Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has again turned down the suggestion that Government should allow the establishment of smoking areas in business places, describing such areas as “death chambers”.Dr. Ferguson further informed that the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013 do not allow for the establishment of such spaces.“My answer to that is absolutely not. We cannot allow the establishment of death chambers and this is what a room filled with persons smoking would be,” he told journalists on Monday, July 15, during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister.The Minister argued that in such situations, smokers are essentially inhaling their own smoke, plus the smoke of others around them. “In addition, the ventilation system can carry the smoke to other areas, which will then affect non-smokers,” he said.Dr. Ferguson noted that the regulations stipulate that no smoking can take place within five metres of the entrance or exit of a public place and its ventilation system.[RELATED: Big Fines for Smoking Ban Breaches]In the meantime, the Ministry of Health has embarked on a major public education campaign to sensitise Jamaicans on the newly instituted ban on smoking in specified public spaces.The ban, which falls under sections 14 and 15 of the Public Health Act, becomes effective on July 15.It will see a restriction on smoking in enclosed places accessible to the public; public transportation; work places; government owned and occupied buildings; health facilities, including pharmacies; sports and recreational facilities for use by the public; educational institutions; areas specifically for use by children; and places of collective use, such as bus stops.In this vein, the Ministry has launched campaigns in some major town centres across the island to educate and inform Jamaicans on the regulations.“We will also start a radio public service advertisement today on multiple stations and we are continuing on a sensitisation programme for at least the next eight months, so that persons can be properly educated about their rights and responsibilities under the regulations,” Dr. Ferguson stated.[Special Page: [Special Page: Fact Sheet: Ban on Smoking in Public Places]He said the Ministry has also invited discussions with stakeholders, including the police and the Customs Department.The Minister along with representatives from the Ministry will be part of an outside broadcast on RJR’s Hotline on Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to further answer the public’s questions on the matter.“Our doors are open to anyone who wishes to have clarification on the issues and we have begun to send out soft copies of the regulations to the media, government entities and other stakeholders,” Dr. Ferguson said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
Noel Gallagher is curating the 2013 Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in partnership with The Body Shop, and he’s carefully selected a stellar line-up.• Tuesday 19 March – Ryan Adams plus special guest Beth Orton • Wednesday 20 March – An evening of comedy with Russell Brand, Noel Fielding and very special guests • Thursday 21 March – Primal Scream plus very special guests Echo & The Bunnymen • Friday 22 March – Kasabian plus support from Dark Horses • Saturday 23 March – Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon plus guest Gruff Rhys • Sunday 24 March – Rizzle Kicks and Labrinth • Monday 25 March – Paul Weller plus special guests Palma VioletsTickets are available here.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has called for greater transparency regarding former ministers and their work in the corporate world. The call came after an article in The Age this week raised the issue of a potential conflict of interest regarding former Labor Minister of Energy and Resources Theo Theophanous, and his current role as a political advisor to energy company Lakes Oil. During his term as minister between 2002 and 2006, Mr Theophanous played a key role in the creation of the 2005 Geothermal Energy Act and advocated that Victoria should abolish its onshore gas moratorium.Although The Age did not allege that the former minister was engaging in any illegal activity, the newspaper raised speculation over recent meetings Mr Theophanous has had with state Premier Daniel Andrews and Treasurer Tim Pallas. The premier and Mr Theophanous were spotted talking at the A-League Grand Final, and a day later he was seen speaking with Mr Pallas – shortly after the treasurer had given a conference speech about Victoria’s plans to hold an inquiry into onshore oil and gas.When questioned by The Age Mr Theophanous declined to comment on his role or the private talks he had with the politicians. The premier’s office and Mr Pallas’ spokesperson also declined to comment on the nature of the conversations with the former minister.“The treasurer meets with a range of stakeholders across a number of issues, but does not disclose the contents of those private discussions,” Mr Pallas’ spokesperson told The Age. Lakes Oil executive chairman Rob Annells said that there was nothing controversial regarding the former minister’s involvement with the company, citing previous high-profile members of the Lakes Oil board.“We had Alexander Downer on our board … he was an excellent director, and although Theo is not a director, so far we are communicating very, very well and he is a very intelligent man and he has a lot of experience which we are drawing on,” said Mr Annells.Former federal resources minister Martin Ferguson is of a similar mind and currently serves as a director of gas producer BG Group.“I actually think former politicians can bring to business an understanding of the workings of government, and a broader understanding of the expectations of the community,” he said.“Just as [former Greens leader] Bob Brown has devoted his energies to the endeavours of the Sea Shepherd since leaving the senate, it is no different for a former state or federal minister to also work in the business sector, be it of a paid or voluntary nature.”Mr Barber told The Age that “ministers should be banned for life for representing a company on a particular matter or transaction that they oversaw at the time of being minister”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will consider finalizing next year’s school calendar.The School Committee will review proposed changes to the High School’s Program of Studies after a presentation from Principal Linda Peters.The School Committee will receive an update from the district’s Behavioral Health Task Force.The School Committee will receive a presentation on adopting the Seal of Biliteracy. The Committee will receive an update on the Global Child Spanish Classes.The School Committee will receive a presentation on the Wilmington CARES program.Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand will discuss the district’s upcoming Behavioral Health Fair on March 28; the Director of Technology Job Posting; an update on the cost of the NEASC accreditation visit to Wilmington High; and the upcoming administration of the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.The School Committee will receive a student presentation on the High School’s DECA program. The Committee will also consider an out-of-state field trip request for members of the program to attend DECA’s International Conference in Orlando.The School Committee will accept a $1,500 donation from the Wilmington Educational Foundation to fund the district’s 2019 STEM Fair.The School Committee will receive subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-Meetings — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon. The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At May 8 MeetingIn “Education”
Trade between the United States and Russia spiked by 7% despite the economic sanctions levied by the US on the country, President Vladimir Putin said.Both countries were surprised by the trade stats. Data from the US Commerce Department show that US exports to Russia increased by 1% in 2014. However, imports from Russia are down 13%, The Washington Post reported.”When I looked at the statistic today . . . [it] even surprised me a little,” Putin told Interfax, the Russian news agency.The report does come as a surprise because Western sanctions against Russia have been tight and that has strained relationship between the two countries.More recently, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with a local newspaper that the Western sanctions against the country were violating international law and were aimed at damaging the country’s economy.”The situation that we see today in connection with unilateral restrictions introduced by the U.S., the European Union and some other countries certainly contradicts international legal norms, including, on a whole number of occasions, the norms of the WTO [World Trade Organization and our Western colleagues’ declared conceptual approaches toward the development of international economic cooperation – respect for market principles, honest competition, etc,” Lavrov told Russia Beyond the Headlines. “As for the political component of these sanctions, I could say that as long as coercive measures were adopted, primarily by the UN Security Council, because all the rest was illegitimate, our Western partners were among the first who called for these sanctions to target leaders who failed abide by UN states’ decisions and to prevent any negative side-effect on the population,” Lavrov added.On Friday, President Putin signed a military doctrine that identified NATO as a potential threat to the country adding that Russia could employ nuclear weapons if any country threatens the existence of Russia, The Associated Press reports.NATO however said that it poses no threat to Russia.”Any steps taken by NATO to ensure the security of its members are clearly defensive in nature, proportionate and in compliance with international law,” a spokeswoman for NATO was quoted by the AP.”In fact, it is Russia’s actions, including currently in Ukraine, which are breaking international law and undermining European security,” she added.
On Friday’s Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the shooting at Santa Fe High School. At least eight people were killed at a shooting that occurred Friday (May 18) morning at the school in Galveston County, according to multiple media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, that are citing law enforcement sources.Also this hour: We learn how schools and law enforcement prepare to respond to these events. Dr. Phillip Lyons is dean of the Criminal Justice Department at Sam Houston State University. He’s also a former police officer and detective. And Kelly LeDuff is co-owner of Open Eyes security consultants. We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /50:17
Explore further Citation: Catalyst for the carbon-free production of hydrogen gas from ammonia (2017, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-catalyst-carbon-free-production-hydrogen-gas.html © 2017 Phys.org The Energy Carriers initiative in Japan is a national project that is specifically looking at ways to efficiently store and transport hydrogen. One way to do this is to use ammonia as a hydrogen source. However, discovery of an efficient process for breaking down ammonia has proved difficult, largely because the catalytic process to break down ammonia requires the continuous addition of heat, which can be prohibitively expensive.Katsutoshi Nagaoka, Takaaki Eboshi, Yuma Takeishi, Ryo Tasaki, Kyoto Honda, Kazuya Imamura, and Katsutoshi Sato of Oita University in Japan have developed a method using a novel catalyst for producing hydrogen from ammonia without the addition of external heat through the catalytic cycle. Their work appears in Science Advances.The decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen is an endothermic process, meaning that it requires the addition of energy to obtain products. This means that traditional catalytic decomposition reactions require the addition of a large amount of heat to obtain a useful amount of hydrogen gas.Nagaoka et al. developed a catalyst that is made of a RuO2 nanoparticle supported on γ-Al2O3 catalyst bed. After purging their catalyst of H2O and CO2, ammonia and oxygen were added to the reaction vessel where ammonia was adsorbed onto the catalytic surface, resulting in an increase in temperature. This increase in temperature catalyzed the oxidative decomposition of ammonia, an exothermic process. This heated up the reaction, which in turn, provided the energy for the endothermic decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen. The catalyst pre-treatment did require heating to remove water and carbon dioxide, but it did not require subsequent re-heating. Tests on catalyst cycling showed that after the initial pre-treatment of the RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst with helium at 300oC, the catalyst was able to cycle three times and still produce hydrogen in maximum yields. Furthermore, these studies included oxidative passivation to ensure that no heat was produced from oxidation of Ru to RuO2. In practice, oxidative passivation will not be necessary. So, even though heating is required to pre-treat the catalyst, heating is not required for additional cycles of the catalyst.In an effort to understand how the RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst works, Nagaoka et al. compared the maximum catalytic bed temperature that results from self-heating of RuO2/ γ-Al2O3 to RuO2/La2O3, a known ammonia decomposition catalyst. They found that the aluminum-based catalyst heated to a maximum temperature of 97oC, while the lanthanum-based catalyst heated to a maximum temperature of 53oC. This is important because the auto-ignition temperature for the oxidative combustion of ammonia is 90oC, and it explains why better reaction yields were seen with RuO2/ γ-Al2O3. The authors point out that this difference in adsorption temperature is likely due to the favorable interaction between ammonia, a basic molecule, and Al2O3, which is a Lewis acid. La2O3, on the other hand, is a Lewis base.Additionally, the authors looked at the difference between using bare γ-Al2O3 as a catalyst and RuO2/ γ-Al2O3. They found that 90% of the ammonia adsorbs onto bare γ-Al2O3 compared to the catalyst bed and the RuO2 nanoparticle. This implies that ammonia is chemisorbed onto the nanoparticle and γ-Al2O3, which then promotes multilayer physisorption. Overall, this type of catalyst is helpful in providing enough heat to overcome the needed heat requirements for the endothermic decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen gas. This study shows that self-heating catalysis is a viable option for exploring solutions to the practical difficulties in using ammonia as a hydrogen fuel source. (Phys.org)—Hydrogen has the potential to provide an alternative, clean energy source, particularly as applied to fuel cell technology. Current fuel sources involve carbon-containing fossil fuels or carbon-containing organic molecules, which result in the production of excess CO2, a greenhouse gas. Several initiatives, including a national initiative in Japan, seek to create a low-carbon usage society by using alternative fuel sources. Credit: Katsutoshi Nagaoka More information: Katsutoshi Nagaoka et al. Carbon-free Hproduction from ammonia triggered at room temperature with an acidic RuO/γ-AlOcatalyst, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602747AbstractAmmonia has been suggested as a carbon-free hydrogen source, but a convenient method for producing hydrogen from ammonia with rapid initiation has not been developed. Ideally, this method would require no external energy input. We demonstrate hydrogen production by exposing ammonia and O2 at room temperature to an acidic RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst. Because adsorption of ammonia onto the catalyst is exothermic, the catalyst bed is rapidly heated to the catalytic ammonia autoignition temperature, and subsequent oxidative decomposition of ammonia produces hydrogen. A differential calorimeter combined with a volumetric gas adsorption analyzer revealed a large quantity of heat evolved both with chemisorption of ammonia onto RuO2 and acidic sites on the γ-Al2O3 and with physisorption of multiple ammonia molecules. Discovery of a facile process for H2 production using ammonia as a carrier Journal information: Science Advances 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.
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Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:54End of live reporting22:01M 6 Northbound closed due to roadworks during the night between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 Queensway (Stoke-On-Trent).Until 6:00 on 11th December. 21:19None of the night crews from the city’s main fire stations reported any evening incidents.20:41A500 Queensway Southbound closed due to roadworks during the night from A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park, Wolstanton) to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Etruria). Until 6:00 on 11th December. 20:22Officers searching former schoolPolice officers are searching for a man on the site of an abandoned Stoke-on-Trent School. Staffordshire Police, including the dog unit, are scouring the former St Peter’s School, in Queens Road, Penkhull, after receiving reports of a person on the site. No one has yet been found. 19:58Accident cleared on A50 Westbound at Uttoxeter Road (Creda Roundabout / Meir Heath / Blythe Bridge). The slip road from A521 Catchems Corner above the motorway was re-opened around 19:20. 19:56Police officers issue appeal after bike stolen from front garden (Image: pstonier)Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a folding bike was taken from a front garden before items on the cycle were scattered along a Staffordshire Moorlands town. Officers received reports a Raleigh folding bike had been taken from a garden in the Whitemore area, near Biddulph , at around midday on Sunday (December 9). Read more.19:23Vehicle owners told to keep keys safe after early morning theftDrivers are being told to make sure their keys are left in a safe place after a set were taken from a car in the early hours of this morning.Officers in Cheshire received reports that a car on Solly Crescent, Congleton, had been broken into this morning (December 10).PCSO Jessica Shore, of Cheshire Police, says it is believed a set of vehicle keys had been taken from the car, and hopes anyone with any information will come forward.Read more.19:00 A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).18:46 Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 18:35 A50 Westbound entry slip road closed due to accident at Uttoxeter Road (Creda Roundabout / Meir Heath / Blythe Bridge). Traffic is coping well. The slip road from A521 Catchems Corner above the motorway is closed. 18:12Delays of up to 25 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield due to trespass incident at Longport.18:10All lanes open and traffic returned to normal, broken down crane removed on M6 Southbound at J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Lane one (of three) was closed due to a crane which is moving very slowly, traffic is able to pass in lanes two and three. All restrictions were lifted around 17:40.17:58All lanes open and traffic easing, accident cleared on A500 Southbound before M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).A lane was closed on approach to the M6 J16 interchange. All restrictions were lifted around 17:40.16:36Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 16:36 Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.16:27One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on A500 Southbound before M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). A lane is closed on approach to the M6 J16 interchange.16:03Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is six minutes. 15:59Man treated by paramedics after rescuing pet budgie from flat fireA man had to be treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation after re-entering a burning flat to rescue a pet budgie.Firefighters from Alsager raced to Brook Villas in Talke Road, Alsager at 7.10pm yesterday (December 9) to reports of a small fire involving burnt food.When they arrived at the scene firefighters discovered a man had managed to escape from the sheltered housing block but re-entered the building to rescue the bird.Read more.15:37Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.15:37 Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is five minutes. 15:24 Traffic returned to normal on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 15:20A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.15:08Woman, 23, due in court after incident at city centre shopA 23-year-old woman is due to appear before Magistrates after Christmas following an incident at a city centre convenience store over the weekend.Natasha Woolley, of Madeley Street, Tunstall, has been charged with criminal damage to property over the value of £5,000 and failing to comply with a community protection notice.Read more.12:53A527 Porthill Road clear at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 10:10Queuing traffic on A50 Eastbound before A50 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout) McDonalds roundabout. In the roadworks area.Highways will be filled in a large pot hole that has appeared in the road. 09:44Accident on A50 Eastbound from A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean) to B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Incident reported at around 09.10 and Police arrived at scene at around 09.20 to assist with traffic management. Near Uttoxeter09:16More on the James Brindley Way crash…Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to a report of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles on James Brindley Way, Stoke-on-Trent, at 7.44am this morning (10 December).A 30-year-old man has been taken to hospital with minor injuries.The road reopened at just before 9am.08:55 Queuing traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 08:45A collision on the A51 near The Swan with Two Necks (Image: Tommy Booth)Tommy Booth has spotted this collision on the A51 near The Swan with Two Necks pub. Causing long delays in the area.