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October 19, 2020

World’s e-waste ‘unsustainable’, says UN report citing China, India and US

first_img“Even countries with a formal e-waste management system in place are confronted with relatively low collection and recycling rates,” the report said.China, with 10.1 million tons, was the biggest contributor to e-waste, and the United States was second with 6.9 million tons. India, with 3.2 million tons, was third. Together these three countries accounted for nearly 38% of the world’s e-waste last year.While the overall damage done to the environment from all the un-recycled waste may be incalculable, the message from the report was conclusive: “The way in which we produce, consume, and dispose of e-waste is unsustainable.”Global warming is just one issue cited by the report as it noted 98 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents were released into the atmosphere as a result of inadequate recycling of “undocumented” refrigerators and air conditioners. This year’s coronavirus lockdowns have exacerbated the e-waste problem.People stuck at home are de-cluttering, and because of the lockdowns there are few workers collecting and recycling the junk, Kees Balde, a senior program officer with the sustainable cycles program at the United Nations University, another contributor to the report, told Reuters.New consumers, more junkWhat is happening in India and China is symptomatic of a wider problem in developing countries, where demand for goods like washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners is rising rapidly.”In middle- and low-income countries, the e-waste management infrastructure is not yet fully developed or, in some cases, is entirely absent,” the report said.Dinesh Raj Bandela, deputy program manager at the Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi-based research and advocacy body, said India’s focus on e-waste had to go beyond collection, and manufacturers should be encouraged to produce consumer goods that last longer and are less toxic.Although India is the only country in South Asia to draft legislation for e-waste, its collection remains rudimentary.In Seelampur, the maze of filthy lanes are filled with scrap shops where thousands of people work, picking apart whatever is salvageable from the junk gathered from across north India.Outside each shop there are piles of old monitor screens, desktop computers, broken landline telephones, mobile handsets, televisions, voltage stabilizers, air-cons, refrigerators, microwaves, vacuum cleaners and washing machines.Vines of old electric cable are strewn or rolled over the mountains of electronic trash.Shopkeepers and workers are extremely suspicious of any outsider walking through the narrow lanes, especially journalists. Mohammed Abid, a scrap e-waste dealer, who was willing to speak, denied that ways of handling e-waste in Seelampur broke any laws or posed any dangers.“There are certain jobs that create a lot of problem for the environment, but in this market no such work is done that affects the environment or increases the pollution – nothing of that sort is done here,” he said, while the stench from a nearby open drain filled the air. Topics : Across the river from Delhi’s Red Fort, the grim neighborhood of Seelampur lives off what consumers in the modern world throw away – their broken or obsolete electronic and electrical goods.Home to one of the world’s largest markets for e-waste, Seelampur exemplifies the challenge highlighted in a UN-led report released on Thursday.The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report found that the world dumped a record 53.6 million tons of e-waste last year. Just 17.4% was recycled.last_img read more

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October 6, 2020

Sale creates plenty of heat despite wet weather

first_imgThe home at 6 Lamona Cct, Sunnybank Hills.A KEEN bidder didn’t let a bit of rain get in the way of landing a five-bedroom lowset home at auction on the weekend. The property at 6 Lamona Cct, Sunnybank Hills sold under the hammer for $801,500. Marketing agent Peter Florentzos of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills said the auction attracted two registered bidders and an opening bid of $700,000. “It was a competitive auction at the start and then it dragged out a bit while we got the best result for the seller,” he said. “The vendors were very happy to sell and be able to move on. “They’re moving to the bayside.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside the home at 6 Lamona Cct, Sunnybank Hills.Mr Florentzos said the buyers were local owner-occupiers. “They liked that the home offered the whole package,” he said. “They liked the house, the location and the character of the home.” The brick and tile house with multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces is on a 937sq m block with in-ground pool and garage. Mr Florentzos said the Sunnybank Hills market was performing well. “Across the board it’s quite strong,” he said. “Things have picked up nicely.”last_img read more

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September 16, 2020

Syracuse ends road woes behind John Gillon’s 43 points in 100-93 OT win at N.C. State

first_img“He was hating too hard and he had to sit down,” Gillon said, “so I just played with him a little bit.”Before he straddled the line between cockiness and confidence, before he sunk a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime, before he did anything that will go down in the Syracuse history books, Gillon was tasked with helping lock down one of the best players in the country. Dennis Smith Jr., the N.C. State freshman point guard projected as a top-five NBA Draft pick, took only two shots in the first half and had five points to show for it. Sure, he created in other ways, but Gillon won the battle of the floor generals with 16 points in the first 20 minutes.As Smith began showing why he would probably be in the national player of the year conversation if the Wolfpack was better (he finished with a triple-double at 13 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds), Gillon and Syracuse fell deeper into the misery that has so often been right by its side away from home. Down 16 and under nine minutes left, Syracuse looked lifeless. Double-digit losses awaited, and it was only the first day of February.One Gillon 3-pointer and Syracuse wouldn’t totally throw in the towel, now down 11. Two, and now it just seemed like a tease, down seven. A third, and all of a sudden a four-point game. Not a fourth, right? Oh yes, a fourth. N.C. State up one, 77-76, Gillon only foreshadowing what was next.“That was crazy,” freshman Tyus Battle said. “He was extremely hot.”Syracuse didn’t tie the game until Gillon’s pair of free throws with 39 seconds left. But in short order, Maverick Rowan canned a corner 3 with just over 10 seconds remaining, putting the Wolfpack ahead, 87-84 .Andrew White was too close, actually, but it turned out to give Gillon just enough space. It looked like a broken play, Gillon trapped near the corner between White and Rowan. The latter stuck his hand mere inches from Gillon’s face, but it wasn’t enough. Somehow, Gillon hit it. With the night he was having, of course he did. “A near impossible shot,” according to Boeheim.“When he started dribbling to the sideline, I was like, ‘Oh no, what are you doing?’ but then when he put it up and he double-clutched it and I saw it go in, I went crazy,” Battle said. “I was like, ‘Wow, that’s big time right there.’”Gillon only scored from the foul line in overtime, four times, but his work was already done. After the game, he embraced with the man whose mark he tied, and McNamara told Gillon it was one of the best individual shows he’s ever seen.As he hopped through the tunnel after the game, Gillon couldn’t help but flash a wide grin. He high-fived and chest-bumped Tyler Lydon, before continuing into the bowels of an arena he may never step foot in again but one he now owns.“I told y’all we could get ‘em,” he said. Comments Published on February 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman RALEIGH, N.C. — Most Syracuse players stood while John Gillon slumped in a chair in the middle of Syracuse’s locker room, almost as if he was hiding from the spotlight. He tried masking a smirk every time his teammates barked at him. His phone was blowing up, at 50 messages but bound to skyrocket well beyond that.“Are you guys looking for John Gillon? That’s him, right there.”“Hold up John. How many points you have?”“He was shootin’ on them motherf*ckers!”Forty-three points. Thirteen shots. One herculean effort to bring Syracuse back from the dead. Gillon’s nine 3-pointers tied an SU single-game record and broke the PNC Arena mark set by two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry when he was at Davidson. The fifth-year senior’s 43 points were tied for the fourth most in program history and the most by a Syracuse player since 2004, when Gerry McNamara exploded for 43 against BYU in the NCAA Tournament. Jim Boeheim said this was better.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange hadn’t won away from home since the end of last season after coming back from 16 down in the second half to top Virginia in the Elite Eight. With 8:44 remaining on Wednesday, Syracuse trailed by 16 again. But with a wink, a heave and one of the best performances in program history, Gillon carried the Orange (14-9, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) to a 100-93 overtime win over North Carolina State (14-9, 3-7) for SU’s first win away from the Carrier Dome this season.“I don’t think I can remember one like that,” Boeheim said. “That was pretty good.”Gillon’s night can be summed up in one bat of the eye. After drawing a foul on a drive to the rim, and before he walked to the line with Syracuse down 84-82 and 39 seconds left, Gillon heard a fan sitting courtside blurting curse words in his direction. Gillon circled toward the fan, looked him square in the eye and winked with his right eye. Then he stepped to the line and hit a pair of foul shots to tie the game.MORE COVERAGE What we learned from Syracuse’s 100-93 victory over North Carolina StateFan reactions from Syracuse’s 100-93 win against North Carolina Statecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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January 12, 2020

Toshaos urged to craft plan to benefit from oil

first_imgDirector of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe has called on Indigenous leaders to craft a strategic plan to ensure their communities benefit equally from oil and gas resources.Department of Energy Director Dr Mark BynoeThe Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that Bynoe made the call while addressing the over 200 Toshaos and other Indigenous leaders in Georgetown for the 13th National Toshaos Council (NTC) Conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC).He is quoted by DPI as saying, “It must not just be a band-aid solution to address an immediate need, it should be focused towards where is it you want to go as a community, as a village and how is it you are going to get there… the biggest question that people ask is ‘when the monies begin to flow, how much will come to my region?’ The first thing I say is to have a plan… that in time to come you can have a defined pathway of how you will be able to improve the wellbeing of your people”.The Director also explained that Guyana will not automatically be transformed with first oil since the $62 billion only represents about 10 per cent of Guyana’s current Gross Domestic Product (GDP).“It is important that we understand that as we move forward within this sector… that we need to prioritise. Government also needs to prioritise as there are multiple demands on the limited resources, they have at their disposal inclusive of improvement in healthcare, education, enhanced infrastructure, enhanced water quality, while also seeking to ensure that we have more sustainable livelihood opportunities,” the Director stated.Some of the Indigenous leaders at the National Toshaos Council Conference 2019 (DPI photo)While providing an overview of the new and emerging sector, Dr Bynoe explained that in terms of direct benefits, Guyana is entitled to two per cent royalty and 12.2 per cent of profit oil in the initial stages. As it relates to direct employment opportunities, to date there are over 1300 Guyanese who are already employed directly in the sector. Guyana has also benefitted from over $150 million already injected into the sector.He further outlined that going forward, indirect benefits will include associated gas which can help in electricity stability and the reduction of the cost of energy, and even more training opportunities. Dr Bynoe added that while the Administration is keen on ensuring all Guyanese are getting their “fair share”, just as important is the fact that their capacity is built through training to ensure they are working alongside those external experts to ensure those skills are transferred.The Toshaos called for more education and awareness programmes on oil and gas within the hinterland villages. The Department of Energy Head said that the Department has recognised the need to conduct more awareness sessions in these areas and will be moving in that direction.Guyana first discovered oil in May 2015. US oil giant ExxonMobil has made 14 discoveries while UK company, Tullow has made two discoveries.last_img read more

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