15 days agoMan Utd to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Dias

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Diasby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.United may have to splurge up to £80million to prise the 22-year-old away from the Portuguese capital, says The Sun.They made moves for the Portugal international in the summer but missed out.Now with Benfica set to offer the centre-back improved terms, his release clause will rise dramatically from £60m.Benfica are desperate to keep hold of their star man and are believed to be willing to pay him big money in a new deal.But the lure of Manchester United could prove tough to resist for the player. last_img

Stena Line Lays Keel for New RoPax Ship

first_imgChina’s shipbuilder AVIC Weihai Shipyard has held a keel-laying ceremony for a new RoPax vessel being built for Swedish ferry company Stena Line.The traditional maritime event, which took place on February 2, 2018, marks the start of the construction phase of the hull and the exterior parts of the vessel.“This is an important milestone in our exciting new ship building project,” Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line, said.Stena Line’s new RoPax vessels will be deployed on the Irish Sea. The new vessels, which will be 50% bigger than today’s standard RoPax units, have a planned delivery timetable during 2019 and 2020.“Our overall target is that these vessels will be the absolute state-of-the-art when it comes to energy efficiency, flexibility and customer service. In particular, we are placing heavy emphasis on developing a range of exciting new digital features which will provide our customers with unique additional services connected with their journey as well as developing a new, integrated digital onboard experience,” Mårtensson added.Featuring a length of 214.5 meters and a breadth of 27.8 meters, the new ships are capable of carrying 1,000 passengers.Image Courtesy: Stena Linelast_img read more

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

first_imgBISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it.The federal lawsuit brought by two members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest alleges that the closure of state Highway 1806 near the pipeline route north of the reservation unduly restricted travel and commerce and violated the free speech and religious rights of them and others. It seeks unspecified monetary damages from state officials, Morton County and TigerSwan, a North Carolina-based company that oversaw private security for the Texas-based pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners.Attorneys for the county and the state officials, including Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, contend in a court filing dated Friday that the highway shutdown was warranted because of “mayhem” caused by some of the thousands of demonstrators who gathered in the area in 2016 and early 2017 to protest the $3.8 billion pipeline, which now moves North Dakota oil to Illinois.“The criminal behaviour included trespassing, destruction of private property, vandalism, setting fire to multiple vehicles on the bridge, stampeding bison and shooting at law enforcement personnel in attempts to kill them, unlawfully blocking the highway, throwing Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at law enforcement, and evading and resisting arrest,” state Deputy Solicitor General James Nicolai wrote.State officials closed a stretch of the highway just north of protest camps in October 2016 and didn’t reopen it until March 2017, after initial repairs to a bridge were completed and the protest camps were cleared out.The highway is the main route between the reservation and Bismarck, the nearest large city. Plaintiffs allege that the closure was targeted at them and didn’t apply to pipeline workers, who were allowed to continue using that stretch of highway.Nicolai and Shawn Grinolds, an attorney for Morton County, argue that at one point, the protesters, themselves, blocked the highway with hay bales and other objects and that for months, they ignored an evacuation notice issued by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple. They argue that pipeline workers had a legitimate reason to use the highway and that blocking others from using it was not retaliatory.“The plaintiffs’ peaceful protests were disrupted by a violent criminal faction that required responsible public officials to take necessary and appropriate steps to quell a criminal riot, protect private property from criminal activity and to ensure public safety,” Nicolai said.TigerSwan asked to be dismissed as a defendant, arguing that it had nothing to do with the decision to close the road. Attorney Lynn Boughey also asked U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland to force the plaintiffs to pay the company’s attorney fees.The three plaintiffs are reservation businesswoman Cissy Thunderhawk, pipeline opponent Waste’Win Young and the Rev. John Floberg of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball. They’re suing the county, its sheriff, Burgum and Dalrymple, and the heads of the state Transportation Department and Highway Patrol.In addition to the monetary damages, the lawsuit seeks stricter rules for road closures in such instances and class-action status, meaning it would apply to all affected people, if granted.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholsonBlakeBlake Nicholson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

RCMP seek white Ford pickup used in multiple thefts

first_imgShortly thereafter, at 7:20 am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen backhoe.  The backhoe was located just over an hour later at the corner of 87th Ave and 74th St.Fort St John RCMP obtained surveillance video which provided the following photo of the suspect pickup truck.  All three thefts are believed to be related.The vehicle is described as:early 2000’s white Ford F-150single cab long boxblack front bumper and grillorange sticker of a skull wearing a helmet on the back window on the right sideThe male driver is described as:approximately 45 years oldmedium to light brown hairbeardwearing a t-shirt and blue jeans with a hi-vis vest.“The description and photo of this truck show it has some unique features”, said Cst Chad Neustaeter.  “The RCMP hope the public will recognize the truck and assist with locating the truck and driver.”The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP suspect three thefts are related to a white Ford pickup.The RCMP received a report of a stolen flat deck trailer that had been found abandoned near 87th Ave and 72nd Street on June 11, 2019, at approximately 5:30 am.That same morning, at just after 6 am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a man attempting to steal a flat deck utility trailer from a parking lot in the area of 92nd Ave and 100th St.  The man was approached but then ran to his vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed.last_img read more

Focus on Smith as RR start campaign against Punjab

first_imgJaipur: Australian batsman Steve Smith will embark on a redemption journey when Rajasthan Royals open their campaign against Kings XI Punjab in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), here on Monday. Smith was handed a one-year ban along with his then deputy David Warner exactly a year ago for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Smith was last seen in action in a couple of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) matches late last year before an elbow injury ruled him out of the tournament. The ban was limited to state and international fixtures only and not domestic or club cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe IPL will be the actual start of his long road to redemption and Smith would be looking to make the most of it ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Smith, though, is yet to recover fully from his elbow injury and may take a little time to get into the groove. With Smith in their ranks, the Royals have one of the best teams this season led by Ajinkya Rahane and they would be eager to capitalise on the home advantage tomorrow. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBritish all-rounder Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are assets to the team but they will not be available after April 25 as per England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) diktat because of the World Cup, and Rajasthan would be keen to win enough matches by then. Stokes will once again be the key in both batting and bowling departments, while the Kings would be expecting their all-rounder Sam Curran to be on the top of his game tomorrow. Their bowling too have reasonable depth with speedster Jaidev Unadkat eying a slot in Indian team for the World Cup. Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi and few others give variety and options to Royals for different conditions Ravichandran Ashwin-led Punjab side would rely heavily on their openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul to provide them a fiery start and if swashbuckling West Indian opener happens to be in his elements, the Kings XI may be able to draw the first blood. Skipper Ashwin would be desperate to prove that he can still make a difference in this format. With Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Punjab’s bowling looks pretty strong.last_img read more

Intensity pervades Urban Meyers first preseason practice with Ohio State football

If the tenor set by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on the first day of preseason practice is any indication about what the coming season holds, the 2012 campaign will be an intense one. Meyer led veteran OSU players in an early-morning workout at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center that included stretching, running and drill work, according to an OSU release. Freshmen and upperclassmen walk-on players took part in their first fall practice under Meyer at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Meyer, who was hired Nov. 29, begins preparations for his first season with OSU after stints at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Meyer was not made available following his first-ever preseason practice at OSU, but sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby confirmed the arrival of a new era in OSU football from players’ perspectives when he said the morning session was more intense than what the team had experienced under former head coaches Jim Tressel and current OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. “You can tell just by practice. It was totally different than coach Tressel,” Roby said. “Just the whole intensity of practice – It’s more urgent, more intensity. Not more competitive, but (coaches) stress the competitiveness so that brings out more.” Roby, who also called the Friday practice high-paced and crisp, said it was Meyer’s newly assembled coaching staff “being on you more” that brought the intense showing from players. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, appearing less camera-shy and open to discussion with the media, said that his teammates came together during the summer. Miller, who rushed for 715 yard and seven touchdown while passing for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns during his freshman campaign, also credited the coaching staff for changes in his physique. “I feel a lot (different). My body’s changing, my attitude,” he said. “I had a talk with the coaches about, like, ‘how can I be a better leader?” In keeping with the theme of intensity, Miller also said he had some words of encouragement for his teammates before the early-morning practice. “Let’s go man,” Miller said. “We’re not here to lounge around.” New Season, New Numbers  Three players, including Roby, are wearing new numbers this fall.  Roby, who sported the No. 25 jersey last year, is wearing No. 1 for the 2012 season.  Additionally, senior linebacker Ross Oltorik is wearing the No. 20 jersey and freshman defensive lineman Se’von Pittman will sport the No. 95 jersey.  OSU begins its 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff, set for 29 days from Friday, is scheduled for noon.  Patrick Maks contributed to this story. read more

Trippier backs Kane for being the captain

first_imgGareth Southgate decided to name Harry Kane the England national team captain over Jordan Henderson and Kieran Trippier insisted that it was a good choice by the manager because Kane is a great leader.Trippier is Kane’s teammate from Tottenham Hotspurs and they are about to play together in the national team as well – he insisted that the English star has helped the youngster a lot and he is a great role model.The full-back spoke about Kane’s leadership as he said, according to Football London🙂“I didn’t know anything about it. He is a top professional, on and off the field.”“He helps all the youngsters out at Tottenham, and us. He’s a real leader, all the boys know that and I couldn’t be happier for him.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s got that fire inside him like everybody. He’s not the one to talk bad about people off the field.”“He’s just a top lad, top professional and I couldn’t be any happier and I think the lads are as well.”“We’ve got leaders all the way around the dressing room, everyone’s a leader.”“Everyone will help each other out – that’s the most important thing.”last_img read more

Real Madrid are happy with Santiago Solaris performance

first_imgReal Madrid director Emilio Butragueno says Madrid are happy with interim coach Santiago Solari’s performance since being in charge as the club grabbed their fourth consecutive win by beating Celta Vigo on Sunday.Madrid grabbed a 4-2 win at Balaidos, bringing it to four victories with 15 goals since Solari’s tenure while bridging the gap behind Barca to four points in La Liga.“He has done excellently,” Butragueno said on Sunday.”“He arrived in a very particular moment and has achieved very good results, above all today against Celta in a very difficult game. We are very happy with how things have gone.”“We will see,” Solari said, according to AFP.“I usually don’t plan too far ahead but in principle, it’s my day off tomorrow.”“The important thing is to do everything for the good of the team and Real Madrid. Nothing else is important for me.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The team showed a lot of personalities to come through all the circumstances of the game.”“Gareth made a massive effort, his ankle was very swollen”“Celta played very aggressively, on the edge of the rules.”On the other hand, Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola believes Madrid players are behind Solari.“These things are decided by those at the top, we just have to work to get out of the crisis,” Odriozola said.“We’ll go to the death with him, he’s a great coach and of course we want him to continue.”last_img read more

Klopp refuses to become complacent

first_imgJurgen Klopp said Liverpool are still involved in a marathon and will not be complacent with their Premier League title chances.Klopp’s men surged nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 mauling of Arsenal on Saturday.Rivals Man City could reduce the gap to seven points if they win at Southampton before they host Liverpool on Thursday.Asked about Liverpool’s nine-point cushion over Tottenham, who lost to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp said via Sky: “I would really love that we switch and you all come here and I come there.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot – not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”Klopp also said knowing Tottenham had lost made no difference to their approach against Arsenal.“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” he added. “I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.last_img read more

FortisTCI Sends Crew to Dominica to Help Restore Electricity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales –  FortisTCI (the Company) is sending a five-member crew from the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist with the restoration of electricity in Dominica, the Company announced today. It was in mid-September that Hurricane Maria, a destructive category 5 storm, wreaked havoc on the country, destroying infrastructure, demolishing homes and killing more than 25 people.The request for assistance came to FortisTCI through the Company’s membership with Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), an association of electric services, and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South America and globally. CARILEC is known locally as having assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands back in 2008 following Hurricane Ike, sending 40 utility workers to help rebuild the Transmission & Distribution network on Grand Turk.FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are thankful to be in this position. We recently completed the restoration of electricity across Turks and Caicos, and we can now extend a helping hand elsewhere in the region. It is important that we support where and when we can. Dominica needs our help right now, and I could not be more proud of the team from FortisTCI that has volunteered to go and help restore electricity to the citizens and residents there. FortisTCI is sending well wishes to everyone, and we know that our colleagues will do a superb job.”The five FortisTCI employees will depart the TCI for Dominica on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and the mission will be led by DOMLEC, Dominica’s electricity provider. The FortisTCI team will spend three weeks working as a part of the restoration efforts, joining several crews assisting from elsewhere around the Caribbean. The team is comprised of senior journeymen linemen Kavin Ewing and Aneil Lightbourne, a 3rd-year apprentice Jeffery Desir, and the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Marcus Francis and Gregory Thomas.Press Release: FortisTCIPhoto Caption:FortisTCI volunteer crew going to Dominica to assist with electricity restoration is pictured with FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell and Senior VPs Devon Cox and Ruth Forbes. (L to R) Senior VP of Operations Devon Cox, Senior VP of Corporate Services & CFO Ruth Forbes, Linemen Supervisor Gregory Thomas, Senior Journeymen Linemen Aneil Lightbourne and Kavin Ewing, EHS Manager Marcus Francis, President & CEO Eddinton Powell.last_img read more

Ivan Juric tips Bessa and Cristian Romero for great things

first_imgGenoa football head coach Ivan Juric believes he can see many positivities from Genoa’s 2-2 draw with Udinese, stating that Daniel Bessa and Cristian Romero are for great things.Rodrigo De Paul cleared up for Kevin Lasagna and scored the second goal with a fantastic curler while the Grifone were twice in front at Marassi.“I saw a good team for long periods and we deserved to be more than 1-0 up at half-time, as Udinese didn’t have a shot on goal,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia.“There are many positives to take from this match. It’s a positive result, considering we were down to 10 men at the end. We know De Paul is dangerous from that distance, so we shouldn’t have let him take the shot in all that space.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’ve known Daniel Bessa since he was in the youth team, he has everything it takes to become a great player. He hit the post today and won the penalty, so the future depends on him. He can either keep growing or rest on his laurels.“Cristian Romero was playing with the youth team three weeks ago. I know he’ll make mistakes, but he’ll learn to be more careful now when he’s on a yellow card.”last_img read more

HEA Responds To Large Overnight Power Outage In Kasilof Area

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Crews responded to a large power outage the affected 1,192 members from Kasilof heading south toward Homer, around 12:12 a.m., this morning. Currently the number of members without power has now been reduced to 192, according to Shelley it would be a couple of more hours till power is fully restored. According to Bruce Shelley with HEA, at 2:39 a.m., power had been restored to 645 members. The cause of the outage is a faulted insulator in Kasilof, and a cross arm was also damaged by this fault. HEA crews are still on scene working to restore power to the 192 members. Updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img

ADOTPF Reminds Drivers To Be Avalanche Aware

first_imgIf a driver encounters an avalanche affecting the highway, ADOT&PF recommends:Do not step outside the vehicle.Do not attempt to drive through the avalanche debris, regardless of size.Drive away immediately to a safe location outside the avalanche zone.Call 911 and report the avalanche to Alaska State Troopers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享November is Avalanche Education Awareness month and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) wants Alaska’s drivers to be aware of avalanche zones as they travel the state’s highways this winter. Jim Kennedy, ADOT&PF avalanche specialist: “Our goal is to improve safety for highway users by reducing avalanche hazards while minimizing avalanche related traffic delays and road closures. We want Alaskans to be alert to avalanche area highway signs and stay safe when traveling.” ADOT&PF recommends the following practices for drivers traveling in avalanche prone areas:Check 511.alaska.gov or call 511 for current road conditions before traveling.Do not stop in avalanche areas.Always travel with emergency supplies in case of extended road closures.Expect delays when ADOT&PF is conducting avalanche hazard reduction work. Avalanche areas exist across Alaska. ADOT&PF avalanche specialists monitor highway avalanche risk by tracking weather, terrain and snowpack conditions. Common conditions that increase avalanche hazards include significant amounts of new snow or rain, strong winds and rapid changes in temperature.last_img read more

ICICI Securities eyes Rs 4000 crore from IPO Five things to know

first_imgICICI Securities IPO eyes Rs 4000 crore: Key points to know REUTERS/Adnan AbidiICICI Securities, the broking subsidiary of private-sector lender ICICI Bank, will hit the initial public offer (IPO) market next Thursday.The company will offer 7,72,49,508 equity shares for subscription. Here are the key things to know about the ICICI Securities IPO:• ICICI Bank proposes to raise Rs 4,020 crore by selling a 24 percent share in ICICI Securities• ICICI Securities IPO will open March 22 and close March 26. The offer will be open for anchor investors March 21• The price band of the IPO has been set at Rs 519-520 per share. Investors can apply for a minimum of 28 equity shares and multiples of 28 thereafter• Citigroup, CLSA, Edelweiss, IIFL, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and SBI Capital Markets are the managers of the IPO• The proceeds from the issue will be headed to the bank and the equity shares offered by the company are proposed to be listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE)ICICI Securities is the brokerage and merchant banking arm of ICICI Bank. The firm provides services including brokerage, financial product distribution, and investment banking to both institutional and retail clients.ICICI Securities got the approval from market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in February this year to float IPO.ICICI Securities is the third entity of ICICI Bank where the lender is diluting its stakes. In 2017, ICICI Bank had diluted part of its holdings in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company and general insurance wing — ICICI Lombard. ICICI Lombard was the first general insurer to go public.Bankers and stock market experts have predicted that 2018, like 2017, will be a busy year for capital markets. Companies from different sectors are lined up to raise crores through share-sale offers in the coming months.last_img read more

Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

first_img.The former Oxfam official at the centre of a prostitution scandal admitted to paying for sex at his charity-funded residence during an internal inquiry into the allegations, a report released Monday by the British organisation said.The report also said three Oxfam employees physically threatened a witness in the investigation into alleged sexual misconduct in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake there.The charity fired fired four staff members for gross misconduct and allowed three others, including former country director Roland van Hauwermeiren, to resign over allegations they hired young sex workers.The 68-year-old Belgian has denied organising orgies or visiting brothels on the Caribbean island, saying he told Oxfam he had engaged in “intimate relations some three times” at his home but did not pay for these liaisons.A redacted copy of the 2011 report made public by the charity said Van Hauwermeiren offered to resign after admitting to investigators that he had hired sex workers at Oxfam-funded accommodation.”During the interview the CD admitted to using prostitutes in his OGB (Oxfam Great Britain) residence,” the report said.During the inquiry, three employees also allegedly threatened a colleague who had been interviewed by investigators after witness details were leaked.”This incident resulted in three of the suspects… physically threatening and intimidating one of the witnesses who had been referred to in the report,” it said.Details of action taken against the suspects included dismissal for “bullying and intimidation of OGB staff” and misuse of Oxfam computing equipment “through the access and download of pornographic and illegal material”.- ‘Dignified exit’ -Oxfam has unveiled an action plan to tackle sexual harassment and abuse, and agreed not to bid for any more state funds until reforms were in place.It has faced accusations it was not transparent about the scandal, which has led to the resignation of its deputy head and high-profile ambassadors such as Desmond Tutu.The report said the charity negotiated a month’s notice period with Van Hauwermeiren and agreed to allow him “a phased and dignified exit” if he cooperated with the rest of the investigation.His dismissal could lead to “potentially serious implications for the programme, affiliate relationships and the rest of the investigation”, it said.The report said Oxfam officials had received an email in July that year alerting them to alleged sexual exploitation, fraud, negligence and nepotism during relief efforts.It concluded that the inquiry found no substantial evidence of fraud, nepotism or hiring underage sex workers, “although it cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were underage”.The charity said it had released the report “to be as transparent as possible about the decisions made during the investigation and in recognition of the breach of trust that has been caused”.Van Hauwermeiren said in a letter published by Belgian media last week that he had not visited any brothels, nightclubs or bars in Haiti.”There were numerous men and women who tried to get into my house with all sorts of excuses to demand money, work, or to offer sexual services. But I never gave into these advances,” he wrote.In the letter he said he told Oxfam he had sexual relations with an “honourable, mature woman” and did not give her any money, but added he was however “deeply ashamed” of the incident.Oxfam said it had passed the names of the seven men accused of sexual misconduct to relevant authorities and has shared an unredacted version of the report with the Haitian ambassador in London.It added it would give a copy of the report to the Haitian government, which has said it would open a probe into the scandal, in a meeting planned for Monday morning.last_img read more

Italy motorway bridge collapses dozens feared dead

first_imgThe collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa on 14 August 2018. — Photo: ReutersA motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday over the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing dozens of people according to the local ambulance service, in what the transport minister said was likely to be “an immense tragedy”.The local fire brigade said the bridge collapsed at around 11:30 a.m. (0930 GMT) during torrential rainfall. Television showed images of the collapsed section of the bridge, built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s.The head of the ambulance service said there were “dozens of dead”, according to Italian news agency Adnkronos. At least 10 people were killed and 20 vehicles were involved, local police sources said.An ambulance official told Reuters the service could only confirm two injured people so far, “but we suppose there are unfortunately a lot of dead.”Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016. The highway operator said work to shore up the foundation of the bridge was being carried out at the time of the collapse, adding that the bridge was constantly monitored.The elevated road crumbled over a river, railroad tracks and buildings. The highway is a major artery to the Italian Riviera and to France’s southern coast. Train services around Genoa have been halted.A witness told Sky Italia television he saw “eight or nine” vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he said was an “apocalyptic scene”.Transport minister Danilo Toninelli said in a tweet that he was “following with great apprehension what seems like an immense tragedy”.Shares in Atlantia, the toll road operator which runs the motorway, were suspended after falling 6.3 per cent after news of the collapse.last_img read more

Is Affordable Housing Being Left Out of DCs Comprehensive Plan

first_imgThe housing portion of the District of Columbia Comprehensive Plan recently came under tough scrutiny in Ward 8.On March 17, The Ward 8 Democrats hosted the “DC Comprehensive Plan for Affordable Housing: How Clear is the Vision” Forum at the St. Elizabeths R.I.S.E. Center. The panelists were Parisa Norouzi, executive director of Empower D.C.; attorney Ari Theresa of Stoop Law; Eric Shaw, director of the D.C. Office of Planning; Kay Pierson, director of the Community Reinvestment Division of the United Planning Organization; and David Whitehead is the Housing Program Coordinator of Greater Washington.D.C. councilmember Trayon White says D.C. is not including affordable housing options in development plans. (AFRO File Photo)The Home Rule Act of 1973 requires the District government to develop a comprehensive plan for future planning and development of the city.The initial plan was approved by the D.C. Council and signed by D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams in 2006 and amended in 2011 and 2012. Presently, the D.C. Council is considering the second round of amendments to the plan and D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8), who recently had to apologize for saying Jews control the weather, is urging Ward 8 residents to pay attention to the process.“This is an important time in our city’s history,” White said. “The comprehensive plan is a long-term document that determines, among other things, land use, building development, goals, policies and action plans for growth. I don’t think it does Ward 8 a lot of justice.”The plan includes upgrading housing at the St. Elizabeths East campus in Congress Heights and more upscale housing and retail in the Bellevue neighborhood of the ward.White said affordable housing isn’t adequately addressed in the new amendments to the plan and inferred there was preferential treatment for the housing needs of upper-income residents and forgets those of lower income residents. “We need to make sure that we don’t forget those who were here when the city wasn’t peaches and cream,” the council member said, referring to the District’s overall condition in the 1980s and 1990s, when it was fiscally shaky, the crack cocaine epidemic was in force, and people and businesses were moving out of the city.RentCafe, an Internet publication that looks at housing prices in the District, lists a studio apartment as $1,656 and a one-bedroom is $2,028.During the meeting, Shaw endured a lot of criticism. He said that since the advent of the Bowser administration, he has been working on the comprehensive plan and is open to developers getting a public benefit such as tax breaks and credits for building affordable and market rate housing.Many of the questions from the 50 people attending focused on what the comprehensive plan is and how it affects Ward 8 specifically. Ward 8 resident Jackie Ward, who sells real estate in the Washington, D.C. area, asked the panel about family-size housing.“A lot of the housing that is being built is for singles and people with one or two children,” Ward said. “However, you still have a lot of families who want to live in the city but can’t find four-bedroom apartments for market rate? What is being done about that?”Shaw said family units are beginning to be built and while that type of housing isn’t being requested by people who are moving into the city, the administration is working on strategies to stimulate developers to build more.last_img read more

New OLETs emit light more efficiently than equivalent OLEDs

first_imgThe new OLET, which is 10 times more efficient than any other reported OLET, has a trilayer structure. Electrons from the green layer and holes from the blue layer move to the middle red layer, where excitons are formed and light is emitted. Image copyright: Nature Publishing Group. (PhysOrg.com) — Already, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are becoming commercialized for light display applications due to their advantages such as low fabrication costs and large-area emission. But OLEDs also have intrinsic efficiency limitations due to their structure, which might limit their future development in terms of brightness. Now, a team of researchers has found that another organic semiconductor-based device, the organic light-emitting transistor (OLET), can dramatically increase the efficiency of OLEDs since OLETs have the structure of a transistor rather than a diode. In their recent study, the researchers have created OLETs that are 10 times more efficient than any previously reported OLET, as well as more than twice as efficient as an optimized OLED made with the same materials. More information: Raffaella Capelli, et al. “Organic light-emitting transistors with an efficiency that outperforms the equivalent light-emitting diodes.” Nature Materials. Doi:10.1038/NMAT2751 The researchers, Raffaella Capelli, et al., from the Institute for Nanostructured Materials (ISMN) in Bologna, Italy, and the Polyera Corporation in Skokie, Illinois, USA, have published their results in a recent issue of Nature Materials.As the researchers explain, OLED technology is by far the most developed of the two organic semiconductor-based devices. But the biggest drawback to using OLEDs for light display applications is that they intrinsically suffer from photon loss and exciton quenching. Both effects are a direct result of the structure of OLEDs: The close spatial proximity of the electrical contacts and the light-generation region causes some emitted photons to be absorbed, resulting in photon loss. Similarly, the largest quenching effect in OLEDs, called exciton-charge quenching, reduces the number of excitons, and occurs due to a spatial overlap of excitons and charges. Because OLETs have a transistor-based structure, researchers have recently been looking for ways to suppress these deleterious effects inherent in the OLED architecture. So far, they have only managed to prevent one type of quenching called exciton-metal quenching, which was done by moving the light-emitting area further away from the electrodes. However, the other effects still remained, so that the best OLETs only achieved an efficiency of no more than 0.6%.In the new study, the researchers designed an OLET that could avoid photon losses and the two types of quenching. In demonstrations, the new OLETs achieved efficiencies of 5%. In comparison, equivalent OLEDs had efficiencies of just 0.01%, while optimized OLEDs with the same emitting layer as the OLETs achieved efficiencies of 2.2%, with the difference being due to their diode structure. (Although 2.2% is the highest reported efficiency for OLEDs based on fluorescent emitters, researchers have recently reported OLEDs based on phosphorescent emitting material with an efficiency on the order of 20%.) Citation: New OLETs emit light more efficiently than equivalent OLEDs (2010, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-olets-emit-efficiently-equivalent-oleds.html Explore furthercenter_img Copyright 2010 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. The researchers call their novel device a tri-layer field-effect OLET due to its three organic semiconducting layers: a top 15-nm-thick p-channel layer that transports holes, a 40-nm-thick middle layer that emits light (the “exciton formation zone”), and a bottom 7-nm-thick n-channel layer that transports electrons. In this set-up, electrons and holes move from their respective layers to the middle layer, where excitons are formed and light is emitted. The three semiconductor layers are positioned on a three-layer substrate of glass, indium tin oxide, and PMMA, and two gold electrodes on top complete the design.The trilayer architecture offers several advantages. For one, the light-formation and light-emitting regions are located far enough away from the electrodes so that photon losses at the electrodes and exciton-metal quenching are prevented. Also, the light-emitting region is physically separated from the charge flows, which prevents exciton-charge quenching. For these reasons, the researchers describe the tri-layer OLET as a “contactless OLED,” where these deleterious effects are intrinsically prevented. In addition to these improvements, the researchers predict that the efficiency of the new OLET should be able to be increased even further with further adjustments, such as decreasing the operating voltage and carefully tuning every part of the structure.“Despite the necessary technical improvements, we believe that our tri-layer OLETs represent a viable route to increase even further the device efficiency,” Capelli, a researcher at ISMN, told PhysOrg.com.Overall, the scientists hope that the OLET represents a route toward developing practical organic light-emitting devices with unprecedented efficiency. The device could offer the potential for many applications, such as intense nanoscale light sources and optoelectronic systems.“The OLET is a new light emission concept, providing planar light sources that can be easily integrated in substrates of different natures (silicon, glass, plastic, paper, etc.) using standard microelectronic techniques,” said Michele Muccini, a researcher at ISMN. “Our devices provide planar micrometer-size light sources that might enable organic photonic applications like integrated on-chip bio-sensing and high resolution display technology with embedded electronics. Moreover, a long term perspective for OLETs could be related to the realization of an electrically pumped organic laser.” Liquid-OLED Offers More Light-Emitting Possibilities 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. 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Exploring the different facets of Indian cuisine

first_imgIn order to bring forward the facets of Indian cuisines and the gastronomical evolution, which has transformed the way people look at Indian cuisine, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi, announced the curtain-raiser for ‘Tasting India Symposium’, as a part of Delhi Dialogues on Thursday. The event, which promises to be a global exchange of  ideas between international opinion-makers and custodians of  India’s  food heritage, is scheduled to be held from December 2-4 in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Well-known food writer Sourish Bhattacharyya opened the ‘Tasting India Symposium’ as part of Delhi Dialogues forum with an introduction on how the flavours of Delhi have permeated not just nationally but internationally as well. The dialogue over a round table discussion on ‘Unlocking the Secrets of the Kitchens of India’ consisted of imminent panelists from the Food and Beverage industry and the media fraternity like Chef Manjit Gill, Corporate Chef-ITC Hotels, food historian Colleen Taylor Sen, American journalist Michael Snyder, Reshmi Ray Dasgupta of The Economic Times, Viraj Bahl, founder and CEO of Veeba Food Products, and Mohit Balachandran of Chowder Singh. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“India has indeed evolved over the years with the different cuisines. The historical influences over the years of the people of the country have seamlessly merged with the culinary fare of the country.  We wanted to create a first-of its kind platform to have a global exchange of ideas between international opinion-makers and custodians of India’s food heritage and ‘Tasting India Symposium’ aims to do just that”, said Sourish Bhattacharyya. Congratulating on the initiative,  Benita Sharma, Area Manager-Golden Triangle and General Manager-WelcomHotel Sheraton, said, “The Tasting India Symposium’ is a great initiative to understand how we as a nation have evolved over centuries to become the gastronomical superpower. Indian  cuisine is ancient, diverse and steeped in tradition; an amalgam of different  ethnic  influences, much like the country itself and this mix of cultural camaraderie is effortlessly showcased  at our 24-hour dining restaurant-Delhi Pavilion.”last_img read more