50 New Portable Childcare Spaces for Nova Scotians

first_imgCOMMUNITY SERVICES–50 New, Portable Child-care Spaces for NovaScotians More Nova Scotians will have access to help with their child-carecosts thanks to 50 new, subsidized child-care spaces announcedtoday, Oct. 28, by Community Services Minister David Morse. The minister made the announcement at the Nova Scotia CommunityCollege, Akerley Campus Child Care Centre, a centre for students,staff and community members that was recently enhanced withsupport from the Early Childhood Development Initiative(ECDI). “Quality child care is an essential part of Nova Scotia’s EarlyChildhood Development Initiative,” said Mr. Morse. “These 50 new,portable, child-care spaces, combined with the ECDI’s otherbeneficial and important programs, such as child-care resourceand referral centres, were created to enhance the support forfamilies across the province.” A portable space means a family can choose to use any licensedchild-care centre that provides full-day services. Parents cantake the subsidy with them if they move to another area of theprovince. These spaces are designated for children up to 12 yearsof age and are being distributed in areas across the province.There are now more than 2,700 subsidized spaces in Nova Scotia. “Through the Early Childhood Development Initiative, we arefocusing on family and parenting supports, healthy pregnancies,births and infancy, and enhanced learning and care for childrenso we can enrich opportunities for healthy development,” said theminister. “We, at St. Joseph’s College of Early Childhood Education, aredelighted to hear about the new subsidy spaces being madeavailable for the children of Nova Scotia,” said Jane Cawley,executive director, St. Joseph’s College of Early ChildhoodEducation. “This is a positive step towards the goal of providingquality child care to all families who need it.” The Early Childhood Development Initiative is a jointly fundedprogram that was developed through the federal-provincial-territorial Agreement on Early Childhood Development. InSeptember 2000, the federal, provincial and territorialgovernments committed to improve and expand early childhooddevelopment supports and services. The province of Nova Scotiahas already invested more than $12 million in the Early ChildhoodDevelopment Initiative.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Teenagers Invited to PARTY

first_imgNova Scotia teens will be among the first in the country to use a new, interactive version of a program that takes them on a life-like journey designed to reduce alcohol-related injuries. The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) educates students about the health-related consequences of injury. Created in 1986 by emergency department nurse Joanne Banfield from Toronto’s Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Science Centre, the program is now up and running in more than 70 sites across Canada, the United States and Australia. Through the P.A.R.T.Y. program, students follow the path of a trauma patient through the health-care system, seeing firsthand the impact of an injury. Presentations are made by health-care workers and police, and visits are made to various parts of affiliated hospitals. The new, updated version of P.A.R.T.Y. uses a DVD, interactive exercises and two trained facilitators to deliver the injury prevention message. “The conventional form of P.A.R.T.Y. has been an outstanding resource for those cities and towns that have the people and facilities to support the initiative, but many areas needed some assistance, and this new version of P.A.R.T.Y. is the answer,” Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald said today, Nov. 8. “The new version is easier to stage, is available in French and English, and will allow many more teenagers to participate in a worthwhile injury prevention experience.” The new version of P.A.R.T.Y. will be piloted across Atlantic Canada this school year. The DVD portion of P.A.R.T.Y. provides teenagers with a realistic and sometimes explicit journey from the scene of a mock car crash, through the emergency department and intensive care unit, and into rehabilitation. The DVD ends with a series of testimonials from injury survivors and people affected by injury. The crew from CBC TV’s Street Cents produced the DVD last spring. The interactive exercises have been designed to get teenagers thinking and talking about injury, and was developed by faculty and students from the Dalhousie University School of Health and Human Performance. Dalhousie will also be conducting an evaluation of P.A.R.T.Y. The facilitators include paramedics, nurses, doctors, medical students, health promotion students, nursing students, RCMP and municipal police, firefighters, and others with an interest in injury prevention. “I’m very pleased that the resource developed almost 20 years ago at Sunnybrook and Women’s College continues to evolve and adapt to benefit our youth,” said Ms. Banfield. “Injury is the leading cause of death and disability for teenagers in Canada, and this new way of delivering P.A.R.T.Y. will bring a worthwhile and effective initiative to thousands more young people.” The Nova Scotia Department of Education has endorsed P.A.R.T.Y. as a resource for its high school career and life management curriculum. Major support and funding for P.A.R.T.Y. has come from Nova Scotia Health Promotion, the CBC, Emergency Health Services, the Be Smart Be Safe campaign from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Nova Scotia’s Road Safety Advisory Committee, the Nova Scotia Office of Acadian Affairs, the Department of Education, the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, Emergency Medical Care, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, the RCMP and Dalhousie University and Canadian Heritage.last_img read more

Usher Hosts 2013 Presidents Circle Awards Luncheon

first_imgUsher Raymond IV and Usher’s New Look Foundation last week recognized and honored four individuals at the 2013 President’s Circle Awards Luncheon.Usher at the 2013 President’s Circle Awards LuncheonHonorees included: Actor and New Look Youth Ambassador Nadji Jeter; Collective Soul’s Ed Roland; Lisa Borders of the Coca-Cola Foundation; and Julie Miller, Accenture Managing Director. Jeff Dauler emceed the event. Additional guests in attendance included: Dean Roland, Will Turpin and Joel Kosche of Collective Soul; Matt Ryan, quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons; First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal, and Michelle Chamuel, Usher’s runner-up contestant from “The Voice.”The New Look youth choir performed alongside Ed Roland, singing a rendition of his hit “The World I Know;” New Look alum Georganna ‘DJ Ace Star’ DJed the event, New Look youth alum Tommy Springer Jr. photographed the event and New Look alum James Harris, who is now the Atlanta program coordinator, spoke.Usher’s New Look, the non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV committed to building future leaders, hosted the President’s Circle Awards Luncheon. The Luncheon theme, “Honoring Leadership and Service Through Collaboration,” presented an opportunity for influencers, opinion makers and New Look’s supporters to come together and recognize four powerful leaders, all of whom value the importance of empowering youth as leaders and change agentsaround the world.Mary Brock, Owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and John Brock, President & CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises Chaired the event. Usher Raymond IV, Shawn Wilson, president of Usher’s New Look and New Look’s President’s Circle Members and Advisory Council hosted. The President’s Circle Awards Luncheon was made possible by Ford Motor Company.For more information about Usher’s New Look, please visit www.ushersnewlook.org.last_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks closed higher Thursday as investors grew cautiously optimistic the U.S. and China can make progress in upcoming trade talks.Technology, financial and consumer-focused stocks helped power the modest rally, which extended the market’s solid gains from the day before despite losing some momentum in the final hour of trading. Bond yields rose, oil prices fell.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index rose 8.64 points, or 0.3%, to 3,009.57.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 45.41 points, or 0.2%, to 27,182.45.The Nasdaq added 24.79 points, or 0.3%, to 8,194.47.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks gave up 0.65 points, or less than 0.1%, to 1,575.07.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 30.86 points, or 1%.The Dow is up 384.99 points, or 1.4%.The Nasdaq is up 91.39 points, or 1.1%.The Russell 2000 is up 69.90 points, or 4.6%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 502.72 points, or 20.1%.The Dow is up 3,854.99 points, or 16.5%.The Nasdaq is up 1,559.19 points, or 23.5%.The Russell 2000 is up 226.51 points, or 16.8%.The Associated Press read more

Stranger enters elders home

A concerned citizen contacted police on March 25 after witnessing an unknown man enter their elderly neighbour`s home on Highway 3 in Dunnville.Police say the stranger asked the resident if he would like to have his driveway repaired, and the resident let the unknown man into his house.The neighbour went to check what was happening and saw the unknown leaving a room inside the house, and then leave in his vehicle.The OPP investigation determined that no theft occurred. The police are still reminding the public to use extreme caution when allowing unknown persons into their home.

Windows iPads and more this week as tech companies unveil holiday products

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Windows, iPads and more this week as tech companies unveil holiday products NEW YORK, N.Y. – As the holiday-shopping season approaches, Microsoft and Apple have scheduled major events this week to unveil new gadgets and software.The Microsoft event Thursday will focus on Windows 8, a major update to its lucrative operating system. The new software will go on sale Friday, and PC manufacturers have a slew of desktops, laptops and tablet computers designed for it.Apple, meanwhile, is expected to unveil a smaller iPad at an event in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday. It comes just weeks after the launch of a new iPhone.These are some of the gadgets to expect for the holidays:— APPLE DEVICES:Apple has done well selling its full-sized tablet computer, which has a screen that measures nearly 10 inches diagonally. But companies such as Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. have made in-roads selling tablets with smaller, 7-inch screens and lower price tags.Apple isn’t commenting on its plans. Tech bloggers and analysts expect that an “iPad Mini” — the name isn’t confirmed — will have a 7.85-inch screen. Estimates on prices vary.Last month, Apple began selling its iPhone 5. The new phone is bigger, but thinner than previous models and works with faster cellular networks known as 4G.Apple also updated its phone software and replaced Google Inc.’s mapping service for its own. Apple’s maps app has been derided for inaccuracies and lack of features, prompting CEO Tim Cook to apologize.Apple’s leading rival, Samsung Electronics Co., came out with a new version of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, months ago. But Samsung is known for releasing products throughout the year, each targeted at a different base of consumers. For those who like to work with a stylus, the Galaxy Note II smartphone is coming soon.— TABLET RIVALSAmazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire is one of the smaller tablets with decent sales. Last month, it started shipping an updated version with a faster processor, more memory and longer battery life. It also cut the price to $159, from $199, making it far cheaper than the iPad, which starts at $399.Amazon is also releasing higher-end models under the Kindle Fire HD line. A 7-inch one goes for $199 and an 8.9-inch one for $299. There’s also a $499 model that can use the 4G cellular networks that phone companies have been building. A data plan will cost an extra $50 a year. The smaller HD model is already available, while the larger ones will be available Nov. 20.Barnes and Noble Inc. is also updating its Nook tablets. The new Nook HD will come in two sizes, one at 7 inches (starting at $199) and one at 9 inches (starting at $269). They will be out Nov. 1.In addition to the new HD screen and a lighter body, Barnes & Noble is increasing the services the Nook offers. It’s adding a video purchase and rental service, allowing users to maintain different profiles and making it easier to browse titles in its book and magazine stores.Google has an event in New York next week. All the company is saying is that it has to do with its Android operating system for mobile devices. Google started selling the Nexus 7 over the summer and could use the event to announce an update.Toys R Us, meanwhile, is making a 7-inch tablet aimed at children. The Tabeo went on sale this week for $149.99.— CALLING ON WINDOWSMicrosoft Corp. will release a new version of the Windows operating system on Friday, one that’s designed to work on both traditional computers and tablet devices.Several PC manufacturers including Lenovo Group Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Co., Samsung Electronics Co. and Dell Inc. already have announced details about new desktops, laptops and tablet computers.Microsoft plans its own tablet computer, too. It’s new territory for Microsoft, which typically leaves it to others to make devices using its software. Now, it will be competing against its partners.The Surface tablet will come in two versions, both with 10.6-inch screens, slightly larger than the iPad’s.One model will run on the same type of lower-energy chips used in the iPad. It will start at $499, also like the newest, full-sized iPads. A keyboard cover will cost another $100. That will go on sale Friday.A heavier, more expensive version will run on Intel chips and be capable of running standard Windows applications. Microsoft hasn’t announced the date or price for that yet.A new version of the Windows Phone system is coming out this fall as well. Once-dominant phone maker Nokia Corp. has been struggling in the shadow of Apple and Android, and it’s counting on the new Windows system for a revival. Nokia and Microsoft have unveiled two new devices, but few details are available on when and where they would go on sale.— NEW BLACKBERRYSA year ago, Research In Motion Ltd. disclosed that it was working on a next-generation phone system for the BlackBerry, which now looks ancient next to the iPhone and Android devices. It was supposed to be out in time for this year’s holiday season. That won’t happen.In June, RIM pushed the release of BlackBerry 10 devices into early next year, saying it wasn’t ready. That means RIM will not only compete with the new iPhone and Android devices out this fall, but it will also have to contend with the new Windows devices.— PLAYING GAMESNintendo’s new Wii U game machine will go on sale in the U.S. on Nov. 18. A basic, white model will cost $300. A deluxe black version for another $50 comes with an extra game and more accessories. The GamePad touch-screen controller for it will offer new ways to play.In “New Super Mario Bros. U.,” for example, players holding the old Wii controllers control Mario, Luigi and other characters. The person with the GamePad can help them along by using a stylus to create stepping stones for the characters or stun enemies.Players can also turn off the TV entirely and play on the GamePad.Nintendo Co. has been trying to drum up excitement for the Wii U, the first major gaming console to launch since 2006.The company also announced new entertainment features for the console. Called Nintendo TVii, the service collects all the ways users have to watch movies, TV shows and sports. This includes pay-TV accounts along with services such as Hulu and Netflix. The GamePad works as a fancy remote controller and will let viewers comment on what they are watching.TVii will be available Nov. 18 as well, at no extra cost. by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:29 am MDT read more

Women EHF CL Tight win for Oltchim in Germany

Oltchim ValceaRomania handball Women’s EHF Champions League begins with an away win of the clear favorite, Oltchim Valcea over German Buxtehude 24:20 (13:11). Winner was decided in the last three minutes, when experienced Romanian team made 4:0 series for the two important points at the beginning of European season.* C.S. Oltchim Rm.Valcea :– Talida Tolnai 14 saves– Oana Chirila 11– Oana Manea 3– Patricia Vizitiu 3– Yeliz Ozel 3– Marija Jovanovic 2– Iulia Managarova 1– Ionela Stanca 1* Buxtehuder S.V. :– Krause 21 saves– Techert 4– Lamein 3– Bulau 3– Melbeck 3– Klein 2– Langkeit 2– Stapenfeldt 2– Lutz 1 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL begins – Andrea Lekic about Györ, Serbia, herself… Next Story → Champions League: Favorites win!

Victim of Tipperary shooting named as Shane Rossiter

first_imgTHE VICTIM OF a fatal shooting in Co Tipperary has been named as 30-year-old Shane Rossiter.Gardaí have confirmed that the shooting happened at around 6.45am in the Tipperary village of Golden on Wednesday.He was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel where he was later pronounced dead.A post-mortem examination has been concluded but Gardaí the results are not being disclosed for “operational reasons”.No arrests have been made at this stage.Investigations are ongoing.An appeal has been issued for anyone with any information about the incident to contact Gardaí at Tipperary Town on 062 80670, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Man dead after shooting in Tipperary village>last_img

American confesses to murder as he is executed

first_imgAN AMERICAN MAN confessed to a murder he had long denied as he was put to death last night in Florida by lethal injection.William Happ, 51, had spent 24 years on death row in connection with the death of a young woman named Angela ‘Angie’ Crowley in 1986.The state corrections system used a new lethal chemical for the first time, and the execution reportedly did not go smoothly.Florida news reports said Happ took more than 15 minutes to die, as his body repeatedly made convulsive movements.He was pronounced dead at 6:16 pm (20:16 GMT), said Misty Cash, a spokeswoman for the state prison system.FootprintHapp, who had drug and alcohol problems, met Crowley in a parking lot. The woman was strangled and raped, and her body found in a canal.He was initially arrested for an unrelated crime, and the murder probe led to him because of a footprint of his that was found by investigators.In a statement expressing his last words as he lay on the table where he was ultimately executed, Happ confessed. He had written:For 27 years, the horrible murder of Angela Crowley has been clouded by circumstantial evidence and uncertainty. For the sake of her family, loved ones and all concerned, it is to my agonising shame that I must confess to this terrible crime.He added: “I wish to offer my most sincere and heartfelt apologies not only to those concerned for Angela Crowley but also to those I deceived and allowed to believe in my innocence”.It was the 80th execution in Florida since capital punishment was reinstated in the United States in 1976. It was the 31st this year in the country.As stocks of the usual lethal injection drug dwindle, most US states that carry out executions are turning to new drugs. This is sparking lawsuits from death row prisoners that the changes will cause undue suffering.Such is the case of another death row inmate in Florida who is scheduled to be put to death in November.- © AFP, 2013Mentally disabled inmate on death row gets stay of execution in US>Column: Ending the death penalty – a view from Texas>last_img read more

Poll Should chocolate brands be allowed sponsor sports organisations

first_imgSPORTS ORGANISATIONS TEND to team up with all types of companies for sponsorship, but now the GAA will have a specially-branded chocolate bar in its honour.The limited edition Cadbury’s Moro bar will include the message ‘Boost your passion for the GAA’, the Sunday Times reports.There will be activity prizes on offer on the wrapper of the bar.The company says that it is not telling people to “go out and eat 10 bars of this stuff a day” but the Royal College of Physicians’ policy group on obesity is worried it will encourage children to eat more chocolate.What do you think: Should sports organisations be sponsored by chocolate brands? It depends on the brand/organisation (306) YesNoIt depends on the brand/organisationVote No (522)center_img Yes (2295) Poll Results:last_img read more

Clayton campaign to clear the air

first_imgA show of people-power led by the Toxic Odour Action Group (TOAG) may mean residents of the Melbourne suburb of Clayton will be able to breathe more easily, following improvements to landfill sites by one of the main waste management operators in the area. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) held a meeting last week with hundreds of residents from Clayton, Clarinda and Dingley Village, to discuss progress on finding solutions for the continuing problem of the appalling and allegedly toxic odours caused by nearby landfill sites. At the meeting, residents heard from the EPA, the City of Kingston and landfill operators about what action is being and will be taken to reduce the odours that for months have blighted the lives of people living close to waste management sites. Last month, state member for Clayton Hong Lim MP in a speech to the Victorian Parliament, asked the Victorian Government’s Minister for Environment and Climate to direct the EPA to revoke the licences of landfill operators operating in the affected area. Representatives of Transpacific Industries Group (TPI), who have two active landfill sites in the area, flew from Brisbane to attend last week’s community forum. Bill Pontikis, founder of the Toxic Odour Action Group, who have campaigned for action on behalf of the communities involved, told Neos Kosmos that residents continue to be affected by the problem, but were relieved to hear that progress is being made, and that one operator at least, had begun putting in place solutions. “Other operators haven’t yet put down strategic plans. Now we’re going to sit down with them to resolve the problems. It’s going to need a combined effort by all the operators – to do the right thing.” Other operators include the Green Waste processing company Enviromix, and Clayton Regional Tip, which is operated by five local councils. TPI recently appointed Community Liaison Officer Olga Ghiri to lead consultations between the company and communities that live near the landfill sites. Ghiri says that Transpacific is pulling out all the stops to minimise the problem for the landfill sites which they operate. “We’re doing a range of remediation work, putting extra technical infrastructure in place, we monitor and investigate complaints,” but admits that a holistic approach, embraced by all the operators involved, is the way forward for creating a lasting solutions. It could be proven scientifically that we’re not the source of the problem. “At the end of the day, if the other industry bodies in the area aren’t doing their bit, then residents may not notice a reduction in the odours.” Ghiri added that TPI had begun instigating meetings with other operators to encourage a united approach. An Open Day will take place on Saturday 30 July between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm at TPI’s new Community Information Centre on Victory Road, Clarinda, to give local people a chance to find out more about how TPI manages their sites and the steps being taken to tackle odour problems. Site tours will also be available. For those wishing to undertake a site tour call (03) 9552 1716 or email olga.ghiri@transpac.com.au. TPI has established a 24/7 hotline for anyone who wishes to raise issues with the company on 1800 213753. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

El Dorados Aida Rosa Capó honored with Miami street naming

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade County honored a South Florida family known for founding the El Dorado furniture store.Aida Rosa Capó, the matriarch of the family that founded El Dorado, was honored by the county, as it named a South Florida intersection after her.The intersection of 72nd Avenue and 12th Street in Miami is now officially named Aida Rosa Capó Way.Her family was grateful for the touching tribute, Tuesday.“She’d make sure we’re always united as a family, make sure everything we did as a business was always family-oriented,” said Robert Capó, the chief marketing officer of El Dorado. “Really, that’s just an honor for us, to have her name today on 12th Street and 72nd Avenue — right here, where our store is at, so we’re really blessed.”The furniture store was named after a small sailboat that the Capó family boarded back in the ’60s to flee from Cuba.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Entrepreneur Latest to Launch Social Network

first_imgJust last week, Wired magazine announced the launch of Wired Biz, a niche social networking site for entrepreneurs and business owners. The site, Wired says, gives small business owners a platform for information sharing and “encourages collaborative problem solving.”In March, BusinessWeek partnered with LinkedIn to create a social network. In February, Fast Company announced the launch of a social networking platform it said was the first to blend journalism with online community.The Irvine, California-based publisher of Entrepreneur magazine went on the block this spring with an asking price of $200 million. Entrepreneur and Austin Ventures were in a due diligence phase and the deal was set to be finalized in mid- to late July, according to sources close to the deal. The state of the credit market, however, proved to be too severe a roadblock for the sale to go through.“There are several reasons for this,” CEO Peter Shea wrote in a memo obtained by FOLIO:. “One being that I decided that I am not ready to retire, another reason being that the debt market has made it a very difficult market for [buyout] funds to raise debt financing at a reasonable multiple and percentage rate.” Fresh off the announcement by its CEO that Entrepreneur Media is no longer for sale, Entrepreneur.com, the company’s flagship Web site, has launched Entrepreneur Connect, a social network for small businesses.The site purports to be a “business-to-business marketplace designed specifically for entrepreneurs.” Sprint has signed on to be the launch sponsor.Entrepreneur’s social network joins a growing list of rival magazines launching business-focused Web communities.last_img read more

A better electrocatalyst for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

first_imgBall-and-stick model of carbon dioxide. Credit: Wikipedia Citation: A better electrocatalyst for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel (2016, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-electrocatalyst-carbon-dioxide-liquid-fuel.html More information: Partially oxidized atomic cobalt layers for carbon dioxide electroreduction to liquid fuel, Nature 529, 68–71 (07 January 2016) DOI: 10.1038/nature16455Electroreduction of CO2 into useful fuels, especially if driven by renewable energy, represents a potentially ‘clean’ strategy for replacing fossil feedstocks and dealing with increasing CO2 emissions and their adverse effects on climate. The critical bottleneck lies in activating CO2 into the CO2− radical anion or other intermediates that can be converted further, as the activation usually requires impractically high overpotentials. Recently, electrocatalysts based on oxide-derived metal nanostructures have been shown to enable CO2 reduction at low overpotentials. However, it remains unclear how the electrocatalytic activity of these metals is influenced by their native oxides, mainly because microstructural features such as interfaces and defects influence CO2 reduction activity yet are difficult to control. To evaluate the role of the two different catalytic sites, here we fabricate two kinds of four-atom-thick layers: pure cobalt metal, and co-existing domains of cobalt metal and cobalt oxide. Cobalt mainly produces formate (HCOO−) during CO2 electroreduction; we find that surface cobalt atoms of the atomically thin layers have higher intrinsic activity and selectivity towards formate production, at lower overpotentials, than do surface cobalt atoms on bulk samples. Partial oxidation of the atomic layers further increases their intrinsic activity, allowing us to realize stable current densities of about 10 milliamperes per square centimetre over 40 hours, with approximately 90 per cent formate selectivity at an overpotential of only 0.24 volts, which outperforms previously reported metal or metal oxide electrodes evaluated under comparable conditions. The correct morphology and oxidation state can thus transform a material from one considered nearly non-catalytic for the CO2 electroreduction reaction into an active catalyst. These findings point to new opportunities for manipulating and improving the CO2 electroreduction properties of metal systems, especially once the influence of both the atomic-scale structure and the presence of oxide are mechanistically better understood. Researchers propose new kind of MOF to clean coal burned in power plants 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. Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the University of Science and Technology of China has developed a new and potentially better electrocatalyst for use in converting carbon dioxide into methanoic acid, which could be used as a liquid fuel. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their new process and suggests that it may provide a path to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and thus help to slow global warming. Journal information: Nature © 2016 Phys.org As the planet continues to warm due in large part to carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants, researchers around the world are working furiously to find a way to pull out the carbon dioxide from emissions before they are allowed to pass into the atmosphere, and to use them in some other way—one that is economically feasible. Many would like to see the carbon dioxide converted to something useful, such as a type of fuel that could be burned and used as a clean power source—that would make the process far more financially palatable. But thus far, such efforts and have not panned out, due to the huge costs involved.To convert carbon dioxide to something potentially useful currently requires subjecting it to electricity and a catalyst, a process known as electroreduction, but finding the right catalyst has been problematic, though progress has recently been made by using oxide derived nanostructures. In this new effort, the researchers tried a new approach, a four-atom thick layer of either mixed or pure cobalt and cobalt oxide. They found that the cobalt, which is not normally catalytically active for carbon dioxide, became active when arranged in a certain oxidized state.In testing their catalyst, the team found it able convert carbon dioxide to methanoic acid and that it provided better catalytic activity than other known metal or metal oxides. They are not suggesting, however, that their technique could be used in power plants right now, more that they believe they have opened the door to the idea of using metal based carbon dioxide electroreduction catalysts as a possibility for doing so. If their expectations pan out, it could mean coal fired powers plants could finally be on the path towards less harmful emissions.last_img read more

GSEs Slam Brakes on Foreclosures

first_img August 29, 2017 606 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing Both of the Government Sponsored Enterprises announced Tuesday that they will assist homeowners affected by Tropical Storm Harvey as it continues to devastate the Gulf Coast.Fannie Mae will be instituting a 90-day eviction suspension as well as a 90-day foreclosure sale suspension in areas located in FEMA-declared disaster zones. Homeowners in these areas may also qualify for a temporary suspension or reduction of their mortgage payment for up to six months.“Our thoughts are with the families in the path of this powerful and catastrophic storm. We continue to monitor the situation in the affected areas,” said Carlos Perez, SVP and Chief Credit Officer at Fannie Mae. “The storm while weakened, continues in many areas and it is simply too early to provide any data or assessment about the scale or scope of damage resulting from Hurricane Harvey. Preliminary assessments of actual damage at this point may be inaccurate and potentially misleading. We will continue to work with our Single-Family servicers to communicate our policies and ensure borrowers have access to the information and resources they need to help manage their housing challenges.”Freddie Mac issued a similar moratorium—the GSE will suspend evictions and foreclosure sales within the disaster zone for 90 days, and will allow extended forbearance and repayment plans for up to 12 months. Borrowers will not need prior approval for the extension, and servicers have been authorized to verbally grant forbearances to borrowers inside the disaster zone.”We’re committed to ensuring that homeowners receive the mortgage assistance they need to overcome the devastating tragedy of Hurricane Harvey,” said Yvette Gilmore, Freddie Mac’s VP of Single-Family Servicer Performance Management. “Once they’re out of harm’s way, homeowners should contact their servicer. They may be eligible for forbearance on mortgage payments for up to one year if their mortgage is owned or guaranteed by Freddie Mac.”Rain continues to fall over the Houston metro as Harvey stretches toward Louisiana, and as Perez says, it is too early to tell the extent of the damage that the storm will have on the area. Melissa Mimms, a Realtor and Houston native, understands that fact. When DS News asked her how she thought it would affect the housing market, she said. “I was here during Ike. We lost power. We had flooding in areas that traditionally flooded. This event is very different from any event we’ve ever had in Houston, so it’s hard to compare it to anything that’s ever happened here.”Mimms remains optimistic, though. “The Houston market has been resilient through many different hurricanes and tropical storms, like Ike and the Memorial Day floods that we had last year. What’s going to happen, I think, is Houston is going to bounce back. I don’t expect it’s going to be very far from where we were before this event happened, but it’s hard to tell this early on.” GSEs 2017-08-29 Joey Pizzolatocenter_img GSEs Slam Brakes on Foreclosures Sharelast_img read more

Adult panto to raise funds for charities

first_imgHoping to raise thousands for charity, an adult panto will get underway in Polis Chrysochous on Wednesday evening ahead of four further shows in Paphos.Peter Pants is the latest offering from Premier Electric, a British owned electrical shop with stores in Paphos and Limassol, and follows in the wake of three years playing to packed audiences.The shows have raised around €70,000 for local charities and this year it will support the Friends Hospice Paphos and the Paphos Cancer Patients Support Group.The business’s Colin Fender said he started the show as someone challenged him and partner Louise Robinson saying they ‘wouldn’t be able to do it’.“We thought it would be fun and that we could raise money for charities at the same time, but this year will be our last, as it takes up so much of our time,” he said.Fender said he is hoping to raise around €10,000 to €15,000 for this year’s charities, which were chosen for the marvelous job they both do.The Friends Hospice opened in 2006 and has treated over 1,000 patients offering free palliative and respite care. It is housed in a dedicated six-bed wing at St George’s Polyclinic in Paphos.The Cancer Patients Support Group was founded in 1995 to provide help and financial support to Pasykaf Home Nursing Service, who help cancer patients of all nationalities in the district of Paphos.Peter Pants has a cast of around 15 and each year the script is bought from a UK rugby club for a nominal fee. They then adapt the script for Cyprus audiences, Fender said.Tickets are still available for Wednesday (November 22) at Polis Cultural centre and Thursday (November 23) and Sunday (November 26) ’s shows at Tremithousa Theatre, behind Ollie’s Bar in Tremithousa, Paphos. Tickets are €15 and are available to over 16s only. Shows start at 7.30pm, doors open at 6.30pm and there is a bar at all of the venues. A raffle on each night will raise money for the charities. Tickets are available at both Paphos Premier Electrical Stores, The Friends’ Hospice shop in Polis and Ollies Bar in Tremithousa.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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