Carbon capture costs loom large in climate talks

first_imgCarbon capture costs loom large in climate talks FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:When countries gather on Sunday to hammer out how they will enact pledges to cut carbon emissions, a Norwegian-led oil consortium will offer a solution: pump some of your excess carbon dioxide to us and we could store it for you.Environmentalists worry the costly technology, known as carbon capture and storage (CCS), will perpetuate the fossil fuel status quo when rapid and deep cuts energy use are needed to limit global warming. But proponents of CCS will be lobbying hard at the two-week climate conference in Katowice, Poland, for the extensive investment and regulatory change required to employ it at scale, citing U.N. assessments that it could play a role.“The expectation is that Katowice will be important,” said Stephen Bull, a senior vice president at Norwegian state-controlled oil company Equinor, which is involved in developing a CCS project called Northern Lights. “CCS is the only way to go,” he said, arguing that countries need the technology to help fulfil the pledges they made around the time of the breakthrough Paris climate change agreement in 2015.The relatively small scale of the project, along with the unsolved problem of who will pay for it, highlight the obstacles to getting CCS technology off the ground. Organizers of the estimated 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) Northern Lights project say it could store around 5 million tonnes per year of emissions from a Norwegian waste-to energy plant, a cement plant as well as emissions from other countries. This is a tiny fraction of the 6 billion tonnes per year that would need to be stored by 2050 according to the International Energy Agency, which coordinates industrialized nations’ energy policies.A European Union climate strategy published on Wednesday said rapid deployment of renewables meant the potential of CCS to be a major decarbonization option appeared lower than before. But it said CCS would be needed, especially if the bloc wanted to reach a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Earlier attempts to fund CCS in Europe have largely failed. An EU program in 2012 did not go on to fund a single CCS project and a British support scheme was canceled in 2015.Eighteen large-scale CCS plants are in operation around the world, according to the Global CCS Institute, which says 2,500 CCS facilities, each able to store 1.5 million tonnes a year, would be needed by 2040 to keep global warming within a 2C rise.Countries as far afield as Algeria and Japan are working with CCS but only two of the world’s CCS operations are on power plants. The CCS industry sees potential for many more. But the U.S. Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) think tank said this month that coal plants are having a difficult time competing with wind and solar resources which have come down rapidly in price even without CCS.“Economics is a serious issue. And to do CCS on a wide scale you need to build a whole new infrastructure: new pipelines, find repositories which would work, inspection equipment and then monitoring,” said IEEFA’S David Schlissel.More: Pressure mounts to bury carbon emissions, but who will pay?last_img read more

Five SEO strategies financial marketers must ditch ASAP

first_imgSome search engine optimization tactics, like matching content to user intent and building quality backlinks, have stood the test of time. But many SEO tasks that used to be critically important no longer deliver meaningful impact.In fact, your ranking may even be harmed by SEO practices that were common as little as four years ago. We’ve unpacked some key developments in search algorithms to help you understand which tactics you should move away from in your enterprise SEO strategy (if you haven’t done so already).1. Deploying Meta Keywords Is So Yesterday — And No HelpKeywords, which search algorithms use to interpret searcher intent, remain the backbone of SEO. But meta keywords, once an integral component of great SEO, have grown all but irrelevant.Meta keywords are an HTML tag that aims to communicate what a page is about. Once upon a time, they were absolutely necessary. And it was even possible to game the system, so to speak, and stuff your pages full of meta keywords to boost your rank. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Arsenal to make 55 redundancies but claim investing in the team remains ‘key priority’

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal to make 55 redundancies but claim investing in the team remains ‘key priority’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Aug 2020 2:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link667Shares View 5 comments Arsenal have announced their intention to make 55 club staff redundant (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have announced their intention to make 55 members of staff redundant as the club continues to count the cost of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Gunners confirmed their place in the Europa League, a competition which could generate and extra £30million in revenue next season, by winning last Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea they have been hit hard by a lack of matchday revenue. The overwhelming majority of the first team squad agreed to take a pay cut of up to 12.5% back in April, but with fixtures likely to be played behind close doors again come the start of the 2020/21 campaign the lack of matchday revenue forced the club into making cuts.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19,’ read a statement on the club’s official website.ADVERTISEMENT‘Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.center_img Arsenal will find it hard to find a take for Mesut Ozil who earns £350,000-a-week (Picture: Getty)‘These steps have all reduced the impact of the pandemic on the club and have helped us continue to maintain investment in the team. This will continue to be a key priority.’After last month’s win over Liverpool, manager Mikel Arteta implored the club’s board to hand him the funds that would help him to accelerate what remains a major rebuilding job.Last week’s Wembley win over Chelsea has only strengthened his hand and the club are reportedly working on deals to sign Willian from their west London rivals and Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGabriel Magalhaes, Lille’s Brazilian centre-half, is another reported target, while the club hope to raise funds from the potential sales of Matteo Guendouzi, who hasn’t featured since a breach of discipline following a recent defeat against Brighton.AdvertisementAdvertisementFinding a taker for Mesut Ozil, who earns £350,000-a-week despite not playing a single minute over the course of Project Restart, will represent a near impossible task, however, with his agent recently claiming his client is willing to run down the remaining 12 months of his contract. MORE: Antoino Rudiger claims Chelsea will miss Arsenal transfer target Willian if he leavesMORE: Barcelona ramping up transfer talks with Arsenal over Philippe CoutinhoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal are pressing ahead with plans to sign Willian despite their financial plight (Picture: Getty)‘The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs. Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled.‘We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt.‘Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.‘We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.’Despite the impending job losses, Arsenal were at pains to stress that investing in and adding to the current squad remains a ‘key priority’. ‘We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt,’ the statement added. Advertisementlast_img read more

Hinterland haven the epitome of acreage living

first_img9 Whittington Way, Maudsland. 9 Whittington Way, Maudsland.THIS Maudsland home is an entertainer’s dream.From the entertaining terrace with teppanyaki bar and media room to the resort-style pool and firepit, the acreage property at 9 Whittington Way has something for everyone.Owners Nick and Kim Bennett built the four-bedroom, three bathroom home, which sits on a forested hillside. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago9 Whittington Way, Maudsland.It has three separate wings, the kitchen and living area with separate media room and study at its centre.There are two wings on either side – one dedicated to the master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe while the other has three bedrooms and a “kid’s retreat”.Marketing agent Andrew Colley, of @realty, said the wings were almost tiered.“The block gently drops from left to right,” he said.Mr Colley said 14 groups of people inspected the property during the first weekend it was open to the public. 9 Whittington Way, Maudsland. 9 Whittington Way, Maudsland.He said its size and flat landscape appealed to buyers most as it meant they could do a lot more with the land.“It’s the epitome of an acreage lifestyle,” Mr Colley said.“It’s a beautiful home in a beautiful location.”It also has views of the Tamborine Mountain foothills.last_img read more

2,958 IMCA drivers get point fund shares

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Point fund checks will be pre­sented or mailed to 2,958 IMCA drivers this year. That number represents more than 40 percent of the licensed drivers competing in 2014. A total of $607,983 will be paid, based on national, re­gional, special series and local track standings. “There isn’t another sanc­tioning body that pays so much to so many differ­ent drivers,” noted IMCA Vice President of Opera­tions Brett Root. “We’re very proud of that at IMCA.” Individual point fund amounts are published in the second section of the November Inside IMCA newsletter.last_img

Osvaldo joins up with Porto

first_img After loan spells at Juventus, Inter Milan and Boca Juniors, Southampton released their club record signing earlier this summer, freeing him up to sign for Porto. The Portuguese side confirmed the switch on Twitter, with a photograph of the Argentinian-born striker holding a Porto shirt and a message saying: “Welcome Osvaldo.” Former Southampton forward Dani Osvaldo has completed a move to Porto, making the Primeira Liga outfit his fifth club in two years. Press Associationcenter_img The 29-year-old Italy international has now moved to a new side, either on loan or for a permanent switch, in each of the last five transfer windows. Osvaldo’s talent, which was epitomised by a sublime goal against Manchester City in 2013/14, has never been in question but he has been dogged by off-field problems that led to him being exiled from St Mary’s. last_img read more

City of Riviera Beach Employee Dies of Coronavirus; Most Depts to Go Remote

first_imgA local government employee has died from COVID-19.The Riviera Beach staff member has not been identified, but City Manager Jonathan Evans confirmed that six to eight other employees have self-quarantined as a result of their colleague’s death.“To the victim’s family and the individuals who work in the organization, it is a horrific day for the City of Riviera Beach. We are certainly doing everything we can to protect the safety and the welfare of our employees and the public,” Evans told our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5. “This is serious and it happened right here at home for us all. It is a painful reminder that we have to listen, and we are going to have to make some tough decision to be able to get through this for better days here in our community.”The city has established a hotline for employees who feel they are developing symptoms.Officials are still investigating whether or not the victim contracted the virus during travel or through direct contact with someone in the community.“The individual had previous health-related issues that certainly, probably exacerbated the issues associated with COVID-19,” added Evans.Completely Remote City Operations— City of Riviera Beach, FL. (@Rivierabch) April 1, 2020 As a result of the employee death, Evans is asking all departments to go “full-remote” by April 6. The city’s Fire-Rescue, Police and Utilities departments would be exempt from the full-remote order.last_img read more

All Set for 5th Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball

first_imgThe stage is set for the forthcoming 5th edition of the Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship as preparations are in top gear to make it a grand championship.The President of Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Nigeria Bukola Olopade had commended the sponsor, Victor Ochei; for his continued sponsorship, disclosed that countries like -Cameroon, Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo among others have signified interest in participating at the championship holding between October 3-8th  in Lagos. Olopade, who also doubles as the vice president of the association for West and East Africa commended Mr Frank Momoh of Fort Group for his support to the association and the game of wheelchair basketball in the country.According to Olopade, a former commissioner for Youth and Sports in Ogun State, he was happy that the sponsorship of the championship by Ochei, which is in the fifth year had helped in the development of wheelchair basketball in the country and had also brought the name of the country to the international level as far as the game was concerned.Olopade said, “the board will like to express its appreciation to Sir Victor Ochei for his continue sponsorship of the championship after leaving office as the Speaker, Delta State house of Assembly, which showed that his love for the game goes beyond spending government money for sponsorship.”He however, assured that this year’s edition would as in the previous edition be well organised and be hitch free.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Reaction pours in as President Trump insults LeBron James’ intelligence after CNN interview

first_imgWhat happens when the president goes after the King on Twitter?A social media whirlwind.While President Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy while tweeting, he struck a nerve in the sports world over the weekend after questioning the intelligence of Lakers star LeBron James. The tweet came on the heels of a CNN interview with Don Lemon in which James criticized Trump of using sport “to divide us.”Trump went at both men’s intellect with this tweet: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” If Michael Jordan joins twitter just to verbally smack down Trump for mentioning him in a tweet against LeBron James, the NBA should give MJ another ring.— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) August 4, 2018 The timing of Trump’s tweet may not have been accidental: The president attended a rally of his supporters in Ohio not long after firing off at James. But critics targeted Trump for criticizing James just as he was celebrating a philanthropic achievement.Tweeted Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns: “So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you worried about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown? Shut your damn mouth! Stop using them twitter fingers and get stuff done for our country with that pen.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers While James didn’t tweet any direct response about Trump or the tweet, Lemon was more willing to engage in kind: “Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?” This week LeBron opened a school for hundreds of at-risk kids while Donald Trump’s education secretary attempts to undo college loan forgiveness for students who were “knowingly deceived” by their schools and rolls back Obama-era guidelines on discrimination in schools.— TV’s Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) August 4, 2018center_img James has been in the limelight for the past week since opening the I Promise School, a public school for elementary-school age at-risk children in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. Outside of the classroom, the school offers extra supportive amenities: a longer school year, a food pantry for underprivileged families and counseling for issues beyond academics, among others.The LeBron James Family Foundation was the largest donor for the school, and James himself headlined the opening on Monday. His foundation is involved with several other education initiatives, including funding up to 1,000 college scholarships for children to attend the University of Akron. Before LeBron criticized him, @realDonaldTrump was a fan.— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 4, 2018 James’ beefs with Trump are not new. James has referred to Trump as a “bum” in social media, and said earlier this year that Trump “doesn’t give a f*** about the people” in a video interview for Uninterrupted, his own website. That sparked a now-famous comment from conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham for James to “shut up and dribble” — which James vowed again this week that was advice he wouldn’t follow.“I have a voice, I have a platform,” James said in an interview with ESPN. “When you see something that’s unjust and you see something that’s wrong and you see something that’s trying to divide us as a race or as a country, then I feel like my voice can be heard and speak volumes.”For his own part, Trump (a former USFL team owner) has put athletes in his scope more often since his presidency, with notable feuds with NFL players over kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence. Trump has sparked controversy with the NBA as well, going after the Golden State Warriors after they said they would not visit the White House following their championships. He’s called NFL players “sons of bitches” at a rally, stoking controversies to higher levels.But after Trump directly went after James, even some of those closest to him broke rank. First Lady Melania Trump released a statement to The Associated Press, saying James is “working to do good things on behalf of our next generation.” Michael Jordan, who appeared to be referenced in the final sentence of Trump’s tweet, also released a statement to multiple media outlets saying, “I support LeBron James. He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”Lakers owner Jeanie Buss also responded with this statement:“We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family. He is an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent leader and clearly appreciates the power that sports has to unite communities and inspire the world to be a better place. Those efforts should be celebrated by all.”Twitter Reaction: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chris Froome to miss Tour de France after ‘very serious accident’

first_imgChris Froome will miss the Tour de France after breaking multiple bones in a crash during the Criterium du Dauphine.Froome, a six-time Grand Tour champion, was taken to a local hospital in following the incident prior to Wednesday’s time trial in Roanne, Team Ineos announced. The team said Froome broke his right femur and right elbow and fractured his ribs in the incident and was being airlifted to another hospital for further treatment. “Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible,” Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford said in a release.  “One of our big strengths on this team is coming together in difficult moments, and we will ensure we do everything possible to support Chris and his family.”Brailsford previously told French television Froome crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed” while scouting the time trial route. A message posted to Froome’s official Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, apparently by his wife Michelle, said the cyclist was in surgery to repair “multiple fractures”. Chris is in surgery at the moment to repair the multiple fractures, please keep him in your thoughts. I hope to be able to share a message from him tomorrow morning – MF— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 12, 2019Froome missed the Giro d’Italia to allow himself more time to prepare for the Tour de France, which he had been aiming to win for a record-tying fifth time.The 34-year-old, who won the last of his four Tour de France titles in 2017, had been set to lead Team INEOS in the event, which begins in Brussels on July 6.last_img read more