The Minamata convention got underway on Friday at the Natural Resources Ministry with Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock expressing the need for more education to be provided to mining stakeholders on land reclamation and protecting the environment.At the time Allicock made this call, he was seated next to fellow Cabinet member and Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman. Allicock noted the damage mining does to the environment and made it clear that education must be provided to all and sundry.Indigenous People’s Minister Sydney Allicock“We go and we say we’re going into the bush and we treat it as such, forgetting that it is a homeland to a people. So we go, dig the place and leave it without doing the necessary clean up.”“This calls for a lot of education, if we’re going to save the environment, which means not only for the miners but those persons who are living there, so they have a better understanding of the activity that is happening… because if you don’t know you don’t know.”According to Allicock, education will be critical for eradicating mercury contamination. He said while there is a mining policy, the information has to get out to those who need it the most.Another suggestion made by Allicock was to allocate areas to miners known for sticking to best practise. He also suggested that Government work closely with communities who have been affected by mercury.MinamataThe convention was organised in keeping with the Minamata Convention on Mercury… a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury.It was agreed to at the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury in Geneva, Switzerland on January 19, 2013, and was later adopted on October 10, 2013.The Convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources.Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the Convention.Major highlights of the Convention include a ban on new mercury mines, the phasing out of existing ones, the phasing out and phasing down of mercury use in a number of products and processes, control measures on emissions to air and on releases to land and water, and regulation of the informal sector of artisanal and small-scale gold mining.The effects of mercury on the environment (photo credit; global environment facility)The Convention also addresses interim storage of mercury, and its disposal once it becomes waste, sites contaminated by mercury as well as health issues.There have previously been reports on increased levels of mercury in several waterways in interior regions. Additionally, the Guyana Water Inc was forced to temporarily close its Port Kaituma well after it discovered high mercury content in the Kaituma River.Last year, the discovery of high levels of mercury in the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) Laboratory in Georgetown had led to Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services being contracted to conduct an independent investigation of the effect of the emission.According to the report, the study was conducted on March 28 at 10 locations primarily located within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissions’ compound and the surrounding areas.“The Mercury (Hg) levels monitored at all 10 locations were within the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (US OSHA) eight-hour Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL),” the report stated.Out of over 130 staffers tested, it was discovered that more than 60 reported high levels of mercury in their system. Research shows that mercury can enter the body through inhalation of mercury vapour, ingestion, injection or even absorption through the skin.In the case of mining personnel, a reading showing levels of 0-6 micro grams per litre is considered safe while 7-10 is high and above 11 dangerous. Once in the human system, mercury poisoning has horrendous effects on neurological, reproductive, gastrointestinal and renal organs.
Letterkenny Pantomime Society in association with Letterkenny Gaels is staging Willy Russell’s legendary ‘Blood Brothers’ in Letterkenny Gaels’ clubhouse from Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th April.‘Blood Brothers’ tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them, grow up in completely different environments, only to meet again with fateful consequences.‘Blood Brothers’ is one of those rare exceptions in that it continues to pack a punch after so many years on the road and still continues to draw sell out audiences wherever it is staged. Louise Flanagan playing Mrs Johnstone is the show’s lynchpin. She is the twins’ resilient, yet heartbroken mother. Louise’s performance is packed with experience and raw heartfelt emotion.She is a definite Mrs Johnstone. Sarah Terry Sweeney presents the upper class Mrs Lyons as a victim rather than a villain. She has a sense of longing and deep pain. Sarah, who has a wealth of stage expertise and experiences, plays the part of Mrs Lyons with real pain and fear in her eyes.Mickey, the twin which Mrs Johnstone keeps, is played by Richard O’Leary who is making his debut with the Pantomime Society. Richard appeared in the St Eunan’s College/Loreto Convent production of ‘Footloose’ and was hailed as a natural for the stage. His portrayal of Mickey will have you in howls of laiughter and tears of sorrow.Playing alongside him will be Conor Duffy as Eddie, also making his debut with the Pantomime Society. Both Richard and Conor excel in their pitch perfect transition from childhood to adulthood and they achieve a great balance between comedy and pathos. Laoise Crossan is a very strong Linda and although this is Laoise’s debut on stage she certainly makes the role her own especially in the more dramatic moments in Act Two. She is both strong and versatile in this difficult role.Daithi Doherty, with a foreboding sense of dread, is powerful and unsettling as the all knowing and menacing narrator. Daithi has been a panto regular for the past number of years and he is really looking forward to playing the part in this production.Brigette Kavanagh, who gave a memorable performance as Mrs Johnstone in the L.V.P. production a ‘few’ years ago returns to play the policewoman in this production. She has also taken the role of assistant director and is loving every minute of being involved. Pantomime stalwart, Garry Coll, is also assisting in the direction and he finds time to play the milkman and gynaecologist and although they are cameo roles, he gives them the full Coll treatment. Pat Slattery and James Patton also make cameo appearances.‘Blood Brothers’ is directed by Patrick Doherty, assisted by Brigette Kavanagh and Garry Coll. The set is designed by Paddy O’Connor and executed by Tommy Kerr while lighting is by Martin McDonald.‘Blood Brothers’ tugs at your heart strings and never lets go. Yet, it is funny and warm as well as being heart-rending. You will be s moved and involved in this story that you will no doubt be booking a return ticket. Tickets are available from Mac’s Mace, High Road; Sweeney’s Spar Express, Ballyraine; and from the Parochial House, Church of the Irish Martyrs. Tickets must be collected before 5.p.m. on the day of the show.Early booking is advised as there is a limited number of seats available for each performance.Classic ‘Blood Brothers’ comes to Letterkenny stage was last modified: April 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There have been pockets of lower than expected corn yields around the state where the full force of 2017’s broad challenges came to fruition, but corn has generally been a pleasant surprise for many farms, said Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist.“Planting progress curves showed planting at about the five-year average this spring. If you just looked at that it would suggest there were not problems as far as the planting, but the National Agricultural Statistics Service doesn’t factor in replanting,” Thomison said. “Some counties had 20% or more of the corn replanted. Seed company reps said that this was the most replanting they had experienced on record in some areas. In northwest Ohio there were people I heard from that replanted three times with corn. When I hear a report about issues like this from more than two or three people, I suspect it is the tip of the iceberg and there is much more of that going on.”The extreme variability (even in fairly uniform fields) led to variable environments for a number of yield limiting factors.“This year we saw a little bit of everything out there. We had some soil compaction that causes things like corkscrew seedlings in the spring. I am always interested in abnormal ear formations and there were many of those out there this year. Some of those have direct yield losses and others can be in fields that still generate good yields. We had ear rot and sprouting ear problems scattered across the state as well. It was a smorgasbord of trouble shooting issues exhibiting themselves this year,” Thomison said. “We were worried about some bad situations at harvest where we had ponding and too much water early in the season. There was poor emergence, uneven emergence, slow plant development — I took a lot of pictures of fields with pockets of plants falling behind the rest of the field this year. Once the canopy closed the fields looked great but when you walked out there you’d find these pockets. There were de-nitrification issues and disease issues affecting the crops as well. There was also some direct stand loss. We even had some losses from green snap around July 20. We had a little bit of everything out there this year.”Ultimately, though, the situation set up corn for a good growing season in many cases, but not for soybeans. The plentiful rainfall for most of the state through much of July, followed by a cooler, drier August and dry early September, favored early planted (and replanted corn) but hurt soybean yield potential.“There were localized situations where corn yields were hurt, but yields were generally higher than expected. I think the quality of the drainage in these fields was an important factor this year. People were concerned about nitrogen loss and yet some of the fields have turned out extraordinarily well. I have heard there are areas in the state where yields are in the 150s and 160s, but I haven’t heard as much about those as the corn yields that have been higher than expected,” Thomison said. “The corn and soybeans responded differently to the rainfall and temperatures this summer. We had some really cool weather in August and September and those temperatures benefitted the corn crop because it was starting to experience moisture stress and the cooler weather mitigated the impact. Soybeans didn’t respond the same way. There were also reports of southern rust and people were wondering about fungicide applications in corn and the cool dry weather came along and slowed the development of southern rust so that may have helped reduce potential yield loss from that and other diseases. The cool temperatures during grain fill and after the crop was pollinated helped the corn perform better. Early on, we were concerned about corn with shallow roots. The cool temperatures helped us later in the season. I think it helped more in corn than soybeans.”Especially for all of the replanted crops, the delayed frost was a huge factor this fall.“We got a killing frost well after the normal frost date, two to three weeks later in some areas,” Thomison said. “We even had late planted corn that was much drier than would have been expected after the warm fall weather we had.”In what has been (and continues to be) a long 2017 for many farmers in Ohio, challenging weather conditions take on increased importance as opportunities for a timely harvest are quickly evaporating for a dry, soggy, dry, soggy season.“Right now the main concern is that the 2017 harvest is not finished yet,” Thomison said on Nov. 9. “We still have three locations of the Performance Trials that need to be harvested. We are worried about how long this corn will stay out there with these repeated rainfall events. We have fields with lodging in them. There are growers out there where these windstorms really flattened some of the fields. You can see big differences in some of these hybrids in terms of the standability as the harvest continues. If we had a dry stretch of about a week we could see a lot of corn coming off, but if we keep getting these sporadic rains harvest could take awhile. If you have corn sitting in moisture or the ears are in contact with the ground it will be slower and take awhile. The final chapter has not yet been written for 2017.” read more
Voice search is already familiar to iOS users, in the form of Siri, and Google Search for Android users. The roll out on Android no doubt served as a great testbed to get Google’s voice-recognition algorithms better adapted to human speech patterns. According to a blog post by by Google senior VP Amit Singhal, the idea is to turn search into a natural language conversation: Soon, you’ll be able to just say, hands-free, “OK Google, will it be sunny in Santa Cruz this weekend?” and get a spoken answer. Then, you’ll be able to continue the conversation and just follow up with “how far is it from here?” if you care about the drive or “how about Monterey?” if you want to check weather somewhere else, and get Google to tell you the answer. Reminder Cards & Knowledge GraphsVoice was not the only addition to Google Search’s feature set: the company also announced new reminder cards in its Google Now tool. Currently, Now’s cards are based on a set type of search, such as sports team cards based on your frequent searches. Now users will be able to add reminders set to pop up as cards in Google Now whenever your location in time and space (your context) is close to the reminder. Like a note to buy milk when you go by the grocery store.Google’s search will also start to deliver information in a far more anticipatory way, using Google’s Knowledge Graph to build and manage connections between searches and deliver information based not only on the user’s immediate search, but potential searches that many people ask as a follow-up.(See also Forget Searching For Content – Content Is About To Start Searching For You.)All of these features move Google towards a more friction-free form of contextual search – and that promises to bring knowledge to users faster and more seamlessly.Lead image by Nick Statt for ReadWrite. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market brian proffitt Tags:#Google IO13#search Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google Loves Star TrekThe new voice commands for Google Search are the culmination of Google’s fixation on the Star Trek computer interface of the future. It’s something that Senior VP Amit Singhal very much wants to see – and Google Chrome browser users on desktops and laptops will get to share in the experience, simply by saying the phrase “OK Google” and then speaking the desired search term. No need to even press a button. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In all of the razzle-dazzle coming out of Google I/O Wednesday morning, it’s easy to forget about the company’s core product: Search. But Google didn’t forget about Search, showing off a number of interesting improvements, including a new hands-free feature that will bring voice-activated searches to desktop computers.(See also Google Is Turning Search Into The Planet’s Biggest Anticipatory System.) Related Posts read more
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter The CBC TV show Kim’s Convenience won two prizes at the ACTRA awards in February: the Ensemble award and Outstanding Female Performance. Ins Choi’s play, also called Kim’s Convenience, has been a hit since its debut at the Fringe in 2011. For me as an Asian Canadian, the recognition of the play, and especially the TV show, is long overdue. Kim’s Convenience is more than a strong comedy with great punchlines. It is about making Asian Canadians, who have long been an absent presence in Canada, visible in the media.For the first time on TV this season, I saw someone who looked like me on prime-time television in my own city. I was channel-surfing one night and saw a familiar red and white TTC streetcar, a Toronto street, and then an Asian man and a young Asian woman. And lo and behold… he was not a gangster or Kung Fu fighter. She was not a bikini-clad seductive sidekick for James Bond, but a student at OCAD. What a nice surprise!I have grown up and have lived in multicultural Toronto for the last 40 years and all this time there has not been one show about me or the kind of family I grew up in. There are lots of Asian Canadian students, restaurant owners, professionals, storekeepers and so on in my neighborhood, but they don’t seem to appear on TV. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook read more
Releasing a demo of a game has gone through a number of changes over the years. It used to be the case you’d just release a demo to get gamers interested before release. But then retailers started charging for them with the gamer getting the money back as a discount on the full game purchase. Magazines got exclusive demos so you’d buy the mag to play. Then we moved to demos appearing after a game’s release and as downloads with time delays between different platforms.Capcom has decided to go one step further with the limits put on a demo for the 3DS game Monster Hunter 3G, due out next month in its home territory. Rather than just limiting gameplay to a specific location or in-game time limit, the publisher/developer has also included a self-destruct feature.The demo has around 20 minutes of gameplay in the form of two quests. If you like it, you can replay the demo until the game comes out on December 10 in Japan, or until you have enough cash for a purchase. However, your replays have been limited too. After 30 starts/loads, the demo stops working.There’s no explanation as to why Capcom has decided to do this. Is it worried gamers will think one quest is enough to satiate their need for Monster Hunter gameplay? It seems unlikely, but I can’t think of another explanation for stopping a demo being played.The demo is a 169MB download and Capcom also state that they might decide to terminate access to it without warning. So even if you haven’t used up your 30 loads, the demo may just disappear.via Kotaku and Capcom (translated) read more
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will take up repair work of damaged roads in the city right from the next dry spell. The civic body has set a target to spruce up all the roads with potholes before Durga Puja.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Monday held a meeting with all state and central agencies that are responsible for road maintenance in the city in this regard.”We are soon to take up road repair work in the next dry spell. Now, we are passing through a phase of heavy rain so if we put asphalt on the road it will wash away. We will be carrying out temporary repairs now but the final works will be completed before the Puja,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that all the roads in the city do not fall under the jurisdiction of KMC.However, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given out strict instructions that the repair works are a priority now. She has instructed that work should start and the costs could be settled with the concerned agencies.”Some agencies might not have adequate infrastructure to carry out the work. In that case, we are asking them to identify the roads and hand over the responsibility on us to carry out the work,” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedthe Mayor said.He maintained that work for the drainage system on EM Bypass, on both its right and left side, will soon begin.”We have received about six crore fund from the state government and the tendering process has been started,” Chatterjee added.Officials of Railways, Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), Kolktata Metropolitan Development Authoritiy (KMDA), Public Works Department (PWD), Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC), Kolkata Police and several others were present in the meeting along with the borough chairmenof KMC. read more