New Delhi, Apr 19 (PTI) Japanese auto major Honda today announced opening of bookings for the 25th anniversary edition of its flagship super sport motorcycle CBR 1000RR Fireblade with price starting at Rs 17.61 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The 2017 Fireblade will be imported as completely built unit (CBU) in India and will be available at Hondas exclusive Wing World outlets located in Mumbai and the Capital. The superbike will be available in two variants — CBR 1000RR Fireblade and CBR 1000RR Fireblade SP, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) said in a statement The Fireblade, will be “the most powerful, faster and lighter CBR1000RR from Hondas stable and we are very excited to add another chapter to the success story with its introduction in India,” HMSI Senior Vice President (Sales and Marketing) Yadvinder Singh Guleria said. PTI RKL SA
Six-time World Champion MC Mary Kom turned 36 on Saturday (November 24). After winning the title at the World Women Boxing Championship here at KD Jadhav hall, May Kom shared that it was her birthday.However, what is strange that her birth date mentioned on the Olympic website and other official sites, including her Rajya Sabha membership card, is March 1.”I feel very happy it is a special day (birthday). Couldn’t have asked for more,” Mary told Mail Today soon after her summit clash.Asked about the error in the birth date, Mary told the paper that it was a mistake done during the submission of her documents by her uncle.”The mistake happened during my childhood. My uncle filled up the form and nobody noticed it that time. We were also not that popular, so we let it go as it is. However, the year (1983) was right.”It will be interesting to see how the Government of India reacts to it. In all the official documents, her birth date mentioned is March 1.At 36, Mary Kom is a living legend. The mother of three has already set her eyes on making a mark in the Tokyo Olympics. A difficult challenge, to put it mildly, Mary Kom will be punching much above her weight, so to speak, at an age when a retirement is an honourable option.”I am looking at competing in the Olympics and I know people’s expectations and I am taking it in a positive stride and working towards it,” she added.advertisementMary Kom had bagged the bronze medal in 2012 Olympics in London in the flyweight category after losing to Great Britain’s Nicola Adams 6-11 in the semi-final. She had sought to claim her gold at Rio in 2016, but unfortunately failed to qualify for the event. Following it, many had criticised her while retirement questions had popped up.”I have answered my critics who were hoping I didn’t win, people who questioned me, asked when I would retire- I have answered all,” she said.Asked about her thoughts on coaching, Mary Kom replied, “I will train other girls but only after I retire, but it is very difficult to have another Mary Kom.”
After another dismal show from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), skipper Virat Kohli’s leadership skills were under the scanner, but young all-rounder Shivam Dube, who played for the franchise and will now feature for Shivaji Park Lions in the Mumbai T20 League, feels the Indian captain knows how to manage a team.Dube, a budding talent from Mumbai, was all praise for the Indian run-machine and said it is every young cricketer’s dream to play under Kohli in any format of the game.Speaking to IANS after Bangalore’s exit from IPL 2019, Dube said: “Virat (bhaiya) is undoubtedly the best player we have in our team (RCB) at the moment. It’s a great opportunity to be mentored by him and playing under him.”I think every young cricketer wants to play with him at least once, sharing the crease with him is something that goes a long way in helping you learn. I was lucky to have been able to play under him in this IPL.”Expressing his views on Kohli’s captaincy, the 25-year-old said: “I have been able to learn a lot of things from him, including his way of managing the team and keeping the entire team together. He is a great leader.”When quizzed about the special tips he received from South Africa superstar AB de Villiers, Dube said: “ABD always told me to keep a positive attitude in any situation and it has really helped solve my problems in tough situations. He’s a great team player and even as a senior, he always motivated me in practice as well as in the matches.”advertisementTalking on his performance in this season of the cash-rich league, Dube felt that despite giving his best, it didn’t work for his team and he will try to perform better in future.”I gave my 100 percent but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for our team as a whole. I know I have more to achieve and I can definitely do much better. I am confident I will get more chances in different formats of the game. My focus at the moment is doing my best for the Shivaji Park Lions in the upcoming Mumbai T20 League.”After playing in one of the most challenging T20 leagues in the world, Dube is all set to participate in Mumbai’s local T20 league and is looking to use the tournament as another platform to showcase his talent.”Shivaji Park Lions is my home since Mumbai is where I belong. Shivaji Park Lions has given me the perfect opportunity to showcase myself as a talented cricketer. Yes, I come with some experience, but that only helps enhance the overall performance of the team, rather than putting more pressure on me.”The whole team is full of talent and it is also a great learning experience. I just want to better my performance with every match I play for Shivaji Park Lions,” Dube said.With several T20 leagues evolving swiftly, he feels the tournaments will give youngsters another opportunity to showcase their talent.”It is a great move that cricket is being recognized at every level, there are so many of us who dream to play at a bigger level and such domestic matches give us encouragement and opportunity. I am happy that I am getting a chance to play in the league,” he said.Dube was adjudged Player of the Tournament last season after accumulating 213 runs from eight games and bagging 12 wickets.”The faith that Shivaji Park Lions have put in me by retaining me is a great gesture. I won’t let them down. Shivaji Park Lions are ready to roar louder this season. We may have missed the last one by a thread, but we as a team are confident of doing well this season,” he said.Also Read | Always great on paper: Vijay Mallya tweets on RCB’s poor IPL 2019 campaignAlso Read | RCB fan girl goes viral overnight. Move over, Wink Girl Priya Prakash Varrier
David Villa Villa hails ‘spectacular’ Asensio and predicts another ‘glorious’ Spain era Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 20:58 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Spain WC Qualification Europe With players like Marco Asensio developing well, the striker is hopeful La Roja can enjoy another period of extended success David Villa has hailed Marco Asensio as “spectacular” and believes Spain have the talent in their ranks to enjoy a new “glorious” era.Spain coach Julen Lopetegui handed New York City striker Villa a shock recall at the age of 35 for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein, with his last international appearance coming at the 2014 World Cup.Villa was part of a golden generation for Spain and counts a European Championship and a World Cup among his list of achievements with his country. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The former Barcelona star sees a similar level of quality in Spain’s current crop, and reserved particular praise for Madrid’s star talent Asensio.”We have to see [Asensio] to enjoy him,” he told a news conference. “He’s spectacular and he has had an incredible evolution in the last few months.”We’ll enjoy him as a Spanish player for many years. He’s making a case to be a starter in Madrid – but that’s not up to me, it’s up to the coach.””I have seen very well the evolution of the team at this time. It has huge talent with many great players.”We all said that we had to have patience after winning the World Cup and that streak of five or six years. The quality of the squad now is amazing.”Why is there not going to be another glorious time like the one we had?”Villa’s opportunity has arisen in part due to Diego Costa’s omission, with the Chelsea striker still AWOL from Chelsea with the striker having been told he has no future at Stamford Bridge by boss Antonio Conte.And Villa is keen for his former Atletico Madrid team-mate to find a solution.”I do not care if I’m here because of Diego Costa’s situation or not,” he added. “He’s a great friend and I want him to solve his problem.”I’m here to help without thinking about what would otherwise be.”
Barcelona coach Valverde pleased with De Jong after victory over Eibarby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with Frenkie de Jong’s performance after victory over Eibar.De Jong played a key part in the victory and was applauded off by the home fans when he was substituted.”He’s having a great start to the season,” Valverde said about the midfielder.”We’ve seen that he gives us a lot for the strength that he has, as much in attack as in defence.”This is why the crowd recognised him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
The creation of a Community Foundation is listed as a 2019 initiative in Council’s Strategic Plan.Mayor Lori Ackerman shared, right now the city spends a significant amount on ‘Grants in Aid’ and permissive tax exemptions. When the Community Foundation (CF) is established, the funding could come from the CF rather than our operating budget.As the community grows, so too are the requests for assistance. A CF can determine its ability to fund based on its revenues from the fund’s investments and accommodate the decisions year-round rather than a once a year budget, shared Mayor AckermanCLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council approved $165,751.00 towards the development of a Community Foundation (CF) from surplus 2019 C5 project funds.On Monday, September 9th, 2019, Council awarded the bid for a Community Foundation to KEA Canada Ltd of Canmore, Alberta.On August 27, 2019, city staff met to review submitted proposals which were reviewed against a scoring matrix, which included Company Overview, Project Team and Experience, Methodology, Project Plan, Schedule, and Fees.
Rabat – Farid Essebar, a notorious Moroccan-Russian hacker wanted by the authorities in Switzerland, was arrested on Tuesday by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Bangkok. He is accused of cracking Switzerland Bank’s computers and websites.Farid Essebar, who has dual Moroccan-Russian nationality, was detained in Bangkok last week by officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), according to the Bangkok Post news website. Police Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul, chief of the International Cases and International Crime Division, said that authorities had arrested the suspect at a condominium on Rama IV Road.“Thailand will send him to Switzerland within 90 days in accordance with the extradition agreement” between Switzerland and Thailand,’’ he added. The 27-year-old Moroccan-Russian citizen was arrested on suspicion of taking part in a cyber crime which involved cracking banking systems and hacking into online banking websites. The breach was reported to have resulted in $4 billion worth of damage to customers in Europe in 2011.Police are reportedly searching for two other gang members involved in the breach.In an interview with the Bangkok Post, the DSI official said that Swiss police had alerted Thai authorities “to their hunt for the hacker through their embassy in Bangkok after receiving information that he and three other gang members had come to Thailand.”“DSI officials and police tracked Essebar for about two years until they were certain that he was the one on the wanted list by Switzerland,” he added.This is not the first time Essebar was arrested. In 2006, he was sentenced to two years in prison for spreading the Zotob computer worm that targeted Windows 2000 operating systems in 2005. Among the affected were CNN, ABC News, the New York Times, Caterpillar, United Parcel Service, Boeing and also the United States Department of Homeland Security.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat – Unreported debt, plunging deficit, subpar revenues, lack of transparency, misuse of the treasury’s special accounts. These are the dysfunctions revealed by the latest report of the Court of Auditors on the execution of the 2016 Finance Act. The Court of Auditors hits once again, and this time, it’s the Ministry of Finance who’s on the hot spot. In its recent report, Driss Jettou, head of the Court of Auditors, chides the ministry for the unreliable information it communicates to the public and to the government. For the Court of Auditor, the ministry has an accounting issue. According to the report, the budget deficit communicated by the Ministry of Finance, estimated at MAD 40.6 billion, exclude some of the state’s debts accumulated in 2016. READ ALSO: Court of Auditors Uncovers ‘Serious Dysfunctions’ in Moroccan Financial ManagementAccording to the institution headed by Jettou, the ministry omitted the debts the government owes to companies in terms of VAT and corporate tax credits. “The VAT receipts are considered as definitively acquired while the Treasury will be called upon to return part of it to the loaned companies,” states the report.In fact, the court estimates that the state owes MAD 28.6 billion in VAT loans to companies and public entities. Moreover, besides VAT, the state’s debts vis-à-vis certain public institutions, namely OCP, ADM, ONEE, ONCF, ONDA and RAM, amount to MAD 5.5 billion. These debts relate to corporate tax, commitments made by the executive under contracts, as well as commercial services.READ ALSO: Mohamed Boussaid Defends Govt. Budget Calculations Against Criticism by Court of AuditorsIn addition, the ministry’s presentation of the overall budget does not provide information on the real weight of taxation: showing only the net tax revenue, it excludes the Value Added Tax, the Corporation Tax and the Income tax. Miscalculating the budget deficit is not the only dysfunction revealed by the court. The management of the Treasury’s special accounts was also on the agenda, and this time, the Court of Auditors didn’t mince its words.READ ALSO: Court of Auditors Says Govt. Employees Make Too Much MoneyBest known as the “state’s black boxes,” these special accounts are support budgets dedicated to specific operations that cannot be included in the general budget of the state. The 2015 organic law relating to the Finance Act introduced new management rules destined to better define the field of intervention of these black boxes in order to control their use in certain economic and social government programs.READ ALSO: Moroccan Court of Auditors Accuses Municipality Presidents of EmbezzlementHowever, the Court of Auditors revealed that a number of these black boxes are used to finance ordinary operations, completely dissociated from their defined purpose. Moreover, in some cases, they are used to finance officials’ salaries, bonuses and allowances, whereas these expenses should be budgeted in ordinary conditions. Some of these accounts present significant positive balances on a structural level, which according to the court, would require a review of the compliance with their revenues and actual needs. By the end of 2016, the financial balance totaled MAD 4.3 billion, while the cumulative balance amounted to MAD 122.7 billion.
“The private sector is needed to create jobs and wealth, to promote trade, investment and stable markets, and to develop new technologies that benefit poor people – all of which, if done in the right way, will help achieve progress towards the Millennium Development Goals agreed to four years ago by world leaders,” she told the United States Council for International Business dinner Tuesday in New York.She emphasized that businesses should work with the UN in the spirit of enlightened self-interest. “The ideologies of extremism that pose such a grave threat to people of many nations are often the desperate refuge of frustrated young people – people whose lives are devoid of hope or opportunity, and who feel excluded and alienated from society,” she said.”Providing those young people with hope is both a moral obligation and an investment in the security of people everywhere – not to mention an investment in stable markets.”With globalization creating both prosperity and uncertainty, she said, the UN is doing all it can to “encourage business to respect some basic principles founded in universal values, and to harness the potential of business to promote development.”The most innovative example of this is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Global Compact, she said. Thanks to that voluntary initiative, more than 1,500 companies from over 70 countries are taking a public stand on universal principles. “They engage in learning, dialogue and projects with other actors in society, and they subject themselves to public scrutiny, reporting annually on their progress in advancing the Compact’s aims.”Urging the assembled corporate leaders to play their respective roles, she said, “Please rest assured that, when business looks to play its part in making this world a better place, the United Nations is open for business, and open to business.”
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Outokumpu Technology has agreed the delivery of three TankCell-300 flotation cells to OceanaGold’s Macraes operation in New Zealand. TankCell-300, with an active capacity of over 300 m3, is the largest mechanical flotation cell in the world. The Macraes delivery will be the first such installation and represents a significant development for flotation technology in general. Outokumpu Technology will provide the complete flotation circuit at Macraes and is responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the three cells, with completion scheduled for mid 2007. OceanaGold’s Macraes mine is New Zealand’s largest producer of gold, with the annual capacity to process 6 Mt. A single train configuration of 1/1/1 TankCell-300s, combined with two existing TankCell-150s, will replace the site’s original three trains of column flotation, representing a significant reduction not only in footprint, but also in operating costs such as maintenance and spare parts. The larger TankCell design also offers optimized froth stability for low-grade ores, as well as ongoing savings from lower air and power consumption. The TankCell-300 units at Macraes will also feature the latest field-proven and patented FloatForceTM mixing technologies developed by Outokumpu Technology.
ROBBIE KEANE HAS been invited back to the White House — but the Republic of Ireland striker will have to turn down US President Barack Obama due to a double-booking.Keane’s LA Galaxy team-mates, who won the MLS Championship again last season, will join Stanley Cup winners the LA Kings as the guests of honour at a special reception next Tuesday.But instead of another meet and greet with Obama, Keane will be back home in Dublin for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria.When they met last May Obama, who is reportedly considering a return visit to these shores during his second term, greeted Ireland’s record goalscorer as “a cousin” and made some jokes about alcohol. Remember? YouTube Credit: whitehouseRobbie had a bit of craic anyway, judging by that smile. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/Press Association Images)But alas the two bros will have to wait for another time for their ‘family reunion’.On the bright side, at least this lad won’t be in Dublin on Tuesday night:(© INPHO/Allsport)He won’t, will he? *shudders*Trap places trust in Clark, Green as he names starting 11 to face Sweden
Reboiser ne suffit pas à contrebalancer le réchauffement climatiqueUne étude publiée hier dans la revue Nature Geoscience explique que les projets de reboisement ne suffiront pas à inverser le cours du changement climatique qui est en train de se produire.Une étude menée par deux chercheurs canadiens montre, grâce à une modélisation prenant en compte cinq scénarii de reboisement sur 50 ans (de 2011 à 2060), que même si toutes les terres cultivées du monde étaient reboisées, le réchauffement climatique ne serait réduit que de 0,45°C d’ici la fin du siècle.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Pour parvenir à ce constat, ils ont examiné les effets sur la terre, l’eau et l’air dans la mesure où la température terrestre augmenterait de 3°C entre 1850 et d’ici 2100. Sciences et Avenir indique que ceci s’explique notamment par le fait qu’il faut des décennies aux forêts pour être capables de capter le CO2, lequel stagne durant des siècles dans l’atmosphère. Un reboisement de l’ordre de 50% des terres cultivées n’entraînerait donc qu’une réduction de 0,25°C de la hausse de la température. “Le reboisement en soi n’est pas un problème, il est positif mais nos conclusions indiquent qu’il n’est pas un outil pour maîtriser la température si on émet des gaz à effet de serre comme on le fait actuellement”, a expliqué M. Montenegro à l’AFP.Evidemment ces scénarii sont totalement irréalistes (il faudra nourrir 9 milliards d’humains en 2050) mais ils montrent à quel point le réchauffement climatique ne sera pas simple à limiter. Parmi les trois autres options envisagées, reboiser des zones au niveau des tropiques serait de loin la plus efficace. Les forêts sont plus sombres que les terres cultivées et donc absorbent plus de chaleur. En les plantant à la place d’une terre recouverte de neige ou de céréales de couleurs claires cela diminue l’effet de réflexion (dit “albédo”), qui renvoie l’énergie solaire vers l’atmosphère. Toutefois “reboiser ne peut pas se substituer à la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre”, réaffirme l’étude.Le 20 juin 2011 à 16:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Virgin Money has a mean gender pay gap of 32.5% for hourly fixed pay at April 2017, compared to 36% in April 2016.The organisation has reported snapshot data for 5 April 2017 in compliance with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations. The data has been published on the government’s gender pay gap viewing service alongside supporting information.The median gender pay gap for hourly fixed pay is 38.4% at April 2017. Virgin Money had a 39% median gender pay gap in April 2016, as detailed in its 2016 annual report.The mean gender pay gap for bonus pay is 45.3% in the year up to 5 April 2017, and the median gender pay gap for bonuses is 40.7%. For the 2016 performance year, 88.7% of the organisation’s female employees received bonus pay, compared to 90.1% of male employees.Just over one-third (35%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Virgin Money are women, compared to 48% in the second quartile, 64% in the third quartile and 73% in the lowest pay quartile. This represents a gender pay gap of 9.7%, 3.8%, 2.8%, and -0.7% across the quartiles, respectively.Virgin Money has set a target to achieve a 50:50 gender balance across the business by 2020, within a 10% tolerance.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.In April 2017, the Government Equalities Office launched the online gender pay gap viewing service to allow the public to see the data that employers have published so far to fulfil their gender pay gap reporting obligations.A spokesperson at Virgin Money said: “We are proud to be the first FTSE [organisation] to publish its 2017 gender pay gap figures under the new legislation. We have made progress over the last year, with our mean gender pay gap reducing from 36% to 32.5%. This gap is not acceptable and we are committed to reducing it.“We know that as we move towards a more balanced workforce at every level the gender pay gap will reduce substantially. We are heading in the right direction, narrowing the gap and building trust through visibility at the same time.”
NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah held a meeting with senior party leaders, including Union ministers, on Tuesday and assigned to them key responsibilities for assembly polls in four states as they took stock of election preparedness and deliberated over strategy. Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Narendra Singh Tomar, who are the BJP’s election in-charge for Delhi and Haryana respectively, and party general secretary Bhupender Yadav and vice president Om Mathur were among those who attended the meeting. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Yadav and Mathur are poll in-charges for Maharashtra and Jharkhand respectively. BJP working president J P Nadda and its general secretary (organization) B L Santosh were also part of the deliberations. BJP general secretary Anil Jain, who is the organisational in-charge for Haryana, said the leaders deliberated over strategy and programme for the elections. Sources said state leadership has also been advised to “evaluate” properly the leaders who want to join the BJP from rival parties. Assembly polls in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand are scheduled to be held later this year. Delhi is likely to go to polls early next year.
Black shoppers walk down M Street NW in Washington, D.C., browsing through stores in the Georgetown neighborhood. (Photo Courtesy Georgetown Business Improvement District)The mobile group messaging app GroupMe, owned by Microsoft, is claimed to have been a useful technological tool in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown district, helping business owners to connect with police in real time in their efforts to curtail crime and targeting shoplifters along the neighborhood’s popular shopping strip. Now the app is in the process of being taken down, because of possible racial profiling toward Blacks.“The overriding goal of our retail community is to ensure that everyone who visits Georgetown feels welcomed, comfortable, safe, and that their civil rights and individual dignity are protected and respected. So long as there are questions about how this app is being used, this goal cannot be met,” wrote Georgetown Business Improvement District’s chief executive Joe Sternlieb in a statement, as cited in an Oct. 19 article in The Georgetowner.An Aug. 10 investigative report from the publication, “Critics Claim Racial Bias in Georgetown Digital Crime Prevention,” noted that although the community worked to identify threats and prevent crime beginning with the app’s launch in March 2014, it also “illustrated a stark racial disparity in how crime and suspicious behavior are reported in the community, raising hard questions about the relationship between community policing and civil rights.”The idea of using the app was introduced by Metropolitan Police Officer Antonial Atkins, who covers Georgetown. As a result, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) began using the app as a go-between for retailers and police.Unfortunately, the app seemed to create a mechanism for racial profiling, critics say. Murray’s article stated that between March 1 and July 1, warned messages sent on the app targeted 330 people of which 236 were Black (72 percent). Only 16 percent were White. Also, in terms of appearance, people with dreadlocks were often deemed “suspicious.”The Georgetown shopping area is known for its wide variety of fashionable stores in Northwest, where it begins at M Street all the way to Wisconsin Avenue. Shopaholics can find medium to high end priced stores such as TJ Maxx, Alex and Ani, Lacoste, Ann Taylor, Dean and DeLuca, Banana Republic and many others.One manager at the Nike store stated they used to use the GroupMe app but stopped it some time ago. A sales clerk at Barney’s New York said her manager was in a conference call. Ayana Ransom, a Black manager at All Saints, stated the app did help.“Yes, there are a lot of pictures of African Americans on the app,” Ransom said. “The shoplifters don’t look at the prices, they bring in old bags and sometimes wear sunglasses.” She picked up two shoplifters in the last three weeks.Two women, Stacy and Shaquanta, window shopping for fall fashions, said, “Basically, if you’re Black in America, you’re constantly under surveillance, you’re looked at frequently; honestly every day.”
The researchers, Qijie Guo, Grayson M. Ford, Wei-Chang Yang, Bryce C. Walker, Eric A. Stach, Hugh W. Hillhouse, and Rakesh Agrawal, have published their study on the improved solar cells in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. They fabricated the solar cells from copper-zinc-tin-chalcogenide (CZTSSe), which is an Earth-abundant material, using a solution-based thin-film deposition method. Previous research has shown that these methods can provide high yields at lower manufacturing costs compared to other methods.The solar cell design is based on the researchers’ earlier study in which they demonstrated that solar cells fabricated using CZTS nanocrystals are potentially viable, although they had efficiencies of less than 1%. Here, the researchers made significant improvements to the design by tuning the composition of the nanocrystals as well as developing a more robust thin-film coating method.After synthesizing the nanocrystals and applying them on a substrate for a total film thickness of 1 micrometer, the researchers observed that the nanocrystal film featured large, densely packed grains, which leads to improved solar cell efficiency. In testing, the solar cells could achieve a total area efficiency of 7.2%. As coauthor Hugh Hillhouse explained, the total area efficiency refers to the entire cell, rather than just the “active area.””It is the total area efficiency that matters most,” he told PhysOrg.com. “Some people report an ‘active area’ efficiency, which only includes areas that the light reaches. However, all thin film solar cells are made with metal contacts that block the light from reaching some areas. When you include this loss, we use the term ‘total area’ efficiency. It is the most fair and important efficiency.”The 7.2% efficiency was reached after “light soaking” for 15 minutes under one-sun illumination; when the light was turned off, the efficiency dropped to 6.89%. “Light soaking simply means that we shine normal intensity simulated sunlight on the cell for a period of time before we make the measurement,” Hillhouse said. “Most likely, the light soaking allows photogenerated carriers to fill traps, shift the quasi-Fermi levels, and/or screen barriers created by band offsets. It doesn’t present a problem since real solar cells are naturally light soaked – they sit in the sun.”Although currently there are no CZTS or CZTSSe solar cells on the market for comparison, the solar cells in this study are very competitive with other fabrication methods.“The best cells formed by vacuum processes have only reached 6.7%,” Hillhouse said. “Typically, solar cells produced by vacuum-based processes have been more efficient, but also more expensive. For the case of CZTS, the solution phase approach (our nanocrystal route and IBM’s hydrazine route) is more efficient.”One potential area for improvement for these solar cells lies in improving their low quantum efficiency for light of longer wavelengths (i.e., the near-infrared range). The researchers attempted to improve this efficiency by increasing the thickness of the absorber, although their initial experiments showed that thicker absorber layers also had increased resistance. In the future, they plan to optimize the fabrication for thicker films, which could further increase the overall efficiency.“There is a lot of compositional freedom in the CZTSSe system, and it is likely that the optimum compositions, device structure, and processing conditions have not yet been found – but we are working on it,” Hillhouse said. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Structure of plastic solar cells impedes their efficiency, researchers find Citation: Researchers improve efficiency of low-cost solar cells (2010, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-efficiency-low-cost-solar-cells.html (PhysOrg.com) — As part of the recent progress in improving solar cells for widespread use, researchers from Purdue University have designed solar cells made of low-cost, abundant materials that are easily scalable and very stable. The researchers have increased the solar cells’ total area efficiency to 7.2% and plan to make further improvements in the future. More information: Qijie Guo, et al. “Fabrication of 7.2% Efficient CZTSSe Solar Cells Using CZTS Nanocrystals.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/ja108427b Explore further 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. This image shows a cross-section of a CZTSSe thin film solar cell. The film exhibits densely packed grains, which leads to a high efficiency. Image credit: Qijie Guo, et al. ©2010 American Chemical Society.
News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more June 29, 2017 — Philips announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market IntelliSpace Portal 9.0 and a range of innovative applications for radiology in the United States. The latest release of Philips’ clinical informatics platform for advanced visual analysis and quantification of medical images now offers enhanced additional applications for longitudinal brain imaging and multimodality tumor tracking, as well as optimized lung nodule assessment.IntelliSpace Portal 9.0 has been available outside of the U.S. since November 2016 and will be available in the U.S. as of this month. The new innovations that are now cleared add to more than 70 applications that IntelliSpace Portal 9.0 offers on a single platform, spanning clinical domains within radiology, including neurology, oncology and cardiology. The platform gives clinicians a comprehensive overview of each patient, helping them to quantify and quickly diagnose conditions using multimodality clinical applications that are optimized for patient evaluation over longer periods of time.The number of people diagnosed with cancer and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dementia continues to rise. Timely diagnosis and early intervention can improve patient outcomes. These conditions also require longer-term treatment and continued follow-up to monitor a patient’s response to a chosen therapy over time and define the next steps in the treatment process.“Analytics applications optimized for clinical decision support and longitudinal and quantified patient tracking are becoming increasingly important to radiologists,” said Mark van Buchem, professor of neuroradiology at the Leiden University Medical Center, one of the development partners of IntelliSpace Portal 9.0. “They can help visualize and quantify very subtle manifestations of disease and differences over time that may not be seen with the naked eye. IntelliSpace Portal 9.0 integrates into our existing workflow and adds greatly to our patient care.”The newest clinical advance on the Intellispace Portal now cleared for U.S. distribution is its Longitudinal Brain Imaging (LoBI) – an application to analyze brain images to support the evaluation of neurological disorders over time. LoBI helps clinicians monitor disease progression in patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS).The qEASL (quantitative European Association for the Study of the Liver) capability within Multi-Modality Tumor Tracking offers a new method for enhanced measurement of tumor volume based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans. This functionality aims to improve the current standard for cancer treatment follow-ups by giving a visual indication of how cells respond to therapy.Also now available in the U.S. is Lung Nodule Assessment, which offers a diagnostic patient imaging tool that provides quantitative and characterization information about nodules in the lung in a single CT study, or over time during the course of multiple thoracic studies.For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Camino de Santiagoguidewalks UTracks has published a handy new quick reference guide to the Camino de Santiago, available in print and online, to help agents plan the right Camino experience for their clients.The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of Saint James, is the name used to refer to all the routes that lead to where the apostle Saint James is said to be buried. It has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages for more than 1,000 years.“Each year around 200,000 people, from all walks of life, embark on a journey along part or all of the Camino de Santiago,” says UTracks’ Camino expert, Jaclyn Lofts, who has walked the full Spanish Camino (all 790km kilometres of it!).“They all do different trails; that span France, Spain and Portugal. Some of them cycle, but most tend to walk.”Lofts has also walked sections of the Portuguese Camino, and has presented Camino walking and cycling information nights at countless venues around the world.“While there is a myriad of ways to walk ‘The Way’, when it comes to planning their journey, most prospective pilgrims ask travel consultants the same questions.“What is the Camino? Why are there so many routes? Which one should I do? When should I go? How fit do I have to be?” she says.The UTracks Quick Reference Guide to the Camino de Santiago is available at utracks.com or call 1300 303 368 to order a print version.
Time to look at new luxury hotels in Amsterdam. There are three, all well worth international note in today’s world of changing demand, and more and more differentiation. First in alphabetical order is Hyatt Regency Amsterdam, replacing what was a children’s hospital on Sarphatistraat, overlooking that canal, has a truly “wow” ground floor that can be summed up as green and authentic, inside and outside, and fabulous eating and drinking with more than hints of Indonesia. Mama Makan restaurant, for instance, even has exotic spices on its breakfast buffet and you can have the Indonesian national dish, nasi goreng, any time you want, breakfast, lunch and dinner.Interestingly the Dutch East India Company (VOC, in Dutch) was set up specifically to import spices from the East and it established a base in 1619 in what is now Jakarta – half a century later VOC was the world’s richest private company, with over 150 merchant ships, 40 warships, 50,000 employees, its own 10,000-strong private army and paying 40 per cent to its investors, who were predominantly German. I wonder what those farsighted internationalists would think of this fascinating six-floor hotel, which opened this very April? They would surely applaud local architect Van Dongen-Koschuch’s tile exterior, with some facets echoing the surrounding trees of quiet Sarphatistraat, and one real, living tree, in the building’s indent, which forms a terrace.And like me, they would love what CONCRETE, another Dutch company, has done for the public areas inside. Go in via the main entrance, which interestingly has a prominent Free Wi-Fi sign on its glass wall, and you see to your right a long living wall in perfect condition. Everywhere you turn there is living greenery, hanging down or set in planters. Go along to Mama Makan, which is invariably heavy on local eaters-and-drinkers, and there are 150 enormous white paper lanterns hanging overhead, one, I am told, for each seat.Locals are also using this luxury hotel’s lobby as a casual meeting and work place. The 20-seat communal table has inset sockets, and of course that free connectivity. There is a manned bar, and a grab-and-go deli with the most superb bottles of limoncello. Gosh, you could take in calories all day and all night here. I have not mentioned Mama Makan’s breakfast salad, with poached egg atop almonds, broccoli, cheese and spinach, or, in your room, anything you want, including breakfast, 24/7 (choose a Crave Express item and even Mie goreng comes in 20 minutes). The savvy, by the way, probably choose a room overlooking Singel Canal, and definitely one with access to the two-floor, light and airy Regency Club. The keen-to-learn, too, really appreciate that using the 24/7 Lifefitness gym they get Wikipedia on their screens, which means you can learn even more about the East India Company and the background to the Dutch spice trade and so much more.Next up in this trio of new Amsterdam hotels, Jaz in the City, is a bit of an anomaly. First, it spells ‘jazz’ in a weird way. Secondly it is not actually in the city centre. Next, there are some in that centre who still have not heard of it – and it is now 15 months old – but it does extremely well, thank you. This is a 21st-century luxury hotel that is absolutely right for its market sector, which is corporate plus events plus fresh air, all paired with extraordinarily nice and willing staff, led by the Jaz Brand Leader, Marjolein Bruschke. So, where is it? Think the Zuidoost suburb, 200 yards from Bijlmer ArenaA and Strandvliet stations, both of which have masses of 15-minute trains to Amsterdam Central Station. It is part of an open-square development, the other sides being formed by an office block for national headquarters (behind is a massive Deutsche Bank tower), and the Johan Cruijff Ajax Arena and the Ziggo Dome theatre.Now the Arena, which hosts some mega-events as well as sports events, seats up to 68,000 and whenever there is an Ajax home game the activity spills into that open square and into the hotel and dozens of relief staff come in to serve after-game beer. The Dome has a 17,000 capacity and has continual big-name tickets: coming up in September, for instance, are Neil Diamond on Monday 4th and, on 22 Friday, John Legend. All this happening means lots of business for the 11-floor hotel. It has 258 rooms and miraculously runs with only 50 full-time staff, with others brought in as required. Marjolein Bruschke calls her Housekeeper the Dream Maker, and the black T-shirted youngsters who man the circular metal desk in the lobby are Smart Operators.When the hotel opened it motivationally recruited by inviting applicants to jam with bits of kitchen equipment – as its name implies, this is a hotel integrally linked with music. Blown-glass threads running along upper corridor ceilings are like musical waves; bedrooms have big wall decorations of unmarked CDs hanging one above the other and moving gently to give kaleidoscopes of colour, and you may have a real guitar. But, and this is new luxury; in traditional terms these rooms are minimalist, with open climbing frames for extra hanging and storage, and plain wood floors and concrete ceilings deliberately exposing utility pipes (view the video, below, to see a superb top-floor terrace room, and note the stunning dayglo orange basins and bath). I want to meet designer Michaela Reichwald, obviously a nonstop creator.Another imaginative lady is the events producer, who makes sure there is, every night, a different live act in the main eatertainment venue, Rhythms Bar + Kitchen (above is Oliver Twist, the resident DJ the night I was there – a few days later, the regular Sunday breakfast vibe was to be the Eduardo Blanco Jazz Trio). This anonymous lady also brainstormed with the Jaz Brand Leader (the GM) and came up with the idea of quickie makeups, offered to the red-carpet-dressed females coming to events in the arena or theatre. And this, in turn, led to regular Sunday popup fashion boutiques in the hotel lobby. See why this modern-luxury hotel works? I have not even mentioned breakfast, which again is clever. It is a large second floor space with openair terraces. Help yourself, including using a tablet to get your required drink from one tap, but also follow a witty sign (‘Break a l-egg’) to have cooked-to-order. Tables, of different heights, are on wheels, so the space can quickly be reconfigured for meetings or weddings – or just to accommodate a mere few of John Legend’s fans.Last in this round-up is actually a complete reinvention of a former Crowne Plaza, near the central rail station. What is now Kimpton DeWitt, is a complete update of the past. There was a private home here in the mid-17th century – playwright Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, 1581-1647 was born here. Now that old house, wrapped around by a new building, is partly The House specialty suite, and, undoubtedly even more profitable, the House Bar. Every evening from 5 p.m., go into this inner sanctum for such Dutch beers as Oedipus by Gaia IPA, and Brasserie de Marsinne by Bax Bier Kon and cocktails that may include a Harris Sea Kelp gin. This is just one example, says the gal, of how the luxury Kimpton DeWitt, which opened its doors 17 May, displays not only the best of today but also the past.The 274-room hotel quickly got rave reviews on TripAdvisor, especially from Americans who already know the Kimpton brand. It is so close to the rail station, they enthuse. They love the look – interiors are by Michael Boyd. They love the bedrooms’ top-of-the-range Frette bathrobes – they are soft kelp grey, with white lining. They are over the moon about the fact that the espresso machines’ cups are traditional Dutch porcelain, as are the spoons. Bedrooms are certainly what many think of as Dutch, with masses of blue, contrasting with white walls. Day cushions are blue floral, bathrooms have geometric blue tiles (toiletries are generous-size Marie-Stella-Maris, a brand which also runs the spa, and there is a display vitrine as you enter the hotel, next to its working flower shop).All rooms, also, have Bluetooth gear standing on desks. Yes, this is a really generous hotel, shown to the ultimate in the Penthouse specialty suite. This is just under 500 square feet but seems so much larger, partly because you enter up 14 wood stairs, go past the eight-seat dining table and emerge to a glorious terrace, which adds 300 square feet to the whole: this, with 360 degree views of Amsterdam’s rooftops and church spires, is the ideal place for private parties, intimate wedding receptions, or merely romantic dinners for two. And that, naturally, brings me on to food. One of the brilliant touches here is the hotel’s partnership with Brooklyn chef Sam DeMarco, always known as Sammy D. As he told me, he was doing American comfort food with style a decade ago and now that has become commonplace it was time for a complete life change, to challenge himself. So, with wife and three kids under 11 in tow, he moved across the Atlantic to Amsterdam, to offer comfort food and superb service here at the Kimpton DeWitt.Wyvers Bar.Restaurant is really fun, and not only because of Sammy, who may personally be adding wood to the rotating grill as you pass by (“I am so PLEASED you have come” he still manages to say). One of his many superb creations is the shared appetiser, a glass jar of whipped ricotta topped with sexy salt, his term, and olive oil, served on a platter with different breads, all toasted. Yes, he does Dutch moules with Ywhit beer, as well as such Sam-wiches (sic) as a Cuban, with roast pork and ham. As is the norm in hot-spot eating in Amsterdam these days, by the way, you sit at plain wood tables, china is plain white or a hotchpotch collection of pink, or blue, floral, and cutlery is utilitarian, no label. What is unusual is this luxury’s hotel’s to-go kiosk, street entrance only on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, a main way to the rail station: called Miss Luisa’s, it specialises in coffees, and beignets – see Sammy sugar-dusting beignets, above. Having sampled Sammy’s food, and relaxed in the luxury hotel’s inner garden, now I look forward to returning to stay, which of course will include at least a few minutes at the nightly complimentary wine-tasting, from 5pm, a feature of the Kimpton brand from the very start.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.com