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In Peru Pence defends Syrian strike to Latin America alliesIn Peru Pence defends Syrian strike to Latin America allies

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Thousands of miles from home, Vice-President Mike Pence was thrust into a new, more immediate, role on the world stage Saturday: explaining President Donald Trump’s military strike in Syria to a summit of Latin America leaders.Hours after Trump hailed the missile strike targeting the Syria’s suspected chemical weapons — tweeting, “Mission Accomplished!” — Pence defended the president while building support among U.S. allies for the joint strikes with Britain and France.“The objective of the mission the commander in chief gave our military forces and our allies was completely accomplished — with swift professionalism,” Pence told reporters, noting there were “no reported civilian casualties.”Later, speaking in a cavernous hall of world leaders at the Summit of the Americas, Pence expressed gratitude to Canada, Colombia and other nations that had voiced support for the strike and urged “every nation in this hemisphere of freedom” to support the military action.Pence’s to-do list included smoothing over differences with Mexico, America’s southern neighbour, amid unease over Trump’s decision to send troops to the border and harsh rhetoric on immigration. And with tensions simmering over trade, Pence expressed hope alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the three nations could soon agree to a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.And while Trump grapples with the ongoing Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, Pence sought to draw a bright line against Vladimir Putin’s alliance with Syria following the suspected chemical attack. “Our message to Russia is that you’re on the wrong side of history,” Pence said.Trump often improvises his remarks and is known for bold declarations in person and on his Twitter account. Pence, meanwhile, tends to be more scripted in his exchanges and frequently glanced down at highlighted index cards as he spoke to Latin American leaders here.Shortly before Trump’s address to the nation Friday night, Pence was whisked away from the summit in his motorcade so he could return to his hotel to inform congressional leaders of the pending missile strikes. Pence watched Trump’s speech from his hotel suite, joined by aides.Unlike past appearances at international summits, the vice-president had to dive into the packed agenda on short notice. He learned only Tuesday that he would be attending in Trump’s place so the president could manage the U.S. response to Syria.In meeting after meeting, Pence offered a low-key, extended hand.Seeking rapprochement with Mexico, which has been at odds with Trump over the border wall and immigration, Pence said the topic of funding for Trump’s long-promised border wall did not come up in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.Pence said they simply had a difference of opinion and some issues were “set aside, for a later date.” Left unsaid was whether Pence’s overtures might eventually lead to a joint Trump-Pena Nieto meeting, their first.Seated alongside Trudeau, Pence said there was a “real possibility” the U.S. could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA “within the next several weeks.” Trump has long assailed the trade deal’s impact on U.S. workers and threatened to pull the U.S. out if he’s unhappy with the terms.The summit also gave Pence an opportunity to press the case for tougher sanctions and more isolation of Venezuela across the region.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was barred from attending the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham.Pence urged Maduro to accept humanitarian aid as the once-prosperous nation deals with humanitarian and economic crises. But he called on the region to take a harder line on Maduro’s government, a message he intends to deliver in Brazil next month.“The United States believes now is the time to do more, much more,” he said.___On Twitter follow Ken Thomas at read more

Sri Lanka plans to cut Chinese stake in Hambantota portSri Lanka plans to cut Chinese stake in Hambantota port

A cabinet paper on the revised draft agreement is expected to be presented next Tuesday for discussion and approval, the sources said on Saturday. Ranatunga has also been campaigning for a fuller control over the security of the port. But the Chinese were not ready to accept a dilution of their stake. It is not clear if the current proposal to cut their share to 60 percent has been made with their prior approval.Some Sri Lankans think that China will give in because it urgently needs to make Hambantota port a part of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) global project. The port is also the best in the South Asia with a depth of 17 meters, and China needs a deep water port in this part of the Indian Ocean. But others think that they will resist because Sri Lanka is indebted to China to the tune of US$ 8 billion.Chinese defence minister coming Like the Joint Opposition (JO) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister Ranatunga believes that the country’s strategic assets must remain in the hands of the Sri Lankan government. But unlike the JO, he does not insist on majority shareholding. He feels that cash-strapped Sri Lanka needs foreign investment urgently.One of the leaders of the JO, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, told this correspondent that even 60-40 would not be acceptable to him. The country should have a majority stake to acquire proprietorship over a critical national asset, he said. The Sri Lankan government proposes to cut China’s stake in the Hambantota port from 80 percent to 60 percent, well-placed sources in Colombo have said, according to watering down has been made upon the insistence of the Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, who has been campaigning against the Framework Agreement which gives the China Merchants Holding Company, 80 percent stake and a 99-year lease for an investment of US$ 1.1 billion. It is in this context that the visit of the Chinese Defence Minister Gen Chang Wanquan to Sri Lanka from Mar 19 to 21, is significant.His 20-member delegation, which includes the Secretary General of the State Council, will discuss with Sri Lankan leaders, both defence and economic matters. Hambantota port will certainly be high on its agenda. Many Sri Lankans, including the Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs said that the US$ 1.1 billion that the Sri Lankan the government would get as Chinese investment in the form of an 80 percent shareholding in the port could be easily generated locally by marshalling resources and cutting down on inessential and extravagant government spending. Nanayakkara and economist Dr Lalithasiri Gunaruwan had filed cases in the Supreme Court challenging the way the government had allegedly bartered away Sri Lanka’s rights without following due processes. The two cases are to come for hearing on Apr 7.Nanayakkara is also opposed to the stipulation in the Framework Agreement that 15,000 acres of land will be given to the Chinese-run port for the development of a Chinese-administered Economic Zone. The question of who would have control over the security of the port was also decided in favor of the Chinese.But there was all round opposition to all of these. President Maithripala Sirisena took steps to influence any further negotiations in this matter. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Maryland after attempted comebackWomens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Maryland after attempted comeback

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterAfter recovering from a 2-0 deficit, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-6, 1-3 Big Ten) fell to Maryland (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) in five sets (25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 17-15) on Saturday night. Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić topped both teams with a career-high 19 kills and 19.5 points. Junior middle blocker Madison Smeathers contributed 13 kills and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry struck nine. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte had eight kills, seven blocks and two aces and Junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin nailed three aces.Sophomore setter Becca Mauer clocked 48 assists, 13 digs and five blocks for her third straight double-double. Sophomore defensive specialize Hannah Gruensfelder had a team-best 20 digs.The Buckeyes had an initial lead in the first set and were up 12-11. The score remained tight throughout the set but Maryland closed the set at 25-22. Ohio State also started the second set off strong, managing a lead throughout the set until the Terrapins tied the score at 17-all and continued to win the set 25-22. Ohio State came back strong in the following two sets, leading with a wide gap throughout the set before a 25-15 win.  They continued this trend into the fourth set with a steady lead and while the Terps nearly caught up at the end, the Buckeyes clinched the set with a 25-22 final score. Ohio State still got ahead in the fifth set and were up 13-12 before the Terps tied the score, eventually winning the set and the match at 17-15. The Buckeyes get back on the road to visit Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. read more

Alex Salmond the biggest scalp as SNP lose 21 seats and severalAlex Salmond the biggest scalp as SNP lose 21 seats and several

first_imgOur manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. He was first elected as MP for Banff and Buchan in 1987 and represented the seat in the north-east of Scotland until 2010. He has been the MP for Gordon for the last two years.Defeat will be a huge personal blow for such a “weel kent” face in British politics, and comes just three years after he lost the 2014 independence referendum, which led to his resignation as first minister. The SNP also lost Angus Robertson, the SNP’s Westminster leader and another high-profile figure, who was defeated by Douglas Ross in the north-east of Scotland, where fishermen have angrily opposed the SNP’s bid to stay in the EU. Mr Ross overturned a majority of 9,065 to defeat Mr Robertson by 4,200 votes in Moray.The SNP’s Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, a rising star in the party, a close ally of Mr Salmond, and its international trade spokesman, lost her lost Ochil and South Perthshire to the Tories, who were a distant third in 2015. tasmina He also warned voters that he might not be ready for a quiet retirement in Strichen, rural Aberdeenshire, borrowing the words of a famous Jacobite song, Bonnie Dundee, written by Walter Scott in 1825, to make the point.Slightly misquoting the line in the process, he said: “So laugh, false whigs, in the midst of your glee/ You have not seen the last of my bonnets and me.”The actual line, towards the end of the song popularised by the Scottish folk group The Corries, is: “And tremble, false whigs, in the midst of your glee/ Ye hae no seen the last o’ my bonnets and me”. Mike Weir, meanwhile, the chief whip, and an SNP MP for Angus since 200,1 who increased his majority by 8,000 votes just two years ago, was defeated by Tory unknown Kirstene Hair, who took more than 45 per cent of the vote. A disastrous night for the SNP saw it lose its “biggest beast”, Alex Salmond, along with its Westminster leader, its chief whip and its international trade spokesman.The loss of 21 seats, after a high-water mark just two years ago when it took 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats, is a major blow to the party, to Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership and to her ambitions for a second Scottish independence vote.Mr Salmond, the party’s foreign affairs spokesman, Scotland’s first minister between 2007 and 2014 and an MP for 25 years, saw a majority of nearly 8,700 overturned by the Tory candidate Colin Clark as the Conservatives increased their share of the vote in Gordon by 29 per cent.His defeat at the age of 62 comes after a remarkable political career in which he has also been leader of the SNP for more than 20 years, in two separate terms, and an MSP for 11 years. However, the SNP veteran was typically bullish in his concession speech, saying the reduced number of MPs would still be in a position of “very substantial influence indeed”, which would be used in a bid to keep the Tories from power. Angus Robertson, a loser in MorayCredit:Getty Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh failed to hold on to Ochil and South PerthshireCredit:Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. angus robertson Mr Weir, a former solicitor, has held a string of party spokesman roles in Westminster, on business, environment, health and trade and industry.Good news was in short supply for the SNP, but came in the form of two closely contested seats, with Pete Wishart, Scotland’s longest serving MP, winning by just 21 votes from the Tories in Perth and North Perthshire, and Stephen Gethins, the SNP’s Europe spokesman, holding off a Lib Dem challenge by a remarkable two votes in North East Fife. That result was a far cry from 2015 when he defeated Sir Menzies Campbell with a 4,344 majority.last_img read more

Abrams Zuil man wanted for causing death by dangerous drivingAbrams Zuil man wanted for causing death by dangerous driving

Name:                                      Nucklus Singh  Ethnic Origin:                            East Indian Wanted Nucklus SinghPolice are seeking Nucklus Singh, 21, who is wanted for questioning in relation to Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, committed on Chandanie Dass on August, 02, 2014 on the Annandale Public Road, Essequibo Coast.His last known address was Lot 15 Abrams Zuil, Essequibo Coast.It was reported, on the night in question, that around 22:00 hrs on the Annandale Public Road, Essequibo Coast,  Chandanie Dass, 30, of Taymouth Manor was seriously injured as her vehicle collided with a car driven by Singh who was 19 at the time.The occupants of both vehicles were air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for treatment. Several persons were reportedly injured. Dass subsequently succumbed to her injuries.According to the Police, persons with information that may lead to the arrest of Singh are asked to contact the police on telephone numbers: 771-4012, 771-5004, 771-4222, 227-2272, 227-2349, 225-6411, 225-8196, 225-2227, 225-0575, 911 or the nearest police station. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWanted man escapes police custody with cuffs on after being caughtApril 19, 2017In “Crime”Truck driver slapped with causing death chargeFebruary 10, 2017In “Court”Man remanded for death of Canadian citizen, son in Essequibo accidentJanuary 23, 2014In “Crime” Last Known Address:                Lot 15 Abrams Zuil, Essequibo Coast Age:                                         21 years All information will be treated with the strictest confidence. read more

Story Bundle is the Humble Bundle for booksStory Bundle is the Humble Bundle for books

first_imgThe Humble Bundle has done wonders for the visibility of indie games, and now Story Bundle is looking to do the a same for independent authors. The first bundle being offered is called the Big Bang Bundle, and it comes with more science fiction than you can possibly handle in one sitting. Best of all, you can pick your price.The way it works is fairly similar to the Humble Bundle, though with a little less emphasis on charity. The base bundle includes five full-length novels, but if you pay $7 or more, you get two bonus books. You can choose how the money is split between the authors and Story Bundle. You can also earmark 10% of your payment for charity.That’s a lot of pages, but you might be wondering how the heck you’re supposed to read them. The satisfying answer to that is: however you want. All the books in the Big Bang Bundle (and likely any future deals) are provided with no DRM and in both .mobi and .epub format. That means you can store and read the books without worrying about licenses or log-insWhen you buy the bundle, you can download the files and sync them to your device, but it’s even easier if you have a Kindle or Kindle app. Story Bundle can automatically shoot the files onto your Kindle-enabled device. There are also very detailed instructions on the site for getting your books synced with devices like the iPad.If you’re not convinced, you can read a preview of each of the books on the Story Bundle site. You have to appreciate the openness of the Story Bundle model when big publishers are constantly disabling features and charging exorbitant sums for ebooks.via Story Bundlelast_img read more

Greece eyes MoU with FYROMGreece eyes MoU with FYROM

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece on Thursday sought for a breakthrough in long-strained bilateral ties with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) by proposing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two Balkan neighbours. In a letter sent to his counterpart in Skopje, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said a memorandum would set the framework for a final solution to the lingering name dispute between the two countries. Athens and Skopje have been at loggerheads over the Balkan statelet’s constitutional name since the former Yugoslav republic gained independence in 1991. Athens has blocked FYROM’s membership in NATO because of the row, arguing that the name ‘Macedonia’ implies a territorial claim over its northern region of the same name. Skopje denies the allegations. According to the memorandum proposed by the Athens government, both sides would commit to respecting each other’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity; renounce any present or future territorial claims; and, finally, pledge to carry on negotiations to resolve the deadlock. In a speech addressed to the United Nations 67th General Assembly in New York last month, Avramopoulos said Greece believed in a “fair settlement” resulting in a name with a “geographical qualifier” given that Macedonia is a geographical region that overlaps the territories of Greece, Bulgaria and FYROM. “When we resolve this issue, we will be able to realize the vast potential in our relations, to our mutual benefit, and Greece will be the FYROM’s staunchest ally and friend in its efforts to realize its Euroatlantic aspirations,” said the Greek Foreign Minister. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As the Australian government considers taking on tech giant IBM after its failure to protect last week’s $470m census, and with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowing “heads will roll’ over the management of the survey, nothing less than a root and branch parliamentary inquiry covering every aspect of the census’ planning is required. Ultimately it’s about the ministers. The Coalition has had three ministers for this area since September, all of who had a responsibility to ask for briefings… It’s clear people have missed out, so we have to find a way of extending this, or create some kind of half re-run.So say many of the Greek Australian community’s most prominent federal MPs, who believe only a Senate inquiry open to public scrutiny can get to the bottom of the matter. In Victoria, Labor’s Maria Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos she was deeply concerned about mistakes made in the roll-out of the census, and that the government had a duty to undertake a review of what went wrong – from its earliest planning stages.“We need to review the decisions that have been taken by the ABS over a long period; it’s a highly respected bureaucracy and for the first time in its history its integrity has been compromised,” said Ms Vamvakinou.“The government has to intervene and not leave it to the ABS to swim out on their own.”The Member for Calwell added that she was sceptical about the ABS’s claim that data recorded on the night, and data to be collected up until the cut-off date of 23 September, would be credible enough to base vital future governmental decisions on.“If you don’t have accurate data, I don’t see how you can implement social policy, how you can budget for services, and how you can plan 50 years forward. We need that information to guide where we need to spend public finances.” While the census web form went live again on Thursday, Ms Vamvakinou said many people are likely to fall through the net.Ensuring every Australian can confidently supply census information was vital, she said. “It’s as important as making sure people know how to vote.”In South Australia, newly-elected MP Steve Georganas said that any investigation into the census fiasco should look at ministerial responsibility.“Ultimately it’s about the ministers. The Coalition has had three ministers for this area since September, all of who had a responsibility to ask for briefings, to ask where things might go wrong, where the variables were.“Did those ministers ask those questions? An inquiry needs to find this out.”Maria Vamvakinou MP. ‘We need to review the decisions that have been taken by the ABS over a long period. It’s a highly-respected bureaucracy and for the first time in its history its integrity has been compromised.’Mr Georganas said that a Senate inquiry had to be transparent and unpick the fundamental decisions made by the ABS. “It has to look at their communications strategy, and it has to ask, ‘did they push too quickly to go online to such an extent’, it has to go into all those areas,” said the Member of Hindmarsh.“We need a far-reaching investigation that is open to public scrutiny, and we need more than an investigation into the IT side.” Meanwhile, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who risks being fined for refusing to include his name in the census form, said that Australians have been treated like “mugs”.With four million people unable to readily access the internet at home, arrangements put in place by the ABS to provide paper forms turned into “a debacle”, he said, with understaffed call centres failing to cope with the demand. Those most impacted by such communications failures will be the elderly and Australians from ethnic communities.The senator, who predicted the census website would crash on the night, said the way Australia’s most important survey had been managed revealed a major failure for the Australian cyber security agency – the Australian Signals Directorate – which was charged with certifying that the IT systems used by the ABS were robust and resistant to attack.“Obviously they haven’t been. So what other assurances has the ABS given us that, really, aren’t worth anything now.”Xenophon’s overriding concern continues to be data privacy – a stance that, after confirmation of cyber attack from overseas, arguably holds more weight than ever. Speaking to reporters after details of the Tuesday attack on the ABS website emerged, the senator didn’t mince his words.“The ABS says the names and addresses will be ‘coded’ to preserve anonymity. But that assurance, excuse the language, is crap,” he said.“With some basic reverse engineering, your name and address can easily be worked out , unless of course a hacker works it out first.”Senator Xenophon has discussed the creation of a Senate inquiry with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and is reportedly working on its terms of reference.last_img read more

Afghanistans legislative polls after a long delayAfghanistans legislative polls after a long delay

first_imgNational emblem of Afghanistan. Photo: CollectedAfghanistan’s legislative elections will be held on 20 October, officials said Sunday, following three years of delays as the war-torn country grapples with a resurgent Taliban and political instability.The polls were originally set to be held in 2015 following presidential elections the previous year, but were repeatedly pushed back due to security fears and logistical issues within the fragile unity government.If held, candidates will contest the 249 seats in the National Assembly for five-year terms. The country will also hold regional elections in tandem in some 400 districts across Afghanistan — several of which are outside of Kabul’s control.”Holding elections is not an easy job in Afghanistan,” said Abdul Badi Sayad, Afghanistan’s election commission chief, adding that voters will be able to apply for registration cards in mid-April before candidates formally declare.The polls come just months ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for April 2019.However, western diplomats continue to express doubt over the government’s ability to oversee the project amid heightened security threats countrywide.Following the announcement, the United Nations lauded the commission’s move, but called for the inclusion of all Afghans in the process.”The participation of all Afghans in the electoral process, not merely the elections themselves, is critical,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan.Questions continue to linger over how polling will be held in contested areas and if Afghans lacking identity cards and those displaced by conflict will be eligible to vote.Taliban and Islamic State militants have been ramping up attacks in Kabul in recent months, piling pressure on the Afghan government, which is frequently scolded for its inability to protect civilians.The Taliban has been resurgent since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops in late 2014, seizing chunks of territory and blistering Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces.Last month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani extended an olive branch to the Taliban, suggesting that if they are prepared to negotiate they could be recognised as a political party with a legitimate role in Afghanistan’s future.The group replied with a muted response and has continued to launch attacks across the country.In October, insurgents controlled or influenced nearly half of Afghanistan’s districts — double the percentage in 2015, the US government’s office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in January.Over the same period, the watchdog said, the number of districts under Afghan government control or influence fell to its lowest level since December 2015.last_img read more

SalonLabs ThreePart Hair System Wants To Give You Lustrous Beautiful LocSalonLabs ThreePart Hair System Wants To Give You Lustrous Beautiful Loc

first_img Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesThe Best Robots of CES 2018 If you’ve ever been the victim of awful shampoo, rejoice! Hair product manufacturer Schwarzkopf is looking to help create the best, most amazing shampoo for your hair. And it only takes a quick client profile, a few questions, and a custom mix to get you where you need to be. One lucky tester at CES 2018, Victoria Song, was on hand to try out this new service, which was made a reality via the impressively high-tech glam machine known as the Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab Analyzer and two additional stages beyond that.First, a client’s hair is scanned via the SalonLab Analyzer, while a worker creates a profile out of several different bits of information gathered at the hair consultation — that’s the idea, anyway. You’d be quizzed about how healthy your scalp is, if you treat your hair with chemicals, etc. All those important questions are to help determine what type hair you have and what kind of chemicals will be needed to both clean it and make sure it stays healthy.Next, a technician is meant to take the Analyzer machine itself and grab readings from your ends of your hair all the way to the roots using infrared spectroscopy, which Song had done on her own hair during her time at the Schwartzkopfpro booth. It can evaluate the inside and outside of the hair shaft and pull valuable information and measurements in this manner. It’s all quick and painless, much less so than even having your hair detangled — that hurts.After the consultation is over, you can use the SalonLabs app to see how a new color on your hair would turn out, if you so desire. From there, the SalonLabs Customizer can get started mixing a shampoo or other liquid beauty product (perhaps a dye) for your hair, specifically. You can also choose a fragrance that works for you. When finished and mixed, it all comes in a nifty personalized shampoo bottle with your own custom label, name, and a barcode. You can continue reordering your shampoo mix from there.From then on, it’s all up to your salon professional to determine pricing and follow-ups. That’s the entire routine, more or less. This isn’t a system you can just purchase for home use, and it’s meant to be implemented in your favorite salon. But it’s a good glimpse of the future of hair care that’s customized for you, and something that certainly makes us feel like we’ve stepped into an episode of The Jetsons…and hopefully not something closer to Black Mirror, with the shampoo turning out awful or something of that nature.For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Covalent postassembly modification cascade of selfassembled supramolecular structuresCovalent postassembly modification cascade of selfassembled supramolecular structures

first_img © 2017 Explore further Inspired by natural signaling cascades, chemists have developed synthetic cascades that modify a self-assembled supramolecular structures post-assembly. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a synthetic cascade that is triggered by norbornadiene (NBD) and relayed by a cyclopentadiene (CPD) intermediate resulting in the triggered change of two supramolecular structures. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry.After a one-pot self-assembly of two supramolecular structures, the Nitschke group developed a post-assembly modification (PAM) technique via a covalent signal cascade. PAM reactions are limited by the need to be sufficiently mild that they do not damage the supramolecular structure. They also need to be chemoselective and produce product in near-quantitative yields to eliminate the need for extensive purification and isolation. Diels-Alder reactions are good candidates for these types of reactions.Pilgram, et al. developed a system that underwent inverse-electron demand Diels-Alder (IEDDA) reaction with the initial triggering molecule, NBD, and a tetrazine-edged FeII8L12 cube, and subsequent Diels-Alder reaction with the relay molecule, CPD, and a tetrahedral complex. Their studies verified that the reactions required the triggering molecule and the relay molecule in order to work.Specifically, the synthetic scheme involved first making the terazine-edged cube in a one-pot synthesis. It then underwent the IEDDA reaction between the tetrazines and the NBD trigger molecule. After conducting model reaction tests, they used 2-octadecylnorbornadiene giving a pyridizine-edged cube and a 1-octadecylcyclopentadiene intermediate. This intermediate served as a relay molecule that bound to the maleimides on the tetrahedral complex via a Diels-Alder reaction.In one test, the final reaction involved forming a CPD intermediates with sufficiently long alkyl chains that the tetrahedral product transfers from an organic polar phase to a non-polar phase. Notably, without the initial triggering molecule, the final product is not formed and does not move into the non-polar phase, thus demonstrating a synthetic signal cascade in which a molecule changes lipophilicity as a result of an environmental trigger.Additionally, because the cell’s signal transduction pathways are often regulated by both triggering species as well as inhibitors, the Nitschke group investigated potential inhibitor molecules to their synthetic cascade. They found that cyclooctyne served as a good inhibitor by competitively reacting with the terazine molecules over the NBD trigger.Finally, another key finding of their synthetic cascade is that when the tetrahedral structure is complexed with an anionic guest (PF6-), the guest remains intact even after post-assembly modification of the structure. This allows the guest molecule to be transported from the polar to non-polar phase, which has implications for medicinal and other applications where molecule delivery is hindered by polarity or other environmental features.Dr. Nitschke told PhysOrg that future research includes designing cascades of reactions that are capable of being pushed backwards under out-of-equilibrium conditions. According to Nitschke, “Cascades of out-of-equilibrium reactions that are geared together such that one sequence of reactions either up-regulates or down-regulates another are fundamental building blocks of life. Understanding how they might work could help us understand prebiotic chemistry, as well as help us design complex synthetic assembly lines where substrates are passed along between capsules that chemically modify them.” More information: Ben S. Pilgrim et al. Signal transduction in a covalent post-assembly modification cascade, Nature Chemistry (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2839AbstractNatural reaction cascades control the movement of biomolecules between cellular compartments. Inspired by these systems, we report a synthetic reaction cascade employing post-assembly modification reactions to direct the partitioning of supramolecular complexes between phases. The system is composed of a self-assembled tetrazine-edged FeII8L12 cube and a maleimide-functionalized FeII4L6 tetrahedron. Norbornadiene (NBD) functions as the stimulus that triggers the cascade, beginning with the inverse-electron-demand Diels–Alder reaction of NBD with the tetrazine moieties of the cube. This reaction generates cyclopentadiene as a transient by-product, acting as a relay signal that subsequently undergoes a Diels–Alder reaction with the maleimide-functionalized tetrahedron. Cyclooctyne can selectively inhibit the cascade by outcompeting NBD as the initial trigger. Initiating the cascade with 2-octadecyl NBD leads to selective alkylation of the tetrahedron upon cascade completion. The increased lipophilicity of the C18-tagged tetrahedron drives this complex into a non-polar phase, allowing its isolation from the initially inseparable mixture of complexes. (—Within the cell chemical messages are passed through a signaling cascade. This cascade can be a series of chemical reactions or molecular changes that spurn the next reaction in a kind of assembly line process. This is how the cell responds to its environment and how communication happens over (biochemically ) long distances. Chemists build new chemical structures on unreactive bondscenter_img Citation: Covalent post-assembly modification cascade of self-assembled supramolecular structures (2017, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Depictions (same scale) of the X-ray crystal structures. a, Cube 1b. b, PF6 − adduct of tetrahedron 3. c, AsF6 − adduct of modified tetrahedron 4a. Atom colours: grey, C; white, H; red, O; blue, N; orange, Fe; light green, F. Disorder and non-encapsulated anions are omitted for clarity. Iron atoms are connected with orange lines to illustrate the overall geometry of each complex. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2839 Journal information: Nature Chemistry 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.last_img read more

Fuel prices in Costa Rica to remain stable through 2016 says RECOPEFuel prices in Costa Rica to remain stable through 2016 says RECOPE

first_imgRelated posts:National Oil Refinery presents proposal to lower fuel prices This year’s first price increase at the pump could start next month Gasoline prices may drop again in October Motorists get cheaper fuel prices starting this week The Costa Rican Oil Refinery (RECOPE) delivered motorists good news as its most recent projections say fuel prices next year will remain similar to those registered this month.RECOPE’s director of economic and financial studies, Luis Solera, on Monday said that projected behavior of international oil prices as well as stability in the dollar exchange rate here would favor stable prices throughout the year, despite seasonal variations recorded every year.Solera joined executive president Sara Salazar and development manager Leonel Altamirano during the delivery of RECOPE’s annual report, in which they said prices of gasoline and diesel in 2015 were the lowest in the past five years in Costa Rica.A liter of “Plus” gasoline reached its highest price of ₡642 ($1.19) in August and its lowest of ₡503 ($0.93) in February. Currently the per-liter price is ₡536 ($0.99).The current per-liter price of diesel, ₡449 ($0.93), is the lowest of the year, while ₡522 ($0.97) in January was the highest.Solera said officials believe price stability could extend through 2018 as international forecasts point toward a similar stable scenario for at least two more years.RECOPE’s analysis concluded that actions from major oil exporters to maintain their market share “caused a surplus in oil production whose most noticeable result was a 25 percent decrease in oil prices from those registered in 2014.”The agency noted that its projection is supported by data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration stating that the surplus likely will favor prices to remain low through all of 2016.More vehiclesRECOPE officials also reported increased consumption of gasoline and diesel by 6 percent over 2014. Motorists this year consumed 17.1 million barrels of gasoline, up from 16 million in 2014.However, the agency concluded the spike was not caused by increased consumption but an increase in the number of vehicles circulating in the country.Refinery experts also said low oil prices on international markets saved motorists some cash.Stable prices in Plus gasoline this year helped vehicle owners spend on average ₡380,000 ($705) less than they did in 2014. Users of Super gasoline saved ₡301,000 ($558), and diesel consumers saved ₡348,000 ($646), according to the report.The agency also said that fuel sales for thermal generation of electricity decreased this year by 94 percent, mostly due to rainfall levels registered since mid-2014 that favored clean energy generation through September of this year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Cunard has unveiled plans to transform Queen Mary 2’s Winter Garden into an elegant, airy and versatile new venue – the Carinthia Lounge – during her refurbishment next year.Named after Cunard’s much loved Carinthia ships, the new Carinthia Lounge will take shape during Queen Mary 2’s multimillion pound refit from May 27 to June 21, 2016.Designed to be one of the most stylish and talked-about spaces on the Cunard flagship, the Carinthia Lounge will transition seamlessly throughout the day from a serene and cheery lounge serving light breakfast and lunch dishes to an elegant evening destination.It will become the perfect spot to sit and relax, the place to catch up with friends or the venue to enjoy a good book. Its location is perfect for unwinding after a treatment at the Canyon Ranch Spa next door or to relax after a stroll on the widest promenade at sea.Featuring a fresh colour palette of powder blue, cream and gold, the lounge will include versatile seating layouts including dining chairs and tables near the new patisserie and chic curved lounge seating under decorative lights. The spacious venue will also feature a wine wall, vertical metal Art Deco-inspired screens and a dark walnut timber dance floor.The Carinthia Lounge will feature a dedicated patisserie and an afternoon tea service, with the option of a special Veuve Cliquot Champagne Afternoon Tea experience. When the sun sets, the lounge will become an inviting evening spot with premium wine, small plates and relaxed entertainment.Cunard Director Angus Struthers said in the roaring twenties Carinthia embodied the spirit of travel which saw the rise in popularity of world cruises and winter voyages – a concept Cunard can proudly claim to have introduced among its many innovations and firsts over the last 175 years.“It is only fitting to remember the legacy of Carinthia and bestow this name onto our new lounge. We believe this space will truly elevate the Queen Mary 2 experience, adding new innovative culinary options as well as another level of refined relaxation and entertainment for our guests,” Mr Struthers said.Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth feature the popular Carinthia Cafes.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgLucerne, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFollowing the Patravi EvoTec DayDate, Carl F. Bucherer is introducing two new watches in 2010, both based on the brand’s visionary EvoTec Manufacture Concept. The first to be launched is the Patravi EvoTec PowerReserve. The brand’s high design standards remain unchanged: perfect legibility, the striking aesthetics of the cushion-shaped case with rubber bezel and deliberately understated, modern dial, and the technical design of the Manufacture movement and functional module. The innovative power reserve indication is new, along with the big date and day of the week indication and the small seconds hand. And in aesthetic and technical aspects too, the restyling deviates from the conventional, so that the power reserve indication fits perfectly with the unorthodox design of the date and small seconds. Together they represent the distinctive characteristics of this new model by Carl F. Bucherer.The Patravi EvoTec PowerReserve embodies the independent visionary Manufacture Concept of Carl F. Bucherer. The innovative Manufacture in Lucerne set itself the goal of not merely embracing existing traditional mechanisms and complications and incorporating these into their own models, but of replacing them with more intelligent and reliable solutions. This approach to the development of Manufacture calibers and functional modules is based on their own engineering methodology, which goes under the trademarked term “Smart SimPlexity®.”Initial results of this completely new approach are the CFB A1000 Manufacture movement and the mechanism that controls the Patravi EvoTec DayDate’s calendar displays. The Patravi EvoTec PowerReserve features both the Manufacture caliber and this mechanism, and Carl F. Bucherer rounds these off with a new type of power reserve indication. A small red hand sits on the rack that is powered by means of a differential mechanism. It traces a curve beneath an opening in the dial between the 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock index marks. When the watch is wound up, the hand moves across the scale towards “High,” and as the watch winds down, it moves back towards “Low.” To indicate more clearly the power remaining in the barrel, the rack is coated in white, while the underlying surface is in a Carl F. Bucherer red that contrasts perfectly. As the power reserve runs down, the rack with its hand moves down and the area of visible red surface increases correspondingly. It is therefore immediately clear when the watch has little power left in the power reserve.The deliberately understated, modern design concept of the Patravi EvoTec PowerReserve is emphasized through the geometric index marks that echo the gently curved shaping of the case sides. All in all, the dial of the Patravi EvoTec PowerReserve really does fulfill all the Carl F. Bucherer criteria for perfect legibility. The cushion-shaped case in which the first versions of the Patravi EvoTec PowerReserve are to be presented is the perfect vehicle. It is already an esteemed hallmark for the launch models of Carl F. Bucherer timepieces based on the EvoTec Manufacture Concept.For more information visit read more

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have become more autocratic and family interests took precedence over the larger political interests Like an inexperienced doctor who administers medicine which treats an illness but causes more undiagnosed and unrelated side effectsthe Tenth Schedule controlled defections and brought stability butat the same timemade it impossible for political leaders and activists to discussdebate and express their thoughts freely and without fear It opened the gates for a situation wherein political bosses had a complete iron grip over their parties and the democratic space within parties became more and more constricted It was no longer possible for political parties to tolerate a young Turk like Chandra Shekhar of the 1960s and the 1970s Post Tenth Schedule and post Sonia Gandhis entry into politicsregional and smaller parties have become more brazen in their assertion of family dominance in party affairssuch as the DMKAkali DalSPRJDNCPetc Otherswithout family dominancehave developed strong 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