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  • Takeaways: Martin Jones gives Sharks the elite goaltending they’ve needed

    first_imgSAN JOSE — Logan Couture blasted his team for playing “AHL-level” defense and the message clearly hit home.After giving up three or more goals in nine straight game, the Sharks (9-6-3) finally found a way to keep the puck out of their net Sunday night, holding the Calgary Flames to a single goal in a win at SAP Center.The win comes on the heels of back-to-back losses in Dallas and St. Louis last week that inspired Couture to rip into his squad for playing “horrible” team defense over the last …last_img read more

  • No More Excuses: You Have Time to Work Out

    first_imgIf you use the excuse that you don’t have the time to exercise, consider a study from McMaster University in Canada that found a short, 20-minute intense workout can be just as effective as two hours of moderate exercise.  You can manage 20 minutes, can’t you?  Another Canadian study mentioned on EurekAlert claims that walking, while better than no exercise, may not be enough for significant health benefits.    The write-up on Live Science includes links to earlier articles that show hiking heals depression, harder exercise produces quicker recovery, and lifting weights slims down the waistline.  Chronic couch potatoes might like the article from UCI instead.  It shows that too little fat can have negative consequences.  If you do go out for a vigorous walk, now you can put on a non-toxic, plant-based tanning oil that prevents skin damage, reported News@Nature.It’s a common excuse to be too busy for exercise.  Try this article’s advice: make better use of less time.  No more long, slow walks on the treadmill; crank up the incline and the speed, and work up a good, short sweat.  Do your own scientific experiment to see if it helps; better than nothing at all.  Of course, follow common sense and doctor’s advice for your age and condition.  If you can, work up to getting that heart pumping and the breathing heavy.  Find a way to work it into your schedule somewhere, even if just 20 minutes of intense activity and a quick shower.  It’s a small investment that will pay dividends by making the rest of your day more effective.  Think how much better the day will go with a sharper mind, more energy and a better outlook on life.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • SAIREC: the importance of renewable energy

    first_imgThe first International Renewable Energy Conference was held on African soil in Cape Town from 4 to 7 October. It was agreed that Africa could make use of its abundant natural resources to create sustainable energy. South Africa’s progress in the field was also highlighted. Delegates declared they would upscale and mainstream renewables to achieve a global energy transition. South African Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson speaks at the opening of the South African International Renewable Energy Conference in Cape Town on 4 October 2015. (Image: Flickr, South African Government) • Biogas backpack revolutionises cooking in Ethiopia • Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya  • DNA detective work could end poaching  • Solar car races around southern Africa  • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’  Priya PitamberOver 3 500 delegates from 82 countries gathered in Cape Town for the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), which took place from 4 to 7 October.This was the sixth in the series of International Renewable Energy Conferences; the first was held in 2004 in Bonn, Germany. This year’s conference was the first to take place in Africa; it had the theme of “RE-energising Africa”.“For us as a country and as a continent, hosting this conference is important, given that Africa is progressing on an economic trajectory that challenges the ability to meet our energy needs,” said South African Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson, speaking at the opening of the conference.“It is our belief that renewable energy provides a significant opportunity to improve energy access and security, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, ensure sustainable development and significantly improve socio-economic development.”• Read the full speech from the minister hereGroup effortSouth Africa’s Department of Energy hosted SAIREC in conjunction with the South African National Energy Development Institute and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), with support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.“SAIREC comes at a time when an energy transition towards renewables is accelerating worldwide thanks to advances in renewable energy technologies, increases in capacity and rapid cost reductions,” said the REN21 chairman, Dr Arthouros Zervos.“On the African continent South Africa is leading the way with its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme and is, therefore, the ideal host for such an international gathering.”Africa’s renewable energy by numbersQuoting the 2014 Africa Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency, Joemat-Pettersson said while Sub-Saharan Africa was rich in resources, energy supply was poor. “Africa’s energy sector is vital to its development and yet is one the most poorly understood parts of the global energy system.”She said producing a reliable and cost-effective energy supply was vital on the continent. “[Africa] accounts for 13% of the world’s population, but only 4% of its energy demand. Since 2000, sub-Saharan Africa has seen rapid economic growth and its energy consumption has risen by 45%.“Many governments are now intensifying their efforts to tackle the numerous regulatory and political barriers that are holding back investment in domestic energy supply, and inadequate energy infrastructure puts a brake on urgently needed improvements in living standards.”Watch more on the report here:Joemat-Pettersson said emerging economies were taking on the challenges to address climate change. “For example, as South Africa we have put in place programmes to increase efficiency and reduce emissions intensity.“To this effect, as we actively engaged in building a competitive resource-efficient and inclusive future, our National Sustainable Development Strategy has been integrated into the National Development Plan 2030 vision, which supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”Minister Joemat-Pettersson says efforts to roll-out energy in the continent are on the rise, but are outdone by a rising demand #SAIREC2015 — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) October 5, 2015Adnan Amin, the director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said Africa had the potential to increase its generation of renewable energy from 5% to 22% by 2030.“After a decade of sustained growth, Africa is rising but needs secure and affordable energy to power its future growth,” he said. “What we know today is that the potential is immense. Africa has bountiful and buried renewable energy resources, including excellent solar across the continent, hydro in many countries, strong wind resources and powerful geothermal in East Africa’s rift valley.”He said renewable energy was vital to lift African citizens from what he called energy poverty. Africa has numerous natural resources to tap into to create sustainable energy for itself. (Image: Slideshare)South Africa’s progress in alternative energy sourcesSouth Africa has been making strides in renewable energy. During the conference, the Department of Energy released its report, State of Renewable Energy in South Africa.Making use of the sun’s rays and strong coastal winds, policy implementation and partnerships with business have led to job creation, foreign investment and clean power production in the sector.“Renewables are delivering exactly what South Africa needs – from energy, jobs and technology to foreign investment, rural development, and community benefits and working relations between government and business,” said the department’s acting director-general, Dr Wolsey Barnard. “The scope and scale of renewable energy development in South Africa demonstrates what is possible when government and business share a commitment to success.”The report cites an independent study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, which found energy generated from solar and wind during the first six months of 2015 created R4-billion in financial benefits.The renewable energy sector, the report states, has the potential to create up to 462 000 jobs, with more than 25 000 jobs already created. Renewables have also given a boost to the manufacturing sector. In 2012, for instance, a solar PV manufacturing plant was built in Pinetown near Durban, employing 160 people and able to produce 250 000 solar panels annually.A Department of Energy solar energy technology roadmap estimates that by 2050, about 70GW of power could be generated from solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power sources. According to Green Peace, South Africa has one of the highest and most stable solar radiations in the world. (Image: Green Peace) In addition to solar and wind power, up to 247MW of small-scale hydro power could be developed in rural Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Work has also started on a national biomass action plan.The Southern African Biogas Industry Association estimates that biogas could contribute 2.5GW of generation capacity in the country, using wastewater, food waste, manure, agricultural residues and commercial processes, including abattoirs, breweries and cheese factories.In 2014, the United Nations Environment Programme put South Africa in the global top 10 for renewable energy investments. The country is already the world’s 10th biggest solar market for installations above 5MW.DeclarationDelegates attending the SAIREC rounded off discussions by agreeing to upscale and mainstream renewables to achieve a global energy transition.“As of today, 2.9 billion people lack access to clean forms of cooking, which needs to be addressed in order to achieve the universal access target,” stated the declaration. “We note that to make universal access a reality by 2030, 1.3 billion people, out of which 621 million live in the sub-Saharan region, should be provided access to electricity.“The scale of the challenge requires that all approaches, including grid and off-grid solutions are taken into account and adopted based on an efficiency principle. Rural and urban demands can best be met with a diverse technology mix that takes full advantage of sub-Saharan Africa’s exceptional and sustainable solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower resources.”• Read the full declaration herelast_img read more

  • Pompeo Champions Trade Agenda

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DES MOINES, Iowa (DTN) — Iowa farmers noted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo largely kept his cards close to his vest regarding trade talks with China, but they nonetheless appreciated Pompeo coming to the state on Monday to make the case about the importance of demanding structural market changes in China.The secretary of state didn’t share many specifics on trade talks with China, but reiterated the Trump Administration’s case why the trade talks were needed even if the resulting tariffs led to lower market prices and export sales for U.S. farmers in the short term. While the secretary largely avoided domestic politics in his talk, the trip to Iowa could be viewed as trying to shore up support with farmers, a favorite constituency of President Donald Trump.Roughly 200 people attended the event at the World Food Prize headquarters in downtown Des Moines. Pompeo also toured a Corteva facility earlier in the day and spoke with a local Future Farmers of America group.Pompeo criticized the state control asserted over business in China, saying it leads to corruption and poor overall oversight and control. He pointed to food outbreaks in China such as contaminated baby formula to show where government control failed Chinese consumers.“Competition and choice requires companies to play by the rules,” Pompeo said, pointing to journalists, non-government groups, investors and food-safety advocates as an “entire eco-system” that keeps an eye on the government and markets. “Only the free market makes life better in the long run.”INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFTFocusing on intellectual property theft, Pompeo highlighted a case out of Iowa in which a Chinese national was caught trying to steal seeds out of a cornfield. It was later discovered the man had sent several packages of corn seed to China. In another agricultural case, Chinese nationals were caught by Customs and Border agents trying to leave the country with bags of biotech rice.Farmers asked about the major obstacles left to getting a trade deal with China, as well as when the U.S. might lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada to further facilitate ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. On China, Pompeo said he can’t get into specific details, but the issue of market access is overshadowed by the intellectual property theft and forced transfer of technology that China demands. Those technology issues “are real and not something the Chinese are going to give up easily,” Pompeo said.CURB RETALIATORY TARIFFSPompeo indicated U.S. negotiators are trying to embed enforcement mechanisms into trade deals, but at the same time curb the ability of China, Canada and Mexico to place retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.“This risk of retaliatory tariffs — you’ve seen it in pork and we’ve seen it in other places — is real,” Pompeo said. “The president is deeply aware of this, the trade teams are all aware.” He added, “We’re working to clean up all of these issues along the side of that. I hesitate to get too far ahead of myself, but I’m optimistic we’ll get resolution and pull back some of these retaliatory tariffs.”Pompeo said trade agreements need enforcement mechanisms that don’t require long battles in court, adding that this has been a repeated mistake in past administrations negotiating trade deals. Pompeo joked, “We’re trying to make original mistakes and not repeat the past ones,” he said. “We’re trying to make sure we don’t fall down the same trap that American trade negotiators have done so many times.”CONFIDENT OF USMCA PASSINGPompeo also told farmers he was confident there were enough votes in Congress to pass the USMCA. In the end, officials in Canada and Mexico will also see that ratifying the new trade deal is the best outcome, he said. Pompeo said it “remains to be seen” how the Trump Administration will unwind the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, but he reiterated confidence on the USMCA.“I am, as is the president, enormously sympathetic to what you all are going through, but I wouldn’t want to predict a day or a week or how this is going to fall out,” Pompeo said.Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, now ambassador to China, said he wanted to bring Pompeo to Iowa to talk about what is being done “on these very delicate and important issues.” Besides the trade talks, Branstad highlighted the nuclear talks with North Korea and talks between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to restrict the chemicals used to make the opioid fentanyl.“Obviously trade is a huge issue Iowans are concerned about, and yet frankly it is an issue that should have been addressed a long time ago,” Branstad said, adding, “We can’t let this continue and if we get an agreement we’ve got to find a way for it to be enforceable.”Branstad told reporters he did not know if Chinese officials would take up Trump’s call for China to eliminate tariffs on agricultural products.STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFSMark Recker, chairman of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, told Pompeo farmers invest in checkoff dollars to invest in promoting international markets. Going from that, Recker asked the secretary about the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, and how those could be removed to get the USMCA finalized.“I think he still held his cards close to his vest,” Recker said. “I think they want to keep those (steel and aluminum tariffs) on for whatever reason to, I guess, keep the carrot out there for Mexico and Canada to get the agreement done.”Canadian and Mexican officials have noted that they do not want to ratify the USMCA until the tariffs are lifted, Recker noted. “Speaking as a farmer, we know we have to get those removed to get that agreement done.”FARMERS’ VIEWS ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATIONRecker had just returned from the Commodity Classic event in Orlando, Florida. When asked about the sense of farmers’ views on the Trump Administration and trade, Recker said, “I think the general sense, I think they are OK yet. They have made the commitment to this administration and Trump, knowing before the election this was an avenue he could take and the financial consequences coming along. But I still think farmers are going to look and ask, ‘Who’s our alternative?’ Right? I think they are still going to stay committed to this administration in general.”Ben Riensche, a farmer from Jesup, Iowa, had a similar take as Recker regarding how much Pompeo could say about the talks with China. “Our administration has clear goals on what they want to get to and they aren’t going to show all of their cards to get there,” Riensche said.Riensche added Pompeo wanted to assure farmers the administration continues to negotiate aggressively. Riensche said he continues to have patience with the talks.“Farmers by nature are just used to poor crops, hail, bad crops and markets,” he said. “One little rough patch negotiating doesn’t really scare us off. Give me a little more time and that might change, but this hasn’t tested the farmers’ resilience yet.”Riensche also had asked Pompeo about the status of Indiana farmer Kip Tom’s nomination to be agricultural ambassador to the United Nations. Tom was nominated last July, but has yet to get a confirmation vote in the Senate — despite a unanimous committee vote last September advancing his nomination. Riensche’s question was one of the few that got Pompeo off script as the secretary complained about roughly 40 nominations being held up in his department right now.“I should have you all sign letters on his (Tom’s) behalf,” Pompeo said, adding he was “enormously frustrated” with the Senate process. “I couldn’t tell you (about a confirmation). I don’t know what those timelines look like.”Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Google I/O Keynote: 8 Best Moments In Photos

    first_imgAfter debuting a Google+ design overhaul, SVP of engineering and social Vic Gundotra also took keynote attendees through a demonstration of Google’s new capabilities in photo editing. Some especially notable features include the ability to auto-edit an entire batch of photos to the best moments and to enhance photos automatically. Google Maps Escapes The Stratosphere Related Posts nick statt Senior VP Amit Singhal opened by recalling childhood hopes of bringing his Star Trek-influenced dreams to life, and segued to how Google is bringing that to pass with devices that you can talk to. The goal is to make search a natural language conversation, and Google’s examples were pretty convincing — both a Chromebook and Nexus were able to accept spoken commands and turn them into personalized search results without a single hiccup. (See also:Google Search Learns To Listen & Understand Context)Google Delivers Impressive Photo-Editing Tools While the first attempt at demoing a live multiplayer game at the keynote failed, Google managed to get it right the second time in a more impressive setting. On a stripped down racing game, four players competed all using different devices that synced together to form the race track. Google Realizes Its Star Trek Dreams One of the briefer announcements at I/O was the introduction of a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 configured with the look and UI feel of a 4.2 Jelly Bean Nexus phone. In a sense, it strips all the Samsung bloatware from the phone to deliver a much purer Google/Android experence. The phone will hit the Play store June 26, with a no-contract price of $649. Google’s Music Streaming Service Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Larry Page’s speech was notable both for its oddly vulnerable quality and for the hoarseness of Page’s voice, which hovered slightly above a whisper — a consequence of what Page described yesterday as an unexplained case of vocal chord paralysis.The big surprise here came when when Page turned the finale into a Q&A session. The highlight: Google’s CEO telling Robert Scoble, who was first in line to ask a question, that he didn’t appreciate his now-infamous Google Glass shower pic. Jon Hamm Of Mad Men Makes An Appearence (Not Really…) Last but definitely not least is that guy who looked eerily like Jon Hamm (of Mad Men, you philistines) waiting in line to ask Larry Page a question… while wearing the greatest hat ever. Turns out it wasn’t Jon Hamm (sigh), though from a distance (and over slightly grainy streaming video) the resemblance is truly uncanny.Images by Nick Statt for ReadWrite While the overhaul of Google Maps certainly wasn’t the most exciting presentations of the keynote, the presentation ended with stunning scenes of the Earth from space — both daylit and at night. That view and others that used to be limited to the Google Earth service are now baked right into your browser as part of the new Maps refresh. Desktop users will see it first, with mobile users to follow soon after. Larry Page Ends His Speech With A Q&A Session The news was out yesterday, so it wasn’t a huge surprise when Google’s Chris Yerga announced the company’s plans to enter the music streaming service battleground with Google Play All Access. Despite the few missing details, ReadWrite’s John Paul Titlow writes, “It’s a crowded space with challenging economics, but if anybody is well-positioned to win this game, it’s Google.”(See also: Google Just Launched A Grenade At Spotify — And It Just Might Work)Free Chromebook Pixels Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google bombarded thousands of attendees at its I/O 2013 Keynote with enough information to force that hi-res photo of Vic Gundotra’s forehead into their dreams tonight. Here are the eight best moments:Google Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy S4 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Android#Chrome#Google#Google IO13 Google didn’t disappoint with its Oprah moment. While a free Google Glass device was obviously the longshot giveaway in the back of everyone’s mind, the company opted instead for a free Chromebook Pixel laptop for every attendee. Not bad. Linking Device Displays Into A Multiplayer Gamelast_img read more

  • Lopetegui: Ramos needs rest

    first_imgJulen Lopetegui has insisted he left Sergio Ramos out of Real Madrid’s latest Champions League squad because he needs a rest.Captain and key centre-back Ramos sustained a cut in the scoreless draw with cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid at the weekend and was subsequently left out of the 20-man travelling party picked to visit CSKA Moscow.But while Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo are all unavailable through injury, Ramos’ omission is purely with a view to preserving his fitness for the season ahead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 32-year-old’s exclusion presents another hurdle for the Champions League holders as they seek to move on from a two-game winless run in La Liga.”Ramos hasn’t travelled because he has played about 120 minutes more than his team-mates,” Lopetegui said.”We’re looking at this as a marathon, the whole season, the bigger picture. Another player can come in and play his position.”That’s my job – to sit in this seat and make these kinds of decisions.” A stretching session for the players in the team hotel ahead of this evening’s training session at the Luzhniki Stadium. #RMUCL pic.twitter.com/lUamURFYt5— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) October 1, 2018Madrid have only taken four league points from a possible nine since starting their Champions League title defence with a comprehensive win over Roma last month.The stalemate against Atleti was their second blank in as many outings, but Lopetegui believes the result offered no cause for concern.”It was a very tough demanding game against a tough opponent,” he added.”We had one less day to prepare for the game. I think overall there were plenty of positives. Of course there were a couple of setbacks but we showed we had players who can come in and play well.”Unfortunately we couldn’t get that goal. We just need to keep generating the most chances possible and hopefully put them away. I’m sure the ball will go in.”last_img read more

  • KSS Line HHI Team Up on New LPG Carrier Designs

    first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean shipping company KSS Line has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with compatriot shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to develop two new LPG carrier designs. The MOU between the two parties was signed on March 14, 2019.As explained, the move comes in response to changes in the shipping industry and the LPG trading market.Under the MOU, the companies will exchange information such as ship operator’s experience, ship specifications and technology.Subsequently, KSS Shipping would order 84,000 cbm Old Panamax and 90,000 cbm Neo Panamax LPG vessels from HHI.The new LPG vessels are expected to improve the efficiency of LPG trading and contribute to the reduction of transportation costs, KSS Line said.According to the shipping company, the existing 84,000 cbm vessels that transport North American LPG are only able to pass through the Expanded Panama Canal locks. However, the future 84,000 cbm class will be able to transit the old Panama Canal locks as well as the new ones.In addition, the new 90,000 cbm vessels will be able to ship the maximum volume of LPG using the Expanded Panama Canal.KSS and HHI believe that the new concepts would change the paradigm of the LPG transportation market and attract the attention of market players.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more