Rabat – The United Nations has described Pope Francis’s visit to Morocco as “extremely important.”The spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, said that the Jerusalem appeal signed by King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis “goes along the lines of what the Secretary-General has been saying for a quite long time, that Jerusalem has a sacred character for Jews, for Christians and Muslims and that it needs to be preserved.”On Saturday, March 30, the pope and the King expressed concerns through an appeal to the world to warn against moves that undermine the status of Jerusalem. “We believe it is important to preserve the Holy City of Jerusalem (Al-Quds Al-Sharif) as a shared heritage of humankind and to safeguard it, above all for the believers of the three monotheistic religions, as a symbol of peaceful coexistence and as a meeting place where mutual esteem and dialogue are fostered,” reads the appeal.Dujarric said that the pope’s visit to Morocco is “extremely important and extremely symbolic.”“Anything that can bring greater understanding and tolerance between religions is to be welcomed and the issue of migrants and the protection of migrants and the respect of migrants’ dignity is something that is very close to the Secretary-General’s heart,” said the spokesperson in a press briefing on April 1.The European Union also expressed satisfaction with the Jerusalem appeal.A spokesman of the EU, quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), said that the European institution “recognizes the special importance of the holy places of Jerusalem for the three monotheistic religions.”The unidentified spokesperson added that the EU also “firmly believes that the status quo established in 1976 must be maintained in accordance with the previous agreements.”Pope Francis dedicated his first-ever visit to Morocco to discussing migrants’ rights, interfaith coexistence, and the importance of charity.Meeting hundreds of migrants during his visit, the pope chaired a holy mass at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, convening Christians from all over the world.An estimated 10,000 people attended the pope’s mass.On his way back to the Vatican, Pope Francis regretted issues facing migrants.The pope also criticized US President Donald Trump’s policy regarding migrants, saying that the world should invest in building bridges, not walls.“Those who build bridges are moving forward. The bridge is for human communication, it is very beautiful and I have seen it here in Morocco,” the pope told the press.
25 February 2011The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ibrahim Gambari, has urged inhabitants of the troubled Sudanese region to engage in dialogue to find a solution to their protracted conflict, saying a process of popular consultations would soon begin. “Now is the time for all Darfuris, for the Government and the opposition, for the armed groups and for the government forces, to come together and enter in a dialogue designed to resolve their differences and herald peace in Darfur,” Mr. Gambari wrote in an op-ed published in today’s edition of the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. He said that the Darfur Political Process, which he described as “a series of broadly inclusive popular consultations” would give everyone an opportunity to express their views on how the conflict can be brought to an end. “Crucial to the credibility and prospects for success of this Darfur-based initiative is the need to ensure that those represented are able to participate without fear of being harmed, harassed, detained or otherwise restricted as a result of their involvement. “I have sought and obtained assurances from the highest levels of government that steps will be taken for a suitable, enabling environment that protects the basic rights and freedoms of all participants,” Mr. Gambari wrote. He said that some stakeholders had expressed concern that the initiative may be susceptible to interference and manipulation, but gave the assurance that he and former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, and the African Union high-level panel on Darfur that he chairs, had elicited pledges from the government that it will respect the independence of the process and refrain from interfering in it. Mr. Gambari urged the international community to “stay the course in Sudan and replicate recent achievements in the implementation of the north-south peace process by brokering peace in Darfur.” The people of Southern Sudan voted overwhelming in a referendum in January to secede from the rest of the country. The vote was the culmination of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended two decades of civil war between the North and the South that claimed the lives of some two million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes. “The immediate post-referendum environment presents an ideal opportunity to marshal our common resolve to broker, successfully and honestly, a durable solution to the conflict. The people of Darfur deserve no less than our collective and full commitment to attain this goal. Their lives, their hopes, their dreams and their futures depend on it,” wrote Mr. Gambari. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, told a Security Council session on peace and security in Africa that peace talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, between the Government of Sudan and the two main rebel groups in Darfur are continuing and that the parties are currently reviewing a draft agreement. “It is essential for the international community to step up its engagement and help the parties reach an inclusive and comprehensive peace,” said Mr. Ban, referring to the talks between the Sudanese Government, the Justice and Equality Movement and the Liberation and Justice Movement. The Secretary-General also voiced concern over hostilities between the Government and an alliance of rebel groups in North Darfur state, which has reportedly displaced large numbers of civilians.
“We condemn the central government’s indifference. We demand compensation for the boats damaged in Sri Lankan custody,” said Jesuraja. The ministry of external affairs has asked fishermen to find an alternative job and to adopt deep sea fishing. “But we need time to shift to deep sea fishing. We proposed to hand over a good number of our boats under a buyback scheme. The minister said she would consider the possibility of a buyback scheme,” said Jesuraja. Fishermen in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Monday decided to call for a bandh to protest against the central government’s indifference to the issues concerning them, the Times of India reported.At a meeting held in Rameswaram, fishermen leaders also decided to get support from political parties. “In the coming days, we are going to meet the leaders of all political parties. We are also planning to call for a one-day bandh in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry to condemn the Centre’s indifference to us,” said Ramanathapuram district secretary of the Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association B Jesuraja. The meeting was held in the backdrop of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s advice to the fishermen not to cross the territorial waters of Sri Lanka and the central government’s alleged hesitation to intervene every time Indian fishermen are arrested by the Sri Lankan navy. Out of 81 boats released by Sri Lanka, fishermen could salvage only 61 boats and the rest have to be abandoned since they were damaged beyond repair. Even among the 61 boats, nearly ten boats had suffered extensive damage, fishermen said.Fishermen said the meeting between Sushma Swaraj and their leaders disappointed them. “The minister asked us not to venture into Sri Lankan waters. She asked us to carry out fishing in Indian waters, but there is no fish in our waters,” said D Arockiam, a fisherman in Rameswaram.
Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), voiced his growing distress over the effect the strike by 4,000 workers, which began 11 October, is having on the humanitarian situation for over 660,000 Palestinians. Mr. Hansen asked all UNRWA area staff in the West Bank to put the interests of the refugee population that they serve above all other considerations. He said in a statement that the Agency’s management has never closed the door on negotiations and is willing to consider legitimate demands once the strike is over. “The general respect and admiration that UNRWA staff have enjoyed in the past is being undermined by an apparent disregard for the needs of the refugee community that they serve,” he said. The UNRWA chief said he is particularly worried about the effect the absence of teachers from schools is having on 60,000 pupils at UNRWA’s 95 schools in the West Bank, many of whom have already lost hundreds of schools days due to other interruptions caused by curfews and closures. He is also disturbed by the denial of emergency health services to refugees and the possibly tragic consequences of delayed vaccinations. Of special concern are those chronically ill refugees who now have no access to UNRWA-supplied medicines and the current lack of ambulance services. In addition, the Agency is worried about the deteriorating sanitary conditions in refugee camps where solid waste is becoming an increasing health hazard. The strike has also brought to a halt the distribution of basic food rations to some 38,000 of the very poorest refugees – those in UNRWA’s Special Hardship programme as well as the thousands of beneficiaries of UNRWA’s emergency food aid – and has delayed shipments of food items and medical supplies.
“Preventive chemotherapy does not necessarily stop infection taking place but it can help to reduce transmission,” the Director of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Department for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, Lorenzo Savioli, said. “The benefit of preventive chemotherapy is that it immediately improves health and prevents irreversible disease in adults.”The approach contained in a newly published manual, Preventive Chemotherapy in Human Helminthiasis, focuses on using a set of low-cost or free drugs to simultaneously treat the four most common diseases caused by worms and afflicting over 1 billion people: river blindness (onchocerciasis), elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis), schistosomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminthiasis. The cost: as low as 40 cents per person per year.“In the same way as we protect people against a number of vaccine-preventable diseases throughout their lives, the regular and coordinated use of a few drugs can protect people against worm-induced disease, improving children’s performance at school and the economic productivity of adults,” Mr. Savioli said.The new approach provides a critical first step in combining treatment for diseases which, although different, require common resources and delivery strategies for control or elimination. The second key component brings together for the first time dozens of agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), pharmaceutical companies and others into a coordinated assault on neglected diseases. The diseases’ impact can be measured in the impaired growth and development of children, complications during pregnancies, underweight babies, significant and sometimes disabling disfigurements, blindness, social stigma, and reduced economic productivity and household incomes.These effects can be dramatically reduced by using highly effective drugs of proven quality and excellent safety record – the majority donated free by companies or costing less than $0.40 per person per year, including the cost of the drugs and their delivery.“We need to urgently work together to improve access to rapid-impact interventions and quality care,” WHO Acting Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases David Heymann said. “The need to do so is incontestable from all perspectives: moral, human rights, economic and global public good. The task is feasible and must be done.”Soil-transmitted helminthiasis affects more than 2 billion people worldwide, producing a wide range of symptoms that include diarrhoea, general weakness affecting working and learning capacities, impaired physical growth and anaemia.It is estimated that 1.2 billion people in 83 countries live in areas endemic for lymphatic filariasis and about 120 million people are affected by the disease, with chronic complications including elephantiasis of the limbs, and damage to the genital organs, kidneys and lymphatic system. Schistosomiasis affects about 200 million people worldwide, with more than 650 million living in endemic areas, and can cause bladder and ureteral complications, liver enlargement and bladder cancer in late-stages. Onchocerciasis is endemic in 30 countries in Africa, 6 in the Americas, and in Yemen in the Arabian peninsula, with an estimated 100 million at risk of infection 37 million already infected with the disease which can cause rashes, subcutaneous nodules, intense itching, elephantiasis of the genitalia, and eye lesions that can lead to blindness. The partners range from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Centers for Disease Control to leading pharmaceutical companies.
NDP says Huawei concerns in U.S. a wake-up call to Canada on Nexen by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2012 6:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A U.S. congressional panel’s scathing criticism of China technology firms should give the Harper government cause to reject the proposed Chinese takeover of Alberta oil company Nexen, the opposition NDP said Tuesday.Industry Canada could announce as early as this week the result of its review of the $15.1-billion bid by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Co. for Calgary-based Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY).The NDP opposes the CNOOC takeover because it says ceding control of the large Canadian resource company to a state-owned Chinese interest raises national security concerns, among others.The party’s foreign affairs and natural resources critics, Paul Dewar and Peter Julian, pointed to Monday’s warning by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that the States should avoid doing business with Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE Corp.The committee revived long-standing criticism that the companies are linked to Chinese intelligence, which could use their products for cyber-espionage — a charge both the companies and the Chinese government loudly denied Tuesday.Dewar said the U.S. warning in the telecom case helps make the case for the Harper government to nix the Nexen energy deal.“This isn’t about selling wheat,” Dewar said in an interview Tuesday.“Look at the two strategic interests we have in our country: natural resources and telecommunications. The two issues we’re dealing with right now are both of those,” he added.“Any of these business arrangements should be dealt with, with an abundance of caution.”Julian criticized the government for weighing the Nexen takeover behind closed doors, without adequately explaining how it will balance the “net benefit” of the deal with the national security risks of allowing CNOOC a controlling interest in the oilsands.Monday’s U.S. report came after the matter was considered during months of public hearings by the House committee, Julian noted.“I think what this is, is a very strong wake-up call to this government to get its act together,” said Julian.“It certainly will have an impact on public opinion.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper indicated last week that his government is grappling with a range of difficult policy questions on whether to approve the Nexen deal.The government has until this Friday, but could extend the review period another 30 days.Monday’s U.S. report urged companies to avoid doing business with Huawei and ZTE and said regulators should prevent them from buying U.S. companies. It also said government computer systems should not include components from them because they might pose an espionage risk.The report has implications for Canada because Huawei is partnered with Bell Canada and Telus.Huawei could also be in the running to help build the government’s new secure telecommunications system.A spokesman for Shared Services Canada said Tuesday night he could not comment “on any particular equipment supplier.”“In order to protect its national security interest, the Government of Canada has in fact invoked the National Security Exception under Canada’s domestic and international trade agreements in connection with the procurement of consolidated email, telecommunications and data centre infrastructure, systems and services,” spokesman Ted Frances said in an email.Huawei Canada employs 400 people in Ontario, including 280 people at a facility in Markham, near Toronto.Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said he wasn’t concerned by the criticism raised in the U.S., adding that it’s up to the federal government to deal with international security questions.“At some point in time if authorities within the federal government believe that they have real concerns, then I expect that they will raise those with us,” McGuinty said Tuesday.“I have a lot of confidence in our police authorities and a lot of confidence in Canadian authorities generally when it comes to providing us with advice on that front.”China’s government rejected the U.S. report as false and an effort to block Chinese companies from the American market.“The Chinese side expresses its serious concerns and strong opposition,” commerce ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said in a statement Tuesday. He called on the United States to “abandon the practice of discrimination against Chinese companies.”Huawei and ZTE, both based in Shenzhen in southern China, near Hong Kong, rejected the accusation and complained that the committee failed to provide evidence to back it up.The report “employs many rumours and speculations to prove non-existent accusations,” a Huawei spokesman, Scott Sykes, said in an email.— with files from The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2012 3:18 pm MDT VistaJet orders up to 142 Bombardier jets in deal worth up to US$7.8 billion MONTREAL – Bombardier has made the biggest sale of business aircraft in its history with a deal to provide up to 142 Global aircraft to a private European luxury charter company in a transaction potentially worth up to US$7.8 billion.VistaJet has placed firm orders for 56 of the large-cabin business jets and optioned a further 86 Global jets in a deal that will propel the U.K.-based company’s growth in emerging markets.The firm orders are valued at US$3.1 billion at current list prices, although large orders typically obtain significant discounts. Options would add as much as $4.7 billion to the total value of the deal.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial estimates the firm order will add 15 cents per share to Montreal-based Bombardier’s bottom line and 35 cents per share if all options are exercised.Doerksen said he remains “somewhat cautious” on Bombardier’s shares due to lingering uncertainty around the development of the CSeries jet for commercial airlines, the potential for weaker margin guidance from Bombardier, and the weak free cash flow generation that may persist through 2013.“The VistaJet order is clearly positive for Bombardier and should give investors additional comfort around business jet delivery levels in the coming years,” Doerksen wrote in a report.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said the VistaJet announcement was a positive for Bombardier as it confirms its strong leadership in terms of market share in the high-end business jet segment.Bombardier’s shares (TSX:BBD.B) took off in Tuesday trading, rising 26 cents, or 8.33, at C$3.38 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Based in the United Kingdom, VistaJet currently operates a fleet of Bombardier aircraft based in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and West Africa. The company told reporters Tuesday that it considered other aircraft manufacturers over 18 months before deciding to stick exclusively with Bombardier.The company only maintains aircraft that are within the five-year warranty so some of the new planes will be used to replace its existing fleet. VistaJet took 17 deliveries last year and expects to see about one new plane added each month as of January 2014.The new purchase is part of VistaJet’s goal of making business aviation more accessible to emerging markets, said VistaJet chairman Thomas Flohr, who founded the company in 2004.“This order is the most significant milestone for VistaJet and is a testimony to our successful strategy that focuses on global coverage,” Flohr said in a joint statement by the companies.“Our customers need to fly point-to-point across the globe, and in many instances at short notice,” he added, supporting the order for aircraft with longer ranges and cabin size, along with cockpit commonality.VistaJet said the planes are aimed at underserved emerging markets, where demand has grown by 25 cents annually over the past four years driven by the “race for resources” in areas such as Russia, Africa and Mongolia.Robert Stallard of RBC Capital Markets said the order is consistent with improving industry demand for large cabin business jets.“We think this billionaire class of high-net worth individuals and corporate leaders remains resilient to the macroeconomic challenges in the US and Europe whilst the millionaire buyers of small cabin planes remain nervous on the outlook,” he wrote in a report.“As a result, we think demand for large cabin bizjets from Gulfstream, Bombardier and Dassault remains solid, which supports key suppliers like Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, SAFRAN (Messier-Buggatti-Dowty), Rolls-Royce and Meggitt.”The order follows a US$7.3 billion contract signed in June with NetJets for up to 275 Challenger mid-size jets and a US$6.7 billion deal in March 2011 also with NetJets for up to 120 Global series of jets. Bombardier also signed a 15-year service and maintenance contract with NetJets in June worth US$2.3 billion if all options are exercised.NetJets is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the main company of renowned billionaire investor Warren Buffett.Steve Ridolfi, the president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said the VistaJet contract was a historic order for Bombardier.“It goes without saying that we are thrilled VistaJet has again chosen to grow their fleet with the industry-leading Global family,” Ridolfi said.VistaJet has placed firm orders for 25 Global 5000s, 25 Global 6000s and six Global 8000 jets. Deliveries will begin in 2014.The Montreal-based manufacturer said the order won’t likely result in job increases in Toronto where the plane is assembled or at the completion centre in Montreal.“It’s a long-term agreement so we’re looking at orders over the next 10 years in terms of delivery so it’s going to fit into our workflow,” spokeswoman Danielle Boudreau said from London, where the deal was announced.Several large components of the Global 5000 and 6000 aircraft are made at Bombardier’s plant in Queretaro, Mexico. The aft fuselage for the new Global 7000 and 8000 planes will also be built there.The Global aircraft are Bombardier’s largest business aircraft and are believed to carry the biggest margins.The Global 7000 is slated to enter into service in 2016 with a larger cabin and a 13,520-kilometre range that can carry 10 passengers non-stop between Beijing and Washington. The Global 8000 due to enter into service a year later will have the world’s longest-range business jet of 14,630 kilometres.Analysts said Bombardier will likely result in it boosting the production rate from the current estimated pace of five aircraft per month. Bombardier said it won’t disclose if the rate of production will increase and said it’s premature to talk about rate increases because of the long-term delivery schedule.
Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article This photo of an assassination is the controversial winner of the World Press Photo award As bullets started to fly, Burhan Ozbilici captured the image of the gunman standing over his victim. By AFP Feb 13th 2017, 9:54 PM 19 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3238432 Share38 Tweet Email Please note, the image below contains an image of graphic violence.BRANDISHING A GUN, his face contorted with rage, the shocking image of an off-duty Turkish policeman assassinating the Russian envoy to Turkey has won the prestigious World Press Photo Award.Judges praised the bravery of Burhan Ozbilici, a photographer for the Associated Press, who stood his ground as 22-year-old policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas pumped nine bullets into ambassador Andrei Karlov at the opening of an Ankara exhibition.Altintas shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) and “Don’t forget Aleppo” as he opened fire, vowing those responsible for events in Syria would be held accountable.“From the moment I heard the shots I knew this was a historic moment, very serious,” Ozbilici told AFP.“I knew I had to do my job. As a journalist, I couldn’t just run away to save my skin.” The winner of the World Press Photo of the year Source: Burhan Ozbilici/AP PhotoThe powerful photo went viral and has been viewed some 18 million times.Judges from the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam acknowledged it had been tough to choose the 2017 winner from over 80,400 images by 5,034 photographers from 125 countries.“It was a very, very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the picture of the year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times,” said jury member Mary Calvert.Agence France-Presse also scooped three awards. Manila-based photographer Noel Celis took third place in the General News category for his photo of inmates trying to sleep in an over-populated prison in the city.Syrian snappers Abd Doumany and Ameer Alhalbi won second prize in the Spot News category for pictures of children caught up in the bombardments of Aleppo and Douma near Damascus. It is the second year in the row that Doumany’s work has been honoured by the World Press Photo foundation.‘Morally problematic’But the winning photo sparked dissensions on the jury, with president Stuart Franklin, a British photographer, saying: “I voted against. Sorry, Burhan.”“It’s a photograph of a murder, the killer and the slain, both seen in the same picture, and morally as problematic to publish as a terrorist beheading,” he wrote in The Guardian.He argued that “placing the photograph on this high pedestal is an invitation to those contemplating such staged spectaculars.”Ozbilici, who covered the failed coup bid in Turkey and been sent on mission to Syria, Libya and Egypt, said he always tried to be ready for difficult tests, “to have the courage to confront a world which has been made rotten by the dishonest and corrupt, in order to try to do some good.”He said he was sorry for the death of the envoy, whom he described as a “natural, kind, sincere man” whose death was a direct consequence of the “Syrian catastrophe.”“This photo marked an important moment in the history of Turkey, especially in its relations with Russia,” said Ozbilici, who has worked for AP since 1989.‘Edge of abyss’Jury members agreed his photo captured an important moment in time.“Right now, I see the world marching towards the edge of an abyss,” said jury member Joao Silva, referring to Altintas as a man who had “clearly reached a breaking point.This image to me talks of everything that is happening across the world. It is the face of hatred.A total of 45 photographers won awards across eight categories, touching on a vast array of subjects – from racial tensions in Louisiana to walls built around the world to thwart migrants.Jury member Tanya Habjouqa said the choice of the 2017 winners was “bold”.“I think the selection is definitely going to push forward a debate and I think it is a debate that is essential to have,” she said.The competition itself was directly affected by the travel measures brought in by US President Donald Trump, when one of the nine jury members, Palestinian Eman Mohammed, cancelled her trip to Amsterdam.Amid the chaos unleashed by the ban, she decided it was too risky to leave her young children in the US where she lives, fearing she might not be allowed back in again.- © AFP 2017Read: The 27 photographs that took our breath away in 2016 27,127 Views Monday 13 Feb 2017, 9:54 PM
OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A 17-year-old Mission Vista High School student was in custody Friday following his arrest on suspicion of posting a vague but ominous online statement insinuating the North County campus was about to be targeted by violence.The Oceanside Police Department received a report about the alleged Snapchat threat about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, OPD spokesman Tom Bussey said.The message warned students to stay away from the Melrose Drive school Friday and included a photograph of the suspect along with the statement “the cleansing shall commence.”Officers contacted the teen at his Vista home and took him into custody later in the evening, Bussey said.The suspect, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of issuing a criminal threat.The incident prompted an increased police presence in the area of the campus Friday morning and afternoon, according to Bussey. May 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, North County teen jailed for alleged online threat of campus violence Posted: May 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
High Times has announced that it’s appointing David Kohl, a digital media veteran who helped launch the digital music video service Vevo, as its new chief executive. Kohl served most recently as a strategic adviser to Microsoft and NBCUniversal and was previously an executive at Nokia, Viacom and Vivendi’s Universal Music Group. Time Out Group has announced the appointment of Julio Bruno as executive chairman of Time Out Group and Noel Penzer’s promotion to CEO of the Group. Their appointments come as Time Out looks to capitalize on its momentum as the company has grown and expanded to 107 cities across 38 countries with an audience of nearly 40 million per month across multiple platforms. Quentin Walz has joined Fast Company as chief revenue officer and chief development officer. He replaces Christine Osekoski. Andy Hart has been appointed senior vice president, chief revenue officer of Hearst Magazines International, a newly created role. From 2002 to 2008, Hart was CEO of the digital division of DMGT (Daily Mail and General Trust plc). Previously, he was CEO of Diageo Plc’s Translucis. Stephen Pope has been named editor-in-chief of Flying. Over the past five years, he’s instilled his writing skills in Flying as senior editor. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Penzer joined Time Out as managing director Europe in April 2015 from AOL where he oversaw all AOL properties in Europe, including Huffington Post and TechCrunch. He was later promoted to the position of president of the Time Out Group. XO Group Inc., a consumer internet and media company devoted to “weddings, pregnancy and everything in between,” has announced that Brent Tworetzky is joining the company as executive vice president, product. Tworetzky’s product and business leadership includes Udacity, Chegg and WebMD, among others. Bruno was global vice president of sales at TripAdvisor leading the global expansion of Business Listings; and previously held senior executive roles at Travelport, Regus and Diageo. Stephanie Miller has been named account executive and social media manager at MP&A Digital & Advertising. She had been communications coordinator at Walt Disney World Resort.
Kochi: In a landmark judgment, Kottayam Principal Sessions Court has found 10 accused in a dishonour killing case guilty. The court categorically stated that this is a clear case of dishonour killing. Ihe list of those convicted includes the brother of girl. Four accused, including the girl’s father, have been acquitted citing lack of evidence. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Saturday. Kevin Joseph, a 23-year-old Dalit Christian was in a relationship with 21-year-old Neenu Chacko. Both of them decided to get married amidst strong resentment from within her family.
A student of Dhaka University (DU) allegedly committed suicide jumping off the roof of his house at Cantonment area on Wednesday night.The deceased was Mushifiq, a fourth year student of Music department of the University.”I heard that he jumped off from the rooftop of his house and committed suicide,” university Proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani told UNB.He is a non-residential student of Bijoy Ekattar hall and his village is in Rangpur district, he added.
Awami League central leaders on Saturday started their organisational tour to Khulna division, reports UNB.During the organisational tour, the central leaders will attend eight meetings (mostly extended special meetings) in Chuadanga, Jashore, Norail, Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat and Jhenaidah, said a press release.With the tour, the ruling party has started its organisational visit throughout the country ahead of the AL national council to be held in October 2019.On the first day of the tour, the AL leaders will join an extended special meeting of AL Chuadanga district unit on Saturday.AL district units will arrange seven meetings, while AL Khulna city unit will organise one meeting.The AL central leaders will attend the meetings in Jashore and Narail on Sunday, Satkhira on Monday.They will also join the meetings in Khulna city on 18 May, Khulna district on 19 May, Bagerhat on 20 May and Jhenaidah on 21 May.The members of the AL central organisational team formed for Khulna division include its presidium member Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif MP, joint general secretary Abdur Rahman, organising secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, labour affairs secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, central working committee members Monnujan Sufian, MP, SM Kamal Hossain, lawyer Amirul Islam Milon and Parvin Zaman Kalpana.
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.
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