Scotiabank Q4 profit up submits 29billion offer for Chilean bank

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Nova Scotia is doubling down on Chile with a $2.9-billion offer to buy a majority stake in a Chilean bank, as the Canadian lender’s latest quarterly profits rose despite a drop in trading revenues, natural disasters and a flying loonie.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said Tuesday it has submitted a binding offer to acquire Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.’s (BBVA) interests in its Chilean banking operation, BBVA Chile, and certain subsidiaries.If the deal goes through, it would double Scotiabank’s market share in Chile to roughly 14 per cent and make the Canadian lender the third-largest non-state owned bank in the country, it added.The bank said the transaction is in line with its strategy to increase its scale within the Chilean banking sector and the high-growth Pacific Alliance countries, which also includes Mexico, Peru and Colombia.“This is a high-quality asset bank,” Scotiabank’s president and chief executive Brian Porter told analysts on a conference call.“It’s very well run,” he said. “We think it’s a good fit of assets, and will be a good fit of people and technology.”BBVA owns about 68 per cent of BBVA Chile — which has $29 billion in assets and has 4,000 employees at 127 branches — and its minority partner, the Said family, owns about 32 per cent. Scotiabank added that BBVA is willing to accept the deal if the Said family does not exercise its right of first refusal under a shareholders agreement.The $2.9-billion offer came hours before Scotiabank posted fourth-quarter earnings of $2.07 billion in net income or $1.64 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from $2.01 billion or $1.57 during the same time last year.Canada’s third-biggest lender was the first of the country’s biggest banks to report its fourth-quarter earnings. Scotiabank posted net interest income, or the profit generated from loans, of $3.83 billion, up five per cent from a year earlier. Adjusting for the negative impact of foreign currency translation, fourth-quarter net interest income grew seven per cent.Scotiabank’s latest quarter was helped by its Canadian banking division, with net income attributable to shareholders up by 12 per cent to $1.06 billion. Its international banking division saw an 11 per cent rise in net income to $605 million during the period, even amidst a string of natural disasters including hurricanes in the Caribbean and an earthquake in Mexico.Still, these profit bumps were offset by a 15 per cent drop in fourth-quarter net income in its global banking and markets division to $391 million.Scotiabank’s provision for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, was $536 million, down from $550 million in the same period a year earlier.“Overall, we had been anticipating a weak close to the capital markets year for the group and, at least so far, that is what we have gotten,” said CIBC analyst Robert Sedran in a note to clients. “Soft revenues held back the results this quarter.”Shares of Scotiabank were down as much as 2.45 per cent on Tuesday to $81.43 in early morning trading in Toronto.Even still, the bank reported a nearly 11 per cent increase in net income for the fiscal year to $8.24 billion up from $7.37 billion a year earlier. Scotiabank’s diluted earnings per share for the 2017 fiscal year rose eight per cent to $6.49, compared to $6 in 2016.Its key measure of financial health, the common equity tier 1 ratio (CET1), increased to 11.5 per cent, up from 11.3 per cent in its third quarter and 11.0 per cent in the fourth quarter last year.That strong ratio gives Scotiabank the “optionality” to deploy its capital in various ways, including acquisitions, Porter said.If the transaction to acquire all the shares of BBVA Chile is completed, Scotiabank’s CET1 would be reduced by approximately 135 basis points, it said. Scotiabank’s chief financial officer Sean McGuckin told analysts that he expects the CET1 ratio to stay above 10.5.If successful, Scotiabank expects to settle the transaction during its first quarter, which ends on Jan. 31, and close the deal in the summer of 2018, bank executives said.Scotiabank shares fell on news of the proprosed deal to $1.75, or 2.10 per cent, to $81.73 at the closing of markets.last_img read more

Mark colour of boxes being transported Mamata

first_imgItahar/Buniyadpur (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday asked the people to keep vigil about transportation of boxes of various colours, in an oblique reference to allegations of a black trunk having been offloaded from the prime minister’s helicopter in Karnataka. Speaking at two rallies in Balurghat constituency, Banerjee attacked the RSS saying that it has imbibed the “shopping mall culture”. “I urge the public to keep their eyes and ears open as during elections boxes of various colours – red, blue and other colours – are coming,” Banerjee said without naming anyone. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The Congress had on Sunday demanded a probe into the alleged transportation of a “suspicious black trunk” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter during his visit to Chitradurga in Karnataka for poll campaign. Modi had addressed an election rally in Chitradurga on April 9. The party also played a video clip purportedly showing that the trunk, after being unloaded from the PM’s helicopter, was carried to a private car that, it alleged, was not a part of the SPG carcade and was taken away. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Taking on the RSS, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, “Those who used to wear khaki shorts have now imbibed the shopping mall culture.” The RSS have shed its 90-year-old dress code and knee-length khaki shorts were replaced by brown trousers. She reiterated her allegation that the Congress is taking assistance of the RSS to help its Jangipur and Baharampur candidates win. While Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, is the Congress candidate at Jangipur, former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Chowdhury is the the party’s candidate from Baharampur. Claiming that the BJP was indulging in politics of dividing people on religious lines, Banerjee said she was ready to risk her life but would not allow politics of division. “It (BJP) claims to be champion of Hinduism. Are we not Hindus?” she asked, saying that her parents had taught her to respect all religions and to treat them equally. The firebrand TMC supremo, who is a Brahmin, said she chants Chandi mantra every morning. “The BJP is imposing on us a religion which has no relation to Hinduism or our country. We believe in togetherness of different faiths and languages,” she said. Claiming that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has worked against the interest of the general public of the country, she alleged that prices of petroleum products were increased everyday when crude oil rates were low in the international market. “The LPG price has touched Rs 800 per cylinder. If a poor person has to buy gas at such a high price, he will be left with no money to buy food,” she said. Claiming that the NRC in Assam has left lakhs of Hindu and Muslim Bengalis stateless, she asserted that she will not allow it in West Bengal. BJP president Amit Shah has said in various rallies in West Bengal that the saffron party would implement the NRC in the state if voted to power again.last_img read more

Burundi top UN official appeals for help in reintegrating former child soldiers

28 May 2009The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on children and armed conflict has called for urgent support of hundreds of former child soldiers recently released from a demobilization centre in Burundi and reunited with their families. The last 340 former child soldiers, formerly associated with the Forces Nationales pour la Liberation (FNL) rebel militia, who have left the Gitega Demobilization Centre, must receive long-term care to ensure a lasting reintegration into their communities, Radhika Coomaraswamy said in a press release issued yesterday.She also appealed for the discharge of another 44 children who remain with FNL dissidents in the Randa and Buramata assembly sites, urging the Government to finalize their separation without delay.“Child soldiers endure traumatizing experiences and their long-tern reintegration must remain a priority of the Government,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy.She called on the Government and the donor community to develop and support long-term reintegration activities for all the children formerly associated with armed groups, noting that a delay in providing socio-economic support could derail the process.“The promise of peace and tangible support will help them to rebuild their lives,” added Ms. Coomaraswamy.The Security Council has repeatedly voiced its concerns over delays in implementing the 2006 Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement signed between the Government and the FNL, ending a brutal civil war lasting four decades between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority.In December, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) until the end of this year to help restore peace in the small Central African country, where the ethnic conflict has killed hundreds of thousands. read more

Pakistani national seven others arrested with drugs weapons

A Pakistani national and seven others have been arrested with drugs and weapons, the Police said.The Police said that the Special Task Force arrested the suspects during a raid. A raid had been carried out on the residence of the brother of renowned underworld figure ‘Dematagoda Chaminda’ and the suspects were arrested at the time. (Colombo Gazette)

Womens soccer Ohio State Buckeyes defeat Notre Dame Fighting Irish 21 in

Ohio State defender Marike Mousset fights off a Bulls midfielder in the Buckeyes’ victory on Aug. 26 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Senior Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (5-1-0) put up a tough battle against Notre Dame (3-2-2) in a double overtime thriller at home Friday and came out victorious, defeating the Fighting Irish 2-1 in the 105th minute when Notre Dame put a goal in its own net.The winning goal came from a failed clearance of senior forward Sammy Edwards’ shot, which spun backward and sailed into the back of the net to conclude the game.Before the final goal, the Buckeyes’ offense continued to press, determined to take home its fourth consecutive victory.“One of our objectives always is to win in overtime, so, obviously by putting pressure on Notre Dame resulted in an own-goal,” coach Lori Walker-Hock said, “But I thought it was a great shot by Sammy in the initial phase of it, and I think we did a nice job to continue to keep that pressure on, and the soccer Gods took care of it.”Though Ohio State may have lucked out with the Irish’s own-goal, it didn’t discredit the talent of their opponent, or the drive and determination of their own team.“They’re a great team, but we just came out on all cylinders tonight, I thought, and everyone was working for each other and the momentum was going our way,” senior defender Morgan Wolcott said. “We got some fluke goal in, but a goal is a goal.”Wolcott put the Buckeyes on the board, scoring the initial goal for the team in the 14th minute. The goal was set up by a lofted corner kick from senior defender Nikki Walts and was buried by a header from Wolcott just six yards inside the post, giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.This resulted in Wolcott’s first goal of the 2017 season, and the seventh of her career.As the first half progressed, the Irish were able to break down the Buckeyes’ back line, which ultimately lead to a Notre Dame goal from sophomore forward Natalie Jacobs in the 39th minute. Jacobs was able to finish the rebound from a save by junior keeper Devon Kerr and tie up the game before half time.As the game remained a tie at the end of regulation, Walker-Hock knew adjustments were necessary as her team went into overtime.“At halftime, we talked about how soft the goal was that we gave up, and we needed to figure out a way to make up for that,” Walker-Hock said. “I felt that there were moments in the game where we really controlled the flow, and there were other moments where Notre Dame certainly had possession for long period of time.”In an effort to improve its performance, the team reevaluated their initial game plan and discussed what they were doing that wasn’t working, and what it needed to do help defend better and work as a team, Wolcott said.Ohio State’s adjustments were successful in leading them to a win against a challenging non-conference opponent.“I thought it was a very even game until late in the game where I really felt our fitness kicked in, and I felt like we had a majority of the overtime,” Walker-Hock said. “It’s an excellent Notre Dame team, and I’m super proud of how we fought through it and finished things off in overtime.”The last time the Irish played the Buckeyes on in Columbus was on Oct. 1, 1995, when Notre Dame beat Ohio State 2-1 in overtime.The Buckeyes are set to take on St. Joseph’s at home Sunday at 1 p.m. to conclude their non-conference run. read more

Great uncertaintyincreasing pressures heavier burdens facing workers GAWU

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLabour Day MessagesMay 1, 2019In “latest news”Kenneth Joseph hailed as ‘a true champion of the workers’February 24, 2017In “latest news”Pay rise “imposition” in public service unacceptable – FITUGOctober 24, 2017In “Business” …says in its Labour Day Message The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) in its Labour Day Message says unity in the Trade Union Movement is needed now more than ever, as the working people are confronted with increasing pressures and heavier burdens.See full statement below:The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) extends warm and fraternal greetings to the workers of Guyana on the occasion of Labour Day 2017. This year, as workers in various parts of the country take part in marches and rallies, the GAWU is pleased to record that the observances are characterized by greater signs of unity in the trade union movement. Such togetherness is needed especially at this time when our working-people are confronted by increasing pressures and heavier burdens.The GAWU is also saddened to record that for the first time, in a long time, Labour Day finds workers and their families in a state of great uncertainty and having to contend with steadily declining living standards and an ever increasing cost of living. We see deteriorating economic circumstances serving to devalue our dollar and increasing the cost of imports. At the same time, additional burdens are placed on workers backs with the taxation of previously untaxed essential goods and services; the introduction of new taxes; the hiking of extant taxes; the significant increases in the cost of Government fees, among other things. In such a depressing state we see the promise of a ‘Good Life’ becoming increasingly elusive.For the nation’s sugar workers, Labour Day celebrations are most bitter. Not only are they the only segment of the state’s employees to be denied pay rises and incentive payments,but now salt is being rubbed into the deep wounds inflicted on the heels of the closure of Wales as thousands more stand to be gravely affected by the Administration’s closure and sell-out intentions for sugar. In totality, 9,000 workers will have their jobs lost and thus forced onto the breadline resulting from the Executive’s ill-considered and, seemingly ill-thought-out, decision on sugar. Aside from the workers tens of thousands of poor, hard-working Guyanese stand to be affected and scores of now vibrant villages will certainly experience falling standards. It seems, from our perspective, that the ‘Good Life’ is not applicable to this large section of Guyanese.It is disheartening, and perplexing, that in spite of the massive social and economic consequences that will attend the industry’s miniaturization, the Executive remains headstrong and seemingly unconcerned. Clearly, it seems to us in GAWU, that the Government has selectively ignored the advice of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which had warned that the societal effects of the sugar decision must be considered foremostly. Such consideration is especially important when the alternatives proposed are seemingly non-starters. GAWU reiterates its strong view that sugar can be saved and be made sustainable. Key to such a feat we hold is a supportive Administration, a knowledgeable management, and committed workforce.Indeed, the working-people, the students, the farmers, the youth, the pensioners are facing challenging and tough times. But, at the same time, we are also seeing increasingly the fight back and resistance to the harsh decisions being taken. This is indeed a positive development and one that augurs well for our people and that should be actively and widely supported. As the workers and their organisations celebrate Labour Day, the GAWU looks to the unity displayed today being consolidated. This is a demand of the times in which we live and is in the interest of Guyana’s working-people and our nation’s future as well. read more

Tecmo to offer freetoplay Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate on PS3

first_imgThe free-to-play model of gaming is most prevalent on the PC, and in particular has been embraced by MMO developers. But well-known publisher/developer Tecmo has decided to embrace it for the next iteration of Dead or Alive on consoles, and will offer a free-to-play version of the game on the PS3.Released this coming September, DOA5 Ultimate has been developed by Team Ninja and will be available as a full, paid-for game on disc for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. However, a limited basic version will also be offered as an experiment only on the PS3 as a download. It will only include four characters alongside all the game modes with the exception of story mode.If you want more content, you can either buy the disc version, or pay to unlock certain features. New characters will be 400 yen each (US$4) and the Story Mode will cost 1,500 yen (US$15). The disc version will most likely carry the usual new game cost of $60. In return you get everything, including every character and costume.Deciding to experiment with free-to-play on consoles doesn’t come without risk, though. Players may choose to stick with the free version of the game until the disc version drops in price. That typically happens within a few weeks of it being available. Offering the disc version with everything unlocked also suggests Tecmo won’t be releasing any DLC for the game. And if they do, will it also be made available to those playing the free version?Other publishers will definitely be watching this experiment with interest. If it ends up boosting sales or seeing revenue brought in from free-to-play players buying content, it won’t take long for other games to embrace it. I’m skeptical, however, and predict this will cut into Tecmo’s profits from lower sales of the full game.Now read: Gran Turismo 6 is on PS3 because of 70 million consoleslast_img read more

Les îles du Pacifique de plus en plus impactées par le réchauffement

first_imgLes îles du Pacifique de plus en plus impactées par le réchauffement climatiqueBien que les îles du Pacifique ne produisent que très peu de gaz à effet de serre, elles font partie des premières victimes du réchauffement climatique. Elles pourraient être submergées par les eaux. De plus, le poisson, qui constitue la majeure partie des repas, est menacé par la dégradation des récifs coralliens, due au réchauffement et à l’acidification des océans.Les émissions de carbone dans l’atmosphère des îles du Pacifique sont minimes. Pourtant, les micro-Etats sont eux, les premières victimes des effets du réchauffement climatique et font leur possible pour s’adapter aux bouleversements environnementaux qu’ils ne font que subir. Comme le rappelle Jimmie Rodgers, directeur général de la Communauté du Pacifique (CPS qui regroupe 21 états et territoires océaniens plus l’Australie, la Nouvelle-Zélande, les États-Unis et la France), “le Pacifique insulaire, qui compte environ 10 millions d’habitants, n’est aucunement à l’origine des pollutions concernées”.”Il est victime des pays industriels qui n’arrivent pas à contrôler leurs émissions” et “la vérité est qu’on ne peut pas faire grand-chose, à part subir et s’adapter”, souligne t-il cité par l’AFP. Même si la CPS inclut désormais systématiquement le paramètre climat dans l’élaboration de ses programmes, cela reste insuffisant. En effet, le changement climatique constitue “la plus grande menace pour les moyens de subsistance, la sécurité et le bien être des populations”. Selon les scénarios les plus pessimistes, Kiribati, Tuvalu ou encore Tokelau pourraient d’ici la fin du siècle avoir été submergés par les eaux.Un impact important sur la sécurité alimentaire “C’est de pire en pire chez nous. Quand il y a une tempête, l’eau envahit les maisons et les jardins. Les familles perdent leurs biens mais aussi leurs moyens de subsistance : poules, cochons, bétail, cultures”, s’alarme Apisai Ielemia, ministre des affaires étrangères de Tuvalu. Par ailleurs, les poissons, qui constituent les principales sources de protéines des habitants d’Océanie, sont menacés par la dégradation des récifs coralliens, du au réchauffement et à l’acidification des océans.De plus, “la hausse de la température de l’océan entraîne une modification des grands courants marins, qui fait se déplacer vers l’est du Pacifique les stocks de thonidés”, explique Johann Bell, directeur de recherche halieutique. Fatalement, cela “a une incidence sur la sécurité alimentaire, qui va contraindre ces populations à changer leurs modes de vie”, explique Brian Dawson, conseiller principal en changement climatique à la CPS. L’organisation fait son possible pour encourager l’installation de dispositifs flottant de concentration du poisson qui permettent aux populations côtières de pouvoir pêcher du thon plus au large (la pêche de ce poisson représente entre 20 et 40% des revenus de ces îles). Elle aide également les populations à se convertir à l’aquaculture en eau douce en mettant en place des bassins.Une substance toxique dans le manioc À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Dans le domaine agricole, une banque de semences a été créée pour sélectionner les plantes telles que le taro, les ignames ou la patate douce les plus résistantes à la sécheresse ou à la salinité. Mais là aussi des problèmes voient le jour puisque les scientifiques ont observé qu’en réaction au CO2 le manioc produisait une substance toxique, pouvant engendrer paralysie et cécité chez l’homme. Si “dans le Pacifique la concentration de cette toxine est encore très faible, à horizon 2060, on pourrait avoir des problèmes sérieux”, s’inquiète Johann Bell.Enfin, du point de vue sanitaire, la prolifération des moustiques fait que “dans certaines régions des hauts plateaux de Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, il y a maintenant des cas de paludisme alors qu’il n’y en avait jamais eu auparavant”, relève le scientifique.Le 3 avril 2013 à 18:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

West Ham ready to sell Michail Antonio

first_imgWest Ham United are ready to sell fan favourite Michail Antonio this summer for a fee in the region of £15m, reports Sky SportsThe English winger has struggled with fitness issues over the past 12 months and, while he has impressed new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini with his attitude, the Hammers have decided to sell him this summer.The London club have just signed Jack Wilshere on a three-year deal and are close to completing deals for both Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson, which would leave Antonio with no other option but to leave.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….The 28-year-old’s struggles with fitness had a telling effect on his time on the pitch last season with Antonio being limited to just 21 appearances in all competitions.While Crystal Palace have previously expressed an interest in Antonio, the Eagles’ priority now is to ensure that Wilfried Zaha remains at the club for next season.last_img read more

Trumps Travel Ban Upheld By Supreme Court Drawing Heated Reaction

first_imgAP Photo/Carolyn KasterProtester call out against the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban outside the the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban by a narrow 5-4 rulingon Tuesday, touching off fiery reactions on Capitol Hill and a jubilant response from the president.Five justices said the ban preventing most people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, in addition to government officials from Venezuela, from entering the U.S. does not discriminate against Muslims or exceed the president’s authority.The Trump administration reactsPresident Trump tweeted after the court’s decision: “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!”SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018“In this era of worldwide terrorism and extremist movements bent on harming innocent civilians, we must properly vet those coming into our country,” he said in a longer statement issued by the White House.“While we have the most generous immigration system in the world, it has repeatedly been exploited by terrorists and other malicious actors who seek to do us harm,” the Department of Homeland Security said in another statement. “President Trump’s executive actions take important steps to protect the American people by allowing for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals.”Some advocates liken the ruling to segregation“Not since key decisions on slavery, segregation in schools, and Japanese-American incarceration, have we seen a decision that so clearly fails to protect those most vulnerable to government-led discrimination,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, which is based in Oakland, California. She vowed to fight against the ban until the president’s “anti-Muslim agenda is overturned for good.”Welcoming foreigners to U.S. shores was key to the country’s founding principles, said Cyrus Mehri, an Iranian-American civil rights lawyer. “While today’s decision sadly fails to recognize that the travel ban is a discriminatory and unlawful departure from this tradition, I am hopeful that we can go back to our welcoming roots in the future,” he said.Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way, an advocacy group that fights “right-wing extremism,” called the ban “a gross violation of the First Amendment” that makes “a mockery of the court’s commitment to religious freedom.”Reactions on Capitol Hill are all over the mapYuri Gripas/Reuters/Via PBS NewsHourSenator John Cornyn (R-TX) talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018.“This is not a Muslim ban,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters in the halls of the Senate. “It’s not anything that President Obama didn’t do when he was president, so I’m not surprised the Supreme Court ruled the way they did.”Asked if Trump was trying to restrict entry of Muslims or other religious groups into the U.S., Cornyn said, “I think he’s trying to keep the country safe.”House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, also came out in support of the ruling. “We should not allow people from adversarial states or conflict zones into America until they have been vetted to the fullest extent possible,” he said.Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., however, said just because the travel ban was ruled constitutional, “doesn’t mean that it’s right, that it’s justified or that it reflects America’s values.” Coons said he plans to introduce legislation to make clear that the U.S. does “not tolerate discrimination based on religion or nationality.”At a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., called the decision “heartbreaking.” “This must bring us together as a country,” he said. Watch more of the rally: “A gloating braggart is not going to win at the end of the day,” Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., first Muslim elected to Congress, said on CNN. Those who support religious liberty and freedom will prevail, he added. Sharelast_img read more

Carbon doped with nitrogen dramatically improves storage capacity of supercapacitors

first_img More information: T. Lin et al. Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon of extraordinary capacitance for electrochemical energy storage, Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3798ABSTRACTCarbon-based supercapacitors can provide high electrical power, but they do not have sufficient energy density to directly compete with batteries. We found that a nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous few-layer carbon has a capacitance of 855 farads per gram in aqueous electrolytes and can be bipolarly charged or discharged at a fast, carbon-like speed. The improvement mostly stems from robust redox reactions at nitrogen-associated defects that transform inert graphene-like layered carbon into an electrochemically active substance without affecting its electric conductivity. These bipolar aqueous-electrolyte electrochemical cells offer power densities and lifetimes similar to those of carbon-based supercapacitors and can store a specific energy of 41 watt-hours per kilogram (19.5 watt-hours per liter). 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. © 2015 (—A team of researchers working in China has found a way to dramatically improve the energy storage capacity of supercapacitors—by doping carbon tubes with nitrogen. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their process and how well the newly developed supercapacitors worked, and their goal of one day helping supercapacitors compete with batteries. Journal information: Science Like a battery, a capacitor is able to hold a charge, unlike a battery, however, it is able to be charged and discharged very quickly—the down side to capacitors is that they cannot hold nearly as much charge per kilogram as batteries. The work by the team in China is a step towards increasing the amount of charge that can be held by supercapacitors (capacitors that have much higher capacitance than standard capacitors—they generally employ carbon-based electrodes)—in this case, they report a threefold increase using their new method—noting also that that their supercapacitor was capable of storing 41 watt-hours per kilogram and could deliver 26 kilowatts per kilogram to a device.The new supercapacitor was made by first forming a template made of tubes of silica. The team then covered the inside of the tubes with carbon using chemical vapor deposition and then etched away the silica, leaving just the carbon tubes, each approximately 4 to 6 nanometers in length. Then, the carbon tubes were doped with nitrogen atoms. Electrodes were made from the resulting material by pressing it in powder form into a graphene foam. The researchers report that the doping aided in chemical reactions within the supercapacitor without causing any changes to its electrical conductivity, which meant that it was still able to charge and discharge as quickly as conventional supercapcitors. The only difference was the dramatically increased storage capacity.Because of the huge increase in storage capacity, the team believes they are on the path to building a supercapacitor able to compete directly with batteries, perhaps even lithium-ion batteries. They note that would mean being able to charge a phone in mere seconds. But before that can happen, the team is looking to industrialize their current new supercapacitor, to allow for its use in actual devices.center_img Graphene and metal nitrides improve the performance and stability of energy storage devices Explore further Citation: Carbon doped with nitrogen dramatically improves storage capacity of supercapacitors (2015, December 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Fabrication schematic of ordered mesoporous fewlayer carbon (OMFLC). Credit: Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3798last_img read more

Sir Jeffrey Hudson – Swashbuckling Court Dwarf Served in a Pie to

first_imgThe real life story of Sir Jeffrey Hudson, the court dwarf of Queen Henrietta Maria, can perhaps be compared to that of Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones. He was called a “rarity of nature,” and became a court entertainer. Later, he would be a voyager, a warrior and a slave. He was captured by pirates; he fought in the English Civil War; and he won in a duel with a full-size man.But perhaps the most remarkable detail of Jeffrey Hudson’s life is how he grew 22 inches while living as a slave in North Africa.Portrait of Jeffrey Hudson by an unknown artist.The details of his story can be found in the book Lord Minimus: The Extraordinary Life of Britain’s Smallest Man, where author Nick Page starts with the tale of Hudson’s birth on June 14, 1619, in Oakham in Rutland, England.Hudson was one of five children — his siblings all grew at average height, but Jeffrey showed signs of a growth hormone deficiency from a young age.Jeffrey Hudson.In 1626, on his seventh birthday, standing only 18 inches tall, he was presented as a “curiosity” to the Duchess of Buckingham who took him into her household.It was a custom of European courts of the time to keep little people for amusement, and the oddity of their childlike appearance and a grown man’s wit attracted kings and aristocrats alike.Queen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson by Van Dyck.Later the same year, he was presented to King Charles I and his consort, Henrietta Maria, in London. While enjoying the lavish company of the royal couple, the Duchess of Buckingham planned an entertaining surprise. Jeffery was hidden inside of a large pie which was to be served at the time the party reached its peak.Once the pie was placed in front of the king and queen, Jeffrey broke through the crust, dressed in a knight’s armor made especially for him.The queen was apparently so amused and impressed by this that she invited Hudson to London as a part of her eclectic entourage. That’s how Hudson became a resident of Denmark House in London (modern day Somerset House.)Somerset House in London on a sunny spring day.Life within the walls of Denmark House wasn’t as glamorous for Hudson as one might think. Back then, little people were treated no better than pets, as their size was interpreted as a subhuman characteristic.He was in the company of two other curiosities, a monkey named Pug, and a Welsh porter named William Evans, who was reportedly a man of such excessive growth that he was labeled a giant.Hudson and Evans developed an act in which the Hudson would emerge from the giants pocket along with a loaf of bread, which he would later use to make a sandwich.The Dwarf Geoffrey Hudson (1619-1682)During this time, people began to write poems and narratives about him. According to author Nick Page, many of these poems explicitly stated that he was only famous because of his size and remarkable proportions.But three years later, the ten-year-old became part of a much bigger world. In 1630, he was sent to France on a mission to bring the queen a midwife to aid in the delivery of her firstborn.Henrietta Maria and King Charles I with Charles, Prince of Wales, and Princess Mary, painted by Anthony van Dyck, 1633.But the return journey was a treacherous one. Dunkirk pirates captured and plundered the ship before finally releasing the crew. This was the first of many times that Hudson would be taken captive on the open sea.Seven years later, Hudson took his second trip across the English Channel. This time, he traveled with his fellow courtiers to the Netherlands to witness the Dutch in their attempt to drive out the Spanish.Jeffrey Hudson and an unidentified giant. Photo by Wellcome Collection CC-BY-4.0In 1640, as the English Civil War was brewing, Hudson traveled again to the Netherlands with Queen Henrietta Maria. Their mission was to raise money to support King Charles and the royal army. While the queen did manage to sell some belongings, she failed to gain the support of the Protestant Dutch government.When Hudson and the royal consort returned to England, they found themselves in the middle of a Civil War. As they joined the Royalist forces at Oxford, Hudson was appointed a “Captain of Horse” by Henrietta Maria.Jeffrey Hudson, aged thirty. Stipple engraving by R. Page, 1821. Photo by Wellcome collection CC-BY-4.0No record exists of whether Hudson fought or commanded his own fleet. But historians have uncovered evidence, in letters written by Henrietta Maria that Hudson was a skilled horseman and a crack shot with a firearm. In 1634, as the war worsened, the queen returned to her home in France with Hudson and the members of her house. This would mark a grim turning point in Jeffrey Hudson’s life.Related Video:Having grown weary of being known only for his novel size and proportions, Hudson started to look for other ways to prove himself worthy of fame. In October 1644, Hudson challenged one of William Croft’s brothers to a duel. A quote from The Letters of Henrietta Maria recounts this event in detail:“The giving cavalier [Croft] took no firearms, but merely a huge squirt, with which he meant at once to extinguish his small adversary and the power of his weapon. The vengeful dwarf, however, managed his good steed with sufficient address to avoid the shower aimed at himself and his loaded pistols, and, withal, to shoot his laughing adversary dead.”Jeffrey Hudson. Photo by Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0Since dueling was illegal in France, Hudson was sentenced to death for challenging and killing Croft. But the queen intervened on his behalf, and he was exiled to England instead. Months later, he was captured by Barbary pirates off the coast of France, who then sold him into slavery in North Africa.Little information exists about this time in his life, but it must have been a grave contrast from the life he was used to living in the service of the Queen.Hudson spent 25 years in slavery, and according to the 1885 Dictionary of Natural Biography, claimed to have grown 22 inches as a result of the “buggery” he was subjected to. Sir Jeffrey Hudson was eventually rescued by the English and brought home, only to be thrown into Gatehouse Prison in 1676.Relief of Jeffery Hudson, a dwarf, and Walter Parsons, a giant. Etching. Photo by Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0Little information exists about the charges that landed him in jail, other than it was due to his Catholic religion at the height of the anti-Catholic sentiment in England.Hudson’s life story would be most definitely lost if he hadn’t been interviewed by an antiquarian named James Wright who decided to make a little chronicle about this interesting little man.Read another story from us: Against All Odds: The Female Renaissance Painter who Withstood Torture to put her Abuser in JailHe spent 14 years in jail before being freed in 1679. In 1680, Sir Jeffrey Hudson died of unknown causes and was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave.last_img read more

Burundi 6 die in clashes between police and protesters

first_imgBUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Six people have been killed as protesters clashed with security forces in a neighborhood southeast of the capital, Bujumbura, police said.Five protesters and a policeman were killed in the confrontation, Burundian police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said.He said the police were trying to disarm protesters in Mutakura when they came under attack and used lethal force to disperse the attackers. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home There was also a separate grenade attack targeting police in the area in which seven civilians were wounded, he said.Police recovered military equipment, including two machine guns and ammunition, during the operation, Nkurikiye said.Burundi has been hit by violence since the announcement in April that the ruling party had nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to be its candidate in presidential elections set for July 15.Protesters say Nkurunziza must go after serving two terms, the maximum allowed under the country’s constitution. But Nkurunziza’s supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term, and the constitutional court has ruled in the president’s favor.At least 77 people have died in street protests opposing Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, according to rights activists. Hundreds more have been wounded.The street protests boiled over in mid-May, leading to an attempted coup.On Monday, Burundians voted in parliamentary elections despite persistent calls from the international community for the polls to be postponed until the country is peaceful enough. Results are expected to be announced later this week. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach celebrates official opening

first_imgRamada Resort Reia Taipa Beach celebrates official openingThe official opening of Wyndham Hotel Group’s latest Ramada-branded property in New Zealand was celebrated at a special launch event on Friday. The function was attended by local dignitaries including Tania McInnes Deputy Mayor, Far North District Council along with key tourism and hospitality industry representatives.Formerly the Reia Taipa Beach Resort, the property underwent an extensive refurbishment by its owners, Taipa Management Limited before being rebranded to Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach in March this year.  The resort now boasts quality fixtures and fittings and contemporary décor. Guests can choose to stay in deluxe and superior studios, suites and apartments. Located between Cape Reinga and the Bay of Islands on the picturesque waterfront of Doubtless Bay, the resort offers a restaurant, bar, café, swimming pool, tennis court, barbecues and conference and event facilities accommodating up to 150 guests.Levin Da Costa, Director of Taipa Management Limited officially opened the resort in front of some 80 guests, saying the introduction of Ramada to the Far North was a key milestone for the region.“Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach is the gateway to exploring the Far North and offers unparalleled holiday and conferencing options,” said Mr Da Costa. “The introduction of the globally recognised brand of Ramada® will add value to the area as a key leisure and business destination.”Vice President Acquisitions and Development Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim, David Wray said he was delighted to introduce the Ramada brand to one of New Zealand’s much loved tourism destinations.“The rapid expansion of Wyndham Hotel Group in the South East Asia and Pacific Rim as we have seen with Ramada in New Zealand is a testament to the emphasis we place on consistently high quality accommodation coupled with exceptional customer service,” Mr Wray said.Ramada® is a global brand of more than 840 midscale and upscale hotels worldwide that cater to families and business travellers and is part of the Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company based on the number of hotels. Wyndham Hotel Groupbecome a Personal Travel Manager hereSource = Wyndham Hotel Grouplast_img read more

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