TORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. has secured a $500-million standby credit line from two unnamed Canadian banks to replace its more costly emergency funding facility from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says its subsidiary Home Trust Company has inked a letter of commitment from two Canadian Schedule 1 banks for the two-year secured line of credit facility.Home Capital’s chief financial officer Brad Kotush says this new credit line has a lower aggregate cost than its current $2-billion funding facility, which matures at the end of June.Last June, Buffett’s investment firm bought a stake in Home Capital Group and provided its subsidiary with a $2-billion line of credit.The credit line gave the Toronto-based lender some much needed liquidity after it faced a run on deposits, amid allegations of misleading disclosure to investors.Kotush says Home Capital has sufficient liquidity and has significantly reduced its reliance on demand deposits, and does not intend to draw on the new, cheaper credit facility.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to further hear the plea of Congress MP Sushmita Dev seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for alleged poll code violations, saying the Election Commission has already decided the complaints.The apex court said it cannot examine the merits of the EC orders, giving clean chits to the BJP leaders, as they gave rise to a fresh cause of action for which another petition has to be filed. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkSince the EC has decided “rightly” or “wrongly” the pending complaints against the Prime Minister and the BJP President, the merits of the orders can be challenged only by filing a fresh petition, said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta. “The petition has become infructuous as the Election Commission has taken decisions on the complaints,” the bench said. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Dev, said the additional affidavit has been filed as the apex court had asked her to bring on record EC’s orders giving clean chit to Modi and Shah on complaints of MCC violations over their alleged hate speeches and using armed forces for “political propaganda”.
Recognizing that East Timor will require international assistance in the period immediately after independence to shore up the new government’s ability to rule, the Security Council today unanimously decided to establish a new United Nations mission to help provide the fledgling nation with the stability necessary for growth and development.According to a resolution adopted this morning, the Council established the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) for an initial one-year period to provide assistance to core administrative structures critical to the viability and political stability of the new nation.The move also provides interim law enforcement and public security to help in the development of a new law enforcement agency, the East Timor Police Service (ETPS), and contributes to the maintenance of external and internal security of the island nation.Today’s action by the Council comes after UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended the creation of UNMISET to succeed the current UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which had been running the territory since October 1999 and will conclude its mandate on 20 May when the territory gains independence.Based on the blueprint provided by Mr. Annan, the new Mission will have a civilian component comprising an office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General with focal points for gender and HIV/AIDS, a Civilian Support Group of up to 100 personnel filling core functions, and a Serious Crimes Unit and a Human Rights Unit. The civilian police component initially will be made up of 1,250 officers, while the military presence will include up to 5,000 troops, including 120 military observers.The resolution also decided that UNMISET will fully devolve over a period of two years all operational responsibilities to the East Timorese authorities “as soon as is feasible, without jeopardizing stability.”Meanwhile in Dili, East Timor’s Chief Minister, Mari Alkatiri, today announced that negotiations have been concluded with Australia on the implementation of the Timor Sea Treaty.In a statement released this afternoon, the Chief Minister said that the negotiations were completed on Thursday, after which the Council of Ministers approved the treaty text and related documents. The Timor Sea Treaty will be signed by Mr. Alkatiri and Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Monday and then submitted to East Timor’s National Parliament for ratification.
Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store’s name or snapping pictures of the sign outside.Unfortunately, that’s life for a small-business owner whose shop — Isis Bridal and Formal — shares a name with ISIS, the acronym of a notorious Islamic militant group that the United States is fighting in Iraq and Syria.“I’m just like, ‘Come on!’” she says. “I get what’s going on, but can you see it’s a store?”Brent says she wants to rename her store, in southern California, to avoid any confusion with the group sometimes called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.“Isis” is part of more than 270 product, service or business names among active federal trademarks, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But businesses are not required to register their names, so it is difficult to say how many companies use “Isis,” which is also the name of an Egyptian and pagan goddess.For those companies, the “Isis” name can be damaging. Branding experts say an unfortunate association with a name can scar a company’s reputation even if the connection is coincidental.Take Isis Collections Inc., a New Jersey company that makes weaves, wigs and hair pieces. CEO Phillip Shin says stores have told him that customers will put his company’s products back on the shelf after noticing the Isis label. In the United Kingdom, he’s heard that competitors have joked at trade shows about his business being tied to terrorists.“It’s so stressful,” Shin says, noting that he has spent 20 years building the company’s reputation. “I’ve lost all the benefit of the brand image.”Shin, who named his company after the Egyptian goddess, started removing the Isis label from some packages. But he’s reluctant to give up on such an established brand. He says he wishes the U.S. and European media would stop referring to the militant group as ISIS.Isis Collections has had no sales problems in South Korea, where the media only refers to the group as the Islamic State.Another company, technology startup Isis Wallet, announced in September that it would change its name to Softcard. The joint venture involving AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless launched late last year with an app that allows people to use their smartphones while checking out at a store to get discounts and use credit or loyalty cards.By June, company leaders were thinking about rebranding to avoid confusion with the militant group, which had taken over large swaths of Iraq and later filmed the beheadings of some U.S. journalists and a British aid worker.“However coincidental, we have no desire to share a name with this group, and our hearts go out to those affected by this violence,” CEO Michael Abbott said in a Sept. 3 blog post announcing the new name.Softcard, which also picked its original name to reflect the Egyptian goddess, partners with major companies like American Express. The startup’s executives were worried about asking those partners to continue promoting a product named Isis.“We didn’t want to put anybody in a bad situation,” says Cie Nicholson, senior vice-president of marketing.Changing a brand or an established company name can be a costly and complex move. Just finding a memorable name can be hard because the best ideas are often taken or trademarked, says Allen Adamson, managing director of the branding firm Landor Associates.“It’s not just have a pizza lunch and quickly come up with an alternative,” he says.Softcard’s name change makes sense to Joseph Lewis, a partner with the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg who specializes in trademarks. He noted that the company is new and still building its image. With the old name, they would have had to take the extra step of explaining that they weren’t tied to the Islamic State group.“Brands are owned by companies, but it’s all in the public’s mind and you can only control so much,” he says. “They can control how it is presented, but they can’t always control how it’s perceived.”More established brands that don’t deal directly with consumers may not take as much of a hit. Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. has no plans to change a brand it has built over 25 years. The California company develops drugs and then partners with other companies to sell them.It doesn’t sell products directly to consumers, and its name doesn’t even appear on any of the products it helped develop.So far, only a few investors have asked company officials about the name.“We’ve been around for a while,” says D. Wade Walke, vice-president of corporate communications. “They can easily distinguish between us and a Middle Eastern terrorist group.” by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2014 1:40 am MDT Businesses with the name ‘Isis’ battle bad image cast by Islamic militant group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
China gives Canada reprieve in canola dispute by extending deadline Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, during a signing ceremony for several tentative agreements in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 11:00 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – China says it will lift a fast-approaching deadline to introduce rule changes on Canadian canola shipments that threatened to inflict damage on the multibillion-dollar sector.Starting Thursday, the Chinese government had planned to enforce tighter regulations on the amount of foreign materials — such as weeds, other crops and detritus — permitted in canola exports from Canada.But after a meeting Wednesday in Beijing between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the two countries announced the existing rules would stay in place as they continued to negotiate a long-term solution.The two sides disagree on the level of foreign material, known as dockage, that should be considered acceptable in Canada’s canola exports to China. The Chinese government wants the contamination cut by more than half.The canola dispute was expected to dominate the trade agenda during Trudeau’s high-level meetings during his first official visit to China.“We’re happy to reassure Canadian farmers that (at) the Sept. 1 deadline we will be able to continue with the current regime of canola and we (will) work together very closely towards a long-term solution in the coming days and weeks ahead,” Trudeau said.Speaking through a translator, Li said both sides have “shown flexibility” on the issue.He noted that while China itself is a large canola producer, it has no intention to keep its door closed to other exporters. But he said Chinese producers and consumers have concerns that disease could be imported.“We believe that both sides will be able to make some mutual adjustments with the larger picture of China-Canadian trade and ties in mind,” he said.International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is part of the delegation travelling with Trudeau, had earlier said the issue is of “absolute importance” to the Canada-Chinese trade relationship.“As everyone knows, this was something that was a very difficult issue for our canola growers, for our canola exporters, and we were very, very pleased to be able to achieve today that Canadian canola shipments can continue,” Freeland said.Patti Miller, the president of Canola Council of Canada, called the extension a “significant step towards resolution of this long-standing issue” and gave credit to the Trudeau government.“It’s a turning point that we hope will allow governments to quickly conclude a science-based agreement that will provide long-term stability,” Miller wrote in an email.China’s ambassador to Canada, Luo Zhaohui, complained last week that Canada was being inflexible and unfair in its approach to talks that began about seven years ago.Canadian farmers sold $2 billion worth of canola seed last year in China — or 40 per cent of the country’s exports of the crop.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies did not tender contracts to first baseman Justin Bour and left-hander Luis Avilan, allowing the players to become free agents.Both players were acquired in trades during the season and saw limited action in Philadelphia.Bour hit .224 with one homer and five RBIs in 49 at-bats after batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 112 games for the Marlins.Avilan had a 3.18 ERA in 12 games for the Phillies, spanning 5 2/3 innings. He was 2-1 with two saves and a 3.86 ERA in 58 appearances for the White Sox.The Phillies tendered contracts to other arbitration-eligible players on Friday, including right-handers Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez, Hector Neris, Jerad Eickhoff and Luis Garcia; left-hander Adam Morgan; infielders Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco; and outfielder Aaron Altherr.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell pulls up for a shot in the second half against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 19. OSU won 70-61. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s basketball team walked away from its first win in Williams Arena since 2011 after Thursday night’s game, beating the Minnesota Gophers 88-76.The Buckeyes (18-5, 8-1 Big Ten) were lead by junior guard Kelsey Mitchell with 25 points where she also racked up two assists and five rebounds. She was followed by senior forward Shayla Cooper with 18 points. Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga dominated on both sides of the ball getting her ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Mitchell passed former Minnesota player Lindsay Whalen in the Big Ten all-time scoring list, becoming the Big Ten’s tenth all-time scorer after ending Thursday’s game with 2,287 career points. OSU struggled in the first quarter. Minnesota (11-10, 2-6 Big Ten) came out in a 2-3 zone and swarmed OSU’s shooters, holding the Buckeyes to an 0-for-5 start from beyond the arc. The Gophers also forced six OSU turnovers, and held a one point lead after the first quarter.In the second quarter, the Buckeyes found their rhythm offensively as the Big Ten’s leading scorer found her groove. Mitchell hit three straight shots midway through the quarter to swing the momentum in OSU’s favor. In the third, the Gophers couldn’t stop Cooper, as she hit several open jumpers from the elbow. Additionally, the Buckeyes came out of halftime and got to the line more and knocked down their shots, knocking down 7-of-9 free throws in the third.Two minutes into the last quarter of play, Minnesota junior guard Carlie Wagner hit a wide-open 3-pointer to cut the lead to three and got the crowd into the game. However, Minnesota relinquished momentum when Mavunga grabbed an offensive rebound and hit the put-back shot. Wagner went on to score 34 points, but OSU’s offense kept the score in its favor.OSU scored 26 in the last quarter of play, and finished with 50 percent shooting from the field as a team. The Buckeyes will look to continue their winning streak to five, facing the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Schottenstein Center on Sunday at noon.
For the most part a wireless router is a book-sized box that you sit in a corner and forget about. The design doesn’t really matter as long as it provides a strong and reliable wireless signal. But if you’ve got limited space, or need to have a router that’s a bit more portable, Asus will soon have you covered.During CES the company unveiled the world’s smallest wireless router, and this thing is tiny. The Asus WL-330NUL weighs just 25 grams and looks more like a USB stick than a typical router, measuring just 65 x 20 x 15mm. Even so, it offers 802.11 b/g/n support, a single Ethernet port, and can be connected to your PC/laptop via a free USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. It doesn’t require a seperate power connection either, as it can get all the juice it needs over USB.As well as being tiny, Asus advertises the WL-330NUL as a good solution for travelers who not only want to hook into a wireless network, but also want to share a wireless hotspot with others.You can pre-order the ASUS WL-330NUL from Expansys for shipping on February 14, but no price has been listed yet. Hopefully it doesn’t carry a large premium just because of its small size and inherent portability. If it’s cheap, the WL-330NUL might be worth picking up and throwing in your laptop bag.via SlashGear
A school bus and a car collided around 4 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of East Mill Plain Boulevard and North Devine Road in Vancouver.Vancouver police Officer Ilia Botvinnik said that a couple of kids on the bus, believed to be preschool-age, had minor injuries. One person in the Nissan Sentra that collided with the bus was sent to a local hospital, but Botvinnik did not know the extent of that person’s injuries.Botvinnik said he was unsure who was at fault in the crash.
Employee Benefits Connect 2016: Employers can support employees affected by cancer by improving education around risk factors and what steps can be taken to mitigate these.Speaking in a session titled ‘Stepping up the fight against corporate cancer’ at Employee Benefits Connect on 9 March, Dr Pixie McKenna explained that obesity will soon overtake smoking as the primary risk factor for cancer. Employees should therefore be encouraged to exercise regularly, and employers should support staff by ensuring that they are able to take the time to do so.There are 700,000 people living and working with cancer, and with 40% making significant life changes because of cancer and 29% of long-term sickness claims due to cancer, this clearly has a significant impact on employees and employers. Organisations can proactively support their staff by ensuring that they are educated about cancer risks and how to reduce these, and by increasing awareness of cancer symptoms so that staff seek appropriate medical attention as early as possible.Dr Pixie (pictured) said: “You need to act before your employees get the diagnosis.“Half of us will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ at some point in our lives. We all need to be ready.”Employers can also provide support for the practical, physical and psychological impact of cancer, both for those coping with cancer themselves and for the family and colleagues of those affected, said Dr Pixie.She added: “There are some really practical things [employees might have to think about] within an office; they might have to wear a wig, they might have a colostomy bag or a they might have a catheter, how do they manage all of that? Where are they getting their support?”A more proactive approach to health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices should be taken to help reduce cancer risks, said Phil Austin, managing director at Cigna UK HealthCare Benefits, who spoke alongside Dr Pixie at the conference session. This will involve thinking differently about the ways in which cancer in the workplace is addressed, he added.Almost half (46%) of cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, so an increased focused on innovative and faster diagnostics could increase instances of early cancer detection and help to improve survival rates.Austin said: “Firstly, we have to address [cancer] early in terms of how we look after our employees from a health and wellbeing standpoint, and the second piece [to focus on] is around diagnostics and faster treatment. If we can do that then we can work together to tackle this.“Costs are going up, claims funds are going up and this is a big issue for corporates around absenteeism and the cost of private medical insurance, so we have to tackle this from all the different angles.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – J. Lo and Alex Rodriguez were spotted in Miami’s Design District walking out of Cartier.Friday’s sighting left fans wondering if they were ring shopping.However, the two were not seen leaving with any bags in hand.The power duo known as “J-Rod” have been going strong since May of last year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Like sands through the hourglass, a time-tested ethos becomes a hashtag, and a thirty-year-old magazine is reborn. As with any shift, Floyd acknowledges that there was some concern about vexing some of the brand’s most loyal readers, but that the relaunch is less of a pivot and more of a reaffirmation of the thing Automobile has always done best: challenging norms and providing car lovers with in-depth coverage of the things they’re passionate about. Sensing a void in the market, TEN — which also publishes Motor Trend and Hot Rod, alongside several other automotive and sports titles — found, through both anecdotal and research-driven analysis, that the modern-day automotive enthusiast is, perhaps unsurprisingly, much more than a one-dimensional car lover. Interest in collector cars and automotive design, TEN says, tends to coexist with a love for design, fashion, watches, tech, and travel, too — lifestyle coverage that’s generally not found in most car magazines. Automobile’s website and social media channels will see an increased focus on breaking news and video, but Floyd tells Folio: that he remains committed to the print magazine as the cornerstone of the brand, adding, in the August issue’s editor’s note, “I know how important it is to have a strong Web presence, robust social media channels, and exciting video presentations … but I will never stop believing in the power of print and putting more horsepower behind it. As long as I remain at the helm of this grand automotive adventure known as Automobile, the magazine will continue to be the ink and paper straw that stirs our editorial drink.” Thus, Automobile expands. At a cover price of $7.99, the August issue (hitting newsstands June 30) is the first produced under a new commitment to in-depth reporting on not just the most fascinating cars, but the people, places, and tech that help bring them to life. The magazine has physically expanded to a larger, nine-inch-wide format, with a bumped-up typeface and a more visually-driven feature well full of sprawling photo spreads depicting cars in exotic locales. “If you’re a car guy,” TEN’s CMO, Jonathan Anastas, tells Folio:, “chances are you’re a watch guy and a wine guy, too.” Indeed, the debut issue clocks in at 122 pages, including a double-page spread in the front of the book from Swiss watchmaker Breitling. The newly designed book is organized into five sections: Ethos, featuring columns, interviews, and “other offbeat stories;” Design; Drives; Classic (vintage cars); and Progress (the latest tech). The magazine’s publishing schedule has contracted, from 12 monthly issues to 10 per year, but editor-in-chief Mike Floyd, who’s been with the brand since 2014, cautions that it’s not a cost-cutting move; each issue will have more pages and more room for expansive features than before. Under the credo #NoBoringCars, TEN: The Enthusiast Network has announced a full-scale relaunch of the Automobile magazine brand, replete with a physical redesign, increased digital and video content, and a refined editorial focus.
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WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department has organized a “Northeast Historical Tour” trip from September 6, 2019 to September 15, 2019.The 10-day trip features:Tours of New York City, Philadelphia & Washington, DCGettysburg BattlefieldEisenhower Historic SiteThomas Jefferson’s MonticelloColonial WillamsburgSmithsonian MuseumsCentrally Located Hotels13 MealsFull-Time Tour DirectorSingle occupancy costs $3,725 per person. Double occupancy costs $2,650 per person. Triple occupancy costs $2,295 per person.Read the itinerary HERE. Review the registration form HERE. Have a question? Contact the Recreation Department at 978-658-4270.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Offers “March Gladness” Road Trip To Catskill MountainsIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Perfect 10-Day Trip For History Buffs Set For SeptemberIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”
Yeddyurappa said on Wednesday he was waiting for “blessings” from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.TwitterThe cabinet expansion in Karnataka will take place only by August 9, as per the latest reports, even though it is about a week since Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa took the oath following the crumbling of the Congress-JD (S) government.Though the possible date of cabinet expansion is revealed, the names of minister-designates or their portfolios still remain a closely guarded secret. There’s intense jockeying within the BJP for ministerial berths. It has also been reported that the BJP leadership could hold back a few ministerial berths for the Congress and JD (S) rebels. CM Yediyurappa and party in-charge Muralidhar Rao are expected make a list of ministers and their portfolios. This will be finalised by the BJP President and Home Affairs minister Amit Shah. With only 34 slots available in the cabinet, the decision seems to be quite tough for the CM as there are many aspirants among the saffron party and the rebel legislators from Congress and JD(S), who have been disqualified. It’s also clear that Yediyurappa may not get a free hand in cabinet formation. The party high command had disapproved his choice KG Bopaiah for the post of the Speaker and appointed Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri. While Bopaiah has earlier experience as Speaker, the central leadership chose Hegde, a six-time MLA from Sirsi with no prior experience.The top BJP leaders of the state including Jagadish Shettar, R Ashoka, KS Eshwarappa, B Sriramulu, CT Ravi, Arvind Limbavali, Kumar Bangarappa, V Somanna, Tejaswini Gowda, Madhu Swamy JC, Umesh Katti and Renukacharya are all in for the cabinet race.Yediyurappa is likely to meet the party president Amit Shah on August 7 and discuss the cabinet expansion. The BJP top leadership is playing a safe game this time after Yediyurappa’s failure as the CM during his past tenures, including the time when he landed in jail on charges of corruption.
Photo by Dreamactivist.orgRosa María Hernández, an undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, was taken into custody by federal agents after emergency surgery at a Texas hospital.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) contends in a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday in San Antonio that federal authorities didn’t follow due process during the detention of Rosa María Hernández, according to a senior staff attorney with the Texas chapter of the organization.Hernández is a 10 year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico who suffers from cerebral palsy.Immigration authorities detained her last week, while Hernandez was travelling to Corpus Christi to undergo emergency gallbladder surgery.Hernández was taken into custody after the surgery and she is now staying at a shelter managed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, and is facing deportation.ACLU’s Edgar Saldivar told Houston Public Media the detention violates both Rosa María’s and her mother’s “fundamental right to liberty and family integrity under the due process clause of the Fifth amendment [of the United States Constitution].”Another main argument of the ACLU’s lawsuit, according to Saldivar, is that Hernández has never been unaccompanied and, therefore, she should have never been sent to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.“She has never been without the custody of her mother, she was travelling actually with her adult cousin at all times and, so, for authorities to take her under custody as an unaccompanied child is wrong, and to remove her the custody of her parents, the lawful custody she’s always been in since she was born, is a violation of different laws and that’s what we are asserting,” Saldivar noted, while adding that Hernández’s cousin is a U.S. citizen.The ACLU attorney added that his organization thinks Hernández’s detention can have violated the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.The ACLU will ask the Court for a hearing “as soon as possible.” Share
Live streaming of the regatta will be available on YouTube and live results will be posted on HereNow.com, followed by a full recap on GoCards.com. Schedule updates will be posted on the event’s official Twitter account (@ClemsonInvite). Fans can follow Louisville rowing on Twitter (@UofLRowing) at http://twitter.com/uoflrowing, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UofLRowing and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/uoflrowing. SCHEDULE7:08 a.m. – V8+ (Heat 2): San Diego, Minnesota, Virginia, Oregon State, Oklahoma, Dartmouth7:34 a.m. – 2V8+ (Heat 2): San Diego, Minnesota, Virginia, Oregon State, OklahomaDartmouth8 a.m. – V4+ (Heat 2): Minnesota, Virginia, Oregon State, Oklahoma, DartmouthTBD – 3V8+TBD – 2V4+9 a.m. – V8+ Finals9:24 a.m. – 2V8+ Finals9:48 a.m. – V4+ Finals10:14 a.m. – 3V8+ Finals10:30 a.m. – 2V4+ Finals Print Friendly Version Live Stream Schedule CLEMSON, S.C. – Due to tornado warnings and severe storms in the area, the entirety of Friday’s Clemson Invitational racing schedule was canceled. The adjusted schedule will begin with a round of heats Saturday morning beginning at 7 a.m., followed by a round of grand final races starting at 9 a.m. Louisville will open the session with the varsity eight racing at 7:08 a.m., followed by the second varsity eight at 7:34 a.m. and the varsity four at 8 a.m. The third varsity eight and second varsity four boats will also race, with those competition times to be determined. Regatta Information Story Links
Explore further Citation: Using platinum-molybdenum carbide to catalytically release hydrogen to power a fuel cell (2017, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-platinum-molybdenum-carbide-catalytically-hydrogen-power.html As the planet continues to heat up, scientists around the world seek ways to power automobiles in a way that are as economical as gasoline. Such efforts have led to electric vehicles, hybrids, cars and trucks running on natural gas, ethanol and other fuels, and of course, the ever-elusive hydrogen fuel cell. In this new effort, the researchers suggest they may finally have found a way to make the last option viable.Currently, there are a number of ways to obtain hydrogen for use in fuel cells, but thus far, none of them have proved economical enough to supplant the use of gasoline as the primary fuel for automobiles around the globe. In this new effort, the researchers suggest they may have come up with a process that could make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles more practical.The process involves using a new catalyst, platinum–molybdenum carbide, to drive a reaction that results in the production of H2 and releases carbon dioxide. The team reports that the process can be done at temperatures from 150 to 190 C° and avoids the use of caustic materials. They claim it is five times as efficient as other techniques that use methanol. They also claim that a car with a 50 liter tank of methanol and just six to 10 grams of their catalyst could power a Toyota Mirai for approximately 690 km. Also, it would cost just $15 for the methanol and $320 for the platinum, which the team suggests, might be recyclable.The group acknowledges that a process that releases carbon dioxide is not ideal, but note that many hydrogen-producing industrial processes do so, as well. They acknowledge that platinum is extremely expensive, but point out that current catalytic converters have approximately one to four grams of recyclable noble metals that could conceivably provide a source. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China and the U.S. has developed a way to use platinum–molybdenum carbide to catalytically release hydrogen from methanol and water to power a hydrogen fuel cell. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the new method to produce hydrogen for possible use in a fuel cell. 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. More information: Lili Lin et al. Low-temperature hydrogen production from water and methanol using Pt/α-MoC catalysts, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature21672AbstractPolymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) running on hydrogen are attractive alternative power supplies for a range of applications1, 2, 3, with in situ release of the required hydrogen from a stable liquid offering one way of ensuring its safe storage and transportation4, 5 before use. The use of methanol is particularly interesting in this regard, because it is inexpensive and can reform itself with water to release hydrogen with a high gravimetric density of 18.8 per cent by weight. But traditional reforming of methanol steam operates at relatively high temperatures (200–350 degrees Celsius)6, 7, 8, so the focus for vehicle and portable PEMFC applications9 has been on aqueous-phase reforming of methanol (APRM). This method requires less energy, and the simpler and more compact device design allows direct integration into PEMFC stacks10, 11. There remains, however, the need for an efficient APRM catalyst. Here we report that platinum (Pt) atomically dispersed on α-molybdenum carbide (α-MoC) enables low-temperature (150–190 degrees Celsius), base-free hydrogen production through APRM, with an average turnover frequency reaching 18,046 moles of hydrogen per mole of platinum per hour. We attribute this exceptional hydrogen production—which far exceeds that of previously reported low-temperature APRM catalysts—to the outstanding ability of α-MoC to induce water dissociation, and to the fact that platinum and α-MoC act in synergy to activate methanol and then to reform it. Journal information: Nature © 2017 Phys.org Reaction path for hydrogen production from methanol and water. Credit: (c) Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature21672 Toyota recalls all fuel-cell Mirai vehicles
Australia’s travel industry needs to consider “significant investment” in its accommodation and attraction offerings, according to the Tourism and Transport Forum’s (TTF) head, to help boost domestic travel.Responding to a December 2011 National Visitor Survey that found a 3.5 percent increase in overnight trips, TTF chief executive John Lee said trends show more Aussies are preferring to travel overseas, a tendency that can be resolved through renewed focus on the country’s appeal.“With the Australian dollar tipped to remain strong for some time, significant investment in new accommodation and attractions is required to give Australia’s tourism industry a competitive boost,” he explained. “While we welcome the federal government’s investment in small-scale tourism projects through the T-Qual grants program, we need a renewed focus on facilitating major projects as demand drivers to kickstart the growth required to reach the Tourism 2020 targets.”Although international arrivals and spending would continue to boost Australia’s tourism industry, Mr Lee said domestic visitors make up to 70 percent of tourism spending and is a sector that needs more “state government support for tourism development.”According to the National Visitor Survey, domestic spending increased by 1.6 percent in 2011 compared to the prior year, while visitor nights swelled by 1.4 percent.Earlier this month Mr Lee said China is another key market to boost Australia’s tourism industry, describing the market as a “massive opportunity” if capitalised upon. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Cyprus marks on Thursday the 43rd anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion which resulted in the occupation of the island’s northern third, paying tribute to all those killed. A series of memorials and other events will be held to commemorate the fallen.Air-raid sirens sounded at 05:30, the time at which the Turkish invasion was launched with troops landing on the island’s northern shores.In the morning, a memorial service for army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion takes place at Makedonitissa Tomb in Nicosia, in the presence of President Nicos Anastasiades, political party leaders, the religious leadership and other officials.A formal church memorial service will be held at Faneromeni Church in old Nicosia, to be attended by the President and the political leadership. A series of other anti-occupation events will also take place during the day.In the evening an event will take place at the Presidential Palace marking the anniversaries of both the 1974 coup engineered by the Greek military junta in Athens and the invasion.Political parties and other associations and groups have issued statements, condemning the invasion and the continuing occupation and reiterating their determination to fight for a just and viable solution.This year’s anniversary follows a round of UN-backed talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, which failed to produce any results.Turkish troops invaded Cyprus on 20 July 1974, following a military coup that toppled the legal government of the Republic which was engineered with the Greek military junta.Turkey continues to occupy 37 per cent of the island and maintains 40,000 troops here.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola