Rogue oil trader hits Mitsubishi unit for 320 million

NEW YORK — One of Japan’s most storied trading houses says it’s lost $320 million in a series of unauthorized transactions by a rogue trader.Mitsubishi Corp. said Friday that the employee in its Petro-Diamond unit in Singapore disguised the trades to look like legitimate hedges. Derivatives are contracts that give a fixed price to hedge against volatility in the market.It says declining crude prices led to the enormous losses.The company fired the employee, which it did not name, on September 18 and lodged a criminal complaint.Mitsubishi, considered a staid trading house typically not involved in high-risk transactions, says it has taken measures to tighten oversight.The company is trying to determine if the Singapore incident will alter its financial forecast for the year.The Associated Press read more

Travel advice for roads rail and flights as snow hits the UK

first_img HANNAH MCKAY The “Beast from the East” has hit the UK,with temperatures plummeting and snow falling across the country. Conditions are due to worsen as the week progresses, and transport has already been affected.Train companies have put out advice about when to travel and whether to expect delays as the Met Office gives out amber and yellow snow warnings.Here is the latest travel information.Rail  Peter Macdiarmid/LNP Network Rail has put special measures in place to prevent electric tracks from freezing over, so the trains can continue to run.However, rail companies across the country have warned that there will be delays and cancellations from Monday morning as heavy snowfall is predicted. Commuters have been warned to allow extra time for their journeys and to check the train schedules before they set off.Greater Anglia and Southeastern services have advised commuters try to travel before 6pm on Monday evening to avoid disruption. There were severe delays on the Tube at rush hour, which could continue throughout the day.TfL advised: “Please wrap up warm and check your journeys before you travel, allowing extra time for your journeys where necessary.” “Later in the evening there will be some respite as the showers ease for a time, although snow showers will continue in Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire.”The A12 Essex and M2/M20 Kent and eastern parts of the M25 becomes exposed to lines of showers, bringing some very difficult driving conditions and significant disruption.”During the early morning, a band of snow moves into the Northeast, bringing a risk of disruption due to the heavy snowfall. Towards the morning rush; this snowfall reaching southern parts of the Northwest, and northern parts of the Midlands.”FlightsBritish Airways has cancelled a number of flights as of Monday morning as the weather worsens.The airline has cancelled at least 36 flights from Heathrow Airport today, and apologised to customers.A statement on the British Airways websites states: “We are sorry that the weather is likely to lead to some delays and disruption to our schedules. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP It is getting colder this week, with snow expected later today. We’re working closely with @NetworkRailSE to keep the network open, but please check before you travel. #UKSnow— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) February 26, 2018 “We are sorry for the disruption to your travel plans and are doing all we can to minimise the effect the poor weather is having on flights.”Flights affected include those to the UK and Europe as well as New York and Los Angeles.BA said passengers with cancelled flights should not travel to the airport.center_img For more information on services on Monday evening please see the attached poster:— TfL Rail (@TfLRail) February 26, 2018 The operator warned there may be unexpected and sudden cancellations due to the cold weather.RoadsWhile the morning commute was fine for many as snow began to fall, there are expected to be delays on some parts of the motorway this evening.Highways England said: “Feeling bitterly cold in easterly winds, gusting 30 mph in eastern parts and around showers, this enough to cause drifting where any snow lies on areas surrounding routes. The South East is set to be hit with snow next week with ‘The Beast from the East’ or ‘polar vortex’ causing one of the UK’s coldest weeks in recent years.Here’s what we’re doing to try & keep trains running for @Se_Railway @SouthernRailUK @TLRailUK &@GatwickExpress passengers— NR South East (@NetworkRailSE) February 23, 2018 Credit: HANNAH MCKAY “We have proactively cancelled some services and will be re-booking customers on to alternative flights or offering them a full refund if they no longer wish to travel. 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. TfL Rail has suspended all services from 11pm tonight due to the snow and on Tuesday trains will not start until 7am and it will be a limited service of six trains per hour between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.last_img read more

Minister energised and determined to get good deal for Irish farmers

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney said that Irish farmers have had a “tough” year so far and that he is “very conscious” of their frustrations and stress as he arrived for another round of CAP negotiations at Dublin Castle this morning.“It has been a really bad year for Irish farmers,” he told reporters ahead of a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers, citing “extraordinary weather patterns”, the horsemeat scandal and the fodder crisis.“We have never had to import grass before,” he said. “Ireland is one of the most efficient growers of grass in Europe.”The Minister, who is current chair of the Council of Agriculture Ministers, said he was “energised and determined” to get a good deal for Irish and European farmers during CAP discussions. We want to give them certainty in the future about payments, he claimed.However, the Fine Gael TD warned there was “a lot of things to do” before a final compromise was reached.“This process is not over the line yet. There are difficult issues to be resolved.” Those possible roadblocks include budgets, greening payments, internal convergence and voluntary-coupled support.If there is a “perfect-case scenario”, Coveney said a final and legal decision will be made in a trilogue at the European Parliament following talks with the Council and European Commission in June. He said willingness and flexibility would be required from the three institutions for such an outcome.Members of the IFA will protest outside Dublin Castle after a warning from President John Bryan that CAP Reform must support active, productive farmers. Any other result would deliver a “serious blow” to Irish farmers’ production base and represent “political failure by the Minister”, it said in a statement.The association remains opposed to a mandatory minimum payment, noting that if the flexibilities on the payments achieved in March were lost, it would be a “watershed moment” for Coveney’s credibility.“The Minister for Agriculture must stand his ground and insist that the flexibilities agreed at the March meeting, which did not include a minimum payment, are retained in the final deal.”Over 30,000 tonnes of fodder delivered to struggling farmerslast_img read more

Amazon confirms Kindle books more popular than print

first_imgUntil e-readers got popular the question of where to read came down to PC/laptop screen or printed book. Now it’s screen, book, or e-paper. The screen or book question usually saw the book win due to your eyes getting tired quickly reading from a backlit display. That problem was even worse back in the days of CRT. With e-paper it’s a different story.The question has now changed to whether you prefer holding a book and turning a page, or clicking a button to refresh the screen. The convenience of storing thousands of books and reading off a paper-like display is clearly winning, though, as Amazon has confirmed today.As of April this year, Amazon has stated that Kindle books are outselling printed books. For every 100 paper or hardbacks sold, Amazon sells 105 Kindle books. That fact has given Amazon its largest yearly growth for books in a decade. The rate at which e-books are selling is continuing to increase with some territories Amazon operates in, such as the UK, selling double the amount Kindle books compared to print books sales.Overall, Kindle sales are up 300% this year compared to last. When you consider Amazon has been selling printed books for 21 years, and e-books for a mere 4, it puts into perspective how much of a evolution/revolution this is for the book industry.Another surprising fact is which version of the Kindle is most popular. It seems adverts are not a turn off as Kindle with Special Offers has leaped to the top of the pile and outsells both the standard and DX models after only being available for just over a month.Read more at Amazon press releaseMatthew’s OpinionI’ve owned a Kindle for almost a year now and find myself turning to it more and more. To begin with I missed the feel of a book in my hand, but in the end convenience won out.The books I want to read are cheaper in digital form than paperback. The Kindle is very light and thin, even in its book-cover casing, but at the same time holds thousands of books making it the perfect device to throw in a bag. The month-long battery life also makes it ideal for holidays.If you’d asked me a year ago if I thought Kindle books would overtake print so quickly I’d have probably said no way. But I think anyone who has bought a Kindle will increasingly buy content for it due to the convenience and advantages it offers over printed books in a number of areas.last_img read more

Venizelos a strong contender for PASOK leadership

first_imgThe PASOK leadership contest took a new turn this week with Health Minister Andreas Loverdos declaring his backing for Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, but there are still doubts about the position the party will adopt going into the final round of negotiations between Greece and its lenders. Loverdos, who was one of the frontrunners in the race to succeed George Papandreou, said that he was putting aside his personal ambitions for the good of the party. “We will proceed together because our party cannot take any more division and the country needs some stability,” he said. The alliance between the two men has made Venizelos the clear favourite to succeed Papandreou. Venizelos and Loverdos informed other top Socialists, such as Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, of their decision to join forces before making yesterday’s announcement in an attempt to get their blessing for the move. However, the future of Papandreou remains in doubt. He has called a leadership election in March but there is growing unrest within the party about his lame duck presidency. Some MPs have indicated that they might call a vote of no confidence when PASOK’s parliamentary group meets on Thursday in a bid to force Papandreou to stand aside. The timing of these developments is extremely sensitive given that Prime Minister Lucas Papademos wants to meet with party leaders to agree on common positions ahead of finalizing the latest reforms with the troika on Friday. PASOK has adopted the most inflexible stance of all three coalition parties on key issues such as private sector wage cuts, reductions to supplementary pensions and the recapitalisation of Greek banks, so it is vital to the process that the Socialist leader be able to provide some clarity on these matters. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hellenic lawyers talk ethics

first_img‘Modern Ethical Pitfalls for Lawyers’ was the topic for the first inaugural lecture delivered by the Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou of the Supreme Court of Victoria at a dinner event held by the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association last month. The dinner and lecture event was attended by more than 130 lawyers and was very well received. HAL is planning that this lecture-and-dinner format, as well as panel discussions, will become regular CPD activities of the Association. The event was sponsored by the Bank of Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une petite fille fantôme nait dénuée de sang

first_imgUne petite fille “fantôme” nait dénuée de sangAu Royaume-Uni, une petite fille est née avec tellement peu d’hémoglobine dans les veines que son sang ne pouvait être considéré en tant que tel. Aujourd’hui, âgée de six mois, elle a retrouvé ses couleurs.C’est une histoire extraordinaire qu’a vécu la petite Olivia tout juste âgée de 6 mois. Si la fillette est aujourd’hui en pleine forme, les médecins ne lui donnaient à sa naissance pas plus de deux heures à vivre si rien n’avait été fait pour la sauver. En effet, Olivia est née avec un taux tellement bas d’hémoglobine que le fluide circulant dans ses veines ne pouvait même pas être considéré comme du sang. L’hémoglobine est une protéine contenue dans le sang qui sert au transport de l’oxygène dans l’organisme. Renfermée dans les globules rouges, c’est elle qui leur donne leur couleur caractéristique.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Ainsi, lorsque la petite Olivia est née, elle était totalement blanche comme un “fantôme”, telle que l’ont décrit les médecins. Elle a vu le jour six semaines en avance par césarienne après que ses parents se sont inquiétés de ne plus la sentir donner de coups de pied pendant plusieurs jours et que les médecins ont échoué à détecter les mouvements du bébé. “Olivia est née si blanche que nous ne savions pas ce qu’il se passait”, se souvient sa mère Louise âgée de 31 ans. L’infirmière Sharon Pilgrim avoue même au Telegraph n’avoir jamais observé en 20 ans de métier un taux aussi bas d’hémoglobine.”C’est un miracle qu’elle est survécu. Elle était incroyablement pâle à la naissance et avait des difficultés à respirer. Il n’y avait aucun signe de perte de sang avant la césarienne ou durant l’opération. C’est seulement quand nous avons fait des tests supplémentaires sur Louise que nous avons découvert que le bébé avait perdu du sang directement dans la circulation sanguine de sa mère”, explique l’infirmière. Il a ainsi fallu faire des transfusions d’urgence à la fillette qui a finalement retrouvé des couleurs rosées.Les médecins ignorent toujours ce qui a pu se produire pour que le bébé perde du sang et naisse avec un tel taux d’hémoglobine. Aujourd’hui que la petite Olivia est sortie d’affaire, sa mère tient ainsi à souligner : “Je veux que les mères se rendent compte à quel point le mouvement du bébé est important pour vérifier qu’il est en bonne santé. Il faut croire en son instinct maternel”.Le 3 avril 2012 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Universes Most Massive Black Holes Discovered in FarAway Galaxies

first_img A bunch of astrophysicists may have stumbled upon the biggest black holes ever discovered.The so-called “ultramassive” voids are, according to the team’s calculations, growing faster than the stars in their respective galaxies.“A black hole is an invisible celestial object whose gravitational pull is so strong that neither matter nor light can escape it,” Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, a physics professor at the University of Montreal, said in a statement. “It swallows everything in its path like a bottomless vortex.”In their search for black holes, Hlavacek-Larrondo and co-author Mar Mezcua, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Space Sciences in Spain, studied 72 galaxies at the center of the universe’s “brightest and most massive galaxy clusters.”“A black hole is most often created when a massive star dies and collapses on itself,” Hlavacek-Larrondo explained. “The most fascinating thing about black holes is how they distort time around them. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, time flows more slowly in strong gravitational fields, like those of these gargantuan celestial objects.”By analyzing radio wave and X-ray emissions, astronomers found that ultramassive black holes are roughly ten times heavier than previously calculated.Plus, almost half of the sample set is estimated to be at least 10 billion times bigger than Earth’s sun.“We have discovered black holes that are far larger and way more massive than anticipated,” Mezcua said.“Are they so big because they had a head start or because certain ideal conditions allowed them to grow more rapidly over billions of years?” she wondered. “For the moment, there is no way for us to know.”As exciting as this discovery is, it also reveals dangerous implications for galaxies housing these ultramassive black holes.With great mass comes great power: The “celestial behemoth” sucks in the matter then flings it back out in streams strong enough to destroy its host galaxy.“It would be like a mini, galaxy-sized Big Bang,” Hlavacek-Larrondo said.“But there’s no need to worry about our own galaxy,” she confirmed. “Sagittarius A*, the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, is a bit boring. It’s not very active, much like a dormant volcano. It sucks up little matter and probably wouldn’t be able to produce destructive high-energy jets.”A paper by Mezcua and Hlavacek-Larrondo—using data collected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope—was recently published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgBy Yankuba JallowIn several meetings held by the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) across the North Bank Region (NBR), people made their views known to members of the CRC that the proposed new Constitution should make provision for the President of the Republic, to be a degree holder. The CRC which is headed by Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow, visited Sara Kunda and Ngayen Sanjal villages on day eight of their tour in the North Bank Region.At the Sara Kunda meeting Buba Sima contributed by asking how one can be an effective and efficient president when one does not understand issues; that a president should be a degree holder. ‘‘We have a University which has now produced thousands of students. They should be empowered to lead,” Buba Sima told the gathering.Bakary Saidy another contributor from Kani Kunda Subakoto, asked how one can lead a country with people who are more educated than the leader himself. Saidy told members of the CRC that the proposed new Constitution should make provision for anybody vying for president, to be well educated up to University level, with a degree. Many others told members of the CRC that the proposed new Constitution should make provision for political parties to disclose their source of funding; that political parties should disclose their source of funding and issue financial statements to the IEC. This was a contribution made by Abdul Aziz Kah, a teacher. In Salikenni, Sara Kunda, Njayen Sanjal and Illiassa communities, people raised their hands in support of the idea for political parties to disclose their source of funding.Kebba Sabally of Sara Kunda opined that the cost of the country’s national identity document (ID Card), should be addressed by the new Constitution. “We are citizens and we have rights to get our national identity document with ease. The cost of the national identity card should be addressed as it is expensive,” said Sabally.Momodou Darboe of the Department of Livestock Services in Kerewan, opined that the new Constitution should make provision for an Agricultural Commission. “The Agricultural Commission will be responsible for improving the agricultural sector. The sector really requires a revival. Farmers do not have good markets to sell their products. Our livestock get sick and there are no available medicines to cure them,” he said. Many suggested that the new Constitution should make provision to support farmers in terms of protection from thiefs and stray animals.The people of Sarra Kunda opined that Ministers should be scrutinized before being selected by members of the National Assembly; that the new Constitution should make provision for a fix number of Ministries to avoid future presidents creating ones.The people of Sarra Kunda and Salikenni contributed and agreed in unison that the proposed new Constitution should make provision for prisoners to vote. “Prisoners should be allowed to vote because imprisonment is a means of correcting their previous deeds but they will remain citizens of the country. Every citizen is eligible to vote,” said Saku Camara, of Sarra Kunda. “The prisoners have fundamental human rights that must be protected. They have a right to vote,” said Sulayman Colley of Sarra Kunda; that the proposed new Constitution should make provision for a fix date for presidential elections.On the death penalty, the people unanimously agreed in their contributions that this should be maintained in the Constitution.“We want death penalty to be maintained in the Gambia,” the people Sara Kunda agreed in a popular vote by raising their hands in unison.Further meetings will continue in the rest of the villages in the Region.last_img read more

President CEO of Sempra Energy to retire later this year

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 12, 2018 March 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom President, CEO of Sempra Energy to retire later this year San Diego’s Sempra Energy (SD Union Tribune)SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Days after wrapping up a massive $9.45 billion deal to acquire the largest utility in Texas, San Diego-based Sempra Energy announced Monday that Debra L. Reed will retire as president, CEO and chairwoman of the executive board later this year.Reed, who last month hit 40 years with Sempra Energy companies, will step down as president and CEO on May 1, but she’ll continue as chairwoman of the executive board until Dec. 1. She’ll be replaced as CEO by Jeffrey W. Martin, who currently serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, and as president by Joseph A. Householder, who is now the company’s corporate group president of infrastructure businesses.“We have a talented and deep management team (and) Jeff Martin and Joe Householder are both tremendous leaders who will be excellent stewards of Sempra Energy’s continued growth and success in the future,” Reed said in a statement. “Over many years, our board of directors has led a robust leadership succession planning effort, and today’s announcement of new officer elections reflects the successful implementation of this planning.”The retirement announcement comes just four days after regulators in Texas approved Sempra’s deal to buy Oncor, the largest utility in the Lone Star State, which serves about 3.5 million Texans. The Sempra-Oncor deal — in which Sempra agreed to several dozen conditions, including Oncor retaining an independent board, and rate savings initially going back to customers — succeeded where at least three others had failed, including a bid from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.“Y’all are done,” the Texas Public Utility Commission chairwoman said Thursday in giving the deal its final stamp of approval, according to the Dallas Morning News.Reed, 61, has been Sempra Energy’s CEO since 2011 and assumed the top spot on the executive board in 2012. In announcing her pending retirement, she touted her recent accomplishments and the company’s positive outlook, including the acquisition late last week of Oncor, the largest utility in the Lone Star State, and the “anticipated launch of our liquefied natural gas export business in Louisiana next year.” She also mentioned growth of the company in Mexico, California and South America.“In her seven years as CEO, Debbie Reed has sharpened Sempra Energy’s strategic focus and led the company to new heights,” said William C. Rusnack, Sempra Energy’s lead director. “Under her leadership, Sempra Energy’s market value has more than doubled to nearly $29 billion.”Martin, 56, the future CEO, has served as Sempra Energy’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since January of last year. He’s been with Sempra for 13 years, including a period from 2014 to 2016 as CEO, president and chairman of San Diego Gas & Electric, one of the many utilities owned by Sempra. Martin has been with the company since 2004, when he startedin the mergers and acquisitions group.Martin currently serves on the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of its executive committee, and the board of trustees of the University of San Diego, where he is a member of the executive committee and chairs the athletics committee.Householder, 62, who will take over as company president, has been in his current position leading Sempra’s infrastructure businesses since January 2017. The position has him overseeing the company’s operations in midstream, liquefied natural gas, renewable energy and Mexico. Prior to taking on his current role, Householder was Sempra Energy’s executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2011 to 2016.He serves on the board of Advanced Micro Devices and is a member of the Tax Executives Institute, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.With the Oncor deal done, Sempra Energy now employees roughly 20,000 people and serves 43 million customers worldwide. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Macau gaming kingpin Dr Stanley Ho to retire from SJM Holdings

first_img Load More The godfather of Macau’s gaming industry, Dr Stanley Ho, will retire as Chairman and Executive Director of SJM Holdings in June, the company has announced.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange late Thursday, SJM revealed that Dr Ho, 96, will step down from his position at the company’s 12 June annual general meeting, at which time he will be given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry, target full Crown acquisition: Bernstein Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests RelatedPosts His daughter and current board member, Daisy Ho, will be appointed Chairman and Executive Director in his place.Paying tribute to the contribution of Dr Ho, who held a monopoly on Macau’s casino industry for 40 years between 1962 and 2002 via his company Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau, SA (STDM), SJM Holdings said, “Dr Ho has justifiably been acknowledged as the founding father of Macau’s gaming industry, which has for some time been the largest in the world in terms of revenue.“Under Dr Ho’s visionary leadership, the company and its subsidiaries achieved a significant growth in the past decade. The board expresses its sincere gratitude to Dr Ho for his invaluable contributions in building a solid foundation for the company’s continuing growth in the future.”Despite having maintained his position as head of SJM Holdings deep into his 90s, Dr Ho’s health has been in decline in recent years and he has been rarely sighted in public since falling ill in late 2009.In June last year he stepped down as Chairman and Executive Director of Hong Kong’s Shun Tak Holdings Ltd with another of his daughter’s, MGM China Co-Chairperson and Executive Director Pansy Ho, taking his place.His impending retirement from SJM Holdings will result in a re-shuffling of the board with Angela Leong and Timothy Fok to be named Co-Chairmen and Executive Directors of the company and Dr Ambrose So Vice-Chairman, Executive Director and CEO.Dr Chan Un Chan has been recommended by the board for election as an Executive Director at the 2018 AGM.last_img read more

Reckless driving lands smuggler in police net

first_imgChittoor: Rash driving led to the arrest of a red sanders smuggler on Thursday. According to Additional SP (Operations) K Krishnarjuna Rao, Chittoor Rural SI Vikram and police personnel were patrolling on Chittoor-Tirupati national highway. A smuggler transporting red sanders logs in a four-wheeler zoomed past police vehicle at a high speed giving enough hint for police to suspect the vehicle. They chased and stopped the vehicle at Penumur crossroads. The police nabbed smuggler Annamalai and seized red sanders logs and vehicle. The police registered a case and sent Annamalai to judicial remand, the ASP stated.last_img read more

Washington Auto Show Rolls Into Town with Thrills for Adults… Oh and

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterIn Season Two of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Miriam “Midge” Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan, and her family the Weissmans, take a two month sojourn to the Catskills, a heady retreat for those privileged enough to rent summer homes, and be away from work for almost an entire season.The Catskills, depicted in the late 1950s, is an escape from the crunching mania of New York.  There are planned activities for everyone. And those same activities are not only separated by color, (Black folks only find themselves as employees during this time and not guests), they are separated by gender and age as well. But in one scene a man is at center stage directing a game of “Simon Says” for a group of giddy adults. The joy on their faces as they hop on one leg, or place a finger on their nose, only to hear “I didn’t say “Simon says.’ Is palpable on the screen. Then a little boy wanders in the room eyeing all the fun. His father quickly scoops him up and scolds him saying, “What are you doing here, this is area is for adults.”The Washington Auto Show has several thrills for adults and children to enjoy, such as ART in Motion, where prominent artists paint on cars live for the audience, at the Washington Convention Center. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)That is what The Washington Auto Show felt like. It’s not that kids aren’t welcomed, or that there aren’t activities for them. But going through the three floors of vehicles, list prices and driving courses, it was clear to this reporter that this was adult fun time.The Washington Auto Show runs through April 14 at the Walter E. Wilson Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl, NW., The event is takes up three floors and a sprawling 150,000 square feet- so bring sensible shoes. There are over 600 vehicles on display from all the major automobile brands.According to about 5.3 million cars were sold to customers in the U.S. When you look at global sales, the number of cars sold rises to about 79 million. Even though U.S. car sales have dipped 6.3 million from the previous years, it doesn’t mean people aren’t buying vehicles. U.S. light truck sales bumped up from about 8.7 million units in 2014 to almost 11.1 million units in 2017.So it’s safe to assume that many people will be perusing the cars, with the intention of purchase.  They will slam truck doors, sniff the intoxicating mix of leather, plastic and chemicals that compose that new car smell, and automakers are ready with interactive displays, unlocked doors and friendly staff to answer any question.The stand out activity for me was the Jaguar Land Rover Test Drive Experience, which is a returning exhibit. This area was split into two sections. On one side you can be a passenger as a trained driver whirls you through an obstacle course in the new electric offering. You muscle through hair pin curves and tackle a roller coaster like hill.  On the other side, you can either be a passenger or a driver in one of the newest Land Rover vehicles taking to a stunt course that turns your vehicles almost on its side at one point. And going up a sanded incline and coming back down. The experience is amazing just to see how the vehicles handle a simulated off-road experience.A stand out section for the kids is the Family Fun Zone, located in Ballroom C on the third floor.  Some of the most popular PBS characters will be back this year, along with daily dance parties for kids and plenty of space for parents to rest and relax.Another stand out event is ART in Motion, where prominent artists paint on cars live for the audience.There are sports celebrities and special guests throughout the week. Tickets are $12 per adult (ages 12+); $5 for children ages 6-12. Children under six are admitted free.  Tuesday is Military Tribute Day and admission is free for active-duty and retired military personnel with valid I.D. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets please go to read more

Relax With These Special Studio Ghibli FilmInspired Teas

first_imgStay on target If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan, chances are you’ve collected just about everything there is to collect out there related to Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro. Sure, there are plenty of other movies under that umbrella, but we all know we love these three movies the best. You’ve probably already seen all there is to see in terms of collectibles and gifts, right? What about tea sourced from Totoro’s real-life forest, all the way from Japan? What about tea based on your favorite Studio Ghibli film?You can get just that thanks to the Donguri Kyowakoku store in Japan, or the Acorn Republic, which carries special new teas as a collaboration with Japanese tea retailer Lupicia. You can select from several different teas, including one based on Jiji, the cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service. It’s a rooibos tea with strawberry, apricot and honey flavors, created with rose petals, pink peppers, and dried blueberries.Kiki has her own tea too, called Kiki and Townscape, and it’s a black tea with strawberry and blackcurrant flavors. The most beloved tin of the bunch will likely be the Totoro tea, called “Napping Totoro,” with hojicha green teas from the Sayama Hills in Saitama Prefecture, which is where Totoro is supposed to “live” in real life. This green tea actually has less caffeine in it than regular green tea, which makes it perfect for any real-life Napping Totoros to sip and then relax with at the end of a long day.AdChoices广告Each tin of tea will go for about $13.50 at the special Studio Ghibli stores, and the tins are absolutely beautiful. You can’t currently buy them online for overseas delivery right now, but you might be able to get a Japanese purchasing liaison site to grab it for you in the future if you’re able to wait that long. Either way, it’s probably just as delicious as the tins are cute! AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant last_img read more

Researchers discover nanoparticles can be fabricated using Leidenfrost drops w Video

first_img 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. Journal information: Nature Communications French team demonstrates paramagnetic properties of liquid oxygen drops ( —A team of researchers from several research institutions in Germany has found that certain types of nanoparticles can be created using levitated drops of heated water—Leidenfrost drops. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes how they created metal polymer hybrid foams and other nanoparticles using nothing more than water on a heated substrate. Play Gold nanoparticles synthesis in the Leidenfrost drop reactor: Transformation of Leidenfrost drop from yellow gold salts to plasmonic red colour of gold nanoparticles during the levitation. Credit: Nature Communications 4, Article number: 2400 doi:10.1038/ncomms3400 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play 3D synthesis and coating in the Leidenfrost drop: 3D coating of TEM grid. A rotary motion of Leidenfrost drop holds the TEM grid inside the drop during the coating. Credit: Nature Communications 4, Article number: 2400 doi:10.1038/ncomms3400 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreencenter_img © 2013 Plasmonic gold nanoparticles using a levitating drop reactor. Credit: Nature Communications 4, Article number: 2400 doi:10.1038/ncomms3400 Citation: Researchers discover nanoparticles can be fabricated using Leidenfrost drops (w/ Video) (2013, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Most everyone has seen Leidenfrost drops in action, they occur when dumping a small amount of water into an already heated pan—the drops that form slide around as if there is no friction due to the steam that builds up beneath them. In this new effort, the researchers noted that not only does water turn to steam in Leidenfrost drops but it appears that positive ions gather in that steam leaving negative ions to collect in the liquid above. If melted metal is added to the mix, its positive ions are attracted to the negative ions in the liquid where they react and solidify into certain types of nanoparticles.Using this technique the team found they were able to create nanoporous black gold as well as different types of nanoparticle based foams and also nanoparticle coatings that adhere to a three-dimensional substrate—all without using any toxic chemicals. Researchers have been searching for a way to create such materials in new ways that don’t result in toxic byproducts. Conventional methods rely on the use of a variety of toxic chemicals to cause the desired reactions to come about. That in turn leads to environmental problems as well as concern about the toxicity of the nanomaterials themselves. The process using Leidenfrost drops, on the other hand, is as clean as it gets, the researchers report, with no need for reducing agents—the reactions occur in the heated drops without any other mixing either—leading the researchers to describe the technique as “green chemistry.” The end result is a much cleaner way to make nanoparticles, which is good news as scientists have been discovering new uses for them in a large variety of products. The researchers believe the nanoparticles they have created thus far might one day be used in medical or electrical components. Explore further More information: Green chemistry and nanofabrication in a levitated Leidenfrost drop, Nature Communications 4, Article number: 2400 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3400AbstractGreen nanotechnology focuses on the development of new and sustainable methods of creating nanoparticles, their localized assembly and integration into useful systems and devices in a cost-effective, simple and eco-friendly manner. Here we present our experimental findings on the use of the Leidenfrost drop as an overheated and charged green chemical reactor. Employing a droplet of aqueous solution on hot substrates, this method is capable of fabricating nanoparticles, creating nanoscale coatings on complex objects and designing porous metal in suspension and foam form, all in a levitated Leidenfrost drop. As examples of the potential applications of the Leidenfrost drop, fabrication of nanoporous black gold as a plasmonic wideband superabsorber, and synthesis of superhydrophilic and thermal resistive metal–polymer hybrid foams are demonstrated. We believe that the presented nanofabrication method may be a promising strategy towards the sustainable production of functional nanomaterials.last_img read more

Researchers create stable goldIII catalysts via oxidative addition of a carbon–carbon bond

first_img More information: Stable gold(III) catalysts by oxidative addition of a carbon–carbon bond, Nature 517, 449–454 (22 January 2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14104AbstractLow-valent late transition-metal catalysis has become indispensable to chemical synthesis, but homogeneous high-valent transition-metal catalysis is underdeveloped, mainly owing to the reactivity of high-valent transition-metal complexes and the challenges associated with synthesizing them. Here we report a carbon–carbon bond cleavage at ambient conditions by a Au(I) complex that generates a stable Au(III) cationic complex. In contrast to the well-established soft and carbophilic Au(I) catalyst, this Au(III) complex exhibits hard, oxophilic Lewis acidity. For example, we observed catalytic activation of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes towards selective conjugate additions as well as activation of an unsaturated aldehyde-allene for a [2 + 2] cycloaddition reaction. The origin of the regioselectivity and catalytic activity was elucidated by X-ray crystallographic analysis of an isolated Au(III)-activated cinnamaldehyde intermediate. The concepts revealed suggest a strategy for accessing high-valent transition-metal catalysis from readily available precursors. 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. As Kourra and Cramer note, a major challenge for chemists in the organic field is to synthesize structurally complex target molecules selectively, allowing for the development of pharmaceuticals and other valuable materials. One way to do so is via catalysis, which has proven successful in a number of ways. There still remains one area that has met with little success, however, catalysis with transition metals which exist in high oxidation states—Au(III) is one. In this new effort, the researchers have found a way to overcome the two main obstacles (poor stability and the difficulty of getting to the oxidation state via so-called “mild” techniques) researchers have faced in the past.The team’s technique consisted of inserting an existing Au(I) catalyst (biphenylene) into a carbon-carbon bond, without using any strong oxidants. The results was an Au(III) catalyst which had a biphenylene ligand. They note that the reaction occurred at room temperature, making the process relatively simple and inexpensive. Next, the group converted their catalyst into a precursor (stable) compound for storage until a reaction is needed. The researchers then put the ligand to good use—to guide oxygen atoms on substrates into groups that would bind to the metal, offering in effect, a protective shield of sorts against complementary reactions.The researchers tested their catalyst in six different types of reactions and report good product yields, which meant that their technique represents a major breakthrough in the field. They noted also that it opens the door to using Au(I) and Au(III) together, offering the benefits of both, which had not been done before. They next plan see how well their technique works with other compounds. Citation: Researchers create stable gold(III) catalysts via oxidative addition of a carbon–carbon bond (2015, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Transformations of diazo compounds catalyzed by environmentally benign iron complexescenter_img (—A team of researchers working at the University of California, has found a way to create stable gold(III) catalysts using oxidative addition of a carbon–carbon bond. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describe how they developed a technique that allowed for a carbon–carbon bond split at room temperature by an Au(I) complex that generated a stable Au(III) cationic complex. Christopher Kourra and Nicolai Cramer with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne offer a News & Views piece in the same journal issue describing the work by the team at UC. Journal information: Nature © 2015 Routes to high-valent metal complexes. Credit: Nature 517, 449–454 (22 January 2015) doi:10.1038/nature14104last_img read more

Thousands flee Indian villages as clashes kill 18

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The violence has spread to two neighboring districts. Police have discovered bodies hacked by machetes and left in the jungle or along roadsides or river banks.India has sent troops in to quell the clashes, and opened at least a half-dozen shelters for some 30,000 people, mostly women and children, who have fled their villages in search of protection.Animosity and accusations of land-stealing have long simmered between Bodos and the thousands of mostly Bengali Muslim settlers, many of whom came from the former East Pakistan before it became Bangladesh in 1971. The two groups have clashed sporadically since 1990s and burned each other’s homes and property, state officials said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) GAUHATI, India (AP) – Tens of thousands of villagers have fled their homes in fear of rioting that has killed at least 18 people in recent days in the remote northeast Indian state of Assam, police said Monday.An additional 10 people have gone missing since the clashes over land rights erupted in western Kokrajhar district between the region’s ethnic Bodo community and Muslim settlers, Assam’s police chief J.N. Choudhury said. Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The difference between men and women when it comes to pain How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories last_img read more

Fire fighting to focus on clearing wild vegetation growth

first_imgThe government on Tuesday restated its readiness to tackle what is expected to be a fearsome fire season, as fields filled with dry vegetation continue to pose a substantial problem for which a further €3.5m will be distributed to local authorities to clear fields belonging to negligent private owners.Law amendments will also be urgently pushed through to allow the imposition of fines on persons refusing to clear plots of land of highly-flammable material, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said after the meeting, which was also attended by the ministers of defence and agriculture among others.Petrides added that the €3.5m that has already been approved by the cabinet will serve to fund efforts by local authorities toward clearing private plots of land but also toward opening rural roads which have become overgrown as a result of the heavy rain earlier this year, which will allow access to firefighters.Rural roads adjacent to forests will be given priority, Petrides said.The budget for the intense information campaign that has begun and that will run until October regarding the prevention of fires has also been increased, Petrides said.Using the existing budget, helicopters tasked with firefighting will be increased from two to three, Petrides said.A memorandum of understanding will also be drawn up and signed by the fire service and forestry department, which share firefighting responsibilities, in order to clarify the role of each party in the event of a fire, Petrides said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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