Jamaican children need more opportunities, support and hope to resist and rise above violence, former child soldier and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah said at the end of a two-day visit to the Caribbean nation. The 27-year-old Beah, who was forced as a child to fight in Sierra Leone’s civil war, and was assisted with his rehabilitation by UNICEF, met with children in districts of Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, which have been marred by violence. He discussed ways to stay away from gangs and to navigate difficult situations without resorting to violence. “My life was all about weapons, drugs and violence,” he said during his visit. “Now I teach people to resist violence and to use that energy to do other positive things with their lives. I encourage them to see that it is possible to have a life outside of violence.” Violence is a major threat to children in Jamaica, where 87 per cent of those aged 2 to 14 are subjected to at least one form of psychological or physical punishment. Only 28 per cent of children think their communities are safe. Children are pressed into gang warfare, where they are used as spies and look-outs and are often forced to conceal and use guns. “Every child has the capacity to do great things,” Mr. Beah said at a presentation to the University of the West Indies. “No one wants to take up a gun. It is circumstances that push children into violence. What you provide and how you engage with children is what makes the difference. It is possible to refocus and reshape their lives.” 1 May 2008Jamaican children need more opportunities, support and hope to resist and rise above violence, former child soldier and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah said at the end of a two-day visit to the Caribbean nation.
by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2017 7:04 am MDT Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CBS pairs ‘Big Bang’ & spin-off; O’Brien re-ups with TBS This image released by CBS shows David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, center, in a scene from the military drama “SEAL Team,” that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs. The show is one of eight new series coming to CBS in the 2017-18 season. (Skip Bolen/CBS via AP) NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Young Sheldon” and his grown-up version on “The Big Bang Theory” will be paired on CBS’ Thursday night schedule this fall.The “Big Bang” spinoff, centred on star Jim Parsons’ character as a precocious 9-year-old Texas high school student, is one of eight new series coming to CBS in the 2017-18 season, the network announced Wednesday.“It’s not ‘Muppet Babies,’” said CBS programming executive Kelly Kahl, but a gentle comedy in the mould of “Wonder Years” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”Parsons and the rest of the “Big Bang Theory” cast are signed through the next two seasons, a recently wrapped negotiation that included CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves meeting with the actors of TV’s No. 1 comedy.“I hope it goes beyond that,” Moonves told reporters Wednesday, but, he added, “I can’t make any promises.”Other freshman CBS shows set for a fall debut include sitcoms “9JKL,” described as having an “Everybody Loves Raymond” vibe with the story of an actor (Mark Feuerstein) living near his parents and brother, and “Me, Myself & I,” which looks at a man at different stages of his life and stars Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette.CBS’ new fall dramas are “Seal Team,” with David Boreanaz (“Bones”) as a member of an elite Navy SEAL team; “Wisdom of the Crowd,” with Jeremy Piven as a tech guru who creates a crowdsourcing app to solve crimes after his daughter is killed, and “S.W.A.T.,” inspired by the TV series and movie and starring Shemar Moore.The midseason slate includes “Instinct,” with Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who’s pulled back into his old line of work, and the comedy “By the Book,” about a man (Jay R. Ferguson) who challenges himself to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. It’s based on A.J. Jacobs’ bestselling book “The Year of Living Biblically.”Returning shows that will be held for later in the season include “Amazing Race,” ”Code Black,” ”Man with a Plan” and “Undercover Boss.”But CBS viewers have seen the last of cancelled series “Two Broke Girls” and “The Odd Couple.”Stephen Colbert also took a victory lap at Wednesday’s presentation. He’s ridden relentless attacks on President Donald Trump to the top of the late-night ratings.Colbert noted the rush of late-breaking political news happening this week at the time his show tapes.“In the hour I’m on the air I can sound as out of touch about what’s going on in the White House as Sean Spicer,” Colbert joked.Moonves offered his thoughts on competitors’ plans unveiled earlier in the week to advertisers. He called ABC’s plan to revive “Roseanne” for an eight-episode run a “stunt,” then added diplomatically, “it’s a good stunt. People will tune in for it.”Asked about ABC’s decision to reboot “American Idol” next year after Fox dropped it in 2016, Moonves said CBS was offered the same chance but decided the show was so costly it would need an improbably big audience to break even.In other TV news announced Wednesday, Turner said TBS has closed a new deal with Conan O’Brien that extends through 2022.TBS and sister Turner network TNT plan to launch a total of six new series from stars such as Snoop Dogg, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Moore. CNN has four new series in the works.And TNT is working with filmmaker Ridley Scott to develop a night of original science-fiction programming.Talk-show veteran O’Brien’s new four-year pact with TBS keeps him at the network where “Conan” debuted in November 2010 after his abrupt exit from “The Tonight Show” when NBC reinstated Jay Leno as host.But the format and distribution strategy for O’Brien’s talents will evolve from his current Monday-through-Thursday hour. He will “expand the boundaries from a talk show to a range of personality-based, cross-platform experiences,” according to TBS and TNT President Kevin Reilly.“In the past few years I’ve stumbled across many new and exciting ways of connecting with my audience,” O’Brien said, “and I’m eager to evolve my show into something leaner, more agile and more unpredictable.”Plans call for extending his Team Coco brand into digital content, podcasting, gaming, pay TV and live events.With Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” ”Alien: Covenant”), TNT will develop an evening-long programming block of original science fiction in many forms, serving as a showcase for hour-long series, short form and other formats.Meanwhile, TNT has announced “Who Run the World?” — a documentary series executive-produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”). Slated to premiere later this year, it will focus on the issues that women face in today’s world.And in late fall, TNT will debut “Michael Moore Live from the Apocalypse,” a nonfiction series from the Oscar-winning filmmaker that promises to blow the whistle on everything from Washington politics to Wall Street shenanigans. Moore will star in the series as well as direct and produce.TBS has given the green light to these four new series:— “Miracle Workers,” a heaven-set workplace comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson and executive-produced by Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”).— “Close Enough,” an animated series from “Regular Show” creator J.G. Quintel.— An update of the durable game show “The Joker’s Wild” hosted by Snoop Dogg.— An untitled series from the comedy trio The Dress Up Gang, whose viral videos include the “My Roommate, My Friend” series.In addition, TBS is developing a fully interactive late-night programming block with the multiplatform studio Super Deluxe. TBS plans to launch the weekly 90-minute comedy block this fall.TBS’ previously announced comedy series that will star Tracy Morgan now has a title — “The Last O.G.” — and supporting players: Cedric the Entertainer and Taylor Mosby (“Criminal Minds”).CBS said it will pair “The Big Bang Theory” with its spin-off sibling, “Young Sheldon.”The new comedy is centred on star Jim Parsons’ character as a precocious youngster. “Young Sheldon” will follow “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursdays after debuting Monday, Sept. 25.CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves said he hopes “Big Bang Theory” continues beyond the two-year deal that was just concluded.In the just-ended season cliff-hanger, Sheldon is seen proposing to longtime girlfriend Amy, played by Mayim Bialik.CNN’s new series set for 2018 include:— “Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City,” a four-part series about the city of Detroit at its high point.— “American Heiress: The Patty Hearst Story,” a six-part series that will follow the transformation of Patricia Hearst from heiress to terrorist after her kidnapping.— “1968: The Year That Changed America,” a four-part series that looks back at a year marked by seismic shifts in American politics, social movements and national leadership.— “Kennedys: An American Dynasty,” a six-part series that explores how personal relationships within the Kennedy dynasty helped shaped national and global events.— “Pope,” a six-part series that goes inside the Vatican to reveal the true power held by popes throughout the ages.On tap for HLN is “Unmasking A Killer,” a five-part series that goes inside the investigation, case files and mind of The Golden State Killer, a man believed to be the most prolific uncaught rapist and serial killer in the nation.___Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this story.
THE DOORS HAVE only just opened at Pieta House West, but the calls are already coming in.This is Pieta’s seventh suicide crisis centre, and in another two weeks it will have opened its eighth centre, in Cork.Pieta House’s chief operations officer Cindy O’Connor explained that the centre was brought to the west thanks to the hard work of the local community, which fundraised for the building, and a secret millionaire.The latter was John Concannon, who appeared on the RTÉ show Secret Millionaire in September 2011, and donated €25,000 to the service.O’Connor explained that Concannon invited Pieta House to open a centre in Tuam, and the plans were set in motion.“The people of Galway have just been amazing,” said O’Connor. “They have done countless fundraising events and they secured the funding through all the events so we could open the house here.”Fundraising is incredibly important as all of Pieta House’s services are provided free of charge to people. O’Connor said there is “such a need all over the country” for services like Pieta House.That is evident from the ringing phones:We’ve had quite a few calls already. We’re delighted we’re up and running.There is a panel of therapists available to Pieta House, and people are invited to call the Tuam service, which is based on Bishop St, on 093 25586 to make an appointment.The current opening hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, but as demand increases, that could change. It is anticipated that after Christmas, Pieta House West will open late one evening a week, and will also open on Saturdays.A large Pieta House centre will also be opened in Bishopstown in Cork in a fortnight, while a further centre is planned for Castleisland.To support the opening of the Cork service, CEO of Pieta House Joan Freeman is moving to the city for a number of months.Pieta House’s goal is to have a centre within 100KM of every person in Ireland, and so far it is proving that with community support – “the community take ownership of Pieta House”, as O’Connor put it – expansion is possible.Pieta House is a free service and can be contacted at 01 601 0000 or email@example.com.Read: Eight men died by suicide every week in 2011>Read: New campaign aims to curb suicides amongst farmers>Read: Pieta House to open suicide crisis centre in Galway>
Antennes-relais : elles n’auraient pas de lien avec les cancers de l’enfantGrande-Bretagne – Selon une étude parue dans le British Medical Journal, les femmes vivant à proximité d’antennes-relais ne seraient pas plus susceptibles de mettre au monde des enfants souffrant de leucémie ou de cancer. 1.397 enfants souffrant d’une leucémie, d’une tumeur au cerveau ou au système nerveux central entre 1999 et 2001 ont été suivis de 0 à 4 ans. Les données de tous ces jeunes patients ont été comparées avec celles de quatre autres enfants du même âge et en bonne santé.Les données ont été mises en relation avec le niveau de radiation auquel les mères étaient exposées durant leur grossesse, grâce à une carte répertoriant les antennes-relais de Grande-Bretagne. Il s’est avéré que les mères dont l’enfant souffrait d’un cancer n’étaient pas plus proches des antennes-relais que celles dont les enfants étaient en bonne santé.Cependant, les scientifiques ont tenu à préciser que l’étude avait porté uniquement sur les cancers survenant chez les très jeunes enfants et non sur ceux pouvant se déclarer plus tard. Le 23 juin 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les radiations évaluées dans les écoles proches de FukushimaLes autorités japonaises ont mis en place un programme d’urgence pour évaluer le niveau des radiations dans les cours de récréations des écoles et dans l’eau de la région de Fukushima. Alors que la situation n’est toujours pas stabilisée à la centrale de Fukushima au Japon, les niveaux de radioactivité inquiètent de plus en plus les habitants. Pour rassurer la population, les autorités japonaises ont donc décidé de procéder à des mesures permettant d’évaluer le taux de radiation dans les écoles de la région. Ainsi, c’est plus de 1.400 écoles et crèches qui vont être testées pendant deux jours entiers alors que le gouvernement a indiqué qu’il ne devrait y avoir aucun danger pour les enfants s’ils restent à plus de 30 kilomètres de la zone.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDans le même temps, les Japonais continuent de verser de l’eau sur le réacteur nucléaire de façon à limiter les émissions radioactives. De l’eau contaminée a déjà coulé vers la mer mais là encore, les Japonais se veulent rassurants, indiquant que cette eau n’est pas un danger pour la santé de la population. Pourtant, les mesures effectuées à proximité du deuxième réacteur, le 2 avril dernier, ont relevé une eau contenant 7,5 millions de fois le niveau d’iode radioactif considéré comme normal. De son côté, l’AP précise que 100 mètres plus loin en mer, le taux n’était plus que de 1.000 fois la limite autorisée.Par ailleurs, le gouvernement japonais a indiqué qu’une indemnisation allait être versée aux agriculteurs et aux pêcheurs qui ne peuvent plus vendre leurs produits. En effet, des poissons ont déjà été contaminés par l’iode radioactif et sont devenus impropres à la consommation.Le 6 avril 2011 à 14:27 • Maxime Lambert
There are clear signs that many of the construction projects needed to ready Guam to host more than 4,000 Marines are moving ahead. Work is still in the early stages at the site of the planned Marine Corps Base Guam, but military leaders are pleased the effort appears to be on track, reports Stars and Stripes. “It is clearly moving forward,” said Capt. Daniel Turner, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas. Japan is paying about $3 billion of the $8.7 billion price tag for the undertaking, which does not have a firm deadline for completion. Current plans call for the Marines to relocate from Okinawa between 2022 and 2026. About $500 million worth of projects have been completed on the island, including a new parking apron for Marine aircraft and an aviation maintenance hangar at Andersen AFB. A utility and site improvement project has been completed at Apra Harbor. DOD also is funding off-base projects, including $50 million for the island’s commercial port, $125 million for wastewater treatment upgrades, road projects between Naval Base Guam and the northern part of the island, and $30.6 million for sewer improvements.While the lion’s share of the effort lies ahead, officials say one of the key obstacles has been navigated — satisfactorily addressing residents’ concerns over the pace of construction and its environmental and cultural impacts.Photo courtesy of the Navy Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Gerry Broome/APRick Colyer votes at the Durham County Library North Regional in Durham, N.C., Tuesday. Braun’s win might mean more for how Republicans try to win in primaries the rest of this year than Blankenship’s loss.4. Democrats aren’t facing primary headwinds yet — and might not.While there have been signs of division on the Democratic side, it hasn’t manifested very strongly.Instead, the division so far has still mostly been on one side — with Republicans unhappy with Washington. There were opportunities Tuesday night for the more progressive wing of the party to flex its muscles, but it instead chose the pragmatic route.Think: the Ohio governor’s race primary, for example, where former Rep. Dennis Kucinich was trying to paint Richard Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appointed by Obama, as too much of a centrist with less progressive views on guns. But Cordray, who was endorsed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, trounced Kucinich by 40 points.It might be somewhat worrying for Democrats that more Republicans turned out for the open Ohio gubernatorial primary than one that got as much attention as the Cordray-Kucinich contest. And a relatively unknown progressive challenger to Manchin got 30 percent of the vote Tuesday night, which is similar to what happened in Texas two months ago when an unknown got almost a quarter of the vote against Beto O’Rourke. But those seem relatively minor, compared with the anti-Washington messages Republicans are winning with and an ousted congressman.Looking ahead over the next month, in more than a dozen states, there’s really only one Senate race where progressives are expected to mount a significant challenge to a sitting Democrat. That’s Dianne Feinstein facing off with state Sen. Kevin de León. He’s a darling of the left, but Feinstein’s team is confident, and polls have shown her with a comfortable lead so far. There’s also the May 22 runoff for the 7th Congressional District in Texas, featuring Lizzie Pannill Fletcher against Laura Moser.The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tried to muscle Moser out of the race, because it felt she was too liberal for the district. It’s a key race, because Hillary Clinton got more votes than Trump in the district yet it is represented by a Republican, Rep. John Culberson.But that’s it. The lack of challenges to Democrats, especially senators, means they’re able to preserve their resources to fight in the general election. The real Democratic fight that’s coming is likely in 2020 with a crowded presidential primary field and a race to the left shaping up.But, right now, there’s nothing more unifying for Democrats than Trump.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share In Indiana, Mike Braun, who runs a warehousing and shipping company, won the GOP Senate primary. He will take on another top GOP Senate target in a state Trump won — Joe Donnelly. Braun did it with a conservative outsider businessman message (heard that one before?), defeating two Republican congressmen. He ran a brutal ad that painted Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer as cardboard cutouts indistinguishable from each other. Midterms, especially primaries, are won and lost by activists.And right now, if Tuesday night’s primary results are any indication, Democrats appear to be in better shape structurally than the GOP. It’s still very early in primary season to draw conclusions that are too sweeping, but here are four takeaways based on what’s known from Tuesday night’s elections in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and North Carolina:1. Republicans dodge a bullet. Are they learning the lesson of Alabama?Washington Republicans were holding their breath, hoping that Don Blankenship would not win the Republican Senate primary in West Virginia. Blankenship served a year in prison after 29 people were killed when one of his mines exploded and he was convicted of conspiring to undermine mine-safety regulations. Washington Republicans believed that if he won, he would lose to Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin. And Manchin should be a top GOP target in a state Trump won by one of the widest margins of any state in the country in the 2016 presidential election.Blankenship had been showing remarkable and surprising strength in the race with an anti-Washington message. He went after Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and said he was “Trumpier than Trump” after Trump tweeted urging West Virginia Republicans not to vote for him. Despite internal polling released by his opponents’ campaigns showing Blankenship in the lead, he wound up finishing third. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won with a little more than a third of the vote.Pragmatic Republicans are exhaling Wednesday morning and hoping that the base of the party is heeding Trump’s call to “Remember Alabama” and learning that nominating fatally flawed candidates who would have trouble winning in a general election is a bad idea.Republicans over the past decade have lost roughly half a dozen Senate seats because of problematic candidates. That’s something McConnell and his team have been throwing their hands up about for years.McConnell’s team was loving this West Virginia result, though.Thanks for playing, @DonBlankenship. #WVSen pic.twitter.com/TV1ETgQdmu— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) May 9, 20182. McConnell isn’t entirely off the hook. Despite his team’s gloating, the Republican Senate leader has become problematic for the party in some circles.He remains the most unpopular senator in the country. And just 30 percent of even people in his home state of Kentucky approve of the job he is doing.Highlighting that point, in congratulating Morrisey, Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli wrote of McConnell:“It’s important to note that Senator Mitch McConnell put this seat at greater risk by giving an unattractive candidate like Don Blankenship an even more unpopular foil to run against. McConnell has become so toxic with Republican primary voters that his support is often the kiss of death and his opposition is a powerful endorsement.”3. Republican voters continue to reject Washington.To that point, there was ample evidence Tuesday night that there is quite a bit of angst in the GOP base toward Washington Republicans:In North Carolina, the first sitting congressional representative this year lost a primary challenge — Rep. Robert Pittenger in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Mark Harris, who lost to Pittenger in 2016 by 2 points, won in a rematch this time around. This seat, which leans Republican — Trump and Romney won it by 12 points — could now be competitive. The Democrat in the race, Dan McCready, had raised more money than Pittenger and has far more cash on hand than Harris, $1.2 million versus $71,000. As the Charlotte Observer notes, McCready is “one of nine Democratic challengers with a six-figure fundraising advantage over a GOP incumbent, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Only one Democratic challenger in the country had more cash on hand at the end of the 1st quarter.” And Democrats also showed up in droves in Tuesday’s primary, far outpacing the GOP turnout.In West Virginia, Rep. Evan Jenkins, who was the early favorite in the race and looks the Washington congressman part, finished second. Instead, the winner was the state attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, who ran as an “outsider” (despite his lobbyist past) and gained attention for an ad that uprooted a West Virginia mountain and dropped it on the U.S. Capitol. I’m running for U.S. Senate not to just change Washington, but to blow it up and reinvent it. Washington is fundamentally broken. We can fix that with a West Virginia conservative fighter! #wvsen pic.twitter.com/hogbOoYnms— AG Patrick Morrisey (@MorriseyWV) April 5, 2018
By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgAccording to a report released by the Maryland Department of Legislative Audits, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) didn’t properly follow the procedures to adequately document and justify its spending, while awarding over $80 million in contracts to vendors.This audit concluded PGCPS didn’t follow state law and calls for changes in its procedures to justify the expenditures for future contracts. It cited previous failures in procurement documentation, personnel and payroll transactions, human resources and “identified security and control risks that existed” within computer systems and networks.According to a recent audit, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) did not properly follow the procedures to comply with spending. (Courtesy Photo)PGCPS was found to not have provided the required documentation for 13 of 15 “sole source” contracts totaling $6.8 million. The school system was also cited for its inability to validate using Intergovernmental Cooperative Purchasing Agreements (ICPA) for a contract that purchased goods and services amounting to almost $35 million since 2014.“Our audit disclosed that in a number of financial areas, PGCPS needs to establish better procedures and internal controls and ensure those processes are effectively operating to comply with its policies to control cost,” wrote legislative auditor Gregory A. Hook.One of the specific procedural findings involved the lack of rationale in salary increases for executive employees or the need to report them to the Prince George’s County School Board. During fiscal year 2017, the audit surmised, 13 executive employees were awarded raises between two and 20 percent, which amounted to $157,103. The review also disclosed “a general lack of justification for 11 of the 13 employees” who received those pay increases.Supervisors also had the ability to change time cards and reward overtime unilaterally through the automated payroll system without an independent review. Nearly 400 principals and administrators were not adequately limited when choosing to give addition overtime employees and there was no oversight.The audit also concluded PGCPS didn’t get the required school board approval for awarding contracts to vendors who were not the lowest bidders nor the most qualified based upon the bid evaluation results. Over $43 million for 32 contracts were not submitted to the school board for approval either. Their use of a facility project delivery method called Job Order Contracting (JOC) “did not follow the best practices for selecting pre-approved vendors for task orders.” JOC allows for the school system to quickly maintain, rehabilitate or construct buildings while upgrading mechanical systems. PGPCS started using JOC in 2012 and there have been over $95 million in contracts that have been awarded for 130 tasks.Perhaps the most glaring of the recent audit’s findings was that PGPCS had not satisfactorily completed most of the tasks from a February 2014 audit where it was found deficient. Fourteen of the 23 necessary improvements remain unaddressed in the five years since.They include tightening internal controls over payroll and personal transactions, ensuring proper documentation, justifying spending on procurements and implementing cost-saving practices on its bus fleet.The timing of the audit couldn’t have been worse for the embattled school system, who had it’s credibility scrutinized a week earlier after questions arose regarding physical conditions Parkdale High School in Hyattsville. Broadcast reports showed pictures of bathroom conditions that were described by one teacher as a “jail cell,” and video clips of mice in classrooms that were posted on social media.In response to the 2019 audit, PGCPS Interim CEO Dr. Monica E. Goldson concurred with all 19 audit findings and promised “to work diligently to rectify the identified deficiencies.”“As we implement these recommendations, we will continue to report quarterly (on our website) to update stakeholders on our progress,” Goldson wrote.FOX 5 News D.C. reported the school district’s director of purchasing is no longer employed as of March 29.
Credit: Masaya Okamura et al. (Phys.org)—Plants are able to convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis. There is much interest in designing a system that mimics the photosynthetic process as an environmentally friendly way to produce energy from sunlight. One of the key reactions in photosynthesis is oxidizing water so that it breaks apart into its components, molecular oxygen (O2) and protons (H+). This reaction is catalyzed by photosystem II. Explore further Research into a synthetic alternative to photosystem II has yielded catalysts that, while helpful, are not as practical for industrial use. The ideal catalyst would be cheap, robust, and reusable. Several researchers from various institutions in Japan have developed a pentanuclear iron catalyst that has many of these features. This catalyst has a turnover frequency of 1,900 s-1. Its five electrochemically active sites give it redox flexibility. Its adjacent active sites promote O-O bond formation and, thus, low activation energy. Their work appears in Nature.When water is oxidized it produces O2, H+ and four electrons. In nature, including in photosystem II, whenever multiple electrons are involved in a redox process, it is better to have a catalyst that has multiple redox sites, or redox flexibility. In designing a pentanuclear iron catalyst, the authors thought it would have sufficient flexibility to promote electron exchange.A catalyst serves to lower the energy in the rate determining step. It is thought that the rate determining step in the oxidation of water is the formation of O-O bond. Masaya Okamura, et al. therefore included in their design a way to promote O-O bond formation. Indeed, quantum chemical studies demonstrated that when two oxygens bind to two of the core iron atoms, a transition state forms that results in the evolution of oxygen gas.Their pentanuclear complex is [FeII4FeIII(μ3-O)(μ-L)6]3+ where LH is 3,5-bis(2-pyridyl)pyrazole. Two iron atoms are coordinated to six atoms within the ligand structure while the three iron atoms within the core are coordinated to five atoms within the ligand stucture. Two of these core iron atoms are the active sites for the O-O bond formation.Electrochemical studies confirmed that the catalyst undergoes five sequentially occurring reversible one-electron redox reactions in which FeII converts to FeIII. Addition of water showed evidence of oxygen evolution which was then quantified using controlled potential electrolysis in a two-compartment cell separated by an anion-exchange membrane. Gas chromatography measured the amount of O2. The catalyst demonstrated a Faradaic efficiency of 96% based on a four electron process and proved to be highly stable.Electrochemical studies evidence a four-step one-electron oxidation cycle. Quantum chemical calculations of the system using density functional theory demonstrate a low energy barrier for the catalytic mechanism. Turnover frequency (TOF) was determined using the results of electrochemical measurements. The obtained TOF value was 1,900 s-1, which is 1,000 times greater than other reported iron-based catalysts.This experiment demonstrates an effective design for a catalyst that promotes the oxidation of water. However, before this catalyst can be truly practical at a larger scale, additional studies will need to work out how to lower the large overpotential (greater than 0.5 V) and change the medium from acetonitrile/water to purely water. More information: Masaya Okamura et al. A pentanuclear iron catalyst designed for water oxidation, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature16529AbstractAlthough the oxidation of water is efficiently catalysed by the oxygen-evolving complex in photosystem II, it remains one of the main bottlenecks when aiming for synthetic chemical fuel production powered by sunlight or electricity. Consequently, the development of active and stable water oxidation catalysts is crucial, with heterogeneous systems considered more suitable for practical use and their homogeneous counterparts more suitable for targeted, molecular-level design guided by mechanistic understanding. Research into the mechanism of water oxidation has resulted in a range of synthetic molecular catalysts, yet there remains much interest in systems that use abundant, inexpensive and environmentally benign metals such as iron (the most abundant transition metal in the Earth’s crust and found in natural and synthetic oxidation catalysts). Water oxidation catalysts based on mononuclear iron complexes have been explored, but they often deactivate rapidly and exhibit relatively low activities. Here we report a pentanuclear iron complex that efficiently and robustly catalyses water oxidation with a turnover frequency of 1,900 per second, which is about three orders of magnitude larger than that of other iron-based catalysts. Electrochemical analysis confirms the redox flexibility of the system, characterized by six different oxidation states between FeII5 and FeIII5; the FeIII5 state is active for oxidizing water. Quantum chemistry calculations indicate that the presence of adjacent active sites facilitates O–O bond formation with a reaction barrier of less than ten kilocalories per mole. Although the need for a high overpotential and the inability to operate in water-rich solutions limit the practicality of the present system, our findings clearly indicate that efficient water oxidation catalysts based on iron complexes can be created by ensuring that the system has redox flexibility and contains adjacent water-activation sites. Citation: Pentanuclear iron catalyst oxidizes water (2016, February 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-pentanuclear-iron-catalyst-oxidizes.html Sophisticated enzyme-mimic enables efficient hydrogen production © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Nature 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.
What will 2017 bring for web browsers? by Martin Brinkmann on December 23, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: December 23, 2016 – 31 comments2017 is just a couple of days away, and it will be an interesting year if you are interested in technology.What will 2017 bring for web browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Edge or Vivaldi? This is what I try to predict in this article.To do that, I have to look at the current situation first briefly. In the Windows world, there are three major browser makers left. They are Mozilla, Microsoft, and Google.These three organizations dominate the market, and many other browsers, Opera, Pale Moon or Vivaldi, use code from the major three.While there are some projects ongoing that are independent, Otter Browser for instance, they are niche products and it seems unlikely that they will make a big splash in 2017.2016 was the year that Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer usage share-wise, that Edge did not move one way or the other, and that Firefox rebounded from new lows.2017: web browser predictionsLets take a look at browsers individually.Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft Edge was introduced as the main web browser in Windows 10. It is the default browser on the system which gives it an — wait for it — edge over other browsers.Microsoft’s work on Edge continues, but it seems unlikely that whatever the company will bring to Edge in 2017 will change the popularity of the browser in one way or the other.I expect Microsoft to loosen up the extension restrictions that are currently in place. Extensions support was an important step for Edge in 2016, but what is currently available pales in comparison to Firefox and Chrome.Part of it comes down to Microsoft having a tight grip on extension development currently. While you can release extensions for Edge, you cannot upload them to Microsoft Store right now it seems without Microsoft’s approval.Edge does a couple of things really well or even exclusively, Netflix in 4K or even 1080p for instance, but the browser trails behind in other areas as well.The browser suffers from missing mobile versions of the browser, as there is no option right now to sync bookmarks, browsing history or tabs between Edge on the desktop and mobiles.Outlook: will get missing or lacking features in 2017, but that won’t do anything for the browser’s usage share.Google ChromeGoogle Chrome looks like the clear winner when it comes to browsers in 2016. It jumped in usage share, and is now the world’s most used desktop browser.The browser has a lot going for it. It is still reasonably fast — Google seems to ignore benchmarks and speed for the most part now though — still highly optimized in regards to its interface, and backed by cutting edge tech. Google Chrome works well out of the box, and it is easy to use.The downside is that Google plays it safe in all other regards. Sure, Material Design added new accents to the interface, but apart from that, there is little change elsewhere.Chrome does not offer many — or any in some areas — customization options, and if you worried about privacy, you better not use Chrome on your devices.Chrome seems to stand still for the most part. This is only true for the browser’s front end and not the technology that powers it. If you read Google’s announcements when a new Chrome stable version gets released for instance, you will only get information on how many security issues were fixed in that release.There is barely any information on new features or improvements, and support for the browser is non-existent as well.Outlook: Chrome may plateau in 2017, and may even dip a little bit.FirefoxIt looked as if Firefox was done in the first half of 2016. Things were not looking bright, with Mozilla making a series of announcements that affected Firefox core features.The company introduced add-on signing in 2016, decided to focus on WebExtensions and move away from the traditional add-on system by deprecating certain features that made Firefox great.The organization dropped Firefox OS development, and the new multi-process architecture of Firefox was delayed month after month.Firefox did rebound in the second half of 2016. Mozilla will push multi-process to all Firefox stable users in early 2017. This marks an important step for the browser as it improves stability of it significantly. Then a bit later, security sandboxing will be added to this to improve the browser in this regard as well.There is also the Quantum project which will improve Firefox performance significantly in 2017.Outlook: The future looks brighter for Firefox in 2017, but the deprecation of the old add-on system still looms above its head.Other browsersOpera is a wild card. The browser was sold to a Chinese consortium in 2016, and it is unclear how that will affect the browser. It can go either way: Opera’s popularity may rise in China and Asia because of the move, and the company’s that are now in charge pushing it, or it could drop if the companies make the wrong decisions.Pale Moon may become the browser that disillusioned Firefox users will pick when Mozilla deprecates functionality such as NPAPI plugin support or XUL/XPCOM as the browser will continue to support those. It may see a nice boost in users because of this.Vivaldi will continue to get feature updates in regular intervals. 2017 will be a major year for the fledgling browser as the company behind the browser plans to launch a mobile version of it in that year, and the long awaited mail client as well.Now You: What are your browser predictions for 2017?SummaryArticle NameWhat will 2017 bring for web browsers?DescriptionThe article gives predictions for how the browser landscape will change in the year 2017 by predicting what is in store for Chrome, Edge and Firefox.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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