Donegal Daily have joined the social media campaign which is urging people to vote for Irish Women’s soccer star Stephanie Roache to win the coveted FIFA Puskas Award. The prestigious award honours the best goal scored in the world that season.Roache has made the final three, which in itself is already a wonderful achievement.Robin Van Persie and James Rodrigeuz are the other nominees for the FIFA Puskas Award.The fact that both those goals were scored at the World Cup on the biggest stage of all highlights the achievement of Roache even more. Roache scored her amazing goal in a league match for Peamount United against Wexford Youths.Her stunning goal received huge exposure when it went viral at the time with Gary Lineker, Paul McGrath, Matthew Le Tissier and Rio Ferdinand among those who marvelled at her goal.A huge campaign was launched in the hope of seeing her shortlisted for the award.It has worked by now supporters of Roache are calling on Irish soccer fans to keep voting for the Peamount United striker.If she wins she’ll become the first woman to ever win the award.Roache will travel to Zurich for the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony which takes place on January 12.You can vote for her at the link outlined below. http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/puskas-award/index.htmlDDTV: LET’S GET VOTING FOR STEPHANIE ROCHE TO WIN FIFA GOAL OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FIFA Puskas AwardnewssoccerSportStephanie Roache
Nelson Mandela waving at the crowd at a 46664 concert, held every year to raise awareness about HIV/Aids. (Image: 46664 Arctic) The UN has declared 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African president’s commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation.Starting in 2010, the day will be observed each year on 18 July – Mandela’s birthday – and people across the world will be urged to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to uplift society in some way.UN General Assembly paid tribute to Mandela in its 64th session in New York on 10 November, adopting a draft resolution put forward by South African ambassador to the UN, Baso Sangqu. The resolution seeks to make the international community aware of Mandela’s humanitarian work.It also recognises Mandela’s “leading role in and support for Africa’s struggle for liberation and unity, and his outstanding contribution to the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist democratic South Africa”.The UN invited all member states, its organisations and other international organisations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organisations and individuals, “to observe Nelson Mandela International Day in an appropriate manner”.Mandela Day in SAThe idea of Mandela Day was first introduced by South African president Jacob Zuma in 2009. It became a nationwide campaign to get the public involved in charitable activities, also for 67 minutes on 18 July – the day Mandela turned 91.The number of minutes was significant because it represented the 67 years since the former president first started fighting for human rights and the abolition of apartheid.Although Mandela Day began as a South African initiative, the international community was involved with a launch at a glittering music concert in New York, where musicians such as Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Wycleaf Jean and French first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy performed.At this launch, via video streaming, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and US president Barack Obama endorsed the idea to make it a worldwide event.“Mandela is a living embodiment of the highest values of the United Nations,” Ban said. “His commitment to a democratic, multi-racial South Africa; his steadfast pursuit of justice; his willingness to reconcile with those who persecuted him most – these are just some of the hallmarks of a remarkable man.”Back home, South Africans came out in numbers to support Mandela Day. Some started street clean-up campaigns, while others helped out at orphanages and old-age homes.Jeffsville – an informal settlement outside one of the country’s capital cities, Pretoria – marked the day by hosting a reconciliation event. Both South Africans and foreigners living there committed to forgive the xenophobic attacks of 2008 waged against foreign residents, which left scores dead and thousands homeless.“On 18 July 2009 millions of people across the globe came together to give 67 minutes or more of their time in community service, their actions inspired by the life’s work of Nelson Mandela,” said Sangqu in a statement.“In turn, the actions of these millions of people – men, women and youth across the globe and from all sectors of society, including heads of state, governments, NGOs and civil society – have inspired us to introduce this draft resolution to the General Assembly,” he added.The Non-Aligned Movement, an international body of states not formally aligned with any major power bloc, has been one of the strongest supporters of the campaign. During its summit in Egypt in July, the organisation passed a special declaration to lobby the UN to give Mandela Day international status.Support for resolutionCanada commended the adoption of the resolution. The country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said the day would help disseminate ideals that Mandela stands for. “This day will remind us of the importance of fighting injustice, upholding freedom and democracy and promoting a culture of peace throughout the world.“Nelson Mandela truly exemplifies commitment to a people, moral fortitude and service to humanity. He has also shown us how it is possible to be both a leading statesman and an exceptional human being. His work on conflict resolution and the protection of children’s rights only adds to his legacy,” Cannon added.Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known, is also the recipient of a Companion of the Order of Canada and is an honorary Canadian citizen. “[He] is an inspiration to us all,” Cannon said.The Nelson Mandela Foundation has also welcomed the resolution. “The Nelson Mandela Foundation and its sister charities are pleased with the declaration of July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ – an international day of activism,” it said in a statement.The foundation was set up after Mandela’s retirement in 1999 and works to create a legacy of his life and work.More about MadibaMandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994 after working tirelessly to unite black and white South Africans when the country was living through violent and troubled times.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, with then South African president FW de Klerk, for his efforts in finding a peaceful resolution to the country’s deep-rooted conflicts.Before his presidency Mandela was heavily involved in anti-apartheid activities led by the then-banned African National Congress and was convicted on charges of sabotage. He served 27 years in prison, many of which were spent with other sentenced freedom fighters on the desolate Robben Island, 12km off the coast of Cape Town.As a champion of reconciliation, Mandela was also instrumental in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was set up by South Africa’s Government of National Unity to help deal with the atrocities of apartheid.Although he has officially retired, he continues to voice his opinion on topical humanitarian issues and campaigns globally for peace, children and the fight against HIV/Aids.
A 65-year-old Goa-based artist, Shireen Mody, and her gardener were found dead on Sunday, the police said.According to the police, Mody was allegedly murdered by the gardener, who later succumbed to his injuries caused by a fall while he was trying to run away from the scene of crime.Mody, formerly from Mumbai, was running an art studio in Arpora village in North Goa district, where the incident took place on Sunday afternoon.“She was assaulted by her gardener Prafulla who hails from Assam. After hitting her with a heavy weapon in the storeroom of her house, he tried to run away but was injured after a fall,” said Navlesh Dessai, Inspector in-charge of the Anjuna police station. He later succumbed to his injuries, he added. While Mody was pronounced dead at the Goa Medical College near here, Prafulla was taken to a local district hospital where he was also declared dead. Both the bodies have been sent for post-mortem.Mr. Dessai said that according to the statements of the immediate neighbours, there were constant bickering and arguments between Mody and her gardener.Mr. Dessai said that CCTV footage recorded at the residence of the deceased artist shows the gardener running away from the scene of crime. A case of murder has been registered at the Anjuna police station.
Dashing opener Virender Sehwag’s availability will be the bone of contention when the national selectors meet in Chennai on Saturday to select the Test squad for the cricket tour of England.While Sachin Tendulkar (rested from the ongoing tour of the West Indies), Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir (recovering from injuries) will be back to bolster the squad, there hasn’t yet been any concrete information about the status of Sehwag’s injured shoulder that underwent a surgery in May.A source close to Sehwag said that the opener may just struggle to get fit in time for the first Test as “he is yet to get back the desired strength in his shoulders.”The first Test starts from July 21 at the Lord’s. India are scheduled to play four Tests and five ODIs during the tour of England.”We have no information as of now on the status of Sehwag’s injury. We will only get to know once we are in Chennai. We have heard that Gautam and Zaheer are fit,” said a selector.There is speculation that selectors may just take a gamble by including Sehwag in the team and wait for him to get fit by the time the second Test starts in Nottingham from July 29.Asked about the poor show by Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund in the three innings so far, the selector retorted, “These two (Vijay and Mukund) are the best available replacements for Viru and Gauti. We don’t have too many options in opening. Only Parthiv can be another option.”advertisementParthiv is a certainty as a second wicketkeeper.If Sehwag fails to make it then Vijay, by sheer experience of having a longer stint in the team, may get another international lifeline.While the other places in the batting order are almost sealed after Raina’s back-to-back 50s, the extra middle-order batsman’s slot may be a three-way battle between Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and senior-pro Yuvraj Singh.While Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma have sealed their places after impressive show in the West Indies, the young Abhimanyu Mithun may have to battle it out with S Sreesanth for the fourth pacer’s slot.- With inputs from PTI
Kemba Walker. APCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker is preparing for his third NBA All-Star game — and his first as a starter — this weekend on his home court in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he once shouted “This is my city!” after a game-winning shot.The big question is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT The Hornets and owner Michael Jordan have something to think about, too.They have to decide whether to give the largest contract in franchise history — he can make $220 million over five years if he makes All-NBA; or $189 million over five years if he doesn’t — to a 6-foot-1 point guard if it means limiting other free agents the franchise can sign to make it a championship contender.“I sense Kemba is the kind of guy who just wants to trust in an organization — that we’re always trying to do the right thing,” said Mitch Kupchak, in his first season as the Hornets general manager. “I do know he likes Charlotte. I know he’s a loyal person. So I think those things bode well for us. But we’re a long way off.”The Hornets did not attempt to trade Walker last week, a sign they are confident he will re-sign.But ultimately, Kupchak said, the decision on whether Walker returns “is a question for Kemba, because really what he thinks is much more important than what I think.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DeMarcus Cousins hits winning free throws to lift Warriors past Heat Before the season, Walker said he didn’t want to play anywhere other than Charlotte, downplaying the notion he’d go looking for a so-called “super team.”“I don’t want to do that,” Walker said in September. “I want to create something special here in Charlotte, something that we have never had here before. I want to create some consistency. And I want to be a part of that.”Walker hasn’t changed his stance in the five months since, even as the Hornets continue to muddle around a .500 mark, just above the playoff cutline.BOSTON BICKERINGMaybe the Celtics could use a pep talk from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.Marcus Morris questioned the Celtics’ toughness after they surrendered leads of 28 points to the Clippers and 18 points to the Lakers on their home court, dropping them to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.“We are going to lose games, but if we don’t have no attitude and we don’t have no toughness it’s going to be a long season,” Morris told reporters, including NBA Sports.Morris went on to say it’s not been fun playing for the Celtics because they aren’t acting like a team.“I watch all of these other teams around the league and guys on the bench are up jumping on the court and looking like they are enjoying their teammates’ success, and they are playing together and playing to win,” Morris said. “When I look at us, I see a bunch of individuals.”Making matters worse, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving sprained his right knee Saturday night and is listed as day-to-day. It’s not the same knee that caused Irving to miss the last 15 regular-season games and all of the playoffs last season. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The eight-year NBA veteran is set to become one of several All-Star free agents in July and will surely be an attractive option for more than a few teams.On the surface, it seems like Walker re-signing a long-term deal is a no-brainer — he has repeatedly stated his desire to continue playing for the Hornets, and the organization wants him back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut there are other factors at play.For the highly competitive Walker, he hasn’t much of a supporting cast and he’s only been to the playoffs twice in his previous seven seasons, losing both times to the Miami Heat in the first round. So the chance of going to an established winning team before too much of his career slips away could be luring. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES THAT’S CONVENIENTAs it works out, Stephen Curry and his younger brother Seth can share a cross-country flight back to Charlotte on Thursday for the NBA All-Star weekend. The Curry brothers face each other on Wednesday night when Seth’s Trail Blazers host older brother Stephen’s Warriors in Portland, Oregon.The Currys will be competing against each other in the 3-point shootout, which brings some added zest to a competition that includes Walker and defending champion Devin Booker and former champion Dirk Nowitzki.“I know he’ll want to beat me,” Stephen Curry said.Betonline.ag lists Stephen Curry as the heavy 11-4 favorite, followed by Booker, Buddy Hield and Seth Curry, who’ll compete in his first 3-point contest.ALL-STAR EVENTSThis is the first time the All-Star game will be held in Charlotte since 1991, when Michael Jordan was a playing in the game, not hosting it as an NBA owner.As usual, the game figures to attract plenty of celebrities.North Carolina native J. Cole headlines the halftime show Sunday, while Meek Mill will do pre-game introductions.Boxer Floyd Mayweather will host a celebrity go-kart challenge on Friday. Former NBA All-Star MVP Allen Iverson, who lives in Charlotte, is hosting a party, as are rappers Rick Ross, Doug E. Fresh and Deniro Farrar. There will also be a DJ performance by rapper Snoop Dogg. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Premier League Bournemouth vs Brighton: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 21:18 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Premier League AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion The pressure is mounting on Eddie Howe to put some points on the board but his team face a tricky task in the form of the Seagulls Bournemouth will look to record their first win of the 2017-18 Premier League season when they welcome Brighton to the Vitality Stadium on Friday evening.The Cherries have endured a difficult start to the new campaign and find themselves second from bottom in the table after four losses in their opening four games.Newly promoted Brighton, on the other hand, got their first win under their belts last week when they defeated West Brom and they will be eager to build on that. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Game Bournemouth vs Brighton Date Friday, September 15 Time 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Premier League as well as being available to stream online via the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go In the US, viewers can watch live on television on NBCSN, or else they can stream the game live online through the NBC Sports app. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Bournemouth players Goalkeepers Boruc, Ramsdale, Begovic, Federici Defenders Francis, S. Cook, Ake, B. Smith, A. Smith, Mings, Wiggins, Daniels Midfielders Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Arter, L. Cook, Stanislas, Hyndman, Mahoney, Fraser, Ibe Forwards Afobe, Wilson, King, Defoe, Mousset Callum Wilson will definitely miss out as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury, while the game comes too early for Junior Stanislas, who has, nevertheless, returned to training.Ryan Fraser was taken off with a knock in last week’s defeat to Arsenal and the midfielder may sit out this game as a precaution.Potential starting XI: Begovic; Mings, Ake, S. Cook; Daniels, A. Smith, Ibe, Arter, Gosling; Defoe, King. Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Ryan, Maenpaa, Krul Defenders Bruno, Bong, Hunemeier, Dunk, Goldson, Duffy, Rosenior, Suttner, Mateju, Schelotto Midfielders Stephens, Kayal, Skalak, Knockaert, Gross, Sidwell, Murphy, Izquierdo, March, Propper Forwards Baldock, Hemed, Murray, Brown, Ahannach A number of players are fitness concerns for Brighton with Steve Sidwell, Gaetan Bong and Sam Baldock all injured. Beram Kayal and Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown are also recovering from injuries.Potential starting XI: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Stephens, Gross, Propper, March, Knockaert; Hemed.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Bournemouth are favourites to win according to dabblebet, with odds of 23/20 attached to the Cherries. Brighton are 5/2 to record an away victory, with a draw priced at 12/5.Click here to check out all the available markets for the game, including first goalscorer and more.GAME PREVIEW Eddie Howe steered Bournemouth to their highest ever finish last season, but the Cherries boss has been unable to inspire his troops this term.Having finished ninth last season, ahead of the likes of West Ham and Leicester City, the expectation was that Howe would continue to guide the club on an upward trajectory.Four games into the new campaign, however, and things are looking precarious; his team have only scored one goal – against Manchester City – and the dismissal of Frank de Boer from fellow strugglers Crystal Palace earlier this week brings the clash against Brighton into keener focus for the 39-year-old.Brighton, in contrast, look to be settling into the division after two losses in their opening games and Chris Hughton’s men come into the fixture on a three-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.With new signings such as Pascal Gross, Davy Propper and Matt Ryan gelling with the new team-mates, and the likes of Anthony Knockaert returning to full fitness, the Seagulls will be no easy task for Howe’s side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
“For years now we’ve been complaining about the state of the music industry and how it has been held back by old ways of thinking, negatively impacting music makers–a major pain point being that we are the first to put in any of the work, and the last to see any financial reward or even payment,” explains Heap. “Through Mycelia and its ‘Creative Passport,’ as music makers we now have no excuse but to put our best foot forward and become open for business, decentralising the ecosystem so that it will ultimately benefit everyone. I am excited to be going on the road to bring this to life, in addition to showcasing other new technologies which will add to transforming the music industry into a fair, flourishing and vibrant place”.Heap released her debut album, iMegaphone, back in 1998 and has spent the past two decades surprising her fans with her classically trained yet wildly innovative interpolations of pop music. While her work has always pushed the boundaries between music and visual media, her sounds reached her widest audience yet as a producer on Taylor Swift’s GRAMMY-winning album 1989, which earned Heap her second career GRAMMY Award.Tickets for Heap’s North American dates of her Mycelia World Tour go on-sale to the general public on Friday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 a.m. For full details, visit her website.Imogen Heap’s Life Of A Song Project Shows Who Gets PaidRead more Facebook https://twitter.com/imogenheap/status/1072130478608658433 Email Imogen Heap Launches Innovative New Project & Tour inside-imogen-heaps-interactive-creative-passport-project-mycelia-world-tour News The GRAMMY-winning artist and tech innovator brings together live concerts, interactive workshops and tech talks to nine cities across North AmericaNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 10, 2018 – 5:16 pm Fans of multi-instrumentalist songwriter/producer and multi-media artist Imogen Heap have learned to expect the unexpected from their hero. Never one to disappoint creatively, Heap’s latest endeavor is also one of her most ambitious.The GRAMMY winner has announced a nine-city North American leg of her Mycelia World Tour, complete with the launch of a new project, ‘Creative Passport,’ which integrates concerts, workshops and discussions to push the typical limits of what a live tour can mean.The continuation of her Mycelia World Tour follows successful stints across Europe during 2018 and will make stops in major U.S. cities between April and June 2019, including Miami, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco. The tour is named after Heap’s research and development hub aimed at cultivating a fairer payment system for artists by establishing a music maker database.Billed in a statement from Heap as “promoting a fair and flourishing future for the Music Industry,” her ‘Creative Passport’ project is geared toward, “realising a vision of the future which sees music makers connected through a verified and decentralised ecosystem, promoting artist-led, fair and sustainable operating practices.”The slate of events for each tour stop includes some or all of several elements, including solo concerts from Heap as well as reunited duo appearances with Guy Sigsworth as electronic duo Frou Frou for the first time since 2003.’Creative Passport’ also offers workshops with local music makers, technologists and industry influencers, workshops for families where children will get to build and code their own MIni.MU gloves (Heap’s proprietary electronic instrument of the future) and talks given by Heap on “technologies which are positively shaping the future of the music ecosystem, building better business and audience relations with music makers.” Twitter Inside Imogen Heap’s Interactive ‘Creative Passport’ Project & Mycelia World Tour
WILMINGTON, MA – Meet sports celebrities at Rich Altman’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Boston Show, held on Friday, April 27 (noon to 7pm), Saturday, April 28 (9am to 5pm), and Sunday, April 29 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.Highlights include:Bill Russell will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM, Saturday 4/28 from 12:00-1:00 PM and Sunday 4/29 from 12:00-1:00 PM.Oscar Robertson will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM and Saturday 4/28 from 12:00-1:00 PM.Charlie Scott will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM and Saturday 4/28 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.Bobby Poyner will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMEduardo Rodriguez will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMChristian Vazquez will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMMike Lowell will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PMScott Norwood will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PMBobby Kielty will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PMMatthew Slater will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PMBill Rodgers will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 12:30 PM-2:30 PMOrlando Cabrera will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 1:45 PM-2:30 PMJohnny Bucyk will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMJames White will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PMTy Law will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMTroy Brown will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMStephon Gilmore will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PMAndrew Raycroft will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PMThe event’s website touts that, in addition to autograph signings, the 3-day show will feature “200 of the top cards and sports memorabilia dealers in the country,” along with “the industry’s most respected and most recognized card graders and autograph & memorabilia authenticators.”General admission tickets cost $10. Children under 8 are FREE. Tickets must be purchased at the door.Tickets to autograph lines, however, can be purchased in advance on the event’s website HERE. Please carefully read the varying appearance times, pricing and restrictions for each sports celebrity. Appearances are subject to change.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBoston Sports Stars Coming To Wilmington For Sports Card & Memorabilia ShowIn “Business”10 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (April 29, 2017)In “5 Things To Do Today”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Thursday, July 4In “Community”
Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S. troops are seen during a patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria on 4 November, 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Sunday set out conditions for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, saying the defence of allies must first be assured.The comments by John Bolton during a visit to Israel signalled a far more gradual US withdrawal than initially set out by Trump, whose 19 December announcement concerned allies and led to the resignation of defence secretary Jim Mattis.Trump himself has more recently spoken of “slowly” sending troops home “over a period of time”, and Bolton laid out some of the conditions required before it takes place.”We’re going to be discussing the president’s decision to withdraw, but to do so from northeast Syria in a way that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again,” Bolton said when meeting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.”And to make sure that the defence of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured, and to take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS and other terrorist groups.”Israel is especially worried over whether the withdrawal will allow its main enemy Iran to expand its presence in the neighbouring country.Netanyahu has pledged to continue to act against Iran in Syria.Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and deliveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, a Shiite Lebanese militia backed by Tehran.Earlier in the day, Bolton told journalists travelling with him that conditions such as guarantees on the safety of Kurdish allies must be met before American troops are withdrawn, NBC News reported.Bolton also said all 2,000 US forces may not be pulled out, according to the report.He said the withdrawal would take place in northeastern Syria, while some forces could remain to the south at the al-Tanf garrison as part of efforts to counter Iran’s presence.Condition the withdrawal”There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” said Bolton, according to NBC.”Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfilment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see. And once that’s done, then you talk about a timetable.”Kurdish-led forces control a large swathe of Syria’s north and northeast, some of it seized from the Islamic State group.Despite backing from the US-led coalition and success in pushing back IS, Kurdish-led forces have at times incurred heavy losses.A US withdrawal could leave them exposed to an attack by neighbouring Turkey — where Bolton travels on Monday — and its Syrian proxies.The Kurds have invited Damascus to send troops into some of the territory it controls, to act as a bulwark against pro-Turkish forces.Bolton’s visit was part of a US effort to reassure allies after Trump’s announcement.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who also met Netanyahu last week, leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City.Netanyahu used Sunday’s meeting to again push for the United States and other countries to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed.He said he planned to take Bolton to visit the Golan before he leaves for Turkey on Monday if weather permits.”The Golan Heights is tremendously important for our security and I think that when you’re there you’ll be able to understand perfectly why we’ll never leave the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said alongside Bolton.”And why it’s important that all countries recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. I’ve discussed this with the president.”
Courtesy – FW HeritageA home in Houston’s First Ward that was restored by FW Heritage. Listen 00:00 /12:49 We all know the adage about Houston: that we’re not the best at preserving buildings with history and character and that we’d rather just bulldoze them for a brand new strip mall or mid-rise apartment complex.Well, a Houston couple originally from Malaysia is trying to do something about that phenomenon in one neighborhood.Over the last few years, Dominic Yap and his wife, Lin Chong, have bought and restored more than a dozen different historic homes in Houston’s First Ward. They even started a company, called FW Heritage, once the hobby turned into a full-time passion for them both.Dominic oversees the structural renovation while Lin works on the interior and style elements. Plus, she’s a real estate agent and handles the sale of the house once it’s done.In 2017, Michael Hagerty visited with the couple at a home whose renovation is almost complete. He learned about the challenges of trying to preserve historic homes in the Bayou City.MORE:Houston’s First Ward is Flourishing, But Not Without Some Friction (Houston Chronicle, April 23, 2014)Preserving the First Ward (Houston Chronicle, April 23, 2014)– / 7 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Explore further But in a new study published in Science Advances, Dong Shi et al. have taken a closer look at spiro-OMeTAD and found that it still has a great deal of untapped potential. For the first time, they have grown single crystals of the pure material, and in doing so, they have made the surprising discovery that spiro-OMeTAD’s single-crystal structure has a hole mobility that is three orders of magnitude greater than that of its thin-film form (which is currently used in solar cells). “This paper reports a major breakthrough for the fields of perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by finally clarifying the potential performance of the material and showing that improving the crystallinity of the hole transport layer is the key strategy for further breakthroughs in device engineering of these solar cells,” Osman Bakr, a professor of engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and leader of the study, told Phys.org. The findings suggest that, at least in the short term, the time-consuming process of designing and synthesizing radically new organic hole conductors as replacements to spiro-OMeTAD may not be necessary.In general, perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells are made of three critical layers. Two of these layers—the electron-transporting layer and the light-absorbing layer—are well-understood structurally. However, the mesoscale packing structure of the hole-transporting layer, which is usually spiro-OMeTAD, has so far eluded researchers, and consequently its charge transport mechanisms have remained a mystery.In the new study, the researchers figured out a way to grow pure single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD by dissolving the spiro-OMeTAD in a carefully chosen solvent. They then placed this vial inside a larger vial containing an antisolvent, in which spiro-OMeTAD does not dissolve as well, and allowed the antisolvent vapor to slowly diffuse into the inner vial. Eventually the solution in the inner vial becomes supersaturated, so that not all of the spiro-OMeTAD can stay dissolved, causing the spiro-OMeTAD to crystallize. The researchers then performed a variety of measurements on the crystals to investigate their charge transport mechanisms and other properties.The results are much more encouraging than expected, in many ways running contrary to the conventional wisdom based on the material’s large-scale structure, which suggested that the material had reached its limits. Although the method used here to grow single crystals cannot be performed at a large scale, the researchers predict that similar methods that use an antisolvent to trigger crystallization could be used to enhance the crystallinity of the thin-layer spiro-OMeTAD, improving its hole mobility in order to make more efficient solar cells.”These astonishing findings open a new direction for the development of perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells by showing the still untapped potential of spiro-OMeTAD,” Bakr said. “They unravel a key mystery that has confounded the photovoltaic community for the last 17 years.” (Left) The set-up used to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, based on antisolvent vapor-assisted crystallization. (Right) Single crystal structure of spiro-OMeTAD. Credit: Shi, et al. ©2016 AAAS Pinholes be gone More information: Dong Shi, et al. “Spiro-OMeTAD single crystals: Remarkably enhanced charge-carrier transport via mesoscale ordering.” Science Advances. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501491AbstractWe report the crystal structure and hole-transport mechanism in spiro-OMeTAD [2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine)9,9′-spirobifluorene], the dominant hole-transporting material in perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Despite spiro-OMeTAD’s paramount role in such devices, its crystal structure was unknown because of highly disordered solution-processed films; the hole-transport pathways remained ill-defined and the charge carrier mobilities were low, posing a major bottleneck for advancing cell efficiencies. We devised an antisolvent crystallization strategy to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, which allowed us to experimentally elucidate its molecular packing and transport properties. Electronic structure calculations enabled us to map spiro-OMeTAD’s intermolecular charge-hopping pathways. Promisingly, single-crystal mobilities were found to exceed their thin-film counterparts by three orders of magnitude. Our findings underscore mesoscale ordering as a key strategy to achieving breakthroughs in hole-transport material engineering of solar cells. © 2016 Phys.org 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. Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency (2016, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-solar-cell-mystery-greatly-efficiency.html (Phys.org)—For the past 17 years, spiro-OMeTAD, has been keeping a secret. Despite intense research efforts, its performance as the most commonly used hole-transporting material in perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells has remained stagnant, creating a major bottleneck for improving solar cell efficiency. Thinking that the material has given all it has to offer, many researchers have begun investigating alternative materials to replace spiro-OMeTAD in future solar cells.