Thunberg, who lambasted world leaders at a U.N. climate summit last year for believing in “fairytales” of eternal economic growth, said that only fundamental change to the existing system would bring climate change under control.She cited a U.N. study published in November that suggested planned investments to boost fossil fuel production are likely to push temperature goals enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement out of reach.”So that means that if we are to stay below these targets, we have to make it possible to tear up and abandon valid contracts and deals. And that is not possible within today’s system,” Thunberg said.”So, yes, then obviously we need to think differently. And, yes, we need to think outside the box.” Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said on Thursday the world needed an economic overhaul to have a chance of beating climate change and that countries should be prepared to tear up old deals and contracts to meet green targets.The 17-year-old spoke to Reuters TV after she and other activists sent an open letter to European leaders urging them to take emergency action and saying people in power had practically “given up” on searching for a real solution.”We need to see it as, above all, an existential crisis. And as long as it’s not being treated as a crisis, we can have as many of these climate change negotiations and talks, conferences as possible. It won’t change a thing,” Thunberg said, speaking via video from her home in Stockholm. EcocideDemands in the letter, released before Friday’s European Council summit, included an immediate halt to all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction, in parallel with a rapid ending of fossil fuel subsidies.The letter also called for binding annual “carbon budgets” to limit how much greenhouse gas countries can emit to maximize the chances of capping the rise in average global temperatures at 1.5C, a goal enshrined in the 2015 Paris climate accord.It urged European governments to back calls for the Hague-based International Criminal Court to adopt a new crime of “ecocide” to prosecute people responsible for large-scale destruction of the natural world.Thunberg emerged as the face of a growing, youth-led climate movement after a solitary vigil she began holding outside the Swedish parliament in 2018 inspired children and teenagers around the world to stage school strikes on Friday afternoons.”In the beginning, I was very worried,” Thunberg said, describing the fears over climate change that motivated her to embrace activism. “But when I started doing something, then there came hope from that. Because hope comes from action.”With climate protests largely driven online by the coronavirus pandemic, Thunberg joined climate scientists, activists and celebrities including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and author Margaret Atwood in signing the letter that was posted on https://climateemergencyeu.org/.”The longer we keep pretending that we are on a reliable path to lower emissions and that the actions required to avoid a climate disaster are available within today’s system … the more precious time we will lose,” the letter read.It called for climate policies to be designed to protect workers and the most vulnerable and reduce economic, racial and gender inequalities, as well as moves to “safeguard and protect” democracy.Topics :
Clean energy specialists East Coast Oil and Gas Engineering (EC-OG) has completed a six-figure investment in its HALO subsea energy storage technology.The bulk of the investment, in CNC battery cell welding equipment and automated battery module test systems, will be used to simplify the manufacturing process of EC-OG’s proprietary subsea energy storage systems.The battery manufacturing plant has been installed at EC-OG’s research and development hub located on the Nevis Business Park, near it’s Bridge of Don base.In addition to supporting manufacturing of EC-OG’s HALO and Subsea Power Hub products, the new battery manufacturing facilities should allow EC-OG to rapid prototype new battery module designs, as well as create custom battery products. This creates a new service offering for EC-OG, building on the company’s existing in-house battery and subsea engineering expertise.Jonny Moroney, projects director, said: “Having the facilities to manufacture our battery systems in-house will allow us to maintain control of our supply chain and substantially reduce the overall build time of our HALO and Subsea Power Hub systems. Safety is critical, so automating the build and test process allows EC-OG to offer a higher quality product using fully repeatable manufacturing and test processes.”“Not only will this investment allow us to improve on the high-quality standards that our clients demand, it’ll open up new opportunities for the company,” added Paul Slorach, business development director.“Electrification of subsea systems and the use of renewable energy technologies will mean big changes to the offshore oil & gas industry in the coming years. The industry needs to embrace clean energy and we see a number of opportunities for batteries and alternative energy storage systems within subsea oil & gas production. EC-OG is committed to being at the forefront of the industries decarbonisation process.”
Slick roads may have contributed to a two-vehicle crash involving a Batesville school bus Friday.Authorities say a 17 year old juvenile was operating a 1998 Jeep Cherokee around 9:25 a.m. when he attempted to back out of private drive, however, police say the minor failed to yield and struck the bus as it drove by.The crash occurred on Evergreen Drive, near SR 229, south of Batesville.“The juvenile told the deputy as he applied the brakes to stop and he slid on the ice and snow covered driveway and out into the roadway,” said Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills.A 14 year old passenger in the Jeep suffered a minor cut to his head, but was not transported to the hospital. He was released to a parent at the scene for treatment, Grills added.There were no injuries reported at the scene for passengers on the school bus driven by Rhonda McQueen, 53, of Laurel. According to Batesville Community School Corporation bus route information, Batesville School Bus #2 was the vehicle involved.The crash remains under investigation.Police remind commuters to use extra caution in the inclement weather as road conditions and driveways remain hazardous.
GREENSBURG – Indiana’s county jails are inspected annually by the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) jail division. The most recent inspection of the Decatur County Jail revealed the facility has shortcomings in staffing and above average inmate population.The findings show the jail lacks enough personnel to adequately supervise inmates around the clock, the Greensburg Daily News reports.Inspection data revealed the number of inmates exceed the jail’s capacity for the past two years. The maximum capacity of the jail is sixty-six inmates and there were an additional six on the day of the inspection.Former Bartholomew County Sheriff Kenny Whipker is the executive liaison in the sheriff and county jail operation, which is part of IDOC’s jail division. He tours nearly 50 southern Indiana jails including Decatur County.He says jail inspections at other facilities yielded similar results, according to the newspaper.In the past year the jail has dealt with an inmate death and alleged escape.Whipker said understaffing many times are a result of funding. In his report, he noted the Decatur County Jail was “well maintained, neat, clean and orderly.”
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(REUTERS) – Manchester United reached the League Cup final but were made to sweat as Hull City won the second leg of their last-four encounter 2-1 yesterday to come within one goal of forcing extra time.Hull’s Oumar Niasse scored in the 85th minute to reduce the aggregate deficit to 3-2, but there was to be no fairytale comeback for the Premier League relegation strugglers who were spirited in their efforts to overturn their 2-0 first-leg defeat.Tom Huddlestone had put the hosts ahead after 35 minutes from the penalty spot, but they were unable to turn the screw and allowed a much-improved United to claw their way back into the match after the break when Paul Pogba stabbed in an equaliser.Niasse steered home a David Meyler cross from close range but Jose Mourinho’s side held on to set up a clash against Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26 after the Saints upset Liverpool on Wednesday at Anfield.Hull faced a daunting prospect to drag themselves back into the tie and made seven changes to their starting lineup in a sign that manager Marco Silva had perhaps already decided a Wembley final was beyond them.The encounter had the feel of a foregone conclusion too, as both sets of players seemed to be going through the motions in a dour opening 25 minutes when neither side created a chance.Hull City’s Michael Dawson spurned the first glimmer of an opening when he was tackled as he looked to pull the trigger, but the deadlock was broken after 35 minutes following a penalty decision that caused initial confusion.Replays showed that United defender Marcos Rojo had barely tugged the shirt of Hull’s Harry Maguire, who tumbled to the ground prompting referee Jon Moss to award the spot kick that Huddlestone rifled into the bottom corner.Zlatan Ibrahimovic drew a superb one-handed save from David Marshall, but it was not until the second half that United showed true signs of life.They had their own penalty appeal waved away when Chris Smalling tumbled to the ground after contact with Huddlestone, sparking an angry touchline reaction from Jose Mourinho as his 54th birthday threatened to turn sour.The United manager’s mood mellowed, however, with 25 minutes remaining when Pogba pounced on a misplaced ball from Huddlestone in his own area to stab United level on the night and restore their two-goal aggregate cushion.Rojo and Niasse rattled the crossbar with headers at either end before the latter set up a nervy finale for United, who will bid for a fifth League Cup triumph and first since 2010 when they face Southampton next month.
OSAFA Simpson struck twice, while Omari Glasgow netted the other goal, as Guyana made it two-for-two at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Qualifiers in Nicaragua, this time whipping St Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0 in their latest match on Monday. After rallying to an impressive 6-0 win over Montserrat in their opening game; Guyana returned to action at the Nicaragua National Football Stadium and showed that they are hungry to compete with the other top countries in the confederation’s June 20 to July 5 showpiece in Honduras.Simpson put the Wayne Dover-coached side up 1-0 at the end of the first half with his 35th minute goal, and then returned just upon resumption of the second stanza to complete his double to give the Guyanese a 2-0 cushion.Guyana had several chances to distance themselves and further dampen the ‘Vincy Heat’ but they didn’t make good of their goal-coring opportunities.Nonetheless, Glasgow scored his second goal of the tournament in the 68th minute to make it 3-0 for Guyana, who now sit second in Group A of the Qualifiers behind Nicaragua on goal difference.Nicaragua, who opened the tournament with an 8-0 win over the US Virgin Islands, defeated Montserrat 4-0 in their second game. The result meant that Guyana, with a total nine goals, are three goals behind Group A’s host nation.With only one team advancing and both Nicaragua and Guyana showing that they are the most superior teams in the four-team group, it will likely come down to either goal difference, or the outcome of their meeting on February 23.Meanwhile, Guyana will return to action on February 21 when they take on the US Virgin Island. All matches will be played at the Nicaragua National Football Stadium.
Honourable Olamide George will be at the head of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) officials expected in Ilorin for the 2017 National Youth Games which begin this week.George, who is the vice president of the federation will be joined by Brown Ebewele, a foremost athletics coach who is expected to be named the AFN technical sub-committee chairman following his election as the representative of the technical arm of the federation as well as three-time Olympic coach, Gabriel Okon. Also expected to be in Ilorin for the games are Sunday Adeleye,the athletes representative elected on June 13 to purposely take care of the interest of track and field athletes and Amaechi Akawo, the administrative head of the federation.The Sports Writers of Nigeria (SWAN) representative on the board of the AFN, Dare Esan is also expected to hit Ilorin later this week.In a chat with newsmen in Lagos, Esan revealed that the AFN will organise the athletics event of the games which runs from September 11 through 16 at the Maracana Stadium in University of Ilorin.‘As a journalist and somebody who has been associated with track and field for over 20 years and has covered the IAAF World Championships eight times, I am delighted the 2017 edition is a reality.This is truly a talent discovery event and kudos must be given to the Honourable Minister, Solomon Dalung for giving Nigerian youths an event aimed at developing their talent and fostering unity amongst them, he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Triple world record holder Usain Bolt scored for Team Mourinho in a friendly football match in Switzerland yesterday.Bolt was among a host of the biggest names in world football including the likes of Diego Maradona and FIFA president Gianni Infantino who were in attendance at the Hublot Match of Friendship 2018.The event, which marked watch-maker Hublot’s official countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, saw five-a-side teams managed by Maradona and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho facing off in the Swiss city of Basel.Bolt who played for Team Mourinho, came off the bench to score as the teams battled to a high-scoring 11-11 draw.“For me it was wonderful,” Bolt said.“You can see their skills and it was a fun time, I’m happy to be here. It’s not easy! It’s all about movement but it was fun, the start of something great.”Mourinho when asked about Bolt said “When I listen to him speaking about football I thought it was more a funny thing, a kid’s desire, a kid’s dream but I think not at all,” adding “Maybe football lost a talent to athletics.”
Scientific Games Corporation has detailed that its UK division has successfully rolled out a trial of its new dynamic range of terminals.SG Gaming has installed its new Equinox range across 100 Ladbrokes and Coral stores nationwide, with the parties working together for the previous 12 months in preparation.Richard Lang, Retail Commercial Director at Ladbrokes Coral Group, commented: “We’re excited to unveil the new Equinox terminals in a number of our Ladbrokes and Coral shops across the UK. “We believe that these terminals provide an innovative leap forward, not only in terminal offering, but also in the way that the content has been developed to provide an immersive gameplay experience.“The new ‘Privacy Mode’ function on the V-Deck+ is a fantastic proposition and allows our customers to experience SG Gaming’s popular content titles in a unique way. “It is great to see SG Gaming driving more innovation into the market and once again enhancing the quality of our customer’s experience.”Coming in two forms, with the Equinox 2.4 and 2.7 featuring 24” and 27” HD screens respectively, red and blue LED bezels have also been customised, to fit the retail brands and compliment their existing offerings. Phil Horne, Chief Executive Officer of SG Gaming UK, added: “Working closely with the team at Ladbrokes Coral Group to trial our new Equinox range has been hugely positive, and it’s great to see the months of hard work both teams have put in to making this happen so clearly visible across all venues. “This is such an exciting partnership and one that we believe really makes a difference to our industry and its players, and this trial is another demonstration of this.“The Equinox range is unique in that it provides a range of screen size variants to suit individual venues and meet customer requirements. “We look forward to working more closely with our biggest partner ever to make the Equinox a huge success and further enhance the quality of our customers’ and their players’ experience.” Related Articles Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share