Annie Le, 1985–2009

first_imgMurdered Yale University graduate student Annie Le was getting her Ph.D. in pharmacology, but her ambitions were spread wider. In 2006, as a college student, she worked on adult stem cells in the National Institutes of Health lab of Rocky Tuan, subsequently writing that she hoped to become a professor or NIH researcher. Tuan, now director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, emailed ScienceInsider to share her thoughts. “Annie was such a special person and a wonderful student that I am still having a hard time accepting the fact that she is gone. … She had so much future ahead of her.”last_img

Huawei’s Honor 4X goes out of stock in 60 seconds

first_imgHuawei’s Honor 4X went out of stock in a matter of seconds,60 seconds to be exact. The device was offered on Flipkart for thefirst time and it received a tremendous response from the Indian market.There is no confirmation regarding the number of units thatwere available but since it was the first flash sale for the device we cannotexpect too many from the company. The phone was exclusively available onFlipkart and the next sale will happen on April 6, for which registration areopen and will only last till April 5.The device was able to achieve this feat because it offersquite a decent deal for the price it is offered at. The phone is currently soldat a price of Rs 10,499. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 410 chipset whichis LTE capable and is clocked at a frequency of 1.2GHz. The phone’s OS issupported by 2GB RAM and internal storage of 8GB which is expandable viaMicroSD card.The device sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD screen along whichis powered by a 3000mAH battery. On the camera front, the device comes with a13 MegaPixel primary camera and 5 MegaPixel secondary camera.Also read: Full review Honor 4Xlast_img read more

Wimbledon: Sania-Martina fight back to win women’s doubles final

first_imgIndian tennis star Sania Mirza scripted history by becoming the first from the country to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam trophy as she lifted the Wimbledon title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis after a stunning come-from-behind triumph.Twelve years after turning Pro, 28-year-old Sania laid hands on her first women’s doubles Major title when she and Hingis battled past the second seeded Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7 7-6 (4) 7-5 in a thrilling final.In what can be considered an interesting coincidence, it was at these very historic courts that Sania had won the women’s doubles junior Wimbledon championship with Russian partner Alisa Kleybanova in 2003.Sania had come close to winning a women’s doubles Major in 2011 when she reached the French Open final with Elena Vesnina but ended up runners-up.The trophy added to the list of firsts that Sania has against her name. She had become India’s first woman player to win a Grand Slam when she won the Australian Open with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009.She later added the French Open (2012 with Bhupathi) and US Open (2014 with Bruno Soares) to her mixed doubles collection.In yesterday’s match, it was a remarkable turnaround for the top seeds as they were trailing 2-5 in the deciding set but made a stunning comeback to reel off five straight games to clinch the issue.Vesnina was all fired up and her smashing volleys at the net put Sania and Hingis in a lot of trouble. The Russian was left distraught at the end of the proceedings as she had quite literally played out of her skin.advertisementIt was the third time in recent times that Sania and Hingis played the two Russians in the finals –Indian Wells and Miami — and asserted their supremacy again.Sania was broken in the very first game of the match when Vesnina hit a volley winner from the net but the top seeds immediately broke back to avoid falling behind.It was a remarkable lob from Hingis that gave them two break chances and they converted the second.Sania and Hingis put tremendous pressure on their rivals but the two Russians responded well and it was 5-5.Hingis was broken in the 11th game at love after a terrific rally of powerful ground-strokes from left-handed Makarova. Vesnina pounced on one return from the Swiss and hammered the volley winner close to the body of Sania.Makarova served for the set and it was Vesnina’s smart play at the net that sealed them the opening set.It was the first set that Sania and Hingis had dropped in this tournament.The top seeds had two chances to get an early break in the second set on Makarova’s serve but the Russians fought off both the chances to hold on.There was no break of serve in the second set which was decided via tie-breaker. Sania and Hingis raced to a 4-1 lead before the Russians fought back to reduce the margin.When Vesnina served at 4-5, Hingis sent a stunning backhand winner down the line to earn the set point which Sania converted with a powerful forehand winner.The second seeds broke Hingis in the fourth game of the decider to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Yet again it was Vesnina, who was electric at the net as she sank a winner after the longest rally of the match.A strong hold by Makarova made it 4-1 for the Russians.Sania and Hingis had a great opportunity to make a comeback when Vesnina went down 0-40 in the seventh game but they could convert none of the three chances and fell behind 2-5.Makarova served for the match in the ninth game but the top seeds brought the match back on serve, albeit after squandering three break chances.Sania hit a stunning service return winner to earn the fourth break point and Hingis’ volley converted the chance.From 2-5, they won four games in a row to be in a position to serve out the match, which they eventually won.last_img read more

Functional human vocal cords grown in lab

first_imgWashington, Nov 19 (PTI) Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have successfully grown a functional human vocal cord tissue in a lab, an advance that could lead to treatments for those who have lost their voice to cancer or other diseases.Although such implants likely would not be ready for human testing for years, creating the tissue, known as a vocal fold, and showing it was functional in dog larynges and was not rejected by a mouse model of the human immune system are significant steps, researchers said.”We never imagined that we would see the impressive level of function that we did ? and that this engineered tissue, created with actual human vocal fold cells, would have such strong potential as a therapy,” said Nathan Welham, a University of Wisconsin?Madison speech language pathologist and leader of the research team.About 20 million Americans suffer from voice damage at any given time. Many of the problems go away on their own, but injury, cancer, nerve damage and other conditions can cause permanent harm, Welham said.The scientists faced a formidable task in trying to engineer a replacement tissue for the vocal cord. Such tissue must be soft and pliable enough to create waves of vibration but strong enough to withstand rapid acceleration and stress.The researchers, including Sundaram Gunasekaran, a professor at UW-Madison, took healthy vocal cord tissue from a person who had just died and four patients who had their larynges removed for reasons other than cancer.They isolated and purified two types of cells ? fibroblasts and epithelial cells ? and grew them in a dish on a 3D scaffold.advertisementIn about two weeks, the cells formed tissue that produced many of the same proteins as normal vocal cord cells.”Theyre effectively talking to each other and producing the structural proteins that make this special tissue capable of vibration,” said Brian Frey, a UW-Madison associate scientist in chemistry.To see if the tissue could make sound, the researchers transplanted it onto larynges removed from dead dogs and attached to artificial windpipes.When humidified air blew through the model, the tissue produced sound like the musical instrument kazoo ? similar to what the human voice sounds like before it is modulated by the throat, mouth and nose, Welham said.The engineered tissue performed better than tissue taken from inside the cheek, the researchers said.To see if the human body would reject such an implant, the scientists placed it in two kinds of mice ? one engineered to have the larynx cell donors immune system and one with other human immune systems.The engineered tissue grew in the mice and was not rejected, though the it was a relatively short-term test.The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. PTI MHN SAR SARlast_img read more

NYK Stolt Tankers Orders New Parcel Tanker

first_img My location Print  Close NYK, November 14, 2013 zoom NYK Stolt Tankers S.A. (NST), launched as a joint venture company by NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V., the tanker division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, a Norwegian business group, has ordered a 38,000 deadweight ton parcel tanker from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd..On October 29, the shipbuilding company held a signing ceremony that was attended by Wang Yong, president of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding; Hu Kai, vice-president of China Shipbuilding Trading Co. (International) Ltd.; Hans Feringa, president of Stolt Tankers; and Kenichi Miki, NYK corporate officer.A parcel tanker is a versatile chemical tanker that can transport various types of cargoes at the same time, and this vessel is the seventh vessel ordered, following the six that NST currently holds and operates. The tanker, which will be completed in February 2017, will have the most advanced eco-ship design and will come equipped with 43 stainless-steel cargo tanks.In addition to NST, NYK and Stolt Tankers have also developed a parcel tanker company within the Asia region, and currently operate 11 parcel tankers around 10,000 deadweight tons under the name of Stolt NYK Asia Pacific Service.NYK will aggressively maintain a competitive fleet with joint venture partner Stolt Tankers in the growing chemical market by operating parcel tankers that offer needed complex, high-quality operations. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers Profitable in Second Quarter

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based bulker owner Scorpio Bulkers returned to profit in the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.The company’s GAAP net income in the second quarter of the year was USD 0.8 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of USD 13.4 million reported in the same period in 2017.Total vessel revenues increased to USD 60.6 million from USD 37.7 million seen in the second quarter a year earlier.In the first half of the year, Scorpio Bulkers’ net loss was USD 5 million, against a net loss was USD 48 million recorded in the same period a year earlier. Total vessel revenues for the first half of 2018 were USD 114.9 million, rising from USD 72.5 million seen in the second quarter of 2017.During the quarter, the company took delivery of a newly built Kamsarmax vessel SBI Lynx. The vessel was handed over to its owner from Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding on June 28.In June 2018, the company received a commitment for a loan facility of up to USD 30 million from ING Bank N.V. to refinance two of its Kamsarmax bulk carriers, namely, SBI Zumba and SBI Parapara. The loan facility has a final maturity date of five years from drawdown date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.20% per annum.This loan increases Scorpio Bulkers’ liquidity by USD 8 million after repayment of the vessels’ existing debt.Following quarter end, the company closed financing transactions with an unaffiliated third party involving the sale and leaseback of SBI Echo and SBI Tango. The deals, related to the 2015-built Ultramax vessels, were closed for consideration of USD 19 million each.As part of the deals, the company will make payments of USD 5,400 per day, per vessel, under a five-year bareboat charter agreement with the buyer. The transaction provides Scorpio Bulkers with options to repurchase the vessels beginning on the third anniversary of the sale until the end of the bareboat charter agreements.last_img read more

Zeaborn Ship Management Gets New CEO Eyes 250Strong Fleet

first_imgzoomRob Grool. Image Courtesy: Zeaborn Ship Management Germany’s Zeaborn Ship Management intends to grow its managed fleet to 250 vessels with the support of a newly appointed CEO.With effect from today, Rob Grool is taking over the leadership of Zeaborn Ship Management from Holger Strack, who has been acting as the company’s interim CEO since the beginning of the year.“With the appointment of Rob Grool, we are very excited to have found an internationally renowned executive for our company’s top management,” Jan-Hendrik Többe and Ove Meyer, the Zeaborn Group’s Managing Partners, commented.“Together with Rob, we want to work towards a strategic goal of expanding our managed fleet to more than 250 vessels,” they revealed.Last month, Zeaborn acquired 100 percent of the shares in Claus-Peter Offen Tankschiffreederei (CPO Tankers), the tanker management subsidiary of Offen Group.“With the acquisition of Claus-Peter Offen Tankschiffreederei (CPO Tankers), we have set the course for Zeaborn Ship Management as a full service provider in the ship management sector,” Többe and Meyer further said.Established in 2013, Zeaborn is an integrated shipping company providing services along the entire value-added chain. Zeaborn Shipping is the holding company for the global ship management activities of the group. Under the brand Zeaborn Ship Management, the company offers the full range of ship management activities.As of April 2019, Zeaborn Ship Management’s fleet comprised 34 bulk carriers, 85 containerships and 13 multipurpose vessels, according to data provided on the company’s website.last_img read more

One Species Recovered More Work to be Done

first_imgThe peregrine falcon population in Nova Scotia has successfully recovered. However, more work needs to be done. Five other species are being added to the province’s list of species at risk. Peregrine falcons can now be found nesting on cliffs along the Bay of Fundy. This was not always the case, no nesting peregrine falcons were observed in Nova Scotia from 1955 to 1995. “I am encouraged by the interest and concern that Nova Scotians show for species at risk,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “To ensure their survival, we need to continue to work together, on both Crown land and private land. Downgrading the risk status of the peregrine falcon shows what we can accomplish together.” This threatened species was re-assessed and down-listed to vulnerable status, based on the results of recovery efforts in Nova Scotia and across Canada. Surveys in Nova Scotia show a healthy population of peregrines for the past 10 years. It remains on the vulnerable list because it is still too early to conclude that the bird is no longer threatened. Three birds and two plants are being added to the province’s list of species at risk. Red knot, a medium-sized shorebird, has declined in Canadian population by 70 per cent over the past 15 years. The birds in Nova Scotia show similar trends and will be listed as endangered. Chimney swift and common nighthawk, two aerial insect eating species, are being listed as endangered and threatened respectively. Ram’s-head lady slipper, a small orchid in open forests is now found in only six locations throughout the province. The orchid will be listed as endangered. Rockrose, a herb with showy yellow flowers, of which only about three per cent of their potential habitat remains in Nova Scotia. This herb will also be listed as endangered. A total of 41 species are now listed under the Endangered Species Act in Nova Scotia. The status of these species is assessed by the Nova Scotia Species at Risk Working Group, a group of science experts, independent of government. Federal and provincial legislation helps protect threatened and endangered species by prohibiting activities that could disturb or destroy the species or their habitat. The act includes fines for people caught harming species or their habitat. For more information on species at risk in Nova Scotia go to: .last_img read more

ManU in slump; City, Liverpool take title to the wire

first_imgMANCHESTER: The North West can claim to be the current capital of English football but while Liverpool and Manchester City head into the finale of an extraordinary Premier League title race, the biggest brand of all, Manchester United, are in crisis. City’s 2-0 win over United at Old Trafford on Wednesday not only moved Pep Guardiola’s side a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the league, with just three games to go, but also served as a stark reminder of United’s fall. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt is a painful time for United and their fans — either the title goes to City, once considered by former Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson as the “noisy neighbours” and for many years irrelevant in the battle for trophies, or Liverpool, the team down the M62 motorway who United fans truly love to hate. Liverpool have not won the title since 1990 but under coach Juergen Klopp they have lost just one league game this season and have reached the Champions League semi-finals for the second year in a row. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterCity are looking to retain the title they won in record-breaking fashion last year and secure their fourth Premier League crown in eight years. If they win their last three games, they will do just that. To add to the agony, City and Liverpool are playing some of the finest football the Premier League has ever seen with a collection of world class players delivering entertaining, attacking displays that are delighting a global audience. United, who last won the Premier League in Ferguson’s final season before his retirement in 2013, are in sixth place and in danger of not qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Ferguson enjoyed a 26-year United reign during which he won 28 trophies including 13 league titles but since his departure the club have sacked three managers and are now, under former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in need of a major rebuild. The 2-0 scoreline on Wednesday barely reflected the gulf in class between a United side lacking quality and character and a City team packed with leaders of the highest technical level. “They have set the standard in the last two seasons,” said Solskjaer after the match. “What Pep Guardiola has done with his players is remarkable and we are so close to it in the vicinity so we feel it every day. “There is a difference in quality. That is why they are top and we are where we are. They have set the standard. Living in Manchester we cannot be happy with that. It is up to us to close that gap and overtake them,” added the Norwegian. Solskjaer could easily have said the same of Liverpool, a team that matches attacking flair with aggressive tenacity — exactly the combination United were famed for in the day when the Norway international was among their strikers.last_img read more

CAF Sanctions Wydad of Casablanca and RS Berkane for Conduct of…

Rabat – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to impose fines on RS Berkane (RSB) and Wydad of Casablanca (WAC) for the conduct of their supporters in the stands. The Confederation has also sanctioned RSB player Omar Nemsaoui for 4 matches.The Disciplinary Commission of the CAF has imposed fines of $62,500 and $15,000 respectively on two Moroccan football clubs; RSB and WAC.RS Berkane was fined $22,500 for fans’ use of smoke and lasers, firecrackers, and missiles in the second leg of the CAF Cup final.  CAF imposed another fine of $30,000 on the club for “aggressive gestures towards officials of the 2nd leg of the CAF Cup by some of RS Berkane officials and players and unsporting behavior and violent conduct of its technical team.”CAF also decided to suspend RSB player Omar Nemsaoui for four matches. CAF also fined the player $10,000 for “displaying violent conduct and confronting match officials during the medal ceremony” during the same match.Read also: Football Player Raphael Varane Enjoys Family Trip in ChefchaouenWAC and Esperance Sportive of Tunisia (EST) were both fined $15,000 for “excessive use of smoke and pyrotechnics, flares lit in the stands, and throwing objects such as sound bombs and bottles of water” in the first leg of the Champions League final.In late May, the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFE) released a statement, claiming that Fouzi Lekjaa (president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation) had aggressively assaulted the referee during the CAF Cup final between the Egyptian team Al Zamalek and Moroccan football RS Berkane which took place on May 26. CAF’s Disciplinary Committee dismissed referee Bamlak Tessema allegations arguing that the referee’s report does not match that of the match commissioner, Equatorial Guinea’s Gustavo Ndong Edu.The board said that “there is insufficient solid and corroborating evidence to prove the culpability of Fouzi Lekjaa.” read more

Chevron bows out of fight for Anadarko

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Chevron won’t increase its buyout offer for Anadarko, cutting short a potential bidding war with Occidental Petroleum.Occidental challenged Chevron’s initial bid last month, offering $57 billion in cash and stock, including debt and book value of non-controlling interest. Chevron’s offer was worth about $50 billion by the same metric.Occidental’s bid gained momentum two weeks ago when Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway said it would put up $10 billion in financing for Occidental.Chevron Corp. said Thursday that it won’t make a counteroffer and will let the four-day match period expire.Anadarko Petroleum Corp. will have to pay a $1 billion fee for terminating its deal with Chevron.The Associated Press

Hydropothecarys cannabis expansion plans will put it among the top pot producers

Shares of Hydropothecary Corp. rose more than 18 per cent after the licensed medical cannabis producer announced ambitious plans that will see it further grow its operations in Quebec at a rapid pace.The company said Tuesday it has acquired property adjacent to its existing facility in Gatineau, Que., to construct a new 93,000-square-metre greenhouse that would increase its production capacity to 108,000 kilograms of dried cannabis per year.The expansion will bring the company’s total production capacity to about 121,000 sq. m of cultivation and manufacturing labs, with the expansion expected to be completed in one year.Canadian cannabis companies on $2-billion fundraising spree as legalization loomsPot’s biggest takeover battle turns nasty as target alleges ‘insider bid’“Hydropothecary is boldly stepping forward to take the lead in the Canadian cannabis industry… Once legalization and the adult-use recreational market become a reality, Hydropothecary will be ready,” said Sebastien St. Louis, CEO and co-founder, in a statement.Vahan Ajamian, a research analyst with Beacon Securities Ltd., said the expansion would put Hydropothecary among the top three producers in Canada.By comparison, Ontario-headquartered Canopy Growth Corp. announced in October that it will develop up to about 280,000 sq. metres of greenhouse growing capacity in British Columbia, more than doubling the production footprint of Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer.Hydropothecary currently has a production capacity of about 4,600 sq. m and produces about 3,600 kg of dried cannabis per year. An expansion announced in October will see the company increase its production capacity by about 23,000 sq. m by next July, after which it said it’s expected to produce about 26,000 kg annually.St. Louis said costs for the newest expansion to be completed next December, which are expected to be $80 million, will be funded through the company’s current financial resources.The addition is expected to create up to 100 jobs during construction, with another 100 positions forecast for the operation of the new facility.This is on top of 100 jobs which will be created when the company’s 23,000 sq. m greenhouse expansion, which is expected to cost $25 million, becomes operational in July.Shares of Hydropothecary closed at $4.11, up 63 cents or 18.10 per cent, on the TSX Venture Exchange. read more

Puducherry CM says Sri Lanka expected to free six boats

He said the territorial administration had taken up with the Ministry of External Affairs the issue of boats seized by Sri Lankan Navy.The island nation had conveyed its decision to release six fishermen from Karaikal lodged in Sri Lankan jail, he said. (Colombo Gazette) Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy says Sri Lanka is expected to release six boats seized from fishermen in Karaikal, The Hindu newspaper reported.Narayanasamy said Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had informed him about Sri Lanka’s decision to handover six of the 10 boats seized from fishermen in Karaikal.

EU leaders win breakthrough on budget deal after overcoming British financial worries

by Juergen Baetz And Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 12:03 am MDT EU leaders win breakthrough on budget deal after overcoming British financial worries AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – European Union leaders reached an outline deal Friday on the 27-country bloc’s 960 billion euro ($1.3 trillion) seven-year budget, overcoming a British-French dispute to sign off on the agreement.British Prime Minister David Cameron had held out for the same financial conditions already promised him months ago, overshadowing a summit meant to focus on the continent’s youth unemployment problems.However, in the end, all 27 nations backed the budget deal. EU President Herman Van Rompuy said “it is a quite clear ‘yes’,” when it came to unanimous backing of the 2014-2020 spending plan.Beyond the seven-year spending plan, which still needs full parliamentary approval, the EU nations also agreed on the shape of future bank bailouts, injecting a sense of fresh credibility into the efforts of the leaders to control the region’s economic problems.But the budget deal also highlighted deep divisions among European countries over whether to spend or cut their way out of crisis. The UK is seeking reassurances that it won’t have to contribute too much at a time of belt-squeezing across the continent.The multi-annual budget, which includes the first cut to EU spending in its history, determines what the bloc can spend on common infrastructure like railway or road projects, farming subsidies and aid to poor countries. It’s separate from national budgets — and much smaller — but a source of difficult and passionate debate.The decision came after some protracted brinkmanship following the British objections to an outline reached early Thursday. Cameron surprised many by insisting that the EU stick to parts of an earlier agreement reached in February.Due to a provision on agricultural funding, the country could have lost some of its previously negotiated repayment from the budget, costing it about an annual 200 to 300 million euros, a diplomat from a major EU country said.The issue left London up against Paris, which would have to pay for the bulk of the shortfall otherwise, the diplomat said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t allowed to discuss the closed-door talks publicly.In the end, Van Rompuy said the British concerns were taken on board, since “actually nothing has changed” on the question of Britain’s contribution since the February agreement.French President Francois Hollande said he signed off on the deal and praised the European Parliament for winning more wiggle room on the budget.The summit was initially meant to focus on finding ways to get more young people employed, and calmly taking stock of EU efforts to stabilize the world’s biggest economic bloc now that its deep debt troubles have subsided.Crucially, the EU budget also includes money for the employment measures that the bloc’s leaders addressed at the two-day summit which finishes Friday afternoon. No budget agreement would mean no money for those projects.Unemployment is at a record high of 11 per cent for the EU and 12.2 per cent for the 17 member countries that use the euro. It is far worse for the young: Latest figures show almost one in four people aged under 25 in the EU are unemployed. In Greece and Spain, that rate has it hit more than 50 per cent.After the late-night meetings, Hollande said that 6 billion euros for youth jobs will be speeded up and spent over 2014-2015 instead of over 7 years.In addition he said that there will be two to three times that amount in “European credits” for employment schemes.Germany argues that governments should focus on reforms instead of new funding, to get growth going again and create more jobs.Thursday’s deal on the budget came hours after EU finance ministers reached a landmark deal determining that banks’ shareholders, creditors and holders of large deposits will have to bear the brunt of future bank failures, so that taxpayers don’t have to.The joint rules on how to restructure or wind down banks are a key step toward establishing a so-called banking union for Europe, aimed at restoring stability after a tumultuous few years that have dragged down the global economy.___Angela Charlton and Sylvain Plazy in Brussels and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at Raf Casert on Twitter at read more

Hedge fund managers charity will pay £282m to exwifes new foundation after

first_imgA hedge fund manager’s charity must pay £282m to his ex-wife’s foundation after one of Britain’s most expensive divorce battles came to an end in a landmark ruling. Sir Christopher Hohn and his ex-wife Jamie Cooper got divorced in 2013, but the pair have continued to wrangle over a payment from a children’s charity they set up together. Sir Christopher paid Ms Cooper £337m in 2014, which at the time was thought to have been the largest-ever divorce payout. Now the charity, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, will pay £282m to a new cause set up by Ms Cooper in 2015, Big Win Philanthropy. Jamie Cooper The former couple, both 53, who have four children, set up CIFF in 2002. It works to protect children in developing countries by methods such as strengthening laws against exploitation and investing in low-carbon energy. Jonathan Crow QC, representing Sir Christopher, said the payment would “set a poor precedent in that it would allow charitable funds to be used to resolve personal disputes between trustees,” the Evening Standard reported. But Sir Geoffrey Vos, chancellor of the High Court, approved the payment on Friday. In his judgment he said the payment would allow Ms Cooper to “devote her considerable talents to a charity with increased assets”.  Geoffrey Vos: payment would ‘bring a conclusion to this incredibly hostile dispute’Credit:geoff pugh Sir Geoffrey Vos She had also pledged to donate £32m of her own money to the cause were the payment to go through. Matthew Dontzin, whose firm represented Ms Cooper, said: “This is a well-deserved victory for Ms Cooper, whose life’s work has become helping underprivileged children in the developing world.” He also said the grant would “bring a conclusion to this incredibly hostile dispute”.  Jamie Cooper has already received a £337m divorce settlementCredit:Evening Standard 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.last_img read more

Neige sept départements du nordest maintenus en vigilance orange

first_imgNeige : sept départements du nord-est maintenus en vigilance orangeCe midi, Météo France a maintenu sept départements en alerte orange à la neige et au verglas dans le nord-est de la France, jusqu’à 17h. Ce nouveau bulletin de Météo France est valable pour l’Aisne, les Ardennes, la Marne, la Meurthe-et-Moselle, la Meuse, la Moselle et le Bas-Rhin. L’alerte a été levée pour les régions Haute-Normandie et Île-de-France, et pour les départements d’Eure-et-Loir et d’Oise, selon un communiqué.Trois à six centimètres de neige sont tombés ce matin sur la Haute-Normandie et dans l’Oise. Pour la région parisienne, Météo France a enregistré 10 à 15 centimètres de neige. Pour l’Aisne, les Ardennes, la Marne et le nord de la Lorraine et l’Alsace, 5 à 10 centimètres de neige ont été observés. Et les chutes de neige se poursuivent pour les départements maintenus en vigilance orange. Concernant le trafic dans les airs, les vols à l’arrivée à Orly et à Roissy ont repris à la mi-journée, indique l’AFP. Quant aux vols au départ de ces aéroports franciliens, 30% d’entre eux ont été annulés.A noter qu’une baisse des températures cette nuit doit favoriser le regel. Le 20 décembre 2010 à 13:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Worlds Smallest House Isnt Visible to the Naked Eye

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain The tiny house movement (no doubt spurred by HGTV) advocates simple living in small homes—typically no larger than 500 square feet.But that is colossal compared to the 300-by-300 micrometer abode too teeny for even a mite to fit through the door.A nanorobotics team from the Femto-ST Institute in Besançon, France, demonstrated their µRobotex nanofactory by assembling the world’s smallest house.Constructed inside a vacuum chamber, the Lilliputian home is a true feat of engineering.The almost surgical process uses a focused ion beam like scissors to cut the silica membrane; a gas injection system then sticks the edges of the structure into place.“For the first time we were able to realize patterning and assembly with less than 2 nanometers of accuracy,” team member Jean-Yves Rauch said in a statement, calling this “a very important result for the robotics and optical community.”A researcher at the Femto-ST Institute in France assembles microrobotic systems using new optical nanotechnologies (via Femto-ST Institute)“We decided to build the microhouse on the fiber,” he continued, “to show that we are able to realize these microsystem assemblies on top of an optical fiber with high accuracy.”Emphasizing the accuracy and flexibility of their system, the architects used a low-power ion beam and gas injection to “gently sputter” a tiled pattern on the micrometer-sized roof.“It’s very challenging to pilot the robot with high accuracy at this cross between the two beams,” Rauch explained, adding that two engineers worked at multiple computers to control the process.While many steps are already automated, the team hopes to eventually robotize all stages of assembly.Riding high on the success of their microhouse, engineers are currently using the µRobotex nanofactory to construct functionalized microstructures, which can be attached to optical fibers as thin as human hair.This technology opens the door to various possibilities, including drug delivery, disease targeting, and data storage. The researchers are already eyeing even more petite structures some 20 to 100 nanometers in diameter—small enough to fit inside the windows of their already minuscule house.Read more about the world’s tiniest home in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Japans Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Fires a Bullet Into Asteroid Ryugu

first_img Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWashington Monument-Sized Asteroid Will Fly By Earth on Aug. 28 Stay on target Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft has successfully landed on asteroid Ryugu and “fired a bullet” into the space rock to collect dust samples.On Thursday, the Hayabusa-2 touched down onto Ryugu and tapped a horn-shaped appendage onto the asteroid’s surface. Then, a bullet-like projectile pierced Ryugu and generated dust fragments, The Verge reported. This brief interaction yielded some asteroid samples that went up the horn and were placed into a chamber inside the Hayabusa-2.[TD1-L08E1] 2/22 at 8:42 JST. The following has been confirmed at Gate 5:・Projectile was command to fire.・Normal sequence.・Spacecraft state is normal.Based on this, we determined touchdown was successful! A detailed analysis will now be done.— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) February 22, 2019Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which was in charge of the mission, hopes that the Hayabusa-2 will bring between 10 and 100 milligrams of samples back to Earth. JAXA doesn’t know how many samples were collected by the spacecraft, however, these samples can give scientists more clues on what the solar system looked like many years ago.Hayabusa-2 used this bullet projectile to collect samples from Ryugu. (Photo Credit: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)In 2014, JAXA launched the Hayabusa-2 into space, where it traveled for three and a half years and reached Ryugu in June 2018. For months, the spacecraft was preparing for the major sample grab. JAXA conducted multiple “dress rehearsals” to make sure the process went smoothly, where they would lower the Hayabusa-2 near the asteroid’s surface sample site. Plus, in September, JAXA sent two small rovers to Ryugu’s surface to collect information about the asteroid’s atmosphere.[TD1-L08E1] This is the navigation image received on 2/22 at around 5:30 JST. You can begin to see the shadow of the spacecraft.— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) February 21, 2019The Hayabusa-2 isn’t quite done with Ryugu yet: The spacecraft is expected to hang around the asteroid until the end of this year, and head back to Earth at the end of 2020, Fox News reported. Once it arrives, scientists will be able to analyze the asteroid samples and gain a better understanding of what happened during the solar system’s early stages.More on Sends Satellite Into Space to Deliver Artificial Meteor Shower Great Balls of Fire: Asteroid Explodes Over CubaAsteroid Impacts Increased Around Time of Largest Extinction Eventlast_img read more

GAF Member Sanna Fadera Detained Beyond 72 Hrs

first_imgBy Kebba Jeffang Sanna Fadera, a soldier attached to the Bio Chemist laboratory of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) and also a student studying Biology and Chemistry at the University of The Gambia (UTG), has been in the custody of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) since Wednesday, 27th May, 2015 without access to family.His detention beyond 72 hours without access to family or release onbail is a violation of the Constitution of the second republic of theGambia.One of the brothers of Fadera has confirmed that he isstill held as of yesterday. He also said that since his arrest, thefamily has neither been informed about it by those who are detaininghim nor allowed access to their loved one. He said they do not knowwhy he was arrested and detained.Foroyaa has earlier reported the disappearance of Sanna Fadera onMonday, 1st June, after information was received from a sister of theGAF member, who also called for his release. She told Foroyaa that shewas reliably informed that Mr. Fadera is being detained at the NIA.She added that they are worried that her brother is missing hisexaminations which are presently going on.Attempts to reach the GAF Public Relation Officer (PRO) on phone werenot successful.Foroyaa will, however, continue its efforts to contact the authoritiesin the army and the University on the matter for furtherclarification.]]>last_img read more