Putting Methane Leaks Into Perspective

first_imgNatural Gas Pipelines Are LeakingReport Warns That Climate Change Efforts Are Too SlowLandfills Are a Big Methane ProblemConcern Mounts Over Natural Gas Leaks Inventory tallies vs. aircraft surveillanceThe EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory is done in a way experts like us call a “bottom-up” approach. It entails tallying up all of the nation’s natural gas equipment – from household gas meters to wellpads – and estimating an annualized average emission rate for every category and adding it all up.There are two challenges to this approach. First, there are no accurate equipment records for many of these categories. Second, when components operate improperly or fail, emissions balloon, making it hard to develop an accurate and meaningful annualized emission rate for each source.[Source: Environmental Protection Agency]“Top-down” approaches, typically requiring aircraft, are the alternative. They measure methane concentrations upwind and downwind of large geographic areas. But this approach has its own shortcomings.First, it captures all methane emissions, rather than just the emissions tied to natural gas operations – including the methane from landfills, cows, and even the leaves rotting in your backyard. Second, these one-time snapshots may get distorted depending on what’s going on while planes fly around capturing methane data.Historically, top-down approaches estimate emissions that are about twice bottom-up estimates. Some regional top-down methane leak rate estimates have been as high as 8% while some bottom-up estimates have been as low as 1%.More recent work, including the Science study, have performed coordinated campaigns in which the on-the-ground and aircraft measurements are made concurrently, while carefully modeling emission events. Natural gas is displacing coal, which could help fight climate change because burning it produces fewer carbon emissions. But producing and transporting natural gas releases methane, a greenhouse gas that also contributes to climate change. How big is the methane problem?For the past five years, our research teams at Colorado State University have made thousands of methane emissions measurements at more than 700 separate facilities in the production, gathering, processing, transmission, and storage segments of the natural gas supply chain.This experience has given us a unique perspective regarding the major sources of methane emissions from natural gas and the challenges the industry faces in terms of detecting and reducing, if not eliminating, them.Our work, along with numerous other research projects, was recently folded into a new study published in the journal Science. This comprehensive snapshot suggests that methane emissions from oil and gas operations are much higher than current EPA estimates. Helpful gadgets and sound policyOn a sunny morning in October 2013, our research team pulled up to a natural gas gathering compressor station in Texas. Using an $80,000 infrared camera, we immediately located an extraordinarily large leak of colorless, odorless methane that was invisible to the operator, who quickly isolated and fixed the problem.We then witnessed the methane emissions decline tenfold – the facility leak rate fell from 9.8% to 0.7% before our eyes.It is not economically feasible, of course, to equip all natural gas workers with $80,000 cameras, or to hire the drivers required to monitor every wellpad on a daily basis when there are 40,000 oil and gas wells in Weld County, Colorado, alone.But new technologies can make a difference. Our team at Colorado State University is working with the Department of Energy to evaluate gadgetry that will rapidly detect methane emissions. Some of these devices can be deployed today, including inexpensive sensors that can be monitored remotely.Technology alone won’t solve the problem, however. We believe that slashing the nation’s methane leak rate will require a collaborative effort between industry and government. And based on our experience in Colorado, which has developed some of the nation’s strictest methane emissions regulations, we find that best practices become standard practices with strong regulations.We believe that the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back regulations, without regard to whether they are working or not, will not only have profound climate impacts. They will also jeopardize the health and safety of all Americans while undercutting efforts by the natural gas industry to cut back on the pollution it produces. RELATED ARTICLES What causes these leaksPerhaps you’ve never contemplated the long journey that natural gas travels before you can ignite the burners on the gas stove in your kitchen.But on top of the 500,000 natural gas wells operating in the U.S. today, there are 2 million miles of pipes and millions of valves, fittings, tanks, compressors, and other components operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week, to deliver natural gas to your home.That natural gas that you burn when you whip up a batch of pancakes may have traveled 1,000 miles or more as it wended through this complicated network. Along the way, there were ample opportunities for some of it to leak out into the atmosphere.Natural gas leaks can be accidental, caused by malfunctioning equipment, but a lot of natural gas is also released intentionally to perform process operations such as opening and closing valves. In addition, the tens of thousands of compressors that increase the pressure and pump the gas along through the network are powered by engines that burn natural gas and their exhaust contains some unburned natural gas.Since the natural gas delivered to your home is 85 to 95% methane, natural gas leaks are predominantly methane. While methane poses the greatest threat to the climate because of its greenhouse gas potency, natural gas contains other hydrocarbons that can degrade regional air quality and are bad for human health. What’s wrong with methaneOne way to quantify the magnitude of the methane leakage is to divide the amount of methane emitted each year by the total amount of methane pumped out of the ground each year from natural gas and oil wells. The EPA currently estimates this methane leak rate to be 1.4% — that is, for every cubic foot of natural gas drawn from underground reservoirs, 1.4% of it is lost into the atmosphere.This study synthesized the results from a five-year series of 16 studies coordinated by environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which involved more than 140 researchers from over 40 institutions and 50 natural gas companies.The effort brought together scholars based at universities, think tanks, and the industry itself to make the most accurate estimate possible of the total amount of methane emitted from all U.S. oil and gas operations. It integrated data from a multitude of recent studies with measurements made on the ground and from the air.All told, based on the results of the new study, the U.S. oil and gas industry is leaking 13 million metric tons of methane each year, which means the methane leak rate is 2.3%. This 60% difference between our new estimate and the EPA’s current one can have profound climate consequences.Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas, with more than 80 times the climate warming impact of carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it is released.An earlier EDF study showed that a methane leak rate of greater than 3% would result in no immediate climate benefits from retiring coal-fired power plants in favor of natural gas power plants.That means even with a 2.3% leakage rate, the growing share of U.S. electricity powered by natural gas is doing something to slow the pace of climate change. However, these climate benefits could be far greater.Also, at a methane leakage rate of 2.3%, many other uses of natural gas besides generating electricity are conclusively detrimental for the climate. For example, EDF found that replacing the diesel used in most trucks or the gasoline consumed by most cars with natural gas would require a leakage rate of less than 1.4% before there would be any immediate climate benefit.What’s more, some scientists believe that the leakage rate could be even higher than this new estimate. By ANTHONY J. MARCHESE and DAN ZIMMERLE Anthony J. Marchese is Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering, and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University. Dan Zimmerle is senior research associate and director of METEC, Colorado State University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

Microsoft Sneaks Out New Privacy Policy

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In a revised privacy policy updated over the weekend, Microsoft now says that it will take the content that people upload and use it to improve Microsoft’s “integrated” suite of online services. The new Microsoft services agreement, distributed to consumers the Friday night before the Labor Day holiday, looks fairly innocuous. But the accompanying email makes the company’s intentions clearer: “We also clarified how Microsoft uses your content to better protect consumers and improve our products, including aligning our usage to the way we’re designing our cloud services to be highly integrated across many Microsoft products,” the email states.Anyone who signs into Microsoft’s online services is bound by the agreement – services including Microsoft’s Hotmail, SkyDrive, Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail Desktop, Writer, Bing, MSN and Office.com. The effective date us vague: The policy itself claims to take effect Sept. 27, while Microsoft’s email claims the new policy will take effect Oct. 19.Microsoft also added a stipulation that to use its services, people must agree to a class-action lawsuit waiver, which blocks or at least makes very difficult collective suits in favor of arbitration.Microsoft appears to be taking a page from Google, which in January said that it unified and reworked its privacy policy, preparing for a world in which it would share cutomer data across its integrated services.Google’s spin on the move was that it could help keep people on schedule if it reads a person’s calendar and knows his or her location. Pundits and legislators freaked out, even though Google later integrated those services with little uproar – a precedent which Microsoft will undoubtedly benefit from.Here’s what Microsoft’s new policy now claims will happen.“When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services,” it says. “For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, Microsoft takes steps to help preserve your privacy.”The key phrase is “necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services.” Microsoft is making these changes to protect you, and it is making these changes to help itself.Microsoft customers might also assume that their data may be used to provide the same kind of integrated services that Google gave in its example. But Microsoft doesn’t say that. In fact, Microsoft’s updated privacy policy lacks the sort of context (read: official blog post) that a change like this demands. Unfortunately, that blog post was added to the Microsoft Volume Licensing blog, which few consumers would ever read. The rather terse post does make clear that Microsoft prioritizes privacy, however, and doesn’t use the contents of your email or your SkyDrive documents for advertising purposes.In fact, the example of “isolating information” from your content to stop spam and malware shouldn’t exactly reassure anyone that Microsoft has your best interests at heart. Microsoft has taken pains to remind us that Hotmail, once a haven for spam, has dramatically improved, in part by using algorithms to scan emails for malware and to use reputation to help isolate suspicious email.But give credit where it’s due: Google, for its part, provides a ”dashboard” that summarizes what Google knows about you.In reality, the dashboard is an extensive list of data reminding you that Google knows what restaurants you’ve reviewed on Maps, who you’ve called on Voice, sites that have been shared with you, who you most frequently email on Gmail, et cetera. Google also archives past iterations of its privacy policy, and provides extensive tools for managing the data it stores, also allowing you to delete or export the data.Google’s one knock? If you don’t want to share content across services, Google offers you essentially the same choice as Microsoft: Don’t use it. The depth of data is a bit unsettling, but it’s comparatively easty to know what data Google is tapping into.Microsoft does no such thing. In fact, I had to go back to 2010 to discover what data Microsoft’s online services collect, from an interview with Redmond Magazine.“When Microsoft receives a Bing search query, we collect a number of pieces of information, including the search query provided, IP address, unique identifiers contained in cookies, browser configuration and the time and date of the search,“ Brendon Lynch told the magazine.“As part of our privacy safeguards, search terms are stored separately from account information that could personally and directly identify an individual, such as e-mail address or phone number,“ Lynch added. “This helps protect against unauthorized correlation of these details.” Hotmail uses a similar policy, Lynch said.Here’s the problem: Microsoft’s “window” into its own data-collection practices shouldn’t be an online interview, but a comprehensive document.This needs to change now. Microsoft does provide its own privacy policy, detailing how information is collected and used, and how people can manage their profiles. But greater transparency into what additional data Microsoft collects is essential, as is the right to manage it, or, at worst, delete it.Microsoft needs to offer its own version of the Google Dashboard, and try to convince people that it has their best interests in mind.Google has proven itself a master in convincing customers to trade their personal information for targeted advertising (that generates billions of dollars of revenue).But Microsoft is gaining fast, and the company’s choice to slip in a change to its online services agreement over a holiday weekend already smacks of sleaze. Unless the company does a better job of disclosing what information it collects, people might want to stay away. 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Six boys crossing railway tracks crushed to death by speeding train in Hapur

first_imgSix youth were crushed to death and another was critically injured when they were hit by speeding trains while crossing railway tracks on Sunday night in Pilakhua area of Hapur.The eye witnesses told the media that the boys aged between 14-16 were crossing the railway tracks when trains arrived on both the tracks at Sadiqpura area of Pilakhua. All the victims were friends and were daily wage labourers. The deceased were residents of Pilakhua and have been identified as Vijay, Rahul, Akash, Sameer, Arif and Saleem. Another vicitm who has not been identified as yet is battling for life in a local hospital.The death of five boys led to tension as locals residents who surrounded the railway tracks and staged protests against the accident.They told the police that the railway track was not well lit and lot of residents including schoolchildren and elderly cross it daily. Locals also complained that there was no warning before the trains cross the area, which is densely populated on both the sides.It was only after the Superintendent of Police Hemant Kutiyal and the District Magistrate Krishna Karunesh reached at the spot and placated the agitated crowd that the situation got under control.last_img read more

North Indian migrant workers exodus abating in Gujarat; 10 held for hate messages

first_imgWith no attacks on north Indian migrant workers in Gujarat since Monday, the exodus after attacks on them a few days ago is reported to have abated across north Gujarat.“There has not been any incident and the situation is absolutely under control. There are no reports of mass exodus also,” a senior official in the State government said, adding measures initiated by the administration have led to positive results.In Gandhinagar, Vadodara, Mehana, and other districts, local administration officials held meetings with representatives of migrant workers and also industry representatives. The police officials were also present and assured migrants of safety.In Ahmedabad, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar himself visited the Sabarmati railway station to meet some migrant labourers who were about to board a train to their native town. He met the workers and assured them that their safety would be the top priority of the administration.“All District Collectors were asked to meet migrant labourers to assure them about their safety. Accordingly, officials held meetings with migrant workers and their representatives, heard their grievances and assured cooperation from the government,” Mr. Kumar told The Hindu.He said proactive measures by the government have brought the situation under control.Meanwhile, the Cyber Cell of the Crime Branch of the Ahmedabad police have arrested 10 more persons under Section 66C and 67 of the IT Act and other provisions of the IPC for spreading hate messages to incite violence against migrant workers in the State. So far, 35 people have been booked and arrested under the above sections and provisions.Notice to govt.Meanwhile the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) issued notices on Wednesday to Chief Secretary J.N. Singh and Director-General of Police Shivanand Jha, seeking reports on the attacks and exodus of Hindi-speaking migrant workers.The reports have to be submitted within 20 days, GSHRC chairperson Justice (retired) Abhilasha Kumari told reporters in Gandhinagar.The notices have sought reports on steps taken to ensure the safety of migrant labourers under attack in the State, she said. “They have been asked to clarify what steps are being taken to maintain peace in the State and for the safety of the people who are being attacked.”Since the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha on September 28, and the arrest of a labourer hailing from Bihar for the crime, six districts, most of them in north Gujarat, had seen sporadic incidents of violence(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Heads roll after student dies of food poisoning in Odisha

first_imgFollowing the death of a student and illness of five others due to food poisoning, the headmaster and a teacher of a residential school at Maringi village of Gosani block in Odisha’s Gajapati district were suspended from duty by the administration. The six students complained of uneasiness and stomach cramps after having dinner on March 23 night. All of them were rushed to a nearby medical centre at Garabandha. One of them, Tuni Raita of Class II, died during treatment. The other five were shifted to the district headquarters hospital in Paralakhemundi on Sunday. Ramesh Mishra, one of the doctors treating the students, said they had developed serious symptoms of food poisoning like vomiting and loose motion. Their condition has improved after treatment and they may be discharged on Monday night, the doctor added.The district administration has initiated action against the school headmaster, Umakant Choudhury, and an assistant teacher, Anita Nayak. Both of them have been suspended and an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the reason behind the food poisoning, said Gajapati District Welfare Officer Santosh Rath. Ms. Nayak was the superintendent of the school hostel. According to Mr. Rath, samples of the food consumed as dinner by the students on March 23 night have been sent for forensic test. Autopsy report of the deceased girl is awaited. On the fateful day, the students had consumed eggs during lunch and vegetarian fare at night, added Mr. Rath.last_img read more

Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlon

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH bags 2nd Gold as triathletes Nikko Huelgas (right) and John Chicano (left finish at 1-2 at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. – marianne bermudezKUALA LUMPUR — Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano dominated the men’s triathlon here in the Southeast Asian Games Monday as the Philippines picked up its second gold of at Putrajaya Water Sports Complex here.READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Huelgas, who along with Chicano has been training around the region for the last two months, clocked one hour, 59 minutes and 30 seconds to win his second straight SEA Games gold medal.READ: Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacentFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChicaco checked in four minutes later to make it a 1-2 finish for the Filipinos. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg: ‘They haven’t showed up’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NCAA: San Beda stays unbeaten, CSB snaps skid Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “The reason why were dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up. It’s already our third practice and they are still nowhere to be found. It’s simply a matter of disinterest,” said Reyes.“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on. If they don’t want to be a part of the pool, that’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window. We can’t wait for those guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBoth Abueva and Almazan have not attended in the pool’s first three sessions since the national team resumed its practices.“I don’t know if anyone told [Abueva and Almazan], but we made that announcement today. It’s been communicated with the team and the reason it’s not been communicated with them is because they’re not here. How can we communicate with them if they’re not here?,” a frustrated Reyes said.center_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cutting Almazan and Abueva is also a message to the other players, who want to be part of the team.Reyes said the players must be fully committed to the program if they want to make the team.“I talked to the players earlier and I reminded them that the entire program is about the players’ desire to be here,” he said. “I think one of the reasons why we’re successful is because we have players who want to be here and put in the effort and dedication.”Gilas Pilipinas is preparing for its pair of games beginning with Australia on February 22 in Melbourne, before facing Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes dropped the hammer on erring pool members as he took Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan out of the national team pool for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.The outspoken mentor said he had enough of the two not showing up in the weekly Monday practices at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more

Advantech extends fibre optic media converter product range

first_img Continue Reading Previous Vecow: Coffee Lake workstation-grade platform for AI applicationsNext ADLINK: two new CompactPCI 2.0 processor blades with latest Intel Xeon, Core and Atom Advantech has extended their fibre optic media converter product range with the launch of the new models EKI-2541ML, EKI-2541SL, EKI-2741ML, EKI-2741SL and EKI-2741FL. With over 30 years’ experience in automation and communication, Advantech is aware that the demand for media conversion is increasing, and understands the difficulty involved in replacing or rewiring existing devices. The new Advantech fibre optic media converters are especially suitable for users looking to meeting their ongoing requirement with minimal costs and effort.With the ability to connect two dissimilar media types, these new media converters are simple to install allowing networks to be commissioned quickly. The EKI-2541/2741 series media converters provide cost benefits by affordably integrating fibre infrastructure and copper equipment, an ideal solution for “fibre to building” applications for central offices or local sites. Typical applications include power and energy, transportation (ITS), machine and control automation, building automation and factory automation.The EKI-2541ML and EKI-2541SL have 1 x 10/100Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 connector and 1 x 100Mbps multi/single mode SC type fibre port. EKI-2741ML/SL/FL offer 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 connector with 1 x 100/1000Mbps Ethernet port with SFP or 1 x 1000Mbps multi/single mode SC fibre port for 1000Base-SX/LX device.Devices automatically detect if the link partner is MDI or MDI-X. Auto-MDI/MDIX can be enabled or disabled. When the function is disabled, the port reverts to MDI mode. Unaffected by electromagnetic interference fibre is normally used in EMI noisy environments, or in situations where cabling distance exceeds the 100m maximum offered by copper cabling. In addition, fibre is future proof, as applications that need higher speeds and distances appear fibre is the only cabling type capable of supporting these demands. Using fibre conversion ensures ease of installation, low cost and flexibility so allowing the customer to build a flexible communications infrastructure, protect their investment and provide seamless connectivity.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Swimming against the tide: 8 women who defeated all odds

first_imgThe second session — Swimming Against the Tide: Floating to the Top — of India Today Woman Summit 2018 featured eight champion women from Rajasthan. From sports to medicine, these women have excelled in different areas of life with their confidence and strength despite their struggles in life.Let’s take a look:Asha Jhajharia, Nurse, Mountaineer Asha Jhajharia receiving award from Cabinet Minister For Higher, Technical & Sanskrit Education Department (Rajasthan) Kiran Maheshwari and India Today Group Editorial Director (publishing) Raj Chengappa.Asha is a mountaineer who successfully climbed the Mount Everest in 2017. She prepared for one year to achieve her goal. Asha went to Amarnath Yatra in 2015 with a friend where she was praised for her unusual speed by an Indian Army official. She said that one word pushed her to think about her abilities and changed her life.”Girls are seen as a burden in Rajasthan, the state I was born in, and Harayana, the state I married into. It took me 24 years to prove that it’s untrue. I proved that as a daughter I can make my dad proud, more than a boy could have. I believe women are much stronger and confident than men.”Asha also talked about how her life after marriage affected her dreams. She said, “A woman doesn’t have any social presence and even takes up her husband’s name after marriage.”I was not supported by my in-laws for my dream but my husband was there for me through thick and thin. I took a loan of Rs 30 lakh for my Everest dream.advertisementAsha went through a lot of hurdles during her Everest summit. Sharing her experience, she said, “Don’t think about what your family has given you. At the third camp, I saw the first dead body ever. I knew that if I died no one will take care of my daughter especially my in-laws. They will just want to get her married off, though they will look after my sons. I thought about my daughter and then realised that if I give up now, my daughter might also lose hope. I crossed 17 dead bodies till the top.Manju Devi, First Woman Coolie, Jaipur First woman coolie in Rajasthan, Manju Devi.Manju Devi, who is the only woman coolie working at Jaipur Railway Station, shared her journey of being a woman in a man’s world.”Eight years ago, my husband died and I had to fend for myself and my three kids – one daughter and two sons – I didn’t have the fees for their schooling or even water. I wanted to do something that could help me earn. So I became a coolie, even though it was unheard of. It was difficult, but I managed.”Saroj Choudhary, Scientist, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Saroj Choudhary (right) sharing her journey during the session.Saroj Choudhary, who is an agricultural scientist, shared her journey and how she waded through in a society where daughters aren’t considered as important as sons. She said, “I come from a farmer family, members of whom were uneducated. We were five sisters and two brothers. Daughters aren’t given as much importance as sons. So, I was happy when I got the opportunity to escort my brothers to school and was made to wait outside their classroom till they were done and then go escort them home. One day, a student got stuck while counting in school and I continued sitting outside. Then, the teachers motivated my parents to allow me to study. That’s the day my life changed. But I never thought that my brothers are going to school and I’m not because I knew that girls aren’t considered as important as boys. And so, I have also adopted a female girl, who is now 9 years of age.”Saroj said that she adopted a baby girl even before she got married and her family accepted the daughter with arms wide open.Kiyara, IMG model Kiyara during the second session of India Today Woman Summit 2018.Kiyara, who is an IMG model, has done international runway shows. She hails from a small town and shared that her journey in modelling wasn’t easy. But, she always knew that she wanted to be one. Kiyara also shared that some of relatives do not talk to her because of her profession because they think modelling is “bad”.She said, “I used to watch FTV when I was a little girl and then decided that this is what I want to be. My parents weren’t too supportive earlier, but came around. Some people in my family don’t speak to me because they think modelling is a bad thing. But I feel powerful as a woman and I’m following my dreams and passions.”advertisementKiyara has done shows for Lakme, Vogue, Verve and more and aspires to walk the Victoria Secret Show one day.Shalini Pathak, Inspector, Rajasthan Police (RAC) Shalini Pathak receiving an award from the guest of honour.Shalini Pathak is Rajasthan’s first Kabbadi international player. She received the highest award for sports in the state as well. Shalini is also the daughter of a national Kabbadi player.”I chose to play kabaddi – which is considered a male game. Parents don’t want a girl to play kabaddi where you end up bleeding and covered in mud. But my parents were supportive when I chose it, though first, they tried to push me to safer sports like badminton and others. When I first started playing sports, I would run and my father would ride a bike next to me. I have to interact with men when I’m working and play in shorts on the field while playing.Talking about being in Kabbadi as a woman, she said, “You have to shut out what people are saying especially when we are playing in villages. You have to focus on your game. Then you can achieve what you want.”Rupa Yadav, MBBS Student, Bikaner Rupa Yadav speaking during the session.”When I was eight, I didn’t know I was getting married and was just happy about the new dress and the fact that a function was happening. I continued studying and then went to in-laws to work on the farms. They didn’t know how to help me pursue my education. I would work in the fields and then study. Then I sat for exams and I can now live my dream of becoming a doctor. Girls are emotional, but they accept challenges. Boys don’t face such challenges. My in-laws treated me like their own kid. My husband stopped studying as they could only afford to educate now. But now, he’s also trying to do something in the field of medicine itself.”Shabana Dagar, Archivist Shabana Dagar is an archivist and belongs to Dhrupad gharana.Shabana Dagar is the 20th generation of the Dhrupad gharana from Rajasthan. She is the curator of Dagar archives and maintains a museum showcasing 500-year-old legacy of her gharana.”We found it weird that women of our family of singers didn’t have the permission to sing. Girls from other families would be taught, but not those of us at home. So, my brother and I decided to work for it – we still work for art and culture and preserving the Dhrupad tradition. We want this information to be passed down to the next few generations at least.”Samantha Lowe, Entrepreneur Samantha Lowe is an Australian national who runs multiple businesses in Jaipur.Samantha is an entrepreneur working in Jaipur. She owns a jewellery label and an Italian-Indian fusion cafe.”I came to India for manufacturing purposes. And, safety was a huge concern so I didn’t venture out so much initially. I saw a huge opportunity for growth in cities like Jaipur as compared to Tier 1 cities. I thought it would be much easier than it was. In India, I have seen people looking at you but conversing with the man beside you. It’s a global issue, actually.advertisementOne asking about her backup plan, Samantha told India Today that she never had one.Samantha said, “To me, there is always more and more. I am never settling for less. I just want to keep striving for more.”She added that growth doesn’t happen overnight. She said that she hopes one day hospitality venue has 50-50 per cent opportunities for both the sexes.All photos by: Rajwant Rawat/India TodayAlso read: India Today Woman Summit 2018: Champions from Rajasthan who shined throughSee Pics: Swimming against the tide: Rajasthan’s champion women at India Today Woman Summit 2018Also watch: India Today Woman Summit: These women swam against the tide to reach the toplast_img read more

Ventura not doubting Italy’s World Cup hopes

first_imgItaly Ventura not doubting Italy’s World Cup hopes: ‘We’re all convinced that we will make it’ Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 08:39 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) GianPIeroVentura - cropped Getty Images Italy WC Qualification Europe Sweden v Italy Sweden The manager is not overlooking the play-off with Sweden but has said he can’t imagine a scenario in which the Italians fail to qualify for Russia Italy may have a World Cup play-off with Sweden to get through, but head coach Gian Piero Ventura is not considering the possibility that they’ll fail to qualify for Russia 2018.The Azzurri were beaten to top spot in Group G of UEFA qualifying by Spain and face a two-legged clash with Janne Andersson’s side to advance to next year’s finals, with the first match taking place in Stockholm on Friday.Italy 13/10 to win in Sweden Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Because of my mindset, I never considered the possibility of missing the World Cup. We’re all convinced that we will make it,” said the 69-year-old.| The work begins at #Coverciano for the play-off. pic.twitter.com/Oqr9wiM0ru#SwedenItaly #VivoAzzurro— Italy (@azzurri) November 6, 2017″I believe there is a possibility to do something much more important that we can think of in this moment. Now it is time to channel our energies.”I am not thinking about whether we will play in the World Cup or not. I am already thinking about the group stage as well as the friendlies we have to play, against England and perhaps Argentina if I am not wrong.”I think about Russia, of course, but first of all I am focused on Sweden, which is a mandatory step.”last_img read more

Day One Highlights

first_imgHighlights from some of the stadium games on day one of the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships have been uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube Channel. To be directed to the channel, please click on the link below or click on the game links to be taken to specific games. www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus NSWCHS v TNZ 15’s (18’s Girls)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MHHXe9FNo&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=6&feature=plcp QSST v TNZ 15’s (18’s Girls)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtYdBkuv8p8&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=5&feature=plcp NSWCCC v TNZ 17’s (18’s Boys)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrU5D0VsjlM&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=4&feature=plcp SA v ACT (18’s Girls)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=husrKnYiX2o&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=3&feature=plcp NSWCCC v NT (18’s Boys)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrU5D0VsjlM&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=4&feature=plcp Plays of the Day – Wednesdayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDK6_tAnTmE&list=PLCJfrG2tUdZiWi7e-k0v0i3U_lLfJswrB&index=0&feature=plcp Be sure to vote for your favourite Play of the Day by voting on the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Related LinksDay One Highlightslast_img read more

Fighting famine in Africa and Middle East starves terrorism Bibeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Famine-ravaged countries in Africa and the Middle East will breed and spread terrorism if the world can’t help feed their people and give them hope, says Canada’s international development minister.Canadians may want to do the compassionate thing and help ease the suffering of 20 million people in four countries — Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia, Marie-Claude Bibeau says.But if altruism isn’t a good enough motivator, then cold, hard, national security interests are another good reason, she says.Bibeau offered that analysis in an interview as she launched the government’s matching fund for famine relief in those four countries.“We have to contribute to do our part in these countries because, yes, we are generous and we want to do that to help the most vulnerable.” she said. “But there is an issue of global security also.”Bibeau said the government will match donations made to registered charities over the period of March 17 to June 30.Standing in the foyer of the House of Commons on Monday, surrounded by members of international organizations, Bibeau and others appealed to the collective conscience of Canadians to help provide water, sanitation services, shelter and urgent food assistance to huge civilian populations, including women and children.But in the interview, Bibeau discussed the need to create longer-term “winning conditions,” especially for youth, to keep them out of the ranks of terror groups operating in or near the affected countries.“They want to have hope that they will be able to study, find a good job, have a good life,” she said. “If they don’t have hope, there comes a time when they turn to armed groups, because it’s the only way for them to get revenue.”There is no shortage of options for young people looking to turn to a militia in the four countries that are the subject of the Canadian fundraising appeal.Branches of the Islamic state group and al-Qaida are active in Yemen, where a Saudi Arabian-Iran proxy civil war is raging.The Boko Haram group, which has abducted schoolgirls and razed villages, remains a threat in Nigeria.Armed factions in South Sudan have been waging a civil war since December 2013, plunging the country into famine in February.Somalia meanwhile is the failed state home to the al-Shabab terrorist group.The other alternative that young people have, said Bibeau, is to simply flee — joining the record number of refugees flowing from Africa towards Europe across the Mediterranean, further exacerbating the world’s migration crisis.Bibeau said she is very conscious that the situation in three of the countries in question — Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen — “these famines are man-made. They are caused mainly by conflict.“In Somalia, it’s mostly related to climate change and to drought.”She said the situations demand larger, longer-term solutions that involve diplomacy and getting climate change under control.Bibeau won’t say whether it is inevitable that a Canadian peacekeeping mission will end up in Africa. The Liberal government still hasn’t decided where to deploy hundreds of peacekeepers, but it may offer some clues when it releases its long-delayed defence policy review next week.Bibeau says her own delayed development review will be made public by the end of June.With Canada hosting the G7 summit next year, she’s well aware of the pressure the country will face to boost overall aid spending, something it failed to do in the most recent budget and for which it was criticized by the international aid community.Bibeau said she is fighting hard at the cabinet table over a finite pot of funds.“I feel I have the support of my colleagues. We have hard decisions to make,” she said.The government has invested heavily at home on indigenous people and a new affordable housing, Bibeau said.“I know it’s not good enough. We have to do always more on the international stage, but it’s still important.”last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, November 15, 2018 — Today, following productive negotiatio­­ns, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) jointly announced that they have reached a deal on a new three-year Independent Production Agreement (IPA). The agreement in principle will now be presented to the ACTRA membership and the CMPA and AQPM’s respective Boards of Directors for ratification.“After having struck deals on two other major agreements with directors and crew members in the past few months, this agreement demonstrates the commitment we share with performers to maintaining stability and predictability in the face of tumultuous change within the Canadian screen-based industry,” said Warren Ross, the CMPA’s Vice President of National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel. “We thank our negotiating partners at the AQPM and ACTRA for their tireless work in achieving this shared goal, which not only benefits our industry as a whole but, most importantly, benefits Canadian audiences.”“Through the firm resolve and dedication of our 2018 IPA Negotiating Committee, we successfully worked through a complex series of issues to negotiate an excellent settlement,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “We stood together to advocate for the rights of all members – across all of ACTRA’s performance categories – to ensure performers have safer working conditions and improved compensation.” Advertisement “With already one of the best performer agreements in the world, our goal is always to secure a fair deal with improved working conditions for our hard-working members,” added Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director. “At a time when many working people are facing wage roll-backs, our members will see a pay increase and better protection in the workplace.”“The AQPM thanks the members of all the negotiating committees involved,” said President and CEO of the AQPM Hélène Messier. “This agreement will provide stability within the industry for the next three years and maintain the partnership between producers and performers.”The ACTRA Independent Production Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for on- and off-camera performers engaged on English-language productions in Canada, excluding British Columbia, which operates under a separate collective agreement. The current 2016-2018 agreement is set to expire on December 31, 2018.ABOUT ACTRAACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 25,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. actra.caABOUT THE AQPMThe Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) represents 150 independent companies engaged in the production or coproduction of film, television and digital content for all screens, in both French and English. aqpm.caABOUT THE CMPAThe Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences. cmpa.ca Twitterlast_img read more

Italian Senate OKs budget tweaked to satisfy EU concerns

first_imgROME — After a raucous session, the Italian Senate has approved a national budget law that was tweaked in a bid to satisfy European Union concerns.Much of the Italian government’s planned spending in 2019, which won passage in Parliament’s upper chamber about 3 a.m. Sunday, satisfies the expensive campaign promises by Italy’s populist coalition. Those including rolling back pension changes and guaranteeing income for the jobless or underemployed.Premier Giuseppe Conte’s government is rushing to win final approval of the budget in the lower Chamber of Deputies later this week. The EU commission could trigger sanctions if the revised budget doesn’t pass by Dec. 31.Opposition parties are blasting the budget as short on investments to revive Italy’s struggling economy.The Associated Presslast_img

Canadian opposes law in Argentina

first_imgMinera San Jorge SA, a subsidiary of Canadian group Coro Mining, has filed an action to have a recently passed Provincial Act in Mendoza, which prohibits the use of toxic substances including sulphuric acid in any metalliferous mining, declared unconstitutional.The legal process in Mendoza, Argentina, involves the presentation of the action directly to the Provincial Supreme Court of Justice. Once the action is accepted by the court, the Mendoza Government will be notified of the action. The Government is expected to respond to the action before the case could go to trial.Notwithstanding this action, the company is continuing with its evaluation of San Jorge and plans to complete its pre-feasibility study by the end of this year. It is the company’s intention to continue to work with all levels of government and interested third parties to demonstrate that the project, if viable, could be developed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner and would provide economic and social benefits to the local community and to the Province.last_img read more

EA kills Online Pass due to negative feedback from gamers

first_imgAlongside piracy, video game publishers also hate the used games market as there’s no profit in it for them. Some publishers have tried to counteract such sales by requiring an additional payment for certain in-game features if you buy used. EA’s answer to that was Online Pass.For the games that used Online Pass, EA required you enter a code after purchase to unlock features such as online multiplayer. If that game was then traded in and bought by someone else, EA required an additional payment from them to unlock that same Online Pass-protected content. Typically this would cost around $10.Online Pass was introduced in 2010 and is for the most part not well liked among gamers. Some games use it, while others don’t. It’s also not immediately clear when buying a game used that you’ll have to purchase an Online Pass and what doing so unlocks in the game. Worst of all, Online Pass typically unlocks content that requires a server (e.g. multiplayer), and EA is well known for regularly shutting down online access to older titles. So you could end up paying for an Online Pass only to find the functionality it unlocks is no longer available a few months later.So gamers will be glad to hear that EA has decided to kill Online Pass. EA’s senior director of corporate communications, John Reseburg, explained that the decision is in response to players not responding well to the format. That’s corporate speak for everyone hated it and we finally decided to listen.EA has clearly moved on from Online Pass and is using other methods to try and boost revenue from game releases. Examples include requiring a constant Internet connection to play certain titles, such as SimCity, which makes piracy very difficult and means there is no used market for that title. We also see DLC and micro-transactions being used more heavily. A good example of that is Dead Space 3, which had over $50 worth of additional content to buy on top of the initial game cost.last_img read more

Leeward Community Council has been formed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe votes have been cast and the results are final… The Leeward Community Council has been formed and the members are Belinda Lightbourne who will serve as Chairman, Bernadette Williams who will serve as Vice Chairman, Kneisha Forbes, Treasurer, Candice Malcolm, Secretary General and Pastor Alvin Harvey is the Council’s Chaplin. The Council is an effort of the district’s MP, Hon. Akierra Misick who saw it as a way to merge minds and manpower within her constituency. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

Growers Attend Ag PhD Field Day to Promote Commodity Classic

first_imgEd Erickson, Jr., ASA co-chair of the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee (right), talks about the annual trade show from a booth at the Ag PhD Field Day.Association staff and leaders are in Baltic, S.D. this week to promote Commodity Classic at Ag PhD Field Day, the largest private farm field day in North America. Last year the field day hosted more than 9,000 farmers from 38 states and eight foreign countries.Abby Podkul, Commodity Classic events director, along with Ed Erickson, Jr., ASA co-chair of the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee and Kevin Ross, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) co-chair of the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee, operated a booth at the fair, where they answered questions and shared information about the upcoming show in San Antonio, Texas March 2-4, 2017.Commodity Classic is the once-a-year, can’t-miss event for America’s soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. It’s the event to be at to see the latest innovations first-hand, meet growers and ag leaders from across the nation and talk one-on-one with top agribusiness. For more information, click here.last_img read more

Adorable video of puppy sleeping in pajamas goes viral

first_imgA video is circulating on social media of a puppy in deep slumber wearing pajamas, and let’s just say it’s tugging on people’s heartstrings everywhere.This puppy, named Miles, first appeared on the Instagram account @roofusandkilo, where he is one of five rescue puppies featured.The short clip has garnered a lot of attention, showing the adorable pup sleeping on his back with paws outstretched in yellow duck pajamas. The Instagram account is being managed by a woman named Candice, who has 12 acres of land in Marcola, Oregon. She runs a sanctuary for rescue and foster dogs who face euthanasia.“I was volunteering with all three of my local shelters and animal rescue group. Unfortunately, the number of animals getting adopted only sometimes outnumbered the ones being put down,” Candice told FOX 5.Since she began rescuing dogs five years ago, Candice has saved over 100 dogs through her home. Thanks to social media, dog lovers can be updated daily on all of the rescue dogs’ adventures.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Boater speeds away from waterspout off Key Biscayne

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a frightening day on the water for a South Florida man and his family after a waterspout formed off Key Biscayne.Boater Eddie Ortiz said the Sunday outing was interrupted when the weather took a turn for the worse.When he saw the waterspout, he took out his cellphone and began recording the force of nature on video.Ortiz then put his boat in gear and gunned it, speeding toward Stiltsville to find shelter from the storm.“I kind of saw things get a little bit squirrelly out there, so I decided — you know, my 30 years of boating experience kind of kicked in,” said Ortiz, “and I said, ‘Might as well start heading towards one of the stilt houses.’”Ortiz said the waterspout passed about half a mile away, but he and his two boys felt winds of up to 40 miles per hour. They were able to make it safely back on shore.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more