Chevron Canada signs deal to sell 30 per cent stake in Duvernay

Chevron Canada signs deal to sell 30 per cent stake in Duvernay for US$1.5B CALGARY – A division of Kuwait’s national oil company is making an entry into Alberta’s promising Duvernay shale, buying a 30 per cent stake in Chevron Canada Ltd.’s holdings in the region for US$1.5 billion.The investment is the first in North America by Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration, a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corp.“This project will provide diversified, material, long-life reserves, production and upside in a low-risk business environment, with strong and stable cash flows for decades to come,” KUFPEC chief executive Shaikh Nawaf Saud Nasir Al-Sabah said in a statement.Chevron Canada, a division of the California-based energy giant, will hold a 70 per cent interest in the joint venture and will remain the operator of the project, which spans more than 133,000 hectares.Chevron said Monday the deal creates a partnership for the appraisal and development of the project in the Kaybob area of the Duvernay, about 200 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.“This sale demonstrates our focus on strategically managing our portfolio to maximize the value of our global upstream businesses and is consistent with our partnership strategy,” said Jay Johnson, Chevron’s senior vice-president.“The transaction provides us an expanded relationship with a valued partner. It also recognizes the outstanding asset base we have assembled.”The price includes the amount paid at closing as well as a portion of Chevron Canada’s share of the joint venture’s future capital costs.The deal is expected to close in November.Chevron has drilled 16 wells since it started its exploration program in the region.Chevron wasn’t the only company looking for a partner to help develop its Duvernay lands; Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH) and Talisman Energy Corp. (TSX:TLM) have both been shopping around for a joint-venture deal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2014 5:06 am MDT read more

General Assembly reflects on UN peace and security efforts takes stock of

“Today we are an Organization with almost four times as many members than in 1945,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in his remarks to the meeting. “Today our world continues to be re-shaped by globalization, urbanization, migration, demographic shifts and other seismic trends. New threats have emerged, from climate change to cyber-crime and pandemics. “In many respects, the world is shifting beneath our feet. Yet the Charter remains a firm foundation for shared progress.” “He highlighted a number of threads that run through the activities of the Organization, from human rights and peacekeeping to humanitarian assistance and sustainable development. “These include a greater emphasis on prevention, mediation, and the peaceful resolution of disputes and grievances, as well as strengthening peacebuilding in order to sustain peace and keep post-conflict societies from repeating cycles of disaster. “He also highlighted addressing the roots of conflict, including through heightened attention on violations of human rights – often the warning signs of worse to come, as well as providing adequate and predictable resources. “Let us take inspiration from the good news of the past week,” Mr. Ban said, highlighting in particular the adoption of the new global sustainable development agenda; tangible support for UN peace operations; momentum on climate change; high-level commitments to gender equality; and encouraging steps to address the refugee crisis. “Alongside despair in many corners, there remains great hope in the power of working together. That is the founding spirit of the United Nations – and in this 70th anniversary year, in the face of grave and global challenges, it is the spirit we must summon today.” General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft noted that over the past 70 years, the UN’s approach, capacity and responsibilities in the area of peace and security have undergone major changes.“Yet today, with unsolved conflicts in many parts of the world and with millions of women and children greatly affected, it is clear that the UN has much more to learn and much more to do, to fulfil its mandate.”Preventing conflict from breaking out in the first place is “the epitome of success” in this field – and by far the best investment in maintaining peace and security, he said. Also, since the UN was founded and the Charter adopted, the nature of security challenges, conflicts and threats have continued to change, he said, noting that the UN has responded and continues to adapt to these ever-changing challenges.In this regard, he pointed to the report of the high-level independent panel on peace operations, which the General Assembly will take up on 12 October, as well as the ongoing 10-year review of the peacebuilding architecture, which will enable the UN to “face head on” the uncertainties of building and sustaining peace and the ever-present risk of lapse or relapse into conflict. Mr. Lykketoft added that, in the same vein, the global study on Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security allows for taking stock and devising ways to better address this key aspect of international peace and security. “A UN that is truly fit for purpose is in our common interest,” he stated. “It is our responsibility to ensure that the UN can respond in a timely, well-calibrated and effective manner. “This requires a concrete, sustainable, and more effective budgetary framework for special political missions. And this also includes the longstanding issue of Security Council reform, which will continue to receive attention during this session.” read more

19th EUROFEST in Slovenia – The best handball holidays at the Sea

We kindly invite all handball friends (clubs, societies, region selections, national selections) to the 19th EUROFEST – International handball festival. It will be held from 2nd to 7th July 2011 at the Slovene coast in two neighboring towns Izola and Koper.The festival is organized for both boys and girls teams in the following categories: – 2000(mini), 1999 1998, 1997,1996, 1994, 1992 and senior teams.The expected number of participating teams at 19th EUROFEST is more than 150 (cca.3000 participations).We are proud to say that many of participants classified EUROFEST among the most attractive international handball festivals. At EUROFEST you can meet the teams from all over the world, experience the high level handball, excellent organization and a lot of fun and socialization. Which rounds up the attractiveness of the festival is the environment of two Mediterranean towns, Izola and Koper with pleasant climate and warm sea.Lot of teams consider as the biggest attraction of the festival the outdoor playgrounds situated next to the sea. Besides the so called Central playground there are several halls and outdoor playgrounds available. At the “Central playground” in the center of Izola there are held also the main events, besides the most important games also the evenings hours entertainments. The organizers make the schedule so that that participating teams have one half of a day for playing games and the remaining time for socializing, swimming, fun on the beach and excursions. Which is also important and advantage of this event is, that the distances between playgrounds, accommodation and beaches are so short, that the participations can walk from one to another.EUROFEST is not just a competition, but also an opportunity for young people of different cultures, religions, or races to meet in wonderful ambient and make new friendships.The traditional entertainment events of EUROFEST are:– OPENING CEREMONY with parade of all participants,– THE EUROFEST MARKET (presentation of participating countries: folklore, concerts, typical food)– Miss. and mister of EUROFEST– Open air disco– “FRIENDSHIP EVENINGS “ with presentation of the participating country,Isn’t it enough reason to take part to 19th EUROFEST ? So welcome to Izola and Koper, welcome to Slovenia!Tone Barič, Director, EUROFEST d.o.o.IF YOU WANTS TO PROMOTE YOUR HANDBALL CAMP, TOURNAMENT OR ANY KIND OF EVENTS, PLEASE CONTACT US. EUROFEST in Izola ← Previous Story Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afganistan play handball Next Story → Heinvetter “hits” on teammates read more

Everest des alpinistes nettoient le plus haut sommet du monde

first_imgEverest : des alpinistes nettoient le plus haut sommet du mondeNépal – Un groupe d’alpinistes népalais s’apprête à entreprendre l’ascension de l’Everest afin de débarrasser le plus haut sommet du monde des détritus qui le souillent.Accumulés depuis plusieurs décennies d’alpinisme, des déchets jonchent le sommet de l’Everest et vingt personnes, menées par l’alpiniste Namgyal Sherpa qui a déjà gravi sept fois le plus haut sommet du monde, s’apprêtent à entreprendre son ascension pour le nettoyer. Là-haut, ils s’attendent à trouver deux tonnes de détritus mais aussi des cadavres dont les corps gelés n’ont pas pu se décomposer.”L’Everest perd sa beauté. Le sommet est maintenant jonché de bouteilles d’oxygène, de vieux drapeaux de prière, de cordes et de vieilles tentes. Et au moins deux cadavres sont là-haut depuis des années” estime Namgyal Sherpa.C’est en avril que les alpinistes graviront l’Everest, afin de bénéficier des meilleures conditions météorologiques possibles, entre la fin du printemps et le début de la mousson. Si des expéditions similaires ont déjà eu lieu, aucune équipe n’a encore atteint la région dite “zone de la mort” située au-dessus des 8.000 mètres et où il n’y a pas assez d’oxygène pour vivre. Une dizaine de cuisiniers et porteurs, non autorisés à dépasser les 7000 mètres d’altitude, accompagneront les alpinistes qui devront ramener chacun 15 kilos de détritus à chaque voyage dans la “zone de la mort”.”On prend un gros risque. Personne n’a essayé de nettoyer l’Everest à cette hauteur” explique Namgyal Sherpa qui évoque une “mission audacieuse et héroïque”.Le 31 janvier 2010 à 19:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Colombie lexploitation dune mine dor inquiète les écologistes

first_imgColombie : l’exploitation d’une mine d’or inquiète les écologistesSitué dans le nord-est de la Colombie, le gisement d’or d’Angostura pourrait être exploité à partir de l’année 2013 par la compagnie canadienne Greystar, qui attend une autorisation d’extraction. Un projet auquel les défenseurs de l’environnement s’opposent férocement, tentant par tous les moyens d’empêcher la délivrance de cette autorisation.Le gisement se trouve à 400 kilomètres environ au nord-est de Bogota. Culminant à 3.600 mètres d’altitude, il pourrait offrir chaque année 511.000 onces d’or Troy, soit environ 16 tonnes, mais aussi 2,3 millions d’onces d’argent. Après avoir investi 150 millions de dollars dans la seule exploration de la mine, la firme candienne Greystar espère désormais obtenir l’autorisation qui lui permettra de construire ses infrastructures et de lancer dès 2013 l’extraction d’or et d’argent.Cette mine à ciel ouvert pourrait être exploitée pendant quinze ans et deviendrait alors la source de 25% de l’or extrait en Colombie. Une abondance qui ferait du pays l’un des plus importants producteurs d’or d’Amérique latine, auprès du Pérou, du Mexique et du Brésil.Mais comme le rapporte le site de la fondation GoodPlanet, ce projet provoque la colère des défenseurs de l’environnement. L’ONG Censat-Aguaviva appelle le ministère de l’Environnement à refuser la licence demandée par la firme canadienne, en raison de l’impact que pourrait avoir l’exploitation de la mine sur les réserves d’eau souterraines qui alimentent la région de Santurban, où vivent 30.000 habitants. D’après l’association, la compagnie a prévu de creuser à 200 mètres de profondeur, ce qui porterait atteinte aux sources alimentant plusieurs aqueducs de la région.À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Face à ces accusations, Greystar se défend en assurant respecter des règles strictes d’usage durable de l’eau. “Nous n’allons consommer que 0,5% des réserves d’eau de la région, la ville la plus proche consomme 20%, les 79,5% restants seraient traités et reversés dans le fleuve Magdalena”, assure Victoria Vargas, vice-présidente chargée des relations avec les investisseurs.En outre, la firme insiste sur les 1.500 emplois directs qu’elle entend créer lors de la construction des infrastructures. Un chiffre qui passera à 860 pendant l’exploitation de la mine.Le 13 mars 2011 à 19:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Furious Craig Levein slams referee after Rangers loss

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein has described referee Bobby Madden as the “12th man” as they lost 2-1 at home to Rangers on Sunday.Rangers came from behind to win 2-1 at Hearts to go top of the Scottish Premiership, and Craig Levein was disappointed with the referee’s ‘abysmal’ performance.Scott Arfield was sent off for a nasty challenge on Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal, but Levein believes Rangers forward Morelos should have also seen red after an incident with skipper Christophe Berra.“I read a quote from Neil Lennon a few weeks ago when they went to Celtic Park and he said that ‘we were playing against 12 men’,” Levein told Sky Sports.“That’s how I feel today.“How Morelos stays on the park and gets through that without a booking I’ll never know. Some of the decisions today were abysmal.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Morelos had loads of fouls where he doesn’t even watch the ball. He just jumps into the centre-backs.“There was one where he has smashed Christophe and Bobby said to one of our players: ‘It’s alright, that’s just Morelos – he’s a bit silly sometimes’. Well, maybe I’ll tell our players to be silly because you don’t get booked for it!“Austin [MacPhee] phoned [Scottish Football Association head of referees] John Fleming a while ago after we had three goals against us that were offside because the linesman made mistakes.“John Fleming suggested that we held the line on the 18-yard line to make it easier for his officials. So we did that today and they still got it wrong!“Actually, it’s 13 we are playing against. And the good thing is that Neil Lennon didn’t get any punishment – that’s good to know. It’s really good news that there won’t be any punishment.”last_img read more

UAF Expecting Over 12 Million Budget Deficit

first_imgA University of Alaska Fairbanks committee is recommending cuts to close an expected 12 to 14 million dollar FY 15 budget deficit. The Planning and Budget Committee was charged with developing options to address rising costs and decreased state funding.Download Audiolast_img

Saif Ali Khans son Ibrahims rude and unkind behaviour irks paparazzi

first_imgSaif Ali Khan’s son Ibrahim at “Happy Ending” special screeningVarinder ChawlaHis sister Sara Ali Khan may have become an eye candy for the paparazzi after making a promising debut in Bollywood, but Ibrahim Ali Khan is still not used to the consant media attention. And his recent encounter with the paps proves that.As soon as Ibrahim step out of a building, a slew of paparazzi waiting outside the spot had caught the Pataudi junior off guard. While the shutterbugs wanted Ibrahim to pose for some pictures, the young lad was in no mood to get clicked last evening.As paparazzi requested him to stand and pose for a minute, Ibrahim told them that they were too many of them and quickly rushed inside his vehicle. In a video, Ibrahim can be seen expressing his annoyance to his driver after he raised the window of the car. Those with cameras in their hands, too were annoyed at Ibrahim’s unwelcoming gesture towards them. The paparazzi found Ibrahim’s behaviour quiet rude and unkind as one of them was heard saying, “what kind of behaviour is this?” (loose Marathi translation).Unlike Sara, papa Saif Ali Khan had earlier said that though he is not sure about his son Ibrahim wanting to pursue a career in acting, he definitely wants six packs abs and want to become a superstar.However, this is not the first time Ibrahim got scared of the paparazzi, ran away and avoided getting clicked. But this time, he irked the paparazzi with his fleeing act. Online users, on the other hand, came out in support of Ibrahim and blasted paparazzi for invading the young lad’s personal space. “Jeene do yr tm sb unko bhi…. jb dekho pichhe lage rhte ho,” an online user commented while another one said, “Unki bhi apni life h… kaha jaye wo .. sir sir sir krke lage rhoge pichhe.”Take a look how Ibrahim reacted when he spotted the paparazzi outside the building.last_img read more

Trump vows to win battles ahead

first_imgDonald TrumpAfter what he called a “very productive” first 100 days, President Donald Trump is vowing to roll out a new health plan and to completely renegotiate the NAFTA continental trade pact.His remarks, in a CBS interview broadcast Sunday, touched on daunting challenges domestic and foreign, from his vexed effort at health-care reform to a controversial new tax-cut plan to the rising threat from North Korea.But they followed his assurance at a raucous rally Saturday in Pennsylvania that the “great battles” ahead would be won.Trump insisted, even after two failed efforts to see an Obamacare repeal vote through Congress, that Americans will get a health-care package that preserves key protections, like coverage of pre-existing medical conditions.And as Republicans scramble for ways to pay for Trump’s promise this week of major tax cuts-the White House had hoped to use savings from the Obamacare repeal-the president vowed that the money would not come through savings on the huge and popular Medicare program.“I’m not going to touch it,” he said, except to eliminate “waste, fraud and abuse.”Frustrations -Trump, who is not known as particularly self-reflective, shared some of the frustrations he has encountered in his young presidency.He lambasted “unfair” media coverage; said Congress operates by “unbelievably archaic and slow-moving” rules; and called Democrats “totally obstructionist.”But he will need some Democratic support to pass some of his more ambitious legislative objectives.House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that Democrats looked forward to working with Trump on issues like infrastructure spending and affordable child care.But so far, she said on ABC, “he hasn’t really proposed anything.”In a week when Trump dropped a threat to cancel the NAFTA trade agreement following what he called “very nice” phone calls from the Mexican and Canadian leaders-instead ordering a six-month review of all trade deals-he made clear that US security took priority over even trade.If China can help ease the nuclear tensions with Pyongyang, “that’s worth making not as good a trade deal,” he said.“Trade is very important,” Trump added. “But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade.”He scheduled the Pennsylvania appearance after snubbing an invitation to the traditional White House correspondents’ dinner on Saturday, where he had risked being roasted by comedians.Instead, he declared himself “thrilled” to be far from “the Washington swamp” and its “fake news” journalists.The black-tie affair in Washington was headlined by veteran investigative journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame.Woodward rebuffed the president’s relentless barbs against news outlets. “Mr. President, the media is not fake news,” he said.“Whether the media is revered or reviled, we should and must persist, and I believe we will.”‘Keeping promises’ -Some of Trump’s animosity stemmed from US media evaluating his 100-day record as meager and mixed.They have noted embarrassing setbacks for the Republican on health care and a travel ban, and his own reversals on China and NATO-while also recognizing campaign pledges he has met, like appointing a conservative Supreme Court justice and pulling the country out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.In his speech, Trump presented his record so far as “very exciting and very productive.”“We are keeping one promise after another,” he asserted, adding that he was preparing for “the great, great battles to come and that we will win in every case.”Trump also highlighted his tough approach to immigration.Stepped-up law enforcement was removing “drug dealers, gang members and killers” from the country, he said, though he did not acknowledge his difficulty in finding money to start work on the wall he has promised on the Mexican border.Trump said the US economy had surged since he took office, reinvigorating America’s construction, manufacturing and energy sectors, as well as its declining coal and steel industries-a key message for the crowd in rust-belt Pennsylvania.On the North American Free Trade Agreement, he said, “If we can’t make a fair deal for our companies and our workers we will terminate NAFTA.”He said he would be making a decision on the “one-sided Paris climate accord” in the next two weeks. He described the pact, meant to curb global warming, as an impediment to US economic growth.On CBS, Trump-holding the only elective office he has ever sought-was asked about an earlier comment that he thought the job of the presidency would be easier.“Well, it’s a tough job,” he said. “But it’s something that I really love and I think I’ve done a very good job at it.”last_img read more

What You Need To Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal

first_imgWhat are the arguments for and against the deal?Trump and opponents to the deal say it is flawed because it gives Iran access to billions of dollars but does not address Iran’s support for groups the U.S. considers terrorists, like Hamas and Hezbollah. They note it also doesn’t curb Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and that the deal phases out by 2030. They say Iran has lied about its nuclear program in the past.Deal supporters say it keeps Iran from building nuclear weapons and that will make it easier to deal with Iran’s other behavior around the region — better to have an Iran without nukes than with them, in other words. They say evidence that Iran has lied in the past makes it all the more necessary to have a deal that keeps inspectors on the ground in Iran. They say ending the deal could prompt Iran to develop nuclear weapons and even set off a nuclear race in the Mideast.The International Atomic Energy Commission, which enforces the deal, and U.S. officials have said Iran is complying with its terms.Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBritish Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (left) meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department Monday. Johnson argued for the Trump administration to continue to be a party to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The wisest course would be to improve the handcuffs rather than break them,” Johnson wrote in the New York Times.If the U.S. pulls out of the deal, how can it expect Iran to react?Iran has been issuing warnings about vague but dire consequences. It would have a few choices. First, Iran could wait and let the U.S. take some blame from around the world for violating an agreement it signed just three years ago.It could in the meantime lobby other countries — some of its biggest oil consumers are in Asia — to continue buying Iranian oil by evading the new U.S. sanctions. In that case, Iran might promise to keep the deal and continue to limit its nuclear program even though the U.S. has pulled out.But it could also pull out of the deal itself, expel the inspectors and start ramping up its nuclear program. That could put the region on a short fuse, opening the possibility that Israel might strike at Iranian nuclear facilities with its air force. Iranian leaders have threatened Israel repeatedly over the years. How might the other countries in the deal respond?This could be key. Led by France, which had taken a hard line against Iran during the talks, the other countries in the deal have asked Trump to stay in it and let them help him put pressure on Iran to stop missile tests and other destabilizing behavior around the region.If the U.S. pulls out, other countries involved in the deal might try to talk Iran into sticking to the agreement without the U.S. in it, promising Iran that the rest of the world will keep buying its oil and investing in its economy. That would isolate the U.S.But it would be difficult and risky for companies and countries doing business with Iran. They might get cut off from doing business with the U.S. Why is this coming up now?Over the years, Congress has passed numerous sanctions against Iran but given the president the power to waive their enforcement. They come up for waiver or renewal every few months, and the next deadline is Saturday. Under its part of the bargain in the deal, the U.S. has been waiving some of the sanctions — that is, kept them from being enforced — repeatedly. Trump has threatened to stop issuing the waivers, meaning they would be reimposed on Iran.That would place the U.S. in breach of the agreement. The sanctions coming up for continued waivers this week are key. If they were reimposed, they would penalize countries or companies buying oil from Iran by making it hard for them to do business with U.S. banks and markets. Office of the Iranian Presidency via APPresident Hassan Rouhani speaks in a ceremony to mark Iran’s National Nuclear Day, dedicated to the country’s achievements in nuclear technology, in Tehran on April 9.President Trump says he will announce Tuesday whether he is going to keep the U.S. in the Iran nuclear deal. This comes after Trump has allowed the deal to stay in place through the first 15 months of his presidency while frequently criticizing it and threatening to pull the U.S. out of it.In recent weeks, foreign leaders including France’s Emmanuel Macron and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have come to Washington to try to persuade Trump to stick with the deal.If Trump pulls out, it would be another step he has taken to nullify a move by his predecessor, Barack Obama. It would set off an unpredictable series of events and reactions from Iran and several U.S. allies.I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018The deal, signed in 2015, placed strict limits on Iran’s nuclear program to keep it from developing nuclear weapons. It required ongoing inspections and the destruction of nuclear equipment. In return, Iran got relief from some economic sanctions.Six nations signed the deal with Iran — the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia. It was approved by the U.N. Security Council. (It’s titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.)center_img Is there a middle ground?Possibly. Trump could announce that he is pulling out of the deal and reimposing the sanctions. But economic sanctions are complicated and the details have to be spelled out in U.S. Department of the Treasury regulations. In the past, the oil sanctions still allowed countries to continue buying oil, with some limits, from Iran. And certain types of industries can be exempted from sanctions.If that’s something Trump has in mind, it might soften the blow for U.S. allies — and for Iran.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Schmid Qualifies for the British Open

first_imgStory Links University of Louisville men’s golfer Matthias Schmid continued his stellar season by winning the European Amateur Championship at Diamond Country Club on Saturday.UofL’s single season stroke leader fired a 67-73-63-70=273 to capture the title and qualify for the British Open next month.The German player started the day with a two-shot lead after a record-breaking nine-under-par 63 in Round 3. Schmid got off to a perfect start in the final round. After making birdie on the first hole, he made eagle on the fourth and another birdie on the tough par-4 seventh, extending his lead to six shots.Schmid looked in control all day. Despite making a double-bogey on the ninth, he would take a four-shot lead into the final nine holes. A birdie on the 12th and only one blemish on the back-nine meant Schmid would have four putts from the back of the 18th green to win the biggest tournament of his amateur career.Two-putts were all that was needed for Schmid to card a final round 70, finish on 15-under-par, and become just the second German player to win the European Amateur Championship.The win earns Schmid a spot in The Open Championship at Royal Portrush next month. “I can’t believe that right now, I haven’t played in any high level professional events, so to have this as my first one, it’s unbelievable.” Said Schmid. “I didn’t make many mistakes which was the key.” In his winning speech, Schmid gave special thanks to his father, who caddied for him in the final round. Three players finished in a tie for third. England’s Ben Jones, who lost out in the semi-final of The Amateur Championship to Walker last week, was awarded the bronze medal on a 36-hole countback. Austrian, Maximilian Steinlechner, who featured in the final pairing with Schmid, and Englishman, Joe Long, were the other two players to finish on nine-under-par.Jerry Ji, who was awarded the bronze medal in last year’s championship, nearly repeated the feat this week. The Dutch player finished on eight-under-par in a tie for sixth. Akshay Bhatia, the second highest ranked player in the field, earned a top-10 finish after a two-under-par 70 in the final round got him to six-under for the tournament.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Nanostructures get better at harvesting sunlight for solar steam generation

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Origami inspires highly efficient solar steam generator Now in a new study published in Nano Letters, a team of researchers led by Mozhen Wang at the University of Science and Technology of China and Yadong Yin at the University of California Riverside has demonstrated a method that significantly improves the efficiency of solar steam generation using light-absorbing plasmonic metal nanostructures.Plasmonic metal nanostructures are a popular new material for many photonics applications, including solar cells and optical imaging, since they interact with light in unique ways and can be engineered to exhibit desirable properties. For solar steam generation, for example, they can be modified to have high light absorption and low scattering properties. One limitation, however, is that plasmonic nanostructures have a narrow resonant band and so they can absorb only a small portion of the solar spectrum. In the new study, the researchers’ main result was greatly expanding the narrow resonant band of the plasmonic silver nanoparticles.”We have demonstrated that metal nanostructures can be engineered by chemical synthesis to become very effective in converting broad-spectrum light into heat, enabling efficient solar steam generation,” Yin told improvement is based on a concept called plasmonic coupling. When two plasmonic nanoparticles come close together, their resonance modes hybridize, which broadens their combined resonance band and allows them to absorb light of a wider range of frequencies.Although this method has been tried before, it has resulted only in small improvements in spectral broadening. In the new study, the researchers greatly enhanced the performance using a confined seeded growth method to ensure that more nanoparticles are close enough together to experience the effects. In the seeded growth method, seeds are fixed on the inner surface of polymer nanoshells in a random distribution so that, as the seeds grow into plasmonic nanoparticles, they grow closer together. This method ensures a high density of nanoparticles that benefit from the space confinement and exhibit broadband light absorption.The researchers calculated that the new method could achieve solar steam generation efficiencies as high as 95%, which is one of the highest efficiencies to date. In tests with natural sunlight, the nanoparticles achieved an efficiency of 68%. The researchers plan to further improve the nanostructures in the future.”Our immediate next step is to develop black nanostructures using non-previous metals such as copper and aluminum,” Yin said. “The goal is to reduce the production costs and make efficient solar steam generation more economically viable for large-scale use.” One way to produce clean water is to heat dirty water until it turns into steam. As the steam rises, it leaves behind the heavier contaminants and can be collected and cooled, providing clean water. There are many ways to heat water, one of which is to use light-absorbing materials at the air/water interface to harvest sunlight and convert the light into heat. This method is very energy-efficient because all of the absorbed solar energy is used to heat water near the surface, rather than heating the entire body of water. Explore further Journal information: Nano Letterscenter_img More information: Jinxing Chen et al. “Space-Confined Seeded Growth of Black Silver Nanostructures for Solar Steam Generation.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b04157 Credit: Chen et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Citation: Nanostructures get better at harvesting sunlight for solar steam generation (2019, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

CLIAs 5 new online courses focus on sales strategies for agents

first_img Monday, February 26, 2018 Posted by Share Travelweek Group CLIA’s 5 new online courses focus on sales strategies for agentscenter_img WASHINGTON, DC — CLIA has added five new online courses to its professional development program available to CLIA Travel Agency, Individual Agent Members and non-member travel professionals.“At CLIA, we are proud to offer the industry’s leading professional development programs and courses to CLIA Travel Agency and Individual Agent Members as well as non-member travel professionals,” said Stephani McDow, director, Membership & Professional Development, CLIA.“As the cruising industry changes and grows, our travel agent community continues to adapt and find new ways to contribute to cruise vacation sales, bringing in a large portion of cruise bookings year after year.”Here’s a look at the five new courses:Converting Prospects to CustomersCLIA says this course will help travel professionals close more bookings, and perfect their closing styles, whether travel agents are booking for the first time or are seasoned travel professionalsPersonal BrandingTravel professionals will learn tips to help them standout and become the travel professional people know about, want to do business with, and trust. Having a personal brand can help to make or break a business.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe New Face of LuxuryDuring this quick-paced seminar, travel professionals will learn how the face of luxury cruising is changing, from cruisers to destinations to the ships themselves. CLIA says it wants to give agents the tools they need to tap into the fast-growing luxury cruise market by getting the inside knowledge that will make them successful luxury cruise agents.Customer Relationship ManagementTravel professionals can discover the 18 ways a CRM system can benefit their sales, service and marketing efforts. “At CLIA, we understand that success at selling travel has more to do with the one-on-one relationships travel professionals create with their clients. A CRM (Customer Relations Management) system has made it even more feasible to create these personal connections.”Developing Your Marketing StrategyTravel agents will learn how to develop an easy-to-use marketing plan and strategy, get details on a proven marketing model that will help differentiate them from everyone else, and learn how to implement promotions that best meet the needs of their businesses.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaCLIA’s online courses are available to Individual Agent Members at the member rate of US$29/course and non-member travel professionals at $59/course. For more details or to enroll in one of CLIA’s Certification programs visit Tags: CLIA, Education << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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I realised that buying a laptop would help so I asked the guy who owned a solar panel if I could charge my laptop at it. He laughed.I asked if I could charge for free; he was in hysterics. This went on for 10 minutes as in my halting Spanish I couldn’t work out why he was laughing. It was only later when I found out instead of the Spanish for ‘charge’ (cargar) I had used the word ‘cagar’ which is a lot ruder!Andrew AbrahamsonEd’s note: ‘cagar’ is a verb meaning ‘to sh*t’—Years ago in Almeria Spain, in the middle of nowhere, we were thirsty, walked miles looking for a shop or bar to no avail. I walked on ahead, my family flagging in the heat behind me. I found a bar at last and got everyone inside out of the heat and went up to the counter to order the drinks. The man behind the counter backed away looking terrified and an elderly lady sat in the corner looked scared. 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Russian confesses to murdering Bulgarian flatmate

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