Innovation! New Cement Absorbs Air Pollution

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHow great is this?? It’s what I call, News to Enthuse… An Italian company has begun marketing a cement that is capable of absorbing pollution from vehicles.   Italcementi spent 10 years developing a product that is capable of reducing urban pollution by more than 40 percent. (Monsters and Critics) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

SWMEP, CIMREG Ink MoU for Collaboration on Marine Renewables Development

first_imgRepresentatives from the South West Marine Energy Park (SWMEP) and the Channel Islands Marine Energy Group (CIMREG) met in London at the International Tidal Energy Summit on Wednesday to finalise details of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two organisations.The MoU, signed today between the Channel Islands and the South West of the UK on marine renewable energy, recognises the compatibility of the two regions on this important new opportunity for economic growth and low carbon energy security. The partnership brings together an excellent mix of world class energy resources and organisations with academic, technical and industrial expertise in marine renewable energy.The agreement is signed by Peter Kydd (Director of strategic consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff and the chair of the SWMEP) and by a representative of each island, Francis Simonet – chair of Policy committee – Alderney, Deputy Al Brouard – Deputy Minister for Commerce and Employment – Guernsey, Deputy Rob Duhamel – Minister for Planning and Environment – Jersey and Conseiller Andrew Bache – General Purposes and Advisory Committee – Sark.The agreement outlines a commitment on all parties to work together for the benefit of the marine renewable energy sector across the South West of the UK and the Channel Islands, sharing information and working together to support joint initiatives that will increase the amount of installed MWs of technology and create new jobs. Through collaborative research and development CIMREG and SWMEP will look to support the development of renewable energy projects in each other’s waters.Deputy Brouard said: This is a good opportunity to forge long term links with the industry in the UK that will allow us to be in a position to move with the industry and longer term, make the most of the natural resources we have at our disposal in the Channel Islands.Building on an existing relationship and joint work undertaken by the two regions, the first step under this new MOU will be to meet at the next Bristol Tidal Energy Forum in March 2014, a key, industry led event in the SWMEP calendar. CIMREG will bring a delegation to the conference and will be invited to present to over a hundred key organisations in the South West marine energy sector.Building on an existing relationship and joint work undertaken by the two regions, the first step under this new MOU will be to meet at the next Bristol Tidal Energy Forum in March 2014, a key, industry led event in the SWMEP calendar. CIMREG will bring a delegation to the conference and will be invited to present to over a hundred key organisations in the South West marine energy sector.Francis Simonet explained: Alderney is pleased to be party to this agreement which can only help in our quest to ensure that the energy in our waters is capable of being delivered into the UK.  We have worked hard to ensure an all islands approach and this is a significant step which demonstrates our commitment to working together.Deputy Rob Duhamel commented: I am delighted to be able to work alongside the other Channel Islands and our colleagues in the South West on renewable energy. There is no doubt that in the future the right project could bring significant environmental and economic benefits to the whole region and it is essential that we all work together to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome in the long term.Roger Olsen, Sark Renewables Advisor: We are happy to share information and look forward to playing our small part in helping marine renewables forward.Press Release, December 03, 2013last_img read more

New uniforms for Combine Taxi drivers

first_imgCombine Taxi Association drivers displaying the new uniformsWhen the 2013/2014 cruise ship season opens here later this month, two hundred and twenty taxi drivers of the Combine Taxi Association are expected to be better groomed. That’s after Josephine Gabriel and Company partnered with the Association in sponsoring uniforms to its members. The company presented 320 shirts at an estimated cost of EC $10, 000 to the Association at a small ceremony at the Calypso House in Bath Estate on Wednesday. “We are hoping that working with Josephine Gabriel, when we go to the Bayfront from October 24th we will see a much more uniformed and tidy looking taxi operators,” president of the Association Kelly Williams said. He reminded the operators that “it’s not only about wearing the shirt but remember when you have the logo on you have to carry yourself in a professional manner”. Mr Williams also stated that the gesture would help market the company’s bottled water since a number of the tours go to the Trois Piton area. “We were looking at partnering with a private sector company and we spoke to about half a dozen and the decision was to go with Josephine Gabriel & Company and to work with a product that is not alcoholic and we figure that one of the good things we can promote while we doing our work is the Trios Pitons water”.Meanwhile, sales and marketing manager at Josephine Gabriel & Company, Jenevieve Bully called on the taxi drivers to wear their shirts with pride as they provide exceptional service to all visitors to the island. The uniforms bear the Coca-Cola and Trois Piton water logos. Dominica Vibes News 56 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews New uniforms for Combine Taxi drivers by: – October 2, 2013 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Cricket News Watch: Gautam Gambhir Wants DDCA Dissolved After Officials Engage In Fist Fight At Meeting

first_imgFormer India opener Gautam Gambhir on Sunday urged the BCCI to “dissolve” Delhi and District Cricket Association. He also tweeted a video of the incident and demanded bans for officials of the state body, who were involved in fracas during its Annual General Meeting.Gambhir, a BJP Member of Parliament, described the incident during the AGM as “shameful”.”DDCA GOES “ALL OUT” …AND DDCA IS ALL OUT FOR A SHAMEFUL DUCK. Look, how handful of crooks are making mockery of an institution. I’d urge @BCCI  @SGanguly99 @JayShah to dissolve @delhi_cricket immediately. Surely, sanctions or even a life ban for those involved,” Gambhir tweeted. New Delhi: Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) officials engaged in a fist fight during the state cricket body’s annual general meeting on Sunday. A DDCA release stated that all the members unanimously “passed the resolutions and agendas” but sources told PTI that the AGM had its share of drama. Blows were exchanged and ruling group’s joint secretary Rajan Manchanda was slapped by opposition’s Maqsood Alam during the meeting.A source said the AGM was “disrupted by supporters of general secretary Vinod Tihara after resolution 3, 4 and removal of its Ombudsman Justice (Retd) Badar Durrez Ahmed was defeated by almost 75 percent” of the members.The DDCA appointed Justice (Retd) Deepak Verma as its new Ombudsman replacing Badar, only a day after the latter asked DDCA members to exercise restraint. It was on Badar’s suggestion, that the proceedings at the AGM were video recorded.”The supporters of Vinod Tihara also manhandled MLA Shri Om Prakash Sharma and the attendance register was also snatched,” the source added.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cattle prices up

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Talented Irish Teams set for glory at Europeans

first_imgBoth the European Ladies and Girls Team Championships are taking place this week in Iceland and Norway. The teams are competing in the annual tournament and have high hopes of securing a top table finish. The ladies team includes GB&I Curtis Cup stars Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) and Maria Dunne (Skerries). Mehaffey has several titles under her belt this year, including the Irish Close, Irish Open Stroke Play and Welsh Ladies Open Stoke Play Championships. Dunne, a leader and role model for many of her teammates finished third at the Scottish Open Stroke Play and secured 2 from 4 points which greatly helped GB&I lift the Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire.They will also be joined by US based Jessica Carty (Holywood), who was recently named Summit League Golfer of the Year, Louise Coffey (Malone) who won the Woodbrook Scratch Cup and reached the Irish Close final at Lahinch, Jessica Ross (Donaghadee), who finished runner-up at both the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play and the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament and last but not least Sinead Sexton (Lahinch), Irish Close leading qualifier and semi-finalist.For further information on the European Ladies’ Amateur Team Championships please visit the official website HERE.European Ladies Team Championships – Oddur GC (Iceland)Jessica Carty (Holywood)Louise Coffey (Malone)Maria Dunne (Skerries)Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co. Down Ladies)Jessica Ross (Clandeboye)Sinead Sexton (Lahinch)Non Travelling Reserve: Paula Grant (Lisburn)Team Captain: Sinead Keane (Royal Curragh/Naas)Team Coach: Donal ScottThe girls’ are fielding a great team, all of whom have experience of golfing at an elite level. Rachel Thompson (Cork) will make her first International debut after a stunning year of consistent and noticeable scoring. The Cork native finished tied 21st at the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play and showcased her skills at Lahinch for the Irish Close Championship. She will join Munster Champion Valerie Clancy (Killarney), 2015 Junior Vagliano players Mairead Martin (Killarney) and Annabel Wilson (Lurgan), the Island’s Julie McCarthy and Lurgan member Niamh McSherry.For further information on the European Girls’ Amateur Team Championships please visit the official website HERE.European Girls Team Championships – Oslo GC (Norway)Valerie Clancy (Killarney)Mairead Martin (Killarney)Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)Niamh McSherry (Lurgan)Rachel Thompson (Cork)Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)Non Travelling Reserve: Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden)Team Captain: Gemma Butler (Birr)Team Coach: Chris Jellyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Each competitor plays 18 holes stroke play on both Tuesday and Wednesday and the five lowest aggregate scores from each day count towards the team total. The qualifying stroke play scores will then determine a seeded order for match play. Teams one to eight qualify for the top flight, nine through to 16 for flight two and the teams in flight three play a round robin, with the teams qualifying 17th playing the teams qualifying 20th, 19th and 18th on days 3, 4 and 5, respectively.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball: Jan. 14 Scoreboard

first_imgThe Lady Demons were outrebounded by 10 (34-24), but were able to grab offensive boards at key times. NSU converted their five offensive rebounds into five points, including a drought-busting two free throws by Ndey Sonko at the 11:10 mark.Before Sonko’s free throws, neither team had scored since Tia Youngblood scored from the low block with 16:51 to play in the game. Northwestern State 66, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 59NATCHITOCHES, La. – Janelle Perez has made a difference in numerous ways in her three seasons at Northwestern State. – Return to top – Abilene Christian 79, McNeese State 59Northwestern State 66, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 59 In the Southland Conference portion of the 2014-15 season, it has been as a scorer. For the third time in five conference games, Perez topped the 20-point mark, scoring 18 points in the second half alone, as the Lady Demons rallied past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 66-59, on Wednesday night at the American Bank Center. Led by Perez, the Lady Demons (10-6, 5-0 Southland) are off to their best conference start since 2003-04 when they won their first 11 games. Abilene Christian 79, McNeese State 59LAKE CHARLES, La. – Abilene Christian women’s basketball broke away from its traditional lineup for the first time all season and the change certainly accomplished its desired effect as the Wildcats started and finished strong to stun McNeese State, 75-59, Wednesday night at Burton Coliseum.The win snapped a season-long four-game losing skid for the Wildcats, improving their season and Southland Conference marks to 8-6 and 1-3, while the Cowgirls fell to 8-7  and 2-2. It was only the second loss all season at home for McNeese.Suzzy and Lizzy Dimba along with guards Alexis Mason and Whitney West remained in the lineup for the 23rd consecutive game dating back to last season, but head coach Julie Goodenough opted to have sophomore forward Sydney Shelstead come off the bench tonight while starting junior guard Paris Webb.And each player unquestionably proved to be a major contributor.Webb totaled 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with a pair of threes, pulled down four rebounds and dished out four assists through 33 minutes in her first start as a Wildcat.Shelstead, meanwhile, put up starter numbers, registering her sixth double-double of the season, coming down with 14 rebounds and scoring 19 points in 28 minutes.The Wildcats led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but that advantage was gone by halftime and the Cowgirls continued to roll offensively through the opening moments of the second half and grabbed a 10-point lead (49-39) following a three-point play by Talisa Boyd at the 17:08 mark.Shockingly though, as fast as the Cowgirls offense could appear, it would disappear just as quick – and for long stretches of time. The bucket by Boyd would be McNeese’s last for close to seven minutes as the Wildcats struck back with a 14-1 run to regain the lead at 53-50, and right after the Cowgirls connected on consecutive baskets within 10 seconds at the midway point to go up 54-53, they again were held without a field goal for three minutes.It was during the latter scoring drought with about 9:30 remaining that Shelstead began to take off on offense, scoring six straight points for the Wildcats followed by a big 3-pointer off the bench from sophomore Ellyn Avery with 7:25 to go.Avery added a second basket a minute later and by the final media timeout the Wildcats had their second 15-point lead of the night at 71-56 thanks to a layup and a ‘and one’ from Shelstead.ACU finished the game on a 36-10 over the final 15:53 after McNeese took its largest lead of the evening.ACU started tonight incredibly efficient on offense, knocking down five of its first seven field goal attempts, the last of which forced McNeese to call a timeout with 16:08 remaining. The Dimbas were responsible for ACU’s first 12 points with both Lizzy and Suzzy burying a 3-pointer.Shelstead came in following the first media timeout and broke the Dimbas’ streak with a layup that made it 14-4 in ACU’s favor and capped a 7-0 run. Moments later ACU went off on a mini 3-point binge as long-distance buckets by Lizzy Dimba, West and two from Webb gave the Wildcats a 28-13 lead.But the Cowgirls quickly transitioned to a full-court press following the second media stoppage that resulted in five turnovers and 11-straight points as ACU went scoreless from 9:43 to 6:17. That run cut the Wildcats lead down to 30-26.A Shelstead basket eventually snapped ACU’s scoreless streak, but the Wildcats couldn’t regain the offensive firepower that carried them through the first ten minutes as they hit just two more field goals over the final six minutes.McNeese went on a 13-4 run during the final four minutes of first half, during which a bucket by Verdin made it a one-possession game at the 2:09 mark. Then Allison Baggett tied the score for the first time with a 3-pointer at :45 seconds, and Boyd gave the home team its first lead a mere 10 seconds.A Jalyn Johnson free throw put McNeese ahead at halftime, 39-36.ACU started the half shooting .571 (12-21) from the floor and .600 (6-10) from 3-point range, but finished 3-14 (.214) and 0-5 (.000).McNeese shot .472 in the first half (.17-36) despite missing 10 3-pointers. Baggett had the most points with 12 as she connected on 5-of-7 attempts. She then hit her first of the second half, kick starting a 10-3 run that put the Cowgirls ahead by 10 points three minutes in.That’s as good as it would get, however, for McNeese as the Cowgirls went stone cold from the field for the remainder of the contest, finishing 24-of-66 (.364) from the field and 4-27 (.148) from beyond the arc.Baggett led all Cowgirls with 17 points, but none of her teammates reached double figures either in scoring or rebounds as ACU won the battle off the glass, 42-36 (23-14 in second half).In addition to Shelstead’s 14 boards, Mason and both Dimbas each pulled down six rebounds. Suzzy Dimbaalso added two blocks.The Wildcats didn’t make any trips to the free throw line in the first half, but connected on 8-of-11 tries in the second half led by Mason, who went 4-of-4 and West who went 2-of-2 after hitting the front end of a one-and-one with 5:03 remaining.ACU employed all of four lineups through 30 games last season with Renata Marquez, West, Mason, and Suzzy and Lizzy Dimba as its most frequent combination (18g).The Wildcats return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. for a home showdown vs. the defending Southland Conference champions from Stephen F. Austin that will follow the men’s nationally televised game against the Lumberjacks. The men’s contest tips at 11 a.m. on CBS Sports Network. Joining Perez in double figures were Chelsea Rogers (14) and Keisha Lee (10). The NSU trio combined to hit all 10 of the Lady Demons’ 3-pointers on a combined 19 attempts. Buoyed by Perez’ efficiency, Northwestern State committed just six turnovers, a season low, and allowed just four points off of those turnovers. Conversely, NSU forced 13 turnovers and scored 12 points off the Islanders (6-9, 2-2) miscues.center_img Their combined 52 points allowed the Lady Demons to overcome a 24-point outburst from the Islanders’ Shay Weaver, who controlled the early action, and a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds from Camesha Davis. After a back-and-forth first 10 minutes, the Islanders appeared to take control as NSU endured a 3:45 drought between field goals.  The Lady Demons trailed by nine on two occasions in the first half, the second time with 5:28 to play on a pair of Jennifer Ramirez free throws. Perez, the reigning SLC Player of the Week and the league’s leading scorer in conference games, played a pivotal role in bringing the Lady Demons back, draining a pair of 3-pointers. – Return to top – Weaver carried the Islanders offense, scoring Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s first seven points of the game and assisting on Kassie Jones’ 3-pointer that snapped a 7-all tie. Weaver finished the first half with 13 points and two assists. Northwestern State stormed back with a  10-0 run, capped by Beatrice Attura’s driving scoop shot with 51 seconds to play, to take a one-point lead. The lead didn’t last as Weaver hit a jumper on the ensuing possession to give the Islanders their one-point halftime lead, 31-30.last_img read more

A joule of an energy-efficient car

first_img27 October 2010South Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule. The battery-operated six-seater was designed by local boy Keith Helfet, an internationally distinguished vehicle designer who, before opening his own consultancy, was a key designer at Jaguar.He was brought on board by mechanical engineer Kobus Meiring, CEO of the Joule’s Cape Town-based manufacturer Optimal Energy. Something of a legend in engineering circles, Meiring helped develop South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter, and later project managed the Southern African Large Telescope, which was completed on budget and on time.The Joule debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 and has since received a facelift at the Milan-based Zagato Total Design Centre. It will comply fully with global safety standards, and Optimal is aiming for a five-star rating from the Euro New Car Assessment Programme.The Joule’s prototype phase is now complete, and the necessary modifications made. But before the commercial version hits the streets, further refinements and feedback from consumers and the media will be incorporated into a test fleet, which will be hand-built, like the prototype, by Hi-Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape province.The Joule is expected to go into full-scale production at the end of 2013, to appear on showroom floors in mid-2014. The car’s South African price will be somewhere between US$32 300 (R220 800) and $39 000 (R266 600) in today’s terms, and export is also on the cards.The car is made of eco-friendly materials with a local content of at least 50%. It will also feature a roof-mounted solar panel as an option.Optimal maintains that charging the Joule will not place an extra strain on South Africa’s sometimes-fragile national electricity grid. The plan is for Joules to plug in to charge at night, as local utility Eskom has extra capacity between 11pm and 6am.With its battery range of around 300km, regenerative brake system, fewer moving parts and zero engine emission, the Joule is set to change the way South Africans drive.This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

BRICS give credit to local currencies

first_img14 April 2011Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the BRICS grouping of influential developing countries – have signed an agreement to use their own currencies instead of the predominant US dollar in issuing credit or grants to each other.The Times of India reported that the first-of-its-kind agreement was signed at the third BRICS Leaders Meeting in Sanya, China on Thursday.“Our designated banks have signed a framework agreement on financial cooperation which envisages grant of credit in local currencies and cooperation in capital markets and other financial services,” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at a news conference with the other BRICS leaders.According to the The Times of India, the five BRICS economies together hold around 40 percent of the world’s currency reserves, the majority of which is still in US dollars.The interbank co-operation agreement was signed by Luciano Coutinho, president of Brazil’s development bank BNDES; TCA Ranganathan, president of India’s Exim bank; Vladimir Dmitriev, chairman of Russia’s Vnesheconombank; Gao Jin, deputy president of the China Development Bank; and Jabu Moleketi, chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa.News agency Reuters reported on Thursday that the China Development Bank was ready to pump up to 10-billion yuan of loans into Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa this year.“Chen Yuan, the bank head, said the yuan loans, as part of the BRICS efforts to reduce the use of US dollar in bilateral trade and investment, would focus on big projects in oil, natural gas and infrastructure fields,” Reuters reported.The Times of India noted, however, that the agreement was limited to credit, and did not extend to trade.Reuters also reported that the agreement was an in-principle one, with no discussion of amounts to be loaned or targeted projects, although Chen was quoted as telling reporters on the sidelines of the summit that the focus would be “on existing projects, because it generally takes a few years to prepare for new large projects.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Boeing invests in better battery power

first_imgZunum’s electric-jet hybrid could benefit from Boeing’s battery investment. Photo: Zunum New battery technology that’s lighter, less likely to catch fire and delivers a higher energy density has caught the eye of US aerospace giant Boeing.Boeing is investing in California-based start-up  Cuberg Inc. which is  developing next-generation battery technology for potential aerospace and industrial applications.The technology combines a lithium metal anode, a highly stable proprietary electrolyte and a high-voltage cathode to achieve high energy density and thermal durability. It is designed to be a drop-in solution for off-the-shelf lithium-ion battery manufacturing equipment.Both Boeing and Airbus are investigating electric propulsion and the US manufacturer is also backing a Seattle-based start-up, Zunum Aero, planning to bring a small hybrid-electric commuter plane to the market in 2022.READ: Electric-jet hybrid could rekindle services to small cities.Boeing is also keenly aware of the limitations of battery technology after overheating problems with the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries grounded the fledgling fleet in 2013. The company subsequently made design changes to address the problem.The new investment is being made through Boeing’s innovation cell, HorizonX Ventures, which was behind the investment in Zunum.Since its establishment in April 2017,  HorizonX has also invested in autonomous systems, wearable technologies and artificial intelligence.  However, Cuberg is HorizonX’s first investment in energy storage.“Cuberg’s battery technology has some of the highest energy density we’ve seen in the marketplace, and its unique chemistries could prove to be a safe, stable solution for future electric air transportation,” HorizonX vice president Steve Nordlund said.Cuberg was founded by founded by Stanford University researchers and chief executive Richard Wang said the partnership with the aerospace giant would allow the company to extend its battery capabilities to help  power aerospace platforms.“With funding from Boeing, we will expand both our team and our research and development facilities to help customers integrate our batteries into their products, while also scaling up our technology to fully automated production,”  he said.last_img read more