Report Finds Evidence of Potentially Toxic Chemicals in Food Chain Packaging

Consumerreports | August 07, 2020

When you pick up a fast-food burger and fries or a grain bowl at a restaurant, you’re probably thinking more about the food you’re about to eat than the packaging it comes in. But a new report finds that some food packaging—burger boxes, wrappers, disposable bowls, and bags for french fries, sides, and desserts—used at popular restaurants such as McDonald’s, Sweetgreen, and Wendy’s may contain potentially hazardous PFAS chemicals. These chemicals help prevent grease and oil from seeping through the packaging.

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DarkPulse Inc Signs JV Agreement with Egyptian Infrastructure Construction and Engineering Firm

DarkPulse, Inc | March 09, 2022

DarkPulse, Inc. a technology company focused on laser sensing systems based on its patented BOTDA dark-pulse sensor technology which provides a data stream of critical metrics for assessing the health and security of infrastructure, today announced it has signed a Joint Venture Agreement with Cairo based Egyptian Electrical & Mechanical Works Co. The agreement in sum and substance describes the creation of a jointly owned Egyptian corporation with revenue split between the two partner organizations as well as an exclusive right for DarkPulse’s BOTDA systems to be utilized in projects throughout Egypt. The agreement also brings additional capabilities to DarkPulse including infrastructure project management, engineering and installation capabilities for Middle East and North Africa. EEMW Founder & CEO, Dr. Ehab Eldemeri, one of the leading researchers and developers of fiber optic solutions in Egypt, North Africa, and the Middle East, understands the opportunities to create and deliver a new generation of fiber optic based solutions that can help improve the lives of Egyptians and people around the world. Together, both companies believe a new generation of fiber sensors will change the design, concept and implementation methods of future cities. Mr. O’Leary and Dr. Eldemeri believe this joint venture will be the first step towards opening the gates to Africa & the Middle East, since Egypt is the leading technology focused country in the region. DarkPulse & EEMW plan to deliver solutions in real estate development, infrastructure, utility management, and building information management systems coupled with new innovations based on distributed sensing fiber systems. Plans include building a research and development unit to help understand future demands and market trends of the region. “The Middle East is leading the world in the creation of smart cities. Egypt is particularly of interest with their New Cairo smart city project and an additional 16 smart cities slated to be built. These major projects rival cities such as Dubai and the planned NEOM project. Our core business is the monitoring and detection of structural anomalies in Critical Infrastructure /Key Resources. The agreement with EEMW brings DarkPulse more than 23 years of experience in engineering and building infrastructure projects while allowing DarkPulse and EEMW to perform sales and installations of our dark-pulse BOTDA systems into the Middle East and North Africa market accelerating the Company’s global market presence.” Dennis O’Leary, Chairman and CEO of DarkPulse “Selecting Egypt is the right decision for our companies as the future expansion in the region includes hi-technology fiber optics deployments with some of the largest multinational companies in the world currently operating there. The DarkPulse vision extends and covers overseas countries to excel as a global company providing technology focused offerings including manufacturing, sales, installation, operation, and maintenance,” said Dr. Eldemeri. “From this goal perspective, Mr. O’Leary and I, after working on a study to select the best added value regions, which includes stable, growing and high potential to build and renovate infrastructure, will help achieve a vision focused on digitalization and artificial intelligence concepts, and build data centers to support fast-growth in multiple sectors .” The Company continues to explore additional potential opportunities in strategic locations worldwide with the goal of accelerating the adoption of its DarkPulse Technology Products and expand its global market position. About DarkPulse, Inc. DarkPulse, Inc. uses advanced laser-based monitoring systems to provide rapid and accurate monitoring of temperatures, strains and stresses. The Company’s technology excels when applied to live, dynamic critical infrastructure and structural monitoring, including pipeline monitoring, perimeter and structural surveillance, aircraft structural components and mining safety. The Company's fiber-based monitoring systems can assist markets that are not currently served, and its unique technology covers extended areas and any event that is translated into the detection of a change in strain or temperature. In addition to the Company’s ongoing efforts with respect to the marketing and sales of its technology products and services to its customers, the Company also continues to explore potential strategic alliances through joint venture and licensing opportunities to further expand its global market position. About Egyptian Electrical & Mechanical Works Co EEMW Co. provides project management, engineering and construction supervision on refinery, liquefied natural gas, petroleum & chemical pipeline – submarine and above ground, energy and civil infrastructure projects such as ports, industrial cities and plants. It Provides Operations and maintenance activities for its client like Etisalat, British Petroleum, Bechtel, Siemens, Enal Power. The company also specializes in control system technology for Oil & Gas Industry and is pioneer in some major technologies and solutions.

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Tilley-Phoenix Group Completes the Acquisition of Callahan Chemical

Tilley-Phoenix Group | January 07, 2022

Tilley-Phoenix Group a leading U.S. based specialty ingredients distributor and value-added service provider, and portfolio company of SK Capital Partners announced the acquisition of Callahan Chemical Company a regional distributor of high-quality ingredients and compounds serving a diverse set of end markets including, food and beverage, personal care and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, HI&I and CASE. The acquisition of Callahan aligns with the Company’s vision in creating a specialized, world-class supplier of high-quality ingredients supported by a robust value-added service offering. “We are extremely pleased to complete the acquisition of Callahan Chemical, believing it represents a highly complementary business with shared values and vision as a specialty-focused distributor supported by a strong value-added service foundation. We look forward to partnering with the Callahan team as we enhance the value we bring to existing and new customers,” Jean-Paul Benveniste, President and CEO of Tilley-Phoenix Callahan is a leading regional distributor offering optimized chemical distribution solutions aligned to individual customer requirements. Callahan’s mission is supported by a comprehensive portfolio of value-added services, including regulatory and technical support, custom formulation, in-house laboratory quality assurance and quality control, blending, storage and packaging, and repackaging. Callahan distributes a broad portfolio of products sold into regulated markets, which complement the existing Tilley-Phoenix platform while also expanding the Company’s product offering and market focus with a full-line offering of CASE products. “Since its founding in 1958 by my father James B. Callahan, Callahan Chemical has consistently provided outstanding value to its customers, suppliers, and employees. We are confident that by joining the Tilley-Phoenix Group the opportunity to increase our value-added services will be greatly enhanced,” said John Callahan, CEO of Callahan Chemical. The addition of Callahan to Tilley-Phoenix provides customers with state-of-the-art regulatory and technical support, broader logistics expertise, and an enhanced product offering of value-added ingredients for applications in regulated markets. “Callahan, like Tilley-Phoenix, brings a strong value-added approach to serving its suppliers and customers. The acquisition enhances the platform’s geographic reach, which is particularly compelling for our shared supplier base,” said Sean Tilley, President and COO of Distribution. Looking forward, Tilley-Phoenix plans to continue its pursuit of selective M&A, focused largely on specialty products sold into regulated markets. The Company continues to focus on expanding the value-added platform, seeking targeted opportunities to enhance the value, quality, and breadth of solutions we bring to both customers and suppliers. Callahan represents the third acquisition of 2021 for Tilley-Phoenix. Klehr Harrison LLP acted as legal counsel to Tilley-Phoenix and committed debt financing was led by Madison Capital Funding LLC. About Tilley-Phoenix Group Formed through the merger of Tilley Co. and Phoenix Aromas and Essential Oils, Tilley-Phoenix is a value-added specialty ingredients distributor serving food and beverage, fragrance, personal care and cosmetics, HI&I and pharmaceutical markets. The Company seeks to act as a direct extension of their suppliers’ selling networks to effectively partner and service broader customer networks. Tilley-Phoenix operates modern, efficient global distribution facilities to serve its customers’ just-in-time production needs. The Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of value-added services, including regulatory & technical support, full-service QA/QC laboratory, custom formulation, custom blending & packaging, and specialty storage.

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Invert Adds Further Carbon Credit Experience and Leadership to Team

Invert Inc. | March 04, 2022

Invert Inc. a specialized carbon emissions reduction and offsetting company, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its team to add new carbon project expertise and IT development leadership. Joining the team as Head of Carbon Forestry is Matt Delaney. Matt is a forester specializing in carbon projects and has over 20 years of experience in forest carbon methodology development, forest inventory techniques, and carbon markets. He has been part of the successful implementation of carbon projects on over two million acres of land. Matt is co-author of an IFM carbon methodology under the American Carbon Registry and is currently part of a team writing a biochar carbon methodology for Verra, one of the leading carbon credit standard agencies. As Head of Carbon Forestry at Invert, he will evaluate and complete due diligence on forest carbon project opportunities including IFM, REDD+, and reforestation projects globally. He will also identify new opportunities in the carbon offset and removal sector and assist in developing new carbon methodologies. Also joining the team is Chris Heider, as Head of Blue Carbon. Chris will oversee project diligence and structuring for carbon sequestration and avoidance projects that specifically relate to coastal and marine ecosystems. He is an ecosystem ecologist with a strong background in quantifying and designing nature-based solutions to climate change in countries with low or limited capacity. Chris has over 25 years of experience consulting for global and regional organizations in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America Regions, as well as numerous private sector clients. Chris has conducted assessments and designed projects in over 20 jurisdictions around the world, covering projects of all forms including forest management, reforestation, evaluation of carbon stocks in mangrove, coastal communities, upland forests, wetlands and grasslands. Chris and Matt join an existing leadership team with significant expertise in carbon credit markets, including Gabe Sheets-Poling (former Managing Director at Cargill Inc. and Sr. VP at Indigo Ag.) and Adam Shedletzky (former Senior Adviser to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change and Premier of Ontario). “Chris and Matt are both seasoned leaders in on-the-ground assessment and structuring of carbon credit generation projects. With their addition to Invert, we have further strengthened the carbon credit team with decades of experience across forestry, blue carbon, regenerative agriculture and technology-related projects.” Andre Fernandez, Co-CEO, Invert Also joining the Invert leadership team as Head of IT and Technical Development is Ru Wadasinghe. With over 30 years of technology experience, Ru is the former Chief Information Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation, CIO and VP of Professional Services at March Networks and spent 20 years at Nortel, where he held leadership positions in product management, operations and IT. Ru holds an Engineering degree from Carleton University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. Ru was awarded a U.S. patent in Internet networking and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 19 Technology Titans for 2019. “At Invert we are leveraging our financing of carbon reduction and sequestration projects, to develop a platform that enables individuals the opportunity to support carbon credit projects,” said Rade Kovacevic, Co-CEO. “Adding Ru’s immense technical background to the Company will be invaluable as we continue to advance our software platform to support our mission.” About Invert Invert invests in carbon credit projects that produce high quality, meaningful carbon reduction and removal credits that we believe will help save our world. We believe in making access to carbon reduction and removal projects available to individuals and businesses both big and small.

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EnergySource Minerals Raises Strategic Investment from Schlumberger and TechMet to Scale Lithium Extraction Technology

EnergySource Minerals | May 04, 2022

EnergySource Minerals today announced a new round of investment led by Schlumberger New Energy and TechMet Ltd. The Schlumberger New Energy investment includes a strategic partnership to accelerate the deployment of the ILiAD lithium extraction platform and integrate it into the front end of the process used by NeoLith Energy, a Schlumberger New Energy venture. The platform has been piloted at demonstration scale for over 6 years on a variety of real-world brines. Schlumberger will scale up testing at NeoLith Energy's pilot plant in Nevada and deploy it at a global scale. "As the world projects a significant supply shortage of various critical minerals such as lithium, the time is particularly ripe for our Schlumberger and TechMet partnership. Simply put, we have found a way to make battery material production more efficient, economical, and sustainable. We continue to push the envelope to reduce environmental impact, which is really the obligation of the industry." Eric Spomer, EnergySource Minerals President and CEO EnergySource Minerals developed the ILiAD technology for its lithium extraction operation at the John L. Featherstone Geothermal Power Plant in the Salton Sea. The platform maximizes lithium extraction from brines in a closed-loop environment, delivering disruptive reduction in time, cost, and environmental impact compared with alternative methods. ILiAD is best-in-class among direct lithium extraction technologies. It is commercially ready to deploy today, dramatically reduces water footprint, does not consume reagents, demonstrates order-of-magnitude longer operating life, and highest lithium recovery rates. It also enables the development of new classes of brine resources for the production of additional minerals, such as manganese and zinc. "Schlumberger conducted extensive research and due diligence into our operations. Its investment is a validation of our disruptive ILiAD technology and the demand for cleaner, domestically sourced lithium," added Spomer. "As well, we are delighted to add TechMet as a strategic partner. Their expertise across project development, financing, marketing and supply-chain management, together with its global network and position will bring considerable commercial and strategic value to EnergySource Minerals as we look to deploy our ILiAD technology in new markets." Leveraging strategic alliances and technical collaborations, EnergySource Minerals has already engaged with multiple resource customers to evaluate and deploy the ILiAD technology platform worldwide. As a strategic investor and partner, Schlumberger New Energy is working closely with EnergySource Minerals in the industrialization and deployment of the platform. "Energy Source Minerals' technology shows great promise as an efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly solution for lithium extraction from brines," said Gavin Rennick, President of Schlumberger New Energy. "We are excited by the opportunities to scale up this solution to support the increased demand for lithium, motivated by the electric vehicle industry's growth ambitions." As the world transitions to a clean energy economy, lithium demand is increasing dramatically. Currently, lithium mining has a high environmental cost and a dependence on just a few countries worldwide. A technology change is required to leverage a broader, more sustainable resource base to address the requirements of countries committed to a cleaner future. "We need a monumental ramp-up of lithium production to meet the global demand from EVs and the renewable energy transition," said Brian Menell, TechMet's Chairman and CEO. "EnergySource Minerals' pioneering DLE technology has the potential to scale lithium production globally while minimizing environmental impacts and we are hugely excited to be supporting the development of its first commercial operation on the Salton Sea." About EnergySource Minerals EnergySource Minerals is a privately held company leading the development of Project ATLiS—a premier lithium project located in Imperial County, California, United States—as well as the ILiAD technology platform, which is being developed and deployed to lithium operations worldwide. The EnergySource Minerals team comprises leaders in industrial project development, continuous adsorption and ion exchange processes, and battery materials. A 30-year veteran of ion exchange and adsorption technology, Dr. Charles Marston has led the ILiAD technology project. Dr. David Deak (former CTO of Lithium Americas Corp, ex-Tesla) and EnergySource Minerals CTO John Featherstone provide leadership support for ILiAD and our own project development initiatives. About TechMet TechMet is a private company that invests across the Li-ion battery metal supply chain, including production, processing, and recycling. TechMet's major shareholders include the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and the global energy trader Mercuria, and their advisory board is led by Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama. About Schlumberger New Energy Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology to the global energy industry. Schlumberger New Energy explores new avenues of growth by leveraging Schlumberger's intellectual and business capital in emerging new energy markets, with a focus on low-carbon and carbon-neutral energy technologies. Its activities include ventures in the domains of hydrogen, lithium, battery storage, carbon capture and sequestration, geothermal power and geoenergy for heating and cooling buildings.

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