Land Reclamation for the Sunshine Coast New Runway Starts Soon

Dredging and Reclamation Solutions Pty Ltd (DRS) has successfully completed full installation of the sand delivery (reclamation) pipeline that will be used for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion (Runway) Project.Working closely with MP Dredging, DRS wrapped up temporary construction operations including the establishment of the sand pumping pipeline.With the pipeline now complete, sand placement operations for the new runway will begin in the next couple of days.According to the project’s official website, Dredging International vessel ‘Nile River’ will dredge around 1.5 million cubic meters of sand from the Spitfire Realignment Channel in Moreton Bay. The sand will then be pumped from the vessel onto the project site via this pipeline.The dredging and sand placement operation will take approximately three months. The officials also added that the dredging activities need to be completed, with all materials taken off the beach, before the next turtle nesting season starting in November 2018.When completed, the $225 million Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project will deliver a new east–west runway (capable of servicing aircraft such as the A350 and 787 Dreamliner) and associated infrastructure at the existing airport at Marcoola, Queensland. read more

Suicide Rate for Women Having Abortions is Six Times Higher Than Women Giving Birth

first_imgLifeNews 19 December 2014Voluntary guidelines for post-abortion mental health evaluations during the month following an abortion have failed to significantly decrease the rate of suicide after abortion in Finland, according to a new study.Finland adopted the guidelines after a large-scale study of women’s health records, published in 1997, found that the suicide rate among women who had undergone abortions in the prior year was three times higher compared to women in the general population and six times higher compared to women who gave birth.Mika Gissler of the National Institute for Health and Welfare, who was the lead author of the 1997 study, led a team of researchers who examined health records to see if the suicide rate went down after the new guidelines were published.They found that the decrease in the suicide rate was not statistically significant.“Women with a recent induced abortion still have a two-fold suicide risk,” they wrote. “A mandatory check-up may decrease this risk.”Officials in Australia Also ConcernedThe increased risk of suicide following abortion has been recognized in Australia as well. The 2013 Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council report noted:Suicide is the leading cause of death in women within 42 days after their pregnancy and between 43 days and 365 days after their pregnancy. There appears to be a significant worldwide risk of maternal suicide following termination of pregnancy and, in fact, a higher risk than that following term delivery.The potential for depression and other mental health issues at this time needs to be better appreciated. Active follow-up of these women needs to happen. Practitioners referring women for termination of pregnancy or undertaking termination of pregnancy should ensure adequate follow-up for such women, especially if the procedure is undertaken for mental health concerns.Council chairman Professor Michael Humphrey said that “the number of suicides was a key concern,” according to a report in the Queensland Courier-Mail:“It’s pretty scary,” Prof. Humphrey said. “But this is not just happening in Queensland or Australia. The incidence of suicide in relation to maternal deaths is also seen very clearly in reports coming out of New Zealand and the UK. It’s a major phenomenon.’’He said some women had taken their own lives within a year of having an abortion.“There’s a lot of evidence that a significant proportion of women who have termination of pregnancies do have mental health issues subsequently,’’ Prof. Humphrey said. “Whether they are mental health issues related to the reason why the woman had the termination or whether they’re related to regret afterwards, we don’t know.”Besides the Finland study, large record-based studies from the United States and Denmark have found that overall death rates were higher among women following abortion compared to those among women who had given birth. read more

Namibia: New President meets Chinese President’s Envoy

first_imgNamibia’s new president Hage Geingob met with Chinese President Xi Xinping special envoy and Chinese Minister of Transport, Yang Chuantang, shortly after his inauguration on Saturday afternoon.The Chinese Minister of Transport expressed president Xi’s warm congratulations to Geingob and good wishes for the country’s 25 years of independence.Yang said China is willing to work with Namibia to improve their mutual trust and enhance their collaboration in the international arena.The Namibian president also said he highly valued the relationship between  the two countries, commending China’s support  towards Namibia’s development. Geingob is Namibia’s third president since independence.China and Namibia have maintained strong ties for decades.last_img read more

Radiation fears after Japan blast

first_img Share Radiation from Japan’s quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reached harmful levels, the government says. The warning comes after the plant was rocked by a third blast which appears to have damaged one of the reactors’ containment systems for the first time. If it is breached, there are fears of more serious radioactive leaks. Officials have extended the danger zone, warning residents within 30km (18 miles) to evacuate or stay indoors.The crisis has been prompted by last Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami in north-eastern Japan. On Tuesday morning, reactor 2 became the third to explode in four days at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. A fire also briefly broke out at the plant’s reactor 4, and is believed to have caused radioactive leaks. Reactor 4 had been shut down before the quake for maintenance, but its spent nuclear fuel rods are still stored on the site. Radiation levels in the Japanese capital – 250km (155 miles) away – were reported to be higher than normal, but officials said there were no health dangers. Tokyo residents have been stocking up on supplies, with some stores selling out of items such as food, water, face masks and candles. Housewife Mariko Kawase, 34, told AFP news agency: “I am shopping now because we may not be able to go out due to the radiation.”No-fly zoneHe said that those living within between 20km (12 mile) and 30km of the plant were at risk and should not leave their homes.Residents within 20km have already been advised to evacuate, and the premier said anyone left in that exclusion zone must leave. “Now we are talking about levels that can impact human health,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. He told residents: “Please do not go outside. Please stay indoors. Please close windows and make your homes airtight. “Don’t turn on ventilators. Please hang your laundry indoors.” Japan also announced a 30-km no-fly zone around the reactors to prevent planes spreading the radiation further afield. Radiation levels around Fukushima for one hour’s exposure rose to eight times the legal limit for exposure in one year, said the plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco).The International Atomic Energy Agency said after Tuesday’s blast that radiation dosages of up to 400 millisieverts per hour had been recorded at the site. Exposure to over 100 millisieverts a year is a level which can lead to cancer, according to the World Nuclear Association. On Monday, a hydrogen blast at the Fukushima plant’s reactor 3 was felt 40km (25 miles) away. It followed a blast at reactor 1 on Saturday. All explosions have followed cooling system breakdowns. Engineers are trying to prevent meltdowns by flooding the chambers of the nuclear reactors with seawater. Japan’s nuclear safety agency said it suspects Tuesday’s blast may have damaged reactor 2’s suppression chamber.The BBC’s Chris Hogg in Tokyo says that would make it a more serious incident than the previous explosions, which were thought just to have damaged the buildings housing the reactors. The latest official death toll from the quake and tsunami stands at about 2,400 – but some estimates suggest at least 10,000 may have been killed. Thousands are still unaccounted for – including hundreds of tourists – while many remote towns and villages have not been reached. More than 500,000 people have been made homeless. The government has deployed 100,000 troops to lead the aid effort.The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to warn against all non-essential travel to Tokyo and north-eastern Japan. British nationals and friends and relatives of those in Japan can contact the Foreign Office on +44(0) 20 7008 0000.Source: BBC News Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img News Radiation fears after Japan blast by: – March 15, 2011 Share 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Palace hits critics saying SONA lacks COVID-19 recovery plan

first_imgRoque then explained why Duterte did not “go into details” during his SONA, saying that the specifics have been discussed in the pre-SONA fora held in the weeks leading up to Monday’s event. The Palace spokesperson said that the government would ramp up testing, contact tracing and treatment of COVID-19 cases. “Siguro po bingi sila,” Roque said in a Palace press briefing on Tuesday. “Kanya kanyang pananaw po yan at siyempre galing sila sa oposisyon wala silang mabuting makikita sa sinabi ng Presidente.” “Siguro po bingi sila,” says Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Roque, slamming critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2020 State of the Nation Address. “At nandiyan din po ‘yung pasalamat ni Presidente sa IATF, sa ating frontliners at sa lahat ng nagbibigay ng pagkain sa siyudad habang meron po tayong COVID-19,” Roque said. According to Roque, Duterte urged the passage of the proposed Corporate Recovery and the Tax Incentives for Enterprises and the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act, which aims to provide a stimulus package to offset the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Roque also said that President Duterte called for Filipinos’ cooperation to defeat the pandemic and urged citizens to share their blessings with those who have little and those who have none. “Meron na tayong pre-SONA na tinatawag kung saan ‘yung ating mga economic managers dinetalye po ‘yung mga hakbang na gagawin natin para tayo ay makabangon dahil nga po sa sigalot na dulot ng COVID-19,” Roque said./PN MANILA – Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque slammed critics who found President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) lacking in terms of providing the public a concrete and detailed action plan on how the Philippines will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Culver and Maloney

first_imgWhat do he names Culver and Maloney have in common? First of all, they both pitched for the Reds. George Culver was with the Reds in 1968 and 1969 and Jim Maloney played for the Reds from 1960-70. Both of them were pitchers and both pitched no-hitters for the Reds. In fact, Jim Maloney actually pitched 3 no-hitters, but he is only credited with two in the record books because one went beyond nine innings. He eventually lost the game on a home run in (I believe) the 11th inning. Culver’s no-hitter was one in which he allowed a run because he walked 5 batters. George Culver’s career continued with several other teams, and he just retired from baseball two years ago. Jim Maloney twice won 20 games for the Reds, was an all-star and still has some records in the Reds’ books. Both grew up in the same location in California and both are living there now. It is also strange that both of them were with the Reds at the same time. Culver spent a lot of time in baseball after he left the playing field–much of it with the Phillies organization. Jim Maloney is still an ambassador for the Reds and has his best friend living in Cincy, so he makes trips to the Queen City often.last_img read more

Modified finale at Jamestown falls to rain; Thornton is Dakota Classic Tour champion

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. (July 10) – Rain and wet track conditions were combined to kayo the final Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature of the record-setting Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour Week.Ricky Thornton Jr. won his heat and drew the pole start for what was to have been the Friday finale at Jamestown. He headed home for Chandler, Ariz., with the tour championship, eight points better than 2013 king Aaron Turnbull and nine markers ahead of defending champion Jeff Taylor.Joe Flory won the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and $800 at Jamestown. Elijah Zevenbergen clinched his career second championship in the division with his second place showing.With many of the best drivers in the division converging on North Dakota and Saskatchewan, a record average 90.33 Modifieds competed each night of the July 5-10 tour.Track records were established each night while all-time series marks were set with 93 cars Sunday at Minot and 98 on Thursday at Mandan.Modified ResultsHeat winners were Dallas Rice, Minot; Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask.; Dev Malmlov, Moorhead, Minn.; and Tim Perkins, Bismarck.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 2. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 3. Shawn Strand, Man­dan; 4. Jason Grimes, Jame­stown. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Rusty Kollman, Carrington; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 3. Jason Wolla, Ray; 4. Wayne Johnson, Minot. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 2. Mike Hansen, Dickinson; 3. Troy Heupel, Williston; 4. Steven Pfeifer, Minot.4. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.Stock Car feature – 1. Joe Flory, Williston; 2. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 3. Andrew Altenburg, Tru­man, Minn.; 4. Nathan Burke, Minot; 5. Dalton Flory, Williston; 6. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; 7. Cody Nelson, Kenmare; 8. Joren Boyce, Minot; 9. Eric Harpole, Bismarck; 10. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; 11. Josh Defoe, Williston; 12. Brendan Eilts, Grand Island, Neb.; 13. Justin Striefel, Minot; 14. Gary Goudy Jr., Stoughton, Sask.; 15. Keith Mattox, Ray; 16. Jordan Durward, Trenton; 17. Mike Swallers, Minot; 18. Aden Clark, Surrey; 19. Scott Yale, Minot; 20. Jon Courchaine, Pound, Wis.; 21. Kyler Jeffrey, Williston; 22. Steve Kihle, Williston; 23. Rory Opp; 24. Greg Wichman, Bon­duel, Wis.Heat winners were Jeffrey, Nelson, Joe Flory and Opp. “B” feature winners were Harpole and Dalton Flory.last_img read more

LMC Seals International Official Sports Drink Deal

first_imgNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) broke into the international sponsorship market with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the League Management Company (LMC) and United Kingdom’s leading global sport drinks maker, iPro Sport International Limited (ISIL), Isotonic drinks replace nutrients and fluids quickly, helping to prevent exercise-related injuries and illness that may arise from loss of important minerals, dehydration and heat stroke due to sweating during physical exercises. Isotonic fluids are also known to have six to eight percent carbohydrates, including glucose, the human body’s preferred energy source for exerciseThe MoU, which is  subject to sign off of national distributors agreements and other regulatory approvals was executed in London on Wednesday, June 7 with the LMC represented by its Chairman, Shehu Dikko and iProsport represented by the Managing Director, Mr. Thomas Garrad.The deal is said to be the biggest natural ingredients sports drink football sponsorship in the African continent and NPFL is the first league on the continent to be associated with iProsport all natural ingredients Sports drink. The tenure of the MOU is for five years. It is considered a major breakthrough and an international recognition and endorsement of the steady growth recorded by the LMC in the revival of the Nigeria Professional Football League, improved quality of administration, the quantum leap in followership around the arenas and the media. Nigerian businesses have starved local football of patronage necessary to revive the game and allow it reach its potentials of being a vibrant sub sector employing thousands of young Nigerians. Last year, it is estimated that over N40 billion was funneled out by Nigerian corporate organizations to sponsor foreign clubs and foreign league broadcasts.Mr Dikko describes iProsports’ entry as “a strong message to businesses in Nigeria to embrace the ‘Buy Nigeria’ campaign. It can stimulate the economy and create more jobs through the football industry. It certainly will add impetus to bringing back the lost glory of our football”.“The possibilities in this deal is huge because the NPFL will stand to gain incremental fees for every bottle of iProsport drink sold in the Nigerian market and the beauty is that this is coming from a company that is yet to start operations in the country when we have those reaping big profits from the Nigerian market taking out money abroad to fund clubs and create jobs there”, Dikko said further of the deal.iPro Sport International Limited’s leading sports drink product, iProsport will thus become the Official Supplier of isotonic sport drinks to the NPFL and the 20 NPFL clubs for a fee.Meanwhile, the growing appeal of the NPFL has been captured in the steady growth of its online followership on the website alone which totaled 39,545,924 from January to May 2016 with the highest traffic recorded in May with over 7m hits.The Google Analytic report showed that interest in the NPFL outside Africa is higher in the USA (992, 865) and Britain (284, 436). South Africa (438, 492) and Ghana (60, 018) top the list of African countries with online followership of the NPFL during the period under review. In Nigeria alone, there are over 4.7m followers.On the social media, the NPFL twitter handle with a total of over 35, 000 followers recorded total 5, 230,000 impressions for the month of May with a daily impression of 168, 700. On Facebook, the total reach from May 6 – June 2, 2016 was 68, 528 and a total page view of 32, 568 within the same period.The British company’s MD, Garrad said iProsport International Limited is interested in the Nigerian market and has found the NPFL as the vehicle to drive their entry and acceptance to the new business territory. iProsport drink, a natural isotonic drink is the official sport drink of English and Scottish Premier League clubs, Norwich and Dundee United and a host of English Premiership, Championship and League 1 clubs. iPro Sport also has the naming rights to the Derby County stadium and is involved in the sponsorship of several sports such as a Rugby, Marathon, Athletics, UK School Sports and is the official sport drink of the UK Army.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NFF Celebrates Rohr, Balogun’s Birthdays

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has celebrated with Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr and Leon Balogun on their birthdays.Rohr, who was born in Mannheim, Germany, clocked 67 years yesterday while West Berlin-born Balogun is celebrating his 32nd birthday.The German tactician enjoyed success as player and coach, having started his playing career with VfL Neckarau. He went on to play for Bayern Munich, Waldhof Mannheim, Kickers Offenbach and Bordeaux before his retirement. Gernot Rohr Rohr started his coaching career with his former club the Girondins in 1990, he later served as the manager of Creteil, Nice, Young Boys, Ajaccio, Etoile Sahel and Nantes.In 2010 he was appointed as coach of Gabon before coaching Niger, spending two years with the East Africans before signing for Burkina Faso in 2015.Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and has been impressive enough to continue his stay with the three times African champions until 2022.The German tactician qualified Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup in Russia with ease and guided the side to finish third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The NFF took to social media to send their birthday wishes to Rohr and Balogun, who has 32 caps for the Super Eagles.Balogun, a Hertha and Hertha Zehlendorf academy graduate, was born to a Nigerian father and German mother, and pledged his allegiance to Nigeria in 2014, making his debut against Mexico.The centre-back has spent the majority of his career in Germany playing for Turkiyemspor Berlin, Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Darmstadt 98 and Mainz.He moved to England in the summer of 2018, joining Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion but his failure to enjoy sufficient game time forced him to leave the side to team up with Wigan Athletic permanently in 2020, where he has continued to deliver solid defensive performances.At Mainz he featured in 52 league games before leaving for Brighton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Romney, Perry tie for first in poll

first_imgA USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released Monday shows Republican candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney tied among California Republicans.These results came days before the GOP presidential candidate debate, which was held Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. There, the eight main Republican candidates met to discuss their plans for the future and distinguish themselves from one other.“Until about a couple of weeks ago the Republican primary was who could say the meanest thing about president Obama,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. “But as the primary gets closer it will get much nastier andmuch uglier.”Schnur also said the debate was pivotal for Perry as he attempts to appeal to voters outside of Texas.“The challenge for Perry is to realize that what works for Texas may not work for the rest of the country,” Schnur said.The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and the Unruh Institute organized a live viewing of the debate and a discussion after with Schnur and Roberto Suro, a professor of journalism and public policy.USC College Republicans also organized a group of students to volunteer and watch the debate in person.The poll results, in addition to showing that Perry and Romney are tied as the leaders among the GOP candidates, indicate Californians — both Republicans and Democrats — are more interested in their politicians fighting for their causes instead of compromising.“Voters like the idea of compromise,” Schnur said in a press release. “They just want the other side to do the compromising.”The poll was conducted in late August, and interviewed more than 1,500 Californians from across the state to determine public opinion on the Republican primaries, the presidential election, President Obama and the upcoming anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.Students’ reactions to the poll results were varied. Many were uninterested in the results and the primary process in general.“[In] this election, versus ’08, students aren’t getting involved as much,” said Anjali Naskar, a senior majoring in international relations and global business and vice-chair of USC College Republicans. “When there’s an incumbent in office, I think a lot of students are just apathetic about [the election].”Others said they found the poll results and debate to be important because of the power the GOP has in Congress.“It’ll be interesting since [Republicans] control the House,” said Helen Yuan, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences and history. “It’s a good time for the [Republican Party] to step up and show off their candidates.”Some students expressed interest in voting in next June’s Republican primaries.“When the Republican primaries come around, I will vote for Mitt Romney,” said Elliott Kleiman, a junior majoring in history.  “I [did] not watch the GOP debates though. I’ll just watch the recap online.”The two front-runners, Romney and Perry, were followed by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) with 11 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) with 10 percent and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich with six percent.The eight main GOP candidates invited to the debate were Bachmann, Georgia businessman Herman Cain, Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.Though some said they find the Republican primaries to be irrelevant in a traditionally Democratic state like California, students still find the primaries important.“California is definitely a deep, deep blue state, but it’s important that we have a Republican presence as well,” said Emily Schrader, a senior majoring in political science and a member of USC College Republicans. “Minorities are always important.”Students shared this sentiment, but for different reasons.“The primaries are relevant because in 2012 we’re going to have to elect a president, and it’s going to affect our rights as college students, as well as the rights we have as adults,” said Rosie Murphy, a sophomore majoring in history and print and digital journalism.Some students said they find the primaries frustrating because there are so many candidates that telling their platforms apart can be difficult.“[The Republican candidates’] ideas all seem to be the same to me — very far to the right, all running on the platform of not-Obama,” said Julia Wang, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience.last_img read more