Dollar may devalue by a third, warns currency fund manager

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Climbdown for Oberthur as it drops De La Rue bid

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first_img Climbdown for Oberthur as it drops De La Rue bid Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.commoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsGameday NewsNFL Hall Of Famers Who Probably Don’t Deserve To Be In CantonGameday NewsMovie JewelExperts Draining Niagara Falls Never Expected This Dark DiscoveryMovie Jewel whatsapp KCS-content Share Show Comments ▼ OBERTHUR last night walked away from its sweetened £926m indicative offer for De La Rue hours after the board of the UK banknote printer again rejected its bid yesterday.Having increased its offer from 905p to 935p, the firm said: “Oberthur is disappointed that the board of De La Rue has so swiftly rejected this fully financed increased proposal, which [was] very full and fair.”Nicholas Brookes, chairman of De La Rue, had said that the offer “continues to significantly undervalue the company”.Oberthur rushed to come up with an offer after the Takeover Panel set a deadline of 7 February for its bid. Questions had been raised over the firm’s ability to fund the deal when it became clear that De La Rue was likely to hold out for £10 per share.Oberthur had pursued De La Rue for two months.Bain Capital was brought in to fund a deal at 935p, but Bain made it clear that it was not interested in funding a hostile bid if the De La Rue board turned down the revised offer.Oberthur attempted to force the company’s board to the table by announcing in January that De La Rue had lost its biggest customer, the Reserve Bank of India.Shares in the UK banknote printer slumped 15 per cent to 695p. TIME LINE | OBERTHUR’S FAILED BID TO BUY DE LA RUE20 July: De La Rue announces in its trading update that printing problems have caused a contract with its biggest client, the Reserve Bank of India, to be suspended. The firm’s chief executive James Hussey resigns over the suspended contract a month later.6 December: In response to press speculation, De La Rue announces that Oberthur Technologies has made an indicative offer of 905p per share and says that it has rejected the amount as “preliminary” and “opportunistic”.13 December: Tim Cobbold appointed De La Rue’s new chief executive.4 January: On Cobbold’s first day as chief executive, Oberthur aggressively announces that De La Rue has conclusively lost the Reserve Bank of India as a client. De La Rue says that negotiations are still ongoing.10 January: The Takeover Panel gives Oberthur a “put up or shut up” deadline of 7 February for a formal bid.24 January: De La Rue announces that it has rejected a revised offer of 935p per share. Oberthur drops its bid. Monday 24 January 2011 8:37 pm whatsapplast_img read more

Malta regulator suspends Lucky Dino Gaming’s licence

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first_img The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has suspended Lucky Dino Gaming’s B2C gaming service licence with immediate effect after ruling that it breached certain regulations in the country. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Malta regulator suspends Lucky Dino Gaming’s licence AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliance Regions: Europe Southern Europe Malta 3rd September 2020 | By contenteditor The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has suspended Lucky Dino Gaming’s B2C gaming service licence with immediate effect after ruling that it breached certain regulations in the country.Lucky Dino Gaming has been ordered to halt all of its online gambling operations in Malta, including registering new users and accepting new customer deposits.However, Lucky Dino Gaming must ensure it allows registered players to access their accounts so that they can withdraw funds.According to the MGA, Lucky Dino Gaming breached regulation 9 (1) (C) of the country’s Compliance and Enforcement Regulations. The MGA did not go into full detail about the breach, but did state that the operator did not file certain key function documentation and also failed to inform the regulator after adding content from new game providers.Lucky Dino Gaming, which runs the Olaspill.com, Casinojefe.com, Luckydino.com and Kalevalakasino.com websites in Malta, may be able to appeal against the suspension.The ruling comes after the MGA last week entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA).The partnership aims to tackle illegal activities in the Malta and Dutch gambling markets, with the two authorities set to work together to prevent and tackle gambling-related criminal activities. Legal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling Email Addresslast_img read more

Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) HY2020 Interim Report

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first_imgConoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileConoil Plc is a petroleum exploration and production company in Nigeria that extracts, produces and sells crude oil as well as supplies a range of lubricants and household and liquefied petroleum gas for use by the domestic and industrial sectors. The company supplies what is referred to as White products, which is premium motor spirts, aviation turbine kerosene, dual purpose kerosene, low-pour fuel oil and automotive gasoline/grease oil. Products in its lubricant range include transport lubricants, industrial lubricants, greases, process oil and bitumen. Products in its liquefied petroleum gas range include liquefied petroleum gas sold in bulk, gas-packed, cylinders and valves. Established in 1984 and formerly known as Consolidated Oil Nigeria Limited, the company changed its name to Conoil Producing Plc. The company has exploration licenses for 6 highly prospective blocks in the Niger Delta which it acquired and paid for after competitive bidding rounds organised by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Conoil Producing has discovered hydrocarbon offshore southeast of Niger Delta and initial logging interpretations is looking promising. Conoil Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Conoil Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget cash, buy-to-let and gold. I’d buy UK shares now to get rich and retire early

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first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Peter Stephens Forget cash, buy-to-let and gold. I’d buy UK shares now to get rich and retire early Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 13th January, 2021 While many UK shares have rallied in recent months, they don’t appear to be overvalued in many cases. For example, it’s possible to purchase FTSE 100 shares with dividend yields significantly above 4%. Meanwhile, many sectors contain companies with single-digit price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios.This suggests there’s scope for further capital growth over the coming years. At a time when other assets such as cash, buy-to-let and gold may fail to deliver impressive returns, now could be the right moment to purchase a diverse range of stocks for the long run.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The appeal of UK sharesOf course, UK shares have a long history of delivering attractive returns. For example, the FTSE 100 has produced annualised total returns of around 8% since its inception in 1984. Similarly, the FTSE 250 is up by 9% per year on a total return basis over the last 20 years.As such, simply buying and holding a range of shares to track the index’s performance could prove to be a very profitable move. That’s because compounding leads to a large nest egg.However, now may prove to be a relatively opportune time to invest money in UK stocks. As mentioned, in many cases, they appear to offer good value for money. This is likely down to their short-term prospects which, in many cases, are somewhat challenging.But as the vaccine rollout continues and the economy returns to normal, a wide range of sectors are likely to experience improving operating conditions. This could push their share prices higher and help them to outperform the past returns of UK shares.The appeal of stocks on a relative basisWhile some investors may prefer other assets to UK shares, the reality is that their return prospects may be below those of FTSE 350 stocks. For example, cash is unlikely to offer a generous return due to low interest rates. In fact, cash returns may lag inflation over the coming years as policymakers seek to maintain an economic recovery.Meanwhile, the price of gold has soared in the last year so it now appears to include investor fears surrounding the outlook for the economy. Similarly, buy-to-let property may fail to deliver impressive returns. House prices have surged to a record high in the last year. This could mean they don’t offer a margin of safety. Moreover, the rising cost of homes may mean that affordability concerns heighten.Therefore, on a relative basis, UK shares could prove to be a sound investment opportunity. Although further market turbulence cannot be ruled out during a very tough time for the economy, the financial and market positions of many businesses suggest they will survive.Since they trade on low valuations, they may offer strong capital growth in a stock market rally over the coming years. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

World Council of Churches’ 2016 Christmas message

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first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Posted Dec 14, 2016 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Ecumenical & Interreligious Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Drawing by Massa Zahdeh, Dar Al-Kalima School, Bethlehem.[World Council of Churches] Christmas is a celebration of Jesus, the Christ. In this celebration we can see the mystery of the good being present in the midst of the ordinary, even in the midst of evil. It is a moment to ignite a light in darkness. Christmas is an opportunity to celebrate the presence of the God of life in a world where death is all too present.As Christians are celebrating Christmas, we renew our faith that the glory of God is shining in our midst. We celebrate that this happened through Jesus Christ, born by a woman as a human being, with all the potential of love and all the vulnerability that belongs to being a newborn child.There is no other way of being a human than by first being a child. As children we are given life through others; we need to be fed and we need to be clothed, we need the care of those around us, we need to learn from others, we need to be protected from dangers, violence, and illness. We need to belong to somebody, somewhere.Today many children are presented with enormous possibilities for their present and future lives. They are significant persons in their families, communities, homeland and in the globalized world. In all countries of the world they also face challenges, risks, even threats. Some are exposed to this much more than others, and much more than children should ever experience. This happens through conflicts, violence and other attacks on their vulnerable bodies and souls. Many children today, in greater numbers than we have seen since World War II, are refugees fleeing from their homes and protected living.This is also the story of the Son of God. The biblical narratives of the birth of Jesus convey all these dimensions of human life: care and love, as well as the enormous risks and threats to life. King Herod committed the gravest sin by killing all children in the area where Jesus was born to eradicate the threats to his power. Jesus and his family became refugees in Egypt.As the World Council of Churches, we affirm the role of churches in addressing the needs of children. We encourage one another to be at the forefront of offering care and protection for those who are most vulnerable among us, particularly those who are wounded and are refugees.  We want to make more contributions in this respect, embodying the qualities of child-friendly, caring and protecting churches.This year our Christmas greeting is made by children in Bethlehem. Their drawings are marvelous expressions of the beauty of life in the birthplace of Jesus, as well as the limitations and even threats to their lives through the ongoing occupation with its walls and wires. From the context of Bethlehem today their drawings give hope to all humanity. This corresponds to the hope we are given through the birth of Jesus long ago in Bethlehem. Seen through the eyes of children, this hope is even more costly and shining ever more clearly, to all children in danger, to all human beings of all ages and in all places, longing together for the kingdom of the Prince of Peace.May the children of Bethlehem experience signs of the kingdom of the Prince of Peace, the child who was born in their beautiful city! Let us celebrate Christmas, wherever we are, and may the love and care of God for all God’s children fill our hearts and guide our steps forward on our common pilgrimage of justice and peace!Rev. Dr Olav Fykse TveitGeneral SecretaryWorld Council of Churches Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Tags TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Anglican Communion, Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 center_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York World Council of Churches’ 2016 Christmas message Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Bath, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more

Sexual assaults in military rise to more than 20,000, Pentagon survey says

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first_imgiStock(WASHINGTON) — In a setback for the U.S. military’s efforts to reduce sexual assault in the military, a new Pentagon survey obtained by ABC News shows the number of sexual assaults increased in 2018 to 20,500, almost the same levels as five years ago, a result that Pentagon officials say will lead to changes in its sexual assault prevention efforts.The latest figures are included in an anonymous Pentagon survey conducted every two years that estimates the “prevalence,” or rate, of sexual assault in the military. Sexual assault is defined as rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those offenses.In 2016, Pentagon officials were encouraged by the significant drop in the estimate of sexual assaults to 14,900 in that year’s survey, but they now acknowledge that they will have to adjust their prevention efforts in light of the new report.This year’s survey found that the number of estimated sexual assaults had risen to 20,500, almost the same number of 20,300 estimated in the 2014 survey.The survey found that female service members between the ages of 17 and 24 are at the greatest risk for sexual assault from their peers, a trend in line with another report released earlier this year that showed a significant spike in sexual assaults at the three military service academies.“It’s extremely disheartening,” said Dr. Elizabeth Van Winkle, the executive director of the Office of Force Resiliency for the Defense Department. “These are our youngest service members, and it is extremely frustrating because we’ve been working at this for a really long time.”“While we do have indications of progress in some areas, this is not the direction that we want to go,” said Van Winkle. “So we have to adjust course.”She described the data from the new survey, as well as the military service academy report, as a “wake-up call” that 17- to 24-year-olds in military services are “a group that we have not yet reached in terms of our strategies.”“This is the trip wire,” said Nate Galbreath, deputy director of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. “This is what tells us that there’s something going on that we need to hone in on. And so now that we have our trip wire set off and we’ve got a higher prevalence for women 17 to 24, we’re going to be focusing very, very tightly on that.”But while there will be an increased focus on 17- to 24-year-olds in military services, “we cannot take our eye off of any of the targeted areas that we have been looking at across the board,” said Van Winkle. “We continue to drive that message for our senior officers that they are responsible for setting the command climate.”This year’s survey also found increases in sexual harassment and gender discrimination, patterns of behavior that can be precursors to sexual assault.“We continue to struggle with maintaining a climate that meets our expectations for good order and discipline and treating everyone with dignity and respect,” said Van Winkle.Accordingly, efforts will focus on lower-level leaders, particularly non-commissioned officers, and how they should hold service members in their unit accountable.“Our command climate surveys, for a long time, measured toxic leadership,” said Van Winkle. “What we’re moving towards is that you’re not only accountable for your own behavior, but you’re accountable for true command climate. You are accountable for what’s happening within the peers underneath you.”“What we now have to do is we really have to focus down and work with the E5’s (sergeants) and those first-line folks that are right there on the front lines,” said Galbreath. “To be able to say, ‘Here are the tools that you can use to be able to set good order and discipline.”On Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan tipped his hand at what the Task Force may have recommended when he told a House panel that “we’re going to criminalize certain activities in this next year to reflect the seriousness that we’re going to take on certain behaviors.”A Pentagon spokesperson later said the Task Force’s recommendations “included actions to enhance commander’s ability to set appropriate command climate.”“One recommendation is for the department to take steps to make sexual harassment a stand-alone military crime,” said spokesperson Jessica Maxwell.The Pentagon survey found once again found that retaliation for sexual assault victims stepping forward remains a concern. According to the survey, 64% of service members who reported sexual assaults perceived negative experiences or retaliation associated with their report.Of those, 43% did not meet the legal criteria for retaliation, though that determination may not always indicate a victim’s perception of possible retaliation.“We can’t always take action, in terms of a charge of retaliation. We can’t always take action on that group,” said Van Winkle, “But it’s still our responsibility to make sure everybody’s treating each other with dignity and respect.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ancient dog bone reveals when man’s best friend migrated to North America

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first_imgJeanUrsula/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Researchers have narrowed down a timeline for when man’s best friend may have migrated to North America based on a 10,000-year-old bone fragment of a dog found in southeast Alaska.The femur fragment, smaller than the size of a dime, was uncovered by surprise as scientists were studying how climate changes during the Ice Age impacted animals’ survival and movements, according to a press release by the University of Buffalo.Researchers were sequencing DNA from a collection of hundreds of bones found in the region years ago when they realized that the small bone, originally thought to have come from a bear, contained DNA from a dog that lived about 10,150 years ago, the release stated.“This all started out with our interest in how Ice Age climatic changes impacted animals’ survival and movements in this region,” University of Buffalo evolutionary biologist Charlotte Lindqvist, lead author of the study published Tuesday in the U.K.-based journal The Royal Society, said in a statement. “Southeast Alaska might have served as an ice-free stopping point of sorts, and now — with our dog — we think that early human migration through the region might be much more important than some previously suspected.”Dogs were domesticated in Europe between 32,000 and 18,800 years ago. The findings suggest that dogs first migrated to the Americas around 16,000 years ago, according to the study.The bone’s DNA suggests that it came from a canine that diverged from a Siberian dog as early as 16,700 years ago, scientists determined. The timing of that split coincides with a period when humans may have been migrating into North America along a coastal route that included southeast Alaska.There have been multiple waves of dogs migrating to the Americas, according to the study. Arctic dogs arrived from East Asia with the Thule, ancestors of all modern Inuit peoples inhabiting the Arctic. Siberian huskies were imported to Alaska during the Gold Rush, and other dogs were brought by European colonizers.But the exact timeframe for when dogs first ventured into the Americas was previously unclear. The findings from the bone coincide with when humans first arrived to the Americas, after the last Ice Age when coastal glaciers began to retreat.This suggests “that dogs accompanied the first humans that entered the New World,” according to the study.“The history of dogs has been intertwined, since ancient times, with that of the humans who domesticated them,” the release stated.However, the fossil record of ancient dogs on the North American continent is still incomplete, so any new remains that are discovered will provide important clues, said University of Buffalo biological sciences student Flavio Augusto da Silva Coelho.Prior to the discovery, the earliest ancient dog bones found in the U.S. were in the Midwest, Coelho said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Department of Energy announces $100m for artificial photosynthesis research

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first_img The US Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters on Independence Avenue. (Credit: The US Department of Energy/Wikipedia) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $100 million in funding over five years for two new awards focused on advancing artificial photosynthesis for the production of fuels from sunlight.“Sunlight is the world’s most basic energy source, and an ability to generate fuels directly from sunlight has the potential to revolutionize the U.S. energy economy,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “This effort will keep America at the forefront of artificial photosynthesis research, a field of great challenge but also huge promise.”The Liquid Sunlight Alliance (LiSA), led by the California Institute of Technology in close partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is pursuing an approach called “co-design,” which is an effort to make the many complex steps in converting sunlight to fuels work more efficiently both individually and in concert with each other. Researchers will combine computationally driven theory work with real-time observations using ultrafast x-rays and other advanced imaging techniques.The Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE), led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seeks to develop hybrid photoelectrodes for fuel production that combine semiconductors for light absorption with molecular catalysts for conversion and fuel production. CHASE will also blend experiment with theory to understand and establish new design principles for fuels-from-sunlight systems.Both efforts are multi-institutional partnerships involving both universities and DOE National Laboratories.LiSA and CHASE will succeed the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). JCAP, the DOE Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub, was originally established in 2010, and funding concludes this year. The Department’s Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub program will continue through the combined efforts of LiSA and CHASE. Both are expected to build on the accomplishments of JCAP, as well as several DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers and core research efforts devoted to artificial photosynthesis.Total planned funding is $100 million over five years, with $20 million in Fiscal Year 2020 and outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations.The Department’s investment in the Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub program represents a continuing large-scale commitment of U.S. scientific and technological resources to this highly competitive and promising area of investigation. Source: Company Press Release Two major partnerships involve universities and DOE laboratorieslast_img read more

Senator Braun’s Weekly Update | Summer of Solutions Tour, Red Flag Laws, Buttigieg Campaign

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first_imgTHIS WEEK, SENATOR BRAUN barnstormed Indiana from Fort Wayne to Warsaw to Indianapolis to Evansville on the first week of his 50 city Summer of Solutions Tour, leading the conversation following President Trump’s remarks on measures to prevent guns from being abused by criminals and the dangerously mentally ill while defending the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families.Other topics this week include Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, the national debt, and the GOP’s future on healthcare.At a lunch stop with constituents at Shapiro’s in Indianapolis, Senator Braunaddressed curbing mass shootings with legislative solutions that Indiana has led the way on, including ‘red flag’ laws which have gained support from GOP leaders and President Trump.“He cited the shooting in El Paso, Texas as a case where a red flag law could’ve made a difference.“‘The mother of the shooter in El Paso called into the authorities,” Braun said Thursday. “And what happened? Nothing. You shouldn’t need a manifesto put out there before you take someone seriously.’”Senator Braun sat down with the IndyStar for an in-depth interview during his Summer of Solutions Tour, digging into President Trump’s wins for Hoosiers, red flag laws, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign. Below are highlights from the interview:ON MAYOR PETE: “He’s a classic guy that his whole life has dreamed about being a career politician. I would love to debate Pete Buttigieg just one-on-one and it would be just like the primary and general election when I went against people that had been in the system of politics. You can’t call Pete a career politician, but he sure looks like he wants to be one. And I think you ought to look at what he’s done in South Bend. I’d love to debate that. I don’t think he’s ready for prime time.”ON ‘RED FLAG’ LAWS: “As one of the strongest defenders of our Second Amendment, (I) said we need to embrace common-sense legislation, which would be around red flag laws, which we have here in Indiana, that statistically across the six states that have them, it’s lowered deaths from a gun. If you are a big Second Amendment person, if we do nothing, I think that right to bear and keep arms could be diminished over time. This is simple. Have laws that keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals. We can all agree on that.”ON BALANCING THE BUDGET: “I do have a bill that might be a little better framework because it’s worked in other countries. It pegs spending statutorily as a percentage of our GDP (gross domestic product, the total value of goods and services in one year) to where you have got to figure out how you’re going to cap the spending at or under that. In a bad year when the economy is weak, you can spend up to it. It’s worked in other countries. Hopefully it might work here.”On a stop during his Summer of Solutions Tour, Senator Braun spoke to Indianapolis’ WTHR on strengthening background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill while protecting the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms.Before embarking on his 50-city tour of Indiana throughout the month of August, Senator Braun caught up with his hometown newspaper, the Dubois County Herald, to update Hoosiers on the work he’s done to shake up Washington with real world solutions in the first seven months in the Senate.“Addressing the rising cost of prescription drugs, combating the opioid crisis, promoting post-secondary education options other than four-year schools, reining in federal spending and calling on Congress to approve Trump’s United-States-Mexico-Canada agreement are all issues that are important to him.“He’s thankful that he’s been given a platform to address them.“’I’m blessed and honored to be the U.S. Senator, and will draw on my Main Street experience that’s been based upon hard work, experience and practical solutions,’ Braun said. ‘Commonsense stuff. We need more of that in D.C.’”While talking to Hoosier workers in Fort Wayne on his August tour, Fort Wayne’s NBC spoke to Senator Braun and Indiana State Police Sgt. Brian Walker about red flags laws, which Indiana has led the way on.“It’s not big government coming in and taking people’s weapons without just cause, and we also have to answer for our actions. If they’re going to apply for a warrant to have these weapons confiscated, that has to be written down and justified in an affidavit,” [Indiana State Police Sgt. Brian Walker] Walker says.“Any legislator that doesn’t view it as a serious issue, and especially from ones that come from Second Amendment states, ones that believe deeply in the right to bear and keep arms, I think it hurts that right down the road if we don’t take practical measures to control unnecessary deaths from firearms,” [Senator Braun] says.Senator Braun sat down with South Bend’s WNDU in Warsaw while visiting local businesses to talk about the economy with Hoosier workers, discussing background checks and red flag laws and Congress’s inaction on the national debt, including his decision to vote against the budget-busting debt deal last month.“We’ve got difficulties where we’re going to deplete the Medicare and Social Security trust funds, the Medicare in 2026. Increasingly, our budget is mandatory spending where you can’t even look on it. It’s on autopilot, and that’s not going to end well. And the fact that we’ve had historically low interest rates, we’ve not really paid a price for it,” Braun said. “… We’re still considered the only reserve currency across the world. That’s enabled us to borrow money at historically low rates, and just because that’s the case doesn’t mean you should keep doing it.”For a deeper look at Senator Braun’s reaction to last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, read Brian Fransisco’s coverage in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.“’The Democrats again want to get rid of weapons generally as their prescription. How’s that worked in Chicago? How’s that worked in Baltimore,’ [Braun] said about cities where shooting deaths have surged in recent years.”Breitbart News‘ Sean Moran reported this week on President Trump’s announcement of further healthcare proposals coming from the GOP this September, with Senator Braun’s work on lowering healthcare prices singled out as leading the way.“Braun shared with Breitbart News the argument that ‘Republicans need to force’ change in the healthcare industry. Braun said that if the industry does not change itself, Medicare for All will win.”For live updates from Indiana on Senator Braun’s Summer of Solutions Tour, follow him on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.To subscribe to this newsletter and see other updates from Senator Braun, visit his official website. To unsubscribe from Senator Braun’s Weekly Update, please contact [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more