The failure of the 80 year-old dam in Oliver, B.C. has put into question the safety of dams like those in the Peace River area.A list of dams and their classifications is available on the Ministry of the Environment website.Both the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and the Peace Canyon Dam are listed as having a “very high” consequence classification.- Advertisement -According to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the classification is given if there are numerous consequences associated with a dam if it fails. The risks could include over 100 deaths and economic losses of over $100 million. The failure could also result in significant environmental and cultural losses, including harm to endangered species or culturally significant areas.According to David Currie, public affairs officer for the Ministry, dams that have a ‘high’ or ‘very high’ classification are checked every five years by the Ministry. However, the companies who operate dams are required to conduct an annual inspection and a monthly surveillance of their dams.The Testalinden Creek dam, which failed on June 13, 2010, was not listed on the B.C. Dams and Public Safety list for having a “high” or “very high” consequence classification.Advertisement The W.A.C. Bennett Dam is under 50 years-old and the Peace Canyon Dam is approximately 30 years-old.For further information regarding dam safety in British Columbia, click here.
Two Donegal Primary schools are celebrating victories in the National FíS Film Awards this week. St. Joseph’s National School in Rathmullan took top Outstanding Achievement Award for Animation and Ayr Hill National school, Ramelton took the Outstanding Achievement Award for Comedy.Both schools were involved together in shared learning education last year and made these animations to support their “Gone to Peaces” show in An Grianán Theatre. Both schools were charged with giving the alternative views of the wicked witch in Hansel & Gretal and of the big bad wolf from the classic Little Red Riding Hood stories. Just 25 short movies produced by students and directed by teachers across Ireland made the shortlist this year. Over 900 enthusiastic young film buffs attended the final awards ceremony in the Helix in Dublin on Wednesday.Donegal pupils at the National FíS Film Awards 2019Donegal pupils at the National FíS Film Awards 2019Donegal pupils at the National FíS Film Awards 2019The children from both Múinteour Derek Brennan’s class in Rathmullan and Principal Sandra Moore in Ayr Hill are extremely proud to be budding young film makers and naturally chuffed with scooping top honours at these prestigious awards. They acknowledge the support of Mr Cormac O Kane, Animation lecturer at LYIT for his guidance and Mrs Brí Carr, director of the “Gone to Peaces “ show for their inspiration and storylines. Donegal pupils at the National FíS Film Awards 2019Donegal teachers at the National FíS Film Awards 2019Principal Alma Curran of Rathmullan NS said that she is so proud of all the children for their strong collaborating and creativity on this shared education project. She added that she is so happy for the children who did all the work in taking these honours home to Rathmullan and Ramelton. “Here’s hoping the Rathmullan Film Festival in February has these young future film making stars in their sights,” Ms Curran said.Watch the films on the links below:Ayr Hill: https://www.facebook.com/1178406448958618/posts/1760017110797546St. Joseph’s National School in Rathmullan: https://www.facebook.com/542381851/posts/10156374494996852 Young film buffs from two Donegal schools scoop national awards was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:National FíS Film Awards
“The Perlan 2 glider sits awaiting its next flight at its home base in Minden, Nevada. Photo: Airbus/James Darcy A team hoping to take a glider to the edge of space is hoping surf’s up in the atmosphere this year as they make their second attempt at setting a new altitude record for horizontal flight.The pressurised Perlan II glider is designed to catch giant “mountain waves” with the potential to take the engineless composite aircraft to an altitude of 90,000ft.This would see it operating in a zone where the atmosphere is less than 2 per cent of sea-level density and temperatures drop to minus 70C, conditions approximating the surface of Mars.But the rare stratospheric mountain waves — strong updrafts capable of reaching the edge of space — only occur for brief periods at certain times in a few places on Earth.The team travelled to Argentina’s Patagonia region last year, conducting eight flights in 17 days, but the necessary conditions for a mountain wave failed to materialise. However, the glider reached a height of more than 26,00ft and conducted a five-hour flight.On Saturday, it eclipsed that feat with a new “personal best’’ over the Sierra Nevada mountain range near its US headquarters of Minden, Nevada. Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi took the glider to 30,615 ft, reaching airspace normally occupied by jet airliners.The world altitude record for a glider of 50,772ft was set in 2006 by the Perlan 1 glider, now on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight, flown by the late Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson.Fossett initially funded the Perlan II but his death in 2007 saw that responsibility taken up by others. The project took on new life when European aerospace company Airbus joined as a major sponsor in 2014.The glider is pressurised at an altitude of 15,000ft to avoid the need for pressure suits and the crew uses an oxygen re-breather system to escape hypoxia.The team of volunteers is now preparing to head to Patagonia for its second attempt at the record in May. “This past year our team gained invaluable insight and experience from flying the glider in and around the Andes Mountains,” Perlan Project chief executive Ed Warnock said. “Using that information, we’ve made improvements to the aircraft that will help us have even greater success this year, first in Nevada and later in Argentina, if the wave and weather conditions are optimal.”The glider has been updated based on the experience garnered last year.The updates include heating for critical items such as the battery and air and oxygen regulators, control stick improvements and flight simulator updates to improve pilot training.Reaching 90,00ft would beat the previous record for horizontal flight of 85,069ft set by a Blackbird spy plane in 1965.But the Perlan II team is aiming even higher with an ultimate target of 100,000ft.
Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a major blow hours ahead of their match against Gujarat Lions later tonight when AB de Villiers was ruled out with an injury.Disappointed to be missing the match tonight for RCB, due to injury. Good luck to @imVkohli and the team. Lets go @RCBTweets !!- AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 18, 2017De Villiers, who had hurt his back before the start of the IPL, had to miss the first two matches, before returning to slam a stunning 89 not out against Kings XI Punjab, albeit in a losing cause. He also looked dangerous against Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant, making 19 and 29 respectively.(After two weeks of frenetic action, Sourav Ganguly, Michael Clarke pick their XIs for India Today)The South African superstar is one of RCB’s most successful batsmen of all time and peaked last year, smashing 687 runs in 16 matches. (Brendon McCullum 158* brings Royal Challengers Bangalore to their knees in IPL opener)ABD’s unavailability could mean another comeback for Chris Gayle, who has already been dropped from the playing XI. This is a great opportunity for Gayle to become the first man to bring up 10,000 runs in T20 cricket – the West Indian powerhouse is currently three short.
Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is understanding of Steven Davis’ desire to return to Rangers.According to Sky Sports News, Rangers and Saints are in talks over a transfer. Saints are okay with letting their club captain leave. The 34-year-old wants to make the move, and he has his manager’s blessing.”The fact is he has a half-year contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is the chance to make the next step, if it is a possibility we will help him to do so,” Hasenhuttl said to reporters.”He has done a lot for this club so hopefully we can find a win-win solution for both sides.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Wolves winger Adama Traore hails spirit for Besiktas shockby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says their last-gasp Europa League win at Besiktas typifies the spirit with the group.For the third time already this season, Wolves bagged a game-changing goal in injury time.Traore told the club’s website: “I think the whole team worked so hard through the game. It’s been tough, of course, I’m happy for the result, of course. It’s important to win, our first win, and after we have to keep working.“We keep going, we keep moving and we keep pushing, that is important. We keep showing the last games that we have to fight until the end, and we do that. This is the spirit and I’m so happy for the work of the team.“Before in previous games we showed a spirit, it doesn’t matter how the game goes, or how difficult it is, we will fight, we will keep pushing until the end, so I like the spirit of the team, this is my spirit as well, so I’m so happy and will have to keep working.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/EliteMixtapesFive-star point guard Trevon Dural is a top 10 player in the 2017 class, and has the offer sheet to prove it. Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse, and numerous others are after the explosive guard out of St. Benedict’s Prep. At the Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte, Duval showed off his superior athleticism, with a monster dunk on a very unlucky defender. Lesson to all defenders: if Duval blows by his man and you’re late on rotating over to protect the rim, you may just want to let him have the two points.[Bleacher Report]
Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador Facebook Comments Related posts:More heavy rains will hit Costa Rica’s Pacific coast this week, red alerts issued Government charters flight to bring Costa Ricans home from Puerto Rico VIDEOS: Water sweeps away roads, bridges, cattle around Costa Rica Government decrees state of mourning; donation, volunteer efforts increase High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving through the country since the weekend continued to cause accidents, power outages and other problems.A report from National Emergency Commission (CNE) spokeswoman Nancy Madrigal on Monday evening indicated that the fourth victim of accidents related to the cold front died in Turrialba. Madrigal said that the victim was an indigenous man who attempted to cross the Siripi River on Saturday and was carried away by the strong current. His body was found on Monday.Several rivers around the country are running high following days of heavy rains, the CNE reported.Of the three other victims previously reported, two were Swiss tourists who died when a tree fell on their cabin in the Caribbean beach town of Cahuita on Saturday; the third was a cyclist who died when a tree fell on him during a race in the Pacific port town of Caldera.As of Monday evening, the CNE reported a total of 332 incidents reported nationwide including 47 homes with roofs ripped off by the winds, six landslides and three floods. A Yellow Alert was still in place for all regions of the country except the southwest.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Outside of them, the bulk of Arizona’s starters is considered to be either “average,” “below average” or “poor,” though only receiver Andre Roberts grades out in the latter group. – / 36 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share In a piece meant to judge every team’s starting units, the Cardinals are noted to have just nine players who are above average.Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, not surprisingly, is regarded as a “difference maker,” as is defensive end Calais Campbell. Linebacker Daryl Washington and cornerback Patrick Peterson are said to be “high quality,” while quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Rashard Mendenhall, tackle Bobby Massie, linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive tackle Dan Williams are considered “good.”– I’ve given both Palmer and Mendenhall the benefit of the doubt respectively due to the former working in a more conducive environment, and the latter being healthy.– I’m viewing Bobby Massie more on the second half of his season than the first, but did consider both.– Before Dockett gets an upgrade he needs to show something and not just talk about how badly Ray Horton’s scheme affected him — it hardly slowed Campbell did it? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals spent an entire offseason trying to remake a roster that won just five games last season.While it’s too early to know for sure, the offense and defense figure to have at least nine new starters compared to the group that finished last season, and the hope is each will present a significant upgrade.But according to ProFootballFocus.com’s Neil Hornsby, the roster is not exactly littered with top-notch talent.
By Jeff Clark, Casey ResearchEurope owns a sizable chunk of the world’s natural resources.Over the past few decades, however, EU countries have mostly imported their resources.Outlandish? Maybe.But it was simply easier, cheaper, and most importantly it avoided most environmental conflicts.Getting through government regulation and facing off eco-friendly groups is a time-consuming and outrageously expensive business… a fool’s errand.When you can simply import and let other countries deal with all the hassle, it made a lot of sense. But things change.When no one’s got a job, it truly focuses the political agenda.Europe’s job market is a mess. Demonstrators are crying out for action, for opportunity, for jobs.And mines employ a lot of people.The trend is reversing because of Europe’s sluggish economy and the real benefits of the increase in local jobs and the leap in tax revenue that mining projects bring.Of course, local economies benefit. Hotels are full of transient engineers and specialists, grocery stores feed the workers, and bars serve liquor to quench their dusty throats.Then, of course, the government got involved…Brussels, 2011.Seeing the benefits of the jobs, income-tax revenues, and all-around political advantages, a “Raw Materials Strategy” was initiated in 2008, then revised and updated in 2010, and again in 2011.The aim was to encourage sustainable supplies of raw materials from within the EU.It calls for policies in support of domestic mining.So far, so good…In September 2011, the European Parliament adopted the “EU Raw Materials Strategy,” a generally pro-mining document, though it’s sometimes criticized by the industry for being “too bureaucratic.”“It’s positive, of course, that the political climate in Europe is at least in theory becoming more supportive of mining” So on the one hand, the government says, “Sure, go ahead,” and spends years (and no doubt millions of euros) coming up with a plan, while the other hand slaps down a bunch of rules that stifles initiative, adds massively to production costs, and once more makes mining companies think twice before they put down the millions it takes to get started.Driller killers, indeed.Yet the gold mining sector in Europe represents 16,000 direct and indirect jobs as of 2009, and that is surely growing.So for the gold, the tax, the jobs, and for more than a few political careers, mining is right up at the top of the political agenda.And despite the regulation stranglehold governments put on mining companies, they are still reopening abandoned mines and are exploring entirely new areas.For investors, that’s very positive, exciting news.Europe’s New Gold RushIn Casey Research’s BIG GOLD, we’ve been talking a lot lately about the three main zones of metallogenic significance for gold in Europe: the Iberian Pyrite Belt; the Carpathian Arc; and the Baltic Shield.The first crosses from Portugal through southern Spain.The second stretches from the Czech Republic through Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, and into Turkey.Number three, the Baltic Shield, traverses from western Russia through Finland, Sweden, and Norway.Europe’s gold mining contribution is approximately 1.2% of global mine production (though demand from the EU is roughly 15% of worldwide totals).Sweden, Finland, Spain, and Bulgaria are currently the largest gold producers in Europe. They mine about 640,000 million ounces of gold annually.Other countries with operating gold mines are Greenland, France, Greece, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, and the UK.Among the gold companies operating in the region are Eldorado Gold (EGO) in Greece and Romania; Agnico-Eagle (AEM) in Finland; and Gabriel Resources (T.GBU) in Romania, as well as other majors and juniors across the continent.Europe’s New Frontiers2011 was a banner year for European mining.Exploration expenditures were estimated to reach approximately €400 million (US$490 million), an all-time high. The largest share of those exploration dollars was concentrated in Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Greenland.These countries, together with Poland, accounted for €288 million or two-thirds of total exploration expenditures last year.This is even more impressive when put into historical perspective.As you can see in the chart below, Nordic exploration spending has grown by almost four times in just ten years.[Source: Euromines.org]Both local and international companies are active in this region.Further, junior companies that we look at in detail in BIG GOLD are expanding rapidly; Euromines reports that in Sweden, for example, juniors account for some 50% of total exploration dollars being spent.Why has the attractiveness of the Nordic countries increased so dramatically?The area is largely underexplored, and its geological similarity to Canada, Australia, and West Africa makes the Baltic Shield a highly prospective place for new discoveries. Miners know what to expect and they already have the technology in place, so profitability for them and their investors comes that much sooner. These countries have well-developed infrastructure (roads and railways) and telecommunication.They have access to highly educated, trained, and experienced staff to support projects during all phases of mining is widely available.The attitude of both the public and politicians toward exploration and mining is generally positive, especially in the northern parts of the region, though anti-mine protests still take place. Since the area is not densely populated, the NIMBY (“not in my back yard”) factor is largely absent.Keeping the green lobby happy means keeping the mines open, operating, and creating a robust, investment-worthy business.Europeans tend to be very concerned about ecology, so environmental issues are closely watched and strictly regulated.Though most responsible miners make concerted efforts to reduce their impact on the environment, miners in Europe focus on this to a high degree.The divide between miners and environmentalists has shrunk over the past few decades due to advances in technology.But a bigger reason for the cooperation is the eroding economic situation. To a certain degree, politicians have been forced to find a more reasonable balance between conservation and the economic benefits mining can bring.Spain, for example, has its economic back to the wall, starting with a record unemployment rate of more than 24%.Astur Gold (V.AST) is working on getting the Spanish Salave gold deposit into production (which a previous company failed to do in 2005). The jobs it will bring no doubt add to the appeal; the company has received over 6,300 job applications.Management has received two of three environmental permits and hopes to finalize the third by year end. If the project is fully permitted, the economic impact on the area will be both immediate and dramatic.Will the Driller Killer Return?The biggest threats to mining in Europe are resource nationalism, significant skills shortages, and infrastructure access in certain areas (see first news item below).However, even on these issues, Europe is in a better position than many other areas.The continent has a strong tradition of transparent and stable laws, along with respect for private property, leaving few in support of outright nationalization.Western European countries also usually have well-developed infrastructure and an educated and skilled labor force.On the other hand, bureaucratic procedures, overregulation, and a dense population outside of the northern countries have worked to keep massive mine development across Europe from accelerating as it has elsewhere.Still, the carrot dangled by the mining industry looks awfully juicy…If Romania approves Gabriel Resources’ Rosia Montana gold mine, for example, the project is estimated to bring some US$30 billion of economic benefits to the country. The company hopes to mine 9.6 million ounces of gold and 51.5 million ounces of silver over 16 years. Eldorado’s Olympias and Skouries mines in the Halkidiki region will produce about 350,000 ounces of gold annually beginning in 2015. Management is spending €1.3 billion to develop the projects, which will create 1,800 jobs in a country where unemployment is close to 20%.Overall, the atmosphere for gold mining in Europe appears to be improving. Its importance is recognized in Brussels; even though only a few clumsy steps have been taken, the general attitude is making a positive shift.With the benefits mining can bring – more jobs and greater revenue – we think there will be fewer objections overall, especially in the more desperate countries. It won’t solve all their problems, but there’s no doubt it would relieve some of the fiscal pressure.From an investment point of view, it’s a region to watch. We fully expect to find increasing opportunities here.Jeff Clark is the senior editor of BIG GOLD, a monthly newsletter that follows the world’s best precious metals production and near-production companies. Jeff has recently completed a rather interesting special report – The Four Stocks I’m Buying My Mother – with details on precious metals stocks that are so undervalued he has recently begun buying them for his mother’s retirement account. Readers can receive the special report for no charge with a 90-day, risk-free trial subscription to BIG GOLD.