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Site C Projects Generate Opportunities Fund contributes 65000 to nine local nonprofit

first_imgSo far, $381,091 has been distributed to 43 projects.Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis and funds are distributed quarterly over an eight-year period.For more information on the fund, including past recipients and application details, you can visit the Site C Project’s website.Here is a list of the recipients:Sources Community Resources Society for its ADHD Conference;North Peace Family SuperPark Society;North Peace Justice Society for its restorative justice volunteer facilitator training program;Peace Passage Skating Club for its 2019/2020 season;Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society for its community outreach;North Peace Gymnastics Association for its special abilities program;Fort St. John Literacy Society for its Dolly Parton Imagination Library program;Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair Society for its 27th Annual Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair; andCommunity Bridge for its Daddy and Me events. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Through the Site C Project’s Generate Opportunities Fund, B.C. Hydro is contributing $65,000 to support nine Peace Region non-profit groups.Award recipients for this funding provide community-enriching services in areas such as sports, literacy and social advocacy in support of youth, women, and families in the Peace Region.According to B.C. Hydro, since established in September 2016, this is the tenth time grants have been awarded from the $800,000 fund.last_img read more

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Countries must step up disaster reduction efforts UN official says

As climate change exacerbates and compounds the effects of disasters, countries must improve their readiness to minimize damages, stressed the head of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). The agency’s Director, Sálvano Briceño, cited recent heavy rains in Pakistan, India and northern England, as well as heat waves in Greece, Italy and Romania as indications of what might happen more frequently and severely due to global warming. “We are not trying to scare people but we want to alert every Government of the urgency to put disaster risk reduction as a top priority of their political agenda as no country will be immune,” he said. “We cannot wait to be taken by surprise, we know what is going to happen and we can prepare for it,” he added. Steps that countries can take include devising early warning systems, building flood shelters, establishing contingency plans to evacuate people quickly and protecting homes and key buildings and infrastructures such as hospitals, schools, water supplies, electricity installations and transport systems. Recent reports by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have warned of increased rainfalls and higher temperatures resulting from global warming. “We can no longer afford to ignore growing and compelling warnings from the world’s leading experts,” Mr. Briceño said. “The situation is not beyond remedy and building resilience and minimizing costs, through adaptation to climate variability and change, is essential to secure the future of societies and economies.” Flooding has killed over 200 people recently in India and Pakistan, while people in northern England are struggling to recover from the effects of one month’s worth of rain falling in several hours. 27 June 2007As climate change exacerbates and compounds the effects of disasters, countries must improve their readiness to minimize damages, stressed the head of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). read more

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Alberta hopes to have environmental monitoring panel running by early 2014

EDMONTON — The pressure is on for the Alberta government to get its long-promised environmental monitoring panel running, says one of the government’s advisers on the project.“I hope that act gets passed in the next two weeks,” Howard Tennant said Tuesday, a day after the Alberta government introduced legislation to create the arm’s-length monitoring agency.“That starts the process,” said Tennant, who led the advisory panel on the agency’s creation. “If it doesn’t, we’re in deep trouble.”Tennant said Alberta’s oilsands customers are watching closely to see how serious the government is about ensuring the province’s resources are developed responsibly.“(U.S. President Barack) Obama’s not all crazy in this area and the State Department is holding the world (up) to say there has to be some standards there,” said Tennant, referring to American hesitation about approving pipelines that would take Alberta bitumen south.The federal government is concerned enough to have tendered a contract Tuesday to buy $18 million worth of international advertising to reassure potential trading partners about Canadian environmental policies.The proposed Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency has no leaders, scientific advisers or permanent funding mechanism.First Nations say they’ve been left out of the process. One group has already announced it won’t participate in the government’s oilsands monitoring and another is dissatisfied.Environment Minister Diana McQueen knows there’s a lot to do to get the agency on its feet by the government’s announced target of early 2014.“It is an aggressive timeline, but we’re pretty certain we can meet that.”McQueen added finding the right people to run the agency will be the biggest challenge.But candidates for the board of governors and scientific advisory panel are coming forward, said Ernie Hui, the environment deputy minister charged with creating the new agency.McQueen said the members will have to reflect all regions of the province. The chairperson, she said, will likely be someone with leadership experience.“What we’re going to look for is who has the best experience in board governance. We can fill board members with some of those other specifics.”The agency would be likely to receive up to $15 million a year from the province as it took over functions from Alberta Environment, Hui said. That’s in addition to $50 million the oilpatch has agreed to pay for three years.Hui said there haven’t yet been discussions over who would pay for monitoring outside the oilsands. Tennant said it could come from municipalities and industries such as ranching and irrigation.McQueen acknowledged the agency won’t have much credibility if local people and aboriginals aren’t supportive.“We do additional consultation with aboriginals and Metis because it is a special relationship,” she said.Tennant said finding a leader trusted by both the scientific and business communities, as well as the environment minister, will be crucial for the agency’s long-term success.Given the tight timelines to get the agency running, Hui suggested it initially could be led by someone from Alberta Environment.McQueen said Albertans — and the rest of the world — can be confident in the new agency.“The science and the data has to be arms-length, so when we receive it as a government that Albertans, Canadians and anyone can receive it at the same time,” she said. “A science advisory panel that can do peer review is very important as well.“We’re very proud of where we’ve gotten to date and now the hard work begins.”Tennant concedes the whole project is fraught with risk.“Wrong chairman, wrong minister and things could take a nosedive. But we’ve got an opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done before.”Canadian Press read more

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UK Q2 GDP down bigger than expected 07 per cent extending recession

by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 4:46 am MDT UK Q2 GDP down bigger than expected 0.7 per cent, extending recession into a 3rd quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Official data show that Britain’s economy shrank by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter compared to the first, a deeper than expected fall that extended the country’s recession into a third quarter.The consensus in the markets was that output would fall by a far more modest 0.2 per cent in the three months ending June 30.The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that output from the service industries including the financial sector was down 0.1 per cent, manufacturing and other production industries were down 1.3 per cent and construction fell 5.2 per cent. read more

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2 dead as motorbike car collide on railway embankment

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPedestrian killed in accident on Felicity Railway EmbankmentNovember 1, 2018In “Crime”Strathspey accident victim succumbsNovember 13, 2018In “latest news”Another motorcyclist killed in early morning accidentSeptember 10, 2017In “Local News” An ex-policeman and his partner met an untimely demise following an accident at Cummings Lodge on the railway line embankment earlier this morning. Dead is 38-year-old Malcom Ross called Shabba and his  20-year-old girlfriend Jewel Pestran of Bel Air Street, Albouystown. Based on reports received, the couple were returning home after celebrating the woman’s birthday when they met their demise.INews understands that at around 02:30hrs, motor vehicle, HC 4097, driven by 25-year- old Mark Cameron, was proceeding east along the northern side of the Cummings Lodge railway embankment on the East Coast Demerara, while motorcycle CE 9653 driven by Ross was proceeding west along the northern side of the road, also at a fast rate, when the two collided.It is reported that Cameron was driving without lights making his vehicle difficult to see when the accident occurred. As a result of the impact, pillion rider, Pestran, was flung from the bike and onto the road where she sustained multiple injuries.She along with Ross were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival while she succumbed to her injuries at around 05:10hrs this morning while receiving treatment. The driver was of the car was said to be intoxicated and is in Police custody assisting with investigations. read more

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Ministers visit Greek school

first_imgMinister for Education Martin Dixon and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Nicholas Kotsiras visited the Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College last week. As special guests, the ministers were treated to a tour of the school, watched classrooms engage in learning and saw first-hand innovative teaching practices. They were even lucky enough to see a rehearsal of the Year 4’s upcoming Peter Pan play, participate in Greek dancing and get their hands dirty with some cooking in Food Technology. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Baltakos probe gets under way

first_imgPanayiotis Baltakos, a former aide to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who resigned last week over a video showing him in conversation with the spokesman of neo-fascist Golden Dawn Ilias Kasidiaris, told a prosecutor that he had no idea he was being filmed, as a top Supreme Court judge warned that anyone found to have made use of illegally acquired recordings would face immediate arrest.Baltakos, who testified for two-and-a-half hours before prosecutor Calliope Dagianta as a witness, said the meeting with Kasidiaris had taken place “about six months ago” in his office in Parliament “with the doors open” and had not been secret. According to sources, the former aide reiterated that it had been his initiative to “have contact” with Golden Dawn in a bid to understand the workings of the neo-fascist party with the ultimate aim of drawing back old New Democracy voters. He suggested, however, that his stance had not harmed the conservative party or the government. “I did not reveal anything to them or give them information,” he said.On leaving the prosecutor’s office, Baltakos sought to reiterate his allegiance to the conservative party, saying “I was, I am and I will always be ND.” According to sources, Baltakos also insisted during his testimony that Samaras had not been aware of his meetings with Golden Dawn cadres, much less ordered them. “The prime minister had Merkel and Barroso to deal with,” Baltakos was quoted as saying, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. “Should I have left him to deal with Kasidiaris too?”Baltakos’s testimony is expected to lead to further charges being brought in the coming days against Kasidiaris, who already faces charges of setting up a criminal organization and illegal weapons possession.Meanwhile, Supreme Court Prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani ordered Greek prosecutors to initiate proceedings for the immediate arrest of anyone found to have used illegally acquired footage. According to Koutzamani’s order, MPs found to have used such videos will face immediate arrest without the need for Parliament to vote to lift their immunity from prosecution.Koutzamani issued the order in response to a request by Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias, asking her to investigate claims by the ultra-right party there are more secret videos.In a development that appeared to be indirectly related, Failos Kranidiotis, a lawyer who is another close aide to Samaras, announced Monday that he would not be standing as a New Democracy candidate for European Parliament in May’s elections. Kranidiotis was elected to the conservative’s political committee last summer but has critics within ND and among opposition parties because of his strong nationalist views and hardline opinions on issues such as immigration. It was PASOK, the junior coalition partner, that sought his withdrawal however, Kathimerini understands.“The agenda that our ideological opponents are trying to impose is to identify every nationalist voice with fascism, racism, the far-right and to make our party feel guilty about issues that have nothing to do with us,” Kranidiotis said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Off Beat Vancouver aces flight jacket now in World War II museum

first_imgClayton Kelly Gross’s jacket seemed to have a swagger of its own, even when he wasn’t wearing it.It wasn’t just the rich brown leather. There was also the faded white block lettering across the back reading “Live Bait,” recalling when he was ordered to fly low and maybe attract German fighters.In the center was the painted image of a P-51 Mustang. That was one of the aircraft Gross flew as a member of the 354th Fighter Group when he became a World War II fighter ace, with 6 1/2 kills in the skies over Europe. (It took five to become an ace.)Now the jacket is an artifact in one of America’s most popular historical showcases. Before his death in 2016, the former Vancouver resident donated it to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.That jacket showed up a few times in the pages of The Columbian after reporters and photographers visited Gross, former president of the American Fighter Aces Association, over the years.Another keepsake was a reminder of the only time he was shot down. It was the rip-cord handle from his parachute. Gross literally couldn’t let go. After he was picked up by a couple of G.I.’s, one of them offered the pilot a cigarette.last_img read more

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Ranieri talks about the time he was at Chelsea

first_imgThe Italian coach managed the Blues from 2000 to 2004 and for many his time there came to an unfair endItalian manager Claudio Ranieri has coached since 1986.He has been in Europe’s top leagues, with a small sting in Greece.And now, he talked to Sky Sports about his Chelsea time from 200 to 2004.“My job was to make Chelsea always high in the table, but we didn’t have so much money to spend,” he said.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I remember my third year, we didn’t sign any players. We achieved the Champions League, finished fourth in the table, and then Roman Abramovich arrived.”“I bought Frank Lampard, and I watched John Terry in the second team, and thought: ‘My God, this guy is very, very good’,” he added.“I tried to improve everything at the club, in the squad, and in the first year with Abramovich, we went around London to find the solution, to choose the training camp.”“We went around London, but for me, I said Cobham was the best solution for Chelsea. And then they started to build something, but I didn’t see it. I spoke two or three times with the architect, and then that finished,” Ranieri explained.last_img read more

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ASA Submits Commments on Step 2 of WOTUS Repeal

first_imgOn Tuesday, November 28th, American Soybean Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on step two of the proposal to repeal and replace the 2015 era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The Agency requested input from stakeholders in preparation for developing a new rule and definition of “Waters of the U.S.”The comments reflected the need for key modifications to be included in any re-write of the rule. These included preventing any expansion of regulatory authority to include waters considered to have a “nexus” to waters under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The comments also made clear that prior converted cropland, tile drainage and maintenance of existing tile and drainage ditches do not fall under the jurisdiction of WOTUS.ASA applauded the Administration’s approach to abandon the 2015 proposed rule and the February 28, 2017 Executive Order to write a rule that interprets “navigable waters” consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia in the Rapanos v. United States case. The comments urged development of a new rule “protects our waters while respecting the role of states and giving more certainty to the agriculture community.”Timeline on a new proposal is uncertain. The comment period closed on November 28, 2017.last_img read more

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Local runners start 2013 on the right foot

first_imgShana O’Brien and Cassie Leonard made a pledge to be more active in 2013 by getting back into running.Day one: so far, so good.The two Vancouver residents were among more than 200 participants in Tuesday’s Hangover Run, an annual New Year’s Day event put on by the Clark County Running Club. O’Brien said their resolution actually began before the new year, but walking the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race offered a chance to start 2013 on the right foot.“This seemed like kind of a good way to make it official,” O’Brien said.Added Leonard: “Our first official act of 2013 was to join the Clark County Running Club.”Participants braved cold conditions for Tuesday’s Hangover Run, now in its 40th year. Temperatures remained in the 20s as people arrived at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Runners nervously bounced, paced or jogged — anything to stay warm — before the race started along East Fifth Street, next to the fort and Pearson Field.There was no starting gun. Clark County Running Club President Russ Zornick counted down from three to send runners on their way. One participant answered back: “Happy New Year!”Race has grownVancouver resident Jenny Teppo said she’s been taking part in the Hangover Run for more than 20 years. She remembers a very different event in the early 1990s.“It used to just be kind of a core, small group of us,” Teppo said.From just a few dozen participants back then, the event has topped 200 in recent years. It draws a wide range of runners now, she said, young and old, entire families, or local students looking for a training run.last_img read more

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Kenai Community Library Offers Summer Meal Program

first_imgThe Library offers the free lunch for all children 18 and under. All meals must be eaten on site and are designated for children only. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Community Library will be offering kids free lunches twice a week this summer on Mondays and Wednesdays, as part of their summer meals program. In addition to the two local libraries, the Kenaitze Indian Tribe also offers a free summer lunch and snack program for all eligible children, 18 and under. The Soldotna Public Library will provide meals through the same program on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. The program ends August 15. This program is made possible by the Food Bank of Alaska. For more information visit the Kenai Community Library Facebook page.last_img read more

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Close shave for 50 passengers as TSRTC bus rams into median at

first_imgA TSRTC bus with 50 passengers on board rammed into a median near Prathima multiplex in Karimnagar on Wednesday. It is learned that the bus bound to Sircilla from Karimnagar suffered brake failure following which the bus hit the median. No casualties have been reported. “Learning the brake failure, I drove the bus towards collectorate which in turn hit the divider,” said the bus driver. The police reached the spot and helped the passengers to get down from the bus. Meanwhile, the RTC officials inspected the bus and launched an inquiry.last_img read more

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MMTS Completes 16 Years of Successful Service

first_imgHyderabad: The Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) project is a uniquely designed project to serve the twin cities people. The major transportation lifeline systems of twin cities complete 16 years of successful service to the people today. The major transport models after the RTC bus services in the city, MMTS came as a saviour for commuters in the suburban parts of the city. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Now it is addressed as the most economical, reliable and safest modes of the transport system in Hyderabad and Secunderabad twin cities. Shri L K. Advani, the then Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister of India flagged off MMTS trains on 9th August 2003 at a function organised at Bhoiguda, Secunderabad.  Railways and State Government jointly started this unique suburban transportation project to ease the traffic congestion in the Hyderabad. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us  As per the contract, 1/3rd expenditure of the project has to be tolerated by Railways and 2/3rd by the State Government.  Primarily MMTS started its operations on 9th August 2003 in between Secunderabad-Lingampalli and Hyderabad-Lingampalli to a stretch of 29 Km.  Later, Secunderabad- Falaknuma to a stretch of 15 Km was also brought under MMTS network in during February 2014. Advertise With Us  Consequently, MMTS made operational to cater the twin cities commuters to a stretch of 44 Km spread over between Falaknuma-Secunderabad-Hyderabad-Begumpet­ Lingampalli covering 26 Railway stations, connecting the eastern part of the city with the western end.  MMTS Project Phase-I initial investment was Rs. 158.83 crores, in which Rs. 98.75 crores were allotted for fixed structures and Rs. 60.08 crores for rolling stock.  In addition to the current MMTS sections, recently the section between Telapur- Ramachandrapuram for a distance of 6 Kms with the addition of 3 stations, which is part of MMTS Phase-II, became operational as of June 9, 2019.  Firstly, the fare structure for these services was on par with regular Mail / Express trains. Also, due to their response from travellers, these sections and stations were identified by the Railroad Board as “Suburban” Stations and sections from December 15, 2012.  After identifying as suburban stations, several comforts were provided for passengers, such as foot over bridges, toilets, high-level platforms, video circulation areas with parking, improved facilities for Divyangjan, etc., to strengthen comfort and security of the travellers.  In the beginning, the minimum fare was Rs. 5, and the maximum rate was Rs. 10. After the introduction of the Telapur-Ramachandrapuram section of 6 km, the maximum rate has become Rs. fifteen/-. The minimum price of Rs. 5 / – continues since its introduction.  Seasonal ticket service is available for daily travellers of MMTS services, which is a small amount compared to other modes of transportation in Hyderabad. Besides, a combined season ticket for travel on both MMTS and urban bus services are known as “General Bus Ticket (GBT)” is also available for Rs. 880. Currently, the average number of passengers in the suburban section of MMTS is 1.65 lakh of passengers per day spread over 50 km covering 29 stations. Train services growth and progressive passengers trend New Technology innovations introduced in MMTS Services  The “Matrubhoomi Ladies Special MMTS” services were presented on September 4, 2010  Introduction of the automatic announcement system based on GPS / GPRS in MMTS stations and trains  GPS / GPRS-based LED destination display boards on coaches  Improved aesthetics and comfort within the coaches, as a separate colouring for first-class ladies and trainers; advance seating comfort  Introduction of the ‘Nirbhaya Squad’ composed of Lady Ticket Examiner and Lady RPF staff for the safety of Passenger Women.  Provision of services such as parking lots, bathrooms, etc. in all MMTS stations.  Introduction of the mobile application ‘HYLITES • (Hyderabad live train enquiry system) for MMTS stations/train consultations, which is compatible with mobile phones with Android and iOS operating system.  Introduction of the new MMTS 12 rakes for cars from May 1, 2019, with improved safety features.last_img read more

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Ridoy crying in pain at DMCH

first_imgKhalid Hasan aka Ridoy undergoing treatment in DMCH. Picture: Komol Joha KhanA day after bus collision victim Rajib Hossain’s death, another victim of a road accident is wincing in pain in Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Khalid Hasan aka Ridoy, an assistant to a bus driver, also lost his arm like Rajib as a speeding truck severed his right hand while overtaking his bus in Betpara bus stand area of Gopalganj on Tuesday.Admitted to DMCH with his arm severed and cuts and bruises all over his face, Khalid said, “I could not understand anything. I found my arm hanging on the window of the bus and lost my consciousness immediately.”Khalid, 20, was rushed to a local hospital and then was transferred to DMCH where he underwent a surgery.Khalid’s father Rabiul said Khalid was not even drinking water.”He was given eight bags of blood during the surgery. Now he is stable but feeling unbearable pain without pain killer,” he added.A duty doctor examining Khalid told Prothom Alo that Khalid has lost his right arm permanently. The next steps of treatment would be taken once he recovers form the injury.Khalid is the youngest of his parents’ three children. One of his sisters is studying computer science at a private university. Khalid was bearing the cost of his elder sister’s education.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Still Has a Headphone Jack

first_img Samsung this week unveiled the next-gen Galaxy S9, and the version number isn’t its only distinction from Apple.As expected, the new flagship smartphone comes with a headphone jack—a unique feature these days.Many manufacturers, including Cupertino, Google, and Huawei, have opted out of including the feature. Others, like Samsung, are continuing the 3.5mm tradition.As someone who is still new to the wireless audio game (Bluetooth earbuds were a requirement for my iPhone X), I can understand why some companies remain attached to the built-in connector.They’re reliable. They don’t require additional hardware. They allow you to keep calls quiet while charging your battery.It’s a wonder anyone chose to remove them in the first place.So stay smug, Galaxy S9 owners, and never forget that you’re only ever one stab away from your favorite playlist, regular video chats, and endless hours of YouTube.AR Emoji is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Animoji (via Samsung)“The way we use our smartphone has changed as communication and self-expression has evolved,” DJ Koh, president and head of Samsung’s IT and mobile communications division, said in a statement.Samsung introduced the handset at Sunday’s pre-Mobile World Congress Galaxy Unpacked event, where members of the press were invited to test out the S9’s “innovative features” and lean more about new camera functions and fresh design elements.Such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset for 25 percent faster processing speeds, the Android 8 Oreo operating system, and an improved Bixby AI system. The latest Galaxy also comes with louder surround-sound speakers, a mechanically adjustable camera aperture, and AR Emoji (above)—Samsung’s rendition of Apple’s Animoji.“Not only do the Galaxy S9 and S9+ enable consumers to shoot great photos and videos anywhere, it’s a smartphone that’s designed to help them connect to others and express themselves in a way that’s unique and personal to them,” Koh said.The Galaxy S9 and S9+ support three different biometric authentication options: iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition (via Samsung)Traditionalists, meanwhile, will be glad to know it has the same 4GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, USB-C port, and 5.8-inch Curved Super AMOLED display as its predecessor.Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S9 ($720) and Galaxy S9+ ($840) begin March 2; the devices are set to hit shelves on March 16.Unfortunately, there is no in-screen fingerprint scanner.Despite years of rumors that Apple or Samsung would be first to integrate the technology, Chinese brand Vivo recently beat them to the punch with its X20 Plus UD handset.For more MWC coverage visit our sister site PC Mag. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Rugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits KickstarterA Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac Arrest last_img read more

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Nanoscale fuel cells may be closer than we think thanks to an

first_imgWe live in a world of hand-held devices: iPods, cell phones, PDAs, pagers… the list of essential personal technology keeps expanding, and the natural response is consolidation. It’s rare these days to see a new cell phone that isn’t also a digital camera, and MP3 players can be integrated into just about anything. We’re just a short step away from universal, hand-held devices that combine communication, media, and entertainment into one slim package. What’s stopping us? In a word, power. Scanning electron microscope image of two individual electrodes. Copyright Kenneth Lux. Used with permission. Lux and Rodriguez found their fuel channels ready-made in a commonly available, porous alumina filter costing only about $1. The filter is riddled with neat, cylindrical holes only 200 nanometers in diameter, and was already being used at their lab as a template for the growth of nanowires. Lux hit on the idea of creating nanowires in a platinum-copper alloy, then dissolving the copper by soaking the filter in nitric acid. In place of a solid nanowire, each hole was left with a porous platinum electrode. The partially dissolved wires are structurally complex, as befits their random nature, and have an enormous surface area for their size. To build a fuel cell, they fill the pores with acid. A sheet of electrolyte-loaded filter paper (or polymer-electrolyte) is placed between two of the nano-electrode arrays to carry off the hydrogen ions. Electrodes can then be placed anywhere on the outer surface of the sandwich, allowing the electrical connections to be easily configured. Stacks of these fuel cell arrays can be connected in series or parallel, to provide higher voltage or current respectively.Of course, the result is hardly perfect. Lux estimates that only a third of the electrodes are active, and admits that there is a lot of room for improvement. Even this proof-of-concept prototype, however, has an energy capacity an order of magnitude higher than its two-dimensional lithographic counterparts! The price can’t be beat, either, with a total materials cost of only $200. “It’s a really simple method.” says Lux, “My power source [for making the nanowires] was a AA battery.”If fuel-cell technology can be perfected, we might be looking at a future of cheap, disposable battery packs for our favorite electronic gadgets. When your universal media manager runs out of energy, you’ll just run to the store and buy it a methanol sandwich! Citation: Template Synthesis of Arrays of Nano Fuel Cells, Kenneth W. Lux and Karien Rodriguez, Nano Letters 6, 2006by Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Fuel cell prototype. Copyright Kenneth Lux. Used with permission. Fiat Lux!Researchers Kenneth Lux and Karien Rodriguez, at the University of Wisconson, came up with an exciting new approach to the problem. Their method not only improves the performance of nano-scale fuel cells, but completely sidesteps the need for industrial-strength technology. “Even the best electrocatalysts, on a flat surface, give only hundreds of microamps per square centimeter. What you really want is … to increase the surface area by orders of magnitude.” Lux explains to PhysOrg.com, “To do this you need a three-dimensional structure.” Toyota to test solar panels for electric carscenter_img Cell phones last a few days on a single battery; laptop computers, two to three hours. If you could have a pocket-sized personal computer with a cell-phone sized battery, how long do you think it would last? Just long enough to check your e-mail, or play a game of solitaire? It’s a sad but unavoidable fact that the more complicated an electronic device gets, the less efficient it is. Enter fuel cells, with an energy capacity at least ten times greater than that of conventional batteries. Where a lithium-ion battery can provide 300 Watt-hours per liter, the methanol in a fuel cell has a theoretical capacity of up to 4800 Watt-hours per liter! Imagine your laptop running for a full day without needing to recharge, and you can see why industry leaders such as Toshiba, IBM, and NEC have been pouring funds into fuel cell research.A polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell generates current by stripping hydrogen atoms from a chemical source, breaking them apart on a catalyst (such as platinum), and harvesting the electrons. The hydrogen ions (protons) left over from this process are separated from the fuel by an electrolyte, and when brought into contact with the atmosphere they bind to oxygen molecules and produce water. The more fuel you can bring into contact with the catalyst, the more current can be drawn from the cell. A high catalytic surface area is the key to efficiency.To compress more power into smaller volumes, researchers have begun to build fuel cells on the fuzzy frontier of nanotechnology. Silicon etching, evaporation, and other processes borrowed from chip manufacturers have been used to create tightly packed channel arrays to guide the flow of fuel through the cell. The point is to pack a large catalytic surface area into a wafer-thin volume. This approach is not only expensive, but inherently limited by its two-dimensional nature. Citation: Nano-scale fuel cells may be closer than we think, thanks to an inexpensive new manufacturing method (2006, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-nano-scale-fuel-cells-closer-inexpensive.html Explore further 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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