APTN National NewsShe’s Winnipeg’s latest homicide victim.Cherie Richard, 20, was a First Nation woman who died after being stabbed early Sunday morning.As APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler reports, she’s also another young woman added to the list of murdered and missing women in Canada.
TAYLOR, B.C. — Staff at the District of Taylor are going to begin engaging with Internet service providers in the near future about the possibility of getting fibre optic internet access in their community.At Tuesday’s District council meeting, a motion by Mayor Rob Fraser to have staff start communicating with both Telus and Shaw about the potential for building fibre optic access to the community. The motion stemmed from Council adopting its April 3rd correspondence list. Mayor Fraser said that he was inspired to bring the issue of fibre optic internet access after officials with Telus gave a presentation to the Peace River Regional District Board on March 8th about the future of fibre optic connectivity in the region.In 2016, Telus unveiled its PureFibre internet access in both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, with residents in Charlie Lake and Hudson’s Hope getting access to the service shortly thereafter. The vast majority of PureFibre service is located on the South Coast, though other Northern B.C. communities such as Quesnel and Williams Lake have also been connected. Fraser explained that he has made inquiries himself with ISPs, but has not heard back on whether there is a fibre optic line that passes through, but doesn’t provide service to Taylor. He explained that the District needs to find out where the closest fibre optic line is, and what the cost would be to get a fibre line installed over the “last mile” to District residents.“If we want to see fibre optics in Taylor, we are going to have to start interacting with these folks. When it comes to keeping people in your community and attracting businesses that are part of this knowledge-based economy where they do everything over the computer, if you do not have fibre optic ability, you will not be able to attract people and keep them there. If it’s not already, it’s going to become an infrastructure that’s a requirement. I don’t believe we should let ourselves be isolated from this.”
Following the collision, one lane was closed, with alternating traffic, during the investigation and clean up of the collision site.According to the RCMP, one person was pronounced as a result of the collision.For road condition updates at any time, you can visit DriveBC.ca DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The section of the Alaska Highway north of Dawson Creek is now completely open as of Friday at 4:00 p.m.A fatal collision between a Pick-up truck and a Tanker truck north of Dawson Creek closed the Alaska Highway yesterday afternoon.The accident took place at around 2:40 p.m. and closed the Alaska Highway, at 214 Road, 9 km north of Dawson Creek for several hours.
San Francisco: In a sign that platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp are emerging as new public square for criminal deception, a study has found that social media fraud increased 43 per cent in 2018. The results suggest that cyber criminals are increasingly relying on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other legitimate social media and messaging platforms to communicate with each other and sell stolen identities, credit card numbers and other ill-gotten gains. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraGiven the ease of use, absence of fees and other benefits of these platforms, continuation of this trend in 2019 should come as no surprise, said “Current State of Cybercrime – 2019” white paper, released by RSA Security. Trade in stolen identities would gain greater momentum with more stores likely opening on legitimate platforms to sell this type of data, the study said. According to researchers, fraud in the mobile channel has grown significantly over the last several years, with 70 per cent of artifice originating in the mobile channel in 2018. In particular, fraud from mobile apps increased 680 per cent between 2015 and 2018, said the study, adding the use of rogue mobile applications to defraud consumers was on the rise. With one out of five cyber attacks attributed to rogue mobile apps in 2018, RSA identified an average of 82 rogue mobile applications a day last year across popular app stores.
The Canadian Press HALIFAX — The court-appointed monitor overseeing the search for the roughly $260 million owed to clients of the embattled QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange says the bitcoin transfer it “inadvertently” made this month was due to a “platform setting error” that prompted the automatic transaction.Ernst & Young also said in its second report that it has confirmed that the insolvent company’s cold-storage wallets continue to hold approximately 104 bitcoins. It had said that 103 bitcoins had been transferred out on Feb. 6.The report adds that the Vancouver-based company on Feb. 14 transferred bitcoin, litecoin and other cryptocurrencies over to cold-storage, or offline, wallets controlled by the court-appointed monitor.The monitor says QuadrigaCX transferred roughly 51.1 bitcoins, 33.3 bitcoin cash, 2,032.7 in bitcoin gold, 822.3 litecoin and 951.5 ether, which will be held pending further order of the court.The report also says that the cryptocurrency exchange, which was granted creditor protection and appointed a monitor earlier this month, has “no accessible funds” to fund its creditor protection proceedings and pay creditors other than interim financing “which will be exhausted in the near term.”Ernst & Young says there are three immediate sources of funds available, such as bank drafts and money held by third-party processors, and the company and the monitor are taking steps to facilitate access.
8 August 2011Two teammates of FC Barcelona, the Spanish soccer club that supports the efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve the lives of children in Africa, made themselves available to young fans in the United States city of Dallas, telling them that with passion and love of the game, they too can become star players. Striker David Villa and midfielder Thiago Alcántara, who were accompanied by Ramon Pont, the FC Barcelona Vice President, participated in the UNICEF-hosted event in Dallas on Friday, talking candidly to the more than 30 youngsters who turned up to seek advice on how to improve their skills.Both players encouraged the children by telling them that “as long as you are happy and passionate about what you are doing, you will always develop your skills to be the best you can be.” Through the sport, the two FC Barcelona players had learned values such as respect for others and hard work to achieve their goals, they said.Sport is incorporated in UNICEF-supported programmes for specific development objectives such as improving the health of children, increasing their chances of survival, and ensuring that every child has access to basic education, HIV-AIDS prevention and protection from exploitation and abuse. The agency also believes that sport teaches important life lessons about respect, leadership and cooperation, and promotes equality for all.“UNICEF and FC Barcelona are here… to continue their successful collaboration on behalf of the world’s children,” said Mr. Pont. “For the last five years FC Barcelona has been supporting UNICEF’s efforts to save and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.“In the next phase of the partnership we will focus on supporting a global movement for quality education and sport that will deliver tangible results for children.”Lawrence Picard, UNICEF’s Deputy Director for Operations, said: “UNICEF is extremely proud of its partnership with FC Barcelona, which has helped improve the lives of more than 400,000 children, many in sub-Saharan Africa.“We believe this partnership is a leading example of sport contributing to social change for children. We are looking forward to taking this ground-breaking partnership to the next stage in the new season by utilizing the social assets of the club to engage many more people in support of a global movement for education and sport,” said Mr. Picard.
Moonesinghe was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after US$1.1 million from the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan was found in his personal bank account.Far Eastern International Bank was hacked by means of a computer virus and some US$60 million was wired to the accounts of the suspects at a Sri Lanka bank. The Fort Magistrate’s court today rejected a request by former Litro Gas chairman Shalila Moonesinghe to travel overseas for medical treatment.Moonesinghe is in remand over the hacking of a Taiwanese bank. Litro Gas is a Government owned gas company.
Three judges, from three different legal traditions, will visit Sri Lanka and speak on the role that constitutional courts have played in their respective countries, at a forum on 4 October in Colombo.The three judges; Chief Justice Alejandro Linares-Cantillo, Justice Edwin Cameron, and Justice Ilwon Kang, come from three different legal traditions: the Latin American, the South African, and the East Asian, respectively. Alejandro Linares-Cantillo, is the current Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Colombia; the highest court in Colombia. Justice Edwin Cameron has served for almost 10 years on the Constitutional Court of South Africa; the highest court in that country. Justice Ilwon Kang recently retired from the Constitutional Court of South Korea, having served six years in that court.Constitutional and supreme courts have begun to play a more robust role in promoting equality, public integrity, and the rule of law. The idea that the constitution is the supreme law of the land and its values and norms should be advanced and protected has gained currency in several Asian and other courts. A consequence has been the increasing role that judges and courts have been required to play in the governance of their societies.Constitutional and supreme courts are required to decide on the impeachment of holders of public office, the registration and proscription of political parties, the interpretation of religious statutes, the legality of personal laws and intrusions into privacy, disputes on centre-state relations, and the constitutional validity of public policy.In some countries, international law, international human rights norms, and the directive principles of state policy found in the constitution, were explicitly integrated into constitutional adjudication. In many countries, comparative law was widely cited. Each of their societies had to manage different socio-political and historical contexts including economic prosperity, political violence, and social inequality. Institutional design, judicial personalities, legal and constitutional history, and extra-legal constraints have all made an impact on the robustness and responses of constitutional and supreme courts in different parts of the world.The three judges will reflect on how courts in these different legal traditions have responded to the social, economic, and political issues in their different societies.The forum will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jetwing Colombo Seven, Ward Place, Colombo 7. The three judges will reflect on how constitutional courts have contributed to the transformation of unequal social relations in their different societies, and advancing public integrity and the rule of law. The forum is organised by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Asia Programme.Participation is by invitation. Contact Lakmaliat the International Centre for Ethnic Studies for registration, on: 011 2685085; 011 2679745 or email@example.com. Accompanying the robustness of courts in many parts of the world has been the ebb and flow of politics. Courts in many countries have had to respond to the challenges of authoritarianism, the spread of violent extremism and religious radicalisation, economic prosperity and economic marginalisation, acute poverty, the abuse of power for personal gain, growing inequality, gender-based violence, inter-religious violence, and threats to independent institutions.
Backed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the initiative is targeting dry and semi-arid lands in Kenya, Botswana and Mali. It aims to educate local people, students and scientists in land management and indigenous species conservation, with the overall goal of cutting poverty and improving livelihoods.Ultimately, UNEP said, the project will evolve into an African Centre for Arid Land Studies and Development, where new knowledge can be communicated to those living in similar, often degraded, environments.In addition to receiving $9 million from the GEF, the project has benefited from over $1 million contributed by Norway.
Visiting northwestern Liberia, the senior United Nations envoy to the country has assured residents that the international community will continue to support and protect them, the UN peacekeeping mission there (UNMIL) reported this weekend.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Alan Doss, travelled to Bopolu, in Gbarpolu County, on Friday to meet with the local authorities and to assess the general conditions on the ground one year after UNMIL deployed in the area. Gbarpolu County, in the northwestern part of the country, is one of Liberia’s newest and least developed counties. The envoy encouraged community members to inform UNMIL of any weapons still remaining in their community and urged them to stop and report rape as “there is no place for violence in the new Liberia – against anyone.” The Gbarpolu County Superintendent, William Seh, praised UNMIL and the international community for restoring peace and stability to Liberia. He highlighted a number of challenges faced by the residents, including poor road conditions, the absence of medical facilities and the lack of schools. Special Representative Doss reassured them that “UNMIL will not only continue to provide security to the country, but we are working with the government of Liberia and other UN and international partners to help meet the basic needs of the people.” Addressing the Pakistani UN contingent deployed in the county, Mr. Doss expressed his condolences to the peacekeepers for the recent death of two soldiers who had contracted Lassa Fever. “We will remember their sacrifice, and I salute your determination to continue the work you started in Gbarpolu,” he said, adding that efforts were underway to stop the spread of disease in the area.
Brock alumni and others in the University community, especially from the Goodman School of Business, are mourning the tragic deaths of two popular graduates who drowned on Saturday (July 8) at Wasaga Beach, Ont.Nimit Sharma (BAcc ’13) and Dilvinder Lakhanpal (BBA ’12) lost their lives after their inflatable raft overturned in rough water near the mouth of the Nottawasaga River.“We are shocked and extremely saddened to learn of this tragedy involving two of our bright young graduates,” said Barry Wright, acting Dean of the business school.“On behalf of their professors and fellow graduates from the Goodman School, we send our heartfelt condolences to their loved ones.”
OSU sophomore forward Marc Loving drives to the hoop during a game against Illinois on Jan. 3 in Columbus. Photo credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternNot all scoring runs are the same. Some can come in a game that is already decided, while others could prove to be the most important sequence in a game.The No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 15-0 run in the second half Saturday fell into the latter category, as the the Buckeyes came from behind to beat Illinois, 77-61, at the Schottenstein Center.OSU (12-3, 1-1) was coming off a loss to Iowa in its Big Ten opener, and things didn’t look positive for the team once again as it trailed the Illini (10-5, 0-2) by three early in the second half. But a block by senior center Trey McDonald and a 3-pointer from freshman guard D’Angelo Russell set the tone for OSU’s second half.Matta said after the game that increased offensive output and execution were key to the run.“I think just our activity, we were able to get out and get some deflections, get the ball going or get out and run in transition,” Matta said. “We were making some changes throughout the course of the game, guys did a great job coming out of timeouts and running what we were drawing up.”The win means coach Thad Matta’s team avoided becoming the first Buckeye squad since 1998 to begin its conference schedule with two losses.Senior forward Sam Thompson said the importance of a win against the Illini was clear.“We knew it was a must-win game. Anytime you’re at home, and especially anytime you’re at home in our conference it’s a must-win game,” Thompson said. “It’s so important to protect home court because we know every time we go on the road it’s a battle.”OSU’s loss to Iowa four days earlier came in part because of a strong start from the Hawkeyes. During that game, the Buckeyes found themselves down 10 points less than five minutes into the contest.Saturday’s game was much closer in the early stages, as OSU led 7-5 at 16:44 mark, and Thompson said postgame that getting off to a better start was a point of emphasis during the week.“We’ve talked about, for the last few days, not getting ourselves into that 12, 15, 18, 20-point hole,” Thompson said. “We really wanted to come out playing in the first half the way that we do in the second half, and I think we did a better job of that today.”After that, the Illini began to hold a steady lead thanks to their 3-point shooting.The visitors finished the first half eight for 15 from behind the 3-point arc, while the Buckeyes only managed to connect on three of their nine attempts.Illinois led by three midway through the first half when a 5-0 run by OSU gave Matta’s team its first lead in nearly seven minutes. But the Fighting Illini’s leading scorer, redshirt-senior guard Rayvonte Rice, helped to give his team control once again as he led all scorers with 14 points in the first half.The Buckeyes, who led the Big Ten in field goal percentage entering Saturday’s game, shot 59.1 percent from the field in the first half and ended the period on a 10-4 run, but still trailed 37-36.Russell led the team with nine points in the opening 20 minutes, but also committed five of the Buckeyes’ nine turnovers. The Fighting Illini managed to score 16 points off of those giveaways.The second half began with the Illini pushing their lead to three, but Russell then hit the basket that tied the game at 44 and started OSU’s second-half surge. The Buckeyes never trailed from that point on.Another feature of the second half was OSU switching from a zone defense to a man-to-man scheme, as the Illini were held to 24 points after the change. Matta said the change was made to try and combat the high-percentage shooting by Illinois.“They shot us out of it, to be honest with you. It’s like we told our guys: it wasn’t like they were shooting 21-footers, they were shooting from 24 feet and they were going in,” Matta said. “So that was the biggest thing. They just shot us out of it.”As the team shifted tactics in its own end, Russell and sophomore forward Marc Loving led the OSU comeback with 19 points between them in the second half. Illinois committed 13 turnovers in that same span, while cooling off from the 3-point line by making just one of its nine attempts.Russell, who only had 13 points in the loss to Iowa, finished Saturday’s game with 22 to lead all players. The Louisville, Ky., native credited extra work over the intervening days with helping him to improve his game.“Extra work, just extra reps on my own time,” Russell said. “I know when my shot’s not falling and when it is, and during the Iowa game I knew it just wasn’t my day, so (it was) just extra reps.”His coach also said the additional practice helped Russell get things right.“Just watching the work he’s put in from Wednesday to today, it’s no surprise to me that he played well,” Matta said.On the boards, Loving had a game-high eight rebounds to go along with 13 points, tied for second on the Buckeye roster.Rice finished with 20 points, but also committed an intentional foul that aided the Buckeye comeback.The Buckeyes are set for their first road game of the Big Ten season on Tuesday at Minnesota. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. in Minneapolis.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSharma, Kohli chase down 323 with ridiculous easeOctober 21, 2018In “latest news”Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers take RCB to biggest ever IPL winMay 14, 2016In “latest news”Rovman Powell disappointed over umpiring errorDecember 15, 2018In “latest news” [BBC] Virat Kohli furiously criticised the umpires after his Royal Challengers Bangalore side lost to Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.With RCB needing six from the last ball to tie, Lasith Malinga bowled a dot ball, but replays showed it should have been a no-ball as he overstepped.Had the no-ball been seen by the umpires, the ball would have been bowled again as a free hit.“We are playing IPL not club cricket,” India captain Kohli said.“It is a ridiculous call. The umpires should have their eyes open.“It is a game of margins. They should have been more sharp and more careful there.”The no-ball was only seen after the players had left the field with the replay resulting in loud boos from the home crowd when it was shown on the screens at ground.Had it been given RCB would have been awarded one run for the no-ball and would then have been able to win with six on the final delivery, rather than tie which would have resulted in a Super Over.South African AB de Villiers had given Royal Challengers hope in their chase of 188 with a brilliant 70 not out from 41 balls which included six sixes.Kohli was out for 46 in the 14th over while England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who opened for RCB, was run out for 13.Read more: https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/47740955
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrinidad and Tobago confirms six cases of Swine FluOctober 4, 2013In “Regional”Several sick patients air-dashed to GPHC still undiagnosedApril 7, 2019In “Health”6 more workers flown out of Matthew’s RidgeApril 1, 2019In “Health” A medical team from Mabaruma Hospital, Region One, was deployed to Matthew’s Ridge today after reports that some persons were exhibiting symptoms attributed to Swine Flu.INews understands that one man is confirmed dead.Medical staff awaiting the arrival of the suspected Swine Flu patients at Ogle AirportReports are that eight persons are presently being air dashed to Georgetown for further treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). The city hospital is taking precautionary measures to receive the suspected swine flu patients.This publication was told that GPHC has quarantine an area, specifically for the transferred patients.More updates in a subsequent post. (Kristen Macklingam)
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Australia says it recently signed a contract that will see the world’s first “double-mouth” jaw-gyratory crusher supplied to China Molybdenum majority-owned Northparkes underground copper-gold mine in New South Wales.The new crusher has been developed in consultation with Northparkes to meet its specific operating objectives, according to thyssenkrupp.The company explained: “This unique jaw-gyratory crusher is a modern machine based on the proven BK 63-75 design. thyssenkrupp has developed a new, patented, spider to give the opportunity to feed the crusher from both sides – the “double mouth” jaw configuration, thus removing the need for a primary crusher feed (buffer) hopper and primary apron feeder.”This dramatically reduces excavation requirements in an underground operation like Northparkes leading to a sizeable reduction in installation cost, according to thyssenkrupp.The delivery of this latest crushing innovation follows the recent release of the company’s Eccentric Roll Crusher, the modular Variopactor impact crusher and the KB 63-130 gyratory crusher, the company said.Northparkes is one of the most modern underground block cave mines in the world, with the majority of its loading and haulage operations carried out autonomously. Mining started up at Northparkes in November 1993, with 80% owner China Molybdenum now processing around 6.4 Mt/y of ore of high-grade copper-gold concentrate, which is shipped to its clients overseas for smelting.Northparkes was the first mine to use the standard indirect fed Jaw Gyratory crusher type BK 63-75 for its newly developed block caving mine concept, thyssenkrupp said, with this primary crusher design becoming the “state of the art solution for block caving mines”.Ian Smith, Engineering Superintendent of the E26L1N Block Cave Mine project at Northparkes, said: “As a long-time owner, operator and maintainer of the thyssenkrupp jaw gyratory crushers for primary crushing underground, Northparkes is pleased to be installing its third BK 63-75 in the new E26L1N block cave mine underground crusher station.“The first BK 63-75 crusher of its kind was commissioned underground at Northparkes in 2003 followed by a second installation in 2009. Northparkes has worked closely with thyssenkrupp over the years to develop and make improvements to these crushers and has developed great confidence in the reliability and robustness of the BK 63-75 crusher.”Smith said the first two crushers installed are of a single mouth design with the latest crusher being a double mouth design that is “ideal for our direct tip underground crushing station dump pocket that negates the use of a large run of mine bin and primary feeder thus reducing the mass excavation underground”. He said the ability of this crusher to handle a very large feed size and a high reduction ratio has also negated the need for the use of a pre-screening grizzly.He concluded: “Northparkes’ innovative culture is again highlighted as shown in their initiation and involvement in the development of the double mouth feed shell with thyssenkrupp with the aim that the performance of this crusher will not only meet but will exceed expectations.”
SUEK has been implementing a large-scale investment programme to provide the Zarechny open-pit mine in the Kuzbass with the most modern high-performance equipment. In the spring of 2018, SUEK began developing the new site at Zarechny. Over the past two years, more than $19 million have been spent on its equipment alone.In 2018, $17.4 million in total was invested in the development of Zarechny. This year, the total mine investment will exceed $38 million. In early June, a Komatsu PC4000 electrohydraulic excavator with a bucket capacity of 22 m3 arrived at the facility. The company also purchased a Komatsu WD600 wheeled dozer. Three BELAZ dump trucks were added to the company’s motor transport department: one BELAZ-75131, with a loading capacity of 130 t, and two BELAZ-75306, each with a loading capacity of 220 t. All the trucks have been put into operation. Additionally, 12 drivers have passed the required training and work placement evaluation.Moreover, two DML LP-1200 drilling rigs, two Volvo L350H wheel loaders and a Liebherr PR776 crawler dozer were bought for Zarechny. In general, vehicle fleet upgrades will enable Zarechny to consistently produce 4 Mt of coal per year. In the spring of 2018, SUEK began developing a new site at the Zarechny open-pit mine. Other purchases include a Komatsu PC1250 hydraulic excavator and a HBM-NOBAS BG240TA-4 motor grader. For wetting mine roads in summer and sanding in winter, a PSCHK combined road machine based on a BELAZ-7547 arrived at the location.Thanks to the successful modernisation programme, 1.2 Mt were mined additionally at Zarechny in the first incomplete year of operation ie 2018. This year, the new site will reach a capacity of 2 Mt of coal per year. “Regular upgrades of our excavator, bulldozer and vehicle fleet help the companies achieve their production targets,” Alexander Katsubin, Head of the Zarechny open-pit mine, said. “Besides, the introduction of modern machinery ensures the safety of miners. High performance is impossible without a reliable, strong team. By breaking new records, our team becomes even more confident. In addition, the company runs a social support system for employees and their families, which is a good incentive for our staff.”
Yesterday, news leaked of an incredible act of munificence on the part of search giant Google towards its employees this holiday season: not only was every employee getting $1,000 in cash, but they’d also get a 10% pay raise. Overall, Google was rewarding its employees with billions of dollars in extra bonuses and pay raises. Merry Christmas indeed! There’s no way to read “evil” into this news: Google is awesome.Unfortunately, that happy story of tech good cheer has an unhappy ending for at least one Googler: the search giant has apparently told their staff that they have already fired the person responsible for leaking word of the ten percent companywide pay hike to the press.Apparently, the firing happened within “hours” of the leak being made to Business Insider. The message seems pretty clear: either Google doesn’t want its employees telling outsiders how well they’re treated, or Google wants to send a strong message about secrecy within the company over all.It’s really an unfortunate post script to what was a really feel-good story. Now instead of looking like a big corporate Santa, Google seems something of a sour-faced Grinch.Read more at CNN Money
La centrale de Fukushima ouvre ses portes aux journalistesPour la première fois depuis la catastrophe du 11 mars, les autorités japonaises ont laissé des journalistes se rendre sur le site de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima. Le gouvernement souhaite ainsi prouver que l’accident nucléaire est désormais sous contrôle.En tout, une trentaine de reporters dont quatre représentants de médias étrangers se sont rendus samedi dernier sur le site de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, au Japon, accidentée le 11 mars dernier. Vêtus de combinaisons intégrales antiradiations, le visage protégé par un masque respiratoire et munis de deux paires de gants, ils ont été conduits à bord de deux autocars jusqu’au site atomique.Les journalistes ont constaté que le niveau de radioactivité était de 20 microsieverts par heure aux portes de la centrale. A mesure que les véhicules s’approchaient des réacteurs, le niveau est monté rapidement pour atteindre 500 microsieverts par heure au pied des réacteurs, rapporte TV5monde. Lorsque le convoi a traversé une forêt de pins, un porte-parole de l’opérateur du site, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), a signalé qu’un taux de 1.000 microsieverts (un millisievert par heure), avait été enregistré récemment à cet endroit. Il s’agit de la dose annuelle maximale imposée en temps normal au Japon et dans la plupart des pays.Un journaliste a raconté que le bâtiment abritant le réacteur numéro 3 était le plus endommagé, avec tout autour des carcasses de camions, des barrières métalliques tordues et des réservoirs d’eau éventrés. Or les réacteurs, depuis maintenant huit mois que la catastrophe a eu lieu, ne sont toujours pas à “l’arrêt à froid”. Tepco espère d’ailleurs atteindre ce point de maintien du combustible sous les 100 °C d’ici le mois prochain.Il est toujours dangereux d’y travailler À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLe ministre de l’Environnement, chargé de la gestion de l’accident de Fukushima, Goshi Hosono, s’est dit confiant samedi. Il a toutefois souligné que le démantèlement de toutes les installations nucléaires prendrait encore au moins 30 ans. Il a également rappelé qu’il s’agissait de sa quatrième visite à la centrale depuis mai et que “à chaque fois [ … ] les conditions se sont améliorées. C’est grâce à votre dur labeur”, a-t-il dit aux ouvriers.Tepco a expliqué aux journalistes que 3.200 personnes travaillent en semaine à la centrale, la moitié pendant le week-end et le directeur de Fukushima Daiichi, Masao Yoshida, a affirmé que la situation était désormais sous contrôle. “D’après les relevés que j’ai vus à la centrale, il n’y a aucun doute que les réacteurs sont stabilisés”, a-t-il déclaré aux journalistes. Le responsable de la centrale a toutefois reconnu qu’il était encore dangereux d’y travailler. “On est parvenu au niveau où on peut aller sur place, mais on n’est pas encore dans la situation où n’importe qui peut y aller”.Découvrez les images capturées par les journalistes durant leur visite du site sur Maxisciences Le 14 novembre 2011 à 12:47 • Maxime Lambert
Rio+20 ouvre ses portes sur un accord obtenu à l’arrachéHier, quelques heures avant l’arrivée des chefs d’Etat à Rio+20, les délégués sont parvenus à trouver un accord in extremis.Les délégués de Rio+20 sont parvenus hier à un accord à l’arraché sur un projet de déclaration finale, quelques heures avant le début d’un sommet qui doit aboutir à des décisions en faveur de l’éradication de la pauvreté et de la préservation de la planète. Ce n’est en effet qu’après une nouvelle séance de négociations que les délégués des 193 pays de l’ONU ont adopté à la mi-journée le projet de déclaration.Vendredi, les chefs d’Etat devront ratifier ce projet final de 49 pages (“L’avenir que nous voulons”) qui a été rédigé sous l’autorité du Brésil, pays hôte, après que les négociations conduites pendant cinq mois par les Nations unies n’ont pas abouti. Fortement critiqué, ce document a occupé les délégués dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, les Européens refusant un texte qui leur semblait dépourvu d'”ambition”, avec “une régression du multilatéralisme”. Finalement, “cette déclaration sera ratifiée par les chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement”, a assuré un diplomate.De grandes ONG ont pourtant elles aussi vigoureusement critiqué le texte. Greenpeace a parlé d'”échec épique” et WWF de “déception significative”. “Nous avons besoin que les leaders du monde viennent au secours des négociations, ou bien nous allons avoir plus de pauvreté, plus de conflits et plus de destruction de l’environnement”, a déclaré à l’AFP son directeur général, Lasse Gustavsson. Des chefs d’Etats qui manque à l’appel À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De grands chefs d’Etat, pourtant présents au G20 ces derniers jours au Mexique, ne feront pas le déplacement jusqu’à Rio. Seront ainsi absents le président américain Barack Obama, (représenté par la secrétaire d’Etat Hillary Clinton), le Premier ministre britannique David Cameron, la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel et le président russe Vladimir Poutine. “Assez de bla bla. Il y a beaucoup de choses à changer, cessez de parler, faites quelque chose”, ont lancé des internautes, aussi bien des militants que de simples citoyens. En parallèle, 1 200 chefs d’entreprise (dont certains à la tête de mastodontes comme Coca Cola, Shell, Bayer ou Microsoft) ont pris plus de 150 engagements. Ils prévoient par exemple d’utiliser du coton biologique ou d’économiser l’énergie. L’appel à la “révolution industrielle verte” qui a été lancé est critiqué car il est considéré comme un outil de marketing.Le 20 juin 2012 à 14:29 • Maxime Lambert
La capsule Dragon de SpaceX va décoller cet après-midi vers l’ISSPour la troisième fois, la société américaine SpaceX lancera aujourd’hui sa capsule Dragon vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Il s’agira cette fois de la deuxième mission commerciale d’approvisionnement de cette capsule, mission réalisée pour le compte de la NASA.A 15H10 GMT (10h10 heure locale), la fusée Falcon 9 transportant la capsule Dragon de la société SpaceX devrait prendre son envol depuis le centre de Cap Canaveral en Floride. Un lancement qui se présente plutôt puisque les conditions météorologiques donnent 80% de chances de situation favorable. Il s’agira là du troisième lancement de la capsule Dragon, et la deuxième mission commerciale d’approvisionnement de l’ISS, pour le compte de la NASA.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePour ce deuxième d’approvisionnement, Dragon, seul vaisseau actuellement capable de ramener du fret sur terre, transportera 544 kilos de fournitures, dont des équipements destinés à 160 expériences scientifiques. Des expériences qui seront menées par l’équipage de l’ISS, à savoir deux Américains, trois Russes et un Canadien. Une fois arrimée à la station, la capsule sera donc vidée de son contenu et ne retournera pas sur Terre avant le 25 mars, date à laquelle elle amerrira avec son parachute dans le Pacifique au large de la Californie. Mais outre le ravitaillement, Dragon ne fera pas le voyage retour pour rien puisqu’elle ramènera avec elle un peu plus d’une tonne de matériel, dont des résultats de recherche médicale ainsi que des équipements usagés de la Station. Pour le moment, si tout se passe comme prévu, son amarrage à l’ISS aura lieu samedi et, comme les fois précédentes, se fera à l’aide du bras robotisé de la Station, contrôlé par deux des six astronautes de la Station. En tout, SpaceX effectuera 12 missions de fret à l’ISS pour la NASA, à laquelle la société est liée par un contrat de 1,6 milliard de dollars. L’agence américaine a également conclu un contrat de ravitaillement de 1,9 milliard avec Orbital Sciences Corporation, qui effectuera son premier vol d’essai en mars avec sa fusée Antares à partir de la nouvelle base spatiale de Virginie.Le 1 mars 2013 à 16:02 • Maxime Lambert