”The apex court said transparency is necessary for the robust enforcement of environmental rule of law.“The rule of law requires a regime which has effective, accountable and transparent institutions,” Justice Chandrachud observed.In this case, the court said how the State of Goa, the Centre and the concessionaire highlighted the need for the new airport to accommodate the increasing volume of passengers. They had urged the court to disregard the “flaws” in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) process. They had argued that setting up a new airport was a “matter of policy.”However, dismissing their pleas, the court said “the role of the decision-makers is to ensure that every important facet of the environment is adequately studied and that the impact of the proposed activity is carefully assessed.”“In the present case, as our analysis has indicated, there has been a failure of due process,” the court held.
Mumbai, Sep 11 (PTI) Algorithmic trade specialist Gangadhar Darbha, who joined RBI as a consultant only last week, passed away today following cardiac arrest while at work at the central banks headquarters here. He was 45 and had joined RBI as a consultant only on September 1. Darbha collapsed in the office this morning and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead, a source said. He had joined the central bank from Japanese brokerage Nomura Securities, where he was an Executive Director. The Reserve Bank has been traditionally averse to sophisticated financial products, and the appointment of Darbha — which was for a year according to media reports — was seen as a move to opening up to such products under Governor Raghuram Rajan. After completing his doctorate at RBIs Indira Gandhi Institute of Development and Research, Darbha had studied at the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School. This was followed by stints at investment banks, including Morgan Stanley (as an associate) and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, where he was a director and head of global algorithmic solutions, according to his page on professional networking site LinkedIn. After this, he joined Nomura in the financial capital. The appointment of Darbha was done after inviting applications for financial market professionals to be empanelled as consultants in June. RBI had issued an advertisement to fill the post which eventually went to Darbha. “The person would study the inter-linkages between currency futures market and interest rate futures market and the non-deliverable markets overseas with an added responsibility of development of the term money market, corporate bond market, swaps market, and secondary market in government securities,” said the RBI advertisement. PTI AA BEN RSY STS BASadvertisement
Lenovo launched its new battery-centric phone, the K6 Power in India on Tuesday. The Lenovo K6 Power will be available for buying at a price of Rs 9,999 exclusively from online retail website Flipkart starting from December 6 at 12pm. The K6 Power comes with a full-metal unibody and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s a gradual progression of the K5 Note’s design, according to Lenovo. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p IPS display (441ppi, 450 NIT brightness) and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory. The dualSIM phone supports expandable storage of up to 128GB, 4G LTE connectivity and runs Android Marshmallow OS-based Pure UI.It sports a 13-megepaixel camera (Sony IMX258) on the rear with phase detection autofocus and LED flash alongside an 8-megapixel front camera.The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery that is claimed to offer up to 13.6 hours of video playback and up to 27 days of standby on single charge, according to Lenovo.Also read: Lenovo K6 Power: Full specifications, top features, price and everything you need to knowFurther more, the K6 Power comes with an ultimate power saving mode that can extend battery life of the phone by up to 3X, by cutting off data and leaving only the essential apps running, as per the company. Users can customise up to 3 apps that will continue to run under such a sitaution as well. The phone also supports reverse charging, much like the Asus ZenFone 3 Max, and can be used to charge other devices.advertisementThe K6 Power will be available in three colours: silver, gold and dark gray.The K6 Power is not so much about hardware specs as it is about smartphone experiences, according to Lenovo. To emphasise its multimedia prowess, the phone comes with TheatreMax and Dolby Atmos sound tech over a pair of stereo speakers.More often than not, TheatreMax is confused with virtual reality, however, it isn’t exactly VR per se. “TheatreMax is not exactly VR, but a technology that creates a stereoscopic effect of the whole UI so that everything you view is rendered twice,” the company stressed. “A VR headset is required just to make the experience more immersive as it prevents the edges from distorting,” it added.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to go to the Supreme Court to appeal against S Sreesanth’s life ban lifted by the Kerala High Court in the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. The Kerala High Court on Monday lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth by the BCCI.In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the BCCI.Sources have confirmed to India Today that BCCI has sought legal opinion on the matter so also the advice of its Anti Corruption Unit head, Neeraj Kumar.”Proving criminal charges and misconduct are two different things. We are still to study the order completely but our position has always been that misconduct has been proven under our internal disciplinary proceedings. There are some who don’t want us to pursue the case but we have to take a considered view following legal advice,” a top source told India Today.BCCI’s position in a counter affidavit to Sreesanth’s plea after the Patiala House Court acquitted the cricketer from criminal charges in 2015 read, “The decision of the session’s court to acquit the petitioner from criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organised by the BCCI and/or its affiliates.”Kerala Cricket Association has reiterated its position requesting the BCCI not to push for appeal at a higher court. World Cup winner Sreesanth after falling from grace and being found guilty of IPL spot-fixing under BCCI’s disciplinary proceedings has remained in the limelight acting in films and dance shows. Significantly, in the interim, he also contested the Kerala Assembly polls on a BJP ticket.advertisement
SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN MISSING FROM THE SIOUX CITY ART CENTER ALL SUMMER HAS RETURNED………PARKING.MOST OF THE PARKING SPACES WERE TEMPORARILY ELIMINATED DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING’S NEW LEARNING CENTER.ART CENTER DIRECTOR AL HARRIS-FERNANDEZ SAYS THERE’S NOW PLENTY OF ROOM FOR PATRONS TO PARK:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ARTPARK.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….. INCREASED THE PARKING. ;17AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW LEARNING CENTER IS NEARING COMPLETION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ARTPARK2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….SEE WHAT WE’RE DOING. ;14HARRIS-FERNANDEZ SAYS THE LACK OF PARKING HURT ART CENTER ATTENDANCE AT TIMES DURING THE SUMMER.THE BUILDING IS LOCATED DOWNTOWN AT 225 NEBRASKA STREET.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) is bringing its Executive Development in Global Entrepreneurship (EDGE) program into the spotlight once again. First introduced in 2003, the EDGE program is an intensive competition that gives two Nova Scotia entrepreneurs the opportunity to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills and expand their international business contacts. The two successful applicants will be able to choose between two, three to five-day courses at Babson College’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program in Wellsley, Mass. and Sloan’s Entrepreneurship Development Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Both courses are designed to develop the entrepreneurial spirit of business leaders who work hard to inspire innovation in their businesses. With the help of the EDGE program, emerging and established entrepreneurs become business ambassadors and strengthen the relationship between Nova Scotia and New England. “It was truly world-class. From the lectures, to the curriculum and the people in attendance, it was a phenomenal time,” said James Craig, one of the 2004 EDGE winners and president and CEO of Diaphonics Inc., Halifax. “MIT’s commercialization process is a truly awesome sight to behold. The learning experience has topped all others in my life.” The EDGE program covers costs of the program, course materials, accommodations and travel arrangements. The selection committee for the program consists of Nova Scotia business leaders representing many industries including academia and business development. EDGE was created by NSBI to address an expressed desire by entrepreneurs for continued executive development programming. The application deadline for the program is Oct.30. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. It is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services. For more information on the EDGE program, see the website at www.novascotiabusiness.com/edge . For more information regarding the entrepreneurship programs, see the Babson College – Corporate Entrepreneurship Program website at www3.babson.edu/Bee/programs/eship/, or MIT Sloan – Entrepreneurship Development Program website atmitsloan.mit.edu/execed/epp/courses/entrepreneurship.php .
Today sees the New York Restoration Project’s annual Spring Picnic fundraiser, to be co-chaired by Adrian Grenier, Marisa Tomei and Tim Gunn, and attended by several other high-profile celebrities.Founded by Bette Midler, the NYRP is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.In its 11th year, the Spring Picnic will take place in the first place the organization began its work: Fort Tryon Park, New York City. Guests will enjoy cocktails, picnic supper, dancing and singing, in return for donations which will help the NYRP continue its work.For more information about the event, click here.Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
OTTAWA – The central bank governor’s communications style is under a microscope — but the jury is still out on whether he needs to change his strategy.Experts shared a range of views Thursday at a Bank of Canada conference about governor Stephen Poloz’s messaging ahead of his interest-rate decisions, which included a hike last week that caught some analysts by surprise.The rate decision attracted open criticism from forecasters over the fact the bank didn’t offer more-explicit signals about its intentions beforehand.Others, however, have dismissed the concerns. They’ve argued that stronger-than-expected economic numbers released before the rate increase provided more than enough information to persuade markets that, despite the bank’s silence, a hike was on the way.The debate over central bank communications emerged as a central theme at the Bank of Canada headquarters, where dozens of the country’s top economic experts gathered for a conference on monetary policy.Attendees offered different opinions as well as some advice on the issue.Some suggested the bank offer a consistent level of public transparency when it comes to its expected interest-rate path, while others recommended senior officials spend more time updating the public.But those perspectives were countered by experts who insist there’s no need for the bank to give more signals to markets, which economists often refer to as “forward guidance.”The issue made headlines in recent days after BMO chief economist Doug Porter wrote a paper to clients calling the central bank’s pre-decision communications an “epic” failure.Porter said he had no problem with the rate hike itself, because the stronger economy had made a solid case for it.But he argued the bank caused significant uncertainty and a “fairly violent” market reaction by not making any public remarks for about two months before the rate increase.In contrast, critics have also noted that, ahead of the bank’s July rate increase, Poloz sent clear signals he had shifted to a rate-hiking path.Porter’s criticism caught the central bank’s attention, which responded with a detailed defence.The bank argued that a large percentage of traders had correctly read Poloz’s most-recent messaging in July, which had indicated future rate decisions would be guided by economic data. Market expectations in the days before the announcement showed the odds of a hike were about 50-50, bank spokesman Jeremy Harrison said.Harrison also pointed to the unexpectedly strong numbers for second-quarter growth released less than a week before the rate announcement — during the bank’s pre-decision blackout period. The bank has a policy of avoiding any external communications about the economic outlook and monetary policy in the week before rate decisions are announced.With so much attention paid to the issue in recent days, it became an unofficial theme of a conference on the renewal of the bank’s inflation-targeting commitment in 2021. The issue popped up on stage during panel discussions and on the sidelines of the event.After the conference, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said she’d like to study transparency and communications suggestions that could add clarity that’s useful for credibility, anchoring expectations and avoiding unproductive volatility.“My hope is that there’s some way to interact that makes it easier for people to understand how we think about the economy, what information is important to us and how that might be evolving,” Wilkins told reporters.“My hope is that we will continue to improve that. My assessment is that, in general, it’s OK. It’s pretty good.”Wilkins said if the bank decides to increase the number of speeches and news conferences, those changes could be implemented soon.During one session, panellist Michelle Alexopoulos, a University of Toronto economist, said the debate over how the bank communicated — or did not communicate — its thoughts before the July and September hikes suggests that forward guidance should become a regular tool to ensure consistency.“If we don’t want to give it all the time, that’s fine, but we should give some guidance as to when we’re going to use the guidance so that we’re not actually caught in some situations where individuals are guessing,” Alexopoulos told the audience, which included Poloz himself.She suggested the bank introduce a form of “conditional” forward guidance to leave it some wiggle room in case of sudden economic changes.But others said Poloz doesn’t need to adjust his communications.Don Drummond, a Queen’s University professor, said he didn’t think the recent rate hike hinged on the strong growth number released just days before the decision.The economy, he added, had been showing strength for a while.“I think the onus is on everybody else — why wouldn’t they raise interest rates?” said Drummond, who sat beside Poloz in the audience at conference.“I would have been shocked if they had not gone ahead and taken that as an opportunity to raise interest rates. So, I think there’s some misunderstanding about how monetary policy is geared.”Drummond, a former senior official with the federal Finance Department, also said there’s an incorrect notion out there that monetary policy is a precise science.Poloz did not address the conference, which included many international experts.About three years ago, Poloz announced the bank would move away from forward guidance, which was adopted by the bank in the wake of the financial crisis.At the time, he said forward guidance reduced uncertainty for markets about the path of interest rates when they were already at a very low level.However, Poloz noted guidance could also create significant volatility when markets perceived the bank was preparing to change its position.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
CALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says a lack of detailed inspection procedures contributed to a 10,000-litre crude oil leak east of Edmonton last March.The board says the leak from a storage tank at the Enbridge terminal in Sherwood Park was discovered by employees who noticed oil in a creek that flows through the property.It was then discovered that about 10,000 litres of oil had entered the tank’s secondary containment berm and 3,000 litres made it from the berm into the creek.It says all the oil was recovered before entering the nearby North Saskatchewan River.The board says the leak occurred when a gasket in a valve was displaced out of its original position, likely due to volume expansion of frozen water. It says a sluice gate valve at the end of the berm’s storm water drain pipe could not achieve a tight seal due to corrosion.It says Enbridge has since initiated actions to ensure that all tank and containment berm components are thoroughly inspected.
HALIFAX – A G7 ministers meeting in Halifax will promote the Canadian-led oceans plastic charter, with Ottawa planning to take the accord to the United Nations General Assembly, says the federal environment minister.The non-binding accord was agreed-to by five of the G7 leaders and the European Union at the G7’s Charlevoix summit in June, though neither the United States nor Japan have signed on yet.But the agreement needs wider international acceptance to stop the use of the oceans as open dumps, with over half of the waste coming from Asian nations who aren’t G7 members.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said in an interview Monday the ocean plastics charter will be among the key features of the three-day Halifax gathering that begins Tuesday, as Canada wraps up its presidency of the G7.“We know plastic … is literally choking our lakes and rivers and we have to take steps to stop that or we’ll have more plastic pollution than fish by 2050,” she said from Ottawa.The meeting will also see discussion around the rules for bringing about the Paris climate agreement’s goals for reductions in carbon emissions, she said.In addition, the wide-ranging agenda includes discussion of measures to prevent illegal fishing, coastal adaptation to extreme weather and, on Friday, a gathering of G7 energy ministers that will include talks on clean energy.However, the plastics accord discussion — occurring in a province that relies on a healthy marine environment for fishing and tourism — has strong political appeal, say some observers.“If they make movement on this, it will resonate well with the public and in other countries,” said Ashley Wallis, program director of water and plastics at Environmental Defence.Sad images of plastic straws and bags causing the death of turtles have become widespread in social media around the globe, while the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was recently estimated at 79 thousand tonnes of ocean plastic — about half of it comprised of lost fishing nets.The charter’s provisions call for national governments to set standards for increasing the reuse and recycling of plastics rather than trashing them. It also calls for businesses to take responsibility for production methods that eliminate waste — an approach referred to as “extended producer responsibility.”Ottawa has yet to fully outline what its national strategy to reducing plastic waste will be, and what the broad goals of the accord will mean on the ground.However, McKenna said she’ll have some announcements during the meeting, as will Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, who is expected to announce programs to reduce the amount of discarded fishing gear.In addition, McKenna says an effort is underway to take the ocean plastics charter to the international stage and gain more signatories, both from countries and large corporations.The minister said she’s been told Japan will “probably not” sign on to the accord in Halifax, though her officials were “working hard” with its government.Meanwhile, McKenna said the plan is to bring it to the G20 group of nations, which includes China, Indonesia and other major producers of the waste.The cabinet minister also said in Monday’s interview that Ottawa is planning to present the accord at the United Nations’ 73rd General Assembly next week.“The focus is on the G20 to continue it, but we have the United Nations General Assembly in September and that will be a focus because we really would like to take it to the world,” she said.McKenna’s office declined to confirm if the environment minister herself will be heading to New York next week to promote the charter.Louie Porta, vice-president of operations for Oceans North, said in an interview that Canada needs to take clear steps at home on plastics and marine waste to sustain international credibility.He said in an email that Canada has “done relatively little on fishing gear recovery or incentives for not leaving fishing and aquaculture gear in the water.”The non-profit group says that Ottawa needs to create a national “extended producer responsibility system, where the manufacturer designs products and packaging that never become waste and are always part of the supply chain.”“This would lead to a reduction in packaging and waste as manufacturers would not want to bear these costs,” he wrote in an email.Some environmental groups have been critical of the charter for its failure to act more rapidly, and for leaving in wording that would allow for the incineration of plastics.Despite a rise in recycling and composting in municipalities, Canadians remain among the most wasteful people in the developed world, with garbage being produced by households going up 18 per cent from 2012 to 2014, with 25 million tonnes of waste ending up in landfills that year.A spokesman for the Suzuki Foundation has said the only measure that would make a major impact on plastic waste that ends up in waterways and oceans is “complete elimination of disposable plastic products.”McKenna said she has to work with provinces and municipalities, and she’s also bringing businesses on board with practical arguments of how waste can become a financial asset.“We’re throwing out to $150 billion (in plastic waste), which doesn’t make any sense,” she said.
Here is a breakdown of schools affected: In west Flamborough, they would close Dr. Seaton and consolidate students at a site to be built at the Beverly Community Centre or at Beverly school. Also Greensville and Millgrove Schools would be consolidated to the Spencer Valley site and an expansion would happen there if they can’t get funding to completely rebuild the school.In east Hamilton, they’re proposing to close Parkdale, Rosedale, Roxborough Park, and Woodward schools. Those students would be consolidated into three other schools that would either be rebuilt or renovated. That’s Viscount Mongomery, Ballard and Hillcrest.Up on the central mountain, there’s a suggestion to close Eastmount Park, Linden Park and Cardinal Heights. Pauline Johnson, Queensdale and Ridgemount would be renovated with a small renovation on Franklin Road to accommodate those additional students. (Update)Ten Hamilton schools inched one step closer to closing on Monday evening. Staff proposals to eliminate elementary schools in west Flamborough, east Hamilton and central mountain boundaries were heard by the public board trustees.This meeting was essentially a passing of the baton. It’s been a year long process deciding what to do with these schools and it’s now in the hands of the board of trustees. They were given recommendations by staff tonight. Those were finalized after dozens of meetings with the public and the accomodation review committee.From here, trustees will have 60 days before they take a final vote on the fate of these ten schools. Tonight’s proposal would see 3 schools in west Flamborough closing with 2 being rebuilt or renovated to accomadate those extra students.east Hamilton would have the most closures — 4 of their seven schools would go. The three remaining locations would be renovated or rebuilt and boundaries would change to allow as many students as possible to continue walking to school.Central mountain has 3 proposed closures. Those students would be moved into 4 existing schools, which would require some renovations to accommadate them.Staff say these changes would fill the remaining schools to at least 90 per cent capacity until 2022.They would also eliminate portables and allow most students to attend kindergarten to grade 8 at the same location.Cost-wise, funding required for the new buildings would be offset by the savings gained from eliminating desperately needed renovations in existing schools.A Parkdale parent, who was on the accomodation review committee, said that while she sees the benefits of the changes — she feels they’ll have a negative impact on both students and the community: “Local schools like Rosedale, Hillcrest and Roxborough are all community schools. And when you take those schools away you’re going to have empty buildings, and the community is just going to come right down. We’re very involved in our community — our community supports the schools — and it’s going to be just an upheaval for the children.”Now parents will have one last chance to speak their piece before the board votes. There are four public meetings scheduled, one for each of these catchments and another for a school closure in Glanbrook. That’s the first school trustees are voting on — they make their final call on May 12th.Meanwhile, the last ray of hope for students at Parkview Secondary School was extinguished tonight. Trustees for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board voted against allowing grade 8 students to attend Mountain Secondary School next year.Students fought the decision to the end, protesting outside city hall, as the board discussed the motion. It would have allowed them to postpone the transition to mainstream schooling by a year, and attend mountain’s intervention strategy program. Trustees opposed, saying it would have forced students to transition twice. They also say the board has prepared for students to integrate this fall. Parkview will close this summer. It’s a vocational school that caters to special needs students.This video contains a breakdown of the all the important dates:
Assembly President Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the President of the Economic and Social Council, Ali Hachani, will open the programme on Monday in the General Assembly Hall. They will be followed by presentations by the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Kemal Dervis, the President of the Islamic Development Bank Group, Ahmed Mohamed Ali; and Jeffery Sachs, special advisor to the Secretary-General. A highlight of the event will be presentations from countries at the ministerial level on efforts to carry out national development strategies for reaching the MDGs. Hisham Alwugayan of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, George Soros of the Soros Foundation and John Gage of Sun Microsystems will be among those serving as panelists during an afternoon discussion involving representatives from Member States, civil society and the private sector. The MDGs were agreed by world leaders at the UN’s Millennium Summit in 2000. They cover eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainablility and fostering a global partnership for development.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) EGSHEV – (Engine/Generator Sets for Hybrid Electric Vehicles) – a device to replace heavy starter motors and flywheels on hybrid vehicles. SMMT Foresight Vehicle is an industry-backed initiative involving more than 400 UK companies and universities. It is managed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and now widely recognised as the UK’s primary knowledge transfer network, advancing new automotive technologies. Visit Foresight Vehicle on the web at: www.foresightvehicle.org.uk One of the world’s leading experts on cars of the future will address scientists and engineers at a key conference in the Midlands next week. Joseph Carpenter Jr of the US Department of Energy is a specialist in lightweight materials and technology that will literally shape the cars of future decades.He is a keynote speaker at an International Conference on Materials for Lean Weight Vehicles being held at the University of Warwick’s International Manufacturing Centre on December 7/8. Pat Selwood, SMMT Foresight Vehicle Project Manager, a member of the conference organising committee, said: “We are delighted to have secured such an influential and high profile international speaker. “Dr Carpenter is a key player in the crucial FreedomCAR initiative in the US. His thoughts will be interesting and persuasive for everyone interested in environmental issues surrounding the automotive industry.” Dr Carpenter is the Technology Development Manager for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Automotive Lightweighting Materials effort, a joint initiative between DOE and the US automotive and energy-supply industries.He is best known in the US for his work with the FreedomCAR project, a partnership involving General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, oil companies and the US government with the aim of developing cleaner, more efficient vehicles. Dr Carpenter will tell his audience that from 2004 to 2008 $1.7-billion is being invested in North America on research into advanced vehicle technologies, hydrogen fuel initiatives and fuel cell research. Prior to the conference researchers from the Society of Motor Traders and Manufacturers Foresight Vehicle programme will report back on progress on a raft of projects. Most of the projects are into making vehicles cleaner, safer and more efficient. Dr Carpenter has been invited to attend to see the progress being made by the UK’s primary knowledge transfer network in driving projects for the latest technologies.On lightweight technologies, SMMT Foresight Vehicle has worked on a number of projects including: APPLE – (Advanced Polymeric Composite Panels with Low Environmental Impact) – uses specially formed plastics to make car panels, such as doors and wings. ROADLITE- (Research, Development and Demonstration of a Lightweight, Chassis-less Composite Semi-trailer) using hi-tech reinforced plastics to build truck trailers as strong as traditional metal trailers. They would last longer, be easier to re-cycle, cheaper to build, cause less damage in accidents and reduce CO_ emissions.
Pipe Center, the UK’s leading industrial and building services supplier, has won a contract to supply specialist pipework, valves and fittings for the Drakelands tungsten mining project, at Hemerdon, near Plymouth, which is being re-opened by Australian company Wolf Minerals. Contractor GR Engineering Services is building the new process plant for Wolf and, once commissioned in 2015, Drakelands will be the first new metal mine to be opened in the UK for 45 years, providing jobs and an economic boost for the regional and national economies.Following site visits by the client and contractor to see Pipe Center’s facilities, orders were placed for a wide range of customised valves and large carbon steel pipework up to 24 in diameter. Valvestock, Pipe Center’s valve and actuator arm, has joined forces with the company’s specialist steel fabrication facility to deliver the project.Valvestock, which is project managing the supply contract, liaised with the mine owner and contractor in the UK and Australia to confirm the project’s detailed technical requirements. The Fareham-based company is also providing engineering site support, and local support via external sales and the Pipe Center branch network in Devon. It has already supplied initial orders for butterfly valves and diaphragm valves, in sizes from 25 mm to 500 mm in diameter. Current orders include manual and actuated butterfly valves, manual diaphragm valves, control valves, check valves as well as manual and actuated ball valves.Engineered specials include positioning butterfly valves, extended spindles and chain-wheel operated diaphragm valves. Valvestock worked closely with GR Engineering Services on the specification of the valves, including recommending the use of soft rubber-lined valves to handle the abrasive ore particles being transported. Due to the challenging nature of the mine environment, the Class One welded pipework built by Pipe Center’s Fabrication facility required 10% non-destructive testing and a special epoxy paint finish. Finished pipework was shot-blasted before being sealed with two coats of goose-wing grey epoxy coating.Sections were then carefully wrapped to protect the finish during transport to the mine. Rock containing wolframite will go through the grinding circuit before travelling along the pipes in various sections, with the heavier tungsten particles falling out of suspension for collection and export to specialist manufacturers overseas.
Épidémie de dengue : augmentation du nombre de victimes aux AntillesAntilles françaises – L’épisode de dengue, fièvre tropicale propagée par les moustiques, qui sévit en Guadeloupe et en Martinique depuis décembre 2000, a déjà fait 16 victimes. Les autorités sanitaires intensifient la lutte.Mille personnes contaminées chaque semaine : le nombre de cas de dengue dans les Antilles françaises augmente de façon inquiétante. En Guadeloupe, l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS), dans son bilan de début août, donne le chiffre de 3.900 nouveaux cas identifiés en une semaine. Un décès en août dernier et un autre en juillet font monter à 4 le nombre de victimes depuis le début de l’actuelle épidémie, en décembre 2009.En Martinique, c’est plus de 4100 cas qui ont été repérés en une semaine, entre le 9 et le 15 août. Deux personnes ont succombé en août et sept en juillet, amenant le nombre de cas mortels à 12 depuis l’hiver dernier.Marie-Luce Penchard, ministre de l’Outre-Mer, et Roselyne Bachelot, ministre de la Santé, ontintensifié les deux principaux axes de lutte contre le fléau : éradication des moustiques du genreAedes, vecteurs de la maladie, et campagnes de sensibilisation et d’information destinées auxpopulations. Habitants et touristes sont invités à porter des vêtements amples pour éviter les piqûres, à utiliser insecticides et moustiquaires, et surtout à éliminer toute source d’eau stagnante, où se développent les larves de moustique, à proximité des habitations.Le 23 août 2010 à 15:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Portland-based Pendleton Woolen Mills is asking the Washington Department of Labor & Industries to throw out all 41 of the workplace safety and health violations — and $93,300 in penalties — it levied against the company’s textile mill in Washougal.In a written appeal received by the state agency Wednesday, Robert Battles, attorney for the company, said Pendleton “appeals all factual and legal aspects of all alleged violations” cited by L&I. “Even if violations occurred, which Pendleton disputes, the alleged citations should not have been issued as serious violations,” Battles said.The designation of “serious” indicates situations in which a person could be seriously injured or killed, according to L&I, which launched inspections of the Washougal textile mill in late 2011 in response to an anonymous complaint. The agency’s inspection reports are dated June 19 of this year.Battles, of the Lane Powell law firm, also requested L&I grant the company an opportunity for a “reassumption conference,” a process by which an L&I hearings officer would meet with the company to discuss the case. Battles could not be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon.The company is asking for such a meeting in case L&I rejects its request to have all of the violations and penalties thrown out, said L&I spokeswoman Elaine Fischer.
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Traditionally the defence allocation in the finance minister’s budget speech on February 28 receives predictable and perfunctory mention. The minister assures the house that national security is of paramount importance and that the government will provide what is required to ensure “adequate defence preparedness” – and the amount to be allocated, which is not insignificant, is announced. A few weeks later, at the fag end of the budget session, this allocation, now of about Rs.240,000 crores (about $40 billion) is passed with little debate and even lesser quorum.However, a radical review of the strategic and fiscal underpinning of the defence allocation is imperative – if the current military inventory stasis is to be redressed and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Make in India is to be realized. It would be very commendable if this evidenced in Arun Jaitly’s speech on Saturday, though there is reason enough to be skeptical.The primary objective of the defence allocation is to enhance India’s composite military capability in a tangible manner – which means paying attention to the quality of the gun and the human resource behind the gun. The deeper strategic underpinning would also call for an objective threat assessment, the techno-strategic trajectory of modern warfare and arriving at an affordable option. Concurrently, innovative planning and management of the funds so allocated ought to contribute to the overall national design and manufacturing eco-system that will progressively reduce import dependence and allow for export of military inventory. Regrettably, for the last two decades this has remained an elusive goal.In July 2014, Jaitly had announced Rs.229,000 crores as the BE (budgetary estimate) for the defence expenditure for 2014-15. This was estimated to be under 1. 8 percent of the GDP for that period. Whether this amount has been utilized in the manner that was envisaged will be evident on Saturday (Feb 28) but the trend analysis is far from reassuring.Over the last 15 years going back to NDA-1, rarely have the funds allocated for defence been fully utilized or spent as per the specific categories they were meant to be expended on. In the NDA years from 2000-01 to 2003-04, the annual amount that was returned unspent to the central pool was of the order of Rs.8,900 crores, Rs.7,700 crores, Rs.9,300 crores and Rs.5,200 crores.The Congress-led UPA had a similar tale and in 2005-06 to 2007-08, the amounts unspent were Rs.2,400 crores, Rs.3,500 crore and Rs.4,300 crores. Paradoxically, in 2012-13, the amount unspent was a staggering Rs.11,600 crores even when the Indian military was in dire need of inventory infusion across the board.In some years, 2008-09 onwards, the defence spending exceeded that which was allocated and this was ascribed to the additional expenditure incurred due to the revision of pay scales as per the Sixth Pay Commission – and the clearing of backlog for the serving military personnel and related pensioner dues.The overall pattern that emerges is that of an Indian higher defence lattice that is not equipped to manage large fiscal outlays – except by way of imposing stringent expenditure control and inflexible fidelity to arid procedural compliance. This, when India is expected to spend over $700 billion for defence over the next 10 years.The macro-management of India’s defence allocation over a decade plus calls for a structural review that will, first, enable military modernization and redressing inventory obsolescence; two, allow for improving the capacity of the national eco-system to manufacture and design military equipment in India; and three, address the very serious HR distortions that have adversely impacted the morale of the serving soldiers and the retired veterans.Thus, institutional fidelity to the objective of allocating funds for defence and nurturing an environment that will provide adequate incentive to all stakeholders to realize the Make in India vision is urgently called for. The Indian private sector and academia have been marginalized and where they do make an attempt to work, one manufacturer wryly noted at a seminar on the subject: Â”I spend more time filling forms and submitting my tax returns.Â”The Modi promise of moving from ‘red tape to red carpet’ must become a reality if the integrity of the defence allocation is to be preserved and India’s import dependence reduced. If not – it will be a familiar and bleak litany next February.