La Croix Addicts Will Love This Recipe for Sparkling Coffee or ‘Espressoda’

first_img 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar La Croix addicts and cold brew fiends gather round: carbonated coffee or ‘Espressoda’ is the drink you should be downing morning, noon, and night.Similar to nitro cold brew coffee, which is cold brew charged with nitrogen to make it extra creamy (Old Greg voice* “mmm, creamy), espressoda or sparkling coffee, is frothy and refreshing and it can be made easily at home without a fancy nitrogen infusion machine.Espressoda is also approved by coffee experts like Illy Master Barista, Georgio Milos. The Manual sat down with Milos to understand what exactly carbonated coffee is, how it’s made, and why you’ll love it.First thing first, Milos says espressoda is not new. “When you see something new in coffee, 99% of the time it’s not really advent. i.e. cold brew, which has been the number one trend in coffee for the past few years. Cold brew was actually invented in the 19th century by the Dutch,” Milos says.Illy ’s espressoda recipe is nowhere near that old but dates back a few years when the Italian coffee roasting company held a competition for home drinkers to submit their own unique coffee recipe.Waterloo Sparkling Water/FacebookA winner was chosen in four seasonal categories: spring, summer, fall, and winter. From the hundreds of submissions, one coffee drinker’s imaginative soda coffee made with sparkling water and espresso was chosen to represent summer.In essence, espressoda is a haughty iced coffee, made with carbonated water instead of plain water, a drizzle of vanilla for sweetness, and no milk or creamer. You can dilute the espresso down as much or as little as you want. (Unlike adding water to a normal cup of coffee which is already highly diluted.)The recipe is simple:Espressoda RecipeIngredients:8 oz club soda1 oz Illy espresso1 oz vanilla syrupMethod:Fill a standard 10-ounce, clear latte glass to the top with fresh ice.Add club soda, leaving a bit of room on top for the shot of espresso.Add vanilla syrup and stir.Prepare Illy espresso and at the end pour the shot over the soda.“There is a beautiful chemical reaction between the carbonation of the water and the actual CO2 in the espresso, which created the layer of foam called ‘crema’ on the top,” Milos says. “The CO2 reacts, making a lot of foam. The espresso cascades in the glass like a Guinness beer.”Milos recommends playing with the recipe by adding a shot, changing the sweetener flavor, or chilling the espressoda, and even adding vodka or rum for an evening cocktail. He does not, however, suggest adding milk, creamer, or additional sugar— “contaminants” as he calls them.“Coffee tastes beautifully on its own. Espessoda is straight coffee and low on calories,” Milos says. “There is a lot of bad coffee out there and you probably need milk and sugar to make it drinkable.”If you’re eyeing the La Croix on your desk and the espresso maker in the kitchen, we’re thinking what you’re thinking. Let’s pop some bubbly… coffee. The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now How to Make a Mojito Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Masterlast_img read more

Pasha Hawaii Takes Delivery of 2nd Jones Act ConRo

first_imgzoom Honolulu-based shipping company Pasha Hawaii has taken delivery of the MV Marjorie C, a combination Container and Roll-on/Roll-off Car Truck Carrier (ConRo), from Pascagoula-headquartered VT Halter Marine, a shipbuilding subsidiary of VT Systems.The MV Marjorie C is the second U.S. Flag, Jones Act-qualified vessel built for Pasha Hawaii and will join her sister ship, the MV Jean Anne, providing additional service to Hawaii via the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.The 692 feet long MV Marjorie C has a vehicle shipping capacity of 1,100 units, the ability to carry 1,400 TEUs above and under deck, and over-high/over-wide cargoes on ten workable decks.The sister vessel, Jean Anne, was Pasha Hawaii’s first Jones Act vessel and has been serving the Hawaii/Mainland trade since March 2005.last_img read more

Maersk Switches Samba Calls to DP World London Gateway

first_imgzoom Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping line, has switched the UK call of its Samba service from Tilbury to DP World London Gateway Port. The first call on the service will be made by the Maersk Lanco on Monday, March 21.The rotation of the service includes calls at Santos, Paranagua, Itajal, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Santos, Pecem, Algeciras, Rotterdam, DP World London Gateway Port, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Algeciras and Santos.“Maersk Line’s South Africa Europe Container Service has been calling here since 2013 and there are very clear advantages available to Maersk’s customers by calling at the UK’s newest, most advanced deep-sea port. Among these is our unrivalled ability to handle fresh produce and food products,” Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said.“Consistently low truck turnaround times and outstanding inspection services, coupled with our market-centric location and access to world class road and rail infrastructure, means products are delivered to market faster and fresher.”“We work with the ports that are able to support us in offering reliable services to our customers,” said Brian Godsafe, managing director, Maersk Line UK and Ireland.“We are certain that the move will be of benefit to our customers using the Samba service in and out of South America.”last_img read more

Fire Departments and Emergency Responders Receive Funding For Improved Equipment

first_img —————————————————————More than 60 volunteer fire departments and other emergency response organizations will benefit from improved equipment through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. “Our volunteer firefighters, ground search and rescue organizations and other first responders play a critical role in keeping Nova Scotians safe,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This fund will help provide the proper equipment needed by the brave men and women to preform their duties safely and effectively.” The Emergency Services Provider Fund is a $500,000, application-based program that provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000 for approved projects. The approved projects include essential equipment used directly in the response to a fire or emergency such as jaws of life, turnout gear, self-contained breathing apparatuses, thermal imaging cameras, and pumps, hoses, and nozzles. A complete list of projects that have received funding through the Emergency Services Provider Fund can be found at SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Fire Departments and Emergency Responders Receive Funding For Improved Equipment last_img read more

Government Doing Its Homework on New Homework Standards

first_imgParents, guardians, teachers and students can contribute to new homework standards through an online survey launched today, May 19. The online survey will help guide the new ministerial policy on homework for students from grades Primary to 12. The policy will come into effect in September. “I encourage everyone who interested in the success of our students to take the time to complete the survey,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Your input is critical if we are to ensure homework enriches student learning, is tailored to a student’s age, grade and learning needs, and is designed to involve families in students’ learning.” The survey includes questions specific to parents and guardians, teachers, students, community members and school administrators. Questions range from looking at the amount of homework, whether homework should be used to complete work assigned in class, a parent’s role, student responsibility for completing their homework and the overall purpose of homework. The survey runs from May 19 to June 12. A link to the survey can be found at . The new ministerial policy on homework is one of 21 new initiatives coming to schools this September as part of government’s five-year education action plan. The plan focuses on fundamental changes to renew, refocus and rebuild the education system for the first time in a generation. The action plan can be found at .last_img read more

Steven Woloshen to receive 2016 René Jodoin Award on November 26 201

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Scratchatopia Films is proud to announce that award-winning independent animator Steven Woloshen (The Babble on Palms, Crossing Victoria) has been selected to receive the coveted René Jodoin Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in animation at the 2016 Sommets du cinéma d’animation in Montreal. This year’s recipient was announced today by Marco de Blois, Artistic Director at the Sommets du cinéma d’animation, and Marcel Jean, Executive Director of the Cinémathèque québécoise. Woloshen has directed and produced over 40 animated and experimental films since 1982, including his latest work, Casino, a musical short which will premiere at the award ceremony.The René Jodoin Award, named in honour of the renowned filmmaker and founder of the National Film Board of Canada’s French animation studio, recognizes the exemplary work of a Canadian figure in animation. Last year’s recipient was NFB Academy Award-winning producer, Marcy Page. As one of the highlights of the 16th Sommets du cinéma d’animation, the award will be presented at an informal ceremony at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Norman McLaren (official times TBD). For further information on this and other awards to be presented at the festival, please visit their website: Woloshen, considered one of the masters of hand-drawn, cameraless animation, has received several awards for 1000 Plateaus (2004-2014) (2014) and Cameras Take Five (2003), in addition to being nominated three times for Best Animation at the Gala du cinéma québécois for Playtime (2009), Two Eastern Hairlines (2004) and Curse of the Voodoo Child (2005). He has also been twice nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Media Arts, received the Avi and Dora Morrow Fellowship while completing his master’s degree at Concordia University, and was awarded the 2015 Prize of the Cultural Office of the City of Wiesbaden, Germany. He is the author of two practical manuals on handmade filmmaking techniques, Recipes for Reconstruction: The Cookbook for the Frugal Filmmaker, published in 2010, and Scratch, Crackle & Pop! A Whole Grains Approach to Making Films Without a Camera, published in 2015 (also available in French: Scratch! Crac! et Pop! Une méthode simple et conviviale pour réaliser des films sans caméra). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

World leaders top academics selected for Bans climate change advisory group

Last month, Mr. Ban launched the Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which will be headed up by the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and Ethiopia, Gordon Brown and Meles Zenawi.It was also revealed in February that President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway will participate.The four leaders will be joined by high-level officials from Government ministries, including Mexican Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero Arroyo, as well as representatives of central banks, such as Jean-Pierre Landau, the Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of France.The Advisory Group is slated to hold its first meeting on 29 March in London and is expected to submit its final report to Mr. Ban before the next conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Mexico later this year. The Copenhagen Accord reached at December’s UN conference in the Danish capital aims to jump-start immediate action on climate change and guide negotiations on long-term action, with developing countries to be given $30 billion until 2012 and then $100 billion a year until 2020. It also includes an agreement to work towards curbing global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and efforts to reduce or limit emissions.The Advisory Group will be tasked with creating practical proposals to boost both short- and long-term financing for mitigation and adaptation strategies in developing countries, the Secretary-General said on 12 February during a press conference, where he was joined via video-link from London and Addis Ababa by Mr. Brown and Mr. Zenawi.“Let me emphasize the importance of rapid action,” Mr. Ban stated. “Developing countries need to move as quickly as possible toward a future of low-emissions growth and prosperity,” he stressed, noting that millions of people in Africa and around the world are suffering from climate change’s effects. Additionally, the Secretary-General emphasized that assisting with adaptation efforts is a “moral imperative,” as well as “a smart investment in a safer, more sustainable world for all.”The UNFCCC announced last month that by the 31 January deadline specified in the Copenhagen Accord, some of the world’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide – including the United States and China – had formally submitted their national targets to cut and limit greenhouse gases by 2020. It said that it had received specific pledges from 55 countries that together account for 78 per cent of global emissions from energy use.The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change, industrialized countries must slash emissions by 25 to 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and that global emissions must be halved by 2050. 4 March 2010Philanthropist George Soros and prominent British academic Nicholas Stern are among the 19 members of the high-level advisory group set up by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seeking to mobilize financing to help developing countries combat climate change, it was announced today. read more

999 call handlers will be given longer to assess calls under radical

first_imgElderly, frail patients were then left lying on the ground waiting up to two or three hours, for the ambulance to turn up, a senior… NHS call handlers are to be given longer to assess 999 calls to stop trusts sending out paramedics on bicycles simply to hit ambulance targets. In the latest case, staff from East of England Ambulance trust said a “fixation” with hitting targets meant that single staffed “rapid response vehicles” (RRV)were increasingly being sent to calls where an ambulance was needed.center_img The reforms come after a string of trusts were accused of risking safety by taking steps which allowed them to claim standards had been hit – even though the help that was needed had not been given.last_img read more

Concert pianist with Tourettes Syndrome has accused top orchestras of branding him

The teachers and pupils at the Royal College of Music, which he joined aged 15, were the first to accept Van Bloss for who he was The teachers and pupils at the Royal College of Music, which he joined aged 15, were the first to accept Van Bloss for who he wasCredit:Russell Duncan In what van Bloss described as “collusion on a grand scale”, the orchestras sent messages to one another about him and two sent him identical responses.  Van Bloss has spent countless hours in front of the mirror, training himself to suppress his condition, which started at the age of sevenCredit:Jeff Gilbert An Arts Council spokesperson said: “Whilst of course we recognise how upsetting these rejections must be, organisations must be free to make their own artistic decisions and we can not dictate who they work with in this fiercely competitive field.” It added that it expects its funded institutions to consider musicians with disabilities. The Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony (CBSO), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras denied the allegations and said they had considered Van Bloss’s requests to play based on musical merit. The CBSO added that it didn’t know at the time that he had a disability. Other orchestras didn’t respond to request for comment.  An email from one orchestra’s chief executive to another said: “I would cut and paste the response from [redacted] to show solidarity… and a message that we all think the same!”When one orchestra said van Bloss wasn’t good enough to perform on its stage, a staff member at another said in an internal email: “I actually think it’s great that another orchestra is taking that line. It’s not one we all agreed [we] should take but good that someone else is telling the journalist another take on this.”The email continued: “With any luck all the responses taken together may persuade her it’s not a story and nothing will appear.”An internal email between the directors of Philharmonia called van Bloss “trouble”.“Nick van Bloss is a protege of [redacted] and he is Trouble,” it said. “Switch off your phone, is my advice.”Three orchestras used their public relations companies to address the “problem”, one of which, Albion Media, helped the pianist launch his comeback 10 years ago, calling him “hot property… a serious and inspired classical musician”. Van Bloss has spent countless hours in front of the mirror, training himself to suppress his condition, which started at the age of seven One email from Rebecca Driver PR said: “This is exactly what he wanted – publicity, so responding is just giving him oxygen.”Van Bloss said he was seeking legal advice on how to move forward, adding that he felt Arts Council England had “ignored’ his concerns. “Despite my valid letters of complaint, there are no communications on file within Arts Council England that show they have taken any interest in my concerns,” he said.  A concert pianist with Tourette’s Syndrome has accused Britain’s top orchestras of branding him “trouble” and refusing to let him play.Internal documents seen by the Telegraph reveal that six separate orchestras coordinated a response after Nick van Bloss complained that by ignoring his requests to play they had discriminated against him.The 51-year-old musician has been praised for live performances in London, Tokyo and Miami, but has felt belittled and mocked by leading orchestras in his home country. In February, his agent sent letters to the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hallé in Manchester, Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic accusing them of discrimination, which all denied. But documents retrieved by van Bloss through a public access request and shared with the Telegraph paint a picture of institutions failing to address a serious complaint and working together to quash it.“The emails display a hostile, mocking and pathological disregard for me and my complaint,” said van Bloss. “The main point of my concern was diversity. The orchestras are funded to promote and celebrate it, but they reacted to my complaint by asking for me to apologise for having called them out.”Van Bloss’s condition gives him thousands of tics a day, but these disappear when his fingers touch piano keys. He has only once had a spasm during a performance when he was 21. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Second man arrested in connection with 1993 murder released unconditionally

first_imgUpdated 20.27A SECOND MAN arrested in connection with the murder of a man 20 years ago in East Belfast has been released unconditionally.Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Joseph Reynolds arrested a 41-year-old man today, but released him this evening without charge.On Tuesday, a 50-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation. He was also subsequently released unconditionally, police said.InvestigationThe PSNI announced last Friday that it had reopened the investigation into the murder of Reynolds, a painter, who was shot in the head as he went to work on 12 October 1993 in a red Nissan van along with seven others.He was a 40-year-old father of five. It is believed he was ambushed while in the van, when it stopped at a pedestrian crossing to allow two men to cross.When the two men at the crossing drew level to the van, they opened fire with a handgun and a rifle. At the same time, another man who was in a stolen car which had pulled up behind the van also opened fire.Three of the other men in the van were also injured and Reynolds subsequently died from his injuries.The three gunmen ran off down Fraser Street, across the Sydenham by-pass to Ballymacarrett Road where they drove off in a dark blue Vauxhall Astra.Although number of arrests were made in the original police investigation, no one has ever been charged.Following a review of the case, information was provided to the Serious Crime Branch which led to the investigation being re-opened.Read: Police in Belfast re-open ‘chilling’ 20-year-old murder case>Read: Man arrested over ‘cold case’ murder of father-of-five in 1993>last_img read more

Judge slaps himself with fine after phone goes off in court

first_imgA JUDGE HAS found himself in contempt of court after his phone went off during a hearing.Judge Raymond Voet fined himself $25 after the incident at his Michigan courtroom.He said he was confused by a new model of smartphone which “started talking really loud”.Voet has a posted policy at Ionia County 64A District Court stating that electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt, the Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and reported.On Friday afternoon, during a prosecutor’s closing argument as part of a jury trial, Voet’s new smartphone began to emit soundsI’m guessing I bumped it. It started talking really loud, saying ‘I can’t understand you. Say something like Mom.Voet has used a Blackberry mobile phone for years, and said he wasn’t as familiar with the operation of the new touchscreen, Windows-based phone.“That’s an excuse, but I don’t take those excuses from anyone else. I set the bar high, because cellphones are a distraction and there is very serious business going on,” he said.“The courtroom is a special place in the community, and it needs more respect than that.”Over the years, the judge whose court is about 110 miles northwest of Detroit has taken phones away from police officers, attorneys, witnesses, spectators and friends. During a break in the trial, Voet held himself in contempt, fined himself and paid the fine.“Judges are humans,” Voet said. “They’re not above the rules. I broke the rule and I have to live by it.”The best dancer on the internet is this old man>STOP EVERYTHING! A cat has adopted a rabbit>last_img read more

Senior gardaí claim armed units could respond to OConnell Bridge terror attack

first_img Share1211 Tweet Email3 We did a paper exercise to see what our response would be. We are happy we would have nine armed units in the city centre and that a response would have been a similar time to that of the UK.The London Met has more than 33,000 officers and polices an area of around 620 square miles with a population of 7.2 million.The Commissioner said that the force has focussed “very strongly” on making sure they engage with minority communities since the Bataclan attack in Paris three years ago. She added that terrorism “is not about religion” and that “we should not link terrorism to any specific religion”.She also took the opportunity to ask anyone who has any specific concerns about neighbours, family members or associates who could have been radicalised to contact gardaí confidentially.She added: “We take our national security very seriously. We continuously review threat assessment and our response capabilities. Within an hour of the incident (London) happening, we were in touch with our intelligence and law enforcement counterparts to assess if there is any Irish link.”Read: 12 dead as ISIS gunmen and suicide bombers storm Iran’s parliament >Read: Police recover body from the Thames in search for Frenchman missing since London attack > Jun 7th 2017, 1:49 PM 33,600 Views Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 1:49 PMcenter_img Senior gardaí claim armed units could respond to O’Connell Bridge terror attack within eight minutes The Commissioner today said the force is taking our national security very seriously. SENIOR GARDAÍ HAVE said they are confident that armed units of our police force could respond to a terror attack in Dublin city centre as quickly as the MET police in London did last week.The Garda Commissioner faced questions from the press today and said that the Armed Support Unit (ASU) will increase by 20 officers to 75 in total by 22 June coming and said officers are liaising with their international counterparts in a bid to safeguard the country.She added that there is currently “a competition underway to increase the ASU right around the country to make sure there is a 24/7 response around the country”.On Sunday, revealed how specialist armed garda units were directed to beef up security in several Irish cities in the wake of the attacks.Last week, the Met police responded to the London terror attack and had killed the three terrorists within eight minutes. Gardaí believe that a similar time can be expected here.Speaking at Farmleigh House in Dublin, Assistant Commissioner John Twomey said: Image: Eamonn Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 156 Comments By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

First of three supermoons this summer rises this evening

first_imgArguably the only good thing about the summer dry spell in Oregon is the skies will be clear enough for a great view of the summer “supermoon” this evening.NPR reports that supermoons only happen a couple times in a person’s life, but we’ll be lucky enough to witness three notably larger moons in the sky this summer: tonight, Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.The full moon will seem much larger than usual, but of course it hasn’t grown. NASA reports that this time of year, the moon is closer to the Earth, creating a “moon illusion.” August will appear to have an extra large supermoon because the Earth’s lone satellite will be closest during that month.You’ll be able to see the phenomenon from anywhere the skies are clear, but it’s recommended to watch the moon rise in the east as the sun sets in the west.USA Today reports that supermoon is a relatively new term, first coined in the ’80s by EarthSky’s Bruce McClure. Scientifically speaking, larger full moons are called perigee full moons, meaning “near Earth.”This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.last_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening A Cab Driver

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享According to a Soldotna Police Dispatch received on January 27, a Soldotna man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a cab driver. According to Courtview, he was arraigned on January 20 and is currently scheduled for a pre-trial conference on February 15. The incident occured on January 19, at 3:05 a.m., when Soldotna police responded to the Maverick Saloon for an aggressive male threatening to cause bodily harm to a cab driver and refused to pay his cab fare. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Soldotna-man-threatened-cab-driver.mp3VmJennifer-on-Soldotna-man-threatened-cab-driver.mp300:00RPdcenter_img Robert Luton, 31, of Soldotna, was arrested for assault in the fourth degree, theft in the fourth degree and violating his conditions of release. Luton was taken to Wildwood and held on $1,000 bail. Luton was arrested in October of 2017,  for setting off the fire alarm at Sterling Elementary and causing an evacuation of the school. Luton was arrested for Terroristic Threatening in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree.last_img read more

Stay alert against terror activities PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged all to remain vigilant and instantly inform law enforcement agencies of any suspicious terror and militant activity in their respective localities, reports UNB.”I would like to urge the people of the country to remain alert and inform the law enforcement agencies instantly if there’s any abnormal activity,” she said in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House.The prime minister also called upon people to refrain from such terror and militant activities. “I’ve no word to condemn such terror and militant attacks,” she said, adding that 359 people have so far been killed in the recent series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.Sheikh Hasina said some 40 children, including Zayan Chowdhury, a grandson of Awami League presidium member and former health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, were killed in the terror attacks.”I don’t know what they (terrorists) want to achieve through killing innocent people like this. Children are innocent. So, why do they lose their lives?” she said, adding that terrorism and militancy can never bring welfare for the mankind.Noting that Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi fell victim to manmade terrorism, the prime minister said such brutal activities are very harmful to human beings.She said Islam is a religion of peace, but some people humiliate the religion to the whole mankind carrying out militant activities in the name of Islam.She prayed for salvation of the departed soul of Zayan and others who were killed in the brutal attacks carried out on Easter Sunday.In one of the attacks, Zayan’s father Moshiul Haque Chowdhury Prince (Selim’s son in-law) was also injured severely and he is now undergoing treatment at a Sri Lankan hospital.Prince was not informed of his son’s death yet, said Sheikh Hasina.last_img read more

New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures

first_img New paper describes first-ever synthesis of hyperbranched polymers More information: Flexible high-temperature dielectric materials from polymer nanocomposites, Nature 523, 576–579 (30 July 2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14647AbstractDielectric materials, which store energy electrostatically, are ubiquitous in advanced electronics and electric power systems. Compared to their ceramic counterparts, polymer dielectrics have higher breakdown strengths and greater reliability, are scalable, lightweight and can be shaped into intricate configurations, and are therefore an ideal choice for many power electronics, power conditioning, and pulsed power applications. However, polymer dielectrics are limited to relatively low working temperatures, and thus fail to meet the rising demand for electricity under the extreme conditions present in applications such as hybrid and electric vehicles, aerospace power electronics, and underground oil and gas exploration. Here we describe crosslinked polymer nanocomposites that contain boron nitride nanosheets, the dielectric properties of which are stable over a broad temperature and frequency range. The nanocomposites have outstanding high-voltage capacitive energy storage capabilities at record temperatures (a Weibull breakdown strength of 403 megavolts per metre and a discharged energy density of 1.8 joules per cubic centimetre at 250 degrees Celsius). Their electrical conduction is several orders of magnitude lower than that of existing polymers and their high operating temperatures are attributed to greatly improved thermal conductivity, owing to the presence of the boron nitride nanosheets, which improve heat dissipation compared to pristine polymers (which are inherently susceptible to thermal runaway). Moreover, the polymer nanocomposites are lightweight, photopatternable and mechanically flexible, and have been demonstrated to preserve excellent dielectric and capacitive performance after intensive bending cycles. These findings enable broader applications of organic materials in high-temperature electronics and energy storage devices. (—A team of researchers at the Pennsylvania State University has created a new polymer that is able to store energy at higher temperatures than conventional polymers without breaking down. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they created the polymer and why they believe it could be useful in many products. Harry Ploehn with the University of South Carolina offers a brief history of polymers created for use in electronics, in a News & Views piece in the same journal issue, and describes the work done by the team on this new effort—he also offers an opinion on the prospects for the newly development polymer. © 2015 Journal information: Nature Flexible polymer nanocomposite thin films for high-temperature high-voltage capacitive energy storage. Credit: Q. Li Explore further Bending tests of polymer nanocomposites. Credit: Q. Li One drawback of the new polymer is that because it requires an extra step, its production costs would be higher than for conventional dielectric polymer capacitors, and there are also still questions about how easy it would be to prevent defects and whether it will stand up to long term wear and tear. If it proves to be resilient and a way can be found to drive down costs, it is likely, Ploehn believes, that the new polymer will have a bright future in applications ranging from hybrid cars to aerospace systems. 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. As Ploehn notes, dielectric capacitors are used in wide variety of applications that require holding onto a charge and then offering a short burst of power when needed. In many applications dielectrics are made of polymers (because they are light, relatively easy to make and because defects can be easily controlled), but there are still some areas where they cannot be used because they cannot function correctly under temperature extremes—that prevents their use inside car engines, for example. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a new approach to creating a polymer that allows for use in extremely hot applications.The new polymer was created by the team by adding nanometer-scale sheets of boron nitride to a conventional polymer, which testing showed increased its energy density by 400 percent (which means capacitors made using it could be smaller and thus lighter). And testing also showed the newly improved polymer was able to remain stable at temperatures as high as 300°C, and was able to withstand rigorous bending. Citation: New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures (2015, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Will fund projects via longterm debt not fare hikes or tax payer

first_img“Loan is way forward (infrastructure) development. Countries like US, China and Europe have taken loans for development of their infrastructure,” Prabhu said in an interview to Lok Sabha TV.Asked whether the government is going in for privatisation of railways in future, he explained: “We are taking debt for development of railways infrastructure, that means we are not doing privatisation. Besides there will be no burden of development on passenger fare as well as tax payers money.” Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashPrabhu expressed confidence that institutions like LIC (in India),pension funds and sovereign funds can provide debt and they will not insist on early repayment of loan. “The LIC, pension fund and sovereign wealth funds don’t insist on repayment of loans in short term, rather they want us to pay in over 30 years,” he added.On hitting the ground running, he quoted a famous saying, “Rome was not built in a day. There are few things which would be done this year like 3000 unmanned crossings will be removed and work will start immediately to improve cleanliness, safety, security and surveillance.” The Minister hinted that some initiative like train-sets, redesigning of coaches, doubling and tripling of rail lines, may take longer than expected to be implemented. On running of bullet trains in India, he said, “Our thrust would be on basic facilities first like sanitation, time bound arrival of trains which is going to be implemented in the stipulated time period. Those would be focus areas.” Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsOn private participation in railways, Prabhu said that there would be a system to regulate private sector players willing to invest in station development projects. On decentralisation of power to improve efficiency of railways, he said,”This will happen for the first time that more responsibility will be given to officers. It is not on Railway Minister or Railway Board which will do everything.” Earlier, in his Budget speech, Prabhu said: “We will monetise our assets rather than sell them”.  On Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV), he said, “We have created new SPVs with the oil ministry, coal ministry… those will deliver. Rather than one entity, there will be multiple entities delivering.”last_img read more

Anarkali Aarawali is my most challenging role

first_imgSwara Bhaskar, who has made her presence felt in the industry with Tanu Weds Manu and Raanjhanaa, is all set to push the boundaries again with Anarkali Aarawali.Swara plays a singer crooning double meaning songs in the journalist-turned-filmmaker Avinash Das’s movie.“Anarkali Aarawali is a challenging role because I play a singer who sings double meaning lewd songs and is very unapologetic about her sexuality. She considers herself an artist and her work an art. She is a foul mouthed and crass woman with fiery spirit. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“But, she is still vulnerable in a volatile and violent world that sees women like her as mere objects. We also have to be as real as we can to the story and the context without becoming gimmicky or sleazy,” Swara said in an interview. The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo actor says not crossing the thin line between being sensual and sleazy was a tough task.“A script like this is a challenge because it’s the story of an orchestra singer from Bihar from the town called Aarah which very known for politics and crime.”“It is the story of Anarkali, who’s the small star of Aarah who sings double-meaning and lewd sort of songs in villages weddings or celebrations and how a certain incident happens with her and then her journey henceforth. It’s a brilliant script and a very challenging role.” Swara travelled to Aara to meet the local singers of the region and went through various diction workshops.last_img read more

A Title Without KD Pulls The Warriors Even With MJs Bulls

first_imgGuests:Chris Broussard, Mark Medina, Dan Woike, and Doug Gottlieb Also:-Don’t blame Durant for NBA’s power imbalance-Raptors feel like the 2011 Mavs-Where Colin was right/wrong <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>A title without KD pulls the Warriors even with MJ’s BullsKevin Durant missed the Western Conference Finals with a lingering calf injury, and it looks like there’s a possibility he could also miss the Finals against Toronto. As impressive as the Warriors dynasty run has been, Colin has always maintained Jordan’s title winning Bulls teams are better, but that could change if they win another one without the best player in the NBA.A title without a player of KD’s profile is unheard of, but pulling it off would show the Warriors are at least equal to Jordan’s dominant dynasty.last_img read more