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  • Ratings rise on countdown

    first_imgChannel 4 has reported a rise in ratings following the appointment of ex-Oriel student Rachel Riley as Countdown’s new assistant presenter.Riley joined Countdown on 17th January, as assistant to new host Jeff Stelling, of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday. Riley’s good looks are thought to have contributed to the rise in the show’s viewing figures by around 10,000 per episode, despite an early blunder writing a minus sign instead of a plus.The Oxford graduate was chosen from more than 1000 applicants to replace maths whiz and long-time presenter, Carol Vorderman, after a pay-deal dispute triggered Vorderman’s resignation.last_img read more

  • Energy research wins grant

    first_imgHarvard chemist Cynthia Friend has been awarded a major center grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences’ Energy Frontier Research Centers program, which is designed “to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.”Friend, the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and director of Harvard’s Rowland Institute, is leading an effort to develop new methods to reduce energy consumption in the production of industrial chemicals, which now accounts for an astounding 25 percent of the world’s energy consumption, said Friend.“This is very exciting,” Friend said, noting that the funding of $2.8 million per year for four years will allow her “to do the research in collaboration with scientists at Harvard, at other universities, and at premier DOE national laboratories.”The work being directed by Friend and deputy director Efthimios (Tim) Kaxiras, the John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will focus on developing “sustainable catalysis,” finding ways to increase the energy efficiency of “the manufacture of important chemicals used in huge quantities to produce products that are part of our everyday life, and use renewable materials to make those chemicals, ideally having them begin their lives as biomass, rather than as petrochemicals. These chemicals,” Friend said, “are used in the production of everything from plastics to insulating materials, to food flavorings, to fuel — essentially everything you touch that has chemicals in them somewhere along the line involve the use of catalysts in manufacturing.”Sustainable catalysis has the potential to lower the CO2 footprint of the chemical industry and reduce the effects of climate change. The work planned for the Harvard center in this area complements the type of research that will be supported by the Climate Change Solutions Fund recently announced by Harvard President Drew Faust as part of the ongoing Harvard Campaign.“Supporting discovery and innovation at the vanguard of energy science is one of the many ways in which Harvard is leading efforts to combat climate change,” said Faust. “Our faculty are using and creating knowledge to shape a better future for all. This well-deserved recognition from the DOE underscores the extraordinary potential of research to meet one of the greatest challenges humanity faces.”“We are designing new types of porous materials, meaning that they are shaped like a sponge, but on a nanoscopic scale,” Friend explained. These porous structures have different architectures at the atomic scale that modify their function. “This is a large effort with multiple scientists, enabling us to attack a ‘big problem’ — something that a single scientific lab could not otherwise do. Our team includes scientists from Harvard, Tufts, the University of Notre Dame, and two national labs — Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley — as well as international collaborators at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin and the National Research Council, Rome,” she said.Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber called the award of the highly competitive DOE Center grant to Friend “confirmation of the importance and promise of her work.  She will be an effective leader for this collaboration among some of the top scientists in the world working on new energy solutions.”Harvard is well-represented in the 2014 Energy Frontier Research Center competition, with two other faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology involved in new centers. Daniel Nocera and Roy Gordon are lead scientists on a project led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado that will use high-throughput computation and data mining to transform the design and synthesis of materials for solar energy conversion and solid-state lighting.Nocera, Harvard’s Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, said, “It is exciting for Harvard to partner with the premier renewable energy lab in the world to address a major critical challenge on advancing energy technologies.” Additionally, Harvard faculty members Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Jennifer Lewis, and George Whitesides are playing key roles in energy-research centers whose funding was renewed in the 2014 competition.“Winning of this funding by Professor Friend, and the involvement of Harvard faculty in other winning proposals, is an indication that we are doing leading research in energy science here at Harvard,” said Richard McCullough, Harvard’s vice provost for research. McCullough said he and colleagues are currently involved in an energy and environment strategic-planning process at Harvard, creating synergies and collaborations across the University to multiply the effect of the work of individual scientists.The DOE award to the Harvard-based center led by Friend and Kaxiras, along with the involvement of Nocera and Gordon in the new center led by NREL, comes as researchers across Harvard departments and Schools are putting increased emphasis on finding solutions to the global energy and environment challenges.last_img read more

  • Tribunal rejects Lloyds bid to sack manager from £100bn mandate

    first_imgA spokesman for Scottish Widows said: “We are disappointed with the decision of the arbitration tribunal, and will look to discuss its outcome with Standard Life Aberdeen. Our strategy remains unchanged, which is to do the right thing for customers. Lloyds Banking Group has failed in an attempt to sack Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) from a £100bn (€117bn) mandate for its insurance subsidiary Scottish Widows, following a tribunal ruling.It means the planned transferral of assets to BlackRock and Schroders has been delayed while the two parties decide how to conclude the contracts.Lloyds announced its decision to shift the mandate away from SLA a year ago, after deciding that the 2017 merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life had meant the money was being run by a direct competitor.SLA disputed the decision and took the case to a tribunal, which this week ruled that Lloyds was “not entitled to give notice” on the relevant investment management agreements.  “We will discuss starting the process of an orderly transfer of assets to our new partners BlackRock and Schroders. We will continue to work closely with Standard Life Aberdeen to ensure there is no disruption to performance or service.”SLA said it was “carefully considering the terms of the decision and appropriate next steps” but would continue to run the assets in the meantime.Keith Skeoch, chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, said: “Now that the arbitration panel has ruled in our favour, we will carefully consider our next steps, working constructively with LBG to bring the matter to resolution.”Scottish Widows had already appointed BlackRock to run a £30bn slice of the mandate in October, to be allocated across a range of index funds.Schroders was granted the remaining £80bn as part of a strategic partnership with Scottish Widows to set up a wealth management and financial planning business.last_img read more

  • Registration open for annual euchre tournament

    first_imgGreensburg, IN—Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Euchre Tournament benefiting Decatur County Special Olympics, sponsored by the Greensburg Rotary Club.The cost is $25 for advance registration Fee and $30 to register at door. Greensburg Rotary reserves the right to refuse any registration. Contestant must be 18 or older to play. No refunds. Prize payments are dependent on a sufficient number of registered contestants. Mail the Completed Form with fee to Rotary Euchre Tournament, PO Box 186, Greensburg, Indiana 47240.  You can click here for a form. Players compete for a $1,000 grand prize for the winner of the tournament. Winners of more than $250 must provide proof of tax identification (social security) number before receiving the winnings in check payment form.last_img read more

  • Grayson Allen ejected from Summer League game after two flagrant fouls on Grant Williams

    first_imgGrayson Allen found himself back in the spotlight Thursday night in Las Vegas — for all the wrong reasons.The Grizzlies guard, who was sent to Memphis as part of the Mike Conley trade, was ejected in the fourth quarter of his team’s NBA Summer League game against the Celtics after committing two flagrant fouls on Boston rookie Grant Williams. Allen seemed to take exception to multiple (legal) screens set by Williams, and he retaliated with a couple cheap shots aimed at Williams’ head. SUMMER LEAGUE: How to watch every game in Las Vegas Allen left the Thomas and Mack Center with a confused look on his face, but there really isn’t any controversy here. The contact was unnecessary on both plays. (By the way, these two flagrant fouls happened in an eight-second span of game time.)Grayson Allen’s first flagrant, for those asking pic.twitter.com/KO9vgPGaSX— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) July 12, 2019Grayson Allen gets his 2nd flagrant in about 3 minutes and gets ejected and Dan Dakich is fed the hell up pic.twitter.com/SY5sEXX6fc— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) July 12, 2019The ejection will surely conjure up memories of Allen’s infamous tripping incidents at Duke. For a player attempting to prove he has matured and can contribute in the NBA, this was a silly move.Unless Allen can control his emotions, he won’t be logging many minutes for the Grizzlies this season. That’s good news for opposing players who don’t want to get hurt.last_img read more

  • MLB trade rumors: Potential backup plans for Yankees, Dodgers, Astros at the deadline

    first_img MLB trade rumors: Mets ‘open to dealing’ closer Edwin Diaz Backup plan: Zack Wheeler, MetsThe same goes for the Astros with Syndergaard and Bauer. Both would fit, they want both and they would probably trade just about anything to get either. But they might not be moved.So Houston will probably go after Wheeler, who is an absolutely perfect fit for the Astros and pitching coach Brent Strom. He is a four-seam fastball up, curveball off it guy with a great four-pitch arsenal. That’s almost exactly what Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole are. The only issue is whether Wheeler will be healthy, so his last start before the trade deadline will be huge. Caleb Smith of the Marlins could also be an under-the-radar guy to watch. MLB trade rumors: Jays’ Marcus Stroman emotional after possible last Toronto start There are only so many players to go around at the MLB trade deadline. And at the same time, it often happens teams many thought were sellers turn into buyers due to good runs leading up to July 31 (see Giants, Cardinals, Indians).So teams have to think on their feet. They have to have a Plan B and even a Plan C. MLB trade rumors: Mets will consider moving Noah Syndergaard, signing Zack Wheeler to extension So who are the contenders looking at for their Plan Bs and Plan Cs in case their top targets don’t pan out? We’ll take a shot at figuring that out as well as pointing out who each team is likely targeting first just in case they are able to land that one game-changer in the market.The records and standings positions below are through Wednesday’s games.  Related News Potential backup plans for Yankees, Dodgers, Astros at the deadlineYankees: 66-35, best record in American League, 10-game lead on Rays in AL EastTop targets: Noah Syndergaard, Mets; Trevor Bauer, IndiansBackup plan: Marcus Stroman, Blue JaysAccording to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees’ top two targets in the market are Noah Syndergaard and Trevor Bauer. He also reports New York would be willing to give up any prospect to get Syndergaard. He said on the “Big Time Baseball” podcast that Syndergaard is the only player Brian Cashman would do that for, but he also tweeted Thursday that the Yankees may be willing to do so for a player with similar potential which we believe Bauer has.He also said is it is unlikely Syndergaard gets traded, and Bauer might not be moved either. So taking that into account, the Yankees are already working on a backup plan and it seems Stroman is the right fit. He’s a groundball pitcher, which fits in Yankee Stadium, is from New York and has expressed an interest in playing there, and he has playoff experience as well as big-game experience in the World Baseball Classic. He may be a backup plan, but he would be a good addition to an already pretty good rotation.Dodgers: 67-37, best record in National League, 14 1/2-game lead on Diamondbacks in NL WestTop targets: Felipe Vazquez, Pirates; Brad Hand, IndiansBackup plan: Will Smith, GiantsThe Dodgers need a man to help bridge the gap between the starters and closer Kenley Jansen and Vazquez and Hand would be just that for them. Both are lefties and good strikeout pitchers and putting them in a setup role should make things a little easier as well. They would be perfect fits, but we don’t think they’ll be moved.That leaves us with Will Smith of the Giants. Again, he’s left-handed and a good strikeout guy and should be a solid bridge to Jansen because of that. All that being said it remains to be seen if the Giants would do business with their arch-rival, so it’s not a done deal that this would happen. However, with Farhan Zaidi now at the helm in San Francisco, it feels like a deal is more likely. Shane Greene of the Tigers would also be a good option.Astros: 66-38, second-best record in AL, 7 1/2-game lead on Athletics in AL WestTop targets: Noah Syndergaard, Mets; Trevor Bauer, Indianslast_img read more