Yes, Minister: when reality is like TV

first_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBe Yes, Minister: when reality is like TV Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Share Sunday 6 February 2011 10:39 pm SOMETIMES, fiction is the best guide to reality. I have been rewatching Sir Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s brilliant Yes, Minister, one of Britain’s best-ever and much-loved sitcoms. It depicts the warped relationship between a wannabe reforming politician and his civil servants, who spend all their time thwarting him and gradually turn him into a pathetic creature of the establishment. This is truly great television with a revolutionary edge. Yet what is astonishing is that while the sitcom – and its successor Yes, Prime Minister – ran between 1980 and 1988, the themes, phrases and issues remain incredibly contemporary. The episode on education reform is unbelievably relevant. History is repeating itself; the coalition has learnt nothing from the failures of previous governments. But it is not all as it was in the 1980s. The series’ fictional permanent secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, was a brilliant man. The fact that Appleby spent all of his time sabotaging reform, openness and his minister Jim Hacker’s political goals – Appleby is the real boss, with Hacker tolerated as a passing nuisance – didn’t detract from his competence. The problem was one of incentives – bureaucratic empire building was the primary objective, not improving the country – not ability. While the incentive mismatch remains a lethal issue today, an added tragedy is that the quality of the civil service has also deteriorated, as testified by the fact that so much government legislation is riddled with errors, internal inconsistencies and other problems. The bureaucracy has lost much of its competence. The “Rolls-Royce” (yet deeply flawed) civil service of yore no longer exists. The situation is even worse in quangos; the biggest problem is a lack of managerial ability among senior people. Few of those in positions of power have real, private sector operational knowledge.Many intelligent, altruistic and principled people work for the state. But the average competence of civil servants is in decline. Our antiquated and over-centralised system of administration remains outstanding only in one respect: it is not corrupt. But other than that, it now resembles a cross between Yes, Minister and the Thick of It, a modern-day, coarser and horribly plausible satire developed by Armando Iannucci, where the political-spin-doctor-civil service establishment is hilariously depicted as idiotic, gutless, incompetent and power-hungry.One problem is that so much power has been transferred to the European Union. The last thing clever graduates want to spend their time doing is to become implementers of somebody else’s legislation. Another force halting reform is that government decisions are now all constantly subject to litigation and judicial review. Civil servants routinely take lawyers into meetings with ministers; their first reaction to any proposed change is that it is illegal. Often, this has to do with European legislation or human rights. There is also a fresh dimension: the Labour-imposed requirement to perform Equality Impact Assessments on all policies, with any deemed to discriminate against a “disadvantaged” group automatically open to legal action. These EIAs will shortly become even more powerful. They are a complete disaster and have given officials as well as pressure groups carte blanche to kill off all change – including the entirety of the austerity programme. Unless the coalition acts fast, it will be soon be overwhelmed. [email protected] me on Twitter: @allisterheath Tags: NULL whatsapplast_img read more

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WHITE iPHONE FINALLY HITS SHELVES

first_imgWednesday 27 April 2011 8:11 pm WHITE iPHONE FINALLY HITS SHELVES whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp KCS-content center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailGundry MD Total Restore SupplementWhat Rice Does to the Human BodyGundry MD Total Restore SupplementFilm OracleHer Love Triangle Inspired 3 Of The Most Popular Songs Ever WrittenFilm OracleSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Health Tags: NULL Share THE white iPhone will finally go on sale today after months of speculation. Some analysts say demand has waned after several delays to its release and the imminent arrival of the iPhone 5. Apple also said the iPad 2 will go on sale in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight other countries. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Coljuegos sets out regulations for live dealer launch

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 18th May 2020 | By contenteditor Coljuegos sets out regulations for live dealer launch Casino & games Regions: LATAM Colombia Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Colombian gambling regulator Coljuegos has published regulations governing the launch of live dealer online casino games in the country, having approved the legalisation of the vertical in April.Having carried out an impact assessment of the launch, Coljuegos concluded that there was little crossover between land-based and online players, meaning the rollout would have little impact on brick-and-mortar casinos.The regulator first announced that licensees would soon be able to offer live dealer casino in April, days before it officially signed the decree into law.While there had been some opposition to the launch of live dealer from the land-based sector, the regulator argued that it would instead drive visitation to physical properties.Furthermore, land-based casinos will be permitted to stream games such as roulette and blackjack live from their gaming floors in partnership with online operators though in-venue customers will not be permitted to play alongside online gamblers. Venues that do not have any table games, such as gaming halls, will also be able to offer live dealer content via terminals.With the country’s lockdown, enforced as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) extended, live dealer would drive revenue for Colombia’s igaming licensees, Coljuegos added. At a time when revenue has fallen due to the suspension of all major sporting competitions, this would ensure the sector was able to generate funding for the country’s public health system.Providers may broadcast games from foreign jurisdictions, provided their content meets technical specifications set by Coljuegos. Each title must be certified by a testing house, and ensure a return to player rate of 83% over each year.The regulations, which modify the legislation that facilitated the launch of igaming in 2016, come into force once they are published in the government’s Official Gazette. Colombian gambling regulator Coljuegos has published regulations governing the launch of live dealer online casino games in the country, having approved the legalisation of the vertical in April. Topics: Casino & games Table games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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GVC secures double CSR certification

first_img“These are two significant measures of our commitment to operating GVC to the highest standards of environmental, social and governance practices,” GVC chief executive Shay Segev said. CSR 16th October 2020 | By Robert Fletcher GVC secures double CSR certification “We are delighted with the progress that we have made in these areas and are committed to driving further improvements throughout our business.” GVC Holdings has revealed it was able to retain its position in the FTSE4Good Index Series, and also secured independent verification of its carbon emissions data from the Carbon Trust. Email Address This covered governance, including risk management, corporate governance and anti-corruption, as well as social practices encompassing human rights, labour standards and health and safety, and also environmental commitments such as energy usage and waste management. Last week, GVC also raised its earnings guidance for 2020 after reporting a 12% year-on-year rise in net gaming revenue for the third quarter of 2020. GVC said it now expects its full-year earnings are now expected to reach £50m. Tags: GVC CSR The verifications come after GVC this week became one of the first operators to secure a new sports betting licence from the Regional Council of Darmstadt in Germany. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Social responsibility CSR GVC kept its place in the index after an independent assessment, which looked at its practices and public documents against a series of criteria related to ESG. Gauselmann Group’s Cashpoint brand and Tipwin were also among the first recipients of the new licences. The FTSE4Good Index Series is a scheme designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. Meanwhile, the Carbon Trust, a group focused on helping organisations reduce their carbon emission and implement resource efficiency strategies, verified GVC’s 2019 emissions data, after it presented a 10% reduction on the prior year. GVC said it will now seek to build on this verification by working with the Carbon Trust to also secure its Carbon Management Standard, which would demonstrate further progress against the operator’s objective of reducing its environmental impact. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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This FTSE 100 giant has just halved its dividend, but I’d buy its shares today!

first_img Cliff D’Arcy | Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 | More on: BP Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Yesterday, I wrote about the collapse of FTSE 100 dividends this year. They almost halved, falling 45% in the biggest hit to UK dividends in generations. I also revealed the five FTSE 100 giants responsible for more than a third (36%) of all dividends paid by UK-listed companies.Another FTSE 100 dividend cutNow for more bad news for income-seeking investors. Today, the FTSE 100’s second-biggest dividend payer, oil supermajor BP (LSE: BP) announced that it is halving its quarterly dividend. In February, BP actually raised its dividend (paid in March) as the coronavirus crisis gathered pace.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…BP’s last four quarterly dividends were 10.25 cents, 10.25c, 10.5c (up 2.4%) and 10.5c, for a total of 41.5c (31.83p). With BP’s share price below 300p since late July, this equated to a double-digit dividend yield for its shares. Clearly, something had to give: either the dividend would fall, or BP’s share price would soar. Today, both happened.BP shares leap nearly 7%As I write, BP shares trade around 300p, up 19p (6.8%) this morning. I imagine that this relief rally was due to the dividend being cut by ‘only’ 50%. After all, several FTSE 100 mega-caps have cut deeper or even cancelled their dividends entirely.The thing is, today’s near-7% rise is a drop in the ocean for BP shareholders. Thanks to Covid-19 and a lower oil price, the FTSE 100 giant’s shares are down 43% over the past 12 months. Ouch.At their 2019/20 peak, BP shares topped out at over 532p, heading for double today’s price. Then again, during the depths of this year’s market meltdown, BP hit a low of 223p on 19 March. Today, BP shares are actually 35% above their 52-week low. That’s a great gain for those who bought this FTSE 100 share at a bargain price.This FTSE 100 mega-cap lost billionsOil companies around the globe have been reporting colossal losses this month, and BP is no exception. Using its preferred measure, known as ‘underlying replacement cost losses’, BP lost $6.7bn in the second quarter. A year ago, this figure was $2.8bn, so BP has reported a $9.5bn downturn.As for the FTSE 100’s mega-cap’s reported loss, this came in at a whopping $16.8bn. This is BP’s biggest loss since the incredible sums it set aside in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.I think BP’s dividend makes it a buyBack in 2010, BP’s Gulf of Mexico spill left it facing an existential crisis. For a time, it seemed possible that the FTSE 100 colossus really could collapse. Hence, BP’s share price dived below £3, only to soar above £5 as fears over its survival receded.Now for three bits of good news. First, BP has had a new boss since February, chief executive Bernard Looney, whose very reputation depends on BP’s medium-term recovery.Second, BP aims to strengthen its finances by cutting capital spending by $3bn and costs by $2.5bn a year. It has halted some development projects and raised billions from bonds sales and new credit lines. The FTSE 100 giant also plans to raise $25bn from selling various operations by 2025. What’s more, low-carbon capital spending will rise tenfold from $500m to $5bn a year.Third, and perhaps most importantly, I don’t see BP cutting its dividend from here. Having rebased it to 21c (16.11p), I imagine the FTSE 100 firm will gently raise it over time.Hence, with BP shares trading on a forward dividend yield of nearly 5.4%, I’d buy and hold this FTSE 100 share for income today. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address This FTSE 100 giant has just halved its dividend, but I’d buy its shares today! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK

first_img “COPY” Area:  4100 m² Area:  4100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Hertha Hurnaus+ 13 Share Projects Apartments Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCKSave this projectSaveWohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/533040/wohnen-mit-alles-housing-superblock Clipboard Photographs CopyApartments•Vienna, Austria Architects: SUPERBLOCK Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily Year:  Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK Year:  2014 2014 photographs:  Hertha HurnausPhotographs:  Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of SUPERBLOCKDeveloper:Schwarzatal gemeinnützige Wohnungs- und Siedlungsanlagen GmbHOpen Space Planning:D/D LandschaftsplanungProject Management:raum & kommunikation GmbHStatics / Building Physics / Technical Building System:RWT PLUS ZT GmbH and Woschitz Engineering ZT GmbHComponent “Wohnen Mit Uns”:eins zu eins ArchitekturStatics:RWT PLUS ZT GmbH and Woschitz Engineering ZT GmbHBuilding Physics:RWT PLUS ZT GmbH and Woschitz Engineering ZT GmbHTechnical Building System:RWT PLUS ZT GmbH and Woschitz Engineering ZT GmbHCity:ViennaCountry:AustriaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hertha HurnausRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. The site of the former train station Nordbahnhof in the second district is currently considered one of the largest inner-city development areas in Vienna.Save this picture!Courtesy of SUPERBLOCKDuring a housing developer competition in 2010 the project “Wohnen mit alles!” came to live. It originated from the cooperation between a developer, two architect’s offices and a residential community. The building “Wohnen mit scharf!” by SUPERBLOCK is an exemplary project that alongside with aesthetic and architectural quality focuses on individual and intergenerational functionality.Save this picture!Courtesy of SUPERBLOCKThe two eight-storey buildings are placed along the borders of the corner site, contributing to the clear spatial definition from the adjacent street and city space. The spacious outdoor area within the complex will be designed communally and serve as a contact zone for the residents of both buildings.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausThe vertically layered residential floors are virtually soaring above each other. Such kind of structure enables broad public use of the ground floor area, which is additionally highlighted through bright colour, thus underlining the urban character of the quarter, featuring a recreation area for young people and a café amongst others.Save this picture!Section51 super-subsidized apartments are designed to accommodate a highly wide-ranging spectrum of population. The affordable conditions of the super-funding make it possible to address different income brackets. The low share of own funds will be particularly favourable for young people and immigrants.Save this picture!Courtesy of SUPERBLOCKThe apartments (single-storey units and maisonette apartments) are situated along the naturally lit open staircase. The sculpted design of the balconies combined with the bright-coloured openings in the otherwise solid cubature lends the building a high recognition value and allows identifying the residents with their home.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessAtkins Designs Striking Office Complex in GuangzhouArchitecture NewsSALVA46 Coliving in Barcelona / MIEL Arquitectos + STUDIO P10Selected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Ernst-Melchior-Gasse 3, 1020 Vienna, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/533040/wohnen-mit-alles-housing-superblock Clipboard Austria CopyAbout this officeSUPERBLOCKOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsViennaHousingResidentialAustriaPublished on August 05, 2014Cite: “Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK” 05 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. 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Inland House / Gerrad Hall Architects

first_img Inland House / Gerrad Hall Architects Photographs:  Tash Hopkins Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project New Zealand Manufacturers: Steel & Tube, Architectural Profiles Limited, Warmington FiresOther Participants:Oisin FrostArchitect In Charge:Gerrad HallCity:MangawhaiCountry:New ZealandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tash HopkinsText description provided by the architects. The site was a secret valley that had been subdivided off from a larger farm located about an hour north or Auckland.Save this picture!Site PlanI wanted to explore what a “Modern Farmhouse” could be using traditional New Zealand rural buildings as a formal reference for two of the three structures. One is a faithful copy of a shed typology, the other is an evolution of a hay-barn typology into a more complicated spatial experience. The third building is a tower standing as an sentinel for the valley and utilised as guest accommodation.Save this picture!© Tash HopkinsThe clients wanted to retreat from the city back to the land and memories of their childhood on a Dairy Farm. This idea of nostalgia suggested a search for the romantic and the rustic rather than intellectual abstraction. Save this picture!© Tash HopkinsThe collection of structures is assembled informally around a gravelled yard and a 3m step in the ground contour to the level of the lawns.  This arrangement serves to reference most farm complexes aggregated nature, and allow the buildings and the interstitial spaces to constantly re-frame the landscape as occupants move though the site.Save this picture!© Tash HopkinsInstead of the modernist dissolution of the interior and exterior, there are clear divides between the two and a gradation of light and volume from the large well-lit spaces to the smaller darker.The changing interiority a traditional barn through the seasons as it fills and empties with hay is referenced by playing out the main circulation on the two levels and the varying proximity to the enclosing roof. Save this picture!© Tash HopkinsProject gallerySee allShow lessDream/Dive Platform / Studio NorthSelected ProjectsJohn James Village / DJAS ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Inland House / Gerrad Hall ArchitectsSave this projectSaveInland House / Gerrad Hall Architects Houses “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868558/inland-house-gerrad-hall-architects Clipboard Projects CopyHouses•Mangawhai, New Zealand “COPY”center_img Area:  320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeGerrad Hall ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMangawhaiNew ZealandPublished on April 29, 2017Cite: ” Inland House / Gerrad Hall Architects” 28 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalShelvingZeitraumWardrobe – Hide & ParkSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Stone SeriesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – FerroFinestra W20Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – TentChairsInterstuhlConference Chair – Low With CastorsWoodreSAWN TIMBER co.Pre-Weathered Wood CladdingMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Tash Hopkins+ 25 Share Photographs ArchDaily Architects: Gerrad Hall Architects Area Area of this architecture project Year:  2016 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868558/inland-house-gerrad-hall-architects Clipboardlast_img read more

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“We won’t let armed groups do as they please,” interior minister tells Reporters Without Borders

first_img Iraqi interior minister Jawad Al-Bolani has assured Reporters Without Borders that the murders of four employees of independent TV station Al-Sharqiya in the northern city of Mosul on 13 September will not go unpunished. The police announced the arrest of four suspects the day after the murders.“In cooperation with various other ministries, we set up a special investigative unit more than 18 months ago to go after those responsible for violent crimes against the press,” Bolani said. “We are now ready to set up joint structures with national organisations for the protection of journalists in order to improve the safety of the media.”The interior minister promised Reporters Without Borders that the murders of the three Al-Sharqiya journalists and their driver would be solved. Several suspects have already been arrested and wanted notices have been issued for other individuals suspected of involvement. The motive for the quadruple murder is not yet known.Asked about the results obtained in the investigations into previous murders of journalists, Bolani said the police had often identified the murderers but most of them were killed at the time of arrest. “These armed groups are responsible for the deaths not only of journalists but also other Iraqi citizens,” he said. “The investigations into these murders are part of a more global commitment on the part of the state to improve security in Iraq.”Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Iraqi government’s efforts to combat the impunity enjoyed by those who kill journalists. “These investigations must be initiated systematically and must be conducted with the utmost transparency,” the press freedom organisation said. “They must not be limited to cases of well-known journalists or spectacular murders. The publication of the results is essential and will show that the security forces are really determined to put a stop to this kind of violence.”The organisation added: “We are still without any news of a total of 14 journalists and media assistants who gone missing in the course of the past two years or so. We hope that the special investigative unit set up by the interior ministry will also take charge of their cases.”At least 166 journalists and 55 media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003. Reporters Without Borders is also aware of around 100 cases of journalists being taken hostage by armed groups. The fate of 14 of these journalists is still unknown. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further Iraqi interior minister Jawad Al-Bolani has assured Reporters Without Borders that the murders of four employees of independent TV station Al-Sharqiya in the northern city of Mosul on 13 September will not go unpunished. The police announced the arrest of four suspects the day after the murders. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News September 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “We won’t let armed groups do as they please,” interior minister tells Reporters Without Borders Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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New Advances at Caltech to Longer-Lasting Lithium Batteries

first_imgScience and Technology New Advances at Caltech to Longer-Lasting Lithium Batteries Lithium-metal batteries could be 50 percent more energy-dense than today’s cells. Caltech’s Julia R. Greer helps to show how serious challenges in engineering them could be overcome. By ANDREW MOSEMAN Published on Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 1:35 pm 83 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Julia R. Greer Credit: CaltechJust about everyone has endured the frustration of their cell phone running out of power before they get a chance to recharge, and although electric cars are growing in popularity, they remain limited by how far they can drive before their battery runs out of juice. Indeed, the energy density of batteries—how much energy they pack in a given mass or volume—has been a major challenge for consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and renewable energy sources.New advances at Caltech may go a long way toward improving things. Researchers working in the lab of Julia R. Greer have made a discovery that could lead to lithium-ion batteries that are both safer and more powerful. Their findings provide guidance for how lithium-ion batteries, one of the most common kinds of rechargeable batteries, can safely hold up to 50 percent more energy.Conventional lithium-ion batteries use graphite to make up the anode, the electrode at which current enters a battery cell. Graphite has been the material of choice for this task for 30 years because it is light, stable, affordable, and can endure the rigors of countless battery cycles. But there are better materials for the job, says Greer, Caltech’s Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics and Medical Engineering, and Fletcher Jones Foundation Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute—if only some technical challenges can be overcome.“Every power-requiring application would benefit from batteries with lithium instead of graphite anodes because they can power so much more,” she says. “Lithium is lightweight, it doesn’t occupy much space, and it’s tremendously energy dense.”But here is the problem with lithium metal: When a battery is run through many charge–discharge cycles, the lithium naturally forms dendrites, crystals that create a kind of branching tree-like structure. During battery charging, dendrites grow uncontrollably in a lithium-metal cell and can act like tiny wires that short-circuit and kill the battery as they penetrate the system.Researchers have long sought new ways to prevent this growth, Greer says. One possible method is to physically press something against the lithium metal to suppress the dendrites. Whereas typical lithium-ion batteries have a liquid electrolyte—the substance that separates the two battery electrodes and through which the lithium ions move—batteries that use a solid electrolyte could, in theory, apply enough mechanical pressure to hold back the dendrites.Yet in study after study of batteries with solid electrolytes, the dendrites still grew.Greer suspected that the solid electrolytes were not strong enough to resist dendrite growth because researchers had underestimated the strength of dendrites, whose dimensions are at the nanometer scale; they lowballed it because macroscopic lithium is a relatively soft metal comparable to lead and tin. Metals, she says, can be as much as 100 times stronger at a small scale than they are at a larger scale.“If you think of jewelry, like gold or copper, it’s very malleable. You’re able to easily deform it with your own hands,” says Greer, who specializes in studying mechanical properties of materials at the nanoscale. “But when you reduce the dimensions of the same metals, you can get more than an order of magnitude increase in strength.”In 2015, Greer and her colleagues carved tiny pillars of lithium and tested their resilience, and found that they were at least an order of magnitude stronger than had been believed. That experimental setup did not completely reflect the way lithium dendrites behave in a real battery, Greer says. To more accurately emulate this, she and her collaborators, including Greer lab alumnus Michael Citrin and postdoctoral scholar Heng Yang, as well as Simon Nieh from Front Edge Technology, built a battery designed to grow pure lithium dendrites that are very similar to those that would form in batteries. These dendrites, the researchers found, are 24 times stronger than bulk lithium.Julia Greer’s new research demonstrates the remarkable strength of lithium at the nanoscale, where growing “dendrites” can short-circuit or otherwise damage a battery cell. (credit: Julia Greer / Caltech)With that information, researchers now have a better idea of what is required to make a lithium-anode battery work. This represents a major research challenge, Greer says, because polymers and ceramics, the materials commonly used for solid electrolytes, both have drawbacks. Most polymers are too soft to withstand dendrite growth, while ceramics are prone to crack under the pressures exerted by dendrites.With these new findings, scientists have a starting point. “This is as relevant to battery research as it gets, a true manifestation of how much fundamental research is relevant to technological advances,” she says.The research is described in a paper in the journal MRS Bulletin titled, “From Ion to Atom to Dendrite: Formation and Nanomechanical Behavior of Electrodeposited Lithium.” Other authors include Simon K. Nieh of Front Edge Technology, Joel Berry of the University of Pennsylvania and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Wenpei Gao and Xiaoqing Pan of UC Irvine, and David J. Srolovitz of the City University of Hong Kong. The work was funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Community News Subscribe Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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first_img Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp 525 more Covid-19 cases confirmed, 13 in Donegal Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – March 7, 2021 DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Google+center_img Pinterest 525 more cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening and 3 further deaths.13 cases have been confirmed in Donegal, while there are 12 infectious cases in Letterkenny University Hospital, 1 in ICU.The head of the HSE says work to identify everyone considered ‘very high risk’ for vaccination will continue through March.It follows reports it could take 4 weeks to get a final list of the thousands who’re eligible.Vaccinations among the cohort are due to begin next week, with 10,000 doses set to be administered to people aged between 16 and 69.HSE CEO Paul Reid admits finalising the identification process will take time:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Vaccine6pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleFinn Harps Sign Tunde OwolabiNext articleDonegal Business Network to navigate you through Brexit News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitterlast_img read more

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