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first_imgTrevor SullivanTrevor is a Systems Engineer with OfficeMax Corporation. He has worked in IT since mid-2004 and has experience implementing and supporting mostly Microsoft products – including Active Directory, SMS and ConfigMgr, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, software virtualization, VBscript, and more. Matt Semenza, The Expert Center’s Sponsor For TomorrowLast week, Josh had the opportunity to catch up with Matt Semenza, Marketing Manager at Intel. Matt talks about his role as a megaphone to the community about what’s going on with software solutions and their availability.Because of Matt’s help, we are able to recognize our top three contributors on the Intel vPro Expert Center!  Listen to Matt, as he talks about how these guys are able to save our customers time by sharing their best known methods, failures, and successes.Our Top 3 ContributorsCongratulations to Trevor, Javed, and Joel!!! Thank you so much for your contributions to the Intel vPro Expert Center. And a big thank you to Matt, who provided the vPro jackets to show our appreciation. Trevor, Javed, and Joel are shown wearing their vPro jackets, below. Javed LodhiJaved is a Technical Marketing Engineer with Expert Systems. He has worked on numerous large-scale public, private, and military projects, including data warehousing solutions using SAS, network switching, routing, design, monitoring, and security, and storage and virtualization solutions on Intel platforms.center_img Joel SmithJoel is a Principal Support Engineer with Symantec Altiris. Joel started with Altiris Corporation when they were 192 strong and watched the business and company grow into 1000+ employees before merging with the greater Symantec Corporation. Joel works with the Altiris products that leverage Intel’s vPro technology.last_img read more

Vast bioenergy plantations could stave off climate change—and radically reshape the planet

first_img CO2 (GRAPHIC) K. SUTLIFF/SCIENCE; (DATA) GLEN PETERS/CICERO Vast bioenergy plantations could stave off climate change—and radically reshape the planet 403020100–10–201980200020202040206020802100Global CO2 A bioenergy field trial in Wisconsin is evaluating how switchgrass, Miscanthus, corn stover, poplar trees, and native prairie grasses stack up against each other.  Ocean fertilizationFast-growing plants are harvested and burned to make energy. Exhaust carbon is captured and piped underground. BECCSWhen spread across fields or beaches and wetted, crushed silicate minerals like olivine naturally absorb CO2. Enhanced weathering Net emissions Six ways to pull CO 2 out of the air CO2 On a sunny day this past October, three dozen people file into a modest, mint-green classroom at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman to glimpse a vision of the future. Some are scientists, but most are people with some connection to the land: extension agents who work with farmers, and environmentalists representing organizations such as The Nature Conservancy. They all know that climate change will reshape the region in the coming decades, but that’s not what they’ve come to discuss. They are here to talk about the equally profound impacts of trying to stop it.Paul Stoy, an ecologist at MSU, paces in front of whiteboards in a powder blue shirt and jeans as he describes how a landscape already dominated by agriculture could be transformed yet again by a different green revolution: vast plantations of crops, sown to sop up carbon dioxide (CO2) from the sky. “We have this new energy economy that’s necessary to avoid dangerous climate change, but how is that going to look on the ground?” he asks.In 2015, the Paris climate agreement established a goal of limiting global warming to “well below” 2°C. In the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, researchers surveyed possible road maps for reaching that goal and found something unsettling. In most model scenarios, simply cutting emissions isn’t enough. To limit warming, humanity also needs negative emissions technologies (NETs) that, by the end of the century, would remove more CO2 from the atmosphere than humans emit. The technologies would buy time for society to rein in carbon emissions, says Naomi Vaughan, a climate change scientist at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K. “They allow you to emit more CO2 and take it back at a later date.”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(*)Whether that’s doable is another question. Some NETs amount to giant air-purifying machines, and many remain more fiction than fact. Few operate at commercial scales today, and some researchers fear they offer policymakers a dangerous excuse to drag their feet on climate action in the hopes that future inventions will clean up the mess. “In many ways, we’re saying we expect a bit of magic to occur,” says Chris Field, a climate scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who instead favors drastic emissions reductions. Others say we no longer have a choice—that we have dallied too long to meet the Paris targets solely by tightening our belts. “We probably need aggressive and immediate mitigation, plus some negative emissions,” says Pete Smith, a soil scientist and bioenergy expert at the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom.One particular technology has quietly risen to prominence—thanks to global models—and it is the one on tap in Bozeman. The idea is to cultivate fast-growing grasses and trees to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and then burn them at power plants to generate energy. But instead of being released back into the atmosphere in the exhaust, the crops’ carbon would be captured and pumped underground. The technique is known as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or—among climate wonks—simply as BECCS.Few at the Bozeman meeting have heard of BECCS, and most are suspicious; it sounds like a far-fetched scheme that might disrupt the world as they know it. During a break, Martha Kauffman, a regional director for the World Wildlife Fund in Bozeman, wonders whether BECCS might encroach on lands used to graze cattle. In grasslands like this, she says, “It’s the primary way people make a livelihood while keeping habitat.” Planted trees capture CO2 as they grow. The carbon remains sequestered as long as forests are not cut down.CO2 in air selectively “sticks” to chemicals in filters. Filters are reused after releasing pure CO2, which can be stored underground. Forestation A pilot project in Ketzin, Germany, is monitoring the long-term storage of carbon in a porous layer of sandstone hundreds of meters underground.  CO2 emissions (gigatons/year) Historical emissions Emissions from fossil fuels, industry, and net land-use changeNet negative emissions Achievednegative emissions*Median of model scenarios A global unwindingIn order to prevent the world from warming more than 2°C, models count on the fast development of NETs. But many scientists question whether they can be scaled up in time. Here in Montana, farmers’ bioenergy crop options are limited for now. Only a few adventurous growers like Flikkema are experimenting with canola and other oilseeds. As the climate warms, however, the entire region is projected to become more hospitable to plants such as switchgrass, a towering grass called Miscanthus, and vigorous poplar trees. These “second-generation” bioenergy crops are often seen as the future of bioenergy because, as perennials, they are far better at storing carbon in the soil and in their biomass than traditional fuel crops like corn and canola. They can also grow on marginal lands with less fertilizer and water, making it less likely they will compete with food production.Once harvested, these crops would get ferried by truck or train to power plants and other industrial facilities where, along with waste from food crops and timber harvests, they would be burned for heat or electricity, or converted to ethanol and other liquid biofuels. The CO2 given off by either process would be siphoned off and compressed into a fluid. That concentrated CO2 would be piped away and pumped underground into porous rock formations, which abound in the Upper Missouri River Basin. Because of its long history of oil and gas production, the area is perforated with wells. Lee Spangler, an MSU chemist involved with the project, is studying whether any of the 11,000 wells near the Colstrip Power Plant in eastern Montana, for instance, would be good conduits for injecting carbon underground. The final result? Carbon is transferred from the atmosphere back to the geologic reservoirs from which it came.BECCS isn’t the only route to negative emissions. But alternative approaches, like capturing CO2 directly from the air using chemical reactions or absorbing it with ground-up minerals added to soils, are just beginning to see their first real-world tests. These techniques could one day surpass BECCS, but for now, they cost more, Vaughan says. “BECCS will pay for itself to some extent because it generates energy.”BECCS isn’t a total technological reach, either; its two components—bioenergy and CCS—are already happening to some degree today. Power plants around the world are burning biomass for energy, either alone or together with fossil fuels. CCS has been slow to take off, but dozens of projects are underway, including numerous pilots in the Great Plains, many of which pump CO2 from fossil fuel power plants into dwindling wells to drive out residual oil. One of the longest-running operations is in the North Sea, where the Norwegian oil company Statoil has been separating CO2 from natural gas and sequestering it underground for more than 2 decades.To put the brakes on climate change, however, these tools would have to be deployed on an entirely unproven scale.As Flikkema drives back from his canola field, his blue pickup rumbles across a narrow irrigation canal. “Our lifeblood,” he remarks. Water is a scarce commodity in Montana, and irrigated crops are by far the biggest consumer of it, although lately, there is growing demand from the oil and gas industry. Poulter says BECCS could divert precious water that would otherwise support crops or native ecosystems. “Water already defines land use in the West and is bound to be an issue,” Poulter says. According to one global assessment, using switchgrass to sequester 3.7 billion tons of CO2 would use almost as much water as is in Lake Michigan, and many scenarios require that much carbon or more to be removed each year. (The same study concluded that BECCS would eat up the equivalent of a quarter of the world’s annual nitrogen fertilizer production, too.)Critics are also concerned about BECCS’s big footprint. “It worries me that the landscape already has to produce food, and now we will rely on it to produce energy, too,” says Meghann Jarchow, an ecologist at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The prairies of the Upper Missouri River Basin are home to iconic species such as the prairie dog and provide critical habitat for many grassland birds, but they are losing ground to food production and, increasingly, to bioenergy crops. BECCS could make the problem worse. NESTOR BACHMANN/DPA/PICTURE-ALLIANCE/NEWSCOM A farmer harvests a poplar plantation in Germany. Wood chips can be burned to produce energy at power plants, where emissions can be captured. Direct air captureCharring biomass stores carbon in soil by making it resistant to decomposition. Altered tilling practices also enhance CO2 storage.Injections of nutrients like iron spur phytoplankton blooms, which absorb CO2. When they die, they take the carbon to the sea floor. Biochar and soil sequestration Some BECCS advocates disagree, saying that if it were done right, it could be a boon for the environment. Today, much of the abandoned farmland where second-generation bioenergy crops could grow is degraded and dominated by invasive plants, says Phil Robertson, an ecologist at Michigan State University’s W. K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners. “Generally, it doesn’t have high conservation value,” he says. But field studies in the Midwest suggest that planting native switchgrass, with a few other plant species thrown in for good measure, could actually help restore the grassland ecosystems that once covered the middle of the continent. With smart policies in place, Robertson envisions a world in which farmers could turn the profits from bioenergy harvests back into restoring more land. “I think it could underwrite conservation,” he says.Worldwide, there is no shortage of farmland that’s been abandoned because of low productivity or fickle markets. A conservative estimate by Field and his colleagues suggests an area at least the size of India is available globally, and others suggest there is several times that—plenty to support a robust BECCS industry. But more farmland may also be needed to feed a global population that could peak between 8 billion and 12 billion people sometime this century. Most model scenarios make a big assumption: that rising agricultural productivity and vegetable-based diets will limit the need for new farmland. But the real world, where demand is growing for meat and dairy products that require lots of land, could be a different story.Researchers like Vaughan worry that without strong regulations, surging demand for bioenergy could displace food crops—causing prices to rise—or push farmers into uncultivated lands. Past experiments with biofuels also brought new land into cultivation, which not only threatened biodiversity, but also undermined some of the climate benefits of bioenergy in the first place. That’s because cutting down trees to make new farmland, for example, releases far more carbon into the atmosphere than bioenergy crops can sequester. “That can wipe out any future benefit for years to come,” Robertson says. Even planting crops on abandoned fields, like CRP land, can create a sizable carbon debt if soil is tilled, which releases CO2.Then there are the economics. Getting farmers to grow specialized crops will require proper incentives. “The markets will have to come for guys to change,” Flikkema says. Farmers here didn’t start growing soy until a local elevator started buying it, he says. To establish BECCS in the Upper Missouri River Basin and worldwide, governments will have to set a price on carbon—through something like a tax or a cap-and-trade program—and use the proceeds to incentivize individual farmers to grow bioenergy crops on their land.These headwinds lead many researchers to conclude that the amount of BECCS in models is unrealistic. “Nobody is actually saying it’s coherent,” says David Keith, an engineer and climate policy expert at Harvard University who wrote some of the early papers on BECCS. Keith, who has since helped launch a direct air capture company, says the modelers seized on BECCS because it was one of the few ways to simulate negative emissions—and negative emissions were one of the few ways to try to keep warming below 2°C.Modelers stress that scenarios are not projections of the future, and shouldn’t be treated as such. “They’re what-if pathways,” says Katherine Calvin of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in College Park, Maryland. But Keith says that hasn’t stopped BECCS from attracting undue attention. The result, he says, is a perilous mismatch between models and reality that presents a “moral hazard” by committing future generations to technological solutions that may not work in the end. She’s not the only one who’s wary. Although BECCS is relatively cheap and theoretically feasible, the sheer scale at which it operates in the models alarms many researchers. In some future scenarios, BECCS would remove up to a trillion tons of CO2 from the air by the end of the century—about half of what humans have emitted since the start of the Industrial Revolution—and it would supply a third of the globe’s energy needs. Such a feat would require growing bioenergy crops over an area at least as large as India and possibly as big as Australia—half as much land as humans already farm. “It is easy to say, ‘Hey, globally, how about we just do this, guys?’” Stoy says to the room. “But what is actually going to happen?”Stoy and a team of researchers hope to provide answers gleaned from the Upper Missouri River Basin, which includes parts of Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. They have just launched a $6 million effort to study the impacts of BECCS on such things as local food production, water use, and biodiversity. In other words, what happens when you pluck BECCS from the idealized realm of global carbon accounting and plop it into a real place, with patchwork lands, messy politics, and interconnected ecological, physical, and economic systems? “Nobody’s evaluated what these assumptions mean at the regional scale,” says Ben Poulter, a carbon cycle modeler at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and a leader of the project. “It’s really important that we try to figure that out.”After all, the future of climate policy—and possibly the planet—hangs on the answer.In early fall, Montana’s Gallatin Valley is a study in gold. Flame-leafed cottonwoods burn like candles along the narrow country lanes, and the hills wear a mantle of thick, honey-colored grass. Dale Flikkema, a third-generation farmer, almost blends into the landscape. With sandy hair and a sun-bronzed face, he surveys his field on the outskirts of Bozeman. Beneath the yellow canola stubble at his feet, stray seeds have sprouted into tiny sprigs of green. “These spilled from my combine,” he says, kneeling to inspect them. Today, this food-grade canola—which can also be used to make biodiesel—is the closest thing to a bioenergy crop being grown in Montana. But under the models’ BECCS scenarios, farmers like Flikkema would see big changes.As BECCS is usually conceived, bioenergy crops would be grown on unused agricultural land. In the Upper Missouri River Basin, that could mean conscripting fields set aside as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which pays farmers to leave fields fallow for environmental benefits. Given the right incentives, farmers could pull these lands back into production—something that has already happened in the region as demand for corn and soy have grown. “Farmers are no different than anyone else. We are profit-driven,” Flikkema says. CO2 GREGG SANFORD/GREAT LAKES BIOENERGY RESEARCH CENTER/FLICKR/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 CO2 AGENCJA FOTOGRAFICZNA CARO/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO Take it back Researchers are pursuing a handful of negative emissions technologies (NETs) that would mitigate global warming by pulling carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere. A prominent NET is bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), because it combines existing technologies. By Julia RosenFeb. 15, 2018 , 11:00 AM CO2 *Median values at 10-year time steps of 18 scenarios evaluated by six models using shared socioeconomic pathways assessed in the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It’s an accusation that has often been lobbed at Keith’s main area of study: geoengineering Earth’s climate to counteract warming by, for instance, injecting particles into the sky to reflect sunlight. Keith is miffed that many policymakers see geoengineering as a “completely crazy, risky, way-out-there thing we shouldn’t talk about” while remaining sanguine about massive reliance on negative emissions. “If moral hazard is sweeping the problem under the rug, and pushing more of it to future generations, and making it look like you are meeting the targets when you are not,” he says, “that is for sure what’s happening with BECCS now.”By the end of the daylong meeting in Bozeman, Stoy and Poulter have made progress on their first goal: spreading the word about this arcane acronym, BECCS. But most of the work, and the loftier questions, lie ahead. Stoy raised one earlier that day: “How can we not just run roughshod over the entire northern Great Plains?” Or, by extension, the world?To that end, the team will use detailed physical models to construct a handful of scenarios for the region. At one end of the spectrum is a world that goes long on BECCS, with farmers using CRP land, and maybe even existing cropland or virgin prairie, for bioenergy. At the other end is a future that sacrifices some amount of carbon storage for the benefit of conservation, food production, and other local values. In this future, there would be only a small amount of BECCS. Instead, most carbon would be stored by protecting forests, adopting no-till farming practices, and taking other climate-friendly approaches to land stewardship. A recent study found that such actions, carried out on a global scale, could provide a cheap and easy way to accomplish a third of the CO2 mitigation needed in the next decade to be on track to meet the Paris goals.The team doesn’t know which of its scenarios will come to pass. But it does know that, as atmospheric CO2 continues to rise and the world warms apace, time is running out for countries to decide whether to count on negative emissions. If we are going to rely on technologies like BECCS in the future, we need to start ramping them up now, says Sabine Fuss, an economist at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin. “It’s a little bit dangerous if it’s conceived as something that you just switch on.” So far, only one commercial plant is doing anything close to BECCS—a bioethanol refinery in Decatur, Illinois, that each year sequesters 1 million tons of CO2 released from fermenting corn.The researchers repeatedly try to impress this upon the audience in Bozeman—that despite its many risks and drawbacks, they should take BECCS seriously. Some amount of BECCS, or some other carbon-eating technology, is probably coming. “Even though it’s very fantastical at this point to think it could happen,” Poulter says, “it’s one of only a few remaining options we have to deal with this problem.”BECCS would bring sweeping changes to the region, but then again, so will climate change. Indeed, among all the options the team will consider in its study, there is one it won’t include: allowing the Upper Missouri River Basin to stay the same.last_img read more

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India, not UAE, may host Pak series in December

first_imgPCB chairman Shaharyar Khan (left) discussed the upcoming India-Pakistan series with his BCCI counterpart Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Sunday.The India-Pakistan cricket series, scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December, might after all be held in India.According to sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not averse to sending its team to India if the circumstances don’t allow the series to be played in the UAE.And, as if to lend credibility to the talk of India hosting the series, PCB’s official broadcaster TEN Sports – which won the five-year deal in April along with Pakistan TV for a reported $150 million – said on Wednesday that it would have no objection if the series was moved out of the UAE.If Pakistan eventually tours India, the two boards will have to thrash out a formula to share revenue – an option that former BCCI president N. Srinivasan had declined a few years ago when PCB wanted to host its ‘home’ series in India.PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, who spent four days in India seeking clearance for the series, is believed to have discussed this option among the several issues that were taken up during his meetings with BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, secretary Anurag Thakur, and Union Minister Arun Jaitley, among others.”They [PCB] are ready to play in India, if that is what would be required. He [Khan] gave hints towards that during his meetings with us,” the BCCI source told Mail Today.advertisementIt is PCB’s turn to host India, but due to political reasons and opposition to its broadcaster, it may not be able to stage the matches. No high-ranking team has toured Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009.Since then, the PCB has opted to play all its ‘home’ series in the UAE. Now, India are scheduled to play two Tests, five One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in December. But there is still uncertainty all around about India travelling to the UAE, where the first leg of the IPL was successfully staged last year.During his stay in India, Khan had exuded confidence of getting the government green signal for the series.Thakur, however, said on Wednesday that the government has still not cleared the tour.”Met the president of the Pakistan Cricket Board in Delhi today [Wednesday]. We discussed some issues. Dialogue has just started, much needs to be decided upon. After the two boards finalise the dates and the venues, we’ll go to the government for permission,” Thakur was quoted as saying by ANI.The alternate arrangement of India hosting the series would mean that the BCCI and the PCB will have to work out a revenue-sharing formula to the satisfaction of both parties. Also, a broadcaster will need to be chosen. BCCI’s official broadcaster is STAR Sports.BCCI has objection to PCB’s official broadcaster TEN Sports, owned by Zee, which is apparently planning a global cricket event, rivalling the ICC.But on Wednesday TEN Sports said that it would not have any objection if the series was held in India.”That would be the PCB’s decision, and being our partner we’ve to stand by them. There’s no question of a protest. In the last 12-14 years that we’ve worked with the PCB, we’ve found them very transparent, ethical and high on moral ground – always,” Rajesh Sethi, Global Head of TEN Sports and CEO Taj Television, told MAIL TODAY.When pointed out that TEN Sports stands to lose revenue if the series was not held in the UAE, Sethi said: “Absolutely…but what can I do if my board [PCB] is not hosting a series?”Sethi explained: “It works both ways. If you go into the legal arrangement and financial guarantees in place contractually, if the PCB is the host board, obviously it’ll raise an invoice on me and I’ll have to pay the rights fee. That’s how boards make money. But if a series is not held, the PCB also loses money.”qaiser.ali@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Patrick Brazeau allegedly hit spat and groped woman court documents

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was an on-going dispute over his handling of Aboriginal issues that led to suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau allegedly assaulting and groping a woman according to court documents.The alleged victim told police she didn’t support Brazeau’s stance on Aboriginal issues and after a two-day dispute he ordered her to leave his Gatineau home says a search warrant executed Feb. 7.It’s alleged in the warrant Brazeau, 38, ripped up a bra and shirt that the woman was holding on to as she tried to pack her bags. He then grabbed her breasts and pulled her pants down hard enough to break the button and zipper police allege. He also allegedly pushed her hard enough to break a staircase railing.When she tried to call 911 she alleges he hit her and police documented she had visible injuries.She told police later that Brazeau spat in her face while insulting her.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty and none of the allegations have been proven in court. He is on bail after posting $1,000.The Algonquin senator has been outspoken against the Idle No More movement and especially Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.Brazeau was appointed to the Senate in 2008 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was suspended with pay pending the outcome of his legal matters.His next court date is March 22.last_img read more

Nainggolan clears the air on his bad boy tag

first_imgRadja Nainggolan has opened up about the struggles he had earlier in his life and went on to defend the criticism of his personality and lifestyle.Nainggolan’s strong and unconventional character has made him a controversial figure during his time in Italy.“I can tell you that I am just a normal person and not a bad boy as many people label me,” he told France Football and cited by FourFourTwo.“I can walk about in the worst neighbourhoods and live in a normal way. I can accept the favours that are given to the players, but that does not mean that I look for them.“I shop at the supermarket, I can drink and smoke a cigarette with serenity. Even a footballer can smoke, even if they do not have a ‘normal’ job.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The former Belgian star talked about his life in Antwerp living in a single parent household.“In the early days at Piacenza, I earned a thousand euros a month but for me and my family that was a lot,” Nainggolan said.“I try to ensure a good standard of living for all my family members. I am inspired by my mother. She was the most important person in my life, she had nothing but she gave me everything by making a lot of sacrifices.”“I am very proud of my origins even if they did not allow me to have an easy life. I feel originally from Antwerp while as a player I consider myself to be Italian from a technical and tactical point of view.“I have many qualities but do not excel in any. My style allows me to give everything for my teammates.”last_img read more

DODFederal Energy Water Forum Coming Next Month

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Next month’s DOD/Federal Energy & Water Forum will provide energy and water industry leaders an opportunity to hear federal officials describe their strategies for achieving sustainability across the government as well as offer their feedback on federal initiatives.ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) — the leading nonprofit organizations in the field of energy and water partnerships — are teaming up to co-host the forum on Dec. 16 at the Army Navy Club in downtown Washington. The event will feature public and private leaders discussing their experiences — including successes achieved and challenges ahead — in energy efficiency, utilities privatization, renewables and water/wastewater/stormwater systems. The forum’s expert panels and interactive discussions also will provide an opportunity for participants to develop solutions to real-world issues.Sessions will focus on the following topics:Overview of federal energy and water authoritiesEnergy efficiency and how it supports operational sustainability at federal sitesHow energy savings performance contracts helped the federal government achieve its efficiency goalsThe evolution of utilities privatization and its role in energy securityCreative solutions to overcoming market barriers for renewable energy projectsWater, wastewater and stormwater systemsHow private sector water projects can be adapted to federal sitesFinancing optionsThe capital market’s appetite for energy and water projectsThe role of public-private partnerships in advancing federal energy and water goalsThe day-long dialogue will conclude with a panel of leading federal officials reacting to the discussions and outlining the government’s path to reaching sustainability.To register for the forum, visit the event website.last_img read more

NASA moon orbiter spots Change 4 lander in a crater

first_img Chang’e 4 explores the moon Chang’e 4 is pointed to by small white arrows near the lower right-hand side of this LRO image. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University You’ll need to squint to spot it, but NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to capture a look at the Chinese National Space Agency’s (CNSA) Chang’e 4 lander hanging out on the far side of the moon. Chang’e 4 touched down on Jan. 3 in the Von Kármán crater. LRO took the image on Jan. 30. “As LRO approached the crater from the east, it rolled 70° to the west to snap this spectacular view looking across the floor towards the west wall,” writes Mark Robinson for Arizona State University’s LRO Camera site.The lander, which is about the size of a car, appears as a tiny bright spot. Chang’e 4 released its Jade Rabbit 2 lunar rover in early January, but the small machine is not visible in the LRO image.lrochangecloseup1Here’s a closer look at the bright spot that is the Chang’e 4 lander.  NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University NASA announced in mid-January it had discussed observing Chang’e 4’s landing plume with CNSA in order to learn more about how dust is kicked up during a spacecraft landing. China’s lander is the first spacecraft to land on the far side of the moon, sometimes called the dark side even though it gets plenty of sunlight. The lander and rover are both powered by solar panels.  NASA Space Chang’e 4 is on a mission to learn more about this mysterious region of the moon. It also hosted a short-lived attempt to sprout plants within a container. China already has its eyes set on another moon mission in 2019, but this time it plans to bring back lunar samples. If successful, those lunar bits will be the first brought back to Earth in decades. Sci-Tech Tags Post a comment Share your voice 0 Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse dazzles in striking photos 12 Photos Chinese lunar rover makes tracks on the far side of the moon China’s Chang’e 4 sends back first photos of moon’s far side after historic landing NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty may spurt on retail inflation data TCS Q2 results Infosys

first_imgIndian stock markets on Friday could well reverse the massive losses of the previous day caused by expectations of an interest rate hike by the US Fed Reserve that saw the benchmark indices — BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty — plunge 1.56 per cent. The two triggers that could lead to a rally are September retail inflation data and upbeat TCS results for September quarter.Retail inflation in September improved to a 13-month low of 4.31 per cent from 5.05 per cent in the previous month. Food price inflation, the main contributor to overall inflation in the past few months, declined to 3.88 per cent during the month from 5.91 per cent in August. Analysts view this as not only positive, but also raising the scope for another rate cut of 25 basis points.Secondly, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software services exporter, posted decent growth in consolidated net profit and revenues for the September quarter on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.While net profit rose 8.4 per cent to Rs. 6,603 crore, revenues were up 7.8 per cent to Rs. 29,284 crore. The company also declared interim dividend of Rs. 6.50 per equity share.These two factors could well reverse the drastic fall of Thursday when the BSE Sensex closed 440 points, or 1.56 per cent lower, at 27,643, while the NSE Nifty ended the day at 8,573, down 135 points.On Thursday, TCS shares closed 2.17 per cent lower at Rs. 2,328.50 apiece, while Infosys gained 2.14 per cent to end at Rs. 1,052.05.However, Q2 results of Infosys would influence market sentiments on Friday. The Bengaluru-based IT software services exporter had already hinted at a possible downward revision of revenue guidance for the year.On July 15, the company, while declaring its Q1 results, had lowered its FY2017 revenue guidance to 10.5-12 per cent from 11.5-13.5 per cent earlier, triggering a 10 per cent fall in share price.In September, Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, had hinted at another downward revision triggered by factors such as Brexit.”What I could say is that we see that our Q2 growth is going to be higher than the Q1 growth, but we do see risks that would get us towards a territory of downward revision of guidance because the atmosphere during the course of Q2 has worsened compared to what we saw in the beginning of Q2. And you see the example of RBS, it is one such example,” told analysts during a call last month.The company’s June 2016 quarter consolidated net profit was $511 million on revenues of $2,501 million, translating into revenue growth of 10.9 per cent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis and 12.1 per cent in constant currency terms. The operating margin came at 24.1 per cent.last_img read more

CNN sues White House for barring reporter

first_imgA White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN`s Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference following Tuesday`s midterm US congressional elections at the White House in Washington, US, on 7 November 2018. Photo: ReutersCNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over the revocation of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whose questions and reporting have been a frequent target of criticism by president Donald Trump.”We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process,” CNN said in a statement.The Republican president has steadily intensified his criticism of the media, with CNN remaining a major target.Trump erupted into anger last week during a news conference when Acosta questioned him about the so-called migrant caravan travelling through Mexico and about an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.”That’s enough, that’s enough,” Trump said on Wednesday, as a White House intern attempted to take the microphone off Acosta. “You are a rude, terrible person.”The White House suspended his credentials later that day, with press secretary Sarah Sanders accusing Acosta of putting his hands on the intern who was trying to take the microphone from him. She called his behaviour “absolutely unacceptable.”Video of the encounter showed Acosta pulling back as the intern moved to take the microphone. He called the White House accusations a lie.”While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN said.”If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”last_img