Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, September 19, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, has signaled his intention to get Jamaica re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is seeking to regain a seat in Category ‘C’ of the prestigious governing body of the IMO in December.In his remarks, read by his Senior Advisor, Bindley Sangster, at the MAJ’s recent 16th anniversary awards ceremony, the Minister pointed out that he had, on three prior occasions, successfully led the team to winning a seat on the Council between 2007 and 2011. He said the Government is keen on Jamaica retaining its status as the leading maritime state in the Caribbean, a standing that has been recognized not only by the IMO but also other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which are maritime countries with similar sustainable development challenges, and the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs).The Minister pointed out that the SIDS and LDCs look to Jamaica for leadership and representation at the IMO and elsewhere. He said the Government is serious about the development aspects of the Authority’s role to facilitate critically important maritime investments, which are clearly outlined in the MAJ’s commissioned study. They will help to create jobs and make Jamaica an envied shipping centre in the Caribbean. The study also shows Jamaica’s potential for maritime investments, such as bunkering, crewing and dry-docking.In 2010, the MAJ commissioned a study called Development of a Framework for Positioning Jamaica as a Shipping Hub, with funding support from the Commonwealth Secretariat.The Minister commended the Authority for a stellar job as the regulatory face for Jamaica’s maritime good order and development over the past 16 years. “You represent Jamaica admirably in the regional and international space, bringing much credit and recognition to the country, and helping to build our profile as a credible maritime state,” he said.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:52 AM February 1, 2019 Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship 200 miles off San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Coast Guard medevaced a 68-year-old man from a cruise ship approximately 200 miles off the coast of San Diego, Thursday.At approximately 9:30 a.m., the cruise ship Norwegian Star contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center watchstanders requesting assistance for a man who was displaying symptoms of a heart condition.Watchstanders dispatched a Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist.The Norwegian Star was 310 miles off shore when they initially contacted the Coast Guard, but diverted toward shore to meet the Jayhawk crew approximately 200 miles west of San Diego.Once on scene, the Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer to provide care and assist the patient into the basket before being hoisted into the helicopter. The crew transported the patient to Sector San Diego shortly after 5 p.m. where awaiting emergency medical services personnel assumed care of the patient and transferred him to UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest.The man was reported to be in stable condition.-USCG-(Coast Guard video by Fireman Taylor Bacon/ released)
2019 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced nina-simone-tom-petty-recordings-among-2019-grammy-hall-fame-inductions Nina Simone, Tom Petty Recordings Among 2019 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductions Email Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald, Dolly Parton, Frank Sinatra, and more also included in the 25 recordings in this year’s Hall Of Fame class Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 24, 2019 – 7:30 am The Recording Academy has announced the inductees for the 2019 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. The list of 25 recordings includes works by Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald, Dolly Parton, Tom Petty, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, and more.This year’s class represents a diverse range of both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. From Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” to Davis’ ‘Round About Midnight. The highly reputed list also features Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book, Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” Parton’s “Coat Of Many Colors,” Simone’s “To Be Young, Gifted And Black,” Petty’s Full Moon Fever, The Platters’ “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and Domino’s “I’m Walkin’.”Other inductees include recordings by Leonard Bernstein, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, El Jarocho, W.C. Handy, Miriam Makeba, Curtis Mayfield, Edward Meeker With The Edison Orchestra, Charlie Parker’s Ri Bop Boys, Jaco Pastorius, Jeannie C. Riley, Sonny Rollins Quartet Featuring John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Troggs, Sarah Vaughan, and Link Wray & His Ray Men.”The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame is proud to be a pillar of musical excellence and diversity year after year, honoring some of the most iconic recordings of all time,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “We are proud to acknowledge the ever-changing landscape and evolution of musical expression for which the Academy has become known. We’re honored to add these masterpieces to our growing catalog and are delighted to celebrate the impact they’ve had on our musical, social, and cultural history.”Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 25 new titles, the Hall, now in its 46th year, currently totals 1,088 recordings and is on display at GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE.For more music history in the making, be sure to watch the 61st GRAMMY Awards, which will be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.Dolly Parton Primer: 10 Must-Hear Songs By The Queen Of CountryRead more Facebook Twitter News
PM Modi lists out abuses hurled at him, Inside Congress’s dictionary of love Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/7:14Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … BJP National General Secretary Ram MadhavIANSRam Madhav, the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Patry, has defended Prime Minister Modi’s comments on the presence of clouds during the Balakot airstrike and his advice to experts on how clouds can help the Indian Air Force jets escape Pakistan’s radars.In a Facebook post, Madhav called out everyone who became an expert on radars and said that he consulted with “a real expert, a senior most professor and top nano-technologist” in the country and gave his point of view on what the prime minister had said. It is interesting to note that Madhav did not name the expert but said that he can be trusted and is non-political.The expert had said, “In the last few days, there has been some discussion on PM’s comment on whether fighter aircraft can avoid detection by radars in the presence of clouds. People, even some military personnel, are ignorantly arguing that radars are immune to weather conditions. The right question to be asked is: do weather conditions degrade radar performance? The answer is YES.”The anonymous expert went on to explain, “Military surveillance radars typically operate in S band (2 – 4 GHz) frequency band to achieve the best of accuracy and range. As the frequency increases beyond this range, it is good for accuracy but the signal attenuation will increase affecting the performance of the radar. If the radar is used in S band range of frequencies or lower, the presence of water molecules in air (due to fog, rain, clouds) will affect the performance of the radar through a phenomenon known as molecular dispersion.”The expert said that the clouds and rain will affect the signal and will lead to a “poor signal to noise ratio”, hence creating a disadvantageous situation for the radar which will face difficulties in picking up the radio signals.During situations when the sky is cloudy and there is rain, the signal could be optimized and molecular dispersion can be reduced using circular polarisation of the signals, the expert explains. However, the radar functioning will still be not up to the mark and will underperform.The expert concluded the statement by saying that there was nothing wrong with what PM Modi had said.Debates were sparked across all platforms when PM Modi, in an interview with The News Nation, said that prior to the Balakot airstrike he suggested the clouds and rain in the region could be useful for the India Air Force flights to escape Pakistan’s radars.According to the transcript of the interview, “The weather was not good on the day of airstrikes. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that day of the strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds can actually help our planes escape the radars.”Many called him out for his comments and how he could overrule those with expert knowledge on the matter and he was criticised for his “raw wisdom”.
Akshay KumarTwitterAkshay Kumar is undoubtedly one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood and his box office track record is a proof of that. He has earned a set of loyal audience who never give his films a miss in theatres. His immense fan following and choices of roles guarantee him a certain percentage of occupany that soon gets converted into big numbers at the box office. And after doing an assessment and knowing his worth, the Khiladi Kumar has reportedly started charging double the amount that he was charging 7 years ago.According to a report in The Asian Age, Akshay, who had earlier charged Rs 27 crore for Rowdy Rathore, now demands a whopping Rs 54 crore per film.”Akshay is fond of the number nine. When he was working on Rowdy Rathore, he billed the makers for Rs 27 crore. But that was in 2012. Now, Akshay demands a cool Rs 54 crore and gets it too,” a trade expert was qouted as saying by the daily.And now that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has reportedly bankrolled the sequel to Rowdy Rathore, the filmmaker will have to pay Akshay double the price compared to the amount that he charged for the part 1.”Sanjay Leela Bhansali had bankrolled Rowdy Rathore, which was directed by Prabhudheva. And when Akshay shifted the release date of Pad Man last year to get a free run for Padmaavat at the box office, he jokingly asked Bhansali to promise him a sequel. And now that the sequel is happening, the makers realise that they will need to pay him exactly double for it,” the trade expert added.It is to be noted that Akshay was the only Indian celebrity who was featured in the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid actors 2019. He had secured the 33rd spot with earnings worth 65 million USD (that is around Rs 444 crore in Indian currency).Akshay is currently loaded with a few big and interesting line-ups this year. After triggering nationalist fervor with Kesari, the Khiladi Kumar will be next seen in Mission Mangal, Housefull 4, Laxmmi Bomb and Good News this year and Sooryavanshi, Laxmmi Bomb in 2020 and will also make his debut in digital space with The End on Amazon.
Local tobacco trader Momtaz Uddin of Mohishkhocha, Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat district, presents a brass boat replica to state minister of social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed upon his joining AL for the third time. Photo: Prothom AloLocal tobacco trader of Mohishkhocha, Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat district, Momtaz Uddin, 60, joined the local Awami League on Monday. This is the third time he had joined the party. He joined the Jatiya Party once in the past and joined BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) twice.Momtaz, son of the late Soimuddin from Barghria village in Aditmari, is famous in the area for altering his political affiliations often.A ceremony, held to celebrate his latest change, was attended by AL member of the parliament of Lalmonirhat- 2 and state minister of social welfare, Nuruzzaman Ahmed. Momtaz presented him a brass boat replica, the electoral symbol of AL.He spent Tk 1.8 million on a feast for 20,000 people and erected six extravagant gates for the celebration.Momtaz said, “It’s true that I have shifted my party allegiance several times, but I don’t want to do it anymore. Awami League is the best political party in the country, the most people-centred party. There is much scope to working here, so I return again and again. Pray that I do not have to change it again.”The grand feast yesterday included beef and mutton along with pilau. About 300 persons wearing special T-shirts made for the occasion were busy cooking and packing the items.Momtaz Uddin spent Tk 1.8 million on a feast for 20 thousand people. Photo: Prothom AloMamunur, son of Momtaz said, ‘My father loves to treat people and so he bought five cows and 15 goats to treat the special guests and the local people.”Momtaz made his first move from Jatiya Party to AL in 2011. Later, when he was denied his wish to become the union AL president in 2012, he joined BNP. Again in 2016, before the union parishad polls, Momtaz went back to district AL. However, failing to gain the AL ticket for the polls, he returned to BNP that year.Momtaz joined AL for the third time Monday evening at the ceremony at Mohishkhocha multipurpose high school and college compound.State minister Nuruzzaman, as chief guest, said, “Awami League is a development-oriented party. New faces as well as those who left the party before may join. We want to serve the country together.”AL general secretary and district council chairman Matiar Rahman along with the district AL vice president Sirajul Haq were special guests there while Nabiar Rahman, the union AL president, presided over the programme.Abdul Mazid, member of the ward-4 at Mahishkhocha Union Parishad, observed, “Such an extravagant programme was never held over here before.”Nuruzzaman Ahmed, an auto-rickshaw driver at Bargharia (Sardarpara) said, “Only Momtaz Uddin can say which party he is going to join at any time. Only he can say how long he will remain with AL.”*The piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English, by Nusrat Nowrin.
“Some people think that graphene, a form of carbon, is the material of the future,” Allen Goldman tells PhysOrg.com. “It’s of high scientific interest because of its unusual electronic properties.” Citation: A new type of spin valve that uses graphene (2007, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-valve-graphene.html Goldman is a scientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Working with Masaya Nishioka, also at the University of Minnesota, Goldman has found new insight into spin transport in graphene. Their findings are published in an article titled “Spin transport through multilayer graphene,” published in Applied Physics Letters.Goldman and Nishioka have created a spin valve, and also observed a magnetic field controlled resistance change of 0.39%. “It’s not a huge effect,” Goldman admits, “but it is a step.” He explains that this is not the first spin valve, but that it is the first that is “reasonably well characterized.” He continues: “This isn’t a huge breakthrough, but it is an incremental step in understanding graphene, and also a step in understanding whether this material has use in spin dependent electronics.”Spin dependent electronics, or “spintronics,” makes use of quantum spin states of electrons. Applications for spintronic devices, and spin valves in particular, are currently limited to mass-storage systems. However, the technology and science is so emergent, that further applications are possible. The spin valve, which is what Goldman and Nishioka’s work describes, makes use of magnetic thin films to control the resistive state of graphene: “We’re talking about a memory device that doesn’t have to be refreshed, and that is not volatile.”Because of its high electron mobility and low atomic number, graphene is of special interest in spintronics, and this is why Goldman and Nishioka chose to work with it. “The process seems really very simple,” says Goldman. He then writes via email to explain the process: “We take a substrate of silicon, which is doped and coated with silicon oxide. Then we place graphene flakes on the surface, and after selecting a suitable flake, fabricate a pair of cobalt electrodes to contact the flake. We can then switch the resistive state of the flake by controlling the relative orientations of the magnetizations of the electrodes.” But there are caveats. “Even though the set up is simple, it can be hard to make these devices,” Goldman says over the phone. “And even though we can make graphene, it is a difficult process, especially to make single-layer graphene, which is why use multilayer graphene.” He emphasizes again that the effect he and Nishioka observed was quite small.The goal, Goldman says, is to be able to master graphene to an extent that it would become possible to produce technologically useful devices. “Right now, we are at a point where we deal with little flakes. We need to work with films that are ordered over macroscopic distances,” he says.Goldman feels that there is potential in graphene. “I don’t really know if it is the material of the future,” he explains, “but this experiment brings us a step closer to understanding it better. If the problems with graphene can be solved, there is a very good chance that it could be very useful.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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.
Let a robot replace you. For years, this was iRobot’s pitch for the Roomba, its robotic vacuum cleaner. And for years it worked well, generating strong annual sales growth for the Massachusetts firm. There was only one problem: A sizable cohort of potential consumers didn’t believe it. These were people who valued an immaculate home. They worked hard at it. They didn’t think a robot could replace them. And they were right. It probably couldn’t.Related: How to Make the Right Sales PitchDwight Brown, senior VP of global marketing at iRobot, had been here before. His previous employer, Keurig, had a similar pitch: “‘You need a single-serve coffeemaker because it’s an easier way to make coffee,’” Brown recalls. This made technology the centerpiece of the pitch. Which made a certain sense — the tech was cool, and people who loved gadgets were into it. The thing was: Not everyone loves gadgets. “We very quickly learned that when you try to convince the consumer by starting the dialogue with the technology, you certainly attract some early adopters who are technically oriented,” Brown says of the initial approach, “but you may be missing the vast majority of consumers who are much more interested in hearing about the benefit.” Some people, after all, just weren’t looking for a new coffeemaker. But they were looking for a better coffee-making experience. So Keurig tweaked the pitch: “Great coffee, made simply.” It paid off. Keurig boomed.Related: The Surprising Online Marketing Method Most Consumers PreferWhen Brown joined iRobot three years ago, he saw a similar opening. “My initial hypothesis was that if we start focusing communication on the benefit, and not force the consumer to think about the robot as a replacement, we might open the doors to opportunity,” he says. Working with the Cambridge Group in Chicago, iRobot surveyed existing and prospective customers and discovered two things: 1. Existing customers were satisfied with the performance of the product. And 2. Prospective customers were aware of it but didn’t think it would work well enough to meet their standards.That meant that winning converts wasn’t about changing the product; it was about recalibrating expectations. “It’s not a technical issue; it’s a marketing issue,” Brown says. But to do that, iRobot had to better understand what the holdouts wanted. So it asked. The consumers it was targeting said that while they weren’t looking for a robot vacuum per se, they did want a cleaner home. And in an ideal world, they wanted their home to be cleaned every day; they were just too busy to do it themselves.That was the opening iRobot was looking for. It crafted a new pitch, “Cleaner floors every day — all at the push of a button,” and repositioned the product not as something that cleans for you but as something that cleans with you. Something that reliably frees you up from some mundane work and increases the baseline cleanliness in your home, without any additional effort on your part. In that formulation, Brown says, “the customer doesn’t even need to think about purchasing a robot.”Related: 3 Ways to Avoid Mediocre Marketing ContentThe initial feedback on this new approach was positive, and in the spring of 2015 iRobot launched a marketing campaign around it, including redesigned packaging, online and TV ads and in-store video displays. The early results were promising, and iRobot doubled down on the strategy for the holiday season — leading to a 46 percent bump in sales in the final quarter compared with the previous year. Three years in, the new message continues to resonate. Sales were up 17 percent in 2016 (propelled in part by the Roomba 650, which became the top-grossing vacuum cleaner in the U.S.), and, Brown says, “our early 2017 results appear very promising.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the July 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » August 2, 2017 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read