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first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. is planning total capital spending of between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion for next year.The plan compares with its guidance for this year of between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion.Cenovus says the reduction compared with its 2018 forecast is largely due to efficiency improvements and reduced development plans as a result of the current commodity price environment.The company says the majority of its budget for 2019 will be spent at its Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands operations.Cenovus also plans to complete construction of the Christina Lake phase G expansion.In addition to its oilsands operations in northern Alberta and established natural gas and oil production in Alberta and B.C., Cenovus also holds a stake in two U.S. refineries. Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE)last_img read more

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Rabat – Nezha Skalli, a Moroccan MP from the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) and a former Minister of Solidarity and Women, said that criminalizing sexual relationships out of wedlock would cause the majority of young people to end up in prison.Speaking to news website Alyaoum24, Nezha Skalli criticized the new draft law of the proposed amendments to the Penal Code. She raised questions of philosophical vision and whether the bill is even constitutional.“Everyone has been waiting for this new project to bring a new philosophical vision that is in line with the new constitution and international conventions, but it came with the same provisions that prevailed during the seventies at a time when Morocco was away from the current human rights situation,” she told Alyaoum24. Skalli’s comments put her directly at odds with her leftist party, a member of the governmental coalition led by the conservative party of Justice and Development (PJD).She said that if the draft authors want to regulate these relationships and reduce them, they must provide young people with tax exemptions and jobs so they can get married.“How is it possible not to provide for a young man the necessary means to lead a normal life and at the same time prevent him from enjoying his natural rights,” she added.The Moroccan government has been getting an earful of criticism about the new draft of proposed amendments to the Penal Code.The introduced draft law, if adopted, would make rape, sexual harassment and sexual relations out of wedlock criminal offences.Article 490 of Morocco’s current penal code stipulates that sex outside marriage is punishable by up to one year in prison.In 2007, a study conducted by the health ministry found that 36 per cent of young Moroccan men had had sexual relationship out of wedlock, while the percentage of unmarried young women who had lost their virginity stood at 15 per cent. read more

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Rabat – The number of tourist arrivals in Tetouan has increased by 16 percent during the first five months of 2017, revealed a report published by the city’s provincial Tourism Commissary on July 28.According to Maghreb News Agency, hotels in the provinces of Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Larache and at the prefecture of M’diq Fnideq registered 55,908 tourist arrivals between January and May 2017, compared to 48,234 during the same period in 2016. This represents an increase of 16 percent.The number of foreign tourists who visited the four provinces during the five-month period this year  totaled 16,119 tourists, contributing to a 38 percent year-on-year increase.The number of national tourists reached 39,789 in the 2017 period, a 9 percent increase from the same period previous year. During the first five months of 2017, these regions’ hotels recorded a total of 104,112 overnight stays, compared to 86,493 between January and May 2016, representing a 20 percent increase.Spanish nationals comprised the largest nationality of tourists in the northern Moroccan region at 4,623. Americans followed (2,829), then French (2,127), Arabs (1,280), Germans (375), Portuguese (373), British (360), Italians (316) and Belgians.Four-star hotels were most popular, receiving 19,693 tourists, followed by 3-star hotels with 16,949 guests, 2-star hotels (7,379), 1-star hotels (6,310), 5-star hotels (4,874), guest houses (1,091), tourist residences (177).Regarding the number of overnight stays, 4-star hotels recorded 40,710 nights by the end of May this year, followed by 3-star hotels (30,704), 5-stars (11,516), 2-stars (10,664) and 1-star (1775) and tourist residences (279). read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2016 6:01 am MDT Last Updated Nov 15, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada ends Mainline open season, open season bids fall short CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says it’s not going ahead with a plan for new lower-priced long-term contracts for Alberta natural gas shippers that want to use its Canadian Mainline system.The company says the “open season” resulted in bids that fell well short of the volumes required to make the plan viable.The Canadian Mainline system extends from the Empress receipt point in Alberta to the Dawn hub, near Sarnia, Ont.The proposal for a new round of binding commitments did not affect current contracts already in place for the system.TransCanada says the Canadian Mainline system continues to be commercially supported and an important piece of energy infrastructure. read more

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“Please could Scott or anyone with any information on his whereabouts please contact Police Scotland .”He is described as white, 6ft tall with a stocky build, dark hair and a thick beard.He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, a navy hooded jacket, grey or khaki trousers and white trainers. I’m away now. Thanks.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 Vocalist and guitarist Hutchison is the only ever-present member of Frightened Rabbit, who have released five studio albums. The latest, Painting of a Panic Attack released in 2016, reached number 16 in the UK album charts and the 2008 release The Midnight Organ Fights made NME’s top 100 albums of the decade.  Scott Hutchison - lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit The lead singer of indie rock band Frightened Rabbit has been reported missing hours after telling his fans to hug their loved ones. Police Scotland issued an urgent appeal for information to help trace Scott Hutchison, 36, who was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry at around 1am on Wednesday.He had been reported missing from Dennistoun, Glasgow, by his family and concern is growing for his welfare.Three hours before he was last seen, Hutchison tweeted: “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not.”I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.”The frontman followed the tweet up minutes later at 11.09 with message simply reading: “I’m away now. Thanks.”His latest tweet prompted hundreds of supporters to come forward with messages of encouragement for the singer, including former Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, who replied with: “You OK, fella? Sending love and a shoulder if you need it.” Inspector Graeme Dignan said: “We are keen to locate Scott as soon as possible to ensure he is safe and well and would urge anyone who can assist with our ongoing inquiries to come forward.”If you believe you have seen him since the early hours of Wednesday morning or know where he currently is, then please contact police immediately.”I’d also urge Scott to get in touch with family, friends, or with police, to let us know he is alright.”Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to come forward.The band, which was formed in Selkirk in Scotland in 2003, are due to perform in Glasgow on June 1. During the early years, Hutchison began performing under the name Frightened Rabbit – a name given to him by his mother to describe his shy nature as a child.He began recording and performing with his brother Grant the following year and has collaborated a number of indie acts.  Scott Hutchison – lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously) A post from the Frightened Rabbit Twitter account said: “We are worried about Scott, who has been missing for a little while now.”He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now. Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously)Credit:Police Scotland 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

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first_imgFollowing several years of development and successful testing, GroundProbe has released what it says is “a game changing” broad area slope stability monitoring radar that will considerably enhance mining productivity and safety. GroundProbe CEO John Beevers said the launch of the SSR-FX was another significant milestone for GroundProbe “in developing revolutionary technology to assist mining productivity and safety and said GroundProbe could now offer customers a total slope stability detection solution.”GroundProbe has been a global leader in development and supply of slope stability radars to mining for almost a decade and its radars have helped to revolutionise in-pit safety, allowing mine planners to access areas previously not possible. Open pit mines have long been familiar with radar monitoring technologies for slope stability. Strategically positioned radars detect and pre warn of slope instabilities that could endanger operating personnel and equipment and impact operations.Beevers said: “The SSR-FX is the first product in our range of broad area monitoring solutions. It uses new antenna technology not yet seen in the mining industry, to scan 180 degrees every two minutes with sub millimetre precision, over long periods. No other broad area radar can currently offer the same resolution as the SSR-FX, as it delivers clearer images in scanning by generating more pixels in each scan than any other radar system in the market. This means mine operators can detect smaller moving areas in their pit, allowing them to have full control and total confidence in decision making.”There are two existing monitoring strategies which GroundProbe practices – targeted and broad. Targeted monitoring focuses on a known, safety-critical risk for short periods with alarms that alert mine operators of slope movement, allowing mine personnel to instantly and confidently respond when a hazard changes. GroundProbe has sold and installed targeted monitoring systems at mines around the world since its establishment over ten years ago.Broad area monitoring is a different strategy which covers large mine areas for long periods to locate new risks and hazards. Used in conjunction with targeted radar, the broad area system finds ‘hot spots’ that can then be continuously monitored with the targeted radar. The SSR-FX is the first ever broad area monitoring system developed by GroundProbe.The company says that high demand for the SSR-FX has resulted in deployments in six countries “and industry acclaim for its ability to accurately and precisely detect broad area wall movement in open-pit mines.” Anglo American’s Chief Geotechnical Engineer at South Africa’s Sishen mine, Richard Carey, said the SSR-FX “delivered on expectations” when it was selected as part of a long-term broad area monitoring strategy. “The SSR-FX has proven very effective for this type of monitoring and has the ability to provide a rapid scan time, and to distinguish between real movement and mine induced movement in a very large and busy mine. Using the SSR-FX updated photo imaging system, you can access the radar from a remote location and zoom into the area, to analyse for real or mining induced movement. The ability to integrate mine plans, satellite images and structural features to the SSR-Viewer has added a powerful tool to the Geotechnical Engineer’s toolbox. Having the same software for both critical monitoring tools such as the SSR-XT and now the broad area monitoring SSR-FX, will reduce complications when setting up and analysing data, allowing for a more seamless user experience,” Carey said.GroundProbe Vice President of Marketing and Technology, Lachlan Campbell, said a special feature of the SSR-FX was the intuitive interface which provided the ability to see a view of the mine made up of radar-generated photographs combined with plan view images of a mine, such as aerial pictures, DTMs, mine plans or CAD illustrations. “The two images are linked, and so when one image moves, the other tracks. The radar data is then draped over the surface. This allows geotechnical engineers to immediately detect and locate any new hazards,” he said.The SSR-FX also shares hardware and software with GroundProbe’s targeted monitoring radars, such as the SSR-XT. Parts are interchangeable to ensure reliability and common training and because support services are the same, technicians can work with either system.CEO John Beevers says it makes economic sense for mines to install suitable monitoring systems. “If failure mechanisms are understood and slopes are properly monitored, risks can be significantly reduced, and of course, lives can be saved. Appropriate monitoring systems allow for more aggressive slope designs while maintaining safe working conditions for mine personnel. The extra revenue generated by the steep slopes and the savings gained from fewer damages and injuries will almost, in all cases, far outweigh the cost of the monitoring equipment. Our Geotechnical Engineers travel extensively, visiting client sites, training site personnel, and remotely monitor the output of working radars, to help interpret data and produce regular reports. Through their expertise, we design and provide tailored slope monitoring solutions on any scale. This interface with mines also helps us understand production demands and to build tailored solutions.”last_img read more

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first_imgUpdate, March 15, 2014: Sadly, the body of Mark Casey was found in the Rhebogue area this morning at around 11.30am.This is Mark Casey in a photograph taken on the night he disappeared. When last seen in the early hours of Friday morning, 7 March, he was wearing these clothes. Image: The Casey family.AN OFFALY FAMILY has appealed for any scrap of information which might help reveal what happened to student Mark Casey who went missing in Limerick a week ago.The 19-year-old attends NUI Galway but is from Ballyinasragh, Killeigh, Tullamore, Co Offaly. He went missing on a night out in Limerick city last week, where he had gone to celebrate a friend’s birthday.He was last seen in the early hours of last Friday morning, 7 March.His cousin Damien Casey told TheJournal.ie that Mark’s family and “hordes of volunteers” are travelling from Offaly and Galway to search Limerick every day and back home again every evening.Damien said:We have to hold out hope – we’re all trying to be as proactive as possible.It’s tough in the evenings when we are travelling back to Offaly and there have been no developments, no news. Mark Casey. Image: The Casey family.Last-known movementsDamien said: “He left the nightclub itself, went upwards through the Cornmarket area to the cathedral. There is a hospital across from the (St John’s) cathedral and there was CCTV from there.The last sighting we had was near Griffin’s funeral home – you come to a fork in the road and Lelia Street lies to the left there.St Lelia Street leads towards an intersection on Clare Street. If you head left on Clare Street, you end up at a tributary that feeds into the main River Shannon; if you turn right, it leads to the Dublin Road. The family believe that Mark may have intended to head towards the University of Limerick campus, which lies in the direction of the Dublin Road.Damien added:He was down for a friend’s birthday and unfamiliar with his surroundings when he came out onto the street. He had no phone on him at the time so we do think he was trying to make his way to the campus. He would possibly have gone out onto Clare Street that night.Mark’s parents, John and Catherine, brothers James and Derek, and sister Shirley are “so appreciative” of the time and effort local Limerick people and groups have given to the search as they try to retrace Mark’s steps every day.“We’ve been searching everywhere, bins and laneways… People mightn’t think that the slightest piece of information they might have would be important but it could be,” said Damien.“If they even think they have seen a single guy with no jacket on in that rain, it was raining until around 4am, that might be something. We are directing people to ring Henry Street Garda station or any Garda station.”Henry Street Garda station is on 061 212400.Mark Casey is 5ft 7in tall, with light brown to blonde-coloured hair, and was wearing a dark polo-style t-shirt and grey chinos when last seen. He’s of a slim but athletic build.The red triangles mark various locations in Limerick city where there were confirmed sightings, or where it is thought he may have passed:Can also view here.Gardai appeal for help in finding missing Mark Casey> Mark went out with friends in Limerick on Thursday, 6 March, ending up in Angel Lane nightclub on Robert Street. He left the club on his own at 1.30am, and was not wearing a jacket.It was raining at the time and rained until around 4am that Friday morning, so the family hope that this fact – that Mark was a young man on his own, without a jacket or coat in the downpour – might trigger someone’s memory.The family spent the days immediately after Mark went missing poring over CCTV footage from outside the nightclub and elsewhere in Limerick. By identifying him on footage at certain points across the city, they have started to piece together some of Mark’s route in those early hours of last Friday.last_img read more

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first_img More From Roadshow 2 Share your voice Meet Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 Review • 2019 Volvo V60 review: A well-rounded all-rounder Comments Preview • 2019 Volvo V60: The best kind of cookie cutter Enlarge ImageIt won’t be possible for drivers to disable Volvo’s in-car cameras. Volvo For every person who got excited about Volvo’s decision to boost occupant safety through speed limiters and in-car cameras, there was probably at least one other person who took it as an affront to their freedoms. According to a new interview, it’s clear that Volvo understands every side of the discussion.”I would say [feedback] is 80% positive or neutral and 20[%] negative,” said Henrik Green, head of Volvo’s R&D, in a new interview with Automotive News Europe. The move to include safety tech that actively limits things in certain situations is part of Volvo’s Vision 2020 goal, which is an effort to ensure that nobody is seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo in the next decade.When asked if the negative comments had valid points, Green said Volvo does “sympathize” with the plan’s detractors and that it’s “a relevant discussion.” Yet, Green also brings up the point that Volvo has been no stranger to safety-based criticisms, even when introducing something as seemingly straightforward as the three-point seatbelt. Volvo has two major additions that will enter new cars over the next few years. All Volvos starting in the 2021 model year will be electronically limited to 112 miles per hour. Green told ANE that it was a tricky balance to strike, but he believed it represented a good mix of improving occupant safety while still allowing for edge cases, such as an emergency that may require on-road haste. “It’s still very fast,” Green noted in the interview.The second system might be even more controversial. Starting in the early 2020s, Volvo will introduce in-car cameras that monitor the driver with the intention of preventing distracted or intoxicated driving. If the cameras spot dangerous behavior from the driver by monitoring eye movements, the car might limit its speed, call Volvo on Call service for the driver or even bring the car to a stop on the side of the road. The automaker promises that data collected by the cameras will never leave the car. Green didn’t speak to the in-car camera system, but you can read the full interview over at ANE’s site. 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever Volvo 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Volvo Tags More about 2019 Volvo V60 Auto Tech Car Industry 50 Photoslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Alutiiq Museum held a language immersion retreat this week in Kodiak. More than 30 participants gathered to learn traditional games and practice their language skills with speakers of all different generations.Download Audiolast_img

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first_imgIndia’s wheat planting has been delayed by at least a week due to high temperatures, threatening its output of the grain yet again after hailstorms during harvest earlier this year dragged down annual production levels for the first time since 2007.Lower wheat acreage, down around 26 percent so far this season, in the world’s No. 2 wheat producer could buoy global benchmark prices of the grain that have shed 5 percent this month amid crop-friendly rains across the United States.In India, poor wheat yields would exacerbate the pain for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government that is struggling to address discontent in the countryside, where dozens of farmers committed suicide earlier this year as erratic weather hit their only source of income.”Obviously it’s too early to talk about the size of the (Indian) crop but late sowing is definitely not a sign of robust production,” Indu Sharma, chief of state-run Directorate of Wheat Research, told Reuters from the northern city of Karnal.Sharma and a farm ministry official, who oversees crop planting progress, said planting of wheat and other winter-sown crops like rapeseed had been hit due to higher temperatures.According to government data, farmers have so far planted winter crops on 24.22 million hectares, down 12.6 percent from 27.69 million hectares in the previous year. Wheat acreage is lower by more than 26 percent.Indian farmers grow wheat on nearly 30 million hectares, with sowing from October and harvests in March-April. Unlike most other crops, India grows only one wheat crop in a year.A sharp rise in temperatures in 2006 had cut yields, turning India into a large importer of wheat. This year, untimely hail and rains during harvest cut output to 88.94 million tonnes from 91.50 million tonnes last year.While the country has plentiful stocks after several years of bumper output, another drop in annual production “could provide bullish momentum to global prices,” said a Singapore-based trader. “A big reduction in India’s wheat output has not been factored into the market.”Apart from the hail and rain in March, India this year has also suffered its first back-to-back drought in three decades after the emergence of an El Nino weather pattern led to below-average annual monsoon rains.”Dry weather conditions during the time of sowing or harvests, with a frosty winter in between, is a recipe for crop loss,” said Sharma from the Directorate of Wheat Research.last_img read more

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first_imgAysha Siddika Minni. UNB File photoA Barguna court on Wednesday placed Aysha Siddika Minni, who was arrested on Tuesday night, on a 5-day remand in a case filed in connection with the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif, reports UNB.Senior judicial magistrate court judge Md Sirajul Islam passed the order after investigation officer Humayun Kabir produced her before the court seeking a 7-day remand for interrogation.Claiming herself innocent, Minni told the court that she is a victim of conspiracy and she was threatened by the accused several times.She also sought justice for her husband.Earlier, Minni was arrested on Wednesday night after nearly 12 hours of interrogation.In a statement, superintendent of police in Barugna, Maruf Hossain, said the interrogation of Aysha Siddika Minni and analysis of information she provided to the investigation officer appeared to show her involvement in the murder.Rifat Sharif was killed in front of Barguna Government College in front of many people on 26 June. According to CCTV footages, Minni appeared to be trying to protect her husband.Dulal Sharif, Rifat’s father, however, later alleged that his daughter-in-law had an involvement with the murder and demanded her arrest.Local people supported Dulal’s claims and formed a human chain on 14 July demanding her arrest.Minni rejected the allegation and described it as propaganda to protect the killers.Police have so far arrested 14 people in connection with Rifat’s murder.last_img read more

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first_imgMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneUniversity of Houston students on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.The University of Houston will open a medical school in 2020. The UH Board of Regents approved the proposal to open the UH College of Medicine after a feasibility study. UH must now seek approval to grant medical degrees from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. ___________Suggesting it has found a way to address state leaders’ worries that Texas is building too many medical schools, the University of Houston System moved Thursday to create a college of medicine for its flagship campus. The decision is the biggest step yet toward a longtime dream for the university. A new medical school would probably grow UH’s research expenditures and heighten its reputation as a well-rounded, rising university. But before it starts admitting students and granting degrees, it would need to secure funding from the Texas Legislature and approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer medical degrees. State leaders have expressed skepticism of new medical schools in the past.“There is a lot of work left to do with legislators today and in the next session, but I am truly excited,” Board Chairman Tilman Fertitta told UH Chancellor Renu Khator before the unanimous vote. “I am truly excited. This board is excited. And we will fight on, and we will accomplish your goal to make this happen.”If approved, UH would begin admitting medical students in 2020 and grow to 480 students by 2029. The goal, the system says, is to build a school that helps Texas meet its need for more primary care physicians for rural and inner-city populations, and to graduate diverse doctors whose demographics mirror the state. “Our state has a significant, severe physician shortage, particularly in primary care,” said Stephen Spann, planning dean for the new school. It’s not immediately clear how state leaders will respond given how many colleges have been pushing for new medical schools lately. Since 2009, the Texas Tech University System has opened a medical school in El Paso, and the University of Texas System has opened one at UT-Austin and one at UT-Rio Grande Valley. The University of North Texas Health Science Center and Texas Christian University plan to jointly open a medical school in Fort Worth. And Sam Houston State University is exploring the development of a school of osteopathic medicine near The Woodlands. Lawmakers have expressed concerns that Texas doesn’t have enough medical residencies to support those new schools. And if Texas graduates have to leave the state to complete their residencies, lawmakers fear, they’ll probably never come back.In 2015, the Texas Legislature allocated tens of millions of dollars to create more residency slots in Texas, which cost about $100,000 each. But lawmakers now worry that the new medical schools will nullify or even outstrip the investment they made in residencies.This year, the Legislature passed a resolution, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, saying that the state needs a “substantial increase in funding for graduate medical education before it considers authorizing the creation and support of additional medical schools.” Legislators also passed a law requiring universities to submit a plan for how they’ll address the residency shortage before moving forward with any new medical school plans. UH says it has such a plan: It has signed a letter of understanding with the Gulf Coast division of Hospital Corporation of America to create new residencies in the state. With that agreement lined up, and with a commitment to educate much-needed primary care physicians, the new school will make “substantial contributions to our state to improve the health and health care of our population,” Spann said.He said the plan will create 103 new residency positions by 2019, which he said was “just the start.” Spann said UH will easily be able to create enough residencies to meet lawmakers’ demands. The university will also need to go to the Legislature for funding to help cover some of the $111 million in projected startup costs for the school. Spann said UH hopes to raise about $40 million or that from donors and get $40 million more from the state. The rest will come from revenue produced by the school’s intellectual property. Once the school is fully up and running, annual expenses minus inflation will be $33.3 million, school officials said. University leaders said they are optimistic about their chances. UH is scheduled to present a proposal for a medical degree to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in February. In an e-mail, Coordinating Board spokeswoman Kelly Carper Polden said board officials “can’t speculate on a proposal that we haven’t received.”Meanwhile, UH officials expect to apply for accreditation in August 2018. And they described getting a “very positive” reaction from Abbott when they met with him last week. “The time is now,” Spann said. “If we are going to get this done, we need to move forward.”Disclosure: The University of Houston, the University of Texas System, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Christian University and Sam Houston State University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Jarillo-Herrero is a scientist at MIT. He worked with Thiti Taychatanapat, at Harvard, to investigate some of the properties of bilayer graphene, and to determine how electronic transport works under certain conditions. Their findings are described in Physical Review Letters: “Electronic Transport in Dual-Gated Bilayer Graphene at Large Displacement Fields.”One of the reasons that semiconductors work so well in digital electronics is that they have what is known a band gap. This band gap allows semiconductors to be switched on and off. In order for graphene to work as a viable replacement for these semiconductors, some sort of gap would need to be opened up in the electronic structure. “It has already been shown that it is possible to open a band gap in bilayer graphene,” Jarillo-Herrero says. “However, the effective electronic transport gap is about 100 times smaller than the theoretical band gap or optical band gap. This difference presents problems. We want to understand the properties of bilayer graphene that make this happen, and how it can be changed.”Jarillo-Herrero and Taychatanapat offer a systemic look at how the band gap works in bilayer graphene. They found that the band gap is smaller by measuring at low temperatures of less than four degrees Kelvin. “Our studies show that the band gap is still large enough to switch the transistors on and off, but the on/off ratio is only high enough – of order a million – at low temperatures, and we report this for the first time in bilayer graphene,” Jarillo-Herrero says.However, the main problem is that in order for bilayer graphene to work as a viable semiconductor replacement, it needs to be operable at room temperature. Jarillo-Herrero is hopeful, though. “This is a very important first step that helps us scientifically understand what is happening at low temperatures, and understanding the mechanism that does not permit the electronic transport to work as well at higher temperatures.” One of the issues, Jarillo-Herrero believes, is that the graphene is usually put on silicon oxide, which introduces electronic disorder. “On silicon oxide, the electrons don’t see their full band gap,” Jarillo-Herrero explains. “So we try to characterize the disorder and get rid of it. One way to do this is to try putting the graphene on different substrates. When this is done, enormous progress is made. Boron nitride is especially promising, but a number of groups are also trying bilayer graphene on different substrates.”In the end, Jarillo-Herrero hopes that the information learned from this demonstration will help lead to the use of bilayer graphene in digital electronics. “Our work offers a beginning for learning how bilayer graphene transistors operate, and learning about the mobility of electrons in graphene. Hopefully, as we understand the properties of graphene better, we can work toward future integration with electronics and other applications,” he says.“This sort of basic science research is very important,” Jarillo-Herrero continues. “Things always have to start at the basic level before we move on, and our work could lead to the use of graphene in electronics.” 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. Citation: Toward a better understanding of bilayer graphene (2010, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-bilayer-graphene.html More information: Thiti Taychatanapat and Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, “Electronic Transport in Dual-Gated Bilayer Graphene at Large Displacement Fields,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.166601 Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — “Graphene is a very exciting material with a number of interesting possibilities, including for use in electronic devices,” Pablo Jarillo-Herrero tells PhysOrg.com. “However, all graphene systems are electronically different from each other. Single layer graphene has different properties from bilayer graphene, and these have different properties from graphene with more layers. What we want to do is to understand the specific properties of bilayer graphene so that we can learn how to use it for different applications.” Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Can graphene nanoribbons replace silicon?last_img read more

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first_img by Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 31, 2018 9:51 am PDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email K. Trevor Wilson on success and not having to worry about his next paycheque Comedian K. Trevor Wilson is seen in this undated handout photo. Canada has produced some of the finest comedians working today, many of whom got their start in standup. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, The Comedy Network *MANDATORY CREDIT* center_img TORONTO – Canada has produced some of the finest comedians working today, many of whom got their start in standup. Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel, Norm Macdonald and Russell Peters all launched their careers on Canadian stages.The next generation of stars may be found on “Homegrown Comics,” taped earlier this summer at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. The hour-long special premieres Monday, Sept. 3 on Comedy.These young performers boast cultures and backgrounds as diverse as Canada itself. Adrienne Fish, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Cara Connors, Hoodo Hersi, Jacob Samuel, Jarrett Campbell, Kyle Brownrigg, Nick Nemeroff, Pat Burtscher, and Paul Rabliauskas will all be showcased.This is a lineup where faiths, ethnic origins, sexual identities and genders are all thrown into a giant Tim Hortons blender.Introducing them will be one of the rising stars in Canadian comedy, K. Trevor Wilson. Six years ago, on his first trip to Just for Laughs, he won the “Homegrown” event when it was still a competition. He’s been back every year since, a top draw after emerging as “Squirrely Dan” on CraveTV’s “Letterkenny.”“It’s crazy,” says the 37-year-old. “I had to have a talk with my girlfriend earlier this year because it’s the first time in my comedy career I’ve been financially stable and we’re not worried about the next paycheque. I have to get myself out of that mindset of needing to take every job because I have to put food on the table.”“Winning that ‘Homegrown’ award really put me out there,” says Wilson, who followed the Montreal success with a show that same fall at Toronto’s JFL42. “That led to me opening for Louis CK and Patton Oswalt. Once I had that on my resume, people started returning my phone calls.”That led to opening for other established laugh-getters such as Sarah Silverman and Paul Provenza, then more shows at Just for Laughs and JFL42. “Every time I’ve done Just For Laughs it’s opened new doors, which have opened new doors.”Eventually, the big door that swung open was “Letterkenny,” renewed for a whopping 42 episodes earlier this year. He’s also an integral part of the “Letterkenny Live” cast showcases that took place across Canada at the start of this year, with another mini-tour scheduled for December.“K. Trev or ‘Bae Trev’ is a one-of-a-kind actor,” says “Letterkenny” star and creator Jared Keeso. “I’ve had the pleasure of seeing his standup 50-plus times and no show is the same. He is constantly looking for new ways to stimulate and engage his audience.”Executive producer Mark Montefiore echoes Keeso’s admiration of Wilson. “He has a unique ability to counter the super-fast one-line chirps of ‘Letterkenny’ with a perfectly paced, hilarious story.”Wilson can also zing one-liners with the best of them. For two years in a row, he was a quarter finalist among a field of top North American comedians at Jeff Ross’s annual “Roast Battle” competition.“He comes in with a bit of a swagger, which is fun to watch,” Ross noted at last year’s competition, held in Montreal. “He’s also lovable,” he adds. Roasters are usually “spitting venom, but he has a heart under all those clogged arteries.”Wilson’s girth made him a big target for fellow comics. At last year’s “Roast Battle,” celebrity judge Wanda Sykes called him, “the brother who was too fat for ‘Duck Dynasty.’”The Toronto native doesn’t duck those jabs — he actually encourages them, noting how he and his fellow comics will give each other ammunition heading into roast events, “because we’re all buddies and we wanted to put on a good show.”Besides, Wilson has the last laugh after shedding 36 kilograms over the past year-and-a-half.“The diabetes agreed with me,” says the comedian, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and successfully adjusted his diet to the point where he no longer has to take medication.Wilson knows that the first job of every Canadian comedian is survival.“There’s not opportunity around every corner for a Canadian comedian. You really do this because you love it, because you’re going to spend most of your career playing in the middle of nowhere, for OK money. You do it because you want to do it, because you love making people laugh, because you love doing standup.”— Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ontlast_img read more

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