Mattocks confident Boyz will ‘get the job done’

first_imgDarren Mattocks, who plays centre forward for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team and scored in their 3-2 loss to Nicaragua in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers last Friday, believes all is not lost and the Reggae Boyz will bounce back. The 25-year-old netted in the first leg and has now scored 11 goals overall for Jamaica. He might just be thinking that his biggest test for his country could be tomorrow night. “To get back two goals, that’s definitely something we are going to build on and move forward. I am pretty confident we will learn and make all corrections and go to Nicaragua and get the job done,” he pointed out in a post-game interview late Friday night. Mattocks reasoned that the result would be seen as very disappointing by the Jamaican people, but maintained that the visitors played well, amid suggestions that the Reggae Boyz underestimated them or put in a lacklustre performance. SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM “I wouldn’t say we underestimated them, to be honest. Sometimes we don’t know what teams are capable of doing until we play them, and that’s what happened here tonight (Friday). I think they played well and surprised us. Many wouldn’t expect them to come into Kingston and defeat us, but it’s something that we learn from and we will continue growing,” he said. Tomorrow night inside the Estadio Nacional stadium in Managua, Jamaica must win or face elimination from yet another FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Getting a positive result in the return leg, Mattocks says, begins with thinking positive and working as a team. “They (Nicaragua) have got a good set of players, and they attack as a team, so that’s where their goals came from. Now we know that’s how they play, so now we are going to make all corrections and go forward,” he stressed. The player added that the upset was a lesson for the Reggae Boyz, “who have come a long way”, adding they are determined to continue. The match will kick off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Local Horticulturalists Encouraged to Take Advantage of Export Market

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging local horticulturalists to take advantage of the commercial opportunities in the international market. “We need to take that step and seek to isolate a number of our flowers that are unique to Jamaica and turn them into an industrial export commodity, so that we can create jobs and earn some great profit,” he said. The Minister was speaking at the opening of the Jamaica Horticultural Society’s Flower Show 2018 on April 27, at the Society’s showground in Hope Pastures, Kingston. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging local horticulturalists to take advantage of the commercial opportunities in the international market.“We need to take that step and seek to isolate a number of our flowers that are unique to Jamaica and turn them into an industrial export commodity, so that we can create jobs and earn some great profit,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the opening of the Jamaica Horticultural Society’s Flower Show 2018 on April 27, at the Society’s showground in Hope Pastures, Kingston.Mr. Shaw commended the group for its 63 years of committed service to preserving and showcasing the country’s natural beauty, and urged for this wealth of experience to be used to satisfy the international demand for products for landscaping and decorating purposes in the hotel industry and residential developments.“I would like to invite you to start thinking about commercial and industrial (production). Start looking at your lines to see which of them can become an industrial crop that can be targeted to an increasingly sophisticated world that will pay money for what we can produce here,” he said.“We need to be thinking as entrepreneurs and thinking how we can take this natural beauty that we enjoy and let it become part of our national solution to productivity and wealth creation,” the Minister added..For her part, President of the Jamaica Horticultural Society, Dr. Janine Dawkins, said the show’s theme: ‘Nature’s Beauty – Our Duty’, seeks to highlight the important role of horticulture in the environment.“The theme for this year really seeks to bring home the environmental impact of horticulture and nature and what we must do to preserve our natural environment to ensure the future for our children,” she explained.The event was held from April 28 to 29 and showcased a variety of endemic species of flora and fauna and agricultural products from over 90 vendors and exhibitors.last_img read more

Utility regulators try to block attorneys from testifying before House energy panel

first_img21Aug Utility regulators try to block attorneys from testifying before House energy panel Glenn says House has subpoena power, accuses MPSC of “stonewalling” to avoid explaining why they ignored their own attorneys’ warning against policy that will eliminate Electricity Choice, hike electricity rates for public schools, manufacturersLansing, Mich. — The Michigan Public Service Commission is attempting to block its attorneys from testifying before the House Energy Policy Committee next month, a move committee chairman Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., says is an attempt by utility regulators to avoid the embarrassment of having to explain why they’re ignoring their own attorneys’ warnings against adopting a policy change Glenn says would violate state and federal energy law and drive up electricity rates for thousands of public schools and major employers.MPSC’s technical staff in an Aug. 1st document followed commissioners’ June 15th instructions to propose a policy that will require electricity choice providers who compete with the state’s two regional electricity monopolies — Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison — to prove they can supply their customers using only higher-priced electricity that’s generated in Michigan. Final adoption of the policy is scheduled for September 28th. The move would take tens of millions of dollars out of public school classrooms each year to pay for higher electricity costs, Glenn said, and make Michigan’s business climate less attractive and competitive for new business, industry, and jobs.Glenn on Aug. 9th wrote to three assistant attorneys general assigned to counsel the MPSC — who in a public advice letter May 26th warned commissioners not to adopt the in-state generation requirement — to request that they appear before the House Energy Policy Committee to more fully explain why. The three attorneys’ letter was made public and is available on the MPSC website.“In your capacity as assistant attorneys general assigned to represent the MPSC, you told MPSC commissioners that you ‘advised against’ adopting an in-state generation requirement, listing multiple reasons why doing so would not be good policy or in the best interests of electricity customers in Michigan,” Glenn wrote.“Members of the House Energy Policy Committee and other lawmakers…question why MPSC commissioners appear to be ignoring your advice and counsel in instructing their technical staff to prepare an order implementing the very locational generation requirement you advised against,” he wrote.MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg on Aug. 15th responded to Glenn’s letter, refusing his request that the three attorneys testify before the committee. “It is inappropriate for our staff’s attorneys…to appear before the committee,” Talberg wrote, offering to testify herself instead.Glenn rejected the offer Monday (Aug. 21st) in a pointed letter to Talberg.He characterized Talberg’s offer to testify as “disingenuous” and “stonewalling,” saying he is “not interested in a shell game by which Public Service commissioners are obviously trying to avoid the embarrassment of explaining why they’re ignoring their own attorneys’ warning that an in-state generation requirement will drive up electricity rates and hurt electricity customers.”“We specifically did not invite Chairman Talberg or any other MPSC commissioner to testify precisely because committee members know, as she does, that her rote answer to all relevant questions would be that as a commissioner performing a quasi-judicial function, she cannot comment on a matter still pending before the commission,” Glenn said.On the other hand, Glenn said, the three MPSC attorneys’ May 26th letter — http://efile.mpsc.state.mi.us/efile/docs/18197/0068.pdf — is a matter of public record available for review on the MPSC website, meaning commissioners “cannot credibly claim that allowing their attorneys to answer committee members’ questions would violate attorney-client privilege, since that applies only to confidential communications and the three attorneys’ advice letter has already been made public by the MPSC itself.”Glenn noted that the House has the authority, by simple majority vote, to issue subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify before a House committee.In their May 26th public letter, assistant attorney generals Lauren D. Donofrio, Bryan A. Brandenburg, and Meredith R. Beidler wrote to the MPSC that imposing an in-state electricity generation requirement:* “Would not improve (electrical grid) reliability in Michigan and could potentially be a detriment to customers” and may “actually compromise reliability for some specific Michigan customers.”* Would contradict the rules and regulations of the federally-regulated Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the regional operator that manages electricity flow in the Midwest, including Michigan. MISO regulations allow electricity providers to purchase electricity from any source available.* Would reduce the amount of electricity available to energy suppliers who compete with Michigan’s two regional monopoly utilities, which would “make it extremely difficult, if not impossible,” MPSC attorneys wrote, for such competing energy suppliers to continue to serve their customers, the result being that customers “left short, due to the inability of the Alternative Energy Suppliers’ previously imported capacity to count in Michigan, would be turned over to the utility for (electricity) service.”“This is clearly a back door attempt by unelected bureaucrats — ignoring their own attorneys’ warnings of harm to Michigan customers — to eliminate our state’s Electricity Choice program by bureaucratic regulation, a protectionist scheme that was pushed by the state’s two monopoly utilities in the last legislative session but was expressly rejected by the people’s elected representatives,” Glenn said.Glenn said “the rare sight of two corporate monopolies so vigorously defending the government agency that’s supposed to regulate them — specifically MPSC commissioners’ rejecting their own attorneys’ warnings of economic harm to customers if they allow the monopolies to squeeze their cheaper competitors out of business — should give pause to both electricity customers and policy makers.”“Unless the elected representatives of the people of Michigan rein this agency in, it appears the MPSC is in the tank for the economic interests of two corporate electricity monopolies at the expense of higher electricity rates for Michigan customers and damage to our economy,” Glenn said.He said the Public Service Commission “has no legal authority to just make it up as they go along to serve the financial interests of the state’s two monopoly utilities, in direct violation of the plain language, spirit, and intent of state and federal law, and at the cost of hundreds of millions in higher electricity costs each year to Michigan schools and businesses.”The MPSC’s proposed “local clearing requirement” would force competing electricity providers to buy more expensive energy generated exclusively in Michigan, which threatens tens of millions in higher costs each year to public schools alone.Tuscola Intermediate School District Supt. Gene Pierce, president of the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative, issued a statement Aug. 16th saying that the cooperative, “a coalition of 325 public school districts, stands with Rep. Gary Glenn in demanding the Michigan Public Service Commission respect legislative intent and preserve Michigan’s energy choice program.”“If the energy choice program is eliminated, schools stand to lose as much as $17 million in energy cost savings each year,” Pierce wrote. “That’s equivalent to taking 300 teachers out of the classroom or a $35 reduction in per pupil spending. …MISEC supports Rep. Gary Glenn’s call to respect the voices of Michigan voters and the decisions made by their elected representatives in the implementation of the state’s energy policy. The MPSC’s efforts to impose local clearing requirements exceeds the authority of public service commissioners and threatens the fiscal stability of Michigan schools.”The cooperative’s membership includes Michigan Association of Independent School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan School Business Officials, and Middle Cities Education Association.Ray Telman, the cooperative’s secretary-treasurer, had written the MPSC on July 13th: “We are certain that the Commission understands that many of the original legislative drafts…included a ‘local clearing requirement’ (later eliminated from the legislation) that would require alternative electric suppliers (AESs) to buy all or mostly all of their capacity locally in Michigan,” wrote Telman. “As you know, that language would have effectively eliminated the Electric Choice program, as DTE and Consumers own or have purchased virtually all local capacity and could and would either refuse to sell to AESs or sell to AESs at an above market price.”Glenn also cited a July 25th letter to the MPSC by House Majority Whip Rep. Rob Verheulen, R-Walker, and Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Twp., the primary sponsors of the compromise energy package approved by the Legislature in December and signed into law.The legislation “deliberately removed this contentious (‘local clearing requirement’) language and in doing so, a compromise was reached,” Verheulen and Afendoulis wrote. “The final language clearly allows Alternative Energy Suppliers to use any resource allowed by (the Midwest’s federally-regulated regional electricity grid manager, Midcontinent Independent System Operator) to meet capacity obligations without reference to local resources.”“We have strong concerns that the imposition by the Commission of any requirements on AESs in excess of those MISO requires…violates the legislative intent of (the new state energy law) and will place a significant additional burden on schools and businesses in our districts and all across Michigan,” Verheulen and Afendoulis wrote. “It will also threaten the sustainability of the (Electricity Choice) program, the viability and continuation of which was a primary goal of the legislation.”The proposed local generation requirement would directly violate not only the new state energy law, but federal regulations as well, Glenn said, both of which expressly state — as Reps. Afendoulis and Verheulen referenced — that a competing electricity provider “can meet its capacity obligations through owned or contractual rights to any resource that the appropriate independent system operator allows to meet the capacity obligation of the electric provider.” MISO does not require competing energy suppliers that sell to Michigan customers to sell only electricity that’s generated in Michigan.But the MPSC ignored not only their own attorneys but clear statements of legislative intent and state and federal law, declaring in a June 15th document exactly the opposite of the legislative record and text: “The Commission found that a locational requirement is required under (the new state law) and that a locational requirement applicable to individual (competing energy suppliers) is allowed as part of the capacity obligations set forth by the Commission.” (See item 3 at: http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,4639,7-159-80741_80743-406252–,00.html )Glenn said such a move would not only violate state and federal laws and regulations and give monopoly utilities the ability to squeeze their cheaper competitors out of business, but would constitute an unauthorized assumption of law-making power by Public Service Commissioners that simply does not exist in state law.He cited a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling in a 1993 lawsuit against the MPSC by Midland Cogeneration Venture, the largest gas-fueled electricity and steam producing facility in North America, which is located in the legislative district Glenn represents.The Appeals Court ruled that the MPSC “possesses no common law powers but is a creature of the Legislature, and all of its authority must be conferred by clear and unmistakable language in specific statutory enactments, because doubtful power does not exist.” Midland Cogeneration Venture v. Public Service Commission, 199 Mich App 286, 295–96 (1993)The Court of Appeals also ruled in 1999 that “where the Legislature has considered certain language and rejected it in favor of other language, the resulting statutory language should not be held to explicitly authorize what the Legislature explicitly rejected.” MCI Telecom Complaint, 460 Mich 396, 415 (1999).The following major manufacturing organizations, among others, have also sent letters to the Public Service Commission sharing Glenn’s view that the MPSC should not attempt to impose a local generation requirement for electricity sold in Michigan, a move they all said would be harmful to electricity users and Michigan’s economy:See the complete record at: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/Capacity_Demonstration_Combined_Comments_579410_7.pdf* Association of Businesses Advocating Tariff Equity, a group of major manufacturers whose combined electricity and gas bills exceed $1 billion a year in Michigan alone. ABATE’s membership includes Dow Chemical Company, the largest employer in Glenn’s legislative district, for whom electricity is the single biggest cost of doing business, and nearby Hemlock Semiconductor, the largest consumer of electricity in Michigan. The group also includes General Motors, Marathon Petroleum, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and U.S. Steel.* Michigan Chemistry Council, of which The Dow Chemical Company is also a member.* The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, of which The Dow Chemical Company is also a member.* The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce* Spartan StoresGlenn said if the MPSC proceeds with plans to violate state and federal law and exceed its legal authority, lawsuits in federal and state court are a certainty. “I will recommend that the Legislature itself go to court, if necessary, to reassert that energy policy in Michigan will be set by the Legislature, who are elected by and accountable to the people, and not by an appointed bureaucracy that seems intent on advancing the financial self interests of two corporate monopolies at the expense of Michigan ratepayers and our economy.”****MPSC staff attorneys’ May 26th letter to MPSC commissioners, beginning at bottom of page 4: http://efile.mpsc.state.mi.us/efile/docs/18197/0068.pdf “Staff advises against introducing a new requirement in 2018 for LSEs in Michigan that would allocate some percentage of the locational clearing requirement, or effectively allocate a portion of the capacity import limit on an individual entity basis. Doing so will not improve reliability in the short term.Moreover, assigning to large utilities in Zone 7 an allocation of the capacity import limit that AESs and smaller LSEs in Michigan have traditionally utilized will not improve reliability. The utilities already have over 98% of their resources in the zone and they do not use their pro rata share of the capacity import limit. Essentially reserving this unused portion of the capacity import limit to the utilities that do not use or need it would do little more than reduce the amount of the capacity import limit that is available to AESs and other small providers that previously have used a share of the capacity import limit.…Artificially reducing the amount of the available capacity import limit that these small LSEs utilize may actually compromise reliability for some specific Michigan customers in the short term.From a locational requirement perspective, if the status quo is kept for 2018 and the AESs and smaller entities are allowed to continue to utilize the unused portion of the capacity import limit, those entities could continue to source ZRCs from outside of Zone 7 and continue to serve the capacity requirements of their customers.If a significant pro rata share of the locational clearing requirement is assigned on an individual LSE basis, the vast majority of the ECIL would be allocated to large utilities in Zone 7 that traditionally don’t utilize it, which would significantly reduce the portion of the capacity import limit available to those smaller entities that have traditionally imported capacity.MISO has predicted that Zone 7 may possibly be short of capacity in 2018, which would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible for the smaller LSEs to source enough capacity from within Zone 7 to serve their customers. Those customers that were left short, due to the inability of the AESs’ previously imported capacity to count in Michigan, would be turned over to the utility for capacity service.To make matters worse, the utilities are proposing to obtain 2018 capacity for those customers in the MISO PRA (which could likely have been the exact same source used by the AESs) and be forced into providing interruptible service to the utility if enough capacity cannot be secured under the utilities’ proposals. Deviating from the status quo for 2018 regarding locational requirements would not improve reliability in Michigan and could potentially be a detriment to customers.” Categories: Glenn News,Newslast_img read more

German cable operator Primacom has acquired networ

first_imgGerman cable operator Primacom has acquired network builder and operator Sy-Fra, acdding a further 22,000 homes to its existing base. Sy-Fran operates networks across Germany, mainly in Saxony and Thuringia.Primacom said Sy-Fra’s customers’ contracts will remain unchanged.Primacom CEO Joachim Grendel said the acquisition was in line with its strategy of expanding its service area through further acquisitions.last_img

Study identifies key characteristics and experiences of people who internalize weight bias

first_imgResearch has found that, beyond the effects of BMI and depression, self-directed weight stigma is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular and metabolic disease. In this study–the largest investigation of weight self-stigma in the world–researchers surveyed adults to identify key characteristics and experiences of people who internalize weight bias.Participants recalled when in their life they experienced weight stigma from other people, how frequent and how upsetting the experiences were, and who it was that called them names, rejected them, or denied them an opportunity simply because of their weight. Results showed that almost two-thirds of the participants reported experiencing weight stigma at least once in their life, and almost half reported experiencing these events when they were children or teens. The researchers examined the relationships between these experiences and levels of self-directed stigma.Related StoriesResearchers find link between maternal obesity and childhood cancer in offspringNovel program in England’s third largest city helps reduce childhood obesity’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesParticipants who reported experiencing weight stigma from others had higher levels of internalized weight bias than those who reported no experiences of weight stigma. Researchers say this was particularly true for participants who had weight-stigmatizing experiences early in life and continued to have these upsetting experiences as adults. People who experienced weight stigma from family members or friends, or from those in their workplace, community, or health care setting, also had greater evidence of weight self-stigma compared to participants who did not encounter weight stigma from those sources.”Our findings can inform ways to support people who are experiencing or internalizing weight stigma, including opportunities to address weight stigma as part of weight management and healthy lifestyle programs,” said the study’s principal investigator Rebecca Puhl, PhD, a professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut.The study sample, although the largest to date, represented only a small percentage of WW members, so the findings may not generalize to all members or to adults trying to lose weight in other ways. Some prior research has suggested that people who internalize weight bias may have worse long-term weight loss outcomes, but more research on this topic is needed.In addition, Pearl’s team is developing a psychological intervention for weight self-stigma that can be incorporated into weight management. Source:University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine We don’t yet know why some people who struggle with their weight internalize society’s stigma and others do not. These findings represent a first step toward helping us identify, among people trying to manage their weight, who may be most likely to self-stigmatize. People who are trying to lose weight may be among the most vulnerable to weight self-stigma, but this issue is rarely discussed in treatment settings.”Study’s lead author Rebecca Pearl, PhD, an assistant professor of Psychology in Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 15 2019Weight bias is a common form of prejudice against people who are viewed as having excess weight. Some individuals who struggle with weight may internalize the stigma directed toward them, blaming and devaluing themselves because of their weight. While it’s known that weight “self-stigma” is associated with poor mental and physical health, it isn’t clear who is most prone to this internalization.In a new study published today in Obesity Science and Practice, researchers at Penn Medicine and the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity surveyed more than 18,000 adults enrolled in the commercial weight management program WW International (formerly Weight Watchers Inc.), and found that participants who internalized weight bias the most tended to be younger, female, have a higher body mass index (BMI), and have an earlier onset of their weight struggle. Participants who were black or had a romantic partner had lower levels of internalization.last_img read more

MoviePass crafts wider offerings for movie night

©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. 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. Unlimited movie-theater deal could be too good to survive It’s a common dilemma. After going to a movie, film lovers might want to grab a bite to eat, or have a cocktail. Or maybe they fancy some refreshments before the cinema. Not always obvious, though, is where to go for such fares.Now, MoviePass has begun to scout for ways to fill those needs, by digitally scouting an app user’s location.”Our vision is to build a complete night out at the movies,” a MoviePass spokesperson said in comments emailed to this news organization. “We are exploring utilizing location-based marketing as a way to help enhance the overall experience.”For a flat monthly fee, MoviePass offers app users the ability to see an unlimited number of movies during that time period. It’s a kind of Netflix for movie goers.A recent promotion offered the service for $6.95 a month, when people agree to subscribe for a complete year. The typical price recently has been $9.95 a month.”A way to help enhance the overall experience by creating more opportunities for our subscribers to enjoy all the various elements of a good movie night” is how MoviePass describes the potential new capabilities.MoviePass believes it can improve the night at the movies with its new offerings and the location-based data it gathers.”We will use the data to better inform how to market potential customer benefits including discounts on transportation, coupons for nearby restaurants, and other similar opportunities,” MoviePass said. People also might be able to use the new capabilities to find places to park.New York City-based MoviePass emphasized that it won’t sell the customer data.”Our larger goal is to deliver a complete movie-going experience at a price anyone can afford and everyone can enjoy,” MoviePass stated. MoviePass is eyeing a broadening of its app capabilities to create a full-featured movie-going experience by tracking where people go before and after the film, the company said Monday night. Explore further Citation: MoviePass crafts wider offerings for movie night (2018, March 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-moviepass-crafts-wider-movie-night.html read more

Swedish research multiplies the life of rechargeable NiMH batteries

first_imgProfessor Dag Noreus and doctor Yang Shen. Credit: Niklas Björling / Stockholm University Traditional eutectic alloy brings new hope for high energy density metal-oxygen batteries 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. More information: Read more about Dr. Yang Shen’s thesis here: su.diva-portal.org/smash/get/d … 94626/FULLTEXT01.pdf Researchers at Stockholm University have developed a method to multiply the lifespan of nickel-metal hydride batteries. This means that the batteries can handle a great many more charging cycles without losing capacity. The new method also means that the batteries can easily be restored once they have begun to wear out, unlike other rechargeable batteries that must be melted down for recycling. Citation: Swedish research multiplies the life of rechargeable NiMH batteries (2018, December 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-swedish-life-rechargeable-nimh-batteries.html Explore further Most rechargeable batteries are based on either lead, nickel-cadmium (NiCd) or various combinations with lithium. Batteries based on nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) with an aqueous electrolyte are both eco-friendly and safe. The NiMH battery is developed from the nickel-hydrogen battery (NiH2). It has long been known that (NiH2) batteries have a superior lifespan compared to other battery types. This is why they are (for example) used in satellites in orbit in space, where the batteries must function for decades without servicing. The Hubble space telescope is one example, but NiH2 batteries are also spinning around our neighboring planets. However, these structures of the batteries are impractically large, because the hydrogen is stored in gas tanks. NiMH batteries can be made much more compact, because the hydrogen is stored in a metal alloy/metal hydride with a hydrogen density equivalent to that of liquid hydrogen. Researchers at Stockholm University has now developed a technique by which to achieve the same long lifespan for NiMH batteries as in the large NiH2 batteries.The inspiration for the new technology came from a new NiMH battery manufactured by Nilar AB in Gävle.In a NiMH battery, hydrogen is bound in the metal alloy. This solution is effective, but the battery ages because it dries out as the alloy slowly corrodes and consumes its water-based electrolyte. The corrosion also interferes with the internal balance between the electrodes in the battery. The breakthrough came when the research group discovered that they could counteract the aging process almost completely by adding oxygen, which restores the lost electrode equilibrium and replaces the lost electrolyte. This can be easily done in Nilar’s battery construction, because all cells share the same gas space. With the right balance of oxygen and hydrogen, a lifespan is achieved which exceeds all of today’s common battery types.”The electrification of society, not least of all future electric cars, places new demands on distribution networks. This battery type is very well suited to evening out the load on the power grid at all levels over a long period of time, something which is a prerequisite for a fossil-free society in which intermittent solar and wind power will be connected to the network,” says Professor Dag Noréus of Stockholm University, who has extensive experience with NiMH development.”This new battery technology is a major step along the way. Right now, Sweden is a world leader in the segment of rechargeable NiMH batteries,” says Dr. Yang Shen, whose thesis Development of metal hydride surface structures for high power NiMH batteries—extended cycle-life and lead to more effective recycling methods was presented on December 10 of this year and has been a central element of the work. Provided by Stockholm Universitylast_img read more

Japanese women are running for parliament in record numbers but face many

first_img Related News Diving 18h ago Pandelela-Mun Yee secure best World Championship outing, claiming silver and qualifying for Tokyo Olympics Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made bringing more women into the workforce a policy pillar. But politics remains male-dominated.Since Abe took office in December 2012, Japan’s global ranking of women in parliament has fallen to 164th from 122nd among 193 countries. His Liberal Democratic Party has a smaller percentage of female lawmakers than its main opposition party.A July 21 upper-house election will be the first national poll since passage of a gender parity law that set non-binding targets for parties to field equal numbers of male and female candidates. A record 28% of candidates are women. But only 15% of LDP candidates are women, compared with 45% for its main opposition, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ).Sakura Uchikoshi, a Tokyo-based lawyer making her first foray into politics in the rural district of Niigata, is among the opposition candidates.Niigata has a tradition of strong female politicians, including outspoken former foreign minister Makiko Tanaka. And it currently has three female opposition MPs.NETWORKS AND NAMESUchikoshi, who unlike many men in the party, did not rise through the ranks, suffers from an image as an outsider. She was born in Hokkaido and pursued her career in Tokyo. That’s a stark contrast with her LDP rival Ichiro Tsukada, a Niigata-born incumbent whose father was also an MP.”My lack of name recognition is the bottleneck,” Uchikoshi told Reuters in an interview before a rally.”Male candidates have networks and … the lack of that for rookie female candidates makes it difficult,” she said, adding she was grateful for support from the three incumbent women.Politicians, especially in the LDP, typically rise through the ranks from local assemblies to parliament, creating their base along the way. That path can be tough for women, who are expected to raise families rather than shake hands.”Individuals have to cultivate networks themselves,” said Sophia University professor Mari Miura. “Many women, who have to interrupt their careers for child-rearing and struggle with work-life balance, can’t afford such energy.”Uchikoshi’s backers hope she stands out as a fresh alternative to Tsukada, said Hiroshi Sasaki, a university professor and civic activist advising her campaign. Tsukada’s reputation was dented when he bragged about securing a highway project in southern Japan as an unsolicited favour for Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso. He resigned as deputy cabinet minister over the fuss.”Usually, I vote for the LDP, but this time I think they are making fools of us and I’m angry,” said 63-year-old Niigata retiree Susumu, who declined to give his last name. Uchikoshi’s husband, a lawyer, and their teenage son are living in Tokyo for the duration of the campaign, which officially kicked off on July 4.”My son didn’t seem to realise I’d have to stay in Niigata,” she said. By contrast, experts and politicians say, men don’t tend to see family duties as a barrier to entering politics.”If a woman is a full-time housewife and her husband runs for office, she can take care of the home,” CDPJ leader Yukio Edano told Reuters. “Unfortunately, the burden of child-rearing is heavier for women so the cost of running is bigger.”Isogai, who lost her bid for Niigata’s prefectural assembly and is supporting Uchikoshi, said she often felt guilty for leaving her teenage daughters to campaign.”When I saw them with a button missing, I felt sorry,” said Isogai, who moved to Niigata from Fukushima after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Her husband, often away for work, wasn’t used to household chores, she said.”When it comes to campaigning, it is overwhelmingly easier for men,” she said. Proponents say more female lawmakers would help Japan focus on key policies such as child care, education and welfare. “I’m a working mother myself and the issues of child care and elderly care are very personal,” Uchikoshi said. “To prioritise such issues, we need more women legislators.” (Writing by Linda Sieg; Editing by Gerry Doyle) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Plantations 16h ago MSPO-certified palm oil for Japan World 4h ago Japan PM Abe’s ruling bloc set for solid upper house win – polls NIIGATA, Japan (Reuters) – When anti-nuclear activist Junko Isogai ran for office in Japan’s northern Niigata region, it had an awkward dimension: not just stump speeches and chats with constituents, but entertaining potential backers.”I was asked to pour sake, make flattering conversation and act in a way men wouldn’t dislike,” Isogai, 45, a mother of two teenage girls, told Reuters. “It was like being a bar hostess.” Such traditional campaign practices – heavy on face-to-face interaction and personal ties – are among many barriers women face when trying to enter Japan’s male-dominated politics, candidates and experts say.Other hurdles include a lack of role models, social norms discouraging women from speaking out, and the burden of an intense, full-time job in a society where women are expected to be responsible for housework, child rearing and elder care.last_img read more

Johor Pakatan Youth raps state govt over flipflop on youth age limit

first_img Related News JOHOR BARU: Johor Pakatan Harapan Youth has criticised the state government’s decision to maintain the youth age limit at 40 which they said has put them in an awkward situation.Its secretary Azam Mektar said as the amendment to the Youth Societies and Youth Development Act which sets the new legal definition of youth to individuals aged 15 to 30 years was passed by the Dewan Rakyat without objection, there was no excuse for the Johor government to issue contradicting statements on the matter.“The decision by Putrajaya is a step forward in bringing a new shift in the role of youths in the country and has been discussed since 2010.“The state decision has made it difficult for us to explain the matter and engage with youths. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– Related News Nation 10 Jul 2019 Syed Saddiq to seek audience with Johor palace on youth age cap issue Nation 11 Jul 2019 Don’t interfere, Saddiq toldcenter_img “We are in an awkward situation,” he said yesterday.On Monday, Johor announced that it would maintain its categorisation of youth for its policies as those aged between 15 and 40 but changed the stand the following day to lower the limit to 30.However, less than 24 hours later, a state exco member issued a statement saying that Johor would maintain its youth age limit at 40 following “advice from several parties”.Meanwhile, The Johor Youth Council is accusing Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman of playing politics over the issue.Its president Md Salleheen Mohamad said the minister was not serious in strengthening youth development in the country.“He always plays politics with the youths for his power and position.“He repeatedly talks about youth transformation, but at the same time his ministry has created the Youth Power Club (YPC) at all 222 parliamentary areas headed by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Armada,” said Md Salleheen.He also claimed Syed Saddiq had made a promise to create a special committee to see that the youth unemployment rate drops from 11% to 10%.He said the lowered age limit was a ruse to show that the unemployment rate among youths had dropped. Nation 10 Jul 2019 Johor Youth Council tells Syed Saddiq to stop interfering in state affairs {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more