Rio Tinto admits damaging Australian Aboriginal heritage site

first_img“In 2013, ministerial consent was granted to allow Rio Tinto to conduct activity at the Brockman 4 mine that would impact Juukan 1 and Juukan 2 rock shelters,” the spokesperson said, adding the company had liaised with the Aboriginal community. “Rio Tinto has worked constructively together with the PKKP people on a range of heritage matters under the agreement and has, where practicable, modified its operations to avoid heritage impacts and to protect places of cultural significance to the group.”Just one year after the blasting was approved, an archaeological dig at one of the shelters uncovered the oldest known example of bone tools in Australia — a sharpened kangaroo bone dating back 28,000 years — and a 4,000-year-old hair plait believed to have been worn as a belt.DNA testing of the hair had shown a genetic link to the ancestors of indigenous people who still live in the area. Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted damaging ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in the remote Pilbara region — blasting near the 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.Traditional owners said the culturally significant cave in Juukan Gorge, Western Australia — one of the earliest known sites occupied by Aboriginals in Australia — had been destroyed in a “devastating blow” to the community.Explosives were detonated near the site on Sunday in line with state government approvals granted seven years ago, Rio Tinto said in a statement. Topics :center_img The 2014 excavations also found one of the oldest examples of a grinding stone ever found in Australia.”There are less than a handful of known Aboriginal sites in Australia that are as old as this one”, Puutu Kunti Kurrama Land Committee chair John Ashburton said, describing the site as one of the earliest-occupied locations nationally.”Our people are deeply troubled and saddened by the destruction of these rock shelters and are grieving the loss of connection to our ancestors as well as our land.The local Aboriginal corporation said traditional owners had first learned Rio Tinto planned to blast the gorge near the rock shelters on 15 May after requesting access to the site.Attempts to negotiate with the mining company to stop the blast failed, the corporation said, and it received advice that the charges could not safely be removed or left undetonated.”We recognize that Rio Tinto has complied with its legal obligations, but we are gravely concerned at the inflexibility of the regulatory system,” Ashburton said.”We are now working with Rio Tinto to safeguard the remaining rock shelters in the Juukan Gorge and ensure open communication between all stakeholders.”The Western Australia state government is currently reviewing the laws as part of a process that began in 2018.last_img read more

Development turned on its head with the penthouse on the ground

first_imgThe Sylvan at Toowong is flipping penthouse living on its head, offering ground floor opulence.PENTHOUSE living is being turned on its head with one Toowong developer flipping its plans upside down and putting the penthouse on the ground floor.Prompted by buyer feedback, developer WINIM Funds Management has decided to flip its $54 million Sylvan development on its head and take advantage of the extensive green space within the building’s central courtyard.WINIMFM spokesman Gus Kuiters said buyers, particularly downsizers, loved the appeal of having their own courtyard along with the accessibility and convenience of ground-floor living.Mr Kuiters said the apartments would be as private and spacious as those on the top floors.“The availability of these residences at The Sylvan will mean that those downsizers looking for a larger unit with a courtyard and extra features will be able to seriously consider a ground-floor unit,” he said.“And, in some cases, they will have direct access from the street to their front door.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe Sylvan at ToowongEach of the large ground-floor residences will have the feel of a detached dwelling with a large courtyard, nine-foot ceilings and 900mm appliances.Some will offer direct access to the street, emulating the style of the coveted Brownstone residences found in New York City and other major cities.Mr Kuiters said the luxurious and expansive ground-floor residences responded to owner-occupier demand in a market dominated by investor-focused product.“Luxury living space is increasingly in demand as the Brisbane apartment market continues to be dominated by investor stock,” he said.“The Sylvan is homing in on the appeal of Toowong for owner-occupiers looking to live close to the city, the river and transport.”Mr Kuiters said the project was experiencing strong demand from owner-occupiers due to the shortage of apartment configurations and designs that met their requirements and expectations.The Sylvan will have 117 apartments of one, two and three bedroom apartments with views of the CBD, Brisbane River or Mt Coot-tha.last_img read more

When buying a flipped home make sure you do your homework to avoid any nasty surprises

first_imgProperty agent Damien Keyes from Keyes & Co. is utilising muti-media to sell houses.THE popularity of TV renovation programs has given “house flipping” a very high profile but what if you’re buying one of these renovated properties – is there anything you should look out for?The business of flipping is where an investor secures a property for a cheap price, makes either cosmetic or structural changes (or both) and then puts it back on the market quickly so it can be sold for a profit. Like anything in life, there are varying levels of quality to the finished flipped home. Some flippers are very focused on quality and high-end finishes while others are more focused on a volume business and getting the home back on the market as fast as possible. In many cases the finance is short-term borrowing at higher interest rate levels, so time is money and speed is the key to profit and success.A flipper will often have teams of tradies they work with and will put the big jobs out to tender, such as kitchens, bathrooms, carpentry, general labour, or re-stumping. They will all work together in a fast and efficient way to get the job done quickly and move on to the next. It always pays to remember that underneath the fresh paint, polished floors, and new curtains is a home that was in need of renovation, which is why it sold cheaply in the first place. Try to keep an eagle eye out to spot possible shortcuts or rush jobs – that’s your number-one job as the potential buyer.If you are considering a property that has been flipped here are some things to keep in mind:More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 ■ Identify if the property has been flipped and research the previous sale price so you can estimate how much value the flipper has added ■ Identify what works have been undertaken on the home so you can really focus your due diligence ■ Complete a thorough search of the council records checking for alterations to the main dwelling, such as patio extensions and extra bathrooms ■ If any bathrooms have been completely replaced are copies of the waterproofing certificates available? ■ If a kitchen has new gas cookware is there a gas certificate confirming installation done by a professional fitter? ■ Any significant changes such as bathrooms, roofs or patios/re-stumping should be certified so check that all certifications are in place.A good starting point for your enquiries is to ask a couple of local real estate agents who operate in the area. An experienced agent will likely have some knowledge of the flip and be able to guide you in your due diligence. Make sure you get at least two or three opinions. Most good career agents are more than happy to offer their experience and insights to any interested parties because we are here to help.last_img read more

China: Longyuan Zhenhua Nets Two Offshore Wind Deals

first_imgJiangsu Longyuan Zhenhua Marine Engineering (Longyuan Zhenhua) has signed two new offshore wind contracts in China, one for two met masts off the Guandong province and the other for construction works on a project in the Liaoning province. The company, a joint venture between ZPMC and Jiangsu Longyuan Offshore Wind Power, will carry out the construction, two-year maintenance and final disassembly of two offshore anemometer towers that make up the Guangdong Zhanjiang Xuwen Offshore Wind Power Project (Anemometer Tower Project) developed by State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC).For the Liaoning Dalian Zhuanghe III Offshore Wind Power Project, developed by China Three Gorges New Energy, Longyuan Zhenhua will install foundations, as well as 15 wind turbines with an output of 6.45MW each and one with an output of 3.3MW.In April 2018, the company secured an EPC contract for the first phase of China’s Guangdong Yudean Zhanjiang Wailuo offshore wind farm. The project’s general EPC contractor, Guangdong Electric Power Design & Research Institute, awarded the joint venture with the engineering, procurement and construction of the offshore wind farm’s monopiles and 220kV substation.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Sexual abuse remains highest form of abuse against Dominican children

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Photo credit: child.abuse.comThe Welfare Division is reporting that sexual abuse in Dominica remains the highest form of abuse against children on the island.Sixty one cases have been reported from January to May of this year. Twenty eight cases were reported in February alone. So far, eleven of the sexual abuse cases reported is incest.Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit Gemma Azille said while more people are reporting the abuse, its prevalence is worrying.“It is a problem. We cannot do this one our own. We cannot say that we will just break the cycle of child abuse. We see it as an issue where everyone must come together. Parents, teachers…everyone who comes in contact with children,” she said.She said latest reports indicate that most persons know their perpetrators.But she said many cases are hidden.“Cases do come to us but when it has to go forward they hold back and are no longer interested in pursuing the case,” she said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Sexual abuse remains highest form of abuse against Dominican children by: – June 15, 2011 Sharecenter_img 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

New IMCA sanctions have phone ringing off the hook at Lubbock’s West Texas Raceway

first_imgLUBBOCK, Texas – The phone has been ringing off the hook at West Texas Raceway.New owner and promoter Corky Matthews has made a major investment in upgrading the Lubbock track, which sanctions IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods beginning in 2017.“It’s like a brand new track, probably one of the best facilities around,” Matthews said. “We’ve spent $300,000 so far on a complete remodel. It’s getting real nice and people are getting excited about coming to the races here. I’ve had 400 to 500 people call me about it already.”Nearly 40 semi loads of clay were added as the 3/8-mile oval was widened another 15 feet.“This track was built in the 1960s and I raced late models, sprint cars and street stocks on it myself,” Matthews noted. “It was one of the fastest tracks around.”New grandstand bleachers and lighting purchased from a professional football stadium are in place. New landscaping and work has already started on a 20×6-foot scoreboard.“The lights are from the (San Francisco) 49er stadium,” Matthews said. “They’re great. They work good and there’s plenty of ‘em.”Regular race nights at Lubbock are on Friday, with points for the Stocks and Southern SportMods starting on April 7. The first of a dozen dates for the Sprint Cars is April 14.“We’re in kind of a central area. We’re the only track in this hub that runs on Friday night,” said Matthews, “and a lot of guys like to race for IMCA points. We’re going to have good purses and good races.”He knows from his own travels that having the same set of rules helps build car counts.“What I like about IMCA is that everything is the same. I went to Montana, saw there was a dirt track and when I went to the races the cars were the same as they were here,” Matthews said. “We’ve got (local) drivers racing in Arizona right now. They can go to another track and know they’ll be legal.”Stock Car points earned at the former Lady Luck Speedway apply toward EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region standings.last_img read more

Bulldog Grappler Results At Frankton Invitational

first_imgTeam Results.Indianapolis Lutheran 36-Batesville 30Indianapolis Scecina 42-Batesville 36Frankton 63-Batesville 18Madison-Grant 48-Batesville 27Knightstown 42-Batesville 30  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller. Batesville ended 2019 traveling to Frankton to face off against 5 none conference opponents. Despite the effort and individual accomplishments, the Bulldogs went 0-5 but not without a fight. The Bulldogs lost 3 of the 5 duals within one match. Leading the team in wins today was sophomore Josh Mobley at 152 and Senior Axel Garcia at 170 both with 4 pins on the day.  Senior JT Linkel went 4-1 all 4 by pin at 145. Alex Murphy got 3 wins with 2 coming from pins. Nick Nobbe had 2 wins by pins while Tyler Schaeffer had 2 wins with one coming by pin. Brandon Manning had one pin while Caleb Bischoff-Niese, Jy’lil Chappel, and Christian Garcia each had a win.  Batesville will open the new year hosting Switzerland county January 2nd at 6 pm followed by hosting Franklin County Saturday, January 4th at 10 am.last_img read more

Milan, Man U in race for €15m Umar

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace AC Milan, Manchester United as well as Turkish giants Besiktas and Fenerbache are among several other top European clubs in the hunt for Partizan Belgrade striker Sadiq Umar, who is valued at around €15 million by his Serbian club.The 23-year-old Umar has netted 12 goals and supplied 13 assists this season for Partizan. On Wednesday, the 2016 Rio Olympics star provided the assist for Partizan to advance to the Serbian Cup final at the expense of local rivals Red Star Belgrade with Milan, Manchester United, Valencia, CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow are among the clubs who were represented to watch him in action.The lanky striker has already been linked with Turkish giants, Besiktas and Fenerbache, according to Futbol Arena.Umar has previously featured for Roma, Torino, Glasgow Rangers and NAC.Tags: AC MilanManchester UnitedPartizanSadiq Umarlast_img

Tim Tebow buys second home in Jacksonville

first_imgFormer Florida Gators quarterback and current Syracuse Mets left fielder Tim Tebow has purchased another home in the gated Jacksonville neighborhood, ‘Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club.’Tebow reportedly paid $2.99 million for an almost 8,300-square-foot, two-story house on 1.49 acres.He purchased his new home which comprises of five bedrooms, a wine room, home theater, an entertainment room, a saltwater pool, outside living and entertainment spaces and a five-car garage, among other features, on Friday.Tebow also owns a smaller two-story house in the same neighborhood.He purchased the property in June 2014 for $1.4 million.The 31-year-old was a star football player with the University of Florida where he won two national championships and awarded the Heisman trophy.He then played in the NFL for three years with the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and New England Patriots before transitioning to the New York Mets minor-league system in 2016.Tebow is not only known in the sunshine state for his athletic achievements but also his philanthropic efforts.In 2012, he founded the Jacksonville based Tim Tebow Foundation.The organization puts on the ‘Night to Shine’ event every year, which holds celebratory proms for individuals with special needs.Tebow is engaged to South African model and Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.It’s unclear whether the couple will be residing in the new home together.last_img read more

Kone, Tymoczko Get Wins For Bucks

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts HAMPDEN — On Friday at Hampden Academy, the Bucksport Golden Bucks finished a close second to Class A Bangor, trailing the Rams by just five points.Dominic Kone and Vincent Tymoczko each had a pair of wins for the Golden Bucks and shared in a third.Kone placed first in the 100-meter dash in 11.57 seconds and won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 5.5 inches.Tymoczko won the 400-meter dash in 52.03 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 23.25 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe two combined with Jon Goodin and Nate Warren to win the four-by-100-meter relay in 45.97 seconds.Team scores were Bangor 136, Bucksport 131, Hampden Academy 97, John Bapst 72, Dexter 47, Penquis 29, George Stevens Academy 26, Piscataquis 24, Narraguagus 8 and Fort Kent 8. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Bangor dominated in the girls’ meet with 236 points, followed by John Bapst 122, Hampden Academy 103, Fort Kent 50, Bucksport 22, Dexter 21, Piscataquis 18, GSA 6 and Penquis 4. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more