first_imgAPTN National NewsAt 82-years-old, filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin isn’t slowing down.Her latest film takes a look at the history of Treaty 9 and whether the people were tricked.Trick or Treaty premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

In a meeting with Ehud Barak, Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Mr. Ban discussed the current impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the situation in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as the situation in Lebanon and the wider Middle East, according to information released by his spokesperson.The United Nations chief urged “an early resumption of meaningful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” which have been stalled for nearly a year.On Gaza, Mr. Ban “expressed his appreciation for the approval of UN projects and underlined the need for further steps by the Government of Israel towards the lifting of the closure” in line with an earlier Security Council resolution.Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza for what it said were security reasons after Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the Fatah movement in the Strip in 2007.Last month Israel approved building materials for new homes and schools to be constructed in Gaza by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In June last year Israel also started allowing more civilian goods into Gaza while restricting access to concrete, iron and other materials. Mr. Ban’s comments today to Mr. Barak echo the remarks made by the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic grouping comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – in its most recent statement, made earlier this month.The Quartet said that while the efforts to ease the blockade were welcome, “considerably more” needs to be done.Today Mr. Ban also voiced concern to Mr. Barak about settlement expansion in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. He also encouraged efforts aimed at restoring good relations between Israel and Turkey. 29 July 2011The Israeli Government needs to take more steps to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, particularly to allow the free import of construction materials into the area, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

The Toronto Stock Exchange was in positive territory Thursday morning as commodity prices gained ground on expectations China may move to stimulate its economy.The S&P/TSX composite index added 35.39 points to 12,268.25 after closing lower Wednesday as commodities dropped amid protests over austerity measures expected to be announced in Europe.The TSX Venture Exchange rose 3.64 points to 1,310.5.The Canadian dollar gained 0.18 of a cent to 101.68 cents U.S.Wall Street was also higher, with the Dow ahead 28.49 points to 13,442 and the Nasdaq 11.98 points higher at 3,105.68. The broader S&P 500 was up 5.09 points at 1,438.41.The gains came amid expectations the People’s Bank of China will soon take more steps to stimulate the world’s No. 2 economy, which has been slowing.There was also a bit of respite in Europe as Greek officials said Thursday that after weeks of fruitless efforts, the heads of the three parties in Greece’s governing coalition have struck a basic deal on a new round of austerity measures required for the country to continue getting vital rescue loans.Worries about a slowing Chinese economy have combined with unrest in Europe to pressure the market this month.The benchmark New York oil contract was ahead $1.21 at US$91.19 a barrel, while the December gold contract added $15.30 to US$1,768.9 an ounce. The December copper contract was unchanged at US$3.71 a pound.Though the mood in markets has improved modestly, investors remain concerned about developments in Europe, where Greece and Spain have seen violent protests against debt reduction measures due to be announced this week.Greater focus will probably centre on Spain, where the government is to unveil new austerity policies later Thursday amid mounting concerns over the country’s economic future.Spain has come under pressure to tap a bond-buying program from the European Central Bank that has been partly designed to keep a lid on the country’s borrowing costs, but the government has been reluctant to request the help for fear of the conditions attached.The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 0.05 per cent while Germany’s DAX slipped 0.09 per cent and the CAC-40 in France was 0.4 per cent higher.Investors were also reacting to a positive sign in a U.S. Commerce Department report on August business orders for durable goods. While the overall number dropped because of a huge decline in commercial aircraft orders, orders for machinery, electronics and other equipment, rose 1.1 per cent, the first increase since May.However, a less positive sign came in another report from the Commerce Department which said the U.S. economy grew even more sluggishly in the April-to-June quarter than previously thought.The agency revised the annual growth rate to 1.3 per cent, down from its previous estimate of 1.7 per cent. The revision mainly came as a result of slashing estimates for crop production by $12 billion, reflecting the drought that battered farms this summer.Meanwhile, the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes fell in August from a two-year high in July.The National Association of Realtors says its index of sales agreements dropped 2.6 per cent last month to 99.2. In July, the index rose to 101.9. That was the highest level since April 2010, when the market benefited from a federal home-buying tax credit.Investors also got word from the U.S. Labour Department that the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week plunged to the lowest level in nine weeks, a hopeful sign for the job market.In Canada, traders took in a Statistics Canada report that the average weekly earnings for non-farm payroll employees was $906.68 in July, up 1.1 per cent from the previous month.It said earnings were also up 4.1 per cent from July 2011, reflecting a number of factors, including wage growth, changes in the composition of employment, as well as average hours worked per week.In Canadian corporate news, a glimpse into the state of struggling BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) will be revealed when the company releases its second-quarter financial results after markets close. Shares rose six cents, to $6.94.And eye drug developer QLT Inc. (TSX:QLT) said Thursday it plans to buy back up to 3.4 million of its shares over the next year as the first step in a plan to return $100 million to stockholders. The plan follows the sale by QLT earlier this of Visudyne, its flagship drug, to Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:VRX) for $112.5 million. Its shares rose three per cent or 22 cents to $7.95. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 1, 2012 8:04 pm MDT B.C. rejects proposal for copper and gold mine, citing concerns over salmon VICTORIA – For only the second time in British Columbia history, the provincial government has denied an environmental assessment certificate for a proposed mine.The planned Morrison mine, a proposed copper and gold operation in northwest B.C., was scuttled after the government announced Monday there was concern the project could endanger salmon in the Skeena River.Pacific Booker Minerals Inc. (TSX:BKM) had proposed the mine at Morrison Lake, a 15-kilometre-long lake surrounded by Crown land near Smithers.The lake is at the headwaters of the Skeena River, which produces the second-largest number of sockeye salmon in B.C.“This is a part of the province that has a genetically unique species of salmon that could be put at risk,” said Environment Minister Terry Lake.Lake said there were many factors about the proposal that took him and Mines Minister Rich Coleman out of their comfort zone, including a five-square-kilometre liner of the mine’s tailings pond.“This one simply had too many risks associated with it. We didn’t have a high enough confidence level to give it a ‘Yes’,” Lake said.Pacific Booker had planned to dig out 30,000 tonnes of copper and gold ore from the site each day over 21 years.The proposal included a processing plant, mine facilities, sewage and waste water management facilities, explosive and fuel storage and a tailings storage facility.The B.C. government has faced heavy pressure recently to reveal its stand on the environmental impacts of the proposed Enbridge pipeline between Alberta and B.C.Lake said one had nothing to do with the other and each project is judged on its own merits.“It would send a very negative message to the investor community if we were to pick things to say ‘No’ to just to make a point.”A federal environmental panel hasn’t yet issued a decision on Pacific Booker’s project, but Lake said the provincial government considers the current mine proposal finished. If the company wants to continue to pursue the mine, it would have to reapply and start the process over again with a new proposal.“Obviously it would have to look substantially different than this one in order to provide the confidence that it could work.”Lake said several of the nearby First Nations had also raised concerns about conservation of habitat and fish in the area if the mine was approved.The B.C. Liberals made speeding up the permitting process for new mines part of their jobs strategy announced last fall. The government said then that it had a goal of giving eight new mines the go-ahead by 2015, however, the operations were not named.B.C. Premier Christy Clark said Monday the rejection shows the province has a rigorous environmental process.“I hear our critics talking about how our environmental process approves everything and that’s just simply not true.”The only other mine project rejected through the environmental assessment process was the $8 billion Kemess mine proposal five years ago.No one from Pacific Booker was available for comment Monday, however in a statement issued to its shareholders, the company suggested there was still a chance for the proposal.“The federal approval process is on-going and the Federal Environmental Assessment agency will make their decision independently.”Chief Wilf Adam of the Lake Babine First Nation near the proposed mine said the provincial government made the right decision.“Sockeye salmon are a renewable resource at the heart of our culture and communities. We are one with our salmon,” he said in a news release. “Threatening our salmon threatens us as a people.” read more

Under pressure, Dr. Oz promises to publish list of products he thinks could aid weight loss WASHINGTON – Under pressure from Congress, celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.Oz appeared before the Senate’s consumer protection panel and was scolded by Chairman Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., for claims he made about weight-loss aids on his TV show, “The Dr. Oz Show.”Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, acknowledged that his language about green coffee and other supplements has been “flowery” and promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help America shed pounds and get healthy — beyond eating less and moving more. On his show, he never endorsed specific companies or brands but more generally praised some health supplements as fat busters.McCaskill took Oz to task for a 2012 show in which he proclaimed that green coffee bean extract was a “magic weight loss cure for every body type.”“I get that you do a lot of good on your show,” McCaskill told Oz, but “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true.”Oz insisted he believes in the supplements he talks about on his show as short-term crutches and even has his family try them. He said his job on the show is to be a “cheerleader” for his audience, one who offers hope even if that means looking to alternative healing traditions and any evidence that might support them.But Oz did agree that there’s no long-term miracle pill out there without diet and exercise.Within weeks of Oz’s comments about green coffee — which refers to the unroasted seeds or beans of coffee — a Florida-based operation began marketing a dietary supplement called Pure Green Coffee, with claims that the chlorogenic acid found in the beans could help people lose 17 pounds and cut body fat by 16 per cent in 22 weeks.The company, according to federal regulators, featured footage from “The Dr. Oz Show” to sell its supplement. Oz has no association with the company and received no money from sales.Last month, the Federal Trade Commission sued the sellers behind Pure Green Coffee and accused them of making bogus claims and deceiving consumers.The weight-loss industry is an area where consumers are particularly vulnerable to fraud, Mary Koelbel Engle, an associate director at the FTC, testified at the Senate hearing. She said the agency conducted a consumer survey in 2011 and found that more consumers were victims of fraudulent weight-loss products than of any of the other specific frauds covered in the survey.Oz stressed during the hearing that he has never endorsed specific health supplements or received money from the sale of supplements. Nor has he allowed his image to be used in ads for supplements, he said.“If you see my name, face or show in any type of ad, email or other circumstance,” Oz testified, “it’s illegal” — and not anything he has endorsed. He hasn’t allowed his name to be associated with specific brands, he said, because of ethical concerns he has about doctors making endorsements of health products.Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., asked Oz if he would be willing to create a master list of brands he feels work, instead of suggesting that a general supplement may work for weight loss and then leaving consumers to poke around on the Internet in hopes of finding something.“I’ve been actively looking at that,” said Oz. “With your suggestion and support, I think I’m going to do it and I think it’ll do a lot to drain the swamp that we’ve created around this area.” by Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 12:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

by Greg Keller And Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2015 3:49 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Interior view of the economy class of the Airbus A380 of Qatar Airlines during a visit at the Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Qatar Airways has brought 4 Airbus A380’s in service since last year. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Airbus collects orders worth $57 billion at Paris air show, edging out Boeing’s $50 billion LE BOURGET, France – Europe’s Airbus glided past Boeing to take top honours in their annual competition to sell commercial jets at the Paris Air Show. The U.S. plane maker, however, inked more deals for big-ticket wide-body planes.As the final tally came down Thursday, the archrivals together booked over $107 billion in orders and commitments in the biennial gathering’s first four days, when airline executives clink champagne glasses and write huge checks and pilots test high-tech jets overhead.Airbus racked up $57 billion worth of business for 421 aircraft. The announcement of a provisional deal by European low-cost carrier Wizz Air for 110 A321neos — worth more than $12.5 billion at list prices — put the Toulouse, France-based plane maker over the top against Boeing in financial terms. It was the show’s single biggest order.Chicago-based Boeing tallied orders and commitments for 331 planes worth $50.2 billion. Its biggest deal was with Dutch leasing company AerCap for 100 737MAX-8 planes, worth up to $10.7 billion at list prices. Customers routinely negotiate discounts off those list prices.Boeing spokesman Daniel Mosely insisted the total numbers don’t tell the whole story. He said that not counting provisional deals, Boeing did better — firm orders for 145 aircraft, valued at $18.6 billion, compared with 124 planes worth $16.3 billion for Airbus.And Boeing also was ahead in selling the more expensive wide-body aircraft, with orders and commitments for 77 compared to 51 for Airbus. Single-aisle aircraft made up the vast majority of business announced at the show.“By any measure, this is a fairly good air show,” said Randy Tinseth, Boeing’s vice-president for marketing. “We’ve seen a deep and broad customer base, and a deep and broad model mix.”All together, the orders are not as many as those booked at last year’s show at Britain’s Farnborough Air Show, which trades the spotlight with Paris from year to year as the site of Europe’s premier aviation event.Industry watchers have been expecting a more modest haul of orders as airlines pull back from a record-breaking spate of plane buying in recent years. High fuel prices up until a year ago had prompted airlines to invest massively in a new generation of more fuel-economical aircraft like the Airbus A320neo and the Boeing 737MAX.Against those lowered expectations, this year’s results were nevertheless satisfactory.“It’s been a good show, and not only that, but most of the orders are pretty solid,” said Ben Moores, an aviation analyst with IHS Jane’s.Moores noted that orders that are not firm don’t always materialize fully. Airbus’ big order from Wizz Air, for example, was only provisional, a so-called memorandum of understanding that still requires shareholder approval.The carrier based in Budapest, Hungary, currently has only 61 planes and is expecting 41 more through mid-2018. Its order Thursday for another 110 to be delivered starting in 2019 would more than triple its fleet in coming years.Airbus’ orders count appeared to surpass its own expectations. On Tuesday, Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier had told The Associated Press that he predicted about 200 orders or commitments by the end of the show.While Airbus executives have forecast high demand for the A380 superjumbo to serve growing megacities, the company booked no new orders for the massive 500-seater. The last order for the jet dates to last year.Boeing forecasts demand for 38,050 airplanes over the next 20 years, and says 26,730 of those will be single-aisle jets. Airbus projects that 32,600 new planes worth a total of $4.9 trillion will be needed by 2034.Much of the work for plane makers like Boeing and Airbus is keeping up with demand, which is outstripping supply. Boeing’s Tinseth said production has jumped 60 per cent in the last five years, to more than 750 expected this year.Indonesian flag-carrier Garuda was one of the air show’s most active buyers, signing a letter of intent for up to 60 Boeing jets — 30 of the popular single-aisle 737MAX and 30 787-9 planes.Garuda also put in a provisional order for 30 wide-body Airbus A350 planes, worth about $9 billion, which could serve routes from Jakarta or Bali to Europe.Smaller jets also took a larger slice of the spotlight.“The real winner of the show” was ATR, the Toulouse-based partnership of Airbus and Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi, which specializes in regional aircraft of 90 seats or less, said Moores of IHS Jane’s.Company spokesman David Vargas said ATR, which is considered by some as the “little brother” to Airbus, tallied 46 firm orders and 35 options worth a total of $1.98 billion. That includes cracking into the Japanese market with its firm order from Japan Airlines for 8 planes and options on another 15.The day’s announcements wrapped up the press-and-industry-only part of the air show, which opens to the public from Friday to Sunday.___Angela Charlton contributed to this report. read more

The United Nations reproductive rights agency has reached the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo, where thousands of women have been cut off from medical care for years.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said its mobile reproductive teams reached the area on 30 December, providing family planning services, and antenatal and postpartum care to more than 80 women.“Conflict typically puts these women and their babies at risk. Physical hardship and emotional trauma often complicate delivery,” said Massimo Diana, UNFPA’s Representative in Syria. “Health services are deteriorated after the seven years of crisis in Syria, in addition to the limited supplies and high patient loads.”One health facility is operational in Sheikh Maqsoud, serving an estimated 50 patients per day. According to UNFPA that is “not sufficient to meet local needs, where about 3,000 women are estimated to be pregnant.”The UN agency said the existing health facility is poorly equipped, with no capacity to perform Caesarean section operations or other major surgeries. There is no ambulance available to transfer critical cases to hospitals outside the area.Humanitarian responders also noted that most roads are in disrepair and choked with mud, limiting access. The area also lacks an operating electrical system, forcing the community to rely on generators and expensive fuel, when available.In addition to lacking quality reproductive health care, humanitarian workers observed a large number of people living with disabilities, including wheelchair users, as well as families in desperate need of warm clothing for the winter. read more

Driver Seun Adigun, right, and Akuoma Omeoga of Nigeria finish their second heat during the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Nigeria was winning the Olympic women’s bobsled race.Yes, really.That sentence is 100 percent accurate — albeit with some massive reservations. The Nigerians were the second sled down the track in the opening heat of the women’s competition at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and over the first few turns of the course they actually were going along faster than the Korean sled that preceded them.So yes, they were winning.“I know!” pilot Seun Adigun shrieked afterward, overjoyed by the notion.Of course, after that quick flirtation with the lead, their sled bounced off the roof and commenced the inevitable freefall to last place.Briefly leading, finishing last, none of that was the point Tuesday night. Simply getting to the Olympics has been victory enough for this Nigerian team, three women who live in the U.S. and have backgrounds in other sports before deciding to try sliding — and now, officially, are the first bobsled to represent Africa on the sport’s biggest stage.“There were some good things,” Adigun said. “One of the biggest things that we’re trying to do from the beginning is show people how important that it is to be selfless and what it means to also do something bigger than yourself. And I think that that right there has been the objective and what people have been able to receive from our time here at the Olympics.”The final two runs are Wednesday night. For the Nigerian sled to not finish last, they’ll need someone ahead of them to make a massive mistake.Again, that’s irrelevant.They have been rock stars at these Olympics, for all the right reasons. Athletes of all sorts — male, female, white, black — have wanted hugs and selfies, which is all the vindication the Nigerians have needed to show that this foray was worthwhile.“It’s great to see that,” U.S. bobsledder and 2014 bronze medalist Aja Evans said of the added diversity Nigeria’s presence brings to a sliding world that has seen plenty of athletes of color make serious splashes over the last couple decades. “The world’s finally catching up and realizing the potential all across the board. It’s amazing to be a part of that.”There’s what is known as a “mixed zone” for reporter-athlete interaction at the Olympics, a space where athletes parade past electronic and print media for a series of interviews after their events. When the Nigerians were done Tuesday night, the overwhelming majority of the media contingent left with them — long before the leaders of the race showed up for their interviews.“When people talk about sports right now, they’re talking about bobsled,” Nigeria brakeman Aduoma Omeoga said.Most, it seems, are talking about Nigerian bobsled.And that simply blows Adigun’s expectations away.“We still are trying to cope with it,” Adigun said. “We like to be more low-key, but we know that when we came into this whole process it was to bring awareness. If people are excited about that, we can’t now revert back and get into our shell.”There’s a long way to go before they’re competitive. Every sled that qualified for the Olympics could take six official training runs in Pyeongchang over the last few days, and Nigeria beat none of them in those training runs.But the improvement could be seen even over the course of those six minutes or so on the ice. Nigeria was 3.07 seconds behind the leader in the first training run. By the sixth and final training run, the margin between first and last was down to 1.69 seconds.That’s significant improvement, and that’s been the point of giving teams like Nigeria the chance to qualify and compete at the Olympics. There’s already been a Nigerian women’s skeleton athlete and a men’s skeleton racer from Ghana on this same track. None of them had much chance of winning, but having them in the games may plant the seeds for something good to happen years from now.“This is such a learning curve for us being here,” Adigun said. “We have to start somewhere.” read more

first_imgA pensioner who shot his 81-year-old wife dead at a care home has been sentenced to six years in a psychiatric hospital.Ronald King, 87, formed the “settled intention” to kill his wife Rita, whose dementia had worsened in the months before her death, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.Judge Charles Gratwicke said the manslaughter was “not a mercy killing”, but accepted that King was suffering from dementia himself and that this had impaired his ability to form rational judgments.King shot his wife of 50 years in the communal television room of De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, on December 28 last year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ronald King The court heard that King had mistakenly believed care home staff were stealing from his wife and drugging her.It was a “carefully planned” killing, with King filing down the nose of a bullet to ensure his wife died.The judge accepted that King had been a devoted husband to his wife, strived to took care of her and that there was no malice in her killing. King was also in ill health.Professor Graeme Yorston, consultant forensic neuro-psychiatrist, said King’s frontal lobe was affected by his dementia, and this part of the brain was responsible for forming rational decisions.”That’s what led him to come to the conclusion that, because of his perception of inadequacies at the care home, his only possible response to that was to shoot his wife and also himself and his sister,” he said. There’s no evidence that she was in pain or suffering any more than anyone else who has succumbed to dementia. This was not a mercy killingJudge Charles Gratwickecenter_img Ronald King, arriving at court at a previous hearing, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility or by survivor of a suicide pactCredit:EAST NEWS PRESS AGENCY Patrick Upward, mitigating, said: “Had it not been for the intervention of this disease, the offence would not have taken place.”He added: “His punishment is the separation from the woman he was married to for 50 years and everyone who has spoken to them describes them as an affectionate and devoted couple.”King was sentenced to six years for manslaughter, five years for possession of a firearm, 12 months for possession of ammunition, with the custodial terms to run concurrently and to be served in a secure psychiatric hospital.If King is deemed fit enough to leave the hospital before his sentence is completed, the remainder of the custodial term will be served in a prison. The weapon used was his father-in-law’s old service revolver, which he took to the care home from his home. His wife died instantly as a bullet passed through her right eye.He had also planned to kill his sister, who was also a resident at the home, and then to kill himself.King, of Walton-on-the-Naze, denied murder at an earlier hearing but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility or by survivor of a suicide pact.Judge Gratwicke, sentencing, said: “This was from every angle a tragedy.”King had told police he wanted to stop his wife suffering any more.But Judge Gratwicke said: “As you will know, there’s no evidence that she was in pain or suffering any more than anyone else who has succumbed to dementia. This was not a mercy killing.”Rather, it was a killing that occurred at a time when the experts agree that you were suffering from dementia, causing an abnormality of your mental functions.”Your ability to form a rational judgment was substantially impaired when you came to the settled intention to kill your wife.”last_img read more

first_imgBHP Billiton and Peking University (PKU) have announced a $7.37 million agreement to unlock the potential of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) for steel production in China.Together with other leading organisations, the three-year agreement will identify the key policy, technical and economic barriers to CCUS deployment in the industrial sector, with a particular focus on the iron and steel industries.BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mackenzie, said the program is part of the company’s support for the development of low emissions technology across multiple sectors. “The application of carbon capture, use and storage may prove to be important to reducing the volume of greenhouse gas emitted by the steel sector in China and elsewhere. However investment in the technology is behind where it needs to be.“China leads the way in the planning and development of large scale CCUS projects and should CCUS become commercially proven it could be a significant industry for China. We hope this research will draw more capital into the development of CCUS for use in steelmaking and broader industrial applications.“Policies are also needed to support the deployment and growth of CCUS. Certainty in areas such as carbon storage and transport regulations are examples that could further the investment case in China.“As a major metallurgical coal and iron ore supplier, BHP Billiton has a role in working with our customers, industry and research institutions in China. The work to be undertaken through this agreement is a necessary first step to get the fundamentals right and accelerate CCUS development and deployment.”President of Peking University, Professor Lin Jianhua, spoke highly of the partnership as PKU’s latest example in seeking solutions to challenges faced by the country and the world. “We recognise the importance of international collaboration in addressing the global challenge of climate change. This new project will push forward the collaborative work on many fronts, help support China’s carbon reduction, as well as promote friendship and cooperation between China and Australia.”Director General of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Li Junfeng, also attended the signing ceremony. “Last year, the Paris Agreement opened a new chapter in the global response to climate change, putting forward an intensified greenhouse gas emissions control target,” he said.“This target requires further research into the development potential and supporting factors of low carbon technologies such as CCUS and renewable energies, both of which can help promote China’s transition to a low carbon economy.”This agreement builds on the BHP Billiton SaskPower Carbon Capture Knowledge Centre established in February 2016 to share learnings on CCS for the power sector from the Boundary Dam project in Saskatchewan, Canada.last_img read more

first_imgPose d’un couvercle de confinement : première victoire pour BPÉtats-Unis – La fuite de pétrole qui touche actuellement le golfe du Mexique devrait prochainement être enrayée. BP est parvenu à mettre au point son dispositif d’entonnoir. Selon le groupe pétrolier, ce dernier serait capable de retenir jusqu’à 10.000 barils de brut quotidiennement. BP a essuyé de nombreux échecs avant de parvenir à une solution efficace. L’entonnoir, installé à 1.500 mètres de profondeur, est capable de récupérer 10.000 barils de pétrole chaque jour, soit 1,6 million de litres. Cette quantité, selon Tony Hayward, le patron de BP, représenterait “la majorité, voire la vaste majorité” du pétrole qui s’échappe du puits (entre 12.000 et 19.000 barils).A la différence du premier dispositif qui avait été rendu inefficace à cause de la formation de cristaux de glace, ce nouveau couvercle est équipé de quatre soupapes. Le pétrole continuera au début à s’échapper par ces dernières, puis elles seront fermées progressivement afin d’éviter que des cristaux de glace ne se forment.Les opérations de forage d’un nouveau puits devraient, elles, être terminées d’ici mi-août. La fuite pourra alors être totalement maîtrisée. Le 7 juin 2010 à 11:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Steve Austin praises Becky Lynch, Dash Wilder wants old tag team titles brought back WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ Cody Rhodes to be part of new season of “Arrow”, John Cena dresses up as Bumblebeecenter_img Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The latest episode of “WWE Photo Shoot” features WWE Hall of Famer, The Godfather (Charles Wright). The Godfather mentioned that some nights he would get a louder pop than The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.He also discusses some of his finest fashion moments and more. The episode first aired this past Monday following RAW and can be seen anytime on the WWE Network.WWE Unboxed with Zack RyderZach Ryder gives a first look at NECA’s Ninja Turtles figures on the 1990 movie. It will be available exclusively at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Twitter Date for 1000th episode of Smackdown this year, WWE fans cosplay at San Diego Comic Con last_img read more

first_imgIn picture: A man carries a cup of as he walks past a Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services logo in Mumbai on September 6, 2016. [Representational image]INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesReliance Jio is planning its next big disruption. After its successful launch of mobile services, the company is planning to target the broadband and television space.Billionaire Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio Infocomm is set to launch high-speed fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband services by early next year. The broadband services includes television services as well as internet in more than 30 cities, the Business Standard reported.The company has already chalked out plans for the launch, in which it plans to cater to over 100 million TV households in cities including Tier II and III. Initially it has set a target to offer services to at least 50 million households through a dense fibre network, sources aware of the development told the business daily.The firm already controls optic fibre of over 300,000 kilometres, half of which is through a long-term contract with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications.Earlier, while delivering speech in the annual general meeting, Reliance Industries’ Chairman Mukesh Ambani, indicated that Jio was on track to offer high-speed broadband services and the infrastructure was in place and it would be the next big monetisation opportunity for the company.Just like how Reliance Jio was launched last year, Jio broadband will also see similar lauch with premium offers to woo customers.The company will offer ultra-high speed of up to 1 gigabit per second, set-top box as part of the package, which will be a home entertainment hub – offering TV channels, high-end gaming, video on demand, sources said.According to the report, the company is conducting trials in limited markets in Mumbai and Delhi, with only internet services at speeds of 100 megabits per second and 100 gigabytes of data free of cost.However, peers said that the market that Jio is looking to address is currently niche. “Only three million subscribers cough up over Rs 1,000 for high-speed broadband internet and only two million rustle up a similar amount per month for DTH or cable,” BS reported quoting a source.last_img read more

first_img Share HPD @artacevedo provides update on search for suspect Pappa’s— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 3, 2018Joseph James Pappas, 62, was accused of shooting Dr. Mark Hausknecht on July 20, while the cardiologist rode his bike to work at Houston Methodist Hospital. Authorities have said Pappas might have been seeking revenge for his mother, who died on the doctor’s operating table more than 20 years ago, in April 1997.Authorities on Wednesday had announced Pappas as a suspect in the death, saying he should be considered armed, dangerous and possibly suicidal. Police found him Friday after a city worker reported seeing him.Pappas died from a single self-inflicted shot to the head, Houston police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters a short time after Pappas’ death, with his body still at the scene. Pappas was wearing a bulletproof vest during the confrontation and shot himself after a second police unit arrived, Acevedo said.ABC 13 Eyewitness News reported that, according to investigators, Pappas had two guns on him, as well as a backpack but, so far, there is no information on its contents.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on the death of Pappas: “The potential threat to the City from an accused murderer considered armed and dangerous is now over, closing another chapter of this horrific tragedy. And once again it involved heroic acts by frontline officers of the Houston Police Department, which has my gratitude for how it has handled this case and so many others,” said Turner.“But they could not have succeeded in this case without information and support from members of the public. I encourage everyone who has information about pending and future cases to come forward and help our city save lives,” said Turner. My statement on the death today of the accused killer of Dr. Mark Hausknecht: @HoustonPolice @HoustonTX— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 3, 2018Pappas had worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years and was also a licensed real estate agent, state records show. Friday’s confrontation occurred about 3 1/2 miles from his Houston home.Hausknecht was shot in broad daylight at the Texas Medical Center, a 1,345-acre complex of hospitals and medical institutions that in the morning is busy with traffic, medical professionals heading to work, people going to medical appointments and construction workers.Autopsy results show he was shot three times, including in the head and torso. Police have said the shots that Pappas was accused of firing as he also rode on a bike “took some skill.”Pappas also put together an extensive intelligence file on the doctor, which investigators found at his home, according to police.Pappas had worked from 1983 through 1995 as a peace officer with two Houston-area constable offices. He also worked from 1995 through 2013 as a reserve officer for these same constable offices, according to records from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.Friends and family have described Hausknecht as a humble and generous man who was adored by his patients, volunteered in his community and cared about the environment.Hausknecht was also an avid cyclist and rode his bike to work each morning, as he lived less than 2 miles from his office.In 2000, Hausknecht treated George H. W. Bush for an irregular heartbeat after the ex-president complained about lightheadedness.No disciplinary action had ever been taken against Hausknecht, according to the Texas Medical Board. Joseph James Pappas, 62, the suspect in the fatal shooting of Dr. Mark Hausknecht, killed himself on Friday morning during an encounter with two police officers in southwest Houston.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a press conference that the Houston Police Department had received a call about Pappas’ location.Acevedo detailed Pappas was wearing a bulletproof vest.C— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 3, 2018last_img read more

first_imgThe first Kickstarter-funded video game console, the Ouya, released this week. If that date flew under your radar while you were besieged with great games and new console announcements, and you haven’t had enough time to read up on the little console to determine if it’s worth a purchase, we’ve got your back. We spent some time with the Android console and one of its representatives, and now have a better understanding of the Ouya. Though the console is an affordable (for video game consoles, that is) $99, is it worth the entry fee?The Ouya is essentially the first major Android gaming console, followed by the GameStick and Nvidia’s Shield. Some of our feelings regarding Android as a gaming platform have been well-documented, and the Ouya doesn’t escape that criticism. At this point, the Android gaming platform is more about potential than it is must-have titles, but if you can get $99 worth of entertainment value out of the current crop of Ouya-compatible games, that price could easily buy you a pass to get in on the ground floor of a bright future.The hardwareThe Ouya proper is a tiny, silver-and-black cube with a minimal number of ports — an HDMI out, a USB 2.0 port, a microUSB port, an ethernet port, and standard DC power. Within the cube resides a Tegra 3 SoC — already outpaced by Shield’s Tegra 4 — as well as 802.11 b/g/n wireless capability, and the capability to output in 1080p or 720p. The Ouya has 8GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM.The unit is less powerful than many Android phones, but the Ouya also carries that $99 price tag and controller capability like a badge of honor.The controllerSomething of an offshoot of an Xbox 360 controller — which is basically every controller that isn’t of a Sony or Nintendo heritage — the Ouya controller is quite familiar, and fits comfortably in the hand. Sporting the same silver-and-black aesthetic, the controller has the general layout we’re all familiar with: Staggered analog sticks, two shoulder buttons and two shoulder triggers (more similar to the PS3’s triggers), a home button, and four face buttons that use the letters that compose the name of the console. The center of the controller also acts as a touchpad, similar to the PS4’s new DualShock 4.The layout of everything is just fine, but everything about the controller feels a little off; cheap isn’t the word, but it feels like the controller is a very good working replica of a controller. The shape is correct, the layout is correct, and all the buttons work when you push them, but the buttons feel either too mushy (especially the D-pad) or too clicky, the shoulder triggers are universally reviled on the PS3 and the Ouya triggers are very similar, and — this may be an odd criticism — the buttons are loud. I felt self-conscious mashing away at the buttons in the office, as if I were being a nuisance to my diligent coworkers.Another issue we couldn’t help but notice is that the controller seemed laggy. Sometimes it wasn’t too noticeable unless you paid attention, such as when using the touchpad. Other times, though, such as when playing Canabalt, it was extremely noticeable and you actually had to change the way you timed pressing the buttons.Next page: The games, and the $99 decision 1 2last_img read more

first_imgTop NFL draft prospects Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette have announced they will skip their teams’ bowl games to avoid risking an injury, similar to that suffered by Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith in last year’s Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.Colin thinks that, other than a handful of games, the entire bowl season is a giant money grab for schools. He has no problem with a top prospect missing a second-tier bowl game to avoid the injury risk.“I have no problem with a running back skipping a bowl game when it’s a second-tier bowl game. Fournette and Christian McCaffery are not playing for the national championship. Bowl games are money grabs.” Guests:Chad Johnson – Former Bengals All-Pro wide receiver is in-studio to give his thoughts on the NFL penalizing excessive celebration, how the league has changed for receivers since he broke in, what he learned during his time with the Patriots, and his memories of the Oregon State team that Colin covered while broadcasting in Portland.Peter King– Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to discuss what’s working with Mike Mularkey and Tennessee, whether he thinks Eli Manning is a Hall of Famer, what he credits for the turnaround in Green Bay, and what he makes of Jerry Jones’ comments that he was intentionally trying to cause a quarterback controversy.Michael Lombardi – Former NFL GM and Fox Sports NFL Insider is in-studio to explain why Houston may have saved their season by benching Brock Osweiler, whether he’s finally ready to buy into the Giants and their Cheesecake Factory menu playcall sheet, and how he would have handled the Joe Mixon domestic violence situation if he was at Oklahoma.Cris Carter –  FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss if he agreed with the Eagles decision to go for 2 and the win in Baltimore, how long it would take him to figure out a quarterback couldn’t play, which of his quarterbacks threw the prettiest ball, and why he disagrees with NFL draft prospects skipping any bowl games.Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio to give his reaction to the Joe Mixon domestic violence video, explain why it’s okay for draft prospects to skip their bowl games, and the hypocrisy of criticizing players for sitting when coaches move from school to school without consequence. Last night, Dak Prescott was 32 of 36, and carved up the Bucs defense to move Dallas to 12-2. Colin says it’s officially the end of the Tony Romo era in Dallas, and Jerry Jones needs to start figuring out the exit strategy.Jones, himself, stirred some of the controversy in the press, when he insinuated that there may be a point where he could pull Prescott in favor of Romo. Prescott had a couple of bad games, but Colin believes there’s nothing at this point that should keep him from starting, other than an injury.“You can have no other thought when you watch the Cowboys last night, other than ‘What can we get for Tony Romo?’”center_img The Giants pounded Detroit yesterday at MetLife, which has quickly become an imposing venue for visiting teams. Colin hasn’t been able to figure out New York all season. On the surface, they looked like a smoke and mirrors show, but, they’re 10-4, have beaten the Cowboys twice. Colin’s finally figured them out. They’re last year’s Denver Broncos, and a legitimate contender come playoff time.GM Jerry Reese hit a bunch of home runs in free agency on defense, similar to the blueprint John Elway used in Denver. Over the last 9 games, the Giants defense is playing like last year’s Bronco D, and they get enough big plays from Odell Beckham to win close games.“In the last 9 games, New York’s defense is Denver’s from last year. And if Peyton can win with that defense, Eli can’t?”last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J New South Wales’ capital is still everyone’s favourite place down under and in the South Pacific, according to TripAdvisor.The online review site’s annual 2012 Travellers’ Choice Destinations Awards found Sydney outperformed other cities in the region while also coming in as the fourteenth most popular city across the world.The culture and arts capital of Australia, Melbourne also performed well, landing the second most popular destination in Australia, followed by Port Douglas.Worldwide, London reigned as the most popular destination for reviewers followed by New York City, Rome and Paris.Up to five American cities also made the top 25 popular destinations including San Francisco (fifth), Chicago (eleventh), Las Vegas (seventeenth), Los Angeles (twenty-first) and New Orleans (twenty-second).“Whether travellers are looking for a grand annual vacation or a quick weekend getaway, they can be inspired by hundreds of incredible travel destinations as identified by TripAdvisor’s community of travellers,” a TripAdvisor spokesperson said.  last_img read more

first_imgThe global Travel & Tourism sector is forecast to grow by 3.5% during 2015, representing strong growth despite numerous challenges that have already taken place this year.According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual autumn update to its Economic Impact research, GDP growth of 3.5% is forecast for the sector in 2015. This is slightly lower than the forecast at the beginning of the year, mostly due to weaker domestic spending.Already this year, the sector has seen many regional incidents that have impacted the tourism economies throughout the world. These include the diseases of MERS in South Korea and Ebola in West Africa; natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Nepal and typhoons in the Philippines; terrorism attacks in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, France and Mali; political turmoil and continued unrest in Ukraine and Syria.David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism is a tremendously resilient sector. Despite a number of terrible regional incidents throughout the year, the sector will still grow 1% faster than global GDP in 2015.”WTTC estimates that the sector’s total contribution to the world economy in 2015 will be US$7.8 trillion and it will support 284 million jobs across the globe, which underlines its enormous significance to the economy of the world. Visitor exports, which is money spent by foreign travellers, are forecast to grow by 2.9% percent in 2015, in line with the continuous growth of international travel.South Asia is still expected to be the fastest growing Travel & Tourism region with 7.7% growth, which is heavily stimulated by the growth in India. Latin America is expected to be the slowest growing Travel & Tourism region, with a low-level growth of 1.7%. This is predominantly caused by the slowdown of the Brazilian economy, which is estimated to decline by 2.1% this year.Over the next ten years, Travel & Tourism is anticipated to contribute US$11.3 trillion in GDP to the world economy and will support 355 million jobs worldwide. This equates to 1 in 10 jobs on the planet. World Travel & Tourism CouncilSource = World Travel & Tourism Councillast_img read more

first_imgMövenpick Hotels & Resorts says a fond farewellMövenpick Hotels & Resorts says a fond farewellMövenpick Hotels & Resorts is to say a fond farewell to one of its longest standing executive team members, Andreas Mattmüller.The company’s Chief Operating Officer Middle East & Africa (MEA) will retire on 31st January 2018 following a highly successful international hospitality career of 43 years, more than 16 of which have been spent working in senior positions with the Switzerland-headquartered hospitality firm.When Andreas joined Mövenpick in 2001, he was charged with the task of building the brand’s presence in the Middle East where its modest portfolio included four hotels in Jordan.Under his expert guidance, the company rapidly expanded its footprint and today, manages 30 properties across the region, with 15 more under development. As a result of Andreas’ efforts, Mövenpick was recently recognised as the top five-star hotel company in the Arab world by Forbes.Beyond the Middle East, he has also significantly contributed to developing and establishing the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts portfolio in both Asia and Africa, cementing the brand’s reputation as a global hospitality leader in both.“Andreas has been an integral part of our company for the last 16 years and the contributions he has made to our growth and success during his tenure are greatly appreciated. He has delivered outstanding results, creating strong relationships with our business partners, which is an aspect of his role he has embraced and really enjoyed,” remarked Olivier Chavy, President & CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.“On a more personal level, Andreas will be remembered by colleagues for his expertise, leadership and charisma – and for championing promotions and mentoring team members across the board. He will be missed by us all, but he will always be part of the Mövenpick family, and we wish him every success and happiness in his well-deserved retirement.”Andreas, affectionately known as ‘Andi’ by his colleagues, said his 16-year tenure with Mövenpick had rounded off his hospitality career on a high note.“The journey to success is not a sprint; it is a marathon. With this motto top of mind, the company has marked many milestones and accomplishments over the past few decades and I’d like to thank every team member on the part they have played in our ongoing growth and development,” said Andreas.“I feel blessed to have been part of Mövenpick success story and to have met business partners and colleagues that are now consider friends for life. I cherish these relationships and thank each and every one of you for making the final years of my career an absolute pleasure.”Details of Andreas’ replacement will be announced later this month.Source = Mövenpick Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

first_imgGENEVA, Switzerland — The Geneva watch company, Romain Jerome S.A., has announced the appointment of Manuel Emch as its new CEO, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.Emch, a Swiss born in 1972, studied design at the Art Center in La Tour de Peilz, before gaining a Master’s degree in business at Lausanne University’s Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC). He began his career as a business process re-engineering consultant and a marketing manager in FMCG before joining the Swatch Group in 2001, where he successfully revived the Jaquet Droz brand, transforming it into one of the finest references in the field of fine watchmaking. He was also appointed to the Group’s Extended Management Board, with special responsibilities for a broad territory encompassing Russia, other Eastern European countries and Central Asia.The winner of several watch design awards, Manuel Emch is gifted with considerable skills in the field of establishing and consolidating brand identity, which he ably demonstrated at Jaquet Droz, notably by initiating and designing two of his “brainchildren”: the iconic Grande Seconde and the now legendary Machine à Ecrire le Temps. He also brings to Romain Jerome his considerable experience in the fields of production and sales, having contributed to the construction of the brand-new Jaquet Droz manufacturing facility; as well as supervising the creation of a worldwide distribution network including 200 points of sale and 6 own-name boutiques.Structuring a strong creative base Romain Jerome, founded in 2004, has become renowned for its “DNA of Famous Legends”. This bold theme was first introduced with the Titanic-DNA watches incorporating material from the sunken liner, and which turned watchmakers’ fiercest enemy, rust, into an unexpected ally. Most recently, Romain Jerome has chosen to celebrate another legendary and truly universal human adventure with its Moon Dust-DNA, made from the metal of spacecraft and moon dust, and accompanied by a certificate from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE).Commenting on this appointment, the company directors expressed their satisfaction with having recruited a talented individual with proven abilities in terms of structural organisation and brand building, specifying that he will be supported in his task by the existing team, along with the new Sales Director, Giancarlo Mantuano, formerly Distribution Director for Zino Davidoff. The Board also reaffirmed its determination to support the new management by pursuing investments in all fields essential to corporate development including production, marketing and distribution. Mr. Emch stated his intention to pursue a strategy based on the philosophy of legends,exploring the concept in new directions, as well as continuing to focus on the emotional content of Romain Jerome watches.Contact: press@romainjerome.chlast_img read more