Rabat – King Mohammed VI offered his royal pardon to 443 inmates. The pardoned inmates were sentenced to prison time by courts across Morocco.The Ministry of Justice announced the news on on August 20, the eve of Youth Day.The list of the beneficiaries includes 317 detainees. One detainee was granted early release, while 316 prisoners had their prison terms reduced. The royal pardon freed 126 inmates. The King excused 26 convicts from prison time. The pardon also released six convicts from prison time, however their fines were maintained.The pardon excused a further seven people sentenced to both prison time and fines, while 8 people had their fines annulled.The royal pardon comes after King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 262 people on the eve of the King and People’s Revolution Day on August 20. The royal pardon is customary in Morocco to mark national and religious holidays.
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s sudden threat to blow up NAFTA less than a week into its renegotiation isn’t drawing much of a response from the other North American countries, which are downplaying his remarks.Canada and Mexico say it’s a predictable event in the course of a trade negotiation.“As we said last week, trade negotiations often have moments of heated rhetoric,” said Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. “Our priorities remain the same and we will continue to work hard to modernize NAFTA, supporting millions of middle class jobs. …“Canada’s economic ties with the United States are key to middle-class jobs and growth on both sides of the border. Nine million American jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada.”The Mexican foreign minister described it as an obvious leverage play: “No surprise: we’re in a negotiation,” Luis Videgaray tweeted in response to Trump. “Mexico will remain at the table with calmness, firmness and in the national interest.”This comes after the president told a partisan crowd at a rally that he doubts a deal is possible. Trump said he’ll try negotiating but will probably wind up killing NAFTA.“Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal,” Trump told a campaign-style rally in Arizona on Tuesday night. “Because we have been so badly taken advantage of. They have made such great deals — both of the countries, but in particular Mexico — that I don’t think we can make a deal.“So I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.”He repeated it: “I told you from the first day, we will renegotiate NAFTA or we will terminate NAFTA. I personally don’t think you can make a deal without termination, but we’ll see what happens. You’re in good hands, I can tell you.”The president’s threat itself is no surprise. A common topic of hallway chatter at last week’s first round of talks last week was just when he might deploy that withdrawal threat, which many view as his principal source of negotiating leverage.The only surprise is how quickly it came.While he’s made the threat numerous times, this is the first time he’s done it since Canada, the U.S. and Mexico began talks last week.Insiders say they expect him to keep making these threats.It’s his main source of power to force the other countries to reach an agreement. One well-connected Washington lobbyist at last week’s talks said he was convinced the threat was coming: “Almost 100 per cent.”Robert Holleyman, former deputy trade czar under Barack Obama, said it’s an obvious move and he thinks the president made it too early. In an interview several weeks ago, Holleyman said it was a serious tactical error when Trump made the threat in April.He said Canada and Mexico gained valuable insight that will render Trump’s threats less powerful at the negotiating table. In April, the U.S. Congress pushed back against him, the business community fumed and his own cabinet members pleaded against it.“It was, at a minimum, terrible timing,” said Holleyman.“You do that at the 11th hour in the negotiation — that episode in April underscored the complexity of ending NAFTA.”A president might withdraw the U.S. from the international agreement without the support of Congress, but he could not single-handedly wave away the U.S. law that implemented NAFTA.An international economic law professor and former State Department lawyer said he believes it would ultimately end up in court. And he said U.S. courts would ultimately conclude that the president can’t rip up NAFTA without congressional support.That’s because the president can’t just erase the 1994 NAFTA Implementation Act passed by Congress. In addition, the U.S. Constitution makes clear that Congress has power over international commerce.“If the president were to rip up NAFTA and then sort of jack tariffs way up, I think somebody would be able to come in and say … ‘You’re actually violating U.S. domestic law’,” said Tim Meyer, a Vanderbilt professor, former government lawyer and one-time clerk for Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump appointed to the Supreme Court.“I think courts are going to be sympathetic to the idea that the president can’t ignore the legislation that implements these trade agreements. Congress has not repealed that legislation and they’ve given no indication they intend to.”Several observers suggest a presidential attempt to withdraw could set up a legal and political tug of war with Congress over the setting of new tariff schedules — and that would foster economic uncertainty.
TORONTO — Investigators from the Competition Bureau raided the offices of major retailers in Toronto and Montreal on Tuesday in a criminal investigation tied to alleged price fixing.More to come.
“Each and every State has an obligation to develop or improve the relevant laws, policies and plans, bring perpetrators to justice and provide remedies to women who have been subjected to violence,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “Each and every organization, community and individual has a responsibility to speak out against customs or beliefs that accept or condone acts of violence against women,” Mr. Ban said.Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. In some countries, up to 7 in 10 women will be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes.The UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in a 1999 resolution inviting governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to “organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.”The day harks to the 25 November 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, who were political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. This year’s theme, “A promise is A Promise” is a call from the UN to Governments and leaders to translate international promises into concrete national action.“Violence stems from social attitudes that belittle women and girls. It is tolerated through indifference, ignorance and fear of speaking out. And it thrives where families and communities pressure women to suffer in silence,” Mr. Ban said, calling on countries to address structural patterns of discrimination and redouble their efforts to empower women.Mr. Ban also praised the Assembly’s Third Committee for passing its first-ever resolution on eliminating the harmful practice of female genital mutilation and said he looked forward to its adoption by the Assembly, which would represent “a major step forward in protecting women and girls and ending impunity for this practice.”He also welcomed the recent support from governments for his UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, launched in 2008, which gathers a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women.During the commemoration, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet, underlined that implementing national policies will require concrete action plans from policymakers and should also involve women in all aspects of society.“We need to enforce and implement new and improved national laws and action plans that provide for safe houses, free hotline services and free legal and medical aid to survivors,” she said. “We need to guarantee the right to sexual and reproductive health. We need education programmes that teach human rights, equality and mutual respect. We need increasing numbers of women in politics, law enforcement, and peacekeeping forces. We need equal economic opportunities and decent jobs for women and young female graduates.“This requires decisive and courageous leaders to translate these international promises into tangible national actions and to make a true difference in the lives of women and girls,” she added.
In a press release, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed that on 22 November, a mission composed of OCHA country team members, a representative of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN mission in CAR (MINUSCA), visited the town of Zémio, on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to assess the situation following an upsurge in violent sectarian attacks. The crisis in Zémio, which has a mixed community of both Christians and Muslims, is the first major inter-community incident in the country’s southeast since the CAR crisis began in 2012. The violence was set-off following the killing of a member of one of the communities on 5 November, triggering a series of retaliation attacks with grenades and weapons, and leading to the burning of more than 50 houses in the villages of Barth and Bagou, which are located some 40-45 kilometres from Zémio. At least 14 people were injured in the violence while 3,000 people were displaced. Late last week, an OCHA spokesperson reported that the situation remained highly tense as armed men with guns, machetes, knives, bows and arrows were still present in the town. “We call upon all parties involved to support social cohesion and peaceful cohabitation among communities through economic revitalization, infrastructure rehabilitation, and grassroots events to promote reconciliation,” Kouassi Lazare Etien, interim Humanitarian Coordinator said, following his visit to several spontaneous internal displacement sites in the region and meeting local authorities.“Working alongside the Government, the humanitarian community will continue to assist in the creation of livelihoods and to provide durable solutions for the many people whose homes were destroyed,” Mr. Etien added.The UN humanitarian actors are currently working with local authorities to develop common messages to reduce the threat of inter-communal violence and “to ensure the respect of humanitarian space to allow access to all populations affected,” the press release continued. It added that a group of senior staff from the mission team stayed in Zémio to facilitate and support the mediation process following initial discussions with local stakeholders. Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in CAR as a result of a conflict that erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012. The violence has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones.
There was also disappointment for fans of Cadbury’s Heroes, as despite Wispas and Twirls being the most highly coveted, they had the fewest chocolates per box, with 30 per cent and 29 per cent ranking them as their favourites, but only an average of 9 and 6 in a box. It is a problem which has for generations caused rows among sweet-toothed families when the Christmas chocolates are passed around. And now consumer body Which? has established that some boxes of festive chocolates really do contain fewer of our favourites, in what could even be a cynical ploy to get us to buy bigger packs. There is bad news for Quality Street fans as Which? found tins contain half the “ideal” ratio of the most popular favourites, the Purple One and the Green one, explaining why many families scramble over them every year.Respectively there are only five and six in an average 720g tub, but with people’s favourites taken into account there should really be 11 and 10 o fthe sweets, Which? calculated. The chronic shortage of Purple Ones can be explained by Nestle’s selection process, it can be revealed, as it balances out the flavours in tubs by categorizing chocolates into three types, each of which make up one third of the total. The types are: fruit cremes, chocolates and caramel/fudge. The Purple One falls into the category with tby far the most sweets, the “caramel/fudge” type, which also includes the Caramel Swirl, Fudge, Toffee Penny, Coconut Eclair, Toffee Deluxe, Toffee Finger. Nestle appears to be cashing in on its less than ideal flavour ratios by teaming up with John Lewis to offer chocolate lovers the chance to fill a 1.2kg Quality Street tub with their own handpicked selection of chocolates. Shoppers can fill up with as many Purple or Green Ones as they can stuff into their tins – but for £12 – which is nearly twice the price of a same sized tin at Sainsbury’s, which costs £7. Which? also ranked the flavours in tubs of Mars’ Celebrations, and Cadbury’s Heroes and Roses according to popularity, to determine what proportion of each should make up the perfect assortment. Conversely, it found families were less likely to fight over Roses as there were an abundance of Strawberry Creams, the most popular chocolate. This is because the fruit cream category comprises just two flavours (Strawberry Delight and Orange Creme). Cadbury’s said it chooses a random selection in tins of Roses which it said is “designed to be enjoyed by all”. When it comes to Celebrations there is good news for fans of Malteser Teasers, the most popular in the tub, as Which? found it is one of the most abundant chocolates with an average of 10 in each tub. Mars also has a random selection process for filling tubs. Harry Rose, Editor of Which? Magazine, said: “Our analysis shows that it’s not your family’s fault that your favourite flavours disappear from the tub so quickly: there really are too few Purple Ones to meet popular demand.“Of course, if you’re a fan of Strawberry Delights, Eclairs or Milky Ways, this will be welcome news – you’re more likely to still be eating chocolates into the New Year than your Wispa-loving friends.”A spokesman for Nestle said: “We do take the popularity of individual sweets into account and have increased the number of people’s favourites in this year’s assortment. Our research shows that the Caramel Swirl is the sweet with the broadest appeal but other studies point to The Purple One or the Strawberry Delight as being more popular. Part of the fun of Christmas is the family discussion about each of our favourites and who gets the last sweet.A spokesperson for Cadbury said: “The mix for our Roses and Heroes tubs are specifically hand-picked and we review the mix regularly to ensure we are giving our customers an assortment of the best chocolate that they love. However, there can be some minor deviations in the mix due to manufacturing processes.” The Purple One – one of the nation’s favourite Quality Street chocolatesCredit:quality street A spokesperson for Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK said: “Every year we enjoy seeing the debates rage about the nation’s favourite Celebrations.” The contents of a tub of Quality StreetsCredit:Â©BNPS 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.
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Samsung users looking forward to the latest Windows Phone 7 firmware – you know, the one that will add copy/paste and tons of bug-fixes to their device – may want to hold off for a little while: a number of sites and sources are reporting that the firmware update is “bricking” some Samsung Omnia 7 phones, or rendering them useless, even if you attempt to hard-reset the phone or connect it to a PC to restore it. Samsung and Microsoft have both called off the update until they can identify and resolve the issue, but admittedly this isn’t a great start to the process of bringing the Windows Phone 7 handsets currently on the market up to speed. According to a post at WinRumors, Microsoft knows what the issue is and is working to resolve it quickly so the updates can start rolling again, and they’ve been suggesting owners who applied the update only to brick their devices should take their phones back to their wireless carrier stores or retailers to exchange for a new device. For its part, Samsung hasn’t said much about the issue.
Canon’s 5D MK II digital SLR is a surprisingly tough device. It has a rugged magnesium body, full weather sealing, and it designed to work in jungles, war zones, sub-zeros temperatures, and all sorts of other crazy conditions. Even the shutter is tough — it’s rated at 150,000 exposures before it’s due for a replacement. What can’t the 5D MK II handle?One thing the 5D apparently has trouble with, as does most electronic devices, is complete immersion in salt water. No matter how rugged the gadget it’s going to have problems with a few things, with soda, fine dust, and salt water chief among them.The short film above, entitled “How to Lose $2400 in 24 Seconds” is about the unfortunate demise of a Canon 5D thanks to a wave. The camera was setup up a tripod at the beach and what looks like a fluke wave came in and took it down. With a Canon 5D body going for about $2300-$2400 dollars these days that, as they say, was the end of that.On the upside the memory card clearly survived. That’s really a testament to the camera body doing what it’s designed to do — even if the camera doesn’t survive, any professional photographer will tell you that it’s the images that are important. The camera, any camera for that matter, can be replaced but those images captured moments in time that are gone forever.Considering the $2400 price, it seems like his lens survived as well. We don’t know which one it was, but we do know that Canon’s L series lenses — what most people use with the 5D — is weather sealed just like the body. (I’m not sure whether that makes a case for the lens surviving or not though.)What can be done to stop yourself from paying $2400 for a very short, not particularly complex film? First off, you can buy insurance. This won’t protect your gear, but it will protect your investment. Next, you can an underwater housing. These happen to be very expensive, often over $1000, so they will be overkill unless if you want to actually shoot underwater. Otherwise you can get something like the Bingo watertight bag for about $70. They’re aren’t perfect but they usually get the job done.Or you could always just keep your tripod slightly above the water line. At the very least put it behind a well-built sand castle.Kidding aside, don’t feel too bad for the camera owner, Kurtis Hough. About 23 hours and 300,000 views later NYC’s favorite camera store, B&H Photo, has offered to replace the camera for him!Kurtis Hough, via reddit
Avec 4 millions d’utilisateurs en plus, Spotify aime l’Open GraphDepuis que Facebook a lancé son Open Graph sur le réseau, qui permet aux utilisateurs de partager leurs écoutes, le site suédois de Spotify aurait atteint les 4 millions d’utilisateurs en plus selon la firme de Mark Zuckerberg.Hasard ou coïncidence, on ne peut pas affirmer que l’Open Graph soit à l’origine de la venue de ces 4 millions de nouveaux utilisateurs pour Spotify. Facebook se félicite en tous cas d’avoir reboosté l’écoute de musique en ligne. A titre de comparaison, le français Deezer aurait de son côté gagné chaque jour plus de 10 000 utilisateurs depuis l’intégration d’Open Graph (avec 810 000 comptes actifs par mois contre 7,5 millions chez Spotify). Selon les dires de Facebook, ses utilisateurs auraient partagé plus de 1,5 milliard d’éléments relatifs à l’écoute de musique en six semaines, soit en moyenne moins de 2 interactions par membre. Une bonne nouvelle pour l’industrie du disque ?Le 11 novembre 2011 à 20:28 • Maxime Lambert
Brie Bella Twitter WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook The following is scheduled for tonight’s 1/15 WWE Smackdown on Syfy in the new Thursday night time slot starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT).* Daniel Bryan vs. Kane.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos & Naomi vs. The Miz, Damien Mizdow & Alicia Fox.* WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella vs. Natalya (non-title).* Bad News Barrett (c) vs. Sin Cara (WWE Intercontinental Championship).* Plus, new entrants for the Royal Rumble revealed, a big six man tag team main event.Check back later tonight for a detailed recap of Smackdown here on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestler Brie Bella Wants Another BabyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:58/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 39.60%0:04Remaining Time -0:54 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Videos Articles Daniel Bryan John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Next WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WhatsApp ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Videos Articles
Can British Columbia stop polluted water from leaking out of a long-closed mine upstream from Juneau? The issue came up last month when the Canadian province’s top mining official traveled to the Capital City.Download AudioThe Tulsequah mine sits above the Tulsequah River which flows into the Taku River.The Tulsequah Chief hasn’t been open for more than 50 years. But, like many old mines, it’s leaking pollution.For decades, rusty, acidic water has drained from an old tunnel into a nearby river.“I was there. I took pictures of it and you can see it,” says British Columbia Minister of Mines Bill Bennett, who saw the Tulsequah Chief during his August visit to Southeast Alaska.It’s on the Tulsequah River, a tributary of the Taku River. That salmon-rich waterway empties into an ocean inlet about 25 miles northeast of Juneau.“It’s something that B.C. is responsible for and I think if … I was from here I’d be asking all kinds of questions about the Tulsequah Chief Mine situation as well,” he says.Bennett promised to do something about it, but didn’t offer specifics.Toronto-based Chieftain Metals, which owns and plans to develop the mine, did not respond to an interview request. But the company’s been in touch with the mines ministry.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott accompanied Bennett during much of his Alaska tour.“While he was here, he informed me that he had contacted the CEO of the company and had talked to him about the continuing discharge and the need for water treatment or some mitigation,” he says.Mallott says he hasn’t yet heard any details, and will follow up. British Columbia’s Mines Ministry offered no further information.While Bennett promised to do something about the mine drainage, he downplayed its threat to the environment.“You’ve got a tremendous amount of data that shows that there isn’t any impact on water from what’s happening at Tulsequah Chief. There isn’t any impact on the Tulsequah River and certainly no impact that has been noted in all the testing that’s done in the Taku River,” he says.“To say this is not harmful, you cannot say that,” says Chris Zimmer, Alaska campaign director for Rivers without Borders, which is highly critical of transboundary mine development.He says the studies Bennett cites were not at all comprehensive.“It didn’t look at juvenile salmon. It didn’t look at the sediment. It didn’t answer the question, where is the material that’s coming out of the mine ending up?” he says.That rusty, acidic outflow is caused when water runs past tunnel walls and floors and waste rock leftover from mining. The Tulsequah Chief has no tailings dam.Chieftain Metals addressed the problem in a promotional video it posted on YouTube in May of 2013.“We’re building a water-treatment plant that will treat that acidic water and turn it into very clean water that will be released into the river,” Chief Operating Officer Keith Boyle says.The plant went into operation, but only for awhile.Chieftain said it cost too much to run without revenue from full-scale mining. But the company doesn’t have all the permits and investments needed to do that.“So relying on the mining company to operate the mine and the clean it up seems like a nonstarter,” says Rivers without Borders’ Chris Zimmer.He says the province could step in and fill the mine tunnels generating most of the polluted water.“So the question comes down to, are you going to run that plant forever at $4 million a year? Or are you going to spend a lot of money right now and go shut down and reclaim the site?” he says.Reclamation is not a step British Columbia is likely to take.Chieftain has an environmental permit needed to build the mine. Bennett says recent plans to barge ore, rather than ship it via a new British Columbia road, mean the permit needs to be amended.That will require consultation with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation. The mine is in their traditional territory and they’ve filed a lawsuit to block development.
In a vast sea of fashion models and influencers, only a few ever get to taste success. Even fewer of those ever have a successful comeback. Omar Al Mohammed, in one of those few who have had major success in their careers. With a well-established industry presence, he has worked internationally and locally for the variety of brand names that are typically difficult to be associated with.Returning to his modelling career in 2017, after a 10-year hiatus, Omar Al Mohammed signed 27 different contracts locally and internationally, in less than two years, which included Lexus and TVS Apache. Known for his acting skills, presentation and good looks, he has delivered impressive performances in advertisements abroad and regionally.”Gulf countries have come a long way in understanding the way advertisements work and how they are to connect with people. For decades, in this part of the world, companies would use European adverts to market our products but since the past few years, they finally have realized that it’s about connecting with the people.” Says Omar Al Mohammed, “The issue with the newly successful models and genuine influencers is that they jump from company to company for meager payments and don’t realize the potential of brand endorsements.Starting his career at the age of 17, Omar became a well-known face in the UK for fashion and product modelling. He was signed up by the then famous modelling agency “The Divine Modelling” for six modelling assignments including Versace, which kickstarted his career at a level that newcomers in the field are typically unable to attain.Omar Al Mohammed has also recently been in the headlines for creating the first fully functional voice-controlled smart home in the Middle East. He has not only worked on the interior design but also set up the technology to control many products currently unavailable in the market.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.
© 2015 Phys.org Citation: Researchers find a way to convert waste heat to electricity at nano-scale (2015, April 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-electricity-nano-scale.html As microelectronics have grown smaller, the problem of waste heat has grown bigger—not only does excess heat create problems for system components, it also represents wasted energy. If that heat could be converted to electricity and used to help run devices, it would allow them to run longer while using less battery power. In this new effort, the team working in Germany reports on experiments they conducted using quantum dots—and idea proposed four years ago by a team working at the University of Geneva—they envisioned using quantum dots to construct a three terminal device that would allow an electrical charge generated from a heat difference to pass from one terminal to another without allowing the heat to transfer as well. In their lab, they built a rectifier (a device that converts AC current to DC) based on two types of quantum dots, one made of gallium arsenide, the other aluminum gallium arsenide. One of the dots was affixed to an electric circuit, which provided alternating current in the form of voltage fluctuations—the other dot served as the receiver allowing direct current to flow out.It should be noted that the researchers have not actually converted waste heat to electricity, instead they have used voltage fluctuations from a voltage source to mimic the process, which they claim, proves the original idea could work. They were forced to take this route because the technology does not yet exist to measure the differences between the two dots accurately. The next step will be to modify the device to convert the waste heat directly to electricity and then to figure out a way to measure the results. The team appears confident their approach will work and predict such devices will soon make their way into actual products. Explore further A quantum dot energy harvester: Turning waste heat into electricity on the nanoscale Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) Schematic operating principle. Top: Designation of system components. Center: Asymmetric configuration with charge current flow to the right. Bottom: Asymmetric configuration with charge current flow to the left. For details see main text. (b) Electron microscopy image of the sample. The top, current carrying part of the system is shaded in blue, the bottom part, where the voltage fluctuations are supplied, in red. The respective QDs QDt and QDb are highlighted in dark blue and dark red. (c) Equivalent circuit with corresponding capacitances. The current through the upper part is measured via a picoamperemeter. The two upper side gates and their voltages Vgl and Vgr control the conductances of the left and right channel, whereas Vgb influences both channels almost equally and shifts the QD’s energy levels. Vnoise can be added to Vgb and provides the fluctuations which the device is able to rectify. Credit: Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 146805 – Published 10 April 2015. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.146805 More information: Voltage Fluctuation to Current Converter with Coulomb-Coupled Quantum Dots, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 146805 – Published 10 April 2015. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.146805ABSTRACTWe study the rectification of voltage fluctuations in a system consisting of two Coulomb-coupled quantum dots. The first quantum dot is connected to a reservoir where voltage fluctuations are supplied and the second one is attached to two separate leads via asymmetric and energy-dependent transport barriers. We observe a rectified output current through the second quantum dot depending quadratically on the noise amplitude supplied to the other Coulomb-coupled quantum dot. The current magnitude and direction can be switched by external gates, and maximum output currents are found in the nA region. The rectification delivers output powers in the pW region. Future devices derived from our sample may be applied for energy harvesting on the nanoscale beneficial for autonomous and energy-efficient electronic applications. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Germany’s University of Würzburg has shown that a theory developed to describe a way to convert waste heat in microelectronics to electricity can work in the real world. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they used quantum dots to create a three terminal device capable of generating electricity by harvesting waste heat.
Qantas have urged the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to deny the request of the Virgin Blue Group and Etihad Airways for interim approval of their proposed alliance.Claiming that the “true value” of the proposed alliance is not in travel to Abu Dhabi, but rather the services from Australia to UK/Europe, Qantas General Counsel Brett Johnson told the ACCC that interim authorisation would result in “more widespread price coordination across the broad codeshare network”.“It is not possible that the applicants will not also be coordinating prices between Australia and Europe when they are price fixing on the Australia-Abu Dhabi route and most passengers will then be connecting to Etihad services to Europe,” Mr Johnson wrote.Mr Johnson made clear that Qantas did not feel that Virgin Blue and Etihad’s desire to start marketing their proposed services was a “compelling” enough reason to be granted interim authorisation and would be detrimental to consumers should the alliance be denied further down the path.“Qantas considers passengers will suffer considerable harm and inconvenience if tickets are booked on a new service during the interim period but final authorisation is ultimately denied.”Qantas further took a swipe at Virgin Blue, claiming that they should have lodged an application earlier to meet their “commercial desires” thereby rendering interim approval unnecessary – a lesson Virgin Blue should well know given “the number of applications for authorisation lodged by Virgin Blue recently”.The ACCC is set to make a decision in regards to the alliance sometime this month. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Rivals Virgin Blue and Qantas
Disputes between American Airlines (AA), Sabre and Travelport have started impacting agents who are having troublesearching for AA fares. Fort Worth based Ridgmar Travel owner Debbie Stevenson said since issues between the two companies commenced, agents have been forced to spend significant amounts of time checking airline websites for flight information, The Los Angeles Times reported.”I feel totally helpless… I’m at the mercy of two large companies, American and Sabre,” Ms Stevenson said. Issues in the industry started late last year after AA withdrew its flight information from Orbitz to prompt travellers to purchase flights from its website. The airline was then dropped by travel site Expedia and will be ditched by Sabre at the end of its contract in August. Ms Stevenson is among many who do not see the benefits of selling airline tickets if the work load will increase for its agents.”We don’t make money on airline tickets, but they are a courtesy for our clients,” All Ports Travel in Arlington, Texas general manager Dezi Whiteaker said.”That is the only reason we continue selling it.” Forrester Research industry analyst Henry Harteveldt said the current system in which airlines pay fees to global distribution systems like Sabre is not “sustainable”.”What is really needed is a new model where the airlines pay less for distribution and the travel agencies pay more, but are compensated in another way, recognizing their benefit,” Harteveldt said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
DriveAway holidays will be providing agents with last minute domestic and international car hire bookings/urgent support across the festive season. Agents in need of urgent assistance to secure car hire bookings between now and 25 January 2018 can contact email@example.com or call reservations on 1300 363 500.Nathan Baber, DriveAway’s National Sales Manager said the extra agent support was implemented following overwhelming last minute requests during Christmas 2016, where 23% of the company’s domestic car hire bookings were collected within 7 days of that booking.
Memorial set for Nashville rock musician killed in robbery by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2019 12:19 pm PDT NASHVILLE — Mourners plan to gather Monday at a memorial service in Tennessee for musician Kyle Yorlets after the frontman for the rock band Carverton was gunned down during a robbery.The service will be held at Belmont University, Yorlets’ alma mater, the Nashville-based band said in a statement. The band says “all are welcome to come and celebrate the life of Kyle.”Yorlets, 24, was fatally shot outside his home Thursday, Metropolitan Nashville police said.Five youths in a stolen pickup truck were in an alley behind Yorlets’ home when they spotted him outside, police said in a statement. They are accused of stealing his wallet, demanding the keys to his vehicle and shooting him when he refused.Authorities later arrested the youths at a Nashville store and recovered two stolen, loaded pistols. The suspects ranging in age from 12 to 16 were charged with criminal homicide, and prosecutors were seeking to try them as adults.A native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Yorlets and guitarist Michael Curry of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, formed Carverton in 2014. They moved to Nashville, with drummer Christian Ferguson and bassist Michael Wiebell joining in 2016. Yorlets graduated from Belmont in May 2017 and worked at restaurants between performances.The band’s debut album, “Chasing Sounds,” is due out at the end of March. The band said on its website that “each song is about pivotal points in one’s life, leaving the listener feeling welcomed and accepted to a community that appreciates personal growth during the hardest of times.”Expanding on that theme, Yorlets explained, “We hope our music can be both relatable and encouraging to those who need it. Life is crazy and unpredictable, and we want to portray that in our music.”The band said it is “heartbroken.”“We are in a state of shock and are having to grasp the reality that is now in front of us,” the band’s statement said. “Our condolences for his family and loved ones and all the lives that he touched. We will never forget Kyle, and though he is gone too soon his legacy is here to stay.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2019 7:25 am PDT TORONTO — It’s a film scene that would mesmerize any foodie: A close-up shot of a woman’s hands as she deftly folds a pocket of dough filled with pork and vegetables into a perfectly pleated dumpling.It lasts just a few seconds in “Bao,” the Oscar-nominated Pixar animated short from Toronto-raised Domee Shi, but it took much longer to depict.“That took two effects artists over two months to create that shot,” Shi said in a recent phone interview.“It was really difficult to get the pork filling to look right and for the dough to fold in the right way. We also needed to make the pork filling look good, which is hard to do — because real, raw pork doesn’t look good.”Food and family are at the heart of “Bao,” for which Shi is up for an Oscar on Sunday alongside producer Becky Neiman-Cobb. The category also includes Canadians Trevor Jimenez for “Weekends” and Alison Snowden and David Fine for “Animal Behaviour.” The other nominees for best animated short are Ireland’s “Late Afternoon” by Louise Bagnall and Nuria Gonzalez Blanco, and the Chinese/American production “One Small Step” by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas.The eight-minute “Bao” is a charming look at a married Chinese-Canadian woman with empty-nest syndrome who dotes on an adorable little dumpling that miraculously springs to life at the dinner table. Together they ride on Toronto’s public transit system, go grocery shopping in Chinatown, and practise tai chi in a park as the CN Tower appears in the background.The film got a huge platform last summer when it played in theatres as the accompaniment to “Incredibles 2.”It’s also a milestone for Pixar, being its first production directed by a woman and the first helmed by an all-female writer-director-producer team.“The most difficult process was probably getting the food to look right, because food is organic and it changes shape a lot,” Shi said from the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif., where she is now developing a feature film.“Computer animation is good at making hard, symmetrical objects look good, but it has a more difficult time with organic, soft objects.”Shi was born in Chongqing, China and moved to Toronto with her family when she was two. “Bao” was one of three short film ideas she had presented to a panel of Pixar representatives as part of an open call for pitches at the studio in 2015.“It was kind of like ‘American Idol,’ because I think I was one of about 50 or so people that pitch,” Shi said. “‘Bao’ was my favourite one out of all of them…. Then they ended up picking it, because the ending shocked them so much, but that’s why they loved it.”The film is inspired by Shi’s upbringing and the strong women in her life.“I’m an only child, so I’ve always been that overprotected little dumpling for my whole life,” she said. “I just wanted to use this short to explore that relationship between an overprotective parent and a child, using this magical metaphor.”Like the mother in the film, Shi said her mom is “very strong, very stubborn, shows her love with food and actions more than words.”Meanwhile, her grandmother is in her mid-90s and still plays the tile-based game Mahjong every Friday night.“I wanted to tell a story about this very strong character,” she said. “And I just love food so much, too, so I really wanted to incorporate the food-making process into this short.“It’s just so fascinating to me to watch food being prepared, seeing all the love and attention and care that goes into making it. And you don’t see a lot of food preparation scenes in animated films in the West. “I wanted to show the step-by-step process of making a dumpling and share it with lots of people who might not know what a dumpling even is.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Domee Shi, director of the Pixar short film “Bao, ” poses for a photo at the Shangri La Hotel in Toronto on Monday, June 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Domee Shi on bringing her love of food to the screen with Oscar-nominated ‘Bao’
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