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    A Maritime Crypto Startup Turns Out To Be A Fundraising Platform For The North Korean Government It was touted as a blockchain-powered maritime investment project, but it has turned out to be yet another ingenious method of raising funds by the North Korean government. Known as Marine Chain, the startup claimed it would tokenize maritime vessels for their owners, but it has done anything but. According to a report by AI-powered […]

    The post A Maritime Crypto Startup Turns Out To Be A Fundraising Platform For The North Korean Government appeared first on NullTX. Reported by The Merkle 19 hours ago.

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    VONORE, Tenn., Oct. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MCBC Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCFT), a leading innovator, designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium recreational powerboats through its three wholly-owned subsidiaries, MasterCraft Boat Company, LLC (“MasterCraft”), NauticStar, LLC (“NauticStar”), and Crest Marine, LLC (“Crest”), today announced that Jaclyn Baumgarten, co-founder and CEO of Boatsetter, was appointed to its Board of Directors, effective October 23, 2018. The appointment will increase the size of the MCBC Holdings Board of Directors to eight members, seven of which are independent.“Jaclyn is an innovative leader who has disrupted the status quo in the marine industry, leading the charge to make boating more affordable and accessible to consumers,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MCBC Holdings. “Her experience and perspective as an innovator and change agent in the marine industry will make her an outstanding addition to our board.”

    *Background on Jaclyn Baumgarten*

    Mrs. Baumgarten is currently the co-founder and CEO of Boatsetter, the world's leading boat sharing platform with boats throughout the United States, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean. Prior to co-founding Boatsetter, Mrs. Baumgarten founded and was CEO of Cruzin Inc. (now merged with Boatsetter), where she led a team of marine and insurance industry leaders to create the insurance policy that paved the way for an entire boat sharing industry. Prior to this, Mrs. Baumgarten served as a Partner and COO at AH Global, a Director of Strategy at DaVita, a Development Manager at Westfield Group, a Consultant at IBM, and a Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mrs. Baumgarten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, cum laude, and has a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

    *About MCBC Holdings, Inc.*

    Headquartered in Vonore, Tenn., MCBC Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCFT) is a leading innovator, designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium recreational powerboats through its three wholly-owned subsidiaries, MasterCraft, NauticStar, and Crest. Through these three premium brands, MCBC Holdings has leading market share positions in three of the fastest growing segments of the powerboat industry – performance sport boats, outboard saltwater fishing and outboard pontoon boats. For more information about MCBC Holdings, visit: Investors.MasterCraft.com, www.MasterCraft.com, www.NauticStarBoats.com, and www.CrestPontoonBoats.com.

    *IR Contacts:*
    George Steinbarger
    VP, Business Development
    (423) 884-7141
    George.Steinbarger@mastercraft.com

    Matt Sullivan
    (612) 455-1709
    Matt.Sullivan@padillaco.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 19 hours ago.

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    KEMP, Texas, Oct. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting and equipment sector, announced the release of a forklift traffic sign with a Class I rated LED strobe light and motion sensor. This traffic sign measures 24 inches by 24 inches and is offered in 120V, 220V or 240V AC. LED light color choices include green, amber, red, white or blue.The IND-FKLT-WS-24.24-MS is a durable traffic sign that offers illuminated safety for forklift operators in commercial and industrial settings. The yellow and black sign features reflective material for ample visibility when viewed from various angles. The LED beacon features 30 different flash patterns, which include four simulated rotating patterns and includes a motion sensor. The motion sensor is activated when motion or movement is detected and has a minimum sensing range of 25 feet with the ability to adjust the sensitivity according to the application.

    This LED beacon traffic sign has a black powder-coated die cast base with a fully potted circuit board. The LED assembly is protected by a clear polycarbonate lens with a waterproof and shock resistant housing. Ideal applications for this traffic sign include industrial facilities, delivery bays, warehouses, high-activity locations and areas where forklifts are in operation.

    “The purpose of this traffic sign is to enhance the safety of forklift operators and workers in busy industrial environments,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics LLC. “The reflective sign and motion detecting strobing beacon efficiently notify pedestrians of ongoing forklift operations and notify forklift drivers of nearby workers.”

    *About Larson Electronics LLC: *Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.

    *For further information, please contact:*
    Rob Bresnahan, *President and CEO
    *Toll-free: 1-888-351-2363
    Int'l: 214-616-6180
    Fax: 903-498-3364
    E-mail: sales@larsonelectronics.comPhotos accompanying this announcement are available at

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    http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/7074f28f-e829-4cae-962f-e3d6f383dec0 Reported by GlobeNewswire 19 hours ago.

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    HOUSTON, Oct. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Buckeye Partners, L.P. (“Buckeye”) (NYSE: BPL) is scheduled to release its 2018 third quarter earnings on November 2, 2018.  Interested parties are invited to listen to the conference call on the 2018 third quarter financial results.When: November 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
       
    How: On the internet at https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/dqwz6nkn or by dialing
    *877-870-9226 *and entering the access code *9187535*.
       
    Replays: Will be available through December 2, 2018 on the internet at
    https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/dqwz6nkn or by dialing *800-585-8367 *and
    entering the access code *9187535*. 

    *
    About Buckeye Partners, L.P.*

    Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BPL) is a publicly traded master limited partnership which owns and operates, or owns a significant interest in, a diversified global network of integrated assets providing midstream logistic solutions, primarily consisting of the transportation, storage, processing and marketing of liquid petroleum products.  Buckeye is one of the largest independent liquid petroleum products pipeline operators in the United States in terms of volumes delivered, with approximately 6,000 miles of pipeline.  Buckeye also uses its service expertise to operate and/or maintain third-party pipelines and perform certain engineering and construction services for its customers.  Buckeye’s global terminal network, including through its interest in VTTI B.V. (“VTTI”), comprises more than 135 liquid petroleum products terminals with aggregate tank capacity of over 178 million barrels across our portfolio of pipelines, inland terminals and marine terminals located primarily in the East Coast, Midwest and Gulf Coast regions of the United States as well as in the Caribbean, Northwest Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  Buckeye’s global network of marine terminals enables it to facilitate global flows of crude oil and refined petroleum products, offering its customers connectivity between supply areas and market centers through some of the world’s most important bulk liquid storage and blending hubs.  Buckeye’s flagship marine terminal in The Bahamas, Buckeye Bahamas Hub, is one of the largest marine crude oil and refined petroleum products storage facilities in the world and provides an array of logistics and blending services for the global flow of petroleum products.  Buckeye’s Gulf Coast regional hub, Buckeye Texas Partners, offers world-class marine terminalling, storage and processing capabilities.  Through its 50% equity interest in VTTI, Buckeye’s global terminal network offers premier storage and marine terminalling services for petroleum product logistics in key international energy hubs.  Buckeye is also a wholesale distributor of refined petroleum products in certain areas served by its pipelines and terminals.  More information concerning Buckeye can be found at www.buckeye.com.

    Contact: Kevin J. Goodwin
    * * Vice President and Treasurer
    * * irelations@buckeye.com
    * * (800) 422-2825

      Reported by GlobeNewswire 18 hours ago.

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    A sea lion being treated for gunshots to the head has died at the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Reported by CTV News 14 hours ago.

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    A Florida man with a decades-long criminal record was arrested and charged Friday with mailing at least 13 packages containing explosive devices to critics of President Donald Trump, authorities said.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Fla., was being charged with five federal crimes, including illegally mailing explosive devices and threatening government officials. He added that Sayoc faced up to 48 years in prison if found guilty.

    ​The crude pipe bombs were addressed in recent days to former President Barack Obama as well as other high-profile Democrats, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. attorney general, two Democratic members of Congress and former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray, speaking at the same news conference, said 13 IEDs were sent in the packages, and each mailing included 6 inches of PVC pipe, a small clock and potentially explosive material.

    “These are not hoax devices,” Wray said, noting that none of the bombs exploded. Authorities told The Associated Press the devices were not rigged to explode when the packages were opened, but they said they were not sure whether that was because the devices were poorly made or were not intended to harm.

    Wray added that authorities believed other bombs might still be found.

    Wray said a fingerprint found on one of the packages led investigators to Sayoc. He said possible DNA evidence was found on another package.

    Sayoc was previously known to law enforcement officials and has been arrested nearly a dozen times in Florida, including a 2002 arrest for making a bomb threat. His first arrest in the state was at age 29 for larceny. Other charges against him have included grand theft, fraud and illegal possession of steroids.

    Sayoc’s arrest Friday in Plantation, Fla., about 30 miles north of Miami, ended a nearly weeklong stretch of terror in which at least one bomb was found each day.

    Officers also hauled away Sayoc’s white van — its windows plastered with pro-Trump stickers, American flags, and images of Democratic figures with red cross hairs over their faces.

    His arrest came just hours after the Federal Bureau of Investigation intercepted two more suspicious packages, one addressed to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, the other to former National Intelligence Director James Clapper. And even as Sayoc was being detained, officials with Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California said investigators were looking at a package sent to her office.

    Clapper said Friday on CNN that he was not surprised he had been targeted and that the incidents were “serious.”

    President Donald Trump spoke at an event at the White House on Friday and vowed that those responsible for mailing suspicious packages would be prosecuted to the “fullest extent of the law.”

    “These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country,” Trump told the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House. “We must never allow political violence to take root in America.”

    In a tweet earlier Friday, however, he referred to the investigation as “this ‘bomb’ stuff,” which he blamed for taking focus away from the upcoming midterm elections. He also complained that his critics were blaming him for heated political rhetoric.

    The weeklong bomb scare began Monday, when the first bomb was found at the suburban New York compound of billionaire George Soros, a major contributor to Democratic candidates and causes. He has often criticized Trump.

    In the following days, packages containing pipe bombs were intercepted for Clinton, Obama, and later were found addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters.

    Federal investigators searched a massive mail sorting facility in Florida late Thursday, after determining that at least one of the pipe bombs had been processed there.

    All of the “suspected explosive devices” were taken to the FBI’s laboratory at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., said New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill. Reported by Eurasia Review 12 hours ago.

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    State officials Friday deployed the latest round of concrete and piping materials from the old Tappan Zee Bridge into the artificial Fire Island Reef to provide shelter for fish and other marine life. Reported by Newsday 12 hours ago.

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    The case involving the disappearance of *Mumbai-based lingerie businessman Harshad Thakkar* just got more complicated after the DNA samples – one of Thakkar’s mother and the other of an unidentified body that was found in Marine Drive did not match.

    The forensic science laboratory (FSL) has now asked the police to get DNA samples from the male members for the family to establish if the unidentified body is indeed Thakkar’s.

    The FSL has said that the complexities and technicalities to establish the identity of an unidentified individual is always a challenge. “While the process to check the DNA samples is different for both genders, we shall send one more report to the police in a week’s time after we examine the new samples. We conducting ancestry tests to check for any biological link between the family members and the corpse,” said a forensic officer.

    Thakkar, who has been missing from his Dadar shop since the beginning of October, left four letters to different people citing the decline of the rupee and the falling stock market that had affected his company was the reason behind his disappearance.

    The family filed a missing person’s complaint at the Dadar police station, but even though the search has been intensified there are no whereabouts or leads. Meanwhile, CCTV footage is being scrutinized and CDR data is being trailed, the police said.

    Earlier, employees and top authorities of Ashapura Intimates Pvt Ltd, chairman and managing director of the firm Harshad Thakkar who has been missing for more than three weeks had pooled his own money to save the prices of the shares after the share market crashed late last month. For the same, Thakkar had mortgaged his house and other properties to save the share prices from being completely devastated.

     

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    The Trump administration unlawfully withdrew a plan to limit the number of whales, turtles and other marine creatures permitted to be inadvertently killed or harmed by drift gillnets used to catch swordfish off California, a federal judge has ruled. Reported by Reuters India 8 hours ago.

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    'It's like playing whack-a-mole': A string of recent revelations paints a stark picture of Russia's ongoing campaign to meddle in the 2018 midterms· US government agencies and social media companies are taking a proactive role in combatting Russian disinformation and cyberattacks ahead of the November midterms.
    · But a string of recent revelations indicates that, if anything, Russia and other foreign actors are using more sophisticated methods to poke at the weak links in an already explosive US political environment.
    · One cybersecurity expert described the process as playing whack-a-mole.
    · "You whack that mole and he pops his head up somewhere else," he said. "You can never sit back and think you've got the adversary figured out, because you don't."

    The first sign of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election came in September 2015, when the FBI noticed that Russian hackers had infiltrated a computer system belonging to the Democratic National Committee.

    Three years later, further reporting and testimony from current and former intelligence officials have painted a portrait of Russia's 2016 election interference as a multifaceted, well-planned, and coordinated campaign aimed at undermining the backbone of American democracy: free and fair elections.

    Lawmakers and government officials have since said that they have taken steps to combat malicious activity from foreign actors, particularly as the 2018 midterms come around the corner.

    But a string of recent revelations indicates that, if anything, the US's adversaries are using more sophisticated methods to continue to poke and prod at the weak links in an already explosive domestic political environment.

    *Facebook and Twitter take center stage*

    In July, Facebook announced that it had discovered and shut down 32 phony pages and profiles that were created between March 2017 and May 2018.

    The social media giant said the accounts, many of which lawmakers and experts linked to Russia, reached 290,000 users with ads, events, and posts about politically divisive issues like feminism, race, and fascism.

    Facebook said one of the most popular pages it shut down was tied to the Internet Research Agency, the notorious Russian troll farm that the special counsel Robert Mueller charged with conspiring to interfere in the 2016 election by mounting a social media disinformation campaign to stoke political tensions.

    One month later, Facebook announced it had removed an additional 652 fake accounts and pages that it said were used to influence politics in the US, UK, Middle East, and Latin America. Most of the pages, the company said, were linked to Russia and Iran.

    Last week, Twitter joined the fray when it released a massive trove of 10 million tweets it said were tied to foreign influence operations it discovered on its platform since 2016. The disclosure included information about 3,841 accounts the company believes are linked to the IRA, and 770 accounts it says originated in Iran.

    Facebook and Twitter made up a key facet of Russia's disinformation campaign during the 2016 campaign season.

    Last year, Facebook sent shockwaves through the political sphere when it revealed it had shuttered nearly 500 pages tied to the IRA, which was also accused of buying targeted political ads that approximately 10 million users saw.

    Two months later, Twitter revealed to Congress that Russia-linked accounts on its platform "generated approximately 1.4 million automated, election-related tweets, which collectively received approximately 288 million impressions" from September 1 to November 15 of last year.

    Both Facebook and Twitter drew criticism following the 2016 election for what critics said was an unwillingness to monitor and root out fake accounts.

    The companies' disclosures about state-backed influence campaigns on their platforms in the months leading up to the midterms appear to be an attempt at addressing those concerns, and cybersecurity experts say the move is a step in the right direction.

    "What we're seeing is a concerted effort to sound the alarm about a coordinated campaign at the highest levels of the Russian government to interfere in our 2018 midterms," said John Carlin, the former assistant attorney general for national security and the chair of Morrison & Foerster's Global Risk and Crisis Management group.

    Jeff Bardin, the CIO of the cybersecurity firm Treadstone 71 and a former member of the US Army and Air Force intelligence community, said Facebook and Twitter made the right call in publicly announcing influence operations on their platforms.

    "I think they should have done it earlier, but better late than never," he added.

    *From Cold War to code war*

    Lawmakers and experts say that as Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies take a more proactive role in rooting out influence operations, foreign actors have also begun using more sophisticated methods to cover their tracks.

    On Facebook, for instance, some Russia-linked accounts used third parties to buy ads on their behalf and didn't use Russian internet protocol addresses or pay with Russian currency.

    The company also said the phony accounts shifted their attention to more heavily promoting events and rallies, which Facebook doesn't monitor as closely as politically targeted ads.

    Larry Johnson, the CEO of CyberSponse and a 24-year veteran of the US Secret Service, described the process of countering Russia's activities as playing whack-a-mole.

    "You whack that mole and he pops his head up somewhere else," Johnson said. "So it's all about continuously being vigilant and building walls. You can never sit back and think you've got the adversary figured out, because you don't."

    Bardin echoed that view.

    "Politics is a reflex for a lot of people," he said. "It's all emotion and feeling and thought without evidence, and the Russians love that. They know people are going to go with what makes them feel good — the comfortable lie instead of the inconvenient truth — and their specialty is tapping into that."

    Carlin, who previously served as Mueller's chief of staff at the FBI, compared the Russians' use of information warfare to a modern-day "code war."

    "It's not like traditional warfare," he said. "There's this low-intensity conflict happening day in and day out affecting companies or individuals or, in this case, our democracy. And like the Cold War, in the code war, the leader of the free world has to take charge."

    "He has to recognize that this is not an attack on one person or party, but on us as Americans," he added.

    *Déjà vu*

    Social media isn't the only avenue Russia and other foreign actors are using to meddle in the upcoming midterms.

    Earlier this month, NBC News reported that the US Department of Homeland Security said it has identified an increasing number of attempted cyber attacks on US election infrastructure ahead of the November elections, and is working to figure out who or what is behind them.

    The disclosure is reminiscent of the revelation last year that election systems in as many as 39 states could have been attacked during the 2016 election, though voting tallies are not believed to have been altered or manipulated in any way.

    The news was bolstered by a leaked NSA document published by The Intercept detailing how hackers connected to Russian military intelligence had attempted to breach US voting systems days before the election.

    This month, the department's Cyber Mission Center said in an intelligence assessment obtained by NBC News that it is "aware of a growing volume of cyber activity targeting election infrastructure in 2018."

    "Numerous actors are regularly targeting election infrastructure, likely for different purposes, including to cause disruptive effects, steal sensitive data, and undermine confidence in the election," the assessment continued, adding that while the federal government does not yet know who is behind the attacks, all of them were either prevented or mitigated.

    Both Russia and China are actively working to influence the US political atmosphere, the assessment reportedly said, by spreading disinformation with hackers posing as Americans and through more conventional propaganda efforts.

    "The Russians see that they had a lot of success with the 2016 election cycle and what it did to American political discourse and how it took over our news cycles," said David Kennedy, the CEO of the cybersecurity firm TrustedSec and a former hacker for the National Security Agency and the Marine Corps.

    "So obviously now we're going to see more mentions of them in news cycles, but they don't slow down in between elections," he said. "It's a concerted effort, a concerted campaign, focused on causing as much disruption as they can for anything that's happening."

    *'Russia is accelerating its campaign and this isn't the last — or worst — we'll see of it'*

    Experts say that despite President Donald Trump's apparent reluctance to publicly condemn Russia and other foreign actors for their meddling, they're encouraged that the rest of the US government has been aggressive in identifying and publicly prosecuting foreign agents.

    Mueller has so far charged 25 Russian nationals and three Russian entities as part of his investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

    And on September 25, the DOJ announced a new policy on the disclosure of foreign influence operations.

    The updated guidelines say the DOJ will "investigate, disrupt, and prosecute the perpetrators of illegal foreign influence activities where feasible," and that it will alert "victims and unwitting targets" of such activities whenever possible.

    The guidelines also say that while investigative or operational considerations may sometimes bar the DOJ from disclosing foreign influence operations, "public exposure and attribution of foreign influence operations can be an important means of countering the threat and rendering those operations less effective."

    Three days after the new policy was announced, the DOJ indicted a Russian woman working for a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin with conspiring to meddle in the 2018 midterms. The charging document was made public last week.

    Prosecutors said the disinformation campaign the woman, Elena Khusyaynova, was involved in created thousands of email and social-media accounts to conduct "information warfare against the United States."

    The same day prosecutors announced Khusyaynova's indictment, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned in a joint statement with the DOJ, the FBI, and the DHS that Russia and other actors like China and Iran were conducting "ongoing campaigns" that were designed to "undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public sentiment and government policies" and could include meddling in the midterms and even the 2020 election.

    Prosecutors say the operation Khusyaynova was involved in, "Project Lakhta," had a budget of more than $35 million and "continues to this day."

    Kennedy said tracing malicious activity back to specific individuals and naming them in indictments helps the US because it leads to political backlash.

    "One thing we haven't really done a good job on is the cyber front," he said. "We've been going after the money flow and applying political and economic pressure in the hopes that it would slow them down. But we haven't seen that yet. If anything, Russia is accelerating its campaign and this isn't the last — or worst — we'll see of it."

    Carlin agreed.

    "What we've already seen is that this is of pretty enormous scope," he said of Russia's operation. "I don't think we've ever seen anything like it."

    *SEE ALSO: The DOJ has charged a Russian woman working for a close Putin ally with conspiring to interfere in the 2018 midterms*

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    Silicon Valley’s largest accelerator is looking for carbon-sucking technologies — including one that could become ‘the largest infrastructure project ever’· Most scientists agree that we'll need to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
    · This week, Silicon Valley's largest startup accelerator, Y Combinator, put out a request for startups working on high-tech ways to remove CO2 from the air. 
    · A recent report National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests the US government should immediately invest in "negative-emissions technologies" as well.

    For decades, scientists told us that the way to avoid a bleak future full of heat waves, intensely strong storms, and widespread coastal flooding was fairly straight-forward: stop putting so much heat-trapping gas into the atmosphere. 

    That could be done by making our cars, buildings, and factories more energy efficient and switching from fossil fuels to renewable power sources like wind and solar. 

    Not anymore. We waited too long, and now it's too late — we're putting so much heat-trapping gas into the atmosphere that emissions cuts won't be enough. Keeping the Earth's temperature from rising beyond the threshold that scientists consider safe (something we're on track to do within 20 years) now requires sucking out some of the carbon dioxide that we've put into the air. 

    That’s the conclusion of a recent landmark report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of thousands of scientists from around the world. And it means that whoever figures out how to scrub CO2 quickly and cheaply stands to make a lot of money.

    That reality has caught the attention of the largest startup accelerator in Silicon Valley.

    Earlier this week, Y Combinator, which has backed companies like Airbnb and Reddit, put out a request for startups working on technology that can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    "It's time to invest and avidly pursue a new wave of technological solutions to this problem — including those that are risky, unproven, even unlikely to work," Y Combinator’s website says. 

    Y Combinator is looking for startups working on four approaches that they acknowledge "straddle the border between very difficult to science fiction"— genetically engineering phytoplankton to turn CO2 into a storage-ready form of carbon, speeding up a natural process in which rocks react with CO2, creating cell-free enzymes that can process carbon, and flooding Earth’s deserts to create oases.

    Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, acknowledged that these ideas are "moonshots," but said that he wants to take an expansive approach to the issue.

    *A plan to build the 'largest infrastructure project ever undertaken'*

    Y Combinator’s requests are far more futuristic and unrealized than the current leading methods of capturing carbon from the air. 

    Perhaps the most realistic of its four technology ideas is what the accelerator calls "electro-geo-chemistry." The idea is for engineers to speed up the rate at which certain types of rocks naturally bind and react with CO2. (The approach is also sometimes called carbon mineralization or mineral weathering.)

    Another idea involves modifying the genes of microscopic marine plants called phytoplankton in a way that makes them able to convert CO2 into a stable, sequestered form of carbon through photosynthesis. Those CO2-capturing organisms could then be spread throughout the oceans (assuming conditions were favorable enough for them to survive), and the byproduct they make would sink to the ocean floor.

    A third idea involves enzymes: tiny proteins in cells that act as catalysts, accelerating chemical reactions that convert one type of molecule into another. Some enzymes can, for example, take carbon dioxide and turn it into other useful organic compounds. Y Combinator's idea is to create enzyme systems that can turn carbon into useful byproducts without having to be inside a living organism's cells. 

    Finally, Y Combinator is calling on startups that could create millions of small oases in Earth's deserts, each about 1 square kilometer in size. Those waters could house CO2-sucking phytoplankton. The oases would also serve as freshwater for nearby humans and habitats for plants and trees that could take in CO2.

    "Creating 4.5 million oases that are 1 km2 would allow us to sequester more than current global emissions (41+ gigatonnes of CO2 per year), while only requiring the equivalent of half the landmass of the Sahara desert," Y Combinator's request says. (Half the land of the Sahara is about 1.7 million square miles.)

    But it also acknowledges that "this would be the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken."

    All of these concepts are still just that: hypothetical ideas. None have been robustly tested outside a lab, and there few (if any) companies working on them publicly.

    "These ideas press on the limit of what's possible, and we're not sure which side of that line they're on," Y Combinator's request says.

    *Embracing negative-emissions technologies*

    But Y Combinator might be onto something. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) published a report this week on so-called “negative-emissions technologies.” The authors found that simple, existing carbon-removal strategies (like reforesting cleared land) could never capture enough carbon to stop Earth's temperature from rising. 

    In the past, some environmentalists have been hesitant to fully support more high-tech carbon-capture technologies, since they’re expensive solutions that don’t yet exist at the scale necessary to make a difference. Plus, some critics have suggested that negative-emissions technologies could serve a justification for continuing to emit the greenhouse gases that got us into this situation in the first place.

    But given the IPCC’s recent evaluation, it’s becoming clear that both emissions cuts and carbon-sucking technologies are now essential. And that need has energized the tech sector like few green-tech opportunities have before, according to Kate Gordon, a fellow at Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy.

    "The tech community is actually excited about this space, and particularly excited about the cool ways people are taking carbon and turning it into products," Gordon told Business Insider. "We didn't see that kind of interest in the tech sector for a long time, except for EVs [electric vehicles], I would say. It's sort of similar to that kind of commitment."

    *But government investment is still crucial*

    There are quite a few private companies already working on carbon-capture technology, though not on any of the approaches that Y Combinator is proposing. In Switzerland, Climeworks has developed a technology that draws air into a plant, then captures the CO2 via a filter. And in Canada, Carbon Engineering has a facility that captures carbon dioxide from the air; the company also focuses on recycling that CO2 into liquid transportation fuel. 

    But the NAS report says that in order to develop negative-emissions technologies fast enough and make them cost-effective, the US federal government has to invest immediately. 

    "When you see commercial clean-energy technologies that have been deployed pretty broadly, like solar and wind, government has been a part of it since early stage [research and development] all the way through demonstration,"  Erin Burns, a senior policy advisor at the think tank Third Way, told Business Insider. "I don't think that's different for a technology like direct air capture."

    "The private sector does look to the federal government for certain signals, and I think they have a really important role to play," Burns said. 

    Beyond helping to stabilize the climate and prevent future disasters, the NAS report says, investing in these technologies would help the US economically, since there will be even greater need for carbon capture in the future. The first countries and companies to develop scalable, cost-effective carbon-removal technology will benefit as demand for that intellectual property rises.

    "This is where markets are going. This is the new set of technologies that people are starting to pay attention to," Gordon said. "Otherwise we'll be buying it from somebody else, because someone's going to do it."

    That is likely part of Y Combinator's motivation for requesting startups that are working on these ideas. The accelerator said it's also open to funding non-profit research as part of its approach. 

    "This is a big, ambitious, problem area, and we're looking forward to meeting the founders, scientists, philanthropists, and many others who are taking it on head first," Y Combinator's request says.

    *SEE ALSO: We’re altering the climate so severely that we’ll soon face apocalyptic repercussions. Sucking carbon dioxide out of the air could save us.*

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    KEMP, Texas, Oct. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting and equipment sector, announced the release of an explosion proof contactor designed for secure connections to circuits and motors in ATEX-rated, flammable and combustible sites. This 35-amp, three-pole unit is compatible with 240V AC 50/60Hz and has a choice of a NO or NC configuration.  The EXP-CTR-3P-35A-240V-2X0.75NS is a durable explosion proof contactor featuring two 3/4" NPT hubs for the north and south sides of the unit – one for each side. Larson Electronics’ powerful explosion proof contactor is made of copper-free aluminum with an electrostatically applied powder epoxy/polyester finish.

    The explosion proof contactor is rated NEMA Type 3, 4, 4X, 7 (B, D, D) and 9 (E, F, G) and is designed to withstand harsh environments and operating conditions. Ideal applications include hazardous locations, HVAC systems, industrial motors, compressors, chemical processing, welding, heating equipment, manufacturing sites and more. The EXP-CTR-3P-35A-240V-2X0.75NS is listed for the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

    “This contactor allows safe electrical connections in flammable environments,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics LLC. “Operators can choose between a normally open or normally closed configuration depending on the logistics of the couplings’ application.”

    *About Larson Electronics LLC: *Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.

    *For further information, please contact:*
    Rob Bresnahan, *President and CEO
    *Toll-free: 1-888-351-2363
    Int'l: 214-616-6180
    Fax: 903-498-3364
    E-mail: sales@larsonelectronics.comA photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/25120f2b-16f6-489b-a4d5-c32862d127cb Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 day ago.

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    KEMP, Texas, Oct. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial and recreational lighting sector, announced the release of a 25-watt red LED handheld hunting spotlight. This spotlight produces 2,250 lumens of sharp red light while drawing on 2.09 amps from a 12-volt electrical source. Each 5-watt LED produces 450 lumens and is combined with high-purity optics producing a narrow 5˚ spread spot beam. This LED light has a 50,000-hour lifespan and has 12V DC or 24V DC vehicle compatibility.The HUL-LEDWL-25W-RED is a powerful red LED spotlight for hunters and outdoorsmen who need a reliable and durable source of red LED illumination. The narrow spot beam offers an intense beam visible during day and night operations. The red LED can pierce through dust more efficiently than other colors and offers higher visibility.

    This unit is compact at just 11 inches tall by 3.92 inches wide and 3.36 inches deep, and weighs only 2.2 lbs. This is perfect for outdoorsmen who carry a lot of other equipment. The housing of the spotlight is constructed of aluminum and is impact and vibration resistant. IP67 rated this LED light is waterproof up to 1 meter. The light head and lens assembly measures 3.91 inches wide by 2.36 inches deep. The LEDs are protected by an unbreakable polycarbonate lens which is resistant to dust, dirt and humidity. This unit can also operate in temperatures of -40˚C to 80˚C.

    This hunting spotlight offers great flexibility and beam adjustment via an adjustable hinge light head mount. The hinge allows users to vertically adjust the LED lamp head. Additionally, this spotlight features a 5-inch ergonomic handle that contours to the natural shape of the hand, making this light extremely comfortable to hold for long period of time – great for hunting, fishing and other outdoor applications.

    The HUL-LEDWL-25W-RED is equipped with a detachable 16-foot coil cord cigarette plug and is detached via a weatherproof, two-pin Deutsch connecter. Additional cords are available. Ideal applications include use by hunters, sportsmen, outdoor operators and anyone needing a powerful and portable spotlight.

    *About Larson Electronics LLC: *Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.

    *For further information, please contact:*
    Rob Bresnahan, *President and CEO
    *Toll-free: 1-888-351-2363
    Int'l: 214-616-6180
    Fax: 903-498-3364
    E-mail: sales@larsonelectronics.com

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0daf6d22-39eb-40d8-b088-7bd48524ed99 Reported by GlobeNewswire 19 hours ago.

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    MIRAMAR, Fla., Oct. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is partnering with Honor Flight South Florida to serve as the organization’s official airline in 2019. In the next year, Spirit will charter four Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. Approximately 340 total veterans will visit the memorials honoring their service and sacrifice to their country, all at no charge to those revered veterans.Honor Flight South Florida helps transport our nation’s oldest veterans, who served in WWII, as well as the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam.  These heroes are given a chance to visit their memorials and feel the gratitude of their country. During the trips, the veterans meet members of Congress, veteran officials and take special trips to Arlington National Cemetery, WWII Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Marine Corps War Memorial.

    Spirit has long supported the nation’s military and veterans while keeping their fares as low as possible. Spirit offers free bags for active duty military service members and has partnered with Honor Flight South Florida for several flights in the past. Each year, the airline also provides hundreds of free flights to wounded warriors and their families.

    “We are proud to work with Honor Flight South Florida to support these dedicated veterans’ trips,” said Ted Christie, Spirit Airlines’ President. “They have done so much for our country and deserve the opportunity to visit the memorials and experience the impact their sacrifices still have on the lives of all Americans.”

    “This new partnership with Spirit will permit Honor Flight South Florida to reach out to far more of South Florida’s oldest veterans to give them what many refer to as one of the best days of their lives,” said HFSF Chairman Rick Asper.  “The generous support of Spirit Airlines, South Florida’s own hometown air carrier, is unique in the nation for the Honor Flight family. On behalf of these veteran heroes we thank Spirit.”

    About Honor Flight South Florida:
    Honor Flight South Florida, Inc., is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity, dedicated to honoring our nation’s veterans, oldest first, from Boca Raton to Key West, for what they did for all of us 50 to 75 years ago.

    About Spirit Airlines:
    Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky while providing an extraordinary Guest experience. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call À La Smarte. We make it possible for our Guests to venture farther, travel more often, and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet^® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We operate more than 500 daily flights to 69 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to improving and giving back to the communities we serve. Come save with us at spirit.com. At Spirit Airlines, we go. We go for you.

    CONTACT: Contact:
    Derek Dombrowski           
    (305) 916-6065
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    KEMP, Texas, Oct. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a leader in the industrial lighting industry, announced the release of a no-drill magnetic steel mounting plate designed for the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado model pickup trucks. This sturdy, yet lightweight mounting plate can accommodate up to 20 pounds of weight and has a surface size of 24 inches by 8 inches.The MMP-GM-CC-2019 is a durable mounting plate made for any type of light with a magnetic base, that requires absolutely no drilling to install. This mount has a weatherproof seal on the back side for dry, secure installation and protection against scrapes to the truck’s body. This powder-coated plate features a windload that is fine for highway speeds.

    The mounting plate is designed only for trucks with incandescent third brake lights. The plate is installed through the third brake light between the body of the truck’s cab and the light itself. This magnetic light mounting plate is ideal for spotlights, strobes, beacons, hunting spotlights, signal lights, security lights and warning lights that sit on top of the truck. Customers with reverse cameras in the third brake light can still utilize the MMP-GM-CC-2019 by choosing the camera configuration option when purchasing.

    “*This Chevrolet Colorado *magnetic no-drill mounting plate gives operators the ability to install and remove the mount with no damage to their vehicle,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics LLC. “Utility workers who need a temporary light source on their trucks will find this mounting plate convenient and easy to use.”

    *About Larson Electronics LLC: *Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.

    *For further information, please contact:*
    Rob Bresnahan, *President and CEO
    *Toll-free: 1-888-351-2363
    Int'l: 214-616-6180
    Fax: 903-498-3364
    E-mail: sales@larsonelectronics.comA photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/689088f1-96fc-400c-a8ea-4322f298b176 Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 day ago.

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    KEMP, Texas, Oct. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting sector, announced the release of an 18-watt surface mount explosion proof fluorescent light fixture. This light fixture is US/Canada UL approved Class I Division 1 and Class II Division 1 & 2 for hazardous locations and has a T6 temperature rating approved for paint spray booths.The EPL-48-1L-INTL-36WT8 is a four-foot long explosion proof fluorescent light fixture that comes standard with one, 18-watt T8 fluorescent bulb producing 3,350 lumens with a 4,100k. A heat and impact resistant Pyrex tube protects the lamp inside the copper-free aluminum alloy fixture. The reflectors on this light are made of heavy gauge aluminum to resist corrosion. This fixture is IP67 waterproof and meets UL 595 and UL 1598 Marine Type standards. This fixture can be suspended from a rigid pipe by the 1/2" NPT junction box on one end of the fixture and the 1/2" NPT adjustable L-bracket on the other end.

    This explosion proof fluorescent light fixture is multi-voltage capable and comes in a standard configuration with bracket end mounting, each bracket cinched to the bracket mounting peg on both sides of the light. The brackets themselves are mounted with a single bolt hole at the bracket’s top. A pendant mount for suspension from the ceiling is offered as an alternative option. Ideal applications include industrial facilities, hazardous locations, offshore refineries, marine locations, work space lighting, garage and warehouse lighting, indoor and outdoor spaces, ship yards, docks and anywhere a fixture with high output is needed.

    *About Larson Electronics LLC: *Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.

    *For further information, please contact:*
    Rob Bresnahan, *President and CEO 
    *Toll-free: 1-888-351-2363
    Int'l: 214-616-6180
    Fax: 903-498-3364
    E-mail: sales@larsonelectronics.com

    Photos accompanying this announcement are available at
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    Project on-track for Final Investment Decision in Late 2018

    Houston, Texas, USA, Oct. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

    The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) for Texas LNG’s proposed 2 train, 4 million tonnes per annum (“MTA”) LNG export facility located in the Port of Brownsville, Texas. The DEIS has been issued in accordance with the anticipated dates listed in the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review (“SER”) received in August 2018.

    The DEIS is another milestone in the journey towards Final Investment Decision (“FID”) on the first 2 MTA phase of the Texas LNG project, anticipated in late 2019. The DEIS further de-risks the project and adds confidence to the dates of remaining milestones in the permitting process, including receipt of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (“FEIS”) by March 15, 2019 and the June 13, 2019 Federal Authorization Decision Deadline.

    Vivek Chandra, Founder & CEO of Texas LNG said, “We are very pleased with the DEIS report conclusions, and appreciate the hard work and effort involved in the generation and compilation of the DEIS, especially from FERC and all the supporting agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Federal Aviation Administration, and others that have been involved in the process. Texas LNG also appreciates the continued support of its technical and permitting partners, including Samsung Engineering, KBR, Braemar Technical Services, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), K&L Gates, Greenberg Traurig, Hunton Andrews Kurth, and Royston Rayzor.”

    Langtry Meyer, Founder & COO of Texas LNG stated, “Texas LNG is committed to show how our project protects the environment and generates significant benefits for the local community and the Port of Brownsville. This project will bring jobs and investment to Cameron County and deliver clean, safe, abundant Texas natural gas energy to the world.”

    Texas LNG's differentiated strategy of realistic size, low overhead and cost structure, access to low cost Permian feed gas, and transparent tolling structure continues to resonate with LNG customers, investors, and project partners.

    The 800 page, two-volume FERC DEIS can be downloaded through the following link: http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20181026-3000 or via the Texas LNG website: http://www.txlng.com/theproject/regulatory-updates.html*About Texas LNG*

    Texas LNG is an independent, Houston-based LNG export company focused on high value and low risk. Texas LNG introduces to the market low capital and costs, minimal pipeline expenditures, low operating costs, maximum contractual flexibility, and proven liquefaction technology.  Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd. is a minority equity owner in Texas LNG and strategic partner responsible for engineering, construction, and procurement. 

    The high value, low risk Texas LNG export facility will be constructed in South Texas on a 625-acre site strategically located on the Port of Brownsville's deepwater ship channel near plentiful natural gas supplies and pipelines. The facility will enable the export of 4 million tonnes per annum (MTA) of LNG to established and developing markets. Texas LNG expects final approval by the FERC and Final Investment Decision in 2018, with Phase 1 production of 2 MTA expected in early 2023.

    Cautionary Statement:

    The information and materials in this document are; Provided for informational purposes only and are subject to addition, deletion and modification without notice at the sole discretion of Texas LNG LLC and Texas LNG Brownsville LLC ; Not warranted or guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date. The information and materials could include technical inaccuracies and other errors. ; Provided “As Is” without any representation or warranties of any kind. No liability, direct or consequential, of any kind arising from the use of information and materials contained in this document or linked website is accepted. ; Not to be considered or to be constituted as investment advice or as any type of offer, offer, invitation, solicitation or recommendation in relation to the purchase or sale of any type of financial instruments or security in any jurisdiction.

    Any forward looking statements contained in the information and materials in this document are only predictions and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are outside the control of Texas LNG LLC or Texas LNG Brownsville LLC or its officers or representatives. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include commodity prices, currency fluctuations, economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions, environmental risks and legislative, fiscal or regulatory developments, political risks, project delay or advancement, approvals and cost estimates. Actual values, results or events may be materially different to those expressed or implied in this document. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place reliance on forward looking statements.

    *Attachment*

    · Artistic impression of Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities.

    CONTACT: Contact:

    Texas LNG
    Media Contact
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