Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and its subsidiaries have recorded in excess of 0 million for the first half of the year, representing a 12 per cent increase over the same period last year but the company is also becoming increasingly wary of the international developments, specifically Brexit and utterances by US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.DDL Chairman Komal SamarooThe company has released its unaudited financial statements and according to Chairman Komal Samaroo, while it is too early to fully evaluate the impact of Brexit on the rum industry in Europe, it is carefully being assessed.Samaroo said Brexit, coupled with the apparent rise of nationalistic sentiments in the upcoming US Presidential Elections and also in other western countries could arguably signal a reverse of the globalisation process which saw the growth of new markets around the world.According to Samaroo, “such developments could present new challenges for countries like ours with small domestic markets.”He has since suggested diversification. According to the company’s financial statements, it managed to earn just about $3.5 billion. Its sales and operating expenses depleted this by just over $2 billion and after paying taxes and other expenses, its net profit was calculated at $805.3 million.The company saw its investments growing marginally from $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion as was the case with its property, plant and equipment which saw its value increasing from $9.5 billion to $9.8 billion.The company’s total asset base inclusive of trade and other receivables, prepayments and recoverable taxes at the end of June was recorded as $28.4 billion.The company has since reported too that Chandramat Chintamani ceased being a Director on the DDL Board in April last but continues to serve as Executive Director of Demerara Shipping Company Ltd – one of DDL’s subsidiaries.
Residents with Sime Darby Liberia manager David Parker, shortly after they smoked the ‘peace pipe.’One of the masterminds of the recent demonstration by residents of the Project Affected Community (PAC) in the Sime Darby Liberia operational area in Grand Cape Mount County has apologized and, together with other residents, is now seeking a peace solution to their issue.It can be recalled that some PAC youth recently staged a protest against Sime Darby’s management in demand of school buses to transport students.The protest, which lasted for several hours, brought normal working activities at the company’ head office to a standstill. It was eventually brought under control by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).During a ground-breaking ceremony for the first modern PAC office in the county and the gowning of general manager David Parker, the residents, through their various speakers, openly expressed remorse for their children’s action that disrupted normal activities at the company.On behalf of the residents, Bendu Zarzar said that it was not the elders’ intention for their children to stage a protest against the company, adding that certain persons among them led the children to do what they did.“Mr. Parker, we want to say here on behalf of our children that we are very sorry for the incident, but it was some people who took the children into what they did against Sime Darby. So we say again, we are very sorry,” she said on behalf of the residents.For his part, the youth leader of the PAC, H. Mohammed Kaiwu, said he was happy that the company decided to build the office in the community, adding that the PAC had been “operating from their bags.”Kaiwu termed the project as a new beginning for the 17 affected communities, stating that the office construction project also presents new opportunities for the residents.“I am very happy today because I see this day as a new beginning in the lives of the people of the affected communities. For the past years, we have been working with Sime Darby from our field offices, but our offices are just in our bags passing around,” Kaiwu admitted.Proffering a solution to the reason for the youth led protest action, Kaiwu appealed to the management to make available a school bus to enable students to get to campus on time, stressing that school going age kids walk long distances to acquire education.Meanwhile, Parker put the cost of erecting the structure at US$25,000, adding that the work is expected to get underway anytime this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Assistant Secretary General of the National Foreign Exchange Bureau of Liberia (NAFIBOL), Nimely Saye, frowns on the CBL’s continuous failure to address the exchange rate issue on the Liberian market. But Ex SG of Money Changers Association Blames Supply and DemandThe assistant secretary general of the National Foreign Exchange Bureau of Liberia (NAFIBOL), Nimely Saye, has blamed the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for the high increase in the US-Liberian dollar exchange rate on the Liberian market, because of its inability to regulate the forex market.Saye made the remarks yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his forex bureau on Broad Street, when he indicated that the supervision and regulations department at the CBL has failed to work in the interest of legal foreign exchangers, thereby leaving the market open.He said if the CBL does not put the situation under control now, the exchange rate would reach L$150 to US$1 by July, “because of the current open market situation.”Saye, who has been in the forex business for over 15 years, indicated that the situation continues to hamper legal exchangers in paying their taxes, rent, salaries, and other fees.He said despite a series of meetings with authorities of the bank to intervene in the ongoing situation on the Liberian market, they (bank authorities) appear unmoved by their concerns.“We are not benefiting under Governor Milton A. Weeks’ administration, because there are many illegal foreign exchangers in the various street corners that are changing at their own rate, including cement depots, gas stations, rice depots, supermarkets, and stores thereby hampering the legal forex business,” Saye said.According to him, the protection of legal exchangers by the Central Bank of Liberia can easily stabilize the exchange rate on the market in the shortest possible time.He said, “We had a blissful time with the Dr. J. Mills Jones administration, because of his ability to listen and willingness to work with the legal bureaus and the association.“This led to a stable rate on the Liberian market that would last for three to four months consistently without any daily or weekly increment, from L$88, 89, and 90 to US$1.”According to him, there are many illegal forex businesses than legal ones which, he said, deserves serious attention by the government, particularly the CBL, adding, “We have only 103 registered bureaus across the country.”“The CBL takes seven to eight months nowadays before coming to get rid of illegal foreign exchangers. The bank needs to get rid of them on the market or press on them to legalize their status and operate under CBL regulations.“Everyone is changing money without any restriction, which has a serious consequence on the economy and the country. We are the middlemen between the commercial bank, Central Bank, and business people, but we are not given the opportunity to play our role well,” he said.Saye said commercial banks, cement depots, gas stations, and rice depots do not have the right to engage in the money exchange business due to the lack of license from the CBL, but they nonetheless continue to do such a business, which is currently affecting the country.He said the association is confident that the Weah administration will work to have the situation addressed, stating, “We can only get a better result in the country and the economy if the CBL takes action against illegal forex businesses.”Saye called on President George Weah to issue an Executive Order, which he believes will help to reduce or stabilize the exchange rate and also ensure that those who are not licensed to operate as money exchangers in the country are barred from doing so.“We all observed that few hours to President Weah’s State of the Nation Address, the rate dropped because money exchangers didn’t have money. If the business people hold on to their money, it will be a serious problem,” he stated.“In 1999, the Central Bank of Liberia enacted a law establishing the Foreign Exchange Bureau and since the act was created, we have been protected according to the laws.”However the first secretary general of the Liberia Money Changers Association, Mr. Idrissa Kaba has objected to the claim that the CBL is responsible for the high exchange rate of the Liberian dollar to the US dollar.“Every student of economics,” Kaba said, “will realize that what is happening between the US dollar and the Liberian dollar is the issue of supply and demand and not because there are what someone will describe as ‘illegal money changers’ in the country.”Kaba said “The supply of the US dollar is lower than that of the Liberian dollar on the market and that is the reason the demand for the US dollar has affected the Liberian dollar.” He added that if the Liberian government can provide dollars to all major foreign businesses, including the huge supermarkets, Club Beer, Coco Cola, CEMENCO, among others, the pressure would naturally reduce on the Liberian dollar and it will normalize the exchange rate.Central Bank of Liberia in a release issued by Mr. Cyrus Wleh Badio, Head of Corporate Communications, said yesterday that despite an end-of-year press conference on December 21, 2017 on the state of the Liberian economy, stories still linger about alleged illegal capital transfers. These stories linger because the statistics that the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has released have been taken out of context and/or simply misunderstood.“It is therefore important, that the CBL clarifies these stories to prevent speculations that have the propensity to undermine the credibility and stability of the financial sector and by extension present wrong signals to the public including our development partners, current and potential investors, among others.“During the December 2017 Press Conference, the CBL disclosed that between November 2016 and October 2017, outward personal remittances amounted to US$449.41 million while during that same period, Liberia received US$545.78 million in inward personal remittance, representing a net gain of US$96.37 million.“The US$449 million mentioned comprised all transfers in cash made by residents to non-residents and transfers between resident and non-resident individuals on one hand. On the other hand, it also comprised transfers of income of border, seasonal, and other short-term workers who are employed in the economy where they are not resident. It is the total of all monies remitted through Western Union, MoneyGram, Ria (another money transfer operator) and via SWIFT1 by individuals and/or businesses to the rest of the world.“Furthermore, reporting that there was US$449.41 in outward personal remittance in 2017 does not in any way suggest that the money was transmitted directly from the CBL or transmitted to unidentified foreign accounts. The CBL wishes to emphasize that the sources of the monies that were remitted were not from the Central Bank of Liberia. In addition, nowhere in the CBL publication does the issue of unidentified foreign accounts arise.“For the calendar year 2017 (i.e. January-December, 2017), provisional statistics show that the total outflows of personal remittances amounted to US$445.3 million. Of this amount, about 31.5 percent was transferred through Money Transfer Operators (i.e. Western Union, MoneyGram, and RIA) while the remaining 68.5 percent were through banks using SWIFT. Most of the SWIFT transactions (which constituted 68.5 percent of the total outflows) were carried out by businesses engaged in construction activities, rice and frozen food importation, auto parts, supermarkets and trading businesses, among others.“Over the last 2 years, preceding the elections period, the total outflows of personal remittances grew from US$293.4 million in 2015 to US$304.6 million in 2016. The growth in total outflow in 2017 largely reflects responses within the economy to uncertainty that may have been associated with the then impending elections. Where there is uncertainty, there will be outflow of funds. It is important, however, to once again emphasize that the total outflow of remittances mentioned is an aggregate of personal remittances from various sources and NOT transfers made by officials of Government or to unknown accounts as is being wrongly perceived.“The Central Bank of Liberia welcomes public scrutiny, especially from the media, but this must be done in good faith,” the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… urges ranks to have better relations with media By Vahnu ManickchandRanks of the Guyana Police Force Traffic Department and Anti-crime Patrols got a rude awakening on Saturday from Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine as he addressed the no-nonsensical approach the force has adopted in treating with corrupt practices.Speaking to a gathering of mainly junior officers at the Officer’s Mess Annex, Eve Leary, Ramnarine pointed out that a true Police officer is one who enjoys his work, interacts with the public, and understands his law enforcement role as well as social service.He reminded that the role of a Police officer is to serve but not serve at a price; hence, he finds it ridiculous and embarrassing that corruption is widespread among junior ranks.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine“You are one of the important elements of our daily interface with the public – anti-crime patrol ranks and traffic ranks. It’s becoming a problem; you are demanding from people, you are shamelessly asking them to leave something… You have no pride and dignity in the way you do things, you have no shame! You believe this uniform is given to you to enrich yourselves,” he exclaimed.According to Ramnarine, there have been numerous reports of ranks acting in total disregard of Police policies. Some of these reports, he noted, are made to the President and Government Ministers by persons in the diaspora who have fallen victim to Police corruption.Stop doing itThe acting Police Commissioner posited that such behaviour will no longer be condoned. It is against this backdrop that the Force’s hierarchy decided to host the session on Saturday to address the junior ranks. Ramnarine warned the ranks gathered that the Force will not accept anything less from ranks hereafter.“You need to understand that our actions, from a public security perspective, are all part and parcel of the actions that are akin to a country’s image being pretty acceptable from a regional and international perspective. People don’t want to come to this country for vacation and be molested… Stop doing it! Look deep inside yourself,” he stated.The acting Top Cop went on to rubbish justification of such corrupt practices, particularly as it relates to claims of insufficient salaries. He explained that the issue of salary has been an age-old one and will continue to be so.“When you joined (the Force) you knew what the salary of a police officer is. So we are not going to accept that you come now by illegitimate ways, illegal ways or unprofessional actions and believe that you are now in a position to get rich quick,” he remarked.Ramnarine continued: “So I called you here to spell it out to you… (behaviour on the road) has reached a level where it’s becoming a deep concern and an embarrassment… I’m telling you to desist from it, have pride and dignity in what you do.”During his hour-long presentation, the acting Top Cop also highlighted over a dozen recent cases where ranks where caught in corrupt acts or breaching policies, and have since been dismissed.He mentioned a case where ranks recovered stolen properties and decided to keep them for themselves, another case where an intoxicated officer responded to a domestic violence report and shot the suspect, yet another where an off-duty rank was speeding on the road in his private vehicle when he collided with a Police vehicle, badly damaging it.Instances of Immigration officers fighting at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in front of passengers, an individual in the Police training school injuring a colleague with a cutlass and even a female supervisor who had to be transferred because of “ugly” reports against her, were also highlighted by Ramnarine.Wasting taxpayers’ moneyHe further explained that the Police Force is not going to waste taxpayers’ money to pay officers half-salaries when they are interdicted for misdemeanours; instead they will be sent packing.On the other hand, the acting Top Cop went on to outline that crime prevention is not the sole province of a Police Force, as such it is imperative that they establish healthy, working relationships with those they serve in various aspects and facets of social life:“We have to understand that the police are the public and the public are the police, and so there is need for the establishment and maintenance of a healthy, working, respectful relationship.”Moreover, Ramnarine sought to underscore the importance of the Police Force have good relations with the media. According to the acting Police Commissioner, often times the Police despises the media when in fact they should understand the vital role the media plays in society, just as the Police do.“When you are angry about a camera in your face, just tell yourself that if you don’t do anything wrong and you are professional, and you want to be accountable, then you have nothing to worry about, nothing to be fearful of,” he assured.Ramnarine added too that the media help to get the Police Force intact and accountable as well as improve services to the country by highlighting whenever something goes wrong.“Check around the world, many things are not exposed but with the role of the media, it comes to light, so you need to understand that. Don’t go taking away people’s cameras and curse them, and tell them don’t push the camera in my face. You can’t do that… that’s not an offence unless in certain settings but once you’re in the public, you doing your work,” the acting Top Cop stated, adding that ranks should appreciate that when they are doing a good job that the media is highlighting it.
…Govt cannot maintain sugar industry − Agri MinisterThe financial challenges in the rice industry have continued as Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has announced a projected near 13 per cent decline in earnings for the sector in 2016. The collapse of the Petro-Caribe (rice-for-oil) Venezuela rice deal coupled with the dry weather patterns earlier this year were major challenges that gripped the industry last year. He further explained that prices on the world market are also seeing decreases.“In 2016 rice production is expected to decline by 12.7 per cent to 600,000 metric tonnes. This reduction is due to the El Niño weather condition and some farmers exiting the industry which was lost by the high priced Venezuela market,” the Agriculture Minister stated.These comments were disclosed at a press conference at the Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday. Holder explained that due to the El Niño condition, only 84 per cent of rice produced was sold, which translates to 76,717 hectares out of the 91,072 hectares target for the first crop. He said that 3311 hectares were lost.“In 2017, rice is expected to further decline by 1.6 per cent. On the other hand, we’ve managed to secure markets in 35 countries [which] has led to increases in exports by 1 per cent over 2015 at the end of October 2016. However, due to the reduction in world market prices, the value of exports will decline. Prices per tonne at the end of October were US$370 per tonne compared with US$394 in 2015,” Holder disclosed.He added that for 2017, exports are projected to be around 531,000 tonnes valued over US$180 million and that to increase production, the Guyana Rice Development Board will be offering farmers incentives who left the industry to return to rice cultivation.“This renewed focus will see the Board, advancing its efforts at introducing new high yielding varieties of rice as part of its efforts at decentralising seed production. Government has been diligently employing various technologies in an effort to reduce the impact of severe weather on farmers and in 2017, this will continue with the increased emphasis on specialty rice varieties, with increased emphasis on the development of value-added production such as rice/wheat flour blend, rice noodles, pasta and precooked rice products,” the Minister disclosed.He also noted that the world market price of Aromatic rice varieties ranged from US$700 to US$1200 per tonne. The lucrative PetroCaribe deal was cancelled months before its November 2015 expiration date by the Venezuelan Government and this has resulted in farmers receiving $1,500 to $2,200” per bag of paddy.Guyana Times carried a series of reports during this year highlighting the plight of rice farmers who were also owed millions by millers who processed their paddy. These millers had claimed that they were finding it difficult in finding markets to sell the rice after the Venezuela deal had ended.Meanwhile, at Thursday’s press conference, the Minister also put emphasis on the sugar sector where he stressed that Government cannot afford to continue awarding subsides to the sugar industry in its current state.“The Government is concerned with the future wellbeing of the sugar workers and their families. The Government is also deeply concerned about the other sectors of the economy and the critical need for investment in those sectors. It would be irresponsible of this Government to not sensibly address these challenges in a sustainable manner,” the Agriculture Minister posited.Agriculture MinisterNoel HolderWales Conversion PlansSpeaking on the conversion plans for the Wales Sugar Estate, Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Finance Director, Paul Bhim, explained that some 100 of 1000 workers, not 1700 as previously reported, were identified for the conversion plans, including husbandry practices.“The ploughing of the land has started. The 100 workers will be doing husbandry practices – weeding, cleaning the canals,” Bhim stated.He also refuted claims of weed overgrowth at lands prepared by the sugar corporation. This was in response to reports this publication received that even though land was prepared, in many instances, no rice was planted and that weeds had reportedly taken over some of the plots. At the ministry’s press conference, Bhim explained that “people are on ground” using chemicals to control the weed situation.It was last week Friday that the Agriculture Minister claimed that the first crop of rice at the Wales Estate was expected by March 2017 but on Thursday, he clarified that only seedlings were set and that rice will be planted until next year.Meanwhile, Holder further disclosed that he along with some Government ministers, including Minister of State Joseph Harmon, the main Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/ Civic, and agriculture and trade union bodies will meet, this Saturday, to discuss future plans for the sugar industry. The unions include the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union, the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees, and the Guyana Labour Union.The final date for closure of the Wales Sugar Estate factory is tomorrow (December 31). Shemuel Fanfai
Hazard needs to be the centre of attention and Costa could benefit from a break, but where’s Loftus-Cheek?
5. So, what has happened to Ruben Loftus-Cheek? – Why is Loftus-Cheek not breaking into the first-team? Mourinho insisted that the England Under-21 international would get a run of games with the senior side, yet since this was said by the Portuguese, he has played just 45 minutes against Aston Villa. With Dele Alli and Eric Dier thriving at Tottenham Hotspur, the signs are not promising for Loftus-Cheek, with suggestions that perhaps Mourinho is not convinced by his performances in training and on match day. Norwich City and Maccabi Tel Aviv will be two of Chelseas easiest opponents this season, and surely these fixtures would have been the perfect opportunity for Loftus-Cheek to have been handed back-to-back senior appearances. 7 7 Chelsea put an end to their winless run in the Premier League by sealing a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon and followed this up by closing in on progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League.Diego Costa scored his first goal in seven games to clinch the three points against the Canaries, while Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas finally expressed signs of confidence returning to their performances.And there were more talking points against Maccabi Tele Aviv, including Willian’s sublime free kick record. But what has really been learned in the Blues’ back-to-back wins?Take a look at seven things learned about Chelsea over the past five days by clicking the yellow arrow above, right… 7 7 3. Baba Rahman has a long way to go towards a regular run in the side – The Ghanaian must have found watching Kenedy start ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta at left back hard to stomach over the weekend. He was, however, thrown into the starting line up in Israel, and while impressing in the final third, he is still yet to really convince supporters. Performing well against a poor Israeli side shouldnt be that difficult for any player plying their trade in Englands top flight. Mourinho isnt a manager renowned for persevering with a player that fails to impress quickly take Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah as recent examples and it wouldnt be a surprise if its now some time before we see Rahman again. Supporters must now be questioning the decision to sell Filipe Luis in the summer. At £14m, the signs are that Rahman could turn out to be another ill-judged investment. 2. Diego Costa needs a break – Costa ended his goalless run in scoring the winner against Norwich, but was there was little else to discuss in his performance. As said before, the Brazil-born striker is the quintessential player for Chelsea and for Mourinho; however, the signs are that he needs a rest, despite being the match winner at the weekend and delivering another hard-working shift in Israel. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previously spoken of the exhaustion that results from an over-reliance from club management, and perhaps it is a similar story for Costa, as the centre forward remains one of the first names on the team sheet. With it clear, however, that Mourinho does not trust Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao to lead the attack, it could be one long season for the former Atletico Madrid man. 6. Willian is a set piece specialist… but that’s about it at the moment – The Brazilian has quickly emerged as the the best free kick taker in Europe, with six of his 12 attempts, and four out of five in the Champions League, having hit the back of the net this season. However, take away his attribute as a dead ball specialist, and here is a player that, in reality, doesnt offer enough for Chelsea going forward. Its great that hes scored another free kick, but wouldnt it be even better if he started scoring and assisting from open play as well, as a winger should do? Nearing on two and a half seasons in the Premier League, Willian has eight goals and six assists to his name in the Premier League, and this simply isnt good enough. 1. Eden Hazard needs to be the centre of attention – find out six more things we’ve learned about Chelsea over the past five days by clicking the arrow above – The Belgium international has spent much of the season disappointing on the left wing, but in the 1-0 win against Norwich, Mourinho handed him the no.10 role and it looked to have had a significant impact on his confidence. The Portuguese manager, however, opted to play Oscar in the attacking midfield position against Maccabi Tel Aviv, with Hazard returning to the left wing and, consequently, he had a far quieter game than at the weekend. As with all players with a sizeable reputation, they need to be the focal point of the team which is why Cristiano Ronaldo may have been left frustrated by Gareth Bales arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu and out on the flank, its all too easy for Hazard to drift out of the game. Mourinho may therefore have to play the 24-year-old in a no.10 role if last seasons PFA Player of the Year is to return to form. 7 4. Kenedy, however, deserves his place – The 19-year-old may not have been expecting as much playing time in his first season for the reigning Premier League champions as he has done, but he has quickly caught the eye of Mourinho and this is an achievement in itself. Kenedy earned his Premier League debut at the weekend, and his confidence could see him handed plenty more such opportunities this season. What it may make supporters wonder, however, is why Ruben Loftus-Cheek is no longer being considered in the senior squad when Kenedy is. 7 7 7. Do not get carried away by the recent victories… the reigning champions are not back yet – No one should get carried away with Chelsea’s back-to-back wins. While both were comfortable victories, they came against, on the one hand, a side still adapting to the intensity of Englands top flight following promotion, and the other, a club playing at a far inferior level to the Blues. Chelsea are not back, they have not arrived and have certainly not silenced any critics. The tension has not left Stamford Bridge and the smiles on the faces of supporters havent returned. If they impress at White Hart Lane, then perhaps the prospect of Chelsea rising up the table can be discussed, but not a moment before.
The second staging of the county pool championships will take place on the 13th and 14th of July in the Finn Valley centre, Stranorlar.Interest in the sport within the county has rarely been higher. Two teams representing the county took part in the All Ireland Championships recently and Shaun Sharkey, Dungloe, is currently in Blackpool playing for the Irish men’s team in the World Championships.Last year’s Championships were a massive success. The Harbour Bar, Killybegs, came out top in the team event and Gareth Kirwan from Letterkenny won the prestigious individual title. This year promises to be another great weekend with eight championship tables being installed in the venue. A plate event is also being run in the team event so each team is guaranteed plenty of pool on the day. At the moment there are only two spots left in the team competition but a reserve list may also come into play. The singles competition is unlimited. For more information you can check out the facebook page of “Donegal PoolNews” or contact Dermot Hegarty, 0877804521. DONEGAL POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE STAGED AT FINN VALLEY CENTRE was last modified: July 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE STAGED AT FINN VALLEY CENTRE
Until Daniel Shechtman came along, chemists defined crystals as materials in which atoms are arranged in a regular pattern that repeats itself. But in 1982, Shechtman, a materials scientist at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, found that an alloy of aluminum and manganese had a regular order of its atoms but in a pattern that did not repeat. Such “quasicrystals” forced chemists to rewrite their textbooks, and ultimately won Shechtman a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2011. Since that early discovery, quasicrystals have been found in nature, and engineers made numerous varieties of their own and use them in everything from razor blades to nonstick coatings in cookware. Now, researchers in Germany have come up with a new way to grow ultrathin quasicrystalline films. As they report online today in Nature, they deposited a thin layer of barium titanate (BaTiO3) atop a surface of platinum atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. Barium titanate’s atoms are normally arrayed in a cubic pattern. But the mismatch in atomic arrangement between the two layers forces the BiTiO3 to arrange its atoms into 12-sided dodecahedrons. The outer ring of the dodecahedrons can be seen in yellow (images left and right). Inside, the atoms arrange themselves in a series of triangles, squares, and rhombi (right). The authors suggest that the new way of growing quasicrystals may lead to many more varieties with as yet untold uses.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Expatriates from Kerala have played a key role in improving the financial health of the state. Beginning with Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore they reached Africa to send money back home. Later, the next generation found the Gulf countries greener.Read it at Manorama Online Related Items
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