UNESCO chief denounces killing of Cambodian journalist urges investigation

“I condemn the killing of Taing Try,” said Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. She noted that people and communities must be informed and require information from diverse channels, so they can make important personal and professional choices. “This is why the work of journalists like Taing Try is so essential and why it is so important that those responsible for his murder are brought to justice,” Ms. Bokova added. Mr. Try – a freelance reporter for local newspapers and a member of the journalist association “Khmer Bracheathibtey” or Khmer Democracy – was killed on 12 October in Kratie province.His name will be added to UNESCO’s dedicated webpage for journalists killed while on duty.He is believed to be one of several journalists killed in recent years while reported on illegal logging in the province, according to media sources. read more

Mens volleyball Sloppy first set and tough opponent leads to second loss

OSU then-redshirt sophomore middle blocker Matt Dorn (15) prepares to hits the ball during a game against George Mason at St John Arena on Jan. 15. Credit: Lantern file photoFor the first time since 2015, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team lost in an opponent’s home gym. In Tuesday’s showdown between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 13 Penn State, it was the Nittany Lions who had the last laugh.In five sets, Penn State topped OSU. After 11 unforced errors by the Buckeyes in the first set, it was a constant uphill battle for the Scarlet and Gray.After closing out the first set 25-21, Penn State was pushed back by OSU, as the Buckeyes leaned on senior setter Christy Blough, who assisted on 14 kills and picked up one of his own. In the end, OSU dominated the set 25-14.However, the Nittany Lions regained all the momentum, stunning the Buckeyes with a 25-15 tally at the end of the third set. OSU battled back and won the fourth with a 25-22, and forcing a fifth set.A short scoring streak at the end of the final frame by Penn State ultimately pushed the Nittany Lions ahead, clinching their 15th win of the season. After 20-straight road wins, Penn State proved to be too much.OSU returns to Columbus for a homestand against McKendree University on March 31 and April 2, with both games set for 7 p.m. read more

Forensic Audit reports for OLPF GPHC Gold Board handed over to

Reports also for NFMU and E-Gov ProjectMinister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma met, on Wednesday, with Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine at his Office at Eve Leary to hand over the Final Reports of the Forensic Audits of the One Laptop per Family, E-Government Project, National Frequency Management Unit, Guyana Gold Board and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.The decision to have these documents handed over to the Police Commissioner for investigation was made by Cabinet.Present at Wednesday’s handing over were Minister Sharma, Mr. David Ramnarine – Acting Commissioner of Police and Mr. Sydney James – Assistant Commissioner of Police and Head of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRDB Forensic Audit Report now with PoliceJanuary 26, 2017In “Local News”SOCU launches probe into Guyana Energy AgencyOctober 26, 2017In “Crime”Top Cop confirms investigation launched into operations of NICIL …as police seize documentsDecember 31, 2015In “latest news” read more

Veolias HPD PIC crystallizer technology chosen by EuroChem

first_imgEuroChem Group, a leading global fertilizer company headquartered in Switzerland, has selected Veolia Water Technologies’ proven HPD® crystallization technology for its VolgaKaliy mine expansion project in Russia’s Volgograd region. The mine is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2018, and the expansion, of which Veolia’s crystallization project is part, is scheduled to start up in 2021.The HPD PIC™ crystallizer system will be used for the production of 2 Mt/y of high purity (98.5%) potassium chloride fertilizer from brine produced from conventionally mined sylvinite ore. The major process equipment provided by Veolia will include multiple HPD PIC crystallizers, recirculation and transfer pumps, vapor condensers and centrifuges. The Veolia system has been designed for EuroChem such that process heat will be optimally reused to maximize the temperature of the spent brine back to the ore leaching process. A primary reason why EuroChem chose Veolia was the latter’s commitment to provide process development and process optimization services to the project at a very early stage. Through this early participation with EuroChem, Veolia was able to systematically evaluate multiple design variations, resulting in a custom engineered system specifically suited to meet EuroChem’s production, equipment layout, and operational needs, all while optimizing the cost effectiveness of the system.Clark Bailey, Head of Mining at EuroChem, commented: “With their proven experience and talented team, EuroChem is pleased to be working with such a strong partner as Veolia. The expansion phase of our VolgaKaliy project will increase the plant’s capacity to 4.3 Mt/y of potassium in grades suitable for both agricultural and industrial applications to better diversify our portfolio and markets. Our first phase continues to be on track to begin production in mid-2018.”“Veolia designs and implements solutions aimed at improving access to resources while at the same time protecting and renewing those same resources. With the experience from more than 1,200 successful installations for industrial evaporation and crystallization and over 50 references in the fertilizer market, we were able to offer a custom-built system that offers the flexibility to meet a wide range of production requirements. We are proud to partner with EuroChem on this prestigious project,” stated Klaus Andersen, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies Inc.EuroChem is vertically integrated with activities spanning mining and hydrocarbons extraction to fertilizer production, logistics, and distribution. It is currently developing two sizeable potash deposits in Russia with its VolgaKaliy and Usolskiy potash greenfield projects.last_img read more

Did you switch your energy provider last year More than 300000 did

first_imgELECTRIC IRELAND LOST more than 100,000 customers last year, while prepay services and small providers saw gains in the electricity market.The Commission for Energy Regulation’s most recent report shows the number of people switching their electricity up slightly from last year at 266,226.PrePay Power broke above 1 per cent of the total electricity usage in Ireland for the first time in June 2013. Over 25,000 customers switched to similar smaller suppliers.Bord Gáis Energy lost more than 32,000 customers, while Energie and Airtricity saw small gains of between 3,000 and 4,000.While Electric Ireland’s losses were the highest, they are down significantly from the 2010 figure of more than 300,000.Electricity net switching by supplier January 2010 to December 2013. Click here to view a larger version. (Image: CER)Bord Gáis Energy saw heavy losses in the gas market as well, losing 56,061 customers.Just over 117,000 switched their gas supplied in 2013, the highest level since 2010.Electric Ireland gained 52,659, while Energia and Airtricity saw little or no gain in 2013.However, Flogas saw their growth slow after a strong performance in recent years, although still gained just over 1,500 customers.Gas net switching by supplier January 2010 to December 2013. Click here to view a larger version. (Image: CER)Read: 48 hours with no technology or electricity, could you hack it? >Poll: Are you concerned about plans to build more electricity pylons? >last_img read more

Les auteurs des peintures rupestres du Paléolithique étaientils sous hallucinogènes

first_imgLes auteurs des peintures rupestres du Paléolithique étaient-ils sous hallucinogènes ?Des chercheurs de l’Université de Tokyo suggèrent que les hommes préhistoriques décoraient les parois des grottes lors de rituels incluant la prise de substances psychotropes, lesquelles leur suggéraient certaines des figures qu’ils représentaient.Grilles, damiers, ‘toiles d’araignée’, tunnels, cônes, spirales… : certains éléments retrouvés dans les peintures rupestres du monde entier se ressemblent grandement. D’après une idée largement répandue, c’est parce qu’ils traduisent la façon dont le cerveau des hommes du Paléolithique commençait à apprendre à traiter l’image. Et si ce n’était pas le cas ? Si ces éléments provenaient d’un autre facteur commun à tous les auteurs des peintures ?C’est l’étonnant thèse aujourd’hui soutenue par Tom Froese, Alexander Woodward et Takashi Ikegami, de l’Université de Tokyo : selon eux, si les éléments se ressemblent autant, c’est parce que les artistes préhistoriques consommaient des plantes hallucinogènes imposant à leur esprit certaines visions abstraites qu’ils représentaient ensuite. Pour en arriver là, ces chercheurs se sont penchés sur les études concernant des rituels existant chez plusieurs cultures actuelles et associant création artistique et prise d’hallucinogènes. Ils se sont également appuyés sur des résultats de tests (réalisés par d’autres chercheurs) qui montrent que le cerveau humain sous psychotropes ‘voit’ des figures géométriques ressemblant à la structure du cerveau (“instabilités de Turing”). Ces modèles graphiques ont ensuite été comparés à ceux de l’art pariétal préhistorique et plusieurs éléments ont semblé correspondre.Des motifs chargés de signification À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Quand ces motifs visuels sont vus pendant les états altérés de la conscience, ils sont directement ressentis comme très chargés de signification […] à utiliser dans les rituels”, ont expliqué les auteurs cités par le Daily Mail. “La prévalence de certains motifs géométriques dans la culture matérielle symbolique de nombreuses cultures préhistoriques […] s’explique en termes de contenu caractéristique de l’expérience hallucinatoire biologiquement déterminée”, ont-il ajouté les auteurs.Néanmoins, substance hallucinogène ou non, ceci n’explique pas pourquoi ces motifs étaient à ce point chargés de sens dans des cultures géographiquement séparées et qui n’avaient pas de contact les unes avec les autres. “Bien entendu, il reste à expliquer pourquoi ces motifs particuliers étaient autant considérés par les artistes et comment ces personnes sont devenues des artistes capables d’expression symbolique”, ont-ils ainsi conclu.Le 16 juillet 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Packaging workers to strike over pay

first_imgCorrugated packaging employees are to take industrial action in a dispute over pay.Staff based at packaging factories operated by DS Smith, Saica and Smurfit Kappa have voted to reject a proposed 2% pay rise. Industrial action was approved by members via a ballot vote.Around 2,500 members of the GMB and Unite trade unions will take part in the industrial action, which will include an overtime ban from Saturday 26 November 2016 and a day of strike action on Monday 28 November 2016.Stuart Fegan, national officer at GMB, said: “Our members are clearly fed up of seeing their employers make increasing profits in this sector while their wages fall behind in real terms. We urge the employers to get back around the negotiating table and make an offer to our members in respect of their pay claim, which recognises the profits these [organisations] are making and the contribution of our members towards those profits.”Ian Tonks, national officer at Unite, added: “At no time during our meetings with the [organisations] did they raise the [issue of] affordability. Clearly these are profitable [organisations] and our members recognise their contribution towards that profitability and their efforts need rewarding.”A spokesperson for the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), which has been involved with the negotiations, said: “The [CPI] is disappointed with the result of the ballot for industrial action. The industry believes that its pay offer of 2% is fair and reasonable and reflective of the sector performance. The offer is in line with the median settlement level, which is currently being realised in the manufacturing sector, and it is also above inflation.“The [CPI] is committed to supporting collective bargaining within the Corrugated National Agreement. The industry has put forward a good offer and we hope that a speedy resolution to the current situation can be reached.”last_img read more

Court orders exhuming body of SAU student Wasim

first_imgA Moulvibazar court has ordered exhuming the body of a Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) student, who was killed after being pushed off a bus last month, reports UNB.Additional chief judicial magistrate Md Bahauddin Kazi issued the order on Wednesday.The body of Wasim Afnan, 22, a final-year biotechnology and genetic engineering student, was buried without autopsy.According to the statement, 11 SAU students boarded a Sylhet-bound bus of ‘Udar Paribahan’ at the Toll Plaza in Habiganj on 23 March. They got down at Sherpur and had an altercation with the bus helper over fare.The helper pushed Wasim when he was getting off and the driver sped away. The university student was run over by the bus and wounded critically. He was taken to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Wasim’s body was handed over to his family without any autopsy at their request.Bus driver Jewel Ahmed, 26, and his assistant Masuk Mia, 38, have been arrested. Police said they confessed to their crimes during interrogation.last_img read more

Part Of The US 290 HOV Lane Will Close For Construction

first_img X Share 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen The U.S. 290 HOV lane connects with Metro’s Northwest Transit Center.TxDOT is building a new HOV ramp to the Northwest Transit Center and to do that work they have to pour concrete. TxDOT’s Karen Othon says they only way they can do it safely is to close the HOV lane underneath.“And in order to build this one cap to hold the supporting bridge structure, it requires equipment. And like I said, the wooden forms underneath the structure to be placed while the concrete cures.”So what does this mean for commuters? Othon says the 290 HOV lane will close after the evening rush on Friday between the Northwest Transit Center and Hempstead Road. They’re hoping to have it back open before the morning commute on Monday April 17.During that closure, Metro will put extra buses on its commuter routes to help avoid delays for riders.As for drivers, Othon says plan your route carefully.“We’re only going to have one signed detour route and police officers out there helping with the signals on the signed detour route. But if there are other ways that people can get around it then most definitely they can take those. Whatever’s easier for them.”The work is part of a larger project to widen 290 between the 610 Loop and FM 2920 near Waller. TxDOT expects to complete the work next year.last_img read more

Senate GOP Health Bill Seeks To Hobble Obama Law Full text of

first_imgRead the full text of H.R. 1628, “American Health Care Act of 2017,” below: Share AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellThe Latest on Senate Republicans’ health care bill (all times local):11:35 a.m.Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Thursday moments after the GOP’s 142-page discussion draft was posted online. Republicans had been briefed on the plan behind closed doors.Schumer says, “We live in the wealthiest country on earth. Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Americans buy insurance or face a tax penalty.___11:20 a.m.President Donald Trump is expressing hope that the Senate will pass a health care plan “with heart” following the release of a Republican plan to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law.Trump says at the start of a White House event on technology he is hopeful Congress will get something done on health care “with heart.”The president spoke shortly after Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of their bill to get rid of much of the Obamacare law.The bill faces broad opposition from Democrats. But Trump says that Republicans would love to have Democratic support.___11:18 a.m.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising the Republican plan to scuttle the Obama health care law, arguing it’s the right alternative to a “failed” Obamacare.Moments after the 142-page discussion draft was unveiled, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, renewing his criticism of the seven-year-old law.He outlined the GOP plan that would cut Medicaid, slash taxes and waive the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance.Senate Republicans had been briefed on the plan earlier Thursday.Emerging from the session, McConnell did not answer when asked if he has the votes to pass the GOP proposal. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package.___10:56 a.m.Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law.The measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people.It would repeal tax increases Obama’s law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. And it would end the tax penalty Obama’s statute imposes on people who don’t buy insurance — in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. But its fate remains uncertain.It faces uniform Democratic opposition. And at least a half-dozen Republicans — both conservatives and moderates — have complained about it.___10:20 a.m.Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama’s health law.Lobbyists and congressional aides say the Senate bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and rescind tax increases that Obama imposed to help pay for his law’s expansion of coverage.Republicans plan to make their plan public later Thursday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell developed the bill behind closed doors. The measure represents his attempt to satisfy GOP moderates and conservatives who’ve complained about the measure.McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week. But it remains unclear whether he will have enough votes.___3:50 a.m.Senate Republican leaders are ready to release their plan for rolling back much of President Barack Obama’s health care law.Congressional aides and lobbyists say it would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase tax increases Obama imposed to help expand coverage.The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is unveiling the measure after weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans.It represents the Kentucky senator’s attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to hold next week.The measure would drop the House’s waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with medical conditions.The sources are describing the bill on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make the disclosures.last_img read more