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What does Malcolm X have to do with credit unions turning millennials into members?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: David GilbertWell, nothing, at least on a personal level. But consider a line the influential activist issued during a 1963 speech that some of you children of the ’80s might more easily recognize as the opening salvo of the radio hit “Cult of Personality” by the band Living Colour;“And during the few moments that we have left … we want to talk right down to earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand.”Notably, that speech — recognized by scholars as one of the best of the 20th century — was titled, “Message to the Grass Roots.”For millennials, from a marketing perspective, that easily understandable, grass-roots language is social media. Nearly three-quarters of young adults ages 18 through 35 use social media daily. Meanwhile, they’re tuning out traditional advertising. According to a detailed survey by Elite Daily, a popular Gen Y online news platform, just 1% of millennials said a compelling ad would make them trust a brand more. continue reading »last_img read more

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‘I was hung out to dry on KP sacking,’ says Cook

first_imgFORMER England captain Alastair Cook has opened up on the controversial sacking of star batsman Kevin Pietersen, and says he felt “hung out to dry” by English authorities.Pietersen played his last Test in Sydney in early 2014 as England slumped to a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of a rampant Mitchell Johnson and an Australian team led by Michael Clarke.The fallout from Pietersen’s sacking dominated headlines around the England cricket team for the best part of 18 months, culminating with the batsman scoring a triple-century for county side Surrey to prove his worth in the lead-up to the 2015 Ashes, only to be told by the newly appointed director of cricket Andrew Strauss he would not be picked again.Cook this week resigned from the England captaincy after 59 Tests in charge in a four-year span. It prompted Pietersen to take to social media where he tweeted #BringBackKP.Cook, at 32, will carry on in the England Test side as an opening batsman, but it is the presumption that he alone was responsible for the sacking of KP that still rankles.But having set aside the Test leadership, Cook was keen to clear the air and set the record straight with former England captain Nasser Hussain, now a Sky Sports pundit.“It was obviously a big part of my captaincy. I felt like it wasn’t handled particularly well from the ECB,” Cook said of the Pietersen saga.“I was kind of that lightning rod for it. Every person thought it was my decision, and I felt I bore the brunt of that unfairly in my personal opinion.“Because as much power as you have as the England captain, you don’t get the ultimate decision on that sort of thing.Yes, I was part of the decision making – as six or seven others were – but I didn’t have the final trigger.“I felt as if I was the only person who made the decision. I felt a little bit let down by the ECB in that one period, where they let me out to dry a little bit.“But that’s all gone now. It’s part and parcel of the challenges of being captain.“I can’t say now I have any regrets. I’ve tried – whether I’ve got it right or wrong – I’ve tried to do what’s best for English cricket at that time.“In every decision, whether it’s to have another slip or short leg or something behind the scenes, I’ve always gone back to what I think is best for English cricket. That was how I lived my 59 English caps.”last_img read more

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USC takes in pageantry of the Rose Bowl

first_imgPlaying in the “Granddaddy of Them All” — the Rose Bowl Game — comes with some of the grandest pre-game festivities and pageantry in all of college sports.USC and Penn State will take the field Monday afternoon after undergoing a week filled with hype and buildup for the playing of the 103rd Rose Bowl Game. From a day of fun in Disney’s Cars Land to chowing down on hearty meals, players on the USC and Penn State rosters were treated to a week composed of unique experiences in honor of Monday’s Rose Bowl.The Rose Bowl trophy at media day last Friday – Angel Viscarra | Daily Trojan“It’s been amazing. I’m so grateful and blessed to be here,” said junior wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster on the week’s festivities. “It’s been so much fun being a part of the Rose Bowl.”The week’s activities commenced with an opening press conference at Disneyland California Adventure on Dec. 27.Both USC and Penn State players were treated to a full day of activities at Disneyland. Select players and the head coaches from both teams participated in a Rose Bowl ceremony in the Cars Land portion of the theme park.“I had a lot of fun going on the Cars ride,” freshman wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. said. “Being at Disney was just such a cool experience for us, they had lots of fun things for us to do there.”Following the day at Disney, both teams continued their bowl preparation by participating in practices on Wednesday and Thursday.On Thursday night USC participated in one of the great Rose Bowl traditions as a team: the 61st-annual Lawry’s Beef Bowl. Trojan players and coaches were treated to a night filled with fine-dining at the world-famous Lawry’s Prime Rib restaurant in Beverly Hills.All-American cornerback and Jim Thorpe Award-winner Adoree Jackson was selected as an honorary chef for the night.“It was fun. I do it all the time at my house, but nobody ever gets to see it,” said Jackson on serving meals at Lawry’s. “Everybody got to see my carving skills and how I put my plate together.”Jackson served several meals to coaches and teammates Thursday night.“Adoree’ (Jackson) cut way too big a piece of meat for me,” head coach Clay Helton joked. “What a special moment that was for our team at Lawry’s.”Friday morning saw both USC and Penn State participate in Rose Bowl Media Day at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. All players on both teams were available to the media for a duration of 45 minutes.Both Helton and Penn State head coach James Franklin addressed the media and had a photo opportunity together Saturday morning at the L.A. Hotel Downtown.The week’s activities commenced on Sunday afternoon at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.Following the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony — which saw former USC running back Ricky Ervins be inducted — both teams had full roster and coaching staff photo opportunities.Brian Chin | Daily Trojan · Clay Helton has the Trojans back in the Rose BowlIn addition to participating in this week’s festivities, players were gifted a Fossil watch, Ogio backpack, adjustable NewEra Snapback hat and a gift sweet, per Sports Business Daily.In a hectic week filled with venues and attractions, USC was able to experience some normality due to their location in Southern California. While Penn State took a 2,600-mile cross-country journey to the Rose Bowl, the Trojans will take nothing more than a 40-minute bus ride to the stadium on game day.“It’s been extremely comfortable for us to wake up every day and to be able to go to our normal home facility and spend the whole day there to have our meetings and practices,”Helton said. “[Proximity] has provided a lot of normalcy for our team; we’ve been able to develop a routine.”Players and coaches are well aware of the fact that all of the events and media attention which come with playing in the Rose Bowl are a testament to the stature of the game.“You hear the cliché, ‘It’s the Grandaddy of Them All,’ but it really is that,” senior offensive lineman Zach Banner said. “Being able to experience all of this with my brothers has been amazing.”last_img read more

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Breaking down A’s options to start the AL Wild Card Game vs Yankees

first_imgSEATTLE — The question everyone will be pondering about the A’s from now until Wednesday’s AL wild-card game, manager Bob Melvin included, is who takes the mound as the starter?It’s a situation that is truly unique to any other team that has come before them when approaching the all-important game. Will it be Mike Fiers or Edwin Jackson? Could they be bold enough to actually become the first team to utilize reliever Liam Hendriks as the “opener” and bullpen a playoff game?It won’t be an easy …last_img read more

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Broadband Business Blues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Katie DehlingerDTN Farm Business EditorMOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (DTN) — Sixty percent of farmers say they don’t have enough internet connectivity to run their businesses, and that has influenced critical business decisions and overall profitability, according to a recent study funding by the United Soybean Board.Whether it’s a reliable enough signal in the office to file tax paperwork, the ability to upload yield maps from the tractor to the cloud or turn off the irrigation pivot when it starts to rain, 59% of farmers that participated in the study said they want to incorporate more data into their operations, but many lack the connectivity to do it.One Illinois farmer quoted in the study said his broadband signal is more reliable than dial-up internet, while cellphone service is touch-and-go. “We’re quite a distance from any major metropolitan area, so we don’t have strong signals. That means I’m reluctant to buy technology that requires good service or connectivity everywhere. If I can’t be guaranteed internet access, then it’s not of value to have the new piece of equipment, either.”Of the 2,000 row-crop, livestock and specialty-crop farmers that participated in the survey, 37% wanted to increase their use of data to make better decisions, while 19% want to use it to improve their efficiency and 10% cited cost savings.“When farmers can’t maximize the functionality of their equipment, particularly in the middle of the field, it has repercussions beyond the farm,” said USB vice president of sustainable strategy Tim Venverloh in a press release. “More and more of the future is about data and data transfer. The timely dissemination and use of data is becoming more important in a precision ag and decision ag world.”Among the study’s other major findings:— 78% of farmers don’t have a choice in internet service providers.— 40% of farmers have a fixed internet connection, while others rely on satellite connections.— More than 90% access the internet on their smartphones, which they say is the most reliable.As many farmers know firsthand, cellphone signal can be sketchy. One North Dakota grower that participated in a qualitative phone interview said he had to get 5 or 6 miles from home before his cellphone signal became reliable. Even then, the call dropped three times during his conversation with the interviewer.While many farmers would use better connectivity to monitor their bottom lines and improve their quality of life, the study also found internet connectivity can play a role in helping farmers achieve their sustainability goals.One Arkansas farmer said she would like to have more moisture sensors to help make irrigation decisions, which would help conserve water and fuel. She’d also like to be able to have more access to edge-of-field nutrient monitoring data from a local university to help reduce fertilizer runoff.Farmers contribute $133 billion to the U.S. GDP, and “with almost 60% not having adequate internet, that means farms that contribute nearly $80 billion to GDP run on limited internet connections,” the report states. USB plans to share the survey results service providers, as well as influencer organizations working to tackle policy and technical challenges involved in delivering high-speed broadband access to rural communities.“Farmers continually look for ways to improve efficiencies while protecting natural resources,” Venverloh said. “Upwards of 50% of the farmers we surveyed want to incorporate more technology into their operations, but they are held back by limited connectivity. Improving their access to broadband needs to be a priority.”Katie Dehlinger can be reached at [email protected] you can follow her on Twitter @KatieD_DTN(SK/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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HTML5: 10 Provocative Predictions For The Future

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts todd anglin Guest author Todd Anglin is EVP Cross Platform Tools & Services at Telerik.For HTML5 developers and decision makers, the most important technologies right now are HTML, JavaScript, CSS, mobile platforms and devices and evolving HTML platforms (browsers and operating systems). But what does that mean in the real world? It means these 10 things in 2013:  1. Rise Of HTML5 Mobile PlatformsHTML5 has played an increasingly important role building cross-platform apps for mobile devices. So far that has primarily been done using native “wrappers,” such as Cordova, which allow HTML and JavaScript to power apps on other native platforms (such as iOS and Android). This technique is called “hybrid” app development.This year, though, a wave of emerging platforms will support HTML5 apps as a first-class citizen – no wrapper required! The biggest players will be Chrome OS, which is about to get much more attention from Google; Firefox OS, already scheduled to start shipping on low-end ZTE and TCL devices in Europe; Tizen, a new HTML-focused platform backed by many industry heavyweights, including Intel and Samsung; Ubuntu Phone, which brings the most popular flavor of Linux to phones, again with a HTML-centered ap strategy; BlackBerry 10, which puts HTML and JavaScript at the center of its next-gen app strategy; and Windows 8, which introduced a new HTML and JavaScript development model for it’s “Windows 8 style” apps.   One (or more) of these platforms is bound to succeed in 2013. My money is on Chrome OS and Tizen. With the backing of Google, a revamped developer and consumer push, and the broadest platform strategy (spans mobile and desktop), Chrome OS is very well positioned.Tizen, meanwhile, enjoys broad industry backing from Intel, Samsung, NEC, Panasonic, Sprint, Huawei and Vodafone (among many others), and engineering stewardship in The Linux Foundation. It shows the most potential to challenge Android as the “more open” (read: more customizable) open source device platform, which should appeal to device makers.  2. Made For Chrome(kit)A growing number of sites are once again buildiing Web apps tested to work in only one browser. Like the “Made for Internet Explorer” badges of the 1990s, developers are now proudly advertising “Made for Chrome” in their apps. Not using Chrome? No guarantees.   This trend is likely to accelerate in 2013.   With a rapidly evolving, highlycapable browser platform that is available on virtually every major operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and kinda iOS), and a Webkit foundation that helps deliver a little extra compatibility with other non-Chrome browsers (like Safari and BlackBerry browser), developers are likely to conclude that the “good outweighs the bad” when it comes to building exclusively for Chrome.   In exchange for potentially alienating some users, developers building for Chrome can more aggressively leverage HTML5 APIs and save valuable development and testing time.  3. IE10 Euphoria – And PainInternet Explorer 10 is widely regarded as a huge step forward for the venerable Microsoft browser. With more support than ever for Web standards, IE10 goes a long way to put Microsoft’s browser in the modern HTML5 conversation.   But as fast-updating browsers like Chrome and Firefox race forward through 2013, IE will once again be left looking old and slow. There is a glimmer of hope that Microsoft will evolve IE more quickly: The Microsoft-owned HTML5 Labs, launched originally in the IE9 days, is continuing to publish new “experimental” improvements for IE10 that make it an even more capable HTML5 browser. Baby steps, but still a good sign.  4. The Death Of IE6, IE7 & IE8While IE10 will be in the spotlight, the long death march for Microsoft’s older IE versions will continue. Only the most stubborn corporate environments (and China) still require IE6 support, and much of the world skipped IE7 anyway. If you haven’t already stopped supporting IE6 and IE7, 2013 is definitely your year.   Dropping IE8 is a bit more of a stretch, but the pressure is on. Not only does IE10’s release make IE8 two versions old (often used as a “clean” support cut-off justification), but jQuery 2.0 will join Google Apps in cutting-off IE8 in 2013. By the end of the year, most developers will conclude IE8 is not worth their time.  5. The Death Of Android 2.xUntil recently, it looked like we had another IE6 on our hands with Android 2.x (Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread). According to Google’s own stats, as recently as mid-2012, these versions of Android (mostly 2.3.x) represented more than 90% of all Android devices in use, despite the fact that Google was already shipping Android 4+! Google was failing to keep its Android user base (and ecosystem) upgrading.   Fortunately, the 2012 holiday season seems to have broken the logjam. Usage of Android 4+ (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean) surged to nearly 40% at the end of 2012. By the end of 2013, Android 2.x will likely account for less than 15% of the market, and Android developers will be able to shift focus to versions 4+.  6. Responsive Design Goes MainstreamSo far, responsive design has remained on the fringes of Web development – something nice to do “if you have time.”   That’s about to change. With the lines between PCs and mobile devices increasingly blurred, developers will have no choice but to develop websites and apps that can dynamically adapt to an unpredictable array of screen sizes and resolutions.(See also The New ReadWrite: Looking Good On Every Screen [Video].)To ease the way, look for new techniques and defacto standards to also emerge, offering guidance for properly dealing with different device capabilities and form factors.  7. Mobile Development Overtakes DesktopIt doesn’t take an expensive analyst to see the growth in phones and tablets while traditional PCs fade. Right now is the moment when developers will begin spending more time developing software for mobile devices than for traditional desktop PCs, extending from the consumer market to businesses of all sizes, for both internal and external audiences. If you’re not developing for devices in 2013, you’re either A) maintaining legacy software, or B) missing the boat.  8. HTML On The DesktopJust because mobile is on the rise, don’t start writing an obituary for desktop development. The traditional desktop form factor will remain critical for many information workers. But as the PC becomes one among many screens, developers will look for ways to write code that can be shared across the PC and mobile devices.   HTML and JavaScript are perfectly positioned to offer this capability, and platforms like Chrome Packaged Apps and Windows Store Style (WinJS) apps will make this possible. With both Microsoft and Google pushing HTML for desktop app development, developers will take notice and start embracing cross-platform desktop development with HTML and JavaScript.  9. SPA TimeWith the shift of desktop development and increasingly complex mobile apps to HTML and JavaScript, developers will recognize the need for new techniques to build maintainable cross-platform apps. The “Single Page Application” (or SPA) has been on the rise thanks to powerful frameworks like Backbone, Knockout and even Kendo UI. If “RIA” (Rich Internet Applications) was the buzzword in 2010, “SPA” will be the buzzword in 2013.   If you’re looking for the one new technology or concept to learn as an HTML and JavaScript developer in 2013, it’s SPA architecture.  10. HTML Gets Naked (Again)Now that the W3C has “finalized” HTML5, public conversation and media coverage is going focus on what’s next for the Web standards platform. The W3C is already working on HTML 5.1, the next “snapshot” of the “living standards” work done within WHATWG, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group. But as we move past the “HTML5” bubble, we’ll once again settle-in to talking about HTML, sans version numbers. After all, who wants to talk or write about “HTML5.1” or “HTML5.3”?   Whatever it’s called, the next wave of HTML platform improvements will shift focus beyond the lower-level core at the center of HTML5 (DOM elements, CSS styles, Simple JavaScript APIs like Geolocation) and instead characterize improvements that are important to more robust application development (like ShadowDOM, Web Components, CSS layouts, speech recognition and more).The HTML conversation (and technology) will continue to evolve, even if the version numbers don’t come along for the ride.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Tags:#app developers#app development#App Economy#HTML5#Web Development How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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Out with the new in with the old Edmund picks 6 used

first_imgBuying a used car instead of a new one has long been a surefire way to save money. Someone else takes the initial depreciation hit — between 25 to 30 per cent on average for the first year — so you pay a lot less for the car and finance a smaller amount.But some vehicles depreciate faster than others. And if you can key in on these relatively new used models, you can potentially save up to 60 per cent off what you’d have to pay for this year’s new model. You could practically buy another vehicle with the savings.We’ve identified a handful of 3-year-old used models that offer a significant discount over their new-car equivalents. All are luxury vehicles, which tend to have higher depreciation rates for a couple of reasons. One, they are typically leased rather than purchased, which drives up the rate of depreciation. And two, their primary customers always want the latest, usually expensive, features. While cool, these features don’t do a very good job of supporting the car’s value.For used-car buyers, this is all good news. The worst depreciation already has happened, and the car’s value will remain fairly consistent in the years to come.There are a few caveats to keep in mind when buying a used luxury car. Your insurance might be more expensive, so make sure you get a quote beforehand. Also, maintenance and parts will likely be costlier than with a non-luxury-branded vehicle. Still, if you’re aware of what you’re getting into, you can get a posh car while saving tens of thousands off the price you’d pay if you bought the new version.Lincoln NavigatorAverage 2018 new transaction price: $89,146Average 2015 used transaction price: $35,237 (60 per cent less)The Lincoln Navigator got a substantial refresh for the 2015 model year, including a more efficient turbocharged V6 engine, revised styling, and the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. This is one of the few luxury SUVs that can tow a trailer, carry up to eight passengers, and still ride comfortably on the road.Audi A6Average 2018 new transaction price: $57,742Average 2015 used transaction price: $26,305 (54 per cent less)The Audi A6 is an elegant, well-rounded midsize luxury sedan with a strong array of available engines and nimble handling on the road. Our editors were impressed by the A6’s upscale interior, quiet cabin and its standard safety features. Most A6s come with all-wheel drive, too.Cadillac XTSAverage 2018 new transaction price: $52,975Average 2015 used transaction price: $26,424 (50 per cent less)If you like the idea of a full-size luxury sedan in the classic American mould, the 2015 Cadillac XTS is the car for you. The XTS is notable for its ultra-comfortable ride, numerous standard features and spacious rear seats. It also has one of the largest trunks available, which is perfect for extended road trips.Volvo XC60Average 2018 new transaction price: $49,319Average 2015 used transaction price: $25,419 (48 per cent less)The Volvo XC60 was one of Edmunds’ top recommended compact luxury SUVs for 2015. It has attractive styling, a distinctive cabin design, supportive seats and handling that is more fun than you’d expect from a Volvo. Our editors recommend avoiding the sluggish 3.2-litre engine. The other available engines are more than up to the task.BMW 3 SeriesAverage 2018 new transaction price: $44,036Average 2015 used transaction price: $22,796 (48 per cent less)The 2015 BMW 3 Series is a small luxury sedan or wagon. You can find the 3 Series with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and with gasoline, diesel or hybrid-electric engines. Whichever variation you choose, you will be pleased by its sharp handling and composed ride quality.BMW X3Average 2018 new transaction price: $51,823Average 2015 used transaction price: $27,246 (47 per cent less)Another option from BMW is the 2015 X3. It’s one of the standouts in the small luxury SUV class and is an excellent pick for shoppers seeking both sporty driving dynamics and family-friendly utility. As a new vehicle, the X3 is on the pricey side, but it becomes a more compelling package when it’s used and nearly half off.EDMUNDS SAYS: Used luxury cars can get you more bang for your buck if you are aware of the pros and cons. If you’re concerned about the long-term reliability, opt for a certified pre-owned vehicle, which offers more warranty coverage than a typical used car. And if you need more peace of mind, it’s worth considering buying an extended warranty. Just make sure to get warranty quotes from a few dealers to get the best price.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Ronald Montoya is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @rmontoyaedmunds.Related links:— 2015 Lincoln Navigator https://edmu.in/2FRSTIa— 2015 Audi A6 https://edmu.in/2Q2aHVI— 2015 Cadillac XTS https://edmu.in/2E6oqnY— 2015 Volvo XC60 https://edmu.in/2zxzRkK— 2015 BMW 3 Series https://edmu.in/2AAKSS5— 2015 BMW X3 https://edmu.in/2DU5196Ronald Montoya, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Looking to the sky BC company says it is sucking carbon from

first_imgThat footprint would shrink further if the plant were all-electric. And if it ran on wind- or solar-generated electricity, the fuel would be almost carbon neutral.Long-distance transportation would welcome such fuel, suggested Keith.“Solar and wind power have got amazingly cheap, but only in really great sites and only when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining. That cheap power doesn’t magically make an airplane go from Winnipeg to Halifax.“What you need is a way to make a fuel in a place where you’ve got really cheap low-carbon power, and that will power the airplane. That’s the core idea here.”Putting a price on carbon has been crucial to Carbon Engineering’s development, said Oldham.“We would not be in business if carbon pricing did not exist.”Carbon Engineering’s next step is to build a full-scale plant. That’ll take about 2 1/2 years, said Oldham.One of the great benefits of making fuel from air is energy independence, said Oldham.“Any country, any region, can have its own fuel. They’d be no longer dependent on the geopolitical situation if Country X has oil and Country Y does not.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Carbon Engineering’s plant in Squamish, B.C., currently pulls about one tonne of carbon a day from the air and produces about two barrels of fuel. Since its components are off the rack, it should be easy to scale up, Oldham said.“We’ve bought the smallest scalable unit of each piece of technology we have.”Carbon Engineering’s fuel costs about 25 per cent more than gasoline made from oil. Oldham said work is being done to reduce that.Because the plant currently uses some natural gas, by the time the fuel it produces has been burned it has released a half-tonne of carbon dioxide for every tonne removed from the air. That gives it a carbon footprint 70 per cent lower than a fossil fuel, he said. As policy-makers work on ways to try to keep global warming within the two-degree limit of the Paris agreement, fears have been raised that carbon dioxide emissions won’t be cut fast enough. Some say carbon will have to be actively removed from the atmosphere.In an article published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Joule, Carbon Engineering outlines what it calls direct air capture in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere through a chemical process, then combined with hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel.“If these aren’t renewable fuels, what are?” said David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, lead author of the paper and principal in Carbon Engineering.At least seven companies worldwide are working on the idea. Swiss-based Climeworks has already built a commercial-scale plant.It costs Climeworks about US$600 a tonne to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering says it can do the job for between US$94 and US$232 a tonne because it uses technology and components that are well understood and commercially available.“We’re tapping into existing industrial equipment and then defining a new process and applying some unique chemistry to it,” said Oldham.center_img VANCOUVER, B.C. – It sounds like spinning straw into gold: suck carbon dioxide from the air where it’s contributing to climate change and turn it into fuel for cars, trucks and jets.A British Columbia company says in newly published research that it’s doing just that _ and for less than one-third the cost of other companies working on the same technology.“This isn’t a PowerPoint presentation,” said Steve Oldham of Carbon Engineering. “It’s real.”last_img read more

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‘NRC a plan hatched by BJP to displace Gorkhas from Hills’

first_imgDarjeeling: The National Register of Citizens (NRC) has become the most debatable issue this election in the Darjeeling constituency.The TMC and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) allege that it is a conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas. BJP President Amit Shah while addressing a rally in Alipurduar had recently threatened to implement NRC in Bengal to throw infiltrators and illegal immigrants out. “This is a very well-planned conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas from this region. One should carefully analyses the sequence of events. We should all unite against it,” alleged TMC leader NB Khawas. The TMC leader said despite repeated assurances the BJP had failed to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities in the ST list. They made multiple committees to examine the demand. The recommendations of the committees were not made public. Later, they assured that a bill would be tabled to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities. This too did not see the light of day. “Finally an RTI was filed to find out the status. The reply to the RTI clearly stated that granting of ST status would lead to an influx of immigrants from Nepal. This shows the Union Government’s actual stand and why they don’t want to grant the ST status,” Khawas said. The TMC leader said following this when the demand was being raised by the public that a son of the soil (Bhumiputra) should be fielded from the Darjeeling constituency, the sitting BJP MP of Darjeeling stated that whosoever are raising this demand are all Nepal born. “Following this BJP President threatened to implement NRC in Bengal. The National Register of Citizens has made thousands of Gorkhas in Assam D-voters or Doubtful voters. Their names have also not featured in the NRC. He wants a rerun of Assam in Bengal. The Gorkhas will have to prove their citizenship with land documents and even their family tree. They are just trying to create unrest and displace the Gorkhas,” Khawas said. BJP candidate Raju Bista while campaigning in Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling town on Tuesday claimed that the NRC would not effect the Gorkhas in anyway. “On the contrary it will act as a security for the Gorkhas and will drive away the Bangladeshis and Rohingyas from the state,” Bista said. “How can Bista say this? He should know better and explain how it will not affect the Gorkhas. He should study the history of the land to get a clearer picture,” said GJM president Binay Tamang. Tamang said 87.2 per cent of the people residing in the Hills live in tea gardens, cinchona plantations, forest villages, DI Fund land, and municipality leased land. “They do not have land right documents so how will they produce land documents required for NRC. We are fighting for land right document for the Hills,” Tamang said. He further said PM Modi should clarify the BJP’s stand on Gorkhaland and how NRC will not affect Gorkhas during his election campaign in Siliguri on Wednesday. “We are eager to see what new dream he shows the Gorkhas this time,” Tamang said.last_img read more

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169 FIRs and DD entries filed till date

first_imgNEW DELHI: A total of 169 FIRs/DD entries have been lodged by the Delhi poll authorities under violation of model code of conduct till date. Out of which, 20 is against AAP (12 FIRs and 8 DD entry), 22 against BJP (12 FIRs and 10 DD entry), eight against Congress (3 FIRs and 5 DD entry), one FIR against BSP and one against SP (1 DD entry), two against CPI (M) (I FIR and 01 DD entry) and 114 (110 FIRs and 4 DD Entry) are against under the head of others/non-political. Similarly, till Friday, around 3.16 lakh hoardings/banners/posters have been removed in all over Delhi out of which 30,533 are removed from New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1.34 lakh from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 1.06 lakh from North Delhi Municipal Corporation.last_img read more

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