Green steel pilot project begins operating in Sweden

first_imgGreen steel pilot project begins operating in Sweden FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Swedish green steel venture HYBRIT, owned by SSAB, state-owned utility Vattenfall and miner LKAB, on Monday started test operations at its pilot plant for fossil-free steel in Lulea, Sweden.A successful development of the HYBRIT project could have big implications for efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions, with SSAB alone accounting for 10% of Sweden’s total and 7% of Finland’s.The official start of operations at the plant, which will produce fossil-free sponge iron, essential for the steel production process, was attended by guests including Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.“There is a lot still to be done, and there are challenges remaining, but I dare to claim that this is a globally unique plant,” SSAB CEO Martin Lindqvist said.The HYBRIT project aims to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for ore-based steel making, with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen.SSAB aims for the first fossil-free steel to be commercially available by 2026, and to become fossil free in its operations by 2045.[Johannes Hellstrom]More: Sweden’s HYBRIT starts operations at pilot plant for fossil-free steellast_img read more

U.S. And Colombia Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement

first_imgBy Dialogo November 04, 2009 The governments of the United States and Colombia signed the Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) in a ceremony in Bogota on Friday, October 30th, in another indication of the close ties between the two countries and their commitment to address security concerns threatening the democratic stability and prosperity of Colombia. The DCA, which is now in force, is similar to agreements the U.S. maintains with other partner nations and updates existing bilateral agreements between Colombia and the United States. The agreement strengthens cooperation on security matters in Colombia including security concerns such as illicit narcotics trafficking, illegal armed groups, and terrorism and provides humanitarian assistance during natural disasters. The DCA (formally titled Supplemental Agreement for Cooperation and Technical Assistance) facilitates U.S. access for 10 years to three Colombian air force bases located at Palanquero, Apiay and Malambo; two naval bases and two army installations. The DCA does not permit the establishment of any U.S. base in Colombia, and all military installations are and will remain under Colombian control. All activities conducted at or from the Colombian bases by the United States can only take place with the express approval of the Colombian government. The agreement will not increase the current limits of 800 military and 600 civilian contractors set by Congress, and the actual presence of U.S. personnel in recent years has averaged half or less of the authorized number. According to the Associated Press, the Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a news release that the pact “respects the principles of equal sovereignty, territorial integrity and nonintervention in the internal affairs of other states.”last_img read more

DARPA’s “Cheetah” Sets Land Speed Record for Legged Robots

first_img The use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions already saves many lives and prevents thousands of other casualties. If the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots can be overcome, robots could much more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions. DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program seeks to create and demonstrate significant scientific and engineering advances in robot mobility and manipulation capabilities. The M3 program pursues four parallel tracks of research and development: tool design, improvement of production methods and processes, improvement in control of robot mobility and manipulation, and prototype demonstration. The “Cheetah” robot can gallop at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989. The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does. The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year. While the M3 program conducts basic research and is not focused on specific military missions, the technology it aims to develop could have a wide range of potential military applications. The DARPA M3 performer for Cheetah is Boston Dynamics of Waltham, Mass. By Dialogo March 20, 2012last_img read more

Brazilian Army Brings Internet to the Interior of the Amazon

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo July 18, 2017 In a region covered by forests and crossed by rivers that form natural water highways, the installation of underwater fiber optic cable has proved the best solution for bringing broadband to millions of citizens who live along the rivers. That is the proposal of the Interconnected Amazon Program, conceived and carried out by the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) in partnership with other organizations. “After six months of planning, this initiative completed its third stage in six days,” said EB Lieutenant General Decílio de Medeiros Sales, the director of the Department of Industrial Science and Technology at the Ministry of Defense, and general coordinator of the Interconnected Amazon Program. From May 8th to 14th, 600 kilometers of fiber optic cable was laid in the Solimões River, passing through the cities of Manaus, Maracapuru, and Coari, and in the Negro River, connecting Manaus to Novo Airão. “There is a structure of underwater cables coming in from other continents and arriving in Manaus along three lanes. By installing fiber optic cable along riverbeds, we are distributing the signal from Manaus to the interior of Amazonas [state],” Lt. Gen. Decílio explained. The section between Manaus and Coari is part of the so-called Alto Solimões information highway, which provides for the laying of cable through more than a dozen municipalities. The section from Manaus to Novo Airão incorporates the delta of Rio Negro’s information highway, which covers more than three localities on the route towards the western Amazon, arriving at São Gabriel da Cachoeira, a city located on Brazil’s border with Colombia and Venezuela, where EB has a base with special border platoons. Overall, the Interconnected Amazon Program is planning the construction of five information highways, interconnecting a total of 52 localities with nearly 8,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable. Eventually, nearly 3.8 million people should benefit from these broadband services. Building the network Nearly 20 EB service members participated in the third phase of the program. Among them, the Brasília-based team involved in the planning, and the personnel who laid the cable. Approximately 40 civilian professionals worked jointly with the latter group. Once laid in the water, fiber optic cable naturally settles on the riverbed. “Divers are needed only to help situate the cable at critical locations, where there are rocks, for example,” Lt. Gen. Decílio said. Finally, the structure reaches an anchoring point installed in previously determined cities. From the anchoring point, a connection is made between the underwater cable and the land-based cables, thereby enabling data transmission. The signal is preferentially directed towards military organizations, schools, health agencies, and other public agencies but the unused capacity can be commercialized for the general population. A public call for tenders is held for that purpose, in order to choose corporate providers interested in running the service. “One of the conditions is that the company offers a social package with an affordable price for the low-income population. In addition to that, we stipulate a price ceiling for service, which cannot exceed the prevailing price in Manaus,” Lt. Gen. Decílio emphasized. Past, present, and future “The fact today is internet and information technology services available in the interior of Amazonas state are quite precarious,” said EB Lieutenant Colonel Marcelo Corrêa Horewicz, the head of the 4th Area Telematics Center, who manages the program. His unit is under the Army Integrated Telematics Center (CITEx, per its Portuguese acronym) and is connected with the Amazon Military Command (CMA, per its Portuguese acronym). Lt. Col. Corrêa explained that the internet service used by people in the Amazon arrives mainly via satellite, and is often disrupted by local humidity and heavy rains. “There is a need for infrastructure that can keep the signal up at all times, and fiber optic cable is providing greater capacity for that,” Lt. Col. Corrêa stated. From that idea, the EB decided to test the possibility of laying fiber optic cable in the rivers through a pilot project developed in 2015. At that time, 10 kilometers of fiber optics were laid in Negro River to connect two military garrisons located in Manaus. The project worked and paved the way for the program to move forward to the rest of the Amazon. As for the next steps, Lt. Col. Corrêa stated that the program team is planning operations that will provide continuity to the information highway on the delta of Rio Negro, heading towards the city of Barcelos, and from the Alto Solimões information highway to the city of Fonte Boa, which is on the way to Tabatinga, a municipality in the tri-border region between Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. “That will be in the fourth stage of the program, which might also include the installation of cable in the Amazon River,” he said. In this case, the information highway will take the opposite route from previous ones, heading eastward, in the direction of the state of Pará.last_img read more

Foundation seeks contributions

first_img May 15, 2000 Regular News Foundation seeks contributions “Imagine being a child taken from the only home you know, the family you trust, and your familiar surroundings. Then imagine being pushed and pulled through a system dominated by adults in offices and stark rooms, being placed in a stranger’s house to stay temporarily, and being frightened like you’ve never been frightened before.” This imagery is in a letter from Bar President-elect Herman J. Russomanno accompanying the 2000-01 Bar fee statement which will soon be arriving in members’ mailboxes. The letter urges Bar members to envision the lives of the nearly 24 percent Florida children living in poverty — according to the 1999 Kids Count published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation — and asks Bar members to make a $25 tax deductible contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation to bring the benefits of the law and of lawyers to the lives of poor children. The Foundation will dedicate Bar members’ contributions to legal assistance to children through grants to legal aid and legal services programs across the state. “Although there are laws to assist these children, the reality is without the services of a lawyer and related legal assistance, the future will remain bleak for thousands of Florida’s most vulnerable children,” Russomanno said. “We have an opportunity to improve their lives by helping to ensure their legal rights are represented — rights to services these children desperately need if they are to become contributing members of society.” The 2000-2001 fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees and only minor modifications to the form — will be mailed by May 19. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15. Annual fees are still $190. Inactive members pay $140. For the past several years, the Bar Foundation has funded special annual grants for legal representation of children out of IOTA funds. But these grants will be cut starting next year because of a reduction in IOTA income brought on by low bank interest rates. “Our $25 contributions to the Bar Foundation on the Bar fee statement can make up that cut and provide even more children the services of a lawyer to help them get a better start in life,” Russomanno said. The Foundation set several goals for its Children’s Legal Services grant initiative, but emphasizes access to special education and health care services required under law. An example of a special education service is providing a student who is hypersensitive to noise and distraction extra time with a teacher or tutor in a quieter setting to supplement what goes on in the regular classroom. Another goal is to create and energize a statewide network of children’s legal services providers. The network also can provide support to the thousands of Florida attorneys involved in children’s legal services through guardian ad litem and other projects. A. Hamilton Cooke of Jacksonville heads up the 2000-01 Bar fee statement “Lawyers’ Challenge for Children” campaign. Cooke said another goal of the children’s legal services grants initiative is to demonstrate the impact on children’s lives of dedicating funding for specific children’s legal services efforts. Cooke, the Foundation’s president-elect, describes the initiative as one of the “most important and rewarding efforts” the Foundation has ever funded. “When our legal aid grantees send in their reports describing the kinds of cases they handle, I’m continually astounded at the obstacles poor children and their families have to overcome,” Cooke said. “There’s a particularly sad case of a 17-year-old girl a school had labeled a trouble maker and a bad seed.” Cooke said her long history of discipline problems began when she was nine and after a fight at school, the district started expulsion proceedings. “Despite her long history of discipline problems, the school never formally looked into the possible cause of her behavior problems at school or evaluated her for evidence of an emotional disability,” Cooke said. “After several interviews by legal services advocates, the parents opened up and revealed that, at age nine, their daughter had been kidnaped and raped. As a result of the efforts of legal aid the school district ultimately conceded error and dismissed their expulsion petition.” Cooke said the district also agreed to place the girl in an intense therapeutic educational setting where she is doing well. “While the outcome for this girl is good, there are still tens of thousands of children in Florida schools who have similarly serious problems and no access to legal advocacy,” Cooke said. According to IOTA Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee Chair Terry Russell, president-elect designate of The Florida Bar, state and federal lawmakers have recognized that providing access to appropriate special education services and health care is not only in the best interests of the child, but it is in the best interests of society — especially when it comes to promoting public safety. “Still, children who have discipline problems or who do poorly in school often are more likely to be suspended or expelled than examined and treated, despite the requirements of the law,” Russell said. Foundation Children’s Legal Services grantee reports cite additional examples such as local school principals filing criminal complaints against special education children without advising law enforcement of their disabilities, or illegally denying parents the right to examine and photocopy their child’s school file. Another Foundation grantee reports the case of a 13-year old special education student suffering from Tourettes Syndrome who was being expelled from school for battery on a school teacher. In a meeting set up by legal aid, it was proven that the school was not appropriately assisting the child deal with the extreme frustration caused by his disability and the shoe thrown by the boy had hit his teacher’s leg after bouncing off a desk. As a result, the expulsion petition was withdrawn, and in collaboration with a Department of Juvenile Justice caseworker, legal aid succeeded in having the criminal charges against the student dropped. Legal aid also provided the boy’s teachers with information about Tourettes Syndrome — after they had admitted knowing nothing about it — and a process was put into place for the child to receive additional testing and the establishment of a more appropriate education plan. Obstacles to gaining access to health care services by poor children range from improper denial or termination of medicaid, to failure to provide court-ordered mental health treatment. Other prevalent legal needs involve children eligible under Florida’s children’s health insurance programs, who routinely fall through the cracks as state caseworkers struggle to administer increasingly complex and ever changing eligibility formulas and health insurance application procedures. Russell likened the situation poor families face in obtaining health insurance benefits for their children to clients trying to develop a parcel of land without assistance from an experienced attorney. “Except every hour spent in line by a parent at a state benefit office means time off work — often unpaid — and delay or failure in securing the health coverage affects your child’s very well being,” Russell said. Cooke said he believes Bar members will want to support Children’s Legal Services. “It’s not often that we can make such a huge difference in the life of a child with only a $25 contribution,” Cooke said. “Moreover, the check off for the Bar Foundation on the fee statement is a very efficient form of fundraising.” Cooke said in order to make their contributions count, Bar members need to make sure that their tax deductible gift to the Foundation is added in to their Bar fee statement total. Foundation seeks contributionslast_img read more

Adding LIFE to your credit union

first_imgYour members’ expectations evolve as they become more acclimated to technology, more financially stressed, and overburdened with life’s pace and demands. In case you have not noticed, the world is changing. Newly emerging competition is developing new bank-like products, and the definition of banking is evolving right before our eyes.It’s time we step back and reevaluate how credit unions can provide more value.Declaring you’re the financial partner for life is just not compelling, unless you have strong actions to back it up. Too often we forget that credit unions are enablers, and in fact have the ability to enable members to get the things they want and do the things they want to do.With all the advances in technology, some things have not changed—like the basic needs of a household to address fundamental financial requirements, milestones, challenges and obligations. Life and money are inextricably linked whether we like it or not (or are willing to admit).Importance of an Emotional ConnectionThe key for the credit union is to remain remarkably relevant throughout the “member” journey and to be there with logical products and services when members (or their households) could use them the most. Credit unions are missing very logical point-of-purchase opportunities, while not associating their products with the specific needs of a member at a specific, relevant time. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Police: Man charged in connection to May robbery in Endicott

first_imgAuthorities say Dixon was arraigned on July 10 at the Centralized Arraignment Part Court and released. The police department says 27-year-old Kyle Dixon was charged with robbery in the third degree, a class D felony. (WBNG) — The Endicott Police Department says an individual has been charged in connection to a robbery that occurred in May. They say the robbery occurred around midnight on May 12 at the 1000 block of Monroe St. in the Village of Endicott. Police say Dixon stole over $500 in cash from the victim without a weapon. They say the victim is an individual who Dixon was previously acquainted with. The victim was not injured as a result of the robbery.last_img

A unique tourist guide through Karlovac County was presented

first_imgIn the Old Town of Dubovac in Karlovac, a tourist guide was presented, which in one place combines the complete tourist offer of the greenest tourist destination in Croatia – Karlovac County.The authors of the presented tourist guide in Croatian and English are Saša Vugrinec and Daniel Herman, and it was published in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Karlovac County, the City of Karlovac, the City of Duga Resa, the City of Ozalj, the City of Ogulin, the Tourist Board of Vojnić and the Tourist Board of Rakovica. .The tourist guide brings together the unavoidable tourist attractions of the county in one place. It is available in printed and digital form, and the basic guiding thread of the author was to bring the county and all its benefits closer to every tourist through the story. So in the guide you will find general information, tips on what to visit, and especially prominent itineraries through which you can explore the destination, take historical routes, experience a special gastronomic experience, ride a bike, go Nordic walking, hike or head to the rivers. For those who want a different holiday, there is information on hunting, photo hunting, fishing, rafting and canoeing, and tips for a quality family vacation are presented. The guide also brings the most interesting myths and legends, a list of events and accommodation tips.”For the first time, we have combined the complete offer of the region on a total of 120 pages. ”, said the director of the Karlovac County Tourist Board Dina Begić, and the mayor of Karlovac Damir Mandić praised the uniqueness of the project because the whole story involved a large number of stakeholders from the public and private sector to present Karlovac County as a unique tourist product. The prefect of Karlovac County also presented concrete figures, which highlighted the increase in the number of tourists at the national level of 23% compared to last year, while Karlovac County is already recording an increase of 28%.”This tour guide is just a starting point from which to further upgrade further promotion. Only the integrated and planned cooperation of Karlovac County and all relevant stakeholders can achieve a common long-term goal – positioning Karlovac County as a desirable and unique destination on the tourist map of Croatia. ”, Said the director of the Tourist Board of Karlovac County Dina Begić, wishing that the guide will experience its second edition next year. The importance of the tourist guide was also recognized by the Croatian Tourist Board, which supported and co-financed the project with 40.000 kuna.last_img read more

The “Cro card” project is not dead, a pilot project will start soon

first_img“We might arrive as early as the preseason, and at worst in the fall we would do a week-long rehearsal to see what the interest is. In any case, that week will go, we have prepared it, and the point is that employers get part of the money tax-free, as they now have HRK 7500, and that we eventually add HRK 2500 and that it is an additional reward, but that it is spent in Croatia”, Said Cappelli for Dnevnik.hr Admittedly, these are the frameworks that were in the initial project proposal, but no details about the implementation are known yet, and as Cappelli pointed out, we can expect more details soon. Two years ago, Horwath HTL held a presentation “Analysis of the justification for the introduction of the Croatian tourist voucher” in which it was pointed out that applying a maximum of 10 thousand kuna would theoretically have a potential of about 1,5 million employees, but it is possible count on its usability at about 15 to 30% or from about 35 to 4 billion kuna realization. Cro cards as a great benefit for continental tourism RELATED NEWS: As Cappelli points out, as part of the project, employers would pay the workers the amount “somewhere in the amount of HRK 2500”, which they would give to their employees as a reward. CRO CARDS A ONE-TIME MEASURE OR SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF CONTINENTAL TOURISM? The introduction of Cro cards for continental tourism has been waiting for years, and which will certainly help continental tourism a lot. Asked if his announcements mean that the project did not fail, he replied that it did not, but it has not yet been determined what it will be called: Cro card, Croatian Offer Week or similar. It is important to emphasize that 50 percent of the funds from the card would go to accommodation, 25 to 30 percent would go to catering services, food and drink, and the rest of the money could be used for museums, wellness and similar facilities. So a Cro card would be another bank card to which the employer would deposit money. Of course, those employers who want it, because otherwise there are no sanctions, and the state would return the same money to the employer through tax relief in the amount of 25 to 100 percent of the amount paid. It is assumed that the direct financial effects through the increase in consumption would be the realization of total revenues of 2,7 to 5,4 billion kuna, 10 to 21 thousand new employees directly and indirectly, 1 to 2 billion kuna of new value and 7,6 to 11 billion kuna of new investment.There were two proposals on the table at that time, the first that the employer pay the employee five and the second 10 thousand kuna. When we asked about the project “Cro cards” from the Ministry of Tourism, they point out that the preparation of the project with the aim of encouraging domestic tourism trends is in its final stage and that they will inform the public about the details in a timely manner. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli said on Monday before the Government session that the “Cro card” project, in which employers would pay workers the amount they could use to pay for accommodation and other tourist services in Croatia, is not dead, but its implementation is being worked out. he writes Dnevnik.hr. last_img read more

IFRS committee backs fair-value accounting for longevity swaps

first_imgUnder the first approach, a scheme sponsor would book the swap as a plan asset and measure it at fair value.Following an alternative accounting approach, however, a sponsor would treat the swap as a qualifying insurance policy and book the premiums as a liability.A longevity swap transfers the risk of pension scheme members living longer than expected from pension schemes to an external party.This external party is usually an insurer or a bank.The effect of a swap transaction is to freeze or settle the DB plan sponsor’s obligations to the scheme members.Longevity risk is one of the biggest risks faced by DB pension schemes.It can lead to schemes paying out higher pension payments than expected and, as such, push a fund into deficit.A DB pension obligation is accounted for under IFRSs by following the requirements of International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS 19).A separate accounting standard, IFRS 13, Fair Value Measurement, deals separately with fair-value issues.Both standards are updated and maintained by the International Accounting Standards Board.The IFRS IC is charged by the board with developing interpretive guidance on those standards.The committee can also propose amendments to IFRSs such as IAS 19.In support of their recommendation against adding the issue to the committee’s agenda, staff argued that the issue was “not currently widespread” and “material diversity in practice is not observed.”Committee member Reinhard Dotzlaw questioned this assessment, however.Dotzlaw argued that, although in Canada “we don’t see longevity swaps”, they were nonetheless “not uncommon in certain other jurisdictions like the UK”.London-based consultant actuary Simon Robinson told IPE: “Swap transactions the moment are rather complicated and only suit a small number of schemes.“Typically, again in the UK, it has tended to be the bigger pensions plans with the more sophisticated trustees that have gone down this route.”Interested parties have until 20 January 2015 to comment on the committee’s tentative decision.The IFRS IC expects to finalise the agenda decision during its March 2015 meeting.Separately, during their 11 November meeting, committee members retreated back from the possibility of requiring DB sponsors to remeasure a DB liability to account for significant market fluctuations.The issue arose out of the committee’s project to propose an amendment to IAS 19 dealing with remeasurement of the net DBL in the event of a plan amendment or curtailment.Given that the issue is proceeding as an annual improvement to IAS 19, the issue will go forward to a future meeting of the IASB. The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Interpretations Committee has tentatively ruled that defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors must account for longevity swaps as single-instrument plan assets held at fair value.Details of the tentative decision, reached during the committee’s 11 November meeting, are set out in the latest edition of IFRIC Update.The IFRS IC, which is responsible for interpreting international accounting standards, received a request in August to clear up confusion around the accounting for longevity swaps held by a DB plan.The anonymous submitter, tipped by sources to be a ‘Big Four’ audit firm, noted that there were two possible approaches to the problem.last_img read more