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Muslims Use Sarcastic Hashtag to Dissociate Themselves from ISIS

By Radia BenabbouRabat –  Muslims around the world are using the hashtag #MuslimApologies as a way to defend Islam as a peaceful religion and that ISIS’s violent acts do not represent their faith.Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Islam has been a target for several different types of accusations that associate it with terrorism. Muslims around the world have been persecuted and discriminated against just for sharing religious beliefs with a terrorist group. It has been a hard time for Muslims, especially North African immigrants in Europe. It took much effort and commitment to alter—though not completely—this perception of Islam. However, once again, Islam is associated with terrorism due to the notorious acts of ISIS, a terrorist group that claims to have an Islamic background. The world is once again blaming Islam and Muslims as a community for what ISIS is doing, nurturing hatred and contempt against the Muslims of the world.In response to this wave of hatred, a wave of a different kind is being born. The #MuslimApologies is a campaign, led by Muslims of the world, is attempting to shed light on the fact that not all Muslims agree with the violent acts of ISIS. It is a campaign that makes use of sarcasm in order to ridicule the attempts to associate Islam with terrorism.This hashtag is a new trend on Twitter. Muslims from around the world post tweets where they sarcastically apologize for the good things Muslims did for humanity. They apologize for Islam’s positive contributions in the different areas of life. The “apologies” focus mainly on education, scientific discoveries, human rights, and spiritual matters. Along with similar hashtags, this campaign seems to be exposing the world to a different type of Islam: one that is a tolerant, peaceful religion.These are some examples of the tweets:Scientists use the Quran to discover things. I’m sorry that the Quran knows more than humans. #MuslimApologies— x (@jerrysmindx) September 27, 2014now that we’ve seen #MuslimApologies i wanna see #WesternApologies. there’s a lot to apologize for, luckily for you Islam is very forgiving.— Mimi (@xmimia) September 27, 2014#MuslimApologies foreshadows an indigenous rejection of the Politics of Apologetics that has long gripped Muslim-American institutions— Khaled Bey (@KhaledBeydoun) September 27, 2014I’m sorry that I’m in love with a faith that the west tries to water down. #muslimapologies— Sarah ? ???? (@AngelicYemenia) September 27, 2014I’m sorry for being a white Muslim who doesn’t look Arab. It’s confusing, and I’m very ashamed. #MuslimApologies— Liesel Hess (@LieselHess) September 25, 2014I’m sorry the media has brainwashed you to believe that Islam is a religion of evil. Sorry you can’t think for yourself #MuslimApologies— Princess Palestinian (@GazaPrincesssss) September 25, 2014 read more

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Former Adviser Accuses Saudi Arabia of Approving Assassination of Arafat

Rabat – A former adviser to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Bassam Abou Sharif, has said Saudi Arabia allowed the decision to assassinate Arafat.In an interview with Shehab News Agency, Sharif said, “The former US President George Bush spoke with the Saudi regime after a meeting with the former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, during which Arafat’s assassination was discussed, and the Saudi regime agreed.”Sharif added that Saudi Arabia agreed to the assassination of Arafat because he “became an obstacle to peace and the implementation of the Arab peace initiative.” He added that he has documents on the White House meeting between Bush and Sharon.Sharon told the former US president, according to Sharif , that “he could no longer keep his promise of not physically attacking Yasser Arafat because he was (leading terrorism) and collaborating with Hamas, and that Hamas operations would be implemented with the approval of Arafat.”Sharif added that Bush remained silent and nodded his head, approving Sharon’s plan.Following the meeting, Bush contacted his long-time regional partner, Saudi Arabia, and informed them of the decision. Sharif continued that Saudi Arabia agreed.Sharif said that his new book, titled “Assamak Al Malih” (Salty Fish), contains many secrets regarding the assassination of the former president of Palestine and the assassination of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin.Arafat died unexpectedly on November 11, 2004, at the age of 75 at a hospital near Paris shortly after being admitted, due to unknown causes. The cause of his death has been debated since then. There was much speculation that Israel was behind the death of Arafat.The New York Post reported in January of this year that Sharon ordered Yasser Arafat’s assassination. read more

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Banditry jeopardizing humanitarian work in eastern Chad warns UN

13 November 2009Humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of people in eastern Chad is under threat from banditry, which has led several aid agencies to temporarily halt their operations in the face of attacks, the United Nations relief wing reported today. Elizabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters in Geneva that the suspension by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) would affect at least 37,000 people in eastern Chad.Humanitarian actors are in contact with national and local authorities to improve the safety of civilians and aid workers, she said. Over the past two weeks, an international staff member with the ICRC was killed and a national staffer with the NGO Solidarite was kidnapped. Ms. Byrs stressed an urgent need to reinforce the capacities of the Government and the UN Mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT) – which was set up to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid – to address the new security challenges. Since the beginning of 2009, around 190 banditry attacks affecting humanitarians had been recorded in eastern Chad, nearly double the 110 in 2008.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned that armed banditry is the greatest security threat for aid workers in eastern Chad, where humanitarian agencies are working to assist some 250,000 refugees from neighbouring Sudan since 2003, as well as 160,000 displaced Chadians since 2006. read more

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Special provisions Bill in February not for a Super Minister

The Government today said that the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill is likely to be presented to Parliament in February.Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama however said the Bill is not to help create a “Super Minister” as claimed by the opposition. The Minister said that some members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have got the wrong impression about the Bill. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena is supportive of the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill. He insisted that the Bill is not to create a “Super Minister” and the Government opposes creating such a post. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Retirement party for Joe Kenny and Chris Critelli to be held Friday

A celebration has been planned for Joe Kenny and Chris Critelli as they prepare to say goodbye to Brock.Each a staple in Brock athletics for more than three decades, Kenny and Critelli are both set to retire at the end of the month.Kenny, the University’s Head Athletic Therapist and Manager of the Athletic Therapy Clinic, will hang up his hat after 36 years of service. Critelli, Brock’s Assistant Athletic Director, will also call it a day after committing 35 years to the University.The Brock community is asked to come out and share their well wishes for the pair during a joint retirement party being held Friday, Aug. 24.The event will take place in Market Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. read more

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Opinion European soccer could be next big thing for American fans

Manchester United’s Juan Mata, left, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes fight for the ball in an exhibition game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on July 23. Manchester won, 7-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAmerican sports fans are always looking for the next big thing.With a number of sports trying to leave their mark over the years, soccer has seemed destined to lag behind, with legions of fans and media types wondering when it will finally reach mainstream popularity in America.They can stop wondering.Some may credit this summer’s highly-entertaining World Cup in Brazil, which featured the world’s biggest stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, its share of villains, like Luis Suarez and his bite or Arjen Robben and flopping, and the advantage of being one of two sporting events that the world turns to collectively.But for the college-aged generation and younger, soccer has been a premier and attractive sport for much longer than people without a finger on the pulse realize.Recognizing this, some of the top European clubs have flocked to America for matches that, despite the fact that they amount to what the preseason is for the NFL, are thrilling for fans. It is a perfect business model for European clubs: they see a growing market and realize they can provide a superior product than the hometown teams can.Manchester United, the most historically successful, and hated, club of the English Premier League, went on a preseason tour of the U.S. that began with a match against the L.A. Galaxy in July. The 84,362 fans in attendance at the Rose Bowl witnessed a thorough drubbing by United, who dropped the Galaxy 7-0 in a match that certainly did no good for the MLS.As part of the 2014 International Champions Cup — technically a tournament, although it is really only friendlies for the European clubs — United also took on Italian notables Roma and Inter Milan –– getting a victory and a draw, respectively –– before the big one: a showdown with Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Mich.Real, of Spain’s La Liga, have an embarrassment of riches. The club team of not only one of the most famous athletes in the world in Ronaldo, Madrid’s confines are also home to too many superstars to list. Their match against Manchester United was hotly anticipated, and it came as no surprise that it set the record for the largest turnout for a soccer contest in America.A 3-1 final score in favor of Manchester left the mostly red-clad crowd satisfied, and although it had been declared he would not play, the subbing in of Ronaldo for the final twenty minutes had the crowd in hysterics.With that win, Manchester United advanced to the final of the tournamentUnited took the title from Liverpool, another English club team on a U.S. tour, 3-1.Liverpool’s most notable game stateside was a contest against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City –– a victory for Liverpool played at Yankee Stadium. Attendance fell just below 50,000, more than it has been for any Yankee game this season.The teams playing these friendlies in America are not here for simple preseason warm ups. Their brand is expanding to America, and these clubs want to be here now that they see America as a cash cow. Manchester United is worth $2.81 billion, and they didn’t get there by isolating themselves — their marketing and reputation has turned them into possibly the best known sports organization in the world. Four of the top 10 most valuable franchises are European soccer clubs, with Real Madrid weighing in at $3.44 billion.With English and Spanish teams showcasing their talents in the U.S., they remind us that there is not much reason to give much thought to Major League Soccer. The best team in MLS looked totally outclassed in their match with United. Add that to the fact that Manchester was playing more than 5,000 miles from home, and the embarrassment keeps mounting for the Galaxy.We need to let go of the belief that MLS needs to be popular for soccer to make its mark in America. The best players in the world play elsewhere and fans have no interest in watching something that is not world class — it is the same reason we don’t care about Minor League Baseball or the Canadian Football League.The game at Michigan Stadium is definite proof that European soccer has reached its highest level of fandom, a level that MLS may never come close to. Two foreign clubs squared off in the largest stadium in the country, and filled it to near capacity.Maybe someday MLS will improve enough to be popular in America. For now though, American fans are content just watching Ronaldo warm up. read more

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Dragan Skrbic about Handball Person Contest Mens EHF EURO 2012 Onesta and

IHF World’s BEST PLAYER 2000, Dragan Skrbic has praised idea to organize contest for the HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2012.– We had four big events in 2012 – Two European championships, Olympic tournament and EHF F4 in Cologne. Olympic Games are the biggest event in sports history, F4 is place wheremeet four best teams of the year, but my biggest impression took Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. Of course, one of the reason is that event was in Serbia, but more than that because of fantastic handball, brilliant organization and 45.000 people in the “Belgrade Arena” – says Skrbic, who has no doubt about handball person of the year:– Claude Onesta, not just because of the Olympic gold, but for all success with France in the last decade. Sports people know that is much tougher to defend than to win something. I didn’t expect as lot of people that France can win gold in London after bad results in Serbia. That’s why I think Onesta could take this award.Skrbic has only nice words about Montenegrian women’s nt:– Montenegrian girls were fantastic. They have played in two finals, beat unbeatable Norway and showed that with huge talent, discipline, knowledge and good leadership one small country can make great results. In Sports David can beat Goliat.Bad things happen…– That is influence of crisis on development of handball, especially in Spain. Some teams with huge tradition as Ademar Leon and Valladolid are on the edge of bankrupt as many other teams. Only Barcelona is stabil and trend is that Spanish handball will back in amateur framework… ← Previous Story Onesta with 20 “Experts” before WCh 2013 Next Story → Igor Vori joins PSG! Dragan Skrbic read more

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Marijuana regulation sparks debate

first_imgWhen Washington voters passed a ballot initiative in 2012 legalizing recreational cannabis, they did so with the understanding it would be tightly regulated. But Ty Camp, who runs a Sifton-based cannabis farm, wonders if the scrutiny he’s facing from regulators is what the voters had in mind.Camp, an Army veteran and business owner, said that he acquired a small share of Sunshine Farms with the intent of fully owning the business and its license, building it and selling it for a profit.He said it took about a year to fully acquire Sunshine Farm’s license from someone who had moved out of state. But without the license, he said he couldn’t get a business bank account and retailers didn’t want to deal in cash. He said he used unvetted accounts to keep the farm running, which Camp said is what he had to do “in a really screwed-up market and a really screwed-up situation.”Camp said he didn’t try to conceal anything from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and resolved his banking issues after getting the license. But in 2017, an officer from the liquor and cannabis board wrote a report concerning Sunshine Farm suggesting Camp had connections to drug cartels, engaged in money laundering and made false deposits. Camp denied the allegations and said the liquor and cannabis board never gave him a chance to tell his side.“There’s no due process here,” said Camp. “You are guilty until you pay yourself innocent.”He agreed to pay a $125,000 settlement to resolve violations of misrepresentation of fact, failure to provide records and not having his landlord on the license. But the LCB rejected the settlement and is taking it to trial, which Camp said will cost more than $150,000 and could result in the loss of his grower’s license. Brian Smith, spokesman for the liquor and cannabis board, declined to comment on the case.last_img read more

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Marijuana stolen at gunpoint in Burgerville parking lot

first_imgTwo male suspects reportedly stole marijuana from a man at gunpoint Monday afternoon in a west Vancouver Burgerville parking lot.The armed robbery was reported at 4:21 p.m. at 2200 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. north of Clark College. There was about a 10-minute delay between when the crime occurred and when it was reported, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. Two males displayed a gun, took the marijuana and left, she said. They also may have unsuccessfully attempted to take the victim’s car. Nobody was hurt. Officer Ilia Botvinnik described it as a Craigslist transaction between strangers. As of Monday evening, police were not able to locate the suspects. Details about what the suspects looked like were sketchy.last_img read more

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Monsanto settles GM cotton dispute with 3 Indian seed firms

first_imgREUTERSThree leading Indian cotton seed makers have settled an intellectual property dispute with Monsanto Co over its genetically modified (GM) seed technology, partly ending a legal tussle that has drawn in the Indian and US governments.Ajeet Seeds, Kaveri Seed Co Ltd and Ankur Seeds were among six Indian companies that delayed payments to Monsanto, demanding a cut in royalties they paid to the US firm to license its technology.”The arbitration proceedings with each of these (three) companies have concluded by way of consent orders which record the mutually discussed and accepted settlement terms,” Shilpa Divekar Nirula, CEO of Monsanto India, wrote in a letter to India’s farm minister last month, and seen by Reuters.A ministry spokesman said he was not aware of the letter.The dispute sparked a series of government actions that prompted the world’s biggest seed company to withdraw from some businesses in India, one of the world’s most important seed markets, Reuters revealed in a special report earlier this year.Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) (MMB), a joint venture between Monsanto and local firm Mahyco, licenses a gene that produces its own pesticide to more than 45 local cotton seed companies in lieu of royalties and an upfront payment.Acting on complaints by some local seed companies that MMB’s royalties were too high, the farm ministry last year cut the fees these local firms paid to Missouri-based Monsanto.Since then, Monsanto — which is being bought by Germany’s Bayer for $66 billion — has been at loggerheads with the seed firms and India’s government over how much it can charge for its GM cotton seeds, costing it tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue a year.Bigger pictureAjeet Seeds and Ankur Seeds told Reuters on Wednesday they had resolved their differences with Monsanto. Calls to Kaveri Seeds’ CEO GV Bhaskar Rao were not answered.”In the larger interest of Indian farmers and agriculture, we have settled our differences with Monsanto,” said MG Shembekar, managing director of Ankur Seeds.”It’s business as usual” with Monsanto now, added Sameer Mulay, managing director of Ajeet Seeds. Neither disclosed the terms of the resolution.However, the September 19 letter to Farm Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Monsanto has yet to settle with Sri Rama Agri Genetics, Amar Biotech and Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL), along with two NSL group companies, Prabhat Agri Biotech and Pravardhan Seeds.”While we remain committed to amicable dialogue with any disputing party, and despite our numerous attempts to arrive at a closure, the outstanding disputes with a few companies … continue,” Monsanto India’s Nirula wrote.Monsanto says NSL, based in the southern city of Hyderabad, owes it more than $20 million in royalty payments.M Prabhakara Rao, NSL’s chairman and managing director, did not respond to requests seeking comment.Earlier this year, citing a local law that excludes seeds from being patented, Rao told Reuters that Monsanto should never have been allowed to collect royalties after an initial payment to use its technology. Or, at the very least, he added, prices should have been set by the government.New Delhi approved the first GM cotton seed trait in 2003 and an upgraded variety in 2006, helping transform India into the world’s top producer and second-largest exporter of the fibre.”MMB has made several unsuccessful attempts to amicably resolve the bilateral dispute that resulted in such withholding of amounts payable under long-standing agreements,” said a Monsanto India spokesman. “Currently, these matters are pending arbitration in various legal forums.”last_img read more

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How Do Storms Like Harvey Impact Greater Houstons Workforce And Economy

first_img Share As recovery efforts continue, local groups say some jobs are now in higher demand. Officials with SER Jobs for Progress say construction workers are needed now more than ever to help the region rebuild. To discuss how her organization is addressing the increased need for a larger workforce to rebuild Houston post-Harvey, we talk with Nory Angel, executive director and CEO of SER. Plus, how do storms like Harvey impact our region’s economy? We talk with Steven Craig, professor of economics at the University of Houston on what industries will do to prepare for and adjust to weather disruptions.last_img read more

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Annual Report Ranks Houston Schools Shows Room For Improvement

first_img X Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters executive producer and host Craig Cohen (left) interviewed Children at Risk’s president and CEO Robert Sanborn (right) on June 3, 2019. They discussed the non-profit’s report ranking Texas public schools.The quality of public education is improving in Texas and some school districts in the Houston region continue to stand out, but several schools in the Houston Independent School District still lack progress. Those are some of the takeaways of the 2019 school rankings released Monday by the non-profit Children at Risk.Since 2005, Children At Risk has been working on the annual report to rank public schools using criteria like test scores, demographics and graduation rates. The report ranks schools using A to F grades, with A being the highest and F the lowest.Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk, visited Houston Matters to talk about the rankings. He said Texas schools in general are improving when it comes to low-income students. “By far, in terms of the population they are dealing with,” he said, “the (Rio Grande) Valley has really risen over the last couple of years.”The report includes the school districts of Edinburg, Brownsville and Socorro in its ‘Top Gold Ribbon’ category.Houston regionThe Houston region schools analyzed in the report are located in Harris County as well as in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.Sanborn summarizes the situation of public schools in the Houston region:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Fourteen percent of the 905 elementary schools analyzed in the region got an A grade, while 8 percent received an F. Twenty-eight percent of the elementary schools got a B grade, 26 percent received a C, and 24 percent got a D.As for middle schools located in the region, the report analyzed 322. Nineteen percent got an A grade, while 6 percent received an F. The breakdown of the remaining grades is: 30 percent of middle schools receiving a B and a C, and 15 percent getting a D.High schools in the Houston region got the best rankings, with 23 percent getting an A grade and 28 percent receiving a B. The rest of the grades for high schools are: 20 percent getting a C grade, while 19 percent received a D and 10 percent got an F.Children at RiskNonetheless, Sanborn noted that several HISD high schools are still underperforming. “Kashmere, Worthing, Madison are still (high) schools that should be doing a lot better,” he said, although he commended interim HISD Superintendent Grenita Lathan for doing “an extraordinary job with a not very good school board.” “I think she is holding the fort down but I think she needs a lot more tools at her disposal to really get things going,” Sanborn added.Katy and Fort Bend, two of the regional school districts that traditionally get good rankings in the Children at Risk report, also stand out in the 2019 edition. Sanborn said that’s partly because they are located in more affluent areas of Greater Houston but, at the same time, there are other more modest regional school districts like Galena Park and Channelview that are also showing improvement.Children at RiskThe report also ranks magnet and charter schools. Sanborn underscored that the HISD magnets DeBakey High School for Health Professions and the Carnegie Vanguard High School are excellent schools “that can measure up to really any private school in the nation.” Sanborn also praised Kerr, another magnet high school that is part of the Alief Independent School District, and the KIPP and YES charter schools in Houston.Children at RiskAs for the immediate future of public education in Texas, Sanborn said laws approved this year by the state legislature such as funding for full-day Pre-K education and teacher raises “are really going to help a lot.”You can read Children at Risk’s report on schools in the Houston region here: Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /12:14 Listenlast_img read more

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HandsOn Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft Drinks

first_imgStay on target When I finished watching the trailer for Monster Energy Supercross at a private New York Comic Con Square Enix event, admittedly my first question to the team at Milestone was “Is ‘Monster Energy’ really part of the official name?” As a major sponsor of the motorcycle racing sport for years, yes, Monster Energy is officially part of the name for Monster Energy Supercross. But don’t let that stop you from checking out a pretty nifty-looking racing game.Like fellow upcoming Milestone racing game Gravel, Monster Energy Supercross clearly comes from a sim background but is flexible enough to fit more arcade sensibilities like mine. It’s got more going on than, say, Excitebike. But I was able to bounce back from crashes and stunts that would surely turn real riders into Johnny Blaze skeletons. It’s a spectrum.As I sampled races in various distinct dirt stadiums, from real-world courses in Minneapolis and Las Vegas to custom player-made tracks, I quickly learned that what sets a motorcycle-based racing game apart from a car-based one is that you have to be aware of both the vehicle’s physics and the person’s physics. Controlling the bike was straightforward enough, but using the other analog stick I could also adjust the rider.Shifting your weight in one direction or another has radical consequences. I could “slice” through the air, letting me land quickly while also looking super cool. I could stay low to the ground to not go as high riding over bumps. Even just maintaining general balance while going fast over uneven terrain required some finesse. I definitely didn’t master the system during my demo but I did begin to appreciate its extreme sports depth. It’s a cool new thing to have to consider in a racing game, getting man and machine to harmoniously work together in tandem. It’s kind of like playing a video game.As an official Supercross game, Monster Energy Supercross also puts a focus on verisimilitude. Choose a real person like Chad Reed or Ryan Dungrey as your rider, make the controls as realistic as possible with the high-speed 450SX engine class, pop into a special first-person helmet view, and wipe mud from your face like you were actually there. Soil and grime are the natural aesthetic of the sport, but that didn’t stop the game from looking and performing well, at least in the PC build I played.Maybe my intentions were lowered by the shameless soft drink plug in the title, but I walked away from Monster Energy Supercross more entertained than I ever expected to be by a motorcycle racing game. Look for it next year February 13 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and also the Nintendo Switch. So maybe it will be like Excitebike?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Dragon Quest Builders 2’ Is Two Great Tastes in OneMarvel and Square Enix’s Fake ‘Avengers’ Game Creeps U… last_img read more

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Researchers create image of weak hydrogen bond using AFM

first_img( —Researchers at China’s National Center for Nanoscience and Technology and Renmin University have used Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to create an image of the weak hydrogen bonds present in a molecule. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they used the non-contact form of AFM to capture an image of weak hydrogen bonds in a 8-hydroxyquinoline molecule (8hq). Until recently, the most accurate images of molecules were obtained using scanning tunneling microscopy, recent advances with AFM, however (particularly the addition of a carbon monoxide molecule to the probe tip) have made it the method of choice for obtaining actual images of molecules and the bonds that hold them together. In this new effort, the research team has advanced the science of AFM by capturing an image of the weak hydrogen bonds present in a 8hq molecule. Understanding how hydrogen bonds work is a very important part of science—they are responsible, for example, for holding together strands of DNA. Currently, there are two ways to capture images using AFM: contact, and non-contact imaging. With contact imaging, the tip of the mechanical probe is made to touch the surface of the material being analyzed. The amount of deflection of the probe tip as its dragged is used to create an image. In non-contact mode, the tip is brought near to the surface, but doesn’t touch it. An image is created by measuring changes to the oscillating tip probe from weak forces emanating from the source.The team in China used the non-contact form of AFM and chose 8hq as a test subject because it’s a relatively flat molecule. The resulting image is the first created using AFM to show weak hydrogen bonds, and is important because there is still debate about the nature of hydrogen bonds. For many years it was considered to be purely an electrostatic interaction—new evidence has cast doubt on that idea, suggesting that it might be at least partially chemical. The new image doesn’t clear up the debate, but does offer some intriguing possibilities for the future as it demonstrates that as AFM matures, it will offer more and more evidence of the true nature of molecules and how they interact. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers create image of weak hydrogen bond using AFM (2013, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Real-Space Identification of Intermolecular Bonding with Atomic Force Microscopy, Published Online September 26 2013. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1242603ABSTRACTWe report a real-space visualization of the formation of hydrogen bonding in 8-hydroxyquiline (8-hq) molecular assemblies on a Cu(111) substrate using noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM). The atomically resolved molecular structures enable a precise determination of the characteristics of hydrogen bonding networks, including the bonding sites, orientations, and lengths. The observation of bond contrast was interpreted by ab initio density functional calculations, which indicated the electron density contribution from the hybridized electronic state of the hydrogen bond. Intermolecular coordination between the dehydrogenated 8-hq and Cu adatoms was also revealed by the submolecular resolution AFM characterization. The direct identification of local bonding configurations by NC-AFM would facilitate detailed investigations of intermolecular interactions in complex molecules with multiple active sites. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Science In world’s first, atomic force microscope sees chemical bonds in individual molecules (w/ video) AFM measurements of 8-hq assembled clusters on Cu(111). (A and B) Constant-height frequency shift images of typical molecule assembled clusters, and their corresponding structure models (C and D). Imaging parameters: V = 0 V, A = 100 p.m., Δz = +10 pm. Image size: (A) 2.3 nm × 2.0 nm, (B) 2.5 nm × 1.8 nm. The dashed lines in (C) and (D) indicate likely H bonds between 8-hq molecules. Credit: Science DOI:10.1126/science.1242603 Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Global Colonoscopy Market Growing Popularity and Emerging Trends in the Market

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Minor Vargas fraud trial begins in US

first_imgNo related posts. Minor Vargas, head of a Costa Rican company accused of a $670 million insurance fraud scheme, lied to investors about the firm’s financial assets and stability, a U.S. federal prosecutor told a jury Monday in a trial held in the U.S. state of Virginia. But a defense attorney said the government lacks evidence in the case, Life Health Pro magazine reported on Tuesday.The jury heard opening statements in the trial of Vargas, who is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. The trial is expected to last several days.Vargas, held in custody in the U.S. since January 2011, was president and majority owner of Provident Capital Indemnity Ltd., which agreed Friday to plead guilty to a single count of mail and wire fraud conspiracy.Provident sold bonds guaranteeing funding for life-settlement companies, which buy life insurance policies from insured people at less than face value and collect the benefits when those people die. The government says Provident sold bonds based on fraudulent financial statements from 2004-2010, with $40 million going directly into the company’s bank account.“This case is about lies,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Dry told the jury. He said Vargas told investors that Provident had hundreds of millions of dollars in assets that had been verified by an independent auditor, and that it had “reinsurance agreements” providing an extra layer of protection – all of which was untrue.In Costa Rica, Vargas became a publicly prominent person by founding magazines and newspapers. He was also involved in professional soccer as president of Saprissa, one of the top teams in the country.He later bought two soccer franchises and began a synthetic turf business that won several contracts for replacing soccer fields for local professional teams Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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