Big Earth Publishing Acquires Telluride Magazine

first_imgIn February, Big Earth—which primarily publishes books—acquired Women’s Adventure, the first in its newly-formed magazine publishing division. Neenah, Wisconsin-based Big Earth Publishing has acquired Telluride magazine and its accompanying Telluride Visitors Guide. M.C. Alcamo & Co. represented Telluride in the deal. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Telluride is the flagship magazine of southwest Colorado publisher Telluride Publishing, and features health, environmental and sports content about the Colorado mountain town. The 25-year-old, twice-yearly magazine has an annual circulation of 70,000. In addition to the magazine and travel guide, Telluride Publishing produces a number of custom products. Telluride owner and publisher John Arnold will join Big Earth’s leadership team as part of the deal.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For August 10 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, August 10, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.At Wilmington High School: The Auditorium Naming Committee is meeting at 9am in the High School Principal’s Conference Room. The Committee is planning the event to name the High School Auditorium after Joanne Benton.In The Community: Come and enjoy music-themed movies on the Swain Green every! Family friendly movies will be shown on Friday nights in August starting at 7:45pm. Tonight’s film is Pitch Perfect. Check the library’s Facebook page in case of inclement weather. This program is presented by the Wilmington Memorial Library in partnership with the Wilmington Rotary.At The Library: The Library is closed from 9am to noon due to Staff Training. Teen Escape Rooms from 2pm to 5pm. Summer Movie on the Swain at 7:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 2, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 17 Man Refuses To Leave Strangers Driveway CoWorker

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, January 17, 2019:Police received a report of a man stuck in mud behind a house on Congress Street. (11:31am)Police was transferred a 911 call from a Glen Road resident, who stated there was an unwanted man on her property and then hung up. Call backs were unsuccessful. Police responded. Man was gone upon arrival. He had pulled into the homeowner’s driveway and refused to leave when she questioned him. (11:59am)Police responded to an argument between co-workers. One co-worker claimed the other threatened him and lunged at him. The other inquired about filing a restraining order. No physical assault took place. Situation OK. (1:14pm)Fire Department responded to brush fire between overpass on Nichols Street and Lake Street. (5:18pm)Fire Department responded to fire alarm in unoccupied building on Textron campus. (7:11pm)Police notified DPW that street sign for Englewood Drive was missing. (11:16pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 26: 2-Year-Old Locks Family Out; Co-Workers Get In Fight; Don’t Watch YouTube While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 2: Wilmington Man Arrested On Warrant; Family Causes Scene At Silver Lake?In “Police Log”last_img read more

Game of Thrones writers sign a huge multiyear deal with Netflix

first_img Game of Thrones Netflix 3:38 50 Photos Tags Game of Thrones season 8 VFX breakdown Post a comment 2019 TV shows you can’t miss David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed an overall deal to develop new films and series for Netflix pic.twitter.com/57gLQOSTLE— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) August 7, 2019center_img Share your voice 0 In a joint statement, the pair said, “We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home.” They say they are “honored” Netflix has brought them on board.”We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in a statement. “They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”A brief glance at the response to this new signing, on Twitter, isn’t particularly kind to D&D. Some users balked at the signing just days after Netflix cancelled The OA.The anger stems from a divisive final season of Thrones. Many fans have torched the Game of Thrones creators after they failed to stick the landing in the show’s final year. Even though the public response was relatively brutal, the show managed to rack up 32 Emmy nominations this year. TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Jeff Kravitz The two minds behind HBO’s mega-hit turned mega-disappointment Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have struck a multiyear deal with Netflix, according to a report by Deadline on Wednesday. The duo will create exclusive content for the streaming giant outside their deal with Disney to direct an upcoming Star Wars trilogy.D&D, as they’ve come to be known, were in high demand, with media giants Netflix, Amazon and Disney all in talks to secure their services. Netflix ultimately won out with sources telling the Hollywood Reporter the deal is worth $200 million and will include film and TV projects. The pair had spent over 10 years at HBO working on Game of Thrones.last_img read more

After posting bold picture for Virat Rohit Mahika Sharma makes fun of

first_imgMahika Sharma in middle.InstagramControversial actress Mahika Sharma has now made a big fun of Pakistan cricket team, after they lost the world cup match against India.Earlier before the match, Pakistan launched an ad making fun of wing- commander Abhinandan Varthaman asking him to enjoy a cup of tea. In reply to that, Mahika Sharma posted a message to Pakistan on her Instagram account.The post reads, “Pakistan. A kind request to you people atleast bring some hot and sexy captain like Shahid Afridi next time to treat the eyes of girls. Because you can never treat yourself with a victory from we Indians. You can only enjoy the time before the game by teasing us with your nonsense ideas like Abhinandan Ad. Lets enjoy a cup of tea guys. Hope if not cricket Sarfaraz Ahmed makes a good tea.”Earlier Mahika also revealed her crush for Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi and had said that she won’t mind getting intimate with him.On Sunday, Mahika also posted her semi-nude picture teasing Indian cricketers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,  calling them ‘naughty daddy’.last_img read more

Record mergers and acquisitions likely in India next year

first_imgIndia is heading into another calendar year of record mergers and acquisitions on the heels of the second year of topping global investments, an investment banking executive says.This year saw Walmart Inc, ArcelorMittal, and Berkshire Hathaway Inc on a buying spree taking India ahead of China for the second time, a Bloomberg report said citing a top Goldman Sachs manager.Deals in technology-driven consumer and financial services will keep the momentum going in the year ahead, says Sonjoy Chatterjee, chairman and co-chief executive, Goldman Sachs India.Goldman advised on two of the three biggest acquisitions involving Indian companies this year when $128 billion of transactions went through, he says.”All pools of global capital – from strategics to financial sponsors – are focused on India,” the report cites Chatterjee as saying. “Some of these large global companies are sitting on enormous amounts of cash. They need to get into markets which are important for them, and India is a top priority.”A mixture of factors helped India draw more investments than China. Foreign acquirers spent a record $39 billion on acquisitions in India this year, according to Bloomberg data.Regulators’ crackdown on bad loans put assets worth billions on the block at a time when Asia-focused private equity funds were looking to deploy liquid funds.Political uncertainties around elections are going to remain short-term and are unlikely to hurt investor confidence given the macroeconomic conditions, he said.”A painful but interesting churn is happening in India – driven by governance and capital – where you will see a new corporate order emerging by 2020,” Chatterjee told the news agency.”The third factor driving change in corporate India are families that want to rethink the future, either because of the next generation, an uncertain horizon or simply to optimise their portfolio and capital allocation.”He said there was a liquidity issue, which the government and the central bank were trying to tackle. “Investors who are serious, mature and deep will look at the data following disruptions in 2008 and 2013 and determine when to come back in. Going by empirical evidence, the sector takes about 18 months to reverse,” he added.last_img read more

SC orders to remove stairs of Hanif Flyover

first_img.The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the HC order that asked the authorities concerned to remove all the illegal stairs from Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover, reports news agency UNB. A three-member Appellate Division bench led by chief justice SK Sinha disposed of the leave to appeal petition filed by Orion Infrastructure Limited, the builder company, seeking stay on a High Court order. Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud moved for the Orion Infrastructure Limited while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state. On 31 May, the High Court, in its suomoto move, asked home secretary, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Orion Infrastructure Limited to demolish the stairs from the flyover. Later, the chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed a status quo order following a plea filed by the builder company, seeking stay on a High Court order. The suo moto move has been given after the court took into its cognisance a report headlined ‘Mayor Mohamamd Hanif Flyover: None took action against illegal stairs!’ published on 28 May.last_img read more

EC fixes 26 June for voting in Gazipur city polls

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Election Commission (EC) on Sunday set 26 June to hold the Gazipur City Corporation polls, reports UNB.EC acting secretary HelaluddinAhmed said the election will be held on 26 June while the official election campaign will start on 18 June.The decision was taken at a meeting of the EC chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Hudain the afternoon, he said.On Thursday, the Appellate Division asked the EC to hold the GCC Election by 28 June.The Appellate Division passed the order after hearing three separate appeal petitions filed by the Election Commission and two mayoral candidates — Hasan Uddin Sarkar of BNP and Zahangir Alam of Awami League.On 6 May, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election which was scheduled to be held on 15 May.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.The government on 16 January, 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation but according to law, the GCC was formed with Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on 6 May morning challenging the legality of the gazette as the Election Commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.last_img read more

Porn star files suit against Trump

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 14 February 2018 shows US president Donald Trump speaking during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on infrastructure in the Cabinet Room of the White House on 14 February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC; and adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels as she hosts a Super Bowl party at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen`s Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 4 February 2018. AFPThe lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels said Wednesday that she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump and wants to nullify a “hush agreement” so the public can decide “who’s telling the truth.”Los Angeles lawyer Michael Avenatti filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daniels on Tuesday seeking to toss out the confidential settlement she signed just days before the November 2016 election.Avenatti made the rounds of the morning talk shows on Wednesday to explain the legal move by Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.Asked on NBC’s “Today” show if Daniels had a sexual relationship with Trump, Avenatti immediately replied “Yes.”“She believes it’s important that the public learn the truth about what happened,” he said. “I think it’s time for her to tell her story and for the public to decide who’s telling the truth.”White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the allegations at the daily press briefing and noted that Trump has denied them.“The president has denied the allegations against him,” Sanders told reporters.“The president has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true,” Sanders said. “Anything beyond that I would refer you to the president’s outside counsel.”As part of the lawsuit filed with a California court seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement null and void, Avenatti released a copy of the settlement.It shows that Daniels received a $130,000 payment from a company known as Essential Consultants LLC in return for her silence.Peggy Peterson and David DennisonUsing the pseudonyms Peggy Peterson and David Dennison, Daniels and Trump were to sign the agreement, along with Essential Consultants.But Trump never signed it, providing the basis for Avenatti’s attempt to have it thrown out and release Daniels from her obligations.“It’s our position that the entire agreement is null and void because he did not sign it,” the lawyer told the “Today” show.He said Daniels would return the $130,000 if need be.“I think she may have to and she’s prepared to do that,” Avenatti said.The lawsuit alleges that Daniels began an “intimate relationship” with Trump in the summer of 2006 and that it continued well into 2007.After Trump won the Republican Party nomination for president in 2016, Daniels sought to share details of their relationship with the media, it said.Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen “aggressively” sought to “silence Ms Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping to ensure he won the presidential election,” the document says.On October 28, 2016 — two weeks before the November 8 presidential election-Daniels and Essential Consultants signed the confidential settlement agreement but not Trump.Cohen claimed last month he had paid Daniels $130,000 from his personal funds but declined to explain why he made the payment or if Trump was aware of it.Avenatti said Wednesday he was convinced Trump was aware of the payment.“There’s no question the president knew about it at the time,” he said.“The idea that an attorney would go off on his own without his client’s knowledge and engage in this type of negotiation and enter into this type of agreement quite honestly I think is ludicrous,” he said.Cohen’s comments came after the watchdog group Common Cause filed a federal complaint in January arguing that the payout may have violated campaign finance rules.last_img

Afghan suicide attack kills 19

first_imgAn Afghan child lays on a hospital bed as he receives treatment in Parwan province on 1 July, 2018. Photo: AFPA suicide bomber blew himself up in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting, killing at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs, officials said Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the country.The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor’s compound where Ghani was holding meetings, governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.Among the 19 dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus, he told AFP. Another 20 people were wounded.There were scenes of anguish at the hospital where grieving relatives wept and hugged each other as they waited for news of their loved ones.”It is over for us, we are finished, they have massacred us, at least 10 of us,” a man told AFP, too upset to give his name.Provincial health director Najibullah Kamawal confirmed 19 people had been killed, the majority of them Sikhs.Small communities of Sikhs and Hindus reside in what is otherwise an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. It is not clear if they were the intended target of the attack.Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed a suicide bomber carried out the attack — the latest in a series of recent deadly assaults in the restive province.Ghani’s spokesman said the president was still in Nangarhar but was “away from danger”.Ghani arrived in Jalalabad earlier Sunday to open a hospital, part of a two-day visit to the province bordering Pakistan.- Ceasfire ends -The attack came a day after Ghani ordered Afghan security forces to resume offensive operations against the Taliban following the expiration of the government’s 18-day ceasefire.The government’s unilateral truce overlapped with the Taliban’s three-day ceasefire for Eid, but the militants refused to prolong it.The unprecedented ceasefire over the holiday capping Ramadan triggered spontaneous street celebrations involving Taliban fighters, security forces, and war-weary civilians.But it was marred by two suicide attacks in Nangarhar that killed dozens of people and were claimed by the Islamic State group, which has a smaller but relatively potent presence in Afghanistan.IS was not part of the ceasefire.The attack comes as US envoy Alice Wells visits Kabul as part of efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Taliban to engage in peace talks.The Taliban have so far ignored Ghani’s offer of peace negotiations. Instead, they have insisted on direct talks with the United States, which Washington has repeatedly refused.Wells said that since the Afghan government and United States were willing to start talking without preconditions, the onus was now on the Taliban to respond.”Right now it’s the Taliban leaders… who aren’t residing in Afghanistan, who are the obstacle to a negotiated political settlement,” Wells said in remarks embargoed until Sunday.Wells, who is due to hold talks in Pakistan on Monday, said Islamabad also needed to do more to squeeze the Taliban and get them to the negotiating table.”Pakistan has an important role to play… but we have not yet seen that sustained and decisive action on the part of Islamabad,” she said.last_img read more

FEMA Assesses Flood Damage In Montgomery County To Issue Disaster Declaration

first_img Share 00:00 /01:26 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 3FEMA workers are assessing the damage last month’s floods have caused in Montgomery County.Representatives of that federal agency were joined on Wednesday, May 4th by U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady and Montgomery County officials, including County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, who visited homes located in communities such as The Woodlands.Montgomery County officials estimate 500 homes are impacted, but that’s just the number of houses that have reported damage so far.Darren Hess, deputy director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management, thinks that number could increase to more than 1,000.“We have homes as far west as Hockley, all the way to the east side of our county, as far north as just around the Willis area,” Hess noted. He added that very few parts of Montgomery County “did not suffer the brunt of the storm.”The main goal of FEMA workers evaluating the damage in the field is for the federal government to issue a disaster declaration for Montgomery County.Congressman Brady thinks it will not take long.“I’m confident by the end of the week, when their assessment is finished, Montgomery County is going to meet the threshold and we’ll get the help we need,” Brady says.Besides contacting FEMA, officials urge residents and business owners to also get in touch with Montgomery County agencies to report damage. Listen Xlast_img read more

Texas May Swap US House Seniority For Staunch Conservatism

first_imgFour veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress. From left to right, Lamar Smith, top left, Jeb Hensarling, top right, Sam Johnson, bottom left, and Ted Poe, bottom right.Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country’s largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck their party’s leadership on Capitol Hill.Sam Johnson, an 87-year-old Vietnam veteran and member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, announced in January he was retiring next year. Now, fellow Texans Jeb Hensarling, 60, who chairs the influential House Financial Services Committee; Lamar Smith, 69, who heads the House Science, Space and Technology Committee; and long-serving 69-year-old Ted Poe all aren’t seeking re-election.The four hail from solidly GOP districts, so the party’s 25-11 state congressional delegation advantage won’t change without an upset. None was thought to be facing serious challengers in the state’s March Republican primaries. Nor were their exits speeded by major policy or ideology clashes with the Trump administration — unlike some other members bowing out of Congress.They could be replaced, though, by current and former Republicans from the Texas Legislature. In recent years state lawmakers have approved abortion restrictions tough enough to be largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, America’s strictest voter ID law and a “sanctuary cities” ban that calls for jailing sheriffs who don’t enforce federal immigration policy. They also nearly passed a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people, despite a similar measure sparking political upheaval in North Carolina.Moderate Republican Texas House Republican Speaker Joe Straus himself also isn’t seeking re-election, which means the Legislature may move farther to the right in a way mirroring the congressional delegation’s coming shift.“The candidates likely to run and to win in this political environment are likely to be very conservative, to be more interested in fighting for specific policy items than looking to get seniority and go with the majority of the party or with the speaker,” said Brendan Steinhauser, a former national conservative grass-roots organizer who later ran U.S. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn’s 2014 re-election campaign. “It will absolutely become a race to the right.”Both Hensarling and Smith were being term-limited out of their chairmanships but were well positioned to continue exerting veteran House influence had they stayed. Johnson’s and Poe’s long congressional tenure would have been an advantage. The Republicans favored to replace them won’t have the same clout, but that could free them up to embrace coalitions like the House Freedom Caucus — hardline conservatives who have bucked the GOP majority on some issues.“You bet we’re going to see some conservatives up here,” said Rep. Randy Weber, a former member of the Texas House who was elected to Congress in 2012 and is a Freedom Caucus member.Weber said he was able to bring many of the same priorities from Austin to Washington.“I’m very frank with the (Republican) leadership,” he said. “I say, ‘Look, I do want to be a team player. But, on the other hand, sometimes if there’s a fumble and your team picks up the ball and runs the wrong direction you need to tackle your own team.”Johnson has represented the Dallas suburb of Plano in Congress since 1991. Set to succeed him is Van Taylor, a 45-year-old marine and Iraq War veteran who served in the Texas House before joining the state Senate in 2015. He’s allied with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a fiery former conservative radio host, “bathroom bill” champion and immigration hardliner who was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign’s Texas chairman.Hensarling is an eight-term House veteran who battled attempts to more strictly regulate Wall Street and was close to House Speaker Paul Ryan. A contender for his East Texas seat is 41-year-old ex-state Rep. Ken Sheets, a former Marine who was elected with tea party-backing in 2010 but began inching away from hardline conservatism until he was ousted by a Democratic challenger last year.Another possibility is former U.S. Rep. Allen West, who moved from Florida to Texas after leaving Congress and once called for then-President Barack Obama’s impeachment. West has no Texas Legislature experience but remains a conservative darling.Smith was first elected to Congress in 1986 and has urged Americans to get the “unvarnished truth” directly from Trump rather than the “liberal media.” He’s a climate change skeptic who has said that much of the science around it “appears to be based more on exaggerations.” Poe has represented Humble, outside Houston, since 2005, quit the Freedom Caucus in March.Everyone who might seek the Republican nomination for both seats isn’t yet clear, but contenders to replace Smith include state Rep. Jason Isaac, who won his seat amid 2010’s tea party wave and has supported scrapping daylight saving time in Texas.Johnson’s, Hensarling’s and Poe’s districts are more conservative — and thus likely less competitive — than Smith’s, which includes north San Antonio and parts of Austin and Texas’ Hill Country. Democrats running there include Joseph Kopser, an Army and Iraq War veteran and Harvard graduate who evoked Trump’s former chief White House strategist, saying he expects the race’s Republican nominee to embrace “the Steve Bannon wing of politics.”“With Lamar Smith out of the way, I think the options on the other side are going to go even harder to the extreme,” Kopser said. Sharelast_img read more

Researchers create most tangled interlocked molecule ever

first_imgThe 12 component (6 × ligand 1; 6 × Fe2+) assembly of the intermediate hexameric circular helicate [Fe616](PF6)12 and the synthesis of the +31#+31#+31 composite knot 2 and 937 link 3. Credit: Nature Chemistry (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0124-6 Chemistry researchers create self-tying knotted molecules in the lab More information: Liang Zhang et al. Stereoselective synthesis of a composite knot with nine crossings, Nature Chemistry (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0124-6AbstractThe simultaneous synthesis of a molecular nine-crossing composite knot that contains three trefoil tangles of the same handedness and a 937973 link (a type of cyclic [3]catenane topologically constrained to always have at least three twists within the links) is reported. Both compounds contain high degrees of topological writhe (w = 9), a structural feature of supercoiled DNA. The entwined products are generated from the cyclization of a hexameric Fe(II) circular helicate by ring-closing olefin metathesis, with the mixture of topological isomers formed as a result of different ligand connectivity patterns. The metal-coordinated composite knot was isolated by crystallization, the topology unambiguously proven by tandem mass spectrometry, with X-ray crystallography confirming that the 324-atom loop crosses itself nine times with matching handedness (all Δ or all Λ) at every metal centre within each molecule. Controlling the connectivity of the ligand end groups on circular metal helicate scaffolds provides an effective synthetic strategy for the stereoselective synthesis of composite knots and other complex molecular topologies. Tying molecules into knots is a relatively new field—scientists have only been doing it for a decade. It is also unique because thus far there are very few if any practical applications for most such knots. Still, some chemists find the work intriguing, so they continue to create new and ever more complicated knots. In this new effort, the team at UM has built on prior work that led to the creation of molecules shaped like the Star of David and one that was deemed by Guinness as the world’s tightest—by creating one in the shape of a three-trefoil tangle.While the name might sound complicated, the three-trefoil tangle is actually quite simple—creating one with a shoelace, for example, can be done by a child. But using a single 324 atom molecular strand molecule to do it takes some work. The group accomplished this feat by starting with six strands, each with an alkene group at its tips—and groups of three bipyridyls in the middle. They then manipulated the ligands to wrap around six iron ions to hold them in place. They finished by using a catalyst to connect the alkenes with a metathesis reaction to remove the iron. The result was a knot with nine crossings. As part of their work, the researchers also created a granny knot by connecting three figure-eight knots together.The researchers acknowledge that neither of their knots has any practical use at this time, but note that historically, new kinds of knots have been created to suit particular demands. Rock climbers, for example, use knots that are very different from sailors. This suggests that now that chemists know that knots can be made, they might find applications that can benefit from them. They also suggest that learning how to tie molecules in knots can help scientists understand how natural ones occur, such as those in viruses. Journal information: Nature Chemistry © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Researchers create most tangled interlocked molecule ever (2018, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-tangled-interlocked-molecule.html A team of researchers at the University of Manchester has created the most tangled interlocked molecule ever. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the group describes creating the knot and their hope that such knots will one day become useful. Edward Fenlon with Franklin & Marshall College offers a News and Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Moodys Investor Service has given a firsttime cr

first_imgMoody’s Investor Service has given a first-time credit rating of B1 to Spanish regional cable operator Telecable, owned by UK investment outfit Zegona Communications.Moody’s assigned a first-time B1 corporate family rating (CFR) and a B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) to the Asturias region operator, and a B1 rating and loss given default (LGD) assessment of LGD3 to the company’s €320 million senior facilities agreement. Moody’s said the outlook on its ratings is stable.Moody’s commended Telecable’s strong position in Asturias, particularly in the pay TV segment, its track record of solid operating performance despite the economic slowdown,  the favourable trends in the Spanish telecoms market, the quality of its fully invested network that leads to strong adjusted EBITDA margins of around 50%, its moderate leverage levels, balanced financial policies and adequate liquidity profile.On the downside, the ratings agency noted possible risks concerning Telecable’s small size and concentration in one region of Spain, the competitive environment where larger integrated operators could accelerate their fibre deployments plans, its high exposure to premium content, which is becoming more expensive, the potential for higher mobile access costs related to its reliance on a MVNO model, the expected use of a large part of cash flow generation for shareholder distributions, and its unhedged exposure to potential interest rate increases.“The assigned B1 rating balances Telecable’s solid and entrenched market position in its home market, improving trends in the Spanish telecoms market, its financial and operational track record and high-quality network, its moderate leverage, and its prudent financial policies and liquidity against its modest scale because of its concentration in one region of Spain, the potential for increased competition and more expensive content costs, and its limited free cash flow generation after shareholder distributions,” says Iván Palacios, Moody’s vice-president,  senior credit officer and lead analyst for Telecable.“Moody’s rating is a ringing endorsement of Telecable’s current performance and its future prospects. The resulting B1 rating is in line or better than many far larger European cable operators, and in fact represents the highest rating of any European TMT company of its size,” said Eamonn O’Hare, chairman and CEO of Zegona.last_img read more