Storing greenhouse gas underground—for a million years

first_imgWhen Canada switched on its Boundary Dam power plant earlier this month, it signaled a new front in the war against climate change. The commercial turbine burns coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels, but it traps nearly all the resulting carbon dioxide underground before it reaches the atmosphere. Part of this greenhouse gas is pumped into porous, water-bearing underground rock layers. Now, a new study provides the first field evidence that CO2 can be stored safely for a million years in these saline aquifers, assuaging worries that the gas might escape back into the atmosphere.“It’s a very comprehensive piece of work,” says geochemist Stuart Gilfillan of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the study. “The approach is very novel.”There have been several attempts to capture the carbon dioxide released by the world’s 7000-plus coal-fired plants. Pilot projects in Algeria, Japan, and Norway indicate that CO2 can be stored in underground geologic formations such as depleted oil and gas reservoirs, deep coal seams, and saline aquifers. In the United States, saline aquifers are believed to have the largest capacity for CO2 storage, with potential sites spread out across the country, and several in western states such as Colorado also host large coal power plants. CO2 pumped into these formations are sealed under impermeable cap rocks, where it gradually dissolves into the salty water and mineralizes. Some researchers suggest the aquifers have enough capacity to store a century’s worth of emissions from America’s coal-fired plants, but others worry the gas can leak back into the air through fractures too small to detect.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(*)To resolve the dilemma, geoscientists need to know how long it takes for the trapped CO2 to dissolve. The faster the CO2 dissolves and mineralizes, the less risk that it would leak back into the atmosphere. But determining the rate of dissolution is no easy feat. Lab simulations suggest that the sealed gas could completely dissolve over 10,000 years, a process too slow to be tested empirically.So computational geoscientist Marc Hesse of the University of Texas, Austin, and colleagues turned to a natural lab: the Bravo Dome gas field in New Mexico, one of the world’s largest natural CO2 reservoirs. Ancient volcanic activities there have pumped the gas into a saline aquifer 700 meters underground. Since the 1980s, oil companies have drilled hundreds of wells there to extract the gas for enhanced oil recovery, leaving a wealth of data on the site’s geology and CO2 storage.To find out how fast CO2 dissolves in the aquifers, the researchers needed to know two things: the total amount of gas dissolved at the reservoir and how long it has been there. Because the gas is volcanic in origin, the researchers reasoned that it must have arrived at Bravo Dome steaming hot—enough to warm up the surrounding rocks. So they examined the buildup of radiogenic elements in the mineral apatite. These elements accumulate at low temperatures, but are released if the mineral is heated above 75°C, allowing the researchers to determine when the mineral was last heated above such a high temperature. The team estimated that the CO2 was pumped into the reservoir about 1.2 million years ago.Then the scientists calculated the amount of gas dissolved over the millennia, using the helium-3 isotope as a tracer. Like CO2, helium-3 is released during volcanic eruptions, and it is rather insoluble in saline water. By studying how the ratio of helium-3 to CO2 changes across the reservoir, the researchers found that out of the 1.6 gigatons of gas trapped underground at the reservoir, only a fifth has dissolved over 1.2 million years. That’s the equivalent of 75 years of emissions from a single 500-megawatt coal power plant, they report online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.More intriguingly, the analysis also provided the first field evidence of how CO2 dissolves after it is pumped into the aquifers. In theory, the CO2 dissolves through diffusion, which takes place when the gas comes into contact with the water surface. But the process could move faster if convection—in which water saturated with CO2 sinks and fresh water flows into its place to absorb more gas—were also at work. Analysis revealed that at Bravo Dome, 10% of the total gas at the reservoir dissolved after the initial emplacement. Diffusion alone cannot account for that amount, the researchers argue, as the gas accumulating at the top of the reservoir would have quickly saturated still water. Instead, convection most likely occurred.Hesse says constraints on convection might explain why CO2 dissolves much more slowly in saline aquifers at Bravo Dome than previously estimated, at a rate of 0.1 gram per square meter per year. The culprit would be the relatively impermeable Brava Dome rocks, which limit water flow and thus the rate of convective CO2 dissolution. At storage sites with more porous rocks, the gas could dissolve much faster and mineralize earlier, he says.Even so, the fact that CO2 stayed locked up underground for so long at Bravo Dome despite ongoing industrial drilling should allay concerns about potential leakage, Hesse says. Carbon capture and storage “can work, if you do it in the right place,” he says. “[This is] an enormous amount of CO2 that has sat there, for all we can tell, very peacefully for more than a million years.”last_img read more

Meralco Manila repulses Kaya

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The players stepped up and we are fortunate to have good subs,” said Manila coach Aris Caslib whose team faces JPV at home on Tuesday before clashing with Ceres Negros on Sunday.Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros returned to winning ways after a 5-0 drubbing of JPV Marikina. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Substitute Jinggoy Valmayor scored in the 92nd minute as Meralco Manila subdued Kaya Makati, 1-0, Saturday night to keep top spot in the Philippines Football League.The former University of the Philippines standout headed home a cross from Daniel Gadia right at the death as the Sparks prevailed in a physical duel between the two Big City rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Team Yellow tames Blue in PVL All-Star Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Pushed to the brink, Lady Eagles never doubted they could return to UAAP Finals

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo’s graduating players Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag were pushed to the brink of ending their collegiate careers early after FEU’s stunning victory in the Final last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img The Lady Eagles returned to the finals a year since the Lady Tamaraws booted them out of contention in the Final Four in Season 80, which ended the streak of six straight finals appearance from Season 74 to 80.Now, Madayag and de Leon have a chance to wrap up their UAAP careers with a shiny hardware.“There’s one more job to do but we’re thankful we got here, we didn’t entertain the thought that this would be our last game,” said De Leon, who finished with nine points. “We knew and we trusted that this game was for us.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But as the Lady Eagles, whose twice-to-beat edge was diminished, fought for their lives in the UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four on Wednesday, the possibility of playing their last game in the league didn’t cross their minds.“We didn’t even treat an early exit as one of our options for today,” said Madayag, who had 12 points in the 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 win over FEU that clinched the last finals berth Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: Ateneo soars back to UAAP volleyball finals, stops FEU in its tracks“I’m kind of speechless because this is my last year so it’s nice to be back in the finals.” Enes Kanter seeks Ramadan advice from NBA great Olajuwon Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

IPL 10: Next nine days will define the season for Delhi Daredevils, says Zaheer Khan

first_imgThe next nine days will be make or break for struggling Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils, skipper Zaheer Khan said on Thursday ahead of their game against table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).Delhi are languishing at seventh in the points table with just four points in their kitty from six matches.Starting Friday, they play Kings XI Punjab (April 30), Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 2), Gujarat Lions (May 4) and Mumbai Indians (May 6) with the last three matches at home.”We need a winning momentum. In the next nine days, we are playing five matches. It is a very important phase. If we can string a winning momentum in this phase, things will change by May 6,” Zaheer said on the eve of their tie against Kolkata, who are in scintillating form having coasted to two victories against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant.”It’s very important that we look at this phase as nine days rather than just tomorrow’s game. Next nine days will define the season for us,” the 38-year old left-arm pacer said.Asked about their opponents’ rollicking form and whether the defeat at the hands of KKR after getting into an advantageous position in their first meeting is a physiological setback, Zaheer said it won’t matter at all.”Loss to KKR is not a physiological setback. We have not played that many games in the tournament,” Zaheer said.The veteran pacer said fit-again Mohammed Shami is not being played because of team combination.”He is absolutely fit. Nothing is wrong with him. There are so many big players not getting a chance. Shami has done so well for India and will continue doing so. Sometimes you get caught up with team combination,” he said.advertisementBacking his team to deliver the goods at the business end of the season, Zaheer said the young talent at Delhi’s disposal is fantastic.”If we could have converted two wins out of those close games, the same look at the team would have changed,” the skipper said.”Overall the potential we have as a unit is amazing. We have got some amazing young talent and it just needs little bit of confidence and that does comes with winning. These five games are very crucial for our campaign. I’m confident our guys will deliver when it matters,” he added.On their rivals, Zaheer said: “It’s a very good challenge. They have been good chasing and batting really well.”KKR are a stable side. They have won few tournaments as well. Someone like Gautam Gambhir is a good leader. He has got his plans sorted. As a team, they look very stable,” Zaheer added.last_img read more

Mo Salah, Egyptian king and Liverpool star, scores on World Cup debut

first_imgMohamed Salah made the much-awaited World Cup debut against Russia on Tuesday but could not turn the fortunes of his side as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.Egypt, having lost the first match to Uruguay 1-0, are now virtually knocked out of the tournament and Salah could do little to better a sloppy performance from the Pharaohs.After getting injured in Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, Salah was forced to warm the bench during their first match loss.He started the second, must-win encounter on Tuesday, but the result out to be the same, in fact, worse.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhile there were only glum faces of Egyptians all over the stadium, the only silver lining was the fact that Salah scored Egypt’s first goal at the World Cup since 1990.In the 72nd minute, Salah was brought down in the penalty area but the referee pointed to a free kick at the edge of the box. However, this is where Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came into play and showed that the challenge happened just within the box and it was given a penalty.Salah calmly converted from the spot to give Egypt some consolation. Mohamed Salah could score only a consolation goal as Egypt slumped to a 3-1 loss against Russia. (Reuters Photo)FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThis is only the third time Egypt are participating in the World Cup Finals and the last time they played at the tournament was 28 years ago in 1990.advertisementEgypt’s last goal at the World Cup, which came in 1990, was scored Magdi Abdelghani in their 1-1 draw against Netherlands. Incidentally, that was also a penalty.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia on brink of last 16, joy for Africa, history for SalahSalah hardly saw the ball in Egypt’s loss to Russia but every time he had the ball in a crucial area, it looked like he would make it count.He had two chances to score as well but the big man failed to find the net but he was eventually rewarded for being a constant threat in the box.Interestingly, he became the fourth straight Premier League Golden Boot winner to score at subsequent World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia in sight of knockouts after crushing EgyptLuis Suarez had scored twice at the 2014 World Cup, Didier Drogba had found the net once at the 2010 World Cup and Thierry Henry scored three goals for France at the 2006 World Cup.There were a lot of hopes and expectations resting on Salah, in regards to Egypt’s World Cup campaign and in the end, it proved to be too much.Salah still has a long way to go. If he continues to play the way he is, he will surely feature in the coming World Cups and there will have the chance to rectify and better his 2018 performance.On Tuesday, Salah mostly spent all his time on the right, waiting for the ball to come to him. What he did not realise was this was not Liverpool. For Egypt to create chances, he needs to work deeper, create chances and finish them too.He will learn what he has to from this and in fact, against Saudi Arabia, he will have a chance to shine through and one never knows, he may write another chapter in his already famous tale.last_img read more

As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

first_imgAfter New Zealand lost the epic World Cup 2019 final against England on Sunday, there has been a buzz all around the cricket world with people going at lengths talking about one of the best ODIs of all time. New Zealand fans who were following the game from back home had to stay awake all night as the match reached its conclusion in the wee hours on Monday.Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern too wasn’t unaffected as she praised her team for putting up the kind of fight on the sport’s biggest stage. While posting an image from the game on her Instagram account Ardern also joked that her country must have aged a year watching the thrilling Super Over.”That was undeniably an incredible game. I think as a nation we all aged a year in that super over. Congratulations to England. And to the Black Caps, I feel nothing but pride. What a team,” wrote Arden on Instagram.Notably, The Queen of England also had a message for the new World Champions congratulating the team on their maiden World Cup victory.”Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England Men’s Cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final. I also extend my commiserations to the runners-up New Zealand, who competed so admirably in today’s contest and throughout the tournament,” said the message posted on the Royal Family’s official Twitter account.advertisementA message from Her Majesty The Queen:Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England Men’s Cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final. (1/2) #CricketWorldCup Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 14, 2019Earlier, New Zealand did everything right but they were gutted after England won the 2019 Cricket World Cup despite a tied final and a tied Super Over at Lord’s on Sunday. England were crowned new ODI champions after they finished with more boundaries than New Zealand.Also Read | Furore over ICC’s Super Over rule for World Cup final: Gambhir, Rohit and Yuvraj raise questionsAlso Read | Clear mistake: Former umpire Simon Taufel gives his verdict on overthrow controversy in World Cup finallast_img read more

My 2014 wish list

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! USATSI_7459718_154512258_lowresOKC Dave asked a terrific question in his survey a few weeks ago about who from past OSU teams you would add (outside of Barry Sander) to this year’s OSU team.Brandon Weeden won (as he should have) but I wanted to take the exercise a little farther. I’ve been keeping a wish list of things I want to see happen — not necessarily outcomes, but more like experiments for this season.Here’s that list:1. Stay with the same QB all year: I’m all in on JW. I’m actually wearing a combat helmet emblazoned in orange with “JW Patton” right now in his honor:Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 4.32.46 PMHe was basically Collin Klein in 2012 with less playing time (or so says ESPN’s unqualified QBR ratings) — that’ll play in Stillwater.Walsh has the Tiger Woods Effect working against him, though. We compare (and will compare for the next decade) everything to what Brandon Weeden did in 2011 just like we compare 2014 Tiger to 2000 Tiger.That’s unfair to Walsh (not to mention 2014 Tiger) because as we’ve seen, there’s more than one way to win 10 games.Roll Walsh out there the entire season, let him soak up 950 plays and see what happens. He might get blamed for a bad season but he also won’t be buoyed by that elite defense Clint Chelf had behind him at the end of 2013.2. Use Tyreek in every spot but the backfield: I don’t really care how you get a world class track champion the ball but don’t let him run it up the middle and get smoked over and over.You have Thunder and Lightning Part CLXI (or whatever we’re up to now) in Roland and Childs, let Tyreek do Tavon stuff and be creative about how you get him his 15 touches.If you have to build a tunnel out of Legos for him to run under then build a tunnel out of Legos. Just get him in space:3. Use literally every defensive player you have at linebacker in the Missouri State and UTSA games: I’m probably most concerned about the middle of the field on defense when it comes to the various units OSU deploys.It’s like the 2006 US Ryder Cup team of linebacker units. I mean you’ve seen the depth chart, yes?So play everybody — redshirt freshmen, freshmen, see if you can sneak in a high school senior or two and figure out who can give you time in Big 12 games because that defensive line is going to be worn down by the middle of October if the linebackers can’t help them out.4. The emergence of an All-Big 12 defensive end: I don’t know (or care) who it would be between Emmanuel Ogbah, Jimmy Bean, Trace Clark, and Sam Wren but the only All-Big 12 first team defensive end OSU has ever had is Jamie Blatnick in 2011 and that season seemed to turn out decently.5. Swag from Gundy: I want Gundy to have the season equivalent of this during this year:He’s already more than proven himself in the league, won it once, nearly won it twice, and firmly planted his flag as a top 20 coach in the country. So let ’em hang a little bit with a young, inexperienced team.Show Kliff Kingsbury that not only isn’t he the coach with the most legendary hair in the Big 12 but that he’s the new Mike Gundy, you aren’t the old Kliff Kingsbury.6. Marcell Ateman to become WR1: I know Jhajuan Seales will likely be WR1 on the depth chart all year but I want Ateman to be WR1 in JW Walsh’s head.When Walsh has to have seven yards to keep a drive alive I want him to want to go to Ateman. I know it doesn’t much matter as long as a first down is had and I know Seales looked like a boss last year but Ateman just has that All-Big 12 feel to me.You watch him and you wonder if it’s actually him and not Seales who could be next in line behind the Woods’, Dez, Blackmon, and Josh Stewart.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

Ronaldo: Neymar’s exit like mine

first_imgNeymar Brazil legend Ronaldo: Neymar’s Barcelona exit was like mine Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 07:13 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) neymar - cropped Bongarts Neymar PSG Internazionale Barcelona Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División The Brazilian stunned the football world when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, and his countryman says his exit was similar Former Brazil star Ronaldo believes Neymar’s sensational world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain was similar to his own Barcelona exit.Ronaldo enjoyed one extraordinary season at Camp Nou, scoring 34 La Liga goals in 37 appearances before leaving for Inter ahead of the 1997-98 campaign.PSG -2 v Angers 13/10 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His form at Barca helped him become FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997, but he grew unhappy and contract negotiations broke down, with Inter then swooping in to pay his release clause.Neymar’s €222 million switch shocked the football world in August, with Barca adamant PSG were flouting Financial Fair Play regulations.Reports at the time suggested Neymar had grown frustrated with the club’s hierarchy, and Ronaldo revealed that he had the same issue.Paris Saint-Germain are absolutely thrilled to announce the arrival of @neymarjr !!!— PSG English (@PSG_English) August 3, 2017″Neymar’s exit from Barca was a bit like mine,” the 41-year-old told Veja. “I went to Inter when the Italian league was much stronger than France is now.”I don’t have the details and I don’t know what was behind the negotiation [for Neymar]. Maybe everything came from problems with the Barcelona board, as was the case with me. I’d do it [leave] again.”Ronaldo, who retired in 2011, wants to become involved in the operational running of a club, rather than a coaching role, something he “can’t imagine” ever wanting to do.He said: “I’m looking for a club to become [general] team manager of. I want to have this kind of experience, in Brazil or elsewhere, while we run football academies.”I completely rule out coaching a team in my life. I can’t imagine 25 players bothering me every day, doing everything possible to trick me.”last_img read more

SHI Unveils LNG Regasification System for FSRUs

first_imgzoom South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has developed a liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification system for LNG floating storage regasification units (FSRUs).The system, called S-Regas(GI), utilizes glycol to regasify LNG into gas. It was presented to industry leaders on September 21.As SHI’s latest regasification achievement, following the direct sea water regasification system, S-Regas(GI) reduces chance of corrosion from traditional method of heating LNG directly with seawater, and is another energy efficient solution saving energy by 5%, the company informed.“In-house regasification system enables not only cost savings but also improvement in schedule and quality management, further enhancing SHI’s leadership in the LNG-FSRU market,” the builder said.“SHI will continue to lead market by developing the next generation technologies in the whole LNG value chain. With proven track record and experience we will meet customer’s needs such as saving operating costs of LNG-FSRU and solid performance,” an SHI representative added.last_img read more

A first AFN candidates in the Yukon for candidates forum

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsFor the first time in the history of the Assembly of First Nations, a forum featuring the candidates who are running for the national chief’s job were in the north.The group met in Whitehorse to compare views on where to take the AFN after the election on July

Rohit Shekhars wife questioned for 8 hrs

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police Crime Branch on Saturday questioned the wife and family members of Rohit Shekhar into his unnatural death case. Crime Branch officials questioned Shekhar’s wife Apoorva for over eight hours, sources said.She was questioned about her entry in their Defence colony residence, her schedule –what she did during the day and why she did not find it odd when Shekhar was sleeping throughout the day, they said. Shekhar’s brother Siddharth and househelps –Martha and Golu –were also questioned since they, too, were present at his residence at the time of his death, the sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officials suspect that an insider was involved in the murder, they said. The Delhi Police had on Thursday registered a case of murder into the death of Shekhar, 40, hours after his autopsy report stated that he died of asphyxia due to strangulation. Shekhar, son of late Uttarakhand chief minister ND Tiwari, was brought to Max Hospital in south Delhi around 5 pm on Tuesday in an ambulance and doctors declared him dead. The case has been transferred to the crime branch for investigation. Shekhar’s cousin Rajeev and his wife Kumkum are also being questioned in connection with the case. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice sources said at least five-six calls were made from Rohit’s phone to Kumkum from 2 am to 4 am on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. They said police is trying to ascertain the reason why did Shekhar contact her at the odd hours. Neighbours claimed that the couple often had fights and just last month a PCR call was made by one of them. “They had a fight last month. A PCR call was also made in this regard. The local police had come to the residence of Shekhar. We could hear noises and we were out to check,” said a neighbour requesting anonymity.last_img read more

Moroccan Pavilion at Paris Food Exhibition Hosts 80 Exporters

Rabat- Morocco is taking part in the SIAL 2018 International Food Exhibition in Paris October 21-25.One of the biggest food industry events globally, SIAL attracts nearly 7,200 exhibitors from more than 105 countries and welcomes around 160,000 trade visitors.As a showcase for food products, SIAL enables Morocco to develop its export competitiveness in the international market, particularly in Europe.The Moroccan pavilion will house more than 80 Moroccan exporting companies with a wide range of products from the agri-food sector. Morocco’s participation is organized by the Independent Establishment of Export Control and Coordination (EACCE) under the Ministry of Agriculture.Read Also: 200 Migrants Jump Morocco-Melilla Fence, 1 Migrant DeadMoroccan agri-food exports have grown significantly in recent years, from MAD 29.3 billion in 2010 to MAD 53.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 83 percent. By sector, the value of exports of agricultural products grew by 95 percent between 2010 and 2017, and exports of seafood by 67 percent. The biennial event has become the go-to inspirational meeting place for the entire food processing industry. For over 50 years, SIAL has grown in importance showcasing innovations in the food business, while previewing the food solutions of tomorrow. read more

African Union wraps up hearings aimed at speeding up Darfur peace process

25 June 2009The latest round of public hearings examining the origins of the ongoing conflict in Darfur, which erupted in 2003 and has led to over 300,000 deaths, wrapped up today, a United Nations spokesperson told reporters in New York. Michele Montas said that the high-level African Union Panel on Darfur (AUPD) enquiries, chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, are aimed at advancing the peace process between the Government and various rebel forces in the western Sudanese region.Over the past 10 days, the AUPD has listened to Sudanese political parties, civil society representatives, rebel movements, Arab nomads, native administrators, tribal leaders, internally displaced persons (IDPs), women, youth, and others in Khartoum and across Darfur, as part of its third such session. The Panel is slated to conduct several additional hearings and consultations into the armed struggle – setting Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen against various rebels groups and forcing 2.7 million people from their homes – before drafting recommendations to be presented to the AU and making them available to the public. Meanwhile, AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur Djibril Bassolé paid a one-day visit to the North Darfur capital of El Fasher on Thursday, where he held a meeting with Acting Joint Special Representative, Henry Anyidoho, and other senior officials. During the meeting, Mr. Bassolé briefed on the steps taken as well as progress made regarding the peace process, and the outcome of the Doha talks between the Government of Sudan and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).Last week, Ms. Montas said that the ceasefire negotiations had been suspended, but were expected to restart at the end of July. The hold up involves the timing of the release of prisoners, with the JEM calling for their freedom before an agreement on the cessation of hostilities is reached.On this trip, Mr. Bassolé also met with local officials, both native Darfuri and Arab, in an effort to expand mediation efforts and explore options for a way forward, said Ms. Montas. read more

LinkedIns stock falls after forecast of slowing growth higher spending upstages solid

FILE – In this May 19, 2011 file photo,the LinkedIn logo is displayed in the foyer at headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. LinkedIn Corp. reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2014 2:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – LinkedIn finished last year with a strong showing, but the online professional networking service rattled already jittery investors by indicating its performance will weaken this year as management ramps up spending while revenue growth slows.The projection released Thursday with LinkedIn’s fourth-quarter results triggered an 8 per cent drop in the company’s stock price during extended trading. The shares shed $17.91 to $206.54.LinkedIn Corp. also announced it is spending $120 million to buy Bright, a startup that makes data-analysis tools matching job hunters with employers.The acquisition could foreshadow a year of heavy investment that crimps LinkedIn’s earnings. CEO Jeff Weiner emphasized the Mountain View, Calif., company will be spending “significantly” on data centres and long-term projects that may take several years to pay off.The late sell-off in LinkedIn’s stock came a day after another online networking service, Twitter Inc., disappointed Wall Street with a fourth-quarter report that revealed a jarring slowdown in its user growth. Twitter only added 9 million users during the period, well below its quarterly average of 16 million additional users during the previous year.In contrast, LinkedIn is persuading more people to set up accounts and share their job histories at a steady pace that suggests more people are interested in managing their careers than sending short messages on Twitter.Another 18 million LinkedIn accounts were set up in the fourth quarter, extending the service’s reach to 277 million users through December. That matched the average of additional accounts that LinkedIn gained in the previous four quarters. Twitter ended December with 241 million users.But LinkedIn appears to be having problems establishing its service as an alluring destination that keeps people coming back. Both the number of visitors to LinkedIn’s site and the number of total pages viewed declined during the final three months of last year, marking the second consecutive quarter of decay.That’s a troubling trend because it means fewer opportunities for online advertising, which currently accounts for about one-fourth of the LinkedIn’s revenue. The company makes most of its money from subscriptions and other fees paid by employers and headhunters.LinkedIn earned $3.8 million, or 3 cents per share. That was down 67 per cent from $11.5 million, or 10 cents per share, a year earlier.If not for certain expenses, LinkedIn said it would have earned 39 cents per share — a penny above the projections of analysts surveyed by FactSet.Revenue climbed 47 per cent from the previous year to $447 million. Analysts had anticipated revenue of $438 million.Management predicted revenue of $455 million to $460 million during the first three months of this year, below the average analyst estimate of $471 million. LinkedIn’s stock falls after forecast of slowing growth, higher spending upstages solid 4Q read more

Deficits Tories and pollution 3 ways Canadian politics touched us this week

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted May 27, 2016 3:00 pm MDT Last Updated May 28, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The House of Commons wasn’t sitting this week, but with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking a day off in Japan to celebrate his wedding anniversary, and with Canada’s ambassador to Ireland tackling a demonstrator — captured on video — there was no shortage of political huffing and puffing.Beyond the huff-puffery, there were some solid political developments that will materially affect Canadians and their political landscape: new insight into the management of the global and Canadian economy; an attempt at renewal within the Conservative party; and new information from Environment Canada on the impact of the oilsands.Here are three ways politics mattered this week:IT’S THE ECONOMY: Trudeau spent a good deal of political capital this week pushing his case internationally for deficit-fueled growth. In Japan for the annual summit of the Group of Seven rich countries, he sought allies in his plan to invest heavily in infrastructure and programs — even if it means running up deficits. But there was no rush to jump on that bandwagon, with G7 leaders agreeing instead to each look for their own ways to boost growth.Trudeau’s pitch is theoretical, even within Canada; investment in infrastructure has only just begun to ramp up, the tax-and-benefit structure is in the midst of being changed, and the actual effects on growth and the middle class are unknown.But we’re about to find out what the Liberal plan feels like. New fiscal numbers released Friday showed the federal government was in deficit in 2015-16, even before year-end adjustments are made. Officials say the government is on track to register a $5-billion deficit for the year when all is said and done. And the deficits are projected to grow before they shrink. What’s less predictable is when or if the economy will be lifted out of the doldrums and whether regular Canadians will feel the difference.GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Both the Conservatives and Liberals are holding their annual conventions this weekend, with delegates from across the country gathering to decide the future direction for their parties — and give Canadians a sense of what kind of political choices they will have in the future.The Liberal convention was a bit of a victory lap, with some back-and-forth tussling over the party constitution and assisted dying thrown in for good measure. The Conservative convention, on the other hand, marked the end of an era.Stephen Harper kicked off the convention with his first public words since his defeat in last fall’s federal election. He defended his record and said goodbye. The party he co-founded began moving on. In the post-Harper era, delegates are pushing for more say in who runs the party, debating how open they should be to same-sex marriage and other social policies, and ruminating about who should lead them next.One thing is certain: It won’t be Rona Ambrose, despite her personal popularity within the federal caucus and good reviews of her performance on Parliament Hill. Delegates defeated a motion that would have changed the rules to allow interim leaders to run for the real deal.The leadership is up for grabs, just like the nature and direction of the party itself.OILSANDS IN THE AIR: First it was global oil prices; then it was the wildfires. Now, the oilsands are hearing more bad news, this time from Environment Canada researchers.Writing in the science journal Nature this week, the researchers say Alberta’s oilsands are one of the biggest sources of air pollution in North America, emitting tiny bits of particulate matter on par with cities such as Paris and Mexico City.The secondary organic aerosol pollution was found to be spreading over a large area downwind of the oil sands. The pollution is produced when volatile organic compounds interact with sunlight or other chemicals to create particles. They have been linked to lung and heart problems, among other health problems.Much of the environmental discussion around the oilsands has been about the effect of bitumen production on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, so this week’s research demands some new thinking. The researchers say they need to know a lot more about the process before they can start contemplating solutions. Deficits, Tories and pollution: 3 ways Canadian politics touched us this week read more

Is The Gathering actually working

first_imgIT’S BAD NEWS for Hollywood actor Gabriel Byrne but The Gathering may actually be working after all.The Government splashed out €5million on  enticing the Irish diaspora back to the emerald isle and promised it would attract an extra 300,000 visitors this year.Figures released today by the Central Statistics Office show between February and April there was a 56,300 increase in tourists over the three month period.The boost comes before the busy summer months and the Government expects to reach its target before the end of the year.Since 2010, tourism numbers have jumped by close to 250,000 people for the period up to April.Former Cultural Ambassador, Byrne, called The Gathering a ‘shakedown’ of the diaspora during an interview on Today FM last year.But the American public do not seem to see the Government’s initiative the same way – with  a 16 per cent increase in visitors from the other side of the Atlantic so far in 2013.There has also been an eight per cent rise in tourists from Mainland Europe but The Gathering has failed to capture the imagination of the British public with visitors down two per cent.CommunityJunior Minister for Sport and Tourism, Michael Ring, welcomed the tourism boost and said The Gathering was proving a success because local communities had rallied behind the project.“It’s working and it’s working very well.  They are coming in from all over the world and I  expect the next six months to be even better,” Ring told The reason this is working is because it is community led. Every community in the country came in behind this.Ring added: “The Gathering is attracting them in but the other thing that is attracting them is that there is a lot more access into the country and it makes the prices cheaper. There is valuable to be got in Ireland now.Tourism Ireland chief executive, Niall Gibbons, said: “Today’s figures suggest a positive start to 2013 as we head into the high season.I particularly welcome the increase in visitor numbers from North America which suggests we could be on course to achieve our best year ever from that market  We hope to welcome over one million American visitors, spending about US$1 billion.”Read: The Gathering should be encouraged, not belittled and criticised >Read: The Gathering 2013: What to expect >last_img read more

Bumper year for tourism

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The increase in international flights to Greece is leading local tourism to another record season, as the industry’s first-quarter data, point to one more year of double-digit growth.International arrivals at the country’s main airports posted a 28.8 per cent annual increase in the period from January to March, coming to 810,750, according to the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) and the Civil Aviation Authority. Growth amounted to 28.7 per cent in January, 24.2 per cent in February and 32.2 per cent last month.The increase is to a large extent due to the 29.5 per cent rise in arrivals at Athens International Airport, while Thessaloniki posted a 22.3 per cent annual increase. The numbers elsewhere in Greece were too low to draw any safe conclusions, but it is particularly positive that the trend of extending the tourism season is continuing at several airports around the country.Rhodes has shown particular progress in developing niche tourism this spring, and is gearing up to receive 8,000 members of the Austrian pensioners’ association in the next five weeks.Commenting on the sector’s impressive start to the year, SETE stated that the target of 25 million arrivals this year is quite attainable. It added that “Greek tourism, with the strength and efforts of more than 50,000 small and medium-sized enterprises and 70,000 workers, is for another year ready to contribute toward bolstering the economy and society, both in the capital and around the country, as well as reducing unemployment.”Civil Aviation Authority data showed that the total number of flights to Greek airports last month came in at 19,922, posting an 18.2 percent increase from March 2014. This derived from a 16.1 percent rise in domestic flights and 21.4 percent growth in international arrivals. Charter flights, especially, expanded by 37.1 percent to reach up to 299.The number of passengers exceeded 1.8 million last month, growing 28.2 percent from last year. In the first quarter of the year, total arrivals at Greek airports numbered 4.9 million. Dimitris Koukis, the authority’s director, estimated that last year’s record of 45 million passengers will be beaten this year.last_img read more

Manger du poisson pour améliorer la fertilité masculine

first_imgManger du poisson pour améliorer la fertilité masculine ? Selon une récente étude américaine, consommer du poisson pourrait permettre d’améliorer la qualité du sperme et des spermatozoïdes. Celui-ci contiendrait certains acides gras indispensables à la formation des gamètes masculins.Si les médecins prêtent déjà à la consommation de poisson de nombreux bienfaits, c’est un nouveau bénéfice que viennent d’identifier des chercheurs de l’université de l’Illinois. Selon des travaux publiés dans la revue Biology of Reproduction, manger du poisson pourrait également permettre d’améliorer la qualité des spermatozoïdes et donc la fertilité. À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureLe raisonnement des chercheurs est simple : “les spermatozoïdes normaux présentent (au niveau de leur tête) une structure en forme d’arc appelé acrosome essentielle à la fécondation, car elle abrite, organise et concentre une variété d’enzymes que le sperme utilise ensuite pour fertiliser l’ovule”, expliquent le Pr. Manabu Nakamura, professeur agrégé de nutrition et son étudiant, Timothy Abbott, co-auteur de l’étude. Mais la formation de cette structure et du reste du corps du spermatozoïde nécessite un acide gras particulier appelé docosahexaénoïque (DHA). “Sans DHA, la structure vitale ne se crée pas et les cellules du spermatozoïde ne fonctionne pas”, commente Timothy Abbott cité par Santelog. Or, les poissons sont justement une excellente source de cet acide gras.  Après avoir découvert ce rôle de la DHA, les scientifiques ont donc mené une petite expérience : ils ont privé de DHA des souris mâles à l’aide d’une manipulation génétique. Ils ont ainsi constaté que les rongeurs devenaient totalement infertiles. En revanche, lorsqu’ils ont réintroduit de la DHA à l’alimentation des souris, ces dernières ont retrouvé une fertilité normale. D’où la conclusion des chercheurs qui prônent donc une alimentation riche en poissons gras tels que le saumon ou le thon. Néanmoins, outre la fertilité, les auteurs de l’étude soulignent que l’acide DHA est également présent dans d’autres tissus notamment du cerveau et de la rétine. Ainsi, ils estiment que leurs recherches pourraient aider à l’amélioration du fonctionnement du cerveau et de la vision voire pour soigner certaines maladies cognitives comme la démence.  Le 16 janvier 2012 à 11:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Blazers find some pride in their D

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love (42) looks to shoot against Portland Trail Blazers’ J.J. Hickson, back, and LaMarcus Aldridge, left, during the first half Friday. PORTLAND — It started at shootaround.In the morning hours before the Trail Blazers would walk onto the Rose Garden court, players gathered at the practice facility and stood ashamed.The team defense wasn’t very good. In fact — judging by some defensive statistics — the Blazer defense was worst in the league.Coach Terry Stotts called them out. He showed the numbers, and though players confessed to feeling humiliated in the morning, by Friday evening, they had grown inspired.The Blazers shut down the Minnesota Timberwolves, 103-95, before turning the lights off in the locker room for a while.After a rather sobering loss in Phoenix on Wednesday, when the team allowed the Suns to shoot with near 60-percent accuracy — continuing a trend that has plummeted the Blazers’ defensive field-goal percentage to last in the NBA — the pride had returned.“We got embarrassed, really,” said Wesley Matthews who scored a season-high 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting (5-6 on 3-pointers). “We’ve been embarrassed.”“Teams shooting 50 percent on us. The thumping that we took in Phoenix … and coach brought it to our attention at shootaround today where we stand in the NBA as far as defensive field-goal percentage and shots at the rim — and it was ugly.”If the coach’s call out wasn’t enough, the Blazers needed one more punch in the gut by nightfall. In the first quarter, the Wolves scored 33 points with center Nikola Pekovic dictating the paint for 10 points. Another “ugly” defensive performance seemed likely but the Blazers turned the effort around and held the Wolves to just 41 percent the rest of the way.last_img read more