Public Input Sought in Student Assistance Review

first_img People unable to attend a public meeting can participate in the review online at . The website will receive submissions until Dec. 8. A report will be delivered to the Minister of Education in January. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Great Hall, Room CE 265, Cape Breton University, 1250 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney Wednesday, Nov. 17, Keating Millennium Centre, Conference Room A, St. Francis Xavier University, Varsity Drive, Antigonish Thursday, Nov. 18, Classroom 3526, Nova Scotia Community College, Waterfront Campus, 80 Mawiomi Pl., Dartmouth Wednesday, Nov. 24, Room M2, Nova Scotia Community College, 1575 Lake Rd., Shelburne Thursday, Nov. 25, KCIC Acadia Room, Acadia University, 32 University Ave., Wolfville Monday, Nov. 29, Student Union Building, Room 307, Dalhousie University, 6136 University Ave. Halifax Tuesday, Nov. 30, video conference, Universite Sainte Anne Students are another step closer to a better financial assistance program that should make post-secondary education more affordable. Students, parents and others can share ideas on how to improve the student assistance program at one of six public meetings or through a video conference in French. Submissions can also be made on the Department of Education website. Premier Darrell Dexter committed to improving financial supports for students earlier this fall. “Nova Scotia has one of the weakest student assistance programs in the country,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “This has to change, so our young people can afford the education they need to prepare themselves for good jobs that grow our economy.” The student assistance program provides financial assistance, in the form of loans and grants, to eligible students pursuing a post-secondary education. Almost $14.4 million was issued through the program last year to help cover tuition and living expenses. Total government support for universities exceeded $446 million in 2010-11. The average student debt at graduation is $30,128. “We need to make the best use of post-secondary investments so debt load goes down, while maintaining our commitment to live within our means,” said Ms. More. The consultation will help government engage stakeholders and identify options on types of assistance, grants and loans, levels of assistance, debt caps, and other improvements. Improving financial support for students with greatest need was a key recommendation in Tim O’Neill’s report on the Nova Scotia university system. Each meeting is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will focus only on the student assistance program. Meetings will be held at the following locations:last_img read more

GE and Shenhua team up for coal gasification progress

first_imgGE has announced the establishment of GE Shenhua Gasification Technology Company, a 50-50 joint venture (JV) with Shenhua Group to advance the development and deployment of “cleaner coal” technology solutions in China. The new company combines GE’s expertise in industrial gasification technologies with Shenhua’s expertise in coal gasification and coal-fired power generation.The JV will sell industrial gasification technology licenses in China, conduct research and development to improve cost and performance of commercial-scale gasification and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) solutions and work to advance to distribution of commercial-scale IGCC. Gasification is a technology that converts coal into a synthesis gas (or syngas) that can then be used to produce chemicals or other products. Gasification technology has become a critical tool in the expansion of the Chinese economy, allowing a wide variety of industrial products and fuels to be created from low-cost abundant coal resources. With more than 50 licensed facilities in China, GE’s gasification technology is one of the most widely deployed in the industry.Shenhua is one of the world’s largest coal and energy companies, with integrated coal production, power generation, railway, port and shipping infrastructure. Shenhua also has a national role in the development of new coal-related technologies such as coal-to-liquids and carbon sequestration. The company established the first demonstration projects for direct coal liquefaction, coal-to-olefins (MTO) and coal-to-polypropylene (MTP), utilising gasification technology. Through these efforts, the company has built significant expertise in the development of coal-to-chemicals facilities and in the operation of coal gasification systems over a range of technology configurations. Shenhua also has developed deep expertise in carbon utilisation and management through CCS research and development.“Both GE and Shenhua have worked together for years in China on important projects, including the Shenhua Baotou coal-to-olefins facility, which uses GE’s gasification technology. The collaboration will create a leading gasification technology business in China with significant local presence, focus, resources and expertise,” said Wang Xiaolin, deputy general manager of Shenhua Group. “Coal plays an important role in the economies of both the US and China, and gasification technology allows us to use this abundant and low-cost resource in a much cleaner way,” said Paul Browning, president and CEO of Thermal Products, GE Energy. “This joint venture is an evolution of the strong gasification business GE has in China today. Each business will contribute technology, operational and service expertise to create a comprehensive gasification and cleaner coal technology and service provider in China.”last_img read more