27 September 2007South African petrochemicals company Sasol has opened an office in the Chinese city of Shanghai in order to market its diverse range of chemical solvents in the world’s fastest growing major economy.“The Chinese market is extensive and forms part of our vigorous pursuit of global growth opportunities in the chemicals sector,” Sasol Chemical Business group general manager Reiner Groh said in a statement on Wednesday. “We believe that we can offer a significant value proposition to the Chinese chemical markets.”He said that the opening of the Chinese office would lay the foundation for profitable and sustainable growth by enhancing customer service through local currency sales and new business development.Operating under the banner Sasol Chemicals Shanghai Co Ltd, the company will initially market products from the global Sasol Solvents business.Sasol Solvents operates plants in South Africa and Germany and supplies a wide range of products, including glycol ethers, C3/C4 alcohols, esters and acids, ethanol, ethyl acrylate, fine chemicals and aldehydes, glacial acrylic acid, ketones, methanol, n-butyl acrylate and mining chemicals.These are used in aerosol, agricultural, cosmetic, fragrance, mining, packaging, paint, adhesive, pharmaceutical, polish, printing and other applications.The company has targeted China as a future growth area. Business Report reported in March that Sasol has started feasibility studies for two coal-to-liquid synthetic fuel plants in China, which would produce a combined 160 000 barrels of fuel a day and could be in operation by as early as 2012.Sasol chief executive Pat Davies stated in the company’s annual report that they were “very upbeat” about the prospects for the two planned plants.He said the group foresaw “a rebirth in coal utilisation in some of the world’s coal-rich regions. This case is particularly strong in those countries that have insufficient or no oil reserves, such as Australia, India, China and the US.”Davies has said that processing just 10% of China’s coal reserves could produce as much liquid fuel equivalent as that produced from the world’s proven oil reserves.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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VIPs Pack Chamber Event at Palm Cay to Mix, Mingle & Meet Carnival Chiefs Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas (Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation) – Arnold W. Donald, who heads the $3.6 billion Carnival Corporation, will headline the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation annual mix and mingle for business leaders, movers and shakers at an event being called The Wind Down: Where Business + Leisure Meet October 2.The networking reception focusing on what creates sustainable success is expected to draw a waiting list of attendees. It will be held at the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay, the 350-home mixed residential and marina community that has been a success story in its own right, winning, among other accolades, the first Bahamas Contractors Association award presented to a development rather than a contractor. “Bringing together a man who is larger than life in the diverse operation that is Carnival Corporation with its 10 cruise ships brands and 91,000 employees with local leaders in the business community in a venue at a beachside setting that shows the best of The Bahamas is one that we hope will once again reinforce how important the business sector is to the well-being of the nation,” said Edison Sumner, Chamber CEO.Long recognized as the voice of business in The Bahamas, the Chamber has in the past few years touched more people at every level than ever before. Its Chamber Institute with monthly practical seminars and workshops, its thoughtful statements on pending legislation and its active development in promoting sectors of the economy linking domestic providers and suppliers with potential foreign buyers and investors has skyrocketed the 100-plus year old institution’s position to new heights.The presence of Mr. Arnold could elevate its reputation even more.According to Mr. Sumner, the event, being billed as a once in now-time opportunity, is expected to be a sell-out.“Because we want a certain amount of intimacy and personal contact, we have limited the numbers and with the invitations just going out today, the response has been immediate,” he said. “I’m not sure what we are going to have to do to top this next year, but maybe we will ask the American Embassy, which assisted with this year’s main guest of honour, to see if they can bring the president or head of a winning basketball team. We are very appreciative to the Embassy and our sponsors for their support.”Mr. Sumner’s reference to basketball was likely in connection with Mr. Arnold’s predecessor Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat and until July of last year, president of Carnival, the company his father founded and which he grew and ran with success until he turned over the post of top executive in July 2013. Mr. Arison remains chairman. And the company continues to thrive, reporting more than $1 billion in profit in the last fiscal year under Mr. Arnold’s reign.Sponsors include American Embassy, Bahamas First, BTC, Callenders & Co. Counsel & Attorneys, John Bull Group of Companies, NUA and Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Chamber Meets Baha Mar Provisional Liquidators Related Items:Arnold donald, bahamas chamber of commerce, carnival corporation Hundreds expected for massive Freedom of Information block party October 25
0 Lightning Motorcycles’ Strike is getting us all charged up 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel More From Roadshow 8 Photos Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Motorcycles Electric Cars Post a comment Enlarge ImageLightning’s Strike electric motorcycle packs 180 pound-feet of torque into a slightly more relaxed sportbike-like chassis. Lightning Motorcycle After months of teasing, the Lightning Motorcycles’ Strike is making its debut, and it looks promising, if not all that we hoped it would be.The base model Strike still comes in at the $13,000 price point that Lightning has been teasing, but its 70-to-100 mile range at that price point leaves something to be desired. That being said, the base model’s 10-kilowatt-hour battery can still be Level 2 charged in around two hours. If you want DC fast-charge capability on anything but the top-tier model, that will cost you an additional $1,500.The base Lightning’s performance — range notwithstanding — should be pretty decent though, with 90 horsepower on tap and a full 180 pound-feet of torque available at zero RPM. Stepping up to the top-of-the-line 20kWh model gets you an additional 30 horsepower. The base model bike weighs 455 pounds, while the Carbon Strike tips the scales at 485 pounds.Details on the suspension and brake components for the two lower-power models are a little scarce, but if you shell out nearly 20 large for the Carbon Strike edition, your bike will come with brakes by Brembo and suspension by Öhlins. You’ll also get an AIM dash with lap-timing abilities, and you’ll get your bike as early as July.Previous press releases from Lightning left us with a few questions about where the bike would be manufactured, since $13,000 is a relatively low price point for an electric motorcycle. Well, it happens that the answer isn’t as straightforward as “Made in America.” It’s more like “Made in America, sort of.”The bike undergoes final assembly at Lightning’s new facility in San Jose, California, but its components come from all over the world. Lightning isn’t giving us specifics on that, but it’s not uncommon for a vehicle’s various parts to come from many vendors around the world, and frankly, as long as the quality control from Lightning is good, we’re OK with that.So, in the end, was our excitement for the Strike justified? Kind of. Is it the world-beating, revolutionary, affordable electric motorcycle we were hoping for? At its entry-level price point, not really. The lack of standard DC fast charging across the range and the limited range of the base model aren’t ideal. The pricing structure that Lightning has going reminds us a lot of the one used by Zero.From a performance standpoint, we expect that the Strike will be a blast to ride. It’s not exactly a featherweight, but its combination of adequate power and stellar torque should be fun, and the slightly relaxed sportbike-like form factor should mean that it will do an excellent job of straightening out your favorite canyon road.The real test will come when we get to throw a leg over it. Tags
Security Comments 6 Share your voice James Martin/CNET The American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up its pressure against Amazon’s practice of selling facial-recognition tech to law enforcement.Two days ahead of Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting, the civil rights group sent a letter imploring the company’s shareholders to vote in favor of two proposals that could curb the use of the tech company’s Rekognition software.”Without shareholder action, Amazon may soon become known more for its role in facilitating pervasive government surveillance than for its consumer retail operations,” the letter states.The proposals call for the company to ban its sale of Rekognition to law enforcement and for Amazon to study its use by police.Amazon’s board recommends that shareholders vote against both proposals, which makes the passage of either proposal unlikely. CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, a board member, controls about 16% of Amazon’s shares and isn’t expected to vote for these proposals.The letter, one of several ACLU actions that calls attention to facial recognition tech, comes as efforts to curb law enforcement’s use of facial recognition gains momentum around the country. Last week, San Francisco became the first city to bar police from using the technology. Oakland, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts, are both considering similar bans, and the Massachusetts legislature is considering a statewide moratorium.Amazon inserted itself into the debate in Washington state, where the legislature this year considered a moratorium on police use of facial-recognition tech. Amazon, along with Microsoft, threw its support behind a competing data privacy measure that didn’t ban law enforcement from using facial recognition. The state Senate passed the less restrictive bill in March, and it’s currently making its way through the state House of Representatives.The California legislature is considering a ban on facial recognition in police body cameras. The state Assembly passed the bill in early May, and it’s currently being considered by the state Senate. Assemblyman Phil Ting, a Democrat from San Francisco, introduced the bill. Last year, Ting worked on legislation to increase the use of body cameras. The idea was to increase police accountability and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Banning surveillance tools on the body cameras seemed like the next logical step, he told CNET.”The last thing we wanted to do was erode that trust by installing facial recognition software on body cameras,” Ting said. Tags Amazon
General Electric Co said it had agreed to sell GE Capital’s U.S. hotel franchise loan portfolio to a unit of Western Alliance Bancorp.The business, which includes outstanding loans of about $1.4 billion, provides real estate financing to owners of limited service hotels.GE said it would also sell to an unnamed buyer its business that provides financing to Canada’s hospitality and restaurant industries. The unit has about $300 million of loans.GE said it would gain about $200 million from the deals, which are expected to close in the second quarter.Both the businesses represent a large part of GE Capital’s franchise finance unit, which is the last North American business to be sold as part of a plan to cut down the size of GE Capital, GE said.The deal is expected to immediately add to Western Alliance’s earnings, the bank said in a separate statement.
Babar has been a prolific scorer for PakistanAAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistan never ceases to produce exciting young cricketers. Presently, the man who is garnering all the rave reviews, from the batting department, is Babar Azam. Boasting of an incredible record and scoring runs with stupendous consistency, Babar has even managed to stay ahead of the man he is compared with in terms of matches taken for reaching some of the key batting milestones.As the young Pakistani batsman enjoys a fruitful time with the English county Somerset in the ongoing T20 Blast, England’s premier T20 tournament, these comparisons are once again coming to the surface. But Azam has now spoken out and made it clear that he does not look upon them that favourably.The 24-year old gave an interview to cricket website PakPassion.net where he outrightly stated that being compared to someone is merely a matter of concern for the fans, not for him.”I don’t think there is or should be any comparison as we are different types of players. I just focus on my batting and working on my strengths and weaknesses and have no desire to be compared with any other cricketer.I’m sure I speak for most cricketers when I say comparisons are only for fans and the media and we cricketers don’t really crave any comparisons or want to be compared to any current or former players as that just creates endless pressure,” Babar asserted. Azam says he isn’t interested in comparisons with Virat KohliBCCI TwitterHe also made a categorical statement about not wanting to be compared to anyone. “As great as he is, I don’t want to be compared to Virat or any other cricketer, I just want to win matches for my country as that is my only aim.”When asked about the batsman he felt most impressed with during the World Cup, the Pakistani right-hander didn’t mention Kohli but the Player-of-the-Tournament Kane Williamson.”I really enjoy watching Kane Williamson bat, apart from when he is scoring runs against Pakistan. What impressed me most about Williamson is the way he paces his innings, the way he plays his shots so late, his calmness at the crease, his timing, the way he handles pressure and the way he leads from the front and absorbs responsibility. He’s just a fantastic role-model for any batsman and he is a batsman who I try to emulate.”One area where Azam has faced criticism is his lack of aggression, at times, in limited-overs game. He, however, seems content with his playing style and doesn’t put much value on his critics’ comments.”I don’t need to answer my critics regarding this. My statistics and performances speak for themselves. I am happy and satisfied with my performances for Pakistan to date and if people want to criticise, then they are free to do that…. Sometimes whatever you do is never good enough and you will receive criticism despite doing your best for your team,” Babar added.
Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) is likely to once again go tough with its arch enemy Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) after the verdicts in graft cases against its chairperson Khaleda Zia are pronounced.The ruling party insiders said the party would also start preparing for the 11th parliamentary elections after the verdict as the trial of the cases are at a final stage.AL senior leaders said they think Khaleda and her son Tarique Rahman, also the BNP senior vice chairman, would not be able to avoid conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and that’s why the party will remain softer towards BNP until the verdict.The ruling party has planned to resist any move of the BNP to take to the streets after the verdict.Party insiders said the AL wants by any means to ensure victory in the next general elections scheduled to be held late 2018.The party thinks that the trial of the two top leaders of its arch rival BNP -Khaleda and Tarique – will be completed before the elections and then it will concentrate on the elections.The ruling party thinks that although Khaleda would be able to file an appeal against the verdict if she is convicted, her son Tarique wouldn’t as he is a “fugitive” and it would do everything needed to make the verdict credible to all.AL leaders said the party has now taken up a strategy of giving its rival some space for political programmes, albeit on a small scale, to make people think that the politics is taking its own course and the law its own.“Khaleda’s case is totally different from politics. There is no scope to mix these two things together. The law takes it own course and none can interfere in the course of law,” AL presidium member Kazi Zafar Ullah told Prothom Alo.He said the BNP is preparing for joining the next polls. “This is positive. There is no alternative to it in politics.”Several leaders of the ruling party said the crisis over the 16th amendment annulment verdict and the resignation of the chief justice had put the ruling party in some sort of difficulty.In order to make people feel that the situation was normal, the party had avoided putting pressure on BNP and that’s why BNP could organise public gatherings during Khaleda’s visit to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and could organise a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan of the capital.Party insiders said the ruling party may not allow BNP to organise political programmes like a long march, road march or roadside rallies if it announces such programmes in future.A senior AL leader on condition of anonymity said Khaleda might be sent to jail for a brief period if she is convicted and then BNP would try to take to the streets.He said the government would get grounds to rein in BNP’s street agitation with a firm hand if BNP’s programmes turn violent.AL insiders said party chief Sheikh Hasina has engaged several agencies to survey her party’s popularity, with the next general elections in view. The outcome of some of the surveys is not positive.The surveys found the position of many ministers and MPs weak in their constituencies.In order to assess how the party would face the BNP against this backdrop, the party is weighing its strength at the grassroots.When contacted, Citizens’ for Good Governance (Shujan) secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar said he saw a positive change in political atmosphere.“But if you want to make this change sustainable, the mistrust and the lack of confidence between the two rival political parties over the next general elections must be removed fast,” he noted.He said if all the political parties reach a consensus on the next national polls, other issues will not matter.Former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been accused in five graft cases and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed all of the five cases during the military-backed emergency government from 2007 to 2008. All the cases are under trial now.Besides, Khaleda has been accused in several cases on charges of sabotage during the current and immediate-past AL governments.Of the cases, the trial of Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases is at final stage and Tarique Rahman is also accused in one of these two cases.Tarique is also accused in the 21 August grenade attack case which is also at a final stage.Besides, the High Court in 2016 cancelled the verdict of a trial court which acquitted Tarique of a money-laundering case and sentenced him to seven years in jail and fined him with Tk 200 million.The BNP senior vice chairman did not file any appeal against this verdict and he is absconding.An AL policymaker told Prothom Alo that it is almost certain that Tarique Rahman would not be able to take part in the next polls as he is convicted in graft cases.He said the Zia dynasty would fall in a trouble if Khaleda is convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases and if this can be projected among the people widely.He said there is little possibility of Khaleda being disqualified in the election as the election would be held before the completion of the final trial process in the higher court.The AL government is, however, planning to enact a law stipulating a provision that one will be disqualified only if he or she is convicted in the trial court.When contacted, Dhaka University’s former vice chancellor and political scientist Emajuddin Ahamed said in a parliamentary democracy, the parliament is dissolved before the general elections to pave the way for a level playing field for all and the trials of candidates are kept suspended.He said the cases against Khaleda were filed during the last military-propelled caretaker government. Such cases were filed against prime minister Sheikh Hasina at that time too, but those were withdrawn.“We can see a kind of message in Khaleda’s recent speeches that she wants to bring an end to the rivalry. If prime minister Sheikh Hasina too takes a liberal position, it will bring good to democratic atmosphere in the country,” noted the political scientist. *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmed
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A bird-like robot perches on a human hand. As shown in the video, the researchers performed flight tests starting with launching the robot by hand from a height of about 2.5 meters. During the 1.5-second-long flight, the robot’s speed decreases from 4.7 m/s to just under 2.5 m/s at the time of landing. As the robot glides to within a short distance of the hand target, it pitches up to a high angle of attack and then lands.As the engineers explain, the ability to hand perch represents a significant step toward designing flying robots capable of close interaction with humans. In the future, they plan to work on a go-around capability to accommodate failures during perching attempts.via: IEEE Spectrum Montage of snapshots taken from the video of a flight test showingperching on a hand. Image credit: A. Paranjape, et al. “We believe we have the first demonstration of autonomous/robotic flight of a bird-like micro aerial vehicle (MAV) perching on a human hand,” said project leader Soon-Jo Chung of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A paper on the demonstration is under review for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics.Hand perching involves two phases. First, the robot has to maneuver while gliding in order to reach the desired position, which it achieves by reorienting its articulated wings. Second, it has to “pitch up” right before landing to briefly climb and quickly reduce its touchdown speed. (Phys.org) — Among the many challenges of designing flying robots is getting them to land gracefully. By taking a cue from birds, a team of engineers has developed a flapping-wing flying robot that can land by perching on a human hand. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a robot bird (w/ video) © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further More information: A. Paranjape, J. Kim, and S.-J. Chung. “Closed-Loop Perching of Aerial Robots with Articulated Flapping Wings,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, under review, 2012. Pre-release paper here. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Bird-like robot perches on a human hand (w/ Video) (2012, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-bird-like-robot-perches-human-video.html