No Carter fallout – Blake

first_img ANOTHER STAIN Jamaica has spent its fair share of time under the anti-doping microscope, and yesterday’s ruling can be seen as another stain on the country’s athletics legacy. However, Blake, who yesterday met with Carter along with Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell, JOA Secretary General Christopher Samuda and MVP Track Club president Bruce James is not expecting any fallouts from Carter’s disqualification and Jamaica losing its medal. “This is something that happened from 2008, so I don’t think it will have an effect on Jamaica’s reputation going forward. We have done everything that was asked of us in sorting out the issues that they claimed was at JADCO,” Blake told The Gleaner yesterday before admitting that he was not expecting the IOC’s eventual decision. “I have learnt to expect everything,” Blake began. “I did not rule out that he would be found guilty, but my personal opinion is that I am surprised that they chose that route.” Trinidad and Tobago has been promoted to gold medal winners in the 4x100m from the 2008 Games, with the silver being assigned to Japan and the bronze now going to Brazil. Blake says he is awaiting the athlete’s decision with Carter and his legal team expected to make a determination on whether or not there is sufficient basis to lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports within a stipulated 21-day deadline. “Having now seen the ruling, the athlete has the right to appeal, and we will await the decision of the athlete as to what he will be doing,” Blake noted. “The athlete will be having discussions with his legal counsel and will decide on his next move.” PROMOTED GOLD MEDALLIST President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake is adamant that yesterday’s decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to strip Jamaica of its 2008 Beijing Olympics 4x100m gold medal will not have any negative impact on the island’s reputation. The IOC yesterday ruled that first leg sprinter Nesta Carter, who retroactively tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine at the 2008 Beijing Games, has been disqualified from the 4x100m following last year’s Disciplinary Commission hearing in Lausanne on October 16. This means that Jamaica’s team, which was completed by Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, was also disqualified with the JOA ordered to secure and return the medals from the athletes.last_img read more

Has Water and Sewer No Vision or Expertise?

first_imgEveryone knows that Charles Allen is no water engineer. He is a banker who for many years served the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).But he wanted this job – Managing Director of the Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC). When about three years ago a vacancy for that position occurred he applied, believing that he had had enough of banking and wanted to serve his country in another way.The President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, obliged and appointed Mr. Allen LWSC M.D.But like most of the other heads of that corporation, Mr. Allen has done little to fix the flooding problems in Monrovia. Every Rainy Season floods occur all over Monrovia, even in places where given a little expertise in water management, the problem could be solved. Yet year in, year out, the problems recur and things remain the same.Take Mr. Allen’s boss’ own neighborhood, the first Old road Junction in Sinkor. Every time it rains the area gets flooded and nobody seems to know what to do about it – certainly not Water and Sewer.Yes, Mr. Allen is no water engineer, but he is surrounded by them, or should be. Why can’t he send them to fix the President’s neighborhood permanently? Are there no culverts in Monrovia? Is there truly no one in the nation’s capital with the expertise to fix that problem? If LWSC is technically incapacitated to deal with that simple problem, why can’t LWSC or its boss seek foreign help?Just over a month ago, a large Dutch delegation was here to discuss with the Liberian government a wide range of development issues. Did Mr. Allen know about their coming? Does he know that the Dutch are among the world’s leading experts in Water Management?Why didn’t he liaise with the delegation’s chief host, Commerce Minister Axel Addy, to discuss with members of the delegation, among whom were indeed water management experts, Monrovia’s many water problems?Or is the problem simply that there is little or no coordination in this government? Then why do all the cabinet members plus all the Managing Directors show up at each cabinet meeting – just to see the President’s face?Did the full cabinet, which the LWSC’s Charles Allen most likely attended, not know of the coming of the Dutch delegation? What development strategies were discussed in cabinet in preparation for that visit?This is why this newspaper has perennially lamented that we Liberians are not a serious people. You mean the Dutch come here and no one tells them about the flooding and erosion problems in West Point, New Kru Town, Clara Town the rear of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center?Just last Tuesday our water and sanitation reporter, Edwin Fayia, in his story, “Floods Hit Monrovia Again,” wrote for just about the thousandth time about the many people, most of them poor and destitute, who have been made homeless after floods engulfed their communities.Among the areas reporter Fayia named were the A.B. Tolbert Road, the Pipe Line Road and the Coca Cola Factory community, all in Paynesville; and of course, the President’s neighborhood at the Tubman Boulevard-Old Road Junction in Sinkor.On the Pipe Line Road, even the Liberia Electricity Sub-station was badly flooded as was a nearby Police Station. Among the many victims was a 55 year-old woman and her five children, who were rendered homeless by the floods. Why must these floods afflict our people year after year in these identical areas as though Water and Sewer is paralyzed? Can’t the Corporation ask the Ministry of Lands and Mines and Energy to lend them a hydrological engineer to help LWSC deal with the city’s water problems?What about LWSC”s own hydrological engineers? Or have they none? If they have none, no wonder the LWSC behaves as though it is in a perpetual state of paralysis. Allen has been at Water and Sewer for three years. What kind of scholarship program has he initiated? If he has, are any of the beneficiaries studying hydrological engineering?We pray that Allen and LWSC will meet and make a determined effort to ensure – to tell themselves and the Liberian people that during the next rainy season, Monrovians are not going to experience the same flooding they have had to endure this year and so many years before.Let the LWSC management tell themselves and the Liberian people that LWSC will do its utmost to solve decisively the city’s flooding problems and that these problems will not recur in 2016.We understand that the World Bank and other foreign friends are pumping money into LWSC. For once, let LWSC show that the money generated from its own resources from the Liberian Gov’t and from abroad will be used for the purposes intended, which means not for salaries staff benefits and travel money, but for the improvement of the country’s water sector. This means providing clean and safe Pipe-borne water throughout the country.It also means managing the nation’s water, including the water from our rivers, creeks, swamps, drainages and gutters.Let Liberia be flood free next year! Can LWSC promise us that!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man Utd aim to defy Mourinho’s doubts in League opener

first_imgInstead, the Portuguese’s mood has been further soured by seeing another fierce rival Liverpool steal a march with a £170-million ($220 million) splurge on new signings.“If we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us,” Mourinho warned earlier this week, so far to no avail ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.After securing the signatures of Brazilian international midfielder Fred and Portuguese teenage full-back Diogo Dalot early in the window, strengthening his centre-back options has been Mourinho’s priority.A man in demand: Leicester’s Harry Maguire has been a target for Manchester United after his stellar World Cup performances for England © AFP / Yuri CORTEZYet, United could end up facing one of Mourinho’s top targets in Harry Maguire at Old Trafford, with Leicester reportedly holding out for a world-record fee for a defender to land one of England’s heroes from a run to the World Cup semi-finals.Maguire and Leicester’s main goal threat, Jamie Vardy, may not start having just returned to pre-season training this week after their exertions in Russia.– United shorthanded –But United are even more shorthanded by the quick turnaround between the World Cup and the start of the new season.Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof were all praised by Mourinho for cutting short their holidays to return to training and be in the frame to play a part on Friday.Paul Pogba did not follow suit as the French World Cup winner’s frosty relationship with Mourinho has sparked interest from Barcelona.But Mourinho must finally get the best from his star midfielder and Alexis Sanchez to avoid his third season in charge turning sour as it did in his second spell at Chelsea and Real Madrid.Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015 with the then-Premier League champions languishing in 16th, just one point above the relegation places.Likewise in his final campaign in the Spanish capital in 2012/13, Mourinho clashed with a number of senior players in a trophyless season.The ingredients appear to be in place for another Mourinho meltdown should United get off to a bad start and he believes even the scheduling of his side’s opening fixture has made his task even harder.“I want to say a nice word, we were unlucky to get the Friday match as we could get the Sunday,” he bemoaned at opening the campaign.“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (to prepare) is not enough.”One of Mourinho’s most trusted lieutenants Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the season due to surgery on an abdominal injury, while Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera are also doubts after picking up knocks in United’s final pre-season friendly defeat by Bayern Munich.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho has predicted a “difficult” season for Manchester United due to a lack of signings © AFP / Christof STACHEMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Manchester United have to defy their own manager Jose Mourinho’s fears for a season of doom and gloom when they kick off the Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.Mourinho has repeatedly called for more backing in the transfer market if United are to close the record 19-point gap they trailed Manchester City by last season despite finishing second in the table.last_img read more

TOP GARDA APPEALS TO PUBLIC TO HELP CATCH COPPER THIEVES

first_imgA top cop has appealed to the public to help them catch a gang who have robbed telephone cable from across Co Donegal.The gang have struck more than 20 times in the past four years – the latest last Saturday morning when 1,000 metres of wire was stolen between Milford and Carrigart.The robbery left dozens of homes without telephone connection as well as pensioners without the use of their personal emergency alarms. Garda Inspector Michael Harrison has appealed to the public to be vigilant.“We would ask people who notice workmen near telephone wires out of hours and late at night to contact us.“Even if they are legitimate Eircom employees, we can send a car around and investigate the situation.“There have been a number of raids now in this general area and we are asking the public for their help,” he said. He also appealed to scrap metal dealers to report anybody trying to sell on the copper wire illegally.Although a number of arrests have been made into the series of thefts in recent months, nobody has been charged with the robberies. TOP GARDA APPEALS TO PUBLIC TO HELP CATCH COPPER THIEVES was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Housing solutions and growth on agenda at Donegal/Dublin Business Network

first_imgThe challenge of creating innovative housing solutions was on the agenda at the most recent meeting of the Donegal Dublin Business Network (DDBN) as Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, addressed the organisation.The DDBN was established in January 2017 to encourage Donegal business people based in Dublin to network, refer business and to share contacts with each other.A panel discussion on the subject of housing took place at the group’s April gathering in Iveagh House on St Stephen’s Green, followed by a Q&A session overseen by DDBN chairman Paul Doyle (MD of Bannon Commercial Property Consultants) and committee member Danielle Conaghan (Partner in Arthur Cox). Minister Murphy was joined on stage at the event by two other guests of the network. Margaret Sweeney, a native of Kilcar, is CEO of IRES REIT Plc – a company that is Ireland’s largest private landlord with more than 2,500 units.The third industry expert present was Richard Barrett, founder of Bartra Capital Property, a development and investment platform active in areas including private residential development, social housing, nursing homes, commercial real estate and renewable energy. Bartra recently acquired a holiday resort with 27 homes on 186 acres of land in Carrigart.Making his introductions, Chairman Paul Doyle acknowledged the high calibre of speaker who had joined group members to discuss a topic that has dominated political and social debate in recent years.An open and informative discussion lasting almost 90 minutes followed and the topics debated included the cost of housing delivery, affordability and access to funding. The key role of the National Development Plan and Project Ireland 2040 were referenced throughout the debate in terms of how they aim to attract a more even spread of national investment into regions including the north west, where Letterkenny has been identified as a centre for regional growth.One interesting idea advanced towards the end of the evening involved embracing affordable opportunities for converting commercial premises in town and village centres that have been left vacant for many years into residential housing, thereby reintroducing a soul back into towns and villages in regional areas.Wrapping up the event, Danielle Conaghan acknowledged and thanked the panel for their openness, and observed that a fast fix to the current housing situation was not going to be easy. She added that it was encouraging to be advised that the private sector was now embracing government policy and opportunities to stimulate a more rapid supply of housing.Membership of the DDBN is open to those who have a place of business or are employed or engaged in business (i.e. you must have an office and must be active) in the greater Dublin area and who are from or have strong connections to Donegal. The annual subscription for 2018 is €30 and those interested can enrol online by clicking the membership section at www.ddbn.ieCaptions.DDBN Housing MeetingHousing solutions and growth on agenda at Donegal/Dublin Business Network was last modified: May 1st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Dublin Business networklast_img read more

Women’s World Cup: SA selectors ‘spoilt for choice’

first_img4 June 2014After some pleasing performances from his charges, Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka said on Tuesday it will be a tough task to select only 26 players for the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. The Springbok Women’s XV registered a resounding 87-12 victory against the Women’s Interprovincial XV at Ellis Park on Saturday, which followed on from a convincing 45-7 victory at DHL Newlands three weeks ago in the final trial matches for the players before the selection of the World Cup squad. The 26-member World Cup squad will be announced in mid-June. The tournament takes place from 1 to 17 August in France.‘Very pleasing’“It was very pleasing to see the commitment and focus in the camp before both warm-up matches,” Sephaka said in a statement.“It showed how determined all of the players are, including those in the Interprovincial XV, to be in the group that represents the country at the World Cup. “In the next two weeks we will face the challenge of finalising our World Cup squad, and although the warm-games at Ellis Park and DHL Newlands provided some clarity, it will remain a challenging task to select only 26 players. But it has been pleasing to see how hard all the players involved in the last two matches have worked since January to improve their skills and conditioning to be in contention for places.”Training paying offWith the World Cup only two months away, Sephaka declared himself pleased with the quality of the performance the Springbok Women’s XV delivered at Ellis Park, and he said regular training camps, satellite coaching stations, and the assistance of the SARU Mobi-Unit were paying off.“I am proud of the Springbok Women’s XV,” said Sephaka. “Saturday’s match marked the first time the Springbok Women’s Sevens players were drafted into the 15-a-side set-up and they gelled well with the other players. It was also pleasing to see them adapt to our structures within two days. “I was also pleased with the quality of our rugby. When the players stuck to the game plan the tries followed. That said, we still have a long way to go to reach the quality of rugby we would like to see the women play at the World Cup, but there were several encouraging signs in Saturday’s performance which we will build on in the next two months.”World Cup warm-up tourThe Springbok Women will travel to London and France from 25 June to 5 July on a World Cup warm-up tour, which will include two matches against the Nomads and one against France. Sephaka said the games would serve as the perfect yardstick to measure the team’s progress.“The matches on the warm-up tour are going to be very tough,” he reckoned. “The Nomads always field a quality team, while France will view their match against us as a dress rehearsal for our World Cup pool match, so the players will have to be at their best to have a good tour. “But although it will be challenging, this tour is exactly what we need to prepare the players mentally and physically for the World Cup.” The team’s participation at the tournament is being funded in part by a R2.3-million grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 1, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Snow tries to move away off to the east through the day today, and in its wake we should start to see some moderating temps. Light snow this morning will bring an additional coating to an inch or two. Temps are going to be on the rise through the day today. We may not get much above normal, but we should be significantly warmer than what we saw over the past few days.That warm air continues to build through the weekend and into early next week. Saturday, we see a few more clouds in the north but sun in the south. Then Sunday partly sunny skies should be in over the entire state. The warmest air arrives for Monday with temps in the 50s to near 60. However, clouds will be building, and we can’t rule out a few scattered showers after noon and toward evening. Moisture totals there will be limited to a few hundredths or a tenth, with coverage at 30%.Additional rain sweeps across the state for Tuesday late afternoon through Thursday morning. We are raising our overall rain potential for the event to .5”-1” combined through the entire 2 to 2.5 day period. There can be some changeover to snow in northern areas overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, but then we go back basically to all rain through the balance of Wednesday. We should see 90% coverage out of this precipitation event. The map at right is a look at the potential set up Wednesday night.Colder air comes in behind the system for Thursday midday and afternoon. We can see some snow in northern areas with little to minor accumulations, and then a little more rain south. Clearing begins at midday Thursday and should yield increasing amounts of afternoon sunshine. Colder air takes temps to below normal levels. WE continue with partly sunny but cold condition for next Friday through the following weekend.The extended period still has 2 threats of precipitation. We are toning down the action for the 11th, with only a smaller chance of light snow and minor accumulations. However, the moisture shifts farther back in the period to our second system around valentine’s day through the 15th. Moisture there looks more impressive, and we will allow for either rain or snow. Temperatures look prone to big swings over the next 2 weeks.last_img read more

Appeals Court Rules Police Need a Warrant Before Reading Email

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Government#web audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Sixth Court of Appeals handed down an important decision today, ruling that police must obtain a search warrant before going through emails stored by an Internet Service Provider. The case, United States v Warshak, is the first in which the court specifically addresses the question of whether or not the Fourth Amendment applies to email communications.The case did affirm the fraud conviction of Steven Warshak, whose emails were read without a warrant. Nevertheless in its decision, the court challenged part of the Stored Communications Act – the law that, up ’til now, has afforded the government warrantless search access in certain cases. The Stored Communications Act (SCA) was passed in 1986 – “eons ago” in terms of the development of Internet technologies and our increasing reliance on email as a form of communication. The act, in part, prohibits ISPs from divulging email messages to anyone other than the intended recipients. But the law also addresses the circumstances in which the government would not be required to get a warrant to search messages – such as for messages over 180 day old. The weaker protections for email under the Fourth Amendment have been a contentious issue for a long time, but no clear court decision has come down, until today. In making its decision, the court recognized how technology and communication had changed: “Since the advent of email, the telephone call and the letter have waned in importance, and an explosion of Internet-based communication has taken place,” the 3-1 decision reads. “People are now able to send sensitive and intimate information, instantaneously, to friends, family, and colleagues half a world away. Lovers exchange sweet nothings, and businessmen swap ambitious plans, all with the click of a mouse button.” As a result, the Court of Appeals says that “It follows that email requires strong protection under the Fourth Amendment; otherwise, the Fourth Amendment would prove an ineffective guardian of private communication, an essential purpose it has long been recognized to serve.” The EFF, which had filed an amicus brief, hailed today’s ruling as a “landmark decision.” Related Posts last_img read more

Carbon Capture Would Become Reality Under New U.S. Power Plant Rules

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed limits on carbon pollution from new fossil fuel power plants. The move, if successful, would be the first major step by the U.S. government to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. For the first time, plants would be required to capture some of the carbon dioxide gas produced by burning fossil fuels in addition to finding ways to produce less of the gas in the first place.The regulations, which are a key element of President Barack Obama’s second term climate plan, include separate limits for power plants fueled by coal and natural gas. Coal plants would have to limit their carbon dioxide pollution to about  500 kilograms per megawatt hour of producing power; that’s a 30% to 50% greater reduction than required by existing rules, EPA says. Power plants powered by natural gas, which produce less carbon pollution per unit of energy produced, would be limited to a little more than 450 kilograms per megawatt hour.“By taking commonsense steps to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, we can slow the effects of climate change and fulfill our obligation to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement released today.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Opposition to the new regulations is expected to be fierce, with the energy industry and its allies on Capitol Hill reacting strongly today. “The proposed standards would require the use of expensive new technologies that are not commercially viable,” said Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a statement. “We are the Saudi Arabia of coal, but this impractical rule restricts access to one of our most abundant, affordable, and dependable energy sources.”The EPA received a whopping 2.5 million comments on the first version of the rules, released last year, before pulling them to work out some procedural issues.Some experts think that the new rules could help efficiently transition the U.S. economy to a lower carbon future. “The agency’s proposed rule is very flexible,” says John Thompson, an analyst with Clean Air Task Force, a Boston nonprofit. He cites the fact that power plants will be allowed to phase in emission reductions over 7 years, if they agree to slightly more stringent standards.Another flexibility that EPA included is that new plants would be required to capture some, but not all, of their carbon pollution. Advocates for reducing emissions from the power sector have argued that such “carbon capture and storage” (CCS) technologies will be essential to combating climate change, but CCS research and development is still in its very early days. Even more importantly, the power industry is turning to natural gas for generating electricity, suggesting that the market for building coal-fired power plants with carbon capture equipment could be decades off. “This rule is really not about ending coal, it’s about starting carbon capture,” Thompson says.The Obama administration is also working on new emissions regulations that would apply the existing fleet of power plants in the United States, but a draft isn’t expected until next year.last_img read more

GMX in talks with colleges to set up centre of excellence

first_imgCoimbatore, Oct 5 (PTI) Bengaluru-based startup Gyanmatrix (GMX) is in talks with universities and colleges, particularly in Coimbatore region, to set up centre of excellence, a top company official said today.The startup is negotiating with the city based Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College and Karpagam College, to train students as it aims to make real software engineers when they complete the one-year course being offered to them, Gyanmatrix MD Rajan Parasuraman said.The company is into creating Enterprise mobile Apps, technological incubation, enterprise web solutions, analytical services and infra operations, Rajan said.Being a technology incubator, Gyanmatrix do not want to be just another servicing company in the crowd, but want to take full responsibility of incubating the clients, rather partners, and translate dream ideas into real world products, he said.The company, which started with five members in 2015, is now having strength of 120 plus and it expects growing to 200 plus by the end of 2016, he said.GyanMatrix has also partnered with News UK, publisher of some of the most read news brands including Britains newspaper The Sun and The Times, to build a new technology centre of excellence for its word-class news products.The GyanMatrix office at the Electronic City will open tomorrow and work collaboratively with News UK to deliver the best products and platforms developed by highly skilled teams.Teams in Bangalore and London will work together on News UKs apps and live news products with content spanning entertainment, sport, current affairs and world news, he said.”This is a proud moment for us to work with News UK,” Rajan said, adding that GMX is one of the fastest growing startups with a proven record in delivering quality products for some of India and the UK?s biggest media companies.advertisementOn the companys new app Loany, Rajan said about 3,500 people have downloaded it and Rs 200 crore worth transactions have taken place. PTI NVM APR BALlast_img read more