Heres a timeline of Aeroplans turbulent history

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Aeroplan Posted by Wednesday, August 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Here’s a timeline of Aeroplan’s turbulent history TORONTO — The saga over Aeroplan came to a close yesterday, with news that the consortium led by Air Canada has reached a deal to acquire the loyalty program from Aimia Inc. The deal, worth $450 million cash plus assumed liabilities, comes after more than a year of uncertainty since Air Canada said in May 2017 that it would switch to its own loyalty program in July 2020.Here are some significant dates in Aeroplan’s history:1984: Air Canada creates the frequent flyers loyalty program Aeroplan1991: The CIBC Aerogold Visa card is launched2000: Rupert Duchesne becomes CEO of Aeroplan2002: Aeroplan operates as a subsidiary of Air Canada2004: Aeroplan adds non-flight rewards2005: Air Canada spins off Aeroplan, which completes a public offering as an income trust2006: Aeroplan launches program allowing members to donate miles to charities2007: Aeroplan launches carbon offset program, allowing members to use miles to offset their carbon footprint2007: Aeroplan says miles will expire after seven years of being collected, effective in January 20142008: Air Canada sells its remaining stake in Aeroplan, which becomes a corporation operating as Groupe Aeroplan2011: Groupe Aeroplan changes name to Aimia Inc., as its strategy shifts to include loyalty programs operating outside of CanadaMore news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth2013: TD Bank becomes Aeroplan’s main financial partner after assuming about half of CIBC’s Visa Aeroplan card customers2013: Aeroplan backtracks and cancels seven-year mileage redemption policy after angry customers launch class-action lawsuitMay 11, 2017: Duchesne leaves the company after four-month medical leave of absenceMay 11, 2017: Air Canada announces that it will not renew its Aeroplan partnership in 2020 as it starts its own rewards program. Aimia shares plunge 63 per cent on the dayApril 2018: Aimia announces the resignation of CEO David JohnstonMay 2018: Jeremy Rabe appointed Aimia’s president and CEOJuly 19, 2018: Aimia announces plans to relaunch the Aeroplan program with charter flights and use of miles for any seats on any airlineJuly 25, 2018: Air Canada, CIBC, TD Bank and Visa Canada offer to acquire Aeroplan for $2.25 billion, including $250 million cash plus assumed liabilitiesJuly 27, 2018: Air Canada says it would restart talks with credit card partners to create its own loyalty program if Aimia fails to accept its offer within six daysMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAug. 2, 2018: Aimia confirms talks with Oneworld airline alliance; talks with Air Canada fail despite higher $325 million offerAug. 3, 2018: Aimia announces deal with Porter Airlines to become an Aeroplan preferred Canadian airline as of July 2020Aug. 6, 2018: Mittleman Brothers LLC, largestshareholder in Aimia, issues public statement saying Air Canada’s offers were too low and suggesting Aeroplan was worth about $1.2 billion.Aug. 7, 2018: Aimia adds Air Transat and Flair Airlines to its list of Canadian airline partners.Aug. 21, 2018: Aimia reaches agreement with Air Canada-led consortium, which will pay $450 million in cash for Aeroplan and assume about $1.9 billion in liabilities associated with miles collected by customers.With file from The Canadian Press Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Andre Ellington has been the most pleasant surprise of the Cardinals’ season thus far. And with a crucial game looming Thursday against Seattle, a storyline to monitor is whether Bruce Arians will continue to use No. 38 in a role that seems to suit him, or rather develop a fever where the only prescription is more Ellington. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Following Ellington’s best statistical game of the season — 92 total yards and a touchdown against the 49ers — the climb isn’t likely to end. At least it shouldn’t.Good things happen when Ellington gets the ball. His 7.0 yards per carry is more than twice the average of starting running back Rashard Mendenhall. Ellington’s 8.3 yards per touch creates an even bigger gap between he and Mendenhall, who averages 3.7 yards each time he touches the ball. In addition, Ellington has more catches (18) for more yards (180) than No. 3 receiver Andre Roberts (15, 150), despite having been the target of fewer passes. The rookie has also scored twice (once more than Michael Floyd) and hasn’t fumbled (Larry Fitzgerald has).And I’ve saved the rookie’s most impressive stat for last: Ellington moves the chains. He’s picked up a first down a remarkable 19 times on just 43 chances. That’s a 44 percent conversion rate. Mendenhall is earning a first down 20 percent of the time. Heck, Adrian Peterson only moves the chains 24 percent of the time, and NFL yardage leader LaSean McCoy converts 29 percent of the time.Granted, Ellington plays mostly on third down, but when the cat is making the entire chain gang move nearly every other time he’s touching the ball, one has to wonder if it’s time to expand his role. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories It’s not always greedy to ask for more. Sometimes it’s simply the right thing to do.Oliver Twist asked for more gruel and touched off a meaningful rebellion.Bruce Dickinson asked for more cowbell and the Blue Oyster Cult soared into stardom.So, don’t be ashamed, Cardinals fans, to ask for more Andre Ellington. It might just be the kick in the pants the offense needs.The sixth-round pick out of Clemson impressed the coaching staff during training camp, enough that he earned a roster spot — just not much playing time. Ellington had one touch in the season opener, but his role in the offense has expanded each week, climbing from six touches in week two to 12 in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. last_img read more

A little electrical brain stimulation can go a lon

first_imgA little electrical brain stimulation can go a long way in boosting memory.The key is to deliver a tiny pulse of electricity to exactly the right place at exactly the right moment, a team reports in Tuesday’s Nature Communications.”We saw a 15 percent improvement in memory,” says Michael Kahana, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and an author of the study.The approach hints at a new way of treating people with memory problems caused by a brain injury or Alzheimer’s disease, Kahana says. But the technology is still far from widespread use.Kahana has spent years trying to understand why the brain often fails to store information we want it to keep.”When we’re trying to study a list of items, sometimes the items stick and sometimes we have momentary lapses where we don’t seem to remember anything,” he says.Kahana and a team of researchers thought there must be a way to help the brain do better. So they had a computer learn to recognize patterns of electrical activity indicating that the brain was about to have a memory lapse.Then the team had the computer intervene by delivering a pulse of electricity to different areas of the brain just before the lapse was going to occur. And in the area involved in recalling words, the approach worked.”When we stimulated the left temporal cortex, we found that memory was improved significantly,” Kahana says. “When we stimulated other parts of the brain, memory was, by and large, impaired.”The experiment was done with 25 patients with epilepsy who were in the hospital awaiting surgery to treat their seizures. That meant doctors had already inserted wires into their brains to monitor electrical activity.But epilepsy patients tend to have memory problems and other brain anomalies, says Michael Sperling, an author of the study and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.”We still really lack any experiments in people with other conditions to know for certain whether [the treatment] would prove effective or not,” Sperling says.Even so, Sperling is optimistic that the research will lead to an implantable device that can improve memory in at least some patients. “There’s a good chance that something like this will come available,” he says, “I would hope within the next half dozen years, or so.”The memory research is being funded by the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It’s part of an effort by the agency to develop technologies to help military personnel and veterans with memory problems caused by brain injuries.”We didn’t just do this for the sake of science,” says Justin Sanchez, who directs DARPA’s biological technologies office. “We wanted a real technology that could ultimately make its way out into the world.”DARPA-funded scientists are already working on a version of the brain stimulation system that could be implanted in a person, Sanchez says. And this sort of technology could eventually extend beyond people who have memory impairments, he says.”If any of us could get a 15 percent boost in our memory, that would be transformative,” Sanchez says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

A federal judge in Washington state has temporaril

first_imgA federal judge in Washington state has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s overhaul of the federal reproductive health care program known as Title X. The nationwide preliminary injunction puts a stop — at least for now — to new regulations that were set to take effect on May 3. Among other changes, the rules would prohibit any organization that offers or refers patients for abortion from receiving Title X funds to cover services like contraception and STD screenings for low-income patients. Reproductive rights activists cheered the ruling, issued Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Bastian in the Eastern District of Washington state. “We’ve had so much concern and anxiety about the impact this rule might have on our patients and their care, and now everyone can keep going with their very important work,” said Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which challenged the regulations. Advocates are challenging the rule in several states — among them California, Oregon, and Maine. A federal judge in Oregon also said earlier this week that he plans to issue an injunction blocking the rules, though he has not yet specified the scope of his ruling. The judge, Michael McShane, described the rule as a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy,” The Oregonian reported. That suit was brought by a coalition of more than 20 state attorneys general, Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association. Planned Parenthood officials have said if the changes to Title X are allowed to take effect, the organization, which serves about 40% of the program’s 4 million patients, would no longer be able to participate.Supporters of the Trump administration’s regulations argue that no federal funds should go to any group involved in abortion. In a statement, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America called the decision an example of “judicial overreach” and promised that it “will motivate voters in the days ahead.”A spokesperson for the federal Department of Health and Human Services declined to comment on pending litigation. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Panasonic to Raise Funds for Tesla Plant

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares July 29, 2016 1 min read Japan’s Panasonic Corp. said on Friday it would raise up to 400 billion yen ($3.86 billion) in corporate bonds, partly because it needs to bring forward its investment in a Tesla Motors Inc. battery factory.Panasonic plans to respond to brisk demand for the electric car maker’s upcoming Model 3 sedan, Senior Managing Director Hideaki Kawai told reporters after the company reported earnings.”In the near term, strategic investment (from the money raised) would be mostly in Tesla’s Gigafactory. There is a need to speed up investment,” Kawai said.(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Christopher Cushing) Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article center_img Reuters Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Panasonic to Raise Funds for Tesla Plant panasonic Add to Queuelast_img read more

Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN Women of the Channel

first_imgSeven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel” PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 9:06 pmMay 22, 2019 Tech Data announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named seven of the company’s executives to the prestigious 2019 Women of the Channel list. The leaders recognized on this annual list represent technology suppliers, distributors, solution providers and other IT organizations. Each is recognized for significant contributions to channel advocacy, channel growth and visionary leadership.Chosen for their exemplary leadership and tireless work to support the channel, this year’s list of Tech Data’s Women of the Channel includes the following:Kaye McMillan, vice president, sales transformation and development, was selected for leadership of sales development and support of various strategic initiatives and sales programs across Tech Data. She also has been named to the Power 100 list, recognizing Kaye as one of the top 100 female executives whose insight and influence help drive channel success.Cheryl Neal, vice president, data and networking, provided strong leadership in the implementation of strategic initiatives across the organization to create opportunities and drive solutions business growth for vendor and channel partners, which made her a clear choice for the distinction. Cheryl also was selected for the Power 100 list.Cathy Clark, vice president, vendor accounting, was chosen for her work to transform and redesign several key processes, which provided consistency and efficiency to Tech Data’s support of vendor relations.Kristi Kirby, director, endpoint solutions, works to develop strategic, profitable partnerships with key vendors. She is included on the list for her work in creating aggregate solutions in workforce transformation and next-generation collaboration solutions that deliver measurable business outcomes through the channel.Barbara Koch, managing director, advanced solutions, DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), has led the transformation of Tech Data’s Advanced Solutions division in DACH from product selling to solution selling and delivering the channel knowledge and expertise in AI, Cloud, Analytics and IoT, and Security. She is focused on deepening the collaboration across the various teams, retaining and developing the talents in the organization and strengthening Tech Data’s leading position and channel market share while creating profitable growth.Suzette Oskam, director, endpoint solutions, Netherlands, is a visionary, strategic leader in the organization. She has developed deep relationships in the Dutch IT channel and within her peer group in Tech Data’s European operation. Her people-oriented approach combines strong communication skills and a deep interest in creating a balanced team in order to achieve the best possible results.Jennifer Ruth, vice president, pricing and master data, was recognized for the second time on a CRN “Women of the Channel” list. She has been instrumental in the standardization and expansion of the global business solutions team in supporting U.S.-based partners with no physical entities or tax-registered entities outside of the states nor a presence in the desired landing country, enabling them to deliver, install and maintain global technology solutions.Marketing Technology News: DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy Regulations“We are thrilled to have so many of our colleagues recognized by CRN as IT thought leaders,” said Rich Hume, CEO of Tech Data. “Our workplace culture honors and takes pride in integrity, accountability, collaboration and inclusion, and our esteemed leaders epitomize these values.”CRN editors choose the list from a multitude of channel leadership applicants and selects the final honorees based on their professional, demonstrated expertise, as well as ongoing dedication to the IT channel.Marketing Technology News: Travel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for Hotels“CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel list honors influential leaders who are accelerating channel growth through mutually beneficial partnerships, incredible leadership, strategic vision and unique contributions in their field,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “This accomplished group of leaders is driving channel success, and we are proud to honor their achievements.”Marketing Technology News: Jumpshot Releases State of eCommerce Data Report that Reveals New Retail Strategies for Sponsored Search, Affiliate Marketing and Influencers CRNMarketing TechnologyNewsRich HumeTech DataTech Data’s WomenTechnology Previous Article2019 TOPO Summit Recap: Customer Experience Disrupts B2B EconomyNext ArticleDataRobot and Informatica Partner to Accelerate Adoption of AI Across the Enterpriselast_img read more

Reviewing applications of advanced materials in drug delivery and biomedicine

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 11 2019The Graphene family of materials (GFNs) has emerged as one of the most useful new age nano-biomaterials. Graphene-based materials exhibit excellent physicochemical properties, such as high electrical conductivity, mechanical strength, and high surface area with π-conjugated carbon atoms stacked to form honeycomb structure, suitable for binding other molecules. All these properties make GFNs an ideal carrier of cellular drug delivery, Moreover, the ability of GFNs to exhibit fluorescence under specific wavelengths of light, makes them attractive for use in cellular imaging techniques.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustGraphene Quantum Dots (GQDs) are great for this purpose. GFNs are also used in a plethora of applications in biomedicine including cancer medicine for targeted drug delivery and phototherapy, antimicrobial therapies in conjugation with regular antimicrobial agents for fighting drug resistance, developing microbicidal surfaces and materials, gene delivery, in-vivo imaging and tissue regeneration (especially for neural and bone tissue conduits). More recently GFNs have shown activity against HIV. GFNs can also be tailored for specific needs by means of functionalization with suitable motifs and doping with elements, like nitrogen and phosphorous, for desired applications.Extensive research projects are now focusing on developing GFNs and a newer generation of like materials such as graphene nanoribbons, graphene nanoplatelets, warped nanographene and reduced graphene nano-mesh has emerged. Many of these materials overcome the limitations of previous generations of GFNs in terms of toxicity and water insolubility, which make these nanomaterials very suitable for biomedical applications. Newer synthetic methods of nontoxic graphene are also emerging; such methods include laser ablation and hydrothermal synthesis and green synthesis. These newer methods in the future will pave way for extensive use of graphene in biomedicine. Once industry-wide scaling upgrades will be achieved, we can expect graphene to be one of the most used biomaterial components in the future. Source: read more

Modeling where the wind blows

Citation: Modeling where the wind blows (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Provided by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Renewable energy generated from wind has the potential to ease the demand for resources, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, locating global wind resources is very challenging because of the difficulty in storing the large amounts of data generated by climate model simulations.This led postodoc, Jaehong Jeong, and his supervisor Marc Genton from KAUST, working with colleagues from the University of Notre Dame in the United States, to develop a statistical model that includes geographical and physical information for mountains, such as longitude and altitude, and can better account for their impacts on wind speed.”Our model incorporates more large-scale geographical information to explain the behavior of wind across longitudes,” explains Jaehong. “In particular, the model incorporates information on the physical characteristics of mountains, which have been shown to affect the spatial smoothness of wind fields, and leads to better model selection metrics for modeling wind data, reducing the data storage and computational requirements of large datasets.”Wind fields have been shown to exhibit varying spatio-temporal smoothness across longitudes due to land, ocean and mountainous features, and differences in altitude can produce thermal effects as well as the acceleration of wind flows over hills and funneling effects in narrow valleys.The researchers therefore developed a flexible model in which ocean, land and high mountains with altitude information were included as covariates to account for the statistical behavior of wind speed. And by using a stochastic generator, they were able to incorporate large amounts of wind data, allowing them to better model the spatio-temporal variability of wind resources.Once the mean and covariance parameters were estimated from a sample set, the stochastic generator was able to generate surrogate runs whose large-scale features were almost identical to the original runs, and a more detailed assessment of wind uncertainty under different initial conditions was achieved, without the need for storing a prohibitive amount of information.”Our work could provide wind energy assessments in developing countries, where no regional studies are available, and could be a stepping stone for more complex and realistic problems regarding wind resources, such as daily or monthly global wind ensemble and multivariate wind-field modeling,” says Genton. 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. The ensemble standard deviation for the yearly near-surface wind speed from the training set. Credit: KAUST Explore further Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic By incorporating geographical information into models for wind energy, researchers from KAUST have developed an innovative statistical tool that reduces the computational burden of locating global wind resources. More information: Reducing Storage of Global Wind Ensembles with Stochastic Generators. read more

First challenge for Renaults new chiefs Ghosns payout

first_imgCarlos Ghosn may no longer be in the driver’s seat at Renault, but he will remain at the centre of vigorous negotiations in the coming weeks over severance pay potentially worth tens of millions of euros. According to the automaker’s annual report, Ghosn’s resignation means he must forfeit any shares granted for meeting performance milestones.”But what counts is what they will decide about shares already attributed but not yet awarded,” said Dessaint, saying Ghosn could claim a trove of 380,000 shares currently worth some 21 million euros.”It’s the same story with deferred stock grants, worth four to five million euros,” he calculates.Company officials have refused to comment on the eventual indemnities.But a source close to the matter said that given the circumstances of Ghosn’s exit, “we’re going to reduce them as much as we can”.’Stupid to pay’Even if an agreement is reached on the standard retirement package, lawyers will still be wrangling over two other multi-million-euro questions.The first involves a non-compete clause that provides two years of total pay—both fixed and variable—in exchange for not joining another carmaker.”Renault would be pretty stupid to pay,” Dessaint said, “because the risk is basically nil since he’s in prison”.Ghosn’s lawyers have lost two requests for bail, and under Japanese legal rules he could remain behind bars for months before his trial even opens.The second bone of contention involves a retirement pension that would be payable each year to Ghosn until his death.According to Dessaint, Ghosn is eligible to receive 765,000 euros a year after leading Renault since 2005, forging an alliance which sold more cars than any of its rivals last year. Explore further Seven million euros came from Renault alone, drawing the ire of French officials, and last February Ghosn was forced to accept a 30 percent pay cut in order to secure another four-year mandate as CEO. The French government, which owns 15 percent of the carmaker and 22 percent of voting rights, has already warned it doesn’t intend to let the former CEO walk away with the kind of lavish payouts that he is accustomed to.”I can tell you we will be extremely vigilant, as the largest shareholder, over the exit conditions that will be set by the board,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told AFP at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this week.Ghosn had already raised hackles in France as one of its highest-paid business chiefs, and a huge payout for an executive sitting in a Tokyo jail wouldn’t go down well amid the “yellow vest” protests over declining living standards.The 64-year-old Franco-Brazilian-Lebanese executive was arrested in November on charges of under-reporting tens of millions of dollars in income over eight years as head of Renault’s alliance partner Nissan.He has denied that and other financial misconduct claims and his trial may still be months away.He tendered his resignation at Renault this week, having already been sacked as chairman of Nissan and the third carmaker in the alliance, Mitsubishi.But his eventual payout was not discussed by Renault directors when they met Thursday to name his replacements, Thierry Bollore as chief executive and Jean-Dominique Senard as board chairman.”If his payout is being discussed later, it’s because his resignation was immediate and not negotiated,” said Loic Dessaint of the Proxinvest shareholder advisory group.”That’s rare,” Dessaint said, suggesting that by doing so, Ghosn was hoping to benefit immediately from any pre-discussed “golden handshake”.”But Renault also has a strong hand to play, because it can file a lawsuit and claim damages” against its former chief if he is found guilty in the Nissan case, he said.25 million euro questionAs with most CEOs, Ghosn’s pay was a mix of fixed payouts coupled with performance-linked stock grants and cash top-ups.In 2016 the executive known as a “cost-killer” for slashing outlays and jobs took home a combined 15.4 million euros ($17.6 million) from his roles at Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. © 2019 AFP Some say Renault may be able to claim damages from Ghosn, limiting any payout to its former boss Renault board maintains Ghosn as CEO, says pay was legal Citation: First challenge for Renault’s new chiefs: Ghosn’s payout (2019, January 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from It’s not over before the severance pay is settled 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.last_img read more

Hydrogennatural gas hydrates harvested by natural gas

first_img Artificially synthesized and dissociated hydrogen-natural gas hydrates. The Raman spectra of tuned sI and sII hydrate showing the hydrogen clusters in each cage. Credit: KAIST Schematics showing the storage method for hydrogen in a natural gas hydrate using a substitution method and storage method directly from ice to a hydrogen-natural gas hydrate. Credit: KAIST Explore further The research team found that two hydrogen molecules are stored in small cages in tuned structure I hydrates, while up to three hydrogen molecules can be stored in both small and large cages in tuned structure II hydrates. Hydrates can store gas up to about 170-times its volume and the natural gas used as thermodynamic stabilizers in this study can also be used as an energy source.The research team developed technology to produce hydrates from ice, produced hydrogen-natural gas hydrates by substitution, and successfully observed that the tuning phenomenon only occurs when hydrogen is involved in hydrate formation from the start for both structures of hydrates.They expect that the findings can be applied to not only an energy-efficient gas storage material, but also a smart platform to utilize hydrogen natural gas blends, which can serve as a new alternative energy source with targeted hydrogen contents by designing synthetic pathways of mixed gas hydrates.The research was published online in Energy Storage Materials on June 6, with the title “One-step formation of hydrogen clusters in clathrate hydrates stabilized via natural gas blending.”Professor Lee said, “HNGB will utilize the existing natural gas infrastructure for transportation, so it is very likely that we can commercialize this hydrate system. We are investigating the kinetic performance through a follow-up strategy to increase the volume of gas storage. Team discloses the formation of burning ice in oceanic clay rich sediment Citation: Hydrogen-natural gas hydrates harvested by natural gas (2019, June 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from The research team of Professor Jae Woo Lee from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in collaboration with the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) demonstrated that the natural gas modulator based synthesis leads to significantly reduced synthesis pressure simultaneously with the formation of hydrogen clusters in the confined nanoporous cages of clathrate hydrates. This approach minimizes the environmental impact and reduces operation costs since clathrate hydrates do not generate any chemical waste in both the synthesis and decomposition processes.For the efficient storage and transportation of hydrogen, numerous materials have been investigated. Among others, clathrate hydrates offer distinct benefits. Clathrate hydrates are nanoporous inclusion compounds composed of a 3-D network of polyhedral cages made of hydrogen-bonded ‘host’ water molecules and captured ‘guest’ gas or liquid molecules.In this study, the research team used two gases, methane and ethane, which have lower equilibrium conditions compared to hydrogen as thermodynamic stabilizers. As a result, they succeeded in stably storing the hydrogen-natural gas compound in hydrates. According to the composition ratio of methane and ethane, structure I or II hydrates can be formed, both of which can stably store hydrogen-natural gas in low-pressure conditions. More information: Yun-Ho Ahn et al, One-step formation of hydrogen clusters in clathrate hydrates stabilized via natural gas blending, Energy Storage Materials (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.ensm.2019.06.007 Provided by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) A hydrogen-natural gas blend (HNGB) can be a game changer only if it can be stored safely and used as a sustainable clean energy resource. A recent study has suggested a new strategy for stably storing hydrogen, using natural gas as a stabilizer. The research proposed a practical gas phase modulator based synthesis of HNGB without generating chemical waste after dissociation for the immediate service. 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.last_img read more

Will Genia and Quade Cooper to join Japans Kintetsu Liners

first_imgAustralia internationals Will Genia and Quade Cooper will leave the Rebels for second-tier Japanese side Kintetsu Liners. Genia is not expected to link up with his new team-mates until after the Rugby World Cup in Japan, though Cooper could move sooner having been omitted from the Wallabies squad for their Rugby Championship opener against South Africa. The duo have joined other high-profile players like Kieran Read, Duane Vermeulen and Brodie Retallick in agreeing to moves to the Asian nation.MORE: Super Rugby final: Coach Scott Robertson breakdances after Crusaders complete hat-trick of titles”I am very much looking forward to joining Kintetsu Liners. I want to play right away as part of a team with a long history and tradition,” Genia said in a club statement.center_img “My goal is to do my best for the club and to help Kintetsu Liners become the best rugby team in Japan. It is a great honour to be able to contribute to this team.”Following two seasons and 22 matches for Melbourne, scrum half Will Genia will continue his rugby career at the Kintetsu Liners. Thank you for everything you’ve done to grow the game in Victoria Will and we can’t wait to cheer you on as a Wallaby in Japan!#AlwaysARebel Melbourne Rebels (@MelbourneRebels) July 11, 2019Cooper added: “I will work hard to help the team achieve its goal of returning to the Top League. In addition, I will do my best to be able to contribute more when we get there.”I want to challenge rugby in Japan and I can still contribute on the pitch. I appreciate this opportunity.”last_img read more

Bike seat comfort is all about the fitting

first_img Metro News 10 Jul 2019 Motorcycle gangs a growing menace in Miri Related News Related News Tech News 08 Jul 2019 Waymo tests WiFi in driverless taxis hoping perks can route it past rivals Haruzzaidi, 41, has been running his own business since 2001.With the help of two employees, he modifies about 300 motorcycle seats a month at his shop in Taman Subang Mas here.To reshape the seat of a motor­cycle, Haruzzaidi said he needs information such as the height of the motorcyclist, if he is riding alone or with a pillion rider, as well as frequency of usage.Haruzzaidi also said that the redesigning process starts by taking off the original seat cover and modifying the seat by either cutting or adding to its foam, followed by reshaping it to suit the figure of the customer.“Once the reshaping of the seat is completed, the customer will be asked to test the new seat by riding the motorcycle out, and the modification process will be repeated until he is satisfied,” he said.Haruzzaidi said that the customer has the choice of material for the cushion cover.The demand for customised motorcycle seats is growing, he added. — Bernama Auto 09 Jul 2019 VW to deepen alliances with battery suppliers SHAH ALAM: Here is a tip from motorcycle cushion maker Haruzzaidi Halim about getting the right fit for your machine.“A comfortable motorcycle seat is determined by its design, not how soft or hard it is,” he said.This, he said, was a common misperception among the public.“Some customers even bring their own cushion design but it is better to modify the existing seat before changing it into the desired design,” he said. It has to be good: Haruzzaidi fixing a cushion seat for one of his customers at his shop in Shah Alam. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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