12 Oct

Companies rush to produce pot products, without the cannabis plant itself

TORONTO — Canadian companies are racing to get an edge in the new frontier of the cannabis industry — which does not involve the leafy green plant at all.An increasing number of licensed producers and biotechnology firms are moving towards synthetic production of THC and other cannabinoids in a lab, using ingredients such as sugar and yeast, eyeing the potential to produce these active compounds more cheaply than traditional cultivation and extraction.CannTrust Holdings Inc.’s chief executive Peter Aceto said the Vaughan, Ont.-based licensed producer has a short list of biosynthesis companies that it is in active conversations with, which could result in either a partnership or acquisition.“We do believe that cannabinoids will be created through biosynthesis, whether it’s yeast or sugar or other compounds, at scale at an extremely low cost… And do expect to be investing in that space in the not-too-distant future,” he said.Canada is on the verge of legalizing the next-generation of cannabis products such as edibles and topicals in the coming months, which will allow the industry to tap a broader range of consumers who aren’t interested in smoking dried flower.In turn, the demand for cannabinoids and isolates for use as an ingredient in consumer products is expected to grow “exponentially in the coming years,” said AltaCorp analyst David Kideckel.Synthetic cannabinoid production has the potential to disrupt the cannabis industry supply chain, he added in a recent note.“We believe that cannabis LP’s will begin to pay much closer attention to these companies’ technology and its application to their industry, as it offers the potential for significant advantages on an operational and cost basis, as well as product quality and purity.”Other Canadian cannabis companies have already made moves in this space. Moncton-based Organigram Inc. in September closed a $10-million investment deal with Hyasynth Biologicals, in a bid to boost its access to the Montreal-based company’s proprietary methods involving fermentation of yeast.Also last September, licensed producer Cronos Group Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Boston-based Ginkgo Bioworks Inc., also focusing on cannabinoid production via fermentation at commercial scale, in a deal worth roughly US$22-million.Cronos’ chief executive Michael Gorenstein said during a recent conference call that this partnership is key to its strategy of focusing on developing branded products and intellectual property, rather than the capital-intensive process of cultivation and production. He added that Cronos and Ginkgo will focus on synthetic production of THC, the compound which produces a high, and CBD, the non-impairing compound believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. The two companies through the partnership will also target six other rare cannabinoids, which are “economically impractical” to produce with high purity at scale through traditional cultivation and extraction,” he added.“We at Cronos believe that rare cannabinoids are key to product differentiation, but today are nearly impossible to produce commercially,” Gorenstein told analysts.Rather than using a solvent, carbon dioxide or another method to remove extracts from the cannabis or hemp plant, synthetic production of cannabinoids involves using a controlled chemical reaction to produce these coveted compounds. Synthetic production is already commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry, such as the use of yeast fermentation to biosynthesize insulin.One method of synthetic production is called biosynthesis, in which a biological organism such as bacteria, fungus or algae are used as agents to yield cannabinoids, AltaCorp said.It’s similar to brewing beer, where water, yeast and malted grain are combined and fermented to produce an alcoholic beverage. However, the yeast is instead genetically engineered to produce the necessary enzymes to yield cannabinoids instead.“We’ll remove the genes that tell it to produce ethanol, and then we’ll put in a new set of genes that will give it the machinery to produce THC,” said Kevin Chen, the chief executive and co-founder of Hyasynth.Biosynthesis has the potential to produce large quantities of cannabinoids, consistently, with a high level of purity and precision, according to AltaCorp. As well, at roughly less than $1,000 per kilogram, it is much cheaper than growing cannabis or hemp and extracting it, Kideckel wrote in a recent note.That’s a particularly attractive prospect as Canadian producers increasingly look at ways to reduce costs, such as outdoor growing in the warmer climes of B.C., as dried cannabis becomes a commodity.Lab-generated cannabinoids via synthesis will not replace plant-based extraction, but will be an added tool in companies’ arsenals, Kideckel added.Still, biosynthesis and other methods of synthetic cannabinoid production are still in the “early stages” and could take “years of research and development to perfect,” he added.In February, UC Berkeley synthetic biologists published a study in the journal Nature demonstrating how they used engineered brewer’s yeast to produce THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.Meanwhile, there has been a flurry of companies flooding into the biosynthesis space within the last six months, said Chen, who co-founded Hyasynth in 2014.“Everybody is jumping into this stuff now,” he said. “It went from us and two other companies to 20 companies.”Competitors include Vancouver-based InMed Pharmaceuticals and California-based Amyris Inc.The race is on, and Hyasynth is aiming to establish its own small-scale facility and be able to sell a product by the end of the year. The company is aiming to become an ingredient supplier, he added. However, Chen said there is “a lot to be nailed down, and it will be an ongoing process of improvement.”“We’re already pretty confident that we’ll get there.”Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press read more

12 Oct

World’s top steelmaker to cut output further in Europe

LONDON — The world’s largest steel maker, ArcelorMittal, on Wednesday announced further cuts to production at several plants in Europe due to weak demand and high imports, reflecting troubles in the wider industry.The Luxembourg-based company said it would reduce steelmaking operations at plants in France and Germany and extend a planned stoppage in Spain. The cuts follow a May 6 announcement to idle and reduce production at plants in Poland and Spain respectively.ArcelorMittal said the production cuts were temporary and did not address in detail the question of job cuts.“Our employees remain our utmost priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure that the right social measures are in place to support them and their families during this difficult time,” the company said.The cuts are the latest grim news for steel producers. Last week, British Steel was ordered into liquidation. On May 10, German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp said it would cut 6,000 jobs on the expectation that its joint venture with India’s Tata Steel would be blocked by regulators.The Associated Press read more

6 Oct

Commodities price suffer fall but poised for rebound in 2013 Scotiabank report

TORONTO – Commodity prices are poised for a rebound in 2013 following the declines experienced in many of Canada’s resource sectors this year despite a summer rally, according to a new report from Scotiabank.In a commentary accompanying its Commodity Price Index for November, Scotiabank says prices will get a lift as buyers restock raw materials after liquidating inventories or deferring orders in 2012.“This is already the case in China, where a pickup in orders from steel producers, after a sharp inventory correction last summer, has boosted spot iron ore and coking coal prices,” writes Scotiabank commodity market specialist Patricia Mohr.“Lumber and OSB (oriented strand board) are our top investor picks — expected to post a multiple-year recovery through mid-decade,” Mohr added, citing a growing recovery in the U.S. housing market.Meanwhile, figures in the bank’s latest monthly index painted a less rosy picture for this year. After a late-summer rally, overall prices began slipping in October and fell 2.3 per cent month-over-month in November, Scotiabank said.Scotiabank says the commodity prices it tracks are down 8.4 per cent overall in the first 11 months of this year, compared with the comparable period of 2011.“We are experiencing another bout of concern over the outlook for global growth and the potential fallout from the U.S. fiscal cliff in early 2013, dampening oil and grain prices,” Mohr said.“That’s only partially offset by news that China’s economy is revving up again, lifting base metal prices, especially copper.”As a result, Mohr said prices are currently 16 per cent below the near-term peak in April 2011, just prior to the advent of concern over excessive eurozone sovereign debt and the negative impact on global growth.The oil and gas sub-index has led decline, with the index down 14.4 per cent in November from a year earlier as lower light and heavy crude oil prices in Alberta and considerably softer propane prices in Edmonton and Sarnia, Ont., overpowered a slight gain in Canadian natural gas export prices.While international oil prices remained strong in 2012, a price discount on Edmonton light crude oil emerged and there was a bigger discount on Western Canadian Select (WCS) heavy oil, largely the result of inadequate export pipeline capacity.“The cost to the Canadian economy of these wide oil price discounts is enormous,” said Mohr.She estimates the Canadian heavy crude discount cost about US$9 billion in 2012 compared with West Texas Intermediate,”plus another US$17.7 billion due to the WTI discount off world prices, as measured by Brent (crude).”The Metal and Mineral sub-index has also lost ground in 2012, down 13.1 per cent year over year despite the fact that most base metal prices held up well.However, double-digit declines in coking coal, iron ore and steel alloying metals alongside stagnant world steel production and a mid-summer inventory correction in China’s steel industry more than offset the relative strength in some base metals.On a more positive note, the Forest Products sub-index posted a substantial recovery in 2012, up 12.9 per cent through November.“After a challenging environment since 2008 linked to a prolonged and sharp downturn in U.S. housing, oriented strand board and lumber producers enjoyed a substantial recovery in earnings in 2012,” the bank said.Meanwhile, a modest recovery in U.S. housing starts is “hitting a wall of tighter supply, given substantial mill closures since 2006, the equivalent of 140 sawmills across the U.S. and Canada,” it added.Agriculture was another pocket of strength in 2012, up five per cent year over year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Hugh McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 11:47 am MDT Commodities price suffer fall but poised for rebound in 2013: Scotiabank report read more

2 Oct

Central African Republic needs support to tackle spoilers other challenges – UN

Clashes also took place in the north-west and the Kaga Bandoro region between anti-Balaka and ex-Séléka factions, resulting in attacks on civilians and aid groups, causing operations to be suspended in September, he said. Activity of those factions had also been reported in the north-east of the country. MINUSCA continues to maintain a robust posture against such violence and was enforcing weapons-free zones. In contrast to the worrying flare-ups of armed activity, he said that national authorities continue implementing President Touadéra’s agenda, including engaging 11 out of 14 armed groups in a dialogue on reintegration. MINUSCA is meeting with armed groups to encourage their participation, he added. For the international support needed, Mr. Ladsous said, the importance of the Brussels donor conference on 17 November, for which the country’s five-year needs had been assessed and a framework for accountability created, “could not be over-emphasized.” Sustained international engagement had often been lacking in previous crises in the country, leading to relapse into violence. “While the primary responsibility rests with the Central Africans, we must ensure that this mistake is not repeated,” he stressed. Meanwhile, Abderrazzak Laassel of Morocco, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission’s Central African Republic configuration, also briefed the Council on the ninth meeting of the International Contact Group for the country, chaired by the African Union (AU) and the Republic of the Congo. At that meeting, interlocutors expressed the need for strong political and financial support for disarmament, demobilization, repatriation and reintegration, he said. Noting that MINUSCA has the challenging task of supporting reform of the security sector, he said that the European Union has initiated a military mission to train two battalions of the Central African Armed Forces, known as the FACA, in the effort to build a professional army. Based on the draft National Security Policy, the reform programme would need reinforcement of the police and gendarmerie, as well as a clarification of their respective mandates, with the aim of extending State authority in the entire territory. “National reconciliation remains a matter of concern,” he said, as a relevant strategy has not yet been adopted. Some local initiatives are encouraging, especially the activities of the religious platform. National reconciliation, however, could not be successful without addressing the issue of impunity, he said, noting that some key steps had been taken towards the establishment of the Special Criminal Court. He said support of the international community would be crucial in the coming months. Highlighting the need for success of the upcoming donor’s conference in Brussels, he said the national strategy for recovery and peace consolidation, as well as a framework for mutual accountability with the international community, would need to be shared in advance. Abdelrazak Laassel, Chair of the Central African Republic Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in that country. UN Photo/Cia Pak “While the needs are many, I am convinced that with our concerted and continued support, Central Africans can lay the foundations for peace,” Hervé Ladsous Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, said in his briefing on the work of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA), alongside the Chair of the Central African Republic configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. More than three years of war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the CAR amid continuing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. Mr. Ladsous introduced the Secretary-General’s report on developments in the CAR, which welcomed the inauguration of a democratically elected president, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, and pledged the Mission’s full support to the Government in such critical efforts as reintegration of armed groups, reform of the security sector, improvement of still grave humanitarian conditions, inclusive economic development, reconciliation and other necessary components of peace consolidation. Such efforts, the Secretary-General noted, would take “dedication and time.” Updating the Council on key developments since the issuance of the report, Mr. Ladsous said that the end of the rainy season — a traditionally volatile period — has been used by armed groups and other “spoilers” to advance their interests. Last week, dozens of people were killed in unrest following the shooting of a member of the Central African Armed Forces in a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood. MINUSCA, he said, acted decisively to prevent intercommunal violence from spreading, securing the perimeter of the neighbourhood, coordinating its response with the national authorities, responding to the needs of civilians, encouraging community dialogue and continuing to support efforts to address impunity. read more

30 Sep

The Cubs Start Is Even More Dominant Than It Seems

The Cubs are the best (through 24 games) YEARTEAMRUN DIFFERENTIALSCALED RUN DIFFERENTIALWON LEAGUEWON WS 2012St. Louis Cardinals+65+2.67 2003New York Yankees+85+3.42√ 2016Chicago Cubs+83+3.50—— 1962San Francisco Giants+74+2.89√ Source: Baseball PRospectus 1993Detroit Tigers+69+2.84 To put it in perspective, the distance between the Cubs’ run differential and that of the second-best team (the Washington Nationals) is the same as the difference between the Nationals and the 20th-ranked Oakland A’s. Not only is Chicago scoring the most runs in baseball, it’s also tied for allowing the fewest. And as if that wasn’t enough, the Cubs boast the best base running of any team as well.This Cubs squad wasn’t always an unstoppable force. According to our Elo ratings, which measure the quality of a team at any given point in time, the club Theo Epstein inherited bottomed out around the end of the 2012 season, when their 1439 rating left them ranked second-to-last in the majors — ahead of only the tanking Houston Astros. But in the 521 games since,3Including the playoffs. the Cubs have gained 120 points of Elo rating, a level of sustained increase exceedingly rare in MLB history. For every thousand similar stretches, we’d expect to see a 120-point Elo increase only about two or three times.4It’s difficult to determine the exact probability because there are so many possible 521-game stretches, but we can estimate it by looking at a sample of 1,000 such sets.In only three years, the Cubs have risen from one of the worst teams in baseball to achieve an unprecedented degree of dominance. But there’s no pennant for the best Elo rating, no trophy for the highest run differential. And it might take playing at this level all season to overcome the most stunning streak of postseason futility in professional sports and win a championship for the first time in 107 years.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 1984Detroit Tigers+71+3.08√√ The Chicago Cubs have started the 2016 season on a roll, amassing a 19-6 record — with one of the wins coming via a no-hitter — and outscoring opponents by an average of 3.6 runs per game. Tabbed in spring training as a potential 100-game winner by nearly every projection algorithm, the Cubs are somehow exceeding even those lofty expectations. Now the benchmark is quickly shifting to whether they can become one of the best teams in baseball history.By run differential, the Cubs’ start ties for fourth-best in MLB’s modern era (going back to 1900). But that fun fact doesn’t quite do their dominance justice, because MLB is also currently in an epoch of incredible parity, with the spread of talent between teams smaller than it’s ever been. If you adjust for how bunched-up team run differentials have become in recent years,1I did this by calculating the standard deviation in run differential at game 24 of each season, and smoothing the trend over time using local regression. the Cubs are off to the strongest 24-game start since at least 1950.2Which is as far back as Baseball Prospectus has data. 1974Los Angeles Dodgers+71+2.95√ 1955Brooklyn Dodgers+69+2.54√√ 2010Tampa Bay Rays+66+2.69 2002Boston Red Sox+65+2.61 read more

28 Sep

Ohio State mens soccer drops Big Ten opener against No 15 Indiana

The Ohio State men’s soccer team opened Big Ten play on the wrong foot, falling to the No. 15 Indiana Hoosiers, 2-0. Sunday’s loss drops the Buckeyes to 3-5-1 on the season while the visiting Hoosiers improved to 6-1-1. The Buckeyes opened play against the favored Hoosiers with a conservative mindset, hoping to contain the Indiana attack and make the most of their own chances, said OSU coach John Bluem after the game. “Today we chose to play a little bit more defensively,” Bluem said. “(Indiana is) a strong attacking team. We wanted to play safe and keep ourselves in the game.” The defensive-minded strategy worked until a costly mistake in the OSU goal in the 30th minute allowed Indiana to take the lead. Indiana freshman Andrew Oliver’s shot was deflected and rolled past Buckeye sophomore goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, who was not able to recover and make the save. Oliver again helped the Hoosiers find twine, drawing a penalty in the first minute of the second half. Ivanov guessed correctly on Indiana sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta’s penalty, but the shot scorched past the sophomore goalkeeper’s outstretched arms. Indiana led, 2-0. Bluem did not agree with the penalty call, saying it was “a very bad decision by the referee that ended the game.” The Buckeyes abandoned their defensive mindset in their attempt to erase the two-goal deficit. OSU outshot the Hoosiers, 10-4, in the second half but were eventually held scoreless. The shutout is the second consecutive for OSU. “We did create some good moments,” Bluem said, “and sometimes that’s all you need. We just weren’t sharp enough to get it done.” Riding a two-game losing streak, Bluem said his team is “having a difficult time,” but is still in the mix to compete for a conference championship. “You’re not out of this conference race at all just because you lost your first game,” Bluem said. “We played today what many people are thinking is the best team in the conference. I think we held our own against them.” OSU will take a break from Big Ten action on Wednesday when they host Butler (2-1-4) at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

24 Sep

Fortescue autonomous retrofits hit 32 at Christmas Creek

first_imgIn its latest results, Pilbara iron ore major Fortescue Metals Group reports that the conversion to autonomous haulage (AHS) at Christmas Creek is progressing well with 32 mainly Caterpillar 793F, 789D and Komatsu 930E trucks converted by Caterpillar to use Cat® Command for Hauling and now in operation. At Cloudbreak, the RCR Tomlinson 5 km relocatable conveyor has doubled throughput capacity through an additional semi mobile crushing station.Fortescue Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines, said “The Fortescue team have delivered a strong start to FY19 with shipments of 40.2 Mt for the quarter, an increase in realised price to US$45/dmt through our optimised product strategy and C1 costs of US$13.19/wmt. Shipments of our 60.1% iron grade product, West Pilbara Fines (WPF) are scheduled to commence from December this year, further enhancing our product mix.”“The Eliwana mine and rail development project is progressing and our innovation projects across the Chichesters, including the Christmas Creek autonomous haulage (AHS) fleet conversion and the Cloudbreak relocatable conveyor continue to contribute to our productivity and efficiency improvements.”last_img read more

21 Sep

Broken hearts linked to death

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New research shows that a death of a loved one, a sporting event, natural disasters and terror attacks can all prompt sudden cardiac death. The research from the Heart Foundation – that took them ten years to conduct – also says that living alone and having few social contacts can be a risk factor for a heart attack too. Job stresses – that have long been associated with heart disease – have been shown to have little likelihood in causing a heart attack. “But many of the other stressors like poor rewards, job dissatisfaction and poor working hours, all those things which are traditionally thought to have some impact on heart health were not important,” Heart Foundation chief medical adviser Professor James Tatoulis told The Courier Mail. The research paper showed a 40 per cent increase in mortality from heart attacks in bereaved people in the first six months after the death. There was a 21 fold increase in the incidence of non-fatal heart attacks in the first 24 hours after bereavement and a fourfold increase in the first month after bereavement. However, Professor Tatoulis was quick to point out that many of those who had these heart attacks probably had underlying heart conditions in the first place. Acute emotional stress like bereavement has also been linked to a heart problem known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy – where the heart muscles contract into an hour glass shape causing chest pain and impaired heart function. Professor Tatoulis said this heart problem was more common in women aged 45-65 who were subjected to acute stress, but it usually resolved over 4-8 weeks. The Heart Foundation is calling on sporting bodies to ensure they are equipped with defibrillators during grand finals and other big sporting matches because of a higher risk of heart attacks. Natural and other disasters were also linked to a significant increase in cardiac events. Source: The Courier Maillast_img read more

20 Sep

Japanese Pancake Baths Let You Bathe in Maple Syrup

first_img Japan Is Getting A Special Pancakes and Syrup Pudding FlavorTry Pancakes On A Stick With This New Japanese Food Trend Stay on target What’s better than eating a delicious stack of pancakes? Bathing in a pancake bath, of course, which is a real thing visitors to Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. In celebration of the country’s beloved Morinaga hot cake mix, there are special pancake baths springing up all over a resort there for a short time. Yes, you can actually take a “hot cake bath,” or hot keeki ofuro, as it’s called in Japanese. Sounds like a tasty way to get clean.森永ホットケーキ風呂が今日からスタート٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶!あま〜い香りに癒されてみて#ホットケーキ #水着 pic.twitter.com/YEBOCOqFfr— 箱根小涌園ユネッサン (@boxhappy_yns) March 3, 2017But before you get too excited, there’s no pancake mix in the baths or anything. They do smell like maple syrup and vanilla, and the water’s brown. That’s because real maple syrup is added to the baths three times a day. It sounds like it might get a little sticky, which might be a concern if you’re sitting in the bath to get clean, but as is the custom for group baths like these most customers will have taken a shower before getting in. Perhaps this is a special maple syrup that doesn’t have any stickiness of note to worry about.This isn’t the first time this particular resort has been home to some awesome-sounding ways to relax. The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun resort also includes an amazake, coffee bath and red wine bath for anyone who takes those drinks seriously. And who wouldn’t? Those are some super fun-sounding baths to take a dip in.If you’re in the neighborhood for some reason from now until April 25, you should be able to head on down to the resort and hop in the pancake bath of your dreams. But hurry, because it’s only a limited time kind of event. And it’ll likely be full of others who want to realize their very important dreams of becoming pancake bath people too, so get a move on! Just don’t try to drink the water, okay?last_img read more

9 Sep

49 Voices Jack Bennett of Homer

first_imgJack Bennett of Homer (Photo courtesy of Jack Bennett)This week we’re hearing from Jack Bennett from Homer. Bennett is an industrial hemp advocate looking to establish more hemp homes throughout rural Alaska.Listen nowBENNETT: As an advocate of organic foods and using herbs for natural healing, I easily understood the benefits of building all-natural. A house requires at least ten different technologies: fiber glass, insulation, house wrap, OSB plywood, sheet rock… And hemp replaces that – one product. Industrial hemp as a construction material is a zero-waste product, zero footprint.The problem is, in Alaska, especially in rural Alaska, it’s $8 to $10 an hour to heat a home with diesel. It impacts average family households by 50 percent. With the savings up to 70 percent, “hempcrete” is gonna save rural Alaska. It may not be the solution to affordable housing, but it’s a solution.I have traveled all over Alaska to my hometown of Fairbanks, AK at the World Energy Forum, presenting it to 200 tribes as a solution to affordable housing and solving the rising cost of energy of living in the Bush.I’m working with members of the House and Senate. SB 8, commercialization of industrial hemp is coming up in January. I will ensure that it passes. I will work with Alaskan farmers that have one acre, five acres, seven acres, 150 acres, 150,000 acres to collect the material.I am super passionate about renewables in my life today. And I’m in a position to make change, within my limitations, within my disabilities – a day at a time. And I’m never gonna give up.last_img read more

5 Sep

India may continue to buy Iranian oil amid US ending waiver

first_imgA gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005 [Representational Image].ReutersThe United States has announced the termination of all waivers provided to eight nations, including India, to import Iranian oil without any sanctions. The decision by the Trump administration has been taken to further squeeze the finances of Iran which is under huge pressure to shut down its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. The US officials expect the zero-waivers policy to make a significant dent in Iran’s gross domestic product, which has expanded since the nuclear accord took effect in 2016.The sanctions on Iran has resulted in oil supply shortage across the globe and sharp increase in prices but the US has claimed that it is coordinating with leading oil exporter Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to ensure that the market is “adequately supplied”. In a statement issued on Monday, the White House said, “President Donald J Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions [SREs – as the waivers are called] when they expire in early May. This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue.”According to Hindustan Times, Indian oil companies are unlikely to completely stop oil imports from Iran which has been its major supplier in recent years. One of the sources close to the development said, “Even in past, despite US sanctions, Indian refiners continued to import crude oil from Iran, although in a reduced quantity.” The sources further added that the external affairs ministry is yet to make a formal statement on the issue and it is because of this reason India is exploring ways to engage with the US to eventually continue receiving the waiver. The US reimposed sanctions in November on exports of Iranian oil after Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers.ReutersThe countries or any private company violating the US sanctions may face secondary sanctions which possibly mean a block from accessing the US financial system. They could also be blocked from trading with the US and conducting trade with other countries in US dollars. However, it is still unclear how the countries will operate if they already have made payments in advance.It is to be noted that India was among eight nations which were granted waivers from US sanctions on Iran. The countries included China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, Italy and Greece. Three of the eight countries Italy, Greece and Taiwan stopped importing oil from Iran since November last year.last_img read more

2 Sep

The Woodlands Residents To Weigh Pros And Cons Of Becoming A City

first_img Listen Currently, most of The Woodlands’ tax revenues go to Montgomery County. Those revenues make the wealthy community an attractive target for annexation by the City of Houston or the City of Conroe.Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said that voting to make The Woodlands a city would protect it from annexation and let it hold onto more of its tax receipts. “The cost to this,” Jones said, “is generally that by incorporating, residents will likely pay more in property taxes than they’re presently paying. They’ll get more services, and they’ll have more control over the quality and the nature of their services, but they are going to pay more.”At present, The Woodlands is governed as a township. It has regional participation agreements with Houston and Conroe that prohibit the two cities from annexing the township until 2057. Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring cities get consent from residents before annexing territory. Jones said that the participation agreement and the law make it more difficult to annex The Woodlands, but not impossible.Matrix Consulting Group, which conducted the study, is set to publish the results online by Friday. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Photo: The Woodlands Township via FacebookThe Woodlands has started a study on its potential incorporation, which would mean the master-planned community created by George Mitchell in the mid-1970s would formally become a city with its own municipal government.This week, The Woodlands will take another step towards a vote on whether to incorporate as a city with its own municipal government. The master-planned community, located 30 miles north of downtown Houston, is preparing to publish the findings of a study for residents on the pros and cons of incorporation. 00:00 /00:43 Xlast_img read more

31 Aug

Post iceage extinctions of large mammals linked to humans not climate change

first_img The giant sloth succumbed to the advance of humans. Credit: Wikimedia Commons The researchers even went so far as to calculate the percentages of species extinctions they believe can be blamed on humans—64 percent globally—while only 30 percent could be blamed on fast changing weather patterns (mostly in parts of Europe and Asia). Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2014 Phys.org Explore further More information: Global late Quaternary megafauna extinctions linked to humans, not climate change, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 4 June 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3254AbstractThe late Quaternary megafauna extinction was a severe global-scale event. Two factors, climate change and modern humans, have received broad support as the primary drivers, but their absolute and relative importance remains controversial. To date, focus has been on the extinction chronology of individual or small groups of species, specific geographical regions or macroscale studies at very coarse geographical and taxonomic resolution, limiting the possibility of adequately testing the proposed hypotheses. We present, to our knowledge, the first global analysis of this extinction based on comprehensive country-level data on the geographical distribution of all large mammal species (more than or equal to 10 kg) that have gone globally or continentally extinct between the beginning of the Last Interglacial at 132 000 years BP and the late Holocene 1000 years BP, testing the relative roles played by glacial–interglacial climate change and humans. We show that the severity of extinction is strongly tied to hominin palaeobiogeography, with at most a weak, Eurasia-specific link to climate change. This first species-level macroscale analysis at relatively high geographical resolution provides strong support for modern humans as the primary driver of the worldwide megafauna losses during the late Quaternary.Press release India’s ancient mammals survived multiple pressurescenter_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with Aarhus University in Denmark has concluded that the die-out of large mammals after the last ice-age was due more too human activity than a changing environment. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes how they conducted a country by country survey of all known species extinctions from one thousand years ago to 132,000 years ago. In comparing what they found with known environmental changes during the same period they found a pattern emerging that fingered humans as the main cause of the majority of the extinctions. Citation: Post ice-age extinctions of large mammals linked to humans, not climate change (2014, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-ice-age-extinctions-large-mammals-linked.html As the ice melted at the end of the Pleistocene epoch about 12,000 years ago, large mammals (greater than 10 kilograms) such as the woolly mammoth, the giant sloth, cave dwelling lions, etc. began dying off, eventually disappearing altogether. The cause of the extinctions has, in many cases, been blamed on changing environmental conditions, despite a lack of evidence. In this new effort, the research team has found some evidence to suggest the die-offs were more likely caused by humans—either directly by hunting, or indirectly by burning vegetation needed for survival.Suspecting that humans were the cause, the researchers conducted a survey of all known species of large mammals that went extinct during and after the Pleistocene epoch. To gain a new perspective they conducted the survey on a country by country basis, rather than by continent as past studies have done. The team then used the data they’d collected to perform a comparative analysis with known weather conditions in the areas where the animals went extinct. In so doing, the team found a pattern emerging—the shorter amount of time that the large mammals lived together with humans, the greater the number of species that went extinct. Put another way, the team found that extinctions were few in Africa where large mammals and humans had existed since the time humans learned to hunt them. More extinctions occurred in Eurasia, but the greatest number by far occurred in the Americas and Australia, where humans arrived later, armed with much better hunting skills. Restoration of a steppe mammoth. Credit: Kurzon/Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

19 Aug

Customs system outage causes long delays at airports

first_img WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Monday saying a processing system outage caused delays at various airports.CBP officers continued processing international travellers using “alternative procedures” until the system came back online but waits were longer than usual at some airports, according to the statement.Officers still had access to national security databases and all travellers were screened according to security standards during the outage, the CBP said.The release does not give a cause for the disruption but said it doesn’t seem to be malicious.In Atlanta, CBP public affairs officer Robert Brisley said the outage at the city’s airport lasted about an hour from late afternoon into early evening. He said that officers were working to recover quickly afterward but even short outages can lead to backups at the airport, one of the world’s busiest.He said the agency apologizes to travellers who were delayed getting into the country after long flights. Tags: Airports, Travel Alert Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Source: The Associated Press Share Customs system outage causes long delays at airports << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

18 Aug

Versace revisits Giannis memory in Ritz couture

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) In 1997, Gianni staged his last runway show there shortly before his murder in Miami in 1997.But on Sunday, Donatella ensured there was no room for mourning. Instead, her couture was a bejewelled celebration of a house with buoyant revenues and still lots to say. With actors such as Pierce Brosnan, Milla Jovovich and Jessica Alba in tow _ the celebrity presence alone was proof enough of the house’s enduring pull.“It’s my first Atelier Versace show, and to be here in the Ritz is very special,” said Madmen’s Christina Hendricks, sitting on the front row.The 26 dresses were all strict, revealing and uber-sexy. Waists were cinched to within an inch of life on mainly corseted bodices _ in metallic gold rose, blush and purple. Skirts were either mini _ one leather micro number was so short it verged on bondage gear _ or long.The longer length evening gowns billowed with techno chiffon, of Barbie doll proportions.Donatella is a designer demanding of perfection. It seems that being 6 feet (1.8 meters) is still not tall enough: one model stumbled twice, her heel tangled in her gown’s cascading layers.But the garments, bought by a core group of no more than 100 rich women around the world, are not for the average Jane. Creations range in price from $19,000 to $125,000. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates AP Fashion WriterPARIS (AP) – In an emotional coming home, Donatella Versace finally took Atelier Versace couture back to the Ritz Hotel in Paris _ the last place she saw her late brother Gianni.On Sunday, she chose the hotel for Versace’s much-anticipated fall-winter 2012-13 show, which mirrored the glitz of her brother’s heyday.The Ritz _ in Paris’ magnificent Place Vendome _ has a particular significance for the storied Italian house. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The show ended to Prince’s hit “Kiss.”You don’t have to be rich to rule Versace’s world. But it must help.____Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAPlast_img read more

23 Feb

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11 Jan

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Jordan’s protests have led to the firing of its prime minister. hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets across the country calling for the federal government for Families Belong Together rallies.

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5 Nov

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24 Oct

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9 Oct

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the committee could not find out any suitable or alternative site for the scooter bazaar.all of whom are still absconding. Ganga was arrested from Rama village near Udaipur in Rajasthan on Thursdayafter a follower of Asaram Bapu tipped off the police on her whereabouts Surat police had brought her to the city on a transit remand For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: May 6 2016 12:42 pm AnOscar Pistorius documentary feature will be introduced to distributors in Cannes next week Related News Content Media has picked up the international sales rights to an Oscar Pistorius documentary feature which will be introduced to distributors in Cannes next week The film titled “Pistorius” follows the rise and fall of the inspiring Olympic hero turned convicted murderer reported Variety Vaughan Sivell of “Mr Calzaghe” fame is directing the movie which is in production and is producing with Sean Richard for Western Edge Pictures and the Gennaker Group “Pistorius” is described as “Making a Murderer” meets “Senna” — “a riveting true-crime story about a beloved sports icon” At the 2012 Olympics South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius also known as “The Blade Runner” made history by becoming the first double-amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics He was one of the world’s most successful sportmen and an inspiration to millions Read More Not even a year later on Valentine’s Day in February 2013 Pistorius was arrested and charged for the murder of his girlfriend South African model Reeva Steenkamp The trial of Pistorius placed South Africa and its problems under the media spotlight The talismanic Olympian and Mandela’s Rainbow Nation are almost the same age having both been born with so many challenges and achieved so much against the odds But now Pistorius is a convicted murderer in a country that is riven with segregation violent crime and corruption “The film will seek to discover whether the image we have of them both is the truth” Content said Entertainment Videos by Indian Express For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New York | Updated: July 27 2015 11:07 am A Manhattan jury said 50 Cent should pay Lastonia Leviston USD 2 million in punitive damages on top of the USD 5 million they already found he should pay her for posting her sex tape online for millions to see (Source: AP) Related News A Manhattan jury said 50 Cent should pay Lastonia Leviston USD 2 million in punitive damages on top of the USD 5 million they already found he should pay her for posting her sex tape online for millions to see “I’ve been served justice by the courts and vindicated by God” a beaming Leviston said afterwards As for her tormentor — who was not in court — she said “I hope he learned a lesson” The USD 2 million award was less than the USD 15 million Leviston’s lawyer had asked for earlier in the day but more than the USD 700000 than Fitty’s lawyers had recommended “We had to compromise Some wanted (to award) more some wanted less” said the jury foreman Tom Evans 72 Leviston 36 said she hoped the jury’s verdict would teach the superstar “you can’t be mean and cruel to people” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: September 27 2015 2:54 pm Salma Hayek Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey are set to be saluted at the upcoming Variety Power Of Women Event Related News Salma Hayek Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey are set to be saluted at the upcoming Variety Power Of Women Event Actress Anna Kendrick and YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki will also be among the honourees at the October 9 Beverly Hills bash which celebrates the entertainment industry’s most inspiring and charitable females reported Variety “The women we are honouring this year are the perfect embodiment of the Power of Women initiative” says Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns Share This Article Related Article “We salute Salma Hayek Pinault Anna Kendrick Gwyneth Paltrow Oprah Winfrey and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki for their incredible philanthropic work and their personal commitment to fostering change” Hayek 49 is being recognised for co-founding women’s rights initiative Chime for Change Paltrow 42 will be feted for her work with food charity LA Kitchen and Kendrick 30 for her support of youth suicide prevention group The Trevor Project Winfrey 61 is known for nurturing girls at her South African school the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation and Wojcicki works with literacy and equal rights group Room to Read For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 16 2016 3:06 am PV Sindhu is into the quarters of women’s singles event and will play World no 2 Wang Yihan of China (Source: Reuters) Related News Star shuttler PV Sindhu entered the quarter-finals of the women’s singles event at the on going Rio Olympics by defeating Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei in straight games here Sindhu dominated right from the start to defeat her highly rated opponent 21-13 21-15 within 40 minutes in the pre-quarterfinal clash at Court 2 of the Riocentro Pavilion 4 on Monday Before Monday’s match Tzu-ying enjoyed a 4-2 advantage in head to head encounters against Sindhu But the 21-year-old from Hyderabad was in superb form and dominated her opponent throughout the match But Sindhu is expected to face a much tougher challenge in last eight stage as she will now face World No2 Wang Yihan of China The opening game witnessed long rallies with Sindhu forcing the early advantage thanks to her powerful smashes and unforced errors by Tzu-ying Tzu-ying gave Sindhu a tough fight in the early stages Despite conceding the lead on several occasions she drew level every time before the Indian forced a 11-6 lead by the mid-game break The Taiwan shuttler continued to fight hard with her deceptive drop shots and cross court smashes causing problems for Sindhu Sindhu seemed to lose her rhythm a bit after the break as Tzu-ying reduced her lead to 12-10 But the Indian soon recovered to bolster her lead to 19-13 before a couple of unforced errors handed her the first game Sindhu forced the early advantage in the second game as well with Tzu-ying continuing to fight hard Tzu-ying was troubled by the draft in the second game which saw her conceded a couple of unforced and allowed Sindhu to take a 6-3 lead But to her credit the Taiwan shuttler took three points on the trot to draw level But a powerful forehand smash by Sindhu and more unforced errors by Tzu-ying enabled the Hyderabad girl to score five consecutive points and open up an 11-6 lead at the break Sindhu kept up the pressure after the break with four back to back points increasing her lead to 15-7 Tzu-ying rallied to reduce the Indian’s lead to 15-11 before she committed two unforced errors to lose the momentum With Sindhu serving for the match at 20-12 Tzu-ying managed to save three match points and pull back to 20-15 But Sindhu did have to wait long to celebrate as another unforced error by Tzu-ying handed her the game and the match For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Karachi | Published: January 19 2017 12:03 pm PCB Basit from both his official assignments earlier in the month after he was involved in a brawl with former international batsman Mahmood Hamid at the national stadium (Source: file) Top News Just two weeks after sacking former Test batsman Basit Ali as Chairman of the national junior selection committee and head coach of the national women’s team the Pakistan cricket board (PCB) has again restored him as chief junior selector On January 2nd PCB chief Shaharyar Khan removed Basit from both his official assignments after he was involved in a brawl with former international batsman Mahmood Hamid at the national stadium According to Hamid Basit had slapped him for criticising him on a television talk show Shaharyar later said in a press release that Basit had been penalized for misconduct and insisted that the board would never condone or accept any physical altercation from anyone including its employees But interestingly just two weeks after that statement the PCB has had a change of heart and Basit is back to head the national junior selection committee again highlighting the indecisiveness and politics that run deep in Pakistan cricket Basit 46 who played 19 Tests and 50 one-day internationals had also accompanied the Pakistan A team as head coach to England last summer For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: August 6 2015 9:52 am “True Grit” actress Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to join STX Entertainment’s coming-of-age drama Related News “True Grit” actress Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to join STX Entertainment’s coming-of-age drama Previously titled “Besties” the story revolves around two high school girls who are best friends until one starts secretly dating the other’s older brother Filmmaker James L Brooks is producing the project to be helmed by Kelly Fremon Craig who has also penned the script The film marks Craig’s directorial debut For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News For all the latest Sports News, Hindustan Times quotes the actor as saying, That goes against my business strategy.how do you feel now? 2017 7:52 am The visiting team at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. including a CBI probe into the alleged scams from 2006-2009 unearthed by “whistleblower” officer Chaturvedi, both Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal would be invited. Adityanath said his govt was tough on criminals as well.

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