N-E varsity researchers patent process to treat industrial waste

first_imgThree researchers from the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) based in Meghalaya capital Shillong have patented a fast, energy-efficient and low-cost process for treatment and bio-detoxification of industrial effluents contaminated with harmful azo-dye.Non-toxic dischargeThe ‘green process’ developed by Mihir K. Sahoo, Bhauk Sinha and Rajesh N. Sharan for treating waste-water from industries such as textile, leather and paint is 75% faster, 40% more energy-efficient and more sustainable than the existing technology.Their process has also been found to leave the discharge environmentally benign and thus likely to be equally non-toxic to other bio-flora and fauna.“We received the patent for biologically detoxifying industrial waste-water apart from chemical detoxification, which we feel is quite revolutionary. My expertise in molecular biology and my colleagues’ expertise in chemistry combined to develop the technology,” Prof. Sharan of NEHU’s Department of Biochemistry told The Hindu on Sunday.He worked with Dr. Sahoo and Mr. Sinha of NEHU’s Department of Chemistry for four years. The trio perfected the technology and applied for a patent in July 2013. The patent was received in October this year.According to the trio, the traditional treatment of environmentally damaging waste-water effluents with appropriate chemicals processes such as chemical precipitation, coagulation and electrocoagulation only transfers the contaminating chemical entities and chemical groups of the waste-water to other media, thereby producing secondary wastes.Secondary wastes“In some cases, these secondary wastes, intermediates and by-products formed by the second process of chemical remediation or detoxification may produce equally or more toxic chemical entities than the original toxicants and pollutants,” Prof. Sharan said.It was thus important to ascertain if the treated effluent was also benign to the biosphere (flora and fauna). Although theoretically, modern chemical remediation processes completely eliminate the pollutants from waste-water, the trio’s bio-toxicity evaluation of such effluents using Escherichia coli, or E. coli based bio-toxicity assay showed that it still continued to be highly bio-toxic.Most strains of E. coli, a common kind of bacteria that lives in the intestines of animals and people, are harmless. Their survival is crucial for bio-flora and fauna, the researchers said.Therefore, the release of such effluents into the environment could adversely affect the survival of aquatic micro-organisms, flora and fauna, thereby disturbing the entire ecosystem and ecological balance.“The so-called waste-water is not really suitable for release directly into streams, rivers and other water bodies. We recognised this serious shortcoming of the existing technologies in the domain, and came up with the innovative technology,” Prof. Sharan said.last_img read more

UST rookie Alessandrini impresses in UAAP debut vs DLSU

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Shrouded in the epic five-set match between defending champion De La Salle and University of Santo Tomas, that ended in a 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8 victory for the Lady Archers, Golden Tigress rookie Melina Alessandrini left Ramil De Jesus in wonder.De Jesus, who guided La Salle to 11 championships, said Alessandrini still had butterflies in her stomach but La Salle’s mentor is confident the UST rookie will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s just her first game, maybe she still has the first-game jitters but just give her more time and it would be difficult to stop her,” said De Jesus in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Alessandrini finished with 18 points and displayed a ground defense rarely seen from a 6-foot-1 player. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises And with the help of an interpreter, Alessandrini thanked the longtime La Salle coach of the praise she’s earned.“I want to thank him because he believes in me even though this was just my first game,” said Alessandrini through the interpreter. “I know I will still have to adjust because this was my first game and this is my first time playing in front of this big of a crowd.”De Jesus added Alessandrini just has to adjust to the Philippine game to help her complete her transition in the UAAP.“I know she’ll be able to adjust,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Weight’s over: It’s fight timecenter_img Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ It cannot be argued that rookies have to make a good first impression in the UAAP, and in the league’s 80th season one newcomer took the opportunity to leave an indelible mark on an iconic coach.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cricket: Revitalized Dale Steyn sets target of 500 test wickets and 100 tests

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementSteyn made a comeback from his injury after 13 months playing for his nation against India in this New Year as he was sidelined after shoulder surgery and injured heel. Steyn last played for his country 6 months ago proving himself to be highly motivated for the upcoming imposing International tournament next year. He has surprisingly bowled 102 overs last month, 29.3 overs more than the total overs he has bowled in the previous two years in Test Cricket.Steyn has again been included on South Africa’s test squad being one of the quartets of quick along with Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi  with recent match time. The Test match scheduled against Sri Lanka is set to begin from 12th of July. Steyn has been very dedicated to making a comeback as his career was thought to be hanging on a thread after the dreadful injury.At this moment Steyn feels highly exuberant and has recently made a statement, which is: “A hundred Test matches would be amazing and 500 wickets would be incredible,” Steyn told ESPNcricinfo.Steyn requires 81 wickets to reach his target of taking 500 wickets, but only three to break the nation’s phenomenon, Shaun Pollock, who is recorded  as South Africa’s leading Test Wicket-taker. Steyn jokingly reported that he no longer wants to think about the landmark, as it has taken plenty of time for him to get there, but as it becomes ever closer, it shall be doubtless on his mind.Steyn requires to play both Tests against Sri Lanka, the five in the home summer against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and at least another season in 2019-2020 – when South Africa are due to tour India and host England – to get to 100 Tests.Getting to play for the grand cricketing fiesta next year remains his other aim. Steyn has set his sights on the tournament but has not been named in South Africa’s ODI squad to play against Sri Lanka, which leaves his future of delivering the while-ball unpredictable.South Africa is set to play 21 matches between August and March. In the last 10 matches which is a home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, they must be  looking forward to fielding the side who shall be on the starting XI for the World Cup. This manifests that Dale Steyn still has a chance to make it to the World Cup squad, but for now, he needs to try and play as much domestic cricket as he can.Also Read:India vs England: Twitter reacts to KL Rahul’s magnificent knockIndia vs. England: 2nd T20I Review- The Blues draw first blood with a spectacular victorylast_img read more

Indian rowers bag one gold and two bronze medals at Asian Games despite battling…

first_imgAdvertisementRowing has been an ancient sport in India with less spectators and participants showing interest. It all started back in 1858 when Calcutta Rowing Club was established. Henceforth, the nation has seen quality rowers with very high endurance, but this is the second time in history that the Indian rowers won medals at Asian Games.Dattu Bhonakal arguably one of the best rowers in Asia who hails from Maharashtra, lived up to expectations as he made a strong comeback from being 5th at Icheon to winning Gold with his Fours team. The Men’s fours consisted of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh, clocked 6:17.13 to win the gold medal. India also bagged two bronze medals in the sport through Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in double sculls.On the other hand, Dushyant Singh finished at the third place in Men’s single sculls, who was abnormally suffering from high blood pressure and heart rate before the match. He decided to participate despite not being able to breathe. He was immediately taken to the hospital as the situation was severe after the race but his commitment for his nation is commendable.Nonetheless, Rowing Federation of India has been doing a great job to uplift Rowing in India by regularly organizing State, Open National, School level tournaments which have surely resulted in the betterment of the Sport.Also Read :Asian Games: 15-year old Shardul Vihan is now officially India’s youngest medallist in the Asian Games! Advertisementlast_img read more

Ruthless Bayern reach fifth Champions League semifinal in a row

first_imgBayern Munich booked their fifth successive Champions League semi-final spot with a 2-2 draw at Benfica on Wednesday to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory that kept the Germans on course for a treble of titles.Arturo Vidal’s 38th-minute goal cancelled out the hosts’ early lead through Raul Jimenez’s header and Thomas Mueller’s volley early in the second half eased their nerves. The Portuguese side, vying for their first semi-final in more than a quarter of a century, managed a late equaliser through Talisca but still suffered their fourth elimination in their fourth European tie against Bayern.The Bavarians will face Real Madrid, city rivals Atletico, who eliminated holders Barcelona, or England’s Manchester City in the last four.”It was a sensational atmosphere but it was hard work,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm, who played his 103rd Champions League game to become joint leader in Germany along with former Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn.”We had to be more precise than in the first game, close the spaces between midfield and defence and we did it better tonight. We remained calm after the goal and worked hard,” said Lahm.Benfica were without top strikers Jonas, Gaitan and Kostas Mitroglou through suspension or injury and were quickly on the back foot as expected with the Germans controlling 70 percent of possession.Mueller had the Germans’ first good chance but fired wide after 15 minutes with Benfica’s double backline working extremely hard.”That double line was sometimes even three lines. They were a very difficult opponent,” said Bayern coach Guardiola.advertisementThe hosts struck following a quick break when Eliseu found space to cross from the left and Jimenez charged past two defenders to score with a flying header. The Mexican went close to adding another but Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer did well to parry his shot.The Bavarians looked briefly rattled by the setback but quickly recovered when Vidal, who scored the winner in the first leg, drilled in the equaliser after perfectly timing his shot from keeper Ederson’s clearance.Guardiola had surprisingly kept top scorer Robert Lewandowski on the bench and Mueller took over his role, slipping in like a natural centre forward and volleying in a Martinez assist.Bayern, also chasing a record fourth straight Bundesliga crown as well as the German Cup, did not let up and Douglas Costa’ powerful shot hit the post on the hour.Martinez was lucky not to be sent off for a last-man foul and Benfica coach Rui Vitoria was sent to the stands over the referee’s decision to book the Spaniard. But Talisca gave him something to smile about, curling the resulting free kick past Neuer to cap a battling performance against the German giants.”We fought until the end, so I have to congratulate my players and these amazing supporters,” said the Portuguese coach.”We faced a very powerful team that knows how to dictate the pace of the game. We promised we would go eye to eye with Bayern and we did so.”last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Virat Kohli applauds India, congratulates Bangladesh after thrilling final

first_imgIndia defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in a thrilling Asia Cup final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.The Rohit Sharma-led Indian side clinched the prestigious title for a record seventh time, as Bangladesh’s dream of their maiden Asia Cup title was shattered.Virat Kohli had opted out of the tournament and take rest following a grueling tour of England, where he emerged as the leading run scorer. Kohli lauded Team India’s performance for the win and also congratulated Bangladesh for ‘giving’ them a tough fight.”Great job by the guys to win that tight game last night. Seventh Asia Cup title for us. Congrats to Bangladesh as well for giving a tough fight,” Kohli tweeted.Great job by the guys to win that tight game last night. @BCCISeventh Asia Cup title for usCongrats to Bangladesh as well for giving a tough fight. @BCBtigers #AsiaCupFinal #AsiaCup2018Final pic.twitter.com/hTHGSkq1kNVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 29, 2018Chasing a modest 223-run target, India lost wickets at regular intervals to make the contest unpredictable, thanks to a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack.However, in a match going down the wire, Jadeja (23) and Bhuvneshwar’s (21) rose up to the occasion and their knock came at at a time when their team needed the most.India vs Bangladesh: Report | Highlights | Photos | ScorecardOpeners Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started the proceedings well as India raced away to 35 runs in 4.3 overs however, the joy was short lived as left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam came with the first breakthrough for Bangladesh.advertisementDhawan (15), while trying to go over Nazmul’s head, gave an easy catch to Soumya Sarkar at mid-off.With just the addition of another 11 runs, India received another blow as incoming batsman Ambati Rayudu (2) fell cheaply off a Mashrafe Mortaza ball, leaving India at 46/2.READ – A team like this always makes the captain look good, says Rohit SharmaRohit and Dinesh Karthik then tried to put things in control as they took their side near the three-digit mark. But, just when the Indian skipper was two runs away from his half-century, Rubel Hossain handed another jolt to the opponents, dismissing a good-looking Rohit to leave the men in blue reeling at 83/3.Karthik was then joined by M.S. Dhoni and they gave some respite to India, adding a crucial 55 run for the fourth wicket.Just when the partnership seemed developing, off-spinner Mahmudullah struck to add another twist in the tale, packing back Karthik (37) as India’s scorecard read 137/4.READ – Former India cricketers happy with Asia Cup triumph but…As India managed to add 27 runs to reach a total of 160 with incoming batsman Kedar Jadhav and Dhoni at the crease, Mustafizur Rahman put India in deep trouble, sending back the latter on 36 runs.Dhoni’s thick edge of the bat landed in the gloves of Mushfiqur Rahim in the 37th over before Jadhav left the field after being retired hurt with India still 56 runs away from victory.READ – Pakistan fan Bashir Chacha cheers for Team India in Asia Cup finalJadeja and part-time batsman Bhuvaneshwar’s sensible knock then not only gave India a hope but also inched their side on the doors of victory.The duo were involved in a 45-run partnership as India crossed the 200-run mark. However, with India just 11 runs away from their seventh Asia Cup title, Jadeja (23) became a victim of Hossain in the 48th over.His fall saw Jadhav once again joining the pitch but very soon, the issue once again turned in Bangladesh’s way as Bhuveneshwar, while trying to drive a delivery by Mustafizur Rahman, was caught brilliantly by stumper Rahim, who dived his right to take an excellent catch.READ – Ravindra Jadeja should not have been dropped: Mohammad AzharuddinDenying the opponents any further onslaught, Jadhav (23) and Kedar (5) guided India home in a match which went to the final ball.For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain picked two wickets each while Nazmul, Mortaza and Mahmudullah bagged one wicket apiece.What a win, many many congratulations #TeamIndia #AsiaCup. Great Job team @BCCI pic.twitter.com/pJtYiW2qMjRahul Johri (@RJohri) September 28, 2018Earlier, opener Liton Das’ brilliant century had helped Bangladesh post 222.Bangladesh got off to a flying start but lack of support from the middle and lower order batsmen and some brilliant fielding from Indian players saw Bangladesh only managing to score a modest total.Das played 117 balls and slammed 121 runs which include 12 boundaries and two sixes and built a perfect platform for a big score but some poor shot selection from other batsmen cost the Bangladesh camp.advertisementREAD – ICC is Indian Cricket Council: Bangladesh fans cry foul over Liton Das’s dismissalPut in to bat, Das and Mehidy Hasan (32) played handsomely and forged a brilliant 120-run partnership before Hasan was dismissed by Jadhav. The two played sensibly and often thrashed Indian bowlers all around the park.Unperturbed by the fall of Hasan’s wicket, Das kept on playing his natural game but middle-order batsmen Imrul Kayes (2), Mushfiqur Rahim (5), Mohammad Mithun (2) and Mahmudullah (4) failed drastically.All of them gifted away their wickets, thanks to careless shot selection.With five batsman back to the pavilion at 151, Das, along with Sarkar (33), tried to reconstruct the innings but was dismissed in the process. Wicketkeeper Dhoni stumped Das off Kuldeep in the 40th over.Mortaza (7) fell prey Kuldeep after playing nine balls.Sarkar kept playing at the other end but was run out in the penultimate over while trying to increase the run rate. His 45-ball knock was laced with one boundary and one six.In the very next ball, Jasprit Bumrah clean bowled Hossain (0) to wrap up the innings in style.For India, Kuldeep scalped three wickets while Jadhav took two wickets.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

NYK Line Nets USD 190 Mn Loan for Cameron LNG

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK LINE) has through its subsidiary Rosewood Shipping PTE signed a loan agreement worth USD 190 million to finance the company’s LNG tanker business focusing on transporting LNG produced by the U.S.-based Cameron LNG project.The loan has been signed with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for USD 133 million and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi for USD 57 million.“This loan will contribute to securing for Japan a long-term and stable supply of LNG that has become increasingly important in recent years as fuel for power generation, while utilizing the Japanese shipping companies’ wide experience in the area of LNG shipping business,” JBIC said.Cameron LNG is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal near the Gulf of Mexico, jointly owned by Sempra LNG & Midstream, ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ), Mitsui and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK. The LNG receipt terminal which started commercial operations in 2009 has two marine berths capable of accommodating Q-Flex sized LNG ships, three LNG storage tanks of 480,000 cubic meters, and vaporization capability for regasification services of 1.5 Bcf per day.In 2014, Cameron LNG began construction on new facilities to liquefy natural gas and export to the world market. World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Safety Precautions for Nova Scotians Heading Home After Forest Fire

first_img do not allow children to play in the ash or with unwashed toys use a small amount of water during ash clean up to help limit the redistribution of ash and dust into the air clean ash off house pets wash off any ash that comes in contact with skin as soon as possible wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts and long pants to avoid skin contact rinse home-grown fruit or vegetables thoroughly before eating them avoid clean-up activities and areas where dust and soot are present to prevent complications with lung or heart problems If electrical wires leading to the well have been damaged by the fire, the well should not be used until it has been inspected by an electrician and licenced pump installer. For details on what wells should be sampled for, contact a local Department of Environment office. For more information on well-water safety, visit the Department of Environment website at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp . Fire ash deposited on indoor and outdoor surfaces near the fire is similar to ash that might be found in a fireplace. However, any ash may be irritating to the skin, can contain small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals, can be irritating to the nose and throat, and may trigger asthmatic attacks. In order to avoid possible health problems: there have been any spills nearby as a result of the fire, for example, because of damaged fuel oil tanks fire-fighting operations have affected the well, such as water bombers dropping water directly on the well residents notice any changes to their water quality, such as cloudy water or unusual odours Detailed information on food safety of refrigerated and frozen foods after a power outage can be found on the Department of Agriculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/factsht/powerout.shtml . Water should not be consumed from wells that were damaged as a result of the fire, such as melted well caps or casings. Wells should be completely repaired, disinfected and have the water tested and confirmed safe before it is consumed. Well water also should not be consumed until tested and confirmed safe if: Nova Scotians returning to their homes after the weekend’s forest fires and resulting power disruptions should be mindful of food safety, well-water quality and take precautions when cleaning up fire ash. Foods will generally stay safe in a refrigerator for several hours. If the door is kept closed, food will remain cold for four to six hours. Residents should discard any perishable refrigerated or frozen foods that my have been above 4 C for more than two hours and any food that feels warm or has an unusual odour or colour. If the refrigerator air is warm when opened, all food should be thrown out. If in doubt, toss it out. The following can cause food-borne illness if stored above 4 C for two hours or more: raw or cooked meat, poultry, seafood and luncheon meats casseroles, stews and soups milk and soft cheeses homemade mayonnaise or dressings cooked pasta, potatoes or rice salads made with any of these foods People should also wear fitted dust masks while cleaning. Those rated N-95 or P-100 provide better protection than simple dust or surgical masks. Individuals with heart or lung disease should consult a physician before using a mask. More information on cleaning up fire ash can be found atwww.calepa.ca.gov/Disaster/Fire2003/FireAsh.pdf .last_img read more

Pot activist Marc Emery gets fine after guilty plea on trafficking charge

first_imgMONTREAL – The self-styled Prince of Pot has pleaded guilty to trafficking cannabis and will pay a $5,000 fine.The charge against Marc Emery stemmed from the opening of Cannabis Culture boutiques in Montreal in December 2016.Two other charges of possession and conspiracy were dropped.The prosecution says it’s an appropriate sentence that was negotiated over months.The shops were only open for a few hours before police shut them down.Emery tweeted earlier Wednesday he would plead guilty and pay a fine.In a brief exchange later with reporters at the Montreal courthouse, he criticized Quebec’s plan to sell pots in government-run stores.The federal Liberal government plans to allow legal recreational cannabis by late summer, but the manner of selling of it is left up to the individual provinces.Pot dispensaries are illegal under current federal legislation unless they have a licence from Health Canada to sell it for medical purposes.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.70 lower $493.50; Jan. ’18 $0.60 lower $499.50; March ’18 $0.50 lower $504.40; May ’18 $0.50 lower $506.90; July ’18 $0.40 lower $508.10; Nov. ’18 unchanged $484.50; Jan. ’19 unchanged $486.20; March ’19 unchanged $488.90; May 19 unchanged $488.90; July ’19 unchanged $488.90; Nov. ’19 unchanged $488.90.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 562,220 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 562,220. read more

Missing persons panel chairman rebuts Zeid

“What more can we do?,” he asked in anguish. “Nobody else can do better than us. People should realize the enormity of the task. It takes time to show results,” he said.When former President Mahinda Rajapaksa established the panel, its mandate was only to go into disappearances. Later, when war crimes charges were made in the UNHRC, it was charged with investigating violations of International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Laws in the last phase of the war. Since work on the second mandate is still to be completed, the term of the commission has been extended to February 2016. However, the panel submitted a report to the Presidential Secretariat on August 15 this year. Paranagama said that a Special Investigating Team is to be formed under a retired High Court judge to go into some cases. “We also sent investigating teams to the complainants’ houses as a follow up measure and wrote to them about progress made in their cases. We inquired into the rehabilitation aspect and took action wherever the authorities were tardy in their response,” he added. Responding to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid’s call to disband the Sri Lankan Missing Persons’ Commission and assign its work to a more credible body, the chairman of the panel, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, contended that nobody else can do the job better.“We have been very transparent in our functioning. There were no armed forces or police personnel in the room where people testified. We held several sittings in the Tamil-speaking North and East and Colombo and examined 19,000 people including 16,000 from the North and East. The response to our call for testimonies was so good that if we sent out notices to 300 for a session, 1000 would turn up, and no one was turned away. Transport was arranged for people to go back to their villages if the sittings went late into the evening,” Paranagama told the New Indian Express. “We are waiting for President Sirisena to come back from New York to officially present it to him,” Paranagama said. read more

President to make a special statement this week on unity Government

A committee was earlier appointed to decide on the future of the unity Government following a meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP Ministers. President Maithripala Sirisena is to make a special statement this week on the future of the unity Government.The statement comes after various proposals were made on the future course of action to be taken with regards to the unity Government. The UNP has been calling for a UNP-led Government to be formed following the Local Government (LG) elections while the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is divided on the proposal. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) meanwhile had said it will not support a Government led by Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)

Aramco attacks show company entanglement in Saudi politics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The weekend drone attack on one of the world’s largest crude oil processing plants that dramatically cut into global oil supplies is the most visible sign yet of how Aramco’s stability and security is directly linked to that of its owner — the Saudi government and its ruling family.The strikes, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed on Iran despite staunch denials by Tehran, led to suspension of more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil production, bringing into focus just how vulnerable the company is to Saudi Arabia’s conflicts outside the country’s borders, particularly with regional rival Iran.That matters greatly because Aramco produces and exports Saudi Arabia’s more than 9.5 million barrels of oil per day to consumers around the world, primarily in Asia.It also comes as the state-owned company heads toward a partial public sale. To prepare for an initial public offering, the company has recently taken steps to distance itself from the Saudi government, which is controlled by the Al Saud ruling family.The plan to list part of Aramco is key to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic diversification efforts that are aimed at preparing the kingdom for a future less reliant on oil exports for revenue.As he races to overhaul the economy, he’s also led Saudi Arabia as its defence minister into a war in Yemen that appears to have made the kingdom, and by extension Aramco, more vulnerable to attacks.The pre-dawn attacks Saturday were claimed by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels, although there are questions about whether the drones were launched from Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been at war with the Houthi rebels in Yemen since early 2015, but this is by far the most infrastructurally devastating attack inside the kingdom since the conflict began.Eurasia Group notes that Saudi Arabia’s air defence systems are designed to defend against traditional threats but are ill-equipped to tackle asymmetrical aerial threats from drones.The attacks targeted Abqaiq processing facility and the Khurais oil field. Abqaiq is home to the world’s largest oil processing facility and crude oil stabilization plant, where oil is made safe for transport on ships.Aramco’s handling of the incident is being watched closely, particularly amid reports of a local listing of 1% of the company as soon as November.The public first learned of the attacks from residents of the area who uploaded videos and photos of the massive fires at the processing facility in the eastern city of Buqyaq.It wasn’t until 22 hours later that Aramco issued its own statement, acknowledging its plants had been attacked and that daily production of 5.7 million barrels of crude had been disrupted.Aramco CEO Amin Nasser was quoted in the brief statement as saying work was under way to restore production and a progress update would be provided in around 48 hours.What commodity traders are most looking for now is how long the suspension of production will last. Aramco has not said what that timeframe might be.A lengthy disruption is almost certain to drive global oil prices well above the $60 a barrel that trading closed at on Friday.When markets open Monday, prices could rocket by up to $10 a barrel in a knee-jerk reaction, though the sustainability of the rally will hinge on an assessment of the magnitude and duration of the supply shortfall, said Vandana Hari, founder of Singapore’s Vanda Insights.Hari said potential investors in Aramco are going to be looking at the company’s transparency and communication practices in this current crisis.“Having said that, it’s clear that Aramco does not operate independently from the government and is not free to manage its own messaging,” she said.The loss of more than 5% of the world’s oil supply – no matter for how many days – is not an internal Saudi matter, she said. “It is the whole world’s concern. With that in view, the official communication on the matter has fallen woefully short so far.”Hasnain Malik, head of equity strategy research at the Tellimer investment research and advisory firm, said the attacks demonstrate the security risks “which should be baked into the valuation of Aramco.”The Saudi crown prince has set Aramco’s valuation at around $2 trillion, but many estimates put it at closer to $1.5 trillion.Ranjith Raja, a lead analyst at Refinitiv, said a major disruption to Aramco’s processing plant will have an effect on the company’s ability to meet client expectations and contract requirements.Already, ship tracking data shows some 16 tankers that can carry 2 million barrels of crude anchored off Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast until further notice. About four ships are loaded each day from Saudi Arabia’s main eastern port, but since the attack only two have been loaded and left their docks, Raja said.The security and stability of Saudi Arabia as one of the world’s largest and most vital oil producers was emphasized by U.S. President Donald Trump in a call with the crown prince “to offer his support” to the kingdom after the attacks.The U.S. Energy Department has also said it stands ready to release crude from its Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserves if necessary to offset any disruptions to oil markets.Energy expert Ellen Wald said despite this setback and threats to Saudi Arabia’s security, “Aramco is secure.”“It has incredible built-in redundancies in its oil infrastructure and stored oil to compensate for any outages,” said Wald, who is president of Transversal Consulting and author of “Saudi Inc.” about Aramco.“In addition, Aramco has vast stores of oil both in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the world that it can and is drawing on to ensure that all of its customers receive their oil shipments on time,” she added.Malik of Tellimer said the attacks provide Aramco with an opportunity to demonstrate its resilience by minimizing disruption to customers.“In terms of the timing of the IPO, this event is unhelpful but only very optimistic and opportunistic pricing of the deal would have ignored this risk,” he said.Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press read more

Amazon to add 3000 new jobs in Vancouver in tech hub expansion

VANCOUVER — Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver technology hub and create 3,000 new high-tech jobs.Amazon’s general manager of web services Jesse Dougherty said the new corporate positions will be focused on e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning. The employees will be working in a new 38,000 square metre office tower the company plants to build on the site of the city’s old post office.The structure’s architectural heritage will be preserved, and the tower is expected to open in 2022, Dougherty said Monday outside the former Canada Post building.Amazon keeps Prime membership price on hold in Canada despite increase in U.S.Amazon releases new Echo Dot aimed at entertaining bored childrenThe lessons of HQ1: What the cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters can learn from Seattle“We chose to build and grow in Canada because we recognize the diverse and exceptionally talented workforce here,” he said.“As a homegrown British Columbian and a software engineer, I am so proud of living and working in a city that is recognized worldwide as a first-rate global tech hub.”Amazon opened its first software development site in Vancouver in 2011 and now has more than 1,000 employees.Dougherty said the company will build on its relationships with top Canadian universities, which he said are producing some of the best computer engineering students in the world.“We’ve hired many graduates from schools right here in British Columbia,” he said, citing the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University as well as the universities of Toronto, Waterloo, and McGill.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the announcement and said innovation will help drive economic growth and improve the lives of middle-class Canadians.The company is expected to announce its second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2, sometime this year, with Toronto as the only Canadian city on the list of 20 finalists. read more

Verstappen unrepentant over Ocon altercation

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Not only is Max Verstappen unrepentant over his altercation with Esteban Ocon at the Brazilian Grand Prix, he suggests the French driver got away lightly with a few shoves to the chest.Although he had already been lapped and had little to fight for, Ocon refused to let race leader Verstappen past him two weeks ago. The pair tangled, sending the Dutch driver spinning back to second place and pushing Lewis Hamilton up to first at Interlagos.It cost Verstappen his third victory of the season, and sixth of his Red Bull career. He stopped a post-race interview when he saw Ocon, squaring up to his rival and shoving him three times before angrily pointing a finger at him as he walked away.Asked at the Abu Dhabi GP on Thursday if he had regrets, Verstappen replied: “No, not really. I was after an apology and I got a different response.”“I lost a victory, so I think from my side I was really calm. It could have been much worse,” added the 21-year-old Dutchman, who is known as much for his fiery temper as his daredevil driving. “I thought it was quite a calm response. What do you expect me to do? Shake his hand and say, ‘Thanks very much’.Although Ocon breached race etiquette as a back-marker by not moving aside for the leader, Verstappen seemed equally upset by the Force India driver’s comments.“You guys don’t hear what’s being said … You just see me pushing,” he said. “But if you understood the whole conversation, I think it would be different.”Ocon’s words were “something I didn’t expect to hear,” Verstappen added, before using an expletive.The Red Bull driver must now perform two days of public service within six months, a punishment he calls harsh.“We’re not robots,” Verstappen said. “We are all here to win. You are in that position and it gets taken away from you.”At a news conference on Thursday, the two men sat with Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen between them.Ocon was stone-faced throughout but had his say.“It’s not a great thing to be involved in a crash with the leader,” he said. “I’m sorry for Max. It was his race to win.“The team came on the radio saying, ‘You can un-lap yourself if you want, if you are faster.’ I just went for it,” the 22-year-old Frenchman said. “Even if Max said the opposite, he would like to come back on what he did after the race.”The pair have competed since their karting days. Verstappen was evasive when they were asked how they felt about each other, Ocon more forthcoming.“I will respond, if he cannot, I will,” Ocon said. “We’ve been racing a long time. The important thing is it stays good racing and good fun for the fans, but doesn’t go over the top.”Four-time world champion Vettel has had altercations in the past with Verstappen and former teammate Mark Webber.“We are here to fight for something that means the world to us. For people watching, it’s a show. For people reporting about the show, it’s a job. For us it’s a job, but it’s our lives,” Vettel said. “Emotions are part of sports.”___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJerome Pugmire, The Associated Press read more

Varel International acquires patented Rotary Percussion System from Renegade Tools

first_imgVarel International, a leading manufacturer of drill bits and global supplier to the drilling industry, has completed the acquisition of the Rotary Percussion System (RPS) product line and assets of Renegade Tools. The line of high frequency, low impact percussion hammer tools complements the already robust suite of tools Varel supplies to the mining industry. This product line, under development since 2005, allows drillers to use traditional roller cone or PDC drill bits in air, mist, or foam fluid applications, increasing the rate of penetration through efficiently combining the complimentary forces of both rotary and hammer drilling. “We are very pleased with the addition of the RPS technology to the portfolio of products Varel brings to the global marketplace” said Jim Nixon, President and CEO of Varel International. “RPS promises to enhance drilling efficiencies for our blasthole mining customers. We look forward to working with the team at Renegade to rapidly bring RPS to market.”Speed Collingsworth, Varel’s Vice President for Mining and Industrial products discussed some of the advantages of the RPS technology, “In field testing in several different applications in the Western Hemisphere we have found that the RPS tools not only increase drilling rate by 25% or more but additionally deliver a straighter, cleaner drilled hole. A cleaner hole reduces the need for time consuming back reaming and a straighter hole improves rock fragmentation during blasting. Better rock fragmentation improves efficiencies at the crusher reducing costs.”Joe Goebel, Co-Principal for Renegade expressed his thoughts on the transfer of Renegade’s RPS technology, “Varel’s unique position in the mining supply industry coupled with its global reach will accelerate the advancement of this new technology into the market. We have developed and evolved RPS over several years and look forward to working with Varel to take it to the next stage of delivering results for drilling customers worldwide.”“Varel has the engineering, metallurgy, distribution, and supply chain assets needed to take RPS to the next level,” added Ross Bassinger, Co-Principal of Renegade. “Over the past year we have forged a great relationship with Varel that has allowed us to prove the commercial applicability of RPS. Over the coming quarters we will work with Varel personnel to evaluate candidate RPS applications and to fine tune the products to meet customer needs.”Renegade Drilling Tools is a private drilling technology development enterprise based in Austin, Texas. The company focuses on providing solutions to the mining industry through its expertise in impact hammer development.last_img read more

Gardaí searching for man after armed robbery of Dublin post office

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Gardaí searching for man after armed robbery of Dublin post office No one was injured in the incident. Short URL 18,406 Views Image: Google Maps Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 4:53 PM Share4 Tweet Email1 center_img The post office in Chapelizod. Image: Google Maps The post office in Chapelizod. Jun 7th 2017, 4:53 PM http://jrnl.ie/3431810 13 Comments GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an armed robbery at a post office in Dublin this afternoon.A man entered a post office on Main Street in Chapelizod at about 2.30pm this afternoon.The man threatened staff with what is believed to have been a firearm, before making off with an unknown sum of money.No one was injured in the incident.No arrests have been made and gardaí are appealing for witnesses.Anyone with any information can contact gardaí at Ballyfermot Garda Station on (01) 666 7200.Read: Mystery surrounds death of man whose body was found on road in Wicklowlast_img read more

Worlds Largest AllElectric Ferry Launches in Denmark

first_img Ærø is an island gem in the Baltic Sea. With no bridge connecting it to the Danish mainland, its 6,000-plus residents rely on ferries to travel back forth. Now they can make the journey aboard the world’s largest electric ferry.The Ellen started taking passengers last week. The ship can carry up to 30 vehicles and 200 passengers at a time at a top speed of 13 knots. Its 4.3MWh battery, provided by Switzerland-based Leclanché Energy Storage Solutions, gives it a range of about 22 nautical miles between charges.That’s enough to cover the ship’s inaugural round-trip route from the town of Søby to Fynshav, on the neighboring island of Als. Initially operators have scheduled 3 trips per day, though they’re hopeful that Ellen will eventually be able to complete as many as 7.The ship measures almost 200 feet long and 44 feet wide. Ellen tips the scales at 650 tons — almost six times heavier than the E-Dumper that Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi called the world’s largest EV.Aero’s Director of Traffic, Keld Møller, said he’s “pleased to be able to offer the passengers an extraordinarily pleasant journey free from noise, vibrations and diesel fumes.” According to Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava, Ellen will prevent the release of 2,000 tonnes of CO2, 42 tonnes of NOx, and 1.4 tonnes of SO2.That’s encouraging news considering this is just one ferry. It gets even better when you consider that there are plans in motion to deploy at least 100 ships like it throughout the European Union over the next decade.Ærø is an ideal spot for the first deployment. The island set a goal of running solely on renewable energy nearly 20 years ago and has sizable solar and wind turbine installations. Ærø has also been recognized as an environmental leader for its use of district heating.Watch This Next: This Electric Train-Plane Hybrid Is the Best of Both WorldsMore on Geek.com:Two Fully Electric Boats Added to Niagara Falls Tour FleetThis $5 Million Solar-Powered Super Yacht Cruises in ‘Pure Silence’This $200,000 All-Electric Boat Lets You ‘Fly’ on Water Watch: Massive Whale Breaches Near Boat in MassachusettsWatch the Shocking Moment Lightning Strikes Boat in Boston Stay on targetlast_img read more

Manchester United defender set for Hertha Berlin loan move

first_imgManchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 20, is close to joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.The Dutchman spent the entirety of last campaign at Crystal Palace and made 21 appearances in the Premier League as the Eagles avoided relegation.Fosu-Mensah played in Manchester United’s friendlies in the United States but has once again been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.He will look to continue his development under Hertha manager Pal Dardai and the club that finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.Fosu-Mensah is a utility player and can comfortably slot in either as a central defender or at full-back.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.He has been on the books of Manchester United since 2014 when he joined the club’s youth setup from Ajax.Jose Mourinho has moaned about the lack of transfer activity despite signing the duo of Fred and Dalot. Reports claim the United hierarchy informed the Portuguese gaffer to raise cash from the sale of players to fund his transfer.Manchester United are in action against Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly before they commence their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.last_img read more