Ottawa Saskatchewan reach equivalency agreement to phase out coal electricity

first_imgREGINA — Ottawa and Saskatchewan have reached an equivalency agreement which would see the province’s coal fleets mostly phased out by 2030.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s important to phase out coal as an energy source.He says the agreement with Saskatchewan shows support for the workers currently employed in the industry.Only one of the province’s coal fleets will be active after 2030 because it is equipped with carbon capture and storage.The province committed to have at least 40 per cent of its electricity generation capacity come from non-emitting energy sources by 2030.The agreement will be made official once it’s signed by both Saskatchewan and Ottawa after a 60-day public comment period.Saskatchewan’s greenhouse gas emissions from electricity producers will be limited to 175 megatonnes.The province agreed to limit its electricity sector emissions to 33.5 megatonnes in 2019 and not exceed 64.5 megatonnes between 2025 and 2029.Trudeau also announced $25.6 million on Friday for a geothermal power facility near Estevan, Sask., which the government said is the first of its kind in the country.The DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp. facility is expected to produce enough energy to power around 5,000 homes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Market capitalisation of Tata companies at 127 billion

first_imgA man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters fileThe combined market capitalisation of the listed companies of the Tata Group stood at $127.62 billion, or Rs 8,12,877 crore, as of April 27, 2017, based on the closing share prices of the respective companies. The top three listed entities are TCS, Tata Motors and Tata Steel.There are 17 listed entities that include lifestyle company Titan; hospitality venture Indian Hotels Co.; air-conditioner maker Voltas; retail company Trent; telecom ventures Tata Communications and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra), and non-alcoholic beverages maker Tata Global Beverages, in addition to the three referred above.TCS had market capitalisation of Rs 4,53,474 crore ($70.69 billion), Tata Motors Rs 1,31,649 crore ($20.52 billion) and Tata Steel Rs 43,292 crore ($6.75 billion). On Friday (April 27), TCS shares closed 1.27 percent lower at Rs 2,272, Tata Motors gained 0.41 percent at Rs 458 and Tata Steel ended at Rs 449, up 0.70 percent. The BSE Sensex closed 111 points down at 29,918 on Friday.The April 27 valuation mark a significant fall from $130.80 billion (Rs 8,44,314 crore) as of April 6, 2017.TCS has declared its Q4 and FY2017 results while most of the other companies are yet to do so. Tata Motors will be declaring its April vehicle sales next Monday/Tuesday.The Tata Group comprises more than 100 companies operating in about 100 countries. In 2015-16, the combined revenue of the Tata Group was $103.51 billion.  Market capitalisation of Tata Group.tata.comlast_img read more

BCL activists assault college principal in Bogra

first_imgA group of leaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) assaulted the principal of Bogra’s Government Shah Sultan College, Ejazul Haque.Witnesses said a group of BCL activists led by college unit BCL president Bishwajit Kumar Saha on Monday noon, vandalised the principal’s office and assaulted the principal following the expulsion of two BCL activists.Principal Ejazul Haque filed a case in this connection with Shajahanpur police station, accusing seven BCL activists including BCL college unit president Bishwajit Kumar and ten other unnamed people.The case was filed on charges of attacks, vandalism, and destruction of public property. Police arrested two students – a masters’ student SM Zobayer and an honours’ student Anik – in connection with the case.Principal Ejazul Haque told Prothom Alo that several BCL activists took part in the HSC test examination without paying the fees. Two of them – Mezbahul Hossain and Zobayer Hossain – misbehaved with college teacher Nilufer Rahman on 26 August when she sought examination fees from them.The principal said the college authorities expelled the two students when they misbehaved again at the examination centre on Monday.The college principal alleged that BCL activists led by Bishwajit raided his room, abused and assaulted him following the expulsion.Bishwajit, however, denied the allegations, saying no one from BCL launched the attack on the principal.He said he was present in the place of occurrence but was not involved in the vandalism. “No one from the BCL was involved in the vandalism.”President of Bogra district unit BCL Naimur Razzak, however, told Prothom Alo that the district unit BCL has decided to investigate the incident.“Disciplinary actions will be taken if any BCL activists are found involved in the incident,” he said.Shajahanpur police station officer-in-charge Zia Latiful Islam said police arrested two after the principal filed the case around 9:00 on Monday evening.Besides, Bogra district unit of the BCS General Education Association held an emergency meeting on Monday night following the attack on one of their fellows.Association’s general secretary Faruk Ahmed, also an assistant professor of the chemistry department at the Government Azizul Haque College, Bogra, said they have given the administration a seven-day ultimatum to arrest those involved in the attack.He said the teachers will announce tougher action programmes if the perpetrators are not brought to the book.last_img read more

Attacks make Moudud stop electioneering

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoAfter being attacked reportedly by the supporters of his opponents, BNP candidate for Noakhali-5 seat Moudud Ahmed on Monday decided not to carry out any electioneering until his security is ensured.”I’ve decided to withdraw myself from election campaign after being subjected to a serious attack today (Monday),” he told UNB over phone.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said he already informed the returning officer and army officials here about the incident. “I told them I won’t carry out electioneering until adequate security for my life is ensured.”Narrating the attack on him, the BNP leader said he was going to carry out election campaign at Natunbazar around 11am. “As my motorcade reached the bazar area, a group of ruling party activists equipped with rods and sticks attacked us and starting vandalising my car and another vehicle of my motorcade. They badly damaged the two vehicles.”He alleged that he could have died the way the ruling party men attacked his vehicle. “Allah saved me, but my five followers were injured badly. “It’s a matter of wonder they attacked a candidate like me.”Moudud said the ruling party activists also attacked his supporters at Chaprashirhat, leaving many of them injured. “After such attacks, I returned home stopping electioneering as my life is not safe.”last_img read more

Former Republican House Speaker Is Advising A Marijuana Corporation

first_img Share Lauren Victoria Burke/APFormer House Speaker John Boehner voted to prohibit medical marijuana as a U.S. congressman from Ohio in 1999, but he came out in support of some uses of cannabis on Wednesday.John Boehner, former speaker of the House, became an unlikely advocate for marijuana on Wednesday.Reversing years of opposition to the drug when he served in Congress, the Republican announced that his “thinking on cannabis has evolved.”He tweeted that he was joining the Board of Advisors of Acreage Holdings, a corporation formerly known as High Street Capital Partners that operates cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing across 11 states.Boehner said: “I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved. I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities. @AcreageCannabis https://t.co/f5i9KcQD0W— John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) April 11, 2018The announcement is a departure from his stance on cannabis use while in office. He voted to prohibit medical marijuana in Washington, D.C., in 1999. Two years later, he wrote a letter to an Ohio constituent, stating, “I am unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug. I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol,” according to NORML, a marijuana advocacy group.But times have apparently changed. In a joint statement, Boehner and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, another Republican joining Acreage’s board, said that “the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy.”They reinforced the importance of medical marijuana, stating:“We need to look no further than our nation’s 20 million veterans, 20 percent of whom, according to a 2017 American Legion survey, reportedly use cannabis to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments. Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage. There are numerous other patient groups in America whose quality of life has been dramatically improved by the state-sanctioned use of medical cannabis.”They say that there are negative consequences to federal policy which designates marijuana as a Class 1 drug — meaning it lacks accepted medical use and has a high potential to be abused. They list consequences as impeding research and preventing the Department of Veterans Affairs from offering the drug to vets as an alternative to opioids.The Marijuana Policy Project told NPR that Boehner’s decision reflects a change in public opinion on marijuana among adults. “Politicians have traditionally lagged behind the people on this issue, so it is wonderful to see one so adamantly opposed to legalization reversing course like this,” said Morgan Fox, Director of Communications.Acreage founder and CEO Kevin Murphy said in a written statement that Boehner and Weld’s arrival onto its advisory board will bring about more access for patients in need of medical marijuana “by changing the conversation overnight. These men have shaped the political course of our country for decades and now they will help shape the course of this nascent but ascendant industry.”Boehner and Weld will join the Board of Advisors immediately, says Acreage, and they have also committed to joining the company’s board of directors once it has been established.The move comes at a time when the Trump administration has taken steps to scrap policy that enabled states to legalize marijuana.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Chinese gazetteers documented decline of Hainan gibbons for over 400 years

first_img Ancient Chinese archives track decline of rare apes Citation: Chinese gazetteers documented decline of Hainan gibbons for over 400 years (2015, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-chinese-gazetteers-documented-decline-hainan.html Credit: Zoological Society of London Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, two with the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and the other with the University of Queensland in Australia, has found they were able to trace the decline of the Hainan gibbon over the course of 400 years, by reading commissioned historical records. In their paper, published on the open access site Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Samuel Turvey, Jennifer Crees and Martina Di Fonzo describe what they found in the literature, what they learned about the demise of the Hainan gibbon, and why they believe what they learned might help the monkey-looking apes make a comeback.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2015 Phys.org More information: Historical data as a baseline for conservation: reconstructing long-term faunal extinction dynamics in Late Imperial–modern China, Published 5 August 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1299AbstractExtinction events typically represent extended processes of decline that cannot be reconstructed using short-term studies. Long-term archives are necessary to determine past baselines and the extent of human-caused biodiversity change, but the capacity of historical datasets to provide predictive power for conservation must be assessed within a robust analytical framework. Local Chinese gazetteers represent a more than 400-year country-level dataset containing abundant information on past environmental conditions and include extensive records of gibbons, which have a restricted present-day distribution but formerly occurred across much of China. Gibbons show pre-twentieth century range contraction, with significant fragmentation by the mid-eighteenth century and population loss escalating in the late nineteenth century. Isolated gibbon populations persisted for about 40 years before local extinction. Populations persisted for longer at higher elevations, and disappeared earlier from northern and eastern regions, with the biogeography of population loss consistent with the contagion model of range collapse in response to human demographic expansion spreading directionally across China. The long-term Chinese historical record can track extinction events and human interactions with the environment across much longer timescales than are usually addressed in ecology, contributing novel baselines for conservation and an increased understanding of extinction dynamics and species vulnerability or resilience to human pressures. The Hainan gibbon is under a very serious threat of extinction—currently there are only about 26 to 28 of them left, all living in their native China (on Hainan Island). There used to be many more, in fact, they used to dwell in over 20 of modern day China providences, and were described as very common.Charting the slow demise of a species, as the research trio note, is often difficult as it typically occurs over more yeas than a person can document. In this case, however, the researchers were aided by gazetteers working for Chinese bureaucracies over the past several hundred years. In addition to noting population and commerce activities, record-keeping was also done for natural resources, which included local animal sightings. Hainan gibbon sightings have been described in such logs for approximately 400 years, the team reports, giving them a way to track not just gibbon population declines, but the manner in which it occurred. They were able to see, for example, that as expected, gibbon populations declined as human populations rose. They were actually able to note declines by geographic area, and to correlate what they found with human population growth and land being converted from natural habitat to farming. Both, they say, clearly led to the current low numbers for the species.The team also reports that they were able to see serious fragmentation of gibbon populations starting around the mid-eighteenth century, with population losses moving faster into the latter parts of the nineteenth century. They also found that the apes managed to hold out longer in higher elevation areas, but disappeared faster in the north and eastern regions.On a more positive note, the team suggests that what they have learned might actually help prevent the disappearance of the Hainan gibbon altogether, because it could lead to a better conservation plan for those animals that still remain.last_img read more

Simulation suggests nonwater based life could exist on Saturns moon Titan

first_img Explore further As scientists continue to search for life on other planets, more and more they are beginning to concede that if it does exist, it may not necessarily exist in the Goldilocks, or habitable zone. Such planets are all the “right” distance from their star, and hopefully, also have water. But recent evidence has suggested that some chemical reactions could lead to types of life forms where there is no water, which further suggests that it may exist outside of what is now considered the habitable zone. For life to come about in such places, researchers reason, there would likely need to be some sort of action going on—and that is why there has been so much focus on Titan; it is the only object in our solar system, besides Earth, that has both rainfall and erosion due to liquid movement. But the water it has is locked far underground and the moon is too cold to support an impact by water anyway. But, as the researchers with this new effort discovered after poring over data sent back by Huygens, the surface does have hydrogen cyanide in its sediment, brought down from the atmosphere by methane and ethane rain. It was those molecules that drove the design of the simulations—the team wanted to see if they could form the basis of reactions that could lead to the creation of polymers such as polyimine, which the team notes, are conducive to the formation of prebiotic reactions leading to a form of life. Their simulations showed that such reactions are possible and that the structures that came about were also able to absorb sunlight in the wavelengths present on the Titan surface.The researchers suggest their work, and that done by others indicates that a return to the planet by a new probe might be in order, one able to test for a different form of life, or at least its precursors. © 2016 Phys.org Life on other planets could be far more widespread, study finds An image of Titan’s surface, as taken by the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe as it plunged through the moon’s thick, orange-brown atmosphere on Jan. 14, 2005. Today, Cornell scientists have chemical evidence that suggests prebiotic conditions may exist there. Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Cornell University has built and run a simulation that showed prebiotic reactions could possibly occur on the surface of one of Saturn’s moons, Titan, suggesting the possibility of life evolving in a place where it is too cold for water to be a factor. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the simulation they created in response to the discovery (by the Huygens probe) that polymers such as polyimine might have already developed on the moon’s surface. Citation: Simulation suggests non-water based life could exist on Saturn’s moon Titan (2016, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-simulation-non-water-based-life-saturn.html More information: Polymorphism and electronic structure of polyimine and its potential significance for prebiotic chemistry on Titan, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1606634113AbstractThe chemistry of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is believed to be central to the origin of life question. Contradictions between Cassini–Huygens mission measurements of the atmosphere and the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan suggest that HCN-based polymers may have formed on the surface from products of atmospheric chemistry. This makes Titan a valuable “natural laboratory” for exploring potential nonterrestrial forms of prebiotic chemistry. We have used theoretical calculations to investigate the chain conformations of polyimine (pI), a polymer identified as one major component of polymerized HCN in laboratory experiments. Thanks to its flexible backbone, the polymer can exist in several different polymorphs, which are relatively close in energy. The electronic and structural variability among them is extraordinary. The band gap changes over a 3-eV range when moving from a planar sheet-like structure to increasingly coiled conformations. The primary photon absorption is predicted to occur in a window of relative transparency in Titan’s atmosphere, indicating that pI could be photochemically active and drive chemistry on the surface. The thermodynamics for adding and removing HCN from pI under Titan conditions suggests that such dynamics is plausible, provided that catalysis or photochemistry is available to sufficiently lower reaction barriers. We speculate that the directionality of pI’s intermolecular and intramolecular =N–H…N hydrogen bonds may drive the formation of partially ordered structures, some of which may synergize with photon absorption and act catalytically. Future detailed studies on proposed mechanisms and the solubility and density of the polymers will aid in the design of future missions to Titan.Press releaselast_img read more

Look your best this puja with perfect makeup

first_imgWant to look your best during the time of festivities? Opt for HD (high definition) make-up products, emerald green eyeshadow and soft coral lip shades, suggest experts. Make-up experts have listed few make-up tips:Base: After the application of primer or BB crème, it’s time to apply high definition silicon base. The presence of minute crystal particle makes the skin glowing and gives an even finish. It gives an illusion effect to your make-up and makes you look scintillating even in the presence of lights. In order to look natural, HD make-up is suggested. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEyes: Accentuate eyes with eye shadows shades like charcoal brown, deep bronze and smoky black. If your skin tone is brown, then emphasise your eyes with a shade of emerald green. Put on some sparkling metallic shades like bronze, gun-metal grey or even gold, in keeping with the festive spirit. Contour: Try with a dark brown shade of blusher on the edges of your nose – over the chin to camouflage your double-chin and endow your face with a chiselled look this festive season Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLips: Go light on the lips with soft corals. On the flip side, if you are a fan of darker colours, orange and deep red is the key for that contemporary bold and traditional look at the same time. If your eye make-up is dark, let the lip make-up remain light and vice-versa.Hairstyle: The flowering bun is a really trendy option, all you have to do is make a simple knotted bun behind your head. Decorate it with a flower like sunflower or dahlia on the side or something as basic and elegant as a gajra. The flower should cover at least half of your bun. Or if you want to avoid any of the floral made-ups, accessorise your hair bun with hair accessories like kundan pins, delicate kundan work chains to hold your bun.You could also go for a fish braid, messy bun, side braid or any other braid-style to be the limelight of the ccasion.Nails: Splashing a few poppy hues of neon shades onto them. Hot pinks, luminous reds, poppy oranges, gleaming greens, brilliant yellow are some of the nail paints you could experiment with.Beauty spots: Pujas are the occasion probably in which black dots/bindis can be flaunted with innate grace. These dots add a dash of girly charm when drawn in a proper manner on chin, corners of the eyes or forehead.last_img read more

Lavabit Founder Developing New Email Encryption Tool to Keep Government Out

first_img After shutting down their email services amid concerns about government surveillance, two companies are partnering up to launch a secure-messaging tool, one that will stop prying eyes from viewing private information.Ladar Levison, the founder of Lavabit, the email provider Edward Snowden used, is teaming up with encrypted-communication firm Silent Circle to launch Dark Mail, an alliance focused on providing open-sourced peer-to-peer email with end-to-end encryption. Related: Amid Surveillance Concerns, Email Services Pull Plug on Themselves The major difference between Dark Mail’s approach and that of traditional email services is who holds these encrypted, or SSL, keys. Typically, the responsibility has always been on the email provider but Dark Mail wants to change that. Instead, the alliance is hoping to develop email add-ons where users, not providers, will be assigned private encryption keys that will be on put on personal computers or mobile devices. This shift will allow for email-service providers to be protected from government agencies, because if they ask for records or data, the company will have no usable data to handover. Besides providing a secure-communication tool for Dark Mail users, the founders plan on allowing for the service to be used in conjunction with other email providers, like Gmail. The company envisions utilizing a stoplight interface to determine if the email is being sent over unencrypted or encrypted channels. So if a message goes between two Dark Mail users, a green light will appear. But if the message is between a Dark Mail user and a Gmail user, a red light will appear. While many people will be cheering for more privacy, in order for the technology behind Dark Mail Alliance to scale, it needs to get other service providers on board and integrate the technology. But providers may be hesitant to join, as they not only may anger government officials but also provide an ultra-secure setting for criminals to communicate. The service will officially launch in 2014 and Dark Mail Alliance hopes at least 20 providers will have joined the group by then, according to tech-blog site The Verge. The organization does plan on charging for the email service but the actual code will be free for businesses to use.Related: Another Site Shuts Down on Government Surveillance Fears This new endeavor comes after Levison shut down Lavabit after receiving a search warrant from the federal government this past summer to hand over the encryption keys so the agency could gain access to all web traffic, including Snowden’s activities. Even though the government wasn’t pursuing Silent Circle, the company followed suit and shut down its secure-email platform Silent Mail.Would you use tools by Dark Mail? Let us know in the comments below. 3 min read October 31, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more