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The Third Annual Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon

first_imgThis Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.To visit the official site; CLICK HERE To visit Community Bridge FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon is a fundraiser for Community Bridge, Saturday, February 23rd, 2019.Registration for the walk is $40 which includes, an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, chilli dinner donated by the NLC and prizes.This 2 km or 5 km walk starts at the Northern Lights College, follows a route to the Credit Union and back to the College. This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 for Community Bridge.last_img read more

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UNbacked scheme poised to bolster Middle East nuclear cooperation

A project backed by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has the potential to bolster nuclear cooperation in the Middle East.The scheme, known as SESAME, entails the building of a giant machine generating intense light beams for advanced scientific and technological research, and a research facility is being built near Jordan’s capital, Amman.“SESAME has a promising future, said Ana Maria Cetto, the IAEA’s Deputy Director General and Head of Technical Cooperation.The agency is providing technical assistance worth $1 million over the next few years for the facility, which is slated to be completed in 2010.Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey are members of the project, and earlier this month at a meeting at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, the SESAME Council accepted nominations from Iran and Iraq to join.“We’ve finally passed the point of no return,” said Herwig Schopper, the project’s departing president, who sees the initiative as being able to both benefit the region and serve to attract and keep top scientists.SESAME – which stands for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications for the Middle East – operates under the auspices of the UN Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Synchronton facilities house huge particle accelerators which generate x-ray and ultraviolet light beams, and research could lead to advances in medicine, physics and other fields.The IAEA has begun training future SESAME users and operators on safely and securely running the facility, and the agency’s representatives help to select recipients of scientific fellowships.SESAME Council members will hold their next meeting in Cyprus later this year. 9 August 2007A project backed by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has the potential to bolster nuclear cooperation in the Middle East. read more

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Top UN humanitarian official in Gaza concerned over closure of youth NGO

7 December 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory expressed concern today over the closure by local authorities of the Gaza-based offices of a non-government organization (NGO) working with young people. “I am very concerned about the forced closing of Sharek Youth Forum in Gaza,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard, said. “Sharek Youth Forum is an important NGO partner of the United Nations in its work on behalf of children and youth in Gaza.”Describing itself on its website as “one of the leading independent, apolitical and impartial youth organizations in Palestine,” Sharek Youth Forum works to promote youth empowerment in the Palestinian territories. It was established in 1996, at which time it was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the UN Development Programme/ Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. Sharek gained its autonomy in July 2004, following registration with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior as an NGO with charitable status.According to media reports, Sharek Youth Forum’s offices in Gaza City and elsewhere in Gaza were forcibly closed at the end of November and police broke up a student demonstration in its support over the weekend.Mr. Gaylard, who is also the Deputy UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, noted that “Sharek’s work forms part of the many important activities carried out by civil society organizations in the occupied Palestinian territory promoting development and the protection of human rights.”He said that freedom of association and freedom of expression are fundamental rights protected by international law as well as the Palestinian Basic Law and expressed his hope that Sharek would be permitted to continue its work in Gaza without further delay or undue hindrance. read more

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FCID grills Keheliya on funds obtained after Australia accident

The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today questioned former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on the funds he obtained from the President;s fund following an accident in Australia.Rambukwella fell from the balcony of a hotel in Australia while he was on a visit to the country in 2012. He later obtained compensation from the President;s fund as well as from the hotel in Australia. (Colombo Gazette)

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Top US CEOs rethink the meaning of shareholder value

The shareholder comes first has for years been the mantra of the Business Roundtable, a group representing the most powerful CEOs in America.The group on Monday released a new mission statement that implies a foundational shift; a step back from shareholder primacy.The new mission statement on “the purpose of a corporation” emphasizes that all stakeholders are important and that includes workers, suppliers, customers and the communities where corporations operate.JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, who also chairs the Business Roundtable, said in a prepared statement that, “The American dream is alive, but fraying.”The perception that the American dream is out of reach for many people is a powerful narrative that has altered the political landscape ahead of the 2020 presidential election.Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press read more

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Mexico reaches deal with private gas pipeline firms

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president says his government has reached a deal with private gas pipeline operators to solve a dispute over fees and payments.The pipelines would allow Mexico to import U.S. natural gas and distribute gas throughout Mexico. But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the private companies had taken advantage of the country when the contracts were signed under previous administrations.Lopez Obrador said Tuesday that companies from the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to restructure fees. He said the companies accepted about a 30% lower profit margin.The dispute had threatened Mexico’s reputation as a reliable place for private investment. The president said the deal would save Mexico — especially the national electricity utility — as much as $4.5 billion over the next three decades.The Associated Press read more

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Great British Bake Off fame prompts racial slur for Sikh contestant Rav

first_imgRav Bensal with the judges and Sue Perkins The contestants in Great British Bake Off 2016 In an interview on Desert Island Discs, she said: “It has happened. Through my early teens when you had big things happening in the news like September 11…you do get abuse and I did get abuse. “I’ve had things thrown at me and been pushed and shoved.”It sounds really silly because I feel like that’s just become part of my life now. I expect it. Absolutely I expect it. I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused because it happens and it’s been happening for years.” Rav Bansal with Mel Giedroyc on the show Last year’s winner Nadiya Hussain has faced racismCredit:Mark Bourdillon/BBC The Great British Bake Off has previously been praised for being one of the most ethnically diverse shows on prime time television.The show has received record ratings this year, achieving more than 10 million overnight viewers for each of its first two episodes.The opening episode is now the most-watched show of 2016, with 13.6m views so far. Nadiya Hussain He is not the first Bake Off contestant to have suffered racist abuse, with last year’s winner Nadiya Hussain previously speaking frankly about the insults and violence she has suffered at the hands of strangers.Bansal is one of 10 remaining contestants on GBBO this year, and has won fans for his good-natured humour in the tent. His BBC profile states that he volunteers for charities including Victim Support, has an “extremely close” family and enjoys vegan baking.Benjamina Ebuehi, one of his fellow amateur bakers, replied to his tweet about the abuse, saying it was “so horrible”. center_img A contestant on this year’s Great British Bake Off has disclosed he has suffered racist abuse after appearing in the first two episodes of the hit BBC show.Rav Bansal, 28, said he was asked whether he was a “P—” by a stranger who referred to the “not-so-British Bake Off”.Bansal, a Sikh who lives in Erith, Kent with his parents and works at City University, was supported by his fellow contestants, who immediately rallied around to condemn the comments. So today I was asked ‘are you the p*ki on the not so British bake off?’ Really, in 2016? 😠— Rav (@RavSBansal) September 1, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some of Bansal’s fellow amateur bakers rallied round him after the commentsCredit:Mark Bourdillon /BBC/Love Productions Bensal has impressed the judges so farCredit:Tom Graham /BBC/Love Productions Another contestant Selasi Gbormittah wrote: “What is happening?”Hussain, the winner of last season, has previously spoken about the abuse she has suffered as a British Muslim, saying she had come to expect racism. Bansal  has survived into the third week of the baking competitionCredit:Tom Graham / BBC/Love Productionslast_img read more

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Parkrun brings in protection for competitors amid fears sex attacker is targeting

Parkrun organisers are to introduce security measures to protect its slowest runners in a south London park amid fears a serial sex attacker is targeting joggers.  Scotland Yard launched a manhunt after four women were sexually assaulted at South Norwood Country Park.The attacks were first reported on May 3, occurring during weekdays, with the latest assault taking place on June 21.The victims, aged between 30 and 60, were dog walkers or joggers Detectives say that two further women had their phones taken by the suspect, described by witnesses as “friendly and smiling”.Parkrun organiser Laura Foster, who runs a Saturday 5km run at the park, said more volunteers will be deployed in the wake of the assaults, with further protection given to runners who may find themselves isolated. She said: “We will double up on some of our volunteering roles over the next few weeks and provide extra support to the slower runners and walkers to ensure that no-one is on their own at any point in the event.”A spokesman for Scotland Yard said a man was arrested in connection with the assaults on Tuesday but was later released without charge.The suspect was described by officers as a black male, aged between 16 and 25, tall, thin and with dark hair. Detective sergeant Matt Loftus said: “We would advise park users to be vigilant and will be providing additional patrols in the area.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Mahdia now Guyanas 10th town

President David Granger and Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan unveil the plaque on the Mahdia Monument to officially declare the community a town. Looking on and applauding are (left) Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; (right) Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson and Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs Sydney Allicock.Mahdia now joins three other new townships; Bartica in Region Seven, Lethem in Region Nine and Mabaruma in Region One. It will serve as the capital town of the Potaro-Siparuni Region.The Government has said that it is the fulfilment of a larger vision of the Coalition Administration to establish a capital town in each of the administrative regions of the country.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), President Granger described the event as one of the most powerful economic reformers in the history of Mahdia.“These capital towns will become hubs for development. What you’ll see from now on is the development of the administrative regions. I have seen men and women who are committed to making something from their capital town so we’re moving forward with the creation of these townships,” President Granger underlined.He called for greater collaboration to ensure the ongoing development of the regions.“You have to work with the government, region and upcoming municipality for improved services. The whole idea of regionalisation is not a pipe dream but a way to develop Guyana from the grassroots,” the President was quoted by DPI as saying.Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan noted that though Mahdia’s township status arrived after Mabaruma, Bartica and Lethem, the government’s greatest investment was made here with the nearly $1 Billion spent in upgrades of the internal road network.The Communities Minister indicated that the government is committed to working with the Toshaos of the Sub-regions Pakaraima, Campbelltown, Mickie; the Senior Councillor of Princeville; Regional Democratic Council members and all the residents of the region.In his remarks Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson noted that his Ministry was challenged to ensure that its projects reflected aspects of both the green state agenda and the requirements of a modern new town.Regional Chairman, Bonaventure Fredericks welcomed the much-needed township status and noted that for the first time, the residents will exercise their constitutional rights by participating in the Local Government elections on November 12.At the end of the historic event, the Mahdia Monument was unveiled.Mahdia’s earliest recorded settlement is in 1884. In the 1930s, with the construction of the Denham Suspension Bridge and improved road access to the area, Mahdia grew to an area of prominence within the then British colony. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConsultations begin to transform Mahdia into a townSeptember 7, 2015In “Business”Passport application services now available in Region 10August 12, 2016In “latest news”Electricity, education & housing to be improved in Reg.8September 7, 2015In “Business” read more

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Skyrim requires 2GHz dual core CPU 2GB RAM

first_imgBethesda is set to release the next game in the Elder Scrolls series in less than three weeks on November 11th. We’ve already seen how good Skyrim looks in multiple gameplay videos, but what does that mean for the PC rig you need to play it?Surprisingly, the minimum spec is quite modest. As a bare minimum you will get away with the following components:2GHz dual-core CPU2GB RAMDirectX 9 graphics card with 512MB RAMKeep in mind that is the minimum hardware, and you won’t be able to turn the resolution up or have or the nice effects turned on.If you want to turn it up to 11, then you’ll need the recommended specs or higher. As the minimum specs are quite modest, I guess quite a few gamers will already have the following inside their case or laptop:Quad-core processor (we’re assuming 2GHz+ again here although it is not stated)4GB RAMDirectX 9 graphics card with 1GB RAM (GeForce GTX260 or Radeon 4890 minimum)In both cases the game works with Windows XP/Vista/7 in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors and requires 6GB of hard drive space. You will also be required to setup a Steam account in order to activate the game. Many gamers will have been expecting that though, as Rage did exactly the same thing a few weeks ago.Of course, if you don’t have a PC good enough there’s always the console versions you can pick up. And somehow Bethesda managed to squeeze the whole game on to a single DVD for the Xbox 360.Is your PC good enough to handle Skyrim, or is this the excuse you needed to invest and upgrade?Read more at Bethesda Bloglast_img read more

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Peter Casey challenged over immigration during European elections tv debate

first_imgPeter Casey challenged over immigration during European elections tv debate “What we can’t afford is to become a haven for freeloaders,” Casey told the Sunday Times. 50,222 Views https://jrnl.ie/4610036 Apr 28th 2019, 1:46 PM Source: The Week in Politics/Twitter The panel discusses the free movement of people. #rtetwip #rtepolitics #EP2019 pic.twitter.com/d6klcF4zqc— The Week in Politics (@rtetwip) April 28, 2019 Candidates speaking to Áine Lawlor during RTÉ during The Week In Politics Short URL “I think freedom of movement within the EU but we can’t have people coming into Ireland illegally and staying here and expecting to be housed and educated and looked after,” Casey said.Lawlor asked candidates if they agree that Ireland is taking its fair share of migrants and refugees within the EU.Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith said that Europe needs a “migration policy” before turning to address Casey’s comments in the Sunday Times. “Europe needs a migration policy but apart from ensuring that people come here who are fleeing torture and horror and war … those people are not freeloaders, Peter,” Smith said. Smith added that Europe needs to deal with the issues that causes these people to flee their countries. Lawlor then quizzed Casey on whether people from Syria are those he would call “freeloaders”.“No, absolutely not. Anybody who is coming from a war-torn area, we absolutely have a responsibility to take our allocation and we should,” Casey said.“We should give them a passport, we should give help them…” he said.Casey said Ireland should “take our fair allocation” of refugees but that “we should look after them when we bring them in and we should not put them in sort of an almost jail without walls which is what you call direct provision camps”.“If they are genuine refugees, we should take our allocation, we should look after them properly. If we’re not going to do that we shouldn’t bring them in the first place, it would be disingenuous,” he said.Moving to the other candidates, Luke Ming Flanagan said that “if we didn’t have a housing crisis we wouldn’t have the small bit of animosity that is there towards refugees”. Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy said: “I think what we need to do, first of all, is actually treat those asylum seekers who are in Ireland with dignity, the direct provision centre should be an absolute source of shame to everybody in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.”Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s Marie Walsh said that “Ireland is richer when we have free movement and the fact that we’re supporting other EU countries, I think it’s absolutely integral”.Voting for the European Parliament elections takes place on 24 May.  Image: Screengrab via RTÉ Player EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTION candidate Peter Casey has said “we can’t have people coming into Ireland illegally and staying here” as he was questioned on comments he made about “freeloaders” coming to Ireland.In an interview with the Sunday Times, the former president candidate called for “freeloaders” who came to Ireland to be “put back on the plane”. “What we can’t afford is to become a haven for freeloaders: people who come in because they know that Ireland won’t deport them and will give them accommodation, will give them education, will give them medical services,” Casey told the newspaper. “We should take in our fair share of refugees; however, we can’t afford economic migrants to come in and we shouldn’t be forced to. We [should] put them on a plane and give them a ticket back,” he said. Casey today appeared on RTÉ One’s The Week In Politics for a studio debate ahead of next month’s European elections. He was joined by fellow candidates Maria Walsh of Fine Gael, Brendan Smith of Fianna Fáil, Matt Carty of Sinn Féin and Independent Luke Ming Flanagan.During the debate, presenter Áine Lawlor asked all candidates if they agree with the principle of free movement within the single market, to which they agreed. By Hayley Halpin Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 1:46 PM Candidates speaking to Áine Lawlor during RTÉ during The Week In Politics Image: Screengrab via RTÉ Player Share Tweet Email 114 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Paypal poursuit Google en justice

first_imgPaypal poursuit Google en justiceAu lendemain de la présentation de Google Wallet, un service de paiement par mobile, Paypal a engagé une action en justice contre la firme de Mountain View. Le géant du paiement en ligne, qui poursuit également deux de ses anciens employés, accuse Google de plagiat.Jeudi, Google a dévoilé son service de paiement par mobile NFC, une technologie permettant le transfert de données à courte distance. Quelques heures plus tard, eBay décidait de poursuivre en justice le géant de la recherche sur Internet, annonce sur le blog de Paypal Amanda Pires, la directrice de la société. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?eBay, la maison mère de Paypal, accuse Google de lui avoir volé des secrets commerciaux et industriels, avec l’aide de deux de ses anciens employés, Osama Bedier et Stephanie Tilenius, précise Mme Pires. Deux anciens cadres débauchés par la firme de Mountain View, qu’eBay attaque également en justice. Stephanie Tilenius a travaillé pour eBay pendant huit ans, entre 2001 et 2009. Consultante auprès de la société jusqu’en mars 2010, elle a été embauchée par Google en février de la même année, en tant que vice-présidente en charge du commerce électronique. D’après eBay, Stéphanie Tilenius aurait participé au recrutement d’Osama Bedier. Ce dernier a été embauché en janvier par Google, après avoir travaillé pendant neuf ans pour Paypal.Pour eBay, il est évident que les deux employés ont fait bénéficier Google de leur grande connaissance de Paypal pour le développement du Google Wallet. “Nous avons dépensé beaucoup de temps et d’énergie pour faire de PayPal un service unique, celui que près de 100 millions de personnes à travers le monde ont choisi. Nous prenons très au sérieux les secrets de PayPal, et le prenons personnellement quand quelqu’un les trahit”, déplore Amanda Pires.Le 27 mai 2011 à 15:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des animaux introduits sur une île des Caraïbes il y a plus

first_imgDes animaux introduits sur une île des Caraïbes il y a plus de mille ansCaraïbes – Décrivant leur découverte dans le Journal of Biogeography, des archéologues américains ont mis au jour, sur une petite île des Caraïbes, les restes d’animaux non présents à l’état naturel, vraisemblablement introduits par des indigènes précolombiens il y a plus de 1 000 ans.Sur deux sites de la minuscule île de Carriacou, dans les Caraïbes, des archéologues des universités de Caroline du Nord, de Washington et de Floride ont trouvé des restes d’opossums, de pécaris, de tatous, de cochons d’Inde et d’agoutis (rongeurs), tous inexistants à l’état sauvage sur l’île : datés au radiocarbone entre 1 000 et 1 400 ans avant le présent, ces restes ne peuvent appartenir qu’à des animaux introduits par l’homme (depuis l’Amérique du Sud).À lire aussiLe mystère de “The Eye”, une petite île tournante découverte en ArgentineRares et très localisés (dans des sites par ailleurs bien connus par les archéologues), ces restes proviennent d’animaux qui ne devaient pas être des produits de consommation courante pour les insulaires : “nous soupçonnons que c’étaient des aliments consommés par des personnes de haut statut, ou utilisés dans des événements rituels”, explique le Dr Scott Fitzpatrick, anthropologue à l’Université de Caroline du Nord.Cette combinaison de critères – une zone géographique réduite mais une grande diversité d’animaux importés – ajoutée aux indices livrés par d’autres études – des artéfacts issus du commerce avec d’autres îles et avec le continent (l’Amérique du Sud) – suggère que Carriacou a pu avoir une certaine importance dans la région à l’époque précolombienne, en tant que lien d’interactions entre les communautés insulaires.Le 2 décembre 2011 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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YOU HAVE DONE YOUR DUTY TO HONOUR YOU IS OURS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – The Military Police Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in a joint effort with the US Embassy Marine Corps, Bahamas Branch, spent this past Saturday sprucing up the country’s World War II Cemetery, which they recently adopted and have committed themselves to caring for.This joint effort was the direct result of a conversation between Chief Petty Officer Lincoln Rolle and Gunnery Sargent Walter Merrith, Head of the United States Embassy Marine Corps, Bahamas Branch who both agreed that cleaning and maintaining the cemetery on a more consistent basis felt like their honorable duty.They removed weeds, mowed grass and painted the entrance to the cemetery.   However, this initial effort is only the beginning of what is expected to be a larger project to overhaul the space.   There are plans for reviving the landscape and repairing broken grave stones.Commanding Officer of the Military Police Section, Commander Fredrick Brown noted that the project taken on comes with no difficulty and that it was an honor to be a part of the effort.Chairman of the British Legion- Bahamas Branch, Comrade Cephas Ferguson was also there and in an interview expressed his appreciation and thanked the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and all parties involved who made the effort a success.Commander Frederick Brown, the Commanding Officer of the Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection Unit extended heartfelt thanks to members of his Unit and the United States Embassy Marine Corps Unit at the US Embassy… “We are grateful for your kind gesture in adopting our small military cemetery.”Also in attendance were Comrade George Collymore (World War II Veteran), Comrade Leonard Knowles (World War II Veteran), Father Andrew Topin (Executive Committee) and Adina Munroe (Executive Secretary at the British Legion Bahamas Branch and Defence Force Representative).Commodore Bethel praised the efforts of the participants in the joint initiative for their acts of patriotism, partnership, and volunteerism.   He also commended the hard work and dedication of Defence Force Reservist and representative at the Legion, Adina Munroe, for the many programs she has coordinated for the purpose of honoring the lives, sacrifices, and memories of members of the British Legion, past and present.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is honoured to be a part of this project and will continue to assist as an organization showing its appreciation to those who have paved the way and fought for the freedoms that every Bahamian still enjoy today. By: Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II(Photos by Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II)Captions:   Photo 1: Pictured from Left to Right: Woman Marine Adina Munroe (Executive Secretary at the British Legion Bahamas Branch and Defence Force Representative – Reserve), Comrade George Collymore (World War II Veteran), Father Andrew Topin (Executive Committee), Comrade Leonard Knowles (World War II Veteran) and Commander Fredrick Brown (Commanding Officer of the Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection Unit)Photo 2: Representatives from Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection UnitPhotos 3 – 8: Defence Force Marines at workcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Scientists make battery electrodes from waste eggshells

first_img The researchers, led by Assistant Professor Da Deng at Wayne State University, have published a paper on the novel approach in a recent issue of the journal Chemistry of Materials.”A large number of eggs are consumed daily, but the disposal of eggshell waste is still a challenging task,” Deng told Phys.org. “We outline an idea of the direct use of waste eggshells (or ‘trash’) as a unique reaction system (or ‘treasure’) for the synthesis of 1D nanorod arrays on eggshell membrane protein fibers. We prepared a composite of crystalline Co9S8 nanorod arrays on carbon fibers that demonstrate promising performance in both lithium- and sodium-ion batteries.”An eggshell has two main parts: the hard shell, which is made mainly of calcium carbonate; and the thin membrane that lines the inside of the hard shell. The membrane is made of protein fibers that contain sulfur and carbon. (The foul odor of rotten eggs is due to the hydrogen sulfide that is released when these sulfide proteins decompose.) In order to recycle eggshells for existing uses, such as fertilizer and dietary supplements, the two parts must be separated using expensive separation processes. One advantage of recycling the eggshells as multifunctional reactors for making battery electrodes is that the two parts do not need to be separated, since both parts are used together.A partially intact hard shell, curved like a small vase, is first placed in a larger container and used to separate two solutions: sodium hydroxide (NaOH) on the outside, and cobalt(II) sulfate (CoSO4) on the inside. If these two solutions were to rapidly come into contact with each other, they would react to form crystalline microparticles of cobalt(II) hydroxide (Co(OH)2). The eggshell keeps the two solutions separated for the most part, but since the shell is semi-permeable, it allows some OH- ions to diffuse very slowly from the outside to the inside of the shell. After about four days, the OH- ions raise the pH of the inside solution from 4.8 to 7, making it less acidic. This provides the right conditions for Co(OH)2 to form in the amorphous form instead of the crystalline form. © 2016 Phys.org Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to light level exposure (a) Photo of the experimental setup using an eggshell as a reactor. (b) Illustration of the reactor system. Credit: Meng et al. ©2016 American Chemical Society Journal information: Chemistry of Materials Explore further The advantage of having Co(OH)2 in the amorphous form is that it forms a coating on pieces of the eggshell membrane inside the shell. The coated membrane is then removed from the solution and heated for about two hours, which leads to both carbonization and sulfurization. The protein fibers are carbonized, meaning they turn into carbon fibers and, in doing so, they release sulfur. The sulfur reacts with the Co(OH)2 to form cobalt sulfide (Co9S8) nanorods. Cobalt sulfide is a commonly used battery electrode material, though not usually in nanorod form.The final product—carbon fibers coated with cobalt sulfide nanorods—can easily be turned into a slurry for use as battery electrodes. The researchers found that the initial battery prototype exhibits a good performance, including maintaining a stable capacity (540 mAh/g) over 300 cycles at low current, though the capacity decreases at higher currents. This cycling rate outperforms that of lithium-ion batteries that use cobalt sulfide films as electrodes. The researchers attribute this improvement to the cobalt sulfide’s nanorod structure. They explain that the nanorods are firmly attached on the carbon fibers, and the carbon fibers enhance contact between the electrode and electrolyte to improve the flow of current.Although this method requires that the eggshells be kept mostly intact, the researchers think that this requirement could be met by eggs prepared in commercial facilities.”Food manufacturers use a large quantity of eggs,” Deng said. “They could provide the eggshells needed. Our technology requires the use of the eggshells in the form of a container, not in the form of pieces of totally smashed eggshells. If the eggs could be broken by an egg cracking machine into containers, it should be possible to preserve the form needed as ‘reactors.’ For example, a half eggshell could still function as a container, but a smaller container as compared to the one we demonstrated in our paper, where we carefully cut a small hole in the eggshell.”Looking forward, cobalt sulfide has many other applications besides as a battery electrode material, such as in supercapacitors, solar cells, and catalysis. Usually, preparing nanostructured cobalt sulfide requires high pressures, toxic and expensive materials, and complex methods. With further refinements, the eggshell method could help alleviate some of these problems. In addition, future research on this method of using eggshells as reactors could lead to the synthesis of other types of nanostructured materials for a variety of uses.”We plan to explore the direct use of the eggshell reactor system to synthesize many other functional materials, which can find applications beyond batteries,” Deng said. Citation: Scientists make battery electrodes from waste eggshells (2016, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-scientists-battery-electrodes-eggshells.html More information: Xinghua Meng and Da Deng. “Trash to Treasure: Waste Eggshells Used as Reactor and Template for Synthesis of Co9S8 Nanorod Arrays on Carbon Fibers for Energy Storage.” Chemistry of Materials. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b01142 (Phys.org)—Americans consume 76 billion eggs per year, and while some of the eggshell waste is used for fertilizer or dietary supplements, the majority of these eggshells are thrown away. In a new study, researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit have developed a method to recycle eggshells, using them as “chemical reactors” to synthesize sulfur-containing nanorods that can be used as battery electrodes. 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

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Busy road to shut for six hours while dangerous tree removed

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy Stoke-on-Trent road will be shut for six hours tomorrow – while a ‘dangerous’ tree is removed. The A520 Weston Road will be closed in Weston Coyney from 9.30am until 3.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday July 31) while the tree is removed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. As a result of the work First Potteries, one of the main bus companies in the city, say they will be unable to serve bus stops on Weston Road between Weston Coyney lights and Main Street. A First Potteries spokesman said: “Service 6 will be diverting between 09:30-15:30 on Tuesday July 31 due to a dangerous tree being removed. The bus will divert by turning out of Brookwood Drive, turning left onto Weston Coyney Road. Taking the second right onto Carberry Way. Read MoreMotorbike stolen from outside house “Then right at the lake into Glandore Road. At the top of Glandore Road the bus will turn tight then go straight ahead at Weston Coyney lights then turning left onto Weldon Avenue and onto Main Street. “Bus will then continue along Main Street until turning onto Flint Street and following this until the end and turning right back into Main Street and resuming it’s usual route. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

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Report Homebuyer Market Still Hot Despite Price Hikes

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Prices Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-05-24 Andy Miller May 24, 2013 462 Views Share As sellers hold their grip on the market, buyers are starting to understand what it’s going to take to stay in the game, according to responses in “”Redfin’s””:http://www.redfin.com/ second-quarter Real-Time Home-Buyer Report.[IMAGE]After speaking at length with the buyers, it was determined that although their understandable frustration concerning the low amount of inventory continues to rise, there is an equal elevation in their individuals awareness and recognition of the seller’s market, as well as an overall willingness to actually pay more out of pocket for purchasing real estate. The report goes on to predict that the prices of property will only continue to escalate, yet likewise finds that the majority consensus of the concern when it comes to an overall stability in the nation’s economy are actually lessening as times goes on. The following bullet points are the basic key findings in the report, and represent the majority sentiment and perspectives of homebuyers questioned:The consensus that is emerging is that the present market is most definitely shifting into a seller’s market with statistics showing that a scant 31 percent of homebuyers actually are of the opinion that it is a good time to buy in their local areas, this finding down from the recent 40 percent. Further supporting this sentiment is the 67 percent of interviewees that consider this a prime time to sell (up from a previous 48 percent).Although the market is showing itself as a seller market, an astounding amount of homebuyers interviewed are revealing their increasing willingness to pay more as the prices continue to rise, most of this eagerness or accommodation appears to be a direct result of the staggering low inventory that has presented on the market this quarter. One percentage that remained static within this quarterly report was the amount of homebuyers who are already preparing for continued pricing increases on the market. It would appear that 23 percent (just up from 22 percent last quarter) are acutely aware and ready for continued hikes. In light of this belief, the rising prices in the market are not only becoming a topic of discussion, but are morphing into an increasingly common concern, with 48 percent of homebuyers polled presenting great anxiety on this issue. The bottom line of Redfin’s findings points to a few, clear conclusions: homebuyers are frustrated with the low inventory availability on the market, they are growing weary of the increasingly cutthroat competition within the market, and they are unhappy with the current rate and pace at which the homes themselves are selling. The data for Redfin’s analysis was extracted from interviews conducted with over 1,350 actual homebuyers from 22 metropolitan markets in the U.S, all having recently toured Redfin homes for sale.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Report: Homebuyer Market Still Hot Despite Price Hikeslast_img read more

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Switzerland Tourism has kicked off its 2018 Switze

first_imgSwitzerland Tourism has kicked off its 2018 Switzerland Travel Academy, a cutting-edge e-learning program designed to not only equip agents with useful information about the country, but also provide handy tools to help them sell better.To be a certified Switzerland expert, agents must complete the core modules of the program and pass the final exam. These core modules cover general information about the country, events, experiences and news. For a deeper focus on niche markets such as family holidays and types of accommodation on offer, agents can sign up to the specialisation modules after completing the core modules and exam.Agents can complete the modules at their own pace, but in order to receive a certificate of graduation, all modules and final test must be completed with flying colours by 31 December 2018.Top performing certified Switzerland experts will also stand the chance to win one of three prizes, valued at $500 each. They include a Victorinox watch, a Victorinox carry-on suitcase and a Westfield gift card.Winners will be announced in mid-January 2019. To register, agents need CLICK HERE Agents can hear more about the Switzerland Travel Academy here. agentse-learningincentivesswitzerlandtraininglast_img read more

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August 10 2011These photos just came in over the

first_imgAugust 10, 2011These photos just came in over the last few days, from our good friend and awesome photographer James Horecka, AIA Architect from California. The following shots are from the Flam Chen performance on July 23. 2011. James has visited Arcosanti many times. He took the main group photo of Arcosanti alumni in the amphitheater during the 2009 Paolo’s 90th birthday and alumni reunion. And he returned for the 2010 Different Skies festival and again shared his wonderful photos with the archives. You can view his slideshow of Arcosanti images at http://tinyurl.com/Soleri-90th. Thank you very much, James, for your continued support.last_img read more

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