Orinoco Mining Arc Threatens Electricity In Venezuela

first_imgBy Diálogo September 27, 2019 Caracas — Uncontrolled gold exploitation in Venezuela’s central region threatens the source of 70 percent of the country’s electricity at a time when the system is already overwhelmed and blackouts are frequent, environmental and mining experts told Diálogo.In addition to the threat to the region’s flora and fauna due to the use of mercury and cyanide in gold mining within the Orinoco Mining Arc –– an area that represents 12 percent of Venezuela’s territory, located in northern Bolívar and Amazonas states, south of the Orinoco River — there is a direct risk to electric power generation. Gold exploitation threatens the main source of power in Venezuela: The Guri dam, also known as the Simón Bolívar hydroelectric plant, a gigantic complex that began operating in 1986.Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez issued a power emergency in 2008 ––which continues a decade later–– due to several reasons, including a prolonged drought that caused the water of the Guri dam to reach low levels, the government said at the time. Although the government adopted new measures to overcome the crisis, such as the implementation of an electrical power rationing program, the problems remained due to the lack of follow-up of the electric system’s expansion projects, the lack of maintenance on the Guri’s turbines, and the scarce presence of professionals, the opposition says.In March 2019, most of the country went 11 days without power in a massive blackout. Another blackout on April 10 affected Caracas. An interruption to the electrical system was reported July 22, which affected half of the country and for which the Maduro regime claimed to be the victim of an electromagnetic attack. But in many states, like Trujillo, on the Colombian border, blackouts are reported daily.Alexander Luzardo Nava, a professor at the Central University of Venezuela, a former lawmaker, and an environmental expert, warned in 2016, when Maduro created the Mining Arc, that mining activity in the area would cause a reduction in the flow of the Caroní River, upon which the Guri depends, and that mining activities that include deforestation would increase sedimentation processes.A former military commander who worked in the area and requested anonymity for security reasons confirmed Luzardo’s predictions to Diálogo: The sediment that originates in mining operations upstream ends up flowing into the Guri. “There’s a risk that these sediments will damage the turbines,” said the former service member.For Mónica Martiz Lizama, president of the research group Venezuela Minera, who has written extensively on gold and the Mining Arc, sediment is not the worst that can happen to the Venezuelan reservoir, one of the biggest in the world.“Now they tell me that Maduro’s people are talking about exploiting gold mining inside the Guri. That would be fatal for the reservoir,” said the expert to Diálogo.In addition to the risk to the Guri, Martiz says projects in the Mining Arc cause severe environmental damage. “It’s a mining pillage and an irrational exploitation,” says the expert.last_img read more

Compliance costs trigger Florida Baptist, First Florida merger

first_imgFlorida Baptist Credit Union President/CEO Leonard Murray said compliance costs for his small, $24 million credit union led to its merger agreement with the $718 million First Florida Credit Union.As he prepared for an annual meeting with board members and the credit union’s members Thursday, Murray said his credit union’s challenges persisted as the institution continued to rebound after the financial crisis. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Shopping trail features offers and discounts

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — The Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau has announced the launch of the “Shop Southeast Indiana: Vintage, Homemade, DIY & Crafts.” The shopping trail is designed to highlight the distinctive shops, boutiques and seasonal markets.“So many people who stop by, whether they’re visitors or area residents, want to shop local,” said Debbie Smith, Executive Director of the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau, which is coordinating the promotion.  “This is a fun way to showcase all of the great shopping opportunities our community offers, from small out-of-the-way boutiques to our annual markets taking place throughout the year.”For more information on Shop Southeast Indiana, or to request a free brochure, visit www.shopsoutheastindiana.com.  To learn more about visiting Southeast Indiana this fall, contact the Dearborn County Visitors Center at 800-322-8198, visit us online at www.visitsoutheastindiana.com, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitsoutheastindiana.last_img read more

Draws for Champions, Europa League tomorrow

first_img Loading… Three rounds of quarter-finals, semi-finals and the Final taking place on August 23, all in the Portuguese capital. For the Europa League, on the other hand, the last-16 return legs will take place on August 5 and 6, before making way for a mini-tournament in Germany. Inter and Roma are among the contestants who must get through their last-16 games and will only play one match to decide a winner against Getafe and Sevilla respectively. read also:Champions League: UEFA hoping virus doesn’t ruin plans for Lisbon finale Then, the final eight will be played from August 10 in Germany, between Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, and Gelsenkirchen, ending on August 21. Like everything else in recent weeks, the draw scheduled for tomorrow will, therefore, be different from usual. The initial draw will establish the quarter-finals, the second the semi-finals, and then the road to and probable Finals will be revealed. None of the two competitions have any seedings or restrictions, meaning that two teams from the same nation can face each other and there will be no seedings involved. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A month after the resumption, UEFA prepare draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League and the Europa League to be held in Nyon tomorrow. At 11:00am UK time tomorrow, the Champions League will start off the draw, before the Europa League run-in will be set from 12:00pm. Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig are through to the quarter-finals this season but there are still decisive games left for both Juventus and Napoli in the remaining return legs, interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Juventus trail Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 after the first leg in France, whilst Napoli held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the San Paolo, and the spotlight will, therefore, be at the Allianz Stadium and Camp Nou for Italian fans. Manchester City face Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in England, whilst Bayern Munich will have to complete the job against Chelsea in Munich. The remaining games of the last-16 in the Champions League will take place on August 7 and 8 and UEFA has confirmed the games will be hosted in their home stadiums. Thereafter, the tournament is set to be played in Lisbon from August 12 to, at the Benfica Sports Stadium and Jose Alvalade Stadium.center_img Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersThe Best Cars Of All TimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Most Famous Female Race Car Drivers Of All TimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

Cole facing FA charge

first_imgWest Ham striker Carlton Cole has been charged by the Football Association in relation to a comment posted on social media. Press Association “It is alleged that the comment was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brings the game into disrepute,” the FA said in a statement on its official website.” Cole has until 6pm on Thursday, March 5 to respond to the charge. center_img The charge relates to Cole’s involvement in a Twitter altercation with a Tottenham fan following West Ham’s 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at White Hart Lane on February 22. The 31-year-old was responding to a message from Spurs supporter Stuart Hardy that read: “Hi @CarltonCole1 when your own team-mates don’t kick the ball out when you’re lying injured for 2 mins, you think it’s time to call it a day?” Cole replied: “F off you c***” before later deleting the tweet. The former Chelsea striker has been in trouble before for previous postings on social media. He was fined £20,000 by the FA in 2011 for a tweet he posted during England’s friendly against Ghana that read: “Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap! “The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St George’s flag!” last_img read more

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: I take every penny we spend very seriously

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed he feels uncomfortable spending big in the transfer market as the Cherries bid to bolster their squad in the hope of retaining their Barclays Premier League status. Press Association Juan Iturbe has also joined from Roma on loan until the end of the season, while Howe is also reported to be interested in signing Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and defender Michael Dawson from Hull. “It is not a comfortable feeling for me as I have been right through the journey,” said Howe, who was in charge of the south-coast club when they were placed into administration for a second time and handed a transfer embargo eight years ago. “The year that we were embargoed we had 13 or 14 players to choose from, and to think in a few years’ time you would have been spending millions of pounds on players would not have seemed possible. “I take every penny we spend very seriously as well as the responsibility which comes with that, and try to make good decisions for the football club, not just for now, but for the long term. “It is important that we look beyond this season as it is not just about the here and now, and hopefully we get the major decisions right.” Bournemouth appeared on course to beat West Ham at the Vitality Stadium after Harry Arter scored his first Premier League goal with 17 minutes gone. But West Ham produced a spirited second-half fightback after Dimitri Payet hauled the visitors level with a delightful free-kick before Enner Valencia netted a brace to seal a 3-1 victory. New signing Afobe had two good chances to put the game out of the Hammers’ reach in the first half, but spurned both opportunities. Howe, however, was pleased with the former Arsenal man’s debut. “I thought Benik played well,” he said. “It is very difficult when you come into a new club especially with no training time behind him, but he worked incredibly hard and held the ball up very well in the first half. “He had the two chances and, a lthough he didn’t take them, it is great that he was in the right positions and that is a sign of a good striker. “He looked comfortable in the team, and Bournemouth is not an easy team to acclimatise to, but his movement was strong and he looked very good. I thought he was a handful for them. “Every striker is going to be judged on his goals and the fact he has had two really good chances is the most pleasing thing, even though he did not take them.” Bournemouth, who were on the brink of extinction in 2008, recently broke their club transfer record to sign Benik Afobe from Wolves for £11million before Lewis Grabban also rejoined the club for a further £7million. Afobe, who scored 23 goals in 48 appearances for Wolves, started for Bournemouth in their 3-1 defeat against West Ham on Tuesday night while Grabban came on as a second-half substitute. last_img read more

Frustrated Murray finds way past pesky Lorenzi

first_imgBy Larry FineNEW YORK,(Reuters)-Flummoxed and frustrated by wily veteran Paolo Lorenzi for two sets, second seed Andy Murray changed tactics and beat the 34-year-old Italian at his own game to advance to the U.S. Open fourth round yesterday.Murray was moping and muttering to himself as he pressed for winners against the steady Italian and piled up unforced errors before deciding to patiently play long rallies that enabled him to secure a 7-6(4) 5-7 6-2 6-3 win.World number two Murray committed 47 errors in the first two sets, including 31 off his forehand, and converted only 4-of-12 break points before finding his form in the third set.The 40th-ranked Lorenzi put up a gritty fight despite coming off a gruelling five-set, five-hour win over French 30th seed Gilles Simon in his second-round tilt.The Scotsman’s harder than expected three-hour 17-minute victory kept his golden summer moving forward after triumphs at Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics.Lorenzi is also enjoying a stellar season, logging his first victory ever on the ATP Tour, becoming the oldest first-time champion by winning at Kitzbuehel, and adding two semi-finals and a quarter-final to his credit.“I stopped rushing in the rallies,” 2012 U.S. Open winner Murray said in an on-court interview. “I was making quite a few unforced errors.“He’s an extremely solid player and doesn’t give you many cheap points. I was trying to get cheap points, I was going for too much.When I slowed things down and waited for the right shot to go for, my unforced errors went down, the winners went up and the scoreboard started working in my favour as well.”Murray advanced to a fourth-round clash with 22nd seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, a 6-4 6-1 3-6 6-2 winner over Joao Sousa of Portugal.last_img read more

Golden State Warriors blast L.A. Clippers by 46 points

first_imgOAKLAND >> The catering trays were picked over, the uniforms were folded and packed away and most of the Clippers had already headed for the bus. But, still, in the middle of the locker room, the biggest reasons why the Clippers suffered their worst loss of the season were printed in easy to read letters.Long after the Golden State Warriors beat the Clippers 144-98, the white board — where the game plan is scribbled before each game — four two-word sentences were the only words not erased.“Play hard. Play smart. Play together. Have fun.”They’re written there every game, and Saturday, they’d never been ignored more. “I agree,” the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan said. “We’ve got to figure it out because if not, we’re going home early.”That Jordan is reflecting on the team’s fate in April while the calendar still says January perfectly encapsulates the Clippers’ issues against the Golden State Warriors — issues that couldn’t have been easier to see if the team wore highlighter-green uniforms.Against the Warriors, everything seems bigger and more important because the Warriors – the NBA’s best team – are better.The Clippers’ wins over San Antonio or Cleveland don’t mean a thing inside Oracle Arena, where Golden State’s beaten the Clippers 10 straight times. Against the Warriors (who have now won the last eight meetings between the two, no matter the venue), the Clippers just freeze.“You want it to so bad, you almost psyche yourself out of it,” Blake Griffin said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img It’s why Austin Rivers unleashed a few four-letter words when asked if the Warriors hold a mental edge over his team. It’s why two early fouls to Griffin feels like a death sentence. It’s why the first pass that sails into the seats seems to lead to another and another. And, it’s why each Golden State basket – and boy, do these guys make baskets – feels like it’s worth two or three times the points it puts on the scoreboard.“The mistakes kind of build,” J.J. Redick said. “As they take advantage of it, it becomes like an avalanche. You saw that at the end of the first half.”The Warriors scored 17 points in 2 minutes and 38 seconds to close the second quarter, a stretch Redick described as “some (expletive)” that happened.Stephen Curry, who scored 25 of his 43 points in the third quarter, closed the first half by sinking a one-footed jumper from beyond midcourt to beat the buzzer.While it’s hard to simulate stopping Curry, the Clippers had the NBA equivalent to a bye week — three days off — to prepare. But once they got on the court, all the work and preparation simply got erased.“A loss like this, it’s made a lot worse with the type of effort we gave in stretches. For the whole game, we didn’t play with the right type of attitude. We kind of went through the motions,” Griffin said. “We didn’t attack. We had two great days of practice where we were attacking. Guys were playing hard. Defensively we were great. And, then to come out here on the stage that you were practicing for and not to do it, it’s embarrassing.”They didn’t play hard enough. They didn’t play smart enough. They weren’t together, and they sure didn’t have fun.“We were horrible,” Doc Rivers said. “I thought we gave in way too easy. You should never lose by this much in any game, in any situation. But they’re better right now.“Until we improve, they’re going to keep beating us.”last_img read more

Additions of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George make Clippers a hot ticket

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “All eyeballs are going to be on the Clippers this year, so we are expecting lots more merchandise opportunities,” Jones said. “‘What It Do Bayybee’ is our top seller right now, and it’s just a tiny quote from Kawhi Leonard that got posted to social media. Younger fans love how we can take a moment from the internet and put it on a T-shirt.“I expect us to be printing new Clippers merch on a monthly basis.”Although both players have local roots, neither Leonard nor George arrives as the Hollywood player that James was, with his own production company, SpringHill Entertainment, and media company, Uninterrupted.Still, Carter expressed confidence that all the attention the Clippers are attracting combined with the opportunities intrinsic to the L.A. region will benefit the new guys driving the surge – as long as they succeed.“Provided they stay healthy and do not find themselves embroiled in too much off-court drama,” Carter said, “they’re both poised for not just greater marketability, but can also benefit from all that the region has to offer business-wise.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum In the six days following the trade, the Clippers were the second-most tracked NBA team on a mobile ticketing platform (behind only the Lakers). Furthermore, the Clippers had six times the number of tracks compared to the same period the previous year, according to Chris Leydon, SeatGeek’s communication manager.“Star power is nearly everything in Los Angeles, and really drives interest and builds brands when it is combined with winning,” emailed David Carter, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute soon after the moves initially were reported.“Particularly in this crowded market where standing out from the pack is an ongoing challenge.”LeBron James’ presence on the Lakers boosted their ticket sales significantly. The average ticket prices surged to $279 in 2018-19 from $167 in 2017-18 (a 67 percent increase) at home, and to $206 from $106 (94 percent) on the road.Star power is clutch, but winning will be important too, SeatGeek’s statistics indicate. Because there’s only one LeBron James. “I don’t think any player impacts prices as much as LeBron does, so I wouldn’t expect the change at this level,” Leydon wrote in an email, citing less-significant impacts on ticket sales associated with Paul George’s arrival in Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant’s in Oakland.“If the Clippers are as good as people think they will be, that will be more the driver of prices than anything else,” Leydon added.Of course, the Clippers were pretty successful on the court last season, winning 48 regular-season games and pushing the Golden State Warriors to six games in a best-of-seven first-round playoff series.But with a roster devoid of All-Stars, they finished the season averaging 17,325 fans per game, which was 20th in the league, and filling Staples Center to 90.9 capacity, which ranked 22nd, according to ESPN’s attendance report.The average price of a ticket to a Clippers game last season on SeatGeek was $72 at home (22nd in the NBA) and $81 on the road (15th).By comparison, a ticket for the Clippers’ home opener – with the date and tip-off time still to be determined – currently starts at $318 on SeatGeek.Carter fully expects the cost of a Clippers ticket to remain elevated: “Prices are a function of demand,” he said. “And there is no doubt demand will increase substantially.”And for the Clippers, there’s more at stake than filling Staples Center seats.“It’s important to appreciate that ownership is playing a long game here, intending to build interest and avidity in the team prior to moving to its proposed new venue,” Carter said, with a nod to the Clippers’ proposed 18,000-seat arena in Inglewood, which the team hopes to open in 2024.“It can and will raise prices in the near term, but the real money to be made is in building deep, committed fan interest over the next couple of years since it will be the new arena where big-time money-making will occur.”Think naming rights, sponsorship, seat licenses – and catchphrases.The Blue Wire Sports Podcasting online store started selling four Leonard- and George-inspired T-shirts soon after the deals were reported – merchandise met with immediate enthusiasm from fans, according to Kevin Jones, the company’s founder and CEO.“We’ve seen a huge uptick in Clippers merchandise sales,” Jones wrote in an email, noting that hundreds of the $25 shirts were printed in a few days’ time. “Hardcore sports fans have become big fans of real-time merchandising. We can capture their excitement about Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with something they can proudly wear.” The Clippers hadn’t yet officially signed Kawhi Leonard or traded for Paul George when an email went out from the team to fans at 4:41 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, less than a day after the news broke about the potentially franchise-defining deals.The subject line: “Secure Your 2019-20 Season Tickets Now.”By midday the following Tuesday afternoon, the link in the email took recipients to the following message: “There are currently no tickets available. Continue to check back as additional tickets may become available for purchase at a later time.”No shock, but the buzz of adding the pair of Southern California-raised superstars, who will be officially introduced during a midday news conference on Wednesday, is already making Clippers tickets a hot commodity, according to data shared by SeatGeek. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The top seller so far?“What it doo, Bayybee,” the design paying homage to the popular meme drawn from a video posted by Raptors center Serge Ibaka of Leonard.Related Articleslast_img read more