AUBURN HILLS, MI – DECEMBER 23: Molly Qerim and Jalen Rose of ESPN watch the Golden State Warriors play the Golden State Warriors at the Palace of Auburn Hills on December 23, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ahead of tonight’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn, John Calipari is all over the ESPN airwaves this morning. He did a long spot on Mike & Mike earlier, and he is currently filling the seat left vacant by Skip Bayless on First Take opposite Stephen A. Smith. The episode got off to a rocky start, however, when he was accidentally introduced as “Coach K” by host Molly Qerim. Calipari’s comments about Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke recruiting pitch this off-season makes the gaffe even more awkward. Calipari joked about it and played it off well, and they’ve moved on to the standard inane Stephen A. Smith ramblings, but we’re sure Kentucky fans weren’t amused.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
zoom Siem Offshore has entered into shipbuilding-contracts with Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Poland for four (4) dual fuelled Platform Supply Vessels (“PSVs”).The vessels shall be of VS 4411 DF design. Siem Offshore has currently two vessels of similar design under construction for delivery in 2014 and 2015, and these vessels are contracted long-term with TOTAL E&P NORGE AS and AS Norske Shell respectively.The vessels shall have dual fuel systems for the use of either LNG or Marine Diesel Oil. This new series of PSVs for Siem Offshore represents the latest technology within dual fuelled systems and hull design, to the benefit of lower fuel consumption, lower fuel cost, lower emissions and a better environment.The vessels shall be built to meet the highest requirements for operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and are also suited for operations in other geographical areas. The vessels shall have an overall length of 89 meters, a beam of 19 meters, a deck area of 970 m2 and with a capacity of 5,500 dwt. The vessels are equipped with high power supply and offer excellent station keeping and the highest redundancy capacity.In addition to ordinary class notations for PSVs, the vessels shall be built with equipment and class notations for Fire Fighting (Fi-Fi II), Oil Spill Recovery in Emergency Situations (Oilrec) and according to NOFO guidelines, Rescue and Standby Services to Offshore Installations (Standby Vessel) for up to 300 persons, and Safe Hose Operation System (SHOS). The vessels shall be built in accordance with Clean Design and Comfort Class criteria and shall be prepared for a second fast rescue craft (FRC).The vessels have scheduled deliveries from third quarter 2015 to second quarter 2016.Siem Offshore, Decembar 30, 2013
Representatives of the provincial government, the Cape BretonVictoria-Regional School Board, and students from Rankin Memorialand Christmas Island schools helped break the ground today, Sept.14, for a new, $6.2-million school to serve the Iona area. The Grade Primary to 12 school will have a projected enrolment of155. Education Minister Jamie Muir acknowledged the challenges indesigning a modern school of this type for a relatively smallstudent body, but said active involvement of the community madeit possible. “It has been an excellent example of effective communication andco-operation,” he said. “I would like to thank everyone involved,and say how much we look forward to working with them in bringingthis project to completion.” Mr. Muir said the new school would continue the role of itspredecessor as a focal point for the preservation of Gaelicculture. Elizabeth MacPhee, chair of the Cape Breton Victoria RegionalSchool Board, thanked the Department of Education and communitygroups for their efforts. “I want to thank all here today for their continued support forthe project,” she said. “Home and School, School AdvisoryCouncil, and in particular the School Study Team have committedcountless hours to making this dream a reality. I also want tothank the board members for the area, Keith Bain and DarleneMorrison.” The 35,300 square-foot school is scheduled for completion inMarch 2006. It will replace Rankin Memorial School and Christmas IslandConsolidated School, which currently serve nine communities inthe area. The new building will offer improved facilities in all areas ofschool life, particularly in physical education and music. It is part of an eight-year school construction program funded bythe Department of Education worth more than $400 million. EDUCATION -Work On Iona School Gets Official Launch
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s health minister says he won’t step in to fix a payment issue that’s stopping doctors in the province from prescribing the abortion pill.Randy Delorey said Thursday physicians have requested a new billing code to prescribe Mifegymiso, a publicly funded two-drug combination used to terminate an early pregnancy.The province’s fee committee — made up of representatives of Doctors Nova Scotia, physicians and the department — has expedited the review of an application for a specific code for prescribing the abortion pill, he said.“There has been a request for consideration of a mechanism to provide additional compensation … that’s being considered by the joint committee,” Delorey said. “The drug is available and can be prescribed.”However, the abortion pill remains largely out of reach of most women in Nova Scotia.Physicians have said the existing billing structure doesn’t adequately compensate them for the time involved with counselling patients, providing education about options, and ordering multiple tests before prescribing Mifegymiso.The outcome is that most women in Nova Scotia currently cannot access the abortion pill, despite the provincial government’s decision to fund Mifegymiso last fall.The situation has left women seeking to terminate unwanted pregnancies using pills scrambling to find one of the handful of doctors in the province rumoured to be willing to prescribe Mifegymiso.However, most doctors and the province’s only abortion clinic are not offering the alternative to surgical abortion, according to Dr. Lianne Yoshida, medical co-director of the Termination of Pregnancy Unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.Although it’s unclear when the fee committee will review a new billing code for Mifegymiso, Delorey said he won’t bring in an interim billing code for overseeing an abortion using pills.He said it’s more important to have sustainable solutions in health care rather than “quick fixes.”“There’s a situation in health care … often we love to have quick fixes,” he said. “I think it’s more important to have sustainable and appropriate solutions.”Delorey added that doctors can currently prescribe Mifegymiso and bill for it under an existing code that pays doctors for discussing the risks and benefits of any new drug with a patient.Dr. Ken Wilson, medical consultant with Doctors Nova Scotia, said earlier this week that doctors’ fee for prescribing Mifegymiso doesn’t “adequately remunerate them for the time they spend and what’s involved, including counselling patients.”Wilson, co-chair of the fee committee, said a new billing code for prescribing Mifegymiso is on a high priority list, but the committee is also in the midst of examining new fees for other critical issues including methadone management and medically assisted death.The Department of Health has considered interim billing codes in the past, and Wilson said if it appears the delay will continue beyond six months he will push the government to usher in a temporary fee.Meanwhile, Yoshida has said the province’s only abortion clinic still does not have an ultrasound machine, which could add to delays to accessing Mifegymiso.The abortion pill is approved in Canada to terminate early pregnancies up to 63 days gestation, but an ultrasound is required first to rule out potential health risks and confirm gestational age.But Delorey said it’s up to the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) to determine equipment needs.“It’s important that in our health care system we make the optimal use of the equipment that is available,” he said. “I do rely on advice that comes from the NSHA in terms of identifying their priorities for equipment.”The Nova Scotia government announced universal coverage of Mifegymiso last fall after The Canadian Press reported on issues with abortion access in the province.The province also removed the requirement for a physician’s referral to obtain a surgical abortion, allowing women to “self-refer” to the abortion clinic.The NSHA is in the midst of setting up a single phone line that women across the province can call to make appointments and seek advice, expected to be available in the coming months.– With files from Keith Doucette
Bringing her signature sense of optimism, generosity and glamour to the table, Kate Hudson will join Michael Kors and Watch Hunger Stop to help build a world with zero hunger by raising awareness and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).Kicking off in October 2015, the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress’ first philanthropic role for Michael Kors will be helping to launch two limited-edition styles of the Bradshaw watch as part of this year’s Watch Hunger Stop campaign. Every sale of one of these special styles, named the Bradshaw 100, will enable 100 children in need to receive a nutritious meal through WFP’s School Meals program. The watches will be available exclusively in Michael Kors stores worldwide and on michaelkors.com in the U.S.For every sale of a watch from the Watch Hunger Stop Collection, Michael Kors will donate US $25 to WFP.“I’m proud to join Michael Kors in this global effort to end hunger,” says Kate Hudson. “As a mother, I can’t think of anything more important than raising a healthy and educated generation of children, and WFP’s School Meals Program is committed to exactly that. This is a cause that I’m eager to be a part of because I believe we can all make a real and significant difference.”And, the feeling is mutual. “I am so excited to have Kate Hudson join me in the fight to ensure that no child anywhere in the world goes to bed hungry,” says Michael Kors. “Not only does she have a unique star quality but she also brings an incredible amount of generosity and a can-do attitude to a cause that is extremely important to me personally. I’m grateful to work alongside her and WFP to make a real change.”Since launching in 2013, the Michael Kors Watch Hunger Stop campaign has already helped WFP deliver over 10 million meals to children in need.Source:Watch Hunger Stop
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Greenpeace is using Aboriginal people for the organization’s own aims in its fight against the tar sands, according to Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau.Brazeau, an Aboriginal Senator, said that he found Greenpeace’s use of Aboriginal people in its campaigns “problematic.”Several prominent Aboriginal leaders participated in a protest this week in Ottawa against the tar sands. Greenpeace was one of the organizers of the event, along with the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Council of Canadians.About 117 people were arrested Monday during the protest which saw at least 400 people turn out to chant and wave signs condemning the expansion of the tar sands.“What is really problematic is when you have organizations like Greenpeace…who use Aboriginal leaders and communities to basically ask them to support their message,” said Brazeau, during APTN National News’ weekly political panel. “For organizations like that to use Aboriginal people when it is creating jobs and when it’s good for the economy and good for the country, I find it very hypocritical.”Brazeau said the tar sands employed about 1,600 Aboriginal people, making it the largest employer of Aboriginal people in the country.Brazeau also said some of the companies working in the tar sands were Aboriginal owned and managed.“Those are the hard, cold facts,” said Brazeau.NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Linda Duncan said Brazeau was forgetting that the Dene, Mikisew Cree, Fort McKay First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan were at the front and centre of opposition to the tar sand’s expansion.“They are the very people who have been intervening in hearing after hearing on the expansion or further development of the oil sands,” said Duncan. “They are the ones front and centre who are calling for a slow-down of this industry because the only source of income they are being given…is to work in the very industry that is destroying their health and their environment.”
Reimer said based on the preliminary data he’s seen so far he would eat anything of Lake Melville.“And I would feed it to my grandchildren as well,” he said.“But I want an expert to look at that and that’s some of the first information we’ll get out on the website.”Reimer is wading into new territory.A reservoir for a dam has never been cleared before.In general, the issues around mercury poisoning are dealt with after the fact with warning signs about consumption.But he says even in a megaproject three quarters done, there’s still time to take action.“I do think we’re in time,” he said. “If the data, and again, I want to be cautious here, I don’t want to draw conclusions prematurely, but I think that we do have time to implement, if we decide something like topsoil removal, targeted topsoil removal is going to be an effective strategy, then we think there’s still time to do that.”The committee already issued three recommendations in September.It asked Nalcor to do a feasibility study on removing soil and vegetation, to improve both its water monitoring program and its own model for predicting methylmercury production.But the mistrust of Nalcor Energy runs deep in Labrador.“Recommendations are not a mandate. It’s not an order,” said Cole. “They come so late. Everything is so late. So as these little small wins are gained by us, Nalcor is proceedings at turbo speed with this project.”But Reimer said the recommendations do carry weight.“I have felt a sense of cooperation from all parties,” said Reimer. “When I ask Nalcor for something, information or data, they are very timely in getting it to me. They take the work of committee very seriously. I’ve certainly not been frustrated in any way by waiting for any request to be satisfied. I’m hopeful.”Optimistic, but also working under tight deadlines.Reimer’s contract as chair is up in March. He’s confident the work of the committee will continue whether he stays on or not.In the meantime, Reimer is expecting a lot of data to land on his desk by Christmas, from soil samples to water monitoring results, to reviews of previous studies on the amount of methylmercury in both food and people in Labrador.He’s hoping to have information and updates posted on the committee’s future website by the New Year. (The Churchill River in Labrador – APTN Investigates) Trina Roache APTN InvestigatesA committee set up to address key concerns about the hydro project at Muskrat Falls in Labrador says people can expect information to start flowing soon.“We want to be completely transparent. People can be critical of us because we’ve been sort of invisible at the moment because we’ve been too busy trying to get some answers,” said Ken Reimer, chair of the Independent Advisory Committee.The committee was set up as a key part of a deal brokered between the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Innu and Inuit leaders. That deal effectively ended a five-day Indigenous-led occupation of the Muskrat Falls site in October 2016. (The $12-billion Muskrat Falls project is expected to start producing energy in 2020. Photo Trina Roache)The Lower Churchill project at Muskrat Falls is a $12 billion dam under construction about an hour’s drive west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.When up and running in 2020, it will produce 834 megawatts of power.Billed as a key part of a low carbon economy, dams are central to Canada’s green energy plan and produce over 60 per cent of the country’s electricity.“It’s not clean energy,” said Beatrice Hunter, an Inuk grandmother, and Labrador land protector.“If it was clean energy we wouldn’t be getting methylmercury poisoning.”Methylmercury is a naturally occurring toxin created by mercury and organic carbon found in soil and vegetation.The neurotoxin accumulates as it goes up the food chain and can make people sick.With the first phase of flooding imminent in the fall of 2016, a sense of urgency kicked the protests into high gear.More than a year after the protests, the reservoir has been partially flooded.Reimer wasn’t appointed as chair of the advisory committee until this past August.Hunter is disappointed and frustrated.She’s facing civil and criminal charges for breaking a court injunction at Muskrat Falls.She spent eleven days in jail last June when she refused to promise a judge she’d stop protesting at the Muskrat Falls site and stay one kilometre away.“I was angry that I had gone to jail and Muskrat Falls is still running – they’re not taking concerns seriously,” said Hunter.“We’re still here waiting for mitigation of methylmercury poisoning. We’re still waiting. It’s a year later.”“It is true that they should have known”-Ken Reimer, chair of the Independent Advisory Committee on the permanent flooding in Labrador (Denise Cole at Nalcor Energy’s offices in St. John’s. Photo Trina Roache/APTN) In late September, Labrador land protector Denise Cole led a dozen people from Labrador to St. John’s to the head office of Nalcor Energy, the provincially-owned crown corporation in charge of the Lower Churchill project at Muskrat Falls.“It’s to send a message,” said Cole. “That it’s not okay. It’s not okay to poison people downstream with methylmercury.”The group blocked the entrances to keep Nalcor employees from getting to work and Cole read a statement.“To Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall, we say directly, make your engineers explain publicly why the methylmercury agreement has been broken,” the statement said.The reason for raising the reservoir water levels in 2016 was to protect infrastructure under construction at the dam during the winter months.Part of the deal with Indigenous leaders included a promise that the water would be released come spring.Methylmercury is formed when the trees and topsoil breakdown, unlikely in frigid water.But spring came and went and the water levels stayed higher than normal.After the summer and a report from SNC-Lavalin, an engineering consultant on the project came news that the water levels will never go down again because of soil erosion along the banks of the river.“It is true that they should have known that and I think some people did know that from the beginning,” said Reimer.“Certainly, SNC-Lavalin knew that, I don’t know how it wasn’t communicated properly earlier.”Reimer said the committee has Nalcor’s geotechnical reports under an independent review by the Geological Society of Canada and is expecting results soon.“I’m comforted by the fact that because the water levels didn’t go up as much,” he said. “Only a very small proportion of newly flooded land was affected.”Reimer flew over the site in September and said quite a few trees in the area of the future reservoir have been cut down.According to Nalcor Energy, six hectares have been cleared.But Reimer said mitigation is not as straightforward as clearing the reservoir.Soil testing is underway to see what areas contain the toxic ingredients – organic carbon and mercury.Rocky places won’t.“The early environmental assessment, it did surprise me that it didn’t include Lake Melville”-Ken ReimerAreas previously flooded, even naturally, probably won’t either. And Reimer said it’s possible that the potential methylmercury trouble spots could be covered up instead of dug up.Methylmercury is not a new problem when it comes to dams.But a study by Harvard researchers in 2015 indicated the impacts could travel further downstream from Muskrat Falls than first thought.“The early environmental assessment, it did surprise me that it didn’t include Lake Melville. Certainly, the Harvard work has demonstrated that that potential definitely exists,” said Reimer.Lake Melville stretches 140 kilometres in from the coast of Labrador, dotted by communities like Sheshatshiu, Rigolet and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.“It wouldn’t be a summer for me if I didn’t go get my salmon,” said Inuit land protector Marjorie Flowers.Flowers lives in Goose Bay now but grew up in the Inuit community of Rigolet.She was arrested and charged with breaking the court injunction during the 2016 protests.Like Hunter, she went to jail for defying the judge’s orders.On the day APTN interviewed her last month, she bustled around her kitchen, cleaning a salmon her father caught during the summer in Rigolet.“This is the way I grew up, this is what I lived on,” said Flowers. “It was imperative for my father to have salmon and trout in the summer. That’s what he fed his family on. To have that in jeopardy, because it is in jeopardy now, it becomes like a strip off of me.” (The October 2016 protest at Muskrat Falls. Photo Trina Roache)At the heart of the protests were concerns that trees and topsoil left in the reservoir will poison the waterways and contaminate traditional foods.“I realize there’s been frustrations because there seemed to be an absence of activity but as soon as I got on board we’ve been going fast and furious,” said Reimer.“We’re working on getting a website up and running before Christmas.”The goal of the committee is threefold; to mitigate, monitor and come up with a long-term plan to manage any impacts from methylmercury.“If we had more time, we could have consulted with people,” said Reimer. “If we’d been at this earlier, maybe we could have been in the public and able to calm fears at this point, anyway.”Instead, the committee has been working flat out for the past few months to go over all the data collected so far related to water quality.“It’s not okay. It’s not okay to poison people downstream with methylmercury”-Denise Cole, Labrador Land Protector
MILAN — Italian bank UniCredit will pay $1.3 billion (1.5 billion euros) to settle charges by the U.S. government that it violated sanctions against Iran and other countries.UniCredit, which operates in several European countries, said Tuesday that its German subsidiary, UniCredit Bank AG, agreed to plead guilty in U.S. federal court to sanctions violations involving Iran.A U.S. Depart of Treasury statement said the fine resolves an investigation by its foreign assets control office into violations of U.S. sanctions, including related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.It cited the processing of over $500 million in payments in 2,000 operations from 2007 to 2011, a period during which UniCredit operated a U.S.-dollar account for the Iranian state-owned shipping company.UniCredit said it had booked provisions beyond the settlement.The Associated Press
TORONTO – The head of Canada’s federal housing agency says regulators should explore the possibility of raising the minimum down payment required on a home as a way of easing affordability and reducing risk to the financial system.Evan Siddall, president and CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says that although politicians are tempted to help first-time buyers, low down payments fuel demand and lead to higher housing costs.Siddall says that ends up hurting the first-time buyers that the government wanted to help.Last year, Ottawa raised the minimum down payment on the portion of a home worth over $500,000 to 10 per cent.Siddall said in a speech at the Bank of England’s offices in London that increasing the minimum down payment even further could help offset the effects of rock-bottom interest rates, which have encouraged borrowers to take on excessive mortgage debt.He added that regulators should also explore the possibility of imposing a loan-to-income limit as Ireland, the U.K. and a few others have done.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 11:11 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Regulators should explore boosting minimum down payment on homes: CMHC
Tacey Atkinson from the Campus Store shows off some of the toys donated during this year’s Adopt an Angel campaign. More than 550 toys were donated to the cause. Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold asked the Brock community for 400 toys for local children this Christmas.By the end of the annual Adopt an Angel campaign hosted by the Campus Store, faculty, staff and students delivered more than 550 gifts instead.This despite having less time to collect the toys and more recipients in need than in previous years.“We are very grateful for the way the community pulled together in order to achieve this challenge, even going above and beyond,” said Trudy Lockyer, Campus Store director. “No words can properly express how appreciative we are of everyone’s efforts. It’s amazing what the Brock community can achieve when we all come together for a cause.”Nancy McIntosh, Community Care’s community and development co-ordinator, noted that local families will have more to celebrate this Christmas because of Brock’s contribution to the toy drive.“Please let everyone at Brock know to take a moment before they open any of their own gifts and think about someone who is having Christmas because of their thoughtfulness,” she said. “Each of you has made a world of difference to not only a child in need but to their parents, who wish for their children’s happiness.”With the Adopt an Angel campaign wrapped up, the Campus Store has launched its latest holiday drive, this time in support of the Brock University Students’ Union’s (BUSU) food bank.Faculty, staff and students are asked to drop off donations of non-perishable food items to the store during regular hours until Dec. 14.Because of the limited space in the Collabratorium where the food bank is located on campus, any items that can’t be stored there will be donated to Community Care.“We had heard of BUSU’s new venture with the Collabratorium and food bank and looked for any opportunity to help,” Lockyer said. “This seemed like a natural way to spread to some holiday cheer and support a couple of local charities at the same time.”
Greg Evans, Chief Executive Officer, COAL21 Fund explains that a bipartisan delegation of Federal Members of Parliament has visited Japan this week to learn more about the vital role played by Australian coal in providing energy security and supporting Japan’s advanced steel industry.The visit was organised by the Australian coal industry through the COAL21 Fund and was led by former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and current Whitehaven Coal Chairman Mark Vaile. It included inspections of one of the world’s most efficient coal-fired power stations – JPower’s Isogo plant – and the large-scale Kimitsu steel plant operated by Nippon Steel.“The priorities of the mission included understanding the integral role of Australian coal in Japan,” Evans reports, “how advanced technology is reducing emissions and developing a greater understanding of energy policy from one of Australia’s key trading partners and the world’s third-largest economy.“Significant policy discussions also took place with counterpart organisations and government agencies including lead energy policy department the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.“Australian coal is integral to Japan’s energy supply and economy, with our thermal (energy) coal representing 73% of imports and coking (steel-making) coal comprising 47% of imports.“Japanese officials emphasised our enduring coal trade links, underpinned by reliability of supply and the premium quality of Australian coal.“Federal MPs on the tour including Craig Kelly, Tim Wilson, Milton Dick, Meryl Swanson, George Christensen and Jason Falinski were unanimous in their view that our coal trade needed to continue and grow, assisted by strong policy support in Australia.”Vaile said the visit was constructive, focusing on coal supply issues, technology advancements and approaches needed to establish a first class energy system.“The Australian delegation was impressed with the investment and uptake of new low-emission coal technologies as well as the commitment by Japanese policy makers and industry to a strong energy policy with coal as its cornerstone,” Vaile said.“Japan is Australia’s largest coal customer at A$16.5 billion in 2017 and our longest-term coal export partner with the trade spanning more than 60 years. With Australia’s coal exports reaching a record high of A$60.1 billion in 2017/18, our coal trade with Japan is economically and strategically important to both nations and should not be taken for granted.”Japan is not only a coal customer but is a leading power equipment manufacturer providing world leading high efficiency low emission (HELE) plants and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technologies. Japanese power companies have plans to build another 30 HELE coal plants.
The last 60 minutes of the battle for the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017 has come! The four teams reached finals of the qualifications tournaments. In Slovakian Prešov, domestic Tatran and Slovenian RK Gorenje will decide about the team who will compete at European elite competition.Tatran beat Red Boys Differdange (LUX) 38:32, while Slovenian second best team had tough task against Finnish Cocks 28:25.Another team will have a chance to find the place at VELUX EHF CL supported by domestic fans – Bregenz Handball. The Austrian team beat Belgian Achilles 39:31, while Portuguese best team ABC UMinho outplayed Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv 34:27.The final is at 16.30.PHOTO: SEHA EHF Champions LeagueRK Gorenjetatran ← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM league: Veszprem win derby in Celje Next Story → FC Barcelona Lassa win Spanish Super Cup 2016
La maison en paille fait des émulesLes maisons en paille ont de plus en plus la côte. Solide, résistante au feu, écologique, des arguments qui séduisent chaque jour un peu plus les Français.Les maisons en paille voient le jour un peu partout en France. L’Hexagone compte “3.000 bâtiments en paille” et “il s’en construit 300 par an, dont des édifices accueillant du public”, indique Luc Floissac, conseiller en construction cité par l’AFP. Ce chercheur à l’école d’architecture de Toulouse et porte-parole du Réseau français de la construction en paille (RFCP) explique que “si on construisait 500.000 logements en paille par an, il ne faudrait que 10 à 15 % de la paille produite en France”.À lire aussiLa saison du nuage toxique : l’Egypte étouffeLégère, biodégradable, renouvelable et provenant de filières locales, la paille détient, selon ses promoteurs, la palme du bilan environnemental des matériaux de construction. Sensible à l’humidité et aussi chère que des matériaux classiques lorsqu’elle est posée par des professionnels, la paille présente toutefois l’avantage d’être un excellent isolant. Luc Floissac souligne ainsi qu’elle a “une tenue classique au vent”, qu’elle est solide et qu’elle résiste aux flammes car dans les bottes compressées il n’ya que très peu d’oxygène. A titre d’exemple, “des feuilles froissées brûlent très bien mais essayez donc de brûler un bottin !”, lance le chercheur.Longtemps ignorée des artisans, la construction en paille vient d’obtenir ses lettres de noblesse avec la publication en juin des “Règles professionnelles”. Reconnues par les professionnels du bâtiment, les autorités et les assureurs, celles-ci devraient permettre le développement de la filière, espère Luc Floissac, coordonnateur de l’ouvrage. Toutefois, ces règles ne concernent que l’utilisation de bottes de paille insérées dans une ossature bois, la technique la plus répandue en France. Une autre technique, elle aussi éprouvée, existe cependant : celle des murs porteurs en bottes de paille, empilées les unes sur les autres. Née en 1880 aux Etats-Unis, mais très peu utilisée en France, cette méthode surprend. “Quand on parle de construction en paille, c’est pas gagné : le premier truc qui vient à l’esprit c’est les Trois petits cochons. Si, en plus, vous dites qu’il n’y a pas de matériau dur qui tienne la toiture, alors là il y a un pas qui est loin d’être franchi”, témoigne Pierre-Yves Jonin, un autoconstructeur qui l’a pourtant allègrement sauté, pour sa maison à Guipry, en Ille-et-Vilaine.Le 7 avril 2012 à 12:33 • Maxime Lambert
© 2014 Phys.org Lab study suggests small layer of water, CO2 and silicate lies beneath tectonic plates Explore further More information: BBC Future: www.bbc.com/future/story/20141 … n-who-makes-diamonds Citation: Geo-researchers making diamonds out of odd materials, including peanut butter (2014, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-geo-researchers-diamonds-odd-materials-peanut.html Robson points out that despite a lot of effort, scientists still don’t know the true composition of the Earth’s core and its upper and lower mantle. Much more is known, of course, about the upmost layer, the crust—at least the top portions. Complicating the problem is that evidence thus far indicates that our planet doesn’t match the composition of meteorites that have struck the Earth—they seem to have more silicon than does our planet suggesting either that perhaps Earth wasn’t formed from them, or that the silicon is too deep for us to detect. In his lab, Robson and his colleagues are trying to learn more about the lower mantle and to do that, he’s attempting to expose certain materials to the conditions that are thought to be present, to see if they match readings made from the surface. They have piston based presses that can exert enormous forces on a material, while the material is simultaneously baked by a furnace. Such conditions force the atoms in the material closer together making it denser. The changed material is then removed from the press and crushed to allow for closer inspection. The team runs sound waves through the material to see if they are impacted in the same ways as sound waves that are sent through the Earth. They report that it appears that silicon is not a material that would make a match—though the changed material, named ringwoodite, is able to hold water, suggesting there may be vast amounts of it beneath us.The press and furnace are able to make diamonds as well. When looking into the possibility that carbon dioxide in the mantle was pushed deeper, into mineral rich iron below, the team found that when subjecting similar material to pressure and heat, the oxygen was stripped away leaving just dense carbon—diamond. As a publicity stunt, the team also tried pressing peanut butter, which loosed a lot of hydrogen, but because of its high carbon content, also resulted in the creation of a small diamond. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working in a lab at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in German is seeking to learn the true composition of Earth’s interior, BBC Future reports, and they aren’t afraid to resort to stunts to further their cause. The team, led by David Robson, is putting various materials into presses while also heating them to hopefully imitate the conditions beneath our feet at various depths. This is a collection of 0.02, 0.03 and 0.04 carat solitaire diamonds weighing in total 5.36 carats. Credit: Swamibu/Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
A grand illustrious play, directed by veteran director Bhanu Bharti, Tughlaq closed on a high note with star-studded performances. The life of one of the most celebrated emperors of Delhi comes alive on stage through the magic of veteran director Bhanu Bharti. This extravaganza received an overwhelming response from the theatre lovers of Delhi. The play was performed at the ruins of the historic Feroz Shah Kotla to a fullhouse jam packed with glitz and glamour,. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The miraculous realm of the celebrated king was displayed through persuasive performances, engrossing and riveting dialogues. The spectacular ambience had grabbed the eyeballs of almost all the theatre lovers in the Capital.The organisers of the show – Department of Art Culture and Language and Sahitya Kala Parishad – arranged a 1,200 makeshift sitting arrangement at the vast courtyard of the archeological site where Bharti presented the performance. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCommenting on the response of the audience Bhanu Bharti, Director of Tughlaq said, ‘We were stunned with the startling and mind-blowing response of the audience. The long queues and the large footfall during every show is a great inspiration and boost for me as a director. Such theatre events will encourage a large number of actors and directors to take active part in promoting theatre.’The play was performed on a magnificent scale, at this heritage monument site after a long hiatus of four decades. Last, the play was staged by theatre patriarch Ebrahim Alkazi at Purana Quila in 1970s. The play boasted of a star-studded cast with many eminent theatre, Bollywood and television personalities playing key roles. Bollywood actor Yashpal Sharma, who has films like Gangaajal, Aarakshan and Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi to his credit, played the main lead of Tughlaq. ‘It has been a great experience for me to play the lead role of Tughlaq. The tremendous response of audience encourages actors like me to work hard for my audience and fans. The audience of Delhi has been very kind to accept Tughlaq with open arms. I would love to play such roles in theatre again,’ said Yashpal Sharma. The author skillfully portrayed the life and reign of Tughlaq through ineresting dialogues and rivetting scenes. The sultan ended his career in bloodshed and political chaos. The play showcased the slow disenchantment felt with the new politics of independent India, the gradual erosion of the ethical norms that had guided the movement for Independence and the coming to terms with cynicism and real politics.’I was awestruck and impressed with the amazing show. The actors have done a phenomenal job and have played their parts well. I would never get tired of watching this show and would love to see it again and again,’ said Priyanka Kapoor, a young theatre enthusiast.
Related posts:Costa Rica ranks 83rd in the world for doing business Live Stream: 2015 Latin American Cities Conference San José World Bank: Doing business in Costa Rica has never been easier Costa Rica should expect 4.3 percent GDP growth, World Bank says Costa Rica was among the top three most “competitive” economies in Latin America last year, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, released on Wednesday. Costa Rica, ranked 51st worldwide, came in behind Panama (48) and Chile (33).Costa Rica has enjoyed a steady rise on the index during the last several years, jumping three spots this year, up from 54. The country scored especially well on metrics for health and education, technology readiness, and innovation potential.The Dominican Republic (101), El Salvador (84), Guatemala (78), Honduras (100), and Nicaragua (99) all trailed Costa Rica. Venezuela (131) and Haiti (137) scored at the bottom of the annual survey for Latin America and the Caribbean.The report observed that poor transport infrastructure, difficulties accessing finance, concerns about its macroeconomic performance and high budget deficit continue to hold back the country’s economic potential. Transportation infrastructure was one of Costa Rica’s greatest weaknesses with the quality of its ports and roads ranked at 115th and 119th, respectively, out of the 144 countries surveyed. The country also scored poorly in female participation in the workforce, coming in at 117.President Luis Guillermo Solís has named many of these weaknesses as priorities for his administration. Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas listed increases in infrastructure and education spending in the president’s budget proposal at the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Solís also made specific mention about improving access to finance for small businesses and working mothers as part of his employment strategy that aims to create 217,000 jobs in the next four years. One area that the government has yet to seriously address is the country’s gaping deficit, which Fallas projected would rise to 6.7 percent of gross domestic product in 2015.Globally, the report said that countries need to shift their recovery strategies for the financial crisis away from monetary policy and focus more on improving productivity through structural reforms. The WEF report also highlighted investment in skills and innovation, as well as public-private partnerships as keys to long-term economic growth. The report opined that Latin American and Caribbean nations need to implement structural reforms and increase investment in infrastructure, skills development and innovation if it wanted to see the boom of the last decade continue.The most competitive countries were Switzerland, Singapore and the United States.The Global Competitiveness Report ranks national economies based on institutions, infrastructure, health and education, labor market efficiency, technological readiness, innovation and business sophistication, among other metrics. The report defines competitiveness as “the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country.”View the full report here. Facebook Comments
Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The ICC, the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal, came into being in 2002 and the treaty that created it has been ratified by 121 nations. Prosecutors have so far indicted suspects in seven different countries, all of them in Africa, including Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Libya and Ivory Coast.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project AMSTERDAM (AP) – The International Criminal Court in The Hague has opened a formal investigation into allegations by four people who say they were subjected to sexual abuse by a court staff member working in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The war crimes court said Friday it is “profoundly concerned by these grave allegations” and had taken steps to protect the alleged victims. It said the investigation was aimed at “establishing the facts underlying the allegations and fairly determining any possible responsibilities.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Check your body, save your life It is not clear whether the allegations will lead to a prosecution, and if so, where it would take place. The court said it would turn the inquiry’s findings over to ICC “judges and relevant parties to the proceedings concerned” _ presumably meaning legal authorities in Congo.The Coalition for the ICC, an umbrella organization of civil society and human rights groups that support the court, said in a reaction that members had been “deeply shocked and concerned” to hear of the allegations.“The Coalition expects the court to carry out a credible and impartial investigation into the allegations and, should they prove true, ensure that all those responsible be held to account, including, if relevant, those responsible for managerial oversight of the personnel accused,” it said in a statement.The charges come at a war crimes court that has made a priority of prosecuting rape and sexual conscription in conflict zones. Sexual abuse is rife in the volatile east of Congo, and several ongoing cases stem from the region.Warlord Bosco Ntaganda faces charges of rape and sexual enslavement and militia leader Germain Katanga is on trial for charges including rape and sexual enslavement. Top Stories Sponsored Stories
Go back to the e-newsletterBrand USA – the destination-marketing organisation for the United States – hosted its first ever sales mission to China from 24 February to 4 March 2016.More than 30 representatives of Brand USA’s American travel-industry partners participated in the nine-day itinerary, which included three-day stops in each of the three Chinese cities, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai.Along the way, members of the Brand USA delegation met with Chinese travel agents, tour operators, meeting and incentive planners, and media at a variety of planned events and functions.“This mission allows us to provide a platform to showcase the United States as the premier travel destination for international travellers,” said Christopher Thompson, Brand USA’s president and CEO. “As outbound travel from China steadily surges, we’re finding that the Chinese are looking for new tourism experiences. In response, we want to show how the US offers limitless options for travel.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Nicosia’s bread enthusiasts but also those that happen to be in the capital this week, will have the opportunity to try a limited-edition bread, attend bread baking masterclasses and experience a bread show breakfast.All these activities are being organised by Wood N’ Fire Art Bakery in Strovolos to celebrate World Bread Day, marked on October 16.“At Wood N Fire bread is everything. That’s the reason why World Bread Day means a lot to us,” the bakery said.During the week, the bakery will sell a limited-edition bread, dubbed as the “Tribute to Bread”, available at the shop only for the week. Customers will also – during the week – enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all the bakery’s loaves.Among the activities organised, are the “Art of Bread” masterclasses on Thursday and Friday afternoon where Wood N’ Fire’s head baker, Yiannis Ierokipiotis, will show participants how to bake sourdough bread.On Saturday, the bakery invites everyone to breakfast between 9am and noon to try its range of breads.But if sampling various types of freshly baked pure sourdough bread is not enough of a reason to visit, the bakery said that, for every bread sold on Saturday, it will donate a family bread to the “MOIRAZOMAI” programme of the Cyprus Red Cross – Nicosia Branch which will be given to families in need.Those interested in attending the masterclasses, must book in advance as seats are limited.The classes are between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. To book your place call at 22 263 130.For more information: https://www.facebook.com/woodnfirebakery/You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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