Muzaffarpur shelter case: CBI digs graves

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has started excavation at a graveyard in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur on suspicion that bodies of some of the minor girl inmates of a shelter home, who were sexually assaulted and killed, were buried there.The excavation has been initiated following interrogation of suspects.“We have found skeletal remains, which will be examined forensically to determine the identities,” said a CBI official. Girls reported missingSome of the girl inmates were earlier reported missing from the shelter home. Last month, the CBI arrested the State government’s Social Welfare Department Assistant Director Rosy Rani, besides three staff members of main accused Brajesh Thakur.In all, 20 bank accounts of the main accused were frozen and orders issued, preventing the accomplices from selling any property linked to the shelter home.last_img read more

Eddie Alvarez not backing down from ‘toughest, most dangerous’ guys in ONE

first_imgView comments MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte In fact, he tracks them down.Alvarez fought against the best in Bellator and the UFC where he had won world titles and he wants the fiercest warriors that ONE Championship has to offer in the lightweight division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I have traveled the world in the last 15 years fighting the best guys I can get my hands on everywhere,” said Alvarez, who signed with ONE Championship five months ago.“I have won every single World Title from every major organization and ONE Championship is the only organization that I don’t have their world title.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Eddie Alvarez has always been a fighter who never shies away from any challenge.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yeng Guiao early ejection ‘blessing in disguise’ for NLEX in crucial win Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Alvarez had taken down some of the big names in Shinya Aoki, Roger Huerta, Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Justin Gaethje and he’s out for more.“Like I said before, I’ll fight anyone, whoever the baddest, toughest, most dangerous guy that’s who I want,” Alvarez said.“Take me to him and we will have a good fight.”The 35-year-old Alvarez makes his keenly-awaited ONE debut against the heavy-handed Russian Timofey Nastyukhin on March 31 in a lightweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal in ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan.Filipino MMA superstar Eduard Folayang currently holds the lightweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

DLF to open Rs 300-crore Emporio Mall in Delhi by May 2016

first_imgMumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) Realty major DLF will be opening its sixth mall in Delhi-NCR by May next year at an investment of Rs 300 crore. “We are already in the process of completing another mall in Delhi called the Emporio at Chanakyapuri in Central Delhi. Its a smaller mall and it should be open by next May,” DLF chief executive for rental business, Sriram Khattar told PTI here over the weekend. Besides, the Gurgaon-based developer will be opening the Rs 1,700-crore Mall of India in Noida by November this year. The company claims that the 2 million sq ft mall will be the biggest in the country. “We launched the project in 2012 and now are set to open it. By October-end, we are set to open the cinemas and between November 20 and 27 will be the grand opening,” DLF senior vice-president & head of leasing and mall management, Pushpa Bector said. The Mall of India has a leasable area of about 2 million sq ft and DLF has leased over 90 per cent of this already, she claimed. It will have over 450 retail units, a seven-screen cinema, and a food court with about 1,000 seats. “At the Mall of India, we have got 40 per cent of space dedicated to food and entertainment,” Bector said, adding that the new property will have 22 casual dining restaurants. The countrys largest developer is expecting Rs 200 crore rental income per year from this mall and expects it to break-even in five to six years. Even though many mall developers are struggling with dwindling footfalls and revenues, Khattar said revenue growth for DLF has been 10-12 per cent. DLF said if it has to expand, it will only look at tier I cities for now. Bector said tier I cities, especially Delhi-NCR, suits it as customers have better purchasing power. “We like to concentrate in tier I, especially NCR, because the spending power is high. “The kind of investments we are putting in, it gets justified with the kind of returns we can look forward to, because there is consumption,” she said, adding that they would look to consolidate and strengthen their position in the NCR region and then look at other regions. Asked if the e-commerce boom has had any impact on leasing, Khattar said malls may look at reducing the offering for groceries, furniture, books and electronics going forward as sale of these items is high online. “Certain commoditised apparel or fashion may go online but aspirational and luxury fashion going online is very limited,” he said, adding that e-commerce will constitute about 7-12 per cent of the retail market. DLFs annual rental income from commercial properties, including offices and shopping malls, stood at Rs 2,400 crore last fiscal. PTI DS DSK BEN BEN NRB STS MKJ PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Delhi Dynamos vs. Chennaiyin FC: Dorransoro’s heroics ensure Delhi walk away with…

first_imgAdvertisementDelhi Dynamos and Chennayin FC shared spoils at the JLN Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday after the visitors failed to break the deadlock. With this draw, Chennaiyin got their first points in the table and sit on the ninth position. Delhi Dynamos, meanwhile, sit just above them with 3 points from 4 matches.Dorronsoro stood tall to deny Chennaiyin all the three points (credits- indiansuperleague.com)Chennaiyin could have taken the lead at the second minute itself when it took a brilliant save from the goalkeeper to deny Orlandi’s header from the corner kick. The wingers Lallianzuala Chhangte and Nandakumar Sekar troubled the away side, but their resulting crosses were poor and didn’t pose any danger.In the dying minutes of the first half, Delhi again got a wonderful opportunity to draw first blood when Carlos Salom released Thoi Singh down the right-hand side of the penalty box only for Dorronsoro to thwart away the danger.As the game resumed after halftime, Chennaiyin blazed all their guns to take the lead. Carlos Salem got the best opportunity of the game when he found himself in a one-on-one position with the keeper. But, Dorronsoro continued his brilliant string of saves when he denied the Palestinian from point blank range. Raphael Augusto and Gregory Nelson took a shy at goal later on in the second half, but the Spaniard didn’t give them any chance whatsoever.Delhi Dynamos will next face Mumbai City FC on 27th of October at the latter’s home ground whereas Chennaiyin FC will travel to the City of Joy to battle out with ATK the day before.Advertisementlast_img read more

Indestructible

first_imgSandeep Singh, hockey player, on life in the movies and the ICU.Q. You were paralysed by a bullet, but came back to captain the Indian hockey team. How did you react when co-producer Deepak Singh approached you for a film on your life?I was overwhelmed. I knew if a true,Sandeep Singh, hockey player, on life in the movies and the ICU.Q. You were paralysed by a bullet, but came back to captain the Indian hockey team. How did you react when co-producer Deepak Singh approached you for a film on your life?I was overwhelmed. I knew if a true biopic was made on my life, it would encourage every youngster, whether or not interested in sports.Q. What do you remember of the hospital stay?I was unconscious for four weeks and lost more than 50 kg. When doctors told me I would never be able to walk or play hockey, I asked them to leave. Every night, I would practise getting up with my hockey stick. I knew my place was in the hockey field, not on the wheelchair.Q. You always wanted Diljit Dosanjh to play the lead.Initially, he was not very enthusiastic about it. I did not want someone to play the caricatured role of a Sikh. I have always found Diljit convincing. However, he was not sure he would be able to carry off the role of a hockey player and the training. But after hearing the script, he did not want to miss the opportunity.Q. The past 10 years have seen several biopics on sportspersons. How is Soorma different?Most of them have had a fair dose of fiction for dramatic effect, but Soorma is realistic and raw. Shaad Ali has stayed true to my life. Even the hockey players and coaches in the film are real.advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Chelsea January transfer news LIVE: Ronaldo considers Blues move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:45 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Chelsea Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blues as the January transfer window heats up Ronaldo considers Chelsea moveReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is weighing up a move to Chelsea this summer, according to  The Sun .Ronaldo is keen to leave Santiago Bernabeu after this season, with the Premier League his prefered destination.Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United, however, has ruled out a return to Old Trafford. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea, though, are keen to take advantage and bring the Portugal captain to Stamford Bridge.My future is down to Conte – BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi Chelsea Newcastle 28012018After scoring a brace against Newcastle on Sunday, Chelsea striker MIchy Batshuayi has admitted that his future at the club is in the hands of manager Antonio Conte. The Belgian has been linked with a loan move as the Premier League champions continue to be linked with a host of strikers to help compliment Alvaro Morata.When asked by BT Sport about his future following the game, Batshuayi replied: “It’s up to the boss, it’s better to talk to Conte.”Read the full story on Goal right here! Pellegri explains Monaco movePietro Pellegri MonacoItalian wonderkid Pietro Pellegri has explained that Monaco’s famous talent for youth development persuaded him to choose the club over a host of top European sides.Monaco completed the signing of 16-year-old Pellegri from Genoa for a reported fee of €25 million on Saturday.The forward, who was linked with Serie A champions Juventus as well as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, has agreed a long-term deal at Stade Louis II.Read the full story on Goal right here! Arsenal & Chelsea scout Rochdale teenagerRochdale manager Keith HillArsenal and Chelsea have both made enquiries about signing Rochdale’s teenage midfielder Daniel Adshead, reports ESPN.The 16-year-old has made seven appearances for Dale this season after making his first-team debut for the League One club back in September.He has been scouted regularly by Arsenal and Chelsea, who are now preparing to step up their interest as Rochdale manager Keith Hill attempts to hold on to Adshead.Man City plot £150m Hazard moveEden Hazard ChelseaManchester City are ready to launch an astonishing £150 million bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, according to the Daily Mirror .Hazard is currently in a contract deadlock with the Blues, and if that still stands in the summer City will look to rival Real Madrid for the Belgian’s signature.Though City refused to pay big money for Alexis Sanchez before he joined Manchester United, they believe Hazard represents greater value, and Pep Guardiola is willing to sanction a move.Bayern ready to offload Vidal Arturo Vidal Bayern MunichBayern Munich are ready to sell Arturo Vidal this summer and Manchester United are ready to swoop, reports Bild (via the Manchester Evening News ). Chelsea are also said to be interested, with Antonio Conte having coached the midfielder at Juventus. Blues improve Dzeko bid Edin Dzeko, AS RomaChelsea are ready to make an improved bid for Edin Dzeko, according to the Sunday Express . Antonio Conte wants to add the striker and Roma team-mate Emerson Palmieri, but the Dzeko is demanding a two-and-a-half year contract and the Blues are only prepared to offer an 18-month deal. Luis Enrique top of Chelsea’s list to replace ConteLuis Enrique Deportivo Alaves Barcelona Copa del Rey 05272017Luis Enrique is Chelsea’s top target to replace Antonio Conte, with the Italian set to leave the club, report the Mail on Sunday .Enrique left Barcelona in the summer, and his availability has seen him placed above the likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Diego Simeone in the club’s pecking order.It is understood that Conte is set to either resign or be sacked in the coming months, having clashed with the club’s players – notably Diego Costa – and hierarchy in recent months.Pep: Quadruple is too expensiveSergio Aguero Kevin De Bruyne David Silva Manchester CityManchester City can’t afford to buy 22 top players according to Pep Guardiola, who claims the club are limited in their spending.The City boss’ comments come after both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte said their clubs couldn’t compete with the money spent by Guardiola. Check out his response right here. Chelsea could pull the plug on Dzeko Dzeko Genoa RomaChelsea have made progress in talks over a transfer for Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, but will move on if a deal isn’t reached by the end of the weekend, reports The Telegraph . The Blues have agreed to a contract with Emerson but have yet to come to terms with Dzeko, whose demands are complicating the deal.If Chelsea fail to land Dzeko, they’ll move on to other striker targets like Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Stoke City’s Peter Crouch and Burnley’s Ashley Barnes.last_img read more

PMO seeks litigation withdrawal update from Tax department

first_imgNew Delhi: The PMO has sought an update from the CBDT about the number of appeals it has withdrawn from various courts after a direction was recently issued to enhance monetary limits for filling appeals in various legal forums in order to reduce litigation between the Income-Tax department and the taxpayers.The Prime Ministers Office (PMO) has sought data on withdrawal of cases and the cases identified for withdrawal till August 31, official sources told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’All the regional heads of the Income-Tax department have been asked to compile this data in a tabular format and send it to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) by September 5, they said. The entire exercise of withdrawal of cases, on the basis of an order issued on August 8 for enhancement of monetary limits for filing of appeals in tribunals (ITAT) and courts (HC and Supreme Court), is stipulated to be completed by October, they said. The CBDT frames policy for the I-T department. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe issue of litigation between the tax department and the taxpayers is being constantly monitored by the PMO as it is a special thrust area for the top office, the sources added. The monetary limit for filing an appeal before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) has now been increased to Rs 50 lakh from Rs 20 lakh earlier. In case of high courts, the limit has been doubled to Rs 1 crore and in case of Supreme Court, the revised limit for filing appeal has been increased from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore. “There is a substantial pendency of appeals of the Income-Tax department before various appellate fora. The CBDT is aware of the importance of litigation management and has been continuously working towards achieving the same,” the Board had said in a statement on August 8 while announcing the new limits. It had said the revised limits will help “to effectively reduce taxpayer grievances and litigation and help the department focus on litigation involving complex legal issues and high tax effect.” The latest move, it had said, will further reduce time, effort and resources presently deployed in litigation to focus on issues involving litigation of substantial value. These limits were last revised in July, 2018.last_img read more

Wilbert Keon trailblazing heart surgeon doctor and senator dies

first_imgOTTAWA — A world-renowned Canadian pioneer of heart surgery and former senator has died.Dr. Wilbert Keon founded the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and in 1986 performed Canada’s first artificial-heart implantation, which was revolutionary for the time.The institute says Keon died Sunday. He was 83.Keon was born in Sheenboro, Que., about two hours northwest of Ottawa, in 1935; he completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton University in the national capital, earned his MD from the University of Ottawa in 1961, studied experimental surgery at McGill University and trained at Harvard University.On May 1, 1986, Keon made medical history when he inserted the Jarvik-7 artificial heart into Noella Leclair, who had suffered her first heart attack the week before, during a three-and-a-half-hour operation.The artificial heart helped bridge Leclair, then 41, for a week until she received a human heart from a 44-year-old man who died in a car accident. She lived another 20 years.Keon performed more than 10,000 open-heart surgeries during a career that spanned more than three decades.In 2000, he was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting and resigned from the institute he’d founded in 1976. The public outcry in Ottawa was so vast — thousands of people sent letters and signed petitions supporting him — that the institute’s board rejected his resignation unanimously. He spent another four years leading the institute before stepping down to focus on practising medicine.In 1990, then prime minister Brian Mulroney appointed Keon to the Senate as a Conservative from Ontario. Keon and seven other senators gave Mulroney the numbers his government needed in the Senate to overcome a Liberal filibuster and push through the GST.He once jumped to the aid of a Liberal senator who had collapsed in his seat, raising fears he had suffered a heart attack.He retired from the Senate in 2010 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 and gave up practising medicine the same year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CANADIAN IDOL ICON JAKE GOLD TAKES YOU INSIDE HIS ARTSY TORONTO LOFT

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Jake Gold’s Loft – Photo by Joel Levy His gallery-inspired space is in Old Toronto, near the St. Lawrence Market.Jake Gold’s loft – Photo by Joel Levy“I wanted to live in an urban environment like I did in New York City in the late ’90s and early 2000s,” says Gold. “It’s a two storey hard loft, with 11” ceilings on the main floor and 12” ceilings upstairs, complete with a large terrace with great city views.”The style is mid-century modern mixed with eclectic art. I’ve had the pleasure of being friends with Gold for the past eight years and I’ve seen his collection of art and furniture evolve. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: If you’re Canadian, chances are you’re familiar with the name Jake Gold.Much of his career has centred on his passion for music. In his late twenties, he and his business partner heard about a small Kingston band called The Tragically Hip, liked their style and signed them, only to manage them for 18 years, with 12 JUNOs under the band’s belt. Currently, he’s the CEO of The Management Trust.Jake Gold’s loft – Photo by Joel LevyGold became a household name thanks to his stint as a judge on Canadian Idol, which he tells me was the #1 Canadian show of all time, in terms of ratings. The tennis lover and design enthusiast continues to travel all around the world for conferences, gigs and tennis, yet home is where he feels most at ease. Advertisementlast_img read more

UNbacked forum aims to spread technology knowhow in Africa

7 June 2007A United Nations-backed forum aiming to spread the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in West and Central Africa kicked off today in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The two-day meeting, called the ICT Best Practices Forum, was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Government of Burkina Faso, the African Development Bank and Microsoft. This forum is an element of the African Information Society Initiative, and will allow Governments, donors, institutions and other groups from the region to share their experiences. Government leaders, as well as representatives from international financial organizations, donors, academia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are expected to attend. According to a recent European Union meeting, if all of the innovations in ICT from all African countries were to be compiled in one country, it would be the 12th most technology advanced nation in the world. This finding highlights how African countries have much to learn from both each other and from nations worldwide. It is hoped that by providing an opportunity to exchange experiences and share successes, the high level of interest in technology in addressed development issues in African can be harnessed. The forum, which will be replicated in East and Southern Africa over a one-year period, also aims to enhance the effectiveness of Government institutions, as well as allow technology solutions to be diffused in the region. Microsoft, in concert with its partners, will create a ‘best practices’ website tailored to Africa to underscore issues discussed at the forums. read more

UN official calls for economic diversification for Asias landlocked developing countries

“Policies must maintain a competitive exchange rate, neutralizing tendencies towards appreciation and a stable macroeconomic environment with favourable credit conditions for the promotion of new economic activities,” said Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of ESCAP, during the launch of the Economic Diversification in Asian LLDCs: Prospects and Challenge report at the Second UN Conference on LLDCs, which wraps up today in Vienna, Austria.Ms. Akhtar underscored that ESCAP’s research revealed that the more diversified the economy, the higher it’s gross domestic product and the lower the competition it faces in global markets. Results in the new report show that diversification moves in short steps, rather than large jumps, and that diversification is a path-dependent process, so that what a country produces today influences what sectors can emerge or develop in the immediate future.“Some pathways can lead to new products, further diversification and improvement in a country’s productive capacity, whilst other paths spin off relatively fewer opportunities, providing less potential for economic growth and diversification,” she explained.Recognizing these challenges, ESCAP has mapped the diversification paths to support policymaking in promoting economic diversification, Ms. Akhtar said. In particular, ESCAP’s report shows policymakers how to identify paths to diversification, as well as offers a methodology for identifying diversification opportunities.Specifically, ESCAP’s analysis identifies the top export markets for potential new products from Asian LLDCs, along with new sectors to increase chances for success in diversification. Most product diversification opportunities for Asian LLDCs exist in five industries: base metals, chemicals, machinery and electrical equipment, plastic and rubber, and textiles, she noted.While trade links with Europe and North America remain very important, Dr. Akhtar emphasized that the Asia-Pacific region also offers about a quarter of the export opportunities for potential new products of these sectors.In terms of industrial policy, ESCAP recommends that new economic activities be promoted with the appropriate intervention, including industrial estates and economic zones. ESCAP also calls for Asian LLDCs to create a diversified, well-regulated and inclusive financial system that provides access to a variety of services and products in support of private investment for new economic activities.The Second UN Conference on LLDCs, which opened on 3 November, brings together business leaders, government officials from LLDCs and transit countries, development partners and senior officials from international organizations to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities faced by LLDCs and develop a new strategic framework for the next 10 years. read more

Motor Codes generates revenue boost for independent garages

Motor Codes, the Trading Standards Institute-approved garage scheme, generates an additional £6 million of revenue each year for independent garages, based on data recorded in the first half of 2013.The code’s business generation figures, which are calculated by monitoring the calls made by visitors to its garage profile pages, show that servicing revenue equates to approximately £3,000 per garage per year.Unipart Automotive, the largest independent group subscriber, was found to be the largest beneficiary, with more than £1 million of its revenue attributable to Motor Codes referrals in the first half of 2013.With 580 garages, Unipart Car Care Centres make up 7.5% of Motor Codes subscribers and receives 10% of all calls Motor Codes generates.Stuart Sims, Unipart general manager – marketing, planning and promotions, said, “Unipart recognises the importance of online ratings and was an early user of the Motor Codes system, directing customers to rate their service via motorcodes.co.uk. There are over 11,500 customer returns for Unipart Car Care Centres and the overall satisfaction rating is a staggering 99%. This is powerful marketing when you consider that potential customers searching the Motor Codes garage finder may be undecided about where to take their car.”On average, during January to June, Car Care Centres received around 900 calls via the Motor Codes garage finder, equating to servicing revenue of around £3,500 per garage per year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Potential increased coal recovery from technology that addresses economic and environmental waste

first_imgA $13 million cooperative effort with America’s Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) over the past seven years has resulted in the successful demonstration of a novel technology that addresses a problem plaguing coal operators and environmentalists alike: separating fine coal particles from water and their ultimate use as a significant energy resource.   Researchers at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg have developed and patented an advanced technology called a hyperbaric centrifuge that can successfully remove water from very fine coal slurries. During recent prototype tests at Arch Coal’s Cardinal plant in Logan County, West Virginia, the technology reduced the moisture to a level that the waste coal can now be marketed commercially. The result is significant in that coal producers each year discard large amounts of moisture-laden coal fines that can potentially be salvaged for energy use while simultaneously cleaning up the environment. “We are heartened by the success of Virginia Tech’s technology because it represents a major step forward in clean coal separation technology while addressing environmental concerns associated with waste coal impoundments,” said Dr. Victor K. Der, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy.  “The continued success and application of this technology holds promise for converting millions of tonness of ‘lost’ energy into a valuable resource for the US energy consumer.” Virginia Tech received the award from NETL as part of the Office of Fossil Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuels program. Virginia Tech used the grant to develop the prototype centrifuge, evaluate its operation and design, and demonstrate it at coal-cleaning plants in Virginia, Alabama, and West Virginia. Several other technologies were also developed as part of the $13 million cooperative research effort. Virginia Tech’s Center for Advanced Separation Technologies (CAST) tested the centrifuge at three operating plants, including the most recent test at the Arch Coal plant, where waste coal slurry went through the centrifuge at a rate of 30 gallons per minute and was dewatered to 13-19% moisture with coal recovery greater than 97%. Virginia Tech, in conjunction with West Virginia University, formed CAST in 2001 under the sponsorship of NETL to develop advanced separation technologies. The prototype unit tested at the Cardinal plant was constructed by Decanter Machine as part of a license agreement with Virginia Tech. Based on the successful test result, the company is currently building a full-size commercial unit with a capacity of 600 gallons/minute. Virginia Tech holds a US patent on the technology, as well as international patents in seven countries. Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon, the lead developer of the technology at Virginia Tech, explains that the centrifuge applies a combination of air pressure and centrifugal force to successfully reduce significant levels of moisture in fine coal. He said that the idea came from basic research. The success of the hyperbaric centrifuge is significant in the overall scheme of clean coal research in that the high moisture content of fine coal waste forces coal producers to discard the waste in storage areas called waste impoundments. Estimates indicate that these impoundments nationwide hold about 2,000 Mt of fine coal in abandoned ponds and an additional 500 to 800 Mt in active ponds. Technology that can recover these wastes would produce valuable resources to energy supplies. Removing moisture from very fine coal particles left over from the coal preparation process has been difficult in the past. Conventional methods such as thermal dryers or mechanical dewatering have either been too costly or have been unable to dewater ultrafine coal particles (0.1 mm or less). The hyperbaric centrifuge has successfully addressed those issues. Virginia Tech researchers explain that the centrifuge, when combined with another Virginia Tech-developed clean coal technology called Microcel, can remove both ash and water from the fine coal discarded at impoundments. These technologies will not only help coal producers minimise waste generation, but will also create small businesses recovering coal from existing waste impoundments.last_img read more

Pop quiz hotshot The most violent games of all time

first_imgFor better or worse, videogames are a violent medium. Sure, games like Flower offer splendid experiences and delightful visuals but the big sellers–Call of Duty, Halo, Left 4 Dead, and so on–are almost all violent. This isn’t something we at Geek.com necessarily embrace or decry, it’s just how things are. When the buying public wants something different, say putting garlands of around the necks of sparkling unicorns which you then ride to a magic castle by the sea overlooking Lollipop Island, that’s just what they’ll get.Our sister publication, PC Mag, just put up a slideshow covering the most violent games of all time. They didn’t use any statistical analysis about liters of gore spilled, dimemberments per second, or even total body count, but they hit on the high points from 1992 up until 2010. Some of the picks were obvious, like Mortal Kombat and Postal, but some were a bit more surprising.The list isn’t exhaustive though, so after you give it a once-over, leave a suggestion below that you think should have made it.I’ll kick things off: NARC. This was a game that came out in 1988 and about the war on drugs, with the emphasis on war. You played as a cop named “Hit Man” who could arrest or mow down you enemies. Except your enemies were junkies who shot syringes at you while you tried to shoot them with your machine gun or, if things got tough, a rocket launcher. So as gory as some of today’s games might be, NARC had an unabashed violence that really took things to another level, way past something like Bulletstorm.last_img read more

The Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is Coming to IMAX

first_imgStay on target It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve watched the blu-rays, there’s nothing like seeing a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie on the big screen. These movies are huge, and they deserve a treatment you just can’t get at home. If you’ve been wanting to see the entire MCU in theaters again, Labor Day week will be your best chance. Disney and IMAX announced today that IMAX theaters will be showing the entire MCU to celebrate the franchise’s 10th anniversary.  Every single movie will be shown in that huge format, and yes, that includes The Incredible Hulk. IMAX put out a trailer featuring the cast and crew of the MCU, and this whole thing sounds like so much fun. Mashable got the exclusive on the video below.Yeah, I know where I’ll be spending the first week of September. The festival kicks off August 30, when IMAX theaters will show all 20 MCU films in order over five days. (That’s a lot more manageable than the two-day overnight marathons most theaters have tried.) The next two days will feature shorter marathons of films organized around a theme. You’ll be able to watch all the origin movies, for example, or all the team-ups. The whole thing ends on September 6, when only two films will be shown, voted on by fans.This is an incredibly cool way to celebrate 10 years of this crazy successful comic book movie experiment. It’ll be especially cool to see those early films again blown up to IMAX proportions. Tickets are on sale at IMAX’s site. You buy each movie individually, which makes sense. 20 films is a lot for a single ticket. Besides, this way you can skip the ones you don’t like as much. *cough*Iron Man 2*cough*Seriously though, this is super cool, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see fans picking a chair and parking in it for the entire week. And four films per day is totally doable. Get your tickets now though. We know how Marvel movies tend to sell out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News last_img read more

Motorist denies guilt in fatal 1car crash

first_imgA motorist pleaded not guilty Friday to driving drunk and causing a crash in Battle Ground that killed his passenger.Serengaw Ham, 28, of Portland was arraigned on a charge of vehicular homicide and driving while suspended. Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke set trial for July 2.Ham reportedly caused the crash that killed Arnoux Benjamin, 18, of Portland.According to paperwork filed with the court, deputies responded to the crash about 11:20 p.m. April 24 at the 20700 block of Northeast Risto Road. They found a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria had hit a tree on the south side of the road. Benjamin died at the scene.A drug recognition expert evaluated Ham at the hospital, where he was being treated, and “determined that Ham was under the influence of alcohol and also, possibly, marijuana,” according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu.A sheriff’s deputy also found an opened 12-pack box of Budweiser beer behind the driver’s seat, according to Vu’s affidavit.Ham is being held in the Clark County Jail.At his first appearance, prosecutors said the defendant had two previous unconfirmed DUIs from Oregon over the past three years and several other previous violations.The penalties for DUI vehicular homicide are 6.5 to 8.5 years in prison for a first-time offender.last_img read more

The race for US Senate Margaret Stock

first_imgMargaret Stock is running as an Independent for U.S. Senate. The first time candidate says she will promote a strong national defense and support military veterans. She’s also pro-choice. She is the first in a series of candidates we’ll feature on TOA over the next few weeks.Margaret Stock is running for U.S. Senate as an independent.(Campaign file photo)Listen Now HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Margaret Stock – Independent candidate for U.S. SenateStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

7murder PPs daughter fed poisonous sweet forcibly

first_imgPublic Prosecutor Wazed Ali. File PhotoThe daughter of the public prosecutor of sensational 7-murder case in Narayanganj was allegedly fed poison-mixed sweets forcibly on Wednesday.The prosecutor, Wazed Ali, alleged that his daughter was fed the poison-mixed sweets in front of a coaching centre near Narayanganj Club in the city.Prosecutor’s daughter Maisha Wazed Prapti, an A-lelvel student, was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) since she had fallen sick shortly after the force-feeding.“As soon as Maisha came downstairs of the four-storey coaching centre building near our house after completing her coaching class for the day, three men encircled her and offered her sweets saying, ‘take this as your father has done a good job in the 7-murder case,” alleged Wazed Ali while talking to Prothom Alo.“Maisha said to them, ‘uncle, I don’t take foods except those of homemade’. Then, the three men forcibly fed her something poisonous and fled the scene quickly. She then made a phone call to me,” he added.The public prosecutor further said he took his daughter to DMCH as soon as she fell sick after the incident.Physicians have cleared Maisha’s stomach.Additional superintendent of Narayanganj police Mostafizur Rahman said they have heard about the allegation.Three days after their abduction, the bodies of six, including Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul and lawyer Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakhya River on 30 April in 2014.The following day, the body of Nazrul’s car driver Jahangir was also recovered from the river.On 28 April 2014, a case was filed over kidnapping Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver.On 11 May 2014, another case was filed over killing lawyer Chandan Kumar Sarkar and his driver.Later, on 16 January in 2017, a Narayanganj court awarded 26 accused, including chief accused Nur Hossain and sacked RAB officer Tarek Sayeed, death penalty in the much-talked about 7-murder case.On 22 August, the High Court upheld the death penalty for 15 out of 26 death-row convicts, commuting penalty for 11 others to life-term in jail in the case.Wazed Ali was the prosecutor in the two cases filed over the incident.last_img read more

SDCC Announcement Hey Arnold The Jungle Movie Clip Renews Our Love of

first_imgStay on target After more than a decade, Hey ArnoldI is finally getting its long-awaited Jungle Movie conclusion. Today at San Diego Comic Con, Nickelodeon showed off some footage from the upcoming continuation. The characters look a little different, and the voices aren’t quite the same (as the original actors are now adults), but everything about it feels like Hey Arnold! The clip recaps all the nice things Arnold did for people over the course of the series. It’s funny, it’s touching, and it has everything you remember from the series. It’s like Hey Arnold! never left.The new animation style looks great. It’s slightly more three-dimensional than the old show was, but still, retains its hand-drawn charm. It’s also different from the watercolor style featured in the theatrically released Hey Arnold!: The Movie. Even with the new style, hair and outfits, the kids are still instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up with the show.After the video runs down some of Arnold’s best moments from the original series, the intent becomes clear. The neighborhood is trying to win him a trip to San Lorenzo so he can find his parents. When the series ended, the plan was to wrap up the final episode’s cliffhanger with The Jungle Movie. Due to a dispute between Nickelodeon and creator Craig Bartlett, it never ended up happening. Arnold found a map in his parents’ old journal… and that was it. Since then, Bartlett has returned to Nickelodeon, and Hey Arnold!’s long-awaited conclusion will air this November. Judging by the clip they showed at SDCC, they’ve nailed the feel of one of Nickelodeon’s best cartoons.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life last_img read more

Regioselective hydroarylation of alkynes to make ortho para and meta products

first_imgStrategies for catalytic alkyne hydroarylation and the resulting regiochemistry. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2602 Innovative molecule helps palladium catalyst create complex compounds (Phys.org)—One chemically relevant reaction is alkyne hydroarylation, or the addition of an alkyne to an arene to form aryl-substituted arenes. However, most routes for this reaction end up with a mixture of ortho- and para-substituted products. © 2016 Phys.org 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. One solution to this problem is to use a metal catalyst that would coordinate to a substituent on an arene and direct ortho substitution, a process known as chelation-assisted alkyne hydroarylation. This has been done with carboxyl groups. The limitation to this approach is that the subsequent decarboxylation step requires an ortho substituent on the carboxylated arene, thus limiting the range of products available through this method. Additionally, the reaction tends to require harsh conditions further limiting substituent options.Groups from North Dakota State University and the University of California at Berkeley have devised a catalyst to exact a tandem reaction in which benzoic acid, as their model arene, is used to promote metal-mediated ortho-directing alkyne hydroarylation and subsequent decarboxylation. The carboxyl group is eliminated in situ using the alkene substituent as an activator for metal-mediated carboxyl removal. This reaction worked with various substituents on the benzoic acid, yielding regioselective ortho-, para-, and meta-products. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry.The first step was to design a catalyst that would promote both the alkyne hydroarylation reaction and the subsequent carboxyl removal. They used benzoic acid and diphenylacetylene as their model reaction and tested several ruthenium(II)-based catalysts as ruthenium(II) is known to promote chelation-assisted carbon-hydrogen bond formation. They also explored other factors such as solvent, temperature, and salt additives to optimize the reaction yield. They eventually landed on Ru(p-cymene)(OAc)2 (10 mol%) as their catalyst, a reaction temperature of 80oC (although this was adjusted for some of the other reactions), and 2:2:1 dioxane/mesitylene/heptane as their solvent.Zhang, et al. then looked at various commercially available substituted benzoic acids. They report that all of the alkyne hydroarylation reactions using their catalyst and reaction conditions had high stereoselectivity for syn-hydroarylation. They also observed the regioselectivity on the benzene ring that they had hoped would occur if their reaction proceeded with the tandem ortho C-H alkenylation and subsequent decarboxylation.They observed high yields of the meta-substituted alkenylarenes when conducting their metal-mediated alkyne hydroarylation reaction on a benzoic acid with a strong electron donating groups at the para position. Notably, they observed lower reactivity with electron withdrawing groups in the para position.Ortho-substituted benzoic acids led almost exclusively to meta-substituted alkenylarenes. Importantly, this supports the fact that their decarboxylation pathway proceeds by coordinating to the alkene rather than because of steric properties.Zhang, et al. were also able to make regioselective products from meta-substituted benzoic acids. Typically these produce a mixture of ortho- and para-products. In order to obtain exclusively para-products, they had to use sterically hindered meta-substituents. And, finally they tested several alkynes with 4-methoxybenzoic acid, to determine the versatility of their method. They did not obtain coupled products when testing their catalyst and reaction conditions with terminal alkynes. Unsymmetrical aryl alkynes yielded one product, demonstrating the reaction’s regioselectivity for the substitution reaction. Alkynes with simple alkyl substituents required a copper additive to obtain good yields and retrieve the catalyst. Overall, these results allowed Zhang, et al. to determine that the mechanism for their alkyne hydroarylation reaction was a tandem reaction that involved the metal-coordinated addition of an alkyne group and subsequent decarboxylation of the benzoic acid derivative that was promoted by the alkene substituent. This catalyst opens the possibilities for the synthesis of a variety of aryl alkenes using commercially available benzoic acid derivatives.center_img Citation: Regioselective hydroarylation of alkynes to make ortho-, para-, and meta- products (2016, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-regioselective-hydroarylation-alkynes-ortho-para-.html Explore further Journal information: Nature Chemistry More information: Jing Zhang et al. A decarboxylative approach for regioselective hydroarylation of alkynes, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2602AbstractRegioselective activation of aromatic C–H bonds is a long-standing challenge for arene functionalization reactions such as the hydroarylation of alkynes. One possible solution is to employ a removable directing group that activates one of several aromatic C–H bonds. Here we report a new catalytic method for regioselective alkyne hydroarylation with benzoic acid derivatives during which the carboxylate functionality directs the alkyne to the ortho-C–H bond with elimination in situ to form a vinylarene product. The decarboxylation stage of this tandem sequence is envisioned to proceed with the assistance of an ortho-alkenyl moiety, which is formed by the initial alkyne coupling. This ruthenium-catalysed decarboxylative alkyne hydroarylation eliminates the common need for pre-existing ortho-substitution on benzoic acids for substrate activation, proceeds under redox-neutral and relatively mild conditions, and tolerates a broad range of synthetically useful aromatic functionality. Thus, it significantly increases the synthetic utility of benzoic acids as easily accessible aromatic building blocks.last_img read more