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Hazard: I improved instantly under ConteHazard: I improved instantly under Conte

first_imgChelsea Hazard: I improved after a week with Conte at Chelsea Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 09:14 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) ConteHazard-cropped Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Premier League Chelsea v Nottingham Forest Antonio Conte The Belgian star heaped praise on the Blues boss, saying he made swift progress upon the manager’s arrival at Stamford Bridge Chelsea star Eden Hazard said he improved after just a week working with head coach Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.Hazard spent two years under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, winning the Premier League, Europa League and EFL Cup before the Portuguese was replaced by Conte last season.CFC 8/1 to beat Stoke O4.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing In his first season at the helm, Conte guided Chelsea to Premier League glory — spearheaded by the in-form Hazard.The Belgium international heaped praise on Conte, saying: “Even after a week I think I had progressed with him.”But I think he’s shown not just at Chelsea but also at Juve that he’s a good coach and I think he has some good years ahead of him.”Hazard, who is set to make his first club start of the campaign against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup Wednesday following an injury-interrupted pre-season, added: “There’s a lot of tactics. It’s not always nice as a forward as you have to run, defend and everything, but at least at the weekend, you know exactly what to do, you can even close your eyes and play. That’s good.”We work a lot. It’s not always easy in training, there are a lot of hours of training, but it bears fruit on the pitch. We play well, we won last year. You can see that that’s the key to success: work.”last_img read more

Zidane: Madrid won’t win CWC on reputationZidane: Madrid won’t win CWC on reputation

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane: Real Madrid won’t win Club World Cup on reputation Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:54 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ZinedineZidane-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid FIFA Club World Cup Al Jazira Zinédine Zidane Primera División Al Jazira v Real Madrid Los Blancos are keen to secure their third title of the season, having already claimed the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid want to add the Club World Cup to the trophy cabinet before fighting to retain their La Liga and Champions League crowns, emphasising his side won’t claim the title on reputation alone.Two-time champions Madrid will face Emirati outfit Al Jazira in Wednesday’s semi-final at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.And Madrid are keen to secure their third title of the season, having already claimed the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It will not be easy and last year we had a lot of problems before we managed to win it,” Zidane said.”There will not be easy games and for just being Real Madrid we are not going to win. We have time to prepare for the game and there are no excuses.”This is the calendar and whoever we face we need to look at doing what we have to do well.”It is normal that during the season you have ups and downs, but what we have done so far is very positive. We have won two titles and we are trying to win a third.”After this we will have six months to fight for La Liga, the Champions League and the cup.” The squad took some time out to meet some of our #RMFans in Abu Dhabi today!#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/qANLqsmh0A— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 11, 2017Madrid are fourth in La Liga after 15 games, eight points adrift of rivals and leaders Barcelona, while the Spanish capital club are set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Releases Apologetic Statement Regarding Post-Game CommentsEzekiel Elliott Releases Apologetic Statement Regarding Post-Game Comments

first_imgEzekiel Elliott releases apologetic statement after post game comments.ezekiel elliott releases apologetic statementFollowing Ohio State’s last-second loss to Michigan State this past Saturday, running back Ezekiel Elliott spoke out against his coaching staff’s play-calling during the contest, suggesting that he didn’t get the ball enough. Since, he’s been dealing with a great deal of criticism. Monday afternoon, he released an apologetic statement on the matter.Just minutes after head coach Urban Meyer told reporters that Elliott will not be suspended for the transgression, Elliott tweeted a heartfelt statement about his actions. He told fans that he got “caught up in the emotions” of the loss. He also said the team will be ready for Michigan this Saturday.pic.twitter.com/n2UYS4dCHO— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) November 23, 2015Ohio State has a chance to silence doubters this week against Michigan. The Game kicks off at 12:00 PM.last_img read more

AITA to press for neutral Davis Cup venueAITA to press for neutral Davis Cup venue

first_img S Kannan New DelhiAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 10:24 IST The worst case is if the ITF acts tough, India will get relegated to the Asia Ocenia Group 2The All India Tennis Association will on Monday be speaking to representatives of the International Tennis Federation in London via Skype to decide on the forthcoming Davis Cup tie against Pakistan.Since the time India were drawn to meet Pakistan in an away tie in the Asia-Oceania group, doubts have persisted over it happening. Yet, last month, the ITF had told the AITA their security agency was satisfied with the arrangements in Islamabad for the mid-September tie.Over the last fortnight, relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated. Even Pakistan’s star player Aisam Qureshi has now spoken out against the Indians unwillingness to travel and said harsh things.With members of the Indian team and captain Mahesh Bhupathi not willing to risk travelling to Pakistan, Monday’s Skype call assumes importance.Bhupathi and AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee will be on the call and are hopeful of convincing the ITF that a neutral venue would be the best option as travel to Islamabad is virtually ruled out.The AITA had also written to the ITF last week that the tie be postponed. With no positive reply coming, the AITA has decided to press for a neutral venue. “We will request the ITF to have the tie on a neutral venue so that both the teams are comfortable,” said Chatterjee. “There is a Davis Cup rule that if there is political unrest, the tie be postponed or played in a neutral place,” added Chatterjee.”The ground situation in Pakistan is such that no sporting team would want to travel at this point of time,” said a leading Indian player.advertisementA scare has been created that if the ITF does not accede to India’s request, then it could result in a forfeiture. On Sunday night, the mood in the AITA and Davis Cup team was one of confidence.The worst case is if the ITF acts tough, India will get relegated to the Asia Ocenia Group 2.Also See;Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Davis CupFollow India vs PakistanFollow AITAFollow ITF AITA to press for neutral Davis Cup venueThe AITA had also written to the ITF last week that the tie be postponed. With no positive reply coming, the AITA has decided to press for a neutral venue.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Matador is Making the Adventure Packing Gear You NeedMatador is Making the Adventure Packing Gear You Need

first_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Packable adventure gear brand Matador is doing us a huge solid by making outdoor products that make us say “Torro! Torro!” to the daunting mountains and molehills we set out to explore.Founded by a former Senior Product Designer at GoPro, Chris Clearman took his design prowess to the world of outdoor solutions to innovate bags and blankets that fit the needs of a true, unadulterated adventurist. Whether it’s a weekend trip to Boston or an endurance trek at Machu Picchu, Matador’s mission is to “bring on the elements.” Its method? Get a gang of outdoor and adventure wildcards and have them do all the designing and testing.It all started as a simple pursuit to make a pocket-sized blanket in the confines of a 10 x 10-bedroom operation in San Francisco. The team was fed up with using their own jackets as blankets to sit on in the park or at a hike rest-stop. We’d bet money if you spend time outdoors you’ve run into the same problem.After uprooting to the adventurists basin of Boulder, Colorado in 2015, Matador swelled into a roughly 10-item range of drool-worthy and hyper useful duffels, packs, blankets, and camera carriers. Founder Clearman told The Manual that after the shocking success of the pocket blanket, “I was shopping for a trip and noticed I couldn’t find a single packable backpack that I actually wanted. It was all cheap junk, not real gear. I sat down and started designing one myself.”You can also credit some of Matador’s product expansion to its burgeoning ambassador team of 14 or so, including Hawaii-based photographer Kevin O’Reilly, graphic designer/mountain man Joel Matuszczak, and others with the literal job title of athlete, filmmaker, photographer, and thrill-seeker.Between the in-house crew and remote ambassadors, Matador’s vibe definitely has some kick behind it. When asked why all its products are gray, the initial response from their design team was, “because gray is the right color.” Once elaborated, you get a gist of just how proficient this brand is at hitting adventure on the head, and doing it with attitude. They added that gray doesn’t show dirt like white or black, it isn’t polarizing like orange or green, stylistically fits in the woods or city, and unlike white, can be worn after Labor Day.If you’re asking how exactly this team of misfits made Matador take off, assuming they took to Kickstarter or Indeigogo, we’ll correct that misconception with a sturdy hell no. Matador was created as a pure bootstrapped start-up, without outside influence from suits and investors. In today’s world of wannabe outdoor companies, this is almost unheard of… and largely why Matador’s products kick so much ass and have amounted a hardcore group of loyal followers.If you need another indicator of Matador’s popularity and design savvy, go try to buy its signature Transit30 Duffel, Daylite16 Backpack, or Camera Base Layer. Each adorn a harrowing Sold Out sign, and will be that way until mid-January 2017.That’s because pieces like the Transit 30 Duffel fit into your palm while being a 30-liter pack made of waterproof (not water-resistant, gents) siliconized Cordura ripstop material. For reference, Cordura is used amongst high-quality outdoor brands Black Diamond, Big Agnes, Eddie Bauer, Carhartt, and Astral.Another item to swoon over is the ultra lightweight, 68 grams (that’s lighter than an egg) Camera Base Layer, which looks like a down sleeping bag for your DSLR. But in the re-stocking meantime, we’re getting our hands on Matador’s most expensive pack, the Beast28 Packable Technical ($89.99), its Droplet Wet Bag ($14.99) (because we don’t recommend putting your sweaty cotton shirt with the rest of your dry clothes), and the always essential Matador Mini pocket blanket ($19.99). It’s about god damn time I stop using my technical baselayer as a blanket.Photos courtesy Matador. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bagslast_img read more

George Stephanopoulos And Ali Wentworth Honored At GLSEN Respect Awards – NewGeorge Stephanopoulos And Ali Wentworth Honored At GLSEN Respect Awards – New

first_imgGLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, honored George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Ilene Chaiken, Optimedia, Amber Schweitzer and the Academy for Young Writers Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at the 13th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards – New York on Monday, May 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street.Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos arrive at the GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for GLSEN Respect AwardsThe 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York continues through June 2 with an online auction via Charitybuzz that features items such as tickets to a Rangers game in the Fox Networks’ Madison Level Suite in Madison Square Garden; tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway, plus a backstage tour and gift bag; and VIP tickets to the Good Morning America 2016 Summer Concert Series in Central Park.Stephanopoulos and Wentworth were recognized for their dedication to improving the lives of young people and creating opportunities for marginalized communities. Accepting the award, Stephanopoulos said, “The great privilege we have to work at an organization like ABC News is that we have the chance to shine a light on issues where others might not go, to help bring people out of the shadows, to tell stories of people who are living their lives with courage and grace and grit in the face of incomprehension, in the face of hostility, in the face of a world which either doesn’t know how or doesn’t want to understand.”Ilene Chaiken, who was honored for providing LGBT young people with role models and increasing visibility through positive media representations of LGBT people in her work, said, “It’s disheartening that, even as we’ve made huge strides forward in the struggle for equality, our young people continue to face homophobic harassment, bullying and discrimination – not only at the hands of other students, but from teachers and parents and administrators. It’s enraging that we are again battling back ignorant efforts to enshrine new laws designed to deprive us of our human dignity. It’s disgusting – just disgusting – that our national politics is so rife with racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, reactionary and violent rhetoric. Our children deserve better. We all deserve better. That’s why we’re here tonight, standing with GLSEN.”The program also featured GLSEN National Student Council members from Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, who shared their own stories of why GLSEN’s work is important and how it has helped each of them in creating more positive school climates in their own communities.Other speakers included GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard; Empire star Jussie Smollett; Dave Ehlers, President of Optimedia; Tim Jones, CEO – Publicis Media, The Americas; Educator of the Year and Colorado teacher Amber Schweitzer; model Andreja Pejić; Michelle Eisenberg, Spencer Washington, Daniel Collado, Dio Ayala and Dasia Flemming from the Academy for Young Writers GSA – the GSA of the Year; television anchors Brooke Baldwin, Robin Roberts and Thomas Roberts; Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Education; Jordan Krantz, Abbie Faxon and Allie Faxon from Franklin County High School GSA; Del Ray Zimmerman, co-chair of GLSEN Middle Tennessee; Chief Control Officer of First Data Cindy Armine-Klein; and NYC Department of Education LGBTQ Liaison Jared Fox.The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.The 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York was co-chaired by Cindy Armine-Klein, Chely Blitzer-Wright, Barbara Frankel, Michel Mercure and Ryan Pedlow. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsors Optimedia, Target, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo, as well as Senior Sponsors First Data and JPMorgan Chase & Co.GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN’s Ally Week.last_img read more

Man dies on 2nd Hooghly Bridge in road accidentMan dies on 2nd Hooghly Bridge in road accident

first_imgKolkata: A person was killed and several others injured in a number of accidents in the city on Friday night till Saturday morning. A fatal accident was reported from second Hooghly Bridge under Hastings police station at around 12.03 am when the driver of a heavy goods vehicles died after his vehicle collided head-on with a container-laden trailer. The deceased, identified as Tribeni Yadav, was a resident of New Alipore. The driver of the trailer, Kamaleshwar Roy, sustained minor injuries and has been admitted to SSKM. Both the vehicles have been seized. In another accident at Hudco Crossing near Ultadanga, four persons including a driver were injured when an auto-rickshaw overturned at around 6.15 am on Saturday morning. The passengers and the driver were provided medical assistance at Maniktala ESI Hospital and later released. In another accident at Sarat Bose Road, a motorcyclist, identified as Jainal Abedin, was injured on being dashed by a private bus. The police are examining if the biker was wearing a helmet.last_img read more

Newly Elected CAF President Visits MoroccoNewly Elected CAF President Visits Morocco

Casabalanca – President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad arrived on Monday in Casablanca for a visit to Morocco at the invitation of head of the Moroccan Football Federation Faouzi Lakjaa. Ahmad Ahmad told the press that this visit, the first of its kind since he assumed the CAF presidency, is an occasion to discuss with Lakjaa means and ways to promote the football practice in the continent.Ahmed was elected on March 16 for a mandate of four years as head of the African body. During the election, which took place during CAF 39th ordinary general assembly in Addis Abeba, Ahmed got 34 votes against 20 for outgoing president Issa Hayatou, who has been in the position since 1988. read more

TSX moves higher amid rising commodities disappointing Talisman earningsTSX moves higher amid rising commodities disappointing Talisman earnings

The Toronto stock market was positive Wednesday amid disappointing news from the oil sector and rising commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 21.29 points to 12,810.31 while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 11.26 points to 1,210.2.The Canadian dollar was down 0.05 of a cent to 99.68 cents US.U.S. indexes were slightly higher as January retail sales met expectations with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 3.99 points to 14,022.69.The Nasdaq was 7.77 points higher to 3,194.26 and the S&P 500 index gained 3.23 points to 1,522.66.U.S. retail sales ticked up 0.1 per cent last month after a 0.5 per cent rise in December. January’s increase was in line with expectations and was the smallest in three months after higher taxes cut into Americans’ wages.“However, given continued job gains through the start of this year, we are assuming that this slowing in sales will prove temporary and that greater strength will emerge going forward,” said RBC Assistant Chief Economist Paul Ferley.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) recorded US$367 million or 37 cents per share in quarterly net income, beating forecasts of 16 cents a share. But the gain was mainly due to disposal of some assets and the company continued to feel the effects of low natural gas prices. Talisman posted revenue of $1.6 billion, which was $300 million less than what was expected and its shares dipped two cents to $12.54.Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI) posted US$497 million of adjusted earnings, or 60 cents per share in the latest quarter, compared with US$445 million or 54 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income attributable to common shareholders was US$372 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of US$2.6 billion.Thomson’s overall revenue, including discontinued operations, fell to $3.4 million from $3.6 billion, a five per cent decline. However, revenue from continuing operations was up two per cent from US$3.3 billion. Its shares were down 61 cents to C$30.11.Shares in CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE) were down 16 cents to $10.63 as the flight simulator builder said restructuring, integration and acquisition costs contributed to a reduced profit its fiscal third quarter.Montreal-based CAE says net income attributable to equity holders was $37.8 million or 15 cents per share, down from $45.6 million or 18 cents per share a year ago. Revenue for the quarter was up 15 per cent to $522.1 million.Traders are also taking in earnings during the day from Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) along with gold producers Kinross Gold (TSX:K) and Agnico-Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM).In the U.S., farm and construction equipment maker Deere & Co. says its first-quarter net income leaped 22 per cent to $649.7 million or $1.65 per share. Revenue rose almost 10 per cent to $7.42 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting earnings of $1.39 per share on revenue of $6.73 billion and its shares lost $1.69 to $92.28.Commodity prices were mainly higher as March copper was up a penny to US$3.75 a pound and the base metals sector was up 90.6 per cent. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 45 cents to C$34.42.The March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 29 cents to US$97.80 a barrel amid falling U.S. inventories.A report late Tuesday from the American Petroleum Institute showed a drop of 2.3 million barrels in U.S. crude stockpiles last week. If confirmed by data from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration to be released later Wednesday, it would be the first fall in crude supplies in over a month.A survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos., was expecting crude stocks to have risen by 2.5 million barrels.The energy sector climbed 0.2 per cent while Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) improved by 38 cents to C$31.28.The financials sector rose 0.25 per cent while Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) advanced 14 cents to $15.54.The gold sector fell 0.3 per cent as April bullion on the Nymex declined $1.30 to US$1,648.3 an ounce. Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) shed eight cents to $10.95.African Barrick Gold PLC (LSE:ABG) swung to a big loss in the fourth quarter as a major increase in its cost of sales more than offset slightly higher revenues. The company, majority owned by Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX), posted a net loss of just under US$46 million or 8.5 cents per share, down from a year-earlier profit of $55.1 million. Revenue rose to US$287.9 million from US$285.2 million. Barrick Gold faded 14 cents to C$32.41.Overseas, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index tumbled one per cent as the yen strengthened against the dollar following a pledge by finance ministers from the world’s major advanced economies to refrain from intentionally weakening their currencies.Finance ministers from the Group of Seven nations said in a statement following a meeting in Brussels that they remained committed to exchange rates driven by the market, not government or central bank policies.Traders interpreted the statement as a message directed at Japan, where the yen has plummeted against the dollar since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office and pushed the central bank for ultra-loose monetary policy.Australian stocks closed at their highest level since September 2008. The S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.9 per cent after the release of strong earnings from Commonwealth Bank of Australia and construction company Leighton Holdings.South Korea’s Kospi advanced 1.6 per cent. Markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam were closed for Lunar New Year holidays.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index edging up 0.16 per cent. Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.64 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.2 per cent. read more

Hamilton Police run School Bus Safety CampaignHamilton Police run School Bus Safety Campaign

Hamilton Police are focused on school bus safety as another school year kicks off.Drivers are being reminded to follow safe driving practices.Slow down:  The speed limit in school zones and near playgrounds are 40km/hr. Driver’s caught travelling 20 km/hr over the speed limit could face a $95 fine and three demerit points.Stop for School buses: If a school bus is flashing red lights and an extended stop arm, traffic in both directions must stop. Failing to stop could result in a $490 fine and six demerit points.Yield to Pedestrians at Crosswalks: Drivers must watch and pay attention to pedestrians at crosswalks, especially in school areas. Not doing so can mean a $180 fine and three  demerit points.Impeding Traffic: Consider safety when you stop your vehicle in an undesignated location. You put your child and other children at risk.School Bus Safety Enforcement runs from Sept. 4 to Sept. 15. read more

Canadian teams reimagine carbon dioxide emissions for 20M competitionCanadian teams reimagine carbon dioxide emissions for 20M competition

VANCOUVER – What if carbon dioxide emissions could be transformed from a liability into an asset?That’s the $20-million question behind the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize, a global competition to create technology that converts CO2 into valuable products.“In energy and climate, few ideas are as potentially transformative as the idea of turning the economics of CO2 and climate change on its head,” said Marcius Extavour, director of technical operations for the prize.Nine Canadian companies are among the 27 teams that have advanced to the semifinals, with innovations including harnessing photosynthesis to convert carbon and injecting CO2 into concrete.The multi-million dollar prize is funded by the industry group Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance and U.S. company NRG. Ten finalists will be announced in 2018 and a winner will be revealed in 2020.Here’s a look at some of the Canadian semifinalists:Ingenuity Lab — EdmontonIngenuity Lab director Carlo Montemagno has engineered a new way to capture CO2 from industrial gas emissions. His technology harnesses photosynthesis, the process plants use to convert carbon dioxide into chemical energy using light.The technology mimics the biochemical reactions of photosynthesis in non-living materials to generate the energy to transform the carbon dioxide into valuable products. It takes the CO2 from flue gas and builds the carbons up into long chains, with the result being that 47 different specialty chemicals can be produced.Montemagno added that plants require a significant amount of energy to grow, so they’re not very efficient at sequestering carbon to produce value-added chemicals. But in his technology, no energy has to be spent to keep an organism alive, so all the output can go toward the products that one wants to create.“This efficiency is game-changing, opening up new opportunities for the sustainable production of products we all need from waste,” he said in an email.Terra CO2 Technologies — VancouverTerra CO2 Technologies is developing a technique to transform acid rock drainage and carbon dioxide emissions — two damaging byproducts of mining — into a stable substance.Acid rock drainage refers to the acidic water that results when sulfide minerals are exposed to air and water and produce sulphuric acid, which is harmful to wildlife if it leaks into waterways. Mining companies must use costly methods to contain the drainage, including treating it with lime and storing it in large tailings ponds.Terra CEO Dylan Jones said the company aims to solve the environmental threat of acid rock drainage and save mining companies money. Their technology treats the drainage through an electrochemical process that separates the sulfur from the mineral.The company uses a common iron-sulfide mineral called pyrite or “fool’s gold” as an example. It pulls CO2 out of the air and combines with the iron to make an iron carbonate, which is stable in normal atmospheric conditions and doesn’t produce any acid.“Our application for the technology is huge for the mining industry,” said Jones. “We’re looking at it as a cost-saving technology.”Carbicrete — MontrealCement produces a great deal of greenhouse gas emissions — about one tonne of CO2 for every tonne of cement. That’s why Carbicrete invented a way to make concrete without using cement.Instead of using cement to bind together the concrete, the company uses steel slag, a byproduct of the steel-making process that mostly ends up in landfills. In doing so, it avoids the CO2 emissions associated with cement.Mehrdad Mahoutian, who originally invented the technology at McGill University, added that precast concrete products are normally cured with heat and steam, but Carbicrete cures its concrete with CO2 gas, which permanently sequesters the CO2 and keeps it out of the atmosphere.In effect, the product is carbon-negative concrete.“We’re taking garbage, and we’re turning it into a valuable product and solving climate change all in one step,” said CEO Chris Stern.CarbonCure Technologies — Dartmouth, N.S.Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies has also developed a way to use CO2 to make better concrete.The company takes CO2 from any industrial source — a power plant or a refinery, for example — and injects it into concrete, where it is sequestered and turned into a solid. The process reduces the carbon footprint of the product by taking CO2 out of the air and turning it into a solid material, which happens to make concrete stronger, and also cuts down the concrete producer’s costs.There is more concrete manufactured on the earth than any other material, so this technology has the potential to reduce significant quantities of CO2, said vice-president of sustainability Jennifer Wagner.“The technology makes concrete stronger, greener and less expensive to manufacture.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 8, 2017 5:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 8, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian teams reimagine carbon dioxide emissions for $20M competition read more

Head of UN rights probe on DPR Korea urges accountability for unspeakableHead of UN rights probe on DPR Korea urges accountability for unspeakable

“The Commission of Inquiry found systematic, widespread and grave human rights violations occurring in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It also found a disturbing array of crimes against humanity,” said Chairman Michael Kirby in Geneva during a dialogue with members of the UN Human Rights Council. The Council set up the Commission of Inquiry in March 2013 with a one-year mandate to investigate several alleged human rights violations, including those concerning the right to food and those associated with prison camps; torture and inhuman treatment; arbitrary detention; discrimination; freedom of expression, movement and religion; the right to life; and enforced disappearances, including abductions of nationals to other countries.The result was an unprecedented 400-page set of linked reports and supporting documents – initially released on 17 February – culled from first-hand testimony from victims and witnesses, revealing, according to the Commission, crimes that “arose from policies established at the highest level of the State.” In the today’s discussion with the Council, Mr. Kirby said the scale, duration and nature of the atrocities committed in the DPRK revealed a totalitarian State carrying out crimes that were being ignored by the rest of the world. “What is important now is how the international community will act on the report.” “A compelling report and wide media coverage are good, but woefully insufficient,” he said, urging UN Member States and the wider international community, to accept their responsibility to protect and implement all the recommendations contained in the report, especially those related to accountability, including referral of the situation of the DPRK to the ICC. As for the country in question, Mr. Kirby and the Commission challenged the DPRK to respect the human rights of its citizens. The country was also urged to immediately and unconditionally implement all of the recommendations of the report. “The Commission also urges all countries, including China, to respect the principle of non-refoulement,” he added, referring to protecting refugees from being returned to places where their lives or freedoms could be threatened.Mr. Kirby said that the Commission’s findings had been characterized by Pyongyang as “sheer lies and fabrications” deliberately cooked up, and that the three-member body itself had been accused of politicizing human rights.“The Commission did not ask anyone to blindly believe what it said,” he declared, underscoring that testimonies from hundreds of witnesses who spoke to the Commission of extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortion and other sexual violence could be read in the report. “Their testimony is not only in these documents, but also on the internet ¬– but these were denied to the ordinary people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It should be asked why this regime forbade such access,” said Mr. Kirby, who asked: “If letting victims raise their voices was politicizing human rights, how could these victims then be helped?”All efforts to initiate dialogue and offer cooperation had been spurned by the DPRK, he said. However, the Commission obtained first-hand testimony through public hearings with about 80 witnesses in Seoul, Tokyo, London and Washington D.C., and more than 240 confidential interviews with victims and other witnesses, including in Bangkok. Eighty formal submissions were also received from different entities. Along with its chairman, Mr. Kirby, a retired judge from Australia, the Commission comprises Sonja Biserko, founder and president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, and Marzuki Darusman, former Attorney General of Indonesia and the current UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK. read more

As human caravan moves through Mexico full respect needed for national controlAs human caravan moves through Mexico full respect needed for national control

Answering questions from reporters at the daily press briefing on Monday, UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, said that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), had been boosting resources on the ground, as the caravan of mainly Honduran refugees and migrants made its way north, across the border between Guatemala and Mexico.Mr. Haq said that UN Secretary-General António Guterres was urging all parties to abide by international law, including the principle of “full respect for countries’ rights to manage their own borders.”According to media reports, what started as a small group of under 200 just a few days ago, has grown considerably. Mr. Haq told journalists that “it is estimated that the caravan comprises some 7,233 persons, many of whom intend to continue the march north.”US President Donald Trump has reportedly responded to the march, by threatening to cut off foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador should the caravan of people fleeing their homeland, attempt to cross into the US illegally.Earlier this week, a UN rights expert urged Member States not to prioritize security concerns over the basic human rights of migrants and refugees.“UNHCR has reinforced its capacity in Southern Mexico, with the deployment of an emergency team drawn from across Mexico’s operations,” said Mr. Haq. “The office now has 32 people on the ground, in the border, Ciudad Hidalgo, and Tapachula.”He added that these numbers will increase in the coming days, explaining that the agency’s aim was to ensure that travelers are fully informed regarding their rights to asylum, along with providing legal advice and humanitarian assistance.The IOM has reported large numbers of people arriving in Mexico who will likely remain in the country for an “extended period,” Mr. Haq said, explaining that most individuals have crossed irregularly and are gathering in makeshift shelters. read more

Microsoft SharePoint RIM lance une application pour BlackBerryMicrosoft SharePoint RIM lance une application pour BlackBerry

first_imgMicrosoft SharePoint : RIM lance une application pour BlackBerryLa suite logicielle professionnelle Microsoft SharePoint est désormais disponible sur les BlackBerry. L’application vient d’être mise en ligne par la firme canadienne Research in Motion (RIM).Sur le site Internet (lien non disponible) dédié à ses smartphones BlackBerry, RIM annonce l’arrivée de l’application Microsfoft SharePoint pour ses clients professionnels. Jusqu’alors, les utilisateurs des terminaux de RIM étaient contraints de passer par un site web pour pouvoir se connecter au service. À lire aussiPour Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, il y a 4 fois plus de Windows Phone vendus en 2012 qu’en 2011L’intérêt premier des Sharepoint 2007 et 2011 est le partage entre utilisateurs de divers documents qu’elle rend possible, et ce via l’utilisation de la passerelle du serveur d’entreprise sécurisé BlackBerry Enterprise Server.L’application offre, en outre, l’accès aux e-mails, au moteur de recherche, ainsi qu’au navigateur et au calendrier. Elle permet aussi de créer des documents Office et PDF,  modifiables grâce à l’application Documents To Go, intégrée nativement dans les smartphones BlackBerry. Enfin, la suite permet d’accéder et de mettre à jours ses blogs et wikis depuis son BlackBerry, ou de mener des recherches de contenus dans les sites SharePoint.Le 6 octobre 2011 à 20:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more