LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one.Soon he and his wife, Laura Doss-Hertz, were thinking bigger — so much so that this week the couple won the $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance. They prevailed by developing a system that uses shipping containers, wood chips and other detritus to produce as much as 528 gallons (2,000 litres) of water a day at a cost of no more than 2 cents a quart (1 litre).The XPrize competition, created by a group of philanthropists, entrepreneurs and others, has awarded more than $140 million over the years for what it calls audacious, futuristic ideas aimed at protecting and improving the planet. The first XPrize, for $10 million, went to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan in 2004 for SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned space flight.When Hertz learned a couple of years ago that a prize was about to be offered to whoever could come up with a cheap, innovative way to produce clean freshwater for a world that doesn’t have enough of it, he decided to go all in.At the time, his little water-making machine was cranking out 150 gallons a day, much of which was being given to homeless people living in and around the alley behind the Studio of Environmental Architecture, Hertz’s Venice Beach-area firm that specializes in creating green buildings.He and his wife, a commercial photographer, and their partner Richard Groden, who created the smaller machine, assembled The Skysource/Skywater Alliance and went to work. They settled on creating little rainstorms inside shipping containers by heating up wood chips to produce the temperature and humidity needed to draw water from the air and the wood itself.“One of the fascinating things about shipping containers is that more are imported than exported, so there’s generally a surplus,” said Hertz, adding they’re cheap and easy to move around.And if there’s no wood chips around for heat, coconut husks, rice, walnut shells, grass clippings or just about any other such waste product will do just fine.“Certainly in regions where you have a lot of biomass, this is going to be a very simple technology to deploy,” said Matthew Stuber, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Connecticut and expert on water systems who was one of the panel’s judges.He called their water-making machine a “really cool” merging of rather simple technologies that can be used to quickly deliver water to regions hit by natural disasters, stricken by drought or even rural areas with a shortage of clean water.Hertz and Doss-Hertz are just starting to contemplate how to accomplish that.Theirs was among 98 teams from 27 countries who entered the competition. Many teams were bigger and better funded, while the couple mortgaged their Malibu home to stay in the game. At one point, they were told they hadn’t made the final round of five, but one team dropped out and they were back in.“If you say we were the dark horse in the race, we weren’t even in the race,” Hertz recalled, smiling.He stood near a giant copy of the check in his office while Doss-Hertz prepared to leave for a photo shoot and a visitor sampled a glass of their freshly made water.Now, though, they are in for the long, wet haul.“There’s no restrictions whatsoever on how it’s used,” Hertz said of the prize money. “But Laura and I have committed to using it all for the development and deployment of these machines, to get them to people who need the water most.”
“We deeply regret the impacts that these capacity reductions will have on our Mackenzie and Isle Pierre employees, contractors, their families and the local communities,” said Stephen Mackie, Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations, Canfor. “The BC forest industry is continuing to face very significant challenges. None of our temporary or permanent curtailment decisions have been made lightly, nor are they a reflection on the hard work and dedication of our employees.”In combination, these curtailments will reduce Canfor’s annual production output by approximately 400 million board feet, which is in addition to previously announced reductions. MACKENZIE, B.C. – Canfor announced Thursday more capacity reductions in Mackenzie and Prince George.The Mackenzie sawmill will be placed on an indefinite curtailment effective immediately due to the high cost of fibre and poor lumber markets. On top of that, Canfor says challenging operating conditions have made the mill uneconomic under current conditions.The Isle Pierre sawmill in Prince George will be permanently reduced from two shifts to one shift effective September 20, 2019. The capacity reduction, which is due to insufficient timber supply as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and associated decline in the annual allowable cut, will enable the mill to better align its production capacity with the sustainable fibre supply in the region.
Fez – After months of drilling operations in Morocco, Circle Oil, an international oil and gas exploration company, announced the discovery of substantial natural gas findings in the country’s coastal region.The preliminary findings are the result of the drilling of a well in Sebou Permit, located along the coastline of Morocco onshore near Kenitra. Circle Oil began exploration near Sebou in May and this week reported the discovery of gas reserves at three different underground levels.“”We are delighted to add another successful discovery to our Sebou gas portfolio. This is the first well of a six well program to be drilled with our partner ONHYM in the Sebou permit and is coupled with another six well program in the Lalla Mimouna permit,” Chris Green, CEO of Circle Oil, said in a statement on Wednesday. The well will be sourced and tested to prepare the well for production in the future according to a press release by Circle Oil.Circle Oil is just one of the 34 companies carrying out natural gas and oil exploration operations in Morocco. The discovery of natural gas reserves onshore in Morocco suggests that the country could become a future giant in the field of oil and gas exportation.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes has landed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, for talks with senior Government officials, UN staffers and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and donor governments.The stop in Khartoum is the first leg of a two-week mission that will take in Juba in southern Sudan, the Darfur region itself and then the neighbouring countries of Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).Jan Eliasson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur, is scheduled to arrive in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on a separate mission to discuss how to best coordinate Eritrean mediation efforts in Darfur with those of the UN and the AU.The missions are taking place amid rising concern over the failure to agree on the details of the deployment of the hybrid UN-AU force, with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Affairs Jean-Marie Guéhenno telling journalists earlier this week that there is still “a long way to go” before the UN and Sudan can resolve their differences.Mr. Guéhenno told a Security Council meeting that the latest written response from Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s letter detailing the planned force indicated there may be “fundamental strategic differences” over Darfur.“We still have, unfortunately, a long way to go because there may be some fundamental misunderstandings on what are the expectations of the Government of Sudan and what is on offer,” he told journalists.More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others forced from their homes since 2003 in Darfur, an impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank. A peace deal signed last year by some of the parties failed to end the fighting between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups, and the conflict is starting to spill over into Chad and the CAR. 21 March 2007Two senior United Nations officials are beginning separate missions to address the humanitarian and political aspects of the crisis in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur, where efforts to deploy a hybrid UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force have stalled over differences with the Sudanese Government.
Mr. Ban signed the book of condolences that was opened in the wake of the attack and reiterated comments he made yesterday during a press stakeout at UN Headquarters.“This is not a war against religion or between religions,” he said. “This is a purely unacceptable terrorist attack – criminality.”He stressed that such criminality had to be brought to justice “in the name of humanity” and underlined that the UN promotes tolerance and inclusive dialogue.“I am urging all the people around the world that it is important to enhance the level of tolerance and respect for the beliefs, religions and traditions of others,” he said. “When your religion, your belief is important, then we should know that the other people’s belief is also as important.”He said that grievances and differences of views should be addressed in a peaceful manner, and stressed that dialogue can resolve any difference of opinion. Offering his strong support to the people of France, especially those working in media, he emphasized their right to do their jobs in safety.“It is important that freedom of speech, freedom of media [and ] opinion should be protected,” he said.
The latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 18 Prefeasibility Studies, 23 Feasibility studies, 26 projects in development, five new mines that have gone into production, 12 existing mines that are expanding, 18 merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The reports cover 43 gold projects, 16 copper, nine coal and silver projects, seven for uranium and iron ore, five rare earths, four each for nickel and molybdenum, three tungsten, two of each of zinc, potash, platinum group metals, lithium and manganese and one each of zirconium, lead, diamonds, cobalt, antimony, tin, aluminium, polymetallic, niobium, tantalum, mineral sands and oil sands. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Progress towards a full PFS has been made by Aura Energy at its giant Häggån uranium deposit in central Sweden, with a very positive scoping study. HIghlights include an expected 30 Mt/y operation with a 25 year initial mine life. The company wants to target initial production of 6.6 Mlb (2,995 t) uranium, 14.8 Mlb nickel and 3.6 Mlb molybdenum and use low risk bioheap leach technology similar to that used extensively in the copper industry in Chile. Oracle Coalfields has finally announced initial technical feasibility results for the Block VI project in the Thar Coalfield, Pakistan. If it goes ahead, it would be the country’s first large scale open-pit coal mine. The study is targeting the development of a lignite mining operation to supply a mine-site power station with an annual mine production target of 5 Mt at an overall stripping ratio of 8.54 bcm to one wet tonne lignite. The expected mine life is currently 23 years.Moving to the US, Orvana Minerals through wholly-owned subsidiary, Orvana Resources US, has announced the highlights of its 43-101-compliant feasibility study for the Copperwood copper project in Michigan. The study foresees a 13-year underground operation that will apply conventional drill-and-blast methods and room-and-pillar mining.The plan calls for the development of a ramp and box cut to access the orebody. Annual production will average about 28,000 short tons of copper concentrate.Norilsk Nickel has announced the start of design works on the Bugdainskiy Mining and Concentration Plant. In August 2011, the company sent an official request to seven leading designing and engineering companies to provide technical and commercial proposals for the design, and CJSC TOMC-engineering was chosen. The operations at Bugdainskiy are expected to start at the end of 2016, and in 2017 the production is forecast to reach design capacity. Additionally, the group plans to construct 36 km of railways and roads to provide access. Bugdainskiy MCP will produce 16 Mt/y of ore and process it into molybdenum concentrate, containing approximately 9,000 t of molybdenum. BHP Billiton is to restart mining at its Pinto Valley operation in Arizona, USA. The mine, which will produce copper and molybdenum concentrate, will have annual production capacity of approximately 60,000 t of copper in concentrate. The project will create approximately 650 new jobs with mining expected to resume at the end of the 2012 calendar year.Mines under development include Gindalbie Metals’ Karara iron ore (magnetite) project in Western Australia. The company has announced the award of the ore mining contract to Downer EDI Mining. The contract, which includes provision of drill & blast and load & haul services, is based on a mining rate of approximately 30 Mt/y. This will comprise approximately 20 Mt/y of ore and 10 Mt/y of waste for the production of 8 Mt/y of dry magnetite concentrate, the Stage 1 production rate. Full-scale pre-stripping of the main magnetite orebody is now commencing.A number of new mines have started full production. Avion Gold has started production operations at its newly developed underground mine at the Tabakoto gold deposit in Mali, West Africa. The first stope blast from the Tabakoto Northwest 1 orebody was fired on February 9, 2012, and ore is currently being extracted from the stope. The entire stope is estimated to contain 10,600 t of ore at an average diluted grade of 4.11 g/t Au. Moving to North America, Scorpio Gold Corp has reported the successful commencement of mining operations at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge gold mine, Nevada – material mined from the Drinkwater pit totalled 387,568 t grading 0.066 oz/t Au, equivalent to 2.26 g/t Au.The big expansion news is that BHP Billiton has approved a total investment of $2.6 billion in two projects that will underpin higher production at Escondida over the next decade. Organic Growth Project 1 (OGP1) will replace the Los Colorados concentrator with a new 152,000 t/d plant and allow access to higher grade ore located underneath the existing facilities. Construction begins this month with commissioning anticipated the first half of 2015. The project is expected to create up to 7,000 jobs during the construction phase.Full details on all these projects and information on and contacts for many, many more are to be found in the February 17 issue of International Mining Project News…..To receive the full report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a free trial copy.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville insists he understands Harry Kane’s battle with fatigue after playing at the World Cup this summer.The England captain has had his physical and mental fitness questioned recently after featuring in a lot of games last season and Neville has revealed he understands what the striker is going through.“It’s not one tournament, it’s the accumulation of the physical demands where you haven’t had any breaks. It usually hits you at three years without a real break and I did struggle in the 2000/01 season at the age of around 25.” Neville told Sky Sports.“I hit a wall after I’d played in Euro 1996, the Tournoi in 1997, World Cup 1998, won the 1999 treble and then we went on a summer tour and all of that took it out of me.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I think with Harry and other players who play week in week out, Saturday-Wednesday and all summer, what you would say is they continue to soldier on and maybe do dip in sharpness, but their level is still high enough to play.”“There’s no doubt that they need that month or two break. However, they will naturally pick up injuries which will give them that break and allow their whole body to recover.”“So it is very difficult for a manager to give them a break because they look tired. Harry is playing at a high level, perhaps not at his peak, but there’s no way you can rest your captain for a competitive fixture.”
PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Agriculture Police consultation meeting announced Related Items:hypertension week, middle caicos, North caicos Recommended for you New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – North and Middle Caicos the activities begin with you tomorrow when it comes to Hypertension awareness from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. There will be a presentation, diet and nutrition ideas including low sodium recipes. Brochures will be handed out by the Ministry of Health team and there will be free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screening. These sessions will take place in the morning at the Conch Bar Clinic and the afternoon at the Community Center in Kew. As is the trend in North Caicos; a separate and second educational and free testing session is planned for Bottle Creek at 10am at the clinic there on Wednesday. By Thursday the hypertension mobile team moves into Providenciales, at the Smart Grocery store from 10am to 2pm; this will include free screenings and free dietary advice as well. See the full schedule when you follow Magnetic Media. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items:#BlueHillsrobberies, #helpstopcrimeinTCI, #weekendrobberiesinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a number of Robberies that occurred over the weekend in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.Around 5:08am on Sunday 3rd March 2017, a complainant reported that he heard rambling from his neighbor’s apartment as if someone was burglarizing it. Police responded to the scene located on Bay Road where the victim was met. He told officers that he had just arrived home when two men (one short and the other tall) with firearms approached him demanding money. He gave them a small amount of cash. The culprits took him to his room where they assaulted him, took his cell phone and another sum of money.Another male reported that while at the same location, as he was about to exit his vehicle an unknown masked man approached him with a gun and demanded money. The gunman ordered him to lay on the ground as he searched the victim. A black Samsung cellphone was stolen. Checks were made in the area for persons fitting the descriptions given but no one was found. Investigation are ongoing in both matters.If anyone has information relating to this incident contact the police at Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 or contact Crime stoppers at 1-800-8477. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#BlueHillsrobberies#weekendrobberiesinProvo#helpstopcrimeinTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is encouraging Midwest soybean producers to participate in one of the10 Syngenta Learning Centers Demonstration Days scheduled this summer. NK® Brand Soybeans is sponsoring a special opportunity for growers to become members of the ASA, and the ASA and Syngenta are working together to provide the latest production information to growers.”When growers participate at a Syngenta Learning Centers Demonstration Day, they will learn new techniques to boost their bottom line through integrated soybean and corn production on their own farm,” said Rob Joslin, ASA Vice President and Chairman of ASA’s Membership & Corporate Relations Committee.”Growers can also find out how to qualify for a complementary one-year ASA membership,” Joslin added. “The people at Syngenta recognize the need for farmer involvement in a grassroots soybean policy organization such as the American Soybean Association. Most farmers do not realize checkoff funds can not be used for the many policy endeavors of the ASA.””Just as ASA works for the best interest of growers in the public arena, we are working for their best interest in providing new levels of soybean yield,” said Steve Knodle, NK Soybeans, Brand Manager, Syngenta Seeds, Inc. “Building an integrated soybean program that includes the right combination of early and in-season pest control options helps growers meet soybean demand and improve profit potential.”The Syngenta Learning Centers are designed to provide growers an opportunity to explore new technologies and learn about innovative approaches to boost profit potential. The program, now in its fifth year, showcases trials focused on integrated crop inputs under local farming conditions and practices.To register for one of the 2008 Syngenta Learning Centers Demonstration Days, visit www.syngentalearningcenter.com.July 23-24, Bluffton, Ind. July 29, Ina, Ill.July 31, McLean, Ill.Aug. 5-6, Marshall, Mo.Aug. 12-13, York, Neb. Aug. 13, Mt. Joy, Penn. Aug. 19-20, Keystone, IowaAug. 21-22, Milford, IowaAug. 26-27, York, Neb. Sept. 3-4, Arlington, Wis.”We invite growers to engage our presenters and get hands-on in the plots,” said Jim Elliott, AgriEdge®, Agronomic Solutions Manager, Syngenta Seeds, Inc. “Thousands of participants go through our sites each year. Last year, 92 percent of the participants told us they learned something significant enough to take home and incorporate into their own farming operation.”
Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence on Rohingya crisis IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:27Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:26?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close In an televised address Aung San Suu Kyi condemned all human rights violations in regards to the violent clashes in the Rakhine state that has seen over 400,000 minority Rohingya flee to Bangladesh. The defacto leader had previously been criticised for not speaking out. She stated she did not fear international scrutiny and wanted to find out why the Rohingya were leaving. Suu Kyi said she was committed to the restoration of peace and stability and the rule of law.
TOWSON, MD. – Baltimore County Public Schools’ Parent University will host three workshops during the last two weeks of July.The first workshop, “Choosing to Control (My Destiny),” will focus on the benefits of building children’s self-esteem. During the workshop, field experts will discuss homework help, learning activities and study strategies geared toward transforming youth into confident and responsible learners. Hosted at Sandy Plains Elementary School, 8330 Kavanagh Road in Dundalk, 21222, the workshop will run from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., July 22.Also held at Sandy Plains Elementary, the second workshop, “Countdown to Number Logic,” will center on helping children hone basic number concepts. From 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., July 24, parents will explore strategies for using mathematics to develop their children’s problem-solving and critical thinking and reasoning skills.For more information on “Choosing to Control (My Destiny)” and “Countdown to Number Logic,” contact Anani Negrete Garcia at email@example.com.The third workshop, “Nurturing Parenting Classes,” is part of a six-week program that runs Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 28. From 1 to 3 p.m. each day, parents will learn strategies and techniques for strengthening their relationships with their children. Children up to age four may accompany their parents to the workshop, but parents first must submit a copy of their children’s vaccination records.To register for the “Nurturing Parenting Classes” workshop, hosted at the Young Parent Support Center, 201 Back River Neck Road in Essex, 21221, contact Nancy Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-686-5479.Created in April 2013, Parent University is an engaging and innovative BCPS program designed to educate and empower families. Accessible from www.bcps.org/ParentU, Parent University provides print and video resources promoting academic progress, health and wellness and personal growth.For a schedule of other upcoming Parent University workshops, visit http://www.bcps.org/parentu/schedule/.
Where does the name of your band come from? When the band started off, each one of us had a different musical background in-terms of the genre. So, it was more like a wave or a frequency. Guitarist was fond of Blues and Jazz, the Bassist was into Alternative rock and the vocalist into Metal. Hence, we thought it’s like a frequency: high and low. Hence the band name.Tell us about how you guys started off…Frequency started off as a school band, studying, playing and learning together. After school hours, we used to practice and then leave for our tuition together. After we got done with our schooling, the band went through a lot of lineup changes. Hence, we recruited new members and did not end the journey there. Now, Kushal Thapa is the only founding member in the band. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is your original brand of music? Do you guys have a signature sound? The band was formed while having a picture of a band that can produce Electronic/Experimental sound with heavy guitar riffs and groovy bass lines, equally supported by heavy vocals. We still have the same sound, however we are not afraid of experiments that we do with our music, either live or in the studio.Tell us about the initial years after kick-off till how it has been thus far Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe journey has been full of memories to be honest! Our band was formed in September 2006 and now its 2013. So we’ve been in the circuit for nearly 7 years now. We are lucky to have such an audience who has stood by us over the years and always encouraged us to make good music. We got our first major recognition at Channel [V] Launchpad 2007 when we landed up as the top four finalists. This high was carried forward by Sandeep Chowta, a well known music producer from Bollywood, who offered us for a deal to make music for him. Top all of that with a kitty full of gigs that we’ve done in India. So, to summarize all of it, in these 7 years, we’ve seen and learnt a lot. And, we thank each and every person, who’s been a part of the Frequency family. How does it feel to perform with three other bands? It was a great experience for us to play with such awesomely talented musicians. They knew their instruments. The great crowd interaction led these bands to deliver a successful show.What plans for 2013? We are planning to launch our 4 Track EP this month followed by a major cities’ tour in order to promote our newly written material and simultaneously work in our studio for our full length album, that we plan to launch by the end of this year.What got you to take part in Metanoia and how do you see this working for you?After the success of Pandemonium, Cacophony Networks approached us for this show and we couldn’t say no to them. Considering the show lineup, we pulled up our socks and were ready to deliver a gig full of excitement and fun.
Cleveland Browns fans were recently named the best NFL fan base in a Twitter poll, and Colin thinks, like most things on Twitter, it’s not representative of reality. Unlike most of the national media, he isn’t buying tickets to the Browns Super Bowl parade after they added Odell Beckham, and he won’t be winning over any more points after releasing his own list of the Top 10 NFL fanbases.Cleveland didn’t even crack Colin’s Top 10, using loyalty, total size, consistent support and impact on the game to rank the fanbases. And if that won’t spike the Lake Eerie Twitter hate enough, he ranked the despised Steelers as the #1 overall fanbase because of their massive national following, consistent attendance, and travel to away games.Here’s the entire list:SteelersPackersEagles Broncos CowboysChiefs SaintsSeahawksBearsBills Advertisement Watch Colin explain why your team made the cut, or why they missed out here. Surely you will all agree with his ranking of your team: