SL split points after match washed out

first_imgBristol: Sri Lanka were forced to split points for the second successive time in the ongoing World Cup after their World Cup match against Bangladesh was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain here on Tuesday. Both the teams came into the match with one win from three matches and now each will get a point for the washout. On Tuesday, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were left staring at the sky, waiting for some divine intervention after the start of their key match was delayed due to heavy rains. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe rain eased a couple of times but only to return and thus the inspection was postponed twice. The groundsmen, meanwhile, tirelessly worked on draining out the water on the covers with the sucking brooms and mops. At 13:57 local time, the umpires finally decided to officially abandon the match. Sri Lanka now have four points from as many games, while Bangladesh have three points from four games. The result will leave Sri Lanka frustrated as it is the second instant of a wash-out for the Island nation. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upAfter two defeats, Bangladesh too were looking for resurgence against Sri Lanka and now they will be wary of their semifinal chances. Bangladesh were handed a two-wicket loss by New Zealand followed by a massive a 106-run defeat to hosts England after their 21-run win over South Africa in their World Cup opener. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, suffered a 10-wicket loss to New Zealand in their opening match, before recovering to beat Afghanistan in a rain-shortened game, but the island nation were forced to split points with Pakistan in their last match after the match was called off due to rains. On Monday, a struggling South Africa had to share points with the West Indies after their World cup match was washed out due to persistent rain at Southampton. Sri Lanka will next take on defending champions Australia at London on June 15, while Bangladesh will face West Indies on June 17 at Taunton.last_img read more

Mother of murdered Aboriginal teen tells inquiry tougher laws needed

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – The mother of a 16-year-old Aboriginal girl murdered in northern New Brunswick says Canada needs tougher laws.“If you murder someone, you shouldn’t be allowed out,” Pam Fillier said at the start of two days of hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Moncton, N.B.Fillier’s daughter, Hilary Bonnell, disappeared from Esgenoopetitj First Nation on Sept. 5, 2009, triggering an extensive search that gripped the Aboriginal community.The girl’s 32-year-old cousin, Curtis Bonnell, was arrested on Nov. 8, 2009, and led police to her burial site the next day. Bonnell told police he sexually assaulted Hilary and killed her. He was later convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.On Tuesday, Fillier said she wants to help prevent similar incidents from happening again. She was emotional as she spoke about her daughter, saying the pain doesn’t go away.“It doesn’t end when you bury your child. It just starts another kind of pain,” she said.Fillier said she wants tougher laws to punish people who commit such crimes.“If we don’t get tougher laws, these monsters keep getting let out. That’s another child in danger,” she said.Much of the day was spent hearing from a Knowledge Keepers panel — three elders who detailed the history of Indigenous people in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and issues that have arisen, particularly the loss of status by Indigenous women who married non-Aboriginal men.“The loss of status is loss of community,” said Judy Clark, adding that Indigenous men marrying non-native women kept their status.Imelda Perley, a member of the Red Shawl Campaign, said that treatment has put up walls that need to be removed.The inquiry is expected to hear from at least 20 people, including a youth panel Wednesday afternoon.“It’s very important that we hear from the youth — not just the impact, but what are they recommending for a better Canada?” said commissioner Michele Audette.The federal government set up the inquiry in December 2015 to address the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The commissioners began the inquiry in September 2016 and were hoping to issue a final report by the end of 2018, but the commission is widely expected to ask for a deadline extension.More than 700 people have shared their stories with the inquiry so far.last_img read more

Feds studying birth tourism as new data shows higher nonresident birth rates

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is studying the issue of “birth tourism” with a view to better understand the scope of this practice within Canada and its impacts.This comes as new research published by Policy Options today shows the number of non-Canadian residents giving birth in Canadian hospitals is much higher than in figures reported by Statistics Canada.Using numbers from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, which captures billing information directly from hospitals, researcher Andrew Griffith found over 3,200 babies were born here to women who aren’t Canadian residents in 2016 — compared with the 313 babies recorded by Statistics Canada.A petition tabled recently in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido calls on Canada to take stronger measures to end birth tourism, saying it abuses Canada’s social-welfare system.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen responded saying his department has commissioned further research in order to get a better picture of the scope of this issue and its impacts in Canada. Hussen also says Canada does not collect information on whether a woman is pregnant when entering Canada, nor can a woman be denied entry solely because she is pregnant or might give birth in Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Recent retail sales far weaker than initial estimates revisions suggest

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian retail sales during the crucial holiday shopping season were far lower than previously projected as consumers appeared to pull back on spending.Statistics Canada has released revised estimates for its retail-trade figures — and they are considerably weaker when compared to the initial readings published by the federal agency.The agency now estimates retail sales for November contracted 1.1 per cent compared to the previous month, which is a downward revision from its previous figure of 0.5 per cent growth.For December, the agency now says retail trade likely fell 1.2 per cent, which is deeper than its previous estimate of just a 0.7 per cent contraction.The report says retail sales grew by only 0.1 per cent in January, compared to the initial estimate of a 0.3 per cent expansion.Statistics Canada also released its monthly number for February, when it estimates retail sales increased 0.4 per cent to $49.8 billion — with the biggest increases coming from new car dealers and general merchandise stores.last_img read more

Egypt referendum on draft constitution on Jan 1415

first_imgCAIRO- Egypt said Saturday a referendum on a new draft constitution will be held next month, the first step towards elected rule in a country deeply polarised after president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster.“I call upon you to vote in a referendum on the draft revised constitution on January 14 and 15,” interim president Adly Mansour said in a speech to the nation, accompanied by high-ranking officials and those who drafted the new charter.The new constitution was drafted after the interim military-installed authorities suspended the previous charter written under the Islamist Morsi. Egypt’s first democratically elected president was ousted by the army on July 3.His removal has caused deep divisions amid a sweeping and deadly government crackdown targeting Morsi supporters that has left more than 1,000 people dead and thousands more arrested.Mansour praised the revised draft for its provisions on the “securing of human rights, freedoms and the balancing of powers”.“It is a good start on which to build the institutions of a democratic and modern state,” he said.The revised charter has come under severe criticism from secular movements and rights groups for retaining the powers and privileges of the military.The constitutional referendum is to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections in mid-2014, according to a transition road map outlined by the new authorities.last_img read more

Wimal slams Government meeting GTF

Samaraweera had met the GTF in London over the weekend to discuss the immediate needs of the Tamils in the North and East and how the diaspora can help to meet those needs. Weerawansa said that there is only one Government in Sri Lanka and no Provincial Council can be called a Government. (Colombo Gazette) The GTF was listed by the former Government over alleged links with the LTTE and Weerawansa said that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera must be arrested for meeting the GTF. National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa today slammed the meeting the Government had with the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in London.Weerawansa said that while the opposition has no issued with the Government meeting democratically elected Tamil representatives, it has an issue with the Government meeting banned groups. Weerawansa said that there is now a clear attempt to allow the international community to interfere in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs.The MP also slammed Subinay Nandy, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sri Lanka, saying, in a statement issued last week he had referred to the Northern Provincial Council as the Northern Province Government. read more

Google among major US companies researching use of colour in business initiatives

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW ORLEANS – Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of colour in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found “a clear link between colour and satisfaction with a person’s work area,” which in turn can boost employee creativity and productivity.Elyria Kemp, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of New Orleans, says there’s more competition than ever for time and attention, and colour is “the silent salesperson.”“We have so much stimuli in the environment,” she said.” That’s why it’s so important to have those distinctive colours that really stand out.”Kemp is following colour trends in business and conducting her own research on the link between emotions and colour. She said she’s also looking at what colours consumers associate with certain services, such as transportation, health care, banks and financial services.Kemp said when consumers make an evaluation of a product offering, typically they do this within 90 seconds or less, and more than half of their initial assessment is based on colour alone.That’s why so many companies are researching their colour choices — to the tune of thousands of dollars, Kemp said — and trademarking the colours consumers have come to associate with their products, such as UPS’s Pullman brown, Home Depot’s vibrant orange and Tiffany & Co.’s distinct blue.Joclyn Benedetto, spokeswoman for Tiffany & Co., based in New York City, said the diamonds and glamour of the company’s jewelry is linked to the signature Tiffany blue colour that wraps every creation. She said the colour was selected by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany for the cover of “Blue Book, Tiffany’s annual collection of exquisitely handcrafted jewels,” which was first published in 1845.Coca-Cola’s signature red colour also dates back more than 100 years, when it was shipped in barrels painted red to differentiate it from beer barrels, said Ted Ryan, the company’s spokesman.Home Depot got its original orange colour from deconstructed circus tents used in its early marketing signage — and it stuck.“When we do consumer research and we ask our customers say a word association for Home Depot, the first thing they say is orange,” said Trish Mueller, Home Depot’s chief marketing officer. “So it is literally seeped into our DNA.”Smaller companies are also recognizing the benefits of colour. Emil Hagopian, an Ann Arbor, Mich.,-based distributor for Mar Plast Color Building Accessories, said even in his line of work — products and accessories for public restroom spaces — there’s been an increased demand for colour beyond the standard neutrals and stainless steel.“Color can tend to excite you, make you feel like you are in a better-designed space and just kind of adds to that total feeling of security, comfort,” he said.Technology has played a role in making more products available in a wider range of colours, he said.But picking the right colour is important.“You know when something is right because you get a feeling of security, of safety, and it’s not something that you think about. It just will hit you,” Hagopian said. “And sometimes, if it’s done wrong, that also hits you.”___Associated Press reporters Marina Hutchinson and Ron Harris in Atlanta and Mike Householder in Detroit contributed to this report. by Stacey Plaisance, The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2014 4:32 am MDT File- In this June 5, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a Google sign at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the organization built around the popular search engine, says Google has already found a clear link between color and satisfaction with a person’s work area,” which in turn can boost employee creativity and productivity.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Google among major US companies researching use of colour in business initiatives read more

Transat shares surge after tour operator revises summer earnings outlook

MONTREAL – Shares of Transat A.T. surged Monday to the highest level in nearly three years after the travel company signalled it’s having a significantly more profitable summer season than expected.The Montreal-based tour operator’s shares (TSX:TRZ) peaked at $8.87 in intraday trading, up 11 per cent from Friday’s close, and its highest level since December 2014. The stock gave up some ground to close up 88 cents to $8.84.Transat said its third-quarter results will show “significantly higher” adjusted earnings than during the comparable period last year.Spokesman Christophe Hennebelle said the results anticipated two months ago, when it issued its previous outlook and second-quarter results, did not prove to be accurate.At the time, Transat estimated overall results for the summer season from May through October would be similar to last year. But revenues to July 31 have turned out superior to last year, especially since mid-June.“The revenues are higher, the costs are slightly lower, and the effect is increased by the fuel and currency effects,” Hennebelle said in an interview.Since the company is in a blackout period before the release of its results Sept. 7, Hennebelle declined to provide details, including whether the improvement was due primarily to “sun” destinations or the transatlantic market, which is largest in the summer months.Transat said this year’s third-quarter adjusted net income will be similar to the $26.9 million posted two years ago, and significantly higher than the $2.5 million reported in last year’s third quarter.The 71 cents per share outlook would be substantially higher than the 10 cents per share anticipated by analysts.Analyst Mona Nazir of Laurentian Bank Securities said the return to historical levels of profitability would be very positive for a company that has made a series of strategic changes over the last few years.Nazir said Transat’s ability to significantly increase its profitability speaks to its earnings capability.“The combination of $450 million plus in cash, a potential return to positive EPS for the year, alongside strong tailwinds, may cause some investors to begin to pay attention to the Transat story once again,” she wrote in a report.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial increased his target price for Transat shares by 41 per cent to $12 following the revised guidance.While he’s optimistic about the next two quarters, Doerksen says the longer-term strategic challenges for Transat remain.“We see an intense competitive environment continuing for Transat,” he said, pointing to industry capacity growth that could surpass what it faced in last year’s harsh winter.Doerksen also said Transat’s efforts to build out its hotel business to reduce earnings cyclicality will likely take several years.He said the revised outlook isn’t surprising since Air Canada (TSX:AC) recently reported higher Atlantic prices and revenue per available seat mile. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 6:09 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transat shares surge after tour operator revises summer earnings outlook read more

Seeing Machines wins major contract with BHP Billiton

first_imgSeeing Machines has been awarded a $1.5million order for its Driver State System (DSS) from BHP Billiton. It follows a 17-truck trial at Mining Area C and Eastern Ridge, in the Pilbara, northwest Australia. In all, 110 trucks will be equipped with the devices, which use Seeing Machines’ breakthrough eye-tracking technology. It’s one of a series of similar transactions with the world’s big miners. The group also has a deal with American firm Caterpillar, which has been agreed to roll out the DSS via its dealer network.The DSS solution is a robust, automatic platform that uses cutting edge eye tracking algorithms to detect operator drowsiness and distraction. It has been specifically designed for straightforward deployment into vehicles and environments where fatigue and attention must be monitored and managed in real time.The DSS-IVS (in vehicle system) uses a small, console-mounted camera to track operator eye behaviour, determine the driver’s drowsiness state and detect micro sleeps the instant they occur. Audio and seat vibration alarms immediately alert the operator, and site dispatchers are notified of incidents in real-time.The DSS system works equally well day and night, even if an operator wears tinted safety glasses or prescription eyewear. And, says Seeing Machines, “unlike other companies’ solutions that require drivers to wear awkward proprietary ‘tethered’ glasses with infrared eye sensors or caps with brain monitoring electrodes, DSS is non-contact and requires no calibration. Your drivers just get in and drive.”last_img read more

Alta Metallurgical announces  nickelcobaltcopper keynote

first_imgMark Benz, Vice President, Technologies, Sherritt International Corporation (Canada) will be a Keynote Speaker at Alta 2017. May 20-27 in Perth, Western Australia.  His presentation will address the challenges and strategies involved in technology development and implementation, including the key need for training and support of the technology user’s personnel.last_img

Ginormous 173inch Galaxy View 2 tablet available on ATT on April 26

first_img Tags The Android tablet has a 17.3-inch HD display built into a cover that lets you prop up the screen or handle it flat against its back. It has 4G LTE connectivity and four speakers with Dolby Atmos sound technology. The Galaxy View 2 also works with AT&T’s Numbersync service, so you can make and receive voice and video calls.Other specs include a colossal 12,000-mAh battery and 64GB of built-in storage, which you can expand by up to 400GB more. If you have a DirecTV Now subscription, you can stream shows and movies with the preloaded TV Mode app.The tablet will be available on Friday, April 26. AT&T said it will share more specs and pricing information at the time of launch. The Galaxy View 2 tablet as held by a normal-sized human. AT&T/Screenshot by Lynn La/CNET Though there were rumors that Samsung had a huge tablet called the Galaxy View 2 up its sleeve, it has been confirmed that the device is real and it’s coming to US carrier AT&T. In a very roughly edited video published on YouTube on Tuesday, AT&T introduced the device and a few key specs, though it did not specify any pricing yet. Post a comment Samsung Galaxy View Share your voice Review • Samsung Galaxy View review: Biggest Samsung tablet ever, smallest TV in your house 4G LTE AT&T Samsung Preview • Samsung goes big on tablets with the 18-inch Galaxy View; starts at $599 from November 6 (hands-on) 0 Tabletslast_img read more

Apples 60Inch iTV with iRing Remote May Launch This Year Analyst

first_imgApple’s much anticipated iTV will take the stage later this year to “revolutionize the TV experience forever,” said an analyst.According to a research report published by Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, Apple will make its entry into living rooms with a 60-inch television which could also come in the 50-55-inch range. White also said that the iTV might arrive with ‘iRing’ remote, which can be placed onto the viewers’ finger to control the television set.White also said that Apple will come with a 9.7-inch screen “mini iTV” which would be the same size as that of the iPad. He had arrived on these conclusions following a visit to Apple’s Chinese and Taiwanese suppliers.”Essentially, we believe the ‘mini iTV’ screens will be able to capture content from the 60-inch ‘iTV’ across a distance of up to 200 meters, allowing a user to view ‘iTV’ content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom, backyard, etc.,” White said as quoted by Appleinsider. “We believe Apple will offer one ‘mini iTV’ per ‘iTV,’ but package options will include up to four screens (i.e., one screen is part of the standard package and pay extra for each additional.”Last week, a DigiTmes report citing a source in the industry supply chain had said that the iPhone maker is working on an Ultra HD TV with 3840×2160 pixel resolution and is likely to release the device towards the end of 2013. Rumours about Apple’s television has been doing the rounds for quite some time, but the tech titan continues to remain silent on this.last_img read more

Never thought I would be able to collaborate with someone like Malkhit

first_imgHoney Singh and Malkhit SinghPR HandoutOne of the most celebrated music composers, Yo Yo Honey Singh is super thrilled to work with the ‘Golden Star’ Malkhit Singh in his new venture, and everyone is going crazy to witness the magic that this duo is all set to create.The rapper recently expressed, “This is the biggest collaboration of my life. I was around 12-15 years old when I heard his song Gur Nal Ishq Mitha, then Malkit Singh made a remix of it during my young days. I never thought I would be able to collaborate with someone like him”.Gur Nalo Ishq Mitha was originally sung by Malkhit Singh and in the original version, the singer didn’t feature in the video, while in the Yo Yo Remake, he will be seen in the video as well.Recently, he shared a picture of the poster on his social media and captioned it as, “Desikalakaar” Featuring “The Golden Star” Feelin so crazy, me with the legend himself – Much love n respect”. This sure goes on to prove how excited the singer himself is!The duo is creating a lot of buzz since the poster came out and their colorful Punjabi avatar in it is something which is loved by all. This song is all set to release on July 24.The year, 2018 has been a rocking year for Yo Yo Honey Singh as he has delivered many chartbusters namely, Dil Chori and Chote Chote Peg, This Party Is Over Now, Rangtaari to Shahid Kapoor-Kiara Advani, featuring single Urvashi Rautela.last_img read more

Seven persons possibly inside militant den

first_imgRAB Director General Benazir Ahmed speaks to newsmen. Photo: Prothom AloThere are possibly seven persons, including women and children, in the suspected militant den at Mirpur’s Darus Salam area in the capital, according to the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). This was revealed by RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed at a press briefing held at 11:00 am Tuesday morning at the site.The RAB DG said, two persons including a private university student were arrested on Monday night during a raid on a militant den in Tangail. Based on information from them, the operation has been launched at the militant den in Darus Salam. The suspected militants are on the fifth floor of the building. Benazir Ahmed said that 65 persons had been rescued from 23 of the 24 apartments in the building. The gas, power and water connections to the building had been severed.The RAB DG said so far they had learnt that a militant named Abdullah was in the den. Once the operation was over, their correct names and identities would be revealed. It is believed that Abdullah’s two wives, two children and two associates were also in the apartment. A large cache of explosives were also possibly stashed there.RAB men cordon off alleged militants’ den at MirpurAbdullah’s sister had already surrendered from the militant den, said Benazir Ahmed, adding that they were trying to use her to make Abdullah surrender. The RAB DG said, they were repeatedly contacting Abdullah over the phone in an effort to get him to surrender. He has been resisting till now.Benazir Ahmed said, “We do not want any innocent persons to lose their lives. That is why we are requesting him [Abdullah] to surrender. We will wait some more.”The RAB DG said when the operation began at night at the militant den, explosions took place. There were IEDs in the den. There had been gunshots as well. Abdullah may have a pistol too, he said. Taking all this into consideration, the operation was being conducted with caution.last_img read more

Political Roundup Shutdown Ends For Now And A Controversial Post From Harris

first_imgListen From the government shutdown ending (for now), to the results of the Texas House District 145 race, to controversy over a Facebook post from the Harris Co. Republican Party on Holocaust Remembrance Day, our experts weigh in on the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.In the audio above, Craig Cohen discusses those and other stories with Mark Jones from Rice University and political analyst Nancy Sims. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /16:58last_img

2nd Freddie Gray Trial Set Fellow Officer Must Testify

first_imgThe second trial for a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray is set for next month — a year after the Black man’s neck was broken in a police van — and one of the officer’s colleagues will be forced to testify.This May 1, 2015, file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, the six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore prosecutors on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, asked a judge to delay the trials of Rice, Miller and Nero, who are charged with assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment. Rice is also charged with manslaughter. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)The latest reshuffling of trial dates happened March 8 when Maryland’s highest court ruled that Officer William Porter must testify against his fellow officers while he awaits retrial. Porter’s trial ended in a hung jury in December and proceedings for the other officers have essentially been on hold while the courts determined whether he should be forced to take the stand.The trial for Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in the Gray case, will start April 13 — one year and one day after Gray was arrested outside the Gilmor Homes in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood when he ran from police.Gray was booked after Rice and officers Edward Nero and Garrett Miller found a knife they deemed illegal in Gray’s pocket. The state’s attorney has said the knife was legal and Gray should have never been taken into custody. He died a week after his injury in the van.Rice is charged with manslaughter, misconduct in office, reckless endangerment and assault. All of the officers have pleaded not guilty.Porter, who checked on Gray after he was put in the van, testified at his trial that he didn’t do anything wrong during Gray’s arrest. He told a jury that it was the van driver’s responsibility to make sure Gray was secured in a seat belt.Porter’s attorneys argued he shouldn’t be forced to take the stand at the other trials because he could potentially open himself up to perjury. The Maryland Court of Appeals judges seemed skeptical during oral arguments last week, saying Porter shouldn’t have anything to worry about as long as he tells the truth.The judges did not explain their decision, saying they would issue an opinion later.Amy Dillard, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, said their ruling makes sense.“What the prosecution is asking for is that Porter be called and asked the same questions and testify as he did before under oath,” Dillard said. “If the prosecutor goes into areas he has not commented on or testified about, there are motions to be made during those trials.”The appeals court issued two rulings. The first ruling agreed with Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams’ decision to force Porter to testify against Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Caesar Goodson, all of whom face manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges. Goodson, the van driver, faces the most serious charge, second-degree murder.A second order reversed Williams’ decision that Porter did not have to testify against officers Miller, Nero and Rice.Miller and Nero face misconduct in office, reckless endangerment and assault charges.last_img read more

Baker Awards 337000 to NonProfits

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO. jwright@afro.comThe office of the county executive of Prince George’s County and the Prince George’s County Local Development Council (PGCLDC) recently gave grants to non-profits who are working to make the lives of county residents better.On July 25, 11 non-profits were feted at the Second Annual Local Impact Grants Awards Ceremony that took place at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreational Complex in Fort Washington, Maryland. The local development council exists because of a state law mandating that where a gaming facility exists, such as Prince George’s County’s MGM National Harbor, there is an advisory group on how that facility can best impact the surrounding community.Rushern Baker III., county executive of Prince George’s County, highlighted 11 non-profits working in the area. (Courtesy Photo)Since its formation in 2015, the development council has awarded more than $562,000 in community grants and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III commended the work of the council and the non-profits.“The PGCLDC did a great job of selecting a diverse group of organizations that address a variety of challenges which range from mentoring and education of youth to organizations that provide resources with our senior community and those with disabilities,” he said. “I am appreciative that MGM National Harbor has continued to honor the commitments they made to the residents of Prince George’s County.”One of the 11 non-profits that received a portion of the $337,000 given to 11 non-profits is the Community Ministry of Prince George’s County, located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The executive director of Community Ministry is Jimmie L. Slade and he told the AFRO his organization will use the funds on violence prevention workshops.“Community Ministry of Prince George’s County will use the $35,000 award to fund the development and conduct of a series of leadership and violence prevention educational workshops for youth 10-24 years of age from the Oxon Hill community and surrounding communities,” Slade said. “According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, In America, homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans and second leading cause of death for Latinos/Hispanics in this age group.”Slade said he and Donice Jones, the president of the Oxon Hill Boys and Girls Club, will seek collaboration from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and Bowie State University to provide research strategies, materials and support for the project.Another grant recipient is the Alice Ferguson Foundation based in Accokeek, Maryland. The foundation’s educational programs bring together students, educators, park rangers, community leaders as well as regional organizations and government agencies throughout the Washington area to promote the sustainability of the Potomac River watershed.“We will use the $30,000 to invest in students and in the educational programs we offer,” Lori Arguelles, president of the foundation, told the AFRO. “We have on-site programs, such as the one for fifth graders on our education campus that teaches them to explore nature, learn about agriculture and the local watershed. We want them, and the others we work with, to move toward the goal of a trash-free Potomac River.”last_img read more

Future solar cells may be made of wood

first_img © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. (a) A schematic of the hierarchical structure of a tree in which each structure is broken down to the level of the elementary fibrils. (b) Regular paper with microfibers has a microporous structure that causes light scattering. (c) The new paper is made of TEMPO-oxidized wood fibers to eliminate the micropores and improve optical transparency. Credit: Fang, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, the South China University of Technology, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, have published a paper on the new material in a recent issue of Nano Letters.As the researchers explain, solar cell performance benefits when materials possess both a high optical transparency (to allow for good light transmission) and a high optical haze (to increase the scattering and therefore the absorption of the transmitted light within the material). But so far, materials with high transparency values (of about 90%) have very low optical haze values (of less than 20%).The new wood-based paper has an ultrahigh transparency of 96% and ultrahigh optical haze of 60%, which is the highest optical haze value reported among transparent substrates.The main reason for this good performance in both areas is that the paper has a nanoporous rather than microporous structure. Regular paper is made of wood fibers and has low optical transparency due to the microcavities that exist within the porous structure that cause light scattering. In the new paper, these micropores are eliminated in order to improve the optical transparency. To do this, the researchers used a treatment called TEMPO to weaken the hydrogen bonds between the microfibers that make up the wood fibers, which causes the wood fibers to swell up and collapse into a dense, tightly packed structure containing nanopores rather than micropores. Citation: Future solar cells may be made of wood (2014, January 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-future-solar-cells-wood.html Journal information: Nano Letters More information: Zhiqiang Fang, et al. “Novel Nanostructured Paper with Ultrahigh Transparency and Ultrahigh Haze for Solar Cells.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl404101p Explore furthercenter_img “The papers are made of ribbon-like materials that can stack well without microsize cavities for high transmittance, but with nanopores for high optical haze,” coauthor Liangbing Hu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland, told Phys.org.To test the paper for solar cell applications, the researchers coated the wood fiber paper onto the surface of a silicon slab. Experiments showed that the light-harvesting device can collect light with a 10% increase in efficiency. Due to the simplicity of this laminating process, solar cells that have already been installed and are in use could benefit similarly from the additional paper layer.Although there are other papers made of nanofibers, this paper demonstrates a much higher optical transmittance while using much less energy and time for processing. With these advantages, the highly transparent, high-haze paper could offer an inexpensive way to enhance the efficiency of solar panels, solar roofs, and solar windows.”We would like to work with solar cell and display companies to evaluate the applications,” Hu said. “We are also interested in the manufacturing of such paper.” Optical transmission haze versus transmittance for different substrates at 550 nm. Glass and PET are in the green area, which are suitable for displays due to their low haze and high transparency; the transparent paper developed in this work is located in the cyan area, which is the most suitable for solar cells. Credit: Fang, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society (Phys.org) —A new kind of paper that is made of wood fibers yet is 96% transparent could be a revolutionary material for next-generation solar cells. Coming from plants, the paper is inexpensive and more environmentally friendly than the plastic substrates often used in solar cells. However, its most important advantage is that it overcomes the tradeoff between optical transparency and optical haze that burdens most materials. Small-molecule solar cells get 50% increase in efficiency with optical spacer This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Method found for pulling hydrogen from ammonia for use as clean fuel

first_img Carbon-carbon bond formation at selective aliphatic carbon sites This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Princeton University has found a way to weaken the strong bonds between the nitrogen and hydrogen atoms in ammonia molecules while simultaneously releasing a single hydrogen atom to create hydrogen gas. In their paper published in the journal Science, Máté Bezdek, Sheng Guo and Paul Chirik describe the process and the likelihood of using it as a new hydrogen source. Jessica Hoover with West Virginia University offers a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and also outlines the impact the findings are likely to have on hydrogen energy storage and utilization. Ammonia has long been used on a large scale to produce both fertilizers and feedstock, and on a smaller scale as a household cleaner, but scientists would also like to use it as a type of fuel, because doing so would offer a new way to create hydrogen gas for use as a clean energy source. But to date, efforts to do so have been stymied by the strong bond that exists between the nitrogen and hydrogen atoms in ammonia molecules. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found an efficient means for doing so that not only weakens the bond, but also causes the release of one of the hydrogen atoms making it available to bond with another to create hydrogen gas.The new process involves using an ammonia-bound terpyridine bis(phosphine) molybdenum(I) cation, because as Hoover notes, it is both electron rich and positively charged. In so doing, the nitrogen–hydrogen bond is cleaved homolytically, resulting in a lone hydrogen atom and an M–N bond. The newly freed hydrogen atom is then able to bond with another to form hydrogen gas, which can then be collected, stored and eventually burned to provide energy for a variety of engines.The work by the team, Hoover also notes, is likely to have an impact both on energy systems (the process is much more efficient than other methods such as deprotonation or oxidative addition) and on other work that involves synthesizing ammonia, perhaps leading to even more efficient processes. Citation: Method found for pulling hydrogen from ammonia for use as clean fuel (2016, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-method-hydrogen-ammonia-fuel.html © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Comparison of classical coordination compounds of ammonia and nonclassical compounds that enable bond weakening by coordination, which in turn enables hydrogen evolution. Credit: (c) Science  11 Nov 2016: Vol. 354, Issue 6313, pp. 730-733, DOI: 10.1126/science.aag0246 More information: Coordination-induced weakening of ammonia, water, and hydrazine X–H bonds in a molybdenum complex, Science  11 Nov 2016: Vol. 354, Issue 6313, pp. 730-733, DOI: 10.1126/science.aag0246 , http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6313/730AbstractAlthough scores of transition metal complexes incorporating ammonia or water ligands have been characterized over the past century, little is known about how coordination influences the strength of the nitrogen-hydrogen and oxygen-hydrogen bonds. Here we report the synthesis of a molybdenum ammonia complex supported by terpyridine and phosphine ligands that lowers the nitrogen-hydrogen bond dissociation free energy from 99.5 (gas phase) to an experimentally measured value of 45.8 kilocalories per mole (agreeing closely with a value of 45.1 kilocalories per mole calculated by density functional theory). This bond weakening enables spontaneous dihydrogen evolution upon gentle heating, as well as the hydrogenation of styrene. Analogous molybdenum complexes promote dihydrogen evolution from coordinated water and hydrazine. Electrochemical and theoretical studies elucidate the contributions of metal redox potential and ammonia acidity to this effect. Journal information: Science Explore furtherlast_img read more

Celebrating the year of Fire Rooster

first_imgWalls, doors and the sitting lounge of the Kamani Auditorium were brighter than ever decked up in the royal red and golden decorations in order to celebrate the “Chinese New Year” all day long in the national Capital.Delhiites witnessed a brilliant performance on “Chinese New Year” as the festival show was organised by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. The cynosure at the show was ‘Xinjiang Art Theater Song and Dance Troupe’ (XATSDT) from China. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDelhi’s winter turned quite warm at the event when hundreds of artists from China wearing the bright and flamboyant costumes, glittery accessories appeared on stage to present their performances. The artists enacted historical stories showcasing the celebration of “spring festival” and presented some folk songs.Spectators were amused to come across such brilliant performances as they also tried to match the steps with the professional dancers on the stage. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveXinjiang troupe from China executed various spell-bound shows like – Group dance varying from “Celebration”, “Stomping Dance” to “Bowl Dance”. People also got a chance to witnesses some amazing acrobatics with themes such as, “Play Diabolo”, “Hand Techniques”, “Shaking Hula Hoops” and “Kicking Bowls”. The troupe did not dissappoint with their amazing solo musical performance with “Ode to Motherhood” and “Good Days”. The age-old tradition of China was uncovered under one roof in the city and more than 200 people experienced the merriment of the occasion while learning about the tradition. A large gathering, including several Chinese national attended the festive moment with their family and friends at the auditorium. “Chinese New Year is one of the most important traditional festivals in China and now is getting popular in many parts of the world. We are happy to share the joy of this traditional festival with Indian friends and for this purpose we bring Xinjiang Art Theater Song and Dance Troupe this year to India,” said Zhang Zhihong, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of China in India. “I believe it will make Indian people know more about the diversified and rich culture of China, which is needed for the deepening of cultural cooperation and exchange between the two great countries,” he added. “I congratulate all my Chinese friends on the occasion of Chinese New Year and wish to bring more cultural troupes and artistic treasures from China to India to celebrate such occasions,” said Mohammed Saqib, Secretary General, India-China Economic and Cultural Council. “I am very happy to bring Xinjiang Art Theater Song and Dance Troupe to India to perform among Indian audiences,” he further added.Chinese New Year 2017, the year of the Fire Rooster, starts from January 28 and the rituals include prayers to the gods to grant them health and happiness all throughout the year.last_img read more