UK Election Conservatives Lose Majority

Rabat – After calling early elections, British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a major setback with her Conservative Party losing its overall majority in UK Parliament and plunging the country into political turmoil.As results were reported on Friday morning, no clear winner emerged resulting in a hung parliament. Although the conservatives won the most seats, 318, they were several seats short of the 326 seats necessary for a parliamentary majority. Their rival, the Labor party, won 261 seats.Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labor party, called for May to resign indicating that he wanted to form a minority government. He explained, “the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.” He added, “I would have though that’s enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all the people of this country.” Despite the blow to Conservatives, May intends to stay in power and will aim to form a minority government. A statement released by the prime minister’s office indicated that “The prime minister will be visiting Buckingham Palace at 12:30 today to seek permission from the queen to form a government.”May will likely look to the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland who won 10 seats as she tries to from a government. With their support, May would have 328 seats – just over the necessary majority. This is a huge loss, however, as in the last Parliament Conservatives controlled 330 seats.With Brexit negotiations set to begin 10 days, the political upset signaled more uncertainty to come and an increased risk that the negotiations would fail. Already the British pound plummeted compared to the dollar and the euro on Friday morning and with a hung parliament the pound could fall further.May called the snap election three years early hoping to win strong support for her party as Britain beings negotiations over its withdrawal from the European Union. The exit from the EU is the result of the 2016 ‘Brexit’ referendum that led to then-prime minister David Cameron’s resignation. read more

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As Sri Lanka moves closer to Iran Trump warns trading partners

During the recent talks, Sirisena highlighted the friendly and age-old relations between the two countries and underlined the grounds for further expansion of Tehran-Colombo cooperation in different fields, especially in the field of energy, and called for the strengthening of bilateral ties in international organizations. Some re-imposed sanctions took effect overnight and tougher ones relating to oil exports will begin in November.The European Union, which remains committed to the original agreement, has spoken out against the sanctions, vowing to protect firms doing “legitimate business” with Iran. (Colombo Gazette) However today Trump said that anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the United States.Trump issued the strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. As Sri Lanka looks to move closer to Iran, US President Donald Trump has issued a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had recently discussed regional and international issues in a meeting in Colombo. “There is no obstacle in the way of expanding ties between the two countries,” he had said. read more

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First direct verification of carbon dioxide successfully sequestered in underground rock

first_imgThe test involves injecting over 13,000 t of carbon dioxide into stacked unmineable coal seams at depths of 900 to 2,000 ft with the goal of storing carbon dioxide while simultaneously enhancing natural gas recovery. “Carbon sequestration in geologic formations is our best way to slow and reverse climate change,” said John M Pope, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of WellDog. “But understanding how, where and for how long sequestration occurs in rocks thousands of feet below ground is difficult.”“In this project the carbon dioxide flowed into the wellbore, but until we took direct downhole measurements in each coal seam, significant uncertainty persisted regarding which coal seams the carbon dioxide had sequestered,” explained Pope. “We are pleased that WellDog’s technical services and Carbon GeoCycle’s sequestration expertise were able to help Virginia Tech’s experts confirm that all of the coal seams took up carbon dioxide. This result represents an important step for sequestration efforts worldwide.”“Results from the test are very promising,” said Nino Ripepi, PhD, Associate Professor of mining and minerals engineering at Virginia Tech and a manager of the project. “We have shown that coal seams can safely store carbon dioxide while at the same time enhancing gas. This is one of the first steps toward commercialisation of these technologies.” WellDog, Virginia Tech and Carbon GeoCycle have announced that they have collaborated to deliver the world’s first successful direct verification of carbon dioxide sequestered in an underground rock. The verification, made using WellDog’s proprietary Reservoir Raman System, reveals that carbon dioxide injected over the last two years successfully flowed into all of the targeted coal seams. The $15.5 million sequestration project is located in Buchanan County, Virginia.  The project is funded by the US Department of Energy, Virginia Tech, and private industry.last_img read more

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