Advertisement This acquisition will result from two transactions:Under the terms of a share purchase agreement signed with ZTE, France Telecom-Orange will pay $10m (about UGX. 19.7bn) for ZTE’s 51% share of CCT’s equity.Under the terms of a share purchase agreement signed with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a call for tenders, France Telecom-Orange will pay $7m (5 million euros) for the government’s 49% share of CCT’s equity.The combination of both transactions is consistent with an enterprise value of $196m (143 million euros) for CCT or 2.1 times expected 2011 revenues.In addition, ZTE will provide network equipment and services to CCT as its preferred supplier, and with strategic financing support from China Development Bank (CDB).Furthermore, CCT will pay $71m (52 million euros) to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for improved licence terms (10-year extension, access to an additional 2 MHz in the 1,800 MHz range for 2G, and access to 10 MHz in the 2,100 MHz range for 3G) and associated fees.CCT’s operations will be financed from internally generated funds, restructured external loans and a total of $185m (134 million euros) as capital increase provided by France Telecom-Orange in several installments. – Advertisement – The operation reflects France Telecom-Orange’s international strategy, which aims to stimulate growth by entering high potential emerging markets. Today’s announcement will enable the Group to strengthen its position in Africa. With over 70 million inhabitants, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the fourth most populated African country but has a mobile penetration rate of only 17%, considerably less than many neighbouring countries. The development of CCT, which holds a national mobile licence and has significant market share in certain regions of the country, offers real potential for growth over the next few years.Stephane Richard, France Telecom-Orange’s Chairman and CEO, said: “The acquisition of CCT is an important step in our policy of expansion outside Europe, and contributes to our stated aim of doubling our revenues in Africa and the Middle East by 2015. Orange is already present in over 20 countries in the region and has built up considerable experience developing networks and new services that are specifically tailored to the needs of local markets. I am delighted that France Telecom-Orange will be in a position to provide our most innovative offers to the residential and business communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a promising economy endowed with vast natural resources.“The final closing of the transactions is expected to take place very shortly.
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Return to article. Long DescriptionRice materials scientists replace all the atoms on top of a three-layer, two-dimensional crystal to make a transition-metal dichalcogenide with sulfur, molybdenum and selenium. Click on the image for a larger version. Illustration by Jing ZhangThe two-faced material is technically two-dimensional, but like molybdenum diselenide it consists of three stacked layers of atoms arranged in a grid. From the top, they look like hexagonal rings a la graphene, but from any other angle, the grid is more like a nanoscale jungle gym.Tight control of the conditions in a typical chemical vapor deposition furnace — 800 degrees Celsius (1,872 degrees Fahrenheit) at atmospheric pressure — allowed the sulfur to interact with only the top layer of selenium atoms and leave the bottom untouched, the researchers said. If the temperature drifts above 850, all the selenium is replaced.“Like the intercalation of many other molecules demonstrated to have the ability to diffuse into the layered materials, diffusion of gaseous sulfur molecules in between the layers of these Van der Waals crystals, as well as the space between them and the substrates, requires sufficient driving force,” said Rice postdoctoral researcher Jing Zhang, co-lead author of the paper with graduate student Shuai Jia. “And the driving force in our experiments is controlled by the reaction temperature.” AddThis Share1Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.Jeff Falk713email@example.comMike Williams713firstname.lastname@example.org 2-D material is a first at RiceRice University materials scientists create flat sandwich of sulfur, molybdenum and seleniumHOUSTON — (Aug. 14, 2017) — Like a sandwich with wheat on the bottom and rye on the top, Rice University scientists have cooked up a tasty new twist on two-dimensional materials.The Rice laboratory of materials scientist Jun Lou has made a semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMD) that starts as a monolayer of molybdenum diselenide. They then strip the top layer of the lattice and replace precisely half the selenium atoms with sulfur.The new material they call Janus sulfur molybdenum selenium (SMoSe) has a crystalline construction the researchers said can host an intrinsic electric field and that also shows promise for catalytic production of hydrogen.The work is detailed this month in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/08/0814_JANUS-1-web-2aa39jl.jpgRice University materials scientists replace all the atoms on top of a three-layer, two-dimensional crystal to make a transition-metal dichalcogenide with sulfur, molybdenum and selenium. (Credit: Jing Zhang/Rice University) Rice University materials scientists replace all the atoms on top of a three-layer, two-dimensional crystal to make a transition-metal dichalcogenide with sulfur, molybdenum and selenium. Return to article. Long DescriptionThis image shows top (left) and side views of Janus sulfur molybdenum selenium created at Rice University. Careful control of heating allows sulfur to replace just the top plane of selenium atoms in the new two-dimensional material. Click on the image for a larger version. Courtesy of the Lou GroupClose examination showed the presence of sulfur gave the material a larger band gap than molybdenum diselenide, the researchers said.“This type of two-faced structure has long been predicted theoretically but very rarely realized in the 2-D research community,” Lou said. “The break of symmetry in the out-of-plane direction of 2-D TMDs could lead to many applications, such as a basal-plane active 2-D catalyst, robust piezoelectricity-enabled sensors and actuators at the 2-D limit.”He said preparation of the Janus material should be universal to layered materials with similar structures. “It will be quite interesting to look at the properties of the Janus configuration of other 2-D materials,” Lou said.Co-authors of the paper are graduate students Weibing Chen and Zehua Jin and postdoctoral researcher Hua Guo of Rice; research scientist Iskandar Kholmanov and professor Li Shi, the Myron L. Begeman Fellow in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin; and graduate students Liang Dong and Dequan Er and Vivek Shenoy, a professor of materials science and engineering, of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics and of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Lou is a professor of materials science and nanoengineering.The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Welch Foundation, the Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.7b03186DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b03186Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Lou Group: http://n3lab.rice.eduShenoy Research Group: http://shenoy.seas.upenn.edu/index.htmlNanomaterials and Thermo-Fluids Laboratory (Shi Group): https://faculty.engr.utexas.edu/li-shi/li-shi/research-group-membersRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download: Rice University materials scientists replace all the atoms on top of a three-layer, two-dimensional crystal to make a transition-metal dichalcogenide with sulfur, molybdenum and selenium. Return to article. Long Description This image shows top (left) and side views of Janus sulfur molybdenum selenium created at Rice University. Careful control of heating allows sulfur to replace just the top plane of selenium atoms in the new two-dimensional material. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/08/0814_JANUS-2-web-2liil0f.jpgThis image shows top (left) and side views of Janus sulfur molybdenum selenium created at Rice University. Careful control of heating allows sulfur to replace just the top plane of selenium atoms in the new two-dimensional material. (Credit: Jing Zhang/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. This image shows top (left) and side views of Janus sulfur molybdenum selenium created at Rice University. Careful control of heating allows sulfur to replace just the top plane of selenium atoms in the new two-dimensional material. Return to article. Long Description
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.Officials offered few other specifics about how they think the two started a fire that leveled buildings into charred scraps, carving a deadly path through the Gatlinburg area.People scrambled in terror to try to flee on foot or drive out of the inferno that often cloaked them from all sides, shooting hot embers through the winds. Some spent days hoping for good news about their missing loved ones. Many learned they would soon be planning funerals.The juveniles face aggravated arson charges in the fire in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Nov. 23. That fire grew amid drought conditions and ultimately rode winds exceeding 87 miles per hour into the Gatlinburg area early last week. Authorities have not yet announced a dollar amount on the damages caused by the wildfire.The two are being held in the Sevier County juvenile detention center.“Our promise is that we will do every effort to help bring closure to those who have lost so much,” said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn. The juveniles are from Tennessee, but not Sevier County, where the fires spread. Otherwise, officials said state law prevents releasing more information about them.Karyssa Dalton, a 19-year-old whose grandmother Pamela Johnson remains missing in the blaze, said the two should be held accountable, even though they’re young.“I mean, what if somebody came through their town, and set their town on fire, and lost their loved ones, and lost all their homes?” Dalton said. “It’s not fair.”Great Smoky Mountains National Park Chief Ranger Steve Kloster said the public was “critical” in offering investigators information through a tip line. Previously, the National Park Service said it believed the fire was human caused, and set up a tip line for people to call if they hiked that trail on Nov. 23, or knew anyone who did.The investigation is ongoing and more charges could come. It’s also possible that the case could be transferred to an adult criminal court, Dunn said.The juveniles are entitled to a detention hearing within 72 hours in which a juvenile court judge will decide to hold them without bond, hold them with bond, or release them, Dunn said.Dunn constantly said everything was “part of the investigation” when asked for details.Asked if others could be charged in the fire, Dunn repeated that “everything’s on the table.”“We don’t know,” he said.On Wednesday, Gatlinburg residents and business owners were allowed to move back into homes and establishments permanently. They had been allowed to visit during daytime hours since last Friday.The city is slated to open to the public on Friday morning. Though swaths of the city were decimated, the main downtown strip appears to have been spared. LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share The remains of a home smolder in the wake of a wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Nov. 30, 2016. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images) Show Discussion 2 Juveniles Charged in Tennessee Wildfires That Killed 14, Damaged 1,700 Buildings By The Associated Press December 7, 2016 Updated: December 7, 2016 US Share this article
US Share ‘Is God Mad?’ Mississippi Tornado Wreaks Havoc; Kills 4 By The Associated Press January 22, 2017 Updated: January 22, 2017 Shanise McMorris grieves on the slab of her Hattiesburg, Miss., home after an early tornado hit the city, on Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON HATTIESBURG, Miss.—Rain was pouring down in the pre-dawn darkness, and the wind was picking up as Darryl McMorris ran for his daughters’ bedroom. The windows started blowing out as he dove on top of his girls, grabbing one under each arm as he tried to protect them.“As soon as I did that it seemed like we were flying in the air,” he recalled Saturday. Walls began to collapse and the house began to blow apart as his daughters screamed. But he held on tight.When the tornado finished ripping its way through their Hattiesburg home he and the two girls were under a wall. Their house appears to be a total loss, bedding tossed 50 feet into a tree and their oldest daughter asking, “Is God mad at us?” But they’re alive.“I don’t see how we survived this,” said his fiancee Shanise.Across the tornado’s devastating path, families were taking stock of the damage, hugging friends and neighbors, grieving over the remains of their homes and in many cases mourning those killed. Related Coverage4 Dead After Tornado Rips Through South MississippiAuthorities said four people died when the twister touched down around 3:35 a.m. Saturday. Shannon Hefferan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says damage reports indicate it touched down in Lamar County before ripping into Forrest County and skirting just south of downtown Hattiesburg—the state’s fourth largest city.The tornado continued across the Leaf River into neighboring Petal. Emergency management officials said the severe weather also damaged Perry and Jones counties.Teams are out assessing the damage. Already they know that the tornado was accompanied by a deluge of rain—3.42 inches over a six to seven hour period Saturday morning—Hefferan said.And the bad weather isn’t over yet. Lanada Miller stands before the remains of her trailer home being ripped apart, while leaving two other trailers with exterior damage in in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)The weather service anticipates another round Saturday night. A tornado watch was already in effect until 9 p.m. in parts of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, warning that hail, gusting winds and tornadoes are possible.Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict on Saturday afternoon released the names of the dead: Earnest Perkins, 58; Cleveland Madison, 20; David Wayne McCoy, 47 and Simona Cox, 72.Monica McCarty lost her father—Perkins—who died in the same trailer park where she and her boyfriend live and her son—Madison—who was apparently crushed to death while in bed at her mother’s house where he lived.Standing amid the tornado’s carnage, McCarty wept as her boyfriend, Tackeem Molley, comforted her. Tracey Morgan, left, consoles Monica McCarty, who lost her father and son when a tornado hit the trailer camp all were staying at in Hattiesburg, Miss., early morning, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)“They couldn’t get him out of the house. They said he was lying in the bed,” McCarty said of her son.Molley said he and McCarty were in a trailer when the storm hit. Molley, whose bare foot was bandaged, said he climbed out through a hole in what had either been the trailer’s roof or wall.“I had a little hole I could squeeze out of,” he said.In the surrounding neighborhood, power company trucks ran up and down the streets and city backhoe plowed debris from the road. Dozens of homes were damaged.Sheet metal was strewn everywhere. Trees turned into spindly sticks were lying across power lines. At least three nearby churches had sustained damage.Mayor Johnny DuPree has signed an emergency declaration for the city, which reported “significant injuries” and structural damage. An open kitchen littered with roofing and ceiling debris show the strength of the tornado that hit this south Mississippi community in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)Greg Flynn of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said “massive damage” was reported. At least 50 people have been treated for injuries at two area hospitals, he said. Gov. Phil Bryant visited the damaged areas Saturday. Insuranc Commissioner Mike Chaney says insured damaged is likely to top $200 million.“You’ve got so many buildings that are for all practical purposes totally destroyed,” said Andy Case, a disaster recovery specialist with the Department of Insurance.Emergency management officials reported 16,000 customers were without power as power companies rushed to restore electricity where damage allowed.At William Carey University, a Baptist institution south of downtown Hattiesburg, almost every building on campus suffered at least superficial damage. Many were heavily damaged. College officials closed the campus where 3,200 students study and 800 students live and are not sure when it will reopen. Little remains undamaged of the interior of Cottrell Memorial CME Church after a morning tornado hit in south Hattiesburg, Miss., early on Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)Saturday afternoon parents and students streamed onto campus to remove belongings from damaged dorms with some students making their way over shattered glass or around fallen bricks to reach their room.For students in their dorms when the tornado struck, it was terrifying. Tegan Sager, a freshman from Hermiston, Oregon, said she’d never been in a tornado before. She said bursts of lightening lit up the outside just before the tornado hit. She and 20 other students huddled in the first floor hallway of their dorm, cradling their heads in the hands.“That’s when the panels from the roof were falling in,” she said. “Girls were screaming and a person next to me got cut on the leg.”In many areas the roar of chain saws could be heard as people began cutting down trees, salvaging belongings and considering their next steps.As the McMorris family gathered at a parking lot of a ruined gas station across the street from their house, they took stock of their losses and what had been saved.“I lost everything but I’m just glad I didn’t lose my daughters,” McMorris said. Show Discussion