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Celebration of Life planned for Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – A Celebration of Life has been set for Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky.The Celebration of Life is open to the public and planned for Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 10:00 am to be held at Chetwynd and District Rec Centre Arena located at 4552 North Access, Chetwynd. A longtime member of the B.C. Peace Leo Sabulsky of Chetwynd passed away after battling cancer.  Sabulsky helped to launch Chetwynd’s only radio station Peace FM and later the TV station CHET TV.  Sabulsky was also the Fire Chief for the District of Chetwynd since 1998.If you wish to honour Leo’s name, donations can be made in his memory to the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George or the BC SPCA.last_img read more

Municipal Executive Allegedly Involved in Sex Scandal with Minors

Casablanca- Another sex scandal has recently surfaced in the Moroccan press, this time apparently involving the president of a rural municipality located in the province of Khemissat.According to the daily Assabah, the police in Khemissat (20 km from Rabat) have started investigations on a sex scandal allegedly involving the president of the municipality of Ait Yadine, who, based on many allegations already directed at him, is believed to be involved in sexual affairs with minor girls.The suspect allegedly took his victims in an executive vehicle to his home, where his sexual affairs mainly took place. According to the same source, a municipal councilor shot a video of the president while he was bringing up his sexual affairs with minors under the influence of alcohol. Ironically, the said councilor is believed tobe implicated in the organization of the suspect’s sexual encounters with the assistance of his lover, a librarian, who left her job and decided to help him deliver minor victims to the home of the president.However, the president of the municipality was the first to rush to the police to lodge a complaint against the author of the video for allegedly blackmailing him.Police subsequently launched an investigation that mainly centered upon the crime of which the president was accused rather than the complaint he had lodged against the councilor, his accomplice in his sexual affairs with minors.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Counterfeit Medicines Cause 15000 Poison Cases in Morocco Annually

Rabat – Counterfeit medicines and expired pharmacy drugs, some illegally manufactured, are being sold without authorization or prescriptions. The issue has now prompted the Ministry of Health to boost public awareness about the effects and dangers of buying fake medications. Moroccan newspaper Al Akhbar reported in its weekend issue that 15,000 poisonings are recorded every year due to unauthorized medicines.According to the newspaper, the Moroccan Network for the Defense of the Right to Health raised concern and awareness about counterfeit and illegally manufactured medicines and their effects in a recent report featured at the second national meeting of medicines and health products. The meeting is being held under the theme “The fight against falsified medicines in Africa.”The February 24-25 meeting is taking place in Skhirat, a seaside town located between Rabat and Casablanca. The network has raised concerns over the medicines being sold in the absence of control of the National Drug Administration, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Health.According to the Moroccan network, the World Health Organization (WHO) has established three categories of falsified or illegally manufactured medicines: the medicines that contain the correct chemical formula but at a lower dose than labeled, expired medicines and counterfeits that may contain toxic or deadly substances.The same source added that falsified medicines account for 1 percent of products in developed countries, 60 percent of medicines in the poorest countries and between 20 to 30 percent in developing countries.According to WHO, falsified medicines account for 11 percent of all medicines sold in developing countries, noting that these medications kill more than one million people across the world.The Network for the Defense of the Right to Health, according to Al Akhbar, added that Morocco is facing a serious issue involving smuggled medications, especially in the eastern region, southern provinces and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. read more

New UN orchestra to strike a chord for world peace

14 September 2007Dozens of young musicians representing many of the world’s regions and cultures will harmonize to form a new Orchestra for the United Nations, it was announced today. “The Orchestra is a unique project which will galvanize support for the UN through music and multimedia projects focused on the UN’s ideals, values and priorities,” Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka said.UN Volunteers (UNV) Executive Director Ad De Raad, the Director of the United in Music Foundation Geert Boogaard and Mr. Akasaka signed an agreement to launch the new orchestra, officially named “United in Music: The Orchestra for the United Nations.”When performing abroad, guest musicians from the countries being visited will perform with the Orchestra, which will not be a classical ensemble.“We often need a thousand words to get a simple message across and sometimes we only need one language: music,” said Mr. Boogaard, who conceived of the Orchestra and with the backing of the Dutch Government approached the UN. “I view music as a way to inspire people to embrace the ideals of the United Nations and to feel the need for voluntary action.”He has managed the 40-member Ricciotti Ensemble, and produced hundreds of their concerts in numerous unusual locations, ranging from the cathedral tower in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa to war-torn Bosnia.Under today’s agreement, the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) will provide guidance on the UN’s goals, priorities, themes, observances and international events, while UNV will recruit professionally trained musicians of various nationalities. read more

New Zealand PM says no intelligence linking Sri Lanka attacks to Christchurch

A lone gunman carried out those attacks, while livestreaming the massacre on Facebook. (Courtesy Reuters) Security experts and analysts, however, have questioned whether the coordinated bomb attacks could have been planned in such a short period. “We haven’t received anything officially nor have we received any intelligence reports that corroborate what has been said in Sri Lanka,” Ardern told reporters at a press conference in Auckland. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a news conference investigators were making progress in identifying the perpetrators and believed there could be some links to IS.Sri Lanka’s junior defence minister had earlier told parliament that two Sri Lankan Islamist groups – the National Thawheed Jama’ut and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim – were responsible for the blasts early on Sunday during Easter services and as high-end hotels served breakfast.He did not elaborate on why authorities believed there was a link to the killing of 50 Muslims at mosques in the NewZealand city of Christchurch during Friday prayers in March. “Sri Lanka will be in the very early stages of its investigations. So we are simply stepping back and allowing them to undertake those, but we have nothing at this stage to corroborate what is being said,” she added.Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks on Tuesday and named what it said were seven attackers who carried them out. It gave no further evidence to support its claim of responsibility. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that her government was not aware of any intelligence suggesting that a devastating attack on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for deadly shootings on a mosques in Christchurch.Sri Lanka’s junior minister for defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, told parliament on Tuesday that an initial investigation had revealed the bombings on churches and hotels, which killed 321 people, had been carried out in revenge for deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques on March 15. read more

UBC plots 204million expansion of emissionsreducing bioenergy heating plant handout / PNG David Woodson is UBC’s managing director of energy and water services. The University of B.C. is going to spend $20.4 million to expand a wood-waste-burning energy plant, with $7.6 million in federal help, to cut natural-gas use and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.UBC built its initial biomass-fuelled research and demonstration facility in 2012, with Vancouver-based bioenergy firm Nexterra Systems and General Electric, as a $27-million bid to trim carbon dioxide emissions by 4,500 tonnes per year.Now, the $20-million expansion will see installation of a new boiler by the fall of 2020, increasing the plant’s capacity to generate 70 per cent of the hot water needed in UBC’s district energy system, reducing its natural-gas use by half and cutting CO2 emissions by 14,500 tonnes per year.“The expansion plan is all about thermal energy from a renewable resource and displacing our dependency on natural gas,” said David Woodson, UBC’s managing director of energy and water services.Woodson said an update in 2016 of UBC’s climate action plan identified an expansion of the plant, which is called the bioenergy research and demonstration facility, as “the only economically viable option” for hitting the university’s target to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020. The university’s goal of reducing emissions were to cut 33 per cent of its CO2 production from 2007 levels by 2015 and 67 per cent by 2020.Because UBC is a public-sector institution, it’s hit with the double whammy of having to pay the carbon tax on its greenhouse-gas emissions as well as buying carbon offsets for the fossil fuels it burns.“The combined effect, we’re paying over $60 per tonne (for carbon emissions),” Woodson said. “That’s effectively the same price as clean wood waste.”Waste wood, or biomass, counts as carbon neutral because it isn’t a fossil fuel, although it’s burned, and it comes from a renewable source.The plant gets its wood waste from a fuel consolidator that draws from more than 100 sources, Woodson said. However, they were surprised to learn that among those the three biggest sources were furniture manufacturing, sawmill waste and the gardening wood waste from municipalities.Woodson added that UBC’s assessment is that even with the expansion the biomass plant will be able to rely on its existing sources for fuel, even if there is more widespread adoption of bioenergy as a method of reducing fossil-fuel use. The university did an assessment considering what the impact would be if all known biomass projects in the Lower Mainland proceeded.“That would use up 50 per cent of known available (waste-wood) supplies,” Woodson said. “The short answer is, we’re completely confident in the availability of supply.”UBC’s district heating system dates back more than 100 years, Woodson said, to the campus’s original coal-fired plant that generated steam that was piped through 14 kilometres of lines to heat-exchangers in all of its buildings. It has since been converted to oil, then natural gas and now biomass, and steam has been switched out to make it a hot-water distribution system.John Madden, UBC’s director of sustainability and engineering, said the existing plant has cut the university’s CO2 emissions by some 8,500 tonnes per year, already helping it reduce emissions by 38 per cent from its 2007 baseline. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,202.09, up 14.38 points):Mercator Minerals Ltd. (TSX:ML). Miner. Unchanged at 4.5 cents on 11.1 million shares.Nuinsco Resources Ltd. (TSX:NWI). Miner. Unchanged at 1.5 cents on 5 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.73 per cent, to $1.38 on 4.3 million shares.Romarco Minerals Inc. (TSX:R). Miner. Up three cents, or 3.33 per cent, to 93 cents on 4.2 million shares.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.66 per cent, to $1.53 on 3.6 million shares.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up 29 cents, or 4.74 per cent, to $6.41 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TSX:TPX.B, NYSE:TAP). Alcoholic beverages. Up $3.87, or 5.76 per cent, to US$71.08 on 3.5 million shares in New York. The company beat expectations as quarterly net earnings increased 9.5 per cent to US$290.7 million in the second quarter on higher revenues. Revenues grew nearly one per cent to $1.2 billion even though worldwide beer volume fell to 16.6 million hectolitres and its shares ran up $3.87 or 5.76 per cent to US$71.08 in New York.Tim Hortons (TSX:THI). Restaurants. Up $4.44, or 7.39 per cent, to $64.52 on 1.6 million shares. The company reported that same-store sales grew 2.6 per cent in Canada and 5.6 per cent in the United States. The restaurant chain also anticipates earnings per share to be near the higher end — or slightly above — its current target range of $3.17 to $3.27 earnings per share for the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 3:43 pm MDT read more

Iraq amid rising violence Ban urges political leaders to show unity in

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the UN chief said he is gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in Mosul, where, according to news reports, after days of fighting against Government forces, militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Levant (ISIL) have overrun the city – the second largest in Iraq – forcing thousands of civilians to flee the violence.Further to the statement, the Secretary-General “strongly condemned” the terrorist attacks in restive Anbar, Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din provinces that have killed and wounded scores of civilians over the past several days. Mr. Ban extended his profound condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Iraq. “The Secretary-General urges all political leaders to show national unity against the threats facing Iraq, which can only be addressed on the basis of the Constitution and within the democratic political process,” said the statement. Mr. Ban also encouraged the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government to cooperate in restoring security to Ninewa Province and in delivering urgently needed humanitarian aid. “The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) stands ready to support these efforts,” the statement adds. As for the situation in Anbar, about which the Secretary-General remains “deeply concerned”, the statement welcomes the convening of an Anbar reconciliation conference and strongly encourages all local tribal, political and religious leaders to participate constructively in order to put an end to the fighting. In the statement, Mr. Ban recalls that all UN Member States have an obligation to implement and enforce the targeted financial sanctions, arms embargo and travel ban imposed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) under the sanctions regime pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011). “The United Nations, including UNAMI, will continue to support the Government and people of Iraq in building a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country,” the statement concludes. read more

Central African Republic surge in violence triggers new displacement including into DR

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said today. Briefing the press in Geneva this afternoon, Karin de Gruijl, Spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that since January, an estimated 30,000 people have fled their homes and found refuge in other parts of the CAR.Much of the recent violence in the besieged country has been associated with seasonal movements of livestock and clashes between herders and the local and agricultural populations and the anti-Balaka, Ms. de Gruijil said. Some herders have turned to ex-Seleka militias for protection. Civilian populations have been caught in the middle and their villages, houses and belongings have been burned down. UNHCR has distributed relief items including blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets and plastic sheeting to more than 1,170 recently displaced families in the CAR town of Bambari. In Batangafo, 800 families have received these emergency kits. However, the security situation there remains precarious. “Armed elements enter some of the sites for displaced people in Bambari and Batangafo, threatening people and extorting money. Some of the displaced live just meters away from their former homes, yet they cannot go back for fear of losing their lives,” said Ms. de Gruijl. “While most of the local authorities are absent, many public buildings in Bambari are controlled by ex-Seleka forces. More robust police and gendarmerie presence is urgently needed to protect civilians and to prevent further killings and acts of retaliation,” she added. Across the border, in the DRC, UNHCR has registered more than 19,000 refugees who have arrived in Bosobolo territory in the north of Equateur Province as a result of new violence since December in CAR’s Kouango district, in Ouaka Prefecture. “Our teams on the ground report the ongoing arrival of refugees who tell us that they flee clashes between the anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka militias in their villages. They say that their houses are being burned and they have no other choice than to flee. If they stay in their villages, they risk being tortured or killed and women are being raped,” the UNHCR spokesperson said. Some 2,400 refugees have crossed into the DRC, using new entry points in the territories of Mobayi and Bosobolo since 15 February. Most are children. UNHCR and its partners are on the ground to set up a new refugee site in the area of Bili, away from the border. Newly arrived refugees currently live in spontaneous settlements on the shore of the Oubangui River, the natural border between the DRC and CAR, in makeshift shelters with very limited access to health care, clean water and food.UNHCR’s team has also received alarming reports of sexual violence by armed elements from CAR. “On 9 February, three refugee girls were kidnapped by armed elements who crossed into the DRC close to Dula and took them back to the Central African Republic. One girl who managed to escape told us that they were raped. She is now receiving medical treatment. The other girls are still missing,” Ms. de Gruijl said. In total more than 893,000 people have been forcibly displaced by violence in the Central African Republic. Some 442,000 are displaced inside the country, including more than 50,000 in Bangui, some 35,000 people who fled to Bambari and 33,700 in Batangafo. Some 451,000 are living in exile, mainly in Cameroon (245,000), Chad (94,000), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (88,000) and the Republic of the Congo (24,000). Fresh off her recent visit to the CAR and Cameroon where she visited internal displaced persons (IDP) camps, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-Wha Kang, called the humanitarian situation on the ground dire.“The overwhelming majority of displaced and refugee families that I met mentioned that insecurity is the main obstacle to them in returning to their homes, or being located elsewhere. They also called for reparation and compensation mechanisms to be established for the violence and losses they suffered. People from minority groups such as the Fulani – also known as Peul – expressed strong feelings of having been marginalized in society,” Ms. Kang said in a statement.In many places outside Bangui, State authority is almost non-existent, she continued. This means that it is a very dangerous place for humanitarian work. Last year there were nearly 140 security incidents directly targeting aid workers, and since 1 January this year, four humanitarian workers have been kidnapped.Ms. Kang said that not only is it an extremely complicated environment for aid organizations to work in, especially as the humanitarian needs grow, in both countries, the lack of resources is hampering the aid response.In Cameroon, Ms. Kang travelled to Yaoundé and visited the Gado camp for CAR refugees in the eastern part of the country. Cameroon is now facing enormous challenges from the impact of attacks by the Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria as well as in the far north of Cameroon itself, she added. read more

Costeffective acid minerock drainage technologies

first_imgReduce your sludge volume by as much as 90%: Acid Mine/Rock Drainage (AMD/ARD) from operating mines and abandoned mine sites require treatment to prevent adverse impacts to rivers and streams, which can produce significant volumes of sludge. Many AMD/ARD systems operating in the US today are facing constraints on their sludge storage capacities whether they are impounding the sludge above or below ground. Veolia Water Technologies offers mining companies a proprietary process known as DenseSludge that reduces the volume of sludge by as much as 90% compared with conventional processes. This can extend the life of existing sludge storage facilities and/or minimize the amount of new storage that must be built. This process also improves the utilization of lime and reduces its usage. This, coupled with the lower sludge handling costs due to the sludge volume reduction, results in significant cost savings.Also, cost effectively removing selenium faces a number of technical challenges. While the mineral may be present in mine effluent in its easier-to-treat form selenite, more often it exists in its more difficult form as selenate.In response to new regulations affecting the mining industry, Veolia has developed SeleniumZero, a process using a patented iron oxide-based media in conjunction with filtration, for removal of the most commonly occurring forms of selenium, including both selenite and selenate.last_img read more

Man Makes Explosive Sex Toy Passes It Off as Christmas Present

first_imgOver the holidays, a Minnesota man was staying with two female friends. When the building’s landlord discovered the situation, 37-year-old Terry Allen Lester was asked to leave, vacating the premises on December 31st. He left something behind however–a few bags whose presence made the tenants nervous, prompting them to call the police.When the officer arrived, she inspected a container bearing the words “Christmas Gifts.” Inside was a sex toy that had been converted into a makeshift explosive, filled with gun powder and buck shot.AdChoices广告The officer also found other sex toys, cables, a toolkit, and an explosive device in the apartment. According to the tenants, Lester was planning on giving the sex toy to a woman with whom a relationship had ended badly. The bomb squad was called in, cutting the wire, and rendering the device useless. Lester was arrested on felony explosive and terrorism charges.last_img read more

Geek Deals Humble Square Enix Collective Bundle

first_imgThe folks over at the Square Enix Collective have partnered with Humble Bundle to offer up eight fantastic indie games for as little as $12. Jump in now, and keep yourself thoroughly captivated during spring break. • Humble Square Enix Collective BundleGoetia, Octahedron: Transfixed Edition, and Deadbeat Heroes will be yours to keep if you’re willing to spend just $1. Whether you’re looking for a moody vibe or some uplifting colorful adventures, these games have style to spare.Spend at least $1GoetiaOctahedron: Transfixed EditionDeadbeat HeroesNow, if you pay above the average price, you’ll also get three more games: The Turing Test, Forgotton Anne Collector’s Edition, and Black The Fall. Challenging puzzles, gorgeous animation, and intriguing stories abound.Beat the averageThe Turing TestForgotton AnneBlack The FallHit the top tier, and you’ll also unlock Steam codes for Tokyo Dark and Children of Zodiarcs. Explore a dark mystery and a tactical RPG at a fraction of the sticker price.Spend at least $12Tokyo DarkChildren of ZodiarcsWhen you buy this specific bundle, a portion of the price will go to help both GamesAid and Make-A-Wish. So while you’re playing these awesome games, you can be doing a little bit of good as well.Sale Ends: April 30th, 2019 at 11:00AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Video Ronda Rousey talks about the challenge of joining WWE Relationship with

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)center_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ronda Rousey made an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” this week where she talked about her transition from MMA to WWE in the last year.Rousey described the transition to pro wrestling as a unique challenge.“It’s like doing Broadway, except for like, everyone does their own stunts and everyone is kind of making it up as they go along.”Rousey also talked about her close relationship with her husband. Twitterlast_img read more

Ridgefield has multiple commission seats to fill

first_imgThe city of Ridgefield is looking for residents interested in joining the salary commission, civil service commission, planning commission and the parks board, or serving as the city’s liaison to the Clark County Arts Commission.The Salary Commission a five-member volunteer commission that reviews and establishes the salaries of the mayor and the council members. Commission members meet as often as necessary to file a schedule with the city clerk on or before May 31 to coincide with the city budget cycle. Eligible applicants must be a registered voter and a resident of the city or within the city’s adopted urban growth area for at least one year immediately preceding an appointment.The Civil Service Commission is a three-member volunteer commission that advises on how examinations are held as well as on appointments, promotions and other matters connected with personnel administration of the police department. Commission members must attend meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Eligible members must be United States citizens and residents of Ridgefield for at least one year immediately preceding their appointment, and an electorate of Clark County.The Planning Commission is made up of seven volunteers who advise the city council on planning, development and growth issues for the community. Members make recommendations on updates to the city’s comprehensive plan, capital facilities plans, and development code regulations. Commission members serve four-year terms and hold meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Eligible applicants must reside in city limits.The Parks Board is comprised of seven volunteers who advise the city council on parks planning, acquisition, operations and maintenance within the current and future city limits of Ridgefield. Board members serve a three-year term and must attend meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The board is open to residents, property owners and business owners within the urban growth area of the city and citizens residing within the boundaries of the Ridgefield School District.last_img read more

Salah sets sight on club record for the most goals in

first_imgLiverpool’s forward Mo Salah, who has been the hottest player of the season in the Premier League, and not only, has stated he will be chasing Ian Rush’s record for the most goals scored in a single season.Salah scored his 40th goal for this season during the weekend, which means he has seven more to reach Rush’s record, which was set during the 1983/84 season. For this, he has four Premier League games two legs of the Champions League semi-final against Roma. Even if he were not to reach it, he would still hold the record for the most prolific debut season for the club.“There’s a big chance to break the record, to be number one for a club like Liverpool, it’s something huge,” Salah shared, according to the Belfast Telegraph.“I will be very happy if I break it. I’m happy about 40, I want to keep scoring, I want to be number one for the record.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s always good when you see your name with legends of a club like Liverpool, it’s a different feeling and I’m very happy about that.”“But I always try to look at myself and I want more. I have 40 now, I’m telling myself, ‘Why not? You can be number one!”“I will try my best to break the record but, as I’ve said before, we play as 11 players, I play for the team,” Salah added, clearly stating the main purpose.last_img read more

Officers Say Searches Civil Rights Must Balance In Fight Against Illegal Drugs

first_imgAlaska has ranked among the top 10 states in several categories of illegal drug use in recent years. Last week, participants at the “Reclaim Alaska: 2014 Substance Abuse Summit” hosted by the Aleutian-Pribilof Islands Association talked about the problem and ways to address it. Participants were also cautioned that civil rights must not be trampled in the process of stemming the flow of illegal drugs.Download Audiolast_img

Gold prices fall 11 silver down 12 since PM Modis demonetisation decision

first_imgGold and silver prices have been falling consistently over the past few weeks amid weak demand since the currency ban decision of November 8 and the continued spotlight on gold traders. Gold prices have dropped 10.69 percent while silver is down 11.97 percent, since demonetisation.Gold prices closed Rs 250 lower on Monday at Rs 27,550 per 10 gm, marking an 11-month low. Silver also shed Rs 210 to end at Rs 38,600 per kg in the Delhi bullion market.Budget 2017: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may lower import duty on goldOn November 8, gold and silver prices had closed at Rs 30,850 per 10 gm and Rs 43,850 per kg, respectively.Subdued demand from jewellers has kept gold and silver prices under pressure even as the Income Tax Department continues to seize huge quantities of gold in raids at various places, as part of the crackdown on those who are holding black money.Gold worth Rs 77 crore was seized in raids between November 8 and December 16 in addition to Rs 393 crore in cash and admission of undisclosed income of Rs 2,600 crore.The tip-off based raids have been continuing, resulting in the seizure of the yellow metal, as recently as on Sunday when the Mumbai police seized 2.5 kg of gold and arrested six people. The most sensational of all in the past few weeks has been the seizure of 177 kg of gold from Shekhar Reddy (also referred to as Sekar Reddy), a Chennai-based industrialist with highly placed connections, including those with politicians.last_img read more

Michiyo Yasuda Studio Ghibli Colorist Dies at Age 77

first_img Michiyo Yasuda isn’t as well known of a name as Hayao Miyazaki, but she has contributed just as much to some of Studio Ghibli’s most famous works.The longtime animator and color designer, who last worked on Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises, passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 77 due to an illness.Yasuda basically worked with the same two animators for most of her career. She met Miyazaki, along with animator Isao Takahata, on the 1968 production of Little Norse Prince and has been working with both ever since.Yasuda started working with Studio Ghibli from the beginning, when it was founded in 1985. She led the studio’s color department and animated on films dating back to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Ghibli has long been praised for its use of color and its hand-drawn animation, even after most studios had moved to digital and computer-generated animation. In most Ghibli films the colors are vivid, with a lot of detail given to the simple things, such as the color of the grass or the blues in the sky.The style and level of brightness would change from film to film, encompassing the tone and emotions depicted.“What I like best is when I am building up the colors in my head, thinking of how to get the tone worked out,” she said in 2009. “Color has a meaning, and it makes the film more easily understood. Colors and pictures can enhance what the situation is on screen.” RIP Michiyo Yasuda – Studio Ghibli’s colour designer.Thank you for the amazing work.— Ryan Brown (@Toadsanime) October 12, 2016 Stay on target So Michiyo Yasuda, another Ghibli great died a few days ago. She was responsible for absolutely amazing, complex color design; like this.— Spooky Kook (@ARMZAaron) October 11, 2016Her work can be seen in many of Ghibli’s most prominent films, including Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Check out some examples of her work below.center_img Castle in the Sky (1986)<><> AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant last_img read more

Organic catenane selfassembles in acidic water

first_img Metal-organic framework with a fixed composition despite initial concentration of components © 2015 More information: Hao Li et al. Quantitative self-assembly of a purely organic three-dimensional catenane in water, Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2392AbstractSelf-assembly by means of coordinative bond formation has opened up opportunities for the high-yield synthesis of molecules with complex topologies. However, the preparation of purely covalent molecular architectures in aqueous media has remained a challenging task. Here, we present the preparation of a three-dimensional catenane through a self-assembly process that relies on the formation of dynamic hydrazone linkages in an acidic aqueous medium. The quantitative synthesis process and the mechanically interlocked structure of the resulting catenane were established by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography and HPLC studies. In addition, the labile hydrazone linkages of the individual [2]catenane components may be ‘locked’ by increasing the pH of the solution, yielding a relatively kinetically stable molecule. The present study thus details a simple approach to the creation and control of complex molecular architectures under reaction conditions that mimic biological milieux. (—There are many naturally-occurring supermolecular structures. Among them are catenanes. From the Latin for “chain”, a catenane is comprised of two interlocked molecules, and have been found in the mitochondrial DNA of HeLa and leukemia cells. Researchers are interested in synthetically deriving catenanes using naturally-occurring conditions in an effort to understand how they formed in natural as well as exploit their unique architecture for biological and technological uses.Catenane chemistry is typically done in organic solvents, but biological applications are predominantly in aqueous environments. Hao Li, Huacheng Zhang, Aaron D. Lammer, Ming Wang, Xiaopeng Li, Vincent M. Lynch, and Jonathan L. Sessler from Zhejiang University, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Shanghai University have isolated and characterized an organic catenane that was made using a one-step synthesis in an aqueous acidic solvent and in relatively high yields. Furthermore, they demonstrated that their catenane is environmentally tunable and highly stable. Their work appears in the recent edition of Nature Chemistry. Structural formulae of precursors A13+, H1 and the [2]catenane C6+. Credit: (c) 2015 Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2392 Explore furthercenter_img 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. Li, et al. built their catenane by employing organic functional groups that were not only water soluble, but would also promote self-assembly. They combined an aldehyde compound with a hydrazine in D2O and trifluoroacetate to produce a hydrazone (-C=N-N) linkage. This synthesis was carried out over eight hours at 70oC, and evidence from HPLC-MS indicated that the resulting [2]catenane was produced in near quantitative yields.In order to verify that they made the target [2]catenane, C6+, Li, et al. used NMR, X-ray diffraction, and mass spectrometry. NMR studies of the product compared to the starting materials demonstrated the expected proton shift for an aldehyde-amino condensation reaction. Additionally, shifts in the tetraphenyl protons indicated that they are more shielded than in the starting materials, providing evidence for placement within the cavity of the catenane.Crystal studies confirmed the three-dimensional structure of C6+, as well as provided insights into which parts of the interlocked structure were likely stabilized by pi-pi interactions. Two different crystals were grown based on differing counterions, C6+ •6CF3CO2- and C6+ •6Cl-. Both are made using the same synthetic procedure except for using DCl instead of trifluoroacetate. C6+ •6Cl-produced a better crystal and was used to determine structural characteristics. This study confirmed that the structure is comprised of two interlocking cage-structures. Additionally, ESI-MS showed distinctive mass peaks for the [2]catenane.The high yield and relative stability of C6+ indicates that it is thermodynamically favored over the non-interlocked molecules, likely due to hydrophobic effects and pi-pi donor-acceptor interactions. To see how C6+ behaves in differing environments, Li, et al. added DMSO to their reaction mixture in varying ratios of water-to-DMSO. They found that as DMSO increased, the catenane dissociated into oligomers. Precipitating these oligomers and re-dissolving them in D2O and trifluoroacetate retrieved the [2]catenane. They also determined that C6+ is stable at room temperature for eight hours in neutral and weakly basic solvent.This research shows, for the first time, the synthesis and characterization of a purely organic three-dimensional catenane in aqueous media using self-assembly methods. Furthermore, the pH tunability of this catenane opens the door for biologically relevant studies in water using mechanically interlocked molecules. Journal information: Nature Chemistry Citation: Organic catenane self-assembles in acidic water (2015, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more