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2013 Queensland Affiliates Cup

first_imgClose to 40 teams will take part in the inaugural Queensland Touch Football Affiliates Cup on Saturday, 7 December and Sunday, 8 December 2013 at the Carrara Sports Complex.38 teams will compete across five divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Masters/Men’s 50’s and Senior Mixed. The event, in its first year, sees teams from the South Queensland region, as well as Brisbane, Noosa and Kingaroy, travelling to compete. Round games will be played on Saturday and Sunday morning, before the grand finals take place at the following times: 1.30pm – Mixed Open and Masters2.00pm – Women’s Open and Senior Mixed2.30pm – Men’s Open and Men’s 50’sTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Queensland Affiliates Cup, please click on the links below:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/Qldtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/QueenslandTouch Related LinksAffiliates Cuplast_img read more

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Gwitchin people ready to take on Trump over arctic drilling

first_img(Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Yukon. Photo: Luke Smith/APTN)Shirley McLeanAPTN NewsThe Gwitchin peoples in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Alaska are rolling up their sleeves once again to fight for the protection of the Porcupine Caribou Herd against U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempts to reopen drilling in the Arctic.Since 1988, the Gwich’in Nation has successfully resisted multiple attempts by the U.S. Congress to open the Coastal Plain to drilling.But the Trump administration and the Alaskan congressional delegation have renewed their attempts to open it up for oil exploration.“We’re calling in our allies,” said Chief Bruce Charlie of the Vuntut Gwitchin government in Old Crow, Yukon. “These misguided plans from the Trump Administration and Congress put our ancient relationship with the Porcupine Caribou at risk for what amounts to a few months of American oil consumption,” said Charlie. “This cannot be justified and must be stopped.”(Old Crow, Yukon. Photo: Luke Smith/APTN)The herd’s population sits just under 200,000.It has gone up and down in size over time, but it has always been an important part of the ecology of the Western Arctic and the existence of the Gwitchin people.Earlier this month the US house of representatives passed a budget resolution that includes a push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) on the Arctic coast of Alaska to drilling.With 10.4 billion barrels believed to be sitting underneath the refuge, the area is thought to be the largest onshore oil reserve in North America.It’s also the calving grounds for the Porcupine Caribou Herd – and part of president trump’s push to for American energy independence.Dana Tiyza-Tramm is a councillor for the Vuntut Gwitchin.The councillor said multiple studies have shown caribou are sensitive to development and with the plans to open up the refuge for seismic testing throws their future into question.And that the area is sacred to the Gwitchin Nation made up of 9,000 members – not only in Yukon but across the north in Alaska and the Northwest Territories.“At the end of the day we Gwitchin define ourselves of the land and the ANWR lands are our homelands,” said Tiyza-Tramm. “And we can liken that to the land as our bodies and the caribou as our bloodline and what is done to them is done to us”Lorraine Netro sits on the Gwitchin steering committee and advocacy group for the Gwitchin People.She said it’s critical for the nation to gather political support.“We need all of our leaders within the Gwitchin nation, within the Yukon, NWT, our national leaders to stand up and standup up to the plate and stand in unity with the Gwitchin people and let people in Washington DC know that this is unacceptable.”The Resolution instructs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to come up with $1-billion in savings over 10 years in order to fund Republican tax reform plans.Congress has the final say over whether to allow new drilling in the refuge.Dana Tiyza-Tramm said there is a number of moderate Republican senators who are supporting the Gwitchin view right now.And that they need 51 senior senators out of 100 to vote against the proposed budget that is expected to happen any day now.As of today, the nation has installed a public phone so community members in Old Crow can call US senators to make them aware that the Arctic National Wilderness Refuge is a sensitive area with high stakes for the Gwitchin.It is expected that any amendments to regulations to allow seismic testing would require a full-blown environmental assessment which could take 18 months or longer to conductWhich Tiyza-Tramm said gives the Gwithcin still time to lobby if the US Senate votes in favour to open the refuge to drilling.Contact Shirley here: smclean@aptn.calast_img read more

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Majority of firsttime buyers maxed out budgets to buy a home CMHC

first_imgTORONTO – The country’s real estate market may be taking a breather, but a new survey suggests the vast majority of recent homebuyers are maxing out their budgets to purchase their first homes.In its annual mortgage consumer study, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. found that 85 per cent of first-time buyers reported spending the most they could afford on their property.Despite this, 76 per cent say they were still confident that they would be able to make their monthly mortgage payments.Sixty per cent of first-timers and 69 per cent of repeat buyers reported having “sufficient assets” such as investments or other properties to help them if they were to run into financial trouble with their mortgage.The federal housing agency, which has been conducting the survey since 1999, says housing affordability continues to be the most important factor cited among first-time and repeat homebuyers, when compared to other factors such as a property’s neighbourhood, proximity to work and condition.More than half of those concerned say their top worries included unforeseen costs, paying too much for their home and rising interest rates.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target four times to 1.5 per cent since July 2017. It is widely anticipated that the central bank will announce another hike at its next meeting on Oct. 24.Some housing markets across the country have already been feeling the cooling effects of higher interest rates coupled with some recently introduced measures like the new mortgage stress test and a 15 per cent foreign buyer tax in Ontario.Earlier this week, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that national home sales fell for the first time in five months in September amid weakening markets in Vancouver and Toronto.Despite prices also flattening, the outlook on the national real estate market remains positive.The CMHC survey found that 80 per cent of homebuyers polled still believe that buying property is a good long-term financial investment. Sixty-six per cent believed their home value would increase within the next 12 months.The online survey, which was conducted in April, polled more than 4,000 Canadians who became mortgage consumers in the last year.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Volleyball Buckeyes sweep Northwestern in home opener

OSU freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) dives for a ball during a game against Northwestern University on Sept. 28 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-0. Credit: Ross Tamburro | Lantern PhotographerIt’s been 297 days since the Ohio State women’s volleyball team last saw the floor at St. John Arena. Tonight marked the first home game for the Buckeyes and another win, improving to 11-4 on the season. No. 19 OSU swept Big Ten foe Northwestern in three sets during the Buckeyes’ home opener at St. John Arena, on Wednesday. A different combination of Buckeye players worked together in the match due to sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold sitting out with an illness. The change in lineup, however, wasn’t enough to derail OSU. A kill by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe scored the first point of the first set, and from there, the momentum continued for the OSU squad. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and were able to battle off several Northwestern rallies. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer finished the final ball to win the set, 25-21. OSU kept the points coming in the second set, leading by double digits for the latter half. The Buckeyes dominated play, holding the Wildcats to only twelve points. Northwestern may have been down 0-2 in the match, but it showed in the third set, they weren’t giving up easily. The Wildcats led OSU from the beginning, as the Buckeyes would try to inch their way out of the hole for almost the entire set. With the Wildcats leading 20-16, it looked like match play might be pushed into a fourth set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston took the opportunity for a timeout to refocus his team. Immediately after, Schirmer put down a kill, followed by two more OSU points to cut the deficit to one. From there, it would be a point-for-point battle to the finish. When the dust cleared, it was OSU who would celebrate with a 28-26 set and match win. The Buckeyes held the Wildcats to an .085 attacking efficiency. OSU also dominated Northwestern’s blocking game, more than doubling their total team blocks, 7.5 to 3.0. It was freshman Madison Smeathers who would lead the team in hitting percentage with .500. Sandbothe and Schirmer also contributed 13 kills each. The countdown is on for senior libero Valeria León, who racked up another 22 digs against the Wildcats. With 1,497 total career digs, she is within fingertip-length of the record, currently held by Stacey Gordon with 1,572. Carlston said he was proud of the way his team responded to the pressure from Northwestern, especially in the final points of the match. “Northwestern did some things to stress us out,” he said. “I thought we did a nice job, especially in that third set, to lock in and play really well like what we needed to, to win in three.”Some Buckeye players expressed their happiness to finally be able to play in the gym they call home, even if it’s only for a moment. For Sandbothe, the match was her last “first” home game. “It was definitely bittersweet,” Sandbothe said. “The fans came out and seeing all the little girls and just having this opportunity to be on our home court, representing Ohio State is an amazing opportunity.” On the other end of the spectrum, tonight was freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey’s first time playing in front of a home crowd as a Buckeye. “We’ve been away a lot in preseason and our first Big 10 games were away, so it was really exciting to be home,” Bailey said. The team will need the momentum from tonight’s win into their battle later in the week against defending national champions, No. 1, undefeated, Nebraska. The team mentioned what they will be thinking about over the next few days in preparation for the match. For veteran Sandbothe, the devil is in the details.“Just weighing the serve and pass game is going to be really important for us,” Sandbothe said. “I think we match up offensively and physically with every team, so just focusing on the little things.” Bailey said for the team, it’s about staying high and positive from tonight’s much-needed victory.“We’re just going to try to bring our energy from tonight into the weekend, and just keep going after it and staying aggressive,” she said. OSU will face the Cornhuskers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. read more

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No team better than Spain at World Cup – Alonso

first_imgXabi Alonso is adamant that there are no teams in the World Cup that are better than Spain right now and sees no reason why they cannot be considered among the favourites to claim glory in RussiaLa Roja topped their World Cup qualifying group without losing a single game and in 10 games they won nine and drew just one, as well as scoring 36 goals and conceding just three.Among the likes of Germany and Brazil, the 2010 World Cup winners are expected to be one of the prime challengers at Russia.“I’m not just saying it, but I would put them among the favourites because I don’t see any side that’s better than Spain right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the games though,” Alonso told FIFA.comDavid Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Germany are another of the big favourites. They’re a very strong side and they’re always there or thereabouts. The way they’ve been playing, it would be a massive surprise if they don’t make the semis, because they’re the champions and because of the new generation who’ve come into the team.“Brazil are also right in there. I think those three are above the rest.”He added: Then there’s Argentina, France and maybe a surprise or two.”Spain will begin with their World Cup campaign against Portugal on June 15.last_img read more

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Edgar Davids I expected a lot more from Pogba

first_imgFormer Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids is not “convinced” at all by Paul Pogba and has urged the Frenchman to showcase more of his talentThe 25-year-old played a pivotal role in France’s World Cup-winning campaign at Russia this summer.However, Pogba has again reverted to the patchy form that he often had last season with Manchester United.Manager Jose Mourinho had handed the French midfielder the captain’s armband in the hope that it would inspire improved performances at United.But the Red Devils’ recent results have suggested otherwise after losing two of their opening four Premier League of the 2018/19 campaign.Davids himself is disappointed to see Pogba’s continued struggles at United.Although the Dutchman knows that Pogba has what it takes to be one of the world’s best central midfielders.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.He told Canale 5: “I am not at all convinced by Paul Pogba.“He plays a lot in England, it’s true, but I expected a lot more from him.”Recent reports suggest that Pogba may be on the verge of a sensational return to Juventus as part of an exchange deal with Argentine striker Paolo Dybala.But Davids feels that there is still more to come from Dybala and urged him to “work harder”.“Dybala is a great talent, but he has to work harder,” he continued.“It is not always the fault of the coach or the game system, even the player must look in the mirror and do more.”Davids spent the majority of his career at Juventus and won three Serie A titles along with two Italian Supercups.last_img read more

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Mourinho doesnt know when United can win title

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know when they can challenge for the title again and may rely on their rivals getting hit by FFP rules.Despite spending £360m since becoming Manchester United manager in 2016, Mourinho still believes his team is far from winning the Premier League trophy.Current Premier League champions Manchester City are now under investigation after leaked documents last month showed that the club had circumvented the Financial Fair Play rules by inflating their sponsorship income.“I don’t know,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after he asked when United will challenge for the title again.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It depends also the way of our evolution but also the evolution of others, the ones that are above us.“If they keep going in the same direction and if their ambition, investment, everything, continues that’s one thing.“Another thing is if they stop or if Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.”last_img read more

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Citizens Arrest Jimbalaya turns robber over to Police

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 22, 2017 – Residents tired of the crime are increasingly taking matters into their own hands; the latest report of an arrest of a known robber came last night and it was caught on camera.A Popular lounge owner was robbed, had video surveillance which clearly showed the face of that culprit as he unwittingly looked directly into the camera and revealed to the owner a face, he recognized.   After calling the police, according to the cell phone video, and waiting an hour, he says, that businessman decided to go and get the man on the video himself.Colin Williams, better known as Jimbalaya is seen manhandling the alleged suspect, trying to tie him to a steel bar door and eventually turning the man over to two police officers.  Photos of what his security cameras caught are in circulation; and it does appear to be the exact same man from the security footage in that cell phone video in the citizens’ arrest.   It was a relatively smooth arrest by Jimbalaya at his Kew Town bar; Police took over and led the man away in handcuffs.Residents are hoping that charges can stick and this suspect, once found guilty can be locked away and off the streets.  Reports are that crime has decreased in the TCI, but brazen home invasions and armed attacks appear to be more frequent and certainly are more violent.Police confirmed late today that they still have that man caught by Jimbalaya in custody.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Source Interlink Media Names Scott Dickey CEO

first_imgSource Interlink Media named Scott Dickey as its new CEO on Tuesday, Feb. 25, replacing Michael L. Sullivan, who will now head Source Distribution as CEO.”The Board of Directors is delighted to have Scott lead the Source Interlink Media business,” chairman Ted Lodge says in a release. “Scott is a seasoned and broad-based executive with significant experience in the traditional and digital media industries, live events, brand licensing and consumer products.”He will be called on to reverse some shaky trends, which became evident in 2009 when SIM filed for bankruptcy and divested several titles. Last year SIM sold nine of its motorcycle brands to Bonnier, and rumors recently surfaced that the company shuttered Modified, and laid off around 100 staffers from multiple titles. Dickey left his post as CEO of Competitor Group Inc. in December, after spearheading the company’s sale to a private-equity group, Calera Capital. He was at CGI since 2008, when he joined as president and COO. His resume also includes a role as president at Transworld Media, which was formally a subsidiary of Time Inc. until Dickey facilitated a 2007 sale to Bonnier. Interestingly, SIM acquired Transworld Media last year, and merged it with its Grind Media division.last_img read more

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Sensex Nifty snap winning streak ahead of Economic Survey 2017 Airtel gains

first_imgBenchmark stock market indices snapped their winning streak to end trading with minor losses on Monday ahead of Economic Survey 2017 to be tabled on Tuesday. The BSE Sensex closed 33 points lower at 27,850, while the 50-scrip NSE Nifty ended 9 points down at 8,633.Read: Budget to chart stock market’s direction in action-packed week aheadBharti Airtel bucked the trend and was the top Sensex gainer to close 7.48 percent higher at 348 amid news of Idea Cellular merging with Vodafone India. Idea Cellular shares gained 27 percent to close at a five-month high of Rs 97 amid huge trading volumes.Global cues were largely negative in view of US president Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, according to Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd.”European stocks fell on Monday, losing ground for the second session a row, as investors showed concern about the impact of Donald Trump’s order to halt some immigration, which sent the U.S. dollar lower and was criticised by companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google. FTSE, DAX and CAC declined nearly one percent each,” the brokerage said in a note.Other firms that gained sharply on the back of strong December quarter (Q3) results included Bajaj Finance (up 5.99 percent at Rs 1,054) and Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) that closed 2.97 percent higher at Rs 1,586. Bajaj Finance Q3 net profit rose 36 percent to Rs 555 crore from Rs 408 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal; total income increased 31.8 percent to Rs 2,729 crore from Rs 2,070 crore. Net interest income grew 33 percent to Rs 1,749 crore, YoY.Mortgage lender HDFC reported 11.9 percent rise in standalone net profit to Rs 1,701 crore for Q3 as against Rs 1,520 crore in the year-ago period. Net interest income increased 18 percent to Rs 2,669 crore, while gross NPAs stood at 0.81 percent of total advances. HDFC shares closed 0.13 percent lower at Rs 1,369.In other news, Shriram EPC informed the BSE that it has allotted 26.5 million equity shares to Punjab National Bank on preferential basis, taking the bank’s stake from 3.48 percent to 6.58 percent. Shriram EPC shares closed at Rs 29 on Monday.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 607 crore on Monday, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).The BSE, which closed its recent initial public offering (IPO) with an upbeat response that saw oversubscription of about 51 times, will list on February 3 on the NSE. The BSE, also the oldest stock exchange of Asia, had offered equity shares in the price band of Rs 805-806 per share.Shares of state-run energy company GAIL (India) closed 0.30 percent at Rs 483.last_img read more

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Nach Baliye 9 Not just MadhurimaVishal UrvashiAnujs ego clashes affecting dance rehearsals

first_imgUrvashi Dholakia; Anuj SachdevainstagramIt’s been just a week since Nach Baliye 9 went on air but the show is making news for the clash between contestants and health issues more than dancing.After Shantanu Maheshwari-Nityaami Shirke had to skip an episode due to the latter’s leg injury, Anita Hassanandani-Rohit Reddy gave another episode a miss as Reddy was diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Ex-couple Madhurima Tuli and Vishal Aditya Singh have also been raising a lot of eyebrows by engaging in a war of words both on and off-screen. Now, another fight took place between former couple Urvashi Dholakia and Anuj Sachdeva, who have been cordial with each other until recently. According to a report, the two ended up in a big fight while rehearsing for their next episode. Apparently, Urvashi and Anuj are finding it difficult to pull off the moves together. In fact, there is always a strain when they rehearse for the performances due to their ego clashes. “Urvashi and Anuj were rehearsing a step and Anuj was not exactly getting it right. He tried a couple of times but it wasn’t happening. Urvashi tried to explain tohim the right way of doing it but that didn’t go down well with Anuj. The two had an ego clash, which led to an argument and the duo is again not talking to each other,” a source from the sets told SpotboyE.Earlier during an interview with the web portal, Urvashi talked about not accepting her relationship with Anuj all these years. “I never accepted because once you do it, a lot of speculations about your relationship start. People talk what they want to and by the time it’s the couple’s turn to speak on it, they are probably not in the mood to or they never get a chance to. Also, I have been very private about my personal life and thankfully the media has respected it. But now, when I finally have an opportunity to vent my heart, I am coming to you guys to do the khulaasa and tell the world, “Yeh lo ji, yeh hain humare Ex,” she had said.Apparently, Urvashi and Anuj’s relationship went for a toss as the latter’s parents were not in approval of the actress who was older than him and a mother of two kids. Nach Baliye 9 ex-couple Urvashi Dholakia and Anuj SachdevInstagramlast_img read more

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Selfassembled monolayers of NHCs on gold have ballbottype motion

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Tailored chemistry links nanoparticles in stable monolayers Research groups from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster led by Professors Harald Fuchs and Frank Glorius, used scanning-tunneling microscopy analyses combined with first principles calculations of representative NHC monolayers on gold surfaces to determine how the monolayers can be both chemically robust and highly mobile. They found that the NHC bound to gold forms an adatom that then traverses the gold surface in a ballbot-type motion. Their report appeared in a recent issue of Nature Chemistry.NHCs form a particularly strong bond with gold because of the sp2 hybridized lone pair of electrons on the carbon atom (See figure of NHCs above). Studies have shown that NHCs can be used to form particularly stable self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold surfaces and can even be modified after formation of the monolayer, but these studies are difficult to compare with each other because they do not have similar R groups.The nitrogen-substituted R groups play a significant role in the behavior of the NHCs. Bulky R groups prohibit dimerization but may affect the stability of monolayer formation. Also because the nitrogen atoms are part of an aromatic ring, they serve as electron donors to the substituents. The type of substituent affects the electronics of the molecule.In this study, Wang et al. used three different NHCs that were synthesized in the Glorius group, each of which had R groups that had previously been studied and represented a range of steric and electronic properties. These groups include IMes which has 2,4,6 trimethyl phenyl rings as the N-substituents; IPr which has 2,6-diisopropylphenyl substituents; and IMe which just has methyl groups as the N-substituents. Play Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016) doi:10.1038/nchem.2622 Beginning with carboxylate versions of IMes, IPr, and IMe, they deposited the NHCs onto the gold surfaces via ultrahigh vacuum vapor deposition. XPS confirmed that the NHC, not the carboxylate version, was bound to the gold surface. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) showed that IPr and IMe made neat, controlled surfaces, while IMes molecules were less ordered. Citation: Self-assembled monolayers of NHCs on gold have ballbot-type motion (2016, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-self-assembled-monolayers-nhcs-gold-ballbot-type.html Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—Self-assembled monolayers are molecules anchored to a surface. These molecules have been used to advance the fields of molecular sensors and electronics. Monolayers on gold surfaces are typically anchored by a thiol. One alternative to thiols are N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). First isolated in 1991, NHCs have proved an important molecule for practical uses because it can serve as a ligand for transition metals as well as some main group elements. NHCs have also been used for organocatalysis, cross-coupling reactions, and pharmaceuticals. 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.center_img Explore further © 2016 Phys.org , Nature Chemistry a, Schematic illustration of the procedure used to install NHCs on gold by physical vapour deposition. b, The investigated NHCs. c, The STM image (V = −2.2 V, I = 34 pA) shows IMes directly bonded to a Au(111) surface. d, The STM image (V = 2.73 V, I = 25 pA) of IPr on Au(111) shows a highly ordered and dense hexagonally packed full monolayer. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016) doi:10.1038/nchem.2622 At various surface coverage densities, the IPr surface would form islands that broke apart and recombined. This indicated that the surface was mobile, but there was no change to morphology of the gold surface. Despite this mobility, the bond between the NHC and the gold surface proved to be highly stable at high temperatures.This behavior may be explained by the formation of adatoms, or the interaction of one NHC molecule with one gold atom. This adatom then moves around the surface as one entity, which the authors liken to ballbot movement. They confirmed this structure by looking at the height of the IPr monolayers.DFT calculations helped to explain how exactly these adatoms formed and moved. IPr and IMe likely bound to a gold atom that was pulled from the surface. Simultaneously, a gold atom from the second layer moves into the vacant hole. The gold atom that was pulled from the surface was bound irreversibly to the NHC to form an adatom that then readily moved across the surface. Additional free energy calculations looked at the effects of bulky R groups, specifically comparing IPr with IMes. Wang et al. found that the pi interactions between the phenyl rings and the surface play a role in adatom formation and mobility. They reasoned that there is a balance between steric hindrance, as with IPr, and pi interactions, as displayed with IMes. And, indeed, the non-bulky IMe compound, which was more mobile than IPr and IMes, was able to form dimeric and trimeric complexes with one gold atom.This study provides important insights into how NHC-Au monolayers form and behave. They seem to form a stronger bond than thiols with gold, but they also display mobility that is influence by the identity of the nitrogen substituents. The NHCs that tend to have weaker pi interacts with the gold surface readily forming adatoms that then move across the surface like a ballbot. More information: Gaoqiang Wang et al, Ballbot-type motion of N-heterocyclic carbenes on gold surfaces, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.2622AbstractRecently, N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) were introduced as alternative anchors for surface modifications and so offered many attractive features, which might render them superior to thiol-based systems. However, little effort has been made to investigate the self-organization process of NHCs on surfaces, an important aspect for the formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), which requires molecular mobility. Based on investigations with scanning tunnelling microscopy and first-principles calculations, we provide an understanding of the microscopic mechanism behind the high mobility observed for NHCs. These NHCs extract a gold atom from the surface, which leads to the formation of an NHC–gold adatom complex that displays a high surface mobility by a ballbot-type motion. Together with their high desorption barrier this enables the formation of ordered and strongly bound SAMs. In addition, this mechanism allows a complementary surface-assisted synthesis of dimeric and hitherto unknown trimeric NHC gold complexes on the surface.last_img read more

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Add some flower touch to your summer wardrobe

first_imgPack away the warm hues of winter and say hello to lively corals and florals because it’s time to usher in the summer! Floral is one trend that can never go out of fashion, say experts.Floral prints can make or break your look depending on how you wear it and here are a few tips to go floral this summer: 1. Add colour: Pick your best old summer outfit and add it with some bright and freshening floral colours and floral prints to add new life to your dull boring wardrobe and make it more stylish and trendy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf2. Bloom in bottoms: Floral print in your bottoms is your best bet if you do not want a splash of flowers all over you. You can team these with single coloured short kurti or tank tops. Long skirts and palazzos are making a stylish comeback so you can choose from those too. Just make sure that you keep the top simple.3. Splash some (floral) on the top: Kurti and Jeans will always be in fashion, whether it’s Anushka Sharma’s ‘Breakup’ song or Deepika Padukone’s airport look in Piku. Be a little creative with your tops – floral kurtis with your ice blue ripped jeans will be a best match to enhance your summer look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4. Floral scarf or dupattas: If you want to play safe and don’t want to go overboard with the floral print, then you can simply add a floral scarf or dupattas to your ensemble. A floral dupatta will go extremely well with a muted tone outfit. 5. Accessorise to add more charm: If you love everything floral, but want to do something beyond just outfits, then accessories are perfect for you. Floral patterns on necklaces, belts, hair clips, earrings, bags, bracelets, hats, footwear, and anything else that you can think of, can add vibrancy to even the simplest of looks. However, steer clear of too many accessories all at once, as too many colours will make you look like a flower pot. 6. Neon florals are also doing the rounds. It is perfect for someone who loves experimenting and making a statement.7. You can always style florals with the rest of our outfit or make the floral piece the main attraction. If you wear a blue and yellow floral skirt, always choose an existing colour in your skirt as your secondary piece of clothing. So, instead of pairing your floral skirt with a white top, pair it up with a blue top or a yellow top to get full marks on the fashion front!last_img read more

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Tim Cook Tells Stephen Colbert He Had a Tremendous Responsibility to Come

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Siri has some nerve. She asked Apple CEO Tim Cook for a raise on live TV last night, but not without a nudge from Stephen Colbert first. “Siri, what should I ask Tim Cook?” Colbert asked the wise-cracking virtual assistant as he wrapped up his 10-minute Late Night With Stephen Colbert interview with the Apple chief. Siri cooly responded: “Do me a favor. Ask him when I’m going to get a raise.” To which the bespeckled exec erupted into laughter. (Colbert also threatened to stab Cook in the neck with a fondue fork during the show, but that’s neither here nor there.)Last night’s Cook-Colbert tête-à-tête wasn’t all quips and giggles. Once the inevitable iPhone 6S show-and-tell was over, after Cook refused to spill the beans about Apple’s driverless car and admitted that he “hates” opportunistic Steve Jobs biopics, the conversation got heavy.Related: Tim Cook Is Gay. But As Apple’s CEO, That Isn’t His Biggest Revelation.Colbert went there. He popped a question about Cook’s sexuality. “You yourself came out as gay recently,” he said. “Was that an upgrade or just a feature that had not been turned on?” After a long, loud laugh, Cook shared what moved him to finally publicly say “I’m proud to be gay.”Just as he did in his famous Bloomberg Business essay last October, Cook told the story of how he was inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom he has a photo of in his office. He said he reflects every day on this powerful quote from the civil rights pioneer: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”After challenging himself with that powerful question often, Cook felt he had “a tremendous responsibility” to come out. “It became clear to me,” he told Colbert. “Kids were getting bullied in schools. Kids were basically getting discriminated against. Kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents…that I needed to do something. Where I valued my privacy significantly, I felt that I was valuing it too far above what I could do with other people, so I wanted to tell everyone my truth.”Related: Leadership Lessons From Apple CEO Tim CookAnd, for those who didn’t already know he’s gay, Cook, never one to miss a prime promotional opportunity, said learning his truth was like bumping into something new on your iPhone. “It’s like discovering something in your iPhone,” he said, gesturing toward a shiny, new rose gold iPhone 6S on Colbert’s desk. “It’s always done, but you didn’t quite know it.”Yes, all things must point back to iPhone sales, even in vastly unrelated exchanges with Jobs’s predecessor.To see more from the interview, check out the video below:Related: Stephen Colbert Tries to Figure Out if Elon Musk Is a Superhero or Something More Sinister (VIDEO)center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now September 16, 2015last_img read more

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Elon Musk Says That Teslas Will be Able to Safely Stream Netflix

first_img You’ll soon be able to stream videos from Netflix and Hulu from Tesla dashboards, said CEO Elon Musk.In a tweet on Saturday, Musk wrote that the displays in cars will “soon” be able to stream YouTube and Netflix. He did not give an exact date but the changes could come within a few months and as soon as August, he said in a response to the tweet.Ability to stream YouTube & Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon! Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio.— e^(@elonmusk) July 27, 2019He said that video streaming would only work when the car was stopped, similar to how games like “Cuphead” and “Super Breakout” currently work inside cars. The steering wheel works as the remote to play games.Musk has long wanted Tesla cars to act as hubs of entertainment content. In the tweet he said that customers could expect “an amazingly immersive, cinematic experience” because of the car’s surround sound and chairs.However, the ability for Tesla to roll out streaming is dependent on regulators approving self-driving. In February, Musk said he was “certain” that Tesla cars would be able to operate without a driver by the end of this year.”I think we will be feature-complete full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention — this year,” he said in a an interview with ARK Invest. “I would say that I am certain of that. That is not a question mark.” This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2 min read July 29, 2019 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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Air Transat to offer gourmet meals by famed Quebec chef this summer

first_imgAir Transat to offer gourmet meals by famed Quebec chef this summer Travelweek Group Thursday, April 13, 2017 Tags: Air Transat, Culinary Tourism MONTREAL — Bad airplane food is a thing of the past thanks to Air Transat’s new partnership with renowned Quebec chef Daniel Vézina.The airline has announced a selection of gourmet meals titled ‘Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina’ that are inspired by his signature recipes. Meals will be offered for free to Club Class passengers as of May 1, and will also be available to Economy Class passengers, in limited quantity and for purchase, on transatlantic flights starting May 1 and on flights to the South as of July 1.“We are thrilled with this partnership, which allows us to take the inflight experience to new heights and reinforce our role as leader in holiday travel,” says Jean-François Lemay, President-General Manager of Air Transat. “Air Transat stands out for its Club Class, and the ‘Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina’ is a wonderful addition to the many privileges that characterize this upgrade.” Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Daniel VézinaEconomy Class passengers can purchase Vézina’s signature dishes for $26, which will be served with a cheese plate, dessert and glass of wine.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerVézina’s summer dishes will include: chicken ragout with lemon zest and seasonal vegetables; duck confit lasagna with spinach and a sherry and foie gras emulsion; braised leg of lamb with spices, maple syrup and Indian vegetable curry; sweet potato gnocchi with red wine Bolognese, spinach pesto and Parmesan; vegetarian moussaka with grilled vegetables, creamed goat cheese, tomato and red pepper coulis; and vegan risotto with rice cream, red pepper coulis and diced root vegetables with fennel.“I am elated to be collaborating with Air Transat in this exciting challenge: introducing the flavours and presentations that characterize my cuisine into the flight experience,” says Daniel Vézina. “And I would like to acknowledge the support, flexibility and openness of this Quebec airline, which allowed me to create a delicious menu that is in line with my values and quality standards.”Meals will change over the seasons and can be pre-ordered on Air Transat’s website or by calling the booking centre.last_img read more

The Great Wall of China A walk on the moon Genom

first_imgThe Great Wall of China. A walk on the moon. Genome sequencing. How did we humans, who share almost all of our DNA with chimpanzees, end up doing all that, while they ended up pretty much where they started?Some scientists will tell you it was language, or tools, or brainpower.Another group of researchers has come up with a new and surprising theory — that something else put us on the road to success. They say it has to do with how we raised our kids.This new theory claims that sharing — first of food and child care, then later of feelings and intentions — was the original secret of our species’ success. Without it, we might have occasionally hunted in a group like other apes, but human civilization requires more than occasional male bonding.So why did we evolve this ability to be so ultrasocial and ultrasharing? Why not chimps?See what these scientists think may have happened. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Uber Must Leave Italy in 10 Days After Nationwide Ban

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Mariella Moon Next Article Image credit: Pacific Press via Getty Images This story originally appeared on Engadget It can no longer advertise its services or operate in the country. Uber 2 min read Apply Now » Trouble seems to follow Uber wherever it goes. A court in Rome has just banned the ride-hailing service in Italy for contributing to what it says is “unfair competition” faced by the local taxi industry. Uber must now stop promoting its services and cease all operations in the country within 10 days, unless it’s willing to pay a $10,600 fine for each day it remains active after that grace period. While Uber’s $70 billion valuation makes that amount sound like chump change, it hasn’t exactly been profitable and actually bled billions in 2016.Uber’s situation in Italy is the same problem it typically deals with, albeit on a different day and in a different country. The company faced similar pushback from local taxi associations in France, the U.K. and other places around the globe, and it’ll no doubt happen again and again. In fact, this isn’t the first court battle it lost in the European country: a couple of years ago, a court in Milan banned the company’s UberPop application.Nevertheless, the company said in a statement that it’s “shocked” by the court’s decision and will file for an appeal. It added: “Thousands of professional, licensed drivers use the Uber app to make money and provide reliable transportation at the push of a button for Italians.” Until it changes the court’s mind, though, Uber’s Black, Lux, Suv, X , XL, Select and Van phone applications will have to say “ciao” to Italian commuters. –shares Uber Must Leave Italy in 10 Days After Nationwide Ban April 10, 2017 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Colberts MarijuanaInfused Monologue Is a Must Watch

first_img 1 min read Colbert’s Marijuana-Infused Monologue Is a Must Watch Stephen Colbert loves to take the piss out of the Canadian cannabis industry and his monologue last week was no exception.Describing it as “the most Canadian pot story ever,” he recounted the news that men brandishing bear spray tried to rob a dispensary in Ontario. But it gets better. The brazen thieves were thwarted by the dispensary owner who used a bong to scare them away. Related: Stephen Colbert Skewers Reefer-Mad Canadians in Hilarious VideoColbert then went on to talk about a new study that revelated more elderly are using medical marijuana. After listening to the audience erupt in applause at the news, Colbert went on to say, “At least old people are going to smell weird for a cool reason.”Ouch.Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before Opioids   Jonathan Small funny business The Late Night host has some fun with recent pot news. –shares Download Our Free Android App Entrepreneur Staff September 17, 2018 Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Add to Queue Free Green Entrepreneur App Next Article last_img read more

Address Unknown Return to Sender 3 Tips for Bringing Life to Outdated

first_img Image credit: dardespot | Getty Images November 10, 2018 5 min read Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Principal at the design firm CBT Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A lot of real estate formerly devoted to moving mail is being creatively, and profitably, repurposed for the digital economy. Real Estate Haril Pandya The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Address Unknown, Return to Sender: 3 Tips for Bringing Life to Outdated Mailrooms When was the last time you sent a handwritten letter? Think about it. Sure, maybe you’ve scribbled a quick thank you note or birthday card, but let’s face it — lines are much shorter at the post office these days and snail mail isn’t what it used to be. The immediacy of email, Facebook and online retail has replaced the U.S. Postal Service, which has become little more than a “last-mile” distribution network for Amazon.As vacant post offices dot the nation, property owners and developers are rethinking the purpose of service areas originally designed to host streams of people and truckloads of goods. Those who view everything from factory-sized distribution centers to 10- by 12-foot mailrooms as a redevelopment opportunity will have the best chance of transforming these obsolete spaces into the next best thing.I’ve been an architect for more than 25 years and specialize in enhancing the value of forgotten, underperforming properties. This year, my team and I repurposed a 430,000-square-foot former mail processing plant into a commercial campus coined POST Waltham. Rather than bulldozing the building, we took advantage of the loading docks, high ceilings and industrial character to design a dynamic, character-rich office atmosphere where people want to work.Here are three ways to make those warehouses or dusty mailrooms shine like they did in their heyday.Related: How the Stars of ‘Fixer Upper’ Transformed a Town in TexasUse large floor plates to your advantage.Massive square footage can be daunting to own, lease or develop. However, a large footprint can be an advantage and appeal to different types of tenants.TAMI (Technology, Advertising, Marketing and Innovation) businesses in particular like to have all their workers on one level to optimize interaction and company culture. To attract these innovation economy leaders, make spatial diversity and flexibility a driving design focus to establish a collaborative environment. A mixture of shared benches, enclosed offices available for use and areas to socialize promotes both egalitarianism and productivity.The high ceilings of manufacturing spaces also provide an opportunity to experiment with desirable, but uncommon amenities. At POST Waltham, the space allowed us to install a rock-climbing wall and half-court basketball court. If you have the height, differentiate yourself by offering amenities that other spaces can’t.Related: Amazon’s Whole Foods Deal Will Remake Strip MallsSocialize a traditionally sterile space.Although people rarely send mail, they love receiving it. Residential and hotel mailrooms are expanding as a result of people shopping more online and buying everyday products. As mailrooms grow on the back end to accommodate the spike in large packages, here are a few simple design techniques that invest in the human element on the recipients’ end.By installing warm or soft light fixtures, you can easily brighten up the mailroom and counteract the sterile nature of enclosed processing areas. To create a sense of liveliness, consider painting the walls a rich jewel or warm tone instead of a neutral color. Positioning lounge furniture near the entryway can also encourage tenants to read their mail right then and there or spend time while they wait for a package.Taking this approach to the extreme, WeLive — a co-living offshoot of WeWork — recently turned the mailroom of its Lower Manhattan location into a dimly-lit, plush speakeasy. Complete with a bar, food and hipsters’ love for not-so-secret-secret destinations, the old-fashioned mailroom hides the back-end, allowing the historic detailing of the mail boxes and backlit bar to be front and center.Related: Why Your New Company Needs an Old BuildingRecognize and amplify authenticity.What people crave today is storytelling. Everything from the photos we post on Instagram to how we talk about what happened over the weekend centers around showing that we’re living a genuine life with unique experiences.Historic buildings, especially those designed to serve an antiquated purpose, tell stories at no extra charge. Rather than removing antique features, like entryway signage or the wooden-doweled partitions that were used to separate customers from the mail distribution area, make them a central focal point.For example, Exeter Realty completed the renovation of the 17-story, 750,000-square-foot Eugene McCarthy Post Office, now named the Custom House, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Refurbished into 202 luxury apartments, a 149-key Hyatt Place and ground floor retail, the Custom House is full of early 20th-century ornamental finishes that recall a time when post offices were a source of local and municipal pride. The hotel lobby’s marble sheen is accented by art-deco brass detailing, including engraved eagles on each elevator door, that evokes the appearance of old-school P.O. boxes. The hotel also repurposed 20 percent of the building’s doors, using the classic dark wood and frosted glass combo to hang as partitions between common area seating. These restored elements, accentuated by low-back fabric furniture, reflect the corporate grandeur of the community post office.As you can see, it’s possible to make an archaic space feel authentic, original and more interesting than any cookie-cutter design scheme.While the way we live, work and play continues to change, preserving the character of yesterday’s buildings ensures that the future of our spaces celebrates the narratives of their pasts. Add to Queue Guest Writer –shares Apply Now »last_img read more