James guilty plea one more step closer to closure says Theo Fleury

first_imgAPTN National NewsFormer junior hockey coach Graham James has a date to appear in court.He is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Feb. 22. The Crown will be asking for jail time.James pleaded guilty two counts of repeated sexual assault spanning from 1983 to 1994.James was previously convicted for sexual assaults on three former players, including Sheldon Kennedy, back in 1997.He served three-and-a-half years.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson was in court to hear the details.last_img

Self first country last for Modi Shah Chandrababu Naidu

first_imgAmaravati: TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Friday latched onto veteran BJP leader L K Advani’s blog to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was “self first and country last” for him. “Advani’s remarks in the blog reflected his anguish. For him, country came first, party second and self last. It’s reverse in the case of Modi. For Modi and (Amit) Shah, it is self first and country last. The ideals of Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee no longer have value in the BJP,” Naidu, an erstwhile ally of the BJP, said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In his blog, Advani has said his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as “anti-nationals” or “enemies”. Advani’s comments assume significance as top BJP leaders, including Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, have been attacking opposition parties with anti-national barbs in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes. Addressing a sit-in in front of Ambedkar’s statue in Vijayawada and condemning recent Income Tax Department raids on some Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress, Janata Dal (Secular) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, Naidu said such raids were being carried out in a planned manner. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He claimed all liberties had vanished under Modi’s rule. “It’s a fascist regime. Unrest, insecurity and fear have gripped all sections,” the TDP chief said, adding that there was a need to protect democracy and the Constitution. Citing I-T raids on some TDP leaders in the last few days, Naidu warned department officials not to act according to the “diktat of the ruling party” in Delhi. “You will pay a heavy price if you continue with such acts,” he warned the officials, even as he maintained that the leaders would cooperate if they acted as per law. “These raids are a part of the BJP-YSRC-TRS conspiracy against the TDP. They are intended to demoralise our leaders,” he said. In a symbolic gesture, Naidu submitted a memorandum to Ambedkar’s statue, denouncing the I-T raids. As a mark of protest, he also released into the air black balloons with pictures of Modi, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress (YSRC) chief Jagan Mohan Reddy attached.last_img read more

Facing Growing Transportation Demand King Mohammed Launches RabatSalé Tramway Extension Project

Rabat – King Mohammed VI launched the 7-kilometer Line 2 extension project of the Rabat-Salé tramway on Monday, intended to meet the growing demand for mobility and transportation in the two cities.The extension came as response to the success of the Rabat-Sale tramway, which was launched in May 2011. The Line 2 extension project will strengthen links between the two cities with other means of transportation, seeking to improve passengers’ trip conditions and to enhance the public transportation network with environment-friendly means.The project will come into operation by July 2019, projected to provide transportation services for nearly 400,000 inhabitants. The project forms part of the 2014-2018 Rabat Development Integrated Program entitled “Rabat: City of Light, Moroccan Culture Capital.” MAD 1.7 billion was allocated for the establishment of this project, which follows the King’s desire to turn the two cities of Rabat and Sale into urban mega-metropolises, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Rabat tramway extension will stretch over more 2.4 kilometers. The section will include the construction of four tram stops as well as urban renewal of the Yaacoub El Mansour neighborhood. It will also include the creation of three green areas and community parks.Salé’s 4.6 km extension will also include several works: the building of eight tram stations, the construction of an 390-meter tram civil engineering work called “Bridge on Ain Houala Avenue” (7.5m in height, 11.8m in width), and an underground road.To meet the transport supply and demands, 22 new trams will be purchased. The project is funded by several bodies: the Support Fund for Urban Transportation Reforms (from Morocco’s Ministries of Economy and Interior) and loans by the French development agency and the European Investment Bank.Other extension projects for Lines 1 and 2 of the Rabat-Salé tramway are being studied. read more

Alaska peninsula hospitality businesses oppose bed tax plan

KENAI, Alaska — Members of the Alaska hospitality industry have spoken out against a proposed bed tax.The Peninsula Clarion reported Wednesday that hospitality property operators on the Kenai Peninsula spoke against the plan at a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday.Officials in the borough south of Anchorage say the 12% bed tax introduced at a May 7 assembly meeting would exempt temporary lodgings including motels, hotels and bed and breakfast businesses from the general sales tax rate.Officials say the tax was proposed to close budget shortfalls and would generate more than $1 million in additional revenue in fiscal year 2020 and more than $4 million in the next two fiscal years.Operators say the ordinance unfairly targets an industry already exempt from the general sales tax.___Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.comThe Associated Press read more

East Timor approves key regulations on public transport broadcasting

Describing both regulations as “important for the future of an independent East Timor”, the Council will now recommend they be considered and approved by UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello.According to the media regulation, the Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) will be independent and include national television and radio stations to replace the networks currently run by UNTAET. The PBC aims to provide innovative, high-quality broadcasting that will include impartial and balanced newscasts, as well as cultural and educational programming.The regulation had important financial implications, the Council noted, adding that means for funding the PBC must still be found.The regulation on the framework for the Public Transport System, meanwhile, creates a set of rules for the functioning of public transport and the movement of goods and passengers.In other action today, the Council also reviewed and adopted a Land Acquisition and Resettlement Policy Framework in the context of grant agreements between the East Timor Transitional Government and the World Bank, and another document on the respective guidelines for its implementation.The major goal of this new policy is to guarantee that the affected displaced people maintain their livelihood, UNTAET said.The Council also approved the planning of meetings of its budget subcommittee, which will be responsible for making detailed considerations and recommendations on all proposed appropriations by the various ministries. read more

UNICEF helps Afghanistan get ready for new school year

As more than 4 million Afghan children prepare to return to school from next week after a particularly harsh winter, the United Nations Children’s (UNICEF) has been helping the Ministry of Education to provide basic classroom stationery and materials to schools nationwide. Although the difficult weather delayed distribution of some materials en route from Pakistan and classroom kits destined for northern provinces, tens of thousands of student kits have been prepared for more than 2 million children, containing materials such as exercise books, pens, pencils and other stationery.Full distribution to an estimated 4.3 million children is expected to be completed by mid-April.Underscoring Afghanistan’s major progress in managing its education sector, UNICEF noted that the ministry’s logistics centre – managed by the agency in 2002 – now has full responsibility for packing and distributing the kits. At present it is producing 5,000 student and teacher stationery kits per day.This year, students in Grades 1 and 4 will also benefit from new textbooks, developed in a partnership between the Government, UNICEF and Columbia University’s Teachers College. The new textbooks are more student-focused and relevant to the new Afghanistan, according to UNICEF, and mark a notable improvement in the quality of education delivery. While some 1.2 million girls have enrolled in Afghanistan’s primary schools since 2002, more than 1 million primary school age girls are still not attending classes. In addition to the support being provided for classroom materials and curriculum development, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education are focusing efforts on developing learning opportunities for girls in communities with no formal school, with the aim of providing education for an additional 500,000 girls in 2005. read more


The Broncos — And The Panthers — Have History On Their Side

2012NY GiantsDallasHomeWed-4.0 2005New EnglandOaklandHomeThu-7.5✓ 2015New EnglandPittsburghHomeThu-7.0✓ Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com YEARDEFENDING SB CHAMPIONOPPONENTLOCATIONDAYVEGAS LINEWIN? NFL season openers, 2002-15 2014SeattleGreen BayHomeThu-8.5✓ 2013BaltimoreDenverRoadThu+7.5 2011Green BayNew OrleansHomeThu-5.0✓ 2010New OrleansMinnesotaHomeThu-5.0✓ 2007IndianapolisNew OrleansHomeThu-5.5✓ In January 1970, the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs upset the NFL’s Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7. That was the last game played prior to the AFL-NFL merger, and the newly unified league had Kansas City travel to Minnesota for Week 1 of the 1970 NFL season. The Vikings, like this year’s Broncos, were playing with a new starting quarterback; Joe Kapp was in a contract dispute, leaving Gary Cuozzo as the team’s starter. It didn’t matter; the Vikings defense dominated en route to a 27-10 victory, giving the team a small measure of revenge for the ugly loss eight months earlier.Broncos fans probably noticed that the defending champion won four of the last five Super Bowl rematches, and the lone outlier — the 1993 Cowboys — wound up winning the Super Bowl that year. If you’re a Panthers fan, you can point to that 13-0 Thursday night record among favorites.And if you’re an NFL fan, you can just be happy that football is — finally — back. 2004New EnglandIndianapolisHomeThu-3.0✓ In January 1979, the Steelers beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII. The teams squared off in Pittsburgh the following October, and the Steelers again handled Dallas, winning 14-3 after knocking Roger Staubach out of the game early in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had Dallas’ number in the late 1970s: The Steelers won all four times that Staubach and Terry Bradshaw faced off, including twice in the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean the Broncos are a lock to win Thursday night. All 10 of those teams were favored, which also means the favorites are 10-0 in these games (and an even better 13-0 in all Thursday Night kickoff games;2This includes the Broncos/Ravens game, along with the Thursday night openers that did not feature the Super Bowl champions in ’02 and ’03. the only favorites to lose the kickoff game being the 2012 Giants, at home on a Wednesday night.) And on Thursday, Carolina is favored by 3 points — only the third time since 19783The first season for which Pro-Football-Reference.com has data on Las Vegas lines for each game. that a defending Super Bowl champ was at home but not favored4The Patriots were 2.5-point underdogs in 2002 against the Steelers and won, 30-14. And in 1983, Washington lost 31-30 to Dallas as 1.5-point underdogs on Monday Night Football. in Week 1 of the following season.5The defending champ was a road underdog to start the season in 1987, 1988, 1993, 2003 and 2013. So it’s a split that gives both fan bases some history to point to for optimism in the opener.As for Super Bowl rematches? The defending champion has gone 4-2 in those games, and has also been at home in four of six games. (That may be a good omen for the Broncos, who were on the other side of things just two years ago.) Here’s a rundown of those rematches:In February 2014, the Seahawks embarrassed the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seven months later, the rematch in Seattle turned out to be a much more exciting game. The Broncos had a mere 4 percent chance of winning the game when Denver gained possession, trailing 20-12, with 59 seconds remaining. But Peyton Manning completed three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, then tacked on a two-point conversion to force overtime. He never saw the ball again, though: In overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss and drove 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown. 2008NY GiantsWashingtonHomeThu-4.5✓ 2006PittsburghMiamiHomeThu-1.5✓ 2009PittsburghTennesseeHomeThu-6.5✓ The last professional football game that mattered was Super Bowl 50, when the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10. And when those same two teams take the field Thursday night in Denver, it will be the first Super Bowl rematch ever to occur on the opening night of an NFL season.The NFL introduced the idea of a lone Thursday Night game to kick off the season in 2002, and two years later the league started making the game a home showcase for the defending Super Bowl champion. (It’s worked out in all but two years since. In 2013, a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles made the Ravens travel to Denver for the opening game, where they lost 49-27.1So the Broncos have already hosted a Thursday Night Kickoff game featuring the defending Super Bowl champions. And another conflict, this time with President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, caused the Giants to host the Cowboys on a Wednesday night — and lose, 24-17 — in 2012.) In those Thursday night home games, the defending Super Bowl champion boasts a perfect 10-0 record. In Super Bowl XI, Oakland dominated Minnesota on both sides of the ball en route to a 32-14 victory. The teams met in Oakland for a rematch in December of the 1977 season, and again the Raiders outclassed the Vikings in every fashion, winning 35-13. On Jan. 31, 1993, the Cowboys obliterated the Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII. And 364 days later, Dallas beat Buffalo in the Super Bowl again, 30-13, the only time the same teams have ever met in consecutive Super Bowls. But in between those historic games, the teams also met in Dallas during Week 2 of the 1993 regular season. The Cowboys, missing Emmitt Smith because of a contract dispute, lost 13-10 on a late field goal. It was a result symbolic of that entire Bills era: In games started by Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly from 1990 to 1993, Buffalo went 14-0 in the regular season against the NFC, including a 4-0 mark against Dallas, New York and Washington. Against those same teams in the Super Bowl, of course, the Bills went 0-4. In Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers beat the Patriots, 35-21. The teams met again on a Monday night in New England during Week 9 of the 1997 season, although by then Pete Carroll had replaced Bill Parcells as New England’s head coach. Green Bay, behind great performances from Brett Favre and Dorsey Levens, easily beat the Patriots, 28-10. read more

Junior Minister Brian Hayes is running for Europe

first_imgTHE JUNIOR MINISTER at the Department of Finance has announced that he will hold a press conference tomorrow to outline his intentions on a European bid.Rumours have abound over Hayes’ intentions since last year, but he has remained largely non-committal on the issue.Fine Gael has tonight announced a press conference at Leinster House tomorrow and, despite the event invite saying that Hayes will outline his intentions, TheJournal.ie has learned that he will seek the candidacy of his party.It is also understood that Fine Gael top brass are supportive of the plan, which will see Hayes attempt to retain the seat held by Gay Mitchell.Hayes was first elected to the Dáil in the Dublin South-West constituency in 1997. He lost his seat in 2002, but was re-elected in 2007 and again in 2011.He was named the Minister for State at the Department of Finance as well as the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with specific responsibility for the Office of Public Works in 2011.Read: Will Brian Hayes run for Europe? ‘I haven’t made my mind up yet,’ he saysRead: Hayes says ‘wait and see’ on Euro election run but Norah Casey insists: ‘I’m out’last_img read more

La pêche en Arctique sérieusement sousestimée

first_imgLa pêche en Arctique sérieusement sous-estiméeSelon une étude canadienne, les Nations Unies ont sérieusement sous-évalué les quantités de poissons pêchées dans les eaux arctiques ces 50 dernières années. Une négligence qui pourrait avoir de graves conséquences sur les écosystèmes locaux.Près de 950.000 tonnes de poissons ont été pêchées dans les eaux arctiques du Canada, de la Russie et des Etats-Unis entre 1950 et 2006. Une quantité 75 fois supérieure à la quantité évaluée par l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture, en charge d’évaluer l’activité de pêche. C’est ce que révèle une étude publiée dans la revue Polar Biology par des chercheurs de l’université de British Columbia au Canada.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine naturePendant plusieurs années, ces scientifiques ont collecté des données de différentes sources sur les quantités pêchées au Nord de la Sibérie, dans les eaux de l’Alaska et dans l’Arctique canadien. Ils se sont alors aperçus que celles-ci n’avaient rien à voir avec les chiffres communiqués par les Nations Unies. Alors que les rapports mentionnent par exemple 12.700 tonnes de poissons pris dans les eaux russes, c’est en réalité près de 770.000 tonnes qui ont été pêchées ces 50 dernières années. Une quantité que n’aurait pas mentionné la Russie à l’organisation. “Notre travail révèle un manque de prudence des gouvernements canadien, russe et américain dans leurs tentatives de compréhension des besoins alimentaires et des pêcheries des différentes communautés”, explique Daniel Pauly, membre de l’équipe de recherche.Désormais, ce sont les conséquences d’une telle sous-évaluation qui inquiètent les scientifiques. “Ces rapports erronés nous ont conforté dans l’idée que l’Arctique restait une zone immaculée en ce qui concerne la pêche”, explique Dirk Zeller qui a conduit l’étude canadienne. Alors que les efforts de préservation se concentraient plutôt sur la protection des phoques et des ours polaires, c’est en fait tout l’écosystème qui serait menacé. D’autant plus que la situation pourrait même s’aggraver ces prochaines années, en raison des changements climatiques et de la fonte des glaces, qui facilite de plus en plus le passage des navires de pêche.Le 7 février 2011 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les grands dauphins sifflent pour se présenter

first_imgLes grands dauphins sifflent pour se présenterSelon une étude publiée aujourd’hui par la revue scientifique Proceedings of the Royal Society, les grands dauphins se présentent en sifflant. Chacun d’entre eux serait ainsi capable d’émettre un sifflement différent permettant de l’identifier.Des chercheurs de l’université écossaise de Saint-Andrews ont enregistré au large de la côte nord-est de l’Ecosse des grands dauphins, également surnommés dauphins siffleurs. L’analyse des enregistrements réalisés à l’aide de plusieurs hydrophones montrent que les dauphins émettent des espèces de signatures sifflées. En effet, quand ils rencontrent d’autres groupes en mer chaque dauphin est capable de fournir des éléments d’identification lorsqu’il siffle. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Bien qu’en apparence identiques, ces sons comportent en réalité des variations propres à chaque individu. D’ailleurs, le grand dauphin est l’une des rares espèces (avec des oiseaux, les baleines, les phoques et les chauves-souris) à pouvoir inventer ou copier des sons. Ainsi, au cours de l’étude, un seul type de sifflement a été relevé de la part de chaque groupe se rencontrant, dans la quasi-totalité des cas.D’après les spécialistes, l’explication pourrait être qu’un seul animal par groupe (une sorte de chef de bande) émet le signal d’identification. Mais celui-ci serait d’une importance cruciale. Ces sifflements sont tellement importants lors de la rencontre entre deux groupes que seules 10% des rencontres entre grands dauphins ont lieu sans ces échanges sifflés, relèvent les chercheurs.Le 4 mars 2012 à 19:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Coin toss decides victor in precinct officer race

first_img The simple flip of a quarter on Monday afternoon decided the outcome of a Republican precinct committee officer race for a voter precinct in Camas.Republicans Randy Killen and Matthew Larvick each received 75 votes in the Aug. 7 precinct committee officer election, prompting a recount Monday at the Clark County elections office.Larvick and Killen were not present for the recount or the coin toss, which combined took about a half-hour. Following the recount, elections supervisor Tim Likness put four slips of paper in a box, and county Auditor Greg Kimsey drew a slip that indicated Larvick would win if the coin landed tails side up.Kimsey then flipped the quarter, caught it, slapped it on his wrist and announced it had indeed landed tails.Larvick was unaware he had won the coin toss when contacted by a reporter shortly after the event. He seemed pleased, and he complimented the integrity of the elections department.“I think it was a very fair process,” said Larvick, the incumbent in the race. He has served as Republican committee officer of that precinct for the past two election cycles, and this was the first time he ran opposed. Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey flips a quarter Monday to determine that Matthew Larvick will remain Republican committee officer in Precinct 965. The coin toss, which came up tails, followed a recount by Clark County Elections Department officials that confirmed Larvick was tied with Republican candidate Randy Killen.last_img read more


Sabbir invites PM Hasina to his wedding reception

first_imgSabbir RahmanAll-rounder Sabbir Rahman on Friday invited prime minister Sheikh Hasina to his wedding reception, reports UNB.“Sabbir Rahman along with his parents handed over the invitation card of his wedding reception to the prime minister at Ganobhaban in the evening,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said.The card contains a small cage of bird which symbolises his ‘captivity’ after the marriage, Sabbir explained to the prime minister with a smile while handing over the card to her, the press secretary added.Ihsanul Karim said while receiving the card, Sheikh Hasina blessed Sabbir, wishing his success in the new innings of his life.The wedding reception of Sabbir will be held on 21 August, he said.last_img


Multijunction solar cell could exceed 50 efficiency goal

first_img 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. The researchers performed full-device simulations to investigate the solar cell’s potential efficiency. For every layer in the modeling, they considered numerous factors, such as material composition, lattice constant, thickness, dielectric constant, electron affinity, band gap, effective conduction and valence band densities, electron and hole motilities, the doping concentration of shallow acceptors and donors, the thermal velocity of electrons and holes, the alloy density, Auger recombination for electrons and holes, direct band-to-band recombination, and how many photons with a specific wavelength are absorbed and reflected by each layer based on its dielectric properties.Accounting for all these factors, the simulations showed that the 3-junction design could achieve an efficiency of 51.8% under 100-suns illumination, a great improvement over the current best 43.5% efficiency under 418-suns illumination. All three subcells in the new design had a maximum external quantum efficiency of 80% and absorbed light from a wide range of the spectrum.”The multijunction solar cells are tested under different numbers of suns because they are often used in concentrator photovoltaic systems, which allow us to reduce the size or number of cells needed,” Leite explained. “These strategies tolerate the use of more expensive semiconductor materials, which would otherwise be cost-prohibitive. The results can certainly be compared with each other, as long as the illumination sources are well calibrated.”The researchers also built a proof-of-principle solar cell with an equivalent design, which they fabricated on an indium phosphide (InP) substrate. The solar cell was not optimized, so its efficiency was far from the theoretical prediction, but the results nevertheless demonstrated the capability of experimentally realizing the design. The scientists predict that, with further improvements, this equivalent 3-junction solar cell could have a practical efficiency of around 20% under 1-sun illumination. “[The fabricated solar cell] presents a poor current match but demonstrates our capability of growing high quality semiconductor compounds with an extremely low density of defects and stoichiometry very close to what is required for the optimized design,” Leite said. “The bandgap-optimized design is formed by the same class of alloys, and has a great current match. So, upon optimization of anti-reflection coatings and other design parameters, the simulations indicate that one can reach greater than 50% under concentrated sunlight.”In addition to an optimized anti-reflection coating, some of the other improvements may involve adding window and back surface layers to reduce loss and thickening the lower two subcells to absorb long wavelength light more completely.”I am very excited about our initial results concerning a bandgap-optimized design,” Leite said. “In the near future I plan to work on the integration of the optimized design into the single crystal template in order to fabricate a first monolithic (1.93 eV)InAlAs/(1.39 eV) InGaAsP/(0.94 eV)InGaAs solar cell. Simultaneously, we are looking into anti-reflection coating options for the InAlAs top subcell, which will require an oxygen-free material or the combination of an oxide and a sulfide as a protective layer.” More information: Marina S. Leite, et al. “Towards an optimized all lattice-matched InAlAs/InGaAsP/InGaAs multijunction solar cell with efficiency >50%.” Applied Physics Letters 102, 033901 (2013) (Phys.org)—Scientists have designed a new multijunction solar cell that, in simulations, can achieve an efficiency of 51.8%. This high performance exceeds the current goal of 50% efficiency in multijunction solar cell research as well as the current world record of 43.5% for a 3-junction solar cell. Citation: Multijunction solar cell could exceed 50% efficiency goal (2013, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-multijunction-solar-cell-efficiency-goal.html Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. Journal information: Applied Physics Letters New multi-junction solar cell could break efficiency barrier Explore further The new multijunction solar cell design has three subcells that each have different band gaps to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum. The scientists focused on improving the current match and the lattice match among the subcells to achieve the highest simulated efficiency for this type of solar cell to date. Credit: Marina S. Leite, et al. ©2013 American Institute of Physics The work was performed by a collaboration of researchers from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena; the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland; the University of Maryland in College Park; and Boeing-Spectrolab, Inc., in Sylmar, California. The team published a paper on their work in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.As the researchers explain, multijunction solar cells are one of the most promising devices for efficiently converting sunlight into electricity. In multijunction solar cells, each junction or subcell absorbs and converts sunlight from a specific region of the spectrum. The subcells can be stacked on top of one another so that sunlight first strikes the highest bandgap subcell, which is tuned to light with the shortest wavelengths or highest energies. The longer wavelengths pass through the first subcell and strike the lower bandgap subcells.This arrangement offers a significant advantage over single-junction solar cells, which have a maximum theoretical efficiency of only 34%. In theory, an “infinite-junction” solar cell has a maximum theoretical efficiency of almost 87%. But to approach this level, multijunction solar cells not only need multiple subcells, but optimal semiconductor materials for the subcells to provide a combination of band gaps that cover as much of the solar spectrum as possible.To improve upon the current best multijunction solar cells, the researchers here focused on improving the current match between the different subcells, along with using a lattice-matched design. Both of these factors have previously limited multijunction solar cell efficiency.”The lattice match corresponds to the matching between the crystal unit cells from the different subcells,” lead author Marina Leite, an energy researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, told Phys.org. “By using subcells that are lattice-matched, we can minimize dislocations and other crystal defects that can significantly affect the performance of the device. A current match is required for two-terminal tandem configurations because in this case a single current passes through all the subcells and the voltages are added; therefore, if one subcell has less photocurrent it will limit the current generated by the entire device. The current match is desired so that each individual subcell works at its own maximum power point of operation.”last_img read more


Playa del Carmen taxi driver killed outside bar

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A taxi driver was shot dead Thursday night outside Intimos bar in Playa del Carmen.According to preliminary information, the shooting took place outside Intimos on Calle Primera Privada Sur, between 40 and 45. Emergency 911 recorded the call for help around 11:00 p.m.When police arrived, they found a taxi driver from the Lázaro Cárdenas del Río union had been shot. Paramedics arrived to confirm the man no longer had vital signs.Police have reported witnesses as saying the taxi driver was parked when a person shot at him five times at close range.The taxi driver was reportedly hit several times and a dose of cocaine found on the passenger seat. The unit had no bullet impacts. Police continue to investigate.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Tourist visits Ladysmith to learn about her greatgrandfathers history

first_imgDesperately wanting to know more about her great-grandfather’s history, Shelly Champion and her husband Steve came to Ladysmith to find out.Living in the UK, this dynamic couple arrived in Ladysmith on Wednesday morning. Local historian / tour guide Liz Spiret helped them dig up the history of Shelly’s great-grandfather, Anzela Cooper.Visiting the Anglo-Boer War sites in Ladysmith, Shelly and Steve were intrigued by the history behind it all.Shelly’s great-grandfather, Mr Cooper, enlisted in the army when he was only 14 years old. Many years later, he married and had two beautiful girls.Three weeks before he left to go and fight in the Boer War, he lost the love of his life, his wife. His aunt had to help him raise his daughters while he went to fight for his country.Now in 2017, all these years later, his great-granddaughter was determined to follow his route to Ladysmith, where he died fighting for the United Kingdom.Mrs Champion told the Ladysmith Gazette that being here for the very first time was amazing. “The people were so friendly and helpful, especially Liz Spiret, and we learnt so much,” smiled Shelly.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more


Cebu Pacific increases frequency between Sydney and Manila

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Cebu Pacific Air (CEB), has announced it will increase flights between Sydney and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila Terminal 3) to five times per week.Cebu Pacific Air general manager long-haul division Alex Reyes, said that the airline is delighted to increase the route frequency from Sydney to Manila.“We are delighted to increase the route frequency, following the successful introduction of flights from Sydney to Manila last September, this demonstrates our ongoing commitment to make traveling to the Philippines accessible and affordable for Australian tourists,” Mr Reyes said.To further stimulate travel to the Philippines, CEB holds a seat sale from Sydney to Manila until December 13, 2014 or until seats last.In October, Cebu Pacific Air was named as the Asia-Pacific Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) of the Year during the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence in Singapore.The airline currently operates flights to 62 destinations on 90 routes spanning Asia, Australia and the Middle East, and the carrier’s 52 aircraft comprises one of the most modern fleets in the world.Lonely Planet recently named the Philippines one of 2015’s must visit destinations in their Best In Travel 2015 list, while Flight Centre recently included Boracay on its list of 10 most popular hotspots for 2015.last_img read more

MAHWAH NJ– Jaguar announced pricing for its 20

first_imgMAHWAH, NJ.,– Jaguar announced pricing for its 2010 Model Year line up. In January 2009, Jaguar revealed the new 2010 Model Year XF and XK which includes the new XFR, and next generation XKR. Both vehicles are true to the heritage of Jaguar’s legendary performance, delivering a superb balance of dynamic ability and refinement. The 2010 XF will be priced starting at $52,000 MSRP. The XF Premium, with the new 5.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, will have a base MSRP of $57,000. The new XFR with the 510hp supercharged engine will retail for $80,000 MSRP. Also, taking the details that define luxury to higher standards, the 2010 XF Premium offers a Portfolio Pack for an additional $4,000. The Portfolio Pack offers the most luxurious XF specification, and features the naturally aspirated version of the new 5.0-liter V8.As for the 2010 XK line up, it will start with a base MSRP of $83,000 (Coupe) and $89,000 (Convertible). The XKR with its 510 horsepower engine will retail for $96,000 (Coupe) MSRP and $102,000 (Convertible) MSRP. But it is the new powertrain options that are at the heart of the changes for 2010 Model Year. The new AJ-V8 GEN III direct-injection 5.0-liter engines are the most advanced engines Jaguar has ever produced, each offering significant increases in performance and impressive fuel economy. Both deliver more torque and power than the previous generation of engines.The 2010 Model Year XF and XK models combine effortless high-performance and state-of-the-art powertrains with a new level of advanced technologies, intuitive control and Jaguar’s superbly crafted, new-fashioned luxury interiors. In addition, both models include a number of standard luxury features including navigation, heated front seats and satellite radio. www.jaguarperformance.comlast_img read more

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