Arjen Robben extends contract with Bayern Munich

first_imgVeteran midfielder Arjen Robben has extended his contract with German football league champions Bayern Munich.Robben penned a one-year contract extension, which will keep him at Bayern until June 2018, reports Xinhua news agency.”Arjen is one of the best professionals in the world. He has been with us for almost eight years and has become an important part of the club. We are glad tat he will be wearing Bayern’s jersey for another year,” Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Monday. (Ajinkya Rahane’s Diwali gift to Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben)The 32-year-old midfielder joined from Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 to become a key player at Bayern, where he won five Bundesliga titles, four German Cups, the UEFA Champions League title 2013-14 as well as the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.”I am happy that I will be playing another year at Bayern,” the Dutchman said. (Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben fit for crunch game against RB Leipzig)”The club is one of the best in the world and Munich has become my second home for me and my family. I would like to continue playing on top level and winning as many titles as possible,” he added. (Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben goals put Bayern Munich back on top)Bundesliga front-runners Bayern Munich kick off the second-half of the campaign against newly promoted Freiburg on January 20.last_img read more

Daily Bullets (April 28)

first_imgNFL DraftJason McIntyre has Ogbah at No. 20. [Big Lead]Good job here by Kyle Fredrickson on how Emmanuel Ogbah’s life is about to change. [NewsOK]I hope Jimmy B. and Kevin Peterson get drafted as well. [NewsOK]Gundy on Ogbaw: “He’s a very safe take.” [Tulsa World]Football NewsMason Rudolph speaking at a FFA event yesterday was our most-viewed post because #Offseason. [PFB]? Unfortunately, winning 10 games a season becomes much more important than the well being of their students — those who have been assaulted, or those who are put at risk by the football program accepting and keeping players who are shady, or just plain bad, people. [Dallas Morning News]And even if a Big 12 Network could reap $8 million per school per year, that would not carry the Big 12 into Big Ten financial territory. The financial disparity is a long-term dilemma for the Big 12. [NewsOK]Hoops NewsWas the Underwood-Ford tradeoff a great deal? [PFB]Recruiting NewsOklahoma State now has one of the top 75 recruits in the country. [PFB]Sweet, Kansas is getting the new Kobe. [247]Other SportsDaniel Cormier will be the main event at UFC 200. [CRFF]OSU’s baseball game was canceled on Wednesday. [okstate]More stuff I’m readingPeople email me all the time about how to start or run a blog. This is a great, detailed look at doing that. [Vox]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Real Madrid team news vs Athletic

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Athletic Club Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 00:39 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Denis Doyle Real Madrid Primera División Athletic Club v Real Madrid Athletic Club Everything you need to know ahead of the Primera Division clash in the Basque Country on Saturday evening… Real Madrid travel to San Mames for a tough test of their title credentials against Athletic Club in La Liga on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s side are currently fourth in the table behind Atletico on goal difference and eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona after 13 rounds of matches.The champions beat Malaga 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu last weekend and advanced in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday despite a nervy 2-2 draw at home to Fuenlabrada.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s match in La Liga…REAL MADRID INJURIES Gareth Bale returned as a substitute in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday and had an immediate impact in that match. However, he is being rested as a precaution for this weekend’s trip to Bilbao after feeling discomfort at the end of the midweek game.Keylor Navas also made his comeback in the cup clash and is available again.Mateo Kovacic returned as well and could feature at San Mames, while Sergio Ramos is in contention to play after a special mask was made to protect his broken nose. Marco Asensio is doubtful.Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 2017REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS Nacho is available again after missing the 3-2 win over Malaga through suspension and Zidane has no other players banned for the trip to the Basque Country.Nacho Fernandez Real MadridREAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPNavas made his comeback from injury on Tuesday and could start in goal against Athletic, although Zidane may opt to stick with Kiko Casilla for now.Ramos is set to play with a protective mask after suffering a broken nose in the recent Madrid derby, which saw him miss last weekend’s win over Malaga.With Bale out, Isco should feature again in attack with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.Real Madrid possible AthleticATHLETIC CLUB TEAM NEWS Athletic Club have picked up just 13 points from as many games so far in La Liga this season as they struggle to cope with the summer exit of coach Ernesto Valverde.Jose Angel Ziganda arrived in his place and has led the Basques to only three wins so far in the Primera Division, two of those at San Mames.The Basques will be looking for a reaction in this match following an embarrassing exit in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, when they lost at home to little Formentera.Iker Muniain, Benat and Oscar de Marcos are all sidelined for the game against Madrid, while Aymeric Laporte is suspended. Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, strongly linked this week with a move to Real, is doubtful.Athletic Bilbao GetafeBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Athletic Club have only won one of their last seven league games at home against Real Madrid (drawn one, lost five), 1-0 in March 2015. Real Madrid have won on their last two visits to San Mames in La Liga, both by the same scoreline (2-1). Athletic have hit the woodwork the joint-most times in the Primera Division this season (10, level with Barcelona). Aritz Aduriz has scored more headed goals against Real Madrid in La Liga than any other current player (three). Only four of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 16 goals against Athletic in La Liga have been scored away from home and the Portuguese is yet to net at the new San Mames. Conversely, Karim Benzema has scored three goals in his three visits to the new Athletic stadium. Only his compatriot Antoine Griezmann (four) has scored more away goals there in La Liga. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Athletic club versus Real Madrid kicks off at 20:45 local time at San Mames on Saturday and will be broadcast live from 19:40 UK time on Sky Sports Football. Watch Athletic vs Real Madrid in the US live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal will not be taking Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Blackpool lightly, according to manager Unai Emery.The Gunners fielded a weakened side against the League One club in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.But Emery says he is serious about winning England’s premier knockout trophy and will take senior players with him to Bloomfield Road.He said: “It’s a new competition we are going to start, the FA Cup. In the history, it’s been very important for us.”Arsenal is the team that has won this competition 13 times, more than anyone else. It’s a title and it’s a possibility for us to do something important.”We are going to start that at Blackpool. We know them because we played against them and we have the respect. We’ll prepare for the match with this respect for them, but also respect for this competition. It’s a way to [win] a title.”The Spaniard added: “I am going to play with the players to be competitive.”If we need some young players to do one mix, but finding this power to be stronger with them, we will do it. The priority now is Blackpool.” last_img read more

Sarri: Our players must adapt to ‘difference-maker’ Ronaldo

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has told his Juventus squad they must adapt to Cristiano Ronaldo’s game after hailing him as the “player who makes the difference”.The Portugal international plundered 28 goals in his debut campaign for the Bianconeri following his move from Real Madrid, guiding them to an eighth successive Serie A title.He picked up where he left off in Juve’s first pre-season game ahead of the 2019-20 season on Sunday, scoring a typically clinical goal in his side’s 3-2 International Champions Cup defeat to Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Speaking ahead of an ICC clash against Italian rivals Inter on Wednesday, head coach Sarri made it clear Ronaldo will be the focal point of his side in the forthcoming campaign.”He will be the player who will make the difference for us so the other 10 will have to adapt to him,” Sarri told a media conference.”During this tour he will play mostly as a left offensive striker, knowing very well he likes to move more central next to the other striker.”As a team we have to be quick to adapt to his movements since he is capable of making the difference and he will do it for sure. In the first game, he scored and had a further couple of chances.”The defeat to Tottenham also saw the debut of Matthijs de Ligt, the new signing from Ajax who arrived last week for an initial fee of €75 million (£68m/$84m).Sarri described the 19-year-old as a “phenomenal prospect” but would not be drawn on whether he will command an immediate place in his preferred starting XI.”De Ligt is a phenomenal prospect,” Sarri said. “He is a 19-year-old kid who has already been captain in an important club like Ajax so he is an important prospect.”I don’t know whether he will stay on the bench or not. If not, on the bench there will be other important defenders like [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Daniele] Rugani.”last_img read more

Klopp: We have to do the right thing for Wilson

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been happy with Harry Wilson’s pre-season, but he remains unsure about the attacker’s future.Wilson, 22, scored a 30-yard stunner as the European champions beat Lyon 3-1 in a friendly at the Stade de Geneve on Wednesday.He was joined on the scoresheet by Roberto Firmino while a Joachim Andersen own goal contributed the Reds’ third goal. Memphis Depay, meanwhile, scored from the spot for Lyon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Wales international impressed during a loan spell with Derby County last season, scoring 16 Championship goals, and has been linked with Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Bournemouth during this ongoing transfer window.Speaking after the win over Lyon, Klopp said talks were ongoing about Wilson, who has pleased the manager during Liverpool’s pre-season matches.”We are in constant conversations, that’s clear. We have to do the right thing for us and for the boy,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.”There is nothing to talk about in public about it, so we will see what happens in the next eight or nine days until the window closes.Another BOSS finish from @harrywilson_ pic.twitter.com/IosRegCVue — Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2019 “He is obviously a really good player and I was really happy with him in the whole pre-season. He came back from Derby in a completely different [shape]. That’s a good example of how a loan can really work out – it was for Derby really good and for Harry as well. For us as well, which is good.”I am happy for him that he could show that tonight again. He played not in his best position, he played left wing and did it really well.”We tried to set it up a little bit so it is more comfortable for him with positioning and stuff like that. When he scored the goal, it was just Harry – brilliant.”The Reds have endured a difficult pre-season with the victory over Lyon being the club’s third win in seven matches this summer.Liverpool topped Tranmere and Bradford City before falling to Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli while drawing Sporting CP.The Champions League winners will face Premier League rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday before their league opener at home to Norwich City five days later. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Is there a Chair in the house

From the left are David Howes (chair from 1 July 2006 – 30 June 2009); Joe Robertson (1 July 2012 – 30 June 2014); John Suk; Carol Reid (1 July 1993 – 30 June 1996); Rudi Kroeker (1 July 2009 – 30 June 2012); and David Edwards (1 July 2000 – 30 June 2003).If John Suk wanted any tips on being the Chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees, he was in the right place on Monday (July 14).Suk was exactly two weeks into the job when he was joined by no fewer than five of his predecessors for a lunch meeting in downtown St Catharines. The group represented more than 14 years of chairing Brock’s board meetings, across a span of more than two decades.The gathering was organized by outgoing chair Joe Robertson to welcome the new chair, keep former chairs engaged and tap into their advice. Suk is the University’s 19th Chair of the Board. read more

UN brings aid to quakestricken parts of Afghanistan Karzai visits epicentre

Mr. Karzai, who was accompanied on his visit to the epicentre by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative Nigel Fisher, studied the area amid continuing aftershocks, according to a UN spokesman. The delegation identified three priority areas for relief efforts, including a total of 25 villages in the Panjshir Valley, Lakankhel and Burkha.With UN agencies reporting cautious optimism about their ability to meet immediate needs, the World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed some 552 metric tons of food aid to the area – enough for the next three months. In addition, UN and other relief agencies have delivered some 15,000 tents and 100,000 blankets. The World Health Organization (WHO), which sent in today an emergency medical team and supplies, said it would support Afghan officials in coordinating health relief efforts. Meanwhile, a senior UN humanitarian official in New York said today that there were 600 confirmed deaths, but the toll was expected to rise. “We estimate now that the total number of confirmed dead will tally between 800 and 1,200,” Kevin Kennedy, Chief of the Humanitarian Emergency Branch in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters.Mr. Kennedy stressed that roughly 20,000 families – or up to 100,000 people – had been affected by the devastation. A helicopter assessment of Nahrin found that some 90 per cent of all houses had been damaged.“This area did not begin suffering two days ago,” Mr. Kennedy observed. “It is one of the more remote areas of Afghanistan – it is in the heart of the drought belt and has suffered food problems for the last four years.”The relief efforts are being further complicated by aftershocks, as well as “the already existing landmine threat,” he pointed out, noting that Nahrin had been heavily mined during fighting between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance. The UN, he added, had deployed a number of deminers to the area to help clear the roads. read more

Derrick Rose Emotional in Chicago Return Leads Team USA

Photo by Getty Images.Nine months after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his left knee, Derrick Rose returned to the basketball floor at the United Center in Chicago over the weekend. And the Chicago Bulls fans warmly embraced him.Playing with Team USA in a blowout win over Brazil, Rose performed on the court where he was injured for the first time since Nov. 22. And the reception he received was heart-warming, he said.“I’ve been preparing for this for a long time,” Rose said. “Probably, if this was a couple weeks ago, I wouldn’t have been emotional, but right now it feels great. We won the game so that’s the only thing I could be happy about — we won. We didn’t lose. If we had lost my whole attitude would have been different. Just take this win, go to New York  and just try to keep this going.”Team USA headed to New York this week to continue training for the World Cup.Rose scored seven points in 24 minutes in his Chicago return Saturday, but the fact that he was out there at all after playing just 10 games in the past two years because of two serious knee injuries is what made fans so happy. Rose was the last player introduced before the game as fans roared and chanted “MVP!”“I’m playing the way I normally play in the trials,” Rose said. “Push the ball, play defense and get guys shots. When the shot is available, take the shot, and I think that’s what I did tonight. I had one or two turnovers, but that could easily be changed.”“It’s great to watch Derrick play again,” Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way he played.” read more

Escaped prisoner on the run from police armed with a razor blade

first_imgPolice officers and dogs are searching the area and a helicopter is also assisting in the search.Inspector Martyn Sweett said: “My officers are doing everything they can to find Kisier and we will keep the community updated.”We ask that the public are vigilant and call us on 999 with any sightings but it is important that you do not approach him.”Kisier’s real name is Michal Kisiel and he sometimes uses the spelling Michael. Kisier is described as white, 5ft 6in tall with blonde hair and of medium build with tattoos on his neck. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black t-shirt with blue trainers.Wiltshire Police said Kisier is believed to have a razor blade in his possession and is considered to be dangerous.”The public are advised not to approach him for their own safety. If anyone sees a man matching the description they should call 999 immediately,” a force spokeswoman said. Michal KisierCredit:PA / Wiltshire Police  Michal KisierCredit:PA / Wiltshire Police  Michal Kisiercenter_img Police are hunting for a “dangerous” prisoner – believed to be armed with a razor blade – who has escaped from a hospital.Michal Kisier, 30, gave his guards at Salisbury District Hospital the slip at 7pm.He was in the hospital receiving treatment for a head wound. Michal Kisier Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Nine month project to build a toaster from scratch results in a

first_imgIn 1958 it was famously written that no one on Earth knew how to build a pencil. Each of the jobs — the mining of the graphite, the felling of the trees, the chemistry involved in the lacquer, the forming of the rubber eraser, and so on — were so specialized that no single person was capable of doing the whole job. It’s a revelation that is just as mind-blowing today as it was 53 years ago. Thomas Thwaites attempted to do something very similar to building that pencil, except his quest was to single-handedly build a toaster. Yes, rather than buy a £3.99 (about $6.20) toaster, Thwaites spent 250x as much money and traveled thousands of miles to build his own.A garden-variety toaster apparently has over 400 parts and all sorts of different materials, including iron, copper, mica, and nickel. Before even starting to build the toaster, Thwaites visited abandoned mines in the UK (where commercial mining for those materials no longer takes place) in order to find them. Below you can see Thwaites mining, molding plastic, and doing other inordinately difficult things, in order to get progressively closer to building his toaster.Thwaites did originally attempt to make his toaster using pre-industrial means, which made everything even harder, but eventually he relaxed that restriction in order to make the project just a bit more feasible. Of course building a device that chars bread wasn’t really the point. A project like this says a lot about our industrialized world and the scale of production needed to make a relatively simple device. As it turns out, making a million toasters might not be particularly difficult, but making just one is almost impossible.Learn more about The Toaster Project: Or A Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch. It will be released in November 2011 and is available for pre-order both in the UK, through Amazon, and in the US, through the Princeton Architectural Press.Watch Thwaites TED talk, or scroll to the bottom to look a the final result… via coudallast_img read more

Davis rejects FNM Budget says has no vision

first_img Related Items:#DavisrejectsFNMbudget, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 20, 2017 – Nassau –  The budget gets a no vote from the Member for Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay, Philip Davis who said the FNM Administration presented a budget without vision which he will not endorse.Davis, who is the Opposition’s leader in the House of Assembly explained that the PLP charted a strong coarse for economic growth which was only waylaid by hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew.Brave also accused the FNM fiscal plan of removing strong revenue earners in order for tax breaks to be extended to the wealthy.   Davis said the tax cuts make no sense, if the cupboard, as the Finance Minister claims is truly bare.#MagneticMediaNews#DavisrejectsFNMbudget Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Utah asks Supreme Court to block samesex unions

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state’s voter-approved ban.The heavily Mormon state wants the marriages to stop while it appeals a judge’s decision, which said banning gay couples from marrying violates their right to equal treatment under the law.In papers filed Tuesday, the state asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to overturn a decision that has led to more than 900 gay marriages in Utah. Sotomayor handles emergency requests from Utah and other Rocky Mountain states. She can act by herself or get the rest of the court involved.“Numerous same-sex marriages are now occurring every day in Utah,” Utah lawyers complain in the filing. “Each one is an affront not only to the interests of the state and its citizens in being able to define marriage through ordinary democratic channels, but also to this court’s unique role as final arbiter.”Utah repeatedly stressed that states have the authority to define marriage as between a man and woman. “That states have a powerful interest in controlling the definition of marriage within their borders is indisputable,” Utah said in the filing.last_img read more

Administration Blocks Study on Risk of Water Contaminants

first_imgSenior officials in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Office of Management and Budget have delayed the release of a toxicological study that could have recommended the federal government adopt a significantly lower threshold for exposure to several per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a category of manmade chemicals responsible for contaminating drinking water systems or groundwater supplies at more than 100 active and closed installations. The draft study by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) was poised to recommend that the “minimal risk level” should be dropped to less than 12 parts per trillion (ppt) for two PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, after finding that exposure above that level “could be dangerous for sensitive populations like infants and breastfeeding mothers,” reported MLive. In 2016, EPA established lifetime health advisory levels — which the agency does not have the authority to enforce — for PFOA and PFOS at 70 ppt. Officials acted earlier this year to stop ATSDR, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services, from publishing its assessment of PFAS chemicals over concerns it would prompt a “public relations nightmare” for EPA and the Pentagon, according to emails from EPA that Politico obtained from the Union of Concerned Scientists. EPA’s move to suspend release of the study was necessary to help “ensure that the federal government is responding in a uniform way to our local, state, and congressional constituents and partners,” said Ryan Jackson, chief of staff to Administrator Scott Pruitt.Three months after ATSDR initially planned to release the study, it remains unpublished and the agency says it has no schedule for releasing it for public comment, reported Politico. The release of the EPA emails comes one week ahead of a national leadership summit the agency is hosting in Washington to share information on efforts to characterize risks from PFAS and develop treatment strategies, and identity near-term actions to address challenges facing states and communities.Air Force photo by Grace Nichols Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Coal Indias Price Pooling under Review Coal Secretary

first_imgThe proposal to pool prices of imported and domestic coal for supply to power plants commissioned after 2009 is under consideration of the government, a senior official said on Monday.”We keep on analysing and reviewing the pros and cons of the issue and then we will come to a decision,” coal secretary SK Srivastava told reporters here.As per the proposal, state miner Coal India will buy imported coal and supply it to power plants after blending with and pooling its price with domestic coal to meet the current fuel shortage.The proposal was earlier shelved during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule, as most state electricity boards opposed it fearing increase in power tariffs.Meanwhile, in yet another directive against Coal India for abusing its dominant position, fair trade watchdog — the Competition Commission of India (CCI) — Monday asked the company to cease and desist from unfair business practices.CCI, which last year imposed a penalty of Rs.1,773.05 crore on Coal India for indulging in unfair business practices, passed two fresh orders on different complaints pertaining to anti-competitive practices in an e-auction scheme and fuel supply pacts, respectively.”Such arrangement in the scheme was noted to be a result of market power exercised by CIL and its subsidiaries,” the Commission said regarding the spot e-auction scheme 2007.The CCI held CIL and its subsidiaries in contravention of the legal provisions for imposing unfair conditions in Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs) with the power producers for supply of non-coking coal, the corporate affairs ministry said in a statement here.The case was instituted by Sai Wardha Power Company against CIL and its subsidiary Western Coalfields in respect of cost plus mines, it added.last_img read more

Paper highlights need for correctly measuring solar cell efficiency

first_img Sharp develops solar cell with world’s highest conversion efficiency (PhysOrg.com) — As the pace of solar cell research continues to accelerate, the question for every new design is “what’s its efficiency?” Since measuring how efficiently a solar cell converts sunlight into electricity involves several factors, making a correct measurement can be challenging. Henry Snaith, a physicist at the University of Oxford who designs solar cells, estimates that compounding small mistakes in measuring efficiency can result in overestimations of up to five times that of the actual value. More information: Henry Snaith. “How should you measure your excitonic solar cells?” Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03429Hvia: Chemistry World To address this problem, Snaith has written a guide for researchers on correctly measuring solar cell efficiency for different types of solar cells. As he explains in the paper published in Energy & Environmental Science, a uniform method for measuring efficiency is essential for enabling valid comparisons. “There’s an ongoing stream of papers in which it’s not entirely clear exactly how the measurements have been made,” Snaith said in an article in Chemistry World. “If, for example, someone claims their hybrid solar cell has an efficiency of 4% when it’s really more like 1%, that makes it problematic for someone else to write an exciting paper when they’ve genuinely improved something to 1.5%.”One of the most common potential sources of error that Snaith identifies involves how to mask the cells, which determines the size of the test area. Other problems can occur due to light source calibration and how the cell is positioned during testing. Snaith outlines standards for all these steps, and explains how small deviations can inadvertently cause errors.Snaith emphasized that the purpose of the guide is not to find fault, but to address the challenges involved in the rapidly growing field of solar cell technology that is attracting researchers from diverse backgrounds. He hopes that the guide will encourage new ideas and increase the rate of new breakthroughs.“The research field of photovoltaics is booming due to the recognized imperative to realize long-term solutions to clean and inexpensive power generation,” he writes. “…If these standard protocols are adhered to across the field, then a much better comparison between literature values of efficiency can be made and more rapid and well-directed technological advancements will occur.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Paper highlights need for correctly measuring solar cell efficiency (2012, February 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-paper-highlights-correctly-solar-cell.html A new guide outlines the correct procedures for measuring solar cell efficiency. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0 Explore further 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

Untapped destinations hope to attract visitors at Expotur

first_imgRelated posts:30th Costa Rican tourism expo to focus on adventure and emerging markets Solís calls tourism a peacemaker at Expotur inauguration Green Circle unites 5 Costa Rica hotels in eco-tourism marketing venture US, Cuba agree to let airlines begin flights Costa Rican tour operators at this year’s Expotur trade fair are hoping to open the eyes of visitors with offerings in the biodiverse and unheralded interior regions of the country.The tourism trade show opened on Thursday at the Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center. Sarapiquí – a mountainous and rural region in northern interior of Costa Rica – occupied a literal center-stage stand in the bustling conference center.Celia Quintana, president of the Sarapiquí Tourism Chamber, said Expotur is an enormous opportunity to inform potential visitors about one of the least-visited regions, only a few hours northeast of San José.“Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries, and Sarapiquí has one quarter of the biodiversity of Costa Rica,” Quintana said in an interview.Being close to the capital, Quintana said, is ideal for day trips that could pair outdoor activities such as rafting, hiking, zip lining, kayaking, and lunch. Businesses from Sarapiquí also included tours of the region’s traditional agriculture such as pineapple and palm hearts, and visits to wildlife sanctuaries.“It’s a little bit of tourism and a little bit of education,” Quintana said.While most stands settled on smiling and suited pitchmen handing out brochures or pointing to displays on television screens, the Sarapiquí stand brought a live boa constrictor from one of its sanctuaries as well as a housed leaf-cutter ant colony.“Few people here have seen Sarapiquí,” Quintana said. “Here we can demonstrate to tour operators that they should include the region.” Sarapiquí offers Expotur visitors different tourism options in the northern interior region. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesOne of those tour operators was also interested in showing the less-traveled side the country. Carlos Montero, head of sales for Swiss Travel, said his company was focused on allowing customers to see the authentic rural lifestyle in Costa Rica.“Our goal is to show the idiosyncratic side of Costa Rica,” Montero said in an interview.As a tour operator, Montero’s company organizes all the destinations, lodging, food and other needs for the traveler. He said his company focuses on older clientele with visits to small town markets and agricultural regions. His company also finds ways to get tourists involved in volunteering during their visits.“We find that many people who visit want to support the communities in some way, and that has a value that is immaterial,” Montero said. Destinations outside Costa Rica like Nicaragua are also participating in Expotur 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAnother relatively untraveled destination is in the northwest interior, Upala. Julio Cesar Guadamúz, a spokesman for the Heliconias Lodge, said the region offered an untrammeled look at natural and rural Costa Rica.“It’s like Monteverde 30 years ago,” Guadamúz said, referring to the famous cloud forest reserve and popular tourist destination in central Costa Rica.Guadamúz said the hotel offers tour packages with local, family-owned businesses of ranches and five different ecosystems in the nearby valleys and mountain slopes.“It’s one of the few places where you can see a tapir only an hour from where you sleep,” Guadamúz said. Travel company Iguana Tours offers options in the Manuel Antonio area. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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