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Inside Dr. Shannon’s Mining Book

first_img– Advertisement – Dr. Eugene H. Shannon …Digging Into The Second ChapterThe Second Chapter of Dr. Shannon’s Mining Book consists of 30 pages which detail the importance of Pre-Investment Requirements within the mining sector.The Book, “Safeguarding the Environment In Mining Development Projects”, written by one of Liberia’s learned Geologists, Dr. Eugene H. Shannon, is one of the major Books on mining and the environment that will help improve Liberia’s mining sector and countries involved in Mining.“Pre-Investment Requirements”, according to the second chapter is centered on investors wishing to explore and eventually exploit mineral resources in developing countries.Dr. Shannon points out in his mining book that, “It is, therefore, very important that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) be undertaken prior to the actual mining project in developing countries and in particular African developing countries”.The learned Geologist further explains that it is equally important that any investor wishing to exploit mineral resources in developing countries including Liberia should provide a management plan to the state authorities for approval before mining operation commences. “This helps to eliminate, offset or reduce adverse environmental impacts to acceptable levels.”Dr. Shannon details several reasons for environmental impact studies; among them are:Mistakes made in the past indicate that it is particularly necessary that at the very start of the project cycle environmental factors must be considered. It must be made imperative that the host country concerned demands a detailed description of the proposed development so that all the necessary guidelines may be set, and steps taken to guarantee that environmental guidelines are adhered to.Environmental assessment study must be undertaken to assist policymakers in determining environmental protection needs. Early studies coupled with detailed investigations should be able to give the kind of relevant environmental information relating to the possible impacts of a mining project. Environmental assessment study is also important so as to ensure that the project has been organized in an environmentally safe manner, such that the appropriate mitigation measures and safeguards are incorporated into the project design.Finally, the environmental impact assessment study is necessary so as to provide sufficient information for the evaluation of the EIA that will merit the issuance of the clearance certificate to commence mining operations by the appropriate government agency.The Mining Book second chapter details the major guidelines for conducting an environmental impact assessment study and explains why government authorities should make sure that projects address environmental concerns including, Waste Management, Effluent Reduction, Mine safety, Research and Development,  Reforestation, Land Reclamation, CCradle-to-GraveManagement, Meteorological and Climatological issues, and land-use management, and Sociological problems, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Aviation industry vital even with budding oil and gas industry’ – GCAA Chairman

first_img“Air connectivity is pivotal to unlocking Guyana’s potential for economic growth because of its capacity to attract business, invests and the influx of trained and qualified professionals.”Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA), Retired Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence London made this pronouncement at the launch of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Transport Conference on Monday at the Umana Yana.Chairman of GCAA, retired Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence LondonLondon advised that the vital role of the aviation industry should not be disregarded even as there is a burgeoning oil and gas industry. He contended that air transport must be sustained to keep the economy vibrant, even with the imminent wealth from oil and gas. “This industry (oil and gas) we feel will do well for this country; however, I feel strongly that we must not take our eyes off the prize.”The GCAA Chairman further explained that air connectivity can help address some of the challenges facing the eco-tourism industry, by facilitating intercontinental trade, business, tourism, and investment.According to London, the aviation sector is advancing and has been making notable achievements. However, the need for adequate infrastructure remains paramount to further boost the sector and better crystalise its rewards.London highlighted that Government is aware of this need and commended them for their support over the past years. “For years we heard that if we had adequate infrastructure, it would have been easier for commerce between South America, Africa, and North America…money was put into the infrastructure at Cheddi Jagan International Airport and I hope that the Government will see it fit to make it more robust so that more persons will be able to traverse.”Director of Air Transport Management, Saheed Sulaman noted that the total value of goods transported by air represents 35 per cent off all international trade. Sulaman stated that airlines transport over three billion passengers annually, while nearly 50 million tonnes of freight is carried by air. Therefore, “aviation is indispensable for tourism which is a major engine for economic growth and air transport facilitates world trade,” Sulaman said.last_img read more


first_imgA group of dedicated Donegal people in Kerry are waiting in anticipation for a very special visitor.This visitor is no stranger to Kerry but has been residing in the North West since 2012.While most Kerry supporters have had plenty of opportunities over the years to get well acquainted with this treasured visitor many in other counties have not been so privileged. A large contingent of Donegal people living in Kerry rarely have the opportunity to attend local functions in their native county where the cup is in great demand, being admired and photographed by young and old.The Donegal Association in Kerry have been busy negotiating Sam’s ‘return’ to Kerry.And for one day only Sam will be making an appearance in Scotts Hotel, Killarney this Saturday on April 6th from 5pm to 9.00pm. This is a once off opportunity for proud Donegal and loyal Kerry supporters to come together and reminisce and celebrate in a joint appreciation of their trophy .Who knows where Sam will travel to next September but for now we have to agree that : “We have it all in Donegal “. The Donegal Association in Kerry have been active for the past couple of years and meet regularly in Killarney and Tralee for social get togethers so anyone associated with or having an interest in Donegal are always welcome to connect and join in. There will be Face painting for the children, Spot prizes, Music and take your photo with Sam.Those of you who have family and friends in Kerry please let them know and everyone is welcome.You can contact the Chairman Sean Gallagher tel:087-9245828 or the Treasurer Annette Horgan tel:087-2129294. You can e- mail the Association at or visit their website for news and upcoming events at SAM MAGUIRE ON HIS WAY TO KERRY – BUT JUST FOR A LOAN! was last modified: April 4th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Association KerrySam Maguirelast_img read more


first_imgThe news that Donegal is to host the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in August 2016 is a welcome boost for the sport of rowing, tourism and the local economy.The All-Ireland Rowing Championships is one of the biggest rowing events in Ireland with an estimated 2,700 competitors and similar number of spectators taking to the water over three consecutive days of rowing competition. The All Ireland will be held in the Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon in 2016.The championships were held this year in Waterville, County Kerry where the announcement was made last weekend that next year’s event will be held in Donegal. This year’s event saw record numbers or rowers and spectators over the three days.  The finals day on the Sunday was streamed live via internet link to more than 90,000 spectators worldwide and these numbers are expected to be even higher in 2016 for Donegal.  The scale of this event has to be seen to be appreciated and the economic benefit to the local economy cannot be underestimated.This year four Donegal teams attended the All Ireland in Kerry including Donegal Bay Rowing Club, Loughros Point Rowing Club, The Village Rowing Club and Inver Rowing Club with rowers from Killybegs Rowing Club making up the teams.The competition this year had increased significantly but luckily Loughros Point Rowing Club men’s team managed to secure a great result coming second in the Open Classic Category on the first day of rowing in the Donegal Skiff, the first year this boat was rowed at the All-Ireland.This category has proved fruitful for Donegal Rowers as this was the second year Donegal rowers achieved medals in this category. Loughros Point and Donegal Bay had youth teams competing again this year that all preformed really well most notable the Donegal Bay U21 girl’s team who finished 5th best in Ireland. With the popularity of the rowing event increasing year on year, it was a great boost to the Donegal clubs attending this year’s event that Donegal Bay Rowing Club had been successful in its bid to host the 2016 championships in the Lakeside Centre in Ballyshannon.The suitability of the Lakeside Centre had been accessed by the organisers many months in advance and they were very impressed with the facilities at the centre.The announcement saw attending clubs immediately block book accommodation in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Bundoran providing a great boost to the local economy for 2016. It comes on the back of a detailed bid completed by the club with the assistance of Donegal County Council and Donegal Tourism Ltd namely Barney McLaughlin and Joy Harron, and their ongoing support in the production of a brochure, racing fixtures booklet and website www.donegalbayrowingclub.comJoy Harron of Donegal Tourism Ltd said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity to showcase County Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way to those who attend and to give everyone a taste of the fantastic maritime activities, wonderful restaurants and pubs, quality accommodation, scenic beauty and much more here in Donegal. Once visitors have experienced Donegal, they will certainly tell friends and family and return again in the future”.Donegal Bay Rowing Clubs bid to host the 2016 championships comes after detailed discussion with Donegal County Council, Donegal Tourism Ltd and the six local sitting councillors all of whom reside in rowing strongholds and see the benefit of such an event to the local economy. The next step for the club will be to meet with local community group, town councils, business groups and local clubs to plan for 2016 to ensure the event is one of the best All-Irelands in many years and showcases all the best Donegal has to offer.  The planning starts now as well as the training!TOURISM BOOST AS ALL-IRELAND ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO DONEGAL was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL LGFA NEWS: As you are aware a special emergency meeting of the Donegal Ladies County Board was held in the Clanree Hotel last night Friday 12th September.The dates for the remaining Junior B championship games were proposed, seconded and passed with a vote of 18 to 0.The following are the fixtures: Killybegs v Lifford (1st leg) – Sunday 14th September in Killybegs 11amConvoy v Red Hughs (2nd leg) Friday 19th SeptemberLifford v Killybegs (2nd leg) – Friday 26th SeptemberSemifinals: Saturday 4th October 12md – venues to be confirmed Winner Killybegs/Lifford v N. MhuireIorras v winner Convoy/Red HughsFinal: Saturday 11th October 12nd – venue to be confirmed.Intermediate ChampionshipOne of the matters addressed was the outcome of the appeal to Ulster by the Ardara club in relation to the intermediate championship. A discussion took place regarding this. It was proposed, seconded, voted on and passed by vote of 21 to 2 that the Donegal Ladies County Board award the intermediate championship to Four Masters club for 2014. They will now represent the county in Ulster.UlsterIt was brought to our attention at this meeting that there may be some clashes with our minor championship fixtures and the teams that have progressed to represent Donegal in Ulster i.e. Termon (Senior), Carndonagh (Junior) and Four Masters (Intermediate).It was proposed, seconded, voted, passed 20 to 0 to give the fixtures committee the right to revisit dates for minor championship if clashes arise for the teams involved in Ulster. All other minor fixtures will go ahead as scheduled.Failure to supply results for U13 League GamesRegarding under 13 leagues it is imperative that clubs please forward scores to Greg Harkin (section 1 and 2 mob 086 0278833) or Gabrielle Gallagher (section 3,4,5 mob 086 1648577).Under 16 A Championship FinalProvisional dates of Wednesday, September 24th or Thursday 25th in Buncrana at 8pm under floodlights. Clubs will be contacted in advance.DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: DECISIONS FROM THE EMERGENCY LADIES BOARD MEETING was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal LGFA newslast_img read more

Veteran Drake Coach Dan Hostager To Join The Staff Of The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee

first_imgA 1990 graduate of Northern Iowa, Hostager was the head cross country coach and assistant track coach for the men’s and women’s programs at St. Cloud State from 1993-96. As a professional athlete, Hostager qualified for the 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic trials in the marathon and was the 1992 Road Runners Club of America national champion in the 10,000 meters. Collegiately, he owned the UNI indoor school record in the 3,000 meters (8:02.67) and also earned All-America honors in the event at the 1989 NCAA Indoor Championships.   Hostager was named the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1999 after leading the men’s team to their first league title in 29 years. He guided the men’s cross country program to second-place finishes at the 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Team Championships, while the Bulldogs finished third in 2004 and 2011. On the track, he coached 15 school-record performances, 27 MVC Champions, three All-Americans and multiple NCAA Championship qualifiers.  Previously, Hostager served as the Bulldogs’ head men’s cross country coach for 18 years and the head women’s coach for 11 years while assisting with the track and field staff that entire period. During the 2016-17 season, he was the track and field program’s interim co-head coach. DES MOINES, Iowa – Dan Hostager, a veteran cross country and track & field coach with more than 20 years of experience, has joined the staff of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee as an assistant director for special projects. Also, with his extensive coaching experience, experience as a professional athlete and vast network of collegiate contacts, Hostager will aid the staff of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee in attracting University/College division programs to the Blue Oval and providing a one-of-a-kind experience for collegiate athletes at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.center_img “We are thrilled to be able to add Dan’s experience at Drake, his expertise in collegiate track & field and knowledge of the Des Moines community to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “In addition to reenergizing the Drake Relays university/college division, Dan will undoubtedly help connect Drake alumni and runners throughout Central Iowa to the Drake Relays.” In his new role, Hostager will focus on enhancing the participant experience at the Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile while maximizing those events’ programming, partnerships and marketing. Hostager and his wife, Maria LaFrance, have two sons, Noah and Quincy. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Oracle Arena’s sign is coming down now that Warriors have left Oakland

first_imgLooks like the “Oracle” logo is … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors’ sometimes magical, sometimes depressing run at Oracle Arena has been over for nearly two months now.As the team begins preparing for its move from Oakland to San Francisco, the East Bay arena is undergoing some change of its own: the removal of its “Oracle” logo.Twitter user Tommy Call III (@tommy_III) posted a photo of a crane taking down the sign Thursday.last_img read more

CITES approves two ivory importers

first_img10 October 2008The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) standing committee has confirmed Japan and China as suitable importing countries for South Africa’s stockpiled ivory, says the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.South Africa has been authorised by CITES to make a once-off sale of 51 121 metric tons of raw ivory.“The announcement follows the conclusion of a trip to both countries by officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and South African National Parks,” the department said in a statement this week.“This accreditation follows the CITES standing committee decision that both countries have sufficient measures in place to prevent re-exporting of the ivory as agreed by the CITES conference held in the Netherlands in July 2007.”The department decided in July to send a delegation to both countries to assess enforcement capacity, the ivory registration process, and general CITES compliance, in order to satisfy the South African government. The officials went on their trip to the two countries between 22 September and 2 October.Artworks and musical instrumentsIn China, ivory is used primarily in the ivory carving industry for cultural artworks, while in Japan the ivory is used largely for the production of musical instruments and hanko seals, which are used to sign official documents. Both countries also produce figurines, jewellery, and ornaments from ivory.Both China and Japan have computerised registration systems in place, which entails the registration of tusks and ivory products.In China all products have identifying certificates which provide a description of the item and indicate that it cannot be exported. Similarly in Japan, an identifying CITES sticker accompanies all worked ivory pieces and a registration certificate is issued for whole tusks.Ivory cannot be re-exportedInformation is readily available at airports and stores selling ivory products to inform the public and tourists that ivory cannot be re-exported.“The delegation was informed that China and Japan have strict enforcement and control at ports of entry and exit. This includes advanced ivory detection equipment,” the department said.“Both countries have been included under category I of the CITES legislative process. This means that CITES has approved their national legislation on the implementation of CITES as fulfilling the requirements of CITES.”Harsh penaltiesIn addition, the CITES cecretariat reported that China’s legislation contains some of the most severe criminal sanctions for CITES-related violations of all parties and the courts have not hesitated to impose very substantial upon those who attempt to smuggle ivory into mainland China.Both China and Japan have also met one of the conditions of sale, which stipulates that potential buyers must be registered with a national association which has been registered with the CITES authorities in that country.“South Africa has familiarised itself with the enforcement capacity and compliance with CITES regulations in both China and Japan,” said the department’s deputy director-general for biodiversity and conservation, Fundisile Mketeni.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Minstrels take over Cape Town’s streets

first_img6 January 2014 About 40 000 minstrels – or Kaapse Klopse as they are popularly known – took over the streets of Cape Town on Saturday as part of the annual Tweede Nuwejaar (second New Year) street parade, one of the city’s largest and most historic cultural events. In an event lasting around 10 hours, the 75 colourful groups of musicians, dancers and troupe members danced their way from Zonnebloem to the city centre. Around 60 000 of the Cape Town’s residents and visitors cheeredon the performers on a sweltering day in the city’s centre. While the 200-year-old event is usually held on 2 January – the one day Cape slaves were given off every year – it was moved to Saturday this year at the request of the minstrels to allow more people to attend.Glamour A stage was set up at the Grand Parade, where entertainers selected by the minstrels to represent Cape Town’s rich cultural diversity performed before the formal programme began. The event attracts entire communities, including young children, all kitted out in glamorous outfits. “The various brightly clad teams carry a rainbow of umbrellas and some are armed with musical instruments, dazzling onlookers with toe-tapping songs and beautifully choreographed dances, preserving a custom that began in the mid- 1800s,” the city explains on its website. “The Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade is so ingrained in local society that some performers have been taking part in the parade for over 30 years, and are not only joined by their children but even their grandchildren for this extravagant event.” The annual ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ parade and the Cape Minstrels were part of the rich cultural heritage of Cape Town, Grant Pascoe, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing said in a statement on the city’s website. “It is more fitting than ever to ring in the New Year a second time, as we enter the 20th year of South Africa’s democracy. Embracing our cultural diversity is an integral part of our commitment to building an inclusive city.” City of Cape Town and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How to Use False Color to Nail Skin Tone Exposure

first_imgFalse color is one of the most effective exposure tools for digital cinematography out there. This quick tip explains how to understand your false color readout to achieve perfect exposure.Most digital cinematographers are well versed in common in-camera exposure tools such as zebras or histograms, but few are familiar with false color. Unlike the more common exposure tools, false color is a feature usually reserved for higher-end broadcast monitors or EVFs. As such, younger filmmakers usually have less experience with it. They don’t use it to their advantage on set the way they should.Using false color on your monitor will display an image from your camera that looks something like this:The concept of false color is quite simple: different luminance values are represented by distinct colors to give you a clear understanding of the exposure levels of every part of your image. For instance, 0 IRE (your black level) may appear pink, whereas 100 IRE (your white level) will appear as red. This means anything that shows as pink is clipped to black, and anything red is clipped to white.While it might appear daunting at first, once you understand how to read false color and what the different colors actually mean, you’ll be able to expose your image much faster and more effectively than with many other exposure tools.Color chart via Manhattan LcdThe key to exposing quickly and accurately using false color is to focus on skin tones first. Typically, skin tones should fall in the 70 IRE range, which will appear as light grey. Once you set your exposure so that your talent’s skin tone appears grey, you know the image is well exposed — at least as far as the talent is concerned. From there, you can simply scan the frame for any areas that are over or underexposed and make lighting or framing adjustments accordingly.This video from Aputure shows how to read false color on one of their monitors. It’s a great watch if you’ve never used false color before.How do you use false color on set? Share in the comments below.last_img read more