A bear is spotted early Monday evening walking down Chamisa Street. Photo by Philip WolframA bear is spotted early Monday evening roaming around Chamisa Street. Photo by Philip Wolfram
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Today, in the project’s latest development, German vehicle manufacturer Audi has said it is partnering with the environmental-start up and will promote a future technology with the project.The Icelandic facility draws in air and feeds it into the CO2 collector, which contains a selective filter material that uses an adsorbent to bind the CO2 in the air. When the filter is saturated with CO2, it is heated to 100°C using water from nearby geothermal plants to release the CO2 molecules.Water from the plant then flows through the facility and transports the CO2 roughly 2,000 meters underground. The CO2 molecules react through natural mineralisation processes with the basalt rock and are converted to carbonates over a period of several years.The water then returns to the cycle of the geothermal power plant. The facility will operate 24/7 and will filter 4,000 metric tonnes from the atmosphere, one quarter of which will be credited to Audi.Hagen Seifert, Head of Sustainable Product Concepts at Audi, said, “From a scientific perspective, the adsorption of CO2 from the atmosphere is an important measure in addition to reducing emissions for reaching the group’s climate targets.”“We are contributing to decarbonisation through our involvement in the Climeworks CO2 capture project.”Audi has been supporting the development of CO2 capturing technology from Climeworks since 2013. Two years ago, the companies built a facility in Switzerland that filters CO2 from the air and provides it to the beverage industry.
Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has announced that its PLAT-O, the first tidal energy system to generate power off the south coast of England, demonstrated that the cost of tidal energy is rapidly coming down with such systems coming on stream.Jason Hayman, Managing Director of SME, said: “It’s a huge achievement for the team. PLAT-O has been generating power consistently, reliably and, most importantly has behaved as we predicted it would. The mooring solution we have developed and employed is as steady as a rock. “The installation operation went very smoothly and it absolutely goes to show that tidal energy devices can be installed in a low cost and efficient manner. Developing systems and deploying them in these strong tidal flows is a massive challenge but we have nailed it. The cost of tidal energy is coming down rapidly with systems like PLAT-O coming on stream.”PLAT-O is a buoyant platform that is taut moored to the seabed using an anchoring solution that has also been developed by SME. It sits under the surface of the water and offers a number of other benefits including enhanced yield and survivability due to its position in the water column, which also ensures that surface vessels can pass safely overhead, SME said. Besides a surface marker buoy, the system is not visible on the surface.The company PLAT-O is compatible with most leading tidal turbine technologies, and it can be adapted to suit a wide range of configurations.Matt Slatter, Chairman of SME, said: “It has been a very busy and very exciting time for the team at SME. The completion of our testing programme in the Solent is a major milestone and the culmination of three years of hard work. PLAT-O has lived up to expectations and we are now focusing on the deployment of PLAT-O at the European Marine Energy Centre and the build of the second PLAT-O. With the support of Scottish Enterprise, we are building the team to deliver a farm of PLAT-O systems generating up to 1MW of power at EMEC by the end of 2016.”PLAT-O was fitted with two SCHOTTEL HYDRO turbines and Leask Marine, an Orkney based company, provided the multi-cat, C-Salvor, along with deck crew and a dive team with extensive experience working in strong tidal environments for the marine operations.
FMC Technologies, Inc., an American global provider of equipment and services for the energy industry, has informed that its net income for the second quarter of 2015 has been cut by more than half to $107.9 million from $226.3 million in the same period last year. The company posted a second quarter 2015 revenue of $1.7 billion, down 15% from the prior-year quarter primarily due to the continued decline in the North American land market and its severe impact on its Surface Technologies segment revenue.According to FMC Technologies, total inbound orders were $1.4 billion, including $1 billion in Subsea Technologies orders. Backlog for the company was $5.3 billion, including Subsea Technologies backlog of $4.7 billion.“Subsea orders were stronger in the second quarter, as we received just over $1.0 billion of awards,” said John Gremp, Chairman and CEO of FMC Technologies. “We have increased confidence of exceeding $3 billion of subsea awards this year. Because our execution remains solid, we maintain our expectation of delivering Subsea Technologies margins of approximately 15 percent for the full year. “Our Surface Technologies segment was severely impacted by the decline in North American activity. We continue to take actions to change our business model and improve our operating effectiveness to address current market conditions and to be well positioned as the market improves.” Subsea TechnologiesSubsea Technologies second quarter revenue was $1.2 billion, down 7 percent from the prior-year quarter due to the strength of the U.S. dollar. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, total revenue increased by $62.2 million year-over-year.Subsea Technologies operating profit decreased 5 percent from the prior-year quarter to $183.5 million, primarily due to the decrease in revenue and $5.4 million of business restructuring costs. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, total operating profit increased by $15.3 million year-over-year.Subsea Technologies inbound orders for the second quarter were $1 billion and backlog was $4.7 billion.OutlookIn its quarterly results report, the company said it expects at least $3 billion of Subsea Technologies awards in 2015.[mappress mapid=”2222″]
1 of 4 An interfaith open-air prayer meeting was held at Vygieskraal informal settlement, better known as the Vlei, to pray for those who died in the fire. Picture: Supplied A fire ripped through the Vygieskraal informal settlement better known as the Vlei last Monday. Relief continues to pour in for over 800 victims of a fire which broke out in the Vygieskraal informal settlement, better known as the “Vlei”, last week, and claimed the life of a toddler.The fire which took more than eight hours to extinguish, ripped through the shacks, wendy houses, and brick houses at about 2pm on Monday October 21, killing an adult male and a 3-year-old boy. The cause of the fire is still unknown, said Jermaine Carelse, spokesman for the City of Cape Town’s fire services. Gerhardus Devries Dock, Dean of the Western Cape circuit ofthe Lutheran Church, said it is believed children had been playing in a shack at the southern part of the back of the settlement where the fire started. They had apparently locked the door and the fire broke out in the shack. The children were unable to get out and the three-year-old boy died as well as the man who tried to help them get out of the shack.“Everyone noticed that something was burning. We immediately called the fire brigade who came around 3pm and battled to hose down the fire. By that time the fire spread to the entire Vlei,” he said.Residents had taken refuge at the houses of family members and some at the Lutheran Church in Belgravia and others at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, said Mr Devries Dock.Relief efforts poured in from the Monday evening, with people donating pots of food and soup and others clothing and toiletries. Nakhlistan and Gift of the Givers also dished out food, blankets and clothing, said Aziza Kannemeyer, chairperson of the Athlone Community Police Forum.Disgruntled residents took to the streets on Wednesday October 23 as they protested in Klipfontein Road for material to rebuild their homes which was supposed to have been supplied by the City of Cape Town. By Thursday October 24, Mr Devries Dock said residents had still not received the starter kits to rebuild their homes.Charlotte Powell, spokeswoman for the City’s public awareness and preparedness, disaster risk management centre, said starter kits were to be given to residents but when the team arrived on site they realised that the entire structure of the informal settlement needed to be re-looked at to prevent a recurring fire.“Residents understand why the starter kits had not been issued and they understand and agree with the City after we had engaged with them. They will be given alternative accommodation from Friday October 25,” she said.On Thursday October 24, Sheikh Haashim Peck, programme manager at non-profit organisation Muslim Hands and his team distributed 800 parcels of food to victims of the fire. He said the organisation would also be looking at further relief assistance, including the possible distribution of blankets and clothing.An interfaith open-air prayer meeting was also held at the settlment on Tuesday October 22, where people from different faiths prayed for those who died in the fire.Ms Powell said humanitarian relief organisation, Gift of the Givers, provided meals, water, blankets, clothing, shoes, stationery, cooking and eating utensils and mattresses to residents while the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provided relief as well.Mr Devries Dock who is also the resident pastor of the Athlone congregation, said the church was providing counselling services to those in need. “We also call on all other organisations to assist us, not only with donating items but with their presence and counselling for the victims of the fire.” A fire ripped through the Vygieskraal informal settlement better known as the Vlei last Monday. The remains of the Vygieskraal informal settlement after the fire. Picture: Supplied
The temporary stamp duty land tax holiday has been welcomed by many in the profession, but doubts were raised about the effectiveness of the government’s other ‘kickstart’ initiatives,Solicitors found reasons for cheer in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s summer statement last week – and not just the prospect of £10 off a three-course lunch at JD Wetherspoon. Law Society president Simon Davis noted that the £1,000 ‘job retention bonus’ could help struggling smaller firms, while the ‘kickstart’ scheme for employing young people could boost the number of legal apprenticeships.However, the biggest plaudit went to the well-trailed announcement of a holiday from most stamp duty land tax levied in England. (The Welsh government is expected to announce a decision on its land transaction tax this week.) ‘This is a time of upheaval in the lives of many who need to move home for various economic, social and personal reasons,’ Davis said. ‘A temporary reduction in residential property transaction costs to support such people and to bring forward demand makes sense. It will also be welcome news for solicitors whose volume of work has fallen.’Following Sunak’s announcement, the nil rate threshold for stamp duty on residential property in England and Northern Ireland rose from £125,000 to £500,000 until 31 March 2021. This means that almost nine out of 10 transactions will be tax-free, at an expected cost to the exchequer of £3.8bn.Tim Rowe, tax manager and SDLT specialist at accountants Milsted Langdon, said: ‘With the average SDLT bill more than £4,000 and a potential SDLT saving on all residential properties of up to £15,000 per property, this could be a massive incentive to those looking to move or acquire further property. This will help to drive demand in the sector.’However, thinktank Reform noted that the market had been rebounding already. ‘There is a risk that the chancellor has just given away almost £4bn to solve the wrong problem,’ it said. ‘The bigger issue may be banks reluctant to give mortgages.’ As with tax breaks in general, the SDLT holiday is easier to implement than it will be to curtail. ‘The government must remain vigilant to ensure the right balance of stability, fairness and confidence in the market is in place once the holiday ends,’ Davis cautioned.Thinktank the Centre for Policy Studies said the concession creates an opportunity for outright abolition of what it calls ‘a tax on mobility and aspiration’. Alex Morton, head of policy, said that while the headline cost would be £5.1bn, this falls to £3.3bn once the dynamic effects of market stimulation are counted.Other announcements by the chancellor also attracted quibbles about timing and scope. The Society expressed disappointment that the chancellor did not go further with the kickstart scheme. Davis said that legal employers could create jobs if they were able to spend apprenticeship levy money in four areas:Lawtech seats and training in lawtech skills;Training in secondary specialisations, which will enable people to retrain in other practice areas;Training contracts to maintain the jobs pipeline for students about to complete the LPC; andSupporting other organisations (including in the third sector) by funding joint roles. This would enable firms to deliver pro bono work in partnership with legal charities.As previously trailed, Treasury documents published alongside the statement show investments including £102m to modernise the court estate in England and Wales. This will include £55m for essential court maintenance, £37m for technology to fast-track the digitalisation of the courts, and £10m for local regeneration projects outside London and the south-east.Steven Littlewood, national officer for the Crown Prosecution Service at the FDA trade union, was unimpressed. He described the announcement as a ‘good start’. However ‘it will take more than a lick of paint to clear the backlog of 40,000 cases. We need more investment in both defence and prosecution to ensure that our system is properly resourced and delivers justice for the public’.For details of any more investment – and further changes to the tax regime – we will have to wait for the chancellor’s next substantive budget, promised for this autumn. But with a combination of the decisions announced in the summer statement and plunging tax revenues pushing the deficit up to more than £360bn, it will be hard to see scope for future ‘meal deals’. Growing your practice in a challenging climate, the increase of cybercrime attacks and the continued uncertainty of the economy and property market are likely to affect conveyancers and property practitioners. Join the Law Society’s nineteenth annual Property conference where industry experts will offer the tools and support to equip you in these areas. We will also provide the latest updates on; residential conveyancing, the new commercial property documents, and how conveyancing might develop in the future.,Michael CrossNews Editor National Property Law Conference Webinar series, 6 – 8 October 2020
Former St Kitts & Nevis prime minister, Dr Denzil DouglasFormer prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas has refuted reports that his US visa has been revoked.“The document (a graphic of a head photograph of Dr. Douglas with a passport graphic in the background and side bearing a stamp marked, “revoked”) being circulated is fabricated and bogus,”Dr Douglas wrote in a statement to the media on Tuesday. “Its not a document that is and ever was in my possession,” Dr Douglas wrote. “I understand however that PM Harris and Foreign Minister Brantley have revoked the diplomatic passports issued to former ministers of the Labour Administration even though on assuming office they met in place a policy of former Heads of State and Government and others continuing to hold diplomatic passports”. The statement notes that in this circumstance where a visa was issued in the diplomatic passport which has been recalled/cancelled, we’ve been advised that we need to apply for new visas in our regular passports. “The origin of the fabricated document seems to point to an internet-based service which is well known for its propaganda against the Labour Administration which I led. It’s operated by the PAM/Unity propagandist Wallis Wilkin,” Dr Douglas wrote. He said this is a continuation of the attempts to tarnish his image and legacy of nearly twenty years of catapulting SKN to leading developmental positions in the Caribbean region. “This latest effort is an attempt to distract the electorate from the failings of the Dr Harris government to deliver on the promises it made to the people of SKN during the recent campaign,” he added. The statement notes that it is an attempt by “Dr Harris and his propagandists to divert the attention of SKN and regional citizens from the atrocities of victimisation being practised against Labour supporters, senior public servants who have been locked out of their offices and sent on forced leave, the Supervisor of Elections and staff of the electoral office who have been barred from occupying their offices where some of the ballot boxes from the recent elections were stored but which are now under the control of the Chairman of the ruling PAM political party who is not even a public servant”. “This fabricated story is the latest attempt by Dr Harris to distract attention from the recent increase in gun-related murders and criminal activity in the Federation while he carries out his vendetta against the Police Force with his spate of demotions and transfers of men and women of decades of dedicated service, and ridicules and abuses the COP CG walwyn who has been forced to demit office although he has unserved years on an existing contract. The victimisation meted out to the COP is similar to that received by the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of the Attorney General, Justice and Legal Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of National Security all of whom have been sent on pre-dismissal leave, and also the Ambassadors, Heads of Embassies and Missions all of whom have been asked to resign immediately by PM Harris. This fabricated story is an attempt at diversion and distraction from the failures and victimisation practices of a “Unity” government that captured the SKN government less than one month ago on the promise of inclusion of all persons and ending victimisation,” the statement said. Share Sharing is caring! 263 Views no discussions Tweet NewsRegional Former St Kitts PM refustes US visa revoked reports by: – March 10, 2015 Share Share
Share InternationalNewsPrintRegional Mexico braces for monster Hurricane Patricia by: Associated Free Press – October 23, 2015 242 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Hurricane Patricia (Photo: AFP)PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AFP) – Monster Hurricane Patricia rumbled toward Mexico’s Pacific coast on Friday, growing into the strongest storm on record in the Western Hemisphere as the country braced for a potential catastrophe.Authorities relocated some villagers, closed ports and schools in several states, and urged tourists to cancel trips as the hurricane headed toward landfall in the western state of Jalisco later Friday.“No hurricane of this magnitude has ever affected the Mexican Pacific,” President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter.All stores were closed in the beach resort of Puerto Vallarta and shop owners placed duct tape in the shape of an X on their windows to protect them.“I’ve had to give away tape to people who weren’t prepared,” said Ramiro Arias, owner of a frame shop. “We’re procrastinators. We don’t react until we see the situation.”Despite the incoming storm, a swimmer was spotted in the water.A handful of people waited at a bus station for their last chances to get out of town while others bought water and loaded vehicles with jerrycans of fuel.Rain pelted the coast after Patricia mushroomed late Thursday into a Category Five storm — the top of the Saffir-Simpson scale — with maximum sustained winds of 325 kilometers (200 miles) per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center.The center said on its website that Patricia was “the strongest hurricane on record in the National Hurricane Center’s area of responsibility which includes the Atlantic and the eastern North Pacific.”“Some fluctuations in intensity are possible today but Patricia is expected to remain an extremely dangerous category five hurricane through landfall,” the center said.“An extremely dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the right of where the center makes landfall,” the Miami-based center added.
(tempo.co) Layanan transportasi antara Jakarta – Bogor kini bertambah lagi, yakni Perum Damri dengan menggunakan bus Premiumnya melayani trayek baru keberangkatan Bogor tujuan Jakarta. Keberangkatan akan di mulai dari Pool Damri di Botani Square ke Plaza Senayan, Jakarta Selatan mulai di uji coba 31 Oktober 2017 sampai 10 November 2017 mendatang.Baca juga: Moda Transportasi di Bandara Ngurah Rai dan Hasanuddin, Antara Fakta dan HarapanJadwal keberangkatan bus dari Bogor mulai pukul 05.00, 05.30 da 06.00 WIB dan akan kembali ke Bogor berangkat dari Jakarta pukul 16.00, 16.30 dan 17.00 WIB. Direktur Sumber Daya Manusia dan Administrasi Umum Damri, Sardiyo Sardi mengatakan, pada saat uji coba pertama keberangkatan pukul 05.00 hanya mengangkut dua orang, pukul 05.30 mengangkut tiga orang dan pukul 06.00 juga mengangkut tiga orang. “Selanjutnya akan terus beroperasi, namun dalam perjalananya akan dilakukan evaluasi. Jika dalam perjalanan jumlah penumpangnya banyak jadwalnya pun akan ditambah,” ujar Sardiyo yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari tempo.co (31/10/2017).Diketahui, uji coba pada hari pertama pihak Damri mendapat pengawalan kepolisian dengan menggunakan vooridjer dan selanjutnya akan beroperasi tanpa pengawalan. Sardiyo mengatakan, bus ini akan masuk jalur tol dan sampai di Jakarta bus akan masuk ke jalur TransJakarta.Baca juga: Bangun Apartemen di Kawasan Stasiun Bogor, Proyek TOD Masih Terganjal IzinKedepannya, pihak Damri berharap, pelaksanaan perjalanan ini bisa dibantu oleh Pemerintah kota Bogor. Hal ini agar masyarakat bogor yang biasanya menggunakan kendaraan pribadi menuju Jakarta menjadi beralih menggunakan transportasi massal.“Kami berterima kasih kepada Pemkot Bogor yang akan membantu untuk mempromosikan,” ucap Sardiyo.Wali Kota Bogor Bima Arya Sugiarto mengatakan, trayek bus Premium ini disediakan bagi masyarakat Bogor yang biasa berangkat ke Jakarta menggunakan kendaraan pribadi dan sebaliknya. “Dalam sepuluh hari kedepan bus ini akan uji coba dengan tarif Rp 35 ribu,” kata Arya.Menurut Arya, tren masyarakat yang akan menggunakan moda transportasi bus premium ini diprediksi akan meningkat, sama halnya seperti saat uji coba bus premium di Bekasi. “Tren seperti yang di Bekasi semakin diminati, dan pastinya armadanya akan ditambah lagi ke depan,” kata Arya.Kepala Bidang Angkutan Dinas Perhubungan Kota Bogor, Jimmy Hutapea, mengatakan, uji coba bus premium Bogor-Jakarta dari tanggal 31 Oktober hingga 10 November, dengan jadwal pemberangkatan tiga kali dalam satu hari dari Bogor dan sebaliknya.“Untuk tahap uji coba BPJT menyiapkan tiga unit bus, dengan jadwal berangkat tiga kali dari Bogor tujuan Jalarta dan kedatangan Jakarta-Bogor pun tiga kali dalam satu hari,” kata Jimmy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedPT KAI Gandeng Perum Damri, Mudahkan Perjalanan dari Palembang ke Stasiun Gambir18/12/2018In “Bus AKAP”Akhir Maret 2018, Bus Damri Bandara Soekarno-Hatta Mulai Uji Coba Pembayaran Tiket Cashless12/02/2018In “Bandara”Siap Layani Penumpang, PT MRT Jakarta Kerahkan 3 Shift Karyawan di Setiap Stasiun01/03/2019In “Darat”