Oil and Gas heavyweights call for carbon pricing

first_imgMajor oil and gas companies, BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Total sent a call to the governments around the world and to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to introduce carbon pricing systems.The companies urge the governments to create clear, stable, ambitious policy frameworks that could eventually connect national systems.These would reduce uncertainty and encourage the most cost-effective ways of reducing carbon emissions widely, the companies said.The six companies set out their position in a joint letter from their chief executives to the UNFCCC Executive Secretary and the President of the COP21. This comes ahead of the UNFCCC’s COP21 climate meetings in Paris this December.With this unprecedented joint initiative, the companies recognize both the importance of the climate challenge and the importance of energy to human life and well-being. They acknowledge the current trend of greenhouse gas emissions is in excess of what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says is needed to limit global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees Centigrade, and say they are ready to contribute solutions.In their letter the CEOs write, “Our industry faces a challenge: we need to meet greater energy demand with less CO2. We are ready to meet that challenge and we are prepared to play our part. We firmly believe that carbon pricing will discourage high carbon options and reduce uncertainty that will help stimulate investments in the right low carbon technologies and the right resources at the right pace.  We now need governments around the world to provide us with this framework and we believe our presence at the table will be helpful in designing an approach that will be both practical and deliverable.”In their letter, the CEOs highlighted the role natural gas can play in addressing climate change.“We believe the pragmatic step of implementing a widespread and effective pricing of carbon emissions is critical to realising the full and positive impact natural gas can have,” they said in the letter.For natural gas, the case is simple: when burned to make electricity, it typically generates around half the carbon emissions of coal. In addition, gas can provide the electricity base load that is required and can be a flexible partner to renewable as efforts continue to improve the storage of electricity produced by intermittent solar or wind. This benefit is enhanced when natural gas emissions all along the value chain are controlled and reduced, stands in the letter.The letter has been signed by Helge Lund of BG Group, Bob Dudley of BP, Claudio Descalzi of Eni, Royal Dutch Shell’s Ben van Beurden, Statoil’s Eldar Sætre and Patrick Pouyanné of Total.[mappress mapid=”17368″]LNG World News Staff; Image: BG Grouplast_img read more

UK recycler buys first Volvo crawler

first_imgBritish company T J Waste & Recycling has recently purchased its first Volvo EC140E crawler excavator.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The new excavator will work a 56-hour week and is expected to handle around 50,000 t a year with a 95% recycle rateThe business, based at Fareham in the south of England, bought the 14 t machine from SMT GB, which markets Volvo Construction Equipment products in Britain, following a successful demonstration and evaluation at its materials recycling facility near Portsmouth.“We were impressed with the overall build quality, operator comfort, good visibility from the cab and the standard specification of the EC140E we had on demonstration,” said managing director John Gosling.“We considered the Volvo to be well suited to the work environment within our recycling facility.”Powered by a Volvo Stage V compliant four-cylinder engine, the EC140E’s “Integrated work mode control” provides ensures the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions, significantly lowering fuel consumption.Specifically for this application at T J Waste & Recycling, the machine has been equipped with an optional reversible fan to keep the cooling packages free from dust and debris.Working a 56-hour week, the EC140E will handle a range of materials consisting mainly of construction waste, with an element of industrial and commercial waste.It is envisaged that the machine will handle around 50,000 t of waste a year, segregating and sorting material, up to 95% of which will be recycled.last_img read more

CBSS student wins Climate Change Photo competition

first_imgLocalNews CBSS student wins Climate Change Photo competition by: Dominica Vibes News – February 1, 2016 Share Winning photograph captured by Hildreth BontiffHildreth Bontiff, student of the Castle Bruce Secondary School (CBSS), is the winner of the Secondary Schools Climate Change Photo Competition. The competition was organized by the Waitukubuli Ecological Movement and Climate Change Dominica in an effort to raise awareness on the effects of climate change among the youth.Bontiff was announced winner during the prize-giving ceremony at the Botanic Gardens in Roseau on Saturday 30 January 2016.She won one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) cash prize for the photograph with the most Facebook likes and two hundred dollars ($200.00) cash prize for the photograph with the most powerful message.Hildreth Bontif Winner of the Climate Change Photo Competition.As per organizer of the competition, Christine Roserens, students were asked to use their government donated tablets to capture photographs of positive and negative actions that affect climate change.“The students were asked to submit a maximum of three photographs to Climate Change Dominica Facebook page by the 18th of December 2015. Photos had to depict an aspect of climate change effects, positive measures and lifestyle practice,” Roserens explained.Bontiff said the competition was important to help show the effects of pollution.“I want to inform my community and the rest of Dominica that we need to conserve our environment and put rubbish in a proper place instead of putting anywhere,” Bontiff told Dominica Vibes.“We need to do it in order to boost our tourism industry. It is also important for the younger generation like me and those after me,” Bontiff added.– / 7 Share Tweetcenter_img 845 Views   2 comments Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Girls Basketball Game of the Week: Elyria Catholic Maintains GLC Dominance

first_imgIt’s early in the season, but through six games, no team in the Great Lakes Conference has been able to topple the Elyria Catholic Panthers.The latest example of this was Wednesday’s game in Parma, where the Redmen fell 52-29.The first half was a defensive struggle, as the Panthers led 20-12 at the break, but EC outscored Parma 21-6 in the third quarter and never looked back.Faith Williams (13), Abby Winnen (12) and Sam Filiaggi (10) led the way offensively, but Elyria Catholic’s defense really determined the outcome.The Panthers shut Parma’s offense down all night and most notably held the team’s leading scorer, Lindsay Humbel to only five points.Humbel came into play averaging 22 per game and scored 41 in a game last week against Brookside.Elyria Catholic was clearly ready for the Redmen and showed no signs of losing its grip on first place in the GLC.Aside from EC, the rest of the conference appears to be in a competitive battle for second place, but Normandy, Holy Name and Parma have all gone down in their first meetings with the Panthers.Bay, Rocky River, and Valley Forge have yet to face Elyria Catholic, but if the Panthers continue to play like this, it’s tough to envision anyone keeping them from another GLC title. Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Related Topicscenter_img Matt Medleylast_img read more

Magical Dining Month Offerings at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

first_imgShare This!Magical Dining Month, an Orlando-area event, runs from August 23 to October 7, 2019 (this is an update with additional time added due to the impacts of Hurricane Dorian). At participating restaurants, for $35 per person, you can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe dinner. Although Disney-owned restaurants do not participate in this, many third-party restaurants at the Walt Disney World resort do. One restaurant that is participating this year is Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs.©DisneyHere’s what you can find on the Magical Dining Month Menu.Appetizer (choose one)Late Summer Tomato Soup (garlic pecorino crouton, basil oil)Gem Lettuce Caesar Salad (ciabatta croutons, shaved Parmesan)Prince Edward Island Mussels (white wine, calabrian peppers, oregano garlic toast)Entrees (choose one)Pan Roasted Half Chicken (potato purée, roasted root vegetables)Oven Roasted Faroe Island Salmon (pearl onions, beluga lentils, sherry vinaigrette)Braised Beef Short Ribs (sunchoke purée, wild mushrooms ragu)Enhancements:Pasta Course + $10Cavatelli pasta, lamb sausage, pickled peppers, fiore de sardoGrilled 12 oz Ribeye + $10Tuscan potatoes, house made steak sauceWolfgang Puck Wine Pairing:3 courses + $304 courses + $40Desserts (choose one)Mango Tart (toasted almond crumble, coconut tapioca)Chocolate Cheesecake (toasted meringue, caramel popcorn, caramel sauce)Have you taken advantage of Magical Dining Month specials in previous years? Excited about what this year has to offer? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

The business of making tea

first_imgRay Maota The Sapekoe Tea Estate on the hills of Magoebaskloof in Limpopo comprises two estates, Middelkop and Grenshoek, on 1 000 hectares of land. The managerial staff at Sapekoe,including Francis Mnisi, assistant GM (4th from the right), and Kwena Maphoto, the CEO of the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (2nd from right).(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kwena MaphotoGteda: CEO+27 15 307 3296RELATED ARTICLES• Skills drive needed for auto industry• Imbizo boost for entrepreneurs• Brics development bank underway?• Power sector ripe for innovationThe Magoebaskloof community in the Tzaneen area of Limpopo province will be reaping the fruits of enterprise, when an abandoned tea tree plantation is revitalised into a project that will create over 500 new jobs in 2013.The plantation was operated by international tea maker Lipton since the 1960s, but the company left in 2006 when the land was returned to the people, through the Mamphoku Makgoba Community Trust, as part of South Africa’s land redistribution programme.Lipton had been supported in its efforts by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a state-owned finance institution that was set up in the 1940s to encourage industry development and promote economic growth.Although it is yet to yield monetary value, the Sapekoe Tea Estate project will see a majority of the people in the community – which has a high unemployment and illiteracy rate – secure jobs, with profits from the business going towards the trust. The IDC is also involved in the Sapekoe community project.The estate’s revamp was spearheaded by the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (Gteda), which is owned by the Greater Tzaneen Municipality and was established in 2007 with a focus on development work and job creation in the area.“With the initial funding of R15-million (US$1.7-million) from the Limpopo Department of Agriculture,” explained Gteda CEO Kwena Maphoto, “we started with the pruning of the trees and are now rehabilitating them.”A majority of the work will be in the fields, while an additional six managerial positions will become available.Gteda, said Maphoto, involved the community from the early stages of the project, when feasibility studies were being done.“This is going to be their project once it takes off, so they need to know exactly what’s going on,” he said. A pot full of opportunitiesAgriculture is a key economic driver for the Tzaneen region, and thus has the most potential for job creation.The 1 000-hectare Sapekoe property consists of the Middelkop and Grenshoek tea estates. In addition to funding from the provincial government, the project also received another R9-million ($1-million) through the Limpopo Agri-business Development Corporation in 2012 to improve the condition of the existing tea trees.Maphoto said the company, once in operation, has a number of possible offshoots that include producing organic tea and iced tea, as well as the processing and packaging of various brands of tea.“There is also the possibility of tea garden tourism, and the diversification of the estate into forestry and avocado production,” he said.Nothing had been produced on the estate for over six years before the revamp of the area started in 2011.The goal for the Makgoba community is to develop appropriate, viable and sustainable business plans for the two tea estates with the assistance of an external investor.“This is to generate sustainable income, create jobs, and facilitate economic growth and capital investment that will address the problems of poverty, low absorption rate of labour force into the economy,” said Maphoto.To date Gteda has provided equipment worth just under R5-million (US$571 000) for the people of Makgoba to get the operation off the ground so that the transition will be easy when they take over the running of the establishment next year.The gesture also gave the community a sense of ownership over the production process. A feasible ventureThrough the feasibility study undertaken before the revitalisation of the tea estates, it was discovered that the phytonutrient extraction technology for the production of high purity bioavailable green tea extract was the most appropriate to pursue.These extracts are used in juice drinks, iced teas, isotonic drinks and yoghurts.According to Maphoto, the technical and financial assessments of the green tea extraction technology at both Middelkop and Grenshoek indicate a very high profit margin which could be realised in the first year following the rehabilitation of the tea estates.“The Makgoba Trust can receive financial benefit of up to R30-million (US$3.4-million) per year when the business is in full production,” he said.last_img read more

Natural remedies used Appeal Court upholds parents conviction in sons death

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A couple who treated their toddler son with natural remedies before he died of meningitis can appeal their convictions to the Supreme Court after a split decision from Alberta’s Court of Appeal.David and Collet Stephan were found guilty last year of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the 2012 death of 19-month-old Ezekiel. Their trial in Lethbridge, Alta., heard they treated the boy with garlic, onion and horseradish rather than taking him to a doctor.There was testimony from a nurse, who was also a friend, who said she had suggested to the Stephans that Ezekiel could have meningitis.The couple’s lawyer argued before the Appeal Court that the trial judge allowed the jury to be overwhelmed by medical evidence and it took almost 39 months from when the Stephans were charged to when they were sentenced.Two of the three Appeal Court judges ruled in support of the conviction.Writing for the majority, Justice Bruce McDonald said the delay in the case was not unreasonable and the judge was not wrong in admitting expert witness evidence. Collet Stephan’s testimony showed she did tests for meningitis and ignored the positive results, McDonald wrote.“This evidence supports the conclusion that they actively failed to do what a reasonably prudent and ordinary parent would do,” he said.But Justice Brian O’Ferrall wrote in a dissenting opinion in favour of a new trial.He felt the trial judge’s charge to the jury was confusing and misleading. He said the jury wasn’t cautioned about doctors who were allowed to testify about what they would have done in the Stephans’ situation.“The standard of care demanded of a medical professional is not the same as that required of parents lacking medical training,” O’Ferrall wrote.“The thrust of this dissent is that the trial judge’s instruction to the jury gave them little choice but to convict,” he continued.“That is, if a parent does not take his or her sick child to the doctor and the child dies, the parent is guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life. Even in strict liability regulatory offences, due diligence is a consideration.”O’Ferrall’s dissenting opinion means the Stephans can automatically appeal their case to the Supreme Court of Canada if they choose.Defence lawyer Karen Molle, who represented David Stephan, had argued the trial judge allowed too many Crown experts to testify. She said the amount of evidence from three doctors unfairly distracted jurors from the real question of whether the Stephans acted differently than any other reasonable parent.“We can’t undo the impression that these doctors left on this jury,” she argued at an Appeal Court hearing in March. “The jury is emotionally reacting to … a week-long barrage of inflammatory and emotional evidence.”Crown prosecutor Julie Morgan had told the hearing the Stephans received a fair trial and the jury heard evidence from both sides.“The jury found a reasonable, prudent person in their situation would have foreseen medical attention was required,” Morgan said.The trial heard the little boy’s body was so stiff he couldn’t sit in his car seat, so the toddler had to lie on a mattress when his mother drove him from their rural home to a naturopathic clinic in Lethbridge, where she bought an echinacea mixture.The Stephans never called for medical assistance until Ezekiel stopped breathing. He was rushed to a local hospital and died after being transported to Calgary Children’s Hospital.David Stephan was sentenced to four months in jail and his wife was ordered to spend three months under house arrest — the only exceptions being trips to church and to medical appointments.The two were released early pending the outcome of the appeal.The Crown has indicated it will appeal the sentences as being too lenient.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

PM Minnis addressed Bahamas comprehensive update in preparation for hurricane

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, magneticmedia #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Government is right now speaking to the nation via the media in a press conference called at the Office of the Prime Minister from 6:30pm.  Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will speak to the nation as we brace for catastrophic #HurricaneIrma.    Never before has the world seen a tropical system this powerful, at news production time, Irma was with 185mph winds – just unprecedented.The storm is so frightening that The Bahamas Government is working to evacuate residents of Mayaguana and Inagua, the evac is voluntary.   A report to #MagneticMedia from Inagua was that flamingoes, which number in the tens of thousands on the island had already disappeared from their usual habitat.    And as Grandma would say, if there is anything you can trust is how animals react in nature.As for the science, it shows that the Hurricane Irma could dump nearly two feet of rain on the southeast Bahamas.    The National Hurricane Center report says, Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area in the Leeward Islands tonight, with tropical storm conditions beginning within the next few hours.Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas by early and not LATE on Thursday.    The hurricane lands earlier, because Irma has sped up.RAINFALL: in Irma is expected to produce the following rain accumulations Wednesday through Saturday: In the Southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos…8 to 12 inches.   These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.Swells generated by Irma will affect the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the southeastern Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic during the next several days.   These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

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