BettHouse launches new funding round ahead of US debut

first_imgMichael Blocksberg is serving as chief operating officer of BettHouse, with Matt Birnbach as chief strategy officer, and George Burkhardt as chief financial officer. Read the full story on iGB North America. BettHouse has secured market access in Iowa and is scheduled to debut in the state next month, with plans in place to also go live in a number of other states before the end of the year. Sports betting Tags: BettHouse AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter BettHouse’s senior team includes chief executive Steve Berman, who has spent 25 years working in US sports betting and igaming, as well as president and founder Nitin Jain. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting Email Address BettHouse launches new funding round ahead of US debut 9th March 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Regions: US Iowa Headquartered in Las Vegas, BettHouse will operate on the Bet.Works platform and also utilise the Simplebet micro-betting pricing engine. Start-up online sports betting operator BettHouse has announced a new funding round ahead of its launch in the US market.last_img read more

Fidelity Bank Plc ( Q32010 Presentation

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (  2010 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Indivior share price is smashing the FTSE 250. Should I buy now?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I have my eyes open for recovery stocks for 2021, and Indivior (LSE: INDV) has come storming into view. The FTSE 250 as a whole is sitting on a 6% loss over the past 12 months. But the Indivior share price has jumped by more than 250% in the same period.It’s still way down on a 2018 peak, with the shares going into tailspin in 2019. But what’s this new lease of life all about? And are we looking at long-term sustainable growth? The surge of the past few days is down to the company’s latest update.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Indivior is a pharmaceuticals company, specialising in opioid addiction treatment. The tragic opioid addiction crisis is big, especially in the USA. Sad though that is, any improvements in 2020’s profit outlook is good news for the firm. And that’s exactly what it delivered on 15 January. I could tell it was good just by looking at the Indivior share price, which jumped nearly 10% on the day.Indivior share price soaringMy Motley Fool colleague Manika Premsingh made a prediction: “I reckon that the latest news will provide continued impetus for INDV’s share price.” And how prescient that seems now. On Tuesday, it leads the FTSE 250 again, up another 9% at the time of writing. After a solid Monday too, the Indivior share price has now climbed 24% since the update was released.Indivior had previously indicated full-year revenue in the range of $595m to $620m. The results have easily exceeded that, with new expectations put at $645m to $650m. The company’s Sublocade product plays a big part in that, with net revenue now expected to come in between $128m and $130m (up from guidance of $120m to $125m). Other product revenue looks to be largely in line with guidance.On top of better-than-expected revenue, Indivior reported operating expenses slightly below guidance. Overall, the company “now expects to deliver adjusted pre-tax income ahead of its previous expectations.” Quite how far ahead we don’t yet know, so we’ll have to wait until full results are delivered on 18 February.Should I buy now?This all sounds good. But with the Indivior share price having more than trebled over the past year, would I buy now? Well, my portfolio might benefit from a growth stock or two. As far as future demand goes, I can’t see an end to the opioid crisis any time soon. Not when the majority of drugs-related deaths around the world are down to opioids.But I remain cautious for several reasons. One is that Indivior’s results have been a bit erratic. And I really like to see at least a slightly longer-term positive run before I buy a stock. The other is a £1bn claim brought against the company in November, by former parent Reckitt Benckiser. Indivior reckons the claim is baseless, but I’d rather wait and see. I might be missing some top growth profits by turning away from the Indivior share price right now. But I prefer to minimise risk these days, and there are many lower-risk investment candidates out there. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The Indivior share price is smashing the FTSE 250. Should I buy now? Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 | More on: INDV See all posts by Alan Oscroft Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free.last_img read more

Alex Waller courageously puts body on the line despite painful injury

first_imgWednesday Dec 6, 2017 Alex Waller courageously puts body on the line despite painful injury Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller has undergone surgery after breaking his forearm in the dying minutes of Friday’s night’s clash with Newcastle Falcons at Franklin’s Gardens. Waller played on, contributing to the defensive effort. With just over four minutes left in the match, Newcastle were hot on attack with Tongan Nili Latu storming forward. Unfortunately for Waller his forearm appeared to make contact with Latu’s very prominent head, cracking his forearm in the process.Waller got up slowly, but rejoined the defensive line as play continued for another two minutes before it was finally brought to a halt with the attempted Falcons try, which included the injured front rower putting his body on the line right in front of the would be try scorer. The 27-year-old was eventually taken from the pitch, and after undergoing surgery for the broken forearm, will require eight to ten weeks of rehabilitation. “We’re obviously very disappointed to lose Alex,” said Director of rugby Jim Mallinder. “His run of consecutive starts in the Aviva Premiership – stretching all the way back to May 2011 – has been remarkable. But he’s a resilient player and will be working hard to come back stronger for an important period in the new year.”This attempted try was ruled held up but the Falcons did eventually cross for a try, drawing things at 22-22 before the conversion gave them a 24-22 away victory. You can see when the injury occurs below, and how he stayed on, clearly in severe pain. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Jewish charities raise over £500m a year

Howard Lake | 10 December 1999 | News Research by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research has found that the UK Jewish voluntary sector raises more than £500m per year.The report, The financial resources of the UK Jewish voluntary sector, found that the Jewish voluntary sector makes up 4% of the total income of the UK voluntary sector.It found 1,910 operational organisations, with half of them being founded since 1980. Advertisement The research found that 590 of the UK’s 8,800 grant-making trusts gave some or all of their money to the Jewish voluntary sector. Jewish charities raise over £500m a year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Count all the votes! The struggle has just begun

first_imgAs of this writing it’s unclear who won the U.S. presidential election. Ballots are still being counted in several “battleground” states. Trump prematurely and illegitimately declared victory early this morning, and will likely challenge a Biden victory by attempting to suppress votes not yet counted. He has vowed to take this fight to the Supreme Court, where he has just secured a solid right-wing majority.Many of the ballots last to be counted in these states are from early voters in Black majority urban centers such as Detroit, Philadelphia and Atlanta — those most inclined to vote against Trump. A record 100 million-plus voters are estimated to have voted early. Rallies are taking place all over the country today around the demand to count all the votes. These actions are pulling out people — particularly people of color — who drove long distances to wait in long lines in all kinds of weather to cast their votes. To some extent this election became a referendum on the most blatant, vile, divisive and uncensored white supremacy and bigotry emanating from the White House. Many will see the inconclusive vote results as a setback.Trump’s early push to stop the vote count continues a pattern of dirty tricks that include robocalls with false information, deliberately sabotaging postal deliveries, putting up fake ballot drop-off boxes, disenfranchisement of former prisoners and migrants, and physical assaults and intimidation, including attacking voting rights marchers in North Carolina.After a judge ordered the postal service to conduct a sweep of unmailed ballots and prioritize their timely delivery, Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy refused to comply. The Justice Department backed DeJoy.The bigot-in-chief’s fraudulent declaration of victory is but the latest example in a long, ugly history of denying Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities the basic right to vote. The electoral college itself, which skews results with a “winner take all” state-by-state selection process, is rooted in efforts of enslavers to maintain political control over how U.S. presidents are chosen. Real democracy is a myth in this country.While limited by their politics and ties to the Democratic Party, today’s demonstrations are taking the struggle against racist voter suppression beyond the confines of the voting booth. What’s all the more significant are calls emanating from sections of organized labor for a general strike if Trump refuses to step down. Even if this doesn’t happen, the importance of this conversation – of workers withholding their labor as a form of mass political protest – must not be underestimated.Get ready for a big fight, regardlessEven if the rallies achieve their goal and secure Biden’s path to the White House, the epic struggle unfolding since the COVID-19 crisis and the lynching of George Floyd will intensify. Among the huge numbers who voted for Trump are the many racist police, whose associations — misnamed unions — endorsed the president. They are openly allied with white supremacist paramilitaries such as the “Proud Boys.” Since these pro-fascist elements may be buoyed if Trump ekes out a victory and full of venomous hatred if he doesn’t, progressives and anti-racists will have to step up their defense of people of color, migrants, homeless, protesters, LGBTQ2S+ people, women, people with disabilities, youth and others. Black and Latinx workers in the South and Southwest, where Trump carried most of the states, could be particularly vulnerable to hate crimes. The Old South, with its long history of segregation and the lowest level of unionization, is where new manufacturing in steel, auto and other industries is now concentrated. White workers are targeted with the most hateful rhetoric, intended to pit them against the most oppressed workers. A significant section of the capitalist class favors and funds Trump’s fascist appeal. Donors among the super-rich hail from the financial, real estate, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and other industries. Without their support, super-PACs such as America First Action would collapse. But the popular movement would also have to fight a Biden/Harris administration. In this election campaign, the Democratic Party avoided appealing for support on a progressive basis, even though it observed a new, historic, anti-racist movement developing. Rather, the Democrats ditched Bernie Sanders in favor of Biden, pandered to Trump’s socialist-baiting, rejected calls to defund the police and distanced themselves from The Squad — Congresswomen of color Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayana Pressley, who just won reelection.Biden’s own history includes passing racist “anti-crime” bills as senator, presiding over record numbers of deportations, and engaging in sexist behavior as vice president. He has done nothing to stop police killings, including the 2014 murder of Tamir Rice that occurred during his tenure. Both as an elected official and as a candidate — with a long list of ruling class backers himself — he has expressed a solid commitment to U.S. imperialism in foreign policy.Was the choice of Biden a factor in the Democratic Party’s poorer-than-expected performance?The only way forward for working class and oppressed people is to take the struggle beyond the narrow arena of capitalist elections. A range of tactics must and will be employed, from street protests to general strikes. The prospects for independent mass struggle are the best antidotes to any demoralization or discouragement among those who were hoping for an electoral wipeout of Trump. All hell could break loose soon. Class struggle, the driving force of past and future history, is our ray of hope. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two journalists chased by neo-Nazis

first_img September 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists chased by neo-Nazis Follow the news on Sweden Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more SwedenEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today condemned the harassment of two Swedish journalists investigating neo-Nazi activities and called on the authorities to take action.Documentary filmmaker Bjoern Lockstroem and Olof Abrahamsson, a photographer with the newspaper Kvals Posten, were covering municipal elections in the southern town of Karlskrona where candidates of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Front were standing.  As they were parked near a group of neo-Nazis on 15 September, Lockstroem was recognised and the journalists were chased through the town by neo-Nazis in six cars.  They managed to escape.”Lockstroem has been threatened several times before in his reporting of illegal neo-Nazi activities,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.  “They know him and he takes a risk every time he covers their activities.  We urge the authorities to be more vigilant about neo-Nazi threats against the media.”Five neo-Nazis smashed the windows of Lockstroem’s house in Motala (245 km southwest of Stockholm) on 19 May.  The attackers were arrested soon afterwards at a roadblock carrying clubs and teargas grenades. RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further Receive email alerts Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news sitecenter_img News April 14, 2021 Find out more News SwedenEurope – Central Asia News RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Organisation News May 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF: “Let’s not allow Beijing to stifle press freedom in Hong Kong”

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en News News Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the world’s democracies to take action to prevent Beijing from imposing a national security law in Hong Kong that will be used as means to prosecute journalists. Help by sharing this information PHOTO: ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP Receive email alerts The 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China this July 1st, comes at a time of deep concern for the future of freedoms in the former British colony. Despite China’s previous commitments, the Beijing regime is attempting to impose a national security law allowing it to intervene in the territory and crack down on anything deemed as “terrorism,” “secession,” “subversion” or “foreign interference”, all under the semblance of legality. In other words, any thought or action that contradicts the interests of the Chinese Communist Party will become prosecutable.If this project succeeds, it will not only deal a fatal blow to press freedom in Hong Kong, it will also mark a decisive step for the Chinese regime on its path towards the “new world media order” it pursues. Hong Kong, a former bastion of press freedom in Asia, has fallen from 18th place in the World Press Freedom Index in 2002 when the Index was first created, to its current positioning in 80th place; the People’s Republic of China remains near the bottom of the index, ranking 177th out of 180 countries and territories.This period of decline for Hong Kong’s press freedom can in large part be attributed to the discrete accession of the majority of Hong Kong’s media by Beijing, either through direct  acquisition or through pressuring the advertisers that fund them.Press freedom violations have increased since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014, including knife attacks coordinated by pro-Beijing groups and incessant police violence at anti-government demonstrations. Despite her soothing statements, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has clearly shown that she puts Beijing’s interests before respect for press freedom, despite it being guaranteed by Hong Kong’s Basic Law.The concern of Hong Kongers for democracy and free public debate is legitimate and deserves our support. In 2003, half a million Hong Kong residents took to the streets in protest of a similar proposed national security law that was subsequently rejected. In July last year, two million residents, half of the active population, were part of protests that succeeded in the rejection of a proposed law that would have allowed extradition to China. According to a recent poll, the overwhelming majority (98%) of Hong Kong journalists, fear that the future national security law will be used against them. In the rest of China, crimes against “national security” are punishable by death and are being used as a premise for the detention of most of the 114 journalists currently imprisoned in China.If the national security law is given the go ahead, the extensive and systematic measures that suppress press freedom in the rest of China will be expanded to Hong Kong, which so far has largely been spared.  All the Chinese people will suffer, as the level of freedom in the former British colony has so far represented the maximum to which China can aspire. Therefore, any regression of press freedom in Hong Kong can’t but undermine hope of improvement in the rest of the country.Under the legally binding “one country, two systems” principle guaranteed by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and registered with the United Nations, Hong Kong should enjoy “a high degree of autonomy” until 2047. If the world decides to abandon Hong Kong in its time of need, it will not only endanger the system that has allowed this international finance centre to prosper for so many years, it will also be giving Beijing free reign to ignore its other signed commitments and continue expanding its authoritarian and repressive practices throughout the world unchecked. Hong Kong is more than just a symbol that must be preserved. It is a region and a population whose freedom counts for the future of human rights all over the world. Regardless of the short-term cost, the world’s democracies must ensure respect for the principles of international law regarding freedom of opinion and expression. One never wins by yielding, by allowing others to trample over international promises and laws. History is rich with cases of weakness in upholding principles that have turned into tragedy. Let’s not allow history to repeat itself.Let’s not allow Beijing to stifle press freedom in Hong Kong.Christophe DeloireRSF secretary-generalThis Op-Ed was published in Apple Daily Hong Kong:in Englishin Chinese  News News Follow the news on Asia – Pacificcenter_img ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 7, 2021 Find out more ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further June 30, 2020 RSF: “Let’s not allow Beijing to stifle press freedom in Hong Kong” Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Microscopic Materials: An Interview with Marco Bernardi

first_img Business News More Cool Stuff Subscribe 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Science and Technology Microscopic Materials: An Interview with Marco Bernardi By LORI DAJOSE Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 12:12 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Credit: Lance Hayashida/CaltechAll materials, including the screen on which you are currently reading this text, are composed of a tiny universe of particles. These particles are not only the physical ones, like electrons and atomic nuclei, but also excited states (or so-called quasiparticles) that constantly collide and bounce, gaining and losing energy. Marco Bernardi, a newly appointed assistant professor of applied physics and materials science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, is fascinated by these interactions and how they give rise to the world around us. We spoke with Bernardi about his research on energy in materials and also about his new life in the California sun.You study materials on a tiny, atomic scale. What does that look like?At the microscopic scale, all materials are made up of numerous interacting particles, trading energy with one another through various collisions that we call scattering processes. For example, if you excite a material with light, electrons inside will undergo scattering processes to release this excess energy. They can emit light as a photon, emit vibrations as a phonon, or trade energy with other electrons. Surprisingly, these processes occur even in the dark, as all materials maintain an equilibrium with the environment by exchanging energy. Materials hide an intangible universe.What are you trying to discover about these excited states?We study the collision processes between these excited states, both to understand the fundamental science and because they are essential for applications. These processes take place on a femtosecond timescale—a femtosecond is a millionth of a billionth of a second—so they are very challenging to study experimentally. One thing we examine is how long it takes for a material to go back to its normal state of equilibrium after it has been excited. For example: if you excite a piece of gallium arsenide by shining light on it, then it will reemit light as it returns back to its equilibrium state. This emission fades out in time. We want to characterize the timescale for this emission decay, which is called the photoluminescence lifetime. Other examples are the scattering of an electron by a crystalline defect in a material, or the time for the spin of an electron to reorient. If we can understand the timescale for the interactions among electrons, phonons, light, defects, spin, and other excited states, we can predict how materials transport electricity and heat, emit and absorb light, and convert energy into different forms. Applications in electronics, optoelectronics, ultrafast science, and renewable energy abound.In some cases, the questions we ask have already been examined experimentally. Experimentally, it has been determined that an excited electron in silicon loses energy on a femtosecond timescale, and the conductivity of a simple material like gold has been found. But my group aims to look at materials theoretically. We use the atomic structure of materials—the way their atoms are positioned—as the only input, and solve the equations of quantum mechanics in a computer, without any information from experiment. With this approach, we can understand microscopic details out of reach for experiments and can investigate materials that have not yet been fabricated, besides being able to obtain known experimental results. Some problems, like calculating the conductivity of gold, may sound trivial—but nobody has ever computationally calculated the correct conductivity of gold without any information from experiment, and in particular without knowledge of the timescale for electron scattering. There are also a lot of new experiments studying materials at extremely short timescales, some of them requiring multimillion-dollar lasers, but few theories that can explain them. We are working on computational tools that can understand and microscopically interpret both traditional and less traditional experimental scenarios.We have a fair understanding of most of the different types of scattering processes, and we have ambitious plans to combine all of these computational approaches for different microscopic phenomena into one big code that can calculate everything that’s going on in an excited material. Employing massively parallel algorithms and running them on our computer cluster at Caltech or at national supercomputing facilities, this code would open new avenues for our research.What are some applications of this work?In any application where current or light is involved, scattering processes between electrons or other excited states control the behavior of the device. This includes solar panels, circuits, transistors, displays, and other electrically conductive materials. Understanding the timescale and the microscopic details of these scattering processes could allow one to create more efficient solar energy conversion devices, light emitters, and circuits, among other applications; or even “just” understand the behavior of matter at the shortest possible timescale.What excites you most about being at Caltech?I’m most excited about the emphasis on fundamental science here. People can be really tempted by “flashy” science or experiments on hot topics. But to compute what I’m trying to look at, we have to first build our understanding on simple experiments and materials—boring things—before we are able to tackle materials at the frontier of condensed matter research. Nobody really wants to do basic measurements on pieces of silicon or gold. But fundamentally we don’t know how to compute in detail basic excitations in materials. Caltech supports this kind of science. And no matter what you’re working on, you can talk to somebody who will give you some unique perspective or insight.What is your background? How did you get interested in this field?I grew up in Italy. In high school, I really enjoyed math and physics. I read an article about carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology, and during my undergraduate education in Italy I became very interested in the physics of materials. Carbon nanotubes can be either metallic or semiconducting—a material where you can control how much current can flow through—so you should be able to create all kinds of parts of a device just made out of these tubes. During my PhD work at MIT, my advisor and I predicted that it would be possible to create a solar cell entirely out of carbon nanotubes. We worked together with a colleague who synthesized the device from our design, and now we have the world record for making a solar cell entirely out of carbon. In the two years that I spent at Berkeley, I discovered that I wanted to understand the dynamics of how particles and excited states exchange energy in materials. Now I’m deeply settled and focused on this problem.What’s your favorite thing about being in Southern California?It’s always sunny. I love swimming, and the outdoor swimming pools are great—at MIT, it was generally too cold to go swim outside. So I’m taking full advantage of how warm it is here.What do you like to do outside of work?I love traveling and planning trips. I like to pick a country, go online and find all kinds of options for routes and itineraries, and go explore for two weeks. If I weren’t doing science I would probably be traveling and learning languages and talking to people. I’ve been to Japan and Chile recently, and I would really like to see more of Asia but it’s getting more complicated—my wife and I are expecting a baby! My maps tell me that I currently have seen 20 percent of the whole world—on land, that is. My ambition is to get to 80 percent one day. Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Donegal bus escort raises safety issues over return to school

first_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Donegal bus escort raises safety issues over return to school Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Previous articlePringle calls for extra supports for children with special needsNext articleChief Medical Officers on both sides of border issue joint statement News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ By News Highland – January 15, 2021 Twittercenter_img Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest A Donegal bus escort says while they want to see children with special needs return to school, serious safety concerns remain. The number on the school bus, no ventilation and no PPE are all said to be major issues.Disability and carers organisations will meet Department of Education officials to discuss plans for classes to resume next Thursday.Special needs pupils at primary schools will reopen on a phased basis – and talks are continuing in relation to secondary schools.Megan who’s a local bus escort feels they are not being given enough consideration in the process:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more