DNV GL Awards AiP for Jiangnan Shipyards VLEC Design

Posted On Oct 23 2019 by

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL Classification society DNV GL has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of a 93,000-cubic meter (cbm) very large ethane carrier to Chinese shipyard Jiangnan.The AiP certificate for the flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly design was presented at the Gastech trade fair in Barcelona. The “PANDA E” design was developed by Jiangnan Shipyard in cooperation with GTT, DNV GL and major equipment manufacturers.“With this latest AiP, we have laid a solid foundation for introducing this ship type to the market and will further enrich our product portfolio in gas carriers and gas-fuelled ship types, which will benefit our clients and, at the same time, reduce emissions. Both Jiangnan and DNV GL will gain from the deeper and broader cooperation that this AiP represents,” said Hu Keyi, Chief Engineer of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group).The vessel will utilize GTT’s reinforced Mark III cargo containment system with a design temperature of minus 104 degrees centigrade. Four standard cargo holds are capable of carrying ethane, ethylene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), with a capacity of 93,000 cubic meters in total.Significantly reduced fuel consumption was achieved after several rounds of hull form optimizations. The proposed dual-fuel ethane/fuel oil main propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) meets the IMO NOx Tier III requirements. Other features include a deck tank, shaft generator and an LNG ready concept. Additionally, a USCG-certified ballast water treatment system has been applied to meet the upcoming regulations.last_img read more


Le gouvernement provincial entame le processus dachat de 12 écoles de Scotia

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_img Lockview High School, Halifax Regional School Board St. Margarets Bay Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board Madeline Symonds Middle School, Halifax Regional School Board Park West School, Halifax Regional School Board Portland Estates Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board Ridgecliff Middle School, Halifax Regional School Board Sackville Heights Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board Bedford South School, Halifax Regional School Board Eastern Passage Education Centre, Halifax Regional School Board École Beaubassin, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial École Bois Joli, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial Enfield District School, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Le gouvernement provincial a avisé Scotia Learning Centres qu’il exercera son droit contractuel d’achat de 12 de ses 13 écoles en juin et en août 2020, à la fin des contrats de location. Le gouvernement a entamé le processus d’achat après plusieurs mois de négociations d’un nouveau contrat de location avec Scotia Learning Centres. Les négociations n’ont pas mené à un meilleur marché que l’option d’achat. Afin de protéger le droit d’achat à un prix inférieur à celui du contrat existant, le gouvernement était tenu d’aviser Scotia Learning Centres de sa décision d’acheter les 12 écoles, de les abandonner ou de prolonger le contrat de location au plus tard le 31 octobre. La date limite pour la treizième école a été remise à plus tard. L’avis d’achat ne signifie pas que des conversations futures ne pourront pas avoir lieu avec Scotia Learning Centres avant la fin du contrat de location en 2020. Le prix d’achat des 12 écoles s’élève à 85,9 millions de dollars. « Le Halifax Chignecto-Central School Board et le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial ont indiqué que ces écoles sont celles qui doivent rester ouvertes pour répondre aux besoins des élèves des collectivités environnantes en matière d’éducation », souligne Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. « Dans ces cas, l’achat est plus abordable que la prolongation des contrats de location, offre une solution à long terme pour les écoles dans ces régions, et le gouvernement en devient propriétaire, ce qui constitue un avantage supplémentaire. » Voici les écoles en question : Scotia Learning Centres continuera d’exploiter les écoles jusqu’à la fin des contrats de location. Le gouvernement provincial et Scotia Learning Centres se sont entendus pour prolonger la date de l’avis concernant l’école Pictou Elementary au 30 juin 2017 afin de permettre au Chignecto-Central Regional School Board d’effectuer un examen de l’école. La province compte 39 écoles en PPP. « Des négociations sont en cours avec les autres promoteurs dans le but d’offrir les meilleures options au gouvernement provincial et aux élèves, et ce, dans l’intérêt supérieur des contribuables et des élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse », affirme Mme Casey. Les dates des avis concernant les écoles appartenant à Nova Learning, Ashford Investments, Scotia Learning et Hardman Group varient de novembre 2016 à août 2018.last_img read more


Canada sets aside disappointment to prevail in bronzemedal game

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgMore from Sportsnet GANGNEUNG, South Korea – To its credit, the men’s Olympic team brought it in its final outing of the Pyeongchang Games, avoiding the Canadian hockey hubris that sees anything other than gold as a worthless consolation prize.There’s no shame in stepping on the podium’s lowest step, and while it should never be the goal, there’s a secondary achievement in winning your last game and not going home empty-handed.Two goals apiece from Andrew Ebbett and captain Chris Kelly, another from Derek Roy who was again his team’s best forward and a tremendous performance by Kevin Poulin in net ensured Canada’s 29th medal at these Olympics with a 6-4 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday night.The colour may not be the one they wanted, but it’s a Winter Games medal nonetheless.If anything, what should really bother these 22 players and three goalies is knowing that if they had played the same type of hard, edgy and opportunistic game in the semifinals versus Germany, they would have been playing for gold and not bronze.They’ll surely regret that for a long, long time, regardless of how steep a challenge it would have been to beat a stacked Russian team featuring the ageless wizardry of Pavel Datsyuk and the mercurial-as-ever Ilya Kovalchuk.But they didn’t even give themselves a chance in a 4-3 loss that becomes increasingly infuriating the more you think about it.Ensuring that disappointment didn’t spill over into the bronze-medal game against the Czechs was no simple task. But as Mike Babcock, who coached NHL-star-stocked teams to Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014, said following Toronto Maple Leafs practice Friday, “you’ve got to get your mindset right.”“There’s a medal on the line and, as an Olympian, you can be disappointed all you want, but you’ve got a chance to win a medal for your country and you want to dig in and take advantage of that,” he continued. “I can tell you right now, the last time I was home someone said, ‘Hey, do you have a medal here?’ They dug it out of a drawer or whatever and looked at it – it’s cool.“Like, they’re freakin’ nice. I mean your whole life you get to be an Olympic medallist, so get past now. The disappointment’s over and it’s about getting ready for the next one.”Canada looked engaged from the outset against a physical Czech team just as determined as its opponent, with Canada taking control during a wild 31-second stretch that featured three goals.Ebbett got it started when Mat Robinson’s centring pass deflected off his skate and past Pavel Francouz on a power play to open the scoring at 8:57. Just 16 seconds later, Martin Ruzicka tied it up when he shovelled in Roman Cervenka’s cross-ice pass, but a mere 15 seconds after that Kelly tipped in a Cody Goloubef point shot to restore Canada’s lead.Roy then gave Canada some breathing room at 15:57 of the period, hustling to turn a Brandon Kozun rush into a 2-on-1, taking a nifty pass and slipping it through Francouz’s legs.After a tight second period kept the game at 3-1 Canada, the team’s went pond-hockey-ish in the third.Ebbett redirected a clever Kozun pass at 5:50 to extend the lead, but then 46 seconds later Jan Kovar fired home a loose puck in the slot to make it a 4-2 game. A Kelly wrist shot from the slot 3:01 later made it 5-2 and Wojtek Wolski shovelled in a rebound at 15:23 for a 6-2 edge, with a disallowed Czech goal in between.Cervenka then scored at 16:26 and 17:55, the second coming after a too-many-men penalty, to make it a 6-4 game, but Canada held on.last_img read more


Logic will prevail with politicians ratifying USMCA says BRP chief executive

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO — The head of Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Spyder maker BRP Inc. believes U.S. politicians will ratify the revised North American Free Trade Agreement despite threats that the continent could be left without any deal after President Donald Trump says he will withdraw from the existing trade pact.Jose Boisjoli says he believes “logic will prevail” even though some leading elected officials have expressed opposition to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA.Returning to pre-NAFTA trade policies would create uncertainty and deep negative consequences, especially for the automotive industry for the revised trade agreement not to be approved, he said after ringing the opening bell on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Quebec-based recreational product manufacturer is celebrating 15 years since being spun off from Bombardier Inc. and five years as a public company.Boisjoli says he’s happy with the new trade agreement even though it expects to face a $10-million hit next year from the need to increase domestic content on all-terrain vehicles made in the United States.He says the impact will have a minimal impact on the company and be a lot less damaging than many investors have suspected. Companies in this story: (TSX:DOO, TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Prepare noise pollution maps NGT directs CPCB

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prepare a noise pollution map and remedial action plan to solve the issue across the country.The green panel said the absence of implementation of noise pollution norms affects health of citizens, especially infants and senior citizens. It also affects sleep, comfort, studies and other legitimate activities, it said. A bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the CPCB to prepare the map, identify noise pollution hotspots and categorise cities with specified hotspots and propose a remedial action plan within three months Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedNoting that the CPCB has established a noise monitoring mechanism, which is functioning on a continuous basis, in seven cities, the NGT asked the board to consider setting up of such mechanisms in all cities where noise pollution is beyond permissible limits. “The state pollution control boards may undertake noise level monitoring in conjunction with police and take remedial action. “The police departments of all the states and Union territories may obtain the noise monitoring devices within a period of three months and specification of such devices may be finalised in consultation with the respective state pollution control boards,” the green panel said. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe NGT said police may also train their staff regarding the use of such devices and develop a robust protocol for taking appropriate action against the defaulters. “The CPCB may explore the possibility, in consultation with leading manufacturers of public address systems and other manufacturers of such instruments, to manufacture such equipments wherein the noise meters with data loggers are fitted therein so that as and when the prescribed parameters are violated, the same gets recorded and retrieved by the regulators for fixing the responsibility on the violators,” it said. Chief secretaries can finalise action plans in this regard within three months and submit the same to the CPCB, the NGT said. The CPCB may also lay down the scale of compensation to be recovered, including conditions on which equipment seized is to be released within one month, it said.last_img read more


On World AIDS Day Annan urges harder work as goals fall behind

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

“Clearly, we must work even harder to match our commitment with the necessary resources and action,” Mr. Annan said in a message marking World AIDS Day, observed each year on 1 December. “We cannot claim that competing challenges are more important, or more urgent. We must keep AIDS at the top of our political and practical agenda.” Referring to the General Assembly’s adoption in 2001 of the Declaration of Commitment, a set of specific, time-bound targets for fighting the epidemic, he declared: “Today, we have the commitment. Our resources are increasing. But the action is still far short of what is needed.” He noted significant new funding from governments and through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but he added: “We have failed to reach several of the Declaration’s targets set for this year. Even more important, we are not on track to begin reducing the scale and impact of the epidemic by the target year of 2005. “By then, we should have cut by a quarter the number of young people infected with HIV in the worst-affected countries; we should have halved the rate at which infants become infected; and we should have comprehensive care programmes in place everywhere. At the current rate, we will not achieve any of those targets by 2005,” he added. Stressing the need to speak openly about AIDS, Mr. Annan declared: “No progress will be achieved by being timid, refusing to face unpleasant facts, or prejudging our fellow human beings – still less by stigmatizing people living with HIV/AIDS. Let no one imagine that we can protect ourselves by building barriers between ‘us’ and ‘them.’ In the ruthless world of AIDS, there is no us and them. And in that world, silence is death. “On this World AIDS Day, I urge you to join me in speaking up loud and clear about HIV/AIDS,” he concluded. “Join me in tearing down the walls of silence, stigma and discrimination that surround the epidemic. Join me, because the fight against HIV/AIDS begins with you.” read more


West Africa UN Security Council welcomes positive developments but concerned about political

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

In a statement issued following a briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, members of the 15-member body expressed their concern that political tension may continue to erode governance in Guinea-Bissau and jeopardize achievements in the country since the 2014 elections. “They called upon national leaders of Guinea-Bissau to work to sustain stability through substantive political dialogue in order to prevent escalation of tensions or relapse into conflict,” the statement indicated. “They also encouraged them to foster a climate conducive to national reconciliation, as well as democratic, social and economic reconstruction.” Reiterating their strong condemnation of the recurrent terrorist attacks carried out in the region, in particular in Mali and the Sahel, as well as in the Lake Chad Basin region—notably by Boko Haram—members of the Security Council stressed the need to combat all forms of terrorism. In this regard, they expressed particular concern about the protection of civilians, the main targets of these attacks. “They welcomed, in this regard, the regional and international efforts to mitigate the security, humanitarian and development consequences of these attacks,” the statement said. “They reaffirmed that Member States must ensure that any measures taken to counter terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law, and international humanitarian law.” The Security Council also commended the efforts of the African Union and ECOWAS, as well as of Member States of the Sahel, to strengthen border security and regional cooperation, and said they remain committed to working closely with them and others to address cross-border security threats and prevent the spread of violent extremism and terrorism. In addition, they expressed their concern about the trafficking of drugs and other illicit goods, as well as the smuggling of migrants and human trafficking, stressing the need to strengthen the fight against criminal activities in the sub-region. Welcoming the success achieved in the fight against Ebola and reiterating their concerns about the humanitarian, social and economic consequences of this disease, the Security Council expressed its support and solidarity to affected countries and called for the strengthening of the early warning mechanisms and resilience of national health systems. They also called upon the international community to sustain support to the affected countries and encouraged all the bilateral and multilateral partners to fulfill the commitments made during the Ebola recovery conferences held in Brussels, Washington and New York. read more


A New Principal at Huntington Elementary

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

By Julie JohansenJody Truman Carter will be the new principal at Huntington Elementary beginning July 1.After Mr. Garth Johnson announced his retirement, the Emery School District administration interviewed candidates and Mrs. Carter was selected.Carter has been with the district for 20 years. She has taught second, fourth and fifth grades at Book Cliff Elementary in Green River and also at Huntington Elementary for the last 14 years.A resident of Huntington, she is the daughter of Kay and Judy Truman of Huntington and is married to Justin Carter. She received her teaching degree from Southern Utah University and is working on her Masters in Education Administration at Grand Canyon University.Mrs. Carter’s number one goal is to improve student achievement and feels that her greatest challenge will be funding since budgets are being cut because of a drop in student numbers. However, she will continue to enjoy working with the students and faculty at the school, she said. read more


3 in lead in Hong Kong as 2019 European Tour begins

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

HONG KONG — The 2019 European Tour got underway on Thursday with Aaron Rai, Jason Scrivener and Yusaku Miyazato shooting 5-under 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open.They were already 10 strokes ahead of Masters champion Patrick Reed, who made four bogeys and a double bogey in a 75 — a week after contending at the World Tour Championship in Dubai.Tommy Fleetwood missed out on a second straight Race to Dubai title last week and he began his latest bid to become Europe’s No. 1 by shooting 69.Sergio Garcia shot 70.Rai and Scrivener reached the turn at 1 under, only to find some hot form with the putter in the back nine as they benefited from favourable afternoon conditions following a breezy start to the day.An approach to within a few inches of the cup, setting up a tap-in eagle at No. 13, was the highlight of Rai’s round.Scrivener picked up four shots in five holes from the 12th.___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more


For Ohio State softball Alex DiDomenico a boxer a fighter

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Ohio State softball’s sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico is making strides to be a star player for the Buckeyes after pitching her fourth complete shutout win of the season over the weekend at the Cherry Blossom Classic. In OSU’s game Saturday against Canisius in Fairfax, Va., DiDomenico struck out three batters and allowed one hit in six innings of play. The Buckeyes won, 8-0. DiDomenico received her first career Big Ten weekly honor of Pitcher of the Week Feb. 18. “It was very exciting for her, but I think most importantly it was the fact that what she did was a team effort,” said OSU softball coach Kelly Schoenly. The Youngstown native’s athletic journey began when she was young. “My dad got me into the sport when I was like 5, and my sister played, too,” DiDomenico said. “They love the sport and they are my biggest supporters, you know, it’s really important to us.” DiDomenico was also selected as an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete in 2012, an achievement that she said she credits to knowing her priorities. “It’s always tough, but really, it’s prioritizing your time and knowing how to put what’s important first,” DiDomenico said. When DiDomenico finds time to unwind, it is not unusual to catch her watching the movie “Pitch Perfect” with teammate sophomore catcher Shelby Pickett, catching up on needed sleep or keeping up with schoolwork. DiDomenico’s teammates also said they often play pranks on her because she has a good sense of humor. “We went around in a circle and everyone had to say ‘woof,’ and it had a name after it, and hers was ‘woof arted,’” Pickett said. “So when you put it together, it’s ‘who farted’ and she had no idea until the end and it was hilarious.” Schoenly said DiDomenico’s determination on and off the field is a characteristic that is hard to miss. “She’s a boxer, a fighter, she’s a bulldog, she’s all of those words,” Schoenly said. “She might get knocked down, might get a hit, but we say she’ll bend, but she won’t break. So she’s definitely got that, ‘You might hit me once but I’m going to come back harder, fighting harder,’ mentality.” DiDomenico said she’s keeping that intense focus on softball and school for the time being. “I would really like to become an All-American and just keep working towards that, you know anything is possible,” DiDomenico said. “I just want a good education, hopefully a good job, but I don’t know, wherever life takes me.” Schoenly said she expects great things in the future from DiDomenico. “I think she’s one of those young women that is going to go and conquer the world,” Schoenly said. “I really feel like she’s got kind of an inner drive where she’s going to do something special because she’s got that energy and desire that you can feel it coming out.” OSU is scheduled to play Indiana at Buckeye Field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Buckeyes’ first conference game of the season. read more


Surujbally demits office backs Govts interpretation of Article 1612 for his

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

Dr Steve SurujballiThe outgoing Guyana Elections’ Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally stated earlier today, during his farewell press conference at the GECOM Head Office, that it is his understanding of the constitution that leads him to believe that a Judge is the one that should be appointed in the position of a GECOM Chairman.“The laws are very interesting. When you read it, it said judge, who could be judge who has been judge, all those words, no comma, then there’s a comma and ‘fit and proper.’ I think, it tells me that the focus …was really judge, really judge, to have a judge here,” he explained.The issue is the critical words ‘fit and proper’ and if you can get ‘fit and proper’ together with ‘judge and legal’, then you’ve won, that’s the best person ever,” Surujbally said.In addition, the outgoing GECOM Chairman, who is a veterinarian by profession, hastened to add that in his fifteen and a half years of being in the position, the capacity of a GECOM Commissioner has always been occupied by a lawyer.“We are never without people who are lawyers. We had Meon McDoom, Lloyd Joseph, we have Sase Gunraj now, Vincent, Bibi Shadick,” he asserted.For months, the Opposition and Government have been at odds over the nomination of a new GECOM Chairman since Surujbally resigned from the post in November of last year.The GECOM chairman position would now be vacant since Surujbally demitted office today, having held on a bit longer at the behest of President David Granger to do so until a new Chairman was elected.However, with the naming of a new Chairman by the President in limbo due to a current stalemate over the interpretation of Article 161 (2) of the constitution, Surujbally explained that he could not continue further.After Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo in consultation with NGO’s and private stakeholders, submitted his six nominees, President David Granger rejected them all, indicating that they were ‘unacceptable’ on the grounds that none of them were judges or have the background and qualifications of a Judge which he outlined was in keeping with Article 161 (2) of the constitution.Article 161 (2) states, “Subject to the provision of paragraph (4), the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds or who has held office as a Judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such Judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons, not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation with the non-governmental political parties represented in the National Assembly.”Jagdeo had nominated Lawrence Latchmansingh, Ramesh Dookhoo, Norman Mc Lean, Christopher Ram, Rhyaan Shaw and Professor James Rose as the six persons.The Opposition’s main contention was that the constitution outlined that the post could be filled by any other “fit and proper” person and it was not just limited to a Judge.  As this was the prevailing situation that obtained with other Gecom Chairpersons that were chosen before, the most recent being Surujbally himself.After it was outlined that the Constitution also caters for persons being “fit and proper”, Government argued that none of the nominees are fit and proper, however no justifications were offered.Following a stalemate between the Opposition and Government, and the President refusing to meet with the Opposition leader, Granger decided that a meeting be held between the Attorney General Basil Williams, SC and legal representatives (former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Pryia Manickchand) from the Opposition to iron out the interpretation of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution with the intention of advancing a way forward.The first meeting with the Attorney General was deemed “unfruitful” since Nandlall had put forward the Opposition’s interpretation of Article 161 (2), which the AG said he had to study and provide a response.In the second meeting held yesterday Williams responded to arguments put forward by Nandlall arguing that the ejusdem generis rule (which states that general words which follow two or more particular words in an Act must be confined to a meaning of the same class as the particular words) does apply in Guyana and thus can be used as an aid in construing article 161 (2).His contention therefore was that the term ‘Judge’ preceded that of any “fit and proper person” and based on the ejusdem generis rule, persons being a Judge would be placed in the “priority category” to which “fit and proper” would have to follow.“Consequently, the Leader of the Opposition’s list of candidates must include the persons required by the Constitution in the priority category, supported by the proviso. A list from the Leader of the Opposition, with candidates that only fit into the secondary category: namely ‘any other fit and proper person’ would be an unacceptable list” Williams in his response to Nandlall said.However, Nandlall in a statement said that Williams failed to address the crux of the matter, which he said was “who qualify as/ or what are the attributes of, ‘any other fit and proper person’.”According to Nandlall, “in his document, the Attorney General simply essayed a response to my interpretation of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution, which I left with him the last time we met. The gravamen of his presentation is that he disputes that the ejusdem generis rule of construction of statute applies to Guyana. In Our view, this does not assist in resolving the matters of controversy. In fact, if we are to follow suit and reciprocate, we will end up creating a new controversy, i.e., whether that cannon of statutory construction does or does not apply in Guyana. This simply distracts from the issue at hand.”Jagdeo had said that he would consider submitting a second list, depending on the outcome of the meeting between the Attorney General and his representative.“After that meeting, should I have to submit a new list, I would probably consult broadly again with people so that I can get the best names to go forward,” he explained, noting that this is just a hypothetical situation.Jagdeo reminded that the purpose of the meeting he had requested was to expose President David Granger to a different interpretation from what is being fed by his Attorney General regarding the Constitution.But since this meeting was rejected, Jagdeo said he will participate in the proposed engagement in keeping with the best interest of the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo agrees to new list of 6 nominees for GECOM ChairFebruary 28, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair 3rd list: Opposition Leader shortlists 10, says 1 already declinedJuly 12, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair impasse: President brushes aside CJ’s ruling, says will continue to act with his ‘perception’July 19, 2017In “latest news” read more


BHP Billitons bullish case for copper

Posted On Sep 24 2019 by

first_imgVicky Binns, Vice President, Marketing Minerals, BHP Billiton writes: “As a company we have made no secret of our liking for copper in the medium to longer term. We anticipate it will be the first mineral commodity in our portfolio to return to fundamental market balance.“Structural grade decline creates an ongoing imperative for new copper supply (as shown on the chart). That future supply will likely be higher cost, based on a range of macroeconomic, socio-political and geographic factors – as well as idiosyncratic issues we track on a project by project basis. Chief among these is the rising costs associated with a greater reliance on desalinated rather than aquifer water.“On the demand side, copper is a metal that thrives through the middle-income stage of a country’s economic development, which is associated with a lift in the consumption share of total activity. That comes with the mass penetration of copper intensive consumer goods, like household electronics. There is also a pronounced lift in copper absorption as consumers graduate beyond affordable, no frills houses and cars in favour of highly accessorised versions that are literally more ‘wired’. China has entered this stage. India and the populous regions of South East Asia will follow in the fullness of time.“We acknowledge that total copper demand is subject to ongoing substitution and miniaturisation ‘taxes’. Cheaper materials with inferior but still acceptable characteristics in use can be, and are, substituted for copper in traditional applications such as certain components of the power grid. In addition, we’re keeping a close eye on the availability of scrap metal as a competitor for concentrate and cathode. We remain alert to these factors and incorporate them in our long term view.“As a powerful offset to substitution, copper is superbly placed to benefit from expanded end use demand on the back of observed trends in technology, which we expect will become material from around the middle 2020s. Two such technological streams – electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy – are emerging as key areas of growth as the world transitions towards lower emissions energy.“Let us consider power generation first. Wind and especially solar power generation capacity are both far more copper hungry per unit of electricity produced than plants utilising non-renewable energy sources. The most striking gap is perhaps between coal and solar generation. Coal generation facilities contain about 2 kg of copper per KW; solar requires about 5 kg. In other words, the copper coefficient for solar capacity is 2½ times the one for coal capacity. These coefficients sit at the heart of our demand driver trees; and getting those coefficients right is a major motivator for our obsession with building our view of the world from the bottom up.“What about EVs? The average conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle contains around 20kgs of copper.2 The average hybrid vehicle uses around 40 kg, two times higher than an ICE. The average pure battery powered EV contains around 80 kg, producing a copper coefficient four times the ICE level.“In a previous edition of Prospects, we predicted that the global EV fleet will expand from approximately 1 million vehicles today to around 140 million in 2035. That would displace about 2 million barrels of oil demand per day in that year, worth about $37 billion annually at today’s prices in a $1¾ trillion market.“However, those same vehicles will consume around 11 Mt of copper in their production. Subtracting the copper that would have been used in the ICEs ‘displaced’ by EVs, and that figure comes down to around 8.5 Mt of genuine new demand – worth around $38 billion dollars at today’s copper price. That 8.5 Mt is equivalent to around one-third of total refined copper demand today.“That sounds impressive – and it is. However, it could be even better. It is likely that the copper intensity of EVs will grow over time, rather than stand still at 80 kg per unit. If that intensity rises to 105, which we believe it can, then the value of the demand uplift from the swelling of the EV fleet rises to almost 12 Mt, or more than half of the current global market for refined copper.“The numbers outlined above are derived from our mid case view of the long run development of the transport sector. As with any long term forecast, there are considerable margins of uncertainty attached to precise estimates. To address and ultimately narrow that uncertainty, we run a diverse set of alternatives through our models. This enables us to define the future range with more confidence. We work inwards from the ‘extreme but unlikely’ paths in the tails of the distribution of possible futures, to reach the ‘challenging but plausible’ territory that will define our high and low cases for planning purposes. As an aside, our high case for EVs is more than double the mid. That idea ought to quicken the pulse of anyone with a fiduciary interest in the red metal.”last_img read more


Some Labour TDs are not happy with Charlie Flanagan

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgTHE FOREIGN AFFAIRS Minister, Charlie Flanagan, is being criticised after Ireland abstained from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza yesterday.The vote on whether the Commission of Inquiry should be started to investigate Israel’s offensive was backed by 29 other countries.Labour TDs, Michael McCarthy and Derek Nolan, have criticised the decision along with members of Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin.Attempts were made to contact Minister Flanagan for his reaction to the criticism but no reply has yet been received.‘Shameful Act’McCarthy said he was ”surprised to learn of the Government’s decision not to support an international inquiry into Israel’s actions in Gaza”. Ireland’s abstention today at the UN human rights council is a disgrace— Michael Mc Carthy (@mmccarthy_mc) July 23, 2014 Source: Michael Mc Carthy/Twittercenter_img Ireland was among 17 countries that abstained. The US was the only country to vote against the proposed inquiry.Nolan said, “To condemn Israel is not to condone Hamas, and intermixing the two gives a false impression. It was open to Ireland to propose a separate motion concerning the indefensible actions of Hamas.”Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin and Brendan Smith commented:Ireland once had a proud tradition of strong, principled and independent foreign affairs policy. The decision to sit on our hands and abstain from what should have been a very clear position on this UN resolution is a dereliction of this country’s proud history in foreign and humanitarian affairs.While the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams described it as a “shameful act of political cowardice”.The Israeli government is acting with impunity and the EU and the Irish government are failing to stand up to Israeli aggression.The statistics of death and destruction, and in particular the slaughter of women and children, has to be stopped.“The government should move immediately to expel the Israeli ambassador in a clear message of condemnation of the actions of the Israeli government.”Read: Why did Ireland abstain from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza?>last_img read more


Titanfall developer explains why the Xbox One Cloud is awesome

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgWith the launch of the Xbox One in November, Microsoft is pushing more than just a new games console, it’s also putting a big emphasis on cloud computing and what it can do to enhance Xbox One games. But what does that actually mean?Xbox Live isn’t a new thing, and we’ve had multiplayer gaming through Microsoft’s service with this generation of console hardware. Cloud computing with Xbox One is meant to take that a step further, and Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment has decided to tell us how.Microsoft’s cloud computing solution for Xbox One is basically the Azure platform repackaged for games. What it boils down to is thousands of servers in data centers around the world made available to game developers to handle processing of any and all tasks. Microsoft charges developers to use their cloud platform, but Respawn has stated that it’s much cheaper than renting servers from a third-party host.Cost savings are great, but the biggest advantage according to Respawn is ease of use. As Microsoft already has data centers around the world, there’s no need to worry about having enough servers available to handle the load when releasing a new game as it just scales automatically. Microsoft claims there’s 3 servers for every gamer on Xbox One, but those servers will also be distributed so they are geographically close to a player’s location, meaning low latency connections for everyone. The servers are also managed by Microsoft, so the developer deploys their code and it just works.As Microsoft’s Xbox One cloud is just this huge pool of computing power, developers can use it however they see fit. In the case of Forza 5, Turn 10 will be using it for handling multiplayer, but also for their Drivatar feature, which improves the game AI based on your driving ability. That processing and monitoring is all done in the cloud, and therefore not taking up valuable CPU time on individual consoles.For Respawn and Titanfall, the cloud is for multiplayer. It allows them to offer the equivalent of a dedicated server experience to gamers without the involved costs or headache of setting up and running the servers. It also means they can manage multiplayer across Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC all through a single service, which again saves on cost and workload.The main takeaway from this is Microsoft has decided to offer developers access to a massive amount of off console processing power while at the same time taking all the pain out of multiplayer features and distributed computing for very little cost. Just as importantly though, they’ve left it completely open meaning developers don’t have to use it, but if they do, they can do so however they wish. To me, that means we could get some nice innovation and games using the cloud in ways we haven’t seen before. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Titanfall GameplayTitanfall GameplayTitanfall PanoramicTitanfall Lagoon Pilot TitanTF Angel City Pilotlast_img read more


Dublin councillor with MS I was on a walking stick at 32

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Short URL 37,725 Views 22 Comments IN 2005, MY life as I knew it was over. After years of being hospitalised, misdiagnosed and countless tests I was diagnosed with Multiple-Sclerosis (MS).  I remember getting the news and my feelings were a mixture of relief and fear – relief that I knew exactly what I was dealing with, but the overriding emotion was fear. Fear for my family and my future.My initial reaction was to turn into Dr Google. I researched everything I could find on MS. My state of mind at the time would not let me focus on anything positive. I basically diagnosed myself in having the worst case possible of MS.I developed a persona that enabled me to put on a front to the outside world, that everything was fine. I was getting pats on the back of friends saying how well I was coping. The reality was different. Inside I was dying. I was caught in such a ball of fear that I isolated myself from my family including my children. I was unable to articulate how I was feeling.I slipped into depression for a number of years. I lost a career, I pushed family and friends away. I could be on Croke Park’s Hill 16 surrounded by thousands of people and yet I felt alone. I was afraid that if I talked about how I was feeling that the persona I was portraying would shatter and I would shatter with it.There were many interventions by concerned people during this time. I went to doctors and counselling but because I could not open up to them nothing worked. My physical health deteriorated. I was on a walking stick at the age of 32.I had little power in my hands. I was in constant pain. I was always fatigued. My moods were extreme.After losing another job, I found myself unemployed for the first time in my life. The shame I felt as a man who always provided for his family multiplied the other issues in my life. I had a complete mental and physical breakdown.Depression crippled me emotionally. I could barely wash myself. My self-esteem was non-existent and I pushed everybody who cared for me away. None of this was my intention but rather symptomatic of depression.Turn aroundDuring this time a new fear replaced the fears I had about MS. The fear of losing my children and not being there for them kick-started a psychic change in me. Slowly I started to make changes. The first change was the easiest and also the hardest. I began to talk.I started to change my lifestyle. I changed my diet, stopped drinking alcohol and started exercising. Gradually things started to improve. I enrolled in a course that led to college. A memory that always sticks with me is walking through UCD with all the other students and finally realising that I was as good as any of them.I qualified as a behavioural therapist and was working in a job that I adored specialising working with people with addiction issues. I had a talent working with people who society had discarded.I live day by day now. I believe that we only get one chance of this life and I take every opportunity I can make a difference. When I got the opportunity to represent my community of Clondalkin as a councillor I didn’t hesitate even though it was a big hit financially.The futureTo be honest, I am not a fortune-teller, I have no idea what the future will bring.I have decided to sign up to take part in this year’s Dublin City Marathon.The reason I have decided to take part in the marathon is to raise awareness for newly diagnosed people with MS. I was diagnosed at the age of 31, on a walking stick by the age of 32 and had myself convinced I was on the scrapheap at the age of 33.Today I am healthy, mentally and physically.My relationships with my family and friends are unbelievable. I live a fully active life where I try on a daily basis to make a positive difference in people’s lives – to show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel. If what I am doing helps them and their families not to suffer the way I and my family did it will be worth it.There will be a lot of people who know me who will be shocked to find out about this. I do not need to speak about MS now as it does not impact my life as much. I have bad days but they are getting further apart. This is the first time I have spoken about MS publicly.Having MS does not define me. I changed my thinking about MS. I am not an MS sufferer, MS suffers me, I haven’t got MS but rather MS has me and god love it.If I believed my thoughts in 2005 I wouldn’t be able to walk to the shop today but instead, I’m running a marathon.Mark Ward is a Sinn Féin councillor with South Dublin County Council.  Mark Ward Feb 21st 2018, 7:01 AM By Mark Wardcenter_img Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3861671 Dublin councillor with MS: ‘I was on a walking stick at 32 … now I plan to run the marathon’ Mark Wards writes about his journey from crippling depression to running the Dublin City Marathon for MS awareness. Share725 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Spread the news to your American friends Kerrygold is banned in the

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img By DailyEdge.ie Local news outlet TJM4 reported last week that Kerrygold is banned from being sold in the state thanks to an old law from the 1970s that “requires all butter sold in Wisconsin to be tested by a panel of experts and issued a letter grade for quality”.As Kerrygold is made and manufactured in Ireland, however, it is not graded in America meaning that it doesn’t meet Wisconsin’s stringent requirements.And that’s led to people smuggling the butter across state lines.Per TJM4:Jean Smith loves the butter so much, she has a couple-month stash squirreled away in her Waukesha fridge. It’s a stockpile of butter she regularly buys in Nebraska and drives back across state lines.Dedication.The story has since taken off in the United States and inspired quality headlines like this. Source: The Liberty ZoneNow, apparently Wisconsin is the only state in the Union that has these absurd cheese control regulations. Thank goodness for that, because if Virginia decided to bow down to some greedy lobby representing people whose way of dealing with quality competition is to use government force to cheat themselves a bigger market share, I’d become a cheese outlaw. No one takes my Kerrygold! Written by Amy O’Connor and posted on DailyEdge.ieRead: People have discovered this African TV ad for Kerrygold and it’s absolutely joyousRead: 11 glorious photos of Irish butter porn for those missing it abroad Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 39,448 Views @KerrygoldUSA Wisconsin banned your butter? It’s off the shelves for some reason and outrageous!— Adam w (@youareme7) May 18, 2015 Share729 Tweet Email4 Feb 22nd 2017, 8:11 PM Short URL Source: Adam W/Twitter 51 Comments Spread the news to your American friends – Kerrygold is banned in the state of Wisconsin An old law means you can’t buy the popular butter in the US state KERRYGOLD IS ONE of Ireland’s most popular exports and has become one of the most popular ‘fancy butters’ in the United States over the past few years. (Yes, Kerrygold is considered ‘fancy’ in America.)The butter is currently available in 49 states. The only state you can’t get your mitts on it? Wisconsin. Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 8:11 PM http://jrnl.ie/3253720 Conservative news outlets like The Blaze have taken on the Kerrygold story and pointed to it as an example of bureaucracy gone mad. Source: The Blaze“You only hate me ’cause I’m popular and you’re not.” Source: Return To NowA spokesperson for Kerrygold said in a statement that they are working with authorities to make the butter available in the state.Under Wisconsin legislation, retail butter for sale in Wisconsin must bear either a Wisconsin or federal grade mark.  This effectively excludes Kerrygold butter being sold in Wisconsin because Kerrygold butter is graded, produced and packaged in Ireland.  We are currently working with the Wisconsin authorities on a solution which will enable consumers throughout the state enjoy the great taste of Kerrygold butter.The ban has been strictly enforced for close to two years now, but it has only recently started making national headlines in the US.We’ll never take Kerrygold for granted again. Add us: dailyedge Source: Mitch Ryan/Twitter @KerrygoldUSA Has your butter been banned in Wisconsin? Two stores I buy it from here say it’s “no longer deliverable to WI right now.”— Mitch Ryan (@MitchRyan912) April 15, 2015 DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Guardiola unconcerned by European expectations at Man City

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is unconcerned by the high expectations on them ahead of their Champions League opener against LyonThe Premier League champions have never managed to progress past the semi-final stage of the competition.And City have not faired any better under Guardiola with the club exiting at the last-16 stage in his first season in charge before losing to Liverpool in last term’s quarter-finals.Yet City enters this season’s Champions League as one of the favourites to win alongside the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.But Guardiola, who led Barcelona to the European title twice, is refusing to pay too much attention to the expectations on his squad.“I’m not worried or concerned for one second about expectation or whether we deserve more credit for the Champions League,” he told the club website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“In terms of expectations, you have to win it on the pitch so I’m not worried or concerned at all.“At the end, it’s about what happens on the pitch. If we get the credit it will be because we deserve it.“I want to see my team play better and cut out mistakes.“That is what I want – what happens out on the pitch is the real judge for me.”After facing Lyon in their first Group F game on Wednesday, City will then take on Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk.last_img read more


ASA Testifies Regarding Rail Service Issues at Surface Transportation Board Public Hearing

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) emphasized the importance of addressing rail service issues and their negative impacts on soybean growers, at a public hearing before the Surface Transportation Board on Thursday.ASA Director Lance Peterson, a soybean farmer from Underwood, Minn., represented ASA at the hearing in Washington D.C., highlighting the great impact the railways have on soybean farmers who rely on the transportation to get their crop to the growing world population.“Soybeans are especially impacted by transportation costs, as over 50 percent of U.S. soybeans are exported and soybeans and soy products are the leading U.S. agricultural export, with an export value of over $28 billion in 2013,” Peterson said. “Many in the world rely on U.S. soybean farmers to meet their protein and vegetable oil demands.  U.S. farmers, in turn, rely on trucks, rail, and barges to move our products to those markets.”Peterson said that while a great deal of discussion has taken place in the last few months in regards to inadequate rail movement in the upper Midwest, centered on slow shipments due to cold weather—warmer weather may not fix the problems.“The real issue is the shifting of rail assets to the rapidly expanding oil industry. This is occurring at the expense of long standing shippers who rely heavily on rail movement to conduct their business he said. “As an agricultural producer in Western Minnesota I am faced with a direct and substantial financial impact.  Inadequate rail service directly drives up the cost per rail car by thousands of dollars.  This is reflected in the price I am paid locally.”When tabulated for the thousands of farm operations across the upper Midwest, the losses will be in the hundreds of millions and potentially over one billion dollars.“This is making lenders hesitant and could make it difficult for farmers to get operating loans to finance their business. A restriction on operating loans would have a devastating impact on farmers and on the rural economy,” Peterson said. “And the impact to agricultural producers is not just on the shipping of harvested commodities to market, but also in getting inputs, such as fertilizer, to the farm to produce a crop in the first place. For many of us, that time is now or is rapidly approaching.”Another issue Peterson presented was the fact that the demand for soybean rail shipments is expected to continue growing in key states where rail service issues are already having trouble keeping up today.Most forecasts indicate that soybean shipments will be increasing and the rail network needs to accommodate this growth along with the growth in crude oil shipmentsFor our part,  to address demand over the long-term, ASA will continue to carry the message to Congress and the Administration in support of policies that encourage or provide direct investments in expanding transportation capacity, including rail, trucks and waterways.  These would include a tax credit applied to new rail infrastructure, l, funding for waterways infrastructure, and increased truck weight limits that will expand transportation capacity and increase transportation service competition. Steps to improve and expand energy infrastructure could also alleviate rail demand by providing alternative ways to accommodate the growing domestic oil and gas production.For a full transcript of Peterson’s comments, please click here.last_img read more


Bobs Burgers The Movie everything we know about the Belchers film

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Share your voice As you’d expect from a show where Tina has devoted herself to, uh, “erotic friend fiction,” Bob’s Burgers believes in fan service.”We’re thrilled to be invited to bring Bob’s Burgers to the big screen,” show creator Loren Bouchard said when the movie was announced. “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s — but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!” Release date, production infoGood burgers take time to cook. Look for the Bob’s Burgers movie to come to theaters in 2020. July 17 was the original date given, but voice actor John Roberts, who voices Linda, told Aesthetic Magazine he thinks it’ll be “a little later than they announced.”Cast: Who’s who?There’s no way this film can be made without the familiar voices behind the Belchers and their friends, so we’re going to assume the voice cast is the same as the show. (We’re rooting for non-Belchers, like Marshmallow and Gene’s friend Alex to be part of the movie too.) If we hear of special guest stars or confirmed minor characters who’ll make an appearance, we’ll note that here.  Belcher familyH. Jon Benjamin as Bob BelcherJohn Roberts as Linda BelcherDan Mintz as Tina BelcherEugene Mirman as Gene BelcherKristen Schaal as Louise BelcherDistant family and friends who seem likely to appearMegan Mullally as Linda’s sister, Aunt GayleLarry Murphy as regular customer TeddyJay Johnston as Bob’s rival, Jimmy Pesto Sr.H. Jon Benjamin (again) as Jimmy Pesto Jr., Tina’s crushLaura Silverman as AndySarah Silverman as OllieDavid Herman as school counselor Mr. FrondKevin Kline as the Belchers’ landlord Calvin FischoederPlot news, rumors, theoriesHonestly, the plot is of less interest in a Bob’s Burgers movie than just having the whole gang together on a bigger canvas, selling burgers and plotting hijinks. But here’s what we know anyway. Kuchi Kopi gets litAccording to Entertainment Weekly, in 2018 Bouchard said the “movie will reunite Louise with her beloved nightlight Kuchi Kopi in her dreams for another trippy adventure.”Now ear this, LouiseWhy does Louise, the youngest Belcher, always wear pink bunny ears? Bouchard says the movie will explain it. The Belchers are coming to a theater near you. Fox Animation Studios/Walt Disney Studios Say it in Linda’s voice: All right! The Belcher family, of Bob’s Burgers fame, is heading to the big screen.Bob and Linda Belcher run Bob’s Burgers restaurant in an unnamed seaside town and live above their restaurant with their three quirky kids, Tina, Gene and Louise. The critically acclaimed animated TV show has been renewed for a 10th season on Fox. The show is known for its sassy humor, family love and musical numbers.Now, there’s going to be a movie. It won’t hit theaters until 2020, but devoted fans can’t wait. Here’s what we know so far. We’ll add to this post as new information is revealed.The basicsWhat’s it called? As much as we love Bob’s elaborate Burger of the Day names (Baby, You Can Chive My Car), sometimes simple is best. The film’s just called Bob’s Burgers: The Movie. That was easy. 0 Target movie. https://t.co/sIusiSFCFp— loren bouchard (@lorenbouchard) February 22, 2019center_img I got musicFans know how often the Belchers and their friends seem to burst into song. (“Bad Things Happen in the Bathroom,” anyone?) So it’s good to hear Roberts say that although the cast doesn’t yet know the film’s plot,  “I do know it’s very musical and I’m sure it’s going to be great!” You’re singing our song, John/Linda. Post a comment Tags TV and Movieslast_img read more


New tribal court programs aim to reduce recidivism

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgTwo new tribal court programs are getting off the ground at Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. They’re focused on reducing recidivism.Download AudioThe Andrew Hope Building is the new location of Central Council’s tribal court, which is located on the third floor. Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall is on the first floor. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins,KTOO – Juneau)At the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall — the new location of Central Council’s tribal court — a framework is being created.It’s part of a larger conversation to identify what’s holding some people back from reaching their potential. Namely, things such as childhood trauma, unstable home lives and a disconnect from culture.Colleen Belardi is one of the coordinators at Central Council’s Youth Wellness Court. She said the program is still being developed.“What we do know is that we would like to intervene with youth in the court system … and also kids who may be at risk of becoming involved in the court system,” Belardi said.The juvenile court could take the shape of therapeutic court or family conferencing. It’s funded by a 3-year $550,000 grant from the U.S Department of Justice. But they want to make the program sustainable.Belardi said mentorship will play a key role.“We want to teach them traditional ways — putting up food, carving, what is it to have an elder in your life and what does that mean to have an elder in your life,” Belardi said.A different program aimed at helping adult offenders is also underway.Tribal Judge Debra O’Gara said the program primarily handles family law, but soon it will also be able to sentence some criminal cases.Youth Wellness Court held a meeting in April to hear feedback from the community. Next it will consult with elders and appoint an advisory board. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau)State court judges reached out to the tribe, O’Gara said. Central Council signed an agreement with the state in April.Defendants who plead guilty or are found guilty will be able to have their cases transferred to Central Council. From there, they’ll go through circle sentencing.“We will have more time to delve into what is causing (them) to do this criminal behavior,” O’Gara said. “We’ll also have more time to inform the defendant as to what the effect their behavior has had on their family or what effect (it’s) had on their family or anybody who is harmed by that behavior.”O’Gara said four other tribes up north have had success with the program. Eventually, Central Council wants to offer circle sentencing in other Southeast tribal courts.Typically in the state court system, O’Gara said, the prosecutor or the judge have no connection to the defendant.“Whereas in tribal court, we’re going to have family members and members … of their own tribe there, and often their grandma or grandpa or aunts or uncles or parents or siblings are going to be there in the court and have to explain why they’re doing what they’re doing.”O’Gara says criminal behavior can sometimes be linked to poverty, childhood trauma or substance abuse. Depending on the case, the sentencing outcome could be job training or treatment — recommendations which will be sent back to the state.The adult program could start up by the end of summer. O’Gara says she hopes it brings healing.last_img read more