Govt inks allotment pact with WBPDCL for a coal block

first_imgNew Delhi: The coal ministry on Monday inked an agreement with West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd for allotment of Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block. The project is expected to address the immediate and future coal and power requirements of the region. “The central government entered into an allotment agreement with the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) regarding the Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block today,” the coal ministry said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn accordance with the provisions of Coal Block Allocation Rules, 2017, made under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957, the WBPDCL has been allocated the the coal block located in West Bengal containing an area of 12.28 sq km with estimated reserves of 2102 MT for power generation. The project is slated to generate both direct and indirect employment in West Bengal considerably and also contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. Further, the project envisages to address the immediate as well as the forthcoming coal and power requirements.last_img read more

SEVEN KILLER PIECES OF ADVICE FROM THE WOMEN BEHIND ALUMNI SERIES MARY

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook On Tuesday night, the CFC was among a very lucky few to attend Global TV’s Women Killin’ it in the TV Industry event, which featured a screening of the Season 2 finale of Mary Kills People, as well as a panel with assorted women who worked in front of and behind the camera on the series. Among the talented creators and producers featured that evening were three CFC alumni, all of who have been with the show since its beginnings.Mary Kills People was created by CFC alumna Tara Armstrong based on a script she entered the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program with in 2014. The series was brought to life with the help of alumnae Tassie and Amy Cameron, who decided to make the show the first project for their production company (Cameron Pictures Inc., which is also behind upcoming series Little Dog from another alumnus—and Mary Kills People Season 1 guest star!—Joel Thomas Hynes). Together, Tara, Tassie and Amy would bring on a number of other CFC alumnae to work on the show, including Holly Dale (director of all six Season 1 episodes), Roslyn Kalloo (editor of several episodes between Seasons 1 and 2), and writers like Sherry White, Michael Goldbach and Marsha Greene.Greene was among the women invited to speak on Tuesday’s panel, which also included the aforementioned Cameron sisters, as well as Caroline Dhavernas (series star), Tecca Crosby (Executive Producer, Entertainment One), Barbara Williams (EVP & COO, Corus) and Lisa Godfrey (VP of Original Content, Corus). All of these women had plenty to share about the state of the industry, covering a range of topics from the #MeToo movement to gender parity in Canada and beyond. There were many amazing insights shared, but what we loved most was their honest advice for women starting out in the industry. Check out some of our favourite tips below. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

September home sales and prices higher in BC says BCREA

first_imgVANCOUVER – Home sales and average prices rose in B.C. in September, according to the latest figures from the British Columbia Real Estate Association.It says a total of 8,340 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service during the month, an increase of 9.9 per cent from the same period last year.Total sales amounted to $5.8 billion, up 30.2 per cent from September 2016, and the average MLS residential price was $693,774, up 18.5 per cent.Year-to-date, the dollar value of B.C. residential sales was down 12.8 per cent to $57.6 billion, when compared to this time last year.The BCREA also says residential unit sales declined 13 per cent year-to-date to 81,608 units while the average price was down 0.2 per cent to $705,501.Cameron Muir, the association’s chief economist, says B.C. home sales rose nearly five per cent from August on a seasonally adjusted basis.“Total active listings on the market continue to trend at 10-year lows in most B.C. regions, limiting unit sales and pushing home prices higher,: he said.“While the economic fundamentals support elevated housing demand, rising home prices are eroding affordability, particularly for first-time buyers.”last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seize over 615000 in illegal drugs

first_imgApproximately 4.2 kilograms of CocaineApproximately 250 grams of Fentanyl PowderApproximately 270 Fentanyl tabletsApproximately 1950 Oxycodone tabletsApproximately 22.5 litres of GHB/RohypnolApproximately $4000 in Canadian Currency4 firearmsGeorge Osbaldo Goday-Guerra, 24 of Surrey, British Columbia is facing the following charges;Possession for the purpose of trafficking x 4Trafficking a controlled substancePossession of property obtained by crime under $5000Possession of a prohibited weapon/deviceUnauthorized possession of a prohibited/restricted firearmObstruction of a Peace OfficerMr. Godoy-Guerra remains in custody and scheduled to appear at Grande Prairie Provincial Court on March 20, 2019.Grande Prairie RCMP is committed to increasing community safety by using a crime reduction strategy that focuses on identifying repeat offenders, gathering intelligence, and conducting enforcement initiatives. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP executed two warrants and seized over $615,000 worth of illegal drugs.On March 17, 2019, Grande Prairie RCMP Municipal Drug Section along with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services, ALERT and Grande Prairie General Duty members, executed 2 Search warrants in the City of Grande Prairie and the Town of Wembley following a drug investigation.RCMP searched both residences and located approximately $615,000 worth of illegal drugs. Canadian currency and firearms were also located during the search. The following items were seized as a result of the investigation;last_img read more

Probe launched on fake Twitter account using Ravis name

The complaint was Karunanayake’s first official action after assuming his new job today having shifted from the Ministry of Finance. The hackers had published the tweet quoting foreign ministry spokesperson. Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake lodged a complaint with the police to probe into a false Twitter account in his name which had posted about the death of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.In a letter to the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Karunanyake’s secretary Sisira Wijesinghe said a twitter account in the name of the minister was a fake account and it had falsely claimed the passing away of the former Indian Prime Minister. Karunanayake’s shift from the Finance Ministry to Foreign Ministry on Monday was one of the major changes in the government’s first cabinet reshuffle since 2015. He was replaced by Mangala Samaraweera as the finance minister who earlier held the post of foreign minister. read more

Foreign Minister asserts no chance of having foreign judges

The Minister said that the international call is for foreign jurists to be involved as observers in any judicial process over the war and Sri Lanka will not object to it. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana today asserted there is no chance of Sri Lanka having foreign judges in the post war accountability process.Speaking to reporters after assuming duties at the Foreign Ministry, Marapana said that the Constitution is clear there cannot be a foreign judge in a local judicial process. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/thilak-marapana-cut.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “We have made this clear to the international community and they have accepted that,” he said. The Sri Lankan government has two years to implement the Resolution but the Minister says Sri Lanka can even ask for more time if required.“You cannot do this overnight. You need time. We have convinced the international community that we are committed and we are not playing the fool,” he said.The Minister said that there is no pressure from any country on Sri Lanka with regards to the accountability process as the current government has shown it is moving in the right direction. (Colombo Gazette) Marapana said the international community is convinced Sri Lanka is committed to ensure justice for the victims of the war.He also noted that Sri Lanka has been given ample time to implement a Resolution on Sri Lanka which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March. read more

Competition seeks ideas to make Ontario more accessible

The Council of Ontario Universities wants undergraduate students to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.To encourage their ideas for inclusion, the council is hosting Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) 2013 an annual Ontario-wide competition showcasing innovative designs for accessibility in partnership with the provincial government.IDeA is inspired by the goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.Students are encouraged to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for barriers to accessibility in our communities and vie for up to $1,500 in prizes with entries that address one or more of the five barrier categories: attitudinal, physical/architectural, information and communications, technological, and systemic/organizational.Hilary Tyler with John Milloy, minister of community and social services, at the OCE Discovery conference in Toronto last May. Last year, Brock nursing student Hilary Tyler won third place and $500 at IDeA for her “Everybody Hurts” campaign intended to promote empathy and break down attitudinal barriers that exist for people living with mental illness.“Brock University continues to move forward in accessibility in order to identify, prevent and remove barriers to the inclusion of persons with disabilities ” said Greg Finn, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic.”Faculty are strongly encouraged to bring this competition to the attention of students. We hope to see Brock continue to have a strong presence in this provincewide competition.”Submissions must be received at Brock by April 14, 2013.All proposals will be evaluated by the entrant’s home institution. Successful candidates go on to a second round of judging by a panel of experts. First prize wins $1,500, second prize is $1,000 and third place gets $500.Finalists will be invited to showcase their designs to key industry, academic, and government players as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaborative opportunities for innovation.For more information about the competition, contact Finn at ext. 4528 or email gfinn@brocku.ca, or Margaret Sanderson, University accessibility co-ordinator at ext. 5454 or msanderson@brocku.ca. read more

Cokes broadening palate drives sales

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola is upping its revenue expectations for the year with its new lines of healthier drinks continuing to win over fans and its namesake brand experiencing growth as well.The world’s largest drink company posted second-quarter earnings of $2.61 billion, or 61 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 63 cents per share, which is a penny better than expected, according to analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue was $10 billion, also beating expectations.Shares of Coca-Cola Co. rose 2 per cent before the opening bell Tuesday after the Atlanta company projected organic revenue growth of 5%._____Portions of this story generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on KO at https://www.zacks.com/ap/KOThe Associated Press read more

UN mission chief says security deteriorates in Côte dIvoire AU proposes election

“There is too much anxiety and fear in the air and too many Kalashnikovs in the streets. Rampant insecurity seems to be the order of the day,” the head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Pierre Schori, told the Security Council at the start of a public meeting followed by a private discussion on the West African country.”UNOCI’s latest human rights report covering the period May-June-July 2005, which was released in Abidjan on 8 October makes gruesome reading,” he added. “The report depicts in detail numerous human rights violations committed with increasing frequency by elements of the government-controlled Defence and Security Forces (FDS), military elements of the Forces nouvelles (FN), armed and unarmed militia associated with either side of the Ivorian conflict and criminals. The lack of rule of law has taken root.” Since a failed coup attempt in 2002, the Government has ruled the south of the cocoa-producing country, while the rebel Force nouvelles controls the north.Explaining the AU’s recommendation to postpone the elections for a year, Nigerian Foreign Minister Oluyemi Adeniji, whose country is chairing the AU Executive Council, said it had become clear that the expected completion of the political transition period with the holding of elections on 30 October was not attainable.He noted that summit meetings of the AU’s Peace and Security Council and the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) had asked the Security Council to consider a substantial expansion of the 7,090-strong UNOCI as it carries out its mandate to disarm and demobilize militias and re-integrate them into society, as well as provide security for the elections in 2006. Supporting a delay in the polling, the High Representative of the Secretary-General for the elections, Antonio Monteiro, said although his mandate envisioned the holding of free, fair and transparent elections on 30 October, his exploratory mission earlier this month showed no progress in applying signed peace agreements. The 12-month postponement recommended by the AU’s Peace and Security Council was largely sufficient for preparing and holding free, fair and transparent elections, he said.According to the AU decision, President Laurent Gbagbo would remain in office for the year while South African President Thabo Mbeki was re-affirmed as AU mediator. read more

Mens lacrosse Ohio State to square off against familiar face in NCAA

Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWHAT: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship – No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Maryland at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.HOW TO WATCH: ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Streaming on WatchESPN app and ESPN3.comIt all comes down to this. A matchup of Big Ten rivals who have battled neck-and-neck all season will determine the next NCAA men’s lacrosse champion.The No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (16-4) has battled No. 1 Maryland (15-3) twice this season, edging out the Terrapins at home in an 11-10 overtime thriller on April 22, and losing 10-9 in the finals of the Big Ten tournament in Columbus.After the team lost to Maryland in the tournament finals, coach Nick Myers and the rest of his unit believed that if they played to the level they were capable of, this season would end in a matchup between them and their East Coast rivals.“We have a ton of respect for Maryland,” Myers said. “We felt that night, we looked at each other and without knowing how this was going to turn out, ‘Hey, we’re going to see these guys again if we take care of business.’”Though the teams have built up a rivalry through their close, competitive games this season, Myers said that contempt for the opposition will not be the driving factor behind their play on Monday. Instead, respect for the opposition and the desire to play their best possible lacrosse would be what pushes the Buckeyes to play well.“You have to play your best lacrosse if you want to try to go out there and beat Maryland,” Myers said. “I think that that, more than contempt, is what it brings out.”The players echoed Myers’ sentiment.“The whole team is excited to play Maryland again,” senior attackman Eric Fannell said. “They’re a very, very good team, as coach Myers said. We have a lot of respect for them. And every time we play them, we play to our best ability and so do they. Big Ten matchup again. Grudge match.”The two teams will enter the game coming off a pair of narrow victories in the semifinals. OSU edged out Towson 11-10, and Maryland hung on late against fifth-seeded Denver to win 9-8.Though both games were close, and relatively low-scoring, the Buckeyes are prepared for a game that could be more of an offensive show, taking on a team that averaged the 10th-most goals per game in the NCAA this past season (12.67 goals per game).“They play a good team offense,” Myers said. “They’ve got a good front six — as good a front six as there is in lacrosse. We feel strongly in ours, and I think you’re going to see a collision tomorrow as you did in the first couple games.”The matchup in the Big Ten tournament championship game did not prove to be quite the offensive show many expected, until late in the game when a total of nine goals were scored in the fourth quarter in an eventual 10-9 Maryland victory.Myers believes that for the Buckeyes to find success against the Terrapins on Monday, the Buckeyes will need to put together an offensive effort capable of keeping up with their opponents.“That was a heavyweight slugfest that you saw in the Big Ten championship,” Myers said. “We’re chasing our best offense, and for us to accomplish the ultimate goal, we’ll have to do that. I think Maryland’s going to bring that out in us.”But this time, the stakes are a bit higher than they were the last time these two teams met. It is no longer a Big Ten title on the line. Now it’s for the NCAA championship.In the history of OSU lacrosse, the team has never made it to this point. It had never even made it to the semifinals before this season. And now, on the doorstep of history for the program, seniors like midfielder Jake Withers believe that while the program has vastly surpassed expectation in their tenure, the end goal has still not yet been reached.“We came a long way since my freshman year four years ago, and we’ve stumbled and we’ve made some steps. I feel like this year, you know, the progression that we’ve made to championship weekend is a culmination of all those things together,” Withers said. “With that said, we’re not done. Although we made a championship weekend and championship game, we want to make history and be the first Buckeye lacrosse team to bring the trophy back to Columbus.” read more

PPP to SARA Head Clean your own house if you are

…as Opposition Leader declines “symbolic” walk against corruption inviteLeader of the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, through Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, has responded to a letter sent by Professor Clive Thomas, Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) inviting him to a “symbolic” walk against corruption on April 20, 2018.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoIn the responding letter, it was outlined that while the Opposition leader is supportive of any efforts that will strengthen the state’s institutional, legal and procedural framework for fighting corruption, he would not be participating in the “symbolic” walk  since “it is a mere smoke screen to detract from the grossest violations of the constitutional and statutory provisions regarding financial probity, transparency and accountability ever witnessed since independence.”Moreover, the letter outlined that the political Opposition would not participate in such a walk “while members and other public officials of successive PPPC government have been discriminated against, victimized, and targeted by a state-sponsored witch-hunt on frivolous, manufactured charges.”In addition to highlighting instances of, what the PPP outlines as, ‘blatant corruption’ under the incumbent Administration, the letter directed to Thomas posited that “the passage of the SARA Act has given you, sir, enormous, in fact, super powers —something we abhor as it is in total contravention to human rights and due process- but sir you have those powers so why have you taken no action as a so-called anti-corruption champion to bring members of the present government to book? As they say clean your own house so that others can see the light and know you are serious about fighting corruption!”See the full letter below:Professor Clive Thomas,Director,State Assets Recovery Agency,Lot 55 “A” Main and New Market Streets,Georgetown,April 16, 2018Dear Dr. Clive Thomas,Re: Invitation to Participate in Anti-Corruption Awareness Campaign “Corruption is Everybody’s Business” I wish to acknowledge your letter of invitation to the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Bharrat Jagdeo, M.P., to participate in a “symbolic” walk against corruption on April 20, 2018.The Leader of the Opposition wishes to inform you that he is supportive of any efforts that will strengthen the state’s institutional, legal and procedural framework for fighting corruption in keeping with the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption, the UN Convention Against Corruption and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.However, the Leader of the Opposition will not participate in this “symbolic walk” as it is a mere “smoke screen” to detract from the grossest violations of the constitutional and statutory provisions regarding financial probity, transparency and accountability ever witnessed since independence. Furthermore, it will not participate in such a walk while members and other public officials of successive PPPC government have been discriminated against, victimized, and targeted by a state-sponsored witch-hunt on frivolous manufactured charges.The Parliamentary Opposition holds firmly to this position, which was reflected in the PPP press release of April 14, 2018, and herein reiterate, that“after being in office for only three years, the APNU+AFC Government can easily be classified as the most corrupt Government in the post-independent English speaking Caribbean. Indeed, its corruption is only surpassed by its incompetence. In three short years it has managed to completely by-pass the public procurement process, mandated by law, and has handed to its cronies and financiers, hundreds of contracts to the value of Billions of Dollars”…The number of cases of such violations is mounting on a daily basis. Suffice herein to provide a few most notable ones thus far which have cost the Guyanese people billions of dollars to their detriment:-–          the Minister of Health, Volda Lawrence ordered the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to purchase $620M in drugs and pharmaceuticals supplies in 2017 from an identified supplier, without any resort to the procurement process. Then shamelessly and publicly accepted a gift of a freezer from the supplier to store some of these pharmaceuticals. What is worse, the pharmaceuticals were acquired at a cost of over 100% more than their market value. The Minister of Finance was forced to produce in the National Assembly the NPTAB’s records of requests for and grants of waivers of the tender process which revealed that the Ministry of Health’s request for the waiver was denied yet it went ahead and procured this enormous quantum of pharmaceuticals in blatant disregard of the rule of law.–          The now famous contract for the Sussex Street Bond -a mere house- which the Government rents in Albouystown, for $14M GYD per month to store pharmaceuticals, when that same house can only yield a rental of approximately $100,000 GYD, on the open market. There was no resort to any form of procurement as admitted by Minister Dr. Norton in the National Assembly and for which he was placed before the Privilege Committee; the matter remains pending since 2016! Despite a special cabinet review team that found that the contract was flawed, and, Minister Harmon stating in 2016 that the Cabinet would reconsider the contract, it remains intact and over $300M GYD thus far been garnered by the owner in rental. In 2017 the Bond was found to contain no pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.–          This Government expended over $2B of taxpayers’ dollars in the construction of the Jubilee D’Urban Park facilities and established a Special Purposes Company, that was given the responsibility to raise funds and implement major construction works under this project, comprising of a Minister and known members of the PNC. In 2016/2017 the taxpayers had to pay for the construction of the facilities in time for the 50th Anniversary by way of supplementary financial provisions with no disclosure as to the total costs incurred. Again, there was no resort to any form of public procurement. Despite repeated demands, they cannot produce any credible records to the Office of the Auditor General, in relation to this project. This matter was also brought to the attention of the newly appointed constitutional Public Procurement Commission in September 2017 to investigate and no action has been taken.–          In September 2017- the contract for a pre feasibility study for a New Demerara Harbour Bridge was found to have been awarded to a company that did not bid despite there was a public tender where 12 companies bid and one was shortlisted. This procurement breach was also documented to the Public Procurement Commission in the same month and to date, it has taken no action to investigate or rectify the matter.–          This Government surreptitiously negotiated a petroleum sharing agreement with Exxon Mobil in 2016 and for over a year refused to make it public despite thunderous public pressure. Since December 2017 with the exposure of the Guyana Government agreement with Exxon signed in June 2016, this matter remains the subject of major public debate. The government’s sale of the country’s newly found oil and natural gas resources for a pittance is a shame on all Guyanese and a stain Guyana will have to endure for decades to come. Even the IMF and countless international petroleum watchdog bodies have found this to be a flawed agreement in violation of basic acceptable international standards for first discovery oil countries and have noted that  Guyana will be grossly disadvantaged from reaping it’s just rewards.–          This is a Government that surreptitiously stashed in a secret bank account, $18M USD, received from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus in 2016 and uttered not a word about it to the public for over a year. In December 2017, the media exposed proof of the USD 18 M signature bonus that government received from Exxon. The funds were put in a Bank of Guyana interest bearing foreign currency account instead of being deposited in the Consolidated Fund as required by the constitution. This matter has been taken to the courts.  The government continues to refuse to move the monies to the Consolidated Fund to reflect accurately the country’s revenues in compliance with the constitution.–          This Government took 30 months to appoint the Integrity Commission and after 3 months the Commission is not functioning. In 2016, this government defeated a parliamentary opposition motion calling for all Members of Parliament to make public their income tax submissions and their Integrity Commission declarations for the previous 10 years.–          The Auditor General’s Annual Report for Y2016 found 82 breaches of the FMAA and 71 breaches of the Procurement Act as shown below:- Losses not yet written-off20314 Breaches of Stores Regulations525360 Public Accounts121510 Breach of FMA Act472182 Overpayment of Salaries162022 Non delivery of items162118 Others197153 Misstatement of Appropriation Accounts103 Outstanding cheque orders & missing vouchers242131 Overpayment on construction5362126  Summary of Findings from 2016 Audit Report201420152016 Non-disposal of unservicable vehicle733 Breaches of Procurement Act 2003161871 Revenue related matters24713 –          The US State Department Report, March 2018, titled, “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report – Volume II,” identifies Government corruption, for the first time in Guyana’ history, as one of the main source of money-laundering. In short, we have a “Government of money-launders.”–          This government secretly paid itself, retroactively, a 100% increase in salary, to July 1, 2015, mere weeks after assuming office.In the light of this short list of blatant transgressions by this Government, can one wonder why the Parliamentary Opposition, critical national stakeholders and thousands of Guyanese are angry at the audacity of this government to accuse others of corruption when there is nothing being done to stop this “corruption haemorrhage” undermining the rule of law in our country?The government manipulates the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and directs the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to institute fabricated and malicious charges against political opponents and highly qualified professional Guyanese, who have served their country and their people with distinction. The frivolous charges instituted against Dr. Ashni Singh and Mr. Winston Brassington are simply the most recent, and, we have no doubt others will be made victims of this vindictive and undemocratic regime.In conclusion, the passage of the SARA Act has given you, sir, enormous, in fact, super powers —something we abhor as it is in total contravention to human rights and due process- but sir you have those powers so why have you taken no action as a so-called anti-corruption champion to bring members of the present government to book? As they say clean your own house so that others can see the light and know you are serious about fighting corruption!You are right, sir, “Corruption is everyone’ business”; we have made it ours, maybe you can demonstrate to the Guyanese people that it is yours.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, M.P.,Parliamentary Opposition Chief Whip Weak internal controls9099106 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSARA cannot investigate corruption without formal complaint, says DirectorApril 20, 2018In “latest news”SARA CEO says even though he is politically affiliated, Agency unbiasedMay 14, 2018In “Crime”“Call the police” – Jagdeo challenges Benn on land documentsJuly 5, 2019In “latest news” read more

Champions League Round 2 Review Big Surprises

The 2nd round of the Champions League saw big surprises. These Saturday and Sunday we witnessed some unexpected results, that were result of the ‘underdogs’ showing great fight and winning some more respect worldwide.In group A, yesterday Barcelona beat Schaffhausen with 30:26, while Zagreb trashed Bosna at home with 33:19, and today Chambery beat Savehof with 33:30Group B saw Fuchse beating Vive Kielce, Veszprem beating Bjerringbro, while Atletico surprisingly only drew at home vs the Russian Champion, Chekhovski Medvedi.Füchse Berlin (GER) vs. Vive Targi Kielce (POL) 30:27 (14:15Debutant Füchse Berlin remain unbeaten, as Vive Targi Kielce remain with zero points after two matches. 7876 spectators saw a highly intense and close match of two top teams. Berlin took the points thanks to their great catch-up chase in the final stage of the match. Top scorers were pivot Torsten Laen (Füchse, 7 goals) and Grzegorz Tkaczyk (Kielce, 5).Both teams started with full speed, but as the Berlin defence could not cope with the Kielce wing and back court players, the Polish runners-up increased the lead to 11:6. But when Spanish world star Iker Romero took the responsibility in the Füchse attack the rollercoaster turned the direction for the first time – and Berlin equalized at 14:14, after goalkeeper Silvio Heinevetter hd sgut the gate for minutes.When the host took the lead at 17:15 the game changed again, as then Kielce had found their rhythm and increased the margin to 24:21 in minute 50. But thanks to a final 9:3 series Füchse took their first ever victory in the EHF Champions League.BM Atletico Madrid (ESP) vs. Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS) 30:30 (18:14)Decades after the last international handball match in the shirts of Atletico Madrid the Spaniards missed the great chance to take their second victory. Nearly the whole 60 minutes Madrid was in lead, but then Eduard Koksharow equalized by a penalty shot in the last second.Atletico was dominant before the break, and went to the winner’s way when they led 23:15. But the eight goals margin was decreased minute by minute, as the Russian defence improved and on the other hand Chekhovskie scored a 6:0 series to 21:23 – the game was open again. Thanks to a goal of Mikhail Chipurin the Russians led once at 25:24, before Madrid turned the game – until the very last second.For Medvedi it was the second draw after the tie on home ground against Berlin. Lazarow (7) and Markussen (6) were the top scorers for Madrid, Filipow scored seven times for Medvedi.In Group C, Cimos beat Wisla at home, and Hamburg expectedly beat Constanta away, while Saint Petersburg failed to capitalize on playing at home, and only drew at home against Metalurg, who now increased their chances to reach the TOP 16 Phase.Finally, in Group D, the biggest surprise took place. The favorized team of THW Kiel lost at home against Montpellier, shocking handball europe. In the other game, Kobenhavn was convincing at home against Pick Szeged.THW Kiel (GER) vs. Montpellier MAHB (FRA) 23:24 (14:10)After 23 straight victories – 14 in preparation, nine in all competitions of this season – THW Kiel conceded their first defeat – as Montpellier turned the game after break thanks to their outstanding shooter William Accambray. He scored eight times in the second half. On the other hand THW goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer who will return to Montpellier in 2013 – showed a strong performance with 17 saves, top scorer of THW was Filip Jicha with six goals.Montpellier now is equal in points with Kobenhavn (4) and two points ahead of Kiel.THW could not cope with the excellent MAHB defence in the second half as the German runners-up only scored nine times in 30 minutes. In the first half the game went completely different: Montpellier failed against Omeyer and Kiel took a four goal margin to the dressing rooms. Then the explosive 30 minutes of Accambray started: He scored eight times – including the decisive 24:23, as Kiel missed their last chance with the final whistle.Statements after the match:Patrice Canayer, coach Montpellier: This game fulfilled all expectations – it was a great match. Our players took the challenge to win at this fortress of handball. Before the break we were weak in attack, but then we improved – and now we are absolutely proud that we have won this game. I hope that we meet Kiel again in Germany – a long time after the Group Stage. But this is a different story.Alfred Gislason, coach Kiel: Montpellier had a higher quality than our team after the break. As we missed three or four important and 100 per cent chances in the second half we missed the victory. Montpellier was more efficient in attack.Parts of the text: EHF ← Previous Story Kadetten youthstar out 6-8 months Next Story → Champions League (W) Round 2 Review read more

Could a wax heatsink keep future processors cool

first_imgThere are plenty of ways to keep a processor cool — from passive copper heatsinks to water cooling setups to Peltier coolers. Heck, you can even immerse your rig in oil. But can you imagine coating your processor with wax to keep it from overheating?That’s precisely what a team from Penn State and the University of Michigan is doing. They’re looking for a way to better utilize all the processing power in modern chips. Their technique involves a kind of CPU “interval training” which they refer to as sprinting.The chip is run with the pedal to the metal for short bursts — processing huge amounts of data and then ramping down to cool off. And it turns out that wax is a pretty good material for handling the waste heat that the sprinting generates.GIF animation courtesy WiredPhase-change materials like wax are great at absorbing heat. Paraffin wax has a very high specific heat capacity, and it’s already widely used in materials that need to be fire-rated like drywall and document safes.Why is the team investigating wax as a processor cooler? Because as chips become smaller and transistor counts continue to climb, more power gets drawn into an ever-shrinking space. Normally, not all of a chip’s transistors are used at once to keep the overheating menace at bay. The UofM team thinks that sprinting — which would involve tapping every single transistor for short, intense processing periods — may provide a better way forward.Unfortunately, dealing with the heat created by sprinting isn’t the only issue that needs to be resolved. Even if wax is up to the task, there needs to be improvements in battery technology before such a system would work in a portable device.Intel engineer Steve Gunther told Wired, “if I can’t get the current out of the battery … it doesn’t help. You need balanced solutions.” He’s right, of course, but it’s good to know that researchers continue to push the computing performance envelope.last_img read more

RAW Highlights: RAW Women’s Title, Rollins/Ambrose, Women’s Tag Team Titles

first_img Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE WhatsApp WWE posted these highlight clips after last night’s RAW in Lafayette. Facebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jerry Lawler Twitter Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 11.82%0:00Remaining Time -0:48 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Roman Reigns is in Remission Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Hearing to decide placement of sexually violent predator

first_img Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJACUMBA HOT SPRINGS (KUSI) – Jacumba Hot Springs may soon be the new home of 56 year old Alvin Quarles, a convicted serial rapist who’s been classified as a “sexually violent predator.” On Friday, a judge in San Diego will hold a hearing to decide if Quarles should be allowed to live in a private home in Jacumba Hot Springs. Quarles, once known as the “bolder than most” rapist attacked his victims at knifepoint and sometimes forced the boyfriends and husbands of his victims to watch. In 1989, he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape.Under the law, any offender who serves his sentence and successfully completes his treatment is eligible for release. If the judge decides to release Quarles, the ex-offender would be subject to continuous monitoring and supervision. He would also be required to wear a GPS device.County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who represents Jacumba Hot Springs and Boulevard said she doesn’t want to see any more sexually violent predators moved into those communities. Jacob argues that people like Quarles jeopardize the public’s safety. “The community doesn’t want them. They’re far, far away from services and this particular one- he’s not safe to be released.” Jacob said.In April, Herman Smith, a sexually violent predator was approved to live on the same street in Jacumba Hot Springs where Alvin Quarles may be moving in. “We have one sexually violent predator that is currently in Jacumba Hot Springs within a mile of this proposed placement. That’s too close. That’s way too close,” Jacob said. The East County supervisor has written a letter to the hearing judge to express her objections, but said she’s doubtful that Friday’s hearing will have any significant effect on the judge’s decision. Unless the placement is found to be close to a facility with children, Jacob said the court usually follows the recommendations by the Department of State Hospitals. “The judges have unanimously just rubbed-stamped whatever the state wants. In my view, it’s not a fair hearing,” Jacob said. Sasha Foo October 9, 2018 Posted: October 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Hearing to decide placement of sexually violent predatorlast_img read more

Lastminute Mothers Day gifts you still have time to get

first_imgLightFieldStudios/iStockphoto OK, it’s crunch time: Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, which means your online-gift-ordering window is closing rapidly. Indeed, if Mom lives far away and you’re hoping to have something delivered, it’s time to act. Fortunately, at least a few stores are positioned to help last-minute shoppers. Walmart, for example, offers free two-day shipping on orders of $35 or more, and there’s always the in-store pickup option as well. Amazon Prime subscribers can get two-day shipping on most items — possibly even one-day shipping, which would theoretically give you until Friday to pick a gift. Indeed, you might want to head straight to Amazon’s Mother’s Day gift shop if you prefer to shop by category. See it at AmazonNeed a little more help? Below I’ve rounded up some great gift ideas that, as of today, you still have time to get. They’re not necessarily the most affordable options — for that, see this collection — but they’re all guaranteed to arrive by Sunday. Read more: The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Dog Moms (Chowhound) Share your voice Internet E-readers Wearable Tech Smart Speakers & Displays Levoit Kyra Himalayan Salt Lamp: $13 (save $9) with promo code JV52C7EF See at Amazon See at Walmart Jack & Rose essential-oil diffuser bracelet: $17 See at Amazon CNET’s Mother’s Day gift guideThese are our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Mother’s Day gifts under $50Best Mother’s Day gifts from $100 to $250Mother’s Day gifts to get her streaming with ease, starting at $30Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffsBest Mother’s Day gifts for foodie momsMother’s Day gifts for the mom who’s got gameThoughtful gifts for every kind of momMother’s Day gifts for moms who love coffee (Chowhound)CNET’s Mother’s Day gift hubOriginally published on May 7, 2019.Update, May 10: Added new gifts and removed expired/sold-out items. Shiatsu Foot Massager: $79.99 Walmart Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. You gave Mom the essential-oil diffuser last year, right? This year, let her enjoy those oils on the go. This stylish bracelet comes with eight colorful pads that can be swapped out depending on which oil she wants. (The oils aren’t actually included; she’ll use her current supply to put a few drops on each pad.) The straps themselves are available in four different colors. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See at Walmart Read full review Tags 4-pack of Tile Mate and Slim item trackers: $40 (save $30) Gift ideas to make Mom’s life easier Levoit I can’t say I get the whole salt-lamp craze, especially this pseudo-science about “negative ions” and improving your sleep. That said, they look cool and emit a soft, pretty glow.This one consists of a 5- to 8-pound hunk of salt atop a 15-watt bulb (with two spares included in the box). There’s a touch-powered dimmer switch embedded in the power cord. Some 900 buyers collectively rated this 4.6 stars out of 5, so I think it’s a pretty safe bet Mom will like it. At $199, the Apple Watch Series 3 still isn’t what I’d call cheap — but it’s $80 off the regular price and without question the best iPhone-compatible smartwatch.The white sport-band goes with everything, but you can make this gift even more fun with some colorful replacements, like this three-pack for $14. While you’re at it, look at all the other inexpensive Apple Watch accessories you can get. Now playing: Watch this:center_img Screenshot by Sean Hollister/CNET Read full review Does Mom often misplace her phone? Or keys? Tech to the rescue. The Tile Mate is a small, square, battery-powered tile designed to live on a keychain, or maybe attached to a purse. The Slim is slightly larger, but also thinner, and therefore better suited to slipping into a wallet.When the phone goes missing, you double-press the button on the Tile. That makes the phone ring loudly, even if it’s set to mute. Keys missing? Use the locator feature in the Tile app to make the Tile itself beep.One important note: This should be available for in-store pickup, but it’s too late to get free shipping in time for Mother’s Day. The Cheapskate Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Facebook Portal: $99 (save $100) Facebook Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: $90 (save $40) Apple Watch Series 3: $199 (save $80) Tile See at Best Buy 3 If anyone needs a foot massage, it’s Mom. This model kneads and rolls feet and ankles, offering four different programs and three massage modes. It even includes a remote. Comments Don’t just call Mom to say hi — video-call her! It’s the 21st century, after all.That option has rarely been cheaper now that the Facebook Portal is on sale for $99. It’s not only a dedicated video-call machine, but also a voice-powered smart assistant, able to play music, show videos, even run a slideshow of family photos. Even if you don’t have a Portal of your own, you can call Mom (and vice versa) via Facebook Messenger. Read full review Jack & Rose See at Amazon 1:04 For the mom who loves to read, a distraction-free Kindle is hard to beat. This 2018 version is darn near perfect, and at $40 off it’s tied with its lowest price ever.Still a bit outside your budget? The new entry-level Kindle, which features an integrated light, is also being discounted: It’s $70 (save $20). See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

USbacked forces battle IS near key Syria town

first_imgMembers of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, inspect the recently recaptured Tabqa dam. Photo: AFPThe road to the Tabqa dam in northern Syria is strewn with evidence of the clashes being waged by a US-backed alliance of fighters against the Islamic State group.Bits of burned vehicles and the casings of ammunition litter the roadside leading into the dam complex, which the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered Friday.Two overturned tanks lie in the rubble and dirt berms along the roadside, and the bodies of several alleged IS fighters lie in the shallow water of a canal.The jihadist group still controls the main dam itself, Syria’s largest, which straddles the Euphrates River.But fighters from the Kurdish-Arab SDF alliance who were airlifted behind IS lines last week by US forces entered the complex from the north on Friday and seized part of it.The battle for the dam has sparked concern about its integrity, with fears that any damage to it could cause its failure and “catastrophic” flooding.The facility went out of service over the weekend, a technical source there told AFP, after damage to its power station.“We tried to preserve the dam as much as possible so that it was not damaged,” SDF commander Rojda Felat told AFP.“We think Daesh has laid explosives on it to prevent our advance,” she added, using an Arabic acronym for IS.‘Jihad is our path’Signs of IS control are everywhere, starting with a placard cautioning that the maximum load allowed on the dam is 50 tonnes, and warning that any additional weight will incur a fine.Elsewhere, a sign in white Arabic script on a black background reads: “The Quran is our constitution, Mohammed is our leader, and jihad is our path.”The battle for the dam is part of the SDF’s preparations for a larger assault on IS’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa, which lies around 55 kilometres (34 miles) east of Tabqa.The alliance, backed by the US-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, is aiming to effectively encircle Raqa, and on Sunday captured the nearby Tabqa military airport.The coalition has launched air strikes in support of the operation, and Felat said its forces were playing a stepped-up role on the ground.“This time, coalition forces took part in greater force than previous occasions with new tactics like the airlift, crossing the river, and artillery fire,” she said.Inside the part of the complex under SDF control, a concrete bunker near the water’s edge bears a crude white rendition of IS’s flag, painted on its side.And from a position on the edge of Lake Assad, created by the dam and Syria’s largest water reservoir, positions still held by IS can be seen, with the group’s black flag fluttering next to a mosque.Fears of floodingSince arriving at the complex, the SDF has left their mark too: the letters SDF and YPG are graffitied in English on concrete barrages pockmarked by bullets.Amid fears for the dam’s integrity, the SDF announced Monday it was pausing operations for four hours to allow engineers to enter the facility.A source at the dam said the team needed more time to carry out inspections and repairs.“It will take two or three days to assess and repair the damage, which was a result of the bombardment of the electrical distribution room,” he told AFP.“The teams will try to find alternatives to the power station to make the dam functional again,” he said.But an SDF spokeswoman said inspections had been successful and the pause in fighting was now over.“There is no damage to the dam or its function, the engineers have finished their work and confirmed that the dam has not been damaged, and on this basis the ceasefire ended,” said Jihan Sheikh Ahmed in a statement.Earlier this year, the United Nations raised concern about the prospect of damage to the dam in fighting, warning that water levels—which put pressure on the structure—were already high.It warned damage to the dam could produce “massive scale flooding” in Raqa province and even further east in Deir Ezzor, with “catastrophic humanitarian implications”.last_img read more

Postgame Notes Louisville at Boston College

first_img Enoch has now scored double figures in 14 games. Boston College became the 52nd  opponent that the Cardinals have held under 40 percent shooting in the last four years. The Cardinals have limited an opponent to under 40 percent accuracy for a half on 27 occasions this season, including holding Boston College to .258 in the first half. The Cardinals pulled down 17 offensive rebounds against the Eagles.  Louisville has pulled down 10 or more rebounds off the offensive glass 17 times this season, including 13 of the last 19 games. Steven Enoch’s blocked shot extended Louisville’s streak of consecutive games with a block to 297. PLAYER NOTES Jordan Nwora reached double figures for the 27th  time in 29 games, finishing with 13 points on Wednesday night against the Eagles. SERIES NOTES Story Links With the loss, Louisville dropped to 7-4 versus Boston College, including a 2-2 mark in Boston. Louisville has a 5-1 record against the Eagles since joining the ACC.TEAM NOTES With 10 rebounds against the Eagles, Dwayne Sutton pulled down double figure rebounds six times this season.  Tonight marks his second consecutive game with double digit rebounds. With his 10 rebounds against Boston College, Malik Williams has pulled down double digit rebounds three times this season.  Christen Cunningham dished out six assists against Boston College, marking the 13th time he has dished out five or more assists in the last 16 games.     Print Friendly Version Steven Enoch’s 22 points sets a new career-high for the junior.  He passes his previous high of 17 points against North Carolina on Jan. 12. With his 12 rebounds against BC, Nwora now has a team-high seven double-double on the year.last_img read more

Micro Fuel Cells Get Closer to Replacing Batteries

first_imgClose-up image of silicon microchannels. In microDMFC fuel cells, methanol and air circulate in microscopic microchannels etched in silicon wafers, as shown here. Image credit: Steve Arscott. 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. One alternative to lithium ion batteries is fuel cells, due to their advantage of a high energy density – potentially, sixteen times higher than lithium ion batteries. Although researchers have been working on fuel cells for several years, they still face several challenges. In a recent study, a team of researchers has developed micro-sized direct methanol fuel cells (microDMFC) that achieve significantly improved fuel efficiency and maintain a good power density while operating at room temperature. The energy density (measured in watt-hours per liter) of the new fuel cells is 385 Wh/L, which is superior to lithium ions batteries’ value of 270 Wh/L.The research, led by Dr. Steve Arscott at the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN) in France, working in collaboration with SHARP Corporation in Nara, Japan, is published in a recent issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, and a second study has been accepted to the Journal of Power Sources.Both studies use methanol fuel cells, in which methanol is the fuel and serves as the anode, while air is the oxidant and serves as the cathode. The methanol and air circulate through the fuel cell in microscopic microchannels etched in silicon wafers. When the methanol and air react in the presence of an electrolyte, electricity is produced.In their second study, the researchers inserted a novel macroporous layer into the silicon-based microfuel cell. This design helped them improve the fuel efficiency from an already high 20 percent in their first study to 75 percent, while operating at room temperature. At this efficiency, the cells had a power density of 4.3 mW/cm2 and 9.25 mW/cm2 in the two respective studies. By adding a little bit more fuel, the researchers could increase the cells’ power density to 12.7 mW/cm2, although the efficiency then dropped to 20 percent (numbers are from the second study).While previous fuel cells have achieved higher power density (up to 47.2 mW/cm2, by Yen et al), they haven’t operated at room temperature, which is absolutely essential for a commercial product. Part of the reason that the new fuel cell achieves unprecedented fuel efficiency is because it uses a small amount of fuel (as little as 1.38 microliters per minute, or 550 nanoliters per minute, in the first and second study, respectively). By using a minimal amount of fuel, it’s possible to eliminate components such as pumps, which in turn would lower the cell’s energy consumption. However, as the researchers demonstrated, a minimum amount of fuel is necessary to maintain a steady fuel concentration across the cell to achieve maximum efficiency.From the design perspective, the key to achieving high power density at room temperature is reducing both the fuel cell size and microchannel cross-sections. These modifications resulted in overall device miniaturization to a size of 0.18 cm2, with a thickness of 0.17 cm, corresponding to a tiny cell volume of 0.03 cm3 and a weight of about 110 milligrams. According to Arscott, these microcells are the smallest and lightest high-performance microDMFC working at room temperature to date.Despite these improvements, challenges still remain, as Arscott highlighted.“The biggest challenges facing micro fuel cells are: (i) high-performance room-temperature operation, (ii) miniaturization for on-chip use, (iii) compatibility with existing system fabrication (CMOS, for example), (iv) avoidance of complicated pumps for fuel and air which use energy themselves, (v) use of an efficient silicon-based proton exchange membrane and diffusion layers (novel porous layers for example), (vi) full integration with a microchannel architecture and also (vii) fuel storage,” he told PhysOrg.com. “On the latter point, obviously the more fuel efficient the cell, the less fuel needs to be stored for a given working period.”In addition to applications in mobile consumer devices, the fuel cells could also be integrated as on-chip energy sources for autonomous MEMS and NEMS devices, as well as for sensors and actuators in silicon microelectronics, where efficient fuel use will be important. Arscott explained that different kinds of applications will require different kinds of fuel cells.“In terms of fuel cells and energy sources, one must compare like with like: on one hand, fuel cells which will be one day be used for automobiles will be large and will have to supply a high power and have an energy density for a long journey,” he said. “On the other hand, micro fuel cells for a new generation of autonomous MEMS/NEMS-based sensors and actuators will require compact, on-chip, very efficient, high energy density energy sources which can supply micro and milliwatts for a long time. In the latter case, the energy required will be to drive the sensor and to communicate with the environment (for example, send a signal which says ‘forest fire here!’). I don’t think there will be one dominant fuel cell for all applications, but there is likely to be one dominant fuel cell per application, for example, the hydrogen cell for cars or the methanol cell for portable and autonomous micro/nanosystems.”Based on the progress of fuel cell research, fuel cells may begin widely replacing lithium ion batteries in consumer devices in the near future. “From a research point of view, prediction is very hard,” Arscott said. “One can see fuel cells powering consumer electronics (iPod, Blackberry, etc.) in the next few years; one can see fuel cells powering automobiles in the next 20 years (or not, if we find huge resources of petrol in the Arctic, for example). The popularity and success of something is based on many factors – for example, cost (energy/dollar), availability, performance and the lawmakers. For instance, a ban on existing polluting batteries that contain heavy metals would favor fuel cells.“One thing is sure,” he added. “Like everyone, I think that energy is about to become very important and, as Mark Twain (of who I’m a big fan) said, ‘What is a government without energy? And what is a man without energy? Nothing, nothing at all…’”More information: Kamitani, Ai; Morishita, Satoshi; Kotaki, Hiroshi; and Arscott, Steve. “Miniaturized microDMFC using silicon microsystems techniques: performances at low fuel flow rates.” J. Micromech. Microeng. 18 (2008) 125019 (9pp)Kamitani, Ai; Morishita, Satoshi; Kotaki, Hiroshi; and Arscott, Steve. “Improved fuel use efficiency in microchannel based DMFC using a hydrophilic macroporous layer.” J. Power Sources. To be published.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Micro Fuel Cells Get Closer to Replacing Batteries (2008, November 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-micro-fuel-cells-closer-batteries.htmlcenter_img Toyota to test solar panels for electric cars Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Mobile electronics have the potential to offer digital luxuries beyond our imagination, but they will never get there on today’s lithium ion batteries. Power has been the weak spot in the development of more advanced mobile electronics, and the need for power will become even more important as devices feature more energy-sapping applications.last_img read more

Net neutrality protestors hit Verizon stores — including these two dudes

first_imgHundreds of protests like this one in New York fight for net neutrality.Image: Stephanie Keith/Getty ImagesBy Sasha Lekach2017-12-08 03:28:27 UTC Defenders of a free and open internet rallied in front of Verizon stores across the U.S. Thursday. The fight to save net neutrality even made it to the only Verizon store in Fairbanks, Alaska.Snow didn’t stop at least a couple sign-wielding protesters from showing up at the Verizon store in Fairbanks. The state’s only other Verizon locations are 360 miles away in Anchorage.The rallies from Boston to Atlanta to New York to Seattle to San Francisco and beyond come a week before the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on a repeal of net neutrality regulations put in place during the Barack Obama administration.“Team Internet” showed up at Verizon stores to fight FCC commissioner Ajit Pai’s proposed rollbacks to protections. Without net neutrality telecommunication, internet providers like Verizon will be able to charge companies for preferential treatment, putting at a disadvantage any company or person not able to pay.That leaves the rest of us slowly surfing the web. So people showed up across the country to protect the internet as we know it.Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, the two Democrats who serve as FCC commissioners, showed up in support to one of the protests. Here’s some of the scenes at Verizon stores beyond Alaska:Everyone’s ready to fight for the internet.last_img read more