Last summer, Shell asked the government to extend its offshore drilling leases in the Arctic. Today, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski pressed Shell’s case to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a Senate hearing. Murkowski says Shell needs certainty to continue to invest billions of dollars in its Arctic operations.Download Audio“Because of this very short window, a 75-day Arctic drilling season, and the difficulties and the delays and the legal challenges that are all out there, that Shell has endured for the past decade, there really are not enough drilling seasons remaining for Shell to complete more than a handful of exploration wells before the Chukchi lease portfolio expires,” Murkowski said.Jewell says the clock on Shell’s 10-year leases in the Chukchi Sea was stopped for a period when a court ruled the government had to redo its environmental impact statement. Jewell says her department is still considering Shell’s request for a five-year suspension of the lease clock.“We took our resources and focused them, as we were requested to do, on helping Shell move forward for this drilling season. I also know that we are actively working with them on suspensions and I think they can expect any answer in the relatively near future,” Jewell said.Oceana and other environmental groups oppose giving Shell more time on their leases. They say the reasons for Shell’s lack of progress were known from outset, like the harsh conditions and the Native whaling season, or were of Shell’s own making.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:23Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … What Is The Momo Challenge? Close Following a verdict from a court in southern Tamil Nadu state to ban popular social app TikTok in India, people are not completely out of options to download the controversial app. After the official listing of TikTok app on Google Play Store and Apple App Store was blocked in India on Wednesday, users who are willing to go extra lengths to download TikTok were not met with disappointment.Firstly, the ban doesn’t seize TikTok from functioning, which means users who already had the app can continue to use it, which means 240 million users are unaffected by the ban. Complying to the court’s order resulted in Google and Apple removing the app from the official app store, whereas users can still get the app from third-party websites. It’s worth pointing out that sideloading an app from a third-party website is only available on Android devices while iOS users will have to wait until the ban is officially lifted.That said, Android users can find plenty of sources hosting the TikTok APK file. The most trusted sites to find the right APK for TikTok are APK Mirror and Apkpure. Users can visit the trusted sites, download TikTok APK by following the site’s instructions and then transfer the file to the phone via USB connection. Users must then go to the location where the APK file is stored and tap on it to install. This way users can successfully run TikTok on their phones and start using it by logging in with your username and password. TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, has become hugely popular in India.ReutersShould you download TikTok?Simply because you can download TikTok doesn’t mean users must go right ahead. There’s a good reason why the TN court ordered a ban on the viral app. TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, is hugely popular in India but received a lot of criticism for encouraging pornography and exposing children to sexual predators.”Banning the app is completely out of sync with today’s time. Even if the app is banned, people can still download them from other sources or by changing their location. We are not understanding the bigger challenge of how to deal with the paradigm. The problem is not with the app but third-party content. Strict action needs to be taken against people publishing such content instead of asking for a blanket ban on apps,” Pavan Duggal, leading cyber law expert, told Live Mint. A general view of the atmosphere during the TikTok US launch celebration at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Joe Scarnici/Getty ImagesBesides the moral reason, downloading TikTok from a third-party source is not recommended. In many cases, this can result in a bait used by hackers to lure users – something that is vetted by Google or Apple before letting the app on respective app stores.TikTok’s fate in India looks bleak right now, but its owner ByteDance is confident the ban isn’t permanent. The next court hearing is scheduled for April 24.”We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court. We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome,” the company spokesperson said. read more
Kolkata: Firhad ‘Bobby’ Hakim, the soft-spoken boy from Chelta who has always received the blessings of all and sundry irrespective of caste, creed and religion because of his unique public relation acumen, has now been named Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), the country’ oldest civic body.On becoming the new Mayor, Hakim said: “I’m extremely thankful towards Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for giving me this responsibility. I will try my best to live up to her expectations and will leave no stones unturned to deliver results.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere was jubilation in Chetla, when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the name of Hakim as the new leader of KMC. He will formally take on the mantle of Mayor after completion of the necessary formalities. Hakim, gifted with a natural ability to lead, became quite famous in Chetla in the early 1980s, when the undisputed leader of the area was Moni Sanyal, the Deputy Mayor of KMC between 1985-1990. From a very young age, Bobby used to organise football tournaments and blood donation camps. Everybody in the area knew that he would always be available in their time of need, be it for organising marriage of poor girls or taking critical patients to hospitals during the oddest hours. Hakim became a councillor in 2000 and later became the Member, Mayor-in-Council (Roads). When Trinamool Congress came to power, he was elected to the post of minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough known for being a hard taskmaster, the TMC veteran enjoys extremely cordial relations with his department officers. His dedication was silently displayed through the number of times he visited the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre during its construction, to ensure that it becomes the most important structure in post-Independence Kolkata and stand proud as the country’s biggest convention centre. He had held several meetings with the senior officials of the construction company and also met the workers and motivated them. Bobby, an ardent lover of sports, has set up one of the finest gymnasiums in the city at Chetla. He is a seasoned badminton and billiards player himself and has taken steps to ensure that the children and youth of his area get ample scope to play outdoor games. The newly named Mayor has been associated with Durga Puja since his school days and is respected by all for his secular views. Notable, he is the first Mayor from the Muslim community in the city after Independence. The erstwhile Calcutta had five Muslim Mayors before Independence. A K Fazlul Haque was the Mayor from April 1935 to April 1936, while A K M Zakariah served as the Mayor from April 1938 to April 1939. Abdur Rahman Siddiqui took on the mantle from April 1940 to April 1941, while Syed Badrudduja and Syed Mohammad Usman followed suit from April 1943 to April 1944 and April 1946 to April 1947 respectively. Once journalists had quizzed Kamal Basu, the first Mayor under the Member, Mayor-in-Council system about the qualities required to run KMC, to which his reply was “patience, public relations and hard work”. Hakim is a leader who possesses all the three qualities and Kolkatans believe that the city will witness significant progress under his leadership. read more
An exhibition of Himveer Wives Welfare Association (HWWA) showcasing stalls from field units and formations of Indo-Tibetan Border police (ITBP), was inaugurated by Savitri Singh, wife of Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister and Anupriya Patel, MOS Health and Family Welfare in the national Capital recently. This exhibition has been organized on the occasion of 55th Raising Day celebrations of the Force. Functioning from initial years of ITBP, HWWA has been active in organizing welfare activities for the families of the Force and Civil population in border areas. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSingh in her inaugural speech said that HWWA’s efforts are commendable in the field of welfare activities in ITBP. Referring to the visit of Rajnath Singh to one of the forward post of ITBP in Ladakh where he spent a night with himveers, Singh said that she can feel the emotions of Himveer families as how their husbands are working in harsh climatic areas in high Himalayas to serve the motherland while their families remain away. The annual HWWA souvenir– ‘Parampra’ was also released by the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour on the occasion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSingh and Patel also took a round of stalls and appreciated the efforts of ITBP for welfare of its families and border population. The exhibition also showcases the rare artifacts, handicrafts and cultural heritage of the Himalayas and northeastern region of India. HWWA works for the welfare of the families of the Force personnel with a specific focus on women empowerment. It trains families in food processing, tailoring, weaving, stitching, painting, child care etc. The doctors of the Force give information on wellness, hygiene, prevention of HIV/AIDS, family planning to improve the quality of life of the Force personnel and their families. For welfare of these families, perception management centers are being operated by HWWA in remote border Units of ITBP. HWWA also organizes Carrier Counseling Mela/Workshop for the wards of ITBP personnel. Keeping the Children of ITBP personnel healthy, d-worming drive is also taken. NIT courses are being organised for Jawans families also. There will be numerous cultural performances by the Force personnel along with show by ITBP’s Jazz, Brass and Pipe Band. The exhibition will remain open for the public from October 15 to 17. read more
“Petals” of a titanium dioxide sphere enhanced with cyclodextrin as seen under a scanning electron microscope. When triggered by ultraviolet light, the spheres created at Rice University are effective at removing bisphenol A contaminants from water. (Credit: Alvarez Lab/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1008_WATER-4-WEB-1g8r136.jpgRice University graduate student Danning Zhang, who led the development of a particle that attracts and degrades contaminants in water, checks a sample in a Rice environmental lab. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Rice University graduate student Danning Zhang, who led the development of a particle that attracts and degrades contaminants in water, checks a sample in a Rice environmental lab. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long Description“Petals” of a titanium dioxide sphere enhanced with cyclodextrin as seen under a scanning electron microscope. When triggered by ultraviolet light, the spheres created at Rice University are effective at removing bisphenol A contaminants from water. Courtesy of the Alvarez LabThe work fits into technologies developed by the Rice-based and National Science Foundation-supported Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment because the spheres self-assemble from titanium dioxide nanosheets.“Most of the processes reported in the literature involve nanoparticles,” said Rice graduate student and lead author Danning Zhang. “The size of the particles is less than 100 nanometers. Because of their very small size, they’re very difficult to recover from suspension in water.”The Rice particles are much larger. Where a 100-nanometer particle is 1,000 times smaller than a human hair, the enhanced titanium dioxide is between 3 and 5 microns, only about 20 times smaller than the same hair. “That means we can use low-pressure microfiltration with a membrane to get these particles back for reuse,” Zhang said. “It saves a lot of energy.”Because ROS also wears down cyclodextrin, the spheres begin to lose their trapping ability after about 400 hours of continued ultraviolet exposure, Zhang said. But once recovered, they can be easily recharged.“This new material helps overcome two significant technological barriers for photocatalytic water treatment,” Alvarez said. “First, it enhances treatment efficiency by minimizing scavenging of ROS by non-target constituents in water. Here, the ROS are mainly used to destroy BPA. Titanium dioxide spheres enhanced with cyclodextrin created at Rice University are effective at removing bisphenol A from water. The micron-scale spheres are large enough to be easily removed from treated water for reuse. (Credit: Alvarez Lab/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University graduate student Danning Zhang, who led the development of a particle that attracts and degrades contaminants in water, checks a sample in a Rice environmental lab. Photo by Jeff Fitlow“Second, it enables low-cost separation and reuse of the catalyst, contributing to lower treatment cost,” he said. “This is an example of how advanced materials can help convert academic hypes into feasible processes that enhance water security.”Co-authors of the paper are Rice graduate student Hassan Javed and postdoctoral research fellow Pingfeng Yu; Rice alumnus Changgu Lee, an assistant professor at Ajou University, South Korea; and Jae-Hong Kim, a professor and chair of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale University. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice.The National Science Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.8b04301.This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Alvarez Lab: http://alvarez.rice.eduNanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment: http://www.newtcenter.orgRice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: http://www.ceve.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImages for download:Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1008_WATER-1-WEB-twiypi.jpegRice University researchers have enhanced micron-sized titanium dioxide particles to trap and destroy BPA, a water contaminant with health implications. Cyclodextrin molecules on the surface trap BPA, which is then degraded by reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by the light-activated particles. (Credit: Danning Zhang/Rice University)Long Description Share2NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713firstname.lastname@example.orgMike Williams713email@example.comNew spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminantReusable water-treatment particles created at Rice University effectively eliminate BPAHOUSTON – (Oct. 5, 2018) – Rice University scientists have developed something akin to the Venus’ flytrap of particles for water remediation. AddThis Rice University researchers have enhanced micron-sized titanium dioxide particles to trap and destroy BPA, a water contaminant with health implications. Cyclodextrin molecules on the surface trap BPA, which is then degraded by reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by the light-activated particles. (Credit: Danning Zhang/Rice University) Rice University graduate student Danning Zhang, who led the development of a particle that attracts and degrades contaminants in water, checks a sample in a Rice environmental lab. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1008_WATER-2-WEB-uv6qff.jpg“Petals” of a titanium dioxide sphere enhanced with cyclodextrin as seen under a scanning electron microscope. When triggered by ultraviolet light, the spheres created at Rice University are effective at removing bisphenol A contaminants from water. (Credit: Alvarez Lab/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1008_WATER-3-WEB-qtgfbg.jpgTitanium dioxide spheres enhanced with cyclodextrin created at Rice University are effective at removing bisphenol A from water. The micron-scale spheres are large enough to be easily removed from treated water for reuse. (Credit: Alvarez Lab/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University researchers have enhanced micron-sized titanium dioxide particles to trap and destroy BPA, a water contaminant with health implications. Cyclodextrin molecules on the surface trap BPA, which is then degraded by reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by the light-activated particles. Illustration by Danning ZhangMicron-sized spheres created in the lab of Rice environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez are built to catch and destroy bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used to make plastics.The research is detailed in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology.BPA is commonly used to coat the insides of food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines, and was once a component of baby bottles. While BPA that seeps into food and drink is considered safe in low doses, prolonged exposure is suspected of affecting the health of children and contributing to high blood pressure.The good news is that reactive oxygen species (ROS) – in this case, hydroxyl radicals – are bad news for BPA. Inexpensive titanium dioxide releases ROS when triggered by ultraviolet light. But because oxidating molecules fade quickly, BPA has to be close enough to attack.That’s where the trap comes in.Close up, the spheres reveal themselves as flower-like collections of titanium dioxide petals. The supple petals provide plenty of surface area for the Rice researchers to anchor cyclodextrin molecules.Cyclodextrin is a benign sugar-based molecule often used in food and drugs. It has a two-faced structure, with a hydrophobic (water-avoiding) cavity and a hydrophilic (water-attracting) outer surface. BPA is also hydrophobic and naturally attracted to the cavity. Once trapped, ROS produced by the spheres degrades BPA into harmless chemicals.In the lab, the researchers determined that 200 milligrams of the spheres per liter of contaminated water degraded 90 percent of BPA in an hour, a process that would take more than twice as long with unenhanced titanium dioxide. read more