Global cebu eyes AFC Cup finals

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pumped up and motivated, Global Cebu tries to defy the odds on Tuesday night when it clashes with Singapore League side Home United in the second leg of their AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal tie at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.The Philippines Football League powerhouse is looking to become the first Filipino club to reach this far in the AFC Cup. But the Cebu side will have to do it without top defender Amani Aguinaldo who will serve a suspension.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Nonetheless, Global coach Marjo Allado feels his side is equipped to overcome the young club’s biggest challenge.“It’s not an easy game but we have to beat them,” said Allado whose team needs a victory in the 8:30 p.m. match to advance after a2-2 draw in the first leg at Rizal Memorial Stadium two weeks ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGlobal can afford another scoring draw but only if it scores more than two goals. Home has two away goals which means a goalless draw and a 1-1 stalemate will see the S-League side advance to the next round.“We’re fresh and with the mind-set to win,” said Global goalkeeper Patrick Deyto.last_img read more

Cricketer Rohit Sharma will now be seen in a superhero avatar

first_imgStar batsman Rohit Sharma, who will be seen in a superhero avatar in the digital comic series, Hyper Tygers, that was launched on Thursday, says he took the leap from the sports world to the creative field as “it marries” his concerns with his “passion”. However, he doesn’t feel that it marks his entry into the entertainment industry.Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit shared that he considers the comic series, launched in collaboration with Graphic India, Britain-based ISM Komix and Cornerstone Sport, as a bridge to “reach out to” his fans.Hyper Tygers is touted as the world’s first superhero cricket team that plays futuristic ‘Hyper Cricket’ to save the environment, their village, and the world.”If you care about your future and the future of your kids, then now is the time to take action and go green–I have always believed this. This opportunity immediately appealed to me. It marries my concerns with my passion, and the fit was unbeatable,” Rohit said, in an exclusive email interview.”I do not view it so much as me entering the entertainment industry at all, but more in the light of ‘I can now use this medium to reach out to my fan base and share messaging that I care about, with a positive outcome for the planet’.”Hyper Tygers e-books are available on DailyHunt starting today and can be accessed free of charge for the first two weeks, after which, each chapter will be priced at Rs 10. A new chapter of Hyper Tygers will be released every week.advertisementWhat role do you think comics play in sending out a social message?”I think that all media has the ability to communicate messages, no matter if it’s TV, cinema, theatre or books. Hyper Tygers as a comic book and an animated series (on digital platforms) is uniquely positioned in a way that they reach out to an audience of all age groups and the massive world of cricket fans.”If we can embed the idea of being champions for the environment in everybody’s minds, then we can hope to make the world a better place for everyone,” he said.Hyper Tygers is set in a futuristic India (in the year 2077) where technology is super-advanced. In fact, cricket has also been upgraded with a ‘futuristic’ twist for the series.The superheroes play Hyper Cricket–which infuses technology to the sport–and Rohit feels that “by showing a world in which cricket idols are making a difference, we hope to create tremendous impact with the comic and show that everyone, no matter who they are, can make a difference”.Calling it a “great” concoction, Rohit says it “has been a long time coming”, adding that the story is at par with any “graphic novel on a global level”.Xan Morgan, who was part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s 2012 trade delegation to India, representing the environment and water from Britain, is the co-creator of the series. “Hyper Tygers” is also developing original storylines with British charity Elephant Family, founded by Mark Shand, brother of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.ISM Komix and Graphic India will also be planning a worldwide animation, digital video and gaming strategy around Hyper Tygers.The cricketer feels “it is never too young to create an awareness for the preservation of the environment in a child’s mind or anybody’s mind. Today we need this more than we ever did.”Rohit is considered to be a youth icon, and he says with the role comes responsibility to “inspire people”.”I try to do that with my career and I hope to do that with the Hyper Tygers comic and animated series. If people look to the example of the Hyper Tygers to try to be the best at cricket while trying to be more environmentally conscious I’m confident we can make the world a better place sooner rather than later,” he said.last_img read more

Roger Federer praises Andy Murray’s Antwerp comeback success

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Roger Federer celebrates 1,500th match with Basel breeze Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man “It was very confusing for him and for all of us. I’m extremely happy for him,” Federer said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swiss Roger Federer returns a ball to German Peter Gojowczyk during the 1,500th match of his career at the opening day of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament on October 21, 2019 in Basel. – Roger Federer check off another landmark on October 21, 2019 when he starts his bid for a 10th Basel title by playing the 1,500th match of his career. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)Roger Federer praised Andy Murray’s weekend Antwerp title just 10 months after the former number one underwent a hip resurfacing.“Andy’s achievement was great,” Federer said after rolling through into the second round of the ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect “I was a little bit torn, since he beat (fellow Swiss) Stan (Wawrinka) in the final, but it was a great way for him to come back.”Federer said that Murray’s perseverance to regain match fitness after his major surgery was admirable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“He’s been playing to try and get close to his old level,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner added of Murray, who competed on the circuit for four straight weeks ending in Antwerp on Sunday.“It’s nice to see Andy healthy again. I remember in the locker room of the Australian Open (when a tearful Murray played in pain and lost in a five-set first round match in January). DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View commentslast_img read more

‘Good News’ not going to deliver any social message: Akshay Kumar

first_imgMumbai, Aug 2 (PTI) Akshay Kumar’s recent projects may have been about various social causes but the actor says the recently-announced “Good News” will be something different.Co-produced by Karan Johar and Akshay, “Good News” also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljeet Dosanjh and Kiara Advani.When asked if it is a conscious effort on his part to do films carrying a message, Akshay told reporters, “No. I am doing all kinds of movies. Now, I am shooting for ‘Housefull 4’ and that film is not going to deliver any social message. The only message it’s going to give is that you should laugh more often.”I am doing ‘Good News’ and there are many other things which I am doing which does not have anything to do with a social cause…” he added.The actor was speaking at the IMAX trailer launch of his upcoming film “Gold” last evening. The Reema Kagti-directed sports drama will also be releasing on IMAX.Directed by Raj Mehta, “Good News” is scheduled to release on July 19, 2019.Akshay also took to Twitter to announce the release date of the film, which he described as a “dramedy”. PTI JUR RDS RDS BKBKlast_img read more

IHC Merwede Wins Orders Worth USD 473.2 Million

first_imgzoom IHC Merwede has secured orders worth € 350 million (approx. USD 473.2 million) for a wide range of dredging and offshore vessels and equipment. The company’s Dredging division has confirmed new contracts for the delivery of a large custom-built trailing suction hopper dredger, 13 units that will be supplied by IHC Beaver Dredgers and a cutter suction dredger training simulator.The Offshore division has also announced orders for the construction of a 300-tonne pipelaying vessel, as well as a J-Lay pipelaying system and a tandem mooring system.In the Dredging division, IHC Merwede will soon start constructing the largest trailing suction hopper dredger it has ever produced for a Chinese customer, CCCC Guangzhou Dredging Company (GDC). It has selected IHC Merwede as its preferred supplier, which offers the best possible solutions in the market. This latest addition to GDC’s dredging fleet will be built at a Dutch shipyard, despite the fact that it is based in a country with an in-depth knowledge of the field of shipbuilding.The remaining 13 dredging vessels consist of 11 standard IHC Beaver® cutter suction dredgers, a Delta Multi Craft standard work boat and a booster station. IHC Merwede’s policy is to deliver standard vessels and equipment from stock, so it is able to meet the demand for short delivery times in this market.In addition, Huta Marine Works has commissioned IHC Merwede to develop and supply a cutter suction dredger training simulator. This will accompany the delivery of the previously ordered custom-built cutter suction dredger, which is currently under construction at the IHC Merwede yard in Kinderdijk. Huta Marine Works will use the simulator in training courses for operators of the latest cutter suction dredgers in its fleet and this will include the technical capability to incorporate future vessels.In the Offshore division, the 300-tonne pipelaying vessel ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima will be delivered with a pipelay spread supplied by IHC Engineering Business. This ship will install flexible pipelines in Brazilian waters, pursuant to Petrobras’ contracts for the charter and operation of pipelaying support vessels, previously awarded to Sapura Navegação Marítima.An additional offshore order from Petrofac includes the design and construction of a 2,000-tonne capacity J-Lay pipelaying system. This will be installed on a new deep-water construction vessel in 2016 to lay 36-inch diameter pipe in water depths of up to 3,000 metres.The tandem mooring system – used for the safe mooring of the bow of an export tanker to the stern or bow of a FPSO – will be the 17th product of its kind put into operation by IHC Merwede in the floating production market. It will be installed on one of MODEC’s FPSO vessels in Ghana.Bram Roelse, IHC Merwede’s COO, commented: “These valuable new orders are confirmation of IHC Merwede’s reputation as ‘the technology innovator’. We invest in long-term relationships to provide the best possible solutions, so that our international customers continue to appreciate the reliability and efficiency of our products and services.” My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 IHC Merwede, February 5, 2014 Print  Closelast_img read more

Manitoba premier says he will enforce fee on Indigenous cannabis retailers

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government will enforce a cannabis retailers’ fee on First Nations store owners in the new year, setting up another potential clash with Indigenous leaders.The Progressive Conservative government is requiring all cannabis retailers to pay what it calls a social responsibility fee. The levy amounts to six per cent of each retailer’s total annual revenues, starting in 2019. The annual fee is to be paid within six months after the year ends.Stores on reserves will not be exempt, Pallister said.“Every Manitoban has a social responsibility,” Pallister said in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press.“And any company in Manitoba that wants to market cannabis — whether it’s on-reserve, off-reserve, on urban reserves, I do not care — shares that social responsibility.”Among the dozen or so private retail outlets that have opened so far across the province, two run in partnership with the Long Plain First Nation on urban reserves in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie.Long Plain Chief Dennis Meeches said the fee should not be applied on reserve land and he is considering legal action. Meeches said the levy appears to be much like the provincial sales tax, which does not apply to sales to First Nations consumers on reserves.“We’re just examining our options to see whether or not this is an attempt by the premier to skirt the PST (exemption),” Meeches said.Cannabis should be treated like tobacco, Meeches said. Through a rebate system, the province exempts tobacco sales on reserves to people with Indian status from its tobacco tax.“If this is allowed to go unchallenged, what else may come down the pike?” Meeches said.Pallister said the province has the right to impose a fee on businesses, whether on or off reserve.“We have the ability to establish a social responsibility levy.”Under a section of the federal Indian Act, any personal property of a First Nations member situated on a reserve is exempt from taxation. But taxes aimed at businesses are often applied.For example, Manitoba’s Health and Education Levy — a tax on companies with payrolls exceeding $1.25 million a year — applies on reserves as long as the company is incorporated and not that of a sole proprietor or band council.Pallister has been embroiled in disputes with Indigenous leaders on other fronts since taking office in 2016. He is facing opposition in some quarters over a plan to limit the use of spotlights for night hunting, and once said he feared it might become a “race war.”He is also facing a court challenge by the Manitoba Metis Federation over a proposed benefits agreement concerning Manitoba Hydro projects that was scuttled.Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Reality Of FASHION The Reality Of AIDS

first_imgThe Reality of FASHION, The Reality of AIDS have announced their exciting reality star line up slotted to walk the runway on Saturday, February 9th 2013.The formal attire, red carpet event will take place at the Altman Building in New York City located at 135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10001 with doors opening at 7:00pm. The featured designer for the evening will be Dominique Auxilly . A well-known NYC based designer who has dressed celebrity names such as Nicki Minaj, Adrienne Bailon , Coco, and Tamar Braxton. Known to pull inspiration from all aspects of life, Auxilly’s pieces most often reflect her love for old Hollywood, her obsession with architectural structures and her Jamaican roots. These elements and influences come together to create a label like no other. Created and produced by Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR), the first-of-its-kind philanthropic event has a fundraising goal of $300,000 for the evening to benefit this year’s charity of choice, AIDS United.The participating star lineup includes reality stars and celebrities that have appeared on reality shows such as Lil Kim of Dancing with the Stars and The Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, Draya Michele, Janice Dickinson, Brittany Brower, Keenyah Hill, Ramona Rizzo, Alex McCord, Adrienne Bailon, Aviva Drescher, Ramona Singer, Tiffany “New York” Pollard, Michelle Money, Courtney Robertson, Tracy DiMarco, Jessica Romano, Briella Calafore, Nikki Rae Walker and many more. The show will showcase anywhere from 20-30 reality stars gracing the runway in couture pieces that will be auctioned off two weeks following the show to also benefit AIDS United.“We are excited to work with each one of these stars and the additional names will grace the runway. With their help and the publics, we can raise funds that are much needed to assist in ending the AIDS Epidemic,” States Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR) CEO Monique Tatum.Tickets to attend the celebrity fashion fundraiser range from $450 for standing room, $800 for Priority Seating, to $1200 for VIP first and second row access with swag bags. Patron donations of $2500 or more receive priority row seating and VIP options such as backstage celebrity meet and greet access.Purchasers may use code HOLIDAY70 Between December 20th 2012 and January 1st 2013 for 70% off of Standing Room or Priority Seating tickets.To purchase tickets, sponsor or additional information on “The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS” please click here, email, or call 877.841.7244.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

New UN rights chief urged to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka

GTF also said that former UN High Commissioner Navi Pillai advocated for the UNHRC to mandate an international inquiry and instrumental in setting up an OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka (OISL) under the guidance of eminent international jurists. GTF is a global diaspora organization of Tamils based in London. (Colombo Gazette) “In Sri Lanka, the UN system failed miserably in 2009 in preventing the deaths of tens of thousands, mostly Tamil citizens in the hands of the country’s security forces. However, the initiatives taken by the leading UN officials to address this failure are notable and praiseworthy. The then UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed a Panel of Experts to address accountability issues related to alleged war time abuses and an Internal Review Panel to prevent the repetition of the Sri Lanka-type failure,” GTF said. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called on the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka.The GTF congratulated Bachelet on her appointment as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “The reports presented by the High Commissioner Zeid and the core group of countries during the UNHRC reviews for monitoring the progress on implementation unambiguously attest to this fact. Frustrated by the lack of will and slow pace of implementation by the Sri Lanka government he argued for the establishment of a specialized court supported by international practitioners and urging member states to act on their responsibility via universal jurisdiction,” GTF added.It is in this context GTF noted that the March 2019 session will be crucial in ensuring Sri Lanka continues to be under the purview of the UNHRC, with necessary arrangements to address the discrepancies between its promises and delivery.GTF warned that any failure on the part of the UNHRC will send a wrong message to countries with despicable human rights record that they can live out a resolution without consequences – an undesirable failure the UN system cannot afford and a major setback to promoting human rights across the globe. “The outgoing UN High Commissioner Zeid was key to monitoring accountability and reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka. The leadership shown by these UN officials and the support from several countries ultimately led to the passing of the UNHRC resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, in 2015 and 2017, respectively,” GTF added.GTF said that though Sri Lanka co-sponsored these resolutions, its commitment and will to implement them have not been demonstrated in the three intervening years. read more

Technology energy help lift Toronto market index US stocks mixed

TORONTO — Information technology and energy stocks helped lift Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while U.S. stocks were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 15.14 points at 16,501.08. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 52.33 points at 27,101.87. The S&P 500 index was up 1.59 points at 2,978.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 36.96 points at 8,183.45.  The Canadian dollar traded for 76.26 cents US compared with an average of 76.51 cents US on Friday.The September crude contract was up 22 cents at US$55.98 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up 5.1 cents at US$2.30 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up 70 cents at US$1,427.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 2.2 cents at US$2.73 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

Security Council slated to discuss DR of Congo Rwanda peace agreement

“Council members welcomed this agreement as a very positive step and as an act indicative of a strong political will and commitment on the part of the parties concerned,” Ambassador John Negroponte told reporters following a closed-door briefing on the agreement by a senior UN official. “They also commended the Government of South Africa for its role in facilitating the agreement.”According to Ambassador Negroponte, the meeting scheduled for Thursday would be to discuss with the Foreign Minister of South Africa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as well as representatives of the DRC and Rwanda, the agreement signed on 30 July in South Africa and the issues surrounding its implementation.The Council is expected to hear statements in a public meeting from those officials, as well as Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Ambassador Negroponte said, before retiring into a private meeting in which Council members will have the opportunity to address questions to the parties and to the South African Foreign Minister about details regarding implementation. read more

Iraq UN envoy warns that violence threatens Government authority to enforce rule

In a statement released by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Ashraf Qazi said that the violence inflicted upon the people of Mahmoudiah, Kufa, Baghdad, Najaf and some other Iraqi cities represented the “greatest danger.”“It threatens to erode the government’s authority to enforce security and the rule of law without which no initiatives and no reforms can be implemented. The emerging phenomenon of Iraqis killing Iraqis on a daily basis is nothing less than a catastrophe and a national tragedy for the people of Iraq.”Mr. Qazi called upon Iraqi citizens to cooperate with the legal authorities, stressed the equal importance of “necessary restraint” in the conduct of operations by the MNF-1 and Iraqi Security Forces to avoid civilian casualties, and urged political, religious and community leaders to make it their “immediate and overriding priority to search for ways to end the spiralling violence and to address the issues that underlie it.” read more

Toronto Blue Jays visit Brock to school sport management students

Toronto Blue Jays players (from left) Esmil Rogers, Dustin McGowan and Todd Redmond speaking to a class of sport management students at Brock.More than 250 sport management students at Brock got a taste of the big leagues today when players and personnel from the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club stopped by the school for an in-class talk and Q&A with students.The stop, part of the team’s fourth annual Winter Tour presented by TD, was organized by Holly Gentemann, a Brock sport management alumna who now works for the Blue Jays organization as manager of community marketing and player relations.The event, moderated by Sportsnet analyst Jamie Campbell, featured Blue Jays players Dustin McGowan (pitcher), Esmil Rogers (pitcher), Todd Redmond (pitcher) and Brandon Morrow (pitcher).The panel also featured Jay Stenhouse, Vice-President, Communications; Danielle Bedasse, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation; Anthony Partipilo, Vice-President, Marketing and Merchandising; Stephen Brooks, Senior Vice-President, Business Operations; and Assistant General Manager Andrew Tinnish, also a Brock sport management alumnus.Brock is the only university in Canada granting a specialized Bachelor of Sport Management degree. Now in its second decade, the program has a strong reputation within the sport industry for the quality of its students and graduates.(from left): Toronto Blue Jays Assistant General Manager and Brock SPMA alumnus Andrew Tinnish and Blue Jays pitchers Esmil Rogers, Dustin McGowan, Todd Redmond and Brandon Morrow. read more

Goodman student wins 3M Canada case at DeGroote MBA competition

Goodman MBA student Chenxu (Emily) Feng was on the winning team at the DeGroote MBA Case Competition last month.Hosted by McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business, the competition brought 16 MBA student teams together from across Canada. School teams were first split up and students were assigned to teams of four where they had 90 minutes to get to know each other and prepare for the case analysis before presenting their recommendations in a short pitch to a judging panel.Feng was grouped with students from the University of Winnipeg, Telfer School of Management and Schulich School of Business.Sponsored by 3M Canada, the case was interdisciplinary, allowing students to draw on each other’s strengths in various areas of business.In the second half of the competition, the Goodman delegation was reunited to compete as a school team, where Feng was joined by colleagues Diana Lombardi, Adeyinka Mojola Oduyemi and Brandon Vrysen.For Feng, a second-year MBA accounting (CPA/MBA) student, the best part of the competition was the networking opportunities it presented.“There were executives from 3M, KPMG and IBM on the judging panel so we knew we were contributing to a practical problem. It was a great learning experience and it was so valuable to be able to network with management from 3M. So winning the prize was like a bonus for me,” said Feng.The competition tested students’ business acumen and ability to create implementable recommendations to a specific business problem in a short period of time.“This was such a good way to test what we had learned in the classroom. It was great to be part of the process and to see how the industry deals with situations where there is no correct answer. Just like in the business world, we tried to get to the best solution and implementation that made sense after taking everything into consideration,” she said.Feng graduated with a Business English degree from Nanchang Hangkong University and worked for several years in marketing before deciding to pursue a Goodman MBA to achieve her dream of being an accountant.“Especially for a non-native English speaker, it means a lot to win this award for public speaking,” she said. read more

Carbon Capture and Storage Institute – missing link in climate change strategy

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson of a new $100 million global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute as a tangible demonstration of global leadership in efforts to manage climate change. MCA Chief Executive Officer Mitchell H Hooke said: “This is the missing link in the suite of policies needed for a balanced, comprehensive and measured approach to a low emissions global economy. It is vital that Australia’s policy approach to managing climate change calibrates the three pillars of an effective response – an efficient and effective emissions trading system; a credible global agreement that covers all major emitters; and “breakthrough” technologies that can lower the emissions of existing energy sources.“This Institute will provide the necessary machinery to drive and integrate the global effort in clean coal technologies of which Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is critical. The MCA absolutely concurs with the Prime Minister that there can be no global solution to the challenge of climate change without clean coal technologies. We are encouraged by the prospect that significant revenues generated from the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme will be channelled into this Institute to accelerate the development and deployment of this critical greenhouse gas mitigation technology, in collaboration with research and development projects and policy initiatives around the world.“With coal-fired powered continuing to supply the vast bulk of Australia’s and the world’s energy needs for the foreseeable future, the development and deployment of clean coal and CCS technology will be the principal component of sustainable efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationally and globally.”Led by China and India, global demand for energy will grow by more than 50% by 2030, MCA reports. The International Energy Agency expects global coal demand to increase by 73% by 2030 – China and India will then account for 60% of total world coal demand, up from 45% in 2005.“Australia is the world’s largest coal exporter so it is clearly in our interest to contribute to the commercialisation of clean coal technologies, and the earliest possible adoption of that technology in the fastest growing regions of the world,” Hooke said.He said the commercial deployment of CCS would enable the world to make significant inroads into reducing emissions. “The European Union has estimated that CCS can contribute 14% of the global emissions reductions needed by 2030 to prevent dangerous climate change. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics has estimated that CCS can reduce Australia’s emissions by 3% by 2050.”There is a strong case for public support for research and development and major low emissions technology projects because of three key factors:The nature and scale of the task is beyond the resources of a single company, so government, industry and the research community will need to work together to undertake the pre-competitive Research Development and Deployment to bring these technologies to commercial realityAn Emissions Trading Scheme will work most effectively when there are alternate low emissions technologies available for deployment. Where technologies are either not available or inadequate in changing industrial behaviour, then an emissions trading scheme can only function primarily as a blunt taxation instrumentAlthough an Emissions Trading Scheme will provide a carbon price signal, this price may not be sufficient to divert investment in Research Development and Deployment projects.last_img read more

Bomb scare in Dublin suburb deemed a hoax

first_imgUpdated 7.11 pmA SUSPICIOUS DEVICE found in Edenmore Shopping Centre this afternoon has been deemed a hoax.Army bomb experts were called to the north Dublin suburb at about 3pm this afternoon and a cordon was placed around the device.The shopping centre is made up of a large grocery store and there is also a row of shops with The Concorde pub next to the complex at Edenmore Avenue.The Explosive Ordnance Team arrived at the scene and the device was destroyed.Read: Explosive device found outside house in Louth >Read: Army conducts ‘painstaking’ search for explosives at derelict building >last_img

White Nexus S spotted in Germany

first_imgAlthough Apple habitually releases the latest model of iPhone in white, they’ve had a surprisingly difficult time delivering white iPhone 4s this year. In fact, we’ll soon be coming up on the 7th month of delays, as Apple struggles to correct a design flaw in the white iPhone 4 that causes like to leak through the case’s Gorilla Glass backing and onto the camera sensor, washing out photos.Apple’s biggest competitor in the mobile space, Google, doesn’t appear to be having any problem releasing white phones, though… at least not judging by a report suggesting that white Nexus S smartphones are coming soon.The leaked image comes from Germany and clearly shows the familiar, Samsung manufactured Nexus S with a white backplate while retaining its black front casing.To be honest, if the white Nexus S is a real product that Google will be offering, it looks a little half-assed, like they just slapped a new back casing on the handset at the last minute to give people a superficial color option. Still, at least it’ll be available to buy in a timely manner, which is something Apple’s been completely incapable of managing with the white iPhone this generation.Read more at Androidlast_img read more

Debate We need to tell pregnant women not to drink alcohol

first_imgDebate: We need to tell pregnant women not to drink alcohol Although it’s accepted that binge-drinking poses significant risks to a foetus, health professionals and the public are divided on the effects of an occasional drink after 12 weeks. Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 8:00 PM Share154 Tweet Email Jan 19th 2017, 8:00 PM 50 Comments center_img By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Short URL A RECENT STUDY  suggests that over 60% of Irish mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy. The research looked at more than 3,500 Irish maternal records from 1990 to 2011 and examined the rate of foetal alcohol syndrome, where the baby in the womb was affected.The official advice from the Department of Health is that women should not drink any alcohol during pregnancy. However there is no strong evidence that low levels of drinking is harmful. We asked two commentators to tell us their views.YES. Being American and growing up surrounded by health education and open diagnoses regarding substance abuse, I, of course, think everyone is an alcoholic and should go to AA.I admit, I love to diagnose (with no qualification) psychiatric and substance abuse issues, and that I have been influenced by what is an overzealous health care system (with severe issues of its own) and media culture in the United States.Before I was pregnant, I had plenty of interesting conversations about healers and home remedies with Irish colleagues and friends. I also had a few friendly debates about the merits of booze to cure my upset stomach, my flu, and of course my headache from drinking too much booze the night before.The same people that refused to take medication preferred to drink their remedies, and believed this was a healthier and more natural option than popping pills like Americans. Maybe it is healthier but what it definitely is to me, is the confirmation that popular beliefs about alcohol play a stronger role in many Irish people’s decisions than medical evidence or health education.In Ireland I felt a bit silly and paranoid for maintaining that doctors don’t know exactly what level of alcohol affects the foetus so it was safest to not drink. I had an odd drink or sip and didn’t feel particularly guilty because I knew I would never drink more than that but I was also aware of the public image a pregnant woman drinking alcohol presents and I wasn’t comfortable normalising that image.Since it is unknown what level of alcohol consumption causes Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and alcohol consumption is notoriously open to subjective and cultural interpretation, why believe that the average woman understands what a few drinks means? How much is “a few” drinks while pregnant?I heard a woman say that drinking a six-pack was fine once it was only West Coast Coolers. I also heard women and men agree that it’s safe to drink in the last trimester because the baby is already developed when in fact the liver is not developed. Most husbands and wives can’t agree on the definition of “having one” so why did the Irish government think the public could?I hope that the clear recommendation to avoid drink will make pregnancy easier for women in Ireland by presenting a consistent public health message and associated education that should result in a shift in culture around drink (without thinking everyone needs Alcoholics Anonymous).Colleen Hennessy is a writer and mother to two Kerry-born munchkins. She can be reached at or @colleenhennessy4 on Twitter. NO. This kind of thinking opens the door to monitoring women’s behaviour in pregnancy. What about the binge eating mom who risks passing on diabetes? Or the cyclist who might fall off and injure herself? Or the vegetarian lacking iron?We all know that excessive drinking in pregnancy is very stupid and irresponsible. We know that drinking a lot of alcohol – six or more units a day – can cause foetal alcohol syndrome, which stunts the mental and physical development of a child, and can even trigger a miscarriage. We know that a baby’s organs can’t deal with alcohol in the way that ours can.However, there is no confusion about how much is safe. And – of course – many women who are not alcoholics drink too much before even realising that they are pregnant. But for the vast majority of women, discovering they’re having a baby switches on the overwhelming instinct to protect and nurture.We women are lectured to enough when it comes to our bodies. It’s time for us to take back control. Yes, we will listen politely to the advice. But then, as with all advice, we will make our own decisions as to whether to adhere to it or not.And so – with respect, health professionals, media and general busybodies – let us decide how to treat our body during the time we might be carrying that child. Which will be to the best of our ability – but we’re not going to beat ourselves up about a cup of coffee, a piece of blue cheese or a half glass of wine.Lorraine Courtney is a journalist.What do you think? Is it okay to leave it up to women themselves whether to drink very occasionally during pregnancy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancy> 1,615 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tenth elimination from WWE Tough Enough is revealed

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MGM COTAI pushes MGM to improved Macau results in 2Q18 but ramp

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