CALGARY – A loud whir is followed by a deep rumbling roar as the engine of a decommissioned Canadian Forces armoured recovery vehicle comes to life.A big cloud of black smoke belches out of the rear exhaust port.“You see that?” asks John Senior, thumping his chest. “That’s why people are here. When that starts up you should see the smile on the guys’ faces and their glow. Their aura just amplifies.“We veterans are keeping that running and it is keeping us running. You see that connection. The happiness. The joy.”Senior is the leader of the Ghost Squadron at The Military Museums in Calgary. He works for the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada as an operational stress injury social support co-ordinator.The Ghost Squadron consists of volunteers who keep decommissioned military vehicles running. Between nine and 20 of them get together every week to do some mechanical work but, more importantly, to bond in some informal group therapy.Most of the participants are suffering from occupational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.David, who suffers from PTSD and didn’t want his last name used, started coming a year ago after leaving the military filled with anger and resentment.“A lot of us when we got out of the army … didn’t want to have anything to do with the army. I didn’t want to see stuff on TV. I still don’t watch war movies,” he said.“It’s done me a world of good. These guys, they’ve seen the vulnerability and they still treat me like I never said a thing.”David said everyone has had difficulties reintegrating into civilian life.“This group, it reminds me of how … the legions started — misfits all getting together and going, ‘Hey, no one gets it but us,’ and that’s what this group has become,” he said.“This drags guys out of the basement who are drinking themselves to death and has given them a purpose.”Senior said that, in his day job, he has a list of about 200 veterans he has reached out to in southern Alberta. Most have all their limbs but struggle with mental health. He said the success of the informal therapy comes down to shared experience.“You’re there with people who have the same mission mindset, same feelings.”Scott Vanderveer and his wife, Heather, served in the military and both were diagnosed with occupational stress injuries.Vanderveer, a former corporal, said his problems came gradually. They started with anxiety and unexplained anger. He still only sleeps an hour or two a night.Connecting with fellow veterans has made a world of difference.“When any one of us are having a bad day, the other guys are there. You know your brothers care for you when they’re razzing the hell out of you.”Heather Vanderveer, who was also a corporal, said she left the Canadian Forces because of constant harassment from co-workers and superiors.“I kind of tease everybody that I’m the president of the angry corporals club. That’s what we call it in our house,” she said. “I wanted to fulfil my duty as a soldier and my trade. I feel that was taken from me so the minute I left I was angry.“I knew, for me, something wasn’t right. I suffered from anxiety, lack of self-esteem, nightmares.”She doesn’t tinker with engines but said she’s included in all group activities.Brian McGregor retired as a corporal 24 years ago and nobody has to pretend.“My wife laughs at me because I’ll be cranky and miserable when I leave, because I’m job hunting and nobody’s talking to me. I will come back from one of these nights — greasy and dirty and smelling remarkably like I stood in a diesel fire — with a big smile on my face.”Senior makes sure he keeps his day job and his volunteer gig separate but has noticed the benefits, especially for veterans who have retreated from society and haven’t sought help.“I’ve seen that just a little bit of contact here goes a long way,” he said.“From here I can say, ‘Hey, you might want to look at getting some outside source help.’”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
PARIS — The Latest on anti-government protests in France (all times local):11:55 a.m.A survey suggests the “yellow vest” protests in France have dealt a significant blow to business activity in the country’s services sector, which includes tourism and retail.The so-called purchasing managers’ index, which measures activity in various parts of an economy, fell to 49.6 points in December for France’s services sector. That is down sharply from November’s 55.1 points. The index, published Friday by data firm IHS Markit, is on a 100-point scale, with the 50 mark separating expansion from contraction.Eliot Kerr, economist at IHS Markit, said the data points to “an outright contraction in France’s private sector for the first time in two-and-a-half years, following the protests which have swept through the country in recent weeks.”The “yellow vest” protests began as demonstrations against a fuel tax and have expanded into sometimes violent marches across the country to protest the policies of President Emmanuel Macron.___9:15 a.m.Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris’ police chief says armoured vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday.Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles again in Paris.Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals who roamed streets around the Champs Elysees last weekend, causing damage and pillaging.A sixth “yellow vest” protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock. Despite calls from authorities urging protesters to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.The Associated Press
Rabat – The new president was sworn in on Saturday, promising radical change in his country.Read Also: Polisario Defies Resolution 2440 Ahead of UN Talks on Western SaharaIn a petition published on November 29, a group of NGOs said that the invitation sent to Polisario’s members for the inauguration of Mexico’s elected president is a “serious violation of Mexican democracy.”According to a joint statement published by Ambajadastv.com, the group of NGOs was surprised by the presence of “ a fictitious state not recognized by the United Nations or by the great powers such as China, Russia, the United States, France, and the entire European Union.” The statement challenged Mexican authorities’ decision to invite the “head of a fictional entity” to take part in a symbolic event like the presidential inauguration.While stressing Morocco’s contribution to stability and the security at the international level,the NGOs continued, “What message do we want to convey to the international system and, in particular, to North Africa?“Let us not forget that Morocco’s role is to be a guarantor of stability and security, while the fictitious SADR is objectively and clearly a separatist group with obvious links to radicalism terrorism, smuggling.”The visit, the statement elaborated, stood “in blatant contradiction with the democratic principles advocated by the ruling party (Movement for National Regeneration, Morena, of Castro-Chavista obedience); it is all the more serious that this visit is officially stamped in the heart of a symbol of our democracy .”The group of NGOs that denounced Polisario’s participation consisted of, among others, the Global Africa Foundation for Mexico, the Civil Society Assembly of Guerrero, and Urbana de Oaxaca.Morocco was also represented at said presidential inauguration. Morocco’s speaker of the House of Representatives, Lahbib El Malki, attended the event on behalf of King Mohammed VI. King Felipe of Spain and the US Vice President Mike Pence also attended the ceremony.El Malki told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that he conveyed to the Mexican president King Mohammed VI’s congratulations and his sincere wishes for full success during his presidential tenure.El Malki also met with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Friday to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
“Emergency rehabilitation activities require immediate support in order to restore provision of life-sustaining services,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said of the appeal launched in Manila, the Philippines’ capital. Continued delivery of relief supplies is crucial for those areas still isolated by the landslides and flash floods caused by four consecutive typhoons and tropical storms in the past month which left 1,060 people dead, 1,023 injured, 559 missing in the northeast – and 880,000 displaced. Priority items are food, potable water, paediatric medicines, sanitation and shelter material. Repair of damaged and destroyed bridges and roads as well as the restoration of electricity would speed the delivery of relief goods and facilitate local recovery, OCHA said. As the majority of the items requested are available in the country, donors are asked to respond with cash contributions. “The disruption of access to safe drinking water and the breakdown of waste management represent a major threat to health, and the risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases is looming,” OCHA added. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said diarrhoeal diseases and upper respiratory infections required urgent attention. There is also an increased risk of an outbreak of malaria, as it is endemic in the country and standing water increases the likelihood of an outbreak of vector- and water-borne diseases. “This has been a terrible tragedy, and its impact is felt even more in this period just before the holidays,” said the agency’s country representative, Jean-Marc Olivé. “The priority now, from WHO’s perspective, is to safeguard the health of survivors and to rehabilitate public health services. This task will demand considerable funds and great commitment from all involved.” UN agencies involved in the appeal include the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).
Nearly $13 billion is needed this year – about a third of that amount for Syria and its neighbouring countries – to provide aid to 73 million people, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today. “That’s an extra $8.6 billion to raise by the end of the year,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos said from Geneva as she gave a snapshot of the Organization’s mid-year humanitarian assessment. Calling 2013 an “extraordinary year,” Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Coordinator, stressed that millions of people around the world desperately need help feeding their families, treating malnourished children and getting safe drinking water and other essential supplies. “We need to support them.”At least $4.4 billion of the budgeted need is for crisis-riven Syria where some 5,000 people are being killed every month. According to the UN, the two-year conflict has also sparked the worst refugee crisis for 20 years, with an average of 6,000 people a day fleeing the country in 2013.Addressing the UN Security Council yesterday in New York flanked by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, and Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, Ms. Amos said the conflict in Syria is a regional crisis with regional consequences, requiring sustained and comprehensive international engagement. In addition to Syria, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Ms. Amos heads, and its partners are working to help people in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Sudan and Yemen, among others.More than $5 billion has been provided for humanitarian organizations in 24 countries so far this year, Ms. Amos said. While the situation worsened in some countries, the scale and severity of need has “eased a little” in others, such as Kenya, Mauritania and South Sudan, for which funding plans have been revised accordingly. These consolidated appeals are used by some 620 UN agencies and non-governmental partners to plan their responses and monitor the situation and impact of their work, Ms. Amos noted.
Solicitors Anna Crowther, Sapna Malik and Frances Swaine of solicitors Leigh Day arrive at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in central LondonCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images Mr Day and Ms Malik were each cleared of 16 misconduct charges at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Fellow solicitor Ms Crowther was cleared of four, including an allegation of destroying a key document, and the firm was exonerated of 11 counts.The firm had worked alongside disgraced human rights lawyer Phil Shiner to represent Iraqi clients whose claims of abuse were later found to be deliberate lies. Mr Shiner was struck off earlier this year at a similar tribunal. Lawyers accused of wrongly pursing British troops with false accusations of abusing and murdering Iraqi civilians have been cleared of a string of professional misconduct charges.Law firm Leigh Day, its co-founder Martyn Day and his colleagues Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther, were cleared of any wrongdoing in alleging the mistreatment of captives after the Battle of Danny Boy in May 2004. The Ministry of Defence said it was disappointed by the decision, while a veterans’ lobby group said it was disgusted.Mr Day said afterwards: “We are pleased that the tribunal has cleared us of all the charges, and confirmed our view that we did not act improperly or dishonestly in these legal claims against the Ministry of Defence.” 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.
More diverse workforces are helping resource companies achieve superior performance, safety and stable production, says BHP Billiton’s Human Resource President, Mike Fraser. He delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Women in Resources Awards (WIRNA) in Brisbane this week, with the national awards program building on the state-based Resources Council awards, celebrating the achievements of women, men and companies who make outstanding contributions to the industry. BHP Billiton boasted four finalists at the Awards, with Laura Tyler, Asset President, Cannington winning the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources.Fraser spoke about the important business benefit that comes from diversity and inclusion. “Diversity and inclusion make good business sense,” he said. “We have found that where our workplaces are more inclusive and collaborative, we achieve superior performance results. Safety results are better, production is more stable, employee engagement is higher and turnover is lower.” Importantly, Fraser said diversity was not just about gender, but includes different aspects of individual uniqueness including thought, experience, age, disability, nationality, ethnicity, orientation, gender and perspective. Fraser went on to say that BHP Billiton has implemented a number of diversity initiatives to help drive performance. “We are addressing the historical gender imbalance we have seen in our industry by having a particular emphasis on increasing female representation in key operational roles,” Fraser said.“For example, in Queensland, our Daunia and Caval Ridge operations are proving that with a strong commitment, the gender diversity gap in the resources industry can be narrowed. “From the start of development of these projects seven years ago, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) committed to create a diverse workforce at Daunia and Caval Ridge with at least 30% female and 5% Indigenous employees. “The operations offered training for female employees new to the industry and interested in taking on more responsibility. We are now on track to achieve this goal by 2015 with female employees now making up 25% at Daunia and 20% at Caval Ridge.” Fraser also congratulated the finalists and winners of the WIRNA Awards and said that BHP Billiton was very pleased to have four finalists nominated:Lucas Dow, Asset President, BMA for the Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance categoryLaura Tyler, Asset President, Cannington for Exceptional Woman in Australian ResourcesJo Barron-Perry, Senior Mining Engineer, Olympic Dam for Gender Diversity Champion in Australian Resources categoryEmma Stevenson, Electrical Instrument Technician, Nickel West for Outstanding Australian Tradeswoman/ Operator/ Technician category.“I would like to congratulate all the finalists, including the BHP Billiton finalists and winner Laura Tyler from Cannington. Participation in these awards will go a long way to raising awareness about the important role that diversity plays in our business and the resources sector generally.”
America’s National Mining Association (NMA) has recognized Newmont Mining Corp for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. CORESafety’s approach to safety and health emphasizes accident prevention using a risk-based management system anchored in leadership, management and assurance. Its objective is zero fatalities and a 50% reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. Since its inception in 2011, CORESafety participants have seen a 74% reduction in fatalities.“We congratulate Newmont on this noteworthy achievement and want to recognize and thank Gary Goldberg for his role in the development of CORESafety,” said Hal Quinn, President and CEO of NMA. “The company has been an early developer and adopter of the CORESafety framework and has gone above and beyond to implement its tenets at the company’s operations across the globe.”“Safety is a core value for Newmont, and we have made excellent progress towards achieving our goal of zero harm by lowering injury rates by more than 50% since 2012,” said Goldberg, Newmont’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “While our injury rates are among the lowest in the mining sector, we want everyone to go home safely after every shift and CORESafety is helping us achieve that goal.CORE Safety is a voluntary mine safety and health initiative developed and facilitated by the NMA. CORESafety participants agree to: commit to the CORESafety system; implement a functionally-equivalent version of the CORESafety safety and health management system; submit to NMA annual self-assessments of progress toward implementation of the CORESafety safety and health management system; and, if the company elects to become or maintain CORESafety certification, complete a third- party assessment of its safety and health management system to verify that it is functionally equivalent to CORESafety and submit the assessment report to NMA. Newmont is the fourth NMA member company to complete each step of this process.SGW Management System Specialists conducted the independent audit for Newmont.For more information, visit www.coresafety.org.
Richard DormentAfter Men’s Health’s acquisition by Hearst in January, the magazine recently appointed Richard Dorment as its new editor-in-chief, starting April 15. He will report to Esquire editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden and to Hearst Magazines chief content officer, Joanna Coles.Dorment is replacing Dave Zinczenko who is serving as interim editorial director after Matt Bean left the magazine in January.“I’m thrilled to be joining Men’s Health at such a critical time for men across America,” says Dorment. “We’re writing our own rules as we strive to become stronger, faster, better versions of ourselves—better partners, better parents, better friends and better men.”Most recently, he served as senior editor for Wired where he edited a variety of content, special issues and service packages as well as oversaw the launch and growth of the “Ideas” section of Wired.com and hosted “Pitch Distilled,” the brand’s event series. Prior to this, Dorment served as an editor at Esquire for nearly a decade.“It’s going to be a real pleasure to work with Rich again,” says Fielden. “He’s got tremendous range and versatility as an editor, and his experience lines up perfectly with Men’s Health.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… BuzzFeed has named Melinda Lee as its first-ever chief content officer of BuzzFeed Media Brands, a newly formed division that houses different lifestyle and home brands such as Tasty and Nifty.Most recently serving as SVP and general manager of video at Meredith, Lee will oversee the editorial and business operations of BuzzFeed Media Brands as well as the growth and partnership of the company’s advertising, commerce and studio teams.Jonah Peretti, CEO and founder of the company, says, “I’m excited to see her apply her deep experience building out brand portfolios to help us quickly grow our media brands group.”Complex Networks has hired former Bauer exec Christian Baesler as president, a new role reporting directly to CEO Rich Antoniello, in which he’ll be responsible for growing the company’s full portfolio of brands, including its flagship Complex. Baesler spent the last ten years at Bauer Media Group, rising to president of the company’s online division in 2014. He then oversaw Bauer’s relatively rapid transition from print-centric publisher to a digital media business that now attracts over 150 million uniques each month.The Atlantic has tapped Christi Parsons to lead its new newsroom recruitment and staff development initiative, Talent Lab. She will work closely with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief, and Matt Thompson, executive editor, to help launch and lead the Talent Lab in its mission to streamline editorial recruitment, retention and advancement.With almost three decades of journalistic experience, Goldberg says, “Christi brings with her an unparalleled network of journalists, which is why we couldn’t wait to have her assist us as we embark on our expansion plan.”In addition to this hire, The Atlantic has also named the first editor and four contributors to its upcoming section for ideas, opinions and commentary at TheAtlanic.com. Current politics editor, Yoni Appelbaum, will serve as the section’s editor alongside Goldberg and TheAtlantic.com’s editor, Adrienne LaFrance, and Annie Lowrey, Alex Wagner, Ibram X. Kendi and Kevin D. Williamson will serve as the contributors.Lowrey most recently covered economic policy for The Atlantic and Wagner currently hosts the podcast “Radio Atlantic,” and is a correspondent for CBS and co-host of “The Circus” on Showtime. Kendi is a professor of history and international relations at American University as well as the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. And Williamson is joining The Atlantic after a decade at National Review and The New Criterion where he served at a theater critic for years.“These are all writers whose force of intellect and acuity of insight reflect our ambition for the new section,” says Goldberg.Vanity Fair has several moves in the works. Kira Pollack was tapped as deputy editor for the magazine–the number two position under editor-in-chief Radhika Jones–from her post as deputy editor at Time. Other moves include:Joe Hagan was made a special correspondent from his stint at New York magazine.Joy Press will join as a TV correspondent and is best known as being the author of “Stealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing Television.” Sonia Saraiya of Variety was hired as a TV critic. Former writer for The Ringer and the Los Angeles Review of Books, K. Austin Collins, will be a film critic for the magazine. Richard Lawson has been promoted to chief critic and has been with the publication since 2013.Condé Nast France has appointed Yves Bougon as its next president, effective May 7. Bougon is superseding Xavier Romatet from his current role as CEO and representative director of Hearst Fujingaho. “I have always had a passion for print, news and media in general. Ultimately, the success in our business is always about people, and I know I am joining an excellent team of talented professionals,” says Bougon.Marketing agency NA Collective, with clients such as Tommy Hilfiger and Twitter, has tapped Jennifer Whitney as creative director where she will oversee creative across all clients. She will report to Chiara Adin, founding partner and chief creative officer.Her appointment comes at a time when NA Collective is looking to expand their involvement with events. Whitney most recently served as design lead at Refinery29 where she worked on projects like the entertainment for the company’s 29Rooms experience.“We were drawn to Jennifer’s ability to bridge gaps in culture, technology and lifestyle when building experiences,” says Adin. “As we continue to work with brands to push the boundaries with adventurous activations, we are thrilled to have her on board and bring new levels of thinking to how marketers approach experiential.”Chris Guarino was hired by The Hill as an executive producer for the recently-formed television division. He will work with Krystal Ball and Jamal Simons to the launch a slate of upcoming streaming programming this spring. Guarino is joining the brand with an extensive background in television production with experience at CNN as an executive producer and PBS as a senior producer. Bon Appétit has announced editorial leadership changes including the promotion of Andrew Knowlton to editor-at-large of the magazine and the promotion of Julia Kramer who will be superseding Knowlton as his former position as deputy editor.GQ writer Caity Weaver is joining the New York Times’s styles desk and will also serve as a Times magazine’s writer-at-large. Business Insider has also recently made several moves within their staff. Greg Sandoval was made senior reporter, Julie Gerstein as senior news editor, Daniella Greenbaum as political columnist, Exa Zim as associate producer, and Rosie Percy joined the company’s London-based distribution team.Vox Media made several changes to their staff as well including the addition of Kolby Yarnell as general manager of Concert, the promotion of Andrew Golis to VP of network development and the move of Britt Aboutaleb from Racked’s editor-in-chief to general manager of Curbed and Eater.Returning to Politico as a national political correspondent, Ben Schreckinger is leaving his post at GQ. And leaving Politico from her role as editor is Susan Glasser, who will join the New Yorker as a full-time staff writer.Lauren Goode is was hired as a senior writer for Wired after serving as an editor for The Verge.Former global managing director of the Havas Group, Dominique Delport, was tapped as Vice Media’s chief revenue officer as well as president of international.Rodrigo Brandão will serve as the new director of communications for The Intercept from his role as VP of marketing and publicity for film distribution company, Kino Lorber.
An LNG tanker fills up at the ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas export facility in Nikiski, Alaska. When it opened in 1969, it was the only facility of its kind in the U.S. to get a license to export its gas to Japan. The planned Alaska LNG project would site a liquefaction terminal for North Slope natural gas nearby. (Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips)Lawmakers got a progress report on the Alaska LNG project from the state’s gasline development corporation on Wednesday in Anchorage.Listen nowIt is a busy year for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC. It is trying to land agreements with Chinese companies to buy the state’s gas. At the same time, the corporation is working through an exhaustive federal environmental review and negotiations with North Slope companies to sell their gas into the pipeline.Before the meeting on Wednesday, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, sent the corporation a bulleted list of the information and questions that she wanted answered.Giessel asked for everything from a list contractors the corporation is using and how much money it’s compensating board members for travel to certain types of state employees moonlighting for the corporation as well.On that last one, Giessel said she is concerned about the influence of partisan politics on the project.“When we created AGDC, we were very careful to make sure that AGDC was a separate entity that would not be influenced by politics. In other words, governors that come and go,” Giessel said. “Here is the governor’s deputy chief of staff on a list documented by AGDC as working for a AGDC. It’s concerning.”Giessel is not the only legislator who said that they were concerned about political influence on the LNG export project.The Alaska LNG project has been a key issue for current Gov. Bill Walker and it’s an election year.When asked about Giessel’s letter, Anchorage Democrat Geran Tarr said she wants the legislature to have oversight but thinks it’s important not to micromanage what the state corporation is doing.“It just seems that you know people who are politically aligned to the governor are more willing to trust what they’re doing moving forward and people who are not politically aligned with the governor are not trusting,” Tarr said.Tarr said she is concerned that the politics are getting in the way of lawmakers being able to accurately gauge the Alaska LNG export project’s feasibility based on its merit — rather than their own political alignments.Putting aside the politics — a lot of lawmakers had questions about how the project would be financed and what the state could be obligated to pay for.They heard presentations from the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Revenue as well.Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, asked the Department of Revenue about its analysis of how the state is going to pay for its portion of construction on the project.“When you have cost overruns of 10, 20, 30 billion possibly — which is not out of the realm of possibilities,” Stedman said. “How are you going to factor in the state exposure of capital calls in particular if we draw on the Permanent Fund or something I never really thought about and not too excited about grandma’s pension pool to to do to deal.”Lawmakers also asked about tariffs and the trade war with China.Frank Richards, the senior vice president of the gasline corporation says– so far — the project seems to have escaped major impact from the steel tariffs. And, China hasn’t retaliated with a tariff on LNG imports.“China wants clean efficient natural gas, Alaska has it, U.S. wants to produce it and export it. So we feel that are in a good position as a project as Alaska to not hopefully be impacted by that,” Richards said.Lawmakers were on a tight timeline to get the meeting finished, so several will be submitting questions in writing to the corporation.Project organizers are on a tight timeline too. Their deadline for signing commercial agreements with potential Chinese investment partners and buyers is in December.
Prothom Alo IllustrationA Chuadanga court on Thursday sentenced five people, including three siblings, to life term imprisonment for killing a farmer in Damurhuda upazila in 2014.The lifers are Joynur, 45, Waaz, 48, Choto Buro, 44, son of Nur Box, Kuddus, 38, son of Mawla Box and Latif, 40, son of Moslem, all resident of Gobindahuda village, reports UNB.The court also fined Tk 5,000 each.According to the prosecution, the convicts hacked Mohsin Ali, a resident of the village, to death over previous enmity on 16 January 2014.Later, victim’s wife Nilufa Begum filed a murder case accusing 14 people with Damurhuda Model Police Station.Later, police submitted a chargesheet against them on 20 January 2015.After examining the records and witnesses, additional district and sessions judge-2 Jakir Hossain Khan handed down the verdict acquitting nine accused.
deadPolice recovered the bodies of two unidentified men from Teknaf and Chakoria upazilas on Friday.In Chakoria, an unidentified man aged around 40 years was found in a canal at Shaharbil around 3:00pm, said Bakhtiar Uddin Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Chakoria police station.In Teknaf, locals spotted a bullet-hit body at Noakhalipara sea beech in Baharchhora area around 10:00am and informed police, said, Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.Later, police recovered the body, the OC added.
As part of its 150th anniversary, Hosanna School Museum will hold a Juneteenth celebration festival June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum. The festival is open to the public and free of charge. Juneteenth is a nationally recognized day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States and celebrates African American history and culture. For more information go to hosannaschoolmuseum.org.
Story Links The honor comes one day after garnering the same recognition from Perfect Game. Of his seven starts in 2019, three have ended with a career high in strikeouts. Detmers worked seven hitless innings with a then-career best 11 strikeouts against Brown on Feb. 22. His next start out against James Madison, he once again carried a no-hitter through seven innings, finishing with 14 punchouts on the night. The Louisville pitching staff leads the ACC and ranks in the top 10 in the country in ERA (2.82), hits allowed per nine innings (6.55), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.17) and WHIP (1.08). Following victories over Boston College and Duke, Detmers set the Jim Patterson Stadium record striking out 16 Georgia Tech hitters over 7.2 innings on March 22. Last weekend, the lefty gave up just one run in 7.1 innings against Wake Forest while tallying double digit strikeouts for the fifth time on the year. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville baseball starting pitcher Reid Detmers was named the Midseason Top Pitcher on Thursday by D1Baseball. Detmers is 5-1 this season working as Louisville’s Friday night starter, holding an ACC-leading 0.92 ERA. The sophomore is second nationally with 76 strikeouts and has walked just eight batters in 48.2 innings. Detmers will take the ball on Friday night to open up the weekend series at Clemson. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Print Friendly Version
On the edge of graphene (Phys.org) —Scientists have long observed that the wettability of graphene – an essentially two-dimensional crystalline allotrope of carbon that it interacts oddly with light and with other materials – can be reversed between hydrophobic and hydrophilic states by applying ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. However, an explanation for this behavior has remained elusive. Recently, researchers at The University of New South Wales and University of Technology, Sydney investigating this phenomenon both experimentally and by calculations using density functional theory (DFT) – a computational quantum mechanical modeling method – finding that UV irradiation enables this reversible and controllable transition in graphene films having induced defects by water splitting adsorption on the graphene surface of H2O molecules in air. (Water splitting is the chemically dissociative reaction in which water is separated into hydroxyl and hydrogen; hydroxyl is a chemical functional group containing an oxygen atom connected by a covalent bond to a hydrogen atom; and adsorption is the adhesion of atoms, ions, or molecules from a gas, liquid, or dissolved solid to a surface.) The direct application for this approach is water splitting – a very important step in, for example, hydrogen generation: Using the technique in this work, H2O molecules could be easily split into OH- and H+ groups and adsorbed on defect-induced graphene under UV irradiation. After irradiation, the two groups can be easily desorbed from the graphene and produce hydrogen, allowing the graphene to be used continually as a catalyst for water splitting. Ao points out that when fabricating devices based on graphene – for example, solar cells – layer-by-layer materials fabrication is required. “Hydrophilic graphene is more easily modified and combined with other materials than is hydrophobic graphene. For example, in the case of biomaterials, hydrophilic graphene would be desirable for the biomolecule contact.”It turns out that achieving graphene reversible wettability can be accomplished using other techniques, including external electric fields, plasma treatment, magnetic fields, and neutron diffraction. “Actually, the work with achieving graphene reversible wettability using external electric fields was also reported2 by my group based on first-principle calculations. Compared with using external electric fields, UV irradiation is easily realized in experiment, while a very high electric field is required to realize the wettability transition,” noting that an experiment under a strong electric field is underway. “Plasma has even greater energy, and may induce more defects in graphene. However, the plasma treatment process is more complicated and has greater requirements.” The reaction pathways for the dissociative adsorption of an H2O and an O2 molecule on graphene. Pristine graphene (a) and (b); graphene with mono-atom vacancy (c) and (d); divacancy (e) and (f); edge (g) and (h); grain boundary (i) and (j). Credit: Xu, Z. et al. Reversible Hydrophobic to Hydrophilic Transition in Graphene via Water Splitting Induced by UV Irradiation. Sci. Rep. 4, 6450. Explore further Calculated Raman spectra of graphene. (a) With water, and (b) with oxygen dissociatively adsorbed. Credit: Xu, Z. et al. Reversible Hydrophobic to Hydrophilic Transition in Graphene via Water Splitting Induced by UV Irradiation. Sci. Rep. 4, 6450. The key technique the researchers used to address these challenges was to combine experiment and first-principles calculations. “In our experiment, we demonstrated that the wettability of graphene could be reversibly tuned through UV irradiation in air and vacuum storage,” Ao says. “In addition, computational calculations enable us to understand the exact effect of each individual factor.” After comparing their experimental and calculation results, the scientists found that Raman spectra from the experiment were similar to that of H2O dissociative adsorption on graphene. (In graphene research, Raman spectroscopy is used to determine the number and orientation of layers, the quality and types of edge, and the effects of perturbations, such as electric and magnetic fields, strain, and doping.) Moreover, they also considered irradiations at different conditions, such as in O2 and H2O rich environments, and found that H2O concentration clearly affected the wettability change of graphene after irradiation. “Therefore,” Ao adds, “we concluded that H2O dissociative adsorption on graphene induces the reversible wettability transition.” More information: Reversible Hydrophobic to Hydrophilic Transition in Graphene via Water Splitting Induced by UV Irradiation, Scientific Reports (Published online September 23 2014), 4:6450, doi:10.1038/srep06450Related:1First principles study on the hydrophilic and conductive graphene doped with Al atoms, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013, 15, 10859-10865, doi:10.1039/C3CP00128H2Reversible Transition of Graphene from Hydrophobic to Hydrophilic in the Presence of an Electric Field, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116 (36), doi:10.1021/jp3050466 The scientists conclude that their discovery may provide new insights into the fundamental principles of water splitting with graphene-based materials, and could thereby lead to other applications – including electrocatalysis, nanomaterials; nanoelectromechanical systems, biomaterials, microfluidic devices, hybrid organic systems, and other advanced multifunctional systems.Dr. Zhimin Ao discussed the paper that he, Doctoral Student Zhemi Xu and their co-authors published in Scientific Reports and the main challenges the researchers faced. “The main challenge – and the motivation for the conducting the study – was to reveal the real mechanism of the reversible wettability transition under UV irradiation and isolate it from various possible reasons, such as the contamination of chemicals on samples or induced by molecules in air,” Ao tells Phys.org. “We also had to identify H2O rather than other possible molecules in air, which contributes the wettability transition under UV irradiation.” After determining the contribution of H2O, he adds, another challenge was to understand the adsorption type of H2O for the wettability transition – that is, chemical or physical adsorption.”Secondly,” Ao continues, “to eliminate drawbacks from chemical doping and induced defects – such as organic molecules on the graphene sample – that may be an important factor in graphene’s wettability transition under UV, the samples were stored for two hours in a vacuum to remove contaminants on the graphene surface.” As a result, most of the remaining graphene defects, such as vacancies, edges and grain boundary, would be there due to the synthesis process. “According to our calculations, on defects of vacancies, edge and grain boundary, water splitting can be easier to achieve. However, other defects can also affect the wettability of graphene, such as aluminum doping, which has been reported by another paper1 of my group.” Looking ahead, Ao notes that they need to further clarify the mechanism for graphene’s hydrophobic to hydrophilic transition under UV irradiation because the latter itself can induce graphene defects. “Although UV irradiation was believed to induce defects in graphene, the problem is that these defects aren’t obvious because this energy source is not strong enough. To further clarify the reversible wettability mechanism, we may use different energy sources to investigate the transition, such as X-ray and neutron diffraction.” They also plan to investigate conductivity change and transport properties under UV irradiation.”High electrical conductivity graphene film with high hydrophilicity is always desirable,” Ao tells Phys.org. “However, these two properties are normally resisting each other. When working with graphene-based devices, exploring the electric conductivity variation of graphene in such processes can help to control and balance these two properties.”Other areas that might benefit from their study, Ao concludes, include sensors and hydrogen generation and storage. Citation: Water, water everywhere: How UV irradiation reversibly switches graphene between hydrophobic and hydrophilic states (2014, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-uv-irradiation-reversibly-graphene-hydrophobic.html Journal information: Scientific Reports , Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics © 2014 Phys.org , Journal of Physical Chemistry C Atomic structures of a H2O or an O2 molecule adsorbed on graphene with different types of defects. Credit: Xu, Z. et al. Reversible Hydrophobic to Hydrophilic Transition in Graphene via Water Splitting Induced by UV Irradiation. Sci. Rep. 4, 6450. This document is subject to copyright. 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FireTitle: Label Firefox window titles and profiles for easy recognition by Martin Brinkmann on October 22, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 6 commentsFireTitle is a free add-on for the Firefox web browser that enables you to label Firefox browser windows with custom titles. Since it is installed on a per-profile basis, you may also use it to identify different profiles based on the title you specify.If you are using Firefox you may also use different profiles for different tasks. Not everyone does so but it is highly recommended as it separates data and gives you more flexibility.You could create profiles for different tasks, work, leisure and social for instance, and install different sets of add-ons in each, and separate the browsing history, cookies and anything else.This means that social sites may not get hold of any shopping related data, and that work and leisure tasks don’t mix at all.FireTitleOne issue that you may run into is that there is no option to distinguish profiles on first glance. This may be a problem if you run multiple copies of Firefox each with custom profiles for instance, or if you need a visual reminder of the profile that is in use currently.FireTitle has been designed for that, and to make it easier to distinguish between different Firefox windows (even if you use just one profile).The add-on requires a restart before you can start using it. It does not add any controls to the user interface, so head to about:addons and click on the options link next to FireTitle to open the configuration window.The configuration menu lists naming options for the current window and new windows. If you just want to name the profile, use the same title for both.All you need to do is enter a descriptive name under window name and default name, and you are done.You may however use title patterns to change names dynamically. FireTitle ships with a set of variables that you can make use of. The default “ntm” for instance adds the window name (n), document title (t), and document modifier (m) automatically.You can remove one or all to see the effect immediately in the preview area. Other variables that Firetitle supports are:g = document titlea = age of windoww = when the window was opened[text] = whatever you enter in the bracketsSimply adjust the custom title and the variables as you see fit, and check the preview each time you make modifications to make sure everything is set up correctly.Last but not least, you may also change the separator that is used to separate different bits of the title. You can remove it completely, or replace it with another separator.Closing WordsFireTitle is a handy extension for Mozilla Firefox if you are using different profiles regularly, or want Firefox Windows to display additional information that you may use to distinguish them from each other. (via WinAero)Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name FireTitleSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/firetitle/ Advertisement
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