TFA Annual Report

first_imgThe TFA Annual Report that will be put out for membership is now available to view.TFA will send an original to every TFA affiliate and some to each State office.The report will be presented at the TFA AGM which will occur on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filestfa_annual_report_200708-pdflast_img

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a month agoDONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month. last_img read more

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Ezekiel Elliott Just Trashed Jim Harbaugh On The Paul Finebaum Show

first_imgEzekiel elliott talks about Jim Harbaugh on the Paul Finebaum show.Jim Harbaugh was only Michigan’s head coach for one of the program’s three rivalry contests against Ohio State during Ezekiel Elliott’s tenure, but he seems to have made quite an impression on the star running back. Friday, Elliott, who is going through the ESPN car wash today, trashed Harbaugh, telling Paul Finebaum that he’s “tired” of hearing about him. Elliott also called out Harbaugh for talking smack when he hasn’t won a rivalry game. Yikes.“I’m tired of hearing about Coach Harbaugh he needs to get in check with reality” – @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/QHElXCl7QV— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016more from @EzekielElliott: “you can’t talk smack about a rivalry when you haven’t won a game. You have to win ballgames to talk behind it.”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016Here’s @EzekielElliott‘s full quote about Jim Harbaugh on @finebaum pic.twitter.com/FkeSmMrqZa— John Hayes (@johnP_hayes) April 15, 2016This isn’t exactly a surprise – Elliott has made a living off of trolling Michigan the past few years. But it’s still hilarious, and reminds us that there is no better college football rivalry than Ohio State vs. Michigan.last_img read more

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Barrick Gold to take US429million charge on PascuaLama project

first_imgTORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. says it expects to take a US$429-million charge following an order by the Chilean government to close all surface facilities at its troubled Pascua-Lama project high in the Andes mountains.The gold miner says it is reclassifying Pascua-Lama’s 14 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves, which are based on an open pit mine plan, as measured and indicated resources.Barrick is studying the potential of developing Pascua-Lama as an underground mining operation, rather than an open pit.It says the change would address a number of concerns by reducing the overall environmental impacts.The project, which straddles the Chile-Argentina border, has been criticized for threatening water supplies and glaciers.Barrick says it will provide a further update on the Pascua-Lama project at the company’s investor day on Feb. 22.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

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BC to probe money laundering red flags in real estate horse racing

first_imgVICTORIA – Two government reviews will dig deeper into possible money laundering in British Columbia, expanding the province’s scrutiny beyond casinos.The reviews are aimed at stopping the possibility of money laundering in other sectors of the province’s economy, which were cited in a June report by former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German, who concluded the practice was happening in the provincial gaming industry.“We can’t ignore that red flag,” Attorney General David Eby said Thursday. “We won’t ignore it.”Finance Minister Carole James said: “It’s important for us as government to say we aren’t going to accept that illegal activity.”The reviews will focus on the possibility of money laundering in real estate, horse racing, luxury vehicles and the financial services sector, Eby said.The first review is being done by the Ministry of Finance into real estate and financial services sectors. German will conduct the second review, which will focus on identifying the scale and scope of illicit activity in the real estate market, as well as whether money laundering is linked to horse racing and the sale of luxury vehicles.There is widespread concern about B.C.’s reputation as a haven for money laundering, said Eby.German’s original report said B.C.’s gaming industry and the system intended to combat money laundering were not prepared for an onslaught of illegal cash flowing through the casinos and they failed collectively. He estimated more than $100 million was funnelled through casinos.Eby said he is concerned that money launderers could possibly move their activities to other sectors of the B.C. economy now that much of the movement of large amounts of cash at casinos has been halted.“It’s essentially a game of whack-a-mole, I’ve said before, with money launderers,” he said.Eby said the new reviews, due in March, will follow German’s concerns about sectors beyond gaming while the Finance Ministry will look to identify and close regulatory gaps that could be used by money launderers.Maureen Maloney, a former deputy attorney general, was appointed chairwoman of an expert panel on money laundering in real estate, said James.“It really is an opportunity to do specific cases, to follow the money and to look at where the gaps are and to look at the system and closing those gaps,” she said.last_img read more

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The Latest Germany waits for details on Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):12:20 p.m.The German government is holding back on its assessment of the draft deal on Britain’s exit from the European Union, saying it has yet to be briefed on the details.A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that “the government naturally welcomes any progress that leads to Britain’s departure taking place in an orderly manner.”Martina Fietz, said the EU’s executive, which is negotiating with Britain, will brief the other 27 members of the bloc Wednesday at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT).She added that Brexit isn’t on the agenda for Merkel’s weekly Cabinet meeting Thursday.Maria Adebahr, a spokeswoman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry, said that “should there be an agreement, or significant progress be announced, we would very much welcome that.”___12:15 p.m.U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says a draft divorce agreement with the European Union “takes us significantly closer to delivering what the British people voted for” when they decided to leave the bloc.May told lawmakers that the deal means Britain will “take back control” of its laws and borders “while protecting jobs, security and the integrity of our United Kingdom.”May’s Cabinet is due to meet later Wednesday to consider whether to back the deal. Pro-Brexit politicians are already attacking it, saying it will bind Britain to EU rules and regulations long after it leaves the bloc in March.May said the Cabinet would decide what to do “in the national interest.”___8:30 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union.Negotiators from the two sides have reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to resolve the key issue of the Irish border.But pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s divided Conservative Party are angry, saying the agreement will leave Britain tethered to the EU after it departs in March.Failure to secure Cabinet backing will leave May’s leadership in doubt and the Brexit process in chaos.If Cabinet supports the deal Wednesday, it needs approval from the EU at a summit in the next few weeks. Then May will need to win backing from Parliament, where pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators alike are threatening to oppose it.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Federalprovincial funding gives early childhood educators wage boosts

first_img“Early childhood educators are the heart of B.C.’s child care system, and their passion and dedication are key to setting B.C. kids on the path to future success,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s Minister of Children and Family Development. “As we build new licensed child care spaces, we know that we also need to build the ECE workforce. Our government appreciates the important work early childhood educators do every day, and with this strategy, we aim to support ECEs throughout their career – because when we invest in child care, everyone benefits.”Through the new strategy, the B.C. government aims to encourage more people to become or stay on career paths as early childhood educators. By improving recruitment and retention, the government said that more B.C. families will have access to stable child care programs. Child care providers have cited lack of qualified early childhood educators as a key hiring challenge in recent years.Under the new strategy childcare workers at licensed facilities that have been approved for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative will be getting a $1-per-hour raise early next year, with another $1-per-hour raise in April 2020.A $10-million investment to fund an expanded ECE Education Support Fund was also announced to provide increased ECE Student bursaries and a new payment schedule to reimburse students sooner.Under ChildCare BC, the government says it will be spending more than $1 billion on child care over the next three years. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that thousands of childcare workers across B.C. will be getting wage boosts and new supports through the Province’s ChildCare BC plan.The B.C. government said today that it will be spending $136 million to support the new Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which will help support early childhood educators by providing wage enhancements, on-the-job training opportunities and other measures.The federal government announced that it would be providing $16.3 million in funding for bursaries and professional development.last_img read more

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Cross Canada corridor concept getting dusted off ahead of election

first_img“Those regulations are definitely there for a reason, but we were trying to come up with a better model,” he said.Dedicated infrastructure corridors have had success in other jurisdictions, including Europe and Australia, Fellows said.Pipelines are very good at generating economic benefits at both ends of the line, and not so much in the middle _ but roads, rail, electricity and telecom can help people all along the route, Fellows said.“You might not make everyone 100-per-cent happy, but the goal is to try to make everyone a little bit happier than they are now,” said Fellows, who co-wrote the paper with Andrei Sulzenko. OTTAWA, O.N. – The notion of a pan-Canadian corridor dedicated to rail, power lines and pipelines has been around for at least half a century but it looks like it’s about to get a big publicity boost.Last week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer used a major pre-election policy speech to dust off a similar idea. Scheer promised, if he wins October’s election, that he would to work towards establishing a cross-country “energy corridor.”He said planning for the route would be done up front, in consultation with provinces and Indigenous communities. A right-of-way would make it easier to lower environmental assessment costs, improve certainty for investors and increase the chances more projects will be built, Scheer said. Interest in a coast-to-coast corridor has picked up in recent years. Energy infrastructure proposals have failed to secure approval due to tough regulatory processes and community concerns over environmental impacts.For instance, the shortage of pipeline capacity out of oil-rich Alberta has created a bottleneck that’s harmed both the provincial and national economies. Sellers have had to sell at deep discounts because there simply isn’t the transportation capacity to get oil to willing buyers.In the last few years, a few academics and senators have recommended the federal government give the corridor concept a serious look, even though making it happen would be a big, multi-jurisdictional undertaking.Scheer’s pitch appears to have drawn inspiration from a 2016 University of Calgary paper that offered possible solutions through a northern corridor for transportation and infrastructure.G. Kent Fellows, who co-authored the report, said the right-of-way could be used for roads, rail, pipelines, electricity transmission lines and telecommunications. The study’s proposed 7,000-kilometre corridor would also serve communities well north of the existing east-west routes that run closer to the U.S. border. In concept, a main line and offshoots would connect ports in northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to Churchill, Man., eastern Quebec and Labrador.The hurdles of consultations and regulatory oversight for new projects are significant, Fellows said.center_img The creation of a corridor could take decades, or even half a century, and a “back of the envelope” calculation estimates it could cost something like $100 billion, Fellows said.The study caught the attention of a Senate committee, which took a closer look at the concept in 2016 and 2017.In a 2017 report of its own, the committee called the corridor idea a “visionary, future-oriented infrastructure initiative” that would create significant economic opportunities for Canada and help develop northern regions.“Because an initiative of this scale and scope would likely take decades to complete, the federal government _ on a priority basis _ should ensure that a feasibility study on the proposed northern corridor is undertaken,” said the committee report.Senators recommended the government dedicate up to $5 million to the University of Calgary to support further research into the corridor.The committee report noted how a 1971 report by Richard Rohmer _ an air-force veteran of D-Day who became a prominent land-use lawyer with the ear of governor general Roland Michener _ proposed the development of a “mid-Canada” corridor, recommending federal, provincial and territorial governments make it an urgent priority. Rohmer imagined a massive transportation network for goods and people could turn communities such as Flin Flon, Whitehorse and High Level into major new urban centres.The report was presented then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau but the committee said his government never moved forward on the idea.Christopher Ragan, a McGill University professor, said he recalls the University of Calgary corridor study and he thinks it’s “quite a striking idea” that makes a lot of sense.Ragan, who served on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic advisory panel, said he’s glad Scheer has taken up the concept of a corridor and bringing it to the public’s attention as a serious idea.On climate change, Ragan said the country will want to find ways to get through tough approval processes to run more east-west energy grids. For example, he said clean electricity could move from British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba into Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario to help displace fossil-fuel generation.Ragan is also head of the Ecofiscal Commission, a group of academics focused on economic and environmental solutions.“I don’t frankly care whether it’s an old idea or a new idea _ but it is a new idea in terms of a real-world, policy practical discussion … It’s good that you actually have politicians starting to talk about this.”last_img read more

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NZ allows intrusive spy ops after mosque attack

first_imgWellington: New Zealand’s intelligence minister said Wednesday he was allowing spy agencies to carry out “intrusive” activities following the Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives. The government this week ordered a judicial inquiry into whether the South Pacific nation’s intelligence services could have prevented the March 15 attack amid criticism the white supremacist gunman went unnoticed as they were too focused on Muslim extremists. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAndrew Little — the minister responsible for the GCSB and SIS intelligence services — said he had signed powerful surveillance warrants as information gathering continued in the wake of the attack. “I have given authority to the agencies to do intrusive activities under warrant, the number of those (warrants) I’m not at liberty to disclose,” he told Radio New Zealand. Little said intelligence services typically monitored 30-40 people but that number had now increased, although he was unwilling to reveal by how much. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe said a warrant permitted anything from physical surveillance to the monitoring of telecommunications activity. “The whole gambit of what would otherwise be described as intrusive activity,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “The purpose of a warrant is to authorise and effectively make lawful what would otherwise be unlawful activity.” Little denied New Zealand had proved a “soft target” for the accused gunman, an Australian with apparent links to right-wing groups who reportedly moved to the country with the intention of carrying out an attack. Little said he maintained confidence in the intelligence services and until the inquiry into their actions was complete it was “premature” to say they had failed. “Until there’s a very microscopic look at what the agencies have been doing and whether they’ve missed anything, I can’t say for certain,” he told RNZ. “It’s important for me, the agencies, but ultimately for public confidence that we let that commission of inquiry do its job and reach its conclusions.” Meanwhile, police remained tight-lipped about two raids conducted by armed officers in Christchurch overnight. The raids took place at opposite ends of the city centre, the first at 8:00 pm (0700 GMT) Tuesday and the second around 1:00 am Wednesday.last_img read more

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TMC registers complaint against Arjun

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders from North 24-Parganas have registered a complaint with the District Election Officer (DEO) against Arjun Singh, who is contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Barrackpore constituency on BJP’s ticket.A separate complaint was also lodged at the Titagarh police station in this regard. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that Singh had called up a Trinamool Congress leader in Barrackpore and threatened him with dire consequences. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey also termed the incident as a desperation move after Singh was removed from the post of chairman of Bhatpara Municipality through secret ballot on Monday. The district TMC leaders are also of the view that Singh is making threat calls after apprehending defeat in the upcoming elections. It may be mentioned here that Singh has recently joined BJP from Trinamool Congress. After he joined BJP, the Trinamool Congress leaders decided to issue a no-confidence motion in the 34-member Bhatpara Municipality in North 24-Parganas. The no-confidence motion was passed against Singh through a secret ballot, where he lost 21-11. The DEO of North 24-Parganas, who also happens to be the District Magistrate, will carry out a probe into the alleged threat call and may submit a report to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state. The CEO’s office had also sought a report from the DEO on Monday, after a BJP party office was allegedly ransacked in Bhatpara.last_img read more

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Player of the Year not the right award for Turner

Evan Turner will not win the Naismith Player of the Year award.The college basketball award is not equivalent to the NBA Most Valuable Player award, which is why Ohio State’s junior guard will not win.There is no doubt that Turner would be on a short list for an MVP award. That can be supported by Ohio State’s record during his injury absence compared to when he’s been on the floor.However, he is not the best player in the nation. He can’t go onto a court and dominate the game regardless of what opposing defenses do to try to stop him, like other players around the country can.Turner cannot do what Kentucky guard John Wall can do with the ball by manipulating defenses to his liking to score or dish it to a teammate.Turner cannot do what Connecticut guard Jerome Dyson can do by scoring every way possible against the then-No.1  ranked team in the country, Texas.Even Notre Dame center Luke Harangody has a case to make with his 24.7 points per game, good for second in the nation.Yes, Turner is the best in the Big Ten, with the only competition coming from Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas and Purdue forward Robbie Hummel. Also, Turner should get a lot of recognition for his talent and his importance to OSU, who fell from the Top 25 without him. He will be an All-American at the very least and will most likely garner other accolades as well.For those who believe Turner should get the Player of the Year award as if it were based solely on a player’s value to his team, I have one name for you: Wayne Chism.The senior forward from Tennessee has not endured more pain than Turner, but his team endured a bigger loss than the Buckeyes.When OSU lost Turner, it lost its best player for a few games and anticipated his comeback so it could make the NCAA Tournament.In Tennessee, the team lost four of its players, including Tyler Smith, because of an off-the-court incident that involved their arrest. Soon after, the team indefinitely suspended those players.Chism picked up right where Smith left off and became the leader of the Volunteers, who went on to beat No.1 Kansas and No. 23 Mississippi since their dismissal.Therefore, the main case Turner had for winning the Naismith Award instead favors Chism. There is a lot of basketball yet to play and this could all change, but the fact is that the Naismith Award is for the Player of the Year, not the Most Valuable Player. read more

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Ohio state mens golf tries to rebound from disappointing Big Ten tournament

When it comes to the Ohio State men’s golf team readying themselves for post-season play, previous experience has proven that preparation isn’t everything. The NCAA selection committee announced May 7 that the team has earned a spot in this year’s NCAA Men’s Golf Regional held in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes are coming off a disappointing ninth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship in Indiana, but coach Donnie Darr said the scores posted were no indication of how his team played. “We really weren’t that far off from playing well,” Darr said. “You can’t just walk away and say we played terrible because we actually played really well, we just didn’t finish our rounds off.” Darr said it is important to maintain similar preparation, but the team must limit their mistakes. “I think we prepare the right way every week,” Darr said. “Our guys work hard and play hard, but we just have to stay away from a big number.” And although this year’s selection to the regional tournament marks the second straight under Darr, none of his players have ever played on the University of Michigan Golf Course. “It’s the same design as our course,” Darr said. “But there are significant differences.” Players said they are expecting shorter yardages into the green, thicker rough and narrow openings throughout the course. And Big Ten Freshman of the Year Grant Weaver said he welcomes the challenge. “It’s just about learning from your mistakes,” he said. “You have to pick out what you did good and what you did bad and improve. We’re just trying to put everything together.” Weaver said the team has tackled those mistakes by playing at various local golf courses that will resemble the course in Michigan. And the Buckeyes hope to follow the lead of seniors Alex Redfield and Dan Charen, who could be hitting the links for the last time as collegiate players. But Redfield said he isn’t worried about that. “All I’m worried about is our team finishing in the top five,” he said. “That’s my only concern.” The team will need a top-five finish to advance to the next round of competition. Redfield said he is confident the team has the skills to advance to the national competition and he is excited to make one more run as a collegiate player. “I think we’re going to play well and advance,” he said. “And even if it is my last tournament, I’ve had a great career and I get to go out there and compete with my team and my friends, and I couldn’t ask for anything better.” The Buckeyes advanced out of the regional tournament in San Diego last year, reaching the match play round before falling to top-ranked and host Oklahoma State. OSU is set to compete against 12 other teams in the tournament May 17-19. Purdue is the only other Big Ten school competing in the Buckeyes’ region. read more

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Anchor Point Assault Strangulation Suspect Arrested In Anchorage

first_imgAn investigation showed Delumeau had forced entry into the house, threw the female to the ground, strangled and punched her. Delumeau fled the residence in a vehicle prior to Trooper arrival. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchorage Police have arrested a man after he reportedly assaulted and strangled a woman in Anchor Point on April 19. The female was transported to the South Peninsula Hospital for treatment. A warrant was requested and granted for Delumeau’s arrest. Delumeau was arrested on April 23 by Anchorage Police and remanded into the Anchorage Jail.center_img According to an online Trooper Dispatch, Troopers responded to a report of an assault at a residence on Stovall Ave in Anchor Point. A female reported Patrick Delumeau, 26 of Anchorage, had kicked in the door to the house and assaulted her.last_img read more

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Heavy rain flooding paralyse Mumbai

first_imgAn Indian boy pulls his bicycle through a flooded street during heavy rain showers in Mumbai on 29 August, 2017. Photo: AFPHeavy rain brought India’s financial capital Mumbai to a virtual standstill on Tuesday, flooding streets, causing transport chaos and prompting warnings to stay indoors.Dozens of flights and local train services were cancelled as rains lashed the coastal city of nearly 20 million people.Floods have killed more than 1,000 people in India, Nepal and Bangladesh in recent weeks and forced millions from their homes in the region’s worst monsoon disaster in recent years.As the meteorological department warned that the Mumbai rains would continue for the next 24 hours many offices sent staff home early, fearing a repeat of 2005 floods that killed more than 1,000 people.“I haven’t been able to travel and had to cancel all my plans,” said researcher Rajesh Prabhakar, who was stranded on the outskirts of the city after flooding forced the cancellation of rail services.“Many of my friends are stranded at railway stations… this is a reminder of the 2005 floods.”Environmentalists blame frequent flooding in Mumbai on unscrupulous development that blocks drains.Electricity, water supply, communication networks and public transportation were totally shut down during the 2005 catastrophe.India’s National Disaster Response Force said it was taking all precautionary measures.last_img read more

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Settlement Reached in Air Pollution Lawsuit Against Pasadena Refinery

first_img Share Dave FehlingPetrobras’s Pasadena Refining SystemA Brazilian-owned oil refinery near Houston has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement in an air pollution lawsuit brought by Texas environmental groups.Environment Texas and the Sierra Club’s Lone Star chapter had accused Pasadena Refining System, Inc. of repeatedly violating federal pollution limits over a five-year period. They claimed the refinery violated the Clean Air Act thousands of times, releasing sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants above hourly and annual limits. Pasadena Refining is a subsidiary of Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras.Under the settlement, which still has to be approved by a federal court, the refinery will install new pollution controls, strengthen its efforts to reduce flaring and avoid emission spikes during hurricanes, among other measures.The bulk of the fines the company will pay – $3,175,000 – will go to the Houston-Galveston Area Council for a “vehicle emission reduction fund” to help local governments and school districts purchase electric or hybrid vehicles.In a statement, Petrobras said the settlement is “in the best interest of all parties, and will provide a direct benefit to our community.”“Our priorities have always been on safety, and on reliable and efficient operations that comply with the company’s Commitment to Life Program as well as all local, state and federal regulations,” the company said. “Through this agreement, we commit to further improvements for the facility and its operations, both of which are part of our objectives.”The environmental groups described the settlement as a victory for communities near the refinery.“These so-called ‘emission events’ have released millions of pounds of illegal air pollution into surrounding neighborhoods,” said Neil Carman, head of the Texas Sierra Club’s clean air program.Brian Zabcik, with Environment Texas, said the settlement also includes stricter enforcement measures for future pollution.“If the plant does report any future emissions events that are above its limits, it will automatically be fined,” he said.Earlier this year, Petrobras announced plans to sell the Pasadena refinery after the facility became entangled in a broader corruption scandal involving the parent company, as the Houston Chronicle reported at the time:Petrobras, through a series of transactions starting in 2006, bought the refinery for $1.2 billion from the Belgian company Astra Oil, which, a year earlier, had paid only $42.5 million to acquire it.The huge appreciation led to an investigation by Brazilian regulators who found that Petrobras deliberately overpaid as part of a broader kickback scheme that benefited company employees, politicians, contractors and others. Brazil’s Federal Audit Court last year fined two former Petrobras executives millions of dollars for their role in the deal.Zabcik said the settlement will be binding for whoever purchases the Pasadena refinery from Petrobras.The settlement comes one day after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fined the refinery about $907,000 for separate air and water quality violations between 2011 and 2013.Last year, the environmental groups involved in the lawsuit won an almost $20 million penalty against oil giant ExxonMobil in a similar air pollution case, though the company is appealing that decision.Correction: a previous version of this story stated the groups involved in the Pasadena lawsuit reached a settlement last year with ExxonMobil in an air pollution case. That settlement was in fact with the Environmental Protection Agency, and was part of a separate case.last_img read more

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The Next Bandersnatch Netflix to Debut Interactive Series You vs Wild Starring

first_imgThe announcement was made by Netflix original series VP Cindy Holland during a panel about the future of storytelling. Holland said interactive content was still a bit of an experiment for the company. “It’s still in the evaluation and growing stage,” she said.Netflix launched its first interactive shows in June of 2017, and at the time squarely targeted kids with “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale” and “Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.” The company followed up with an interactive “Minecraft” show produced by Telltale Games.It first veered into interactive content for grown-ups in late December: “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” was a standalone movie based on the “Black Mirror” franchise that was a lot more complex than its previous kids interactives, complete with alternate endings, soundtracks and even loops that allowed viewers the chance of do-overs.VP of product Todd Yellin said Monday the company wasn’t sure what to expect from “Bandersnatch.” “We didn’t know how it would go,” he said. Ultimately, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “The internet exploded with conversation and delight,” Yellin said. Popular on Variety Netflix used a press event at its Los Angeles studio lot Monday morning to announce the launch of a new interactive family show. “You vs. Wild,” which will debut April 10, is an eight-episode show starring survival expert Bear Grylls.Viewers will be able to show Grylls on expeditions around the world, and have a chance to choose the course of the story in each episode. The show has been directed by Ben Simms, and counts Bear Grylls, Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Rob Buchta and Delbert Shoopman among its executive producers. Production companies for the show are Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures.“I’m so proud to deliver this first-of-its-kind live-action interactive series, really giving viewers an all access pass to explore the world and its landscapes in my boots,” Grylls said in a statement. “The stakes are high in this one!”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Oil searchers discover and record deepsea graveyard off Angola coast

first_img © 2014 Phys.org A team of researchers looking for oil and gas deposits beneath the seafloor off the western coast of southern Africa has found four large “fish-falls” on the seabed: the carcasses of one whale shark and three mobulid rays. Finding vertebrate carcasses on the seafloor is quite rare, ocean scientists Nicholas Higgs, Andrew Gates and Daniel Jones report in their paper on the discovery published in PLoS ONE—the “graveyard” offers a unique opportunity to learn more about how the death of large sea creatures and the food they provide to other smaller creatures impacts marine life in general. Still images showing each of the observed carcasses. A Whale shark (Rhincodon typus); B Mobulid carcass 1; C Mobulid carcass 2; D Mobulid Carcass 3. Images have been enhanced. Credit: PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096016.g002 Citation: Oil searchers discover and record deep-sea graveyard off Angola coast (2014, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-oil-searchers-deep-sea-graveyard-angola.html Antarctica’s first whale skeleton found with nine new deep-sea species To date, just nine vertebrate carcasses have ever been found and studied on the deep ocean floor—this recent discovery pushes that number to thirteen. Such carcass remains are categorized by “fall” type. These four were all fish falls, other’s such as whale falls generally attract more attention.Recorded along with the carcasses were scavengers that had arrived at the scene to feast on the large creatures’ remains. The researchers note that quite often the first to arrive at a fall of any sort are sharks, though they rarely consume what has been found. Next to find the carcasses are usually crabs and amphipods and at some point osedax that feed on the bones. In the footage the researchers were able to see large numbers of fish surrounding the carcasses, the majority of which were eel pouts, which don’t eat carcass remains, but instead feed on other fish that do. The researchers noted that no evidence of osedax were present which suggested that the carcasses hadn’t been on the sea floor very long, perhaps just a month or two. Explore further Journal information: PLoS ONE More information: Higgs ND, Gates AR, Jones DOB (2014) Fish Food in the Deep Sea: Revisiting the Role of Large Food-Falls. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96016. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096016AbstractThe carcasses of large pelagic vertebrates that sink to the seafloor represent a bounty of food to the deep-sea benthos, but natural food-falls have been rarely observed. Here were report on the first observations of three large ‘fish-falls’ on the deep-sea floor: a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) and three mobulid rays (genus Mobula). These observations come from industrial remotely operated vehicle video surveys of the seafloor on the Angola continental margin. The carcasses supported moderate communities of scavenging fish (up to 50 individuals per carcass), mostly from the family Zoarcidae, which appeared to be resident on or around the remains. Based on a global dataset of scavenging rates, we estimate that the elasmobranch carcasses provided food for mobile scavengers over extended time periods from weeks to months. No evidence of whale-fall type communities was observed on or around the carcasses, with the exception of putative sulphide-oxidising bacterial mats that outlined one of the mobulid carcasses. Using best estimates of carcass mass, we calculate that the carcasses reported here represent an average supply of carbon to the local seafloor of 0.4 mg m−2d−1, equivalent to ~4% of the normal particulate organic carbon flux. Rapid flux of high-quality labile organic carbon in fish carcasses increases the transfer efficiency of the biological pump of carbon from the surface oceans to the deep sea. We postulate that these food-falls are the result of a local concentration of large marine vertebrates, linked to the high surface primary productivity in the study area. Because fall finds are so rare, researchers have resorted to dropping dead animals into the ocean and then studying what happens—finding four such natural carcasses is unprecedented, leading to questions as to why so many of the animals died seemingly at the same time. The researchers suggest the graveyard may not be as rare as the finding would suggest, as its possible many exist but have simply not been found—the ocean floor is a vast expanse after all, and the chances of happening upon a fall while studying any given section of sea floor would be slim. Despite that, many must exist as many sharks, rays, whales, exist in the sea and they all must die at some point. Scientists estimate that as much as 4 percent of food in the ocean comes from falls—the rest is in the form of marine snow. 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.last_img read more

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