Wrap-up: U.S. Senate agrees climate change is real—but not necessarily that humans are causing it

first_imgNearly all U.S. senators agreed today on a measure affirming that climate change is real and not a hoax—including, to the surprise of many observers, Senator James Inhofe (R–OK), the man who once declared global warming a hoax. Meanwhile, although two other measures stating that humans are contributing to climate change won a majority of votes from the 99 senators present, they failed to garner the 60 votes needed to be adopted by the Senate.All three measures were offered as amendments to legislation that would approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which could carry crude oil from Canada’s oil sands to the United States.By a 98 to 1 vote, the U.S. Senate approved Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D–RI) amendment that asked simply whether it is “the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” The only senator voting no was Roger Wicker (R–MS).Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Whitehouse’s amendment takes an implicit jab at Inhofe for his past statements. Like other Democrats, Whitehouse was seeking a vote that would serve as a first step toward future climate policy action. “I’m hoping that after many years of darkness and blockade that this vote can be a first little beam of light through the wall that will at least allow us to start having an honest conversation about what carbon pollution is doing to our climate and to our oceans,” Whitehouse said just before the vote on his amendment.Then, courtesy of Inhofe, some political theatrics ensued on the Senate floor. To many observers’ surprise, Inhofe announced he wanted to be a co-sponsor on the Whitehouse amendment, eliciting gasps and scattered applause from the chamber. Inhofe, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and has promised to try to block many Obama administration environmental initiatives, declared his support for the amendment—but perhaps not in the way climate activists hoped he would. He said that climate change itself is not a hoax, but that “the hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful to think they can change climate,” Inhofe said. Inhofe then joined 97 of his colleagues in voting yes on the Whitehouse amendment.Votes on two other measures declaring that humans are changing the climate were much closer.Senator John Hoeven (R–ND) offered an amendment affirming that climate change is real and humans are contributing to it. But it also included the State Department’s finding that the Keystone XL pipeline wouldn’t significantly worsen climate change, a provision likely meant to entice moderate Republicans into supporting the measure. In the end, the vote was 59 to 40 in favor, one shy of the 60 needed for adoption.Hoeven’s measure was seeking to serve as a more GOP-friendly alternative to a third climate amendment from Senator Brian Schatz (D–HI). Schatz’s measure asked whether it’s the “sense of Congress” that “climate change is real” and that “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” It also failed to reach the 60 vote threshold, on a vote of 50 to 49.Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said that she backed Hoeven’s amendment but would vote against Schatz’s amendment because its wording—that humans are “significantly” changing the climate—was stronger than the wording in Hoeven’s.Meanwhile, many Democrats supported Hoeven’s amendment despite its inclusion of the Keystone XL language. Senator Barbara Boxer (D–CA), top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said a yes vote on Hoeven’s measure didn’t necessarily mean endorsing the State Department’s findings about the pipeline’s climate impact. She urged a yes vote on the amendment because an acknowledgment by the Senate that humans are changing the climate would have served as “breakthrough in the climate debate. … What a breath of fresh air this amendment is,” Boxer said.Even though the two amendments that clarified that the Senate agrees humans are changing the climate fell short of adoption, Senator Bernie Sanders (I–VT) still sees the votes as a victory. “I think this is a significant step forward, and I think in the months and years to come more and more Republicans will accept that position,” Sanders said after the vote.Sanders is sponsoring a climate amendment of his own, which would specify not only that humans are changing the climate but also that climate change is already having major impacts and that society should take steps to clean up its energy supply. It’s unclear whether that amendment will get a vote.Inhofe, meanwhile, indicated after the vote that he would unleash a “truth squad” to examine the science of humanmade climate change, which he says liberals want to use to justify tax increases. “We’re going to have hearings with prominent scientists to come in and talk about this thing,” he said, “because all they say now is, ‘Oh, the science is settled.’ ”last_img read more

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FORGERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

first_imgA Newell, Iowa man is in custody in Buena Vista County, for allegedly cashing a series of forged checks.25 year old Kyle Klink is charged with five counts of forgery, felony ongoing criminal conduct and possession of stolen property.Police were called to a pair of Storm Lake banks Tuesday, where clerks identified Klink as the suspect who allegedly forged checks totaling over $54-hundred dollars.Officers stopped a vehicle that Klink was a passenger in as it was exiting a bank’s parking lot and took him into custody.Investigators say they located several allegedly stolen checks in the vehicle that Klink was removed from.Klink was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on $25,000 bond.last_img

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KL’s Magrão wants another season in Malaysia

first_imgPremier League Promotion battle won, KL now set their sights on Premier League title Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:40 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Premier League, 03022017 Kuala Lumpur the City Boys Facebook Premier League Super League Kuala Lumpur v Sabah Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur boss Fábio Magrão said that he feels at home in Malaysia, after guiding his side to Super League promotion with a win on Tuesday. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter Kuala Lumpur’s 2-0 win over Sabah in their Premier League match at home on Tuesday confirmed their return to the Super League for the 2018 season, but the job is not quite over yet for the City Boys head coach Fábio Magrão.Leading the standings with 44 points but only separated with second-placed Terengganu by goal difference with one match remaining, Magrão wants his charges to finish the season with the league title.Speaking to the press after the win against Sabah, Magrão said that the win could only happen through the team’s hard work. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “It’s a great moment for us, thank God. We’ve been working hard from the beginning, the first match I took over. Everyday I kept pushing them, drawing out better and better performance out of them, and now the first objective has been met.”Now they know what is left to be done. Winning promotion to the Super League is super important, and that was the first objective. Now we will fight for the title.”We now have a month before the next game so I will give them a short break. We will celebrate the promotion of course, but we will turn our focus to winning the title,” said the Brazilian.When asked about his future at the Klang Valley-based club, the 39-year old trainer simply said that he would love to continue coaching in the country.”I just need to go over the details of my contract. I’m so proud to be here and of how the people have been receiving me. I’m in love with Malaysia, I feel at home.”I’ve been in many countries before, but I feel at home in Malaysia,” remarked Magrão. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Zinchenko signs new contract to stay at Man City until 2024

first_imgManchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has signed a three-year contract extension to stay with the Premier League champions until 2024.Zinchenko follows fellow defender Kyle Walker in committing his future to City after the England international agreed a two-year extension to his deal at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.Ukraine international Zinchenko joined City in 2016 from FC Ufa and was quickly sent out on loan to PSV in the Netherlands before returning to Pep Guardiola’s squad. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Originally playing in midfield, Zinchenko took time to establish himself in Guardiola’s plans and turned down a permanent move to Wolves last summer.He grasped his opportunity during the past season, playing 29 times in all competitions as the 22-year-old figured prominently in a left-back role.Zinchenko has now been rewarded for his progress with a new long-term deal at City and he is delighted to have been able to commit his future to the club.“It’s difficult to express how happy I am to sign this deal,” Zinchenko told the club’s official website. “This club offers players everything they need to improve and develop, so being here for five more years is an honour.“This season shows we are built for success. It’s been amazing to be involved in such a historic campaign and it’s one I’ll never forget.“But I am now completely focused on the coming years and I know more good times are around the corner.”City director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “Zinchenko has shown over the past two seasons what a superb talent he is.“Not only does he have a wonderful first touch and left foot, he is a player completely focused on becoming the best footballer he can be.“His improvement since joining us tells you everything you need to know about his attitude and ability.“Young, hungry and already an established international, he fits perfectly into our long-term strategy. We are delighted he wants to stay here.”In addition to Walker and Zinchenko, the likes of Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Ederson have all recently signed new contracts at the Etihad as City continue their quest to lock down their key players for years to come.last_img read more

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Woman forest official booked for abetment of suicide in Tgana

first_imgHyderabad: A woman Forest Range Officer in Telangana has been booked for abetment to suicide after a boy complained to police that his father tried to kill himself after forest officials entered their agricultural land, police said.This is the second case against the Kagaznagar FRO, C Anitha. On July 6, Anitha and a few other forest officials were booked under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act after a tribal woman complained to police that she and her staff entered her field and “abused” some of them. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!On June 30, the day tribal woman registered her complaint, Anitha was attacked and injured by a group allegedly led by the brother of a ruling TRS MLA in Kumuram Bheem Asifabad district. The TRS leader, Koneru Krishna Rao, and his followers were arrested and Anitha was provided security in view of the “threat perception”, police said. On June 8, a 16-year-old boy complained to Easgaon police that his father attempted suicide by consuming pesticide when a few forest officials entered their agriculture land in Sarasala village during a plantation drive and “abused” him, police said. Anitha and three other forest officials were booked under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) and other relevant sections of IPC, police said.last_img read more

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Second City goes gritty for newest show

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Set designer Camellia Koo used to live at the corner of King and River Sts. where she had a front-row seat to activities taking place beneath a Gardiner underpass.When director Carly Heffernan brought her in to design the set for the new Second City show, Come What Mayhem!, Koo was familiar with the company’s work, having already done six of their productions.But this time the jokes weren’t about kitten videos, manspreading on the subway or snooty wait staff. Heffernan and team were thinking more like Black Lives Matter, consent, accountability and the gritty reality of the city’s issues today. And the show, which opens Wednesday, had to be distinctly Toronto. Advertisement Advertisement Koo knew that income disparity, racism, sexism and very distinct Toronto markers had to be part of the set. The underpass became the dominant image under and upon which the themes of Come What Mayhem! would humorously play out.Koo, mentored by famed Canadian designer Michael Levine, is now making her mark in every area of the performing arts world. For Second City, she designed pillars and ramps with steel girders littering the ground underneath. It’s a “trade secret” how the wood was made to look like cement. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Outer space continues to inspire provide benefits to all humanity Annan says

“Space is a part of the world’s cultural heritage,” Mr. Annan said in a message marking the annual observance of World Space Week, which runs from today to 10 October. “It has inspired generations of artists, poets, scientists and musicians. Throughout history, societies have admired and searched for meaning in the same night sky.”Space exploration can even help bring cultures together, the Secretary-General noted, as today’s manned space missions were rarely top-secret national projects. “Much more common are international crews, with members from a variety of backgrounds,” he said. “Their missions capture the imaginations not only of their native lands, but of people around the world.”Meanwhile, space technology has produced tools that were transforming weather forecasting, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, education, medicine, agriculture and a wide range of other activities. “And, of course, a fascination with space leads many young people to pursue careers in science and technology, helping developing countries in particular to build up their human resources, improve their technological base and enhance their prospects for development,” the Secretary-General said.World Space Week, which this year has the theme “Inspiration from Space,” marks the launching of the Sputnik-1 satellite in 1957 and the entry into force of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and will be celebrated in at least 20 countries. read more

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Afghanistan UN mission condemns deadly attack resulting in civilian deaths

Sixteen women and children were among those killed when the improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Andar district. Another four women suffered serious injuries, according to a statement issued by the mission.“Yesterday’s tragic event again highlights the increasing toll that IEDs are taking on civilians in Afghanistan,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “Indiscriminate use of these weapons must stop.” The mission extended its condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.IEDs kill and injure more Afghan civilians than any other tactic in the country’s armed conflict, the mission noted. From 1 January to 27 October 2013, IEDs killed 828 civilians and injured 1,627 – accounting for more than a third of all civilian casualties in the conflict so far this year. UNAMA emphasized that the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of IEDs may amount to war crimes. read more

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Brock University reaches tentative deal with CUPE Local 4207 Unit 3

The University is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached between the University and CUPE, Local 4207 Unit 3, which represents ESL Instructors.The tentative agreement was reached on March 15, 2015 with the assistance of a mediator, and upon ratification by both sides, will succeed the current collective agreement that expired July 6, 2014.Further details will be released once the tentative agreement has been ratified by both parties.

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Ray Rices Wife Feeling Like Im Mourning the Death

Janay Rice, who was struck in an Atlantic City elevator by husband Ray Rice, took to Instagram on Tuesday to express her pain and frustration with the TMZ-released video of the punch, which started a chain reaction of Rice being cut by the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL suspending him indefinitely.“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote in the Instagram post. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing.“To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”Originally, Rice was suspended by the NFL for two games, which was decried nationally as far too lenient. It led to the league instituting a domestic violence program that would suspend any NFL staff member for six games with a first offense and give an indefinite suspension with a second offense. read more

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Western Australia sells Fremantle Port to pay for major projects

first_imgWestern Australia has suffered greatly in the current mining depression. The State Government of Western Australia will sell, through a long-term lease, Fremantle Port and use the proceeds to retire debt and fund major new projects. Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan announced the plans as part of a second tranche of asset sales in the State Budget. Announcing a forecast net operating balance deficit for 2015-16 of A$2.7 billion and a net debt projection of A$31 billion by June 30, 2016, Barnett said the Government had decided to sell Fremantle Port in order to continue the vital task of building the economic infrastructure of the State without adding to debt.“The decision to pursue a sensible program of further asset sales will enable the Government to build new infrastructure to support future growth without putting further pressure on the State’s finances,” Barnett said.Dr Nahan said while the 2014-15 State Budget showed a projected general government operating deficit of A$1.3 billion, this would fall to A$788 million when the recently announced Australian Government contribution of A$499 million for road infrastructure flowed through to the State.“This is a good outcome for Western Australia.  We will build the Forrestfield line, we will get the rolling stock and we will reduce debt,” he said.Nahan said the Government had responded to the ‘perfect storm’ of economic conditions which had seen revenues fall (relative to the estimates included in the 2014-15 Budget) by A$3.9 billion, or 13%, in 2015-16 and A$10.21 billion over the four-year period from 2014-15 to 2017-18.“Commodity prices have plummeted, our share of GST revenue has been driven to record lows and softening economic conditions have directly reduced all other major sources of State tax revenue,” he said.The Treasurer said the Liberal National Government was determined to return the Budget to surplus by vigorously pursuing reforms and efficiencies throughout the public sector while minimising the impact on business and families.The Government has introduced new revenue and savings measures to reap net debt savings totalling A$1.3 billion over the next four years.Image courtesy of Fremantle Portslast_img read more

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LKABs new technology alliance to produce strategic minerals from mine waste

first_imgLKAB is now investing in pilot plant facilities and, together with environmental services company Ragn-Sells, will industrialise an innovative technology for upgrading mine waste from iron ore production. This may result in LKAB producing phosphorus and rare earth metals, which in the EU are classed as strategic minerals that are of particular importance to the industry.Phosphorus is used mainly in the production of mineral fertilisers. Within the EU there is currently only one producer that mines its own resources; all other production is dependent on imported material. LKAB can establish production corresponding to more than five times Sweden’s annual demand.Rare earth metals are now produced almost exclusively in China, which accounts for about 95% of production. The EU is 100% import-dependent.“LKAB’s ores contain the phosphate mineral apatite, as well as rare earth minerals. It has not been profitable to extract these from waste materials and they are part of the material that is currently deposited in sand tailings ponds. Together with Ragn-Sells, we are creating conditions for industrialising a profitable extraction process. We will then build full-scale plants, where the tailings sand can be recirculated and processed into strategically important minerals without the need to develop new mines,” says Jan Moström, LKAB’s President and CEO.An important component is the KMAP process, which has been developed by EasyMining, a subsidiary of Ragn-Sells. The process utilises the patented CleanMAP technology (pictured), which is a very energy-efficient way of producing pure ammonium phosphate, phosphorus fertilizer, and is better than any comparable technology. Via a chemical process, phosphates are separated from the toxic fluoride and arsenic, which are thereby removed from the ecocycle. Rare earth metals can also be separated from the mine waste.Initially, two pilot facilities are planned: one plant in the orefields to produce an apatite concentrate and one plant, possibly in Uppsala, to upgrade the concentrate. Both plants will be commissioned in 2019 and will operate until 2020. During this period LKAB will begin dialogue with supervisory authorities and other stakeholders with an aim to locating production in Norrbotten adjacent to  existing logistics system.“We are pleased to be able, together with LKAB, to take the first step towards extraction of more resources from what is now considered mine waste, since we must be particularly careful with material that has been removed from the Earth’s crust,” says Lars Lindén, Group CEO, Ragn-Sells.LKAB has a longstanding tradition of maximising resource utilisation by upgrading residual products and commercialising them via operations within the Special Products Division, headed up by Leif Boström.“We now use both highly upgraded iron ore and residual products from LKAB’s production, such as mixed ores and waste rock, to create products for industrial use, for example, ballast. Now our goal is to have a full-scale plant for production of ammonium phosphate and rare earth metals within five years,” explains Leif Boström.For LKAB, this production is important in many ways, according to Moström. “LKAB takes great responsibility for minimising our environmental impact and ensuring that all resources from mine operations are utilised to the greatest possible degree. In addition, this generates income streams that make LKAB stronger and less sensitive to fluctuating business cycles, since this market does not have the same cycles as the iron ore market,” he concludes.CleanMAP technology enables extremely energy-efficient and cost-effective production of very pure technical-grade ammonium phosphate. Cadmium content in the ammonium phosphate product is below 1 mg Cd/kg P; i.e., the product is significantly purer than the purest phosphorus fertiliser on the market. CleanMAP technology can be integrated into processes for phosphorus extraction from virgin or recovered material, e.g., sewage sludge or, as in this example, tailings sand from LKAB’s production, via the adapted KMAP process.The KMAP process has been developed for processing apatite from LKAB’s mine waste. The process can handle both types of apatite produced by LKAB in Kiruna and Malmberget and, in addition to phosphorus, it can extract rare earth metals. The process separates the arsenic and fluoride contained in the apatite; i.e., theses substances do not end up in the phosphorus fertiliser.There is a shortage of phosphorus. Europe’s only phosphate deposit, in Finland, produces barely enough phosphorus to meet 10% of European demand. Owing to the shortage, phosphorus has been included on the EU’s list of critical raw materials. Without access to phosphorus fertiliser, the agriculture industry would produce only about half as much food as we need. The world’s largest known phosphate deposit is in northwest Africa, but it contains high levels of the heavy metals cadmium and uranium. LKAB’s phosphorus product will be free from heavy metals and radioactive substances and will reduce dependency on imports from countries in geopolitically challenging regions.Interestingly, Hjalmar Lundbom, LKAB’s first General Manager, was tasked with finding mineable phosphate in Kiruna, which was when he discovered iron ore.last_img read more

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Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed by exploding safe

first_imgPOLICE IN PRAGUE say that the explosion that killed the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic was likely caused by the explosion of an anti-theft system on a safe he was opening.Jamal al-Jamal, 56, suffered “very serious injuries” in the blast on Wednesday, believed to be an accident rather than a terror attack, and was taken to Prague’s military hospital in an artificial coma, said Jirina Ernestova, spokeswoman for the emergency services.Police later confirmed that he had died.“The evidence the police have doesn’t suggest anything like a terror attack or that a specific person would set up a system with the intention to hurt or kill anyone,” police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told AFP.Daniel Langer, surgeon at the Prague military hospital to which Jamal was taken, told Czech television the ambassador had suffered devastating “head, belly and chest injuries following an explosion”.Jamal, who took office in October, had only recently moved to the new residence on the northern outskirts of Prague.The Palestinian foreign ministry said the blast occurred on Wednesday morning as Jamal “was opening an old safe which had been brought from the previous embassy (building) to the new one.”“Minutes after opening the safe the explosion took place, causing serious injury to Jamal, who was taken to hospital and operated on,” the ministry said in a statement.Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki hailed him as “an exemplary diplomat, who served his country and cause well”.Zoulova said police were not ruling out the possibility the safe was “mishandled”, adding: “The victim has died so it will be harder to prove the cause.”Police searched a building next door which also belongs to the Palestinian embassy, but said they had not found any other explosives in the area.“Still, this (explosives) is a thing you shouldn’t find at any embassy and we will continue a probe into this within the investigation,” Czech police chief Martin Cervicek told the private Nova television station.Embassy spokesman Nabil al-Fahel told Czech radio that the ambassador’s entire family had been in the residence when the blast occurred.Jamal’s 52-year-old wife “was taken to another hospital because of smoke inhalation and a stress reaction,” Ernestova told AFP. She was released from hospital later on Wednesday.Fahel said a special Palestinian team had arrived in Prague and had been given the green light from the Czech foreign ministry “to take part in the investigation of today’s incident.”Jamal was a former aide to the ambassador in Bulgaria and moved to Prague as a diplomat in 1984.After working as Palestinian consul to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria from 2005, he was appointed ambassador to the Czech Republic in October 2013.The Czech Republic is a staunch ally of Israel, and when Jamal arrived in Prague he had to ask the outspoken Czech President Milos Zeman to correct his suggestion that the Czech embassy in Israel should move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The suggestion that Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel is unthinkable for most Palestinians, who claim rights to the eastern part of the city.© – AFP 2014Read: Palestinian ambassador to Prague killed by explosion >last_img read more

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Did Rick and Morty Fans Go Too Far By Making A LifeSized

first_imgStay on target You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys Personally, I thought that besides the Pickle Rick joke, episode 3 was only the third best of the season. It was only trumped by the Summer/Mad Max crossover Rickmancing the Stone that offered nothing unique, and the horribly-toned, pseudo-fanfiction that was episode 4, Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender, which was the worst episode of the series.However, this statuette has somewhat redeemed the episode from the horrible, preachy, know-it-all psychiatrist B story that almost ruined any comedy the much better Pickle Rick A story brought to the table. No one cares if Beth is a bad mom other than what comedic situations it brings to the table. Also, no one cares about Summer at all; she’s literally the Meg of Rick and Morty.Luckily, episode 5 brought back a lot of the old feeling that made the series fun, to begin with. Rick knows everything but is entirely nihilistic about it. Summer plays the much-needed role of “ordinary person.” Beth is self-centered and barely conscious of any needs outside her own; like Rick but without the smarts. Jerry is a pathetic slug that shows how life with Rick would likely feel for us. Finally, Morty is the voice of reason that everyone ignores because he’s slightly stupid. The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy definitely brought back the formula that made the series so incredibly popular.Oh geez, Rick, but this post is about the model! Well, yeah, the model is good. It’s not sold in stores. You can probably make your own. Neat, huh?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Oo-wee! This Pickle Rick figure sure is swell. Two dedicated Rick and Morty fans revealed the high-detailed model of the star of Season 3, Episode 3, Pickle Rick.This labor of love took Imgur user chewitpunchy and his girlfriend around 12 hours to make, and it is just stunning. If you’ve ever wondered to yourself what an animated pickle with an exoskeleton made out of dismembered rat parts would look like in real life, look no further.last_img read more

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Awareness drive on Swachh Bharat held in Vikarabad

first_imgTandur: An awareness programme on Swachh Bharat, Mission Gramin, Haritha Haram and water conservation was held at Bhavani function hall on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, MLA Rohith Reddy said people’s representatives should work for construction of water harvesting pit and lavatory for each house. He also said that it was everyone’s responsibility that planting saplings and protecting them. District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam, MLC Mahender Reddy were also present.last_img

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Investigative journalist unveils the mystery of Roswell UFO incident

first_imgYouTube screenshot / secureteam10Roswell UFO incident is one of the most mysterious events ever recorded in human history. Several conspiracy theorists believe that the UFO that crashed in June 1947 is authentic proof of alien existence, and they even claim that the US government is involved in an extraterrestrial coverup. Now, after 72 years of the incident, investigative journalist Annie Jacobson has put forward a very different theory to explain this mysterious event.Annie Jacobson believes that the spacecraft that crashlanded in Roswell could be most probably a Soviet Union spy vessel that aimed to create anarchy in the United States. The journalist revealed that after the end of the second world war, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had employed controversial Nazi doctor Josef Mengele to create child-sized pilots to fly advanced spacecraft.As a reward for this experiment, Joseph Stalin had promised the doctor a fully fledged eugenics lab where he can continue his sinister experiments.After creating the child pilots, the Soviet Union sent them to the United States in a small secret spacecraft. The original plan of the Soviet Union was to land the secret spacecraft in the United States and seeing the child pilots, people in the country will think that aliens have landed.”The child-sized aviators in this craft were the result of a Soviet human experimentation program, and they had been made to look like aliens a la Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds, and it was a warning shot over President Truman’s bow, so to speak. In 1947, when this would have originally happened, the Soviets did not yet have the nuclear bomb, and Stalin and Truman were locked in horns with one another, and Stalin couldn’t compete in nuclear weaponry yet, but he certainly could compete in the world of black propaganda — and that was his aim, according to my source,” Jacobson told Fresh Air podcast, Express.co.uk reports.The comments made by Jacobson have already gone viral on online platforms, and several conspiracy theorists consider this theory one of the most convincing explanation ever put forward about the Roswell UFO incident.last_img read more

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RU students besiege VCs residence

first_imgStudents of Rajshahi University (RU) on Saturday morning besieged the residence of the university’s vice- chancellor protesting at the abduction of a female student from the campus and demanding security, reports UNB.A 4th year student of the Bangla department of RU was abducted allegedly by her ‘estranged’ husband from the university campus on Friday morning while she was going to appear examination.She is from Naogaon and used to live in Taposi Rabeya hall.Protesting at the abduction, the students gathered on the campus in the morning and staged demonstrations. Later, they besieged the VC’s house.The students placed a seven-point demand, including necessary steps for rescuing the abducted girl, ensuring students’ security and installing CCTV cameras at important places on the campus.Meanwhile, Lutfar Rahman, proctor of the university, said that the university authorities and law enforcers have been trying to rescue the student.last_img read more

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HSC to Host June Fair Community Health Expo

first_imgThe Health Services for Children with Special Needs organization will host June Fair, a free health expo. The event features hundreds of exhibitors with a range of health-related information and community resources, more than 10 mobile health units, as well as children’s amusements, live entertainment, and cooking and exercise demonstrations. Attendance at the annual event has increased to more than 600 children and their families throughout the day, making it Ward 5’s largest community event. This year’s June Fair will be held on June 14, in Michigan Park, which is located directly across the street from The HSC Pediatric Center in N.E. D.C. For more information: hscfoundation.org.last_img

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Arrest after police believe smash trafficking ring

first_imgA 48-year-old man was remanded for eight days on Tuesday on suspicion of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of trafficking victims after a police raid on a massage parlour in Limassol.The man was arrested on Monday during a raid on the massage parlour he owns in Linopetra. At the time of the raid six women, all third-country nationals, aged between 23 and 38, were also in the premises and are believed to be victims of human trafficking. Three male customers were also there.The place had been under police surveillance for three months. Police said on Tuesday that the case concerns a ring exploiting Asian women and operates in several countries.During the raid, police seized as evidence €4,268 in cash, computers, tablets, mobile phones, handwritten notes and a closed-circuit camera recorder.The suspect is being investigated for human trafficking, sexual exploitation of trafficking victims, for illegally withholding personal documents and money laundering. The offences allegedly took place between October 2017 and February 2019.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Akel president should make counterproposal to Akinci on gas

first_imgMain opposition Akel said on Saturday the Greek Cypriot side should come up with a counter-proposal to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s suggestion on hydrocarbons, instead of just rejecting it.In a letter to President Nicos Anastasiades, Akel leader Andros Kyprianou said he was aware he signed on to the joint statement rejecting Akinci’s proposal for a joint hydrocarbons committee during a meeting of party leaders on Tuesday.“However, from then on we are obliged to note that especially in today’s difficult conditions, this sterile refusal cannot be the final word,” Kyprianou said.He said the rejection of the Turkish Cypriot leader’s proposal needed to be met with a counter-proposal from the Greek Cypriot side.Speaking on Tuesday, Akinci expressed regret that his proposal was rejected by the Greek Cypriot side.He said he was surprised by the reasons since his proposal aimed at turning the hydrocarbon sector to a field of co-operation between the two sides and to defuse tensions.Akinci rejected the reasons cited by the Greek Cypriot side, arguing that it was the Turkish Cypriots who wanted a solution more, and who paid a higher cost because of the status quo.He said his proposal on hydrocarbons concerned co-operation and mutual benefit, instead of the current situation of the Greek Cypriot side handling the matter unilaterally.The Turkish Cypriot leader said a joint committee would not hinder efforts to find a solution but make the path to it shorter.On Saturday Kyprianou said: “Our unwavering goal and highest priority must be the solution of the Cyprus problem within the agreed parameters.”Commenting on the Cyprus problem, he said that the only way to achieve a solution was through negotiations, and that the issue of hydrocarbons could and should be used as motivation for a solution.Kyprianou added that despite the Greek Cypriot side’s opinion that talks failed due to Turkey, the UN Secretary-General noted in his report that the failure of talks was due to both leaders, and that the guarantor powers contributed positively to the security and guarantees issue.“It is respected that the decision on how you will answer to Mr Akinci is your right.  We ask though that you think very seriously about how you will answer.  Unfortunately, time is running out and the dangers are immense for the country and our people,” he said. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Britain ramps up preparations for “very real prospect” of no-deal BrexitUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?UndoTales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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