Sports Illustrated Releases Week 9 Bowl Projections

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)We’re past the halfway point of the college football season. The bowl picture keeps changing based on weekly results.As of right now, Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame would be in the College Football Playoff if it started today. However, that will likely all change next week after ‘Bama and LSU play each other.Sports Illustrated has put out its most recent projections for the College Football Playoff as well as every other bowl game.Here’s a look at SI’s picks for the major bowls heading into Week 9:CFB Playoff at the Orange Bowl – Clemson vs. Notre Dame A closeup look at the pylon at the Orange Bowl. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)CFB Playoff at the Cotton Bowl – Alabama vs. OklahomaThe center field logo for the Good Year Cotton BowlTexas Bowl – TCU vs. Houston Gary Patterson leading his TCU football team onto the field.(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Camping World Bowl – West Virginia vs. Miami A closeup of Will Grier dropping back for a pass.(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Gator Bowl – Auburn vs. Wisconsin Jarrett Stidham scrambles away from a Georgia Southern defender. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Fiesta Bowl – Georgia vs. UCF A general view of the Fiesta Bowl field for a game between Ohio State and Clemson. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Peach Bowl – Ohio State vs. Florida Urban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Outback Bowl – Michigan State vs. Kentucky (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Rose Bowl – Michigan vs. Washington An exterior view of the Rose Bowl.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Sugar Bowl – LSU vs. Texas (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Citrus Bowl – Texas A&M vs. Penn State  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)You can see all of SI’s bowl projections here.last_img read more

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New water treatment plants help secure a positive legacy

first_imgAs part of its mine closure obligations, Barrick’s Pierina mine has built two new water treatment plants to safeguard local water quality. The Peru-based mine, which is winding down operations after 18 years, also built a cyanide detoxification plant to treat cyanide contained in the site’s heap leach pad.Jorge Lobato, Environmental and Closure Manager at Pierina explains: “Even when operations at Pierina come to an end, cyanide will be present in the solutions from the heap leach pad and must be treated. The cyanide detoxification plant will operate until all cyanide has been consumed or destroyed on site.”Pierina is located about 300 km north of Lima in a high precipitation region of Peru. Average annual rainfall is 1,200 mm which, combined with natural conditions of the area, make conditions ripe for acid rock drainage. Acid rock drainage refers to the acidification of water that occurs when sulphide-based ore is exposed to air and water. It occurs naturally in the area due to the sulphur-based rock in the region and can be exacerbated by large open pits and waste rock produced during the mining process, if left exposed.The water treatment plants conduct daily water sampling and on-site analysis, measuring various metrics including water acidity, or pH levels, and turbidity.The new treatment plants will replace existing treatment facilities on site and underscore Barrick’s commitment to proper mine closure. “We made a substantial investment to build these plants and we are committed to the responsible closure of this mine,” Lobato says. “This is one of the first experiences in Peru of a large mine closure, and we want to set the standard for responsible, safe and sustainable mine closure.”All water that comes into contact with the mine site is funnelled to the water treatment plants before being discharged off site. Discharged water must comply with new regulations that recently went into effect in Peru. “There are limits for content of various metals, salts and the acidity level of the water,” says Wesley Ubillus, Process and Water Treatment Manager at Pierina.Most of the water treated at the plants is not used by local communities, but some of it is channelled into several communities in the nearby Pucaurán and Pacchac valleys for irrigation use. Both treatment plants at Pierina contain reverse osmosis technology—sophisticated water purification technology that removes sulphate, carbonate and other salts from water.The water treatment plants are an important part of the Pierina closure plan, which will unfold over a period of decades. In addition to the treatment plants, the site’s heap leach pad and existing waste dump will be covered with a layer of clay, topsoil and vegetation native to the area. This will restore the natural landscape and significantly reduce the amount of acid rock drainage.“We can’t control the amount of rain that falls at Pierina, but we can limit the amount of exposed, potentially acid-generating rock, as well as the amount of water that comes into contact with the mine site,” Lobato says.Another way the operation is reducing the amount of potentially acid-generating rock is by backfilling the mine’s open pit. Almost half of the open pit will be filled in non-sulphur material taken from the pit itself. This will not only minimize the potential for acid rock drainage, it will also help ensure the long-term stability of the open pit walls. Work on the pit infill is expected to be complete in 2018.Before work began on the closure plan, Barrick engaged in consultations with local governments, communities and other stakeholders. Brochures explaining the key elements of the plan were developed and town hall meetings were held to help people better understand the process.“We continuously talked to people and informed them of what we were doing,” Lobato says. “This is something we continue to do. People understandably have concerns, and only by implementing best practices—as we are doing at Pierina—and supporting those practices with open dialogue and transparency, will we fully earn the community’s trust.”The water treatment plants conduct daily water sampling and on-site analysis, measuring various metrics including water acidity, or pH levels, and turbidity. The environment team also regularly collects water samples off site and sends the samples to an independent, certified laboratory for analysis. Results from these analysis are reported to authorities on a quarterly basis to ensure Pierina is in compliance with its permit and Peruvian regulatory standards.“In Pierina, we take great pride in living up to our responsibility to leave a positive legacy,” says Rodolfo Najar, General Manager of Pierina.The picture shows a community visit to one of the two new water treatment plants at Pierina.last_img read more

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