Vasu loses his cool after being hooted at

As the Minister walked off he was hooted at again. An angry Minister kept verbally abusing the crowd for showing disrespect in the court premises before he left the premises. (Colombo Gazette) The newly appointed Minister charged towards them and demanded to know who hooted at him and then verbally abused them. Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages Vasudeva Nanayakkara lost his temper near the Supreme Court after being hooted at by a group of people in the court premises.Nanayakkara was in court to attend the case filed against the dissolution of Parliament. Just as the Minister was walking away after speaking to the media he was hooted at by a group of people standing in the court premises.

De Beers secures government funding for carbon capture research project

CALGARY — De Beers Group has secured federal government funding for a research project aimed at eventually making its diamond mines carbon neutral.The company says the $675,000 from Natural Resources Canada will go towards testing carbon capture techniques at its Gahcho Kue mine in the Northwest Territories.De Beers is working with several Canadian universities to look at ways to capture the carbon in kimberlite, the type of rock that hosts the diamonds at the mine.The project aims to accelerate the natural process where carbon binds to the rock and traps it as a solid carbonate mineral.Greg Dipple, a University of British Columbia professor leading the collaborative research project, says in a release that the government funding will allow testing of the lab-proven techniques at scale at the actual mine site.De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver says the funding will help accelerate a project that could make a substantial change to the mining industry’s climate impact. The Canadian Press read more

Verizon posts record 4Q loss on pension adjustment despite blockbuster wireless results

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2013 7:02 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Verizon strengthened its position as the top dog of the wireless industry in its latest quarter by raking in new subscribers and selling millions of iPhones, but also posted a record loss.The loss of $4.23 billion, or $1.48 per share, for the fourth quarter was mainly due to adjustments to the value of its pension funds and obligations, an annual routine for Verizon Communications Inc.But even excluding the pension effects, the New York-based phone company missed Wall Street’s earnings expectations when reporting Tuesday because of the cost of repairs after Superstorm Sandy and “aggressive” advertising and price cuts on smartphones.Verizon’s loss for the October to December period compared with a loss of $2.02 billion or 71 cents per share, a year ago.Excluding the pension adjustments and various other charges, Verizon earned 38 cents per share. Stripping out a further 7 cents per share for the cost of repair after Superstorm Sandy, earnings were 45 cents per share. That still missed the average forecast of analysts polled by FactSet, of 50 cents per share.Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said the earnings miss was due to additional costs related to Sandy that the company couldn’t firmly attribute to the storm, and a “strategic decision” to invest in attracting new wireless customers by selling smartphones for a lower price.Revenue rose 6 per cent to $30.05 billion from $28.44 billion, beating analyst forecasts of $29.8 billion, as Verizon added a record net of 2.2 million devices to its contract-based wireless plans. It had announced the wireless additions two weeks ago.The bumper quarter was fueled by the launch of the iPhone 5 on Sept. 21. Verizon activated 3 million of those, and 6.2 million iPhones of all kinds, another record for the company. IPhones accounted for two out of three smartphones activated, also the highest figure ever for Verizon, which promotes competing “Droid” phones.IPhone sales are not an immediate benefit to the company, since it sells them at a big loss. It recoups the money over the life of a two-year contract, but the blockbuster sales helped curb its fourth-quarter loss.Verizon’s stock rose 40 cents to close at $42.94 Tuesday.Verizon Wireless revenue climbed 9.5 per cent to $20 billion and contributed nearly all of the profit, as usual. Verizon Communications owns 55 per cent of Verizon Wireless. The rest is owned by Vodafone Group PLC, which gets a corresponding share of its profits.On the wired side, operating revenue continued its long slide, falling 1.5 per cent to $10 billion as households kept cancelling their landlines.To compensate, Verizon added a net 144,000 Internet customers and 134,000 pay-TV customers to its FiOS fiber-optic service, bringing the company to a total of 5.4 million FiOS Internet and 4.7 million FiOS Video customers.For the year, Verizon Communications earned $875 million, or 31 cents per share. In 2011, it earned $2.4 billion, or 85 cents per share. Annual revenue increased to $115.85 billion from $110.88 billion.Verizon’s report marks the debut for telecommunications companies this earnings season. Rival AT&T Inc. reports on Thursday.___AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman contributed to this report. Verizon posts record 4Q loss on pension adjustment, despite blockbuster wireless results read more

Loonie closes higher economy rises during fourth quarter stalls at year end

Loonie closes higher, economy rises during fourth quarter, stalls at year end AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Friday at the end of a punishing week of losses amid data that showed the economy performed as expected late last year.The loonie gained 0.4 of a cent to 97.36 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, which matched expectations. However, GDP actually shrank in the final month of the year, dropping 0.2 per cent, which was also in line with economists’ forecasts.The dollar tumbled about three US cents during February — down 0.6 of a cent just this week — to fresh eight-month lows, in part after the U.S. currency gained ground in the wake of Italian elections last Sunday and Monday which failed to yield a clear-cut winner.But the dollar was also punished by weak Canadian trade data.The currency had been lower earlier in the morning as the greenback strengthened while markets considered the effects of the sequestration deadline kicking in. That’s the name for automatic across the board series of government spending cuts totalling US$85 billion.The cuts date from an agreement to raise the U.S. government debt limit in the summer of 2011. The program was not meant to be activated. Rather, lawmakers were supposed to come together before the March 1 deadline to agree on a more considered method of cutting government spending. But such an agreement seems like a long shot.Prices for oil and copper registered sharp declines as government data showed that Chinese manufacturing activity expanded at a slower rate in February than January.The government-sponsored version of the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index came in at 50.1 for February, only marginally ahead of the 50-point threshold that signals an expansion. Economists had looked for a reading of 50.5.On the commodity markets, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.37 to US$90.68 a barrel.May copper on the Nymex fell five cents to US$3.50 a pound and April gold lost $5.80 to US$1,572.30 an ounce.Other economic news was more positive. The Institute for Supply Management’s February reading on the manufacturing sector showed stronger than expected expansion, rising to 54.2 from 53.1 in January.And the University of Michigan’s widely watched consumer sentiment index rose to a three month high of 77.3. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 8:44 am MDT read more

Stock market ends lower for 5th straight day WalMart report drags on

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2013 4:20 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is closing lower for a fifth consecutive day as investors continue to worry about the economy and the growing possibility of a government shutdown.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 61 points to close at 15,273 Wednesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped four points to 1,692. The Nasdaq eased seven points to 3,761.The U.S. government will run out of funding on Sept. 30, unless Democrats and Republicans can agree to pass a temporary funding bill in the next few days.Wal-Mart fell after Bloomberg News reported the retailer was looking to order fewer products from its suppliers in the third and fourth quarters.Investors got an unexpectedly positive August durable goods report. Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 0.1 per cent last month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock market ends lower for 5th straight day; Wal-Mart report drags on Dow read more

California tells Uber to stop rides in selfdriving cars

by Justin Pritchard And Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2016 7:36 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2016 at 1:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Waymo driverless car is displayed during a Google event, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in San Francisco. The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo. The new identity announced Tuesday marks another step in an effort to revolutionize the way people get around. Instead of driving themselves, people will be chauffeured in robot-controlled vehicles if Waymo, automakers and ride-hailing service Uber realize their vision within the next few years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) SAN FRANCISCO – Hours after Uber began picking up San Francisco passengers in self-driving cars Wednesday, California regulators warned the ride-hailing company to stop immediately and get a special state permit — or face legal action.Uber launched its public pilot program in the morning. By midafternoon, the California Department of Motor Vehicles sent the company a letter saying the service was illegal because the cars did not have a permit the department requires for putting autonomous vehicles on public roads.As of Wednesday night, the self-driving Volvo luxury SUVs — distinctive in look with sensors protruding from their top — were still plying San Francisco’s streets. The company did not respond to a request for comment about the state’s legal threat.“If Uber does not confirm immediately that it will stop its launch and seek a testing permit, DMV will initiate legal action,” DMV Chief Counsel Brian Soublet wrote the company. He did not specify what that might entail but referenced the possibility of taking Uber to court.Uber knew about the DMV’s permit requirement but argued that its cars do not meet the state’s definition of an “autonomous vehicle” because they need a person behind the wheel to monitor and intervene if needed.Making the distinction on the definition of an autonomous vehicle is in line with Uber’s history of testing legal boundaries. Although the company has been around less than a decade, it has argued with authorities in California and around the world about how much of its drivers’ histories should be covered in background checks and whether those drivers should be treated as contractors ineligible for employee benefits.The launch earlier in the day in the city where Uber is headquartered expanded a deployment of self-driving cars the company started in Pittsburgh in September. The testing lets everyday people experience the cars as Uber works to identify glitches before expanding the technology’s use in San Francisco and elsewhere.It deployed a “handful” of Volvos — the company wouldn’t release an exact number — that have been tricked out with sensors so they can steer, accelerate and brake, and even decide to change lanes.The cars have an Uber employee behind the wheel to take over should the technology fail. Users of the app may be matched with a self-driving car but can opt out if they prefer a human driver. Self-driven rides cost the same as ordinary ones.___PERMIT ME NOTCalifornia’s DMV has issued permits to 20 companies for tests of autonomous vehicles on public roads, mostly traditional automakers and tech companies.Getting a permit for prototype testing is part of legal language negotiated between the state and industry, and DMV lawyer Soublet argued in an interview that the process helps maintain public confidence that the technology is safe.“Don’t start doing this stuff. Apply for the permit. Follow the rules,” Soublet said of Uber.Following the rules is exactly what Uber says it is doing.The company argues that its cars aren’t covered by the permit requirement, which says an “autonomous vehicle” requires a permit if it can drive itself “without the active physical control or monitoring of a natural person.”According to Anthony Levandowski, the leader of Uber’s self-driving program, Uber’s cars aren’t advanced enough to drive themselves without human monitoring.“We’re just not capable of doing that yet,” he said. Therefore, he said, the Volvos are not autonomous and do not require a permit.It makes no sense to follow rules that do not apply, Levandowski said: “This is where science and logic needs to trump blind compliance.”Operating without a permit arguably gives Uber a competitive advantage. Companies with one must report to the state all crashes and every instance in which a person takes control during testing. All that information is public.To receive a permit, a company must show proof of insurance, pay a $150 fee and agree that a human driver can take control of the vehicle.___THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCOThe congested streets of San Francisco offer a big challenge: famously steep hills, frequent fog, street and cable cars, an active bicycle culture, and roads that are constantly being repaved or remarked.Uber believes its technology is ready to handle all this safely, though its executives concede a human driver is needed to take control in dicey situations.Uber’s fleet of Volvo XC90s aren’t the first self-driving cars on San Francisco streets — several other companies visit regularly with test prototypes, though none offers public rides.Once testing is complete, the ultimate vision is to sell to the public technology that supporters argue will save thousands of lives because it doesn’t drink, text, fall asleep or take dangerous risks.___Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Contact him at https://twitter.com/lalanewsman . Liedtke can be reached at https://twitter.com/liedtkesfc California tells Uber to stop rides in self-driving cars read more

Rampant Tottenham inflicts first loss of EPL on Chelsea

LONDON — Tottenham inflicted Chelsea’s first loss in the English Premier League with a rampant performance in a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min scored for Tottenham, which jumped above its London rival in the standings into third place.The sight of Chelsea holding midfielder Jorginho clutching at thin air as Son outpaced him to score Spurs’ third goal in the 54th minute — and his 50th goal for the club — was a fitting image, with Tottenham quicker to everything in an unexpectedly one-sided derby.Chelsea, which scored a late consolation through substitute Olivier Giroud, came into the game as one of three undefeated teams in the top flight, along with Manchester City and Liverpool.On a day when the top two enjoyed big away wins, Chelsea dropped seven points behind first-place City as frailties in Maurizio Sarri’s side were exposed, especially in defence.“The scoreline should have been a lot more with the chances we had,” said Alli, who was probably referring to Kane lifting a shot over the crossbar from close range when the score was 3-0.Tottenham has been scraping wins of late, mostly by a one-goal margin, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team looked a different side with the attacking-midfield trio of Christian Eriksen, Alli and Son positioned behind Kane.Eriksen swung in the free kick that was headed in by Alli in the eighth minute and Kane doubled the lead in the 16th from outside the area, with Chelsea defender David Luiz turning his back as the England striker took aim.Son’s goal came when he was set free down the right by Alli’s curling pass. The South Korea forward cut inside past Jorginho and drove a low shot into the corner.It was a 10th win in 13 games for Tottenham, which is five points off City.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Staff at historic estate concerned they may lose their jobs after 12yearold

first_imgStaff at a historic estate are concerned that they may lose their jobs after the 10th Earl of St Germans died and left the property to his 12-year-old grandson. Up to six workers could be at risk of redundancy at the Port Eliot Estate in Cornwall after Savills Rural was employed to manage the property by trustees until teenager Albert, now the 11th Earl, comes of age.  Claiming there is “not much seasonal spirit of goodwill among those who run the estate,” he added: “Some of the staff … have been living in tied houses as part of their employment. With no prospects of work in the local area, they will have no ability to provide for their families.”Savills Rural is believed to want to introduce private contractors to carry out the work on an ad hoc basis, with Unite claiming only a head gardener and head of maintenance will be kept on.  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. The 10th Earl of St Germans, who died in 2016Credit:SWNS.com This is cruel news for the highly skilled and loyal workers at the Port Eliot EstateNick Owen, Unite’s regional officer “Unite will be challenging the so-called business case put forward by Savills Rural and is looking for alternatives to redundancy.”  The 10th Earl of St Germans, who died in 2016 A spokesman for Savills said consultation was still underway and no final decision had been made about redundancy.”Savills is currently conducting a review of all aspects of the estate including costs and expenditure,” he said. “A consultation is under way with a limited number of staff. No decisions will be taken until that process has concluded.”Savills is disappointed with a number of inaccuracies in the Unite statement. Should anyone lose their position as a result of redundancy then they will have the opportunity to continue with their tenancy.” The 6,000-acre estate was passed to him after the late Earl, Peregrine Eliot, lost his battle with cancer in July at the age of 75. His son, Lord Jago Eliot, the estate’s natural heir, was found dead by his wife, a former model, in 2006, having taken a cocktail of drugs. The workers are all thought to be gardeners and maintenance staff, one of whom has been there for 36 years. Unite, a trade union, claimed the staff had not been given formal redundancy notices, but had been told that they are at risk of redundancy. Nick Owen, the union’s regional officer, said the threat of losing their positions and homes had left “grown men in tears”, branding it “a modern form of feudalism”.He said: “This is cruel news for the highly skilled and loyal workers at the Port Eliot Estate and their families in the new year.last_img read more

GRA rakes in 199Billion for 2018

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMore shake-ups loom at GRAFebruary 4, 2019In “Business”Over $5B collected during GRA’s tax amnestySeptember 27, 2018In “latest news”GRA going after businesses that cheat VAT systemAugust 10, 2016In “Business” Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Commissioner-General, Godfrey StatiaThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Friday announced that it collected $199Billion in revenues for 2018 as compared to the $171Billion the authority received the previous year (2017).This disclosure was made by GRA’s Commissioner-General, Godfrey Statia during a press briefing at the authority’s Camp Street office. Statia said that the GRA had only budgeted to collect $181M in revenues for that year.Of the total amount received in 2018; internal revenue was $88M; Custom and Trade Administration $23M; and Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Tax, $199M.According to a DPI release, the Commissioner-General also disclosed that the sum of $15Billion in arrears was collected of which $7Billion resulted from the tax amnesty. He added that the revenues earned from court cases won by GRA amount to just over $5Billion and for cases that are currently before the courts, in excess of $15Billion is owed.Regarding revenues owed to GRA, Statia added that the Guyana Stores Limited (GSL) had made a sizeable down payment and the two parties are currently in the process of negotiating how the remainder will be paid. The GRA had won a $4Billion case against Guyana Stores at Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in March 2018.He emphasised, “GRA is not in the business of driving people out of business, we try to work along with the taxpayer for them to pay their taxes. Taking away assets from the taxpayer is the last resort. It’s not Guyana Stores alone; they are many other taxpayers that have lost their cases. So, we have to work along with them so that we can collect rather than seize.”On the issue of tax evaders, the Commissioner-General said that GRA continues to work with those persons to pay up their taxes. The excess of debt for taxes which are in arrears and would also include taxes in objection is about $40Billion, he said.“Evaders are a continual process and would also include penalties because under Sections 10 and 11 (of the constitution) GRA could fine them as much as 100 per cent of what they have understated and, in some cases, we can take them to court, and they can go to prison for about six months.”Statia explained that Tax evasion could include VAT, customs and income tax.Asked whether there were any revenues from the oil and gas sector, the Commissioner-General said that there had been no revenues from this sector yet, however, revenues were garnered through withholding taxes and additional PAYE (pay as you earn) from employees within the industry. read more

Column 10 ways my American English is fighting Hiberno English for survival

first_imgThe Queen, Obama and now Barroso… they’ve all had a go at cupla focail>5 everyday words that are actually a little bit racist>13 words you’ll never hear outside of Ireland…>Larry Donnelly is a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway.  A slightly different version of this piece first appeared here on IrishCentral.com in his regular “Boston Irishman in Ireland” column. For more articles by Larry for TheJournal.ie please click here. I GET A kick out of hearing Irish people take their US-based relatives and friends to task for acquiring a more American accent. It’s especially entertaining for me in that I am one of a relatively small number of people having the opposite experience on this side of the Atlantic.Although my Boston accent remains undiminished – I just can’t pronounce the letter “r” – my speech pattern and the expressions I use regularly have changed after more than a decade of living here. This leaves me in something of a no-win situation. In Ireland, I’ll always be the Yank with the Boston accent. When I go home to Boston, however, both American and Irish friends tell me I’m picking up “Irishisms” and an Irish twang.With this as context, I thought I’d compile my own top ten list of areas where my American (or Boston) English is fighting Hiberno English for survival and assess which is winning.1. Footwear: While Americans would never call them anything but sneakers, in Ireland, depending on where you are and who you’re talking to, they’re either runners or trainers. Moreover, the athletic shoes with spikes for extra traction are known as cleats in the US, but as boots in Ireland. My American English wins on footwear. The use of sneakers is too deeply engrained. And referring to footwear that doesn’t rise above the ankles as a boot is, quite frankly, bizarre.2. Household appliances: Many things we use in the house on a day-to-day basis are called the same on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet there are two big differences in Ireland.  First is that what we in the US know as a vacuum cleaner is called nothing other than a Hoover here. Hoover would certainly kill for such brand loyalty in the US market!(Michael Probst/Press Association Images)What do you mean this is a vacuum cleaner? Surely it’s called a Hoover? Second is that what’s used to keep food cool or frozen is never, ever called a refrigerator in Ireland; it is always and only a fridge. Anytime I say the word refrigerator, as I nearly always would in Boston, I can count on it being repeated back to me in a drawn out, exaggerated American accent. When it comes to household appliances, therefore, Hiberno English has won out.3. Furniture: Most items are labelled the same in Ireland. The one term that left me totally blank, and which I still cannot fathom, is the press. When I first moved to Galway in 2001, a housemate asked me if I would retrieve something from the “hot press.” I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. Again, to this day, I’m puzzled by the use of the term. To me it will always be a closet or a cabinet, depending on whether it holds clothes or cookware. My American English is a clear winner here.4. Pants vs Trousers: Only the haughtiest of Americans would regularly use the term trousers to describe what we wear to cover our legs. But it remains common parlance here. While I mostly say it mockingly to my wife and son, I do now use trousers more and more when talking with relatives, friends and colleagues. I’m afraid Hiberno English is slowly winning out.5. Soft drinks: This is more of a Boston English, than an American English, battle. Growing up just outside Boston, whether it was Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew or Ginger Ale, it was all tonic. Now, that word provoked strange looks from Americans from outside the Boston area, for whom it was all soda. Here in Ireland, any time I ask someone if they’d like a tonic, I get the same reaction. So despite being a proud Bostonian, my references to tonic are getting fewer and farther between. Hiberno English wins.6. Brilliant vs Awesome: Because I know how most Hiberno people react to the use of the word, both directly to the person who says it and in murmured disparaging comments to one another afterward, ‘awesome’ has been wiped from my vocabulary and ‘brilliant’ has taken its place. Full stop. Hiberno English wins. 7. Alcoholic drinks: While we Americans would commonly say to one another that we’re going for a few beers, in Ireland, it is always for a few pints. Indeed, the use of beers is probably more appropriate in the US because many drinkers do not go out to drink pints (the quality of which varies widely in bars). Here in Ireland, however, it is pints, and I now say pints wherever I am. Hiberno English wins again.8. Greetings: My standard means of greeting anyone for the first 25 years of my life was quintessentially Bostonian “Howahya?” In Ireland though, I’m usually asked to repeat it when I do say it, so that the recipient(s) can have another chuckle at my accent. As such, I’m afraid, I’ve started to greet people here with “How’s things?” or “Any craic?”. I still revert to “Howahya?” and always say it when I’m back in Boston. I’d only jokingly use Hiberno greetings on Hiberno friends there. My American English is hanging tough.9. Sandwiches: Something I will never get used to in Ireland are the miserable, always underwhelming sandwiches with one slice of meat on them, a grossly disproportionate amount of starch and a vile combination of butter and mayonnaise. They compare horribly with the wide array of delicious, heaping, hot and cold sandwiches I grew up eating and stuff myself with every time I’m back in Boston. The big distinction here would be that what we call a sub is called a roll. To make myself understood and, if nothing else, to not dishonour American subs by likening them to Irish rolls, Hiberno English is winning out.Now that’s a sandwich.(Shutterstock)10. Baby: My wife recently had a baby and our lives are now dominated by the needs, wants and bodily functions of Baby Larry. This new reality has precipitated some epic linguistic conflicts between my wife and me when we are scrambling to attend to him. Pacifier vs soother; crib vs cot; cradle vs Moses basket; diaper vs nappy; nozzle vs teat; baby carriage vs pram or buggy; and so on. While I admit to using Hiberno English at times in this context, I am claiming this as a victory for American English because my wife often uses US terminology to deny me the chance to feign ignorance and evade my responsibilities!That makes for a tally of 6-4 in favour of Hiberno English. Professionally and personally, Ireland has been my land of opportunity and I love this country at least as much as I love the country of my birth. The tally does make me sad in one way though. I’ll always consider myself a Bostonian on the inside, yet I’m beginning to wonder what those who see me from the outside will think in future as that which makes me American slowly but inevitably fades from earshot and view.last_img read more

Man found with knives arrested near UK Houses of Parliament

first_img 46 Comments Police at the scene after a person was arrested following an incident in Whitehall in London. Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 3:18 PM Apr 27th 2017, 3:18 PM Share30 Tweet Email1 8,947 Views LONDON POLICE HAVE arrested a man for possession of knives and on suspicion of terrorism offences near Britain’s Houses of Parliament.The Metropolitan Police said no one was injured in the incident, which brought armed police flooding into the area around Parliament.Witnesses reported seeing armed police blocking off Whitehall, a street lined with government buildings, and a man on the ground.A photo showed a forensic officer looking at a black bag and what appeared to be two knives on the ground.In a statement, Met police said the man was arrested at 2.22pm following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation.The 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.Police said that knives were recovered from him.The man is being detained under the UK Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station.Police said that detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation. They said that as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.Security has been increased around Parliament after an attacker drove an SUV into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge on 22 March before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament.The attacker, Khalid Masood, was shot dead by police.Today is Parliament’s last sitting day before Britain’s 8 June election.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Thousands gather for funeral of policeman killed in Westminster attack Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3361545 By Associated Press Police at the scene after a person was arrested following an incident in Whitehall in London. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man found with knives arrested near UK Houses of Parliament Met police said the man had been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. last_img read more

Apple part en guerre contre les applications volées sur iOS

first_imgApple part en guerre contre les applications volées sur iOSLa marque tente de faire cesser les copies pirates des applications vendues sur l’App Store. Une tâche qui s’annonce délicate, tant le phénomène a grossi ces dernières années.Plus de trois ans après le lancement de l’App Store, Apple semble enfin réagir au problème du piratage d’applications sur sa plateforme. Le jailbreak, soit le déverrouillage du logiciel de l’appareil, iPhone, iPad ou iPod touch, est devenu un jeu du chat et de la souris, les développeurs essayant par tous les moyens de trouver une faille pour infiltrer et “libérer” la machine.Mais il ne faut pas confondre jailbreak et piratage. Le premier est légal et permet pour la majorité des utilisateurs de décupler l’usage de leur téléphone ou baladeur, en transformer l’interface et y ajouter des fonctions manquantes qu’Apple ne veut pas installer. Ce dernier, malheureusement, peut amener le piratage des logiciels vendus sur l’App Store et c’est ce point qu’Apple tente d’enrayer aujourd’hui.La marque est en train d’examiner le web mondial pour supprimer tout lien vers Apptracker, un répertoire d’applications piratées. Couplé à l’application Installous, il permet d’installer des milliers d’applications sans payer un centime. L’un des développeurs, appelé Dissident, explique: “Depuis quelques mois, Apple a cherché de nombreux liens sur Apptrackr et a lancé d’innombrables demandes de suppression de liens pour une tonne de contenus.”À lire aussiUn Français de 17 ans crée une appli pour aider les malvoyants à lire les étiquettes des produitsApptracker n’étant qu’un annuaire de liens, Apple ne peut les attaquer. Ainsi l’entreprise intente une action pour suspendre chaque lien pointant vers un logiciel contrefait. Mais les pirates ont déjà une solution comme l’indique Dissident: “Nous avons fini de transférer nos serveurs dans différents pays. Cela a fait monter nos dépenses bien au-delà de ce que nous pouvons nous payer, ce qui signifie que nous allons devoir placer une publicité sur la page du captcha.” Le captcha est un petit système de contrôle, qui demande à l’utilisateur de recopier un code unique, ce que ne peuvent faire les robots d’Apple.Le piratage, comme dans toute industrie, est un vrai fléau financier, d’autant plus que sur l’App Store, la majorité des éditeurs sont indépendants et vivent uniquement de ces revenus. Pour mesurer l’ampleur du phénomène, on peut citer, comme le précise 01 Net, l’exemple  de l’éditeur Gameized qui a lancé son jeu FingerKicks en juillet 2011. Le Game Center d’Apple, la plateforme communautaire pour les joueurs, recense 15.000 utilisateurs du jeu, quand l’éditeur comptabilise seulement 1.163 acheteurs du titre. Et la liste est longue, d’où le besoin pour Apple de faire la police avant de voir ses développeurs déserter au fur et à mesure. Le 7 janvier 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Oscar Isaac Everyones Favorite Rebel Bro Turns 38

first_imgStay on target He was an insufferable folk musician, the inventor of humanoid robots and a rubbery Apocalypse. But he will forever be Poe Dameron, the best space bro a former stormtrooper could ever ask for. Oscar Isaac celebrates his 38th birthday today, and we couldn’t be happier to have him around.Isaac was born in Guatemala on March 9, 1979. Growing up in a very religious household, Isaac rebelled hard as a teenager and ended up getting expelled from school. According to a 2013 interview with The Globe and Mail, he set off a fire extinguisher in the gym. As he got older, he started doing whatever he could to make other kids laugh, and eventually started playing in punk bands. This guy was born to be Poe.There was a lot to like about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was the first great Star Wars movie in about 30 years. It brought back the characters we loved. It didn’t have a Jar Jar. One aspect that seemed to capture the hearts of fans around the world was the relationship between Poe and Finn. They instantly bonded by piloting a stolen TIE Fighter together and when they met up later after Finn presumed Poe had died, it was like no time had passed at all. In that moment, all anyone wanted was someone to look at them the way Poe looked at Finn.Yes, he’s had, and will continue to have, other great roles in film and television. He gave brilliant performances in A Most Violent Year and Ex Machina. But that’s the joy and the curse of being a part of Star Wars. He’ll always be Poe. It’s not all bad. He’ll always have the adoration of millions of fans, an action figure of himself, and he’s the star of a fantastic comic book series. (Have you read Marvel’s Star Wars comics? You should read Marvel’s Star Wars comics. Poe’s and Darth Vader’s are particularly fun.)So to the man who brought Poe Dameron into our lives, we say thank you and happy birthday. Enjoy some of our favorite fanart of the man in orange.View as: One Page Slides1. Cryssy Cheung2. Willow S Linda3. Lisa S4. Maddie Egobuzz5. E Cairns6. Phil Noto7. Feredir8. Kings Darga9. Rrrryekoon10. Daria Romanova11. Paul Duffield12. Sketch Wars13. Rebecca Chan14. Petra Popescu The Last Jedi Cast Take Vanity Fair Covers for Star Wars’ 40th Ann…Watch the First Trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi last_img read more

Hamsik Napoli must try to reduce the gap to Juventus

first_imgNapoli captain Marek Hamsik believes it’s essential that they start making up ground on Serie A leaders JuventusCarlo Ancelotti’s side are second in the league table with 28 points and nine wins from 12 games this season.Things have also been going well in Europe with Napoli top of Group C with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain trailing behind.However, Juventus are already six points ahead in the Serie A after having only dropped points on one occasion this term at home to Genoa.The Bianconeri snatched the Serie A title from Napoli’s grasp last season and are looking good for an eighth straight crown this time around.And Hamsik admits they must start closing the gap after the international break on Juventus, whilst confirming their last-16 spot in the Champions League.“We had a start with difficult matches, in the Champions League too,” Hamsik told sport.aktuality.sk.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We’re in a good place, even if Juventus are already a bit ahead. After the international break we’ll try to get to the Champions League Last 16, and reduce the gap to Juventus.”Hamsik is yet to either score a goal or add an assist in his 12 appearances for Napoli this season.“On a personal level I haven’t had a perfect start, but I’ve improved a lot in the new role,” admitted Hamsik.“The coach [Carlo Ancelotti] noticed that things weren’t going exactly as they should and slightly tweaked the system.“I think Napoli are once again showing the strength we had, getting good results and performances.”Napoli will face Chievo Verona at home in a Serie A game on November 25 after the international break.last_img read more

E coli detected Portlanders told to boil water

first_imgPORTLAND — Facing the largest boil-water order in the region’s history, Portlanders emptied stores’ supplies of bottled water, chucked potentially contaminated food and braced for a complicated Memorial Day weekend.About 670,000 people in the Portland area were told after lunch Friday to boil water used for drinking, cooking and tooth-brushing. Three routine tests this week showed the water system was contaminated by E. coli bacteria, usually associated with animal or human fecal matter.The samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected this week from two uncovered reservoirs at Mount Tabor. The Water Bureau said it collects about 240 bacterial samples per month throughout the system, and the test to determine the presence of bacteria takes 18 hours.“The chance of any health problems related to this water test result is low,” Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis said. “If any problems occur, we would expect diarrhea.”The Water Bureau is investigating the cause of the contamination. The city said contamination can occur when there is a loss of water pressure, a pipe breaks or when conditions expose drinking water to outside elements, such as animal waste.last_img read more

South Yorkshire Housing Association launches employee engagement initiative

first_imgSouth Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) has launched a year-long events initiative as part of its employee engagement programme, LeadWell Development.Kick-starting this summer, the new initiative, SYsHAre, aims to develop collaboration across the organisation, encourage employee wellbeing and improve employee engagement.The events, run in partnership with Team Activ, will include mini challenges such as moving ping pong balls from one container to another using chopsticks, mini darts and archery, relay races and mental challenges such as solving riddles within a set time limit.During treasure hunt style activities, employees will win the coordinates to the next challenge once the first has been completed. The challenges will run both inside the organisation’s office and around the nearby city centre.The challenges have been designed to encourage teamwork and communication, with managers receiving training so they can plan future challenges and activities for staff.The initiative will also include the development of an online toolkit to further support employee wellbeing.Tim Gallimore, organisational development manager at SYHA, said: “At SYHA, the engagement and wellbeing of our people is a top priority. We want to give them the skills to help manage change and empower them to achieve their full potential.”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Top Business Stories Of 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the most-viewed stories involving local business on Wilmington Apple in 2018:BREAKING NEWS: Here Is What’s Going In At The Old Sonic Location…CONFIRMED: Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant To Open In Wilmington At Former Chili’s LocationWHOA! Apartment Complex, 7 Retail Stores & Bank Proposed At Woburn St. & Lowell St. IntersectionNew Restaurant To Open On Concord Street This SpringSpruce Farm Condo Development Set To Add 27 55-And-Over Housing Units In WilmingtonTremezzo Owners Look To Open Italian Bakery In WilmingtonElia’s Country Store To Be Closed For Approximately One WeekKitty’s In North Reading Closed Until Further Notice After Salmonella OutbreakNew Retail/Restaurant Development, Pedestrian Improvements Coming To Ballardvale StreetCondos & Townhouses Proposed For Corner Of Main Street & Butters RowBREAKING NEWS: Rite Aid/Walgreens To Close In WilmingtonWORTH THE WAIT: Pancho’s Cantina, New Mexican Restaurant, Opens In Wilmington Near TargetPHOTO & VIDEO: Lucci’s Italian Sub Named ‘Best Italian Sub In Massachusetts’Pacific Grove Has A New Owner, Promises Not To Make Any Changes(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each of the above stories received at least 1,500 hits in 2018.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Top Political & Government Stories Of 2018In “Government”NEW RESTAURANT ALERT: Habit Burger Grill To Open Its First New England Location Right Here In WilmingtonIn “Business”BOARD OF HEALTH: Tremezzo Pizzeria & Michael’s Place Opening Soon; Silence From Casa Blancalast_img read more

Saaho star Prabhas joins Instagram and registers 7 lakh followers without single

first_imgPrabhasPR HandoutSuperstar Prabhas, who is currently busy with the shooting of Saaho, has finally created his official Instagram account, which has registered over 7 lakh followers without the actor posting anything.It is known that Prabhas is not a social person and he is shy and non-expressive in words. He is not very active on social media. He has a Facebook page, where he has over 10 million fans, and he keeps them informed about his project on this account. But he does not have official pages on Twitter and Instagram.Twitter and Instagram are among the most popular micro-blogging sites. Most of the celebs make sure that they have an official page and share their personal and professional life. But after the huge success of Baahubali 2, there has been a huge demand from fans across the world, who have been eager to see more about him and get insights into his life.Finally, Prabhas recently created his account on Instagram and his fans are really excited over his entry. Within no time, he has acquired nearly seven lakh followers. That shows Prabhas’ immense craze across the country. What is more surprising is that he is yet to make his first post on this page.His fans are eagerly waiting for his first post and it is expected to get overwhelming response, the moment he does it. His fans are curious over what he will post first and some feel that his first post will be related to his upcoming action-thriller Saaho, which is one of most awaited Indian films.Each mention of Prabhas on social media hits new milestones, including the recent release of the trailer for Saaho – his next film. #ShadesOfSaaho2 clocked over 15 Million views in just 3 Days, indicating the level of anticipation for the movie. His fans have expressed immense curiosity about Prabhas’ role in the new movie, where he will sport a completely new avatar and portrays a cop for the first time in his career.The Darling’s fans had reserved social media handles in the past, in anticipation of him joining the platform. The reserved handles on Instagram have nearly 1 lakh followers. Here is anticipating Darling Prabhas’ debut on Instagram.last_img read more

Morocco bans burqa Reports

first_imgMap of MoroccoMorocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday.While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week.“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as saying.It said the measure appeared to be motivated by security concerns, “since bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”Most women in Morocco, whose King Mohammed VI favours a moderate version of Islam, prefer the hijab headscarf that does not cover the face.The niqab, which leaves the area around the eyes uncovered, is also worn in Salafist circles and in more conservative regions in the north, from where thousands of jihadists have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.In some commercial districts of Casablanca, the country’s economic capital, interior ministry officials on Monday conducted “awareness-raising campaigns with traders to inform them of this new decision,” the Media 24 website said.In Taroudant in southern Morocco, authorities ordered traders to stop making and selling burqas and to liquidate their stock within 48 hours, the reports said.Retailers in the northern town of Ouislane were said to have received similar instructions.It was unclear if Morocco plans to follow in the footsteps of some European countries such as France and Belgium where it is illegal to wear full veils in public.The reports were met with a muted response in the absence of official confirmation, though Salafists expressed concern that the measure could be expanded to include the niqab.“Is Morocco moving towards banning the niqab that Muslim women have worn for five centuries?” Salafist sheikh Hassan Kettani wrote on Facebook.“If true it would be a disaster,” he added.last_img read more

Hydrogel 3D printing and patterning liquids with the capacitor edge effect PLEEC

first_img Journal information: Science Advances Hydrogels are three-dimensional (3-D) polymer networks that can retain large quantities of water in their swollen states for wide applications in bioengineering and materials sciences. Advanced hydrogel fabrication techniques are in development to meet user-specified requirements with substantial constraints placed on the physical and chemical properties of hydrogel precursors and printed structures. In a recent study, Jikun Wang and co-workers at the State Key Lab for Strength and Vibration of Mechanical Structures, Department of Engineering Mechanics, in China, proposed a new method of patterning liquids with the capacitor edge effect (PLEEC). The results are now published in Science Advances. In the present work, Wang et al. proposed PLEEC (patterning liquids with the capacitor edge effect) to pattern liquids with different physical and chemical properties. The method can be applied to a variety of crosslinking mechanisms among multiple materials. The scientists used a capacitor that was asymmetric in design to allow the construction of a real 3-D object than mere 2-D patterns built within two electrodes. Based on the new method, Wang et al. built the 3-D printing system, to provide proof-of-concept printed hydrogel structures including a hydrogel scaffold, hydrogel composite and hydrogel ionic devices in the study. Explore further Printed hydrogel structures using the PLEEC system. (A) Scaffold-structured hydrogel lattice. (B and C) PAAm and PNIPAM hydrogel composites. When the polymerized hydrogel composite is placed in hot water, the PNIPAM hydrogel tends to shrink so that fingers roll up. (D) Stretchable LED belt. LEDs work well when the belt is stretched to double its length and suffers 100 loading cycles. (E) Soft display device. Each LED can be lit independently. Photo credit: Jikun Wang, Xi’an Jiaotong University. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau8769 The PLEEC panel proposed in the study contained five layers, where the top layer (Teflon film) acted as a hydrophobic, insulating cover to separate the liquid from the upper electrode. When the scientists applied an electric field, the edge effect generated an electrostatic force that trapped the liquid atop the hydrophobic layer. Using the principle, the scientists designed liquid patterns with different shapes and sizes. For instance, the trapped blue ink formed patterns of an Angry Bird and the letters XJTU. In addition, the scientists used an array of line pixels to control and trap liquid independently. Furthermore, in an array of 10 x 10 pixels, the scientists were able to form a variety of liquid patterns such as lines, squares and musical notes. With further developed circuit control technology, additional complex liquid patterns could be designed and controlled using PLEEC. In this way, Wang et al. proposed a new PLEEC panel design to generate complex liquid patterns and transferred the concept to build a 3-D printing system as demonstrated. The technology has several advantages and offers significant versatility compared to the existing methods of hydrogel 3-D printing. As a proof-of-concept, they used a wide variety of hydrogels with varying physical or chemical properties in the system and showed the possibility of using materials with varying viscosity, either bonded physically or chemically to construct structures of interest. Multiple hydrogel materials could also be easily patterned to form a variety of soft and hard, to active and passive hydrogel composites. They assembled the ionically conductive hydrogels in a single-step curing process for ease, demonstrating excellent integrity and bonding properties. The researchers aim to improve the precision of the technique in the future and optimize the 3-D printing PLEEC setup to streamline rapid prototyping. The optimized method will enable dynamic applications in tissue engineering such as artificial tissues, soft metamaterials in materials science, soft electronics and soft robotics. Researchers develop a hydrogel for enhanced cell encapsulation and delivery More information: Jikun Wang et al. Hydrogel 3D printing with the capacitor edge effect, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau8769David J. Beebe et al. Functional hydrogel structures for autonomous flow control inside microfluidic channels, Nature (2002). DOI: 10.1038/35007047 A. Sidorenko et al. Reversible Switching of Hydrogel-Actuated Nanostructures into Complex Micropatterns, Science (2007). DOI: 10.1126/science.1135516 Wang et al. polymerized the 2-D hydrogel precursor patterns and stacked them layer-by-layer to form a 3-D structure thereafter. In the experimental setup, the liquids flowed across the designed electrodes to form liquid patterns trapped by the electric field. A transparent curing platform then approached the liquid pattern to polymerize it in the plane of printing using UV light. The scientists determined the printing speed of the PLEEC method by deducing the time of liquid patterning, which was in the order of 101s and the time of polymerization in the order of 102 s, comparable to the DLP technique. Based on the PLEEC process, Wang et al. designed a complete PLEEC 3-D printing system with seven parts: a mechanical module, PLEEC panel, solution-adding unit, a curing platform, curing unit, power supply and a control module. The scientists used the solution adding holes in the setup to squeeze the hydrogel solutions onto the PLEEC panel and a UV lamp in the curing unit to complete the in-house printing system. They regulated the power supply using the control unit to provide a low voltage for mechanical movement of the module and higher voltage—as high as 3000 V at 1 kHz to the PLEEC panel. In turn, Wang et al. operated the control module using a central computer to send instructions to all units. Using the in-house printing system, the scientists then designed a hydrogel composite containing different percentages of PAAm and PNIPAM solutions, which they polymerized in the shape of a human hand, followed by triggered thermoresponsive behavior to form the finger gestures of “GOOD” and “OK.” The scientists also used the same experimental setup to engineer stretchable LED belts and soft display devices, where each LED in the system could be independently lit. Principle of PLEEC. An asymmetric capacitor is separated by a dielectric layer. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau8769 Using the new patterning method, Wang et al. accomplished a resolution of 100 µm, while also allowing them to establish a complete 3-D printing system that combined patterning and stacking processes. The technique can be applied to a wide variety of hydrogels to overcome existing limits. In the work, the scientists demonstrated printed hydrogel structures including a hydrogel scaffold, a thermoresponsive hydrogel composite and an ionic high-integrity hydrogel display device. The proposed technique can offer rapid prototyping hydrogel devices with multiple compositions and complex geometries. Additive manufacture or 3-D printing is an effective tool to engineer highly structured, interconnected and porous architectures compared to conventional methods of casting, photomasking and electrospinning. Researchers have previously used 3-D printing to create highly porous hydrogel scaffolds for cell cultures, as biomimetic microchips to study disease, build artificial heterogeneous tissues in regenerative medicine and as biocompatible organs with high geometric precision. 3-D hydrogels are also used to build conductive composites for soft robotics. In particular, computer-aided design (CAD) in 3-D printing is suited to build highly programmed and user-specified hydrogel structures for applications in tissue engineering. Previously established methods for hydrogel printing conventionally include digital projection lithography (DLP), stereolithography (SLA) and direct ink writing (DIW). However, such methods are limited to patterning with photopolymerizable hydrogel precursors only. Similarly, in the DIW-printing method, hydrogel precursors are water-like and difficult to deposit unless their viscosity is increased with nanoclays, affecting the processing technique. Electric fields are another technique that have been used to control liquids via electrowetting, dielectrophoresis and lithography induced self-assembly. Although the techniques can control single droplets between electrodes for applications in cell culture, patterned wettability, microfluidics and patterning electronics, electric fields can only manipulate a single droplet at a time. As a result, the technique lacks massive-scale control of liquid droplets, with difficulty of their use in 3-D printing. Left: Hydrogel 3D printing process with PLEEC. (A and B) Patterning process. When liquids flow over the designed electrode, the liquid patterns are trapped by the electric field. (C) Polymerization process. The curing platform moves down to contact the liquid pattern, and the hydrogel solution is polymerized by UV light. (D) Resetting process. The curing platform moves upward together with the newly formed hydrogel layer. Right: Hydrogel 3D printing system with PLEEC. (A) System schematic. The system consists of seven parts: a mechanical module, a PLEEC panel, a solution-adding unit, a curing platform, a curing unit, a power supply, and a control module. (B) The in-house printing system. Photo credit: Jikun Wang, Xi’an Jiaotong University. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau8769 © 2019 Science X Network (A) Liquid patterns of four representative hydrogel precursors with different chemical and physical properties and polymerization into hydrogel via different polymerization methods. (B) Liquid patterns of four functional materials: temperature sensitive, biocompatible, ionically conductive, and molding materials. Photo credit: Jikun Wang, Xi’an Jiaotong University. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau8769 , Nature As a proof-of-concept the scientists trapped four hydrogel precursors using an electric field, to form diverse structures. For example, Wang et al. trapped 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS) solution to form a yellow circle, which then polymerized into the PAMPS hydrogel on exposure to UV light. They then similarly trapped the acrylamide solution (AAm) to form a red square, which then polymerized into the PAAm hydrogel by heat. The two hydrogel precursors (AMPS and AAm) were water-like and difficult to control via any other technique to begin with. Wang et al. also formed a blue cross using the alginate solution, which then polymerized into a brittle alginate hydrogel via ion exchange, followed by a green triangle formed using the alginate/AAm solution, which polymerized into an alginate/AAm tough hydrogel by heat and ion exchange. Apart from hydrogel precursors, Wang et al. were able to trap functional materials similarly using the electric field to form yellow wavy lines using N-isopropyl acrylamide solution, polymerized into temperature-sensitive PNIPAM hydrogels. They then formed a red heart using a polyethylene glycol diacrylate solution (PEGDA) widely used in bioengineering applications, followed by the blue flash formed with trapped ionic liquid that was ionically conductive and non-volatile suited for stretchable ionic conductors. A green infinity loop shape resulted from trapped photosensitive resin widely used in 3-D printing. The scientists thus demonstrated how PLEEC could trap a wide variety of hydrogel solutions for large-scale liquid manipulation and hydrogel 3-D printing. The electric field was able to trap a line of water at 100 µm resolution, very close to that observed with DLP and SLA. 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: Hydrogel 3-D printing and patterning liquids with the capacitor edge effect (PLEEC) (2019, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-hydrogel-d-patterning-liquids-capacitor.html , Science (A) Asymmetric capacitors with different shapes. The lower electrodes have double the widths of the upper electrodes. When the voltage is on, the liquid is trapped within the patterned region of the lower electrodes. (B) Liquid pattern in the shape of an angry bird. (C) Liquid pattern of four letters “X,” “J,” “T,” and “U.” (D) Liquid patterns of nine natural numbers by independently controlling line pixels. (E) Changeable liquid patterns in the same PLEEC panel by independently controlling 10 × 10 pixels. Photo credit: Jikun Wang, Xi’an Jiaotong University. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau8769last_img read more