SAN JOSE — With their season on the line, the Sharks got captain Joe Pavelski back for Game 7 of their second round series against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday at SAP Center.It’s Pavelski’s first game since April 23 when he suffered a concussion and a cut to his head after the back of his helmet slammed against the ice in Game 7 of the Sharks’ first round series against the Vegas Golden Knights.Pavelski started the game on a line with Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane, as Sharks coach Pete …
Johannesburg, Wednesday 18 November 2015 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Business Report, today released the results of South Africa’s performance in the 2015 Anholt Nation Brand Index.South Africa ranks 38 of 50 countries assessed in this index.Although South Africa has dropped one place – from 37 in 2014 to 38 in 2015 – the country’s overall reputation score has improved 0.17 points from 2014. In addition, South Africa has improved on the pillars of people and tourism and held steady on the pillars of exports and governance.Reflecting on South Africa’s performance in the Nation Brand Index, CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “South Africans can be proud of our country’s performance in a range of indices in the past year. The Global Competitiveness Index produced by the World Economic Forum ranks us 49 amongst 140 countries and number 2 in Africa. The Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance places us at number 4 amongst 54 countries on the continent and now, the Nation Brand Index places us at number 38 of 50 countries. A country’s reputation is collectively built by each citizen and Brand South Africa salutes you for your efforts to build a globally competitive country with a positive reputation.”“There is however work to be done to improve in certain areas of our competitiveness and the National Development Plan must guide national efforts to achieve this. Improvements will impact positively on the reputation of and perceptions about South Africa. Brand South Africa urges all citizens to become part of this endevour.”“In addition and despite South Africa’s drop in the area of investment and immigration according to the Nation Brand Index, South Africa registered an FDI inflow of US$3.31 billion between January 2015 to July 2015 which resulted in the creation of 5 037 jobs. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, FDI is being attracted into knowledge intensive sectors like: software and information technology services; business services; financial services communications; and industrial machinery, equipment and tools. This bodes well for the South African economy. It is also significant to recognise that despite global FDI falling by 16% in 2014, South Africa was able to attract over R140 billion in the 2013/14 financial year. This is almost double the amount of FDI in 2012.”The Nation Brand Index recognises amongst South Africa’s strengths, sports – particularly football, pristine landscape, and game reserves. Participants in the survey also indicated that the citizens of South Africa are amongst our biggest attribute being described as, amongst others, desirable friends, good employees, hardworking and skilful. The Nation Brand Index is the result of 20,342 interviews in 20 countries.Notes to the EditorAbout the Nation Brand IndexThe NBI measures the reputation of the Nation Brand on six elements, being: Governance; Exports; Tourism; People; Culture; Investment & Immigration. Through a series of sub-indicators the nation’s performance on each pillar is assessed through the study. Importantly the range of indicators tested through the research clearly illustrates the fact the nation brand’s reputation is shaped by anything from perceptions of people and culture, to the quality of exports and the governance profile of the country. This means that the ‘making’ of the nation’s global reputation depends on perceptions created by actions taken in multiple sectors spanning government, business, civil-society, and generally speaking the people of the country.The NBI MethodologyThe 2015 NBISM survey has been conducted in 20 major developed and developing countries that play important and diverse roles in international relations, trade and the flow of business, cultural and tourism activities. Given the increasing global role played by developing countries, the survey strives to represent regional balance as well as balance between high-income and middle-income countries.The core 20 panel countries are:• Western Europe/North America: The U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden• Central and Eastern Europe: Russia, Poland, Turkey• Asia-Pacific: Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia• Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico• Middle East/Africa: Egypt, South AfricaIn all, 20,342 interviews have been conducted with at least 1,000 interviews per country for the 2015 NBISM survey. Adults age 18 or over who are online are interviewed in each country. Using the most up-to-date online population parameters, the achieved sample in each country has been weighted to reflect key demographic characteristics such as age, gender, and education of the 2015 online population in that country. Additionally, in the U.S, the UK, South Africa, India, and Brazil, race/ethnicity has been used for sample balancing. The report reflects the views and opinions of online populations in these 20 countries – citizens who are connected to the world. Fieldwork was conducted from July 9th to July 27th, 2015.NBISM measures the image of 50 nations. In each panel country the list of 50 nations is randomly assigned to respondents, each of whom (except Egypt) rates 25 nations, resulting in each nation getting approximately 500 ratings per panel country. In Egypt, where respondents are not as familiar and experienced with online surveys, survey length is reduced, resulting in each nation getting approximately 200 ratings.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgVisit www.brandsouthafrica.com
Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Lin’s outburst included a dribble fake that sent Thomas Satoransky falling backward, leaving Lin open for a jumper and a 103-93 lead. He added a layup on Atlanta’s next possession.“I didn’t know he was going to pull all those tricks out of his bag tonight,” teammate John Collins said. “But we definitely appreciated everything he gave us.”Seven players scored in double figures to help the last-place Hawks (7-23) stop a three-game skid. Collins had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Trae Young scored 19 and Dewayne Dedmon added 13 points and 10 boards.Beal said the Wizards took the Hawks too lightly less than two weeks after a 131-117 win in Atlanta.“Tonight it was just a matter of effort,” he explained. “We thought it was going to be an easy game and they whipped our (butt), plain and simple.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trevor Ariza started at forward and scored 19 points in his return to the Wizards. Beal grabbed 10 rebounds.Kevin Huerter’s 3-pointer pushed Atlanta’s lead to 113-98. Ariza hit two late 3s to cut it to 116-109, but the Wizards never made another serious threat.The Hawks outscored Washington 36-28 in the final period.Wall, coming off his 40 points and 14 assists in a 128-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, missed each of his six shots in the first half. He finished with 15 points.“Couldn’t get in a rhythm,” Wall said. “They called so many fouls I couldn’t even play.”The Hawks scored the first 10 points and didn’t give up the lead until Washington opened the second half with six straight points, including Wall’s first on a short jumper to tie it at 58. Wall’s assist set up Thomas Bryant’s go-ahead basket for the Wizards’ first lead.TIP-INSWizards: F Otto Porter Jr. (right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … F Markieff Morris had seven points and was not listed on the team’s injury report after leaving the win over the Lakers with a neck issue. … C Dwight Howard, an Atlanta native and resident, was with the team for his first road game since back surgery last month. He said he will continue his rehab in Atlanta.Hawks: Collins had another productive game after averaging 22.7 points and 12.4 rebounds in his previous seven. … G Kent Bazemore was fined $10,000 for throwing the ball into the stands and receiving a technical foul in Sunday’s loss at Brooklyn. He had 13 points.BACK IN THE DISTRICT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The veteran guard scored 12 of his 16 points in the final period and the Hawks overcame Bradley Beal’s 29 points for a 118-110 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.The Hawks outscored the Wizards 71-52 in the first and last quarters combined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I thought it was one of our best defensive games,” Lin said. “That gives you a chance.”Wall, scoreless as Washington trailed throughout the first half, had 10 points in the third period as the Wizards pulled even at 82 entering the fourth. 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NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA— Jeremy Lin and the Atlanta Hawks expected John Wall’s inevitable scoring burst that came in the third quarter.Lin had an even stronger response in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT The 33-year-old Ariza was acquired from the Phoenix Suns for forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers in a trade announced Monday. Ariza played for Washington during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.WELCOME BACK IIThere was another Washington reunion. Wizards guard Chasson Randle, waived on Nov. 12, was re-signed to a one-year deal and had seven points. Randle filled the roster spot that opened with the trade for Ariza.ROAD WOESThe Wizards fell to 4-13 away from Washington. They are 8-6 at home. “I don’t know. I can’t pinpoint it,” Beal said.WHISTLE STOPWall finished with five fouls. Morris fouled out and Satoransky also had five fouls. Overall, officials called 61 fouls, including 32 on the Wizards.UP NEXTWizards: Play at Houston on Wednesday night.Hawks: Play at New York on Friday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
All nine games of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series will be live streamed to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel. For the first time, you will be able to view every minute of the series that will be held at the Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium in Mudgee live!To view the games, please click on the following links: Game One – Friday, 25 April 20143.30pm – Mixed Open Game One – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa2KzHPt92s 4.45pm – Women’s Open Game One – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUNRiow6JV8 6.00pm – Men’s Open Game One – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKRN_MCCT-I Game Two – Saturday, 26 April 20141.00pm – Mixed Open Game Two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBbEv7F35Ug 2.15pm – Women’s Open Game Two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgSGNxhAVw 3.30pm – Men’s Open Game Two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-QWCrAwVWs Game Three – Sunday, 27 April 201412.00pm – Mixed Open Game Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu0GjULvuww 1.15pm – Women’s Open Game Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaVU9mGCNds 2.30pm – Men’s Open Game Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW7lC3CPFIc Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel for all of the latest highlights from the series as well – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series: Website – www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksTrans Tasman Live!
The setting must have looked familiar to Justin Trudeau as he returned to a gleaming state guesthouse in Beijing for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, his second visit in 15 months.This time, however, the prime minister found himself sitting across from a far more dominant ruler of the Asian superpower.Xi’s progression since his last meeting with Trudeau has meaningful implications for Canada, experts argue — particularly as Ottawa navigates the risks of closer ties with Xi’s increasingly assertive China.In recent months, the ambitious Xi has significantly tightened his grip on the leadership to become China’s most powerful figure in decades.Xi solidified his position during the ruling Communist Party’s congress in October when his name and policies were formally enshrined into the party’s constitution. The change has elevated him to a status shared only by China’s core Communist leaders, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin.Ahead of the congress, The Economist magazine had already dubbed Xi “the world’s most powerful man.”Enter Trudeau, who met with Xi in China for the first time since September 2016. Since then, their governments have been engaged in exploratory talks on a free-trade agreement.On the one hand, Canada sees vast opportunity in forging a deeper business relationship with China, the world’s second-largest economy.On the flip side, Trudeau is constantly under pressure to transmit Canadian concerns to Chinese leaders over the country’s record on human rights and its rule of law. Before Tuesday’s meeting, Trudeau insisted he wouldn’t hesitate to raise Canada’s unease about China directly with Xi.This time, however, experts believe Trudeau’s words have likely had a tougher time getting through.“I do think that Mr. Trudeau is probably meeting a different Xi — a Xi who is much more confident and who is much more dismissive of accommodating the concerns of the West,” said Charles Burton, a political science professor at Brock University and a former Canadian diplomat.Indeed, Burton said he believes Trudeau’s visit this week has already shown signs of China’s self-assured shift.Earlier this week, the two sides announced they were not ready to move beyond the current phase of exploratory trade talks — despite China’s growing impatience to launch formal negotiations with Canada.Trudeau has been pushing for a progressive trade deal with China that would address issues such as gender equality, the environment and labour rights.It’s not yet clear just how unwelcome Canada’s proposed progressive chapters were in Beijing, but experts called it unlikely Xi’s group would consider entertaining them.Hongying Wang, a political science professor from University of Waterloo, said Xi has already left his mark on China’s governance structure, leading it away from the collective approach of the country’s past towards a more autocratic, top-down style.“It’s a matter of principle, I think, for the Canadian government to state its position — I guess the challenge is how do you state your position without completely cutting off any hopes of a good trade relationship? It’s a very hard balance,” Wang said.“I really don’t think he’s someone anyone can press into something he doesn’t want to do.”Diana Fu, an expert in Asian politics from the University of Toronto, said Xi’s emergence means Trudeau will have to continue approaching the Chinese president “carefully and tactfully” because he’s shown he won’t bow to foreign powers.“Any negotiations with the Xi administration will have to consider how to deal with not a rising China, but a risen one — this makes it more difficult than perhaps any other … talks previously,” Fu wrote in an email.“How do you convince the Canadian public that potential economic benefits of free trade offsets concern over diametrically opposing values?”Canada, however, continues to be of interest to Xi’s China.While the two countries have yet to become major trading partners, Canada offers many possibilities, particularly when it comes to agriculture, clean technology and education.“I think Canada is a very desirable partner and certainly a very important ally of the U.S. that China would like to win some support from, because China has always seen the U.S. as this potential rival,” Wang said.“Maybe China doesn’t see Canada as very important yet, (but) the potential is definitely there.”Canada is clearly trying to woo China as well: John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, said he met Xi within 24 hours of presenting his credentials earlier this year.Expecting to meet a “scary” leader, McCallum instead came away with a much different impression, saying he was “taken aback in a positive way” by Xi.Make no mistake, however: on the world stage, Xi is overseeing an expanding Chinese presence, hoping to step into the global void created by a retreating United States under Donald Trump.Xi has also pushed a more aggressive military presence in the South China Sea with the construction of artificial islands over the objections from nearby neighbouring countries. He’s built up China’s navy and has opened the country’s first foreign military base in Djibouti.His most ambitious project is the massive “One Belt, One Road” initiative that will involve spending hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure along a corridor spanning more than 60 countries. The injection of Chinese capital along the route will allow China to buy influence in those countries, numerous analysts have said.
TORONTO – Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization.The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against imported wine.It targets product mark-ups, market access and listing policies used in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.The complaint acts as a request for a consultation between the two countries in an effort to avoid litigation.If the matter is not resolved in 60 days, a panel can be brought in to adjudicate the case.The complaint comes two years after Australia pressed Canada to lower trade barriers on the wine industry like it had done for the European Union.
CALGARY – Opposition politicians hit the Liberal government with pointed questions Monday over news that two Kinder Morgan Canada executives will each be given $1.5-million bonuses to ensure they stay on as its Trans Mountain pipeline system is sold to the federal government.The retention bonuses for president Ian Anderson and David Safari, the vice-president overseeing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, are detailed in a company regulatory filing dated Tuesday, May 29, the day the government announced its deal to buy the pipeline assets for $4.5 billion.The government should immediately table details of the “Kinder Morgan bailout,” B.C. New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen said in the House of Commons, complaining it is paying too much.“Adding insult to injury to this public bailout, it includes a $3-million bonus to Kinder Morgan executives,” he charged.The company is being richly rewarded for not having to pay for its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion project, added Shannon Stubbs, an Alberta Conservative MP and natural resources critic.“Apparently, the gift of tax dollars will also pay $1.5 million bonuses each to two Kinder Morgan executives, which is good news for the rich executives, bad news for Canadian energy workers,” she said.The deal was defended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who reiterated the government’s position that the pipeline will create jobs while helping to alleviate steep discounts in prices for Canadian oil that amount to the annual loss of $15 billion in potential value.The bonuses for Anderson and Safari are to be paid in equal parts in July 2019 and July 2020 and are conditional on their continued employment through each date, the filing states.“The arrangements were reviewed and approved by the Kinder Morgan Canada board of directors and are consistent with industry practice for a project and transaction of this size,” the company said in an email Monday.The government has said it is counting on the continued employment of key pipeline staff to ensure completion of the project to triple capacity of the pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.The filing goes on to note that Kinder Morgan Canada has terminated and repaid a $5.5-billion revolving credit facility with the Royal Bank of Canada.Ottawa is to provide loan guarantees for any money the company spends on the endeavour between now and when the pipeline’s ownership changes.Kinder Morgan is to ask shareholders to vote on the deal before the end of July. If shareholders approve the sale, the paperwork is to be completed sometime in August or September.Construction is expected to be finished in about two and a half years.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:KML)
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Wood Innovation Research Lab in Prince George, B.C., appears to be nothing more than a modern cedar and black-metal building, but look past the cladding and you’ll find an engineering feat that has earned it the recognition as the most airtight industrial building on the continent.The University of Northern British Columbia building has received Passive House certification, making it the first of its type in North America to meet the internationally recognized standards for energy efficiency.Guido Wimmers, chairman of the Integrated Wood Design Program at UNBC, said the building is very efficient and cuts heating and cooling bills by up to 90 per cent in a central B.C. climate where temperatures range from -30 C in winter to 30 C in summer.“To get to Passive House standards in this climate, with this geometry, that was a big challenge and hasn’t been done, to the best of my knowledge. There are three or four industrial buildings worldwide,” he said.There are Passive House organizations around the world advocating for high-performance buildings in design, construction and liveability. Thousands of Canadian homes have been certified by the group indicating they have met limits for heat, energy use and being airtight.The research building is 30 metres by 30 metres, with walls that are a half-metre thick and contain blown-in mineral wool insulation.Generally construction costs about five per cent more for passive buildings, but the university is the owner and it’s also interested in the operation costs, said Wimmers.“The initial investment is higher, true, but the actually monthly costs of ownership are lower. And that’s always the goal. It has to be cost-efficient, otherwise nobody would do it.”It will cost about $1,000 a year to heat, Wimmers said.“A normal building of this type would have had a heating bill of $16,000, or something like that.”The biggest challenge to obtaining the certification was a large overhead door that allows material to be brought into the research lab.Wimmers said they brought in the big red door from Germany and had to optimize it even further to increase the air seal.“Well, first you close the door,” he said, laughing as he explained how they got the seal. “Those bay doors are prone to leak. They are very well known for not being airtight.”The other doors and windows in the building came from Poland, he said.The B.C. Energy Step Code will set much stricter provincial regulations for housing energy efficiency and be in place by 2032, but the construction industry has been slow to catch on and manufacturers don’t see the value, he said. Some cities, including Vancouver, are already enforcing higher energy efficiency standards.“The long-term goal is clearly not to keep on importing stuff. The goal is to create a local market so that local manufacturers can sell their inventions and new products.”Wimmers said he’s been in consultation with several B.C. municipalities and companies about construction of more passive buildings.The end result is all about comfort, Wimmers said.“Imagine you have a power outage. Typical buildings would be almost unlivable in 10 to 12 hours or so. In a Passive House, you just don’t care. You can be there for days and days and days and most likely it is never going to drop below 15 degrees.”— By Terri Theodore in Vancouver
As India gears up to safeguard its eastern coast against cyclone Fani, prevention is the reason to prioritise any step in the wake of the approaching cyclonic storm. Prior warning issued by India Meteorological Department puts Odisha on high alert as the storm will approach its coast in a matter of hours, and there is a strong likelihood of the storm to approach the adjoining districts of north-central Andhra Pradesh on May 03. IMD predicts heavy to very heavy rainfall in few places over the coast of Odisha and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on May 03 and 04 while West Bengal will see light to moderate rainfall in most places and heavy rainfall in isolated places near the coast. This information comes well in time as it can allow adequate safety measures to be put in place. Fishermen are advised against venturing out in the southwest Bay of Bengal at this time. Indian Naval ships at Visakhapatnam and Chennai are put on standby should they need to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid distress relief work, evacuation, logistic support, and for providing necessary medical aid. The Eastern command of the Navy has thus assumed a high degree of readiness to render requisite assistance. The Bay of Bengal is the birthplace for regional cyclones due to high temperatures, humidity, rainfall, sluggish winds, and a combination of other geographical reasons. Fani is the first tropical cyclone of this season that has developed in this hotbed. As far as natural disasters go, most of them have been precipitated for anthropogenic reasons. Floods happen because of haphazard urbanisation, clouds burst because capitalist development happens with utter disregard for the environment, earthquakes are also not the most inclement of calamities. It is not the geographical process of a sudden violent change brought by nature but the destruction that it causes that makes considering disasters valid. Cyclones cannot be attributed to anthropogenic reasons but cloud seeding is an effective method of mitigating the disastrous impact of a cyclone. Disaster preparedness essentially is a measure of what one can do to avert or mitigate a disaster, not how well rehabilitation happens after disaster strikes.
New Delhi: State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Tuesday said its research and development centre at Faridabad has become the first public sector oil and gas company to cross the milestone of filing 1,000 patents. The Centre filed the 1,001st patent this week, the company said in a statement here. “The R&D Centre’s IP (Intellectual Property) portfolio comprises 794 active patents, of which 542 patents were granted abroad and 252 in India. The centre has also registered a healthy commercialisation rate for its patents, higher than the global average,” it said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraComplimenting the R&D team for lending a competitive edge to IOC’s business through innovative products, processes and technologies, company chairman Sanjiv Singh said several quality upgradation projects implemented at its refineries for production of ultra-clean BS-VI grde fuels are based on deep desulphurisation, isomerisation and dimerisation technology patents developed in-house. IOC’s internationally-awarded INDMAX technology patent, successfully commercialised at Paradip Refinery, improves LPG yields by 40 per cent besides ensuring the highest propylene yields in its class, the statement said adding the centre’s bio-methanation technology is best-in-class in methane yields and is being implemented at the Namakkal (Tamil Nadu) plant for production of compressed bio-gas (CBG). Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEstablished in 1972, the centre is a pioneer in downstream petroleum sector R&D and has received wide acclaim for indigenising lubricants technology by launching the SERVO brand. With over 5,000 formulations and over 800 active grades covering all conceivable applications, including rail-road and marine oils, SERVO has grown to be the largest selling lubricant brand in India. From being the birth place of the highly successful, fuel-efficient ‘Nutan’ kerosene wick-stove in the late 70s, the R&D centre has come a long way in the past four decades. According to SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D), IOC, the centre has been focussing on developing high-quality, environment-friendly products and innovative refinery processes that boost resource efficiency, enhance refinery-petrochemicals integration, and offer flexibility in product pattern and yields in line with market demand. With 50 per cent of its active patents in the refining category, followed by 16 per cent in bio-technology, the R&D team has made considerable progress even in the highly IP-crowded field of Ziegler-Natta catalysts, used in production of polymers (plastics). “We have not only created white space here but succeeded in earning a rich haul of patent grants that are well recognised by global majors,” he said. In line with IOC’s business objectives, the R&D centre has expanded its research domain to cover petrochemicals, nano-technology, alternative fuels, energy storage solutions and Hydrogen-based fuel cell research, among others, the statement added.