More than hot air: hydrogen on the agenda at Davos

Share Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of Toyota added: “The Hydrogen Council will exhibit responsible leadership in showcasing hydrogen technology and its benefits to the world. It will seek collaboration, cooperation and understanding from governments, industry and most importantly, the public”.The “council” itself comprises the 13 CEOs or chairs of the businesses that form part of the new initiative, which is the first of its kind supporting the development of hydrogen power.Energy and climate change has been a major theme of sessions at the World Economic Forum for years. In the forum’s Opening Plenary, Chinese president Xi Jinping used his first address at Davos to mount a strong defence of both globalisation and the landmark Paris climate deal that China signed up to last year. More than hot air: hydrogen on the agenda at Davos A new initiative to place hydrogen at the top of the global energy agenda was launched yesterday by thirteen international businesses, including Toyota, BMW, Shell, Anglo American and Hyundai.Together the companies represent 1.72m employees globally and around €1.07 trillion in revenue. Plug-in battery powered hybrid and electric cars might be getting all the attention at the moment, but the new council is determined to see hydrogen fuel cells established as a mainstream CO2-free source of electricity.The “Hydrogen Council” had its first formal meeting during day one of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. Businesses that signed up to the council pledged to commit further funds towards the development and commercialisation of hydrogen technologies.The new group told press and investors that hydrogen is a “versatile energy carrier” and the effectiveness of both hydrogen fuel cells and the infrastructure needed to support their use had improved significantly in recent years. Investment in hydrogen as an energy source currently runs at around €1.4 Bn/year, much of it put up by the companies that have formed the new council.Plug-in battery powered hybrid and electric cars might be getting all the attention at the moment, but the Hydrogen Council is determined to see hydrogen fuel cells become a key component of the future energy mix.“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles offer the most natural solution for zero emission vehicles – emitting only water and requiring little change to the way we are all used to driving and refuelling our cars.” Mark Cutifani, CEO, Anglo American. Tuesday 17 January 2017 10:00 pm whatsapp Ashley Coates More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com whatsapp read more

CMA orders Taylor Wimpey and Countryside to remove ground rents in rental contracts

first_imgFriday 19 March 2021 7:46 am CMA orders Taylor Wimpey and Countryside to remove ground rents in rental contracts Moreover, “as this increase is built into contracts, it means people can struggle to sell or mortgage their homes, and so find themselves trapped,” the watchdog clarified in a statement. The Competition and Markets Authority said this morning it has instructed homebuilders Taylor Wimpey and Countryside Properties to remove certain contract terms that require leaseholders to pay ground rents which double every decade. whatsapp Tags: Countryside Taylor Wimpey Read This NextIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamourTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?Vegamour’Moonlight,’ ‘Do The Right Thing’ Among Classic Films Screening at AMC forThe WrapWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourNY Times Corrects Story After Legal Threat, Admits Babylon Bee IsThe Wrap50,000-Plus People Want Jeff Bezos to Go to Space and Never Come BackThe Wrap20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapThis Is How Often You Should Cut Your HairVegamour Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share There are signs the property market is starting to slow. (Getty Images) Also Read: CMA orders Taylor Wimpey and Countryside to remove ground rents in rental contracts Michiel Willems There are signs the property market is starting to slow. (Getty Images) The CMA said these terms could affect the property rights of the firms’ customers.last_img read more

How to maintain mental wellness — for yourself and others — during social isolation

first_imgCommunity | Coronavirus | Health | Juneau | Mental HealthHow to maintain mental wellness — for yourself and others — during social isolationMarch 21, 2020 by Mandy Nguyen, KTOO Share:Dr. Elaine Schroeder, host of KTOO’s “Mind Over Matter.” (Photo by Sheli DeLaney/KTOO)“We often say that Juneau is an amazing community. I think this is going to prove it.”— Dr. Elaine SchroederOn Tuesday, Juneau Afternoon host Scott Burton interviewed psychotherapist Dr. Elaine Schroeder. Schroeder explored ways to maintain mental wellness during the pandemic and social isolation.She is also the host of KTOO’s Mind over Matter, a program focused on social justice and mental health, and has lived in Juneau for over 30 years.Before delving into mental wellness, Schroeder emphasized the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and being patient with the feelings that it evokes: “Like everybody else, I’m scared. It’s human. This is a pandemic that has never occurred in the history of our lives,” said Schroeder.Some of the strategies for mental wellness that Schroeder recommended include:Grounding oneself in trusted, reputable sources rather than consuming information in passing. “WHO (World Health Organization), reputable scientists, and research intuitions we can trust,” said Schroeder.Finding creative ways to stay connected with others, while upholding a responsibility to practice social distancing and isolation.Building routine and structure, such as making sure to get outside everyday. “I try to get out, rain or shine!” said Schroeder.Taking preventative measures to prepare for isolation — especially for those with depression or other pre-existing psychological conditions. These include setting up calls with a therapist, establishing routine, or unearthing old creative projects.Figuring out ways to help and receive help from others, whether that’s through engaging with online mutual aid groups. The new Juneau Mutual Aid group on Facebook is one example.(Creative Commons illustration by The People Speak!)“Social isolation is going to be a challenge for all of us,” said Schroeder. “Offering to help others can really help create a sense of community. Loneliness is a very serious health risk for older people living alone, for anyone living alone. I’m sure that in Juneau, because of the strength of our community, that there will be remedies for things that individuals may be worried about: How am I going to get groceries? How am I doing to do this, how am I going to do that?” said Schroeder.The measure of these next uncertain months will be about how individuals and communities respond to crisis, taking care of themselves and one another.Schroeder ended her interview with an eye toward hope: “We often say that Juneau is an amazing community. I think this is going to prove it,” said Schroeder.Listen to the full interview here:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/03/jpm3-17-20_01.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Share this story:last_img read more

UK wages set to continue to beat inflation with a 2.5pc rise in pay over 2015

first_img Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org UK wages set to continue to beat inflation with a 2.5pc rise in pay over 2015 Monday 8 December 2014 9:09 pm Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. whatsapp whatsapp Share UK wages will continue to grow at a faster rate than prices, a management consultancy has forecast.Employees can expect to see a 2.5 per cent rise in pay over 2015, Hay Group said today. Meanwhile, inflation – annual growth in prices – is forecast to be 1.7 per cent in 2015, according to Hay Group. This means “real” wages – the amount of goods and services that can be purchased with money wages – will rise 0.8 per cent. Organisations in engineering-related sectors are forecasting larger increases, as the war for talent intensifies. Organisations in the chemical, oil and gas and manufacturing sectors are all predicting salary rises above the UK average, at three, 3.5 and three per cent respectively.Retailers are forecasting salary rises at two per cent, while finance and utilities companies all mirror the UK average of 2.5 per cent. The government’s increase cap of one per cent continues to impact the combined public sector.“The pay forecast implies optimism is returning to businesses as employers are anticipating salary increases above inflation,” said Adam Burden, consultant at Hay Group. Tags: employment and wages UK inflation UK jobslast_img read more

News / Maersk and Hamburg Süd restructure Latin America-North Europe services

first_imgID 77407118 © Piccaya | Dreamstime.com Maersk and Hamburg Süd are set to launch a new service between the west coast of Latin America and North Europe next month as part of a comprehensive restructure of their joint network between the regions.The CLX service by Maersk, and SAWC by subsidiary Hamburg Süd, offers offers Latin American perishables exporters direct calls at the Chilean ports of San Antonio and San Vincente and Peru’s Callao, before transiting the Panama Canal, and then the northern Colombian port of Santa Marta (pictured above).The North Europe leg of the service calls at Antwerp, London Gateway, Rotterdam and Hamburg, and will be served by eight 4,500 wide-beam L class vessels. The first sailing will be operated by the Luna Maersk.“The changes are a continuation of our efforts to optimise our network and generate synergies from the acquisition of Hamburg Süd,” explained Lars Nielsen, Maersk regional managing director of Latin America & the Caribbean.“The new network will give our customers improved connectivity, a standalone service with direct connections from Chile and Colombia, access to an extensive feeder network and multiple transhipment options to/from west coast of Latin-America and Europe,” he added.The CLX/SAWC launch will be accompanied by an expansion of the Ecubex dedicated banana service that originally connected Ecuador with the Russian gateway of St Petersburg, which will see news calls at Santa Marta and the UK south coast port of Portsmouth added.“Combining the strengths of Hamburg Süd and Maersk, we can offer our customers a best-in-class, standalone service configuration without having to depend on vessel sharing agreements with other shipping companies,” said Frank Smet, chief commercial officer of Hamburg Süd.“This allows maximum flexibility towards the needs of the trade and our customers because we can design and operate the systems totally independently. This also allows us to make seasonal adjustments to cater to specific cargo flows, for example to reduce transit times for perishables or to call different ports on a direct basis if there is sufficient demand from our clients,” he added. By Gavin van Marle 20/05/2019last_img read more

Defense blames ‘staffing issues’ at Cape PD for delay in Louis Bruno fraud case

first_imgWhile the judge acknowledged the scope of discovery and the lengthy list of defendants, he admitted the case needs to move forward and scheduled another court date for early August. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Attorneys for the Lee County businessman accused of swindling hundreds of customers out of millions of dollars claim they need more evidence from the Cape Coral Police Department to move forward in court.Louis Bruno and nine of his former employees at Bruno Total Home Performance are facing multiple felony charges.In Zoom court Tuesday, Bruno’s attorney said due to “staffing issues” at the Cape Coral Police Department, it took a month for nearly five terabytes of data to be transferred onto two hard drives for attorneys to review.Louis BrunoThat data includes photos, phone calls, and signed contracts from dozens of alleged victims in the case. New attorney defending Louis Bruno in fraud case December 2, 2020 AdvertisementTags: Bruno Total Home PerformanceLouis Bruno Both the state and defense were confident some of the defendants’ cases could be resolved by the next court date. Bruno spoke with NBC2 when his business was raided in 2019. He said, “I signed up for this when I put my name on the side of the truck. When you’re in business, you take hits, and that’s what we have attorneys for.” Advertisement AdvertisementThe majority of the attorneys involved told the judge they need more data and documents from the police department, so they can move forward in prepping for a trial or accepting resolutions from the state.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

Selector Kearns says Sugrue has ‘changed atmosphere’ of Laois squad

first_imgHome Sport GAA Selector Kearns says Sugrue has ‘changed atmosphere’ of Laois squad SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Facebook Rugby Pinterest TAGSEoin KearnsLaois senior footballersLaois v WestmeathLeinster Senior football championshipLeinster SFC 2018 Selector Kearns says Sugrue has ‘changed atmosphere’ of Laois squad Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Eoin Kearns is with Sugrue this year Eoin Kearns is a young man in terms of being part of an inter-county managerial set up.Indeed, at 33, there are some members of the Laois senior football panel that are older than the Ballyroan native.However, Kearns has already got one full year of inter-county management under his belt as he was in charge of Arles-Killeen last year.He previously worked with manager John Sugrue at development squad level with Laois and now as his selector, he revealed the one thing he believes the Kerry man has changed about the Laois team.He said: “I think John is just trying to change the atmosphere in the squad. We’ve always had good players in Laois but we just haven’t performed.“So I think it is about trying to harness the players that we have and consequently turn that into results.“To be fair, most of the experienced players are different this year. They are trying to do different things for the team and we are more of a collective unit – all of that stuff has come from John.”Kearns is also impressed with the fitness levels of the teamHe said: “There were seven or eight guys who started the game and they were still going strong in the end. They worked really hard during the league.“We had some tests and maybe people were saying we were in Division 4 and yet we weren’t pulling away from teams – but we still got results.“I think the character built there helped us last week. I think sometimes fitness is between your two ears – when it comes to the crunch, it is whether you really want to do it rather than what your legs are able for.“Winning is a habit. We are lucky that we haven’t lost a game this year and hopefully that will stand us in good stead going forward.”Kearns says he is just delighted to be involved and has been really impressed with the senior members of the team.He said: “It has been excellent. I think for me, looking in from the outside for the last number of years as a supporter or as a player against some of these lads, I have heard things that I haven’t seen since I went in there this year.“The experienced guys are really good leaders and we have some younger guys this year who they have really helped to bring along.”SEE ALSO – By Alan Hartnett – 25th May 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, May 25, 2018Next articleYour full guide to all of this week’s local sports fixtures in Laois Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Community WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

U.S. securities class actions drop in 2020 — except those against Canadian firms

first_img Amid the disruption caused by the global pandemic, the volume of U.S. securities class actions declined in 2020, according to a new report from Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse.The total number of securities class action filings dropped by 22% last year, driven by a 38% decline in federal filings involving mergers and acquisitions. Excluding M&A activity, class action filings were down by 12% year over year, it reported. James Langton Related news A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Lawsuits,  Pandemics,  Coronavirus Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO CERB payments went to workers hit hard by lockdowns: StatsCan While total class action activity was down, cases brought in the U.S. against Canadian companies hit an all-time high in 2020, Cornerstone Research reported.There were 12 cases filed in U.S. federal courts involving Canadian firms last year, up from nine in 2019 and six in 2018.The historical average for cases against Canadian companies between 1997 and 2019 was just five cases, the report said.Want more immediate, memorable insights? Listen to this Soundbites episode, featuring Anthony MacGuinness, head of the quantitative strategies group at Irish Life Investment Managers in Dublin.Of all cases brought in 2020, a popular new issue involved allegations stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, the report said.There were 19 cases relating to Covid-19 in 2020. Filings involving cryptocurrency ranked second, with 11 cases.“These [Covid-related] complaints included allegations that companies negatively impacted by the virus failed adequately to disclose the virus’s adverse effects on their financials, and that misleading statements were made about products produced or in development by the issuer,” the report said.At the same time, with the growth of the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) market in the U.S., class actions involving SPACs also emerged last year.Cornerstone said that over half of all IPOs in 2020 involved SPACs, and there were five SPAC-related complaints filed in 2020.“There is every reason to believe that plaintiffs will be carefully examining the SPAC market, and no one should be surprised if 2021 witnesses a sharp uptick in claims against SPAC issuers,” said professor Joseph Grundfest, director of the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse.Despite the reduction in the volume of filings, the total dollar value of losses involved in class action litigation was essentially unchanged from 2019.The report noted that there were 30 filings with alleged losses of at least US$10 billion in 2020, which was more than twice the historical average. gavel 123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Ian Randle Publishers Stages Caribbean Book Promotion in London

first_imgRelatedIan Randle Publishers Stages Caribbean Book Promotion in London Ian Randle Publishers Stages Caribbean Book Promotion in London Foreign AffairsFebruary 28, 2009 RelatedIan Randle Publishers Stages Caribbean Book Promotion in London RelatedIan Randle Publishers Stages Caribbean Book Promotion in Londoncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A month-long series of activities, aimed at promoting Caribbean literature in the United Kingdom (UK), got underway yesterday (Feb. 26) with a book exhibition at the London Metropolitan University.The promotion, dubbed ‘An explosion of Caribbean Books,’ is being organised by the Kingston-based Ian Randle Publishers.Mr. Randle, speaking to JIS News at the exhibition, said that the goal was to provide a sustained marketing and promotion programme aimed at sensitising UK audiences to the range of Jamaican and Caribbean books available.“We want to sensitise the reading public, in particular the Jamaican Diaspora, the Caribbean Diaspora and the British population, about the range of books that we produce. Our list now has in excess of 350 titles and many of these are appropriate for use in (learning) institutions and public and community libraries,” he informed.He said that public libraries would be targeted in the bid to reach audiences. “We want to connect as directly as we can with readers and the vehicle that we are using are the community libraries. In the past, we had no mechanism for getting that information to these groups,” he said.Four major libraries will be hosting exhibitions of a wide range of Jamaican and Caribbean books and the British Library will stage a session for librarians to discuss acquisition, expansion, and improvement of Caribbean collections in community and research libraries.Other events include a symposium on Caribbean Studies and Publishing hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London, where Mr. Randle and Professor Verene Shepherd of the University of the West Indies, will be the main presenters.A number of guest authors from the Caribbean will be participating in these events including Trinidadian novelist, Michael Anthony and Fred Kennedy, author of the acclaimed book on the life of National Hero, Sam Sharpe entitled Daddy Sharpe.Support for Professor Shepherd and Michael Anthony’s participation has been made possible through a grant from the Commonwealth Foundation.Mr. Randle told JIS News that there were plans to host a similar series of events in other UK cities including Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol, and to also take the promotion to Canada. Advertisementslast_img read more

Social factors trump genetic forces in forging friendship

first_img Published: Oct. 31, 2012 “Nature teaches beasts to know their friends,” wrote Shakespeare. In humans, nature may be less than half of the story, a team led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers has found.In the first study of its kind, the team found that genetic similarities may help to explain why human birds of a feather flock together, but the full story of why people become friends “is contingent upon the social environment in which individuals interact with one another,” the researchers write.People are more likely to befriend genetically similar people when their environment is stratified, when disparate groups are discouraged from interacting, the study found. When environments were more egalitarian, friends were less likely to share certain genes.Scientists debate the extent to which genetics or environmental factors — “nature” or “nurture” — predict certain behaviors, said Jason Boardman, associate professor of sociology and faculty research associate with the Population Program in CU-Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science. “For all the social demographic outcomes we care about, whether it’s fertility, marriage, migration, health, it’s never nature or nurture.“It’s always nature and nurture,” he said. “And most of the time it has a lot more to do with nurture.”Boardman’s team included Benjamin Domingue, research associate in the Population Program at IBS; and Jason Fletcher, associate professor of health policy at the Yale School of Public Health. Their research was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Early last year, PNAS published a study reporting evidence that certain shared genes might determine peoples’ choice of friends. Time magazine dubbed this “friends with (genetic) benefits.”Boardman is a sociologist who spent five years studying genetics at CU-Boulder’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics to bring insights of the social sciences to the natural sciences. He observed: “You can’t understand the spread of health behaviors — why people smoke, why they drink, why they may or may not be obese — unless you understand their genetic liability and also place them in the right social context.”The research team used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Boardman’s team focused on 1,503 pairs of friends in seventh through 12th grade in 41 schools. As with the earlier study, Boardman’s group found that some pairs of friends shared certain genetic characteristics.The team tested the evidence, arguing that if genes were the driving friendship factor, genetically based friendship should emerge most often and easily in schools with the least amount of social friction. “But we found the exact opposite,” he said.In the most socially equal environments, genetic homophily (or love of the same) was “pretty weak,” meaning that friends were less likely to share genetic traits. He added, “It was in the most unequal social environments that we saw the highest level of genetic homophily.”In a socially stratified school, “Students from different populations within the school may be effectively ‘off limits’ for friendships,” the team wrote.While applauding the revolutionary advances in genetics in recent years, Boardman said “we have to have social scientists at the table, because we’re the ones with the data, methods and theories to characterize the multidimensional and multilevel nature of the social environment.”Scientists cannot fully understand heritable changes in gene expression unless they understand “what kind of schools people go to, what neighborhoods they live in” and other social factors, Boardman said.“To me, to say whether genes predict friendships without understanding the context within which these friendships may or may not occur just doesn’t tell the whole story.”The team’s research was funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research at the National Institutes of Health. Fletcher is also supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program.Boardman and Fletcher host an annual conference called Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences. Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlinescenter_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more